"Who won E3 2014?" This is a question that is usually on ever gamers mind and even my non-gamer friends ask me. If you would of asked me this question Tuesday afternoon my answer would of been Nintendo. After a couple of days to let it sink, I'm actually changing my answer. Before I do that let's go over what each company did right and wrong this year:
Microsoft: With Phil Spencer as the new head of the Xbox division he promised people one thing this E3 press conference "games." Spencer kept his word and boy did Microsoft deliver, there was game after game shown and not one game was shown for too long. The whole show felt like a complete 180 from last years. Microsoft had one goal in mind to win consumers over and I think they did a perfect job. After the conference my first thought was "dammit I need to go buy an Xbox One." From Call of Duty to Crackdown, every game shown was something I need to get my hands on.
Sony: Sony came in head strong following last years E3 and having the top console sales since launch. Sony's conference should of been about this why we are on top, but they feel a little flat. Sony had a lot of surprises during the show from Grim Fandango to Bloodbourne. There were a lot of good games shown but there was hardly any mention of the PS Vita. I was hoping that Sony would acknowledge the fact this $200+ piece of hardware was more than just a remote play tool for my PS4. Not to mention the segment with Brian Michael Bendis and his Powers show which really brought down mood. Now with all the complaining, I really think Sony still did a really good job this year with their conference. They had some great games that I am personally excited for.
Nintendo: Nintendo was honestly the biggest surprise of E3. They did right by not having a press conference and just having a pre-taped Digital Event. With Time magazine leaking that Miyamoto was working on a new Star Fox, I was afraid that Nintendo's biggest surprise was spoiled. Not even close, Star Fox wasn't even mentioned. Every game Nintendo showed was something different and unique. The whole conference in general brought a smile to my face and really showed that Nintendo's future is still bright full of clay and yarn.
Nintendo focused on their first party line up with a small segment on upcoming indie titles, which was the right move and is what is going to help them keep the Wii U relevant in this upcoming console cycle. The crazy thing was Nintendo didn't even mention what they have planned for the 3DS until after their Digital Event. That wasn't all Nintendo had up their sleeve they really went out up and beyond this year with their Smash Brothers tournament and the Treehouse broadcast. In regards to the Nintendo Treehouse broadcast, I hope this is a continuous thing every E3. I was great to see the people who work at the Treehouse show so much excitement and interest in the games they work on.
Now who was truly the winner of E3 you might ask? Well in the end it's the gamer this year. Three companies came out and showed us nothing but games, games, a tv show, and more games. Granted a lot of these games won't come out til 2015, we still have so many amazing games coming our way. I was really happy with this years E3 and I hope this trend of showcasing these games continue.