Is it childish to see the press conferences as a battle between Microsoft and Sony? Nah, I didn't think so either. Join us as we take a brief look at what each side brought to the table, and try to settle on who is the champ of the E3 press conferences.
Before E3 properly kicked off in Los Angeles, Microsoft and Sony held their pre-show press conferences on Monday to lay down their cards for all to see. For Microsoft it was all about the games, with Phil Spencer , head of Xbox, taking to the stage to thank fans for all their feedback since the launch of Xbox One. For pretty much the whole 90 minute conference we heard very little talk and saw a hell of a lot game footage – which is exactly what Microsoft needed to do since last year’s car-crash conference.
Exclusives appeared to be a big focus for Xbox, with DLC content coming to Xbox first for games like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Turtlerock’s 4-player hunt-a-thon Evolve. The creators of Limbo, Playdead, showed off their new game Inside too, which they’ve been working on for the last four years.
The Assassin's Creed: Unity demo showed off some cool co-op gameplay.
More big titles were shown with gameplay demos, such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The Division, and Assassin’s Creed: Unity. A few more new titles were announced, like Platinum Games’ Scalebound, which looks a lot like Monster Hunter crossed with Devil May Cry. A remake/remastering of Phantom Dust was revealed too, and also Crackdown. The sheer amount of pure games footage and trailers Microsoft showed clearly emphasised their want to regain the trust from gamers following last year.
So with Microsoft seemingly listening to consumers and delivering pure games, games, games, it felt like they were on point and delivered exactly what they needed to.
Sony came out suited and booted, starting off with the big guns by showing a story trailer for Bungie’s Destiny. They then followed up with an announcement that you will be able to play Destiny first on Playstation on July 17. Plus this Thursday a first look alpha will be available for PS4 owners. Hardware was also touched upon in the form of a special white Playstation 4 that comes bundled with the game.
The Order 1886 also had new gameplay footage shown, along with a trailer for Entwined straight after it, which was quite a contrast. Little Big Planet 3 was abruptly revealed too, which had FromSoftware’s new title Bloodborne shown afterwards. The conference seemed to take this back and forth motion with the tone of the games Sony revealed.
The Bloodborne trailer was pure creepy.
So, like the title of this article says, who won? Well, in terms of pure no nonsense game footage and minimal talk from the suits, it’d have to be Microsoft. But for exclusives, bigger reveals, and slight diversity with some hardware talk it would be Sony. Personally I preferred Microsoft’s conference – I’m more a fan of sitting there and watching pretty images being beamed into my retinas than listening to corporate big-wigs peddling their wares.
How about you, which conference did you prefer? And which trailers/gameplay got you most excited?