E3 2016 - Vote For Your Favourite E3 Press Conference

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 12:00 PM

All the E3 2016 press conferences are over, and the dust has begun to settle on what's been an incredible few days in the gaming world. Having been a bit quiet in the weeks leading up, we did end up having a flurry of leaks which took the edge off a bit. That said, there were dozens of games revealed and plenty of the conference hosts put up their A-game for the big shows. 

Following the carnage of last year, two publishers left this year. We said goodbye to Square Enix and Nintendo, but the usual suspects made up for it big time. EA, Bethesda, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Sony and the PC Gaming Show made for a hectic few days. By now you've hopefully had enough time to check them all out, and we want to know the one you found the most entertaining, with the biggest surprises and best reveals.

In case you've forgotten some of what's happened during this whirlwind week, here’s a quick rundown of the main components of each publisher’s conference before you vote.

Bethesda E3 2016 Press Conference

Bethesda might not have had anything as massive as its Fallout 4 reveal last year to lean on, but that didn't stop the publisher's second year at E3 from being crammed with must-have games and announcements. Some of its recent big-hitters got their shelf lives extended with DLC and expansions, but the largest cheers were heard for the likes of Dishonored 2, Prey 2, and Quake Champions. 

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Microsoft Xbox E3 2016 Press Conference 

Second only to Sony in terms of pacing, Microsoft's E3 2016 was a masterclass in turning the tide. So much has been said about poor Xbox One sales, but here Microsoft put that behind it with not one, but two console announcements, along with sensationally revealing all future first-part exclusives will be available on both PC and Xbox One. No show crammed more games into its running time, with Gears of War, Sea of Thieves, Scalebound, Recore, Dead Rising 4, Forza Horizon 3, State of Decay 2 and Halo Wars 2 all getting their moments in the limelight. 

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Electronic Arts E3 2016 Press Conference

EA's conference might have lacked a bit in the presentation department, but it wasn't lacking in the quality looking games. I think pretty much of all of us tuned in to watch Battlefield 1, and what was on offer was mighty impressive. Live-streaming a 64-player match was an incredibly brave move, and it was all worth it to see a blazed Snoop Dogg cream the competition in every match. That wasn't all for EA's press conference either, we had FIFA 17's ambitious new story mode, a Mass Effect Andromeda trailer, the Titanfall 2 full reveal and heaps of Star Wars goodies. 

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Ubisoft E3 2016 Press Conference

Much like each and every one of its open-world games, Ubisoft's two-how long E3 2016 press conference was full of padding. That said, we did get plenty of gameplay to feast our eyes on too. Ghost Recon Wildlands impressed with an entire mission shown, while we also got more on Watch Dogs 2 and South Park: The Fractured But Whole. For Honor got a hefty run out; I had no idea what was happening with Just Dance 2017 or Trials of the Blood Dragon; Eagle Flight looked a bit weird, and Steep looked frankly awesome. A typically mixed bag from Ubisoft then, but the best really did look like the best. 

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Sony PlayStation E3 2016 Press Conference

If you want a lesson in how to pace an E3 press conference, this right here is it. Bang, bang, bang, trailer after trailer, announcement after announcement, and not a couch chat in sight. Packing a 100-piece orchestra for the entirety of the show, Sony blasted through announcements for God of War, Days Gone, Crash Bandicoot, and Resident Evil 7, along with deep dives into Horizon: Zero Dawn, Detroit: Beyond Human and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Difficult to fault. 

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PC Gaming Show E3 2016 Press Conference

A more casual affair than your typical E3 conference, the PC Gaming Show was all about sitting on sofas and chatting about games. The Dawn of War 3 footage was divisive, whichever way you look at it, but this was quickly forgotten in deluge of quirky indie games and PC exclusives. Giant Cop, Mount & Blade, Tyranny, and Arma 3 Apex all brought the goods. 

Now it’s over to you GD! Vote for your favourite, and let us know below why you picked your chosen conference!

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16:05 Jun-19-2016

Bethesda and Sony. Enjoyed some of the PC games shown at the PC Gaming Show also

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17:09 Jun-18-2016

Second one of course ubisoft I love ubisoft no matter what they give me

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17:08 Jun-18-2016

No point discussing Sony won by a far I was waiting for a new gow for time and getting a God of War with Witcher 3 feeling is awesome still keeping old roots

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07:08 Jun-16-2016

Rockstarrrr!! umhmh? no? ( Minion's voice )

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06:01 Jun-16-2016

bethesda is one of my favorite game companies so yeah


1 square enix
2 bethesda
3 EA (only because of battlefield)

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22:51 Jun-15-2016

I may have died a bit when Sony announced Crash Bandicoot remakes :)

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21:44 Jun-15-2016

To be completely objective on the matter, Sony won by a landslide. Their conference was well paced, announced a lot of amazing content, and was impressive in every aspect. They stole the show.


If I were to be subjective, I'd say Bethesda, because Skyrim is my favourite game of all time, and I've always wanted a 64-bit version.
Being subjective is illogical however, so Sony gets my vote.

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04:41 Jun-16-2016

If you were being objective then surely you should at least consider the matter that MS announced change to the way console generations are released. Also them combining PC and Xbox markets+userbases.

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18:47 Jun-15-2016

Gwent. Gwent was the best announcement to come from the entire show.

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19:19 Jun-15-2016

I forgot about Gwent, now i feel ashamed. Gwent is the best card game ever.

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22:50 Jun-15-2016

Only if its confirmed for PC on something other than the Windows Store though.

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20:56 Jun-18-2016

I'm sure it will be available through GOG. I can't imagine it wouldn't be.

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18:19 Jun-15-2016

PC Gaming Show with Day9 was really awesome. We hadn't seen him in a long time. After that it would be EA with their celebrity guest stars and the livestream of BF1 along with some really great games.

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18:18 Jun-15-2016

Definitely Sony, two years in a row imo

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17:20 Jun-15-2016

Betheada
Dishonored 2
Skyrim HD
Fallout Shelter PC

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16:39 Jun-15-2016

As much as i was amazed by Sony reveal of games, i will vote for Microsoft coz im a PC gamer. And although there are lots of problems with the Windows Store (i havent actually used it, but this is the majority's opinion), new, innovative games are always appreciated. Really hyped for ReCore btw. I gotta give a hats off to EA for promoting indie games and i was really impressed by Steep even though thats not what everybody signed up for. And as always, im up for some South Park action. They just roasted the s**t out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC movies.

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16:16 Jun-15-2016

no hard feelings sony but i am going with microsoft today . I didn't expect this but they put together a good show . And all the xbox play thing gave a big boost.
I know the problems with the windows store but hey something is better than nothing right!!!
Cheers ;)

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16:06 Jun-15-2016

I am going with EA, i am hyped for Battlefield 1 and Mass Effect Andromeda more than any other game. Specially Mass Effect Andromeda, i am a sci-fi geek and idea of exploring a new galaxy alone gives me goosebumps. If i had to make a decision between Microsoft and Sony i would go with Microsoft. Windows 10, Windows Store whatever but at least they give crossplatform support, unlike Sony who shows a huge middle finger to PC gamers.

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16:19 Jun-15-2016

In my view, there's nothing wrong with catering (only) to one's own audience. But that's just me :)
I'm incredibly hyped for Battlefield 1 as well! Need to see more of ME:A to really get onto the hype train for that one.

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16:32 Jun-15-2016

Well, it is true but their opponent gives a hand to other audiences. From a PC gamers point of view Microsoft wins hands down. Microsoft brings Xbox One exclusives to PC, gives M+KB support to Xbox, makes multiplayer games crossplatform, overall tries to reduce the gap between PC and Xbox. They are still not saints for limiting PC users to W10 and worst market ever but on the other hand Sony prevents some games from getting released on PC. Hideo Kojima will still release his game on PC, so why can't we get Spider Man too? Isn't GOW enough to sell consoles ?

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19:33 Jun-15-2016

So why do you need an X Box when you can play X Box games on the PC now ?

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21:28 Jun-15-2016

There is no need for any console, so they try to create artifical needs.

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19:41 Jun-15-2016

I agree. I don't think Sony needs to, or should, make all their games multi-platform (although that's probably the developers choice). Otherwise what would be the point of the console ? I think there are far more games for the PC than the consoles, and if all console games were available to PC, it would kill the consol

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21:30 Jun-15-2016

PC would have already killed consoles if making profits on consoles wasn't extremely easy. It isn't 80s or 90s anymore, PC is the best gaming device and best device at any other thing too. Consoles limit PC.

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19:56 Jun-15-2016

Consoles need exclusives to stay relevant. And I certainly don't agree with your comment that Sony gives the middle finger to PC gamers.

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21:28 Jun-15-2016

Consoles are irrevelant already. Everything you can do on console, you can do it better on PC, though it might be less profitable for companies.

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21:48 Jun-15-2016

Consoles have a place in the market. They are for those who don't want the hassle of a PC (let's not lie, because it can be a hassle) and everything that comes with it.
I recently bought a PS4 for LittleBigPlanet3, and am very glad I did after seeing Horizon: Zero Dawn.

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21:57 Jun-15-2016

Well, i will give you an example about why exclusives shouldn't be exclusives. Is Arma 3 available on PS? No. Is there a technical reason for inability to release it for PS? Yes, PS doesn't have enough keys for all shortcuts. Is Wii Sports available on PC? No. Is it justified? Yes, PC doesn't have motion sensors. Is Horizon Zero Dawn available on PC? No. Is there a technical reason to not release it on PC? Nope, it is just Sony tries to sell more consoles. It is said that Sony doesn't make much money from selling consoles, they make most of profit from selling games. So why don't Sony just release game on PC? They will get money from PC sales too.

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13:45 Jun-15-2016

but where is take two interactive?

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13:07 Jun-15-2016

Have to go with sony, they had better games.

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12:58 Jun-15-2016

sony has awesome exclusives

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12:07 Jun-15-2016

Gotta go with Sony for this one , them damn exclusives got me jealous as hell

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12:32 Jun-15-2016

I agree.

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12:07 Jun-15-2016

Where is nintendo?

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12:13 Jun-15-2016

They didn't have a press conference. They've got demos and the Treehouse, but no actual conference.

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13:27 Jun-15-2016

Then EA shouldn't be either.

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