The dust has settled. The gate of E3 proper are now open. The word from the show floor is that it’s a horrendously sweaty, heaving throng of people, thanks to E3 opening its doors to the public for the first time. We’ve all been sat here in the comfort of our own homes and basking in the reveals though, with no less than six press conferences jam-packed with trailers and announcements.
The second of our public votes for E3 Awards, this is an opportunity for the GD community to let be known what they thought of each of the publishers’ performances. EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo collectively put together around eight hours of game announcements. Now it’s time to vote for your favourite.
EA Play E3 2017 Press Conference
EA doesn’t do efficiency. Theirs was the longest of all E3 2017 press conferences, and they’re quite content to ramble on for a while, trot out guest stars, and get ‘shoutcasters’ screaming into Microphones. Case in point - I got through three cups of tea watching this. Still, we got to see some fantastic gameplay demonstrations of the likes of Star Wars Battlefront 2, Need For Speed Payback, and Madden 18, as well as reveals of A Way Out and BioWare’s promising Anthem.
Microsoft Xbox E3 2017 Press Conference
Never before has a conference been more about the games. Microsoft’s stage show was the anti-EA, hitting us with blast after blast of game trailers, more than 40 in total. Amazingly, Microsoft managed to make it all about the games despite revealing a brand new console in the Xbox One X. Actual shocks may have been few and far between, but there’s little disputing the wealth and breadth of content on offer.
Bethesda E3 2017 Press Conference
Bethesda’s really beginning to grow into E3 these days. There wasn’t the shock factor of a new Bethesda Studios title this time around, but the rising star in the publisher world still managed to cram in some fantastic reveals. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and The Evil Within 2 stole the show, but a shout out too to the standalone Dishonored adventure coming our way soon. More importantly, Bethesda took what was shaping up to be a fairly blank holiday season and giving us three concrete release dates.
Ubisoft E3 2017 Press Conference
Ubisoft’s tactics for E3 change year in year out. At E3 2017, however, they seem to have struck the golden formula. There was a little bit of interplay with the audience, but by and large, Ubisoft let the games do the talking. We thought most the surprises were out in the open before the conference itself, but Beyond Good & Evil 2 stunned the gaming world, The Crew 2 looks like a revelation, and Mario + Rabbids is the secret game of the show.
Sony E3 2017 Press Conference
After two astonishing years at E3, the pressure was sort of on Sony here. There were heaps of amazing games on show, arguably some of the best, yet the lingering feeling was perhaps that we’d seen all this before. There’s no denying the quality of the likes of Spider-Man, Days Gone, Shadow of the Colossus, Horizon: Zero Dawn etc, but the one criticism of Sony’s show was that perhaps Sony blew its load too early over the past two years.
Nintendo Direct E3 2017
Nintendo is a company which holds its cards notoriously close to its chest. From an outsider's perspective, it seems as if there aren’t a great deal of games coming to the system, yet Nintendo is sticking to a one first party exclusive per month schedule that is absolutely unparalleled. 2018 and beyond look a little flaky, but we expect further Directs throughout the year to expand on that. For now, Switch owners can be content with a few new reveals and trailers, and a line-up between now and Christmas that makes for pleasant reading - Arms, Splatoon 2, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Pokken Tournament DX, Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade 2. Looking a little further afield, Nintendo’s biggest megatons were the announcements of Metroid Prime 4 and a core Pokemon title in development for the Switch.
Now it’s over to you GD! Vote for your favourite, and let us know below why you picked your chosen conference!