It's been a manic few days, but the eight E3 2018 press conferences are now over. The doors to the show floor are now open, and now we know basically everything that's going to be announced at E3 2018. Now it's time to decide the best of E3 this year.
For the first of our public votes for E3 Awards, this is an opportunity for the GD community to let it be known what they thought of each of the publishers’ performances. EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Sony, Square Enix, the PC Gaming Show and Nintendo gave us hours on end of new game announcements, but which was the best?
EA Play E3 2018 Press Conference
Let's be honest, EA is terrible at press conferences. It feels like they're aimed at investors more than gamers, but there were a few gems to be found in amongst the layers of turd. The deep look at Anthem was an obvious highlight, as was the Battlefield V multiplayer gameplay and announcement of Battle Royale. Platformer fans were also given the surprise drop of Unravel Two. Why oh why didn't Respawn show something, anything, other than the name of its Jedi: Fallen Order project? And don't get us started on Command & Conquer Rivals.
Microsoft Xbox E3 2018 Press Conference
We love when Microsoft is playing catch-up. This conference was an unprecedented and unrelenting display of trailers and announcements. Chit chat was kept to an absolute minimum, serving as the window decoration for 50 new game trailers in 100 minutes. It was a struggle to keep pace with it at times, including reveals of a new Halo, Forza Horizon 4, and three Gears of War games. Third-parties got in on the action too, including the reveal of FromSoft's Shadows Die Twice, Capcom's Devil May Cry 5, and the spectacular finale from Cyberpunk 2077.
Bethesda E3 2018 Press Conference
Bethesda decided to play the long game. Last year, Wolfensein II, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider and The Evil Within 2 were announced and released within months of E3. This time, Fallout 76 was the only major release that will be ready to launch in 2018, as well as a small rogue-like add-on for Prey that's out now. What a game Fallout 76 looks like though, and further afield we have the likes of Rage 2, Doom: Eternal, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, as well as, of course, The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield.
Ubisoft E3 2018 Press Conference
Ubisoft knows how to put a smile on people's faces, and they also know how to deliver a well-paced conference. Light on surprises but loaded great content, even the all-singing, all-dancing, Just Dance 2019 intro managed to hit a high note. We got deep looks at Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Skull & Bones, Beyond Good & Evil 2 and The Division 2, as well as a few smaller surprises like Trials Rising, Donkey Kong Adventure, Starlink and Transference. Sadly, Splinter Cell was nowhere to be seen but you can't have it all.
Sony E3 2018 Press Conference
Sony took a less-is-more approach to E3 this year, preferring to focus on a few key games rather than hit us with the giant smorgasbord we've traditionally feasted on. Deep dives on The Last of Us 2, Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding and Spider-Man provided the four key pillars, supplemented by the Resident Evil 2 and Nioh 2 reveals. It was no E3 2015, but a solid showing nonetheless.
Nintendo Direct E3 2018
Probably not what anybody was expecting, Nintendo's E3 Direct was a little threadbare. Fortnite was confirmed, Super Mario Party announced, Fire Emblem: Three Houses gameplay revealed, and Hollow Knight's surprise drop on the Switch eShop. The bulk of the conference was reserved for Smash Bros Ultimate Edition though, which was one hell of a way to overhaul a tepid direct. For Smash fans, this is a dream come true. Each and every fighter for all previous Smash Bros games is present and correct, with Metroid's Ridley bringing the grand total all the way up to 65. Whew. Smash Bros is going to be massive when it launches December 7th.
Square Enix E3 2018 Showcase
Square Enix spent E3 trying to be everybody's best friend, popping up in conferences all over the shop. It kind of meant they'd ran out of surprises for their own showcase, although we did get an extended look at Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the strongest showing yet for Kingdom Hearts 3, Just Cause 4 gameplay, and a couple of reveals thanks to The Quiet Man and PlatinumGames' Babylon's Fall.
PC Gaming Show E3 2018
The PC Gaming Show seems to operate in a parallel universe to the rest of E3, packed with indie gems and unsung heroes that are a far cry from the post-apocalyptic AAA behemoths that bulk out the rest of E3. The big news was Sega confirming the Yakuza series is coming to PC, but we also got a bunch of Battle Royale games announced, a look at Two Point Hospital, a launch trailer for Warframe's new The Sacrifice add-on, and a look at the insidiously cute Ooblets.
Now it’s over to you GD! Vote for your favourite, and let us know below why you picked your chosen conference!