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ShopTo at E3: Our take on the Press Conferences


With an entire day of press conferences under our belt, it's time to take a deeper dive into what we found interesting at the show. 

Microsoft

In terms of what Microsoft showed, I'm somewhat disappointed. They talked a big game and told us all to wait to see the games. Unfortunately, they didn't really keep up on that promise.

Despite showing a gameplay demo reel for Metal Gear Solid V, there wasn't much actual gameplay. We saw Battlefield 4 single-player and Titanfall, but the entire event came across super scripted and didn't feel like it was for the press sitting in the audience. The Killer Instinct demo was near offensive at how long it lasted despite showcasing nothing that makes Killer Instinct great in the first place.

The most interesting part of that demo was the debut of Upload Studio, the built-in tool that lets you upload and share your gameplay.

Titanfall looked extremely interesting and nailed the concept of fast-moving mechs that I've been longing for since the days Chromehounds went offline.

They also brought out a car for Forza and teased a new Halo game. We don't know much other than that it exists.

Unfortuately, they didn't address DRM or always-online, leaving it to seem like they don't really care. At the very end, they announced a release date of November with a price tag of €499.99/£429.99. You read that right, €499.99. That's $660USD in total when converted which is more than €160/£100 more than your US friends will be paying come November. 


EA

EA came out strong with Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, an all-new third-person shooter action title that's built on the foundation of a parody of Modern Warfare. It's silly, cute, and gorgeous.

They moved onto UFC, and a few other sports things that didn't show much, but the next large demo was Need for Speed: Rivals which showed two players working independently in single-player converging on the same race from the perspective of a cop and racer. It was a bit melodramatic, but it looked pretty and has fast cars. Besides, it gave them the opportunity to bring out Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad to talk about his role as the lead in the Need for Speed, which doesn't look too hot so far.

They then gave us a hint of what's to come by showing a short teaser for Star Wars Battlefront. I wasn't alone in my failed attempt to keep my composure.

For some, this was the way they felt when EA showed the trailer for a new Mirror's Edge title, which was later revealed to be Faith's origin story. It looks beautiful and will be released "when it's done", so don't expect it very soon.

They were also sure to mention that every game they showed on stage would be demoed on either a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, with the exception of Battlefield 4 multiplayer, which was shown on PC.

They also announced Peggle 2, so block off your vacation time now, because you'll need it. 


Ubisoft

Ubisoft came out strong, showing more trailer than gameplay, but offering a suite of new announcements released to Rabbids as well as upcoming titles for the future.

The Crew was a surprisingly new addition to the Ubisoft lineup that groups players into crews of drivers to complete both single-player and multiplayer. It offers extreme car customization that, as a car fan, left me giddy.

They also demoed more of Watch Dogs and left us wanting more by showing The Division, an upcoming apocalyptic shooter that's more MMO than basic multiplayer. It looks brilliant. 


Sony

This is what you've been waiting for, I know. Sony killed it this year. Not only did they come out of the gate showing the box, but they also directly addressed concerns about DRM, always-online connectivity, and spat out a price, leaving the rest of the show to talk about games.

In case you missed it, you can shared used games, don't need to check in online, and the PlayStation 4 will launch this fall for €399/£349, more than €100/£70 cheaper than the Xbox One.

They didn't stop with games either, showing world premiere gameplay of Destiny and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, while also announcing titles like Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts III, and The Order, a new IP from Sony Santa Monica and ReadyAtDawn Studios.

They also talked up PlayStation Plus quite a bit, announcing that the benefits enjoyed now would carry over for no additional cost and that Drive Club would come free at launch with PlayStation Plus. Of course, they also announced that you now need PS Plus for online multiplayer on PS4, but really, it's about time they did that.

PlayStation Plus is a great deal, don't worry about that. You should take the time to watch it, they showed some great stuff that really shows that they care about gamers, even dedicating a large portion of the event to indie developers, something that hasn't really been done before. 



We haven't see anything from Nintendo here at E3, although you've no doubt watched the recent Nintendo Direct.

So far, we're big on the idea of the PlayStation 4, but can't wait to get our hands on all the new hardware. 

Words by Alex Rubens, who attended all four press conferences and who is currently attending the E3 Expo on behalf of ShopToNews. Check back for more coverage throughout the week. 

Edited On 11 Jun, 2013

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JustTheTrick.tm's avatar
JustTheTrick.tm 3 years ago
Maybe it's time you didnt stick to just MS and SONY and cover Nintendo as well.
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Shepherd 3 years ago
The Microsoft conference deserves a lot more credit than you give, they showed much more gameplay than what you've listed. Yes the console is a train wreck, but that small paragraph is way off the mark.
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troublemaker 3 years ago
The article is a look at this year's conferences. Nintendo didn't have a conference. Ninty aren't being overlooked this year, but personally I think that not having a proper conference is a daft move. As to the article, pretty much spot on I reckon. Fanboy-ism aside, there was no beating Sony this year with MS playing the part of the deaf, dumb and blind village idiot. Ubi ALWAYS come out swinging. Their two new IPs were very interesting, even if I'm not their key demo for them. Cool write up.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Wow careful Brooker. We talked out this, Gloria will rip your heart out is you go pro Ubi
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Robichoico 3 years ago
Main two were incredibly weak and neither Sony nor Microsoft managed to convince me to buy their consoles at launch. Just about the only thing that came out of the Sony conference was that 1. It's gonna have Kingdom Hearts and 2. It's gonna do what EVERY OTHER CONSOLE DOES. (except one) and Microsoft shown stronger games before ruining it by being Microsoft. Ubisoft's was suprisingly strong however. Like last year it was better than some of the bigger ones by just showing plenty of games. Nintendo's was strong too. While there wasn't the surprise it was short and shown quality after quality title. Oh and Wii Play/Fit too. Kinda wished it was longer and they put the content on there that came up later like Zelda, Yoshi Island, Mario + Luigi etc.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Ninty ruined it by announcing the the Wii Fit Girl is in Smash Bros
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troublemaker 3 years ago
I know, but it has to be said! I'll suffer her wrath if I need to. I think Sony did the right thing, they were diverse and showed a bit of everything. Including some incredible games that should cover all tastes. Microsoft failed to answer any questions, talked up the "all about games" angle and only showed a few that we didn't already know about. On more than one occasion, they showed a games title logo, said its name out loud and moved on to the next. And that fucking awful KI Demo, someone needs a slap for allowing that to happen
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Dead 3 years ago
Who needs a conference when you have Nintendo quality games.
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Dead 3 years ago
And TM, prepare for entry of my strap-on.
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DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
Coming in here you can basically tell who own what console. And the ones that aren't anywhere to be seen are Xbox guys.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
What console do I own?
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Bindiana 3 years ago
Well I own Master System, Snes Mega Drive, Saturn Mutlimega, 32X, Dreamcast, Neo Geo Pocket playstaion 1 2 and 3, Xbox 360, Vita, 3Ds and DS, PSP, Gamecube, Wii, Wii U and a Gameboy so hopefully I can comment haha
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Robichoico 3 years ago
I own Commodore, Amiga, NES, Gameboy, SNES, Master System, GBC, GBA, GBA:SP, N64, PS1, PS2, X-Box, Cube, DS, Wii, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PSV, 3DS, Wii U
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
I own the Dreamcast 3. HA
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J-D 3 years ago
dreamcast was awesome
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Tom 3 years ago
Clearly a PS fanboy writing this article! Iv tried to be very impartial on this subject but I have to say Xbox wins hands down for me! All this criticism about DRM is ridiculous! It's not an issue & I welcome it, it will mean all those mouthy little kids that think they are hackers will no longer be able to cheat in order to win! If you think sony wont follow suit at some point then you're even more stupid than I thought! Apart from being slightly cheaper (which cheapens the franchise if you ask me) PS4 has nothing major to offer over the Xbox! I may end up buying both at some point but my day one purchase will certainly be the Xbox One!
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JustTheTrick.tm 3 years ago
They didn't have a conference per se, but they still made announcements and still had a major presence and therefore deserves coverage. They didnt have a new console to launch and nor did they need the approval of the press to convey their message. Annnnnd for the record I have all the consoles (minus the Vita)
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troublemaker 3 years ago
But this article is called "our take on the PRESS CONFERENCES" not, our take on everything. The press conferences are a massive part of E3, especially those of us that can't get to LA for the event. If ninty don't have a press conference, how can you possibly justify ragging on the writer for not writing about them in a PRESS CONFERENCE article? I would say that considering half the Xbox fanboys I know done a complete 180 after Sony's event because of the showing they put on, that you are indeed in the minority there Tom. Not sure how you go from DRM to hacking. PC has had DRM for years, and is still subject to hacking. You wanna give a few reasons why Xbox won for you? Instead of just calling someone you don't know, and who agrees with most of us, a fanboy?
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DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
Cheapened the franchise lol. I bet 8 years ago you were on the 'Sony is way too expensive, Xbox all the way' line too.
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ASC 3 years ago
Even as a PC/Sony supporter I admit the base xbone hardware is not too bad. the problems are that even if the connection issue is not a problem for many, microsoft has failed to acknowledge that it is a problem for others and people don't trust them to keep the system running - and so its turned into a PR disaster. This is only made worse by the fact that core gamers don't really want the kinect and the PS4 is more powerful and cheaper
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robioto 3 years ago
Sony really did nail it. I didn't think MS' conference was too bad, the games looked really good. But Sony soon stuck it to them. I think the biggest letdown was the Nintendo direct, another really poor show, the Wii U had a very long way to go.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Sony inserted the knife into Microsoft's back and proceed to twist it each time Jack made a dig at them & that 25 second applause was wonderful

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