The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is one of the most exciting times of the year for the world of gaming. We get to focus in on some of the most exciting upcoming titles in the industry, and get a strong glimpse of future titles for the following years to come. This year, we had six media briefings. Time to dive in and figure out which one outdid the rest. Let’s take a critical look at E3 2017.
Starting at the top was EA, who managed to wow us quite a bit with a few interesting announcements. From their subsidiary Bioware comes Anthem, a new IP about freelancers piloting robots to traverse unknown territory and find more info to assist humanity. On top of this came the usual reel of sports games, so at this point we sort of knew what to expect. Finally came an extensive look at Star Wars Battlefront 2, with a confirmed story mode and everything. The presentation itself wasn’t particularly interesting, but some of the titles shown had charm to them.
Then the following day, Microsoft gave their briefing, and my, it was incredible. They opened by unveiling their new Xbox One X, which is a bit on the pricey side, clocking in at $499, but the games they showed were absolutely incredible. From Assassin’s Creed Origins to The Darwin Project, a sequel to Ori and much more. This E3 proved for Microsoft that it isn’t all about the gritty action games or gory shooters, and that independent stylized unrealistic games have a very important place in our industry. Rarely do I find myself that impressed with Xbox, but this was an integrity briefing above all else. Particularly their ability to blend with all types of gamers.
That very same day Bethesda arrived, showing off their new BethesdaLand. While most were very disappointed with their briefing, I found it to have some legitimate charm. Skyrim for Switch was shown, as well as a new Wolfenstein, some expansion info for Elder Scrolls Legends and much more. It was subtle, not fantastic, but good enough.
These first three E3 2017 conferences were a mixed bag, with Microsoft being the best of the bunch, but what about PlayStation, Nintendo, and Ubisoft? Come back later and we’ll talk about those three as well.