Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, all three big guns of gaming industry had a pretty good E3 2014 event so it was a difficult task to make out which firm had the best showing. NeoGaf user TimeToKill has made a pretty interesting comparison chart of Sony vs Microsoft vs Nintendo E3 conference and the parameters that were compared as "games with release date in 2014, time spend showing games, exclusive announcement and lot more"
Microsoft spend 67% of the time showing their games at E3 2014 whereas Sony spend only 54% and Nintendo 66%. Furthermore, Sony made 36% exclusive content announcement as compared to Microsoft's 30% and Nintendo's 92%
You can take a look at full breakdown below.
Separation of Games into release year and this is the end result
Time spent to showcase "Only Games"
This was how games were revealed or discussed at the shows. If they showed gameplay or even simulated gameplay, it went in the gameplay category. If they showed only cutscenes or straight-up CG, it went in the "nothing like gameplay" category. Talking was when they just mentioned a game, and possibly a logo or concept art, with nothing to show for it.
Each game had a "type" associated with it, including whether shooting was a main or primary mechanic. The graph show if a game's gameplay was primarily "about" shooting or about something else.
And finally, exclusivity of games to the platform.
After the epic messup of E3 2013, it was the matter of life and death to rise and bring back the lost faith from their loyal gamers. They concentrated all their effort at E3 2014. We could clearly make out the difference in these two events.
It seem that the famous "TVTV" focus was left behind long back. They made it clear that E3 2014 will be only about games. Xbox One game developers did a commendable job with all the games, but we sorted the best five among those, check out the list:
Assassin's Creed Unity
Ubisoft showcased this gameplay demo is a whole new style. Alex Amancio, the creative director of Assassin's Creed Unity, guided us through the whole gameplay, revealing specific details about what Untiy is all about. Some of the games has lost their faith is the Assassin's Creed series for a while but with Assassin's Creed Unity it all came back. Players will take the role of Arnaud who is a Parisian Assassin willing to end Templar influence which is the main cause of disruption in Paris. Arnaud will have special abilities which are rarely seen on any Assassin's Creed game.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
BioWare made a mind blowing announcement that Dragon Age: Inquisition will have 40 endings. Imagine player playing the whole game 40 times just to reach a unique end. With this announcement BioWare has just stuffed cotton to those mouths who constantly babbled about Mass Effect 3 having limited endings.
Also the creative director, Mike Laidlaw, revealed that Dragon Age: Inquisition will have more romances than any previous BioWare game! Dont get excited though, he later clarified that he was talking only about the Dragon Age series.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
We could see Geralt, the lead character in an open world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The gameplay showcased Geralt ferociously attacking his prey: a wild griffin. He chased the griffin through No Mand's Land. Geralt could locate the griffin from his spilt blood with the help of his Witcher sense and defeat his enemy by cutting him into two. During the gameplay we could also see the creators use melee combat and magic skills to take down a group of deserters
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
If you always thought of lifting heavy weights but couldn't, here is a virtual way of doing so. While playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare you get into the shoes of a soldier who wears exoskeletons which grants him superhuman strength. You can carry great loads, take huge leaps from one place to another and easily climb up on straight walls. Set 45 years into the future, in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare you can launch smart grenades which locat their targets before blowing them into pieces. Also you can use laser guns and become invisible just at the click of a button.
Tom Clancy's The Division
An awesome looking New York was showcased at Ubisoft's E3 2014 press conference. We cannot fully say that this was a brand new demo but atleast it was form different angle. Tom Clancy's The Division has dynamic shifting of the time of day. Ubisoft revealed that this day and night cycle will affect the nature of enemies that you will face during your gameplay.
Sony's E3 2014 press conference was the most eagerly awaited conference of E3 of all years. Many games were being teased from a long time before the actual announcement. It wont be wrong if we say that the building pressure on Sony was wisely handled by them. They have started a new era in the next generation of gaming.
We tried to sort some of the best games from the whole lot of amazing games showcased at the E3 event. We had a hard time selecting from the huge list, but after carefully considering unique aspects of each game we came up with the the best 5 games showcased at the E3 Sony press conference. Take a look.
Batman: Arkham Knight
This is what we could call a no doubt, crystal clear next get game. When the Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay was showcased at E3 there was a wave of happiness among the audience. A jet black Batman swooped through the skyline of Gotham and took our breath away.
After the appearance of Batman, we got to see another stunning piece of creation by Rocksteady: The Batmobile, which is playable for the very first time. The Batman: Arkham Knight trailer was amazing is almost all aspects, commendable lightning effects, batman in the Batsuit and the amazing Batmobile.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
During the trailer we saw a tired looking Nathan Drake walking on the shore and go into the forest. Naughty Dog gave out the gameplay details,a part of which was something like: "His greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves."
We can guess that it is going to get really personal for Nathan in the 4th Uncharted game. His endurance levels will be tested through various levels and it wont be wrong to keep our hopes high for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.
The Order: 1886
One of the most highly anticipated games from Sony's secret pocket. Sir Galahad, the central protagonist, was seen facing a terrible werewolf creature. The trailer which was showcased did not reveal more information about The Order, but we definitely know that Ready at Dawn is about to deliver a high end experience to the eagerly waiting gaming community.
Far Cry 4
This was the very first game showcased by Ubisoft during their E3 press conference. They showed Ajay Ghale, the lead character, traversing through the Himalayan district of Kyrat. Ajay has visited the Himalayas to complete the last wish of his mother. She wanted him to scatter her ashes in the Kyrat district. There are a number of upgrades in Far Cry 4. Players get the ability to swing from cliff to cliff.
Along with that stealthy, rapid fire crossbow, the ability to boot things with your feet, driving and shooting at once, driving takedowns from one vehicle to another, mechanical elephants and Yaks with next gen fur. With all this in one game is going to blow our minds.
Mortal Kombat X
After weeks of teasing the Mortal Kombat X game, it was finally showcased at the E3 2014. The trailer features exquisite looking battle between Scorpion and Sub-Zero. One is armed with the element of fire and other with ice. So you just don't know how things are going to shape up on your console, will there be a lot of heat in this game or will it be icy cold, only time will tell. Though gamers were still skeptical about this reveal as it looked cinematic, their doubts ended when they saw the actual gameplay few days later from NetherRealm Studios.
Another amazing year of E3 for Sony. Expectations of millions of PlayStation fans were almost touching the horizon. Sony had a lot in store for their loyal fans to be showcased in a limited time frame. Sony E3 press conference was fast paced, including brand new games, some squeals and a few DLC's. The E3 press conference of Sony also included certain announcements regarding the console, a Glacier White PlayStation 4 and PlayStation now where you can live stream the gameplay. For far this is an exclusive PlayStation feature.
Here is the detailed Sony E3 Press Conference. Click on the headlines to watch the respective videos:
It was very small trailer, that's why I didn't feel very awesome about it, but it was surly something exciting. Drake's character looks bit aged but not old at all, he looks as tired as Lara Croft from another great reveal at E3: Rise of Tomb Rider, sometimes I really wish we could see Drake and Lara team up, I mean it could have been a jaw dropping opening announcement of E3, but never mind, in the meantime check out Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Character Model Comparison Screens Show Startling Improvement, True Next-Gen Graphics.
An amazing trailer to watch, GTA V made people present at the conference jump with excitement. Sony played smart by announcing that the gamers can import data from their XBox 360 and continue G.TA V on their PlayStation consoles. All we have to do now is wait and keep a tab of the number of players pulled out from their Xbox consoles to PlayStation.
The very first announcement made by Sony at E3 was the stunning Exclusive PlayStation Destiny bundle. Please don't think of any extra upgrade, it is only a color change, otherwise people will start making comparisons of PS4 Black vs PS4 White.
PlayStation Destiny bundle will be available from the 9th of September this year. It will include a 500GB Glacier White PlayStation 4, a white DualShock 4, Destiny game and a 30 day voucher for PSP.
Starting with the unique tagline of "Always together, Forever apart", Entwined is a mesmerizing story of two lovers who cannot be together. The two soul-mates are depicted as a fish and a Phoenix. The player has to try and bring them together through 9 lives, to transform into a Dragon.
Entwined is now available for $9.99.
They called it the biggest handcrafted adventure yet! An amazing LittleBigPlanet 3 trailer and gameplay were both showcased at E3 sony press conference. New characters including Oddsock, Toggle and Swoop were seen making way through complex structures. They each have their unique abilities which will help the players to easily complete the levels.
An action RPG developed by the Japanese developer FromSoftware was showcased in a very dramatic way during the conference. Bloodborne lead everyone to the edge of their seats.
Far Cry 4:
The legacy of famous Far Cry series continued with a fresh installment in the series Far Cry 4. Ajay Ghale and Hurk played Far Cry 4 for the audience of Sony E3 Press Conference. Take a look at the video below.
Clearly I didn't understand it first then I realized, ok they are talking about the Episodes from a comic novel. Some good highlights were Free, first episode exclusive on PSN for everyone, Free first season for US citizens,I mean really that's cheating but happy for US citizens. Here is the full announcement footage:
From the beginning to the end, everything was just awesome in this demo, like demonstration of Batmobile and combat. Batman suite is awesome filled to the brim with features. Breaking down Penguin badly to dust..I mean I can really write the whole day about it.