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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My thoughts on the E3 2015 conferences.

While E3 has only recently started officially, the conferences from the "big three" have already happened so I thought I'd share my thoughts on them.

Microsoft

I don't have an Xbox One nor do I have any interest in spending the money to buy one, but I thought the Microsoft conference was good. Halo 5 looks nice, as does Gears 4. I'm not really sure how much the "Hololens" will be useful for gaming, but like the Kinect it's likely to find MANY uses outside of it.

Their new cheater controller is stupid, as is its $150 price tag. I'm also not sure about the backwards compatibility. They did the same thing with the Xbox 360, using software emulation to play original Xbox games. If worked for the titles they supported, but they dropped support before they even got close to the full library of the original Xbox. I wonder how long they'll keep adding supported Xbox 360 titles?

Final Score: 3/5

Sony

Well, Sony did most of what I, and I think everyone, wanted and more. We got a confirmation of the existence of The Last Guardian on PS4. We got an announcement of a remake of Final Fantasy 7, which fans have been BEGGING FOR for years. I just hope they can adjust some things to make the story make some sense. I played Final Fantasy 7 and had it explained to me several times and still don't know what the hell is going on in that game.

We also got to see some actual game play footage of the new Kingdom Hearts, which looks nice. I've never played a Kingdom Hearts but I hear good things, so I'm looking forward to it. The usual stuff looks nice, No Man's Sky, Final Fantasy XV, mostly stuff we've seen before. The only downside is that games like the Final Fantasy 7 remake will also show up on PC. That kind of lessens the appeal of the system. Still, I think Sony did a good job and I'm looking forward to a lot of the games shown.

Final Score: 4/5

Nintendo

Ugh. While nothing they showed, other than the new "Metroid" games, were bad, but just weren't new. Nintendo has a track record of dropping bombs and surprising people, in that regard this E3 presentation from them was a HUGE disappointment. Maybe less so if you have a 3DS, but I was still very disappointed. The only thing for Wii U that was showed that we haven't seen before was the new Star Fox. For the record, I think Star Fox looks awesome. They also showed Xenoblade, but we've seen that. They showed Super Mario Maker, but we've seen that. You get the picture.

We got no footage of the Wii U Zelda, no new Metroid game for Wii U, nothing new on the Virtual Console front, no Splatoon content announcements, etc. I think something like an HD port/remake of Super Mario Sunshine would have been nice, but, yeah, nothing like that. Nothing that really stood out or WOWED people. It really does feel like they're winding down support for the Wii U, and that makes me sad. they've got some good stuff coming soon for the system, but seemingly nothing beyond that. Hell, they even mentioned their next "dedicated gaming platform code name NX." They said we'd hear about it next year, but even mentioning it signals to me that the Wii U's time is almost over.

Final Score: 1/5

What did you think? Leave a comment and let me know.