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The Bad Conference
7 – EA
The Good: EA had a good amount of strong games that excited fans with the standouts including: Mass Effect Andromeda, the cute, heartwarming and charming Unravel, the long awaited Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and although I am not excited for them it would be foolish not to include Star Wars: Knights of the Fallen Empire and Star Wars: Battlefront as the standouts of EA’s conference.
The Bad: So why? Despite a good amount of strong games why did EA’s conference fail? Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 presentation was painful to watch and the game didn’t even look that good, the painful amount of focus on uninteresting mobile games, Square Enix handled mobile games better than EA did, and especially the painful amount of focus on EA Sports, EA did what no other conference did, feel extremely tedious and make it feel way longer than it was.
Final Grade: F
The Underwhelming Conferences
6 – Square Enix
The Good: Square Enix’s conference wasn’t really strong, but it wasn’t as bad as EA’s conference, the standouts from the conference being Just Cause 3 and the fan favorite Kingdom Hearts 3.
The Bad: Square Enix would’ve benefited from being the first or at least the second press conference, Sony and MIcrosoft stole the thunder of what them showing Rise of the Tomb Raider, Hitman and Final Fantasy VII could’ve been, although Just Cause 3 looked really interesting at the begging the game began to look boring as the coverage continued. Square’s conference began to feel tedious and was a weak conference for a company that doesn’t have to do conferences yearly.
Final Grade: D-
5 – Ubisoft
The Good: Ubisoft delivered a solid conference, though there was barely any diversity, with most of it’s games being Tom Clancy shooters, though strong games, nothing really stood out, Just Dance was obviously expected since it has become a yearly franchise and Assassin’s Creed well… let’s hope they redeem themselves, though I didn’t necessarily like them what looked like the stand out for fans were For Honor and South Park: The Fractured But Whole
The Bad: I’m a fan of Aisha Tyler but…. this conference… oh my, was she awkward and forced… and there was also the Jason Derullo performance…
Final Grade: C-
4 – Nintendo
The Good: Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event was heartwarming and charming, the muppets intro and skits along the conference gave Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event a heart that the rest of the conference lacked, also it was nice seeing some of the developers explain the origins of some of the games shown, among the standouts from Nintendo’s Digital Events were: Star Fox Zero, the incredibly charming Yoshi’s Woolly World, the Mario & Luigi/Paper Mario crossover Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam and Fire Emblem Fates.
The Bad: Despite dripping with charm Nintendo’s digital event lacked substance, most of the games shown were games we already knew about, games shown at previous Nintendo Directs, were completely missed opportunities (the Samus-less Metroid) or uninteresting games (the Mario Party-like Animal Crossing), Nintendo also decided to leave out strong games like the new Fatal Frame or made big announcement previous to the Digital Event like Earhbound Beginnings being available on the WiiU or the Smash DLC, also the Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover was a major dissapointment, with the crossover being more Persona than either SMT or Fire Emblem.
Final Grade: C
The Great Conferences
3 – Bethesda
The Good: Bethesda joined the E3 battle with some major announcements that drove the fans crazy, with the clear standouts of the conference being Dishonored 2 and the amazing fan awaited Fallout 4.
The Bad: Besides the two major announcements from Bethesda the conference was solid overall, but what has divided fans is Bethesda’s answer to Hearthstone, The Elder Scrolls Legends.
Final Grade: B
2 – Microsoft
The Good: Microsoft revealed a huge amount of games, with a lot of them coming later this year, Microsoft wowed fans and the gaming community with Backwards compatibility announced and the astonishing Holo-Lens, among the gaming highlights of the conference were: The beautiful ReCore, Rise of the Tomb Raider, the charming homage to classic cartoons Cuphead, Beyond Eyes, the amazing collection of Rare games Rare Replay and the atmospheric Gears of War 4.
The Bad: Despite showing a good amount of strong and interesting games, Microsoft rarely showed any gameplay, with most of the reveals being CG trailers.
Final Grade: B+
1 – Sony
The Good: Despite some strong competition Sony managed to deliver the strongest conference of E3 2015. Unlike some of the other companies Sony actually showed gameplay of most of the games announced, and not just CG trailers, among the stand outs from the conference were: The long awaited return of The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn, the hauntingly beautiful Dreams, FireWatch, the fan demanded Final Fantasy VII Remake, the surprising Shenmue 3 kickstarter that reached it’s $2 Million goal 9 hours after it was announced, and closing the conference the amazing Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End demo.
The Bad: Despite a really strong beginning and a solid ending, the middle part of Sony’s conference was somewhat weak, Sony also announced almost no game for the rest of the year with most of the games showed at E3 were either 2016 releases or have no release date and after promising Project Morpheus as the “Future of Gaming” giving less than 3 minutes to talk about it, is not a good sign.
Final Grade: A-
Also, despite not being the focus of any conference another standouts included:
- King’s Quest A Knight To Remember
- LEGO Dimensions
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- TellTale Game’s The Walking Dead: Michonne
- Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water