For over 20 years, E3 has positioned itself as the premiere trade show for the gaming industry and this year proved no exception. Once again held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the three-day show featured countless announcements and reveals from dozens of different publishers and developers, while gaming behemoths like Xbox, Nintendo and PlayStation chose to announce what they’ve been up to ahead of the trade show’s official opening.
Electronic Arts kicked things off with EA Play at the Hollywood Palladium where they announced single-player campaigns for their major sports franchises like FIFA and Madden. In addition, the company gave attendees the chance to play a huge multiplayer match of Star Wars: Battlefront II and lifted the lid on new intellectual property, like A Way Out and Anthem, trailers for both of which you can watch below.
Xbox kept things going with their briefing where they revealed the long-awaited details of “Project Scorpio.” Officially titled the Xbox One X, the system is the most powerful console ever built and Microsoft made sure to drive home the One X’s 4K capabilities.
Simply put, the One X edges out the PS4 Pro in every way, thanks to a 6-teraflop GPU and 12GB of GDDR5 RAM. Whether or not that converts to more Xbox sales remains to be seen, but Microsoft is betting big on their hardware capabilities and going all in on gamers that only want the best. The system will retail for $499 when it hits retailers on November 7.
Fans of the original Xbox are in for a treat as well as Microsoft took the opportunity to announce that Xbox backward compatibility is coming to the Xbox One.
Of course, plenty Xbox revealed of plenty of new trailers and titles during their two-hour event, the best of which you can view below.
While last year’s E3 was disappointing for Nintendo and fans alike, the Japanese gaming behemoth kept up the momentum of their crowd-pleasing Switch by giving gamers the chance to play Super Mario Odyssey. From our own experience, nearly everyone that got the chance to play immediately fell in love with the game’s innovative approach and mechanics, something Nintendo was betting on given the success of best-sellers The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
However, the announcement that sent ripples through the tradeshow floors and the internet was the next successor to the Metroid Prime franchise: Metroid Prime 4. Little more than a title card, the announcement alone carried Nintendo through the three days and into the weekend. Add to that a new Kirby game, a new Yoshi game, a Pokemon game on Switch and a Rocket League port with offline play, and Nintendo certainly held their own this year.
As the company with perhaps the “safest” position among the big three, Sony stayed the course with their presentation, mostly focusing on big exclusives to come in the next year. As the first half of 2017 brought a number of celebrated exclusives such Horizon Zero Dawn to Persona 5, the second half naturally is looking pretty thin. Of all the trailers debuted during Sony’s press conference, only two are slated to hit this year: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and The Frozen Wilds DLC for Horizon Zero Dawn.
Titles like Days Gone, Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War, Shadow of the Colossus and Detroit: Become Human won’t hit until 2018 or later but Sony showing off a number of new VR games should help make the wait easier. A prequel to Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn in particular looks promising.
Lastly, the pre-show reveal of PlayLink could add another convincing element to the PS4 arsenal by allowing multiple players to interact with a PS4 game using their phones and tablets. Look for PlayLink to hit on July 4 with the comedy quiz title, That’s You!
The Best Trailers
Besides all the hardware announcements, gamers were in for a nearly unlimited supply of new trailers. Although some titles many expected to hear updates about like The Last of Us 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2 came and went without so much as a peep, fans were treated to enough game footage to pour over until next year’s E3. Some of our favorites appear below.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Sea of Thieves
Shadow of the Colossus Remake
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Star Wars: Battlefront 2
State of Decay 2
Forza Motorsport 7
Call of Duty: WWII
Detroit: Become Human
A Way Out
The Evil Within 2
Super Mario Odyssey
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Metroid Prime 4
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
God of War
Metroid: Samus Returns
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Monster Hunter: World
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
Far Cry 5
Final Fantasy XV Universe
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