Contemplating over whether E3 2015 was the best iteration ever will undoubtedly lead towards a lengthy and heated debate. However, no sane person would be willing to set aside the fact that it has been quite a while since we were treated to such a magnificent E3 event.
E3 2015 was brimming with surprise announcements. For once the expo didn’t stretch boredom until a singular announcement would allow one entity to vanquish its competition.
Every company had something awesome to share, with some having more of it. I like to think that the premise of someone winning E3 is on the positive shock value surging through the audience.
Being crowned has little to do with the type of announcements made, and more to do with how they were received.
On that note, only three companies successfully left their entire audience gasping for breath as they tired themselves out from shouting at pretty much everything: Microsoft, Sony, and Bethesda Softworks.
Before we look into which of these three had the most impact on their respective consumers, here is a quick recap of the companies that did not make the cut. These companies either failed to incite any form of excitement within their respective consumers, or what they tried to incite was just not enough.
EA threw out heavy punches during its media briefing. The gameplay footage of Star Wars: Battlefront left everyone marking their calendars.
The new Mirror’s Edge Catalyst showed promise, and the new Mass Effect trailer asked us to jump aboard the hype train.
However, as it happens each year, the rest of EA’s conference focused on its Sports and Mobile offerings. It began to look awkward as EA continuously reminded us about the Star Wars: Battlefront reveal to happen at the end of the session. It almost sounded like a plea to bear with them.
Ubisoft tried hard in making jaws drop with gameplay footage of The Division and Rainbow Six: Siege.
The cringing military scripts, however, caused me to mute my stream in order to punish myself less. Even the revealing of two new projects, For Honor and Ghost Recon: Wildlands, was just enough to make us curious, and not at all excited.
Nintendo’s E3 2015 digital briefing made me question as to whether it was necessary for the software giant to make an appearance.
The lackluster announcements were only trumped afterwards by a vastly growing online petition to have Nintendo cancel Metroid Prime: Federation Force, a title announced during E3 2015.
I would consider that Nintendo is already working on its new NX console. With Wii U nearing its last months, we probably can let Nintendo go for not announcing anything massive for the struggling console.
Square Enix had a gigantic bombshell to throw this year. However, Sony took the honor of pressing that button, leaving Square Enix to dazzle us with a Kingdom Hearts III, the new Hitman, a fantastic gameplay reveal of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and promise of a new Nier game.
Square Enix definitely delivered this year. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome what the others brought to the table.
With that out of the way, let us now look at the popular announcements from Microsoft, Sony, and Bethesda, to verify which of the lot deserves the E3 2015 crown.
Microsoft vs Sony vs Bethesda
With a strong line up of games, Microsoft’s focus was balanced compared to Sony’s.
The former showcased its offerings from 2015 and 2016, whereas Sony went for 2016 and beyond. Sticking with the current times was one highly advantageous fact for Microsoft’s presentation.
The announcement of Xbox One’s backwards compatibility with the Xbox 360 was huge. Shock waves from the unveiling of that engineering marvel are still being felt on the web. Following that, Microsoft threw a live demonstration for its HoloLens VR technology with a new Minecraft game. That was the future right in front of us!
ReCore, a new exclusive title for the Xbox One, was announced to be from the legendary creator Keiji Inafune and the makers of Metroid Prime. A fairly intriguing cinematic trailer did pique our interest, and had us place our faith in Inafune’s hands.
Rare returned with Sea of Thieves, an Xbox One exclusive adventure game with MMO features, and an insanely darkened Gears of War 4 gameplay footage didn’t help with us trying to ogle at the game’s visuals.
With further appearances by Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fable Legends, and Forza 6, Microsoft made it clear that 2015 would have plenty for the Xbox One owner.
Sony had its own nukes to fire. It started its conference with The Last Guardian, and reminding us that the emotionally set story surrounding the valuable friendship between the creature Trico and the young boy is still alive.
The announcements of Shenmue 3 and Final Fantasy VII Remake had audiences around the world jumping with joy and with tears running down their faces.
These three announcements were previously thought to require a dose of magic to become reality. Fans dreamed about them, and here Sony mentioned all three within the same hour.
The company wasn’t done, though. What is said to be in-game footage made our jaws drop as we saw Guerrilla Games’ new IP, Horizon: Zero Dawn. Alongside that we saw Media Molecule bring about Dreams, and Naughty Dog with an amazing gameplay demo of Uncharted 4.
Both Microsoft and Sony had their own special spices to sprinkle. Sony’s trilogy of announcements carried a lot of nostalgic value for many. Microsoft on the other hand proved why there’s no more reason to not upgrade to an Xbox One this holiday season.
That leaves us with Bethesda. With the announcements Bethesda had to make, it’s no wonder the company decided to host its first E3 this year.
DOOM’s gameplay demonstration had us chainsawing through monsters, smashing their skulls in, ripping their limbs apart, and flaunting a bad-ass badge to just about everything alien.
Dishonored 2 was announced, and this time it’s Emily Kaldwin who is going to be sneaking through the hallways and jumping off rooftops.
Fallout 4 was revealed to feature a massive customization panel. In fact just recalling all those details right now is making my head spin. A building mode was also mentioned where players can create their own layers with their own hands.
Additionally, Fallout 4 mods making their way towards the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles was unexpected.
So at the end of the day, who from these three won E3 2015? As I mentioned above that I like to see such matters be decided on the shock value each conference brought. To put it fairly, neither of the three media conferences left its audience disappointed. Now that’s surprising if you were to recall the last E3 events.
Hence, the one who really won E3 2015 is the gaming community. The options have been placed right in front of you and no matter whether you’re deciding to pursue them on the PS4, Xbox One, or PC, you won’t be disappointed.