FFD: What did you think of E3 this year?


By Geoffrey Tim on Friday, June 14, 2013

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E3 is done and dusted. Over. As I write this it’s a warm night in Los Angeles, Darryn and I are just about ready to pack up our stuff for one last sleep in our (very) dodgy hotel room before heading off to the airport in the wee hours of the morning. From our perspective it’s been a cracker of an E3.

We’ve seen a bunch of next-gen things – and that extends beyond just (really) shiny graphics to some really cool new ideas for the future of games. Different sorts of social connectivity, a huge focus on companion and second screen gaming. We’ve skipped all the parties and dinners to bring you as much news as we could – but our hands on and previews are far, far from over.

That ramble aside, what have you though of E3 this year? Has it been better than ones previous? Is E3 relevant again? Has anything you’ve seen or heard out of E3 impressed you?

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    PS4 no DRM and free to swap used titles.
    EPIC WIN.
    Also all the new games look incredible…..on BOTH consoles!

    • Rock789

      Absolutely! The next-gen looks like it’s going to be every gamers’ happy place. :)

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    Me neither. :-(

    • Argentil

      I think Nintendo’s idea of bringing E3 to Best Buy was an excellent idea. Not having a proper press conference wasn’t, but I’m convinced that was mostly because they had little to show on stage.
      It would be great having a few games at BTGames next year. It might happen in the far future.

      • HvR

        I think its better to tone it down if you do not have something major to reveal than standing on stage taking pot shots at your big toe.

        • Argentil

          Is that a metaphor?

  • Zoe

    I was very impressed with this E3 – tons of games that I found interesting. Nice to see such wide variety and tons of new IP. I’m looking forward to this year in gaming – gonna be a good one!

    • Argentil

      Actually, now that you mention it; though the MS conference wasn’t great, their choice in titles this year reflects a bit of awareness that variety is necessary. We did see a copious amount of Shooters, but there wasn’t THAT much time spent on it, they even threw in an interesting Indie game.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    It;s been a very cool E3 but I do feel that it was a little too console-centric. I felt a little left behind as a PC player

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      Seconded. The meh is strong with me on this one

    • Trevor Davies

      With you there, but understandable given it’s the start of next gen consoles. Let them have their moment in the sun.

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        Heh, “moment”

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        I was expecting a lot of console news. But when looking at E3 on a larger scale there were nearly no PC-related things anywhere. Exclusives? New tech? I know nVidia had a little thing but no idea about AMD.

        I was hoping for at least a bit more PC things at E3. Maybe I just missed all the PC news?

        • Trevor Davies

          There were tons of new PC things, they’re called next gen consoles trollol

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            lol

        • Trevor Davies

          No I know what you mean, I don’t really remember anything that was PC specific. Only thing that springs to mind as close to that was Witcher 3, which we already all knew about.

          • Argentil

            What can you expect with 2 consoles pushing release around the same time. MS and Sony would have tackled their third-party connections to give them a leg up over the competition. I saw a lot of multiplat PC games this year, but neither console maker would want third parties to elaborate on what is truly exclusive.

          • Trevor Davies

            That’s what I said earlier – I didn’t expect anything else.

            Doesn’t mean I can’t be a disappointed benevolent master race overlord :D

  • Hammersteyn

    Best E3 in a long while but I guess it could be chalked up to the release of next gen consoles.

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    Few cool games that were not on my radar and are solidly on it now though

    • Hammersteyn

      You thinking of buying either PS4 or XBOX?

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        Nope, my justification for my pending upgrade (last one was 5 years ago) has been validated

  • DarthofZA

    By far the best E3 in a long time. Loved the direction gaming is going in. Usually first gen of games on new consoles are exactly what we’ve been having with better graphics, this time there was some new interesting little innovations. I liked that a lot.

    • Argentil

      I think last gen was the advent of the online platform. This gen is streaming, cloud updates, and inter-device connectivity. It was, definitely, a great E3.

  • fred

    Microsoft should have gone all digital , dropped the blu ray player and kinect to make the console $299 , and games $30 , that would have been something to talk about , and a better offering than what they gave. Ps4 did what I expected , but came in cheaper than I thought .

  • Sageville

    My E3 Synopsis:

    1.) Main focus on console war.
    2.) I think we are getting too many sequels and not enough new IP.
    3.) I was disappointed in the Xbox delivery and frankly arrogant and draconic DRM policy.
    4.) I was impressed by the Exclusives for the Xbox, awesome looking games, jealous!
    5.) PS4 won the E3 console battle, but I had to say they used the Xbox’s flaws to highlight the PS4 features, sad we respond to anti-opposition pushes like that.
    6.) PS4 pushed the indie angle, I liked that.
    7.) I really want to play Destiny now, hurry up already!

    P.S. LG coverage was superb.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Ignoring the massive elephant in the room, I thought Microsoft put on a decent show this year. It wasn’t as embarrassing as previous years, where they floundered while trying to make Kinect cool… Thankfully, they didn’t rope in some B-list celebrity or pop star. It was all about the games, and although a few of them left me underwhelmed, that Dead Rising 3 video brought a smile to my face (that changed once I heard that Capcom gutted the game to make it accessible to the COD crowd.. but alas… at the time, I was all smiles)

    SONY stole the show…again. I watched their conference yesterday, because I missed it because of the time difference, and they really brought their A-game. I still need to watch Nintendo’s conference, but I’m saving that one for the weekend.

    In general, I thought E3 2013 was good. Definitely better than the last three years worth of E3s. I definitely think that they hit a spectacular low last year, but with the new consoles, and the new next gen games, it left me pretty excited.

    I’ll give E3 2013 a B+ grade.

    • Rinceyouropinion

      Not embarrassing? HAHAHA! Really? MS while showing off Killer Instinct “Don’t worry, just let it happen” as he is owning his female colleague. I cringed SO bad!

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        He also went on to say “Wow, you like this” to which she replied she isn’t.

        I was very uncomfortable listening to that

        • Rinceyouropinion

          Yeah, I just had a re-read of the transcript. They guy was a nob.

          • Trevor Davies

            Look on the bright side, he didn’t go full retard & brag about raping her. Be thankful for small mercies.

          • Rinceyouropinion

            Hahha! This is true. Why do they always get the stiffest fucking people to present? With jokes that people don’t laugh at etc!

          • Sageville

            That peggle 2 reveal sans applause was meme-fodder.

            http://memebase.cheezburger.com/tag/peggle-2

          • Argentil

            Oh jeez. Poor bastard.

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      Is this Bonus Round?

  • Rinceyouropinion

    I thought it rocked hard! Lots of games coming, and yes, the fun of the console ‘wars’, which always gets a giggle. Also, well done to all the LG staff that put so much time into this. If I had to sit with only terrestrial television while I ate my dinner and no tweets on what’s happening at the E3 I may have murdered more people than I actually did. Also, loved the livestreaming through the site. That you can keep doing. One thing that would have been fantastic would have been some interviews. I don’t suppose you did that? I know the internet connection sucked worse than Darryns table manners, so perhaps we have something to look forward to?

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    I picked up a new hatred/loathing/etc for the word “EXCLUSIVE”

    • Hammersteyn

      I thought the word would be Console :P

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        I don’t give a rats ass what you play on, but I give a rats ass if you are only allowed to play on one platform.

        • Argentil

          I’d say prior years were worse. At least the meaning of the word has changed. When they say exclusive, they rarely mean ‘actual’ exclusive. It’s either temporarily exclusive, or it’s exclusive to console, but on PC also.

    • HvR

      That is actually a good FFB debate for next week, Exclusives vs poor ports.

  • Happy Hamster

    All that awaits now is Rage that E3 is done and dusted

    • Argentil

      Hear, hear. Would it be too much to hope they might have some of the next-gen titles on show? It would make all the difference experiencing them firsthand.

  • Happy Hamster

    I must say E3 converted me from a xbox fan to PS fan in a day and im sure im not the only one

    • Hammersteyn

      I was happy to give either console the benefit of the doubt. It was made a lot easier by MS

    • Rinceyouropinion

      Me too man. I was hoping against all hope that they would sort their shit out. Man oh man.

  • Tbone187

    I reckon 3 E’s weren’t enough for this yrs effort…Perhaps add Eloquently Executed to the mix…Thanks again for those awesome pics…I could almost feel the vibe…

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)
    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Wow, they went to town in the comments lol

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Just take a note of all the positive comments, they’re all new accounts. Under 50 comments. I sense some serious shilling going on at Major Nelsons.

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Lulz

    • Trevor Davies

      Xbox One Mountain Dew is already a pale yellow liquid, I don’t want to speculate on the Xbox One Dorito’s flavour :/

      • HvR

        DRM flavour, smells great, looks great but has dog/monkey shit taste.

        • Argentil

          The bitter taste of fanboy tears and kinect-induced sweat.

      • Argentil

        Why not green? Seriously. GOHD!

    • hairyknees

      OMG BRANDED SNACKS!

    • Rinceyouropinion

      I mean REALLY! And you see all the free loaders under in the comments section?

    • Rinceyouropinion

      Francis is gonna be HACKED off when he sees this!

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    It was Mind Blasting! loved, all the surprises and Sony winning over the hearts of gamers….utter bliss. I’m starting to love SE again too

    • Argentil

      And how. I felt a bit bad for Yoichi Wada (he’s a passionate gamer himself, and loved the games Square-Enix make), but if this is how Square-Enix delivers a few months after the change, then I can hardly fault them for it.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Indeed, seriously if SE continues like this, as much I like Wada, then I’m all for it. SE needed this man, they were on the verge of becoming just another horrible Game company

        • Argentil

          Well, I think someone needed to reign in Nomura-san. I think he would have sat on versus XIII for at least another 5 years if he had his way. And it would have been an exclusive. He was pretty vocal about that before. I assume their lack of results got him in trouble, leading him to give up his Sony favouritism.

  • ALKi1234

    E3 really took the wait of my mind…..But know it’s TIME…..

    • Sageville

      Correct grammar and spelling, one craves not these things..

      Soz couldn’t resist.

      • ALKi1234

        Whahahah i’m beside myself right now.

    • Guest

      And I give you… :P Mine came at about 8 this morning. :P

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Uh mine.. Ok Disqus is acting weird….

        :( must be because I’m boasting…

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          My wife is picking mine up!!!Can’t wait. this comes with a controller skin right?

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Yep! :D

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            oh you lucky Banana !!

          • Argentil

            Watch out for the auto-save glitch I mentioned above.

        • Argentil

          Count me in, I got mine too. I hear there are autosave issues, so be careful guys. Press Start every now and then and if it’s stuck on saying it’s autosaving, you will have to relaunch the game. :(

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Thanx for the heads up :) :) MUCH APPRECIATED

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          yay :)

          • ALKi1234

            Nice!!i had the auto save issue last night so this morning i had to start all over again. But i will say this, i’m taking a different approach knowing whats coming this time round.

    • Sageville

      Hitting BT games after work for my copy.

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      Enjoy man, it’s gonna be an awesome weekend!!

    • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

      lucky bugger

    • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

      You PS3 Owners are in for a fcking TREAT. I just watched the first 20minutes. It is the best videogame that I have ever seen. WOW!!!

      I need a PS3.

  • hairyknees

    That is all. :P

  • hairyknees

    All trololol aside, I think everybody put on a fairly good show, showing off some great games. Sony did definitely take the show though when they concluded with their take on DRM and the price point.

    • Argentil

      Jack Tretton’s trollface will forever live on in gaming history.

  • Airborne

    Hahahahaha.. How are we supposed to answer that? Hmmmm… “It was good, but not as good as last year…” lolol How about you tell us misfortunate ones, how it was. Even better… invite us next year :)

  • Matthew Holliday

    No surprises really.
    xbox an ps4 were announced befor e3.
    new games and console details are all well and good and stuff
    but in the age of internet and when there is no such thing as a secret, makes events like these predictable.

  • Emm

    You took the words right out of my mouth Fred

  • Gustav Minnie

    Some good games in the pipeline. My only disappointment – no Rainbow 6 Patriots.

  • Skyblue

    One of the more memorable E3′s in a while. Was happy to see some new IP even though there wasn’t nearly enough of it, as usual.The EA Battlefield 4 gameplay demo was the most amazing thing I’ve seen in a long time.

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