Place holder event for E3 2014
Remember the Xbox One reveal? Remember the backlash to the 24-hour verification check? Remember how Sony blew the doors off of E3 when they announced that they had no new DRM plans for the PlayStation 4? Well, it turns out that after that conference, Microsoft considered their solution to be – wait for it – to remove the disc drive from the Xbox One altogether.
Even though it might not really have quite as new an engine as they say, I was actually impressed when I got to see Call of Duty: Ghosts up close during a behind closed doors session at E3. while it does, yes, look like another Call of Duty game, some of the next-generation refinements actually managed to tickle my technical fancy.
It’s very difficult to sufficiently convey the leap in graphical fidelity between the current generation and the next. No Youtube video - no matter its resolution, or screenshot is capable of showing just how much nicer next-gen console games look than their current counterparts. And no game was more indicative of this than sucker Punch’s InFamous: Second Son.
One of the biggest surprises from Microsoft’s E3 conference was the announcement that Capcom’s Dead Rising 3 was coming to the Xbox One – and that it would be a platform exclusive. Not one of those “timed” ones either, because Microsoft’s doing publishing duties. It’s a good lock for Microsoft, because of all the Xbox One games I saw, this is the one that’ll make me get the system.
Mario Kart 8 is coming to the Wii U – and while you could, justifiably, say that ‘s yet another damned numbered Mario branded sequel coming from Nintendo, does it really matter if it’s a ton of fun? Because Mario Kart 8 certainly is just that.
The big added feature in this years Call of Duty is the dog companion, Riley. From what I’ve seen on the Internet and from chatting to people the dog is going down quite well with the fans but I have to admit I’m not totally sold on the idea.
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.
I don’t like posting videos from other sites for quite obvious reasons but we like the guys over at VG247 and they’ve posted up a video of one of their journo’s going hands on with Battlefield 4.
One of the best announcements made at the Microsoft conference at E3 was that starting soon, still no timeline, families will be allowed to share the Xbox Gold access across members.
You can watch Nintendo’s E3 focused Nintendo direct here – and while you’re doing that, join in our live blog coverage of the big N’s new stuff.
It was with much fanfare that Sony acquired the cloud gaming service Gaikai last year and I have to say I was quite disappointed that we heard so little about it at the conference last night. But don’t fear it wasn’t a failed acquisition at all and it is still coming.
The PS4 received an epic reveal last night and Sony has already hit the ground running by releasing the official spec sheet. You technical types may want to read all the nitty gritty details but for the rest of us here are the key take outs from this sheet.
Both Microsoft and Sony had their conferences last night and at each of them they showed off their premiere driving titles. Forza 5 and Gran Turismo 6 respectively.
Maybe you were busy, or maybe you’ve just forgotten – but E3 pretty much started yesterday with the big guys in the industry showing off their new stuff. Microsoft kicked off the proceedings, and we were right there to see it all. Here’s what happened.