Who Won E3 2011? The Full Review Is Inside…

Posted By | On 10th, Jun. 2011 Under Editorials, Feature | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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E3 this year was a massive disappointment. Microsoft’s conference was a ghostly echo of the one they had last year (which, in turn, was uncomfortably similar to Nintendo’s 2008 conference), Sony’s conference was largely boring with nothing new really announced and too much focus on 3D, although the PS Vita price reveal came in as a pleasant surprise, and Nintendo’s… depending upon which side of the fence you stand on, it was either the best E3 conference we’ve had in years, or a confused, unfocused mess (if you’re like me, it was probably a mixture of both).

Anyway, now that we have the benefit of hindsight, we are going to have a look at all three of the conferences, and decide on who actually ‘won’ E3 this time around. Strap yourselves in. You may not like what’s coming up.

MICROSOFT

Microsoft’s conference was pretty average.

Remember how bad their conference last year was? And how we were hoping this year would be better?

Well, this year was better than last year, but not by much. The good thing was that Microsoft actually spent some time on core games this year (with special emphasis laid on Modern Warfare 3, Gears of War 3, two Halo games and Mass Effect 3). The bad part was that the core games made up roughly twenty minutes of Microsoft’ conference, and the rest of it all was spent on Kinect. Hell, even ‘core’ games like Mass Effect 3 and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon were demoed primarily to show off the Kinect.

At least Mass Effect 3 and Ghost Recon escaped with only minor, optional Kinect integration though. If you’re a core gamer, your heart must surely have cried out when you learnt that franchises like Fable were being reworked to the point of being dumbed down for the asinine, just so that they would work on the Kinect.

 

The unveiling of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Halo 4 were the highlights of Microsoft's conference... actually, they were the only good parts of the conference.

Worse than that. Remember Codename Kingdoms? The really neat Crytek exclusive that Microsoft teased at last year’s E3, the one game that we were hoping would be the start of a new Xbox exclusive IP that would showcase the system’s graphical potential. Turns out that is also a Kinect game. Developed by Crytek. My heart sank when that was confirmed on stage.

This isn’t even going into the ridiculous Kinect games, like Star Wars Kinect and Sesame Street, that were demoed on stage. I think I died a little on the inside when they were demoing Disneyland Adventures, actually. Sure, those games look great for the casual audience… but why are they being demoed at a conference meant for hardcore gamers? Nintendo was criticized heavily for this in 2008, did Microsoft not do its homework? Two years running, and all we get is Kinect crap. I can understand that Microsoft needs to justify the rather pricey purchase of the peripheral that over 10 million people have made, but… why not just have a separate Kinect focused conference, and keep E3 for the hardcore games?

Maybe they’ll take the hint and do that next year. As it stands now, Mirosoft’s E3 was a nightmare I’d like to forget. Entirely.

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  • even though nintendo won which i believe.
    as it doesn’t matter who won or not.

    Sony’s conference, saying the Vita was saved for the last and was best part of Sony’s conference is pure lies. We already know about psp2 from e3 last year and gdc this year. the only new thing sony talked about was the name which we already knew weeks ago and the price.

    Sony was at the bottom of the 3, microsoft second. E3 is all about games and consoles not making montages and talking all the time.

    • Right E3 ‘is’ all about games and consoles not making montages and talking all the time (¬_¬). Microsoft unveiled Halo 4 and Anniversary as a money grab, they are very desperate to make games that will sell even if they have to ‘REACH’ deep into their pockets and most certainly destroy their most bankable franchise. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is barely talked about any more and will probably sell terribly compared to MW2 or black ops due to the massive fan fare of HATING CoD that is present in the gaming community. Microsoft’s 1 exclusive this year GoW 3 is going to be a blast with out an ounce of doubt but gets muffled out of the crowd because of the many other games coming out this year that can match it in quality, like RAGE, Syrim, Prey 2, Assassin’s Creed Revelations are more notably among them is uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception which by the way is a PS3 exclusive in case you didn’t know. On the topic of games This year SONY release many exclusives, such as Infamous 2, LBP 2, Killzone 3 and more are on the way. Microsoft has only 1 to be released in September and a re-release in November. Nintendo showed of a consoles with an embarrassing name, a controller with not sticks or triggers and a bunch of games from the same franchises they have been milking for the past 25 years so does any one mind telling me what the big fuss about them is? SONY announced a slew of new titles, a great price for the PS Vita and a new 3D tv that is revolutionary to say the least while everyone else didn’t surpass them in tech if you give it a little bit of thought. Sure no one surprised us but E3 is all about games and consoles not making montages and talking all the time as you said, so if your talking about games then SONY was on top of the 3 because they had everything for A to Z including hardware as well as software. While Nintendo would be second because of their brand new system and Microsoft would be dead last due to the fact that they are arguable less creatively gifted in new game IPs than Microsoft. If you read this whole rant then thank you :/

  • Nintendos showing was silly and filled with maybe games preview and rehashes of the tired handful of franchises they have. Nothing new was announced by Nintendo and the lack of information about the Wii u is insulting which is telling that the system will most likely be crap hardware.

    The Sony conference announced a 3dtv that will display two images to two different people at the same time in a two player game. Sony showed off a game that is leaps and bounds above all other console games technologically (uncharted 3). Sony demoed other games in real time and how you’d play them and they played without incident.

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    • Musser64

      What do these comments even mean?

  • joe

    THE E3 SHOW IS TO SHOW WHAT THE ALL THE COMPANY HAVE TO OFFER SINCE WHEN IS THE E3 EXPO SUPOSED TO JUST SUPPORT THE HARD CORE GAMER WHERE IN THE RULES DOSE IT SAY THAT???? PLEASE FUCKING TELL ME!????? ALSO THIS PIECE OF SHIT ARTICAL MUST HAVE BEEN WRITTEN BY A SONY FANBOY KINECT IS AN AWESOME DEVICE I BOUT MIME ON LAUNCH IT IS AWESOME I WAS GLAD TO SEE MORE KINECT GAME SUPPORT FOR THE KINECT..ALL PS3 FANBOYS NEED TO GET REAL AND THINK BERFOR THEY SPEAK……

  • No no no… Sony was far ahead of Microsoft. Microsoft was absolutely horrible. They showed off Disneyland adventure for fucks sake lol. And Sesame street? Really Microsoft? Sony at least showed some real 1st party games (remember Microsoft only showed 3rd party for the entire first half) and revealed the Vita’s capability and price (which is very low). To say Microsoft beat anybody is terribly immature and uninformed. That said, Nintendo rocked the show this year.

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