We’re keeping it restricted to console manufacturers for this E3 simply for the sake of clarity and ease of discussion. This post is meant to be a chatter ground for you folks, so we won’t be declaring a concise winner.
We will, however, have a poll. You can vote for your choice at the base of this post. First, let’s run through each console manufactuers’ major announcements and offerings at the show.
Before we even get to the games, Microsoft announced Xbox 360 backwards compatibility on the Xbox One. They’ll have more than 100 games on offer when it launches this fall, it will be free if you already have the physical disc of the game you want to play and Xbox LIVE games on your 360 will migrate automatically over time.
As for the games? Microsoft showed Halo 5: Guardians, ReCore from Keiji Inafune and the makers of Metroid Prime, Forza Horizon 6, their crazy HoloLens with a tabletop version of Minecraft, Cuphead, the 30 game Rare collection, Rare’s odd pirate game named Sea of Thieves and Gears of War 4.
Sony’s show was strictly software beyond a little discussion about Morpheus, their VR helmet.
They showed off Uncharted 4, Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Last Guardian, news of a Shenmue III Kickstarter (boy, that was odd), No Man’s Sky, Street Fighter V, a Final Fantasy VII remake and the expansion of their a la carte TV service called PlayStation Vue.
This definitely felt like a reload year for Nintendo as the company preps for the Nintendo NX and delayed The Legend of Zelda for Wii U out of 2015. As such, their offerings feel a touch minor. There are a lot of them, though, and fans should be able to pick stuff that they really want to play.
They showed Mario Maker, Star Fox Zero, Xenoblade Chronicles X, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, word that Yokai Watch is coming west this fall, a weird Metroid Prime sports game called Blast Ball, Hyrule Warriors Legends for the 3DS, Fire Emblem Fates, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam and more.
So, folks, vote and discuss. Which console maker had the best E3 this year?