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Published on June 18th, 2013 | by IceCube

DEBATE: E3 Press Conference reviews

Pea and Ice Cube spent day 1 of week E3 at the press conferences. Here’s a summary of their thoughts from the day.

Microsoft Conference


Ice Cube
Favourite moment?
Seeing as so little detail about the console was discussed, the highlight for me was seeing the return of Killer Instinct! I was a bit of a pro at that game back in the SNES days, and look forward to some ultra combo’s in the future. I hope they keep that soundtrack!

Biggest disappointment?
I kinda get annoyed when a console developer showcases games at their press conference as if it’s their own. Usually it’s Call of Duty every year for Microsoft, which is actually an Activision game made for both consoles and PC. This year, it felt like they took “we want to see more games” line too literally, padding out the event with third party games.

Most shocking moment?
No sound for the entire Crimson Dragon reveal trailer, followed by no sound for EA’s Battlefield 4 live demo had the media booing, EA up-in-arms and the guy on stage practically in tears .

Overall impression
I walked away feeling good about the conference but there was something missing. The show felt rushed, like they wanted it over and done with before hiding under a blanket. It didn’t surprise me that they chose to overlook the rumors and controversy surrounding the pre-owned games and always-oline security check dramas, but when the day was done, I’m sure they wished they could have done it differently. They left themselves open for abuse, and they felt it.


Pea

Favourite moment?
The opening. I will be the first to admit that I have never played a Metal Gear game but by the looks of it, MGS: Phantom Pain may just be my first. Adding to the beautiful next-gen styling displayed in the trailer were the power chords of Aussie vocalist Donna Burke, which for me, was just the icing on a finely baked cake.

Biggest disappointment?
What disappointed me the most was that it was exactly what I was expecting. Fans and media alike had a lot of unanswered questions heading into E3 2013 and Microsoft made no attempt to answer any of them. They did offer a lot of new titles, however, none of them (other than MGS) blew me away.

Most shocking moment?
A new Xbox 360… Really? And it looks better than the Xbox One.

Overall impression
Microsoft, this was my ‘benefit of the doubt’ conference for you and your last chance to convince me that you wanted to actually be a player in next-gen gaming. I wasn’t convinced. Your attempt to counter PlayStation Plus with Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3, games that are 4 and 6 years old respectively, was laughable. And your refusal to give a straight answer is becoming increasingly frustrating. I had forgotten most of what was revealed in this conference by the end of the day.

 

Electronic Arts Conference


Ice Cube
Favourite moment?
Long awaited Star Wars Battlefront teased! Nobody expected to see this at the EA conference, and even though it’s essentially a multiplayer game, I hope they make the single-player game just as engaging and playable as before. And EA, we know how much you love rebranding, but please… for the love of god PLEASE, just put the number 3 at the end of the game title and none of this name recycling biz. Thanks.

Biggest disappointment?
Need for Speed Rivals looks exactly like the last four Need for Speed games. And no gameplay for Dragon’s Age Inquisition? I hope the extra effort is worth the wait!

Most shocking moment?
Mirror’s Edge 2 was a nice surprise to end the show on. I’d really appreciate a third-person perspective on this game though. All the flipping, rolling and camera bouncing gives me a mega-headache from first-person perspective!

Overall impression
Unlike last year, it was good to see some surprises at EA’s show this year, but it still lacked innovation. Two of the surprises (Star Wars Battlefront and Mirror’s Edge 2) were long-awaited sequels finally coming to life (which is good), while Titanfall was the only true new IP. As good as Titanfall looks, it probably should be called “Call of Halo: Modern Battlefield”.


Pea

Favourite moment?
There’s no question here, I finally got to see something for Dragon Age: Inquisition. This made me a very happy camper… Or should I say, E3 goer.

Biggest disappointment?
No NHL in their sports round up. This disappointed me because this is my favourite sports title. I’d like to see that they care for it as much as I do. Obviously they don’t, or at least not enough to give it the ‘Ignite’ treatment.

Most shocking moment?
I’m still finding it hard to believe, but NBA Live is back… Yeah I’ll believe it when I see it too.

Overall impression
A solid performance overall, but a lack of originals gave us little to write home about. Finally seeing something for the new Dragon Age however, gave me something to beam about.

 

Ubisoft Conference


Ice Cube
Favourite moment?
There were a few but I can’t go past Tom Clancy’s The Division. An online, open-world, RPG shooter based on the Tom Clancy series? It’s all my dreams come true and it looks astounding!

Biggest disappointment?
The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot just wasn’t anywhere near as amusing as the devs figured it to be. Not sure if it caught on that well.

Most shocking moment?
Ubisoft announces an entry to the car racing scene, called The Crew, and it looks legit. Okay, more than legit – it looks ridiculously good!Overall impression

I didn’t get the same buzz I got after watching last year’s performance, but it was close. There’s a true sense of innovation, originality, risk taking and high quality stemming from the next-gen titles in particular. Ubisoft is somehow getting even stronger.


Pea

Favourite moment?
Not really a favourite moment more a favourite overall. Ubisoft yet again proved that they are trying to move forward and not stay stuck in the same formula by giving us new IP’s. Their CGI trailers looked sharper than sharp and their new IPs exuded that ‘gimmie-gimmie’ feeling we’ve long been yearning for.

Biggest disappointment?
I was secretly hoping to hear or see something for Patriots and Furious Four. I think I’ll just put that hope to bed now.

Most shocking moment?
Ubi managed to make a racing game look fun with The Crew. And there I was thinking it wasn’t possible.

Overall impression
Again another solid effort from Ubisoft. Nothing blew me away, but I know now that I can safely rely on Ubisoft to always be pushing forward while still maintaining the favourites.

 

Sony Conference


Ice Cube
Favourite moment?
Gotta go with the console reveal. While the console itself doesn’t look that mind-blowing, it was exciting to finally see the whole thing.

Biggest disappointment?
It was too long. There wasn’t a particularly long moment, but there was something about the Sony setup that evening that warned us they were preparing for us for a big night. And in all fairness, it lived up to it.

Most shocking moment?
When Sony clearly stated they would not charge gamers for playing pre-owned games, or force online security checks every 24 hours. In-house media applauded wildly and social media went crazy with approval. Microsoft stood in the open here and Sony took the easy shot. That was the correct choice.

Overall impression
Sony had won us over with a cheaper console that serves the target audience rather than take the corporate route that enforces new funding schemes with the enemy (Microsoft). It made every gamer happy that this unwarranted, pre-owned money grab was thwarted, and the crowd made it known with a hearty applause.


Pea

Favourite moment?
A $100 USD price difference at launch. We all thought Sony was out to claim the Euro market, when really they’re laying a claim for the market in its entirety. Expect Microsoft to counter by adding a free title like Viva Pinata to a console bundle at launch.

Biggest disappointment?
Two major 3rd party titles suffered similar glitches on stage. For Sony’s sake I’m hoping it was a coding fault and not a console one.

Most shocking moment?
A console developer actually listened to the comsumer. I thought this concept died out years ago. I guess Sony learnt from the early PS3 years.

Overall impression
It’s no secret that Sony won the day. The important thing now is that they don’t get cocky,  keep their cool and DON’T return to their early PS3 ways.

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