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Who Won E3 2017?

Boring or brilliant?

It’s been a fascinating E3 this year, with buckets of potential for all of the manufacturers and a number of major publishers to surprise and delight, whether it’s with ecent and upcoming hardware or with a ton of games. There have been surprises, there have also been disappointments, but the question that always seems inevitable at E3 is who the overall winner is?

So we held an internal poll with our writers – don’t worry, you’ll have your chance below – and after the round of voting ended, we with a dead heat. Let’s take a look at why.

Microsoft had by far the most to gain from their press conference, but as impressive as the Xbox One X hardware is, as fast as the announcements and trailers flowed, it was just missing that certain je ne sais quoi. Actually, I do know what it was missing, it was exclusives.

They really needed just one or two major first or second party game announcements to show that there’s more to their game line up than there was announced in 2016, 2015, and even further back.

With that criteria, it’s unsurprising that Sony was well received within our midsts. They have exclusive games coming out of their ears.

“Games, as always. While they are still a way off, Sony’s packing some serious heat for its 2018 lineup.” – Jim

“They had the best games lineup” – Dom

The next 18 months will include God of War, Detroit Become Human, a Shadow of the Colossus remake, Spider-Man, Days Gone, GT Sport, Knack 2, Everybody’s Golf, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and more. In fact, with Sony going for a ceaseless barrage of trailers through they’re compact, hour-long presentation, a number of these games actually spilled over into the pre-show, leading to a show that was too heavily focussed on 2018 and missed the fact that there’s still half of 2017 yet to go.

“Monster Hunter: World, Shadow of the Colossus Once Mo’ Again Edition and Spider-Man!” – Miguel

Outside of a couple of surprise announcements – most notably Monster Hunter: World and the Shadow of the Colossus remake – this felt almost like a re-run of last year’s press conference. People come to watch E3 press conferences to be surprised and delighted by new games, and Sony didn’t do that, they reaffirmed and expanded upon what we already knew.

While not a front runner in our poll, Ubisoft was a third party publisher that managed to do that better than Sony and Microsoft did.

“Pirates. Miyamoto. Assassin’s Creed.” – Kris

Between leaks and early announcements, we already knew a lot of what to expect from Ubisoft’s press conference. Far Cry 5 looked good, Assassin’s Creed Origins is a welcome return for the series, and The Crew 2 is almost worryingly broad in its scope now. We knew about those, but what we didn’t expect was that the oft leaked Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle would actually be… good?

Blending these two game series together sounds like a recipe for disaster, and yet the gameplay actually looks fun and interesting, like a blend of a Mario RPG open world with the dynamic turn-based battling of XCOM. Colour many of us intrigued.

Beyond that, Skull & Bones takes the best thing about Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – you may disagree on that point – and spins it off into its own thing. This is now a multiplayer tactical ship combat game, and if not an entirely new concept for the company, it could easily take a bite out of the banana that Sea of Thieves is going for, even if they will play very differently.

Then there was the tearful return of Michel Ancel, with the cinematic trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2. Frustratingly, it’s still nowhere near completion after all this time – The Last Guardian has been announced and released in the time BG&E2’s been in development – but it sports a new and intriguing concept and finally answers the incessant cries from fans for it to be completed.

“A nice array of games that has me seriously considering buying the console. I’m intrigued to see Pokémon Switch and I want to play Mario + Rabbids. Didn’t think I’d ever say that.” – Aran

Tying with Sony in our poll, the newfound buzz surrounding Mario + Rabbids carried over to Nintendo’s main event, a short and snappy 25 minute E3 Spotlight. If other companies were lacking in surprises, Nintendo had them by the bucket load.

A core Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch has been widely rumoured, but a confirmation of this was more than welcome, even if the game is a year away. For its other main announcements, Nintendo leant on a number of familiar characters and franchises in the form of Yoshi (working title) and Kirby (working title), as well as two Metroid games. The expected gameplay reveal for Super Mario Odyssey also managed to meet or exceed our high expectations of Nintendo’s creativity.

The second half of 2017 is looking strong for the company, really backing up and validating the console for those who have bought in early. Following ARMS’s release at the end of this week, there’s Splatoon 2 in July, Mario + Rabbids in August, Pokken Tournament DX in September, Super Mario Odyssey in October, and Fire Emblem Warriors, Skyrim and Rocket League also coming around the end of this year. You might not have as many third party games as other consoles, but it’s still got a very strong line up that will carry through to 2018.

“They announced two Metroid games, Super Mario Odyssey looked strong, and that Mario + Rabbids game is surprisingly not crap.” – Dave

“They just had more pleasant surprises, and I like surprises.” – Jake

In fact, the only one of us who couldn’t find much of anything to like at E3 was Tuffcub. I can see where he’s coming from, as well. Though EA had big announcements – A Way Out and Anthem – and Bethesda’s showing was strong – Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus and VR games – the focus is always on the manufacturers to deliver.

Nintendo were the only ones able to bring more than one or two meaningful announcements, but they’re an acquired taste and for the core gamers on PlayStation and Xbox, it could easily be seen as a boring E3.

“Worst E3 in memory. Barely anything new and generally very dull.” – Tuffcub

So he lodged his equivalent of a vote for the Monster Raving Looney Party or Lord Buckethead. That meant that Devolver Digital managed to get two votes – I voted for them to annoy Kris – despite their “press conference” being more of a bizarre fever dream or acid trip of a show, a piece of performance art that put a lot of the fervour surrounding E3 press conferences into perspective. I actually really enjoyed it, but I’m well aware of how very weird it was…

“Ignore whatever I wrote about Ubisoft, just put ‘Tef’s a villain.'” – Kris

But there has to be a winner, as is the unwritten rule of ‘Who Won E3?’ opinion pieces. Over Tuffcub’s most vehement objections, and in a show of sovereign power that can overrule the misguided opinions of others, I changed my vote to Nintendo. I wasn’t the only one, as Dom was retrospectively swayed by Nintendo’s showcase of games, saying “I’ve rewatched both since and I like their stuff more.”

So while Sony arguably have the strongest line up of games overall, including both first and third party releases, it has to be said that Nintendo had the strongest, most consistently surprising and exciting show at E3.


Do you agree or disagree with our opinions? Feel free to hurl abuse at us in the comments below, but also lodge a vote in our not-so-massive poll as you scroll down.

25 Comments
  1. camdaz
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    No surprise to see who’s at the top.
    And Shuhei Yoshida said Sony held back on some game announcements that maybe revealed at PlayStation Experience and/or Tokyo Game Show.

    Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 14:47.
  2. CR8ZYH0RSE
    Member
    Since: Sep 2012

    The public won,seeing as they were allowed inside for the first time.As i said before it was “underwhelming” for me this year,except for two games it was a bit bland.There’s hardly any secrets or surprises anymore,with the week/s leading upto E3 leaks start coming out of the woodwork.

    Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 15:05.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      I’m not so sure. Letting the public in has led to a mess of ridiculously long queues and waiting times at a conference that was already pretty close to capacity.

      Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 15:14.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      Yeah reports of waiting two hours to play each game, not exactly brilliant.

      Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 17:56.
      • CR8ZYH0RSE
        Member
        Since: Sep 2012

        Flashbacks of Alton towers then.

        Comment posted on 15/06/2017 at 07:49.
  3. bunimomike
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Gamers won. I can’t stand seeing this divisive bullshit (sorry) but people are arguing over stuff and TSA folk are bickering as well. It’s utterly pathetic.

    However, stand-out games. That’s easy for me. A Way Out and Shadow of the Colossus. Anthem looked promising along with anything else co-op.

    Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 15:27.
    • double-o-dave
      Member
      Since: Nov 2008

      Forgot about Anthem. Looks great. To me, it looks like what Destiny should have been.

      Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 15:31.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      I think the staffs “bickering” is laced with a large portion of sarcasm and sillyness. Also a huge amount of sleep deprivation and exhaustion from covering forty million game announcements in the course of a few days.

      Also

      “They announced two Metroid games, Super Mario Odyssey looked strong, and that Mario + rabbis game is surprisingly not crap.”

      BEST TYPO EVER!

      Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 18:10.
    • The Lone Steven
      Never heard of him.
      Since: May 2010

      Oh, you want bickering? I can give you the mother of all bickering. Han Shot first. Discuss. :P

      Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 19:12.
      • Severn2j
        Member
        Since: Aug 2008

        The “Han shot first” idea is misleading. In the original movie, Han shot Greedo, who never had the chance to shoot back. So technically, Han didnt shoot first, because only one shot was fired.

        Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 19:20.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        But greedo shot first and Han used the force to dodge it. Not that it was dodgy CGI and put in because Lucas got cold feet years later or lucas has a history of editing stuff or that god awful decision to put NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO in Return of the Jedi.

        Feck the 2015/14 whatever year it was, release. Feck it!

        Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 22:55.
    • TSBonyman
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      It’s the same every year, comparisons will always be inevitable and it’s not unique to here – if anything it’s a bit more civilized here compared to some other places! :)
      You can blame the industry leaders/developers/publishers for filling everyone’s head with “sizzle” ;)

      Right then, group hug everybody …

      Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 19:21.
  4. double-o-dave
    Member
    Since: Nov 2008

    Approaching 40, I wasn’t that interested in Spiderman. But after watching the gameplay trailer, it looks god dam awesome!!!
    The way he moves/fights, spins webs etc… just this game alone won E3 for me.

    I should imagine Sony were also holding a few surprises back for the Sony Experience (or whatever its called) show too.

    Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 15:29.
  5. JR.
    Member
    Since: Apr 2013

    Microsoft hands down.

    Oh wait did you say who’s won or who’s done?

    AHAHAHA

    I promise I’ll grow up once E3’s out of the way ;)

    Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 15:41.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Please make it soon. It helps no one.

      Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 15:46.
      • JR.
        Member
        Since: Apr 2013

        Sorry JR. but I’m with bunimomike on this one :D

        I just think we need to lighten up a little bit and stop taking it all so seriously.

        We’re discussing video games, not peace in the Middle East.

        Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 16:14.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Um… eh?! Hahaha.

        Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 16:51.
  6. tactical20
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Xbox or Nintendo imo. Was another very average year for me as a PS4 owner. Only 3 games that really tickled my interest. Assassin’s Creed (obviously!), Wolfenstein 2 and Spiderman.

    Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 15:43.
  7. Avenger
    Member
    Since: Oct 2012

    Nintendo owned it. Colour me surprised, but they delivered so much.

    The surprises were unexpected and wonderful. Also what a strong and charming line-up of games.

    It feels like Nintendo is back. Is it an over-reaction to say that?

    Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 15:51.
  8. aerobes
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Lots to like but I felt most excitement from the Nintendo show. Nothing blew me away this year however.

    Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 16:41.
  9. ron_mcphatty
    Member
    Since: Sep 2008

    I’m really pleased for Nintendo, back in the ring after what seems like a very negative few years

    Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 16:48.
  10. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    These are the games which interested me the most, in no particular order..

    Ori & Will o’ the wisps
    The new Metro game
    The Last Night
    BG&E
    Wolfenstein II
    Detroit
    Days Gone
    God Of War
    Skyrim VR
    Uncharted Lost Legacy

    And probably a couple more that i’d at least have to play a demo of before deciding.

    As for who won? Anyone who enjoys games!

    Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 17:15.
    • TSBonyman
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      I can’t actually choose who i thought really won in the poll so i went with my runner-up.

      Must be some tired bunnys in the TSA staffroom by now, top work on keeping us up to date on all the news as it broke!

      Comment posted on 14/06/2017 at 17:26.

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