WeView Verdict: E3 2015 Press Conferences

What I really liked when looking through your comments this week was the mix of opinions on display. While all of you seemed to have things you really liked the look of from E3, I don’t think any of you quoted the exact same list of things.

There were, however, a few things that stood out as being well received by a number of you. Microsoft’s announced of backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One seemed to go down particularly well, with cam_manutd calling it “a great win for Xbox gamers” and Starman picking out as one of his personal highlights. Tomhlord went even further, saying that “As a singular announcement, Microsoft snatched it” with backwards compatibility.

Of course, there were a few who weren’t convinced by the feature itself though. For example, Andrewww called backwards compatibility “drastically overrated” and coruscant questioned whether or not “it’ll make much difference”.

Of course, Sony had a lot of love for their big three announcements: Final Fantasy VII, Shenmue 3 and The Last Guardian. Amphlett’s reaction to the Final Fantasy VII and The Last Guardian news was to simply say “Ahhhhhhhhhh, I am so very excited”, and kjkg called Sony’s triumvirate the “stuff of legend”.

Guerrilla’s new game, Horizon Zero Dawn, also seemed to receive a good amount of love. To be fair it had already received a lot of love from me and from people I’ve talked to outside of TSA, love that was bolstered by those like mrfodder, who said that it “looks sweet”. Then there was Mickey2010 who made a great point, saying that “it’s great that Sony’s first party studios are using more women as the main characters in their games”. I absolutely have to agree with him there.

They were some who felt let down by Sony though, with gazzagb complaining that there were “very few true surprises”, due to leaks and pre-announcements. JustTaylorNow was left equally cold, feeling that there weren’t enough first party games and that they talked “too much about TV”, which “no one wants to hear”. They also complained about the limited time spent on Morpheus, a view shared by cam_manutd and Andrewww. Then we had Avenger, who argued that Sony “seem to be caught between the distant past and 2017” with the line up they had.

However, a slightly mixed reception is much better than the almost complete lack of response that Nintendo received. Although hazelam is looking forwards to Xenoblade Chronicles X, that was pretty much the only reference I could find to a Nintendo game. The only other mentions of Nintendo came from JustTaylorNow, who called the Nintendo Direct a “bore fest”, and Transitioning Peasant, who feels that Nintendo are now “winding down the Wii U and starting to think about their next system”.

As for the third party conferences, Battlefront really shone and it’s easy to see why, when you watch what was shown. Transitioning Peasant, who seems to be new to TSA, called Battlefront EA’s “wow moment”, while the demo left mrfodder grinning. Other titles like Fallout 4, Mirror’s Edge and Ghost Recon (which I think looks amazing) also got name checked, but it seems that people were more focussed on the first party press conferences.

To round things out, I’d like to turn to TSBonyman, who had a simple message that sums up E3 nicely:

Dishonored 2, Fallout 4, New Mass Effect, Unravel, Just Cause 3, Rise of Lara, The Last Guardian, No Man’s Sky, Guerilla’s Horizon, Mm’s Dreams and Uncharted 4. Phew.. I think that’s most of my personal highlights. Looks like I won E3!

I think at this year’s E3 there really was something for everyone. It doesn’t matter if your list doesn’t mesh up exactly with someone else’s, all that matters is the huge volume of amazing looking games coming our way in the future.


In tomorrow’s WeView we’ll be taking a look at Assassin’s Creed: Liberation. As always you can vote for next week’s game below.

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3 Comments

  1. All in all a very successful E3 this year.

    • Yep positive all round for the ones I’m interested in at least.

  2. Must have missed this weview. MS was my clear winner. Sony was very disappointing as I have no interest whatsoever in Final Fantasy, Shenmue or Last Guardian! Sadly I only have a PS4, so for me this wasn’t a great E3.

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