Let's talk E3!

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Every year on the Escapist we have a thread where we can talk about the press conferences (sometimes we're lucky enough to do it in real time!)

This year Twitch is streaming them all on their channel

If you're lucky enough to catch the shows live, or are watching them after the fact: let's talk E3!

Main Event Schedule

Monday 6/9

9:30am PDT - Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing
11:00am PDT - Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing Post show

12:00pm PDT - EA World Premiere: E3 2014 Preview
2:00pm PDT - EA World Premiere: E3 2014 Post show

3:00pm PDT - Ubisoft 2014 E3 Media Briefing
4:00pm PDT - Ubisoft 2014 E3 Media Briefing Post show

6:00pm PDT - PlayStation E3 2014 Press Conference

Tuesday 6/10

9:00am PDT - Nintendo Digital Event

In terms of the Forza 5 announcement, I've come to really appreciate the Sony Drive Club guy. He was too passionate about cars, but it's better than just being boring.

Ok, so, what I've seen and thought so far:

I saw Conker's and was excited, then sad...
Tomb Raider trailer looks rad.
Witcher 3 gameplay looks nice, not massively exciting though.

The XBox briefing somehow left me feeling rather empty.

I think I've gotten to a point in my life where I need actual gameplay to get really excited for anything.

I guess its just supposed to be a general teaser for the console, but I wasn't excited by much outside the Witcher.

Would like to see what's done with Crackdown though.

croc3629:
The XBox briefing somehow left me feeling rather empty.

I think I've gotten to a point in my life where I need actual gameplay to get really excited for anything.

I guess its just supposed to be a general teaser for the console, but I wasn't excited by much outside the Witcher.

Would like to see what's done with Crackdown though.

I'd like real gameplay too. Even the "actual" gameplay of, say, the Division was obviously fake. Plus it's Ubisoft.

Now, I know some people are going to say that I'm being to harsh, or I'm not the kind of guy who plays Xbox stuff, but I had the Original Xbox and XBox 360, both of those where fun to me. So far, the XBone hasn't given me one reason to play it. Even my WiiU has a few games that I'm still playing! So, I was hoping this E3 Presentation would give me a reason to play it.

... Unfortunately, there was literally nothing. Nothing, I wanted to play on the XBone. On top of that, using Conker for what's supposed to be Microsoft's "Kid" game, is very misused, and kind of makes me a little mad. Oh sure, Witcher 3 looked nice, but it looks like Elder Scrolls to me, which I haven't even finished yet. All those shooters looked Generic. I'm not a fan of Monster Hunter, so "Scale Rider" or whatever that was called doesn't appeal to me. I will get the Halo Collection, but that's about it.

Microsoft needs to diversify...

Weaver:
I'd like real gameplay too. Even the "actual" gameplay of, say, the Division was obviously fake. Plus it's Ubisoft.

Thinking the exact same thing as I watched it.
No one moves their camera that fluidly damn it!

I'm also a little suspicious about the Witcher gameplay, it switched from "gameplay" to prerendered trailer seemlessly making me doubt the who gameplay part of it.

That was honestly incredibly boring. The games just didn't do it for me, and there wasn't even any massive mistakes to make fun of. Really hope there's some improvements in the later conferences besides CGI cutscences and revenge of the CGI cuscenes: More scripted shit.
Though I will admit that the Witcher 3 at least looked interesting enough to make me want to think about getting Witcher 2 on the next steam sale once I have money.

Mr.Mattress:
Now, I know some people are going to say that I'm being to harsh, or I'm not the kind of guy who plays Xbox stuff, but I had the Original Xbox and XBox 360, both of those where fun to me. So far, the XBone hasn't given me one reason to play it. Even my WiiU has a few games that I'm still playing! So, I was hoping this E3 Presentation would give me a reason to play it.

... Unfortunately, there was literally nothing. Nothing, I wanted to play on the XBone. On top of that, using Conker for what's supposed to be Microsoft's "Kid" game, is very misused, and kind of makes me a little mad. Oh sure, Witcher 3 looked nice, but it looks like Elder Scrolls to me, which I haven't even finished yet. All those shooters looked Generic. I'm not a fan of Monster Hunter, so "Scale Rider" or whatever that was called doesn't appeal to me. I will get the Halo Collection, but that's about it.

Microsoft needs to diversify...

This really is Microsoft trying to diversify though. Its unfortunate, even after that nonsense with the XBox, I bare them no ill will. But this was just a bunch of nothing

Everything I would even be halfway interested in? Straight to the PC, and no turning back.

At least last year there was some stuff to laugh at.

Mr.Mattress:
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Same boat as you for the most part.
Only thing I want to play on the Xbone is the old Halo games for conveniences sake.

also Conker's T_T

karma9308:
That was honestly incredibly boring. The games just didn't do it for me, and there wasn't even any massive mistakes to make fun of. Really hope there's some improvements in the later conferences besides CGI cutscences and revenge of the CGI cuscenes: More scripted shit.
Though I will admit that the Witcher 3 at least looked interesting enough to make me want to think about getting Witcher 2 on the next steam sale once I have money.

This and after Watch Dogs I just can't trust Ubisoft's game-play footage any more. Especially when the people "playing" The Division sounded incredibly scripted. I must admit the pacing was amazing though, barely any talking and trailer after trailer.

Weaver:

I'd like real gameplay too. Even the "actual" gameplay of, say, the Division was obviously fake. Plus it's Ubisoft.

I don't even want to remember that horrible dialogue.

I never thought hearing somebody talking about grabbing aggro would be so bothersome.

Also, "Hi, Chris!"

Honestly, I thought it was fucking excellent. Started off slow with COD (although it did mean they got it out of the way), but then I loved a lot of it after that. Particularly Scalebound (Platinum HYPE!), Phantom Dust and Crackdown 3.

If Twitch isn't working for anyone else, here's a link to gamespot's stream of EA's presser.

http://www.gamespot.com/e3/ea-press-conference-2014/

Gametrailer's also got running a stream if anyone is having trouble with either of those.

EDIT: GET HYPE
https://twitter.com/GambleMike/status/476064592821772289

Dismemberment and insanity seemed to be a running theme for Microsoft's press conference.

They did a whole lot better this year. Was happy to see the Klobb show up, but was sad that he didn't reveal anything Perfect Dark related.

I really wished they showed gameplay for any new game announced for us to get a clear idea of what it is about (from the Crackdown trailer it seems like destructive enviorments are an important thing but its something I doubt this generation will be able to handle so no clear idea of what they wanted us to feel about other then "Hey, new Crackdown")

But either way, it was all games and even some had gameplay like Inside or Ori so I cant call what Microsoft did at E3 as being poor since I am actually interested in most of what they shown

I'm expecting Andrew Wilson to come out and tie a woman to railroad tracks while snickering.

All the feels?

Rise of the Tomb Raider? Not Lightning Returns levels of bad, but that title is terrible. Sticking the name of your franchise in the latter half of the title after a generic sounding first half probably isn't a good move, I'd say.

They finally showed some gameplay for Dragon Age...about fucking time, though it woulda been nice to see more than just a fight against a dragon...and on that note: I hope they don't go overboard with dragons...

Did they show anything on mass effect? My stream literally crashed when the mass effect music started.

Sims 4: Get Hype for emotions!

karma9308:
Did they show anything on mass effect? My stream literally crashed when the mass effect music started.

Its just bioware talking about how they're make a new one, that was it.

Obama confirmed for Sims 4.
Bruce Lee confirmed for some UFC game for some reason.

Sims eh, Chuck seems like a bit of a Chad.
And now he's died as I write this...

Andy Shandy:
Honestly, I thought it was fucking excellent. Started off slow with COD (although it did mean they got it out of the way), but then I loved a lot of it after that. Particularly Scalebound (Platinum HYPE!), Phantom Dust and Crackdown 3.

Looking forward to seeing some gameplay for Scalebound. Would be really fun to fight massive monsters while switching from on foot to riding dragon in quick succession.

OT: Overall I didn't think it was too bad. I'm glad they pretty much just showed games and didn't rattle on about anything else.

tf2godz:

karma9308:
Did they show anything on mass effect? My stream literally crashed when the mass effect music started.

Its just bioware talking about how they're make a new one, that was it.

Oh. And I got excited for a moment there.

This is going to be another 30 min of nothing but sport games isn't it.

MS' presser was merely decent. Not as much fluff as last year, but still a lot of fluff. Scalebound could be interesting, but no gameplay leaves a lot to be desired. And were people really craving a Phantom Dust remake? To top it all off most of the time was spent hyping 3rd party multiplats which shouldn't be the main draw of a console.

Bioware you're such a tease. But I'm willing to wait. AS LONG AS I WILL BE ABLE TO CHOOSE A RACE! Just give me that Bioware. Please.

Wow, Patrick Southerland coming out to that UK bounce track!

Emotion... In NHL?
What, so confused.
Is this more polygons equals more emotions again.

Shinsei-J:
Emotion... In NHL?
What, so confused.
Is this more polygons equals more emotions again.

I think David Cage was consulted for development :P

Oh thank Christ! More cars! ATVs! Helis!

Seriously, do we really need every publisher to have their own version of racing games?

EXTREME FANTASY GOLF!
I was really, really not expecting that lmao.

Next gen Madden: you can move the camera behind your player now.

OH GOD! STOP WITH THE FUCKING SPORT GAMES.

New EVERYTHING RACER from Criterion. DLC with shopping carts confirmed.

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