Everyone is discussing all the exciting news that was released during the 3 day extravaganza. Anybody visiting had love, hate and mixed emotions towards companies.
First on the block is Nintendo with people having mainly positive emotions for the company. Nintendo used 24 minutes of their 42 minute presentation talking about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It was a great way to start off the 3 day expo. Everyone was hanging on to each word being announced. The crowd went crazy when they announced every character from past Super Smash Bros. was going to make a return, as well as stages and items except for Waluigi,who will not be in the game. Certain characters would be revamped with new moves and looks to freshen them up. The game will support gamecube controllers paying homage to old school and competitive Super Smash Bros. players. Nintendo did a fantastic job of listening to what everyone wanted on the game and now people are even more eager to get their hands on the game. They showed of Fortnite being played on the Nintendo Switch and the crowd loved it. Later on, when people found out Xbox and PS4 is not compatible, it put a damper on the presentation. Another downside of the presentation was the fact that Nintendo did not mention anything on the Nintendo 3DS. Of course they were limited on time and did a great job getting the crowd energized, however, with the eagerness of the Hylian Shield Edition 2DS XL being released on July 2nd, some would suspect a mention of the topic.
Ubisoft took a stumble with having Assassin’s Creed Odyssey spoiled ahead of schedule. Ubisoft’s conference was still spectacular even with the leak, the publisher did a great job of giving thorough detail on many of the projects. Ubisoft’s developers for Beyond Good and Evil 2 discussed a huge surprise plot reveal with a thrilling sci-fi setting and an irresistible cast of characters, yet there is no solid release date. The Division 2 takes place in Washington DC and got everyone excited as well, but showed no gameplay.
Another company that came out swinging was Microsoft. During the Xbox E3 2018 press conference, Phil Spencer said the team was “deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to set the benchmark for console gaming”. There were no other details, however, Microsoft has added five new studios to their arsenal. This is a sign Microsoft is preparing for the next console cycle and is making their presence known, and making sure they don’t stumble like the Xbox One did. The Xbox team showed off a wide array of games including a peak at the brand new Halo and Devil May Cry 5. Microsoft also announced they are getting back in to mobile gaming with Funko Pop version of Gears of War coming to Android and iOS.
Sony took a new approach this year. They showed off not as many games as normal and there were some awkward musical interludes. We got to see gameplay of Death Stranding, The Last of Us 2, Insomniac’s Spider-Man, and Ghost of Tsushima. Ghost of Tsushima was the highlight for Sony. The game appears to be authentic and shows Sucker Punch really went all out on making sure they got the Samurai culture correct. Jin uses iaido, a ko gasumi guard stance, and other techniques that samurai of his time would’ve used. He wipes blood off his sword using the crease of his elbow so it won’t get stuck inside his scabbard.
Next on the block is Bethesda who blew everyone out of the water. The announcement of Starfield before the expo got everyone excited for Bethesda and was eager to see the long-rumoured original IP. The graphics on the teaser look insane and there is a feeling of it being a mixture of Skyrim, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Wars all in one. Not to mention that they are adding co-op to Wolfenstein Youngblood. Also they announced sequels to the franchises Elders Scrolls and Fallout. Doom Eternal’s teaser was a high note with an inhumane amount of carnage that was impossible to imagine before the teaser. Bethesda did a great job of having thrilling announcements leading up to and during the expo.
The overall winner is close between Nintendo and Bethesda, however Bethesda has no slip ups and takes the cake as the overall winner of E3 2018.