What I Got From E3 2014

Prior to E3 2014, I wrote up a brief list of things that I wanted out of E3 2014. How many of those things came true? Let’s run down the list and find out.

1) Exclusive Titles
We got some of this. We’re getting a new Crackdown from Microsoft and Sony is really banking on The Order: 1886. Both games will probably be great. We saw a lot more exclusives on the indie side, however, this both companies showing off a deluge of exclusive titles that we’ll be seeing later this year and into 2015. Nintendo, though, was the true victor in the category. They showed of a staggering amount of Wii U and 3DS exclusives, all of which look stellar. Overall, it was a decent showing in this category.

2) Fallout 4
Nothing. Nada. Zip. Not acknowledged in the slightest. Disappointing, but not surprising.

3) The Last Guardian
This was a huge surprise to me. We didn’t hear a peep from Sony about The Last Guardian. Not even a joking mention of the, most likely, bogus article from IGN about the game being cancelled. Maybe we’ll see something at Tokyo Game Show or Gamescon? For now, the mystery continues.

4) Dashboard Update For Xbox One
This one was a long shot, but we are getting a cool update next month. I previously posted about the July update, which will include “Snappable Achievements” and other features. Not the overhaul I was hoping for, but it’s a step in the right direction.

5) Kirby For Wii U
We’re getting one! Kirby and the Rainbow Curse will be dropping on the Wii U in 2015!

6) Jack Tretton

jack and phil
Need I say more?

7) Long Gameplay Demo Of Metal Gear Solid v
This wasn’t at the press conferences, but it was definitely at the show. Multiple media outlets wrote about seeing a half-hour demo of the game, and seemed quite pleased. We did get a fantastic trailer , though. I NEED THIS GAME NOW.

8) 2014 Launches
2014 is still looking to be a fairly strong year for the new consoles. We’ll be getting titles like Sunset Overdrive, Destiny, The Evil Within and Shadow of Mordor this year, among others. It’s nothing compared to the release calendar of 2015, but it’s still looking solid.

9) Halo 5 Gameplay
We did not get this at all, but we did get a brief teaser trailer, the announcement of The Master Chief Collection and the promise of the Halo 5 beta starting this winter. None of it is Halo 5, but these announcements will definitely tide us over.

All in all, I thought it was a pretty great E3. We’ve got a huge amount of awesome games coming, and all three companies showed very well. The rest of 2014 and all of 2015 are going to be great.

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