Who Won E3 2014?

E3 is the biggest event in all of gaming. Who do you think had the best conference?

Microsoft hit the ground running talking exclusively about games, completely ignoring the Kinect and disregarding their plans for original television programs. They did however not surprise anyone, they showed exactly what you expected Microsoft to show; Halo, Forza and Fable.

Sony had a few heavy hitters at their show and even had some genuinely surprising announcements in an age filled with leaks. They did however spend an agonizing amount of time putting gamers to sleep talking about their upcoming show Powers.

Nintendo used the talented folks behind Robot Chicken to introduce viewers to their press conference. They also had a stunningly diverse amount of games on display during their digital event. The downside to their conference was that they introduced us to 'Amiibos' which could be a money grabbing scheme to try and convince gamers to buy piles of toys to 'enhance' their gaming experience. 

So...all that being said, let's cut to the chase. Who the hell won E3 2014? Well it's mostly a matter of opinion, but if I was a gambling man I'd be putting my money down on Nintendo. They were the shortest conference presented at E3, coming in at a mere 45 minutes and they injected humor into what they were saying. At no point during their show did I feel the urge to look at my phone or check on tweets. 

They showed their big hitters and they bowed out while letting viewers know where they could find more information if they wanted to. Well done, keep your show concise and to the point, show us the games! Which is exactly what Nintendo did. Yoshi's Wooly World, and the new Super Smash Bros. impressed, but seriously, how amazing did that new Zelda look?! A wide open world to explore in a Zelda title is everything everyone's ever wanted from the franchise. 

Sony had some great looking games at their conference, I cannot wait to play Bloodborne, Destiny, and No Man's Sky, but they decided to go on a tangent about their upcoming original programming. Not a single person watches E3 to see what they'll be watching on their tv in the upcoming year. 

Brian Michael Bendis may be a great comic book writer, I don't know I haven't read Powers, but he should've never been allowed to speak for that long at Sony's conference. He was painful to watch on stage and he just rambled for forever about partnerships with people and companies I had never heard of.

Not to say that I could've done any better, public speaking doesn't come easy to anyone, I'm just saying someone from Sony should've played the "get off the stage" music from the Oscars much earlier during his presentation. 

Microsoft, like I stated at the beginning of the article, made the right choice when they made E3 all about the games. I didn't have to suffer through a single second of them talking about why Xbox One would be the premiere electronic box for my home entertainment system. 

The standout game from Microsoft's conference was The Master Chief Collection. That's a little sad when you think about it, we're talking about a remastered version of games from a few years ago. Not to say that The Master Chief Collection looks bad, it's just I wish that they had been more focused on a new IP. Gameplay of Halo 5 or more than just a logo for Gears of War 4 tacked on to the end of the conference would've done a lot more to get people excited.

There you have it, my winner of E3 2014 is Nintendo. They hit the perfect length for their press conference, showed viewers some amazing new games they'll be experiencing soon and weren't afraid to have fun at their own expense. But this is only my humble opinion, who do you think "won E3"? 

Published Jun. 13th 2014
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  • topher339
    I enjoyed Nintendo's show the most. Sony and Microsoft both have some good games and bundles lined up but other than that their shows were rather lackluster to me. I was really hoping to see a lot more Halo 5 but the MC bundle was a nice surprise. Maybe I would have like Sony's more if it would've worked more than half the time and stop cutting out on me. It got to a point where I just couldn't take it anymore. I'm hoping that once Nintendo starts releasing it's bigger titles it'll bring it back near the other again.
  • AndyLunique
    Featured Contributor
    I don't want to believe that E3 was won by Nintendo. I think the best in "Show" went to Microsoft but the truth is: This year proved that E3 is kind of fading in appeal. I almost assure you that you'll see some mind blowing and more impressive titles at GamesCom and TGS. The kinds of games that push the envelope for us. This E3 was for investors and not for us, and that goes for the Publishers conference as well.
  • Daniel Lawson
    Some take aways... Microsoft had more exclusives announced then Sony it's sitting at 11 to 6 now that two of the thought exclusives are not anymore (Let it Die and Grim Fandango are coming to PC) and Sony actually showed more games then Microsoft. Microsoft showed more actual game play in their show. Nintendo showed nothing but game play, but the total lack of anything remotely 3rd party is something that worries me personally.
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    A lie and a scam. Mods, please remove this.
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    Thanks for reporting, Fathoms. On it!
  • theani
    who i think won? EA hands down, they announced a CBT and crashed both the Sony and EA servers at once when they did
  • Daniel Lawson
    crashing the worst servers in gaming isn't a feat :-p
  • Proto Foe
    Senior Intern
    I won. You won. The kid down the street won. *cheesy smile*
  • Rocky Linderman
    Featured Contributor
    I wish the website had a "like" button. lol
  • Daniel Lawson
    Phil Spencer said it best... gamers won E3
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    I'm not a kid so Nintendo has stopped impressing me. Yes, I know, I'm a terrible person.

    But anyway, I sort of think it was a three-way tie. The gamers really won because all three manufacturers put a solid emphasis on games during their conferences.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    I agree mostly with you. Nintendo, in my eyes, hit it out of the park this year. Last holiday season, I opted for the Wii U over the next gen MS and Sony machines. We've enjoyed it fairly well but now we are excited to be apart of what's to come for this machine.

    A note on the figures though, smart owners watch for deals and get the figures while they're cheapest. Earlier this year, I got two Disney figures for about $5 (total together cause it was B1G1 free), which is half of the regular price of one. :)
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Okay, am I the only person PSYCHED about the Powers TV show? Seriously, I had no problem with Brian's appearance and as a fan of the books, I can tell ye, yes he is a good writer. Hell gamers should be excited, it's the sort of thing anyone a fan of inFamous, Crackdown, or The Wolf Among Us would love.

    Seriously, free TV with my PS Plus? This I can work with.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    Sony's conference was still pretty lackluster compared to the other two. And users of Xbox One are already enjoying free tv now thanks to MS dropping the Gold requirement from most streaming apps. The only thing I saw to even make me want to throw my money at Sony is that they have a white one coming out in the Destiny bundle. Outside of that, getting new gamers to their side of the fence, they failed. Just my two cents. :)
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Ehhhh... most of Nintendo's offerings were good but not really things that hooked me. Star Fox Wii-U and Zelda Wii-U were the only titles that I'd consider instant buys if given the chance, and more out of curiosity than anything else.

    Microsoft's problem is that while I'd love to play the Halo MC Collection... I still want to play it on my PC. Phil Spencer can say "If not When" about the PC port all he wants, if they wanted to reestablish themselves with PC gamers, that is how you bloody do it. Beyond the Halo offerings though, a number of those indie games will end up on my PC. So really, only Halo and Sunset Overdrive are swaying me, even if those two games are incredibly tempting. Also the emphasis on both single-player and multiplayer content certainly is more appealing to someone like me, but that's minimal pull. Everything else probably will come to Windows regardless because for most indie devs that's where the money goes, so that takes a fair amount of wind out of their sails for me.

    Whereas Sony offers something inherent, regardless of E3, that'll keep me interested -- they have way more IPs I'm invested in. I want to play whatever's next for most of their franchises, new and old. The fact that they basically said "yeah, we're doing more of that awesome stuff you like and here's some free stuff", I hate to admit it but that was about all I needed as a fan of their products. I don't think it was flawless -- hell their livestream on Ustream was laggy and they kept having technical errors. The numbers bit didn't really bug me but I don't think it was really necessary for anyone other than industry professionals. Also, not all of us have Netflix, so free TV through PS Plus works pretty darn well for me.

    IMO none of the big three won anything other than stabilization and a footing they've needed since the new console announcements in 2013. What will be more interesting is seeing who will deliver and how well the promises will hold up. I frankly hope Nintendo keeps at the rate it's going though -- if they keep it up, we might seem them pull out alright after all.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    I am also primarily PC myself, which is more than likely why Nintendo turned my wheel. Plus, I have kids and with a good Wii U lineup, well, they won't bother me to play on my machine (mom's selfish..wants to keep her machine in top form). lol

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