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Forget the Manufacturers, Which Individual Game Won E3?

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Rather than trying to pick one of the Big 3 as the "winner" of E3, how's about we focus on the games? Which impressed you most?

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While it's certainly fun to pick Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo as the winner of each E3, I prefer honoring a specific title.

We can give the nod to one of the Big 3 for having the best conference, but I want to know: Which game was most beloved by the spectators? Which is the one title that stood out from the pack and impressed just about everyone in attendance? Is it one of the major blockbusters we already knew about, or was it one of the upcoming fresh IPs?

It's a little difficult to say this year, just because there were plenty of games from which to choose. I'll be the first to agree that no conference jumped off the stage at me, but that doesn't change that each manufacturer emphasized games. And that's what I like to see.

So, which game blew you away? Or if one didn't blow you away, which was the CLOSEST to dropping your jaw?

I know most gamers don't want to pass judgment on mere CGI trailers, but I still reserve the right to get excited about a game based on a CGI preview. I was very much impressed with what I saw of From Software's Bloodborne, and that five-minute Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailer was wicked bad-ass. One could argue Destiny stole the show (especially when it was revealed out of the gate at Sony's conference), but we probably shouldn't dismiss other games, like Assassin's Creed: UnityBattlefield: HardlineFar Cry 4, and the new Zelda

I have to admit, while I'm fairly certain next year's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will be a legit Game of the Year contender, I'm not overly enamored with that teaser debut. It's gorgeous, no doubt, but it didn't exactly blow me away. Neither did any of the smaller digital-only games they had on display, although I have high hopes for Abzu and No Man's Sky.

Okay, pick your horse.  You know you wanna.

Originally Published Jun. 12th 2014

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  • 1
    Tim_9358 2 months ago
    For me the only game that dropped my jaw was Zelda U, when Aonuma snapped his fingures and that absolutely stunning screen popped up(all in game) I was sold..holy shit
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    Mary Yeager 2 months ago
    Senior Intern
    Ok, I've got two choices, but one's not for me. For me, I'm sold on The Witcher 3. Happy birthday to me as long as they don't delay the release date.

    For my kids, Splatoon totally caught my eye. It just looked like a ton of fun and allows kids access to an FPS that isn't filled to the brim with violence.
  • 1
    saart_1588 2 months ago
    the witcher 3 - wild hunt
    this is gonna be huge
  • 1
    Fjord Defect 2 months ago
    my pick is a tie between destiny and no man's sky. uncharted 4 was awesome but ive already played 3 others so been there done that. naughty dog will have to step up there game a lot to impress me with that one.

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