E3 2013 – Presentation SummariesWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) unleashed a strong wave of new hardware from Microsoft and Sony and several Nintendo game announcements (release dates subject to change).
Nintendo did not have a live presentation this year, but offered exciting next-gen Wii U and 3DS game offerings as Microsoft and Sony vied for consumer attention with their upcoming next-gen consoles releases the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze were announced plus can be played live thanks to an exclusive partnership with Best Buy this Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. local time.
Other big Nintendo exclusive game releases/announcements include Pikmin 3 (Wii U, Aug. 4), Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS in 2014), Mario Kart Wii U, Wii Party U (October), Bayonetta 2 (2014), Wii Fit U (December), Just Dance 2014 (Oct. 8; also on Wii), and the superhero themed The Wonderful 101 (Sept. 15).
Various Wii U third-party game announcements include Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (Oct. 29), Batman: Arkham Origins (Oct. 25), Deus Ex: Human Revolution-Director’s Cut (2013), Rayman Legends (Sept. 3), Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (Aug. 20), and Watch Dogs (Nov. 19).
More exclusive 3DS game releases coming for this holiday season include Yoshi’s New Island, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Pokémon X/Pokémon Y (both on Oct. 12). 3DS third-party game announcements included Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (Oct. 25).
On Tuesday, Microsoft and Sony went head-to-head with their presentations as both revealed more details on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The biggest news was price – $499 for Xbox One (November 2013) and $399 for PlayStation 4 (still holiday 2013). Sony finally revealed the sleek, squared PlayStation 4 console design that includes an initial 500 GB hard drive that is removable and upgradeable.
The PS4, which will now be region free, will require a PSN account & PlayStation Plus subscription for online play. Xbox One touted several “cloud”/connectivity features plus a requirement of keeping it online for a required check-in every 24 hours. Sony said the PS4 would not require a check-in and would have no used PS4 game restrictions while used Xbox One games availability/accessibility will “depend on the publisher”.
Current Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus subscriptions will carry over to these next-gen consoles. The first game in the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection will be Drive Club. Xbox Live service updates included changing to real currency (no more points) and removing the 100-friend cap.
Microsoft’s special Xbox One bundles will include black packaging, a limited edition Xbox One Day One wireless controller, and a Day One achievement plus bonus content for the respective games including Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, and Dead Rising 3. Sony also announced a special Grand Theft Auto V exclusive PS3 bundle Sept 17 $299 and GTA V game bundle with special headset.
The next Halo installment coming in 2014. Microsoft also announced that the sci-action game Quantum Break will release at the same time as the television series. Sony had no presentation from their mainstay franchises God of War, LittleBigPlanet or Uncharted, but had plenty of promising exclusive games including Gran Turismo 6, Killzone: Shadow Fall, and the robot-filled, action adventure Knack.
Microsoft also revealed Xbox One DVR features for game recording like recording key gameplay moments and special social media touches like adding commentary and text comments before posting. The new Twitch service will offer live game streaming for even more exposure.
Additional game announcements across several consoles included Kingdom Hearts 3, the fantasy shooter The Order: 1866, Transistor (early 2014), Wolfenstein: The New Order, XSeed’s Killer is Dead, horror action game Dying Light, the Tom Clancy open world RPG The Division, Batman Arkham Origins (fall), a Mad Max game, Bungie’s Destiny, Zumba Fitness World Party, LEGO: Marvel, Dragon Age III, Thief, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII ( February 11, 2014), an updated Mirror’s Edge, Elder Scrolls Online, Titanfall (Spring 2014), Metal Gear Solid V, Bethesda’s The Evil Within, CD Projekt’s RPG Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, and Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (this fall).
Disney Infinity and Skylanders SWAP Force will soon battle to win consumers looking for more synergetic gaming experiences with action figures started packs and many other related products.
Sagar Sharma – Toledo Free Press
Microsoft (Xbox One) / Sony (PlayStation 4) Conference
When Microsoft debuted the Xbox One last month it was met with much negative press from core gamers as there was little focus on the actual gaming. For E3 2013 (Electronic Gaming Expo), Microsoft definitely made an asserted effort to focus on the games. Starting the conference with a bang was the highly anticipated multi-platform title Metal Gear Solid V, which brings the franchise into the realm of open world gameplay for the first time in the series. Many exclusive titles were shown throughout the conference including a title from developer Insomniac and the next entry into the racing franchise Forza. Ryse was the best graphical showcase of the Xbox One as it showed hundreds of soldiers battle it out during an ancient war period. The creators of the Call of Duty franchise showcased their new futuristic mech based shooter which is also exclusive for Xbox One. 343 Studios also predictably teased the next entry into the Halo franchise due in 2014. Microsoft revealed that the next-gen console would launch this fall for $499. This is a quite a steep price to pay, especially considering the rise in cheap mobile gaming, the high price also has much to do with the Kinect peripheral that is packed in with every Xbox One. However, Microsoft failed to mention anything about it’s controversial DRM policies which appear to be the most anti-consumer policy every seen in gaming.
Sony finally revealed to the public what the PlayStation 4 actually looks like. We have known since the official announcement the Dualshock 4, Sony’s gaming controller, would have touch a touch sensitive panel and light indicator. The console itself has a two-tone black aesthetic and a slanted design. It looks very much like a Sony designed console, especially similar to the original PlayStation 2 and slimmed PlayStation 3 models. Sony showed updated trailers for the new Killzone and Infamous games, which looked astounding. Publisher Square-Enix surprised many with a new trailer for Final Fantasy XV and the reveal for Kingdom Hearts III. Sony was more than happy to address the DRM controversy, unlike Microsoft, and proudly announced there would be no DRM and used game restrictions, which was met with much applause from the audience. The PlayStation 4 will be released this fall for $399, $100 cheaper than the Xbox One.