E3 2013: The Conferences Wrap-Up

By: Shaun Hunter
Published: Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 4:40 PM
E3 2013: The Conferences Wrap-Up

Here's everything you need to know so far.

This morning the doors to the Los Angeles Convention Center were opened, and thousands of eager journalists made their way to check out the biggest and best video games that we'll be seeing in the coming months. That includes our team of four writers, who will be bringing you hands on and impressions of the latest and greatest.

In the coming days we'll have literally dozens and dozens of previews of games like Battlefield 4, Titanfall, Gran Turismo 6, Batman: Arkham Origins, Destiny, Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, FIFA 14, inFamous: Second Son, among many, many more. Before we get into that though, we've had a huge amount of news released at the pre-E3 press conferences.

Microsoft kicked things off, opting to pack their conference end-to-end with upcoming video games. Halo for Xbox One was one of the big surprise announcements along with Dead Rising 3, and Killer Instinct, while we saw impressive trailers for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, and Project Spark. Microsoft also revealed that the Xbox One will be available in November, for $749 NZD.

EA announced two big surprises, Star Wars: Battlefront, and Mirror's Edge 2, along with showing gameplay trailers for Titanfall and Battlefield 4. Ubisoft announced a new version of Rocksmith, while both Tom Clancy's The Division and Watch Dogs look stunning.

PlayStation's press conference rounded out the day, unveiling What the PlayStation 4 Looks Like and announcing that The PlayStation 4 Will Cost $649 NZD, and that it will Support Used Games, No Online Requirements - a clear shot across the bow at Microsoft's Xbox One. Games shown included The Order: 1886, DriveClub, Beyond: Two Souls, Destiny, inFamous: Second Son, and Kingdom Hearts III

Nintendo this morning announced a whole range of new titles, and updates on their in-development games, so check out the trailers for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Super Smash Bros: 3DS and Wii U, Super Mario 3D World, and Mario Kart 8. We even managed to get an early look at some of them in our Nintendo Software Showcase Impressions.

That was it from the conferences. Our team are currently hard at work playing, writing, and playing even more games which we'll be bringing you full coverage on over the next few days. Be sure to check out all of our content straight from L.A. on our E3 Coverage Centre, sponsored by Orcon.


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On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 5:05 PM Posted by NickJacques
What an amazing E3, it was so amazing that I missed the announcement of a new Walking Dead episode by Telltale yesterday.

Gaming is thriving after this.
lax1 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 5:51 PM Posted by lax1
So much good news and great games coming up. Feeling good about the next few years of gaming, even if I don't get PS4 straight away.

And thanks NZG for great coverage and streaming, you guys rock.
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 6:21 PM Posted by plo009
One of the best 22 seconds would be sony's how to share games clip XD.
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 6:37 PM Posted by xquizit88
Thanks for the update
kiwibadboy NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 6:41 PM Posted by kiwibadboy
Best E3 I've ever witnessed. Amazing games, amazing games everywhere....
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 6:46 PM Posted by nkeating
Looks like the the PS4 is targeting hardcore gamers whereas the Xbox360 is targeting the family. Perhaps there is more room for the two platforms to compete in different segments now that the Wii U has fallen by the wayside?
ssjroneel NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 7:34 PM Posted by ssjroneel
Such an amazing E3, great games and great announcements.
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 8:52 PM Posted by Oones
Awesome, thanks for the coverage. Cant wait to get my hands on either one of these consoles
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 9:28 PM Posted by haydensomething
You guys gonna check in on the Oculus Rift? It hasn't got a lot of coverage over here..
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 9:35 PM Posted by RSNZ64
Thanks guys, this is awesome
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 10:27 PM Posted by imonthenet
This years E3 was amazing. Sony killing it with their gamer friendly policy, along with games like Infamous: Second Son and the new IP The Order: 1886 made them my personal favourite this year. Ubisoft I thought though were a close second. Games like Tom Clancy's The Division and The Crew are giving me a reason to buy into the next-gen, with seamless massive open worlds and tablet support. Also WatchDogs was just what I was hoping it would be, and Assassin's Creed is still alive. Not much love for Microsoft, but EA caught my attention with Mirrors Edge 2. Whew! I can peacefully say I'm happy to be a gamer right now!
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 11:08 PM Posted by kiwimike87
Best e3 ever! Time to get a second job so I can pay for it all!
tom_nz NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 8:50 AM Posted by tom_nz
E3 is easily my favorite time of the year. So many awesome games getting announced and just the general hype of gaming. Love it.
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 3:02 PM Posted by animallover
Looking forward to all the great games coming.
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 3:15 PM Posted by AlmightyAllan
Truly outstanding week for gaming. I certainly cannot wait for tomorrow when The Last of Us graces my screen with in all its glory.
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 8:29 PM Posted by zharn
I think ill be putting off buying a Xbox one until next year unless i win one from NZGamer lol. Looking forward to alota games that are out next year. The Division, Dead Rising 3 and Destiny these games look amazing and super fun. There goes my 2014.
On Saturday 15 Jun 2013 4:32 PM Posted by nos4r2d2
Best E3 of all time.
On Monday 24 Jun 2013 7:09 PM Posted by sick_wierdo
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The division, best game of E3
On Thursday 1 Aug 2013 9:03 PM Posted by lolimnoobhaha
If you want to know about the DLC, characters, hardware requirements or guns in Watch_Dogs I found a lot of information here: http://thewatchdogs.eu/ :D
birdman NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Monday 30 Jun 2014 4:47 PM Posted by birdman
The more E3 announcements I watch the more my desire for a PS4 grows exponentially. Will definitely pull the trigger before the end of the year based on some of the titles coming out this side of Christmas! Shame about the extra wait for The Division though.