The Weekend Chat: Who Won E3?

 
 

E3 2016 was a very different beast this year. The show floor felt smaller than before, but the announcements from the major parties were still just as strong: Microsoft came out swinging and acknowledged the Scorpio, Sony got Hideo Kojima out on stage, and Nintendo showed off a revitalised Legend of Zelda.

So we ask you: Who do you think won E3?

Who had the strongest showing? Who had the most surprising announcements? What games are you desperate to get your hands on? Let us know in the comments below!

The Weekend Chat is a new format we're trialling amongst other ideas for NZGamer.com in 2016. We'd love to hear your feedback on this.

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Comments Comments (22)

 
Posted by atipuss
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 4:02 PM
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Snoop dogg :D
Battlefield 1 and Skyrim remastered. October 2016 is going to be epic.
 
 
 
Posted by LukeB
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 4:18 PM
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Was a weird E3, I don't think any one company won this year. It's almost as if there were all catering to different audiences.

* MS was a press briefing telling people what to expect over the next year or so, but basically only showed what we already knew or expected... now with a number of release dates/windows.
* Sony was a show with a live band, teasing quite a few titles coming in the unknown future, along with VR titles that in order to play, gamers will have to fork out another $630-800ish NZD (PSVR, 2xMove Controllers, and PS Camera).
* Nintendo was a simple stream about a game we already knew about, and could literally have happened at any time throughout the year - but at least the new Zelda has a name now.
* EA was a travesty, nothing major shown, and no stand-out moments... nice to see the TF2 gameplay, and the 40min BF1 session after the show was cool, but overall their showing was disappointing.
* Bethesda had some cool announcements, but then finished with what I thought was a lack-luster showing of Dishonored 2, and,
* Ubisoft had lots of cool showings, but each one was WAY too long.

As for the big two overall, yeah, both were good, but neither was great. MS needed a tease of what to expect past 2017, and Sony needed WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY more for 2016/17.... but that's just my opinion.
 
 
 
Posted by ChimeraNZ
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 4:59 PM
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The gamers - because we are always spoilt for choice across whatever platform that we love to play on.
 
 
 
Posted by Mattress
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 5:04 PM
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Agree with LukeB...

MS need to show more diversity and new, exciting IPs (probably single player narrative games) in order to impress more often.

Sony just need to show more stuff that actually come out in the next year or so. My guess is almost all of those titles could be shown again at next year's E3 as the only one with a release date or that looked close to being finished was The Last Guardian.

Overall, I'd call it a tie between MS and Sony and while it is a great time to be a gamer as there is lots of choice across all the different publishers, I thought E3 was pretty underwhelming overall this year.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 5:10 PM
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ps4 won the console wars since it seems xbox has given up on their last ver of xbox one, i think pc wins, because they get all the xbox exclusives. but in terms of games ps4 won with god of war looking awesome.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 5:11 PM
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24 June 2016, 04:02 PM Reply to atipuss
Snoop dogg :D
Battlefield 1 and Skyrim remastered. October 2016 is going to be epic.
nope, skyrim is epic, remastered is just the graphic's are slightly better xD it's not a new game just buying a graphical upgrade for full price.
 
 
 
Posted by LukeB
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 5:12 PM
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24 June 2016, 05:10 PM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
ps4 won the console wars since it seems xbox has given up on their last ver of xbox one, i think pc wins, because they get all the xbox exclusives. but in terms of games ps4 won with god of war looking awesome.
The new God of War does look pretty sick. Christopher Judge absolutely killed it as Kratos. Can't wait to play this version.
 
 
 
Posted by Benny
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 6:21 PM
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I'm pretty convinced it was Sony, and their impressive slew of new, exclusive games. E3 is typically an event about showcase; a theatre stage for game companies Despite how far away most of their games are - it made their show exciting - regardless of how 'future' it was.

It might mean they have less to announce next year - but we're not talking about next year's E3, not yet.

In least in that sense, I think Sony certainly won.
 
 
 
Posted by ChieftaiNZ
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 6:40 PM
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PC. They get all the Awesome MS exclusives and the awesome PC games no console gets, like Rising Storm, Arma, and the countless others.
 
 
 
Posted by Bank
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 7:11 PM
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Some people say... NZGamer won.
 
 
 
Posted by MonkeyMan
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 7:27 PM
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Not as hardcore a game as most people on here but I watched both MS and PS streams. I have to say Microsofts was way more interesting for me, the playstation stuff had nothing that got me excited or even interested. One aspect was the fact that MS announced interesting features coming to the console but it was all about new games on playstation, none of which appealed to me but that says more about my tastes then who won e3
 
 
 
Posted by Ron
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 7:32 PM
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24 June 2016, 07:11 PM Reply to Bank
Some people say... NZGamer won.
Bank won. Game over.
 
 
 
Posted by predatorhunter
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 10:42 PM
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Why does it have to be a competition? Theres plenty to look forward for everyone.
 
 
 
Posted by Mattress
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 11:00 PM
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24 June 2016, 06:21 PM Reply to Benny
I'm pretty convinced it was Sony, and their impressive slew of new, exclusive games. E3 is typically an event about showcase; a theatre stage for game companies Despite how far away most of their games are - it made their show exciting - regardless of how 'future' it was.

It might mean they have less to announce next year - but we're not talking about next year's E3, not yet.

In least in that sense, I think Sony certainly won.
It absolutely matters when the games come out because if none of Sony's games release before the next E3 then there was absolutely no point in showing them this year and will be compared to anything Microsoft shows at the next E3. Many of Sony's games are 2018 (if not 2019 in the case of one or two games) releases, For example, Sony showed a game called Deep Down at the original conference introducing the PS4, which heaps of people raved about because it looked awesome, and that game STILL hasn't come out! No point showing awesome looking games that never release. That's just hype that never materialises...
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 11:24 PM
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24 June 2016, 05:12 PM Reply to LukeB
The new God of War does look pretty sick. Christopher Judge absolutely killed it as Kratos. Can't wait to play this version.
Yeah, i can't wait to watch some gameplay, hopefully we don't have to wait a full gen for god of war 5 if it happens.
 
 
 
Posted by Outlaw213
On Friday 24 Jun 2016 11:41 PM
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Microsoft had a good showing - I can finally play some of the exclusives on PC without having to buy an Xbox. Good for me.

Sony - Excellent show, game after game, lots to look forward to, however most titles are next year.
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Saturday 25 Jun 2016 1:01 PM
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24 June 2016, 10:42 PM Reply to predatorhunter
Why does it have to be a competition? Theres plenty to look forward for everyone.
This. I think the whole "who won e3" thing is stupid, happens every year. I think the big 2 both had good showings, Sony probably had the better games lineup, while I think MS was a hit for announcing the Scorpio officially. Both were good.
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Saturday 25 Jun 2016 1:09 PM
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Well I lean towards Xbox simply because we have stuff coming out this year, new console, new controller design & new games. With cross play, cross buy it's a good looking near future.

Sony showed some interesting/good titles but nothing much for this year.

I'm interested in seeing stuff for the foreseeable future not for coming up at next year's E3 & in this sense the Xbox showcase (&to an extent PC) was clearly a winner. This is why I / we have several titles preordered Titanfall 2, Technomancer, Ghost Recon The Wildlands & Mafia 3.
 
 
 
Posted by Benny
On Saturday 25 Jun 2016 2:57 PM
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24 June 2016, 11:00 PM Reply to Mattress
It absolutely matters when the games come out because if none of Sony's games release before the next E3 then there was absolutely no point in showing them this year and will be compared to anything Microsoft shows at the next E3. Many of Sony's games are 2018 (if not 2019 in the case of one or two games) releases, For example, Sony showed a game called Deep Down at the original conference introducing the PS4, which heaps of people raved about because it looked awesome, and that game STILL hasn't come out! No point showing awesome looking games that never release. That's just hype that never materialises...
You seem to be talking about the long-term consequences, but that doesn't so much address the question of who specihad the best showcase

Final Fantasy XV was announced 10 years ago, and there was a time several years ago when people thought it was cancelled due to a long silence. So did that mean the announcement of the game had no bearing on Square Enix's conference 10 years ago?

Of course we know now the game is releasing in 3 months, but that's the point - we can't talk in hypotheticals, because we don't know what's going to happen. Every project runs the risk that it may never see fruition.

You're right that it matters when these games come out - it just doesn't matter so much to the question, 'who won E3?' Because E3 is more akin to a popcorn theatre show than anything else.

Like Nick2016NZ mentioned, you could even question the question itself (i.e. the question is wrong). While the whole thing does feel frivolous, the result does also seem to matter to the industry. Microsoft's struggle with the Xbox One can be traced back to their 2014 E3 conference, and Sony's success can be traced to much the same.

And this is a competitive business afterall - 'who won' wouldn't be an unreasonable question.
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Saturday 25 Jun 2016 4:11 PM
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24 June 2016, 05:11 PM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
nope, skyrim is epic, remastered is just the graphic's are slightly better xD it's not a new game just buying a graphical upgrade for full price.
Once again, Nostradamus has spoken.
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Saturday 25 Jun 2016 4:20 PM
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25 June 2016, 01:09 PM Reply to jtbthatsme
Well I lean towards Xbox simply because we have stuff coming out this year, new console, new controller design & new games. With cross play, cross buy it's a good looking near future.

Sony showed some interesting/good titles but nothing much for this year.

I'm interested in seeing stuff for the foreseeable future not for coming up at next year's E3 & in this sense the Xbox showcase (&to an extent PC) was clearly a winner. This is why I / we have several titles preordered Titanfall 2, Technomancer, Ghost Recon The Wildlands & Mafia 3.
Yep, I've got all the same titles preordered and the slim, a little bit annoyed it only comes in white, would rather it matched the colour of my TV than the colour of my fridge to be honest, but nevertheless I'm looking forward to it.
 
 
 
Posted by robz
On Saturday 2 Jul 2016 1:53 PM
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everyone a winner all good