There is nothing more deserving of the “mixed bag” cliché than E3, and 2017 was no exception. For every moment of genuine passion, there was an equally corporate or cringe worthy moment to balance the scales. This year saw Michel Ancel make dreams come true with Beyond Good and Evil 2, and Microsoft obsess over Mixer with icky, repetitive advertising. For every incredible demo (Anthem, Spiderman), there was always something to skip (EA’s Fifa presenters). There was left field reveals (Shadow of the Colossus, Metroid Prime 4), and same old sequels. But there can be no denying the pure, consistent hype surrounding gaming’s biggest showcase, and it was definitely another exciting year.

We’ve compiled a list of memorable quotes, graded each of the major press conferences (using our five point review system), listed our personal top 5 games of the show, and thrown together a collection of GIF’s and pics that best convey the madness of these last few days.

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E3 2017: WRAP UP
The highs of Ubi, the lows of EA, and everything in between…

EDITORIAL
By MIKE HAZLETON & JAY TEE
20/06/17

THE BASICS

E3 is a massive press and public event, celebrating the games industry at large, while the heavy hitters roll out their plans for the future.

PLATFORMS

All of them!

PLAYERS

Lots of them!

CO-OP / MULTIPLAYER

Definitely!

DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT

For sure!

Look at the happiness. LOOK AT THE JOY. This was a genuine moment between two excited game makers. Pure awesome.

SONY

Everything they showed look brilliant and I loved the order/pacing of their show. No notable new stuff stops it from being a 5 star event, but for me it was just what I want from an E3 press conference.

4

In terms of how to present an E3 conference, Sony were the ones to beat. We got extended demo’s of some huge exclusives (Days Gone, God of War, Detroit, Spiderman) and the pacing was excellent. However, this felt like a transitional year. The lack of solid release dates and big surprises was a bit disappointing.

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JAY TEE

NINTENDO

Odyssey looks great of course, but I wanted Virtual Console announcements and the revival of past franchises on Switch e.g. Mario Party, Smash Bros or Animal Crossing. Metroid is a good reveal but not due for ages. Also, Nintendo are the worst for answering interview questions!

3

Super Mario Odyssey closed out the Nintendo Direct with a fantastic trailer. And it’s great to see some huge third party arrivals (Skyrim, Rocket League). But the sequel announcements fell flat. Kirby and Yoshi looked fine, but played it way too safe. Metroid Prime 4 is huge, but we got no info. And the lack of Virtual Console… soul crushing.

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MICROSOFT

I was hoping for new IP and we didn't get them, despite Phil's insistence it is their core focus now. The Xbox One X looked excellent and the price was good for me, but Crackdown has me worried. Good indie stuff coming.

3

Although Sea of Thieves had a fantastic demo, the AAA first party offering was very slim. Spending 10 minutes with Forza Motorsport 7 was not wise. Some good indie stuff in there, and Cuphead got a release date (!), but since almost everything shown was also playable on PC, The Xbox is looking less and less like ‘must own’ tech.

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It’s a FAAAAAAKE! I should also point out that, at one point,  my Gamertag was nearly ‘Romulajon’.

This was everywhere during the MS conference. So. Much. MIXER. It felt forced and sort of redundant. Who is using this over Twitch?!

I love this guy. Such passion and enthusiasm. Brothers was great, and A Way Out looks fantastic. But he also forgot how to say his own name.

This felt really odd. The initial CG trailer implied a super intense survival experience, only for it to devolve into shouty man shouting things about MOBA’s!

My favourite moment from E3 2017. After 15 years, Michel Ancel gets to unveil his gloriously huge sequel. Just lovely.

I don’t know why I find this so funny… Cue a plethora of ‘He’s using a Kinect’ jokes.

SKIP.

EA

Eurgh. Where to begin. If you don't like Sports games (I actually do) or e-Sports (I actually don't), then this was your press conference from hell. The only mitigating factors were Anthem, which was only properly shown at Microsoft's anyway, and A Way Out, which to be fair looks brilliant. Battlefront 2 looks good but is a known quantity.

1

A Way Out looks great. Besides that… this was one of the worst presentations I have ever seen. No new Star Wars games revealed (AGAIN), a bizarre fixation on eSports, which completely derailed any sense of momentum. The Battlefront 2 monologues were cheesy. It was just awful.

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JAY TEE

BETHESDA

Some solid announcements but I agree with the overall sentiment that they don't quite have enough games for their own conference. They would be better off including their games in the big three conferences.

2

Although you can definitely make an argument against the need for Bethesda to even have a press conference, I really enjoyed the way they presented their reveals. The ‘Bethesdaland’ concept was really cool, and even though the Doom / Fallout VR stuff would likely make even my iron clad stomach barf, the rest of the reveals were handled very well.

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JAY TEE’S TOP 5 GAMES OF E3 2017:

1. Beyond Good and Evil 2 - Dreams came true for me this year. The first BG&E is my favourite videogame of all time, and now we’re getting an open world, co-op, next gen prequel. There’s so much we don’t know, but I can’t wait to see more.

2. Super Mario Odyssey - Only two official trailers deep and I’m more hyped than ever. The hat possession mechanic, the (admittedly unproven) promise of co-op, and the sheer madness of it all… Well done Ninty! Great work.

3. Sea of Thieves - Sony’s first party slate of games all had impressive demo’s, and I will certainly be buying God of War, Days Gone, Spiderman, Detroit etc… on day 1. But man, oh man, that Sea of Thieves trailer was fantastic fun. Cannon launching! Riddles! Storms! Underwater wrecks! A delightfully silly and irreverent return to form for Rare.

4. A Way Out - This really surprised me, and was a ray of hope in an otherwise dismal EA press conference. The idea of a true co-op only narrative game is really exciting.

5. Anthem - Yep. All the yeps. Get this out in 2018 please.

MIKE’S TOP 5 GAMES OF E3 2017:

1. Anthem - looks amazing and a true rival to Destiny. The technology behind it looks supreme and I really want to get on board with a new BioWare game.

2. Super Mario Odyssey - I love Nintendo's reinventon of series lately, plus their new IP, so I have huge hopes for Odyssey. I expect a Zelda-like level of quality here.

3. Sea of Thieves - I have played a lot of this in the Alpha so it doesn't get number one, but the new additions shown (storms, wrecks, riddles) look fantastic and it only stops being higher on my list because I already knew what to expect.

4. A Way Out - I loved the passion when this was shown and it looks fantastic. A true co-op game that I can't wait to get my hands on. It's nice to see an indie being given a chance on the big stage.

5. Detroit: Become Human - I don't even have a PS4 but loved Heavy Rain so am certain I will enjoy this when it comes out. The acting and quality of the story just put this right up there with my most anticipated games and it may well cause me to convert to Sony!


UBISOFT

A brilliant set-up for Ubisoft's press conference and packed full of great looking games (plus The Crew 2). It was a solid 4-star show until they dropped the Beyond Good & Evil bombshell. Massive respect for getting Shigsy on stage as well!

5

Even though it wasn’t without its skippable moments (The Crew 2, Assassins Creed: Origins), Ubi delivered a press conference full of genuine emotion and creativity. Shigsy on stage, Beyond Good and Evil 2 made a huge return, and no less than TWO devs crying tears of joy. Exciting and heartfelt!  

5

MIKE

JAY TEE

MEMORABLE E3 2017 QUOTES

“Hey… My name is Joseph Vares… *holds up finger* Fares…” - Joseph Fares, Writer and Director of ‘A Way Out’, at EA Press Conference.

“Naughty Dog, Guerilla, Bend… out of control… I thought this opening was completely insane… because I had to walk under zombies to get on the stage just now…” - Shawn Layden, President and CEO of SIEA, at Sony Press Conference.

“These are a little different to the weapons you see in Ghost Recon…” - Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director and Creative Fellow for Nintendo, at Ubisoft Press Conference.

“You’re going to be able to play everything! I mean not everything, but, a lot of stuff…” - Joseph Fares, Writer and Director of ‘A Way Out’, at EA Press Conference.