Nintendo Won E3 by a Landslide
We’re in a wacky time for gaming. A time when all the gaming platforms, from Switch to PC, are holding hands around the campfire, singing folk songs and sharing a beer. For the first time in gaming history, we’re seeing unity and teamwork in the industry as a whole, and in turn, the industry is thriving. So why was the massive E3 gaming conference so off this year?
To clarify, E3 wasn't bad, it just lacked substance—especially in terms of gameplay. In my opinion, it's because we're in the twilight years of the current console generation. When a platform is working on a future console that it's not ready to show, its E3 presence tends to be lackluster. Sony (of PlayStation) decided to sit this year out entirely; with the next generation speeding toward us, it seems like it just didn't have anything massive to reveal yet.
The consoles may be friends, but that doesn't mean we're not going to make a competition out of who brought the most hype-worthy news to the table. With Sony out, that leaves our remaining contestants as: Microsoft's Xbox, EA, Bethesda, Devolver, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and finally, the golden boy of gaming, Nintendo. Here’s our rundown of the best—and worst—from each contestant's E3 2019 presentation, and our pick for this year's E3 champion.
Microsoft didn't give us gameplay.
The overarching problem with this year's E3 was the lack of actual gameplay, and no one suffered more from this than Microsoft. The Xbox showcase should have been the pinnacle of E3. The team at Microsoft has been absolutely killing it with gaming innovation and collaboration lately, and I was excited to see more. Don’t get me wrong, there were a ton of titles teased, including a new Halo, the awesome Gears 5, Cyberpunk 2077 with Keanu Reeves, Elden Ring, and more. There were myriad triple A and indie titles, not to mention Project Scarlett, the next generation of Xbox consoles.
So why didn't it feel like a triumph? Purely because it lacked gameplay. While every game Microsoft showed off was gorgeous, we never saw much more than pre-rendered cut scenes, causing an odd disconnect. Microsoft brought the heat, but the execution wasn't quite right. (But none of this matters anyway, because the Battletoads remake looks fucking awesome.)
EA showed off Star Wars (and not much else).
EA started early this year and made its major announcements at EA Play leading up to the E3 convention. A new hero is coming to Apex Legends, there's a newBattlefield V map, FIFA got street games back, and biggest of all, there’s an actually good Star Wars game coming out this year. And EA showed off some Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay as well. I got my hands on it, and it was awesome. The combat was addictive and enthralling, and while not much is known about the plot, from the part I saw, the voice acting and narrative looked phenomenal. But overall, EA was pretty dull.