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Not many new announcements this year. Might just feel that way because nearly everything gets leaked these days of course. Microsoft showed lots of games, but none of them would convince me to purchase an X-Box. I doubt the new console can really display native 4K-HD 120FPS, and even if it could the "wow-effect" would be lost after a couple of hours anyways and games would play much like they did on 7th and 8th gen consoles. So I'm all "whatever" on all things Microsoft this time (but that's my usual reaction there).
With E3 you never really know what you get. Major presenters will sometimes deliver out of the blue, or do the opposite and have not much to show at a time when it's highly expected. This year's iteration of the convention is no exception to this. Considering the little attention the Xbox brand is getting you'd almost think Microsoft were to drop out of the console business, and yet they had one of the stronger presentations this year. Which came as a real surprise to me because in my book they're usually the annual loser of E3. Their press conference presentation was all about games and no moment was wasted on entertainment apps, sports and silly performances. It was straight to the point with one trailer after another, including announcements for new Halo, Gears of War, lots of big multi-plat titles and even the first look on the new major From Software title. Sony on the other hand really blew it. They had no real stage presenters, and instead cut to a commentary panel in the midst of their presentation. The games they had to show were all known, no surprises, little gameplay and all cinema. To be honest watching this made me kind of ashamed of owning a PS4, so now I'll be thinking twice about what next-gen console to purchase in the future. Bethesda actually announced Star Field which was rumoured to be in development many moons ago. Too bad they focused entirely on the new Fallout game and only acknowledged that Star Field is a thing. I dream that it may be the big space exploration title the market is missing, but no doubt it will be another bad first person action RPG. One day I'll have to dig in my memory and write about the terrible experience I've had with Skyrim...
Devolver Digital did the same cringe-show they delivered last year, surprisingly announced a release of Metal Wolf Chaos and at least had some good satirical commentary amidst the cringe. Gotta admit I really enjoyed the bid on sham-retro consoles. Not much I can comment on EA because I don't really care for their games. Then Nintendo had the direct that's kind of inbetween of what Sony and Microsoft delivered. They showed a lot of gameplay, especially in their post-presentation Treehouse streams, some nice surprises, but not the big surprises and trailers that fans were expecting them to show off. There was no word on the new game Retro Studios has been working on for years, nothing new on Metroid Prime 4 and no word on the 3DS. Especially with the latter I was hoping for some surprises - a new mid-budget Zelda game, since we haven't heard of one for years and there was lots of rumors about a possible remake of Link's Awakening, or maybe even a new Golden Sun title (because people have been talking about the games so much it was kinda suspicous, and I believed it was all a shilling campaign to prepare people for a new anncouncement). Instead there wasn't even a word on the Luigi's mansion remake. At this point I woulnd't be surprised if all 3DS projects were canceled or moving over to the Switch. Still the few games they had material on all look great. Everyone knows Smash so the 40 minute segment dedicated to it in the direct was uncalled for.