E3 2015 in a nutshell: Hurry up Hoth, and plenty to Unravel

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A year for games to come in from the cold

It's not often gamers of a certain vintage have the majority of their E3 wish list come true. But, through announcements of The Last Guardian, a Final Fantasy 7 remake, Shenmue 3 for PS4, and then a new Rare game, Sea of Thieves, over on Xbox One, that's pretty much what we got.

The Last Guardian

Better late than never..? In development since 2007

All we need now is for Valve to begrudgingly push Half-Life 3 out the door and we'll have to find new franchises to get all worked up about year-after-year.

Virtually absent VR

Having heavily invested in VR with its Morpheus headset you’d have thought that Sony would be all about demonstrating virtual reality this E3. Not the case though. Sony barely touched on Morpheus, thus handing the VR impetus to Microsoft as it duly showed a holographic Minecraft courtesy of its HoloLens technology.

Minecraft HoloLens

Minecraft HoloLens demo

It was still scant hype compared with what we might have assumed, but there’s no doubt that Microsoft’s honed demonstration was much more convincing than anything shown by Sony.

Sony > Microsoft > Ubisoft > Bethesda > Nintendo > EA > Square Enix

For me, Sony just edged Microsoft to take the battle of the E3 press conferences, but it was nearly too close to call.

Microsoft potentially gave the biggest reason to buy its console through the addition of backwards compatibility (especially for Xbox 360 owners). But Sony’s conference was so much like a who’s who of the games we’ve cried out for years that it had an element of celebration to it at times. The Last Guardian, Final Fantasy 7, Shenmue 3 and Uncharted 4 are hard to argue with taken as a whole.

Uncharted 4

Is March 2016 really so far away? Coming soon-ish Uncharted 4

Elsewhere EA and Square Enix’s conferences were disjointed, with the latter’s conference having already lost all of its biggest surprises to Sony and Microsoft.

Nintendo’s E3 Direct was also disappointing in that it was devoid of anything that fans have demanded. A sign, if any were needed, that the Wii U is dead and this time next year will be all but forgotten in the wake of the NX’s introduction. ®

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