Written and photographed by Jakejames Lugo
The Electronic Entertainment Expo is the biggest exhibition for game developers to showcase their newest titles releasing throughout the year. The expo is the center-point of attention for many of the world’s leading developers and industry outlets. The biggest companies in the industry hold press conferences the day before to not only talk about their plans for the upcoming year, but to also reveal new surprises exclusively for the expo. And while gaming fans can only view all of the neat surprises found at E3 through the lens of television cameras, the press have a chance to get hands on time with the latest video games before anyone else. This was the premiere event for all gamers around the world.
The day before E3 officially started, press conferences were held by Microsoft, Electronic Arts (EA), Ubisoft, and Sony. Microsoft revealed new gameplay for titles such as Sunset Overdrive, Scale Bound, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and a new Halo Master Chief Collection including Halo 1 through Halo 4. EA revealed new details on EA Sports UFC and showed off some new footage of the newest Madden NFL Football and NHL 15 titles. In addition, EA showed gameplay for Battlefield. Ubisoft’s conference had a strong presentation with Assassin’s Creed Unity and The Division, but made the biggest splash with Far Cry 4 and the newly revealed Rainbow Six: Siege. Sony then closed off the day with a conference showing new gameplay for Mortal Kombat X, Batman Arkham Knight, Bloodbourne, Little Big Planet 3, and The Order 1886. The news that garnered the most attention from Sony’s conference was the reveal of a new announcement trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
During the show, gaming’s biggest veteran developer, Nintendo, hosted a digital event that not only spotlighted their games playable on the show floor, but revealed some new surprises for 2015. The popular Super Smash Bros. was playable on both Wii U and 3DS and attracted a crowd eager to try out all of the new playable characters. Other new games playable at the expo included Bayonetta 2, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Splatoon, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors, and Yoshi’s Wooly World. Some neat surprise reveals from Nintendo included a brand new Legend of Zelda and new Star Fox titles coming for the Wii U in 2015.
This year’s E3 was a small glimpse into the future of gaming. Even though everyone will have to be patient to buy any of the great games from E3 2014, great things will definitely be coming to those who wait.