Who Won E3 2013?

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And so another E3 has come and gone. E3 2013 is behind us, folks. Now that it’s in our rearview mirror, we can all breathe a sigh of relief and take some time to reflect back on which company made the biggest impact: Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo. Admittedly, all three companies had a pretty good showing this year, and we were excited by various aspects of all three presentations, but in the end there can only be one winner.

That being said, I think it’s important to note that this strong competition between the three companies only makes the gaming world as a whole better. And I really think that was evident at this year’s E3. There were some really impressive titles shown off and I think that we, as gamers, have a lot to be excited for. It’s going to be a very good couple of years coming up.

Just for a minute, I’d like to ask everyone to forget all about DRM, and “always-on,” and who has more exclusives. Let’s just take a step back and look at what really matters: the games themselves. If you can do that, I think you’ll admit that the future of gaming is bright and no matter who you side with in the upcoming console war, you likely won’t walk away disappointed.

That being said, we did say that there could only be one winner, so without further ado, I present to you the winner of E3 2013. Join us as our gaming staff weigh in with their thoughts.

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Chad Goodmurphy:

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The first day of the 2013 rendition of the Electronic Entertainment Exposition was as important to the industry as it was to its main players. After all, we’re entering a time of change and conversion the likes of what has never been seen before, due to all of our accumulated data and both the options and restrictions posed by new hardware. However, because we didn’t know a whole lot about either of this holiday season’s console debuts, the door was wide open for one of the two companies to gather, steal and create momentum, paving the way for a presumed lead in monetary sales.

Looking back on the day that was, and its heavy schedule of news-filled press conferences, none stand out more than Sony’s. Actually, to be more accurate, nothing stands out more to me than the final portion of that event, as the large majority of its overall runtime was a bit ho-hum. Frankly, it wasn’t until we got the facts that things really took a turn for the better, and Sony became E3 2013’s undeniable champion.

While both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 look poised to offer some great experiences at launch, troubling economic times and consumers who like the as is system on used games were factors that Sony wholeheartedly and respectfully accepted. They evaluated their approach based on those conditions and thoughts, which led to a phenomenal starting price point revelation for the PS4. Not only that, but it was announced (on-stage and through a hilarious YouTube video) that used games will be able to be shared between friends and fellow gamers without restrictions – at least when it comes to Sony’s first-party software. That was all I needed to hear before declaring Sony the absolute victor.

Having been an Xbox 360 user for years now, it pains me to see how much Microsoft has hurt itself by turning its back on those who fund its video game ventures. Although I went in expecting both the PS4 and Xbox One to launch at $499.99, and wasn’t thrown off or frustrated when Microsoft revealed that figure for their device, their reliance on DRM makes me angry. That’s because, like many, I feel that I should be able to do what I want with a game that I own. After all, I’ve paid the money (or put a lot of time into a thorough review to help get the word out) and should be able to lend it to a friend if I so please.

I appreciate how much Sony seems to care, despite being a big business that needs to make money in order to survive, and I hope that Microsoft will find its way soon. I’m taken aback by Microsoft’s new ideals, and am deeply bothered by them as a gamer who can’t stand missing out on good games and great exclusives. I don’t like supporting such draconian DRM, but I do not want to miss out on the great games that will only be available on the Xbox One.

Now, with the above being said, I still want to speak about Nintendo. Reggie and his peers needed to come to this year’s extravaganza with a plan to win back the faithful and the hardcore, whose dollars, interest and time have helped Nintendo be successful since the 1980s. Did they come up with and execute a great strategy? Yes and no. I think that the Big N is positioned better than it was, with some great-looking exclusives, but I still worry about the Wii U and its lack of games. Exemplary titles have been few and far between for all of the company’s television-connecting consoles over the last three generations, and it doesn’t seem like that will be stopping anytime soon. It’s too bad, but it’s true. Hopefully that will change, however.

  1. Sony
  2. Nintendo
  3. Microsoft

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Justin Alderman:

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E3 2013 was decisively won by Sony’s PlayStation 4, followed by Nintendo’s Wii U, with Microsoft’s Xbox One taking a distant third as it heads through the exit door in the video game console war.

In the week leading up to E3, Microsoft positioned the Xbox One as an anti-consumer system that would strip paying customers of any ownership rights in regards to software, and even the console itself when Microsoft eventually shuts down their servers. This created the perfect opportunity for Sony to stand up for consumer rights in the high-end console market (Nintendo’s Wii U has that same issue covered on the lower-end) and they took it in a big way.

The PlayStation 4 is $100 cheaper than the Xbox One, it doesn’t pack in an unwanted NSA spy camera, customers have complete ownership over their physical software, the console will function forever in offline mode, it is region free (which is a huge plus for many military gamers stationed overseas), non-gaming services are not locked behind a paywall and it continues the outstanding $5 a month PlayStation Plus service.

The only negative announced at Sony’s E3 press conference is that they are restricting multiplayer to PS Plus subscribers, but the service offers so many benefits that it makes it hard to complain much about the decision.

Customers are the heart and soul of any industry, and companies who are arrogant enough to smack the hands that feed them are eventually taught a hard lesson. The current console market no longer seems big enough to support three players, and the Xbox One (as it was announced at E3 2013) has sealed Microsoft’s fate.

  1. Sony
  2. Nintendo
  3. Microsoft

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Michael Briers:

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In going first, Microsoft had laid the groundwork for their journey into the next generation, neatly constructed with exclusive titles and a sly dig at Sony in the form of Metal Gear Solid V. Come 6 PM, however, Sony irreverently pulled the rug from beneath them and the Xbox One. Traditionally, game companies have played it coy in press conferences by mentioning competitors fleetingly in their briefings, but last night Sony had Microsoft firmly between their crosshairs with the PlayStation 4.

Granted, Microsoft delivered on the gaming front in the wake of May 21st, and their on-stage catalogue – which included Minecraft, Forza Motorsport 5, and the novel, SmartGlass-driven Project Spark – was diverse and entertaining in equal measures. Still, once Sony took the centre stage – almost 15 minutes late, I may add – the tide of opinion shifted immensely. They aimed to differentiate themselves from Microsoft as much as possible and though it took time to kick into gear, their conference contained a horde of direct, unabashed dialogue that was intended to grossly undermine the Xbox One and Microsoft. Used games. Always online. Self-publishing indies. Sony didn’t hold back and the overwhelming applause at the end of their conference conveyed the support from the gaming community.

It’s rather ironic that the tussle for the next generation is being decided largely on existing, current-gen attributes – see the ability to play used software and game offline – rather than scrambling to compete with raw processing power like console generations gone by. Even Nintendo – who showcased their offerings for their domestic consoles via a Nintendo Direct – have always operated with a certain idiosyncrasy. And, at their software-centric conference today, the company continued to reside in the haven of their existing franchises. Don’t get me wrong, Pokémon X & Y and Super Smash Bros. look great, but with third-party support currently flailing, it’s hard not to long for titles such as Bayonetta 2 on a different, more powerful platform.

In terms of the new hardware, the question you have to ask yourself is: do you want a gaming system or a multimedia platform? Because on paper, a $100 dollar difference may not seem like very much, but in this industry, it’s a gaping chasm that Microsoft have found themselves on the wrong end of. So while Xbox One promises some great titles, Sony seems to have harmonised its gaming policies with what customers desire most. Which above all else, is paramount.

  1. Sony
  2. Nintendo
  3. Microsoft

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Dylan Rieder:

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With E3 officially complete and the major press conferences finished, people are beginning to ask the big question: Which console won?

While each company brought out their A-game, I would have to say Sony was able to emerge victorious. They did so by simply being more visible to gamers than Nintendo and by using Microsoft’s bad press with DRM measures in their favour to ensure that the PlayStation 4 was the crowd favourite.

By stating that all of their first party games on the PlayStation 4 will have the same policies as their current console, Sony was able to gain attention and interest from Microsoft’s fans who are unhappy with the Xbox One’s used game and trading policy. Sony also pleased current fans by showcasing some new footage for a collection of exclusive games along with the exciting announcement of Final Fantasy XV and the long awaited Kingdom Hearts III. While they did announce that playing online games will require a monthly subscription, people were already used to the idea thanks to Xbox Live, so it’s no biggie.

That is not to say Microsoft didn’t perform admirably. The various exclusive titles announced for the Xbox One still look very promising. In particular Sunset Overdrive, D4, Dead Rising 3, Killer Instinct and Titanfall caught my attention during the conference. However, the five hundred dollar price tag makes it very hard to consider purchasing the console when the PlayStation 4 is a hundred dollars cheaper and also features multi-platform high profile games like Watch Dogs and Battlefield 4.

Meanwhile Nintendo, despite having an impressive lineup to showcase, played it very safe at this year’s conference with news and announcements citing projects that are mostly sequels from well-established franchises. Of course, it is exciting that Mega Man will be coming to the next Super Smash Bros. game, but when that is the biggest news a company has when its competitors are announcing brand new consoles, it’s hard to keep the spotlight for long.

Nintendo, however, is a well established game company and never seems unduly concerned with competing against the two other consoles, as they already have a very dedicated fan base and a large grasp of the casual gaming market. In addition, their idea of simply doing announcements to specific global regions via Nintendo Directs is a clever way to stay in contact with the fans while avoiding the costly price of holding giant press conferences.

  1. Sony
  2. Nintendo
  3. Microsoft

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Michael Shelton:

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E3 is the best time of the year to be a gamer. Exclusive titles are announced, new IPs leave our jaws on the floor and we get a steady rush of gaming excellence pumping through our veins. This year’s E3 has been no exception. With the momentum of next-generation consoles having been built all year it’s hard to pretend that anyone expected E3 2013 to be anything other than exhilarating. Now that the three major players have departed the stage, it has left us with an equally exciting and terrifying glimpse into the future.

As someone who has been a loyal fan of the Xbox 360 console for over seven years, it pains me to see Microsoft effectively red-ringing themselves out of the competition, and fast. Even as they delivered on the promise to focus on games at E3, it simply isn’t enough to overlook the DRM restrictions of the Xbox One console. It’s a horrendous error on Microsoft’s part that may very well leave them struggling to gain ground again with the hardcore gaming demographic.

Meanwhile, the President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Jack Tretton, seems to have completely destroyed the competition this year. In spite of Sony’s slow start focusing on PS3 and App support, they proved that pleasing gamers is their only goal. Saving the best for last, Sony announced that the PS4 is set to launch with a retail price of $399, $100 cheaper than the Xbox One. PS4 will also be launching free of DRM restrictions, but what truly delivered the knockout blow was Tretton’s statement that “PlayStation 4 won’t impose any new restrictions on the use of pre-owned games.” Tretton’s smile and the resounding applause from the crowd sounded to me like the final move towards checkmate.

Nintendo’s presence feels to me like it’s only ever as strong as the newest Smash Bros. game, which they showed. Oh yeah, there was Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong too, so hooray? Who are we kidding? Nintendo’s pretty much that kid in the back of the class, raising his hand to be called on, but just keeps getting passed over. We all know he’s got the answers. It’s just that no one really cares anymore.

  1. Sony
  2. Microsoft
  3. Nintendo

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John Fleury:

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This year’s E3 was destined to be an important one, but I didn’t expect the pre-release tide to turn as heavily as it ended up. Concrete details on Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen platforms were the big things we knew we’d be getting, but the results seem to have placed many people squarely in one camp.

Admittedly, there are components of the Xbox One that I find intriguing, such as the idea of more dynamic and evolving achievements. In terms of games, as a fan of developer Rare’s Nintendo-era games, I was thrilled to see the long-rumored return of Killer Instinct. Other exclusives, like Insomniac’s Sunset Boulevard and Ryse: Son of Rome, also have my interest. But in my opinion, Microsoft has already shot themselves in the foot with the system’s now infamous DRM and online policies. I wasn’t thrilled about the used game news, but could deal with it as I usually buy the games I’m interested in when they first come out anyway. It’s the daily check to see if you’re online that truly upsets me.

Whenever I end up getting an Xbox One, I’ll likely end up bringing it various places when I have to stay outside of the house, but if it’s a place without a reliable Wi-Fi connection, there won’t be any point. An Internet connection can never be 100% reliable, and Microsoft’s assumption that everybody has one is nothing short of ridiculous. Finally, the $499 price point seems a bit steep, especially compared to the PS4 and Wii U. To sum it up, I will eventually be getting an Xbox One to try out select exclusives, but it will probably be some time after the initial launch.

Next up, Sony didn’t start their conference on the most encouraging note, with segments talking about movies and media that most gamers didn’t care about. The reveal of the PS4 hardware itself wasn’t as impressive as it could have been, as the people I talked to afterward all remarked on its resemblence to a 1980s VCR. Despite all this, Sony’s improved support for indie titles was welcome compared to Microsoft’s apparent shunning of the market, and even though it’s since been confirmed to be coming to the Xbox One, the reveal and confirmation of Kingdom Hearts III for the PS4 made me absolutely giddy.

The kicker though was when Jack Tretton came on and laid out the PS4′s policies for used games and online connectivity, which rightfully led to long-lasting applause. It seems like a no-brainer to approach things this way, but Microsoft’s announcements, and Sony’s staying quiet on the matter up until then, had myself and others pretty worried, and it was immensely gratifying to see that they appear to be taking gamers’ rights into consideration. As a Vita owner, I do wish more support had been shown for the struggling handheld, but the goodwill Sony earned in the later parts of the conference helped make up for that. I will definitely be looking into picking up a PS4 at launch, though that will ultimately depend on what games come out for it at that time.

Nintendo needed to show some major titles to convince gamers to invest in the struggling Wii U, and while there were definitely some announcements that made me happy, I do feel that it could have been stronger. I was personally thrilled to find out that Retro Studios is developing a sequel to the stellar Donkey Kong Country Returns, but I’m definitely aware that many gamer’s hopes for a new Metroid title were crushed.

I was also happy to see the confirmation of two new Super Smash Bros. titles, but wished that we could have gotten a few more gameplay details or character reveals. As far as other new title announcements, I was happy to see the reveals of Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario 3D World, but would still like to see more of an evolution in both series as far as gameplay and style go. Like many others, I look forward to what Nintendo has coming out, yet can’t help but feel that they should be more original with their big titles if they truly want to stand out.

  1. Sony
  2. Nintendo
  3. Microsoft

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Matt Joseph:

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I’ve been a Microsoft fan all my life. I’ve never owned a Sony console and have been a loyal Xbox and Xbox 360 owner throughout the years. Thus, I went into E3 eager to hear what the company had in store for us. My allegiance had been tested quite a bit, what with the botched reveal on May 21st that showed just how little us loyal fans were cared for. Between the DRM stuff, the always-on issue, the used game market debacle and everything else, Microsoft was really rubbing us the wrong way.

But then E3 happened and though the $499 price tag is a bit upsetting, and our concerns about the above mentioned issues still aren’t resolved, I’ll be the first to admit that the company has some pretty impressive games on the way. They also have managed to secure some very exciting exclusives. And let’s be honest, when it comes down to it, you buy a console for its games. That’s what these consoles are primarily designed for, the games.

Microsoft’s showcase quickly eased my concerns of DRM and how I’m going to purchase used games. Instead, my focus was shifted towards titles like Titanfall, Project Spark and Ryse. Of course, there’s also Halo 5, Dead Rising 3, Quantum Break…the list goes on. What really pushed me back onto Microsoft’s side of the fence was their games, most notably, their exclusives.

There’s just so much to look forward to and I simply can’t help but to feel excited again about the Xbox One, despite flirting with Sony’s camp after hearing all that nasty stuff that Microsoft was saying about how they plan to deal with DRM, the always-on Kinect issues, the region lock etc. Sure, I’m not happy about that, and I still can’t help but to feel like it’s a bit of a slap in the face to us, the gamers, but still, their slate of upcoming titles are hard to ignore.

Now, in no way am I downplaying Sony. I’ll be the first to admit that the PlayStation 4 is a great system, and the lower price tag definitely makes it an appealing purchase. Plus, with the lack of Microsoft’s DRM policies and all that other BS, Sony’s offering is looking more and more impressive by the day. And then when you throw in some killer exclusives like inFamous: Second Son and Killzone: Shadow Fall, among others, you have a really stellar console.

For me, the problem with Sony, at E3 at least, was that their presentation damn near put me to sleep. So much of it was focused around things that I think most of us gamers just don’t care about. All that stuff about movies and media and apps, who cares? Not I. Yea, I’m a huge film buff, but I’m not buying a PlayStation 4 for those reasons. Focus on what matters, Sony. There’s also the fact that their hardware seriously looks like a VCR. I mean, come on, that is one ugly piece of machinery.

Still, it’s hard to overlook the significance of Sony’s welcome policies for used games and online connectivity, something that scored them a lot of points with me. There’s also one title they have that has me very, very interested, more so than the other exclusives. And that is Knack. I don’t know what it is about that game but I simply cannot wait to get my hands on it. Plus, the last portion of their press conference did pick up quite a bit and the games that were demoed were very impressive.

Finally, we come to the Big N, or should I say the Little N, as they didn’t hold their own press conference this year, opting for a Nintendo Direct session instead. I know many people were excited by Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros., Super Mario 3D World and all the other first party releases they announced, but I still lack confidence in the Wii U. The support from developers just isn’t there and their library of games doesn’t really do much for me. I’m a hardcore gamer and while I appreciate Reggie and co.’s attempt to please people like me by offering more Zelda titles and whatnot, I’m still not on board. Never have been and probably never will be. Sorry, Reggie.

  1. Microsoft
  2. Sony
  3. Nintendo

So there you have it, our picks for who won E3 2013. Tell us, who won in your mind?

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