Four days and around a thousand trailers later, the press conferences of the E3 2018 are finally over. Nintendo completed its direct live stream on Monday morning signaling the actual launch of the E3 as thousands of fans and press members enter the Los Angeles Convention Center to grab the new merchandise.
But before we talk about the biggest games and most exciting surprises of the show, let’s take a moment to think about the press conferences themselves. After spending so many hours watching these streams in the last four days, I’ve decided to rate all points from A + to F. If you like, I’ve also added my full leaderboard to the end of the post to see how I thought they were all piled up.
EA Play Press Conference
In recent years, EA has come under enormous pressure to swing out of the gate as its press event takes place before anyone else. You do not want fans to go out and wonder what everyone else is showing – you want them to think about the games you’ve been showing all day. Unfortunately, apart from a few big revelations, EA did not do much and the online community responded.
On the one hand, BioWare Anthem looks like a fascinating version of the Destiny formula, which gives players a huge world in which to shoot, run, swim and fly around can. On the other hand, there were few surprises other than the concurrent unveiling and release of Unravel 2 and the announcement of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Command by Respawn Entertainment. In addition, there were EA Sports titles, Battlefield V and Battlefront II updates.
Press Conference Score: C +
Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2018 Briefing
EA’s lackluster showcase opened the door on Sunday morning, and the Xbox team did not disappoint. After launching its presentation trailer for Halo Infinite (which unfortunately is not nearly finished), Microsoft showed 50 video games, including over a dozen with exclusivity for Xbox One. Some of the highlights included Ori and the will of Wisps Forza Horizon 4 Gears of War 5 a new Battletoads games and an extension for Cuphead , And that was just the Exclusives.
We also learned Sekiro: Shadow the Two (from the team behind Dark Souls ), see The Division 2 Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Devil May Cry 5 in action, learned of the anime-centric Jump Force and saw a ton of sequels: Just Cause 4 Dying Light 2 Fallout 4 . Then, to cover everything, a Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer
Press Conference Score: A
2018 Bethesda E3 Showcase
For the first time since Bethesda hosted its own press conferences at E3, there really was not much to showcase in the same year as the show. This was a surprisingly forward-looking event from the publisher [ElderScrolls with some 2019 titles in some form ( Rage 2 Wolfenstein: Youngblood ] and several announcements that could be at least two years away ( Doom Eternal Starfield The Elder Scrolls VI ).
The Games, However, this year, they come out of the bag. Fallout 76 dives headfirst into online Multiplayer and The Elder Scrolls: Blades brings the popular franchise to mobile devices this fall.It’s a pity that Starfield and the next core Elder Scrolls title still like that but this was a strong performance from Bethesda as a whole, and I will undoubtedly spend countless hours on my iPhone with Blades later this year.
Press Conference Score: B
Square Enix E3 Showcase 2018
I honestly do not know why Square Enix used to stream anything at all this year. It was three years ago that the Japanese publisher had its own event at E3, and after all this time, the best he could produce was a bunch of recycled trailers from other press conferences and some incredibly vague announcements. If a highlight of your event is a Monster Hunter crossover event for Final Fantasy XIV you know you screwed it up. That is, I’m curious what Babylon’s Fall – by Platinum Games – is actually. And to be fair, I want to play some of the games that Square Enix has shown, in particular Kingdom Hearts 3 Just Cause 4 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider . But if you do not even mention the Final Fantasy VII remake, you will not host a stream.
Press Conference Score: F
Ubisoft E3 2018 Conference
Last but not least, Ubisoft knows how to put on a show. The dance number at the beginning of the event was long enough to be hysterical, the lack of a dedicated announcer gave the developers more time to talk about their projects, and Beyond Good and Evil 2 remains one of my most popular although I do not really know what it is, when it will take place, or whether it will come out before the end of the decade.
Unlike the disappointment of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey the highlight of the show was, after being spoiled weeks ago (which is not Ubisoft’s fault), everything ran incredibly smoothly, with a few Surprises in the games we expected, such as Trials Rising Raids in The Division 2 and a new extension for For honor . Also spoiled or not, Odyssey looks stunning, though it is more or less a replica of Assassin’s Creed Origins .
Press Conference Score: B +
E3 2018 PlayStation Showcase
Despite the unnecessarily complicated structure of PlayStation E3 2018, I think the decision to focus on four large exclusive titles and balance other announcements between them, paid off. The Last of Us Part II becomes a critical and financial success, Ghost of Tsushima lets Sucker Punch stretch his wings in a brand new universe, Spider-Man is likely Be the best Spider-Man game of all time and Death Stranding … exists.
If Sony had not previously explained the format of their event, it might have come off badly, but in fact, being able to spend time with something that might be some of the best games of the next year, and change was not a bad idea , And the other announcements were more than just interjections highlighted by Remedy Entertainment Control and a long awaited remake of Resident Evil 2 . It could have been bigger, but Sony’s event served its purpose.
Press Conference Score: A-
Nintendo Direct: E3 2018
Much like EA is responsible for the positive start of the E3, it is Nintendo’s job to ensure that the press conference ends with a bang. Spending nearly 30 minutes with each and every one of the 66 characters that appear in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Switch is certainly a way to accomplish that, but no matter how many levels, characters, and new ones Moves are in the new Smash The Switch Library needs a boost in 2018.
Unfortunately, it is not really clear if this will happen. Nintendo continues to suffer from the same problem it has always suffered from – lack of third-party support. No. Battlefield No. Call of duty Nr. Overwatch No. Just Cause No. Kingdom Hearts – even though we’re getting more and more indie games on the switch, we need a steady stream of first-party titles if we’re not going to get big titles from the big boppers. I’m not sure Super Mario Party Mario Tennis Aces and Smash are enough for the rest of the year, at least Fortnite is finally in eShop
Press Conference Score: B
If I had to arrange all the conferences (which I do not do, but who will stop me?), I would turn on Microsoft followed by Sony, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Nintendo, EA and Square Enix. We’re at an interesting turning point in the current generation as Microsoft is already busy cracking its next console, so the next year may be much quieter. But if this is the last big E3 of the generation, it was not a bad one.