Here's a breakdown of all that we saw from the three major consol manufacturers and some of the developers:
1) Focus on Games: Unlike the lead-up to the launch of the XBox One, where it was touted to be an all-entertainment platform, this time around, MS assured gamers that the XBO would be all about the games.
2) The Games:
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (XBO exclusive early content)
- Forza Horizon 2
- Assassins Creed: Unity
- Dragon Age: Inquisition
- Sunset Overdrive (XBO exclusive)
- Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha (Dead Rising 3 DLC with the greatest name ever)
- Fable Legends
- Ori and the Blind Forest
- Halo: Master Chief Edition (XBO exclusive)
- Halo 5: Guardians (XBO exclusive)
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- The Division
- Phantom Dust
- Scalebound (XBO exclusive)
- Crackdown 3 (XBO exclusive)
3) Indy Develepor Focus: Microsoft is really making a push for the Independent Developer community to come on-board the XBO Train, fighting their previous reputation as appearing aloof to that growing sect of the gaming world.
Sony's Conference:1) Surprises Galore: Sony pulled off what is nearly impossible these days. They surprised nearly everybody with non-leaked news on games, peripherals and more. Given today's social media laden world where news is rarely broken in traditional fashion, that's a pretty big deal.
2) The Games:
- Exclusive Titles
- Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
- Little Big Planet 3
- Let It Die
- The Order 1886
- Grim Fandango
- Last of Us Remastered
- Independent Titles
- Magicka 2
- Hotline Miami Wrong Number
- Not A Hero
- The Talos Principle
- DLC/Expansion Packs
- Killzone: Shadow Fall Intercept (DLC)
- Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition (Expansion pack)
- InFamous: First Light (DLC, standalone)
- Child of Light (Vita)
- Tales From the Borderlands (Vita)
- Non-Exclusive Titles
- Grand Theft Auto V (ability to transfer progress from last-gen systems)
- Far Cry 4 (ability to invite non-owner friends to play)
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Mortal Kombat X
- No Man's Sky
- Battlefront: Hardline
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- Dead Island 2
- War Thunder
- Planetside 2
3) Playstation TV: Sony rolled out information concerning the launch of Playstation TV, which will give access to a slew of games from previous gen systems right through your television and using the PS4 controller - nearly 1000 titles available at launch. Each unit will come with access to Playstation Now and cost $99.
4) PS4s in White: PS4s will be made available in "Glacier White" in a bundle that will initially include Destiny.
5) Project Morpheus/Camera: Essentially just a teaser at this point, but Sony did reveal that the Morpheus headset will require Playstation Camera to function.
Nintendo's Conference1) Going Digital: Nintendo made the decision this year to make their presentation a pre-recorded video. Smart move? We'll see.
2) The Games:
- Super Smash Bros. (w/ Amiibo)
- The Legend of Zelda
- Hyrule Warriors
- Star Fox
- Sonic Boom
- Bayonetta 2
- Xenoblade Chronicles X
- Devil's Third
- Yoshi's Wooly World
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
- Mario Maker
3) Third Party Woes Continue: Nintendo is still struggling garnering support for the Wii U from third party developers. They continue to pump out first-party staples to compensate.
4) That Awkward Moment...when Nintendo chooses to dub over old Japanese staff members with southern California Surfer Dude scripts. Out of touch much, Nintendo?
What do you think? Comment below with your thoughts and impressions. Tell us what games/hardware you think you are looking forward to the most. If you don't own an XBOne, PS4 or Wii U, would any of these manufacturer's presentation convince you to pull the trigger? Did they miss anything? What would you like to see that you didn't see?
Let us know what you think and who you are so we can mention you in our podcast coming this Friday.