It's no secret to anyone that this year's E3 has been less than spectacular so far, to say the least.
With a new console coming later this year, all eyes were on Microsoft going into this year's annual gaming extravaganza. Though indeed boasting powerful tech under its hood, the Xbox One X's reveal was marred by its price point of $499 – too costly, especially considering how its closest competitor beats that price by $100 – and lack of truly groundbreaking exclusive partnerships, a deficit the Xbox brand has been suffering from since its inception and something that its feeling now more than ever. After all, why buy a powerful console if there isn't something on it that makes a compelling argument to choose it over its lower priced competitor, a competitor that so happens to do this already and do it pretty well, too?
The games sure looked pretty, of course, but at the moment I'm perfectly fine buying said titles on my launch edition PlayStation 4. This isn't a problem that only Xbox One faces, mind you, but one that was made very apparent with yesterday's showing, as indie after indie did not justify me purchasing something at a premium price point, at least not at the moment.
EA's best came in the way of Battlefront 2 and Anthem, with the rest drowned out just as quickly as it appeared on stage. It makes me beg the question as to why the publisher continually has an E3 showing in the first place, seeing as how a lot of the information they relayed on stage could be done through gaming outlets and/or press releases.
And then there's Bethesda with perhaps the weakest showing of all. Though it's unfair that their big surprises were leaked early, the publisher's persistent push of Skyrim has gotten borderline annoying at this point. On top of that is another campaign for paid mods, an insult considering the backlash Bethesda faced from the community the first time around.
We'll find out shortly if this year's E3 is truly a bust, with Sony holding their conference tonight and Nintendo holding their broadcast tomorrow. Seeing as how both publishers could have surprises in store, there's potential the later half of this year's gaming holiday could make up for the beginning.
One can hope, at least.
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