Now you’ve had a week to let the dust from E3 2017 to settle, and I’ve had a week’s time to eat up reactions to E3 from all over the world. So let’s talk about reactions. I enjoyed E3 a lot this year. One of the obvious reasons for me was that during 2017, I haven’t spent a huge amount of time crawling every website known to man for gaming news. I haven’t delivered editorial gaming content in half a year: First break in a decade. And I have had just a casual glimpse of gaming by turning on my PC, mobile or console whenever I felt like it. So I wasn’t spoiled this year.

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What’s your thoughts on this year’s edition of E3 2017? Were you disappointed with it? Was it alright? Let us know what you think in the comment section further down the page.

And spoiled is almost the word I feel like using when reading a lot of gamers reactions to E3. It’s easy to tell that a lot of journalists and consumers prefer to be overly critical and almost angry about practically everything at the show. Understandable. It’s easy to get swamped up in politics and hidden agendas when looking at the art of making games. And as I said earlier, it is easy to get angry about something… Anything, as it’s the same deal for me as well. Even so, I always find it perplexing that some people indulge in a hobby that seemingly makes them so constantly disappointed. At the same time I am also aware that if one cares deeply for something, then feelings often dominate – rather than the objective or even naïve look at things.

I’ll try to be a bit more objective, perhaps even naïve, as I think we as gamers at times need to scale back on our criticism and actually remember to enjoy the ride. So here is my “the glass is half-full take” on the E3 2017 conferences.

star wars battlefront 2 e3 2017

EA rolled out the big guns, giving fans of their franchises what they needed. It was high-octane racing, sports and shooting most of the conference.

First let me get that half-empty glass out-of-the-way. Because that’s what I felt when watching EA’s conference. Empty. It felt fake. Influencers can be great fun watching and following, but they often aren’t experienced presenters, and that showed. The joy didn’t seem real. It felt like constructed scenes with bad actors forgetting their lines. The games didn’t do much for me either. The only game I felt for was “Anthem”, and that was mainly because it got a chance to stand on its own. Well, at least the tiny teaser we saw from it. Furthermore, after “Mass Effect Andromeda” who knows what’s in store?

anthem e3 2017

Ending with a teaser for “Anthem” felt great, having to wait for Microsoft’s Xbox conference to see more, not so much.

Okay, let’s get back to the half-full glass shall we?

Gamers in love with EA’s many franchises got what they needed. “Star Wars Battlefront II” promised to make amends for a less impressive first try. We got a new Need For Speed in the form of Payback, racing along like a cross between Fast and the Furious and Burnout – with that coating of movie-like action on top. “Battlefield I”, “FIFA 18” and “Madden 18: Longshot” looked as great as ever, with the latter even getting a story mode. And we got “A Way Out” for those of us feeling less in the mood for big well-known blockbusters. It was a heavily franchise dominated presentation (a list of “Games you know, now even better”). EA didn’t spend much time on indie games.

phil spencer xbox one e3 2017

Phil Spencer did his best to provide his audience with clear answers and gave the usual pep-talk about Microsoft’s latest hardware. The news about old-school Gaming on Xbox was great.

Speaking of: I think Microsoft and Xbox One X stepped up their game this year. Phil Spencer held an informative and gaming heavy conference. I could have done with less use of hammering in “Eeexclusive” all the time. After all, I don’t think there is more value for me as a customer in knowing that some people cannot play my favorite game. However, they did something, that Sony used to be good at: They had a focus on a lot of indie titles. They spoke to their audience, and they showed they had listened to their customers and wanted to deliver.

the last night e3 2017

A strong showing with lots of focus on indie-titles gave Xbox the lead on that part of the E3, and that is something that PlayStation traditionally has been good at (“The Last Night” is the game seen in this picture).

Ending with “Anthem” was great. That feeling of watching something that triggered the same hope and emotions as the first showing of “Destiny” did, is no small feat. However, before getting to that we got a fantastic looking “Forza Motorsport 7“, a scary bite of “Metro Exodus”, the great-looking “Assassin’s Creed: Origins”, PlayerUnknown’s “Battlegrounds”, the long-awaited and utterly explosive sandbox fest “Crackdown 3”, and as mentioned, a lot of indie titles stood out with its mix of pixelart and Blade Runner-esque visuals (especially “The Last Night“) . So bringing in classic Xbox gaming with a new coat of paint also made me smile. I was happy as a gamer.

shigeru miyamoto ubisoft e3 2017

Starting out with Mario and Miyamoto was something few would have expected of a conference from anyone but Nintendo a few years ago.

Watching Ubisoft’s conference did not change that. As usual, I go away from a Ubisoft show smiling. And this year was no exception, even without Aisha Tyler. I don’t even care which games they show. They just seem so honest and happy about being part of the gaming culture. You know, like one big happy family =) Just on stage to show what they have poured their hearts into recently, with genuine smiles and even heartfelt tears. You can’t fake those loving looks that Yves Guillemot sent his staff during the show.

tears of joy davide soliani

Tears of joy was provided not only by Davide Soliani. Here you could almost taste the pride and joy of delivering Mario + Rabbids to Ubi and Miyamoto.

Of course being greeted by Nintendo’s legend Miyamoto as one of the first things, and talking about friendly rivalry, only helped bringing home that feeling of “in the end, we all are one big family of gamers”. Seeing Ubisoft treat Mario with respect and still adding some craziness in the form of the ever obnoxious Rabbids was fun. “Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle” felt like it is doing to turn-based strategy what “Splatoon” has done to the shooter genre: Add colours and friendly fun to the mix.

the crew 2 ubisoft e3 2017

I truly hope that The Crew 2 will be as good as the E3 trailer was.

“The Crew 2” delivered a solid mash-up of racing genres that had me intrigued. I wanted to drive, sail and fly in equal measures. “Assassin’s Creed” again looked as awesome as ever, and if we sat there missing the pirate theme of Black Flag, we got plenty of that with “Skull and Bones”. South Park was back with butt-jokes and super heroes. Great seeing a bit of mobile gaming as well as new toys. VR came in the form of the unsettling “Transference” and Elijah Wood presenting. Ubi seems to be the one publisher embracing that platforms shouldn’t matter. Only the love for gaming should. I even managed to enjoy the short dance act, which meant I actually watched “Just Dance” without cringing. Good job.

beyond good and evil 2 ubisoft e3 2017

“Beyond Good & Evil 2” is maybe one of the most anticipated titles finally being shown of in more detail. The new tough style felt a little forced, but hopes for a solid prequel stay.

Finishing off the presentation with “Beyond Good & Evil 2” and more tears of joy was almost perfect. I’m saying “almost”, yes. Why? Because the trailer for the sequel made me a little worried, as it felt like Ancel Marcel (and his team) were thinking that swearing equals maturity. It felt a bit desperate, and also like the developers were forgetting why the first game felt mature and interesting. It wasn’t for the use of F-words. That’s for sure. So I felt that the good spirited feeling, the looming darkness, the Orwellian setting and the uniqueness of the first game had vanished. We will have to wait and see. I stay hopeful. Ubisoft did well.

uncharted lost legacy playstation e3 2017

Sony started out their conference at E3 with one of their biggest exclusive franchises, The Uncharted-series! And this time the IP is back with a new duo of female leads.

Then there was Sony PlayStation. What a show. As Sony showed one blockbuster game after another, games that I’m really looking forward to play. So yeah, gorgeous visuals and grand stories awaits me/us! As it felt like a long line of cinematic trailers softly embracing the gameplay to come, and they made me want more (more “Uncharted”, more “Horizon Zero Dawn”, more “God of War”, and even more “Call of Duty“).

Opening up with two awesome blockbusters getting new content, continuing with the awaited “Days Gone“, some “Capcom vs Marvel” action and of course showing Monster Hunter World looking better than ever, was solid. Presenting a diverse selection of action-oriented stuff, even some tempting VR in the form of The Inpatient was great. So was seeing more of the amazing looking “Detroit Become Human“. Finishing of with Spidey in action seemed like a great ending to one huge cavalcade of blockbuster entertainment.

days gone dead folks playstation e3 2017

PlayStation continued with zombie-fest Days Gone that looked like doing all the usual stuff, but hey: Zombie bears is rather new.

What Sony lacked was indie titles and more information – and that connection with the gamers. One thing Jack Tretton was exceptional at delivering. Shawn Layden did his best. Nevertheless, it felt strange having only one man pop up a few times to say hi before running through another list of trailers for games that we for most parts knew existed…And the missing elephant in the room: Yes, I would also have loved to see more of “The Last of Us 2”. Nevertheless, still PlayStation made me want to be a gamer in 2017 and 2018. It made me want more.

metroid samus returns e3 2017

Nintendo sure surprised everyone when they unveiled not one, but TWO new “Metroid” games during their E3 2017 event (“Metroid: Samus Returns” and “Metroid Prime 4”).

The same could be said for Nintendo’s show. They delivered the games I was only dreaming about as a kid. Mario, Link, Kirby and Yoshi were all looking better than ever. “There are two sides to every story – and every stage”, proclaimed Yoshi. And that was doubly true for Nintendo and my normal reaction to their products: I get annoyed at Reggie trying so desperately to sell old tech as being innovative and awesome, yet I’m also loving almost everything Nintendo does. As so often before at E3 I went away from Nintendo’s presentation wanting more (especially more than that tiny teaser for “Metroid Prime 4“). The Rocket League announcement and the hefty selection of JRPGs were just icing on an already tasty cake.

mario rabbids kingdom battle

“Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle” brought a lot of charm and colour to E3 2017

So, yeah, E3 2017 has been great (in my opinion).

However, E3 is also a money driven celebration of games. As it is a place where smaller developers fight for attention, it is about politics, opinions and disappointments. Furthermore, it’s also about stressed journalists trying to be edgy by bashing stuff. About gamers being impatient because they already know too much. Fanboys only caring about exclusives. Console wars. Frame rate dips and bugs…And now I am almost getting angry. So back to my point: Let’s be happy about gaming for once. E3 is also a great way to catch up and make that checklist of games that we need to keep an eye on. As I want to keep my glass half full, because I love gaming.

monster hunter world e3 2017


Showing Monster Hunter World and finally giving PlayStation owners outside the portable range a chance to play was great. However, the title is not an exclusive.

I think Layden said it best: “Let’s just agree that we love games”.

And with that said, what’s your take on this matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!

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Robin Ek – Editor

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Nintendo’s E3 2017 press conference
Sony’s E3 2017 press conference
Ubisoft’s E3 2017 press conference
 Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference
EA’s E3 2017 press conference
Bethesda’s E3 2017 press conference

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  • totenglocke

    “I think Microsoft and Xbox One X stepped up their game this year”

    Uh, what? They literally have ZERO exclusives and the only reason to buy a console instead of gaming on PC is because of the exclusives. Xbox is dying because Microsoft also has to cater to the gamers using a PC with Windows.

    • I guess Lee meant in comparison to last year’s E3? Because I do recall that there 2016 E3 event were pretty lame. As for the rest, time will tell. I guess the Xbox One works as the poor mans choice instead of buying a 2,500-3,500 USD Gaming PC.

      • totenglocke

        “instead of buying a 2,500-3,500 USD Gaming PC.”

        *sigh* You’re going to push the repeatedly debunked “PC gaming is super expensive” line? That’s some Sarkisian level debating right there.

        • What are you talking about? I’ve worked in retail since 2004, and I’ve built PC’s since the early 90s. I don’t know where you live (I live in Sweden), but if you want a high-end Gaming rig.

          Then it’s going to cost quite a lot. In my case, I upgrade or buy a new Gaming PC every third-year, and I spend about 2,000 USD each time I do so (and I’m only talking about the actual computer itself, so no keyboard, monitor and so on).

          You get what you pay for more or less.

          “That’s some Sarkisian level debating right there”

          – Really now?

          • totenglocke

            Why do you need a “high end” rig to play games? A $500 system will match or beat the Xbox One or PS4 just fine. Sure, you CAN pay more for even better graphics, but it’s not a REQUIREMENT. You’re claiming that you MUST pay several times that of a console just to play any games, which is demonstrably false – especially when you look at the system builds online specifically targeted at competing with the Xbox One and PS4 on price.

            I have all current consoles and a gaming PC – yes, my PC cost as much as three of the consoles, but that was BY CHOICE because I CHOSE to make it overkill for my needs because I enjoy building a PC on it’s own. I didn’t need liquid cooling, dual video cards, multiple SSDs, etc. Don’t confuse “can cost” with “must cost”. You CAN pay $1.5 million for a Bugatti but that doesn’t mean all cars mus cost that much, a $12k Toyota will handle your needs just fine.

          • Because I want to get the best experience possible? And you could get that PC for 500 USD in America, but that’s not the price you have to pay outside of America. Furthermore, most retailers charge about 100 USD for the OS on top of that (unless you want to go for Linux that is).

            In my case, I would have to pay about 600-700 USD USD for the computer that you mentioned, and then I don’t even get a monitor either. That’s a pretty hefty comparison, I’m talking about the difference between a 500-700 USD PC and a 2,500-3.000 USD Gaming rig.

            I get what you’re saying, but that’s not the retail price tag where I live. Yes, it’s a matter of needs. Thus the reason why most sites and retailers offer customization and bundle package offers.

          • totenglocke

            “In my case, I would have to pay about 600-700 USD USD for the computer that you mentioned, and then I don’t even get a monitor either.”

            I KNEW you were going to make that false claim about the cost of a monitor! =D You don’t get a TV with your console (not do you need a monitor for your PC – mine is hooked into my 55″ TV so that I get to enjoy every game on the big screen, regardless of if it’s PC or console). So again, you’re fudging the numbers just to bash PC gaming. You’re also ignoring the online tax for consoles ($60/year for Xbox and PS4, $20 per year for Switch starting in 2018). So again, the cost difference shrinks even further when you realize that JUST TO PLAY ONLINE, you’re paying $300 over five years – PER SYSTEM! Then there’s the cost of new controllers for every system if you want co-op (not an issue with PC) and the fact that games on PC are usually far cheaper (even sales for digital console games and PC games at the same time, the same game is usually much cheaper on PC).

            I don’t get why thegg.net likes to hate Nintendo and PC (I stopped reading the site at all for several months after an article last fall where the author went on an absurd anti-Nintendo rant where his only argument was “they’re not named Microsoft or Sony”). I like games, so I don’t pick one system to “proclaim my loyalty to”. I buy on any system (as long as I can afford it, which at this point in my life and presumably going forward, is all systems that I find titles worth playing on) because I care about the games, not about being a blind fanboy.

            I’m being serious, I truly do not understand why your site seems to only approve of MS and Sony consoles and will make irrational claims about PC and Nintendo just to justify that MS / Sony fanboyism. I’ll gladly take a picture of my setup to prove that I have systems from all console companies in addition to PC, so this is not about ME disliking any one system, it’s about YOU intentionally ignoring facts to promote your disdain for specific systems. And no, I do not believe your or Lee’s claims about being PC gamers when you both make blatantly false claims regarding PC gaming to justify not wanting to game on PC. Just like I wouldn’t believe someone who claims to be a car enthusiast making inaccurate claims to hate sports cars. Someone who actually enjoys or participates in a hobby would never make false claims to bash the hobby they love.

            But…whatever. I’m sure you’ll come back making an excuse for why “the online fee for consoles doesn’t count” or insisting that you MUST buy a monitor to play on PC and that “it’s not fair” to count the cost of a TV for consoles if you want to count the cost of a monitor. Maybe I was wrong to give thegg.net another chance…I only came back because I was boycotting nichegamer.com after their staff went on multiple hateful rants against their readers (so I’ll at least give you two thumbs up on not insulting your readers!) after their readers criticized their false claims about Zelda: Breath of the Wild in their clickbait review.

          • “I KNEW you were going to make that false claim about the cost of a monitor! ”

            – Picks one thing out of everything else that I wrote *slow clap*

            “You don’t get a TV with your console”

            – I never said you did? But most people already have a TV, then again, there are those who get a TV (or monitor) for the very first time.

            ” So again, you’re fudging the numbers just to bash PC gaming.”, “And no, I do not believe your or Lee’s claims about being PC gamers when you both make blatantly false claims regarding PC gaming to justify not wanting to game on PC.”

            – I take it that you’re trolling now, because I’ve been a PC Gamer since the early 90s. Furthermore, did you not read what I wrote previously? I have worked in retail for years and built my own computers for +20 years. Not to mention the fact that I own every single copy of PC Gamer Sweden since the first number dropped back in Noovember of 1996.

            “I’m being serious, I truly do not understand why your site seems to only approve of MS and Sony consoles and will make irrational claims about PC and Nintendo just to justify that MS / Sony fanboyism.”

            – Now I know for sure that you’re trolling, because we don’t have any MS or Sony fanboyism. Furthermore, we don’t hate on Nintendo or PC either. We give out hate and love when we see it fit, just like it should be.

            “But…whatever. I’m sure you’ll come back making an excuse for why “the online fee for consoles doesn’t count” or insisting that you MUST buy a monitor to play on PC and that “it’s not fair” to count the cost of a TV for consoles if you want to count the cost of a monitor.”

            – And again, ignored everything I wrote previously.

            “Maybe I was wrong to give thegg.net another chance…”

            – Not many sites or magazines would be this patiently with their readers. I can assure you that much. Nevertheless, that’s up to you to decide. Furthermore, when was the first chance?

            “.I only came back because I was boycotting nichegamer.com after their staff went on multiple hateful rants against their readers (so I’ll at least give you two thumbs up on not insulting your readers!) ”

            – Is that so? For what? I tend to ignore those who troll, insult or threat me.

    • Lee

      Thanks for your comment!

      I do think you missed my point a bit. The article is exactly about not measuring everything by exclusives or being angry. I even state that.

      No one is dying – even if they aren’t doing as well as they would like to. And not everybody buys an Xbox for exclusives, a lot of people buy it because they simple aren’t fans of Windows, or because they like the controller and interface, or not tech savy (or rich) enough to put together a gaming PC for the same amount of money. There is a ton of reasons to chose a console over a PC (and the other way around, depending on what you want).

      My point is, how about we try to stay a bit positive for once.

      Anyways: Microsoft did deliver a solid conference showing a lot of indie titles, showing new hardware with all the info needed, and showing classic Xbox being compatible – again if we want to stay positive. And as Robin says, if we compare to earlier conferences. That is not the same as saying I loved every bit to death.

      If you asked me, I would probably rate E3 – best to worst – in this order: Ubi, Nintendo, Sony, MS, Beth, and EA.

      I could easily find enough negative to say about every conference, but that was my point: Trying to be happy for once about gaming.

      • totenglocke

        “The article is exactly about not measuring everything by exclusives”

        Except the only reason to buy any console is the exclusives. I’m not mad, I own all current systems (including PC, which again, consoles exist for the exclusives), I’m just simply stating a fact. Not trying to be mean, but it sounds like you’re missing the point of consoles if you think exclusives don’t matter…and because you think you can’t use an Xbox controller on PC. Have you even played a game on PC? If so, was it in the last decade?

        • Lee

          Nope that is not the only reason. For you perhaps, but not for a huge amount of gamers. For reasons I already stated in my last reply.

          I agree with you: Exclusives is a driving force, yes. Especially when marketing the console. I never said it isn’t. I just wanted to avoid that debate.

          And I never said you can’t use a controller on a PC. But not everyone is really into PC gaming enough to find it as easy as a pure controller set-up that eg. Xbox offers. For me I use both my PS4 controller and Xbox controller on my Win10 unit and have Xinputmapper, DS4Windows and other stuff installed to make sure it always works no matter what I want to do. But really some people think that is too much of a hassle.

          Last time I played a PC game was yesterday. That doesn’t mean I cannot understand why some people prefer consoles, while at the same time not giving any thought to the amount of exclusives.

          But I said that is exactly the kind of debate in regards to gaming, I want to avoid for once with this article.

          The goal is: Just being happy about gaming for once. 🙂

          I’m sure you also can find something you liked at E3?

          • totenglocke

            “But not everyone is really into PC gaming enough to find it as easy as a pure controller set-up that eg. Xbox offers”

            Again, a demonstrably false statement. That is nothing to “set up” You plug the controller in, THAT. IS. IT. Clearly you have no clue what you’re talking about. You do not need any software to use a 360 or Xbox One controller, they work by default in Windows and any game made in the last decade that is also available on consoles will support the controller out of the box without any setup. Only people who have no clue what it’s like to play on PC think that it requires in depth setup. Hell, I’ve had MORE hassles on consoles with waiting for updates to install, systems refusing to boot, controllers not syncing, etc than I ever have with a PC after 1998. Anti-PC people use talking points from almost 30 years ago which were true BACK THEN but haven’t been true for over a decade.

            “I’m sure you also can find something you liked at E3?”

            I never said I disliked anything about E3. I simply criticized your poor argument in favor of Microsoft since they have nothing to draw consumers to their brand. Yes, the Xbox One X (horrible name, they must have hired some former Nintendo employees) is a better implementation of the “mid gen refresh” than the PS4 Pro because it doesn’t require special patches for improved performance, but that’s still not a reason to buy the system when it doesn’t have any exclusives. People aren’t going to sell their PS4 or PC and buy an Xbox One X. It’s a solution in search of a problem and Microsoft is going to eventually have to choose PC or Xbox, because they’re only shooting themselves in the foot by trying to do both.

            For the record, I’m always happy about gaming with two exceptions: 1) political extremists trying to censor games / control what games we can play and 2) people making demonstrably false arguments against any platform (Xbox, PS, Nintendo, PC, etc).

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