The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, just wrapped up after a slew of flashy presentations full of game trailers, big announcements, and energetic demonstrations.
Each major player in the gaming world had a chance to show off their latest and greatest.
French video game publisher and developer Ubisoft highlighted a multitude of titles.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Tom Clancy’s The Division
The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot
And Watch Dogs
Just to name a few…
EA focused on fourth-generation consoles, showcasing 11 titles for both PS4 and Xbox One.
Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time!
Star Wars: Battlefront
And the long awaited Mirror’s Edge 2
EA SPORTS excited the crowd with FIFA 14 and UFC.
Sony announced the price of its latest PlayStation 4 console at $399, which is 100 dollars cheaper than its rival, Microsoft’s Xbox One.
The PS4 rocks a sleek, sharp new design.
Sony pleased fans when it said the new PS4 will run second-hand games and doesn’t require a constant internet connection.
You buy a game. You own it.
PS4 preorders are available now online. But remember, playing online will require a PlayStation Plus account
Sony didn’t give details about original gaming content for the PS4, but did discuss a few new game titles including...
Beyond Two Souls
Kill Zone: Shadow Fall
The Order 1886
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Kingdom Hearts III
Final Fantasy XV
Microsoft announced the first Xbox console in 8 years, the Xbox One, which will go on sale in November and cost $499.
Xbox One preorders are also available online right now.
Microsoft alienated some gamers when it announced restrictions on used games for the Xbox One and said players needed to log onto the internet for authentication.
The original Xbox, which debuted in the U.S. in 2005 for $399, is the best-selling gaming console in the US, but it is on par with the PS3 when you compare sales globally.
E3 games included...
Call Of Duty: Ghosts
Ryse: Son of Rome
Metal Gear Solid V
Project Spark (for the kids)
Dead Rising 3
Nintendo’s Wii U, which was launched late last year, is cheaper than the PS4 and Xbox One at $300, but it has experienced disappointing sales.
Nintendo didn’t get as much buzz as Sony and Microsoft at E3 this year but they did announce some exciting new games including…
Super Mario 3D World – Wii U
Mario Kart 8 (gravity bending)
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze
Art Academy – Wii U
New Smash Bros. (featuring the exciting introduction of Mega Man)
Yoshi’s New Island – 3DS
Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – 3DS
Sonic Lost Worlds
A fun side note: the people voted on the show floor over the course of the expo and the winner of IGN’s E3 2013 People’s Choice Award went to Polish video game publisher and developer CD Projekt Red’s impressive game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
The gaming competition has intensified over recent years, as Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo fight to gain new fans and keep the old ones, despite an increase in smartphone and mobile gaming, which has threatened the 66 billion dollar video game industry.
Brand new consoles might be just what the doctor ordered, and these companies are giving the people what they want just in time for the holiday season.
Video Credit: Reuters
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