Let me start by saying that if I have to pick a side for the next-gen “console war”, my feet are placed firmly on Sony’s side. But yesterday, I really think Microsoft’s E3 conference was much better than Sony’s. Microsoft had assembled a strong lineup of exclusives and did nothing but show us games. Sony, on the other hand, received their biggest round of applause by making it clear that the PlayStation 4 would allow used games.
The Microsoft conference was just great. It was literally what every E3 conference should be, almost nothing other than new trailers and gameplay. Ryse: Son of Rome looks like it could be the best game ever set in that era, Project Spark looks like what Little Big Planet always should have been and Dead Rising 3 could be the best zombie action game ever. It just has so many goddamn zombies. And that isn’t even half of the exclusives.
Going into the day of conferences, I had high hopes for Sony. Sony has been my favorite for a long time and I couldn’t wait to find out more about the new console. Especially after seeing how awesome the Microsoft conference was, I was even more excited to see what Sony had to offer. If Microsoft, who according to the Internet has basically become the Satan of video games, has this great of a conference, Sony must have something great in store for us as well.
Goddamn was I disappointed. Too much time was spent talking about the PS3 and Vita, but that wasn’t it. Sony decided that after the positive reaction the Xbox One reveal received, it was obvious to talk for a few minutes about Sony Pictures and the fact that you can watch other media on your PlayStation 4. I for one know I watching the conference on the edge of my seat wondering if the PlayStation 4 would play Netflix or not.
Sony did show more first-party exclusives, but none of them looked as good as the Xbox One exclusives. That new footage from Infamous: Second Son actually made me want the game less. Deslin seems terribly annoying. Sony also spent a decent chunk of time showing off indie titles. None of these looked even remotely next-gen. Why would you show these off? Nobody is going to buy a next-gen console to play games that look similar, or worse than, many of their PlayStation 3 games.
The highlight of the conference for me was Square Enix, which was a huge surprise. Final Fantasy XV looks very cool. It could quite possibly be a great new direction for the series. Then SE finally announced Kingdom Hearts 3 after all these years. I was happy with the Sony conference after Square Enix was done. But this morning it was announced that these games will be coming out for the Xbox One as well, so this isn’t really a point for Sony. The only new exclusive Sony revealed at E3 was The Order: 1886, which did look really good, but the company just didn’t bring it like Microsoft did. There were just so few Sony exclusives and so many multi-console games shown.
Just to recap, here are lists of games exclusive for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This list is as up to date as I can find.
The Order: 1886
Infamous: Second Son
A bunch of cheap indies
Dead Rising 3
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Forza Motorsport 5
Untitled Halo Project
Kinect Sports Rivals
Ryse: Son Of Rome
Sony also announced that it would allow used games,and not require any online connection at all. This got the biggest applause of the night, and that is ridiculous. Lastly, it announced the PlayStation 4 will be $399, so $100 less than the $499 Xbox One.
I’ve been team Sony since day 1, and that isn’t going to change. But just looking at that list of exclusives, it really looks like the Xbox One has more to offer for gamers. However, looking at Twitter and almost everything else it seems like almost everyone is saying Sony did an amazing job. Can everyone really be saying that as gamers? Or as cheap consumers looking to save a few bucks? I really don’t get it…