Best and worst ever moments from gaming’s top expo


The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is upon us as soon as once more, serving as probably the most essential occasions on the gaming calendar. Between the pandemic and lowered participation, it’s shaping as much as be a far cry from E3 occasions from bygone years.

Nevertheless, we’re anticipating some massive information from the likes of Nintendo, Microsoft, and a number of third-party publishers. So with that in thoughts, we thought now can be pretty much as good a time as any to take a look at among the finest and worst moments within the expo’s historical past.

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The finest E3 moments

Sony proclaims PS1 value (E3 1995)

One of the perfect and most unconventional E3 moments was Sony asserting the US value for the primary PlayStation. The transfer got here after Sega introduced a $399 price ticket for its Saturn console throughout its E3 occasion, whereas additionally abruptly asserting fast availability.

Sony’s response? To merely have PlayStation America boss Steve Race seem on-stage, say “299,” and go away. And similar to that, a console newcomer made a significant and lasting influence on the {industry}.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty reveal (E3 2000)

Sony introduced the PS2 again in 1999, and the follow-up to the unique PlayStation gained a ton of hype within the lead-up to the launch. In reality, there have been ideas it could ship visuals akin to CG motion pictures (…it didn’t). It later turned out that the PS2 wasn’t precisely a developer-friendly console, however Konami and Hideo Kojima confirmed us what may very well be doable early within the console’s lifespan.

Konami unveiled the follow-up to PS1 stealth motion hit Metal Gear Solid at E3 2000, exhibiting gorgeous visuals for the time. The trailer additionally demonstrated nice examples of interactivity for the time interval, reminiscent of hiding in lockers, capturing pipes to ship steam at enemies, and destroying fruit, drinks, and glasses throughout a gunfight. No marvel Metal Gear Solid 2 turned probably the most eagerly anticipated releases within the early years of the PS2.

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (E3 2004)

Nintendo confirmed off a practical Legend of Zelda tech demo at its Spaceworld 2000 occasion, meant to indicate off the facility of the GameCube. But Nintendo’s choice to go together with a cel-shaded artwork model for its first Zelda title on the console (2002’s The Wind Waker) polarized followers.

The Japanese big lastly confirmed off a extra realistic-looking Zelda recreation at E3 2004 (Twilight Princess), sending the viewers right into a frenzy. I nonetheless preserve that the Wind Waker’s cartoony model has aged much better than Twilight Princess, however the crowd response right here has gone down in E3 legend.

Microsoft’s backwards compatibility shock (E3 2015)

Neither Sony nor Microsoft supplied backwards compatibility for his or her new consoles on the time of E3 2015 (PS4 and Xbox One), which was a relatively disappointing flip of occasions. It wasn’t sudden although, because the Xbox 360 and PS3 each supplied drastically completely different architectures in comparison with their successors. So certainly we wouldn’t see backward compatibility in any respect, proper?

Against all odds, Microsoft introduced on the present that a wide range of Xbox 360 video games can be backwards appropriate with the Xbox One. It was a large technological achievement that deservedly resulted in a wild reception from attendees. It was particularly essential in mild of the earlier two years, which noticed Microsoft deal with every part however video games.

Sony resurrects fan-favorite franchises (E3 2015)

Both Microsoft and Sony loved a unbelievable E3 2015, with Microsoft specializing in its industry-leading backwards compatibility with earlier titles. Meanwhile, the PlayStation platform-holder opted to make use of its stage to drop bombshell bulletins, together with Final Fantasy 7 Remake (as soon as teased as a risk some ten years earlier at E3 2005), Shenmue 3, and The Last Guardian.

All three titles represented Sony making an attempt to attraction to die-hard avid gamers at its convention. The Final Fantasy 7 Remake was an overhauled tackle a PS1 basic, The Last Guardian — the third recreation from the storied Team Ico — was reannounced after years in improvement hell, and Shenmue Three promised to wrap up a ground-breaking saga that began on the Sega Dreamcast. All three would take some time to truly launch (and the latter launched to a blended reception), however the trio, alongside new IP like Horizon Zero Dawn, offered unimaginable star energy to Sony’s showcase.

Keanu Reeves steals the present (E3 2019)

It’s straightforward to dismiss Cyberpunk 2077 now after its spectacularly botched launch, nevertheless it was probably the most eagerly anticipated video games of the previous few years. Ever since its announcement again in 2012, followers had clamored for extra data and, in the end, a launch date.

We bought loads of particulars at Microsoft’s E3 2019 convention, and we additionally bought actor Keanu Reeves on-stage in a shock look. Reeves’ stage presence, the reception from attendees, and “you’re breathtaking” made for a really memorable event, no matter Cyberpunk’s subsequently disappointing launch.

The worst E3 moments

That Killzone 2 trailer (E3 2005)

Sony’s E3 2005 occasion was primarily a coming-out celebration for the PlayStation 3, showcasing what the upcoming console can be able to. And lots of the trailers nearly appeared too good to be true. In the case of the Killzone 2 trailer, that’s as a result of it was.

The Japanese titan revealed the Killzone 2 trailer and claimed it was “real-time footage” operating on the PS3. It was truly a computer-generated video meant for inner use. This was to the dismay of franchise developer Guerilla Games, with a consultant later explaining that the primary PS3 improvement package had solely “just arrived” by the point the trailer aired.

Killzone 2 would ultimately launch in early 2009, and it positively bought nearer to that authentic trailer than anybody anticipated. But it additionally fell brief in a number of different methods (e.g. explosion results).

Sony’s price ticket for the PS3 (E3 2006)

It’s the E3 press convention that spawned loads of memes, just like the giant enemy crab and Riiiiidge Racer. But Sony’s E3 2006 press convention was additionally made notorious for the PS3’s value being revealed for the primary time (skip to 1:49:30).

The firm introduced a price ticket of $499 for the 20GB PS3 and a mammoth $599 for the 60GB mannequin. By comparability, the Xbox 360 launched at $299 for a mannequin and not using a arduous drive and $399 for the variant with a 20GB arduous drive. Sure, you bought a number of extras by choosing the PS3. This included Wi-Fi, HDMI, and, most notably, Blu-ray help. However, it nonetheless made for a excessive barrier of entry. Between this excessive price ticket, a dearth of high quality exclusives at first, and poor multi-platform ports, there’s little marvel why the console struggled initially.

Jamie Kennedy with Activision (E3 2007)

Celebrity hosts generally is a hit-or-miss expertise for tech and gaming occasions, and Activision positively missed when comic and actor Jamie Kennedy hosted its E3 convention again in 2007. The comic hit the stage and it was instantly obvious that he was in no situation to carry out. Between calling the viewers “virgins,” forgetting his traces, and Tony Hawk’s response to him, the looks was clearly a practice wreck.

“I was just wondering if I could do the whole interview as Ozzy Osborne?” Kennedy requested a British developer. “Absolutely. Aren’t you doing that already?” the developer responded to laughter from the viewers.

Konami’s parade of awkwardness (E3 2010)

Japanese writer Konami additionally makes an look because of its relatively weird convention again in 2010. This one had all of it; luchadores slapping one another, a magician, eccentric builders, and a creepy presenter.

To be trustworthy, I’m unsure whether or not this qualifies because the worst E3 convention ever or the perfect one. It actually feels prefer it will get into “so bad it’s good” territory.

Xbox One pricing (E3 2013)

Sony and Microsoft went head-to-head at E3 2013, as each corporations confirmed off their new consoles forward of a vacation season launch later that 12 months. This was Microsoft’s likelihood to regain momentum misplaced on the tail-end of the Xbox 360/PS3 era. Unfortunately, the agency fumbled the ball primarily as a consequence of pricing.

The awkward silence after Phil Spencer proclaims a $499 price ticket for the console is palpable (skip to the 1:21:00 mark), and nearly on par with Sony’s PS3 value announcement at E3 2006. There had been a number of encouraging shiny spots through the occasion, reminiscent of Ryse: Son of Rome, Sunset Overdrive, Killer Instinct, and Quantum Break. But Microsoft dropped the ball round this time because of its deal with TV over video games and its controversial original policies on used video games and sharing — one thing Sony ridiculed at its own conference that very same 12 months.

Jesse Wellens at EA Play 2017 (E3 2017)

EA determined to rent YouTuber Jesse Wellens to host a fast section in its EA Play occasion at E3 2017. Unfortunately, an obvious teleprompter snafu meant that Wellens couldn’t learn his traces. The end result was an extremely awkward first jiffy that lives on through YouTube.

Now, you might argue that the YouTuber ought to’ve memorized components of the script. But that’s precisely what he claims he did, just for the teleprompter to serve up a special script through the costume rehearsal. Wellens says he was then given one other script and memorized it too, just for the teleprompter to endure from points for the primary jiffy. Either manner, the second when Wellens calls EA government producer Marcus Nilsson “Nick” (or is it “Ni”?)  is priceless.


That’s it for our record of the perfect and worst E3 moments! Are there any you’d add to the record? Let us know through the feedback.


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