Impressions from Microsoft and Sony at E3 2012

Today, both Microsoft and Sony held their annual E3 press conferences, but both were underwhelming. While I had hoped that Microsoft might focus on games and announce a few new games, instead they announced no new major releases and focused almost exclusively on expanding the media features of the XBOX 360. I love that my XBOX 360 is capable of doing all of these things, but I use my XBOX 360 for games first and foremost and right now there is a severe lack of titles that interest me.

I expected a much better presentation from Sony, and they certainly did a much better job of focusing on games, but their conference suffered from a lack of new announcements. With the exception of Quantic Dream’s Beyond: Two Souls,  Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation, and Wonderbook everything that was shown had already been previously announced.

Despite their lackluster press conferences, there were a few noteworthy games. While none of them are really my taste, Halo 4, God of War: Ascension, and The Last of Us are all sure to be hits when they are released. The demo for The Last of Us was particularly impressive. I was also glad to see more of Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale, but I’m still not entirely sure how the gameplay works. I’m hoping to see more footage from the game during the rest of the week.

However, the real highlight today was Assassin’s Creed 3. Ubisoft demoed the game at their own press conference and again at Sony’s press conference. Both demos looked great and for the first time I am actually excited about an Assassin’s Creed title. Ubisoft truly stole the show today with Assassin’s Creed 3; it’s looking to be one of the best games of the year.