So E3 2017, or the Electronic Entertainment Expo (to give it its full name), is over for another year, and now the dust has settled.
It was, of course, held only a few weeks ago (June 13-15), and we thought it only fitting to have a little look back and pick out some of our main highlights from the 23rd installment of the event.
So, without further ado, here we go…
First up, one of the biggest reveals at the Los Angeles Convention Center was the launch of Microsoft's Xbox One X, formerly known as Project Scorpio and now billed as the "world’s most powerful console" — apparently 40 percent more powerful than any other.
It is the first 'genuine' 4K game console, and it comes with a built-in Ultra HD Blu-ray drive. We are promised around 40 titles before it arrives, and it will go on sale this autumn priced at $499 in the USA (and around £450 in the United Kingdom).
Of course, it is going up against the Playstation 4 Pro, which was released last fall, and while spec-wise it’s superior, it is also around $100 more expensive.
What else can we say about the Xbox One X? Well, it looks the part and is very small and contained. And while you can play your old Xbox games on it, the lack of planned exclusive games didn’t go down so well with some.
Speaking of games, there were lots showcased in various ways, although the one most people were talking about, and queuing up to play, was… yes, you guessed it, Super Mario Odyssey for the new Nintendo Switch.
It has been named as the “game of the show” by many reviewers and bloggers, and there were some reports of people waiting for as long as 4-5 hours to play it!
There were also a number of other notable titles to drool over, including (both for Star Wars fans and game fans in general, we're sure), Star Wars Battlefront 2. Additional noteworthy titles were Marvel’s Spiderman (due out in 2018) and Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. All three games are clearly cashing in on obvious movie tie-ins.
In addition, we had FIFA 2018, Sea of Thieves, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, Forza Motorsport 7, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (one Mario game is never enough, right?), and Skyrim VR. All left us wanting more and marveling at just how incredible some of these new games are.
Indeed it is simply amazing to think how much the gaming industry has developed over the years, from very early arcade games, like One-Armed Bandit, to the first computer games, such as Pong and Space Invaders. Then, the industry progressed on to Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario in the late 1980s and early 1990s, until present day when we have now arrived at the latest new batch, like Super Mario Odyssey and Star Wars Battlefront 2.
Gaming has come a long, long way…
It was also good to see the event open to the public for the first time, and attendance was up almost 20,000 — from around 50,000 the year before to 68,400 this time.
It is certainly looking good for gamers in 2017, and we can’t wait for E3 2018. Pencil in another trip to the Los Angeles Convention Center next June.