Final Fantasy XIII Announced for Xbox 360
Microsoft generated headlines and a massive response from Final Fantasy fans when they announced Final Fantasy XIII would come to the Xbox 360 during their E3 press conference.
Resident Evil 5
Capcom debuted the next installment in the Resident Evil franchise. Featuring Chris Redfield and new character, Sheva Alomar, co-op was introduced to the series.
God of War III
Sony revealed Kratos would once again return in God of War III. At the time, this would be Kratos’ last appearance chronologically.
BioWare premiered their new RPG set in a fantasy-type land. A departure from their other well-known RPG franchise, Mass Effect.
Project Natal Revealed
Microsoft entered the motion control world when they first revealed Project Natal, the code name for Kinect. Kinect would go on to become a short-lived necessity for the Xbox One with its launch in 2013, before being phased out over recent years.
Bungie announced during the Microsoft E3 conference we would be traveling to the planet of Reach, set before Master Chief would take on the Covenant in this Halo prequel.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Nintendo brought another Mario platformer to the Wii. This marked the second time in Nintendo history two mainline Mario platformers existed on the same platform since the NES.
Final Fantasy XIV
Square Enix announced another MMO-style Final Fantasy game during the Sony press conference. Little did fans know the game would not undergo a much needed massive turnover with the 2.0 update.
Before the infamous PlayStation Network hacking, Sony announced a new premium version of their online service. Included were free games rotating monthly, cloud saves, and other features, some that never game to fruition.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
While it didn’t get a large reveal, Nintendo confirmed the presence of the next mainline Zelda behind closed doors. The game would make an unfortunate poor showing at the next E3.
Nintendo 3DS Revealed
Nintendo announced new hardware, the Nintendo 3DS. The handheld features glasses-free 3D, and still continues to sell eight years later.
New Xbox 360
Microsoft unveiled a new, slimmer Xbox 360, which features a glossy finish and touch-sensitive buttons in place of physical ones. They even surprised everyone in the audience with a free one.
Halo 4 and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Microsoft brought Master Chief back into the spotlight with a continuation of Halo 3 and a revisit to the first game with a remaster.
New Super Smash Bros.
With no big trailer or screenshots, Nintendo still made it official that a new Super Smash Bros. game was in the works. The game would make its proper E3 debut two years later.
A lot for PlayStation Vita
Sony went all out for its upcoming handheld, the PlayStation Vita. A number of games were announced for the platform, such as Gravity Rush, Little Big Planet, Street Fighter x Tekken, and more.
Ubisoft revealed Watch Dogs during their press conference and was met with much praise from multiple outlets. Little did we know the game would launch on the next-gen consoles, albeit with subpar performance.
The Last of Us
The Last of Us made its first E3 appearance and would soon go on to become one of Sony’s best reviewed games. Six years later and we can’t wait to see what its sequel has in store for this year’s E3.
Wii U Games
With the release of the Nintendo Wii U on the horizon, Nintendo took the opportunity to debut new first-party games for the system. Notable games showed were New Super Mario Bros. U and Pikmin 3.
First E3 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4
2013 was the year the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launched worldwide, and both Microsoft and Sony took advantage of E3 to show what each console had to offer in it’s first year. Microsoft unfortunately garnered some bad press with its implementation of DRM and focus on entertainment during their conference, which Sony used to their advantage a few hours later during their showing.
Halo 5: Guardians
Tentatively titled “Halo for Xbox One,” Halo 5: Guardians was first shown during Microsoft’s E3 2013 showing. Though it was only a CGI cinematic featuring a cloaked Master Chief, that’s all what was needed to get Xbox fans hyped for the next game and console.
Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS
Though it was previously announced two E3’s ago, Nintendo finally showcased the next installment in Super Smash Bros. This time releasing on both the Wii U and 3DS.
Mario Kart 8
In addition to Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Nintendo debuted another fan-favorite IP for the Wii U: Mario Kart 8. Mario Kart 8 would continue its legacy years later with its re-release on the Nintendo Switch.
Star Wars: Battlefront
Not long after EA announced they were developing Star Wars titles, a CGI announcement trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront was shown during their E3 press conference. The nostalgia-driven hype for the game made it one of the most talked about that year.
Kingdom Hearts III
Skipping the PlayStation 3, Kingdom Hearts III was shown during E3. Five years later, we’re still left without a release date, but with Square Enix scheduled to have another E3 press conference there’s a strong possibility we may finally get one.
Final Fantasy XV
What was once titled Final Fantasy Versus XIII was re-revealed as Final Fantasy XV, the next mainline game in the franchise. Following Square Enix’s trend at the time, it would be a few years before XV was released.
Super Mario Maker
Revealed as just “Mario Maker,” Super Mario Maker shined as one of Nintendo’s best announcements of the year. The game would go on to receive positive feedback from reviews, and received a port to the 3DS. Who knows if we’ll see a Switch port as well in the future.
Talk of the game was growing for the game before E3, as gifs of the game surfaced online under it’s code name “Project Beast.” Soon enough Sony would reveal their next first-party exclusive from the makers of the Souls series.
Zelda Wii U
Before receiving its full title, Nintendo confirmed the existence of a new Zelda game during E3. Though little was shown for the game, the series’ pedigree was enough to generate a lot of buzz among outlets.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Not one, not two, but all four mainline Halo games were confirmed to be coming to the Xbox One with this collection. Included were the remasters of Halo 1 and 2, and ports of Halo 3 and 4. Though it sounded great on paper, the collection would be plagued with online issues to this day.
One of the biggest announcements from 2015 was the return of Shenmue. Announced during the Sony press conference with a video and Kickstarter, which was almost instantly funded, fans went rabid with excitement.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Another announcement that generate enormous feedback was the reveal of Final Fantasy VII remake. Long-awaited and dreamt by fans, Sony confirmed its existence during their press conference.
The Last Guardian
Originally planned for the PlayStation 3, and became a meme among Sony fans for its constant absence from future press conferences after its reveal, Sony was ready to bring it back for the PlayStation 4. To top it off it was their show opener.
During Bethesda’s first ever E3 press conference, the reboot of Doom was shown to the world. Better yet, the game was ready to launch just a year after it was announced.
Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility
In the two years since the Xbox One launched Microsoft had done a complete 180 with their ideas. The company proved the were all about games when they announced Xbox 360 discs will work on Xbox One. Better yet they receive performance improvements as well.
Gears of War 4 and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Gears of War finally made its way to next-gen with Gears of War 4 and a remaster of the first game, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Better yet it premiered with gameplay.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Though it was shown just as a CGI trailer, EA confirmed Mass Effect was back. Unfortunately two years later when the game launched, the excitement was quickly shot down due to poor performance.
Following Hideo Kojima’s firing from Konami, Sony made a deal with the famed developer to fund his next project. A few months after the deal was made public, Kojima showed the first trailer for his new IP. Featuring dead crabs, a naked Norman Reedus, and floating people, the game’s debut is one of the strangest.
Nintendo Goes All Out for Zelda
Nintendo took a chance and went all out for just one game at their E3 booth: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The chance paid off for them as many outlets praised the game and even awarded it best game at the show.
God of War
Sony started their E3 press conference with a live orchestra featuring a choir setting the tone for the incoming God of War reveal. Featuring live real-time gameplay, the Greek God had an excellent showing.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
One of the creepiest and slow-paced reveals of the year, Sony surprised a lot of fans when they revealed Resident Evil 7 for the first time. Even better they announced a release date and demo available that night.
Xbox One S and Project Scorpio
Amongst the rumors of enhanced versions of the existing consoles at the time, Microsoft confirmed the suspicion with the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio. The Xbox One S serves as a slimmed down version of the Xbox One, with a built-in 4K Ultra HD blu-ray player, HDR and upscaling for games, along with a slightly better processor. Project Scorpio, however, goes all out and promises “true” 4K gaming among many other improvements.
Xbox Play Anywhere
Microsoft made a bunch of Xbox games playable to new users when they announced all Xbox One games will be playable on Windows 10. Thus the phrase “Xbox One and Windows 10” will be said many times during their E3 press conferences this generation.
Metroid Prime 4
Fans have waited for years, and Nintendo finally delivered a new mainline Metroid game, albeit with just a logo reveal. A lot is still unknown about the game, but hopefully this year’s E3 has answers.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Ubisoft generally doesn’t have big surprises during their E3 press conferences, but last year their debuting of Beyond Good & Evil 2 got many fans excited, making their conference one of the best.
Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility
Two years after Microsoft announced select Xbox 360 discs will play on Xbox One, the company expanded the catalog even more with Original Xbox backwards compatibility. We expect Microsoft to announce more Original Xbox games made available to play this year.
Monster Hunter World
Monster Hunter made its debut on PlayStation 4 a few months ago with the release of Monster Hunter World, but the buzz didn’t start there. Sony prepped the reveal by stating the franchise had a “rabid cult following around the world,” and many of those fans were excited to get their hands on this game.