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Overview

West Hall

E3 2005 was all about the next generation. Microsoft had jumped the gun on everyone by announcing that the Xbox 360 would be released later that year, just four years after the original Xbox's debut. Only a few titles were actually shown in playable form on the show floor, but a slew of games were previewed during the press conference. The presentations included the likes of Gears of War, Perfect Dark Zero, Project Gotham Racing 3, and a pair of RPG's from Mistwalker, the new company created by Hironobu Sakaguchi. While third party developers seemed to still be focused on the original Xbox, it was becoming quickly apparent that Microsoft was moving on.

Sony revealed the PlayStation 3 to much fanfare. Most notably was the presentation of Killzone 2 at the press conference. This would become the most debated subject of the show. Was it real or was it pre-rendered? No one knew for sure, but it definitely got people buzzing about the PlayStation 3. Sony also wowed the crowd with presentations of Motorstorm, Heavenly Sword, Gran Turismo, Metal Gear Solid, and a quick Final Fantasy VII demo that had all the fanboys salivating for a true remake.

South Hall

Nintendo, not to be completely outdone, revealed a mocked up model of what they called the Revolution. They showed no controllers and spoke of not many details other than that it would be possible to download games directly to the system. Nintendo also debuted the irrelevant third iteration of the Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Micro.

On the show floor, Konami yet again had a Metal Gear Solid presentation, this time for the PS3 title touted as being the final chapter in the franchise. Of the games actually playable on the show floor, the most talked about titles included Starcraft Ghost, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Soulcalibur III, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Kingdom Hearts II, Call of Duty 2, Battlefield 2, Nintendogs, Super Mario Strikers, Company of Heroes, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, Civilization IV, and Shadow of the Colossus. Then, hidden in the depths of Kentia Hall, was a little game called Guitar Hero.

Games of the Show

The games listed below not only include those playable on the show floor, but any game referenced at the show. This would include video presentations, announcements, advertisements, or any other official reference to the game from its developer, publisher, or platform. They are listed mainly according to the publisher of the game, with a few exceptions where the publisher did not attend the show. An example of this would be a hardware company such as Nintendo or nVidia showing a game not developed or published by them. In several situtations, games either changed their title or even their publisher before they were released. For historical accuracy in chronicling E3, such games will be listed with their original names and publishers, and linked to the corresponding page of the final game.

2K Games

2K Games Booth

Activision

Activision Booth

Agetec

Atari

Atlus

Bandai

Bethesda Softworks

Blizzard - Starcraft Ghost

Blizzard

Buena Vista Games

Buena Vista - Kingdom Hearts II

Capcom

Capcom - Okami

DreamCatcher

Eidos

Electronic Arts

EA Booth

Funcom

Koei

Konami

Konami Booth

LucasArts

Majesco

Majesco - Advent Rising

Microsoft

Microsoft

Midway

Midway Booth

Mythic

Namco

Namco

Natsume

NCsoft

NCsoft Booth

Nintendo

Nintendo

Rockstar Games

Sega

Sega

SNK Playmore

Sony

Sony - PS3

Sony Online Entertainment

Square Enix

Square Enix

Tecmo

THQ

Ubisoft

Ubisoft - Prince of Persia 3

United States Army

Vivendi

Webzen

Webzen

Wizards of the Coast

Game Critics Awards

The Best of E3

The Game Critics Awards are decided by an independent group of North American media outlets. They have selected the most promising games of each Electronic Entertainment Expo since 1998, and have thus become recognized as the most respected "Best of" awards that come out of the annual show. Games qualify for nomination by having hands-on playable versions of the game at the show.

BEST OF SHOW

Spore (PC) - Electronic Arts

BEST ORIGINAL GAME

Spore (PC) - Electronic Arts

BEST HARDWARE/PERIPHERAL

PlayStation 3 - Sony Computer Entertainment / nVidia / IBM / Toshiba

BEST CONSOLE GAME

Best Console Game

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (GCN) - Nintendo

BEST PC GAME

Spore (PC) - Maxis / Electronic Arts

BEST HANDHELD GAME

Best Handheld Game

Nintendogs (NDS) - Nintendo

BEST ACTION GAME

F.E.A.R. (PC) - Monolith / Vivendi Universal

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (GCN) - Nintendo

BEST FIGHTING GAME

Soul Calibur III (PS2) - Namco

BEST ROLE PLAYING GAME

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (X360/ PC) - Bethesda Softworks

BEST RACING GAME

Burnout Revenge (PS2/Xbox) - Criterion Games / Electronic Arts

BEST SIMULATION GAME

Spore (PC) - Maxis / Electronic Arts

BEST SPORTS GAME

Madden NFL 06 (All) - EA Tiburon / Electronic Arts

BEST STRATEGY GAME

Company of Heroes (PC) - Relic / THQ

BEST PUZZLE/TRIVIA/PARLOR GAME

Best Puzzle/Trivia/Parlor

We Love Katamari (PS2) - Namco

BEST ONLINE MULTIPLAYER

Battlefield 2 (PC) - Digital Illusions CE / Electronic Arts

SPECIAL COMMENDATION FOR GRAPHICS

Killzone (PS3) - Guerilla Games / Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

Exhibitors

  • G.A.M.E. Bundesverband
  • G4 - video game television
  • Game Developer Magazine
  • Game Factory Interactive
  • The Game Factory, Inc.
  • Game Infinity
  • Game Informer Magazine
  • Game Instinct
  • Game Net, LLC
  • Game Source, Inc.
  • GameDaily
  • Gamefederation
  • Gameloft
  • GamePort
  • Gamer Graffix
  • Games for Windows
  • GameSpot
  • Gamester
  • GameTronics
  • GameZone
  • Gamigo Online Entertainment
  • Gamingmouse.com
  • GC Games Convention
  • GeoLogistics Americas Inc.
  • Germany, Federal Republic of
  • Getupmove.com
  • Gizmondo
  • Global Fun
  • Global Gaming League
  • Global Software Publishing/DK Publishing
  • Global Video Games
  • GoGamer.com
  • GOPRO International Ltd.
  • Gravity Corp.
  • Griffin International Co.'s
  • Groove Games
  • GSP Ltd.
  • Guangzhou Jetion Computech Co. Ltd.
  • Guru Gaming Inc.
  • I-MMERSION
  • I-play
  • I.C.E.
  • iBeta Quality Assurance
  • IC CAVE
  • IDIGICON
  • iFone Ltd.
  • IGN Entertainment
  • IMAGETECH CO., LTD
  • IN-FUSIO, Inc.
  • Inoveris
  • Intel
  • Intellect
  • Intelligent Earth
  • Interactive Selection
  • Internap Network Services
  • InterServ International Inc.
  • InterServ International Inc. (Taiwan)
  • Invender
  • inXile entertainment
  • Iqbal & Sons Games
  • IR Gurus Interactive Pty Ltd.
  • Isle of Man - Center for Interactive Entertainment
  • IT GlobalSecure, Inc.
  • ITE APS
  • ITI Techmedia
  • ITT Technical Institute
  • QA International
  • QMotions, Inc.
  • Qualcomm
  • Quazal Technologies Inc.
  • Yahoo! Games
  • Yobo Gameware Co.
  • Zbest Audio & Video
  • Ziff Davis Media Game Group
  • Zoo Ditial Publishing

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