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Overview

By 2006, E3 had grown too large for some attendees and too expensive for some exhibitors.  Not long after the doors closed on E3 '06, rumors began flying that E3 '07 was canceled and that the greatest show on Earth would be no more.  The ESA eventually announced that E3 would survive, but in a much different fashion than in the previous twelve years.  Now known officially as the E3 Media & Business Summit, the show would be drastically downsized.  Not only that, but for the first time since Atlanta in '97/'98, E3 was moving out of the Los Angeles Convention Center.  The 2007 event was to be held in Santa Monica's Barker Hangar as well as various hotels that served as conference and meeting areas.

Even the press conferences seemed to be toned down a bit.  While each of the big three had many blockbuster titles on display, there weren't really any shocking announcements.  Nintendo came into the event just eight months after the successful launch of the Wii.  The early success of the console was surprising too many, but it was obvious that Nintendo was a solid contender once again.  Reggie Fils-Aime took the stage and was no longer about kicking ass and taking names.  He was simply "happy."  While Super Mario Galaxy and Mario Kart Wii headlined the event, but Wii Fit was Nintendo's big new announcement.  The "bathroom scale" peripheral perplexed many attendees, but the balance board would soon take the world by storm.

Sony came to the show with Killzone 2 footage that surprisingly came extremely close to matching the trailer they showed two years prior.  PlayStation Home was introduced by Phil Harrison to much fanfare and LittleBigPlanet quickly became the darling of E3.  As always, Metal Gear Solid was a highlight of E3, this time with Guns of the Patriots.  Sony also put a focus on the PlayStation Network and its upcoming downloadable titles like SOCOM Confrontation, Warhawk, Echochrome, and Wipeout HD.  They closed their presentation with a sneak peak at a new open world action adventure known as inFamous.

Microsoft decided to only devote time in their press conference to titles that would release within the calendar year.  The first on stage was a demo of Rock Band, Harmonix's next step after their work on Guitar HeroProject Gotham Racing 4, Lost Odyssey, Mass Effect, and of course Halo 3.  There was also continued focus on Xbox Live Arcade and the Marketplace as a whole.  Peter Moore was proud to tout their exclusive deal with Rockstar for Grand Theft Auto IV DLC.

The most hyped game of the show had to be Assassin's Creed.  Even Shigeru Miyamoto was spotted at a Ubisoft demonstration of the game.  But that was not the only big title of the event of course.  There was also a lot of talk around the beach about BioShock, Rock Band, Devil May Cry 4, Fallout 3, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Fable 2, and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.


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.

1C Company


2K Games


Activision


The Adventure Company


Agetec


Akella


Atari


Atlus


Bethesda Softworks


Blizzard


Capcom


Codemasters


Crave Entertainment


D3 Publisher


Disney Interactive Studios


Eidos Interactive


Electronic Arts


Gamecock


Hudson


Koei


Konami


LucasArts


Majesco


Microsoft


Midway


Namco Bandai


Natsume


NCSoft


Nintendo


Nippon Ichi


Rockstar Games


SEGA


Sierra


Sony


Sony Online Entertainment


Southpeak


Square Enix


Tecmo


THQ


Ubisoft


Vivendi


Warner Bros. Interactive

 
 
 

Game Critics Awards  

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.  For more information, see the Game Critics Awards page.  
  
Best of Show - 2007 
BEST OF SHOW
 
Rock Band (PS3/X360) - Harmonix / MTV Games  
    
BEST ORIGINAL GAME 
LittleBigPlanet (PS3) - Media Molecule / Sony Computer Entertainment Europe  
    
BEST CONSOLE GAME 
Mass Effect (X360) - Bioware / Microsoft  
    
Best PC Game 
BEST PC GAME 

Crysis - Crytek / Electronic Arts  
    
BEST HANDHELD GAME 
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (NDS) - Nintendo  
    
BEST HARDWARE/PERIPHERAL 
Rock Band Instruments (PS3/X360) - Harmonix / MTV Games / Electronic Arts  
    
Best Action
BEST ACTION GAME 

Call of Duty 4 (PS3/X360/PC) - Infinity Ward / Activision  
    
BEST ACTION ADVENTURE GAME 
BioShock (X360/PC) - Irrational Games / 2K Games  
    
BEST ROLE PLAYING GAME 
Mass Effect (X360) - Bioware / Microsoft  
            
Best Racing
BEST RACING GAME
 
Burnout Paradise (PS3/X360) - Criterion / Electronic Arts  
    
BEST SPORTS GAME 
Madden NFL 08 (All) - Electronic Arts  
    
BEST FIGHTING GAME 
Virtua Fighter 5 (X360) - Sega  
    
Best Online Multiplayer
BEST STRATEGY GAME
 
World in Conflict (PC) - Massive Entertainment / Sierra  
    
BEST SOCIAL/CASUAL/PUZZLE GAME 
Rock Band (PS3/X360) - Harmonix / MTV Games  
     
BEST ONLINE MULTIPLAYER 
Halo 3 (X360) - Bungie / Microsoft  
    
SPECIAL COMMENDATION FOR GRAPHICS 
Killzone 2 (PS3) - Guerrilla Games / Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

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