Giant Bomb @ E3 2013
- Jeff's Take on Monday's Press Conferences - Game reveals, announcements, and burglary.
- Quick Look Roadshow: Fantasia Music Evolved - Matt Boch and Jessa Brezinski show Ryan & Alex what Fantasia is all about.
- Our First Day on the Show Floor - Nintendo traps, inappropriate touching of DualShock 4, Disney secrets, and more from Day 1.
- John, John, and Disney Infinity. RAW! - Jeff "interviews" John Vignocchi and John Drake.
- The Longest Day - Drew takes us on an adventure of covering all the press conferences.
- Clance Throws Dark in The Division - Ryan checks in with Fredrik Rundqvist, Producer on Tom Clancy's The Division.
- Watch_Dogs Wants to Underscore Choice - Ryan talks to Jonathan Morin (Creative Director) about the player options in Watch_Dogs.
- The Dog Whisperers of Call of Duty Ghosts - Jeff catches up with Mark Rubin (Executive Producer) to find about Navy SEAL dogs.
- Our Second Day on the Floor - Nintendo VIP's, Sony invitations, and Ubisoft thoughts.
- The Sealed Envelope - Recorded prior to the show beginning, Jeff talks about judge's week and everyone makes hilariously wrong predictions.
- Day One - Guests include Max Temkin, Dan Ryckert, Justin McElroy, John Bellomy, Mikey Neumann, and Philip Tibitoski.
- Day Two - Guests include Jonathan Blow, Cliff Bleszinski, Vince Zampella, Abbie Heppe, Steve Fukuda, Mackey McCandlish, Drew McCoy, Brad Muir, John Drake, and Eric Pope.
- Day Three - Eric Neustadter, Stephen Toulouse, Greg Kasavin, Nathan Vella, Seth Killian, Richard Hogg, Kraig Kujawa, Tyler Malka, Adam Boyes, and the PlayStation 4.
- Alex and Brad in a Cab - Talkin' 'bout the show on the way to the show.
- Yappin' About Quantum Break and inFamous: Second Son - Alex and Brad discuss exclusives.
- Sony's Scott Rohde Answers Your Burning PS4 Questions - Patrick spends 30 minutes with Sony's Senior Vice President of Product Development.
- Having Your Game in a Press Conference is Terrifying - Patrick talks to Tribute Games' co-founder, Jean-François Major, about Mercenary Kings.
- Dear E3 Diary: Part 01 - Patrick's first collection of self recordings during the show.
- Another Day, Another Cab - This time, Jeff, Brad, and Alex discuss what their plans are on Day 2.
- This Dude Holds the Future of Darksiders in His Hands - Patrick talks to Reinhard Pollice, Nordic Games' head of business development, to talk about acquiring THQ properties.
- The Bethesda Report - Patrick and Brad go over what Bethesda's booth had to offer.
- We Talked to Denis Dyack - Patrick and Alex spend 20 minutes with the infamous Denis Dyack.
- A Loud Show Floor is No Place for a Horror Game - Patrick makes plans for a future Spookin' With Scoops by chatting with Red Barrels' Alexandere Sabourin about Outlast.
- I Asked Nintendo Some Questions, But Didn't Get Many Answers - Nintendo's senior communications director, Charlie Scibetta, tells Patrick that "we're not talking about that right now."
- Shinji Mikami Returns to the Throne - Patrick finds out why this legendary survival horror developer is coming back with The Evil Within.
- Cloudberry Kingdom Promises Infinite Levels, Infinite Screaming - Patrick checks in with T.J. Lutz of Pwnee Studios to find out more about this crazy platformer.
- Dear E3 Diary: Part 02 - The second half of Patrick's rambling thoughts of the show.
Thursday, June 6 - 10:30 AM PDT / 1:30 PM EDT / 5:30 PM GMT
Monday, June 10 - 9:30 AM PDT - Galen Center
- Hosted by Don Mattrick (CEO, Microsoft Studios)
- The presentation began with the first look at Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain followed by comments from Hideo Kojima on stage.
- Yusuf Mehdi (Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Microsoft) introduced a new model for Xbox 360 and announced the Games with Gold program, which provides free downloadable titles to Xbox Live Gold members.
- Victor Kislyi (CEO, Wargaming.net) announced World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, which will be free-to-play this Summer on Xbox 360.
- Yusuf Mehdi closed the Xbox 360 portion of the vent by showing trailers for Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Dark Souls II.
- Phil Spencer (Head of Microsoft Studios) started the Xbox One portion of the event with trailer for Ryse: Son of Rome followed by a live demo presented by Cevat Yerli (CEO, Crytek).
- A reboot of Killer Instinct was revealed as an Xbox One exclusive.
- Ted Price (CEO, Insomniac Games) introduced the debut trailer for Sunset Overdrive, which will be exclusive to Xbox One.
- Dan Greenawalt (Creative Director, Turn 10 Studios) presented a live demo of Forza Motorsport 5 featuring new "Drivatar" AI.
- Phil Harrison (VP of Microsoft Studios Europe) spoke about the importance of independent developers on Xbox One and presented a trailer for Minecraft.
- Sam Lake (Creative Director, Remedy Entertainment) presented a real-time demo of Quantum Break.
- Phil Harrison presented a trailer for D4, a new thriller from Hidetaka Suehiro.
- Dave McCarthy (General Manager, Microsoft Studios) introduced Project Spark, a sandbox game exclusive to Xbox One and Windows 8, with a live demonstration.
- Marc Whitten (General Manager, Xbox Live) talked about the importance of Xbox Live on Xbox One. A live SmartGlass demonstration was given showing interactive features with Ryse: Son of Rome and Killer Instinct including sharing with Upload Studio and live broadcasting with Twitch.
- Marc Whitten announced Microsoft Points were going away and all purchases will now be listed in real money amounts.
- A world premiere trailer of Crimson Dragon was shown (technical difficulties prevented sound).
- Josh Bridge (Executive Producer, Capcom Vancouver) and Mike Jones (Producer, Capcom Vancouver) announced Dead Rising 3 with a live demo.
- John Mamais (Executive Producer, CD Projekt Red) confirmed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be coming to Xbox One and will feature exclusive features with Kinect and SmartGlass. He then presented the first-ever, gameplay footage from the game.
- Patrick Soderlund (Executive VP, EA Studios/DICE) gave a live demo of Battlefield 4. The first map pack, Second Assault, will arrive first on Xbox One.
- Phil Spencer returned to introduce the debut trailer for Below from Capy and a teaser of the first (yet to be named) game from Black Tusk Studios.
- Bonnie Ross (General Manager, 343 Industries) took the stage to talk about Halo: Spartan Assault as well as the debut of Halo on Xbox One. A teaser trailer was shown.
- Phil Spencer announced the Xbox One will be available in November 2014 in 21 markets around the world for $499.99 USD, €499.99 EU, and £429.99.
- Vince Zampella (CEO, Respawn Entertainment) presented the debut trailer for Titanfall followed by a live demo of the game.
Monday, June 10 - 1:00 PM PDT - The Shrine Auditorium
- Hosted by Peter Moore (COO, Electronic Arts).
- John Vechey (Co-Founder, PopCap) presented the debut trailer for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare followed by a live demo from Brian Lindley (Producer, PopCap) and Justin Wiebe (Creative Director, PopCap).
- John Vechey then announced Peggle 2 would be coming out this year.
- Vince Zampella (CEO, Respawn Entertainment) presented "Inside Titanfall," a look at the development of Respawn's debut game.
- Frank Gibeau (President, EA Labels) spoke about how EA Sports Ignite and Frostbite 3 allow them to develop all new experiences for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
- A premiere teaser trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront was shown.
- Marcus Nilsson (Executive Producer, Ghost Games) presented a trailer for Need for Speed Rivals followed by a live demo.
- Aaron Paul introduced a trailer for the Need for Speed film, which is due in Spring 2014.
- Aaron Flynn (General Manager, BioWare) spoke about Dragon Age: Inquisition and presented the debut trailer for the game, which is due Fall 2014.
- Andrew Wilson (Executive VP, EA Sports) introduced the EA Sports games for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
- Sean O'Brien (Executive Producer, EA Tiburon) and Cleveland Cavaliers' star Kyrie Irving talked about the new dribbling technology behind NBA Live 14 called bounceTek. A trailer was then shown.
- Cam Weber (Vice President & General Manager of American Football, EA Sports) spoke in detail about what makes Madden NFL 25 more realistic on next-gen consoles. A trailer was then shown.
- A trailer was shown for FIFA 14 followed by hip-hop star Drake taking the stage to tell everyone how much he loves FIFA.
- Matt Bilbey (Group GM, EA Sports) took the stage to talk about the all new levels of precision in FIFA 14 and show a gameplay trailer.
- Bruce Buffer introduced Andrew Wilson back to the stage along with UFC President Dana White, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, and UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson to discuss the new features in EA Sports UFC including MMAI and Full Body Deformation. A trailer was then shown.
- Patrick Bach (Executive Producer, EA DICE) and Karl-Magnus Troedsson (General Manager, EA DICE) took the stage to discuss Levelution, Commander Mode, and more features for Battlefield 4. This was followed by a live multiplayer demo.
- Karl-Magnus Troedsson then delivered a trailer for the "one thing fans have been asking for," a trailer for a new Mirror's Edge.
- Peter Moore returned to the stage to confirm that Faith will be back. He thanked everyone for coming and ended the event.
Monday, June 10 - 3:00 PM PDT - Orpheum Theater
- Hosted by Aisha Tyler.
- Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell opened the show with a rendition of "Man in a Box" and immediately went into a live demo of Rocksmith 2014, which will release in October.
- Aisha Tyler presented a trailer for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
- Aisha Tyler presented a trailer for Rayman Legends, which will release September 3.
- Louis-Pierre Pharand (Brand Creative Director, Ubisoft Montreal) presented a trailer for The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot.
- Aisha Tyler presented a trailer for South Park: The Stick of Truth.
- Yves Guillemot (CEO, Ubisoft Entertainment) spoke about the importance of developing games for the next generation. He then presented the debut trailer for The Crew, a new racing game from Ubisoft Reflections and Ivory Tower.
- Julian Gerighty (Creative Director, Ivory Tower) took the stage to explain how single-player and multiplayer merge together in The Crew. He then presented a live, 4-player demo of how this works.
- Dominic Guay (Senior Producer, Ubisoft Montreal) presented a new trailer for Watch Dogs.
- Aisha Tyler presented a trailer for Just Dance 2014.
- Aisha Tyler announced that, in collaboration with Nickelodeon, Ubisoft is bringing "Rabbids Invasion" to American television. Adrian Lacey (IP Business Dev Director, Ubisoft French Studios) joined Aisha on stage to explain how viewers of the show can interact with the show through Xbox One and tablets.
- Aisha Tyler presented the debut trailer for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Jean Guesdon (Creative Director, Ubisoft Montreal) joined Aisha on stage to talk about being a pirate in the Caribbean. He then showed a gameplay trailer.
- Aisha Tyler presented a trailer for Trials Fusion for next-gen and Trials Frontier for mobile.
- Yves Guillemot returned to the stage to present the debut trailer for Tom Clancy's The Division, an online open-world multiplayer game in development at Ubisoft Massive.
- Niklas Cederström (Creative Director, Ubisoft Massive) to provide some details about what The Division is all about. He then presented a live, multiplayer gameplay demonstration including one player interacting via a tablet.
- Aisha Tyler thanked everyone for coming and ended the briefing. Many of the developers returned to the stage for a post-show Q&A as Aisha took questions from Twitter.
Monday, June 10 - 6:00 PM PDT - Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
- Hosted by Jack Tretton (CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America).
- The presentation began with a lengthy montage of PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 4 games.
- Jack Tretton took the stage and spoke the importance of PlayStation Vita. Vita owners own more than 10 games on average. 60% of those titles are digital. There will be 85 new titles in 2013 including Batman: Arkham Origins, CounterSpy, Destiny of Spirits, Doki Doki Universe, Killzone Mercenary, Tearaway. Also coming to Vita are remastered titles like God of War HD I & II, Final Fantasy X & X-2, Flower, and Dead Nation.
- Jack Tretton announced a new Vita bundle with The Walking Dead.
- Jack Tretton spoke briefly about the continued support for PlayStation 3 and introduced a series of trailers from Sony’s worldwide studios including The Last of Us, Puppeteer, Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Gran Turismo 6.
- Jack Tretton said Sony is also proud of continued support from third parties on PS3 and introduced a trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins, which will feature exclusive DLC on PS3.
- Jack Tretton announced a Grand Theft Auto V PlayStation 3 bundle in partnership with Rockstar Games for $299.99.
- Andrew House (President & Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment) took the stage to begin the PlayStation 4 portion of the show and introduced the world’s first look at the hardware.
- Michael Lynton (CEO of Sony Entertainment & Chairman/CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment) came up to the stage to speak about the importance of Sony’s other divisions including film, television, and music joining the PS4.
- Andrew House returned to announce that Video Unlimited will be available at launch for PS4 featuring over 150,000 films and television shows for rental and purchase. Music Unlimited will also be at launch including over 20,000,000 songs.
- Shuhei Yoshida (President, Sony Worldwide Studios) took the stage to announce there are currently thirty PS4 titles in development within Sony’s Worldwide Studios alone, twelve of which are brand new IP.
- Shuhei Yoshida introduced the world premiere trailer for The Order: 1886, a PS4 game from Ready at Dawn and SCE Santa Monica.
- Shuhei Yoshida presented a montage of footage from Killzone: Shadow Fall, Driveclub, inFamous: Second Son, and Knack. He then presented a tech demo called The Dark Sorcerer from Quantic Dream.
- Adam Boyes (Vice President, Third Party Relations SCEA) came up to the stage to talk about Sony’s focus on independent developers and bringing them to PS4. He announced The Witness will come to consoles first on PS4.
- Amir Rao and Greg Kasavin of Supergiant Games joined Adam Boyes on stage to present a trailer for Transistor.
- Adam Boyes announced independent developers will be able to self-publish their games onto PlayStation Network for PS4.
- Adam Boyes presented a series of simultaneous, on-stage, live demos including Don’t Starve from Klei Entertainment, Mercenary Kings from Tribute Games, Octodad: Dadliest Catch from Young Horses, Secret Ponchos from Switchblade Monkeys, Ray’s The Dead from RagTag Studios, Outlast from Red Barrels, Oddworld: New ’n Tasty from Oddworld Inhabitants, and Galak-Z from 17-Bit Games. All of these games will make their console debut on PS4.
- Adam Boyes announced Diablo III is coming to both PS3 and PS4 with exclusive PlayStation-themed items in the game.
- Tetsuya Nomura (Director, Square Enix) appeared via video to introduce the world premiere trailer for Final Fantasy XV, which was previously known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII. He then presented a teaser trailer for Kingdom Hearts III.
- Adam Boyes returned to introduce a live demo of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
- Jonathan Morin (Creative Director, Ubisoft Montreal) came up to talk about how their team has spent four years to create something completely new with Watch Dogs and then presented a live demo.
- LeBron James had a discussion with digital LeBron James followed by a trailer for NBA 2K14 on PS4.
- Adam Boyes presented a new trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online, which will come to PS4 in Spring 2014 and be in beta first on PS4.
- Adam Boyes introduced the world premiere trailer for Mad Max from Avalanche Studios.
- Jack Tretton returned to the stage to announce over 140 games are in development for PS4, 100 of which will be available in the first year.
- Jack Tretton confirmed there will be no restrictions on used games on PS4. When a player buys a game on disc, they are free to sell it to another person, trade it in at retail, lend it to a friend, or keep it forever. He also confirmed disc-based games do not require an online connection to play with no periodic check-ins either.
- Jack Tretton confirmed that PS Plus memberships will carry over to PS4, which means Plus memberships work across PS3, Vita, and PS4 for the same price.
- Jack Tretton announced PS4 owners who are PS Plus members will get Driveclub: PS Plus Edition for free on day one. Don’t Starve, Outlast, and Secret Ponchos will also be party of the Instant Game Collection within the first year.
- Jack Tretton introduced the world premiere gameplay trailer for Destiny from Bungie followed by a live demo.
- Andrew House returned to announce that PlayStation’s cloud service based on Gaikai technology will begin bringing the PlayStation library to PS4, PS3, and Vita beginning in 2014 in the United States.
- Andrew House announced that PlayStation 4 will launch at $399.99, €399.99, and £349.
- The show closed with another video montage of PlayStation titles.
Tuesday, June 11 - 7:00 AM PDT - Global Internet Live Stream
- Duration: 41m:18s
- Presented in the form of a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct, hosted by Satoru Iwata (president of Nintendo Co. Ltd.), instead of a live on-stage media briefing.
- Iwata welcomed viewers by revealing he was standing in a large conference room on the seventh floor of Nintendo's old Kyoto HQ where they also hold their shareholder meetings.
- He started off the show by revealing Pokémon X/Y (3DS) for the first time with an overview trailer featuring gameplay footage and feature introductions.
- Iwata then did a quick recap of the new features and also confirmed the global release date of October 12, 2013.
- He then transitioned into unveiling Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) with a trailer consisting entirely of gameplay showing off the multiplayer, special Toad-levels and new gameplay features such as the Cat Suit power up.
- Again, Iwata did a recap of what was shown and explained new gameplay elements and multiplayer. A release for December 2013 was announced (the game actually released earlier than that).
- The next game making its worldwide debut was Mario Kart 8 (Wii U), also with a trailer entirely made-up of in-game footage taken from the game's replay feature called Mario Kart TV.
- Iwata went on to explain the anti-gravity gameplay and how it would affect track-design. The game was said to be released in Spring 2014.
- Next was a Wii Party U (Wii U) gameplay trailer. Iwata explained they needed more time to fine-tune the game and the release would be pushed from Summer 2013 to October 2013.
- Similarly, Iwata explained that Wii Fit U (Wii U) would receive a similar delay due to the addition of new features. The game was pushed from Spring/Summer 2013 to December 2013 (it eventually first launched in November 2013 as an eShop exclusive free trial that could be turned into the full-game).
- Iwata commented on the creative talent being displayed on Miiverse before revealing a new Art Academy (Wii U) title in development for Wii U which was not close to completion. In the meantime, iInspired my the Miiverse drawings, they would be releasing an eShop-exclusive Art Academy (SketchPad) (Wii U) title in Summer 2013 that lets users share more complex drawings directly on Miiverse. This title would only offer drawing tools and no new lessons like the full Art Academy titles.
- A third party software reel was shown, featuring Assassin's Creed IV (Wii U), Batman Arkham Origins (Wii U), Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate (3DS), Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Director's Cut) (Wii U), Disney Infinity (Wii/Wii U/3DS), Just Dance 2014 (Wii U), Rayman Legends (Wii U), Scribblenauts Unmasked (3DS/Wii U), Disney's Planes (Wii/Wii U/DS/3DS), Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS), Skylanders: SWAP Force (Wii U/Wii/3DS), Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Wii U), Sonic Lost World (Wii U/3DS), Watch_Dogs (Wii U).
- This was followed by a trailer reel for Nintendo eShop download-only games. The games featured were: Ballpoint Universe (Wii U), Cloudberry Kingdom (Wii U), Crazy Coaster Deluxe (Wii U), DuckTales Remastered (Wii U), Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Wii U), Mutant Mudds Deluxe (Wii U), Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty (Wii U), Scram Kitty & His Buddy on Rails (Wii U), Shovel Knight (Wii U/3DS), Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (Wii U), A World of Keflings (Wii U).
- Iwata continued the first-party showcase by debuting the first footage of the previously announced The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Wii U) followed by a brief explanation of the visual and gameplay enhancements in this remaster such as the removal of the Tingle Tuner in exchange for the Tingle Bottles that integrate with Miiverse.
- Next up was new footage of The Wonderful 101 (Wii U) that presented some information about abilities, the basic premise and the five-person multiplayer mode. Iwata also announced a special The Wonderful 101-focused Nintendo Direct that would be airing closer to the game's release.
- The reveal of the much-anticipated Wii U debut from Retro Studios was next. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) made its debut with a gameplay trailer showing off the rotating cameras as well as the return of Dixie Kong as a playable character. A release of November 2013 was announced but the game ended up being pushed back to February 2014 in the end.
- Up next was the first gameplay footage of Nintendo's second PlatinumGames collaboration: Bayonetta 2 (Wii U).
- Iwata commented on Bayonetta's new shorter haircut and updated outfit before showing off more gameplay footage and announcing a 2014 release for the game.
- Next in line was a brand new teaser for MonolithSoft's untitled RPG project, often just referred to as "X," (Wii U) which mixed some in-game cut-scene footage with more gameplay. Iwata explained that Tetsuya Takahashi's team is aiming to create a large-scale open-world for players to explore seamlessly, building on their experience gained from making Xenoblade. A 2014 release was announced.
- The final game debut would be Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (Wii U/3DS), with the typical mix of CG-character introduction trailer evolving into gameplay footage. The big focus was the reveal of the Villager from Animal Crossing and Mega Man joining the roster. A release of 2014 was announced.
- Iwata announced they would be opening a Miiverse community for Smash Bros. after the Direct.
- The E3 Direct was concluded with a behind-the-scenes sneak peak tour of Nintendo's E3 booth by Iwata who also explained that press reports of Nintendo not going to E3 were completely false.
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.
Nominees for the 2012 Game Critics Awards were announced on June 26.
Titanfall led with six nominations while Destiny and Watch_Dogs both had five. Electronic Arts led all publishers with sixteen nominations and Xbox 360 led all platforms with 37 nominations of games.
Best of Show
Best Original Game
Best Console Game
Best Handheld Game
Best PC Game
Best Action Game
Best Action/Adventure Game
Best Online Multiplayer
Best Racing Game
Need for Speed: Rivals
The Elder Scrolls Online
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Best Sports Game
Best Strategy Game
Total War: Rome II