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Lgndary Thoughts - Ranking this year's E3 Press Conferences


E3 2017 has wrapped up. It may not have been the year everyone was hoping for, but at least we had a few exciting announcements. More than that, I learned a lot this year. This was the first year where I was able to focus totally on the site during E3. I admit that I did get a bit overwhelmed with the amount of news that poured in, but I know I will only do better in the future. 

Back to the topic at hand, I decided to close out the week with a ranking of all of the E3 press conferences this year. Be sure to give it a read and then leave your own ranking in the comments. Enjoy!

#6 - This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who watched Bethesda’s conference. It was short, had an insane amount of filler content, and the actual announcements were dull. Don’t get me wrong, The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II look like they could be great games, but they certainly aren't huge announcements. Especially considering it was obvious those two titles would be revealed. At Bethesda’s first E3 conference a few years ago, they said they wouldn't have one every single year. I think it is safe to say that this should have been one of those years. 

#5 - Up next is Electronic Arts. EA’s conference is going to be one you either loved or hated depending on how you feel about sports games. I couldn't care less about them, so their conference didn't excite me. I will say, however, that A Way Out looks phenomenal. Few new titles revealed at E3 looked as interesting and unique as A Way Out, and it alone is what saved them from being last in my list. 

#4 - I may get some heat for this, but I am putting Sony behind Microsoft this year. I believe both of them were mostly viewed as disappointments, but at the very least Microsoft announced new things. Sony’s show wasn't even a press conference, it was just a stream of trailers. But that would have been fine if they had showed us something new or exciting. Instead, they mostly just redid what they did last year. The saving grace was, of course, Shadow of the Colossus. While it wasn't a new game announcement, the remake still looks incredible and I can’t wait to play it. 

#3 - Microsoft and Sony were pretty even for me, but I did decide to put Microsoft on top this year for a few reasons. For starters, they had a real conference, as opposed to Sony’s trailer reel. They also had the advantage of announcing the Xbox One X. It isn't anything groundbreaking, but new hardware announcements are always exciting, even if they are just revamps. The final announcement was the Xbox backwards compatibility reveal. Games are obviously the most important thing when it comes video game systems, but software features are important as well. Sony has continued to fail with this, so Microsoft gets extra points for continuing to push for more than games. 

#2 - Ubisoft didn't have an incredible E3 press conference this year, but unlike everyone below them, they didn't disappoint. To put it another way, Ubisoft delivered a standard performance. And that was really refreshing in the face of so many others dropping the ball this year. Assassin’s Creed: Origins looks to be a massive improvement over recent titles in the series. Beyond Good and Evil 2 was very exciting, even if it is still so early in development. And they also had a new IP to announce with Skull and Bones. 

#1 - Who else but Nintendo? They had, what felt like, the only standout performance this year with multiple new game announcements, huge incredible reveals, and interesting new gameplay for previously announced games. It was a bit on the shorter side, but at the very least it was packed with exciting announcements. I know a lot of people feel that same way, but that is just a testament to how well they did this year. 

How would you rank all of the press conferences this year? Be sure to leave a list in the comments below!

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