E3: Searching For The Truth (Part 2 of 4)

Part 1 – https://ourcadegames.com/2017/06/19/e3-searching-for-the-truth-part-1-of-4/

(Scroll to the bottom for the tl;dr. I have charts that give this info in a condensed version.)

I’m back to cover E3 2015 in this installment. Here’s a refresher to explain exactly what this series is about.

I’m going to track a few things. First and foremost, I’m going to list everything FEATURED for the Big 3 (Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony.) This means only games with their own segment. I’m not going to track down those 12 games we saw in the quick indie montage. But any indie game with it’s own presentation counts (think Ori and the Blind Forest for example.) I’m not going to list things for any other conference, so don’t ask me to. I’m going to list the games, their eventual release date, Metacritic score (for whatever system’s conference it appeared in) if it’s been released, and estimated sales based on VGchartz. I believe VGChartz only shows sales for physical copies, but I don’t have a better way to track sales. What I hope to show with this data is…..

  • How soon games are released after E3 reveals for each company
  • Sales for the games they choose to showcase
  • Critical reception for the games they choose to showcase
  • How often each company has repeat showings

I’ll also keep a list of exclusives. They will be listed apart from multi-platform games so they are easy to differentiate. I’ll do my best to note timed exclusives, because I feel credit should be given for those. So three categories, timed exclusives, exclusives, and multi-platform games. PC and handheld releases will not count against exclusive status, a title only has to be console exclusive to count. That’s my personal rule, you can apply your own rules to the data as you wish. Finally, I will note repeat showings for each company since that seems to be a point of contention for some gamers. Today we will examine E3 2015.

Microsoft E3 2015

Multi-platform

  • Beyond Eyes – 8/04/2015, no sales data, 60 Metacritic
  • Fallout 4 – 11/10/2015, 4.51 million, 88 Metacritic
  • Rainbow Six: Siege – 12/01/2015, 1.64 million, 74 Metacritic
  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 – 2/23/2016, 0.68 million, 80 Metacritic
  • The Division – 3/08/2016, 2.47 million, 80 Metacritic
  • Dark Souls 3 – 4/12/2016, 0.53 million, 87 Metacritic

Exclusives

  • Rare Replay – 8/04/2015, 0.87 million, 84 Metacritic
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition – 8/25/2015, 3.56 million, 82 Metacritic
  • Forza 6 – 9/15/2015, 1.98 million, 87 Metacritic
  • Halo 5: Guardians – 10/27/2015, 4.74 million, 84 Metacritic
  • ReCore – 9/13/2016, 0.24 million, 63 Metacritic
  • Gears of War 4 – 10/11/2016, 2.97 million, 84 Metacritic
  • Sea of Thieves – Still not released
  • Minecraft (Hololens Version) – Still not released
  • Gigantic – Still not released
  • Cuphead – Still not released
  • Ion – Still not released
  • Ashen – Still not released
  • Fable Legends – Cancelled

Timed Exclusives

  • Rise of the Tomb Raider – 11/10/2015, 1.85 million (XB1 and 360 combined), 86 Metacritic
  • Tacoma – Still not released

Sony E3 2015

Multi-platform

  • Batman: Arkham Knight – 6/23/2015, 4.2 million, 87 Metacritic
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 – 8/30/2015, 0.79 million, 80 Metacritic
  • Destiny: The Taken King – 9/15/2015, 1.95 million, 86 Metacritic
  • Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate – 10/23/2015, 3.58 million, 76 Metacritic
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III – 11/06/2015, 14.91 million, 81 Metacritic
  • Star Wars: Battlefront – 11/17/2015, 8.5 million, 73 Metacritic
  • Firewatch – 2/09/2016, no sales info, 76 Metacritic
  • Hitman – 10/31/2016, no sales info (episodic), 84 Metacritic

Exclusives

  • Street Fighter V – 2/16/2016, 1.01 million, 77 Metacritic
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – 5/10/2016, 9.18 million, 93 Metacritic
  • No Man’s Sky – 8/09/2016, 1.9 million, 71 Metacritic
  • World of Final Fantasy – 10/25/2016, 0.78 million (PS4 and Vita combined), 77 Metacritic
  • The Last Guardian – 12/06/2016, 1.15 million, 82 Metacritic
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn – 2/28/2017, 2.91 million, 89 Metacritic
  • Dreams – Still not released
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake – Still not released
  • Shenmue III – Still not released

 

Nintendo E3 2015

Multi-platform

  • Skylanders: Superchargers – 9/20/2015, 0.78 million (Wii U and Wii combined), 87 Metacritic

Exclusives

  • Super Mario Maker – 9/11/2015, 5.64 million, 88 Metacritic
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – 9/25/2015, 3.29 million, 66 Metacritic
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World – 10/16/2015, 1.42 million, 78 Metacritic
  • The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes – 10/23/2015, 1.22 million, 73 Metacritic
  • Yo-Kai Watch – 11/06/2015, 2.52 million, 76 Metacritic
  • Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival – 11/13/2015, 0.47 million, 46 Metacritic
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash – 11/20/2015, 0.53 million, 58 Metacritic
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X – 12/04/2015, 0.9 million, 84 Metacritic
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam – 1/22/2016, 0.83 million, 76 Metacritic
  • Fire Emblem Fates – 2/19/2016, 1.88 million, 88 Metacritic
  • Hyrule Warriors: Legends – 3/25/2016, 0.51 million, 70 Metacritic
  • Star Fox Zero – 4/22/2016, 0.42 million, 69 Metacritic
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE – 6/24/2016, 0.3 million, 80 Metacritic
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force – 8/19/2016, 0.1 million, 64 Metacritic

 

TL:DR version

E3 Repeat Showings

Microsoft Sony Nintendo
Games featured at E3 2014 4 3 2

E3 2015 Release Info

Microsoft Sony Nintendo
Games released before E3 0 0 0
Games released same year 8 6 9
Games released next year (before E3) 3 3 4
Games released next year (after E3) 2 5 2
Games still not released/Cancelled 8 3 0


E3 2015 Sales Info

Microsoft Sony Nintendo
Games under 1 million sold 4 2 9
Games 1-3 million sold 5 5 4
Games 3-5 million sold 3 2 1
Games over 5 million sold 0 3 1
Games with no sales data 9 5 0

E3 Metacritic Info

Multi-Platform

Microsoft Sony Nintendo
Games rated 90 and above 0 0 0
Games rated between 80 and 89 4 5 1
Games rated between 70 and 79 1 3 0
Games rated below 70 1 0 0

Exclusive

Microsoft Sony Nintendo
Games rated 90 and above 0 1  0
Games rated between 80 and 89 5 2  4
Games rated between 70 and 79 0 3  5
Games rated below 70 1 0  5

So there is your E3 2015 in a snapshot. Once again, things aren’t really lining up with what I remember. I suspect it will be the same for you readers. In any event, we’re moving closer to the present day, where I will combine all of this data to help you draw some conclusions. Until then, happy gaming!

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