Great writeup mate! Putting our approach and score numbers aside, we look to have ordered them very similarly when you remove Ubisoft & Nintendo from the list, which were actually the two I struggled most with placing! lol
Ubisoft were a struggle for me due to BG&E2 and talk of its 'online playground', the confusion we had over Skull & Bones and also not having Aisha Tyler hosting it. BG&E2 alone gets it major plus points as I adored the first game, but whilst I was over the moon to see its reappearance at first (and am again now, post-conference), I came away confused and with thoughts of "nobody asked for this
", which wasn't helped by the fact that no gameplay was shown of it and it's probably several years away (by the looks of it
Likewise with Skull & Bones, I went from being interested, to being sold on it and then confused as to whether I actually was interested or not. In both cases it wasn't until after the conference when further clarifications were made that I got back on board with both games, but I completely agree with you on their poor messaging. They really needed to be clearer during
the conference. As such I decided to rate it strictly on the conference itself (putting aside what we later learened) and how I felt coming out of it. Had they been clearer during the show? This would have moved up my list I think, at least to second place.
Aisha was another downer for me, though to a lesser degree of course. Don't get me wrong, their presentation was still top-notch (aside from my complaints above), I just think she added an element of fun to the show which I kinda missed. I know she's not everyones cup of tea though heh.
Nintendo was a weird one too, mainly down to Metroid Prime 4, as I was trying to remain objective rather than try to view it as if I was a Switch owner and a fan of Metroid. It was a strong show (I also agree, it was too short for my liking too) but whilst Sony had the gorgeous looking remake for Shadow of the Colossus, Ubisoft had BG&E2 etc, One of Nintendo's showstoppers was probably the Metroid Prime 4 announcement (Super Mario Odyssey being another). Reading some peoples reactions to it on Twitter etc at the time I know this played a large part in Nintendo 'winning' E3 for them (despite it not showing any
gameplay or even CGI) and I can understand that. If you're a Switch owner and are generally a fan of the type of games that get released on a Nintendo console, I can see people giving that conference a 9 or 10, but for me personally and viewing it as an outsider as it were, couldn't really justify putting it higher. Good show though! I felt a bit bad for prejudging it haha.
Games of show? Hmm!
#1. Shadow of the Colossus
#2. Metro Exodus
#3. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
#4. Beyond Good & Evil 2
#5. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Probably these but I could easily go on & on lol. Lots to look forward to
I already had a few games pre-ordered (South Park, Yakuza & Uncharted) which I've just added CoD:WWII & Battlefront 2 to, though I need to spend some time looking over my 2017 releases list and see what else I need to add to that. Ni no Kuni 2 will be a definite, as will the Life is Strange prequel, Assassin's Creed Origins, The Evil Within 2 & Shadow of War. Need to have a proper look though.
On the subject of what Sony had to show btw:
This excites me. Rather than blow their load at E3 it seems they've deliberately kept some things back, maybe for showing at Gamescom and/or PSX? I was expecting to see Sucker Punch's new IP at E3 as well as whatever's next for FromSoftware and was a little surprised to see that neither showed up, so maybe they were held back for one of their other shows? Guess we'll see! It says a lot about their lineup when they can afford to do this and still put on a bloody good show lol.