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E3 2015 - white PS4 highlights weak year for new hardware

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) 2014 was, once again, presented by ESA (Entertainment Software Association). For the last several years, the most popular computer and video games trade show was in California at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 10-12.

Front cover art for “Assassin’s Creed Unity” for the PS4.
Official logo for E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo)
Photo: E3 Expo

For those who don’t know exactly what E3 is, E3 is the place where many big-name video game developers showcase their near-future developments, such as hardware, software or accessories.

Day one of the E3 2014 live show began at 12:00 P.M PT on June 10. Day two of the live show began on June 11 at 10:00 P.M. and day three began on June 12 at the same time. The press conferences (June 9) began at 9:30 P.M.

All of the St. Louis locals could experience E3 '14 by watching the show on Spike. The live show can still be viewed at GameSpot’s and IGN’s websites (see bottom for links).

Press conferences by Microsoft, Electronic Arts (EA), Ubisoft and Sony were held in order on June 9. Nintendo decided not to have a press conference for the second straight year, and instead aired a digital event on June 10. The major highlights were about upcoming popular sequels and a white PS4 bundle with “Destiny.”

The following is a list of the other popular exhibitors at E3 ‘14: 2K, 505, Activision Blizzard, Atlus, Aksys Games, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Capcom, CD Projekt RED, Crytek, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Disney, Epic, Konami, Natsume, NIS, Rockstar Games, Sega, Square Enix, Tecmo Koei, Telltale, Warner Bros., XSEED and Zynga. For a full list, see the Exhibitor List.

Because there are so many exhibitors, there was a ton of games shown at E3 '14. For a full list of notable games, click here. There were a dozen games that stood out throughout the four days of E3 '14:

Assassin’s Creed Unity” – historical action-adventure/stealth for PS4, One and PC – Release date: October 28, 2014

Batman Arkham Knight” – action-adventure for PS4, One and PC – Release date: TBA 2015

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” – first-person shooter for PS3, PS4, 360, One and PC – Release date: November 4, 2014

The Crew” – open world/racing for PS4, One and PC – Release date: November 11, 2014

Destiny” – action role-playing, first-person shooter and online multiplayer for PS3, PS4, 360 and One – Release date: September 9, 2014

Far Cry 4” – open world, first-person shooter and action adventure for PS3, PS4, 360, One and PC – November 18, 2014

Forza Horizon 2” – simulation racing for One and 360 – Release date: September 30, 2014

Grand Theft Auto 5 (Next-gen)” – open world/action-adventure for PS4, One and PC – Release date: Q3/Q4 2014

Halo 5: Guardians” – first-person shooter for One – Release date: Q3/Q4 2015

Tom Clancy’s The Division” – MMO, third-person tactical shooter and action role-playing for PS4, One and PC – Release date: TBA 2015

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” –action-adventure, third-person shooter and platform for PS4 – Release date: TBA 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” – open world/action role-playing for PS4, One and PC – February 24, 2015

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