Sony’s Title that Dropped the Ball at their E3 2014 Conference

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E3 2014 has come to an end and throughout the week, I’ve reflected on a lot of what was shown and announced amongst all the main conferences. However, there was one conference that felt a bit off between Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo…and this year, Sony had the conference that felt least polished. Now before everyone chews my head off and curses to the heavens, hear me out.

Sony has normally kicked off every press conference with a killer montage of games their platform contains with very catchy music to accompany it. This year they opted to just jump into a single game, which was Destiny (one of my most anticipated PS4 titles to date). Then they jumped into titles one-by-one for a bit, but with a lack of proper transition, making it feel slightly disjointed. Minor quip aside, Sony did show off some amazing looking titles. The Order: 1886, Destiny, The Last of Us: Remastered, Bloodborne, No Man’s Sky, LittleBigPlanet 3, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Batman: Arkham Knight, and of course the showstopper and primary reason anyone should be excited to own a PS4, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The main issue with these list of titles: only a few of them are releasing this year. However, the list is shaping up to make 2015 a very exciting year for games without question. There was one particular omission to the conference that I couldn’t help but be annoyed at: where was DriveClub?

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DriveClub was one of the very first games showcased for the PS4 back at the unveiling on February 2013. Originally touted for release day one with the PS4, as well as having a PS+ edition for it, the game unfortunately slipped through the cracks and was delayed. Over the months, the game was discussed and said to be releasing “soon”, but it wasn’t until recently we saw a trailer with the release date set for October 7th, 2014. The game was delayed for nearly 11 months for polishing purposes and that’s completely understandable. I, for one, am all for a developer taking as much time as they need to ensure a rich experience that’s been fine-tuned and polished.

The reason I was baffled at the lack of the title being presented, or even mentioned on stage during the conference, was that here’s a big title that Sony and Evolution Studios are releasing this Fall and they completely neglected it. If there was ever a time to build excitement for DriveClub, especially a few months from release, their press conference was the place to do it. DriveClub looked stunning back in February of 2013, and anyone who is curious about the title would gladly like to see how the game is shaping up and what to get stoked about. Instead, we’re left with a title that looks amazing, but didn’t get the attention it deserves on stage. Why not show off how the club system works? Yes, we saw an idea of how it’s supposed to work back in February 2013, but let’s see an updated, real-time version of that. How about how some of the tracks look, maybe some of the cars coming to the game…show something.

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While the conference was far from a bust, it annoyed me a bit that one of their main PS4 titles that is actually releasing this year (not 2015 like a majority of the titles) wasn’t even brought up. That’s what lacked in Sony’s conference…games releasing this year and they completely neglected to mention this one key title releasing in 2014. While I’m sure DriveClub will be a strong title for the PS4 (especially with the PS+ edition allowing PS+ users to get a chunk of the game for free), it would’ve been smart to actually showcase the game on-stage and build up some excitement for it.

What do you think? Did you notice the game wasn’t mentioned? Is it a title you’re looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below!

Nintendo’s Digital Event E3 2014 Conference Live Blog

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Worried you might not be able to watch Nintendo’s E3 Press Conference live on June 10th at 12:00 pm EST? No worries, we’ve got you covered here on Gamers Xtreme! We’ll be live blogging the whole event and you, as the community, will be able to interact with us throughout the whole conference! The blog is also mobile friendly so for those of you with smartphones, you’ll be able to still catch every minute of the conference through your phone. Enter your e-mail address below to be reminded of when the event is about to go live and get involved with E3!

Sony’s E3 2014 Press Conference Live Blog

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Worried you might not be able to watch Sony’s E3 Press Conference live on June 9th at 9:00 pm EST? No worries, we’ve got you covered here on Gamers Xtreme! We’ll be live blogging the whole event and you, as the community, will be able to interact with us throughout the whole conference! The blog is also mobile friendly so for those of you with smartphones, you’ll be able to still catch every minute of the conference through your phone. Enter your e-mail address below to be reminded of when the event is about to go live and get involved with E3!

Microsoft’s E3 2014 Press Conference Live Blog

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Worried you might not be able to watch Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference live on June 9th at 12:30 pm EST? No worries, we’ve got you covered here on Gamers Xtreme! We’ll be live blogging the whole event and you, as the community, will be able to interact with us throughout the whole conference! The blog is also mobile friendly so for those of you with smartphones, you’ll be able to still catch every minute of the conference through your phone. Enter your e-mail address below to be reminded of when the event is about to go live and get involved with E3!