a quick look at Sony 2015 and 2016 summaries suggest otherwise.
Fair enough, but I still think this Direct was better than those conferences - although it is close, and I think those ones did a tad better job at having surprises which were completely unexpected. I think in a couple ways those E3's haven't aged the best, because a lot of those exclusives either ended up becoming multiplatform pretty quickly, were received as mediocre, came to PC in their launch window, or aren't even out yet. Shenmue 3 for example looks like a pretty mediocre game. Even looking up the list I was surprised at how much of E3 2016's exclusive content was just "VR" games - which isn't really that important to me. No doubt some of the third party exclusive content here will end up being multiplatform too though.
I'm still a big believer in judging things when they happen, so those past E3s I think are still great, and ultimately E3 is a show for presenting games, which is why even though I take into account how many exclusives there - the way games are presented is still important. It's why Microsoft's 2018 E3 was so great, because even if there weren't many exclusives I could at least say that a large portion of the third parties interested me, and the pacing was fairly killer. But I also think a lot of the E3 2015 and E3 2016 stuff was sort of a leap of faith, in the sense that I had to suspend the possibility that I wouldn't like some of the big heavy hitters (again, Shemue, FF7R, etc). I can at least be sure most of the big games I'm hyped for in this conference will at least be pretty good.
Also, kind of disingenuous to put quantity of games over the way they're presented. I realize you're just correcting me but, when you look at what the games that took a lot of time, they were mostly exclusive (aside from a few third parties like Dragon Quest). Nintendo could present 40 minutes of nothing but exclusive content, and then have a 1 minute highlight reel of indie games that technically qualify the statement that there were "more mulitplats", as correct. That wouldn't change the greatness of the exclusive showing really. I also think the short format helps.Last edited by AngryLittleAlchemist - on 11 June 2019