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Halo vs Uncharted: who will win E3 2014?

Thursday, 5th June 2014 08:27 GMT By Brenna Hillier

What will be E3 2014′s game of the show? We take a look at the heavyweights headed to downtown L.A. and place some informed bets.

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E3 2014 is already shaping up to be massive, with a huge line up of anticipated titles and unannounced games on the schedule for each of the four big media briefings. It’s a key show for Sony and Microsoft as they need to build on the early momentum of the new consoles, but both EA and Ubisoft have massive games in the wings, and even outliers like Namco Bandai and Square Enix, which rarely make much of a showing on their tod, have a chance to score big at the platform holder briefings.

After a couple of stalemate years, Sony surprised us in 2013 by picking up Microsoft’s dropped ball and running with it, but this year things are far more interesting. The PS4 has a nice lead on its rival, even in its traditional home territory of North America, and both companies will be pushing to close or widen that gap with a strong show. Ubisoft and EA have made huge investments in next-gen, though, so they’ll definitely be bringing their A-game, too.

Who will win this confrontation? Let’s take a look at our champions.

First party properties – Halo 5: Guardians versus Uncharted PS4 and God of War PS4

When you ask the question “who’s going to win E3?” the easy answer is “Microsoft”, long the local favourite – especially on years when it has a Halo title on hand.

This year, though, things are a bit chancy. The instant hype generated by a Halo game is diminished a little by a slightly softer reception for Halo 4 than anticipated, with 343 Industries’ takeover not going down as well or as smoothly as Microsoft had hoped. Halo 5: Guardians is, moreover, a prequel, and apparently stars a new character – both risky moves. This may well be the shake-up the franchise needs to ensure its longevity, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to please core fans.

That said, Halo, like Call of Duty, is a franchise with massive mainstream appeal, and those less-invested gamers aren’t necessarily as bogged down by canon as we obsessives are. The hat-backwards, popped-collar crowd will roar their approval when that iconic helmet makes an appearance – regardless of who’s wearing it.

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Meanwhile, in the Sony camp, we have the brand that elevated the PS3 from a difficult, slightly lower-par console to a machine that was worth developers’ investment. The first Uncharted was a revelation as to what the PS3 could do, and ended the series of shitty ports we’d received as developers struggled to work with the unfriendly architecture before decent middleware tools made an appearance. Both successive sequels raised the bar, so when Uncharted hits the PS4, it’s got huge expectations riding on it.

Unfortunately, while Sony fans do love Uncharted, Nathan Drake just doesn’t have the same recognition as Master Chief. Third-person adventure doesn’t have the same pull as first-person shooter. Charming, lightly-handled drama doesn’t have the same audience as silly sci-fi treated like deeply meaningful narrative.

If Microsoft and Sony go head-to-head with their confirmed major first-party properties, it’s unfortunately going to be a one-sided fight: the hype-o-meter indicates Halo will wipe the floor with its nearest rival. However, we’re almost certain God of War PS4 is coming too. And that changes things considerably. Two massive fan-favourite properties in one show? That’s solid gold, son.

Verdict: If Halo was facing off against just one Sony showing, it wouldn’t have a problem. Against two, though, things get chancy – unless Microsoft already has something to show for Gears of War, it’s probably going to go down to a TKO. A one-two combo like God of War and Uncharted will take a chunk out of even Halo’s manly jaw.

Next: the big traditional shooters go head to head – and it’s not as cut-and-dried as you might expect.

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37 Comments

  1. Joe Musashi

    Oh my. That headline.

    JM

    #1 4 months ago
  2. Hunam

    To be honest, Halo is better than Uncharted and God of War together. God of War Ascenion was a huge let down, so much so that I gave up after 3 hours and Uncharted 3 was the weakest of the lot and felt a little tired. Add to the fact that neither game has MP that is in the top 1% like Halo and there isn’t much to it.

    #2 4 months ago
  3. mamu-ti

    Uncharted>Halo
    COD>Batllefield
    Far Cry>Star Wars
    Lords of Fallen> Final Fantasy

    #3 4 months ago
  4. Hunam

    @Joe Musashi I guess I took the bait!

    BuzzFeed247?

    #4 4 months ago
  5. Skywalker333

    Firstly, Halo 5 is not a prequel, it continues the story.
    Secondly, Halo 4 … slightly softer reception …? over 9m sales, it is the 3rd best selling halo in the franchise, only bellow 3 and Reach. and it will surpass Reach sales eventually, it is really close.

    I am fine with both companies having great games so i dont care who “wins”.
    but I would expect a fact checking before publishing a “console wars” article ;)

    #5 4 months ago
  6. tezzer1985

    Think it’s a decent written article, but using fanboy headlines is a bit flame bait.

    I Just hope hope, Sony & Microsoft both have good games to show next week ✌️

    #6 4 months ago
  7. mistermogul

    I have a feeling Uncharted 4 is going to steal the show…

    #7 4 months ago
  8. mistermogul

    @Hunam lol, nice try!

    #8 4 months ago
  9. fihar

    “Charming, lightly-handled drama doesn’t have the same audience as silly sci-fi treated like deeply meaningful narrative.”

    Wulf is soooo going to pounce at this like a dog with a bone. I hate that this is now a fact but eh, I try not to judge.

    Halo actually has a genuine art-direction though, which I appreciate but I still prefer Uncharted’s banter and I suck at Halo.

    As for racers, I doubt DriveClub’s going to be that good and The Crew is Ubisoft’s gig, which is depressing when you consider how technically maligned Watch Dogs is even with all the delays.
    And then there’s Criterion which is now only a skeleton crew and without its creative director.
    Horizon doesn’t have as much personality as Burnout but it’s still much better than the pretty-yet-sterile Project Cars and I still think it’s going to come out on top this year.

    #9 4 months ago
  10. Joe Musashi

    @6 “Think it’s a decent written article, but using fanboy headlines is a bit flame bait.”

    Agreed. Hell, the use of the word Bacchanalian is worth the price of admission alone.

    JM

    #10 4 months ago
  11. Gekidami

    CoD:AW Vs. BF:HL could go either way? I really doubt that, CoD will be seen as the next big entry into its franchise, this BF on the other hand will be seen as a quick spin-off.

    CoD is no longer measured by who makes them, and the title Advanced Warfare is like a direct link to the franchise star “Modern Warfare”, sounds like the sequel, despite that not being the case.

    BF is a military shooter, a BF that isnt will just be seen as an aside, not a part of the main entries.

    COD wins.

    #11 4 months ago
  12. majormayhem70

    I beg to differ Brenna. If it takes two to take down one. That one must be a baaaad mofo.

    #12 4 months ago
  13. salarta

    Clickbait is click and bait.

    Normally, I’d say the “game of the show” would be Halo 5. Microsoft choosing to reveal it weeks in advance changes that. As a result, I think something revealed by Sony will take greater precedence. That something could easily be a brand new IP.

    I wouldn’t say the obvious answer for who will win E3 is Microsoft. If anything, the obvious answer seems like it would be Sony, considering last year’s E3 and reception to the XBox One so far. My expectation is that Microsoft’s E3 will definitely blow away last year’s E3, now that they give a damn about video games again and are operating more in line with that, but we won’t know until E3 itself if that translates to coming out better than Sony. I don’t think anyone expected Sony’s E3 last year to blow everyone away as well as it did, so to say the same thing about this year doesn’t mean much.

    #13 4 months ago
  14. polygem

    Destiny

    #14 4 months ago
  15. Bomba Luigi

    Looking back, the Last two Games who “Won” E3 seemed to be from Ubisoft (Watch_Dogs 2012 and The Division 2013). Because nobody expected these Games, it was a wonderful surprise.

    Thats kinda what a Game needs to win E3, in my Opinion. Halo or Uncharted will just be business as usual. Good and fun business probably, but still.

    #15 4 months ago
  16. GK

    halo is lightweight(mediocre),this game need compare more with killzone.Uncharted is in another level-heavyweight.

    #16 4 months ago
  17. Kreion

    @salarta

    I’d disagree on who has the stronger looking lineup for E3 thus far – Xbox One has a fair few big hitting new IP coming in as well as sequels to existing IP. PS4 has had…1866 in new IP and the standard existing IP sequels. I think Sony will need a few more new, exciting products really , which I’m sure they have.

    Also worth noting is that if MS is announcing Halo 5 before E3, that implies they have things that could be even more interesting waiting for E3 – although it could just be that everyone knew 5 was coming eventually. I don’t know really, Sony still has a strong line-up and I imagine they’ll be putting out some shiny new stuff as well so this time E3 will be a close one.

    #17 4 months ago
  18. undermyrules

    none of them….Homefront The Revolution will

    #18 4 months ago
  19. Kreion

    @GK
    …Nah, Halo has always dominated Killzone. You can compare Killzone to Gears if you like, but you can’t dismiss Halo a being THE MS exclusive even now.

    #19 4 months ago
  20. mistermogul

    @Kreion As an owner of the original Xbox and 360 I never could work out what exactly was so brilliant about Halo other than MS’s excellent promotion of it.

    For me it’s a complete bore-fest but hey, each to their own eh?!

    #20 4 months ago
  21. The_Red

    Halo 5 will face off against neither.
    Uncharted 4 was just rebooted and with the departure of every single senior member behind it (As well as appointment of 2 new directors just recently), anything they show will be pretty much from pre-concept levels.
    God of War is a bit better but even that is in super early stages since years of work and millions of dollars just went to toilet thanks to Stig and his cancelled project.

    Of course even with both of those games being powerless, Halo 5 will STILL be unable to win the E3, simply because: PROJECT BEAST!

    #21 4 months ago
  22. Rockstar Vienna

    Imo Halo AND Uncharted are highly overrated games. Halo is like Star Wars to me. I just don’t get the hype. And Uncharted is good, no question about it. But far away from a excellent game if you ask me. Not really interested in both at E3.

    #22 4 months ago
  23. lubu

    clickbait articles.
    witcher 3 destroys everything

    #23 4 months ago
  24. POOhead

    Depends on how much they show, tbh I think both games will be weak, considering how 343 ruined halo and how uncharted 3 hasnt really changed

    #24 4 months ago
  25. FlyBoogy

    Im hoping for a big surprise from someone. Like when Ubisoft announced Far Cry 3 or Watch Dogs and no one saw them comming

    #25 4 months ago
  26. Legendaryboss

    Ask me after E3 2014.

    #26 4 months ago
  27. mistermogul

    Nintendo *HAVE* to have something mind-blowing for the Wii U right?

    #27 4 months ago
  28. Hcw87

    ”I don’t think anyone expected Sony’s E3 last year to blow everyone away as well as it did”

    The only reason they blew anyone away was because of MS’s fuckups. They had no games that impressed much at all. It was a mediocre conference from both camps, Sony just got lucky MS was terribad.

    Need some heavy hitters from both this year, stuff like Last Guardian for Sony and perhaps Shenmue III from MS.

    #28 4 months ago
  29. zoopdeloop

    i don’t see the reason over the hype of E3.It’s always the same mediocre E3.
    Once in 5+ years something good and unexcpected may appear and that’s that.
    Last time i remember major hype and excitement over something was the announcement of FFXIII on Xbox360 at Microsoft’s conference…it was all about OMG MEGATON herp derp while in the end we know how that turned out

    #29 4 months ago
  30. super3001

    ms already wins e3 with halo collection halo 5 sunset overdrive forza horizon 2 and this all before e3

    no competition

    #30 4 months ago
  31. Kreion

    @mistermogul

    Fair enough – but for reference it’s the story and expanded universe along with enjoyable gunplay and driving with a stellar soundtrack.

    Still, it’s not for everyone.

    #31 4 months ago
  32. bradk825

    There are still some unannounced new IP that could take that title, hard to say.

    Mostly agree with #3 except I side with Star Wars any chance I get, lol.

    I would love to see a new IP walk away with Game of Show personally.

    #32 4 months ago
  33. Ifrinne

    Kingdom Hearts 3 will steal the show… >.>

    #33 4 months ago
  34. Ifrinne

    @Hunam Uncharted 3 had Multiplayer.

    #34 4 months ago
  35. salarta

    @Kreion I wasn’t referring to lineups, I was referring to the broader picture. We had no idea what the PS4 lineup would be or what the PS4 policies and functions would entail last year, whereas we had some idea for XBox One. If we judge this E3 the same way as if we judged last E3 based only on what has been revealed to us so far, people could’ve easily assumed that Microsoft would’ve won E3 despite the dislike toward its policies at the time. Instead, Sony’s E3 introduced plenty of games worth playing and functions and policies people wanted to see, so they won. Also, you can’t write off Sony IP sequels that easily; Halo 5 itself is an IP sequel, and people are acting like that alone will instantly make Microsoft have the better E3.

    In other words, there’s nothing definitive yet on who will have the better E3 showing.

    As for Microsoft announcing Halo 5 before E3, there are several possible reasons. One that a lot of Microsoft fans like to tout, because Phil Spencer claimed it’s the case, is that Microsoft has a lot of amazing games for E3 and they want to spend this one showing off their selection. This is one possibility. Another possibility is that they may not have many games worth playing to announce at all, but they do want to make everyone aware of Microsoft moving back toward games, and too much focus on Halo 5 at E3 doesn’t do that. Yet another possibility is that they’re afraid Sony will destroy them at E3 like they did last year even with a Halo 5 announcement, so they announced the game weeks in advance to ensure the announcement got maximum buzz.

    #35 4 months ago
  36. Kreion

    @salarta
    Sony won E3 last year becasue Microsoft fucked up big time. It didn’t have anything to do with the games that were announced, it was just that games WERE announced.

    Also I can write of sequels easily – just like I write of Halo 5 as being a sequel I just . The difference is that I feel like Sony has the less interesting set of new IP this time around, though I could be biased on that regard and it is subjective anyway. But the thing is franchise sequels are always coming so there’s no point in counting them when talking about the E3 line-up.

    #36 4 months ago
  37. briggstown

    They probably won’t show ANY gameplay for Halo 5. That game probably won’t come out until September 2015 at the earliest.

    #37 4 months ago

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