E3 2014: GTA 5, Smash Bros, FIFA among highlights of a busy show

Monday, 16th June 2014 04:20 GMT By Brenna Hillier

E3 2014 was jam-packed with great content, but there were a few moments – GTA 5 on next-gen, Battlefield Hardline’s beta – that really stood out. We recap the reveals that got everyone talking.

There was so much going on at E3 2014 that we’ll be talking about it for months, but as the dust settles on last week’s blow-out it becomes apparent that there are a couple of things that really stood out. Although almost everything the big four brought to show off has proved popular, judging by the trends we’ve noticed across various sites and social media, the five topics below have been the subject of intense interest online.

GTA 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

It’s kind of funny that one of the stand-out moments of this year’s E3 was the announcement of a port of a game many of us have already played to death, but you just can’t stop the Grand Theft Auto juggernaut.

Fans have been calling for a PC release of GTA 5 since it was first announced, so Rockstar’s long-awaited capitulation was a triumph in itself, but it’s just how terrific the new version looks that really has us excited; Pat nearly wet himself, I think. What a coup for Sony to host the announce – especially with exclusive PS4 GTA 5 content in the offing.

GTA 5 on PS3 and Xbox 360 already looks great; what Rockstar squeezed out of the ageing consoles is a technical marvel. But with the power of next-gen consoles and PC, the developer is unleashed from the limitations of the older boxes – watch the weather effects, the dynamic real-time light and shadows, the reflections. It’s amazing, and despite being technically a port – we guess – I predict it will set the bar for this generation for at least a year.


I know, I know – it’s an annual iteration on a series. But the thing about FIFA is that it deserves its spot at the top of the queue. Konami does an excellent job with PES, innovating and pushing its rival to stay competitive, but for sheer quality it can’t match EA Sports’ flagship series. Americans can keep Madden; it’s a great series, but it’s not footer, is it?

That EA Canada hasn’t chosen to rest on its laurels but keeps pushing the beautiful game so that it is genuinely both more beautiful and interesting to play each year is incredible. We keep expecting it to run out of steam – for the latest FIFA to have an off year, release to middling reviews and for the series to get a swift kick up the jacksie. It never happens. It just keeps getting better. This year we spotted at least ten ways FIFA 15 will be better than ever.

FIFA 14 was the first in the series to be built on the Ignite engine, a new tech created by EA Sports specifically to power next-gen sports games, and it showed. But FIFA 15 is the first to be developed with next-gen firmly in mind, and that shows too. If you can at all avoid it, don’t get the PS3 or Xbox 360 version!

Battlefield: Hardline

To be honest, we expected this one to be a bit of a flop – and we’re probably just about as happy as EA is to have been wrong. A new Battlefield, so close to the controversially troubled Battlefield 4? A Battlefield developed outside DICE, and by the Dead Space team no less? A Battlefield about cops and robbers? It’s a recipe for something less than delicious.

Oh we of little faith. Just look at that Battlefield: Hardline gameplay footage. That’s a rotin’, tootin’ Battlefield game alright, no mistake. Visceral has been beavering away on this for a while (yeah, actually, now that we come to think of it we ought to have been asking questions about what it was up to down there in Redwood City) and it seems to have been worth its while.

EA really pulled a good one on us by opening the beta right in the middle of its E3 2014 show. Everyone rushed off to get involved, filling the Internet with discussion – and now Hardline is a name on everybody’s lips, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has fallen right off the radar. Will that hold up come November? Well, probably not, but EA has definitely won the first skirmish.

Next: Super Smash Bros, Microsoft, and the things nobody’s talking about.



  1. The_Red

    “now Hardline is a name on everybody’s lips”
    I think the only reason for that is how horribly bad and disappointing that game is. It looks worse than BF4, has more problems and feels like nothing more than a lame mod for that game. Seriously bad.

    In terms of beta, Destiny is the one that’s doing decently while all the chatter is about Rainbow Six Siege as Game of the Show. Also, Rise of Tomb Raider’s name is BEYOND rubbish IMO. It’s a bad parody level of terrible.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. Game Hunter

    See,even Brenna thinks the previous Tomb Raider was a great this coming from a female gamer means that those bitching about Lara’s personality while being a male gamer should shut their mouths *cough white Knight cough*

    #2 6 months ago
  3. Game Hunter

    Fifa 15?you’re kidding me right?I don’t get why people buy this every year.even though I like Fifa,I stopped buying them after 12 because it was barely different than Fifa 11.but who the hell am I talking to?the mainstream buy everything that is thrown at them every year and new titles will always sell less than them.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. Judicas

    Anyone know why God of War was tweeted about before E3 as having some kind of reveal at E3 then … correct me if i’m wrong but had nothing shown at E3 ?? Similarly to how 2-3 months ago bungie tweeted to stay tuned next week for news of a collectors edition then rebooted the website the following week and said nothing about a collectors edition whatsoever ??

    #4 6 months ago
  5. onlineatron

    this article is….bizzare.

    the main things i’ve seen been discussed are bloodborne, no man’s sky, and nintendo’s presser. hardline, fifa, gta? barely a mention.

    maybe i just run in different circles, maybe i’m unaware what games are inspiring the most page views. but it’s been bloodborne & no man’s sky all day all night on my twitter feed and in my rss

    #5 6 months ago
  6. monkeygourmet

    Yeah… Kind of strange.

    The biggest shake up seemed to be Nintendo’s new method of delivering information, which, quite frankly made Sony & MS’s shows look old fashioned and out of touch.

    They also showed a lot ( im talking 15 or so hours ) of quality GAMEPLAY footage while explaining mechanics etc… Having the dev teams on hand also helped a great deal. After that, staged demo’s and bullshot footage are hard to get excited for.

    The Treehouse event has been a resounding success online, but, I wonder how the general press feels as it took them out of the equation somewhat.

    They threw IGN a bone with the Devils Third stuff, but VG247 didn’t seem to know what the event was or what was being shown half the time.

    Sony’s conference was particularly poor IMO, apart from No Mans Sky (also on PC), it was a very bare bones offering and Vita was relegated to ‘Sony TV’… The didn’t even use the Vita title. I had to catch a sizzle reel they had swept under the carpet for Vita footage, and even that was very average.

    I didn’t like the fact they had a lame attempt at slagging of the Kinect removal aswell… It smacked of trying to repeat last years bombshells but just fell flat and looked cheap.

    MS was a little better, but again, by the numbers. After seeing the Nintendo Digital conference / Treehouse the next day, it just made the format look cheesy and out of touch.

    EA was mind numbingly boring, and Ubi… Well, I’ll belive it when I see it… Thats all I can do after numerous promises that have turned into decidedly average titles. (Watchdogs has to be one of the most awful titles I’ve played in recent memory, not to mention an awful port considering delays etc…)

    Anyway, IMO it was a big victory for Nintendo, although not all the media may see it like that.

    #6 6 months ago

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