Microsoft was the first up to bat today, and this year they focused primarily on one thing during their presentation: the games. Not just big triple-A games, either -- there were plenty of small indie games showcased as well. People noticed.
In fact, in general, people seem to be responding pretty well to everything Microsoft unveiled today during their press conference, relative to the sentiments last year. This is not to say people didn't have snark to offer -- it's the internet, and that's just the basic mode of communication around here. Still, there's the feeling that Microsoft upped their game from last year. Literally.
Here are some highlights of what folks are saying around the web, both about Microsoft or the games they presented during the conference:
Microsoft today, though, such a huge improvement over last year. XB1 is definitely more appealing now than it ever has been, which is good.
— The King in Blue (@Matieo10) June 9, 2014
Great games shown off this AM. Our development community is stronger than ever. Congrats to all studios & teams that showed their new stuff!
— Adam Boyes (@amboyes) June 9, 2014
(Boyes is the vice president of publisher and developer relations at PlayStation, by the way.)
It's kinda hard to process how good that Microsoft conference was because thats what we think conferences are supposed to be like.
— Tom Hatfield (@WordMercenary) June 9, 2014
Look, not everything in that montage looked amazing but it is nice that Microsoft has at least promoted indies in its conference.
— Ryan Letourneau (@NorthernlionLP) June 9, 2014
This Microsoft press conference is really heavy on the "somebody rendered a trailer that has no gameplay footage in it".
— Casey Muratori (@cmuratori) June 9, 2014
Microsoft focused on THE DAMNED GAMES. Good job!
— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) June 9, 2014
I wonder if Rise of the Tomb Raider will focus any more on this important, formative character moment for Lara. pic.twitter.com/YnJHMWQE6i
— Andy Kelly (@ultrabrilliant) June 9, 2014
It's kind of funny to hear how folks immediately knew it was Lara, too:
Microsoft went from "ugh" to "ok" in just one year good job!
— mint (@mintchipleaf) June 9, 2014
Our Microsoft wristbands keep lighting up green, which I believe means they're armed
— Kirk Hamilton (@kirkhamilton) June 9, 2014
Microsoft wristband update: They are capable of displaying multiple colors (before they inevitably explode) pic.twitter.com/wGODaLl97f
— Kirk Hamilton (@kirkhamilton) June 9, 2014
here at Microsoft we acknowledge both genres of video game: Gun and Car
— Chip Cheezum (@ChipCheezum) June 9, 2014
HE COLLECTED AN ORB #ORB
— off-brand brandon (@dropkickpikachu) June 9, 2014
This tweet is in reference to Crackdown -- as is the next comment:
Achievement unlocked: Two logo reveals in one trailer. - 4000G #E3
— Rami Ismail (@tha_rami) June 9, 2014
One of these days a COD game is gonna start with a guy just having a cup of tea and a quite sit in the garden.
— Christopher Seavor (@conkerhimself) June 9, 2014
Real talk, watching suits perform this ritual of pretending to like and play games is making me think about what else can we make them do.
— Aevee Bee (@MammonMachine) June 9, 2014
So CoD is now Halo.
— Goldy (@GoldGloveTV) June 9, 2014
king joffrey is fighting dragons very Cool imo
— ✨ A M B ✨ (@amb0rg) June 9, 2014
("King Joffrey" is definitely a reference to the dude we saw in Scalebound.)
Honestly, I like how Phil Spencer is changing his shirts throughout the presentation. Little nods here and there. Neat.
— Cathartic Cacophony (@Coyotegrey) June 9, 2014
— Leigh Alexander (@leighalexander) June 9, 2014
So you lost an arm instead of the dude that got his arm stuck. Arms will play a key role in CoD this year
— El Oshcuro (@DaveOshry) June 9, 2014
Would be a lot more excited for Crackdown if I hasn't just seen 17 other games about blowing up a city.
— Matt Hawkins (@FortNinety) June 9, 2014
The first announcement out of microsoft is that they've bought temporary DLC exclusivity for COD. I'm not very optimistic.
— Simon S. Andersen (@snakepixel) June 9, 2014
I am a little disappointed there doesn't seem to be non-game stuff from Microsoft.
— Ranneko (@Ranneko) June 9, 2014
E3 2015: FIVE THOUSAND GAMERSCORE *audience roars*
— Rob (@retroremakes) June 9, 2014
Microsoft, I hate you, but nice stage, nice presentation. Nice, not thrilling, but nice.
— Aldo (@_MadManMordo) June 9, 2014
More Sony vs Microsoft debates while either company takes your money! Who's winning? It sure ain't your opinion!
— Mos™ (@MoSDeF121) June 9, 2014
microsoft's e3 flopped on the basis that shenmue 3 was not announced;(
— Rafe (@rafeclarke123) June 9, 2014
In response to Fable Legends:
In response to the new Halo collection:
Other folks were a bit more emotional about the Halo announcement:
And at least one person didn't seem happy with the amount of CGI the presentation had:
Francis, naturally, also has things to say:
What about you, what did you think about Microsoft's E3 presentation? Let us know in the comments.