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OK, it feels like we’re halfway there on GamesBeat’s march through the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). I’ve broken out the Motrin for the first time, and I almost nodded off in one of the presentations today. But I’m soldiering on to figure out the best games of E3. The show floor was insane today with 15,000 gamers added to the crowd. I cruised the floor a bit, but most of our analysis to date is based on watching seven major events staged by Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Bethesda, the PC Gaming Show, Ubisoft, Sony, and Nintendo.

Nintendo rounded out the big presentations today, and here’s more of our running commentary on what I think was the best. We’ve also got some indicators of what fans are loving on social from Facebook and Synthesio. If anyone “won” E3, I think it was Ubisoft for having the best combination of established titles such as Far Cry 5 and Assassin’s Creed with new intellectual properties like Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Skull & Bones. Sony had some heavy-duty firepower from Triple-A titles like God of War and Call of Duty: WWII, but it was very light on indie titles. Microsoft was weak on core games beyond Metro Exodus and Forza Motorsport, but it did show up with a new console, the Xbox One X. Microsoft backed off on virtual reality, but Sony is still supporting it in a big way.

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