Microsoftdidn't really show us anything we hadn't heard about. The most interesting news from their show was Smartglass, and everything else was either related to multiplatform games or Gears of Halo (Microsoft's only remaining exclusive IP), assuming it was related to gaming at all (ESPN? ZOMG GO SPORTS GO WOOO!!!!!!!!).
Sonydid not bring their A-game. Their show was boring (just like last year), it looks like the Vita is already on it's way to the clearance bin, and they spent way too much time on that Harry Potter book (it looks like a fun toy for kids, but it is not a game and should have only been a quick announcement and trailer). Sony Smash Bros. looks like it might be fun, but since it's just a clone of another game it was not a big announcement. The real savior of the show was The Last of Us, and at least they announced something new with Beyond. Overall this show reeked of "we're saving everything good for when we announce the PS4, and the PS4 is not ready yet," and even a last-minute PS4 announcement wouldn't have changed how badly paced the show was. Also, where the heck is The Last Guardian?
Nintendoshowed off the Wii U in all of it's glory, and as I predicted it's not looking so glorious. They announced a lot of new games, but only a handful actually excited me-- a lot of Wii-U's launch lineup will be ports, and amongst the new games I can't say I was impressed with Nintendo Land (which came across as a glorified tech demo), and New Super Mario Bros Wii U is basically just NSMB in HD and nothing else. Reggie was a tool as usual, pointing out that "it's the first Mario launch game since Mario 64", which is a crime since it's the exact opposite of Mario 64. Mario 64 changed everything, and NSMBWU is going to change nothing. The announcement of the Wii U's battery life was also terrible. I was at least excited for Pikmin 3 and Lego City, and surprised by Zombie U though, so overall it was a passable show, even the Wii U hardware and first party lineup leaves a lot to be desired.
EA was pretty much an embarassment. So they've announced their own $50 a year premium service for their version of "First Person Army Shooter Man 3D?" Oh joy, I can die happy. Dead Space 3 looks like it will be the final nail in the franchise's coffin, having completely abandoned any pretense of being survival horror. Other than that it was a dull show with barely anything worth mentioning, other than announcing yet another new version of that"First Person Army Shooter Man 3D" game that every publisher keeps remaking.
Ubisoftactually got their act together this year, and in a huge way. They showed us more Rayman, lots of Assassin's Creed 3 footage (I don't care for the franchise, but good for the people who like it), they announced a brand new Splinter Cell with plenty of gameplay footage, showed one of the more promising concepts for the Wii U control pad with Zombie U, and of course they dropped the motherload of game announcements with Watch Dogs. It was beautiful, intriguing, edgy, and exciting-- everything that you could want out of a new game announcement. After their laughably bad show last year, it's quite suprising (and refreshing) to see them coming out of the savior of the show. If not for Ubisoft's show, this would probably be one of the worst E3's ever.
Konami, for their strong showing of Metal Gear Rising and the announcement of two new Castlevanias. And thankfully, they chose not to embarass themselves with a live press conference this year.
Square, for their incredible next-generation graphics tech demo, and good showings for Hitman and Tomb Raider. No idea if there was smoke and mirrors at play, or how much of it will actually be doable on the PS4 and Xbox 720, but at least they gave us something new to look at that is wetting our appetites for the future, instead of dwelling in the past. Also, I'm happy to see they are working hard to fix Final Fantasy XIV, instead of just giving up on it. They fell really badly these past few years, and they really needed some good press. (I'm just mad that Final Fantasy Versus XIII was no-where to be seen, and I wish they'd announced a Kingdom Hearts HD collection).
Lucas Arts, because even though they're kind of an industry boogie man right now for all their layoffs and game cancellations, like Square they showed us glimpse at the nex generation of games with Star Wars 1313, and it looks amazing. I'm quite pleased to see they have the balls to make an M-rated Star Wars game, and that it focuses on the gritty, Jedi-less side of the Star Wars galaxy that was featured more prominantly in the original Trilogy. It looked amazing, and it actually gave us something to look forward to at the next big trade show.