LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn't as dramatic as last year's, when Sony and Microsoft were battling for attention in advance of the fall debuts of their new game consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
This year, the focus was on new games to play on those machines, so those of us who attended E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center this week had a lot more fun. And the competition is far from over. Here are some winners and losers from the video-game industry's biggest convention.
— PLAYSTATION VS. XBOX: Consumers have bought a few million more PS4s than Xbox Ones, but that doesn't mean Sony can rest on its laurels. Upcoming PS4 games include the steampunk thriller "The Order: 1886," new installments of the popular "Uncharted" and "LittleBigPlanet" franchises, and a promising batch of games from smaller studios, like the psychedelic journey "Entwined" and the sci-fi exploration game "No Man's Sky." The Xbox One countered with the goofy "Sunset Overdrive," the haunting "Ori and the Blind Forest" and new chapters of the "Halo," ''Forza Horizon" and "Crackdown" series. WINNER: Xbox, by a very slim margin.
— NINTENDO VS. THE SKEPTICS: The Wii U has had a rough time in the market, but Nintendo rewarded its diehard fans this year. There's a new "Legend of Zelda" game (finally!) on the way. "Splatoon" brings Nintendo-style whimsy to the online shooter. "Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker" is a delightful puzzle game. And the Amiibo line, which connects real-world toys of Mario, Donkey Kong and the rest of Nintendo's heroes to their digital counterparts, has collectors psyched. WINNER: Nintendo.