ByLiam Dixon, writer at
I used to make chicken for a living, now I'm a full time nerd.
Liam Dixon

E3 is finally upon us, and what better way to kick off the week-long celebrations than to look back at some of the greatest gaming reveals in the expo's 21-year history?

As a gamer, it is nearly impossible not to get excited during this time of year when Sony, Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Nintendo announce their upcoming releases in an attempt to generate hype amongst the community. What is truly great about E3 are the exclusive reveals. Each year there is a special buzz that is generated around the gaming communit — a buzz that is fueled by the anticipation of highly sought-after titles being announced.

When a company drops a bomb on the unsuspecting gaming community by announcing a new game, it's truly a remarkable moment. Hearing the crowd pop is a spine-tingling moment that is unrivaled by nearly any other audience reaction. Today, I will be taking a look at the greatest reveals in E3's history.

5. 'Final Fantasy' on Xbox 360 (E3 2008).

In 2008, Microsoft stunned the gaming world by revealing that Final Fantasy XIII was coming to both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Not since Final Fantasy VI had a Final Fantasy game been released on an Xbox console. The reveal left PlayStation fans attacking a game they once loved (and even used to brag about to Xbox fans) and left Xbox fans screaming about a game series they never really cared about.

While they game itself was lackluster (to say the least), the reveal itself shook the gaming world.

4. Sony buries Microsoft (E3 2013).

This was the final nail in the coffin for Microsoft. During E3 2013, both companies revealed their respective "next-gen" consoles, and Microsoft did not fare well. During its conference, Microsoft announced that Xbox One would tie physical discs to your console, meaning you wouldn't be able to share your games with your friends. Microsoft also announced that you would have to be online 24/7 for the console to actually work. If all of that wasn't enough to make you go, "Nope", the company also announced — enthusiastically, I may add — that the Xbox would roll out at $499. This was met with utter silence from the auditorium.

So how did Sony react to Microsoft's reveal? Straight off the bat, they announced that the PlayStation 4 would support used games, would not require online check-in, and would roll out at $399 — $100 cheaper than the Xbox One. Sony won the console war before it even began, and all they did was not change the status quo.

3. Gabe Newell's surprise entrance (E3 2010).

When Portal 2's GLaDOS interrupted Jack Treton during Sony's 2010 conference, we knew to expect something great — what we didn't expect was the Lord and Savior himself, Gabe Newell. Newell was very vocal in his dislike of the PS3, so his appearance during a Sony conference was a major shocker. After thanking Sony for not punching him in the face, he revealed that Portal 2 would be coming to PS3 and would have features not available on Xbox.

It was a major E3 moment that no one will ever forget. Let's hope the next time Gabe Newell graces us with his presence, it's for a Half Life 3 reveal.

2. Sony's entire 2016 conference.

Simply put, Sony's 2016 E3 conference was a gamer's dream.

Sony opened its conference with a live orchestra conducting a very god-like score. This score turned out to be the cue for the reveal of a new God of War. Sony didn't slow down after this, though, as it continued to announce game after game after game.

Sony unveiled VR space battles for Star Wars Battlefront, a VR Batman game, and a brand-new Resident Evil game (compatible with VR, if you are crazy enough). Did Sony stop there? Nope! They then announced a remastering of Crash Bandicoot — yes, the game that made me fall in love with with PlayStation in the first place is getting remastered. Oh, what a day!

Sony then proceeded to introduce Hideo Kojima and his new game, Death Stranding, which will star Norman Reedus. How did they round all of this awesomeness up? By shocking everyone and announcing a new Spider-Man game developed by Insomniac!

I think everyone will agree that Sony's latest E3 conference will go down in history as one of the greatest. Not the greatest though...

1. Nintendo's 2004 conference.

While Sony's latest conference will certainly be remembered, Nintendo's 2004 conference will go down as the greatest in gaming history for a number of reasons.

At its 2004 conference, Nintendo unveiled the DS to the world. Yes, the handheld game system that took the world by storm debuted at E3 2004. Many saw the DS as just another Nintendo gimmick at first, but Nintendo proved those non-believers wrong as it has officially become the second-best selling game system of all time. Another reason why Nintendo's 2004 E3 conference will go down in history? Surprisingly, it's actually thanks to the man who presented the DS to the world.

Reggie Fils-Aime debuted at E3 in 2004 and the rest, as they say, is history. Reggie has became synonymous with E3, known for being in an insane Smash Bros. fight with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata as well as his "kicking ass, taking names, making games" speech. Of course, he will always be remember saying, "My body is ready" during a Wii Fit demo. One of Nintendo's greatest assets, one of E3's greatest presenters, and a hilarious internet meme — and it all started when he was introduced to the world at E3 2004. As well as revealing the DS, Reggie revealed The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess to the world.

Wind Waker, while largely considered to be a fantastic game, was ill received by many fans due to its cartoon-like art style. Nintendo soon changed everyone's opinions by revealing Twilight Princess to the world. With its outstanding conference seemingly over, Reggie asked everyone to "step inside another world." That other world turned out to be Twilight Princess and it produced one of the loudest cheers heard in E3 history.

What are your favorite E3 moments? Have I left any out? Let me know in the comments section below, and I'll get back to you!


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