It’s E3 week, when some of the biggest names in video games come to Los Angeles to show off what they’re working on. Microsoft, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square-Enix, Nintendo, and dozens of other publishers and developers set up booths and hold presentations filled with spectacle.
Here are some of the more interesting things we’ve seen at the show, from huge displays to the celebrities on stage. We’ve seen dragons, motorcycles, giant arcade cabinets, and of course lots of video games.
Meet the Doomslayer
The Doom Eternal Collector’s Edition comes with a life-size version of the Doomslayer’s helmet. A prototype was on display at Bethesda’s booth, and I got to try it on. Now that’s fashion.
Arcade 1Up makes home arcade cabinets that are generally smaller than commercial arcade cabinets, but the company’s booth happened to have an arcade cabinet that was two stories tall.
CD Projekt Red’s booth for Cyberpunk 2077 was one of the most crowded booths at E3 2019. It had a presentation for the upcoming game, but Keanu Reeves was nowhere to be seen.
Reeves stole the show at Microsoft’s Xbox press conference, where it was revealed that he will be in CD Projekt Red’s upcoming Cyberpunk 2077.
Ubisoft’s booth included Watch Dogs Legion, with a completely vandalized London telephone box in front of a wall of anti-tyranny protest posters.
Monster Hunt and Chill
It wouldn’t be an E3 without a booth that had a massive dragon in it. This year Capcom took up that role with its booth for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, the upcoming expansion to Monster Hunter World. That’s a big ice dragon.
The Fortnite booth was a spectacle.
Mini Genesis, Huge Controller
Sega’s booth showed off the Sega Genesis Mini, which is half the size of the original Sega Genesis and features 40 classic Genesis games. The booth also had a really, really big Sega Genesis gamepad. It was the opposite of mini.
Time to Climb
Nintendo’s booth featured the latest Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, and included a rock climbing pillar. The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be the first Olympics to feature climbing as a competitive sport.
A Banquet for Ravens
Rob McElhenney (Mac from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) appeared at Ubisoft’s press conference. He’ll play egomaniacal game director Ian Grimm in the upcoming Apple TV+ series Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, about a game studio developing an expansion for a massively multiplayer online game.
Jon Bernthal also took the stage at Ubisoft’s press conference, alongside an adorable dog. He (Bernthal, not the dog) plays the leader of the antagonistic Wolves in Ghost Recon: Breakpoint.
TikTok’s booth in the South Hall lobby invited attendees to last as long as they could without laughing while watching TikTok videos, with Razer devices as prizes for the most humorless.
Revving Up the Remake
Final Fantasy 7 Remake was naturally one of the biggest games at Square-Enix’s booth, with a large Mako reactor backdrop for the demo. In the South Hall lobby, Cloud’s motorcyle was available for photographs. This design is closer to Cloud’s Fenrir motorcycle from Final Fantasy: Advent Children than it is to the Hardy-Daytona he rode in the original game.
Bandai-Namco finally unveiled the official name of its long-awaited Dragon Ball Game Project Z. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an action-RPG that covers Goku’s adventures through Dragon Ball Z. The booth is a little piece of the anime, complete with a Capsule Corp. building.
Bang and Dance
Several energy drinks were present at E3 2019, including Razer’s new Respawn and G Fuel. Bang was the only company to feature dancers in costumes, though.
Meet the New Vault Hunters
Borderlands 3 was the centerpiece of 2K Games’ booth, with a larger-than-life-size statue of the new playable characters of the game.
Han in Trouble
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment showed off its upcoming Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga with a life-size Lego Han Solo frozen in carbonite. He seems cool with it.
5G is Everywhere
Verizon had its own booth at E3 2019, where it promoted 5G service and how it can enhance multiplayer gaming and augmented reality. This is what we found when we tested it in Chicago and Minneapolis.