E3 09: The Top 7... crushing letdowns in E3 history

Contrary to what you might think, E3 isn’t all brilliant new games, booth babes and free beer. A lot of the time the biggest, best and most exciting games event on the planet is actually as dull and hope-dashing as a graph-led press conference. And whether it’s dealing with console delays or waiting in a line (with enough BO to erode titanium) to play Wii Sports, the history of the event has been riddled with disappointment. So to temper expectations slightly ahead of this week’s extravaganza, here are the biggest letdowns in E3 history.

We’ll be honest. When the DS and PSP were both unveiled within a few hours of each other there was only one horse we wanted to bet on. Slick, sleek and sexy, we couldn’t have guessed Sony’s promising handheld was destined to become the home of a defunct movie format and way too many arthritic PS2 ports. That’s why, when Nintendo unveiled their console that looked like a Fisher Price reject with all the power of an Easy-Bake oven light, gamers could hardly contain their mocking titters.

Above: Glad we didn't actually part with any readies betting in this race

OK, hindsight is a perennially ace thing. But, after witnessing the power of the PSP, it was hard to see how the DS was going to be a serious competitor for Sony's slinky bit of kit. There was little indication just how innovative and popular the seemingly underpowered system's touch screen was going to be. And, ultimately, what many Nintendo fans took away from the reveal was an underwhelming 64-bit console (with a gimmick) trying to face a multimedia handheld that was as powerful as a PS2.

Above: Dual screen action wasn't quite met with mass approval

‘In the end he will suffer. In the end we will triumph. In the end… there will only be a hugely anticlimactic 60 second, gameplay-free trailer for PS3’s most anticipated title.’ So Zeus should have bellowed from the top of Mount Olympus after arguably the most disappointing reveal of last year’s E3.

We didn’t want much, really. A few screenshots here. Maybe a little hour long playable demo there. We went into Sony’s 2008 press conference frothing at the mouth, our thoughts drifting to Kratos’ high-def abs of granite and 1080p Gorgon decapitations. We left with a minute of totally arbitrary plot information. A missed opportunity of mythical proportions by Sony, then.

Above: Not for us at last year's event


Top 7


  • wiitard07 - June 22, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    Loled at that picture with mario gettin buckshot to the brain. (I love mario but i just thought it was funny and completely true to what ninty did)
  • Jalygtra - June 8, 2010 10:56 a.m.

    Giant enemy crab!
  • twewy13 - June 8, 2010 12:13 a.m.

    loloololol RIDGE RACER!
  • disturbedanomaly39 - June 8, 2009 1:28 a.m.

    ha ha, reggie and his suck ass wii music, one wii game i told everyone i knew not to buy or they would end up like chris with that crack-driven chainsaw guy on RE5, with me actualy wearing a burlap sack on my head nice article, and i lied when i said i would oly comment on two articles concernig e3 ReCaptcha: damn, did i read this one late
  • 360nerd - June 8, 2009 1:09 a.m.

    ahahahahaha the psp/ds thing, thats like giving your girlfriend a bracelet after her dad gave her a car
  • Demonflare - June 6, 2009 4:49 p.m.

    Hahaha! Someone had the balls to shoot Mario!
  • marioman50 - June 5, 2009 10:16 p.m.

    DAMN! Cammie must've had work done or something. She looks extra bad in that photo.
  • MGS4SolidSnake - June 4, 2009 3:30 a.m.

    Cyberninja - 2 days 6 hours ago dont you think that was a bit much if you like sports games get a psp i like ds more because it has better games if your going in terms of fun and i am not talking of the casual games sports games are somewhat casual but still good...along with them u have all those artsy games...and u have all the portable metal gears...the ds is the king of casual games and casual gamers
  • skalpo - June 3, 2009 8:52 a.m.

    More foto
  • Samael - June 2, 2009 4:42 a.m.

    @Grenade They were talking about this trailer you dipshit.
  • KillerPotato - June 2, 2009 12:02 a.m.

    But kudos to you GamesRadar for being able to survive the Hellhole now known as E3
  • secretsearcher - June 1, 2009 11:59 p.m.

    I'm surprised Wii Music wasn't #1.
  • Hobojedi - June 1, 2009 10:41 p.m.

    ..And then in two weeks, the gamesradar site shut down and gloriously became gardeningradar.
  • Cyberninja - June 1, 2009 9:12 p.m.

    dont you think that was a bit much if you like sports games get a psp i like ds more because it has better games if your going in terms of fun and i am not talking of the casual games
  • Defguru7777 - June 1, 2009 8:19 p.m.

    Typo in last article. I meant comparing the 2006 cutscene with 2007 footage. Sorry for the double post.
  • Defguru7777 - June 1, 2009 8:18 p.m.

    I truly despise Cammie and Wii Music. Question. What's up with the embedded YouTube video for Family Guy? Its funny, but I don't see what it has to do with the article. Also, isn't it a bit unfair to use gameplay footage to cutscene footage for the Halo 3 trailer comparison? I mean, the cutscenes are almost always better than the actual game's graphics. If you'd used a cutscene photo from the 2007 trailer, I wouldn't mind as much.
  • animeman - June 1, 2009 7:35 p.m.

    A lot of bad things happened at E3 2008. their is no way that they could do worse this year.
  • Thirteenth - June 1, 2009 6:24 p.m.

    Yaay, gardening! \o/
  • CAPST3R - June 1, 2009 5:56 p.m.

    the sd (don't know the name) cards worked with the PSP too y'know, i had an 8 gig.
  • PatHan-bHai - March 3, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    my bro uses his sd card on the psp :3

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