Shadowing last year's effort, the EB Live theatre didn't quite match the spectacle of the tiered stadium, but still delivered the goods.
Nintendo's absence on the main stage was definitely felt, but there was still nothing quite like having The Last of Us being played with the quality of audio and video EB had come up with.
The always charismatic Ed Boon whipped the crowd into a storm easily presenting Injustice: Gods Among Us, and the cinematic largess of Halo 4 and Assassin's Creed III were worth seeing on the big screen even if you'd already seen the playthroughs online.
It was entirely possible to spend a whole day ignoring the exhibition hall in favour of the lineup of great programming, and as with last year transitioning from one to the other on a whim was made incredibly easy for consumers.
There was something more celebratory about last year's stadium style than the flat layout on show here, but it didn't detract from the overall experience, and may have given it the more formal tone which allowed for reduced heckling.
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