And with no new consoles to shout about, this year was dominated by boatloads of brand spanking new PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo games coming in the months (and sometimes years) ahead.
Here’s our hot-off-the-press guide to the biggest games you’ll want to play.
GAME maker Electronic Arts kicked things off with Battlefield V, offering arguably the most realistic and breathtaking WW2 shooter we’ve seen to date.
It’s a mix of incredibly intimate war stories and relentless destruction that could well turn the tide in the series’ long-running fight for dominance over Call Of Duty.
FIFA 19, an ever-present every year title, looked as slick as ever but was bolstered with the addition of a new fully-licensed Champions League mode, previously a staple feature of FIFA’s main competitors, Pro Evolution Soccer.
But it was Bioware’s new game, Anthem, that wowed most.
A sci-fi role-playing epic that appeared to blend bits of Monster Hunter, Destiny and Iron Man’s mechanical suit into the next massive open-world shooter that’ll have you hooked.
THE Xbox team had a lot to prove having lost ground to Sony, who have been churning out PS4 exclusives like there’s no tomorrow.
Luckily, Microsoft answered critics by teasing no less than 50 new games, including 18 console launch exclusives.
Halo Infinity kick-started the show and signified Xbox’s intent from the off.
Gears of War 5 followed and promised a more engaging story, a female lead Kait, and a more varied cover-based shooting.
Forza Horizon 4 chipped in with its astonishing British setting, while Battletoads teased a return too.
Microsoft pulled in third-party support including Capcom’s Devil May Cry 5, Activision’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Bandai Namco’s Jump Force.
NOT to be outdone by Microsoft’s stack of new games, Bethesda boasted its own slew of titles.
DOOM Eternal, RAGE 2, Wolfenstein Youngblood and new DLC content for sci-do epic Prey had fans screaming for joy.
But it was the newest title in the brooding Fallout universe, Fallout 76, that stole the show.
This new survival sim promised – for the first time – to let players around the world play together online in the hazardous nuclear wastelands.
Skyrim was also revealed as a new choose-your-own-adventure game for Amazon Alexa.
Remarkably, the show ended with Bethesda looking into the future, and teasing two new games fans have been demanding.
Starfield, a huge interstellar RPG set in space, and The Elder Scrolls VI.
Both of which we’re probably not going to see until the next PlayStation or Xbox console arrives.
UBISOFT’S Press conference started, surreally, with a panda dancing to Camila Cabello’s Havana to promote Just Dance 2019.
But what followed was an ultra serious series of sure-fire hits.
Skull & Bones looked every bit the swashbuckling pirate game we’ve been missing all these years, while Beyond Good & Evil 2 introduced us to arguably the next great sci-fi space opera.
Large third-person shooter Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 was also revealed but with the promise of bigger maps, free DLC and Raids.
The best was arguably saved for last though, with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the next chapter in the glorious historical adventure game.
This time, we’re off to ancient Greece, and while the fundamentals are largely the same since the 5/5 rated AC: Origins game last year, marginal gains suggest this may well be even better in every department.
THE Last Of Us Part 2 began the show with a demo that would have had the audience standing to applause had we not been standing in a theatrical staging area.
Shortly afterwards the world’s first gameplay from Ghost Of Tsushima was revealed, complete with plenty of slick sword-fighting samurai sequences.
An extensive look at Hideo Kojima’s fascinating Death Stranding was next. But despite looking astonishing, audiences are still none the wiser as to exactly what is going on.
In contrast, Marvel’s Spider-Man, launching this September, crammed more action and villains into a seven-minute demo than we could have dreamed.
And there was still room for one or two surprises. Starting with Remedy, who unveiled Control, a game brimming with the studio’s trademark gunplay.
In addition, Capcom also unleashed their remake of Resident Evil 2.
AT the time of writing, Nintendo was yet to announce its E3 goodies.
However, several leaks over the weekend had all but confirmed that Fortnite, the biggest game on the planet played by the likes of Drake and half the England football squad, would be coming to Nintendo Switch.
Let’s hope Dele Alli doesn’t find out or we might not make it past the groups…