As I’m writing these lines, E3 2015 is well on its way which means that I already know most of the announcements that video game companies have been hiding for a long time. Instead of doing several news articles that no one reads and that take a lot of time to write, I decided to do something completely different this year. I compiled a list with what I believe are some of the best announcements from E3 2015 in the form of a Top 10 article. This is what I came up with and take into account that the announcements don’t follow a particular order.
Earthbound Beginnings (Mother)
My excitement about this game is somewhat twofold: on the one hand, this game reminded me how much I loved JPRGs and how much I miss playing them, but it also reminded me that there’s a game called Mother 3 that I heard so much about and I never had a chance to play. I have no idea if the original Mother holds up in this day and age and if Nintendo is planning to update this release in any way. Whatever Nintendo ends up doing, I’m just glad that they are willing to release this game for its fans and that this takes us a little closer to the western release of Mother 3.
The Xbox One Gets Backwards Compatibility
When Microsoft announced the Xbox One, I remember someone from the company saying something along the lines of “backwards compatibility is just backwards.” Well that thought is a thing of the past now, since Microsoft introduced the possibility of playing Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. Believe it or not, this functionality is going to convince a lot of people to get an Xbox One, especially those who have never owned an Xbox 360 or those who have several Xbox 360 games.
Dark Souls III
I recently played the original Dark Souls for the purposes of review and fell in love with the unconventional JRPG. I still haven’t had a chance to check out its sequel and while I don’t want to play another Dark Souls in a while, that game can take an emotional toll on anyone who plays it, I’m glad that there’s another entry in that series coming soon.
I’m one of the three people who didn’t play Fallout 3 back in the day and while I’m planning to change that in the near future, Fallout 4 sounds terrific. I want to play Fallout 3 and then Fallout 4 and that is me being a weirdo who likes playing games in order for whatever reason, but in this case, it’ll allow me to see how Bethesda’s vision for that franchise has evolved over the years.
As soon as one of the developers behind Unravel walked on the Electronic Arts stage holding an adorable doll made out of yarn, I knew I was witnessing something special. Just think about it for a moment, the same company that releases Battlefield, Need for Speed and is fond of explosions and spectacular trailers, allowed a Swedish guy to talk about his family vacations and the game that came out of it. I can’t wait to know more about Unravel.
The Last Guardian
I knew I was going to happily write those words in an article one of these days. Well, it finally happened! The Last Guardian still exists and if you don’t believe me, you can watch footage above courtesy of Sony. Even after watching that short video, It’s still hard to say what the game’s going to be about exactly, but at least, we’re now sure that the game’s coming out sooner rather than later.
Horizon: Hero Dawn
The only new IP on this list. Horizon: New Dawn is a new title that showed a female protagonist hunt down a bunch of robotic dinosaurs in the savanna. That’s pretty much what we know about Horizon: New Dawn so far, but it looked spectacular and it’s something new, so I’m definitely excited about it.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Japanese-based developer Square Enix finally succumbed to the pressure of its fans. Final Fantasy VII is getting a high-definition remake that is coming first to PlayStation 4 as a timed exclusive. We only saw a short trailer that showed Cloud and Barret as they walk in the slums of Midgar and it looked amazing. I’m just wondering how Square Enix is going to handle that project from now on: Will Square Enix update the battle system? Will the content remain the same? When is it coming out? I guess we’ll know the answer of those questions eventually, but in the meantime, I’ll try to play the original PlayStation game and finish it this time.
The Shenmue 3 Kickstarter was pitched on the Sony press conference which was weird. After all, if Sony was going to support the highly requested game there wouldn’t be a need for a Kickstarter, right? Since the announcement, the Kickstarter has received more than $2 million which means that it’s definitely going to happen. I never played any of the Shenmue games, but a lot of fans are really excited about the upcoming third entry which makes me at least cautiously optimistic.
Kingdom Hearts III
I really liked the first Kingdom Hearts and as soon as I saw the trailer for Kingdom Hearts III, I started wondering why I never played the second part. I guess I’ll be trying to change that soon and taking into account that Kingdom Hearts III might take a while to come out, I may have more than enough time to do exactly that. Since I didn’t keep up with the series for a while, it’s hard to analyze the trailer, but the game still has Disney and Final Fantasy characters and it looks amazing, so that’s definitely more than enough to be excited.
Here’s a short list of other games I was excited to see again but didn’t make it to the final cut: Rise of the Tomb Raider, No Man’s Sky, Street Fighter V and South Park: The Fractured but Whole.