E3 2018 – What I’m Excited To See

E3 is almost here! 

We’re just under a month away folks.  June 9th – 14th (every site keeps saying it starts on the 12th, but Square-Enix is showing off stuff on the 9th).  My birthday is on the 11th, so it’s like the games industry decided to give me a sweet birthday present.  I just recently finished God of War, so anything coming out in the near future has a tough act to follow.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing…

If we’re strictly talking third party games, it would be cool to see some new stuff for Kingdom Hearts 3 (RELEASE DATE), Dragon Quest XI and the Spyro Reignited Trilogy (the latter both come out in September, weep for my wallet).  Anthem, Bioware’s answer to Destiny, looks to provide that co-op gaming I crave, so hopefully, we’ll see some new footage.

Since Square-Enix is doing a kind of Nintendo Direct type thing this year apparently, I  would love to see some info on the Final Fantasy VII Remake (RELEASE DATE PLEASE).  The other game I want to see announced from Square-Enix so very badly is the Seiken Densetsu Collection (Secret of Mana in the U.S.).  The third game was never released over here, so it just has to happen.  It’s simple as that.  I own the third game on the Super Famicom, but I have yet to teach myself Japanese, so it made playing through it interesting.  My brother and I made it literally to the end of the game, but when we went to play it the next time he came over to my place, the save data had just evaporated into thin air.  We were too heartbroken to start from the beginning.

New consoles? I don’t think we’re going to see anything.  Sony seems pretty comfortable right now with the PS4 and PS4 ProNintendo just released their new console last year, as did Xbox.  What I am interested in seeing is a new wireless PSVR headset.  VR is truly mind-blowing and I loved the experience I had with it, but holy Jebus the cords that were plugged into it were annoying.  They were everywhere.  It was insane.  I felt like I was hooked up to the fucking Matrix.

When it comes to the “Big 3”, I’m not sure how I feel about Microsoft.  My Xbox One is being used strictly as a DVD/Netflix player (my wife is currently watching The O.C on it upstairs).  I’m hoping they show off a new Halo or Gears of War, something to really get Xbox owners excited.  I’ve yet to play Sea of Thieves, but it just didn’t peak my interest.  I haven’t heard great things about it.  I used to be a hardcore Xbox 360 fan (I seriously had the Seriously… achievement from Gears 1), but that changed once I bought a PS3 and Infamous.  My expectations are low, so let’s see if they can blow our minds showcasing some new games on the platform.  Impress me Microsoft!

Nintendo had an amazing Nintendo Switch launch last year.  We were blessed with Zelda, Mario, Kirby & Splatoon.  This year, I’m not sure what to expect.  We know we’ve got Yoshi, Smash Bros, & Mario Tennis down the pipeline (my son keeps reminding me these are essentials purchases), so seeing some footage for them would be cool but nothing exciting.  I would love to see some footage of the new Pokemon game coming to Switch, maybe a Metroid reveal as well?  Luigi’s Mansion on the 3DS looks great too.  In all honesty, I just want the Seiken Densetsu Collection.  I know I sound like a broken record.  I don’t care if it’s Nintendo or Square-Enix that does the announcement, but someone better do it!  Just do the right thing and release it in the U.S. Square-Enix.  Send me a review copy too, please.

And finally, big surprise.  The one I’m looking forward to the most this year is Sony.  They’ve been killing it with the exclusives and there are no signs of slowing down.  The Last Of Us Part II, Spider-Man, Hideo Kojima’s – Death Stranding & Sucker Punch’s new open world samurai game – Ghosts of Tsushima, will be the main event at Sony’s E3 Press Conference.  Since they’re only focusing on those four, I think it’s safe to assume we’re gonna see some pretty awesome demos.  I’m excited for all of them, but ever since Naughty Dog released the most recent teaser of The Last Of Us Part II, it has been my most anticipated title out of anything.  I would love to see a release date of 2018 (probably will be 2019, sad face).  I loved the first one.  It’s right up there with my favorite games of all time.  The story was emotional and intense.  The gameplay was fantastic and engrossing.  It was the whole package.  The multiplayer was actually really well done too.  The first game, according to director Neil Druckman (Uncharted 4, The Last Of Us) was based on love, but this next one is going to be based on hate.  If you’ve watched the cinematic trailer above (and if you haven’t, watch it immediately), it definitely feels like it’s going to accomplish that.

So there you have it.  Now you know what I’m looking forward to seeing at E3 this year, which must bring you immense amounts of joy.

What games are you looking forward to seeing at E3 2018? – NVJ

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