Well E3 is pretty much over for another year, and there was plenty of hype and a wide range of “accidental” leaks. Heaps of games were announced, and here’s what excited me the most.
It seems that I’ve not played a single Bethesda game in my life, though I do own a copy of Skyrim and intend to play it (and other Elder Scrolls games) one day. So when they showcased Dishonored 2, I thought it looked pretty cool, albeit very similar to Assassin’s Creed (which I can cope with). I haven’t played the previous game so I had no preconceived notions, but I’ve since heard it’s a love it or hate it kind of game, with very little in between. Bethesda announced a remake of the first game, Definitive Dishonored, so I figured I can start there and then move on to the second when it comes out (providing I fall in to the ‘love it’ camp).
Fallout 4 was beautiful but again, haven’t playen’t any of the franchise, though I was mildly tempted by the mobile Fallout Shelter game. I have enough fun playing Neko Atsume though, so I probably will give it a miss. Doom looked fantastic but I suck at FPS style games and anything shooting generally, so it’s not on the list.
I don’t have an Xbox One (yet) so I wasn’t overly excited about the Microsoft conference, but with the announcement of backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 (plus some recent price drops), it will probably end up hitting the console collection soon enough. The Rare Replay Pack is the big one for the Tehkella household – I think this alone is enough to convince my husband to get one!
Rise of the Tomb Raider is launching exclusively on XBO but if it comes to PS4 I will get it for collection completion’s sake. I haven’t played the reboot yet, as I’m still really in love with original Lara Croft and find it hard to even consider the reimagining of the new one. Hmpf.
Another franchise I have yet to play (though I have resolved to play at least one this year) is Mass Effect, so with the announcement of Mass Effect: Andromeda, and a recent Twitter conversation with Daredevil star, Toby Leonard Moore, I should get on that.
Perhaps ‘excitement’ is a bit strong of a word, but I will be picking up Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate because I’m committed to the series now, despite not really enjoy Assassin’s Creed 3 which I just finished the other day. Eh. To be honest though, Syndicate does look quite cool. I love the London setting and the vehicle combat looks pretty snazzy, though I will probably find it frustrating!
Probably the big stand out for me this year was the Sony conference. The confirmation after so many years of waiting, that the Last Guardian is actually really truly happening, was an instant sell for me. I can’t wait to play that game!
But Sony went and topped that announcement by showing a teaser trailer of…. a remake of Final Fantasy VII!! OMG. FFVII is my all-time favourite game of all-time ever. I can’t wait to see how it looks and plays with current gen tech. It also gives me more inspiration to replay the original for kicks. Or should I just wait until the remake? Argh, decisions!
Uncharted 4 goes without saying, because Nathan Drake (even with his new makeover).
Nintendo seems to get a bad rap at E3, and this year was no exception, but I really don’t understand why. They show games that are actually ready to sell (or just about), rather than vague promises and teasers. With Nintendo, you can be pretty rest assured what you see will be what you get within the year. Watch their Direct broadcasts if you want to see their in progress or in concept stuff!
Highlights for me were Hyrule Warriors Legends for 3DS (such a great concept, and will translate well to handheld), Triforce Heroes (moar Zelda!!!) and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival (despite being an obvious Mario Party clone, I am fully in the fervour of amiibo collecting, and the promise of eight – EIGHT – new Animal Crossing themed amiibos is thrilling, though not so much so for my wallet…). Super Mario Maker looks cool, and I enjoyed watching John Numbers and Cosmo battling it out at the Nintendo World Championships, but I’m just not that into Mario games. I do want that 8-bit amiibo though…