Alright, with the press conferences out of the way and as I await the new trailer for Persona 5 which comes out in a manner of days, I thought I'd talk about E3 as you had assumed from the title. Please remember that these are my opinions and we may think differently about each segment/or game. Here we go~
I'm going to let you all know something, when it comes to Microsoft, it's hard to keep my attention but this year I have to admit that I was at least entertained and that's a step up for them. The backwards compatibility announcement was a good move on their part, though I had to laugh when Halo 5 was announced and only a few people clapped (I guess it's getting a tad overdone). Well, I don't play Halo myself, I've only ever played one and that was enough for me so to those who like the series then I'm sure this is good news for you. The premiere of Inafune's new game Recore looks really good and very interesting, it almost makes me want to get an Xbox one for it but not quite, I need a few more games to get a new system, still I liked what I saw. Next was Fallout 4 but since Bethesda beat them to that announcement, it was a tad weak, not to mention I don't play fallout myself. Really, I prefer to watch, not sure why but it's more entertaining that way. Beyond Eyes was then up and it looks like an interesting game, I like the concept they're going for with it and I hope it's fruitful. Ohh...the next game was the one I gave the biggest smile to when seeing it shown off, that game is Cuphead, that game looks so great and fun, I love how it has an old timey/1930's artstyle for it...it was definitely my favorite out of the whole conference. I like the look of Rise of the Tomb Raider, especially since I enjoyed the Tomb Raider before this one, so I expect good things from it and from the gameplay demo that was shown I'm sure it'll be good. It was good to see the old Rare games again before they showed off Sea of Thieves, which looks pretty nice I'll have to admit. As interesting as Fable Legends looks, I'll have to say no thank you but to those who do play, I hope it's great. Also, yes, I know I'm skipping around some games but I don't have much to say about Gears 4(I don't play gears of war), Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2(I didn't play the first one, I'm still play PVSZ 2), yeah...my apologies but I tried to write down all the ones I was excited about or noted that they appeared.
Now, this one will be pretty short considdering I was only looking for one game out of this conference. The game I was looking for was Mirror's Edge 2, which I got with a different title: Mirror's Edge Catalyst and it looks very nice, I just wished they showed off a little more for it instead of just going straight to sports as quick as possible but I know their big seller is the sports games so that's fine. Oh, there was a new game that actually won my curiosity, it was Unravel. I got a kirby's epic yarn vibe at first but it looked much different than what I was expecting, I liked that a lot....also the speaker/creator of this game who had a yarn made toy version of the main character of the game, yarny, was very nervous on stage but very passionate and happy. It was nice to see that, it really was and I hope that EA won't take away his drive to create. That's pretty much all I was looking at from EA.
Well, to be honest...I was really bored during this conference, it wasn't bad but I just wasn't feeling it during this I guess. Sadly for me, there weren't any games that were shown that I was interested in which was weird. I normally don't walk away from a conference and not have at least something I was happy about but not this year, I guess. That's alright though, I kind of wanted another Rayman but to avail. Maybe next year. Sorry this one was so short.
So, right off the bat was a game I thought was gone forever/cancelled/dead/thrown out/what have you and....BAM! Right off the bat! The Last Guardian was the first game that was shown and I was shocked, I yelled out "Oh my god, you're alive!! YOU'RE ALIVE!!!" because I was so happy, it's been so long since I thought about that game since I thought it wasn't coming back and looked great to me, it was hard to tell if it was a scripted demo or not but I still enjoyed seeing it, so glad it's still alive. After that, I was basically saying "If that was first, what else could you possibly have?!" because I thought it was all downhill from there but then something very interesting popped up which was Horizon: Zero Dawn, it's an interesting idea that I'd like to see more of where it's going so my attention was just set on this conference now. Next up was Hitman, which was ok but it didn't drag on which I liked, I've never played any of the hitman games but I watched my brother play it when I was old enough to watch. Street Fighter V was up right after that, also short and showed off what it needed to show off, I may pick up once the price goes down. No Man's Sky got a little more showtime which was nice to see and this new game called Dreams seemed interesting, I like whhat they're trying to do with it so I'm curious enough to look into it. Firewatch seems not bad from what I saw, but then again this was during the whole "I'm so into this conference" phase of mine which is good, conferences should keep your attention in some way. Destiny was given an expansion, so destiny players shall be happy along with the assassin's creed players with the new game: Assassin's Creed Syndicate, have fun to those who still enjoy this series, I watch sometimes but I was more interested in Black Flag than any other one and I was just watching. World of Final Fantasy seemed like an ok game, I myself don't have a Vita so I won't be playing it but I certainly hope it's good for those who found it interesting. Now, I began getting a little idle during this but perked up a tad more when they continued talking abou the Final Fantasy series and surely enough....BAM! Final Fantasy VII: Remake flashed on the screen and everyone lost it, I myself was shocked and laughed at how everyone was just screaming out "Thank you!". They finally came through with the remake, now VII was never one of my favorites, it was alright but I'll certainly play this. Although, I already heard people saying "Forget XV and KH3, work on the VII Remake now!" and I frowned a bit because XV or formally Versus XIII was put away for a long time, now it resurfaces, I don't want it just be put back on hold just for a game that already got a chance to be out but is now updated, same goes for KH3. But, I know Square won't do that,they'll finish both XV and KH3 so there's that. Excuse that tiny rant. Anyway, seeing the VII Remake was really shocking but I was glad, however the shock value wasn't gone yet when Shenmue 3 came out just afterwards and I screamed out "YESSSSS!!!" but it's on kickstarter, which is strange but I know it's going to get funded, it's been so long since....it's just good to see that Shenmue 3 is also around now. After those announcements however, the conference got a little flat for me, what with Batman Arkham Knight, Star Wars Battlefront(well, I was excited to see Luke fighting Darth Vader, that part was cool) and ending it with Uncharted, I don't play the Uncharted series but I know a lot of people who do like it so good for them. But that was it, that was the only part that felt a tad slow, everything else was fantastic and slow isn't bad, I was entertained, really I was. That was the best conference for showing off good games that night to me and I could tell a lot of people thought the same.
As always, Nintendo started off by showing they were having fun and wanted everyone watching to have fun too, they had this skit of being muppets which I found very charming and I laughed at how cute and fun it was. Immediately they showed what they ended with last year: Star Fox, now called Star Fox Zero and it looks pretty good, definitely reminded me of Star Fox 64 and I liked that they used pieces from games that never came out, that was a really good call by them. Afterwards was Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes which looked like Four Swords minus the fourth person, it looked nice enough so I may pick up since I enjoyed Four Swords. Hyrule Warriors for the 3DS was presented but sadly, that was already leaked so I already knew about that one. Of course they showed off more about Fire Emblem If but it's now called Fire Emblem Fate and it was just a small little trailer, even though japan got a 9 minute in depth look at it but more than likely because they were getting it in a manner of days, still I was glad to see it. Next game was Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem until it gets an official title (that I can read since I believe they put one up but it was in kanji unless I was just too tired to see it), anyway the more I see this game, the more I'm kind of having second thoughts. Most are saying "It's too Persona" but I don't see Persona in the latest trailer, I just see vocaloid and I'm not a vocaloid fan myself, so...I'm not sure about this game now but I'd love for it to surprise me, I really would because I want to like this game. I love the Shin Megami Tensei series and the Fire Emblem series, this should be up my alley so I really want this game to be good and right now I'm not really feeling it so I look forward to more information about it and to be proven wrong about my worries/doubts/concerns. Anyway, we move onto the same things we've seen before such as Xenoblade Chronicles X which still looks good, Yoshi's Wooly World which also looks very fun and I look forward to it, Super Mario Maker and it looks pretty nice still. Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival seems like just a party game and another way to try to get more amiibo sales, so yeah...I was kind of hoping for an animal crossing on the wii u but got that instead, oh well. There was Yokai Watch which looked like a different version of pokemon, so it looked alright. I was interested in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam even if it wasn't a new Paper Mario, it has Paper Mario elements so I'm down for this. Well, that's about it from Nintendo and I already knew they wouldn't show Zelda U which was fine, just means they're working on it more, it was a pretty ok conference. Wasn't bad, wasn't great but I was entertained.
Last conference with the surprising Square Enix who usually don't do conferences, let's see what we've got. They started off with Just Cause 3 and for Just Cause players I'm sure this was exciting news, I myself don't play the franchise but I'm happy for those who enjoy it. Since Square said this way in advance that they wouldn't be showing any new trailers for Final Fantasy XV I wasn't all that excited while watching at first, well...to be honest, I only wanted two things out of this conference: Kingdom Hearts 3 (but I doubted it would show) and Bravely Second. Kingdom Hearts 3 was in fact shown and it was pretty nice, I still like the new keyblades and skills I've seen so far, not to mention the fact that they showed off more on Sora's design and I was surprised by the lack of belts and zippers, still looked good. Well, there wasn't much in this conference, it was pretty short, though there was a new Deus Ex which I know there are plenty of fans of that series and a new Star Ocean which I really like the look of this new one. You'd think I would be done here, but no...there is one last thing I'd like to talk about concerning this conference, the one thing that made me scream out "Oh...my god!!!! YES!!!!" the loudest because I was so shocked yet so happy, most who know me would think that would be for Kingdom Hearts, it was not, it was for a game series that has a small community but a loyal one at that. The game that was shown that game me this much joy was NieR, yes. they're making another NieR....my god, I was so happy that I was shaking, that reveal blew me away completely and it was the second thing they talked about. Yes, putting that at the end of this is strange but sorry to say, KH3 was not the most exciting thing I saw from this conference, it was NieR or NieR 2 until it gets an actual title. Don't get me wrong, I do love the Kingdom Hearts series but Nier/Drakengard is such a small series that I didn't think a second one was possible for it and sure enough it showed up. I will say this now, I already adore the character design for the protagonist, she looks great to me and the world itself looks great as well. Man, I am so happy about NieR 2, so expect art from me with that girl from the trailer. That's mostly it from Square, nothing else really stood out to me, even though I was still all hyped up after NieR showed up.
That about wraps it up, all in all that was a pretty good E3. No, I didn't see all the games I hoped I would see but I usually never do which is ok because I'm sure they'll show up at other gaming conventions such as Gamescon for instance. Either way, I enjoyed E3 none the less, thanks for taking the time to read this since I know it was very long.