E3 2016 Aftermath: The Most Anticipated
E3 2016 is behind us, and now it's time to reflect on the event. Just two weeks ago I listed several titles as my most anticipated for this year's show. At that point, those titles were Pokémon Sun and Moon, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Each of these titles was at the show, but with so many other titles shown in addition to these, it should come as a surprise that some things have changed during the week. Let's take a look at what my most anticipated titles are coming out of this year's E3.
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
When the dust settled from E3, only two of the original five games from my list remained. Dragon Quest VII not only survived the show unscathed but even managed to surpass Pokémon as my most anticipated 3DS game for the coming holiday season. I've gushed over this game in my recent E3 articles so that I won't repeat myself for the third time. However, I'll reiterate that I am very excited to have the opportunity to play it for the 3DS on September 16th.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
In my opinion, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the biggest surprise of E3 2016. For this game to go from a title that I couldn't care less about, to one of my most anticipated of 2017 is quite a leap. Watching the game in action was incredible, it may not be bringing anything revolutionary to the gaming industry, but many of the game's new mechanics are foreign to the Legend of Zelda franchise. Having the opportunity to explore the open world landscape of Hyrule seems like a dream, and after the disappointment that was Skyward Sword, I'm ready for something new.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness
2016 has a lot of offer fans of the RPG genre, with the aforementioned Dragon Quest VII coming to the 3DS and games like Skyrim: Special Edition and Final Fantasy XV coming to consoles, it is a good time to be an RPG fan. One of the first big RPGs of the year and the one I'm most excited about is Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness. The fifth game in the core Star Ocean series, this PlayStation 4 outing is already looking better than its Xbox 360 and PS3 predecessor, thanks to vastly upgraded voice over work. I am beyond excited for this title, and we won't have to wait long for it to drop since it will release next week.
Wild Guns Reloaded
Wild Guns was a fantastic arcade-style shooter back on the Super NES that not many people were able to experience due to the game's rarity. Because of this, I was beyond excited when I learned that an updated version of the title was coming to the PlayStation 4 thanks to the fine people at Natume. While I was expecting a full blown HD reimagining of this classic title, I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that the style of the SNES classic will carry over. With additional content, including two new characters and a four-player cooperative mode, this updated version of Wild Guns may be the definitive version of the classic game.
I am happy to say that Titanfall 2 managed to remain on this list thanks to a strong showing at EA's press conference. The biggest saving grace, the addition of a full single player campaign, certainly helped address one of my major issues with its predecessor. Combined with the addition of new weapons, new Titans, and even new pilot abilities, the game will give Titanfall fans a lot to keep them excited. Additionally, with Titanfall 2 launching on the PS4, this time, around, it should garner a larger player base than the first. Titanfall 2 launches in September, and I cannot wait to climb into my Titan's cockpit once again.