E3 2016: Games I Wish I Were Excited For...
With just one week before the kickoff of this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming community is abuzz about the annual event. Over the next week, you'll be seeing our predictions for the event and the titles that we are excited to see more of next week. I'll be starting off our lead up to E3 with the games at the show that I wish I were more excited to see. Of the games confirmed so far for E3, there is a number that I am very excited about, but on the flip side of that, there are a few that I look at, and I feel that I "should" be excited for them. My attitude about each of these games may change after E3 starts, but for the time being I just don't care enough.
Final Fantasy XV
I have been a long time fan of the Final Fantasy franchise, long enough that my introduction to the series was way back on the NES. While I haven't been the biggest fan of every game that has carried the Final Fantasy name, I have soured toward the franchise after the release of Final Fantasy XII. I loved the setting and designs of Final Fantasy XII. However, the battle system simply wasn't for me. When it comes to Final Fantasy XV, I feel the series has stagnated due, in large part, to Tetsuya Nomura. Because of his influence, the game seems very similar to Kingdom Hearts, and while I love that franchise, I don't feel it should affect the Final Fantasy games as much as it had. I enjoyed the latest demo of Final Fantasy XV, and I look forward to learning about this title, but I am just not excited for it despite all of this. Here hoping that Square Enix's presentation can change my feeling on this game because I want to love this franchise again.
The Legend of Zelda Wii U
I may gain some heat for this entry, but since the release of Skyward Sword I lost a lot of my love for this franchise. Don't get me wrong; I still enjoy the older games, and A Link Between Worlds was the best entry that I'd played in a long time. However, this doesn't mean I have any hope for a 3D entry in the series. After Ocarina of Time, the series became quite boring for me. I couldn't get into Majora's Mask, and I skipped both Wind Waker and Twilight Princess before getting Skyward Sword, the latter of which I disliked due to the motion controls. We still don't know a lot about the game, and while everything that I have read about it sounds promising, until Nintendo pulls back the curtain a little more it's hard to say for sure if it's worth getting excited about this title.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
It's obvious that I am not going to be getting any points with the Nintendo fans today. Since Nintendo showed the game in its current form, I lost much faith in the title. Originally announced as a crossover between the Persona and the Fire Emblem series, I thought that the game could have been a huge hit for the Wii U. My issue with this game stems from the fact that it is far more Persona than Fire Emblem. Because of this, the game feels like a Persona game with cameos from Fire Emblem, rather than a real crossover title. I want to be excited about this game, and I hope that my feelings toward it change as we approach the game's release date later this year.
Halo Wars 2
Halo Wars was one of my favorite games on the Xbox 360, it was challenging, entertaining, and it was something different on a console that didn't offer much in the way of strategy games. This game kept spinning in my 360 for quite a while after its release, but due to the closure of the game's developer, the game saw very little in the way of post-release content. Despite good sales and fantastic review scores, the game would not see a sequel until nearly seven years later. We don't know much about Halo Wars 2 outside of a short teaser that was released last year, so it is hard to say where in Halo's timeline the game will sit. I am willing to guess that it will probably be sometime during the current storyline. Perhaps it's my disconnect from the Xbox One at this point, but this is a game I want to like, especially since I enjoyed the first so much. Microsoft, I hope you can knock it out of the park with this title because I want to like it.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
I don't feel see reason that Mass Effect needs to continue. The game was about the story of Commander Shepard and his/her journey to save the Earth from the threat of the Reapers. The story concluded nicely, and while many people didn't care for the ending of the trilogy, it was still a conclusion. Mass Effect: Andromeda feels like a game that exists solely to have an established name on its package. With no Commander Shepard or any of the interesting characters he surrounded himself/herself with, the game does not offer much of a draw for me. I enjoyed the Mass Effect games, and as much as I'd love to play a new entry in the franchise, I just don't see a need for it.