E3 2016: Most Exciting Games
In my last article about E3, I discussed a few games that I wish I could be more excited about as we head into E3. This time, I'll be talking about my most anticipated titles as we continue our countdown to the biggest gaming event of the year.
I've mentioned numerous times before that 2016 is the twentieth anniversary of the Pokémon franchise. In celebration of this landmark occation, Nintendo and Game Freak have prepared a year-long commemoration of the franchise, and they plan to cap it off with the release of a brand new set of games. Taking place in the new region of Alola, this new location in the Pokémon world is based on the state of Hawaii, right down to having a Professor named after Hawaii's state tree. We don't know a lot about the game just yet, and we've only seen a few new Pokémon, but I am looking forward to experiencing Pokémon's seventh generation for myself later this year.
Oh, and for the record, I'm a Rowlet guy.
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
Once upon a time, a long time ago, I owned a copy of Dragon Warrior VII for my Playstation. Despite how much I enjoyed the game, I was a dumb kid and sold it to buy something else. In the years since it's one of the games I've always wanted to finish, but due to my poor judgment, I was unable to do so. Years later, Square Enix announced a remake of this Playstation classic for the 3DS, which launched in Japan in 2013. I awaited news of localization but nothing ever came and eventually I gave up hope of it ever making its way stateside. That bring us to today, a few months after the announcement that the game was being localized. Nintendo will have it at E3. All the waiting has finally paid off and this year's Expo is the final stop on a long journey to finish Dragon Quest VII once and for all.
I love giant robots. I build Gundam models, enjoy many movies and anime series with mecha in them, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that I enjoyed Titanfall. It was a first person shooter with giant mechs, what's not to like? It was a surprise hit for me in 2014 and probably my most played game on the Xbox One. The upcoming sequel will likely be more of the same in a lot of ways, but that won't be such a bad thing. My biggest hope is that Respawn learned from their mistakes with the last game and either include a proper campaign or forego the story altogether for a multiplayer only package. Either way, I look forward to wrecking havoc in a giant robot once again and can't wait to learn more about this title.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
South Park: The Stick of Truth came completely out of left field when it was released a couple of years ago. Having already upgraded to the new console, and frustrated with the game's delay and developer change, I had zero expectation for Stick of Truth. On a whim, I decided to use a free rental coupon that I had for Redbox to pick the game up, and after playing for a few hours, I found myself genuinely enthralled with the game. The dialogue and graphical style made it feel just like an episode of South Park, and there were plenty of easter eggs to be found for longtime fans of the show. The fantasy setting and the "war" between the children also lent itself to an interesting storyline that would later inspire in the show's Black Friday episodes.
The Fractured But Whole will focus on the kids' superhero personas, giving us a lot of possibilities for a hilarious storyline. The game will undoubtedly provide us with a lot of sendups of the recent superhero craze. I can't wait to see what Matt Stone, Trey Parker, and the team at Ubisoft will come up with for this sequel. It's going to be one hell of a ride, but I can't wait to see how they plan to top themselves.
Battlefield 1 caught my interest solely because of its setting. Going the complete opposite direction of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield has opted to go back in time to World War I, which is an interesting change of pace from the trend of modern and futuristic backdrops for the FPS genre. The interesting thing about World War I is that it was the first war to use much of our modern military technology, including tanks and chemical warfare.
After the messy launch of Battlefield 4, I wasn't planning on giving this franchise another shot, but the history buff in me just can't resist the allure of this title. It'll be interesting to see what's coming beyond the initial teaser, but I look forward to seeing what Dice can do. Battlefield has been a mostly standout franchise, and I've enjoyed all of the previous entries that I've played.
As I mentioned above, there were a lot of games that had the potential to make it on the list. Nothing says that I'll be as excited for these games once E3 starts, so it will be interesting to see where things stand once the show wraps up. If I were to list a few honorable mentions, they would go to Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, The Legend of Heroes: The Trails of Cold Steel II, Wild Guns: Reloaded, Yooka-Laylee, Persona 5, and King of Fighter XIV. We could have a fascinating E3 on our hands this year, with all the titles we already know about, a few rumored ones, and the inevitable surprises, this could be one of the most exciting E3s in some time. I look forward to the first of the press conferences on Sunday because I can't wait to see what Electronic Arts and Bethesda will bring to the table, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.