Like many others out there, I spent the past few days flailing over various announcements at the E3 conference. For those not in the know, E3 stands for Electronic Entertainment Expo; it’s a yearly event that showcases upcoming video games and video game consoles.
Here are a few of the standout (and my personal favorite) gameplay trailers/demos to come out of this year’s conference so far:
Kingdom Hearts III
Pinch me, because I must be dreaming. What’s that, you say? This is no dream? After years and years of waiting desperately for the third Kingdom Hearts game, we’re finally getting it?
You best believe I’m pre-ordering. I’m gonna be first in line at my local GameStop to pick this one up. I might even camp out in front of the store and then spend the next three days in an energy drink-fueled haze trying to soak up as much of this game as humanly possible. Because Kingdom freaking Hearts.
Final Fantasy XV
I grew up on Final Fantasy games, so I’ve always had a soft spot for anything remotely Final Fantasy related. I can even find something nice to say about that mediocre Spirits Within movie (it… uh… it was very pretty. There, see? A nice thing.)
Based on the various gameplay trailers and info now coming out about FFXV, this looks to be a big departure from what fans might be used to – and that, in my opinion, is a very welcome thing. The setting is much more modern and realistic, and though the graphics look as gorgeous as expected, what really interests me is the action-RPG gameplay showcased in the above trailer. Apparently, main character Noctis is able to teleport across areas and around enemies in order to wreak havoc. I’m definitely interested.
I’ve been madly in love with Watch_Dogs ever since the first trailer came out oh-so long ago. At E3 we were given a bigger glimpse into what’s in store for gamers: you get to aggressively throw a guy’s cell phone to the ground, and drive cars and boats.
Okay, in all seriousness, this trailer is totally keeping me pumped for the actual game. I’ve always wanted to use my non-existent hacking skills in order to take nefarious individuals down. Here, I get to hack into stuff and shoot people! Wicked.
Super Smash Bros.
I have a lot of fond memories of stomping my favorite friends and family members to bits and pieces while playing Super Smash Bros. I like being a winner in all walks of life, and if the next walk of life requires me to stomp those same friends and family members to bits and pieces on Wii U, then so be it. My chosen character shall be the Villager from Animal Crossing, because he looks like a sadistic little fucker.
Also, I’m 99.999% sure this isn’t going to be an actual thing, but can you imagine if Kanye West were a playable character in this game? Seriously, pause for a second and just imagine that gloriousness.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Everything about this looks fantastic, I can barely find the words to express my excitement. I spent the majority of my first watch of this trailer in absolute silence with my mouth wide open. The rest of the time, I was saying “holy shit” in varying degrees of loudness – especially when, at the end of the trailer, one of the guys says, “whoa whoa whoa, there’s another group of players, brace for PVP.” A post-apocalyptic open world online shooter RPG with player versus player? Be still my beating heart.
I will freely admit that I’m a Playstation girl at heart. My (only semi-blind) loyalty, coupled with a $399 asking price for the PS4 compared to the XBone’s – sorry, XBox One – price of $499, adds up to me definitely siding with the PS camp in this year’s Microsoft/Sony War.
If ever there were a game to make me reconsider that, though, it would be this one. The gameplay demo looks awfully fun, and I’ve got a mild fascination with world-building games even though I tend to lack the talent or creativity to do anything cool with them. Based on the demo, though, it looks relatively easy to create entire worlds and creatures – and you could always explore other people’s uploaded worlds. I could see this being a fun game to play with friends.
But wait, there’s more! Project Spark‘s going to be released on the PC as well, for Windows 8. Guess I don’t need to fork over five hundred bucks for an XBox after all. Score.
And with that, let me leave you with one last note on the PS4 vs. XBox One debate:
Say it with me now, folks: Shots. Fired.
What games presented at E3 are you looking forward to the most? Hit the comments to let me know!