Adam’s Top E3 Announcements
This year’s E3 was quite the spectacle that filled gamers with feelings of both excitement and disappointment. Regardless of anyone’s personal opinion of E3, there is no disputing the sheer volume of new games announced at the convention. In response to this, I have compiled my own list of games that I am excited for. So without further delay, here are my top E3 2017 game announcements:
Beyond Good and Evil 2
As off-putting as the trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2 was for me, I still have high hopes for this sequel that has been over fourteen years in the making. I consider the first Beyond Good and Evil to be one of my all time favorite video games and I hope that the sequel, or should I say prequel, captures the depth and charm of the original. I have noticed that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is trying to garner more commercial appeal which is something the first game failed to accomplish. I can understand the need to give a game more publicity, but I just pray that the developers don’t sacrifice quality story-telling for the sake of making profit.
Dragonball FighterZ is hands down the most insane fighting game I have seen in a long time; best of all, it is being made by Arc System Works, the developers of Guilty Gear. FighterZ completely overshadowed Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite in my opinion because it encapsulates everything that a flashy, speedy fighting game should have like 3 vs 3 battles, eye-popping visuals, and insane combos. Looking at this game reminded me of the pleasures of playing Marvel vs. Capcom 2 in the arcade. Moreover, it made me feel as if I was watching a fight in an episode of Dragonball Z. For not being a die hard fanboy of the anime in the first place that is saying a lot. Sadly, FighterZ is not coming out until late 2018 and apparently it is only 20% complete. Who knows what kind of madness will come when the next 80% is complete.
Kirby on the Nintendo Switch
When I saw the E3 Kirby trailer I was practically giddy and it may have become the ultimate incentive for me to purchase a Switch. Although details on this game are scarce at the moment, I have no doubt in my mind that Nintendo will deliver another amazing Kirby adventure. The game is a 2.5D side-scrolling platformer like its predecessor Kirby’s Return Dreamland. What I loved the most about this Kirby game is that it showed off two key features of past games that I always wanted to see make a comeback: the companions of Kirby Super Star and the power combinations of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Seeing these two things return in a Kirby game is a match made in heaven for me and I can hardly wait to find out its release date. I am definitely on board the Kirby hype train with this one.
Griftlands was shown off during the PC Gaming show at E3 2017. It is a turn-based RPG that is being developed by Klei Entertainment and it will release on Steam some time later this year or early 2018. What compelled me to Griftlands is its cartoony art style which for some reason reminded me of a Ren and Stimpy cartoon. Choice is a fundamental aspect of this game where the line between right and wrong is blurred. In fact, the trailer itself tells you some the actions you can perform to resolve conflicts: “Charm, fight, negotiate, cheat, explore, steal, and profit”, making it clear how crucial choice is to Griftlands’ gameplay. I am a sucker for games that let me choose how I want to play, so I will definitely check this game out when it releases on Steam.
A Way Out
A Way Out is a game that takes cooperation to a whole other level. Josef Fares is the lead director of this title who is previously known for directing Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. A Way Out’s premise focuses on two prisoners named Leo and Vincent who are trying to escape from prison; the whole thing has a Shawshank Redemption vibe going for it. Unlike other games with two protagonists, A Way Out makes you team up with another, living player to overcome challenges. What is interesting about A Way Out is that the stories of Leo and Vincent are told simultaneously. Leo could be in the middle of finding an escape route while Vincent is looking for tools to help in the escape itself. As ambitious as this game is, I hope the cooperative play runs smoothly.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Even though I never played Wolfenstein: The New Order, I am pretty excited to try out its sequel. I avoided The New Order simply because I viewed it as being another failed attempt at rebooting the Wolfenstein series, but after playing the Doom reboot, I realized that Id Software’s IPs are safe in Bethesda’s hands. This game was the biggest highlight at Bethesda’s flat E3 press conference; it promises to deliver high action thrills and immersive combat. Best of all, you do not have play The New Order to understand The New Colossus, meaning that I can jump right into the game with worrying about any complicated plot points.
Metroid Prime 4
It was only a matter of time until Nintendo announced a new Metroid game. Thankfully, they announced two of them at E3 2017: Metroid Prime 4 and Metroid: Samus Returns. The latter is a remake of the Gameboy game Metroid: Return of Samus for the 3DS and the former is a brand new installment in the Metroid Prime series for the Switch. Sadly, Nintendo did not show off any gameplay of Prime 4 and instead showed a title reveal for it, confirming that is in development for the Switch. The trailer may have been a bit of a let down, but at least we now have conclusive evidence that Nintendo is finally working on a brand new Metroid.
Shadow of the Colossus (PS4 Remake)
Shadow of the Colossus is such an epic and poignant game that I could not help but to include the PS4 remake on my list. I initially got into this game because of its beautiful soundtrack, but I never actually played the original PS2 or PS3 version. Now that I have a PS4, I finally have a chance to experience this magnum opus of a game. Apparently, the whole thing is being remade with ultra-high definition art assets, so it is going to look even more gorgeous than it already was. I can’t wait to start climbing and stabbing colossi when this game releases in early 2018.