Joseph’s Ten Most Anticipated Games – Post E3
Well, we’re now more than several days clear of E3 2018 and the dust has begun to settle. From my prospective, the event lacked any significant surprises or exciting reveals as most publishers focused primarily on games we already knew about or just stuck to announcing sequels. That’s not to say E3 was a complete bust. No, there were more than several games shown off that have gotten me excited. Not so much for 2018, which still seems a bit lackluster, but, man, does early 2019 look loaded! And if you don’t believe me, you’ll see what I mean as we go through the list. Or maybe you won’t. I mean, this is just my opinion.
Honorable Mentions: Shining Resonance Refrain and Octopath Traveler
Settling on just ten games seemed kind of hard, so I decided not to rank these two games due to the fact that they are both releasing next month – and both on the Nintendo Switch no less! Shining Resonance Refrain and Octopath Traveler are two upcoming JRPG’s. Shinning Resonance Refrain appears to be in the vain of Tokyo Mirage Sessions where the characters use the power of song and music to fight evil, though the combat appears more action focused, while Octopath Traveler hopes to be a more mature throwback to the old school days of JRPG’s than Square Enix’s previous Nintendo exclusive Bravely Default and it’s sequel Bravely Second were.
10. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Getting every Super Smash Bros. character ever in one game sounds pretty awesome, but despite what Nintendo is claiming this is definitely more of a compilation than a new game. With only two new characters announced, there doesn’t seem to be that much new content to get excited about, but, hey, it’s more Super Smash Bros., so it gets a spot on my list anyway.
9. Metro Exodus
Metro Exodus is the first of many games on my list set for release in early 2019. At this year’s E3 we didn’t see too much of the game, but from what we’ve already seen the Metro Exodus is set to be a brutal romp through the post-apocalyptic Russian wilderness. The game’s idea of using a train as a hub area seems very unique and having multiple, smaller semi-open world areas to explore rather than one big map is fine by me.
For years gamers have begged for a video game set in Feudal Japan, and the gamer gods have finally answered with Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima, From Software’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and Team Ninja’s Nioh and, the recently announced, Nioh 2. Unfortunately, this Feudal Japan overload kind of dilutes my excitement. I really only have room for one of these games on my list, so I’m giving the nod to Ghost of Tsushima, partially because it’s the furthest along in development and from what I’ve seen so far it appears to offer the most fun gameplay. And for those counting at home, yes, that’s the second game set for early 2019 on my list so far.
7. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
Is it bad that one of my most anticipated games of 2018 is a remaster? Eh, who cares. The Tales series has been in a nose dive as of late with it’s most recent releases, Zestiria and Berseria, being completely awful. But I know the Tales series has been great before, with many claiming Vesperia as the best of all. I haven’t gotten a chance to play this particular game myself, which is why I’m so high on the remaster.
6. Days Gone
When Days Gone was first reveal several years ago, I yawned and said “Another zombie game? Because that’s what we need!”. But now the more I see of the game, the less dismissive I have become. Using a motorcycle as your main mode of transportation in a open-world game isn’t something we’ve really seen before, and I like the added realism of it not being able to teleport to wherever you need it and for it to be possibly damaged. Main character Deacon St. John also appears to be a protagonist after my own heart. And the game’s depiction of hordes of zombies seems utterly horrifying. Also, another early 2019 release date.
5. Resident Evil 2 Remake
I have just recently gotten into Resident Evil Capcom’s flagship franchise, but I’ve already experienced the most prominent games in the series, 1, 4, and the newly released 7. However, I am missing one key game in the series that people say is a must – and that’s Resident Evil 2. So this remake is a great opportunity to experience what is supposedly one of the best horror games of all time without having to worry about age spoiling what made it so great back in the day. And I all I need to do is find time to play the game in early 2019.
4. Code Vein
Dark Souls meets anime? Say no more. I had pretty much seen everything I needed to see about Code Vein coming into last week, but what E3 did prove to me was that Code Vein is not only one of my most anticipated games, but also a dark horse candidate for game-of-the-year.
3. Valkyria Chronicles 4
Valkyria Chronicles 4 looks to be a return to form for a franchise that Sega has been dragging through the mud, bringing back the tactical strategy elements and storybook-esque art style that made the original so good. The game will also appears to improve upon the narrative issues that held back the original, namely its hokey characters, one-dimensional villains, and predictable twists. We also now know that the game is coming sooner than expecting, as it will release this September, so that’s an added bonus.
2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
I’ll admit Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ showing at Nintendo digital briefing was very brief and left me clueless about the game’s story and characters, but, oh boy, was this franchise’s return to consoles beautiful to witness. Seeing the chaotic battles and exploration rendered in 3D was a strange sight to be sure, but it’s definitely a good thing. And you might already know, but this is yet another game scheduled for an early 2019 release.
1. Kingdom Hearts III
If there is one thing I can say about E3 2018, it’s that it got me to officially back aboard the Kingdom Hearts hype train. Square Enix made their presence throughout the event, showing new footage at both Microsoft and Sony’s press briefings. The new music is awesome, and I love how Sora, Donald, and Goofy now fit almost seamlessly in the Disney worlds they visit. Speaking of Disney worlds, Pirates of the Caribbean is back and will hopefully correct what was a underwhelming showing in Kingdom Hearts II. The apparent scope of the Disney worlds in general is awe-inspiring and so is the quantity of them – as there is apparently at least one more to be announced on top of the ones we’ve already seen. Did I mention that my favorite Kingdom Hearts character ever had his return confirmed? Yep, that’s right, Luxford is back! And apparently a member of the True Organization XIII. And top it all off, the game finally has a solid, actual release date – January 29th 2019.
And for those that don’t understand what that means, Kingdom Hearts III is the 6th game on my list that is scheduled for a early 2019 release. I’m not sure if all these games will actually come out during this time period, as some of them only have tentative dates scheduled. And with delays becoming more common in the industry, it seems like an almost certainty one or more of these games will be pushed back. Regardless, 2019 is shaping up to be a pretty great year…at least to me it is.