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Happy E3 everyone! I may be a little late on saying that, I know, but better late than never I suppose. I don't know about you, but I've enjoyed what I've seen so far. Of course, like for any E3, we go in with sets of expectations. Either they're met or they're not, and that sometimes reflects on how much we wind up enjoying the show. But sometimes we also get some pleasant surprises, which can wind up making the entire experience worth the wait. As you can see, I've already had a few announcements both excite and disappoint me. So without beating around the bush any further, let's get to it.
What's Excited Me:Star Wars: Battlefront
As I could swear that EA teased bringing back the Battlefront franchise maybe a month back or so (couldn't find the article), I suppose it's not that surprising that a new Battlefront would be coming eventually. Imagine my shock at going to Game Informer yesterday, and seeing that "NEW STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT" on the front page. It may have only been a teaser trailer, and for all I know the end result might be terrible, but regardless, I'm still very happy this game is coming. It's been too damn long, with one bit of bad news about what was Battlefront III coming after the other, so even if it is awful I'll likely enjoy it. Mirror's Edge 2
I'll be honest with honest with you: I've never found Mirror's Edge to be as good as everyone makes it out to be. With a rather boring story (at least in my opinion) and and tacked-on feeling gunplay (which probably shouldn't have been in the game in the first place), I would easily say it's probably one of the most overrated underrated games I've played. However, I will admit that with it's visual style and parkour gameplay, it remains one of the most distinctive games of this generation. I guarantee you that if I were to give it another shot, I'd probably like it a lot more. So despite the odd opinion I hold of Mirror's Edge, I'm one of those people that considers it a shame that one of the most original ideas of the current console generation has never been continued...up until yesterday, when Mirror's Edge 2 was announced. Like the new Battlefront, only a teaser of the game was shown. To be honest though, I'm just happy to see the series continue. It'll probably be a while before we get to play it, but still, I look forward to when we can.Kingdom Hearts III
And now a moment by moment breakdown of my reaction to the reveal of Kingdom Hearts III:1. Watching the end of the Final Fantasy versus XIII, now Final Fantasy XV trailer with my brother. Tetsuya Nomura say he has one more teaser for an upcoming game.2. Disney trademark comes up, and we almost lose our sh** right then and there. Thinking it might simply be a trailer for the HD collections, we temper our expectations.3. Sora and Destiny Islands shown in glorious next gen goodness. Kingdom Hearts III logo shown; sh** lost.4. Supress the urge to squeel like a giddy idiot while rest of the trailer finishes up.5. Small squeel gets through anyway.It's still very weird to formally acknowledge that Kingdom Hearts III officially exists. Easily the most surprising reveal this year, in my opinion. I've been pretty hard on the series as of late, but it's almost as if the moment the logo was shown I was able to forgive everything this series has done to irritate me over the last few years. Kingdom Hearts III likely won't come out for a while yet, but I still can't wait to get my hands on it.The PS4
Though I didn't think it would be a disaster or anything, I'll admit that I'm amongst the gamers that thought Sony might somehow botch the further reveal of the PS4. I suppose that stems from not being too impressed with the system's original February debut, which in some ways only made me want to stick with my PS3 even more. Thankfully, Sony knocked it out of the park. Cheaper price, no policies against used games, no online check ins: pretty much doing the exact opposite of what Microsoft is doing with the Xbox One. I do wish more of the new exclusives were announced, but what was shown was pretty good. More from the games shown back at the initial reveal, The Order: 1886, Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III (both of which are now confirmed as multiplatform titles) and a crap load of the indie games set to come to PSN. I probably won't buy one at launch (as I've never bought a console at launch;I don't picture that ever changing), but I'm definitely looking forward to getting the PS4 eventually. What's Disappointed Me:Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall and Insomniac's Sunset Overdrive Being Microsoft Exclusives
I was busy around the time that Microsoft's presser was going on, so I missed most of the show. However, I was watching when Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall was shown, and came away impressed by the game. Another game I thought looked good was Sunset Overdrive from Insomniac Games, which, in the words of Game Informer news editor Mike Futter, "looks like Mirror's Edge meets Saturday morning cartoons with a mutant invasion twist". Unfortunately, these two titles share something in that they're both exclusive to Microsoft products: Titanfall is releasing on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC, while Sunset Overdrive is just exclusive to Xbox One. I have no intention of getting an Xbox One (well, in being, eventually I may), which means I'll definitely be missing out on Sunset Overdrive. I could technically just get Titanfall on the PC, but to be honest, my computer might scream for mercy trying to run it. I'm really bummed out that I'll have to skip out on these games. The Last Guardian Nowhere To Be Seen...Again...And Even Worse News After That
How I feel anymore when thinking about The Last Guardian
Back in March, I wrote an early E3 predictions/hopes blog. In it I made the prediction that we would finally see more of Team Ico's The Last Guardian, and went so far to predict that we would get a release date for the game. Some people in the comments said that maybe it would become a PS4 title, an opinion I agreed with. Well, Sony's press conference came and went, and again we got no word on the game. To make matters even worse, earlier today it was announced that The Last Guardian is on hiatus. I want to believe this game will come out eventually, I really do. But honestly, after today's announcement, I almost feel it's pointless to hold our breaths for the game any longer.
NintendoNow that I've re-watched some of the trailers, and gotten a clearer picture of what's coming from Nintendo, I can definitely say my initial disappointment after the Nintendo Direct has subsided. Despite that, watching that lackluster presentation earlier was torture and quite frankly killed a little bit of the Nintendo fan left in me. Pretty much everything shown and announced was expected to be seen, with the one surprise turning out not to be a surprise at all (which I'll talk about next). I love playing Mario Kart as much as the next guy, same thing with Smash Bros. and a good Zelda game, but man is Nintendo's reliance on these franchises really reaching an unfathomable level. I'll admit that my mistake was going in expecting Nintendo to blow us all away with an hour game extravaganza that would ultimately sell people on the Wii U. Maybe after the number of blunders they've had in regards to the Wii U, I should have known better. But I sincerely believed that Nintendo had something up their sleeves for today. Instead, we got a dull and laggy presentation that failed in showing us anything we didn't expect. I'll undoubtedly play and enjoy the new installments of Mario Kart, Smash Bros., Zelda, and other time tested franchises they have, so perhaps I should just shut my mouth and move on. However, I know there's something wrong when I can't work up any true excitement for those games. Retro Studios' New Game
As much as I'm probably going to like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, I can't be the only one seriously underwhelmed that this is Retro Studios' new game. I mean it is a bit of a surprise, but at the same time not really, considering how popular it seems to be becoming. Truth is, I expected we'd see more DK in due time, just not this year. Once again, I suppose my mistake here was going in with high expectations. Personally, I thought they would be reviving Star Fox or F-Zero or better yet be developing a new property. Oh well, it'll still probably be a great game.
If there are lessons to be learned from this blog, they're to never go in with unreasonable expectations, and to expect the unexpected. We'll see if I even remember that at next year's E3. So what are you guys excited for and disappointed about so far from E3 2013? Let me know in the comments.Take care and thanks for reading!