Experience Points: E3 2013 Games I’m Looking Forward To
Early on Tuesday morning, here in South Africa, we caught the final glimpses of Sony’s E3 press conference in which they declared used games to be on the table. We heard gamers cheering and the crowd went ballistic in a wave of excitement. This was one of the moments at E3 that will be remembered well into the future. Sony showed off their hand of cards and it was in benefit of the consumer, rather than introducing policies which benefit the publisher in the larger scheme of things. But what games am I interested in?
I really must say that Titanfall caught my eye with its Halo-esque FPS combat with jetpacks and amazing mecha bouts, and looks quite different from the mainstream FPS experience many of us have become accustomed to. Sunset Overdrive, for Xbox One, was another game which stood out for me from the current line-up at E3 with nuclear-powered shotguns and superhuman parkour action. The announcement of Kingdom Hearts III made me cry with jubilation, as I saw my dreams being realised on stage (please, don’t mock me).
The teaser for what I assume to be Halo 5 was also great to see, and Master Chief dressed up as a Jedi was confusing as hell. 343 Industries are doing so well with the franchise that I have no worries about where the franchise is heading. It looks all good to me. The announcement of a new Star Wars Battlefront by EA was a another winner at E3 and even with the short teaser made many gamers nerdgasm across the world in unison at the promise of this new game.
Final Fantasy XIII: Versus, now renamed Final Fantasy XV, was amazing to see on screen with actual gameplay and despite this appearing to be a more action-oriented title, the game still looks quite fresh and the visual fidelity of what was shown is undeniably beautiful, and well executed. It looks like a game that many next-gen gamers will want to own. With both the announcement of Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV, I was besotted and ultimately pleased by Square Enix’s direction, which was very promising and optimistic at the end of it all. Finally, plant-based third-person shooter Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare took the proverbial cake for me with fresh cartoon graphics, interesting takes on the characters from Plants vs. Zombies as soldier classes and with fun gameplay to boot. I was immensely sold on the game from the first showing alone.
With so many games it’s quite difficult to decide what I thought was the best on show. But what I can say is that I was immensely impressed with the games on show, and that E3 has given us many possible gems for the future, which is shaping up to be a bright one.