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6 games I wanted to see at E3 2013.
If you're a gamer, then you know that E3 is coming up here pretty soon. You know, the video game industries big trade show where the all the companies and their grandmothers get together and show off their stuff. Or more accurately, the stuff that's not out yet. Honestly, I don't know why I even care about E3 anymore, because A) its not open to the public which means I can't get in, B) it always seems to be out in California and I can't afford to travel right now even if I could get in, and C) with the exceptions of some big franchises like Final Fantasy and Metal Gear, very rarely do the journalist cover games that I might actually care about, and if said game is even at the show, I only hear about it long after its over. But with that said, I do pay attention to E3 because I wanna know what's next for my favorite franchises. But with the PS4 and Microsoft's giant waste of time coming out soon, undoubtedly most of the coverage this year is gonna be about them. And I find that kinda boring. So rather than salivate over the new hardware like everyone else, I decided to pick games that I personally hope to see this year. I've only picked games that either I know are coming or might be announced at the show. Oh, and keep in mind, for most of these games, very little information exists beyond that they are in development, and in some cases they don't even have a trailer. And a lot of what I have to work with is RUMOR. So its best to take this article with a grain of salt.
And I also tried to avoid classic franchises like, for example, The Legend of Zelda or Sonic The Hedgehog. I don't need E3 to tell me that another Sonic game is coming, and I heard that Nintendo themselves won't even be there this year for some reason. Besides, saying that you want to see the next Zelda game at E3 is kinda like saying "Anteaters eat ants."
So lets get started.
6. Dragon Quest X
Platform: Nintendo WiiU.
company that makes it: Square Enix.
This entry is a little misleading, because this console MMORPG has been out in Japan since 2012, first for the Wii and then later the WiiU earlier this year. So the game has been released, just not outside of Japan as of yet. And while Square and Nintendo haven't said that a western release isn't going to happen, they haven't said that it is either. Not much more to say except that I hope that they will announce the WiiU version for a western release this year.
Results: Wasn't even at the show.
5. Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Platform: Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 (rumored)
Company that makes it: Square Enix.
Ok, I'm totally about to beat a dead horse here. This game has been stuck in development hell since 2006, and the last time Square Enix said anything about it was in 2011. Heck, they've been so hush-hush that a rumor sprung up last year that said that it had been canceled. A rumor that was quickly debunked by Square Enix's then CEO Yoichii Wada. A more recent rumor says that the game might switch platforms from the PS3 to the PS4, and will be renamed Final Fantasy XV. I don't know if thats true or not, but Square is planning a pre-E3 press conference related to the Final Fantasy series. But whether they plan to talk about this game or not, I don't know. I do know, however, that the game's director, Tetsuya Nomura, said in a recent interview that the "info ban" on the game will soon be lifted. I hope he's right.
Results: see for yourself.
4. Kingdom Hearts 3
Company that makes it: Square Enix (I swear this is the last one).
You know what REALLY "grinds my gears?" Holding patterns. And thats exactly what the Kingdom Hearts franchise has been stuck in since 2006. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Kingdom Hearts and the games that have been released since Kingdom Hearts 2 are awesome. But Think about this for a second. Since KH2 came out, we've seen one prequel and four filler games and only the most recent one, Dream Drop Distance on the 3DS, has gone beyond the storyline of Kingdom Hearts 2 In any sort of meaningful way. What the hell? I've heard that Tetsuya Nomura, the head of the Kingdom Hearts team, has said that the game will be made, but he and his team are too focused on Versus XIII to start working on it...so you've had time to make the fillers and the prequel but not part 3? That makes a whole lot of sense.
Ok, ok, that was unfair. But in any event, there is an HD collection that includes the original game, the PS2 version of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and the cutscenes of 358/2 (I don't know why they didn't just include the game) coming soon, so maybe an announcement of part 3 will soon follow. We can only hope.
Results: Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally going to happen on the PS4....this and Final Fantasy XV made my night.
3. Half-Life 3 (Half-Life 2 trailer shown).
company that makes it: Valve.
Not much really say on this one. But this one is so late, it makes me sick. Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is as good as canceled, and it seems that Valve is more interested in making another graphics engine than another Half-Life game right now. But, if rumors are to be believed, the story and whatever gameplay additions that were planned for episode three have been transferred over to Half-Life 3. But thats according to rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. I do hope that Half-Life 3 will be at E3, but honestly, I'm not holding my breath. But I can wish really hard.
Results: Valve didn't even show it....ugh.
2. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5 (Persona 4 trailer shown).
company that makes it: Atlus.
This one was confirmed to be in development back in August of 2011. And for some strange reason, Altus since then have given us very little info about it. What we do know for sure is that, according to the Japanese gaming magazine, Famitsu, the game will use a new graphics engine and the team will add new aspect to the gameplay. What those aspects are exactly, we don't know. There also hasn't been any story information released. Sure, the possible plot of Persona 5 was hinted at in the fighting game Persona 4 Arena back in 2012, but hints and foreshadowing are not certainties. Why Atlus hasn't given up more information...I dunno. But I wish they would quit yanking our chain. Oh, and speaking of chain yanking...
Results: Well, Persona 5 didn't show at E3 2013, but more information and even a trailer were released much later at other trade shows like the Tokyo Game show. So yes, this is going to be a thing on both the PS3 and the PS4.
1. The Last Guardian.
Platform: Playstation 3. Playstation 4 (rumored).
Company that makes it: Sony.
The spiritual follow up to Team Ico's excellent Shadow of The Colossus. It was first announced at E3 in 2009, and was given an original release date of late 2011, but the several set backs then pushed the release back to 2012, and then it hit another snag when the director, Fumito Ueda, left Sony as a full time employee. Today, while the game is still in development (as far as anyone knowns), its release has been thrown into question. Rumors have begun circulating that the game might see the light of day on on the PS4, but Sony has yet to confirm or deny these rumors. Stating only that they are waiting for an opportune moment to reintroduce the game. But honestly, if E3 isn't the best place to do it, then where is? Throw us a bone, Sony!
Results: Nothing. Sony only said that it will show The Last Guardian "When its ready."