Now that E3 is mostly said and done, and we have our big announcements I would like to go over the games I am most excited for.
Yes, I am excited about this game. I hope this is not a permanent change for the franchise, but I only give it like a 5% chance that it is. Much like ESO, 76 seems like a new experience to hold people over until the next more “traditional” experience comes along. I also like it when franchises experiment. Mind some of those experiments don’t work, but some can be amazing. I am excited to get to experience one of my favorite game franchises with my husband, and it seems cool.
The Division 2
Once again this has a lot to do with getting to game with Ben. I enjoyed The Division but was not sold until Ben, and I started going through it together and then suddenly it clicked. The Division 2 looks beautiful, and I hope the lessons learned from the first game will help this game’s launch. I am excited (once again) to game with my husband.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
I have been a big fan of the Tomb Raider reboot from day one. I wrote about it several times and thought it was an excellent direction for the character and franchise. The gameplay got better in the second installment, and it looks like we see more improvement in this one. I felt the story was a bit weaker in the second, so I am curious to see where Shadow lands with story. Either way, I can not explain how excited I am.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Completely forgot this was actually a confirmed thing, so I was caught off guard for a second. The game looks nice, the shift it tone seems abrasive but understandable given how long it’s been. I am on board.
I want to address the fact that they are putting fan music and art in the game. There was a lot of negative response. I get the cons I really do, but I think people are assuming bad intent when we don’t know that’s the case. Also, professional artists and people attempting to be professional artists are upset but, and I do apologize for saying this, I don’t think it’s about you. I think it’s about fans of games that aren’t going that route with their lives but would still like to make their own impact on the gaming world, and this is a chance for that.
Sea of Solitude
I am a sucker for artistic indie games with beautiful but depressing plots, so here we are. The game looks, and the story sounds compelling.
Like the DOOM reboot and looking forward to learning more about this. We got next to nothing other than “hell on Earth and tune in later,” but it’s enough to get me excited.
My two reactions were “this game is going to scare the *bleep* out of me, and I am going to love it” and “awesome, weird, awesomely weird.”
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
I have enjoyed some Creed games, struggled to get through others, and pretty much quit the series. I had thoroughly checked out when I saw they were doing another Creed game and then bam; it got me back in. Controls seem tighter, a female protag makes me happy, the setting is right up my alley, and increasing the RP elements is a smart choice. I went from checked out to fully engaged.
Kingdom Hearts 3
In all honesty, I wasn’t sure if I should include this because I don’t actually know if I am excited about it. So, on the cons, it’s been so long, and I didn’t love the handheld games. I feel like they’ve added way too much to the plot and it’s become less complex and compelling and more convoluted and overwhelmed. There was something actually sweet about the more simplistic Kingdom Hearts, and they’ve kept adding more and more with each one. On the pros, Kingdom Hearts has a special place in my heart that cannot be denied or ignored. It is not possible for me to be lacking in excitement completely. I keep going from hopeful to downright sure I will be let down.
What about you? What did you enjoy seeing?