E3 2015 is officially a week behind us, and it brought the gaming world an abundance of incredible announcements. Every press conference brought with it some exciting new announcements and gameplay clips. These are my personal favorite announcements from the show.
4: Unravel, EA.
EA is one of those big publishers that people love to dislike, and often, that is not without reason. EA is guilty of annualizing its franchises to the point where it hinders the artistic vision of the developers. This also comes in the form of shoehorning multiplayer into almost every EA game. This juggernaut is also criticized often for not taking chances with the games it decides to push out of the doors. However, it is because of that stigma that the announced of Unravel was so impactful. During the EA conference, we received our obligatory sports and Star Wars announcements. However, between all of the expected announcements of these huge IPs, we were introduced to a charming new title called Unravel. A trailer was shown following the adventures of Yarny as he goes on an emotional adventure. With shades of Little Big Planet and Limbo, this title looked particularly interesting. The style and presentation had a certain allure to it. The announcement was further made special by the fact that it is being published by EA. This announcement was so amazing because it showed a willingness to think outside of the box for EA.
3. South Park: Fractured but Whole, Ubisoft.South Park:
The Stick of Truth was one of my favorite games of last year. As a South Park fan, I appreciated the humor and the reverence paid to this raunchy show. While the game went through an apparent development hell, it was nice to finally see it released despite several delays that it suffered. Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, who played a close role in development of the game, mentioned several times that Stick of Truth would be their final game due to the difficulties and frustrations that came with game development. For all intents and purposes, the two seemed quite sincere in their exit from the game industry. Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise when the Ubisoft conference began with South Park: Fractured but Whole being announced. The title looks like more of the first game. However, the cast members are pretending to be superheroes this time around which sounds fantastic to me.
2. Fallout 4, Bethesda.
We all knew it was coming, to an extent. However, we finally got a Fallout, and well, it was more Fallout. The entire presentation was jaw-dropping. As someone who sunk countless hours into the Fallout 3, I was predisposed to love this announcement. However, the additional features shown during the presentation were even more awing. From jetpacks, to power suits, to an insane level of customization, it all created an amalgamation of incredibly impressive gameplay. Another pleasant addition to the announcement was the actual announcer. While many announcements come from a seemingly disingenuous CEO, there was an incredible candidness from game director Todd Howard.
1. Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Square Enix/ Playstation
JRPGs are one of my favorite genres, and Final Fantasy is one of my favorite series. Final Fantasy 7 was a game that brought the RPG genre into a new generation. Cloud and his compatriots would serve as archetypes and personalities that would shape the way that games and stories were conducted in the future. With every HD remake, remastering, or definitive edition of a game, me and millions of others ponder “what about Final Fantasy 7?” Well, it has finally been announced. No pun intended. While we weren’t given an official date, we know that a complete remake of one of the most influential video games of all time is on its way. I couldn’t be more excited.