We reported on the technological improvements Microsoft announced yesterday made to the XBox One, such as a changeable controller and backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games. Today Sony made new and exciting announcements to their fans and other enthusiastic gamers about hotly discussed games that were theorized, put on the back burner or excitedly anticipated.
We summarized the announcements so people can brag about their E3 knowledge to all their friends during their next water cooler break and still sound somewhat informed.
Kingdom Hearts III was one of the titles everyone was expecting. With stunning PS4 graphics and a brand spankin’ new Tangled world, it is the next story in the series featuring Sora and his crew since Kingdom Hearts II was released in 2005. A pegasus summon was confirmed and it will include details about a Keyblade War.
Fans had lost some hope of Team Ico’s original PS3 release, The Last Guardian, ever coming to life, but Sony changed all that this year. While the trailers don’t reveal much, it seems to combine mostly elements from their first game, Ico, while the large animal resembles some aspects of the Colossi from their second game. Fumito Ueda is directing this one, too, so you can expect all the art and starry-eye contemplation that players got from the old games. It is stated to be released at some point in 2016.
Were you one of those people who pressed their faces to the screen when clips of Advent Children would show on the Internet circa 2005ish? And did you wonder why Square Enix never put their talent of over-the-top graphics to create a world of evil, namely a Final Fantasy VII remake? Well if you were one of those people, consider your wish granted. It will still have all the silliness of the original, so if you want to hear Cloud’s gravelly voice actor acting in drag or fan yourself after seeing Sephiroth in his birthday suit, then you’re in luck. But beware, the new generation of insufferable Sephiroth fans are coming. They will take over the Internet. You’ve been warned.
This announcement may have been swept under the rug for many gamers, since LittleBigPlanet is ultimately a social game you play with these beings called “friends”. But I know my readership, fellow gamers, and considering most who pay attention to E3 are hilariously awkward misanthropes like myself, the new big release from Molecule Games called Dreams would just fall on a wave of apathy.
All I can say is that you guys were missing out — LittleBigPlanet was a blast to play with other people online and together. If I knew someone who liked me too much as a person, the first thing I would do was fire up its multiplayer aspect and rest easy with less people in my life, warmed at night by my large comic book collection.
However, all that aside, Dreams is a beautifully crafted game with as much quirk, charm and customization as the original. Perfect if you have “friends”, children or sentient dogs to play with.
SHENMUE 3 is what happens when Sony decides it wants one of its flagship franchises back and boots up a Kickstarter to make it happen. Director Yu Suzuki said “the story of Shenmue is in your hands now”. If you are one of those people who wants to take control of their Kung-fu (Karate?) destiny aboard their Feudal Japanesque boat of fate commandeering, the Kickstarter is still accepting donations. The $10,000 donation awards you Ryo’s original coat, so if you’re a wealthy gamer, act now! You could also donate your favourite Internet Journalist $10,000, which would be me, if you were wondering.
Tomorrow is Nintendo’s E3 announcement and we’re just getting started. Stay tuned!