Square Enix E3 Summary

Square Enix LogoDid you watch the Square Enix E3 press conference this morning? Here are a few thoughts on the games they showed.

Just Cause 3

Just Cause 2 was one of the most fun games I’ve ever played. It’s open-world destruction at its finest. This new game takes the destruction to bigger extremes. There’s really no reason to even to do the missions. Just destroy enemy bases. You can use helicopters, tanks, unlimited C4, grapple lines, and more. It’s way over the top, but amazing.

Nier (New Project)

Nier was an under-appreciated game, but it was really good. We’re still a long way from seeing this one

Rise of the Tomb Raider

We saw this yesterday at Microsoft, so today was mostly just interviews with the developers about the level of detail in the game. Looks fantastic.

Lara Croft GO

A new mobile game with a cel-shaded style and turn-based action. It might seem easy to write this one off, but Hitman GO was actually really good. Here’s hoping this is equally smart and challenging.

Final Fantasy VII

This game was revealed at the Sony conference yesterday, so this was just a reminder that Final Fantasy VII is being remade for consoles and will release first for Playstation 4. The cinematics, as expected, are gorgeous, but we haven’t seen gameplay. The PC port of FF 7 will still come later this winter and an iOS version will hit later this summer. It’ll be awhile before we see the remake, though.

Kingdom Hearts: Unchained Key

A phone game with a cartoony art style in the Kingdom Hearts universe. The events in the phone game will tie into the story of Kingdom Hearts 3.

Kingdom Hearts 3

Yes! This game is looking great. We got to see a Tangled inspired level and it looks really fun. The levels are way more vertical now, so there’s platforming all over the place and it also seemed to be pretty open. The previous games were generally confined to very closed off areas that were connected by loading screens. That doesn’t appear to be the case here. The action looks fast, boss fights are really dynamic and shake up the gameplay, and the Keyblade can be dual-wielded and turn into guns. Also, the summons appear to be inspired by Disnelyand with trains and tea cups. Awesome stuff!

World of Final Fantasy

A strange FF entry with chibi-style characters. It looks like its made for a new audience, not the people waiting for FF XV. Final Fantasy for the whole family! Or something like that…

Hitman

The game releases digitally this December and new locations and jobs will open over time. It has an interesting premise where the world is kind of working together to complete these contracts and sharing ideas. An unconventional, but potentially great, take on the Hitman franchise. It could give this game some long legs.

Star Ocean

Still very much in development, a new Star Ocean in the traditional JRPG style is coming. This is a beloved franchise by many, myself included, so it’s good to see this coming to Playstation 4. There haven’t been enough JRPGs in recent years.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

The last game was great and really let you decide how to play. Personally, I played very stealthy. Its a good mix of first-person action and RPG, and the new game is set in a world where there has basically been a machine apartheid put in place. Augmented people are seen as monsters. Boss battles were kind of a sticking point with people in the last game, and it sounds like their problems have been remedied. The style in this game is really great and creates a strong atmosphere.

Project Setsuna

We only got a few concept images, but the news worth reporting is that Square Enix has opened a new studio called Tokyo RPG Factory. This game, and others in the future, will continue the tradition of Japanese RPGs. Bring them on.

 

 

 

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