Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Top Five: E3 2014 Announcements

  • E3 is an exciting time each year for big budget video games. With the launch of the new consoles last year, people are practically salivating at the thought of new games for their shiny new systems. Here are the five that have interested me the most this year:

  • Rise of the Tomb Raider - Seeing this trailer reminded me that I never played last year's Tomb Raider beyond the first few hours. I had even forgotten that I bought the game during a Steam sale several months ago. So I have some catching up to do before the new game comes out.

    For any naysayers about how Lara is being treated in this trailer, look at posture, the scars on her hands, and the way she cracks her knuckles. She is not some meek girl traumatized by her experience. I suspect she is there because she has to be and the real therapy is what is happening in the other half of the trailer. Watch and decide for yourself.

  • Bloodborne - After finishing Dark Souls and Dark Souls II, I find I am no longer entralled by them as I once was. But if Bloodborne is a good as this trailer (and other leaks) implies, then I will be helpless against being sucked into that world again. From Software did something special with the Souls games by making me eager to test myself in ways I didn't think I was capable. So if they can preserve that feeling in this new, beautiful and facinating world, I will eagerly take on their challenge again.
  • Grim Fandango - Any article about Grim Fandango will indubitably append the word "classic" to its description. I never played the game, so I'm taking everyone's word that it is a classic. That's why I was excited to see that Double Fine would be releasing a updated version. I'll finally be able to see what everyone was talking about.
  • No Man's Sky - The hype for Hello Games' new game has buried the needle on the ballyhoo meter. (Eff yeah, It is hard not to get caught up in the excitement. IF (with a capital IF) the game really does everything these trailers imply, it could be amazing. I keep my figures crossed.
  • The Legend Of Zelda WiiU - I have not been excited for a Zelda game since Ocarina Of Time. Not that I think the newer games are bad. They just haven't been enticing enough to make me buy a Nintendo console. This trailer changes things. It is the very worst type of teaser: more fluff than substance. But it is very beautiful fluff. I can't wait to see if the game lives up to the expectations the trailer sets.
  • Okay, you got me. This post was just an excuse to post a bunch of trailers. Nevertheless, what did you see at E3 that has you excited?

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