The Games of E3 2013
The games that we should all be looking forward toon June 20, 2013 at 8:00 am
Well, E3 just came and went, leaving all of our heads filled with game spunk, and I’m here to try and sort it all out.
Of course, me being only one man, I’m incredibly biased on what I’m personally excited about, but I’ll try my best to run the gamut and provide a healthy variety. My biggest goal, however, is to try and point out the stuff I think looks genuinely special. Some of the more quirky, unique, or innovative titles.
Before I begin, I just want to point out that I’m talking about games ONLY. I’m not going to rant and rave about “One” console or another, and I’m not going to criticize business tactics, ethics, morals, or consumer rights. We all have our very strong opinions about such things and I just want to talk about the games, because games are awesomesauce.
Media Molecule, the studio behind “Little Big Planet” has shown us a very interesting new platformer. It takes place in a lovable papercraft world where you create your own protagonist. Besides the amazing art direction, this platformer fully utilizes the Vita’s features, allowing you to physically interact with the world inside the game. Using the rear touchpad, you can vanquish enemies by poking at them, create bridges for your paper hero, and even communicate with them by having your face pop up on screen. That’s cool and all, but it is sort of creepy seeing yourself interact with the world. You look like some sort of deranged god.
“Tearaway” bleeds charm and the gimmicks… well, don’t seem like gimmicks. They seem to be fairly organic and fit the game perfectly. Definitely one to watch.
Other than that, you’ll want to keep an eye on the Vita’s indie scene. It looks like it’s going to be incredibly strong in the future. Sony is also doing a lot of cross functionality with the Vita and PS4: it will even be capable of more sophisticated remote play than the PSP, something similar to the Wii U’s off-screen play.
What started with anemic sales and a poor lineup of games has turned into a handheld powerhouse. I don’t care much for the 3D functionality, but I do love the selection of games, and the hits just keep on comin’.
“The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds”
A sequel to “A Link to the Past”, the greatest “Zelda” game of all time? Yes, please. I would like that very much. Does it have a sister? Does it double date? Does it like to swing? I want a relationship with it NOW.
I don’t really think much needs to be said here. They’re even bringing the same world back, so parts of it should look intimately familiar. Other than that, it’s MORE “Zelda” and I don’t think anyone has ever had a problem with that. Well, unless they were a CDi owner. I wouldn’t want more of those “Zelda” games, either.
To round things out, the 3DS is also getting “Mario Golf: World Tour” and I will ALWAYS take more “Mario Golf”. Plus, we’re finally getting another entry in the “Ace Attorney” series called “Phoenix Wright – Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies”. Yeah, that’s a mouthful, but the series is always a solid fan-pleaser. For you RPG lovers, “Bravely Default: Flying Fairy” may sound like one of the worst names ever, but it looks to invoke classic “Final Fantasy” and is finally making it’s way to the States.
Oh, and there is a new “Smash Bros.” coming out on the 3DS. No big deal, really. I mean, I GUESS we’ll get to that when we talk about the Wii U… which is RIGHT NOW!
Oh, poor, poor Wii U. Down on sales but definitely looking up on games! While most of these games won’t be coming out until 2014, it does finally seem like that will be a good time to invest in the system if you’re a fan of what Nintendo does best, which is make incredibly solid first-party titles.
“Super Smash Bros. 4”
While I’m sure they’ll nix the number and throw in a word like “Clash”, “Fracas”, or “Bar Fights”, this is a game everyone has been waiting for. The ultimate casual, party, beatdown, fighting game starring all of the characters who don’t look they should be as violent as they are. Especially newcomer, Villager… he is giving me nightmares.
Of course, as with every new entry in the series, we always want to know, “Who are they adding?!” Announced so far, we are getting Animal Crossing Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, and… MEGA FUCKING MAN! But, I’m sure you already know this because it’s awesome.
Yes, this is the game that will force me into buying a Wii U.
Wait, you wonder what online play might be like? Who cares?! Find some real friends and punch each other in the same room, because that’s just better for this game and you know it.
No, that’s not a game but they do make pretty fantastic ones and they have two coming to the Wii U: “Bayonetta 2” and “The Wonderful 101”. “Bayonetta 2” is exactly what you would expect, just more of it, which means it will be great, but “The Wonderful 101” actually seems to be something really unique and very fun.
“The Wonderful 101” is one of those games where you know you’ll love it at first glance, It’s just so colorful, so interesting to look at, and promises an insane experience. You take control of a red-suited superhero who can temporarily grant superhero powers to those around him. Once powered-up, you can start using them as weapons and form them into giant fists, whips, swords, or guns. The gun even fires people as projectiles.
What you get, is a game that is undeniably one created by Platinum Games and ends up feeling a bit like “Pikmin” but with way more bonkers action thrown into the mix.
It may not be it’s final name, but if you love RPGs, then you know “Xenogears” and that red “X” shown in the trailer for this game is undeniably the same. It looks to be a spiritual successor to “Xenoblade”, which you’ll remember I didn’t like very much, but this game certainly looks amazing. Plus, you can run around the open-world in giant robots, so that’s that. Sold.
If combat gets an improvement and the gameplay less tedious, this will most likely end up being an incredible game filled with a beautiful, expansive open-world and giant robots.
Of course, we can’t forget all of the other great looking first-party games that Nintendo announced, like “Super Mario 3D World” and “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze”. Both of those look great and I’m sure “Pikmin 3” will come out eventually… maybe.
Oh, and the obligatory new “Mario Kart”, which actually looks to be a true revolution for the series. As much as I hate to admit this, I’ve been less and less pleased with “Mario Kart” after “Mario Kart 64”. It just never got better after that. But this looks to be dropping the clutch and kicking it into high gear.