Having reviewed the Square Enix conference at E3 this year, it’s safe to say that they weren’t short of contenders for their best highlight of the conference. In this article I’m going to be going through my favourite games on show and what gamers have to look forward to.
There is also a brief mention of a game I was looking forward to and my true feelings towards that said game, but more on that later.
So, Square Enix kicked things off with their Final Fantasy VII remake due for release on the 3 rd March 2020. Now, sadly this does seem to be a PlayStation exclusive so those on Xbox need to invest fast. I’ve been a huge Kingdom Hearts fan over the years and have known that a lot of characters were from previous Final Fantasy games but I truly felt that this one got me. Somewhere in all that love for Kingdom Hearts, I thought to myself – this game looks incredible and a slightly better style of gameplay. The directors of the game have advised that the fighting style is trying to be more realistic and that combos can be built between yourself and a player who you’ve trusted enough to help you on your quest.
Graphically this game looked amazing and absolutely stunning. You could almost feel yourself in the world itself. The gameplay we’ve seen has Cloud and free flowing combat, along with Cloud they showed the gameplay from Barrett’s point of view, might I say, this guy quite literally has a pair of tanks for arms. This is something that I feel will be edging its way onto my pre-order list.
Now, my main focus was swiftly moved onto the Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC which seems to be focusing more on the organisation and their association with the dark realm. This will see gamers take on a bit of interesting side to the game and play as Riku. As well as this we will be seeing more of our sora compatriot in Roxas as well as familiar faces in Axel, Xzianord and Auras.
We will be seeing some new form for Sora to continue your journey with, but not a lot more to go off as of yet. We are being given a rough release date for winter this year, but if the release of the game itself was anything to go by, we may be kept waiting.
It is with deep regret that my section is going to be little bit tear jerking, in that my inner child died a little today. After the Spider-Man game, we were blessed with last year, it’s safe to say I thought Marvel games were in safe hands and that if the Avengers was to follow Spider-Man, we were going to be in for one hell of a game. Sadly I can confirm this isn’t the case, I watched on with the rest of the world in anticipation & awe of this last bit of Avengers action we were clinging onto, sadly, this changed to disappointment very quickly.
We are being given a new storyline which isn’t in any of the previous films or comics and somewhat isn’t quite the Avengers were used too. We were given a cinematic trailer with very little gameplay, so sadly I cannot give any reaction to this side of things but I do have a few comments.
First things first, the game is going to be a 4-player game which is incredible for any recent game as they seem to struggle to get past 2-player split-screen or online aspect so this is going to be a very interesting style of game. Thankfully, this game has been confirmed to PS4, Xbox One, PC and Stadia which hopefully if rumours are true, may be a good way for cross platform to be brought in.
I’m really impressed with Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics as they have confirmed that there are going to be no Loot Boxes that they are going to charge through the roof for. They have also confirmed that any future avengers to the game will be unlocked through gameplay, again not adding transactions to the game.
This is where I come onto the tear jerking part, I am not looking forward to this game being released on a few things. First things first, where on earth is Hawkeye? The original Avengers included the slick eyed archer and he is nowhere to be seen in the trailer.
Now, I appreciate that they are not going to do this on a like for like basis but getting some similarities with the characters were used too would have been a bit respectful surely? Instead we’ve got a worse version of the Hulk then that god awful 2003 film rubbish, Tony Stark looks like he’s now sleeping it rough on the streets with none of the confident charisma were used too. Cap, I mean my god, where to start with Cap, he’s in some built up suit that in way shape or form resembles the super soldier he is. It’s got weird padding on the shoulders and also looks like some armour thrown together for strong defence and attacking stats.
Black Widow for me, was always going to be a struggle as I’m sorry to both my fiancé and anyone else who reads this but Scarlett Johansson is irreplaceable. Her flaws matched her caring nature for the Avengers and the world she lived in, with this new version of Black Widow it resembles nothing of the perfection Marvel studios made in their films and she almost feels like she’s not really a spy, the trailer seemed to show her off as more of a soldier which is what I thought Nick Fury didn’t want for her?
My last complaint about characters is Thor and once again, I feel they have destroyed the reputation that Chris Hemsworth has worked so hard to create for Thor, this man is the god of fucking thunder and in this game, its almost like they’ve made him the god of flickering light bulbs, he doesn’t seem the strong independent character we’ve seen of him in the past, along with this it seems like he may well be too eager to get rid of miljnor.
Moving away from the avengers now and onto something a bit more positive, Dying Light 2, this has been highly anticipated and might I say, the two trailers I’ve watched have not disappointed. Much like the first one it’s going to be an open world parkour based game continuing from where the story left off In the first one, the only real difference this time around is that your infected and how long is it going to be? This time round the parkour side of the game seems a lot more smoother and can be incorporated into your zombie takedowns making this smoother kill for everyone involved.
From first observations that not only are we up against the zombies in this game but we are somewhat up against mankind as well, which will make choosing your enemies that little bit more difficult in that one day, you could be on the other side. Again, Dying Light will be available on both PS4 and Xbox one with an estimated release of Spring 2020 with sadly no real date confirmed as of yet.
One game that really caught my eye and has since made me research into buying the first one was the highly anticipated follow up to Life is Strange, I have to say it was the clips of gamers throughout the trailer that really got to me and how this game felt like a rollercoaster of emotions with so many different twists and turns along the way. I don’t know much about the game itself I will struggle to make much of a comment here but like I said, I was really impressed with seeing the real life emotions from gamers along the way and how its gripping storyline really seemed to hit home.
Overall I have to say that the Square Enix conference for me in particular was a rollercoaster of emotions with some unexpected titles really capturing my eye and something I was hugely looking forward too, somewhat leaving me with a sour aftertaste for the game. I’d love to hear what your thoughts were on the conference som please drop a comment in the comments with your thoughts.