Many seem to be rather disappointed by E3 2019 for some reason. Sure, we didn’t get any earth-shattering reveals or peeks at the new console generation, but there was still plenty there to get excited about. I watched everything live this week, and I saw quite a few games that had me raising an interested eyebrow. There were a few games that did more than that though, games that got we well and truly excited for 2020. Here are a few.
So, I’ve been excited for Cyberpunk 2077 ever since I saw the extended gameplay demo from E3 2018. Possibilities abound with this game, and everything I’ve seen and heard since has only made it sound better. It’s a game that revolves around choice in a way that doesn’t seem possible, and yet I can’t help but think that CD Projekt Red will actually manage to pull it off. Also it’s got Keanu Reeves as a major character, so…yeah. Day 1 buy for me.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Square-Enix finally gave us a look at how combat will actually work in this version of the game, and I have to say I’m liking it. It’s a solid compromise between the turn-based system of the past and the real-time, action-oriented tastes of the present. Also this game is downright gorgeous. Keep it up, Square!
Journey to the Savage Planet
Picture Metroid Prime. Next imagine that it’s 90% more funny. Finally, imagine that you’re playing as a hapless, first-time explorer who doesn’t really know what they’re doing. This is basically what Journey to the Savage Planet is going to be. It’s all the lightly-guided, explorative fun of Metroid Prime combined with a massive dose of comedic stylings. Definitely a winning combination if I ever saw one.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
I’ve been waiting to get back into Luigi’s Mansion for quite a while now. Something about Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon kinda made the game fall flat for me, but I’m not getting that same sense from these trailers. I dunno, maybe it’s just Luigi’s Mansion time or something.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Twelve years. It’s been twelve long years since the last console release for Animal Crossing. Don’t get me wrong, Animal Crossing: New Leaf was great. I spent a ton of time in that game trying to get my town in tip-top shape and arranging my house so that it was just right. That said though, it’s been 6 years since that game too and I want my console Animal Crossing again.
I want to be able to kick back and wander around my town like I did back when I was still a student. So the fact that I’ll be able to do that with Animal Crossing: New Horizons is exciting all by itself. What’s more though, they’ve made major improvements here. Jumping rivers, crafting furniture, setting up stuff outside, and having a whole group of friends visit my town sounds incredible to me. Doesn’t it sounds awesome to you too.
What were your favorites from E3 2019? What makes them stand out for you?
Lede image from Journey to the Savage Planet E3 2019 trailer