It really feels like Christmas in June with all of the announcements that came out this past weekend from E3 2019. It took me about two days to narrow down the long list of games I need to play to just ten. The top AAA companies showed off some of our most anticipated games and even new ones that took everyone by storm. If I had to choose a best conference, it would be a toss up between Square Enix and Nintendo. Regardless of which conference they came from, here is my list of top ten most anticipated games!
Gods and Monsters
Ubisoft announced Gods and Monsters during their showcase on Monday. Brought to us by the team responsible for Assassins Creed Odyssey, we have a whole new world to explore. The Isle of Blessed features some of the deadliest creatures from Greek mythology including gorgons and harpies. The player takes control of Fenyx and sets off on a journey to return power to the Greek gods from the evil creature Typhon. The game will feature the use of special powers bestowed upon us by the gods as we journey through dungeons, complete challenging trials and save the day.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Come on, you were expecting this right? Final Fantasy VII was my introduction to the Final Fantasy franchise and still holds a special place in my heart. The remake looks beautiful. It is amazing to see just how far we have come in terms of game design and game art graphics. We all know the story, a group of heroes fight to save the day, but I still can not wait to replay this. We do know there are changes in the combat system, instead of turn based combat we are getting real time combat. Let us not forget that we got our first real look at Tifa, the queen of Final Fantasy VII.
Final Fantasy VII is set to release on March 3, 2020 and is exclusive to PS4.
The clear cut winner of the PC Gaming Show for me was, Cris Tales. Described as a love letter to the classic JRPG (Japanese role playing game) genre, this game has players setting out to stop the evil Empress before she ends the world. The art style features hand drawn 2D art that is animated in game and features traditional RPG styling. I was able to play the demo version that is currently available on the Modus Games website until June 26. The combat follows the turn based style with the addition of being able to act quickly to dodge or double attack. If you can get the chance to try it out, I highly recommend it.
Cris Tales is set to release sometime in 2020 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Nothing is better than two sisters coming together to follow in their father’s footsteps. Wolfenstein: Youngblood does exactly that. We are getting a bigger game play experience compared to previous Wolfenstein games and will also feature co-op play. This next installment in the franchise is set to include more weapons, more customizable options and more Nazis to slay along the way.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is set to release July 26, 2019 for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
El Hijo was one of those sleeper games for me. Just watching through the PC Gaming Show conference and bam, this hits me. As a fan of westerns, this game is a definite must play. Most of the time we get a first or third person shooter game set in the west, but this game is more of a platformer type. I find it very similar to games such as Little Nightmares and Limbo, where stealth plays an important part in the game play. Plus the story is so heat warming as you guide the boy through the monastery in order to get out and find his family. Who wouldn’t love this?
El Hijo is set to release sometime in 2019 for PC.
This was one of my favorite moments from E3 2018. The announcement trailer for Gears 5 last year had fans begging for more. The best part for me was that the story arc for this game follows Kait Diaz as she uncovers her past and what her future really holds. We did not get much more information this time around, but we did get a look at the upcoming game mode that throws three players together as they fight to escape the hive.
Gears 5 is set to release September 10, 2019 for PC and Xbox One.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is the much anticipated sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest. Aside from the incredible game play we will get to experience a second time around, we get to delve back into this beautiful world. With bosses the size of our screens and almost too amazing to try and kill, we have a lot to look forward too! Regardless if you play this on PC or the Xbox one, you will get to experience the brilliance that really brings this game to life.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is set to release on February 11, 2020 for PC and Xbox One.
The ten year old in me is screaming right now. Partly fear and partly excitement for the Blair Witch game from the developers of Layers of Fear. I like to be scared when playing games and this looks like it is going to really feel that need. Of course it will include the use of cameras, similar to the movie franchise, and have you exploring in the vast woods in search of a missing boy. Prepare to be scared all the way back to your childhood with this one folks. Maybe I will even do a quick movie marathon before binging this game.
The Blair Witch is set to release August 30, 2019 for PC and Xbox One.
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
There is a really special place in my heart for the Final Fantasy franchise, and this announcement made me so very happy. With the Final Fantasy VII remake officially set to release next year, it is great to see they are working on updating their older games. It is great to see that the next one on their list is Final Fantasy VIII. This is one of my top games of the franchise, so I am excited they are updating it. Now if only we get to hear next year that they are going to officially remake it entirely.
Final Fantasy VIII is set to release this year for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild Two
I know, we know nothing about it just yet. However, I can not wait to play this game. Visually, the The Legend of Zelda franchise is simply amazing. The art, colors, and stories are something that will truly stand the test of time. I have heard a lot of theories behind the simple trailer we were shown. My favorite of which is that we might be able to play Zelda herself. Here is to hoping that we get more information over the next couple months to tie us over until next year.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 does not have a release date set and will most likely be a Nintendo Switch exclusive.