With the 2015 E3 Expo over, we’re left in a wake of news and announcements that have left us salivating. Which of E3’s biggest reveals and showcases have gotten the most hyped, you ask? This installment is going to revisit those E3 moments that had us giddy with excitement, glee, and maybe a few manly tears of happiness.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
To say this reveal was big is an extreme understatement. When the PS3 was first released, gamers clambered for a remake to the series’ most popular entry, but the idea was never delivered, despite a tech demo that lead many to believe it was on the way. There was no indication leading up to the days prior to E3 that a remake was even in the works, so when gamers were given a glimpse of Cloud Strife’s Buster Sword and Barret Wallace’s gun-arm, there was a moment of disbelief. After that quickly subsided and we all realized just how serious Square Enix was, there was no stopping the flood of excitement. The trailer’s narration was also a cheeky parallel to the long, umpteen year wait for the Final Fantasy VII team to reunite in a glorious, graphically impressive remake.
Fallout 4 Gameplay, Fallout Goes Mobile, and the Pip Boy
The reveal for Fallout 4 came a little before E3, but that didn’t stop the gameplay video we were treated to from being exactly what makes something like E3 so exciting. To see the Wasteland back in action was great, but Bethesda threw a curveball by featuring something entirely new to the Fallout series. Fallout Shelter is a mobile companion to Fallout 4 that has you overseeing the workings of one of Fallout’s infamous Vaults. Like any mobile game, it’s all about waiting for tasks to be completed, but it’s tie-in to the Fallout world and its look at the underground civilization is what will make it so great. As if Bethesda hadn’t wowed us enough, they also revealed a working Pip Boy, which turns the iPhone into the game’s staple arm-computer. After Bethesda’s press conference, we needed a long nap.
Kingdom Hearts 3 Gameplay Trailer
Gamers have been waiting so long for some real footage of Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts follow-up that it could have been a three minute video of Sora and company doing the Cha Cha for ten minutes, and it still would have received the reaction it did. Luckily, the developer didn’t go that route, and we were treated to some of the game’s fast-paced Keyblade action. The trailer was all about showcasing the combat in Kingdom Hearts 3 and showing off some of the newer modifications made to Sora’s arsenal, but it was exactly what everyone had been waiting for. Now, it’s just another long wait until the title actually releases.
The Last Guardian is Finally Here
Over the past six years, there has been a mass of speculation as to whether or not Team Ico’s The Last Guardian would ever see the light of day. The first announcement for the title came at the 2009 E3 Expo, when the game was still a PlayStation 3 exclusive. A demo was even planned for the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection that released for the PS3, but as Guardian slipped into development hell, this idea was scrapped – and the game almost followed suit. It’s back though, in a glorious, beautiful form that remains true to Team Ico’s beautiful artistic design. Of course, as many thought the project was dead, the crowd at E3 went into an uproar.
Microsoft Announces Xbox One Backwards Compatibility
When Microsoft first revealed the Xbox One, it went through a myriad of back and forth as to whether or not it would include backwards compatibility with the 360. The system announcement was comical, but Microsoft came back this E3 for some rectification. The announcement that the Xbox One would be backwards compatible for select 360 titles was refreshing to hear, especially when the selection of new games has either been lackluster or fairly barren. So, Microsoft threw us gamers a bone, and though the initial list of compatible titles is pretty grim, the promise is there – and sometimes that’s the first step towards something great.
Star Wars Battlefront 3 Hoth Battle
Even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, you can’t help but get sucked into the Battlefront series. The fast-paced action, fun weaponry, and stunning space battles were impossible not to fall in love with, so when DICE provided us with a look of the third entry’s explosive gameplay, a subtle giddiness overtook us. In the five minute gameplay video, we’re transported back to the ice planet of both for a look at the beautiful warfare between Rebels and the Empire. Tie Fighters, X-Wings, orbital strikes, light sabers, and great use of the Star Wars score have made us unexpectedly anticipating Battlefront 3.
Minecraft for HoloLense
With each generation, gaming gets more and more impressive. Somehow, this time around, that leap in technology comes from one of gaming’s least technical games – Minecraft. The HoloLens is a Microsoft product that revolves around Holographic imaging, and when it was first announced, gaming may not have been on everybody’s mind; but Microsoft’s E3 press conference came with a fantastic surprise. Minecraft will be utilizing the HoloLense for an entirely new experience with the game. Via the HoloLense, gamers will be able to see a 3D representation of their blocky world and, through voice and motion commands, manipulate it. While it may be one of the biggest gimmick announcements in a while, we can’t help but be in awe of how far gaming tech has come.
After the critically mixed Doom 3, the Doom series has been in need of a restart, and Bethesda seems to aim to deliver on the fast-paced action experience we 90’s gamers remember. The Doom Reboot was announced several months back, but it wasn’t until the E3 gameplay reveal that we saw just how crazed the game would be. Bethesda’s iteration kicks up the action and focuses heavily on the combined elements of an action horror shooter that the original Doom was known for being. To see the classic style of idSoftwares 90’s baby back in action left us anticipating and needing more.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Gameplay
Naughty Dog is still coming off of the success and praise of The Last of Us, so one would think it may be tough to keep the hype up; but with the first good look at Uncharted 4’s gameplay, the developer did it again. The demo sees Nate and a slightly aged sully engaging plenty of baddies and partaking in one heck of a high speed car chase across backroads and roof tops. Uncharted 4 keeps the charm of the series alive with Nate and Sully’s banter during high stress situations and it’s clear that Naughty Dog sought to up the anti on the action and stunts as the trailer closes with Nate grappling onto a moving crane to help his brother, Sam, who seems to have run into his own hiccups.
The Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Trailer
We’ve known The Phantom Pain has been coming for quite some time, so why would yet another cinematic trailer be such a big deal? If you’ve been following series’ director Hideo Kojima, you are aware of his departure from Konami, which means this is most definitely going to be the last time a Kojima Metal Gear trailer is shown at an E3 expo. Sure, the series could go on, but with Kojima’s vision, it’s unlikely to carry the same weight. Kojima’s trailers are typically brilliant and a massive treat for the senses, so here’s hoping he’ll be back soon with a new IP in the coming years.