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E3 2018 Impressions!

Just like that, E3 2018 has come and gone, but from the looks of it, 2019 is already shaping up to be a very good year in gaming! I felt the press conferences themselves were either hit or miss, but as someone who prefers to see a lot of trailers and/or gameplay videos, I’m glad the press conferences decided to focus more on that this year with back-to-back trailers. I have a lot of games on my list to talk about today, so let’s get started!

In the order of when they were presented:

1. Sea of Solitude (EA)

I am a big fan of indie game passion projects, so I was really glad to see Sea of Solitude presented on such a large stage. The game is about a girl who has become so lonely that she turns into a monster, and she is trying to find a way to turn back into a human. The art style is beautiful and it looks like it will be thematically heavy for discussions on depression and loneliness. Definitely check out the trailer!

Sea of Solitude – E3 2018 Teaser Trailer

2. Kingdom Hearts 3 (Square Enix)

Admittedly, I have very limited personal experience with the Kingdom Hearts series. I played Birth by Sleep in high school as my first game, but I only finished Aqua’s route and almost finished Terra’s (I was renting the game and had to return it). I picked up Kingdom Hearts again after college with Kingdom Hearts 1.5, but I didn’t make it very far: I only finished Wonderland and had just started Hercules’ world, according to my save files. Even then, you can imagine how my jaw dropped at the end of the first Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer shown at E3! I’m currently restarting the first game to see if I’m still interested in getting into the series, but those E3 trailers definitely got my attention.

Kingdom Hearts 3 – Official Frozen Trailer

3. Tunic (Microsoft)

I talked about this game last year, but it’s still cute and I still want to play it.

Tunic Announcement – E3 2018

4. Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Square Enix)

I know the Tomb Raider series has a long history, but I’ve never actually looked into it before for myself. That trailer and the gameplay shown looked really interesting, and now that I feel more confident in trying stealthier games, I’m wondering if Tomb Raider is another series I should start looking into….

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Story Trailer

5. Octopath Traveler (Square Enix)

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me post about this game a lot. I don’t have a Switch (yet), but I already love the concept of having eight different main characters and each of them affecting the story in one way or the other. Each character has different talents and abilities that they can use to move the story forward, and I’d love to see how this story works. I’m attaching the announcement trailer here because I feel it gives the best introduction to the game’s concept.

Octopath Traveler Announcement Trailer

6. Beyond Good & Evil 2 (Ubisoft)

Beyond Good & Evil is another game I’ve never played before (I had never even heard of it before last year’s announcement), but everyone’s excitement over the trailers has me curious. I’ll keep this one on my list and I might start looking into playing the first game.

Beyond Good & Evil 2: E3 Cinematic Trailer

7. The Last of Us, Part II (Sony)

I have heard nothing but good things about The Last of Us, and while I may not have been considering it before, maybe I should start checking into the first game before the sequel comes out.

The Last of Us, Part II – E3 Gameplay Reveal Trailer

8. Death Stranding (Sony)

This game looks bizarre, to say the least, but I’m glad we got to see some gameplay (even if it was mostly walking and sneaking) and I’m weirdly intrigued enough to keep this on my list. What’s the game about? Who knows.

Death Stranding – E3 2018 Trailer

9. Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee! (Nintendo)

As listed in my bio, my very first Pokemon game was Pokemon Yellow, so I have a soft spot for both the Kanto region and having Pikachu as your companion. This game looks very cute and I look forward to playing it!

Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee! Trailer

10. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Nintendo)

Last, but most certainly not least, Fire Emblem: Three Houses. There’s a good chance if you follow me on social media, you saw me yelling about this when it was announced. It looks like they’ll be experimenting with new gameplay styles (perhaps reminiscent of Fire Emblem Warriors?), and I love the aesthetics because they remind me of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, two of my favorite series art styles. I’m definitely looking forward to this game!

Fire Emblem Three Houses – Official Game Trailer

Other Thoughts:

This section is for games I might not necessarily be interested in playing but I still had thoughts about.

Anthem (EA)

Oh, Anthem, you were in this section last year and still are again this year. The game looks pretty, but I’m still looking for a reason for it to convince me to play an MMO. I want to see story, BioWare, and I felt that in the little bit they showed of the game, we didn’t get too much more information.

Anthem Official Cinematic Trailer

Unravel Two (EA) and The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit (Square Enix)

I was very happy to see the return of the Unravel game and that the Life is Strange team is bringing us a new story set in the same world!

Unravel Two: Official Reveal Trailer

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

Skull & Bones (Ubisoft)

Watching this trailer, I kept wishing it weren’t an MMO and instead, it was a single-player, story-focused RPG with character customization. Let me be a pirate with a story, please!

Skull & Bones – Official Trailer

Cyberpunk 2077 (Microsoft)

It’s funny, the game trailer made me think the game might be a bit too edgy for my tastes, but after reading that it would be single-player, story-focused, and with customizable characters, it definitely had me turning my head. I’ll keep on the look out for this one.

Cyberpunk 2077 – Official E3 2018 Trailer

Ghost of Tsushima (Sony)

This game looked gorgeous. By the looks of some of the games shown at the conference, it definitely seems we’ll be seeing more samurai games around, but something about this one was particularly beautiful to see. I probably won’t end up playing it, but I thought it deserved a shout out.

Ghost of Tsushima – E3 2018 Gameplay Debut

And that’s it for E3 2018! Lots of great games are on their way, so there’s a lot to look forward to! What were some of your favorites? What are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy gaming!

~ M

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