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E3 2019 Impressions!

It’s that time of year again! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch all the press conferences live this year, but there were a number of games that caught my attention!

In no particular order, here are the games (with their respective press conferences) that stood out to me at this year’s E3!

1. Spiritfarer (Microsoft)

Spiritfarer looks to be an adorable indie game about a magic-user building their home and interacting with other animals and it is cute. This looks like the perfect relaxing game to play on Twitch in between reviewed games, and I can’t wait to learn more about it!

Spiritfarer – Announcement Trailer

2. Afterparty (Microsoft)

This game didn’t get much of a mention this year during the press conferences, but the brief moment that it did reminded me that I’m still super curious about this game! Afterparty is by the same team who did Oxenfree and is about two friends trying to get out of hell by beating the devil in a drinking contest. I’m looking forward to seeing how this game plays out!

Afterparty Official Teaser Trailer

3. 12 Minutes (Microsoft)

Also briefly shown was a game called 12 Minutes and it looks to be about a man stuck in a time loop and trying to prevent a tragedy from occurring. There look to be a lot of outcomes and events that can take place, even if it does cover only a 12 minute timespan, so I’ll be curious to see what the final resolution will be and how much replayability 12 Minutes has.

Twelve Minutes – Official Cinematic Reveal Trailer

4. Tales of Arise (Microsoft)

I’ve heard many good things about the Tales series, and despite my love of JRPGs, I have yet to play one. The Tales of Arise trailer definitely intrigued me and the gameplay looks very fun. If you’re a Tales fan, definitely let me know which other Tales games I should be checking out and let me know your thoughts on the new art style!

Tales of Arise – E3 2019 Announcement Trailer

5. Elden Ring (Microsoft)

The trailer for Elden Ring by itself would have been enough to spark my curiosity, but my love of George R.R. Martin’s writing is what really sold me here. I’ve never played a Dark Souls game, often being intimidated by it’s sheer difficulty, but I might have to suffer through difficult gameplay for the sake of experiencing GRRM’s foray into video game writing.

Elden Ring – E3 2019 Announcement Trailer

6. Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix)

This game has been on my list from the moment they played the first teaser trailer. I’ve only played a couple of Final Fantasy games in my experience, but I never had the chance to play Final Fantasy VII. The gameplay looks phenomenal and I continued to be blown away by the graphical improvements. I love the fact that I will be going into this game for the first time and perhaps being able to provide a fresh perspective to the game, much like I did with Kingdom Hearts.

Final Fantasy VII Remake – E3 2019 Trailer

7. Deathloop (Bethesda)

I definitely enjoyed Arkane Studios’ Dishonored series, and they’ve caught my attention again with the introduction of Deathloop. In a time when everyone seems to be making more battle royale-style games and gaming publishers dismissing single-player games, it’s a beautiful irony to have what looks like a single-player, story-driven RPG take a critical eye to the inflation of the battle-royal genre. I hope to see this game take a close examination of the battle-royale genre and poke some self-aware fun at itself.

Deathloop – Official E3 World Premiere Trailer

8. Planet Zoo (PC Gaming Show)

As a kid, I spent hours playing Zoo Tycoon and since, I have been trying to find something close to it. Planet Zoo looks incredible and I cannot wait to play this game and relive some of my childhood nostalgia. Definitely already thinking about streaming this game!

Planet Zoo | E3 Gameplay Demo
9. CrisTales (PC Gaming Show)

CrisTales is written to be a love letter to classic RPGs, with its story and gameplay focused on simultaneous timelines: past, present, and future. The story and gameplay will both focus on using these timelines, and I’m eager to learn what the plot will be about as it unifies gameplay and story through this premise.

CrisTales – E3 Announcement Trailer

10. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Nintendo)

(Is it really any surprise at this point?) I’m going to be honest, I was starting to get a little concerned with Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ focus on calendars and the school setting, worried that it might try to take too many notes from the Persona series to look more appealing. I may love Persona, but I play Persona to play Persona and play Fire Emblem to play Fire Emblem. That being said, the E3 trailer definitely eased my fears by revealing that there will be a 5 year time skip where everything has broken out into all out war between the Houses. I can’t wait to get my hands on this game next month! (Stay tuned for my stream schedule!)

Fire Emblem: Three Houses – Nintendo E3 2019 Trailer

11. Pokemon Sword and Shield (Nintendo)

I really love seeing how the Pokemon series continues to improve upon their formula by creating new features and refreshing familiar gameplay aspects while still keeping to their tried and true core. Pokemon Sword and Shield looks adorable, and I cannot tell you how much I love that they brought back Pokemon simply walking around in the environment. I can’t wait to play this!

Pokemon Sword and Shield – Nintendo Direct Trailer

Honorable Mentions:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)

I’ve been playing Animal Crossing a long time, so I was happy to see this announced and I love the concept of literally building the town from scratch. Animal Crossing is definitely one of those series that needs to keep you occupied to keep you coming back, so creating more things to do seems like a great route to take!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Nintendo E3 2019 Trailer

Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo)

I have not played a Luigi’s Mansion game since the first years ago, but this E3 trailer looked adorable and fun and I’m so glad to see the series continue on in such a fun way!

Luigi’s Mansion 3 – Nintendo E3 2019 Trailer

And that’s it for E3 2019! A lot of titles that had been previously announced before E3 this year, but I loved the reminder of why I should continue looking out for these games in the future! What were some of your favorite games announced this year? What press conference did you enjoy the most? Let me know in the comments!

Happy gaming!

~ M

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