It’s that time of the year again, where rumours of unannounced games fly around the internet and gamers around the world filled with excitement with what will be shown. Yes it’s June and in the gaming world that means one thing, E3. The video game industry’s Wrestlemania.
Even though E3 runs June 13 -15 the press conferences are on before E3 officially opens. Now rather me list all the conferences and times. Here’s a picture with them all on, including times.
You may notice that EA is missing from the picture, that’s because they are hosting their own event called ‘EA Play’ on Saturday June 10 at 12pm PT, 3pm ET and for those living in the UK it’s on at 8pm BST.
I thought it would be a good time to write about E3 and join the array of articles that are about what games people would like to see at E3 2017. Now this list of games I’m writing about are titles that have already been announced. I’m going to do a separate piece about what I would like to see get announced at E3 within the next day or two. Now let’s get to it.
10 – Resident Evil 2 Remake
It’s been quite some time since we heard about Resident Evil 2 Remake. In fact we haven’t actually seen anything of this game at all. All we know about the Resident Evil 2 Remake, is that it is in development and it is happening. The only reason I can think of as to why they haven’t shown anything of RE 2 Remake, is because of Resident Evil 7 (Resident Evil 7 is very good). Now that Resident Evil 7 is out, I think now is a good time to show off what the Resident Evil 2 Remake looks like.
9 – Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
An announcement that many wanted but didn’t think would actually happen, is Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. The game was announced back in 2015 at that year’s PlayStation Experience. I enjoyed Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, it was a fun and colourful game with a great story. What they have shown off so far has impressed me and I think E3, will give the game the attention it deserves. I think Ni No Kuni II is a safe bet for E3, especially if this recent piece of news by Gematsu is anything to go by. There is another series that Ni No Kuni developer Level 5 make that I would like a sequel to but, I’ll mention that in ‘Games I would to see get announced’ piece.
8 – Spider-Man PS4
Ok I’m hyped for this game, although I think my dad is way more excited for this (he’s a huge fan of Marvel comics). I wasn’t expecting this when it was announced at last year’s E3, it took me and everyone else completely by surprise. I have faith in this new Spider-Man game because it is being developed by Insomniac studios, the people behind Ratchet and Clank and Sunset Overdrive. Spider-Man has been confirmed to be at E3 2017 but in what capacity, we don’t know.
7 – Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy VII Remake, a remake that many people wanted but never thought would actually happen. The FF VII Remake is happening however we haven’t seen anything of it for a while now. The combat system in the Remake is completely different to that of the original game and is running on the Unreal Engine 4. We know that the game is going to be ‘episodic’ which rang alarm bells. Despite that, the gameplay has been shown off has only further increased hype and I think that a showing at E3 will only further increase it. Will this show at E3 2017? I would say yes now that Final Fantasy XV is released and the news that Japanese games will be at E3 in a big way.
6 – Dragon Quest XI (Localisation announcement)
Dragon Quest XI looks amazing and what’s more amazing is that it’s releasing on home consoles. The last main line home console Dragon Quest game, was Dragon Quest VIII for the PlayStation 2. Since then several Dragon Quest games have come out including Dragon Quest IX for the Nintendo DS and Dragon Quest X which is an MMO and it is exclusive to Japan. We’ve had a few Dragon Quest games on the PS4 such as Dragon Quest Heroes and Dragon Quest Builders but, no main line numbered entry. Dragon Quest XI is releasing in Japan July this year. I hope that a localization announcement is at E3 and during one of the conferences (more than likely Sony’s), in the hope that get more people interested in Dragon Quest. The game is also coming out for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch. Despite the series being 30 years old it’s still rather niche.
5 – Middle Earth: Shadow of War
I enjoyed the hell out of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, the game was fun, the combat was great and the Nemesis System was brilliant. I’m a fan of Tolkien’s work so anything whatsoever related to any of the works done by the late author, automatically gets me interested. I expected a sequel given how well Shadow of Mordor did and wouldn’t you Adam and Eve it, a sequel was announced. What they have shown of Shadow of War so far has impressed me greatly. The Nemesis System has been improved, there are more RPG elements and the fortress assaults look epic and action packed. Developer Monolith has already impressed me with what they have shown. I hope they impress me again at E3 2017.
4 – Days Gone
My jaw dropped when I saw Days Gone at E3 last year, the amount of zombies chasing after you was bloody crazy. Days Gone is a post-apocalyptic, survival horror game by Sony Bend Studio. We haven’t seen the game since its reveal at E3 last year. If you haven’t seen this game yet check it out here. You play as biker called Deacon who is trying survive the harsh and dangerous world. The best way I could describe Days Gone would be imagine World War Z as a game, then you have pretty much got it. Days Gone has been confirmed to be at E3 as to what extent, remains to be seen.
3 – Crackdown 3
The Crackdown games are great fun and makes me have OCD as I run around collecting agility orbs and hidden orbs. To me Crackdown is one of Microsoft’s best exclusives; it’s not as big or as popular as Halo or Gears of War but it has charm. The gameplay demo that they showed off for this was brilliant. The amount of destruction on display was for the lack of a better word, insane. It’s all done through the power of the cloud. Now we haven’t seen Crackdown 3 now for some time and Microsoft at the moment, doesn’t have a big holiday exclusive. I have a feeling that Crackdown 3 will be their big holiday season exclusive. I want to see more gameplay of it, other than just destruction but most importantly, I want to see those agility orbs and hear that wonderful sound once again.
2 – Dynasty Warriors 9
Yes, Dynasty Warriors 9 is on this list, deal with it. I like the Dynasty Warriors series. I like the Musou/ 1 vs 1000 gameplay and the cheesy yet brilliant english dub. It’s been a while since the last numbered entry in the franchise and the upcoming Dynasty Warriors is making some changes and I have to say, from what Koei Tecmo have told us of the game so far, it is the rejuvenation that just might attract new players aside from the hardcore fanbase. I know it’s far from release but with being on a new engine and developed for the PS4 from the ground up, some gameplay would be nice to see.
1 – Kingdom Hearts III
My most wanted game of not just E3, or this year but this generation. I remember joking with friends that I’d be a pensioner by the time Kingdom Hearts III gets announced. Then in 2013, Kingdom Hearts III and I wasn’t a pensioner. Despite it being announced in 2013, we don’t know all that much about the game and have only received a few trailers. People have very high expectations for Kingdom Hearts III, including myself. What Square Enix have shown of Kingdom Hearts III has been good and myself and many others have been waiting for more gameplay. We haven’t recieved a trailer for Kingdom Hearts III since 2015. Will Kingdom Hearts III reappear at E3 2017? I think it will but I won’t get my hopes up and I urge Kingdom Hearts fans to do the same, just in case it no-shows. There are a couple of things that hint towards it being shown at E3, the recent news that there will be some big announcements concerning Japanese games at E3 and that the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account has been very active as of late. If Kingdom Hearts III shows up at E3, it will more than likely be at Sony’s conference (consult E3 press conference schedule above).
That’s the list of games (that are already announced) that I want to see at E3 2017. You’ll have notice that Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t on the list, that’s because Rockstar usually don’t go E3 and reveal their games in their own way.
Of course there are games that I would like to see get announced at E3 2017 and that’s the next thing I’m going to be writing about. So expect to see the wishlist soon.