E3 2015: After Conference Report – Square Enix

As E3 continues throughout this week, Geek Syndicate will be covering as much as we can – as soon as we can. In addition to these “after conference reports”, check out our E3 twitter coverage, using the hashtag #GSE3.

Square Enix have rapidly grown in my eyes as a great developer over the last few years. With franchises like Hitman, Tomb Raider, Just Cause and Deus Ex on the go, there seemed to be much to look forward to from the company. Perhaps they would even reveal some new Play Arts Kai figures? Not that I have enough of them already …

Read on for my look back at the 2015 Square Enix E3 Press conference.

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Just Cause 3

Just Cause is one of those franchises that I’ve been mixed about. I didn’t get on with the first instalment but the second … the second was all kinds of explosive awesome. It was a shame there was no co-op mode. The trailer that opened the show was nothing short of beautiful.  Explosions have never looked better in a game! The addition of the Wing Suit should create some amazing action pieces – especially combined with the wrist grapnel that is a core part of the game!

A nice touch from the showcase was the fact that the parachute goes translucent when it blocks the camera, meaning that no camera angle will be unusable. Cool. It’s just a massive shame that there is still no co-operative mode included in the title. At launch anyhow.

400 square miles of land, based on the Mediterranean area will offer a vast amount of gameplay and the game is slated for launch on 01 December, 2015 for PC, XBOX One and Playstation 4.

 

Nier (New Project)

Concept art was shown for this title, along with some shots of the in-game landscape which features modern cities and fantastical forests. Featuring a female protagonist, this game is exclusive to Playstation 4 and is in the very early stages of development. I remember playing a bit of Nier, but genuinely can’t remember whether I enjoyed it. I’d rented it from lovefilm but because of my dislike of the controller on PS3, I didn’t give it much of a go, as far as I remember!

More details should be coming in autumn this year.

 

Rise of the Tomb Raider / Lara Croft Go

The last Tomb Raider game managed something I didn’t really think possible. It made me care about Lara Croft. It made me love the franchise. Before Tomb Raider, I had no investment in the series. The story, combined with superb gameplay really appealed to me. Lara Croft Has a Bad Day 2 sorry Rise of the Tomb Raider looks amazing. The snowy, mountainous setting is different enough from the first game’s island setting that the game shouldn’t feel too samey. Add to that the level of detail – snowflakes land on Lara and melt when she’ near a heat source – and this is definitely one of the key games at this year’s E3 for me.

Add to this Lara Croft Go. This is a beautiful, isometric game that offers turn based actions. Reminiscent of the previous Hitman Go, this is definitely one to watch out for on tablet devices.

 

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Stunning city-scapes and beautiful visuals characterise the trailer shown for this game. As do ludicrously large swords. Hopefully it will maintain the charm and gameplay that so many (not including myself) find addictive in the original.

The game will be exclusive to Playstation 4.

 

Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key / Kingdom Hearts 3

A very cute looking game that utilises the turn based combat so prevalent in Japanese Role Play Games. Bringing the same Disney / Anime mix as the main games in the series, this tablet game (for both iOS and Android systems). The story ties into Kingdom Hearts 3 in some way.

The main event – for many – was Kingdom Hearts 3 which now includes a new world: Tangled. The visuals are very clean. Cartoonlike in what I can only describe as detailed cell-shading in approach. The non-disney characters maintain their Anime roots in this game that is likely to be as perfect a blend of Western and Eastern animation meeting as we will ever see in a game.

The action seems over-the-top and fast paced which is exactly what could be hoped for. I must admit to having a strong dislike for the traditional “you hit, now I hit” formula of JRPG combat.

 

World of Final Fantasy

This is the very cutely styled game revealed in the Sony conference. The protagonists are a brother and sister combo who enter this cute, chibi styled world.

Exclusive to Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita.

 

Hitman

This new game forms the basis for ongoing development of the Hitman series. It seems that the game will be an ongoing, almost persistent world. Missions will be added as time goes on. Game features will change according to feedback. The sandbox is more of a sandbox. Some targets will be time sensitive and will disappear once someone has taken them out. On top of this, players can mark their own targets and share with friends.

Each mission can be approached however the player wants. Run and gun, complicated setup or long range sniping. The choice is yours. The game is much more of a sandbox than before. Different outfits will allow for infiltration – but the right ones must be discovered. On top of this, some AI characters will be more observant and question your presence.

I think it may be time for me to delve back into the Hitman series.

 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

This is a series I love. I loved the original. I even loved Invisible War. I loved Human Revolution. The latest entry in the series has a brand new engine, created especially for it. The game stars Adam Jenson again and is set two years after Human Revolution. The world is now suspicious of mechanically augmented humans. The game pits Jenson against the Illuminati – who were key to the original game’s backdrop and story.

The trailer was not a disappointment. Go and check it out. Do it now.

The game lands early 2016.

 

 

Round Up Thoughts

Even the games from Square Enix that hold no interest for me look superb. Kingdom Hearts 3 looks good enough for me to give a go to at some point.

On the other hand, the games that I was already invested in. Well. Let’s just say I’m looking forward to these even more than I was before! Until this conference, I had been quite luke warm towards Just Cause 3, but the new features, the quality and craziness of the potential action had me almost salivating.

I’d fallen out with the Hitman series for reasons that I can’t really explain. But this new iteration is exactly the kind of assassination game I’d been waiting for without knowing it. By contrast, I’ve loved every iteration of Deus Ex – this new instalment is no different!

A spectacular conference filled with a superb assortment of games. I can’t wait.

GS Blogger: WedgeDoc

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