E3 is less than a week away. Next Monday will mark the beginning of bloody battles between publishers, big and small, and console manufacturers. The most notable of these battles will be between Microsoft and Sony. With Sony pulling ahead in terms of console sales, Microsoft needs to pull out some big guns in order to gain some ground. There will be game announcements, passive-aggressive jabs and new trailers. But, what do I, a consumer, want from E3? There are a couple of things that are important to me, and I hope to see all of them at E3.
1) Exclusive Titles
Both Microsoft and Sony need to drop announcements. Big ones. Now that their consoles are the same price, $399, and their internal hardware is mostly the same, it all comes down to GAMES. Whether they are new or old IPs, it doesn’t really matter. They need to be games that strike a chord with their respective audiences. What are those games? I don’t really know. So many games are multiplatform now, the idea of a console exclusive is starting to dry up. The fact that Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts are coming out on a Microsoft console is testament to that.
2) Fallout 4
This one is a long shot. And, if it is announced, we probably wouldn’t see anything more than a teaser trailer and maybe a release year (probably 2015/2016). That would be one hell of an announcement for Bethesda. It would give them plenty of time to get the hype train rolling and be able to take their time finishing things up. What if Sony or Microsoft was able to grab it as a console exclusive…?
3) The Last Guardian
Sony needs to get ‘The Last Guardian’ back on track. There are rumors swirling, including a placeholder Amazon listing, indicating that ‘The Last Guardian’ may be closer than we think. Originally announced at E3 2009, this game has been a long time coming, and has the potential to be a system seller for the PS4.
4) Dashboard Update For Xbox One
The dashboard for the Xbox One isn’t bad, per se. It needs work. Compared to the elegance of the later iterations of the Xbox 360 dashboard, the Xbox One interface can occasionally be clunky and difficult to navigate through. With their dedication to monthly updates and constantly improving their system, this doesn’t seem too far-fetched.
5) Kirby For Wii U
If this is announced, I will buy a Wii U. The recent 3DS Kirby game, Triple Deluxe, was good, but I want a substantial, open-world Kirby game. I want to destroy the world with Kirby.
7) Long Gameplay Demo Of Metal Gear Solid V
‘The Phantom Pain’ is easily one of my most anticipated releases for the Xbox One. Hopefully, we’ll see it launch in 2015, but I’m not holding my breath for that one. I really like Ground Zeroes, and can’t wait to see that expanded upon.
8) 2014 Launches
We all know that the year following a console launch is pretty barren. We have Destiny, The Evil Within and a couple of other big games dropping, but it wouldn’t hurt to have a couple more. Would really help both consoles to get more titles out there this year, instead of jamming everything into 2015.
I’m sure there are a couple of other things I’m not thinking of, but feel free to add to this list in the comments on here, or on Facebook. The games are coming! Let’s get excited!