E3 2014: My Reactions.

So, E3 is starting, and I'm going to be doing what I did last year, where I give my thoughts on all the things revealed this week, updating as E3 goes on. So, let's get to it.

Of course, I'm only doing the things I care about here. This being my blog, and all.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (3DS): Everyone who's played Ace Attorney loves it, and now you can play the first 3 games IN 3D WITH HD ARTWORK. It's basically like a better-functioning port of the HD trilogy on the iOS. If you haven't played the first 3 games, get this. Coming this Winter.

Theathrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS): It's Theatrhythm again, but with more characters and songs, and then even more DLC stuff. I can dig it. Coming September 16th.

Kingdom Hearts II.5 HD ReMix (PS3): Well, we finally have a release date, which is great. I don't care that it's at the end of the year, it's something. And from the looks of the trailer, not only have they recorded actual English dialogue for the new scenes, but it sounds like they've also redone some of the battle voice acting, which is also pretty neat. And at the end of the trailer was a teaser hyping Kingdom Hearts III, which is just teasing us. Anyway, Square did some of what I wanted this year, so I'm happy. Coming December 2nd, 2014.

As M. Bison once said, "YES! YES!"
Mortal Kombat X (PS4/XBOne/PS3/XBox360/PC): The teaser for this was shown last week, and we got another trailer for it this week. From the shown gameplay, it looks like there'll be more emphasis on environment (similar to Injustice: Gods Among Us), and more variable movesets. There were also three new characters shown: an insect-looking woman, what seems to be a golem with a little follower, and some blue-skinned fucker who's dressed similarly to Kabal. It also looks like each character might get multiple X-Ray moves this game. Overall, MKX looks like it's going to be improving on what MK2011 did, and that's saying something. Coming 2015.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4): We only got a teaser trailer for this game, but it looks gorgeous as fuck. Naughty Dog has definitely outdone themselves in the graphics department, and that's saying something. Anyway, judging by the dialogue between Nate and Sully during the trailer, and the name of the game, this'll be the end of Nate's saga, and possibly the Uncharted series. While that may seem to be the case, we'll never know until it comes out. Also, judging from the previous games, we can probably expect some crazy mythical shit. Coming 2015.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4/XBOne/PS3/XBox360): Holy shit, this trailer is brutal. We see all sorts of messed up scenes here: a massacred village, Snake's bloodied face in front of a raging inferno, a fight between soldiers going a bit too far, Snake getting into a knife fight with the kid Eli, an attempted drowning, and confirmation that Snake and Ocelot are both torturing Huey. This is going to be a gruesome game. On the plus-side, the graphics are even more gorgeous than they were last E3, so there's that. The end of the trailer says the game is "Coming 1984, " which is obviously a joke. Coming sometime 2015-2016.

Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4/XBOne/PC): We finally see some gameplay, and it looks fucking awesome, as you'd expect. The gliding looks more refined, the combat, from what little we saw, seems to have more options, and the Batmobile is fucking sweet. It just tears down whatever stands in it's way, and it's armed with missiles and cannons for combat with tanks. We also finally get a look at the Scarecrow's new design, which looks creepy as all hell. Overall, I'm even more hyped for this now. Almost makes me forget about the delay. Coming 2015.

Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS: Though there wasn't as much news as I expected, there was still quite a bit, so I'll just do a separate post with the details. But, to sum it up: Miis and Palutena are playable, little action figures called Amiibo will interact with the game, 3DS delayed to October, Pac-Man revealed out of nowhere.

So the rumors were true!
Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U): Well, Yarn Yoshi has an official name, and gameplay. It looks pretty, the gameplay looks interesting, there's lots of yarn elements, and some multiplayer, which is cool. Coming 2015.

Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker (Wii U): So they're making a game based on the Captain levels from Mario 3D World. It looks okay, but I would think being unable to jump, as well as Toad's voice, would get annoying pretty quickly. Coming Holiday 2014.

Legend of Zelda Wii U: We saw the graphics, and they look gorgeous. This game is going to be a bit more similar to the original Zelda, being much less linear, and being able to explore the world at your own leisure. We see that Link's bow looks more hi-tech, and he looks much more feminine than in previous games, to the point I think he may actually be a female. Coming God-Knows-When.

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby (3DS): We finally see gameplay, and it's what you'd expect: Gen 3 with X/Y graphics. Brendan, May, and Teams Aqua and Magma have all been redesigned, there are Mega Evolutions, the games just look great. Coming November 21, 2014.

Bayonetta 2 (Wii U): So, Bayonetta's going to Hell. We see her and the little black kid enter the gates, so... yeah. Anyway, there's massive enemies and new elemental weapons. As a bonus, the game comes with Nintendo-related outfits (Peach, Link, and Samus specifically were shown), and the game has the first Bayonetta on the disc too, which is cool. Coming October 2014.

Hyrule Warriors (Wii U): Well, the gameplay looks a lot more refined now, which is good. We also see two more playable characters: Zelda and Midna. You fight alongside an entire army, and you can help your allies at any time. The bosses are absolutely gigantic, and there's a multplayer mode. It just looks so grand and epic, I know I'm preordering. Coming September 26, 2014.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U): It's a new Kirby game, and it looks similar to Kirby: Canvas Curse. Of all the Kirby games to make a sequel to, why that one? Anyway, it looks to have a similar aesthetic to Kirby's Epic Yarn. Coming 2015.

Mario Maker (Wii U): It's a new Mario game that lets you make, remake, and rearrange Super Mario Bros levels. You can even change the aesthetic to New Super Mario Bros U style. It looks pretty cool. Coming 2015.

Splatoon (Wii U): It's a Wii U exclusive shooter, but with a twist. You play on teams of four, and you shoot ink. The main objective of each map is to have most of the map covered in your team's colored ink once time runs out. You can also transform into a squid and interact with the ink in various ways. There's a map on the gamepad, and you can bounce over to another player by tapping their icon. Powerups shown include a giant paint roller, bazooka, bomb, and sniper rifle. This looks like an interesting, unique experience. Coming 2015.

I've heard language less colorful.
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse (PS3/PS4/XB360/XBOne): So, this is Dragon Ball New Project 2014. It looks really legit, the battle style looks cool, the art style is pleasing, and the narration hints at something big happening here. I can't wait.

Project Giant Robot (Wii U): So, Shigeru Miyamoto showed up to preview three games he's been working on as side-projects. In this game, you use the Gamepad in combination with your upper body to control a giant robot and fight others. Pretty cool.

Project Guard (Wii U): Another of Miyamoto's side projects. With this one, you use 12 security cameras to find enemies and defeat them. You can only defeat the enemies if they're within the sights of whichever camera you're using.

Star Fox Wii U: Miyamoto's last side-project. We didn't see much other than some really blurry gameplay and screenshots, but it's nice to know we're finally getting more Star Fox.

Final Fantasy VII G-Bike (Mobile Phones): Normally you wouldn't think a mobile phone game would warrant my interest. However, this one actually looks really legit. It's like a super-improved version of the bike mini-game from FFVII, but with Crisis Core-esque graphics. There's tons of enemies, and we see Cloud perform some Limit Breaks. Pretty legit.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (PS4/XBOne): Final Fantasy Type-0 was a game released for the PSP in Japan about 2 years ago. It was originally in development with the title "Final Fantasy Agito XIII," and was set to be part of Square's Fabulla Nova Crystallis Saga. And now, after years of begging from fans worldwide, they're releasing it worldwide, for all to play, in HD. And it's also coming with a mobile phone spin-off, but nobody cares about that.

Well, that's it for this year's E3. I've gotta say, while there were more games I was interested in this year, it didn't feel as grand as last year, especially the Smash Bros. part. It was still a good enough E3, but it was a little disappointing. I'm going to at least follow the news on most, if not all of these games as we get more.

HBM, signing out.

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