Los Angeles’ Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 just ended, and an overflowing new game titles for today’s generation of consoles were released.
For those gamers who have religiously followed the gaming industry all the way back, seeing some of their favorite games get a remaster or a sequel brings them back to their childhood memories. And thanks to this year’s E3, and last year’s as well, your inner child will rejoice with all the familiar games coming back!
- God of War for PS4
God of War was first released for Playstation 2 in 2005, and the series was close to everyone’s hearts. Its milestone cinematic gameplay filled with gore and Greek mythology lessons made gamers all around spend countless hours on this game. And when all aspects of the Greek mythology has been freshed out, old Kratos now mysteriously finds himself in the world of Norse mythology, complete with a beard and an ax. The gameplay is also brand new, focusing on the third-person role playing game like Skyrim and seems like more of an open world setting than a linear one. Kratos is also accompanied by his son, which gives the game that ‘The Last of Us’ vibe. Interestingly, faithful followers of God of War since its initial release may already be fathers now, which make the game more personal and appealing.
90’s kids will always remember those slot machines we used to play in the arcades. Tekken now plans to make a return to the next generation of consoles. Popular fighting games such as Streetfighter and Mortal Kombat are now all available, and Tekken will not be left behind. What makes this game so special is the development of the characters, particularly their appearances (looking at you, Yoshimitsu). It’s like these fictional in-game characters grows old with us. The gameplay is expected to be the same, but equipped with the phenomenal graphics and with a special guest from Streetfighter, the mighty Akuma.
Pokemon Sun and Moon
To be released on November 18, 2016, the main titles of Pokemon will grace the Nintendo 3DS. It will feature the Hawaii-inspired region of Alola, complete with a new set of Pokemon. If you are a genwunner, or simply a Pokemon trainer by heart, this game will still offer the same, old game mechanics of Pokemon you love throughout the years. It also offers a brand new four player free-for-all battle system, giving the game a fresh edge. And what makes this game so special is that it has been 20 years since the original Pokemon games (Red and Blue) was released, so Sun and Moon is expected to deliver homage to all the previous games as part of this anniversary.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
This legendary title started the open world trend in gaming in 1987, and having a name in its title that is not even the main character of the game. The Legend of Zelda’s latest’s installment, The Breath of the Wild, expands its open world system to a whole new level, allowing the player to engage in the objects around him and perform various duties like cooking, chopping trees, climbing rocky walls, and hunting animals. Just like its Nintendo brother Pokemon, Zelda still remains to its traditional game mechanics, which is probably saving Princess Zelda all over again, with gigantic dungeon bosses and simple yet engaging puzzles to solve. Furthermore, this latest Zelda title has improved its graphics compared to its predecessor, Skyward Sword.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
When this game was revealed in last year’s E3, everyone went wild. Seeing Cloud again, the game’s protagonist, from his polygon-shaped body back in Playstation 1 to a full 3D rendered one for the Playstation 4 brought everyone back to 1997. FFVII is a groundbreaking one, considered the flawless game ever created, with its classic Japanese RPG combat style and a well-written story that made you stick ‘till the end. As this game goes for the PS4, it will follow its same old story line, but will use a real-time combat system similar to its latest Final Fantasy titles.
Games become part of our childhood, and eventually continued to stay with us until we grow up. When games grow up with us, like those mentioned above, they forge memories rather than just being simple pastimes. (Luke Godoy)