E3 2019: More Thoughts
Have you seen how smooth Squall's face looks?
Square Enix has done a lovely job of tidying up everyone's favourite teen mercenary for ..... wait for it...... Final Fantasy VIII Remastered!
I almost fell off my chair when the trailer started. I was so excited, I didn't know what to do with myself. Should I watch the trailer? Look at the twitter reactions? Fax my wife? Pretend to do some work because I was at work and I'm not being paid to watch E3 trailers?
Within seconds of the trailer ending, Twitter came alive with idiots sharing their terrible opinions about VIII. These pitiful, hateful dimwits lack the cranial capacity to appreciate such a masterpiece and should not be trusted on any matter that requires any semblance of good taste. With that being said, I'm low-key terrified that I won't enjoy returning to my first Final Fantasy, and will be forced to apologise to all the people I just insulted in this paragraph.
Nah, it'll be fine.
The FFVIII remaster was the highlight of a pretty good showing for SE. They rolled out FF royalty, talked about VII Remake, and showed us some games that we knew about, and some which we didn't. And they did all of this during Game Five of the NBA Finals, which made for a very confusing morning on the internet.
Why has Kawhi Leonard remastered Last Remnant for Switch?
It has been a lot of fun taking the piss out of FFVII Remake, but honestly that gameplay trailer was really impressive. If that brief slice is representative of the full experience, then it appears to have retained the spirit of the original while looking very modern and very fun. Tifa got lots of cheers from the perverts in the audience, and Kitase and Nomura seemed genuinely proud of what they are creating.
It's just a shame that Nomura had to lower the tone by turning up in shorts.
Last Remnant is out now on Switch, and Crystal Dynamics finally revealed their Avengers game, which got a fair bit of stick for it's character models. Romancing Saga 3 will finally be available in the West, which is exciting if you are into that kind of thing, and People Can Fly unveiled Outriders, a cooperative shooter which might or might not be good, depending on whether it's any good or not.
Ubisoft did a thing, as they always do. I am thoroughly ambivalent towards Watch Dogs Brexit; Gods and Monsters sounds interesting, but who really knows, and it was nice to hear that AC Odyssey is getting a Discovery Mode for history enthusiasts and people who are bad at games. In it's thirteenth year, the Wii will get a new game: Just Dance 2019. Your Gran will be very happy about that.
Nintendo capped off a fun but fairly low-key E3 with a pre-recorded Direct. There's a Breath of the Wild sequel in development, which is very welcome news, and some sort of bear thing is coming to that fighting game that you lot like. Animal Crossing: New Horizon has been delayed to March 2020, where it will compete with FFVII Remake and Cyberpunk 2077 for your spring-time attention. No More Heroes 3 is real, which greatly pleases 2009-me, but I'm not really sure how now-me feels. That's a series I fear I may have grown out of.
Finally, SWitcher 3 is coming this year. I have no idea how they've got Wild Hunt running on the Switch, but I'm very happy that one of, if not the, best game of this generation will be experienced by a new audience.
In conclusion, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered.
'bout fucking time.