E3 2018 Impressions - Square Enix
It's sad to say that Square Enix had the most disappointing E3 conference this year. It was far from the worst, but expectations were high.
I was especially excited to see how much had changed with Final Fantasy VII Remake since its reveal three years ago. There was also a lot of anticipation on what the Avengers Project would play like. Unfortunately, neither of these games were shown at Square Enix's presentation. Not only that, but the new IPs they unveiled this year had pretty boring trailers.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
After the gameplay trailer of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, I was left disappointed. Not only did the game seem boring in comparison to its two predecessors, but there was something odd about its color palette. This third entry in the rebooted series didn't look like it had any significant changes, but I do hope it turns out to be fun. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is planned to release Sept. 14, 2018 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Just Cause 4
Probably the coolest looking thing out of Square Enix's conference is the pure insanity of Just Cause 4. Conjuring as much destruction as possible, Avalanche Studios looks like they're trying to solve Just Cause 3's problems. With a new weather system, Rico Rodriguez is in a constant battle against nature. Either that, or he uses the elements to his advantage, destroying any obstacles in his path. Just Cause 4 is set to release on December 4 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
Dontnod Entertainment's new game, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, is not Life is Strange 2, but it is set in the same universe. I've never been a fan of Life is Strange, but it'll be completely free on June 26, so there's no reason not to give it a try.
Dragon Quest XI
More than a year after its release in Japan, Square Enix plans to get Dragon Quest XI into U.S. stores on Sept 4 of this year. Akira Toriyama's character designs always make me giggle, and the variation in abilities seemed compelling. I've never played a Dragon Quest game, but I am a sucker for turn-based JRPGs, so Dragon Quest XI might be my first.
The Quiet Man
Starting with a strange live action sequence, the trailer smoothly transitions into the game, which didn't show much besides from a deaf man punching two guys in a dark alley. It's weird how this trailer was treated, as it not only tells the audience nothing, but it doesn't provide any reason to be compelled, as we know nothing of the game. The only thing we can tell from this trailer is that you play a deaf man that punches people. Exciting, right?
Even though there are a lot of reasons to be excited for a new title from Platinum Games, the announcement was incredibly underwhelming. Square Enix treats this reveal with a ton of exposition for a story that no one has heard of. I was almost sure that this would be a trailer for a well established series, as there would be no other reason to start it off with a minute of lore. Regardless, I'm sure it'll be fun, especially since Platinum rarely releases a boring game.
I wish Square Enix delivered what fans wanted to see, as its conference was an unfortunate disappointment. I'm really hoping that they'll blow us away with news on their big projects at PSX in December, as the company has a lot of expectations surrounding them.