It's no secret that E3 2015 was absolutely fantastic for gamers. The big names had some bombs to drop and the real winners were us the gamers. To say that it's going to be a very expensive Holiday this year is a massive understatement. But there were some things that stood out for me, a few things that I wanted to see at E3 that weren't shown or mentioned.
To be completely honest, when I was getting my notes ready for this article I already had written down The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy 7 Remake... Not only are those real and exist now (though not going to be playable anytime soon), but we also got a surprise Shenmue 3 announcement. With those being announced, here's a few items that I was wish announced, shown, or real in some way:
Halo 5: Guardians:
Yes, we know it's real and that it's coming out this holiday, however everything we keep getting shown is from multiplayer, which almost everyone has played in the beta or seen it or is from the Locke levels. What I wanted to see is Master Chief. Yes, I'm sure it's not being shown purposely for story reasons or keeping some big surprise but Chief is the main reason many fans love Halo. I do truly like the Locke character after the Nightfall mini-series and I'm really excited to see the 'Friend or Foe' dynamic that looks like it's going to play an integral part of the campaign, it just felt odd seeing so much of the new Halo but having it completely devoid of Spartan 117.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate:
Again, yes it was shown but only in trailer/CG form. Yes some gameplay has been shown previously. For a game due out in a few short months, and being something they want us to pre-order, there should have been a gameplay mission showcasing some of the new mechanics or features. I absolutely love the Assassin's series, and have completed every title to date, but even I'm having a hard time getting excited for Syndicate when nothing new was shown, even at Ubisoft's own press event. With gamers complaining about fatigue, you need to prove and show why this installment is the one we've been waiting for.
Well, technically we were shown a new Metroid Prime of sorts... but it's not what anyone wanted. The fact that there's a petition out there to outright cancel the game speaks volumes of fans reaction to the disappointing announcement. It's almost been a decade since the last Prime title and fans are desperately wanting to play as Samus once again. It's not likely Wii U will even get a true Metroid game at this rate and will mostly need to get a NX when a proper sequel/reboot/prequel is announced. I'm not holding my breath anytime soon.
Beyond Good and Evil 2:
We know it exists, well, existed at least at one point, as a trailer was released way back in 2008 and looked quite impressive for the time. Since then, it's been a complete mystery. There's been multiple pseudo-confirmations from different people but nothing concrete and nothing to show. Fans want this, even more so, we want proof that it's still in development in some way.
Tony Hawk is making a return to its roots this year with a new game and, even though I used to be a massive fan of the first handful of Tony Hawk titles, it's never been the same since Skate was released. Skate revolutionized the skateboarding genre and were incredibly fun to play for hours with friends. It's been 5 years since Skate 3 released; we're due for a new title on new hardware. Not only will the new hardware push how good it looks, I'm excited to see what new features and mechanics EA could come up with to make use of all the new power.
I absolutely LOVED the Burnout series. Paradise was good for what it was, it just never felt like a pure Burnout. Maybe it's because of the lack of crash mode, which the older games had, ever since then I've been clamoring for a new Burnout announcement ever since that would go back to its destructive roots. I was crash mode, I want massive destruction, and I want to see how amazing it's going to look on Xbox One and PS4. If Paradise 2 is what's next for the series, that's fine, just please include one of the most entertaining modes that's ever been in a racing game.