The Los Angeles Convention Center opens its doors to video game media in a few days’ time, which leaves many journalists filling the time between then and now with predictions, analysis, and wish lists–I’m no different. The comrades and I have already briefly touched upon what we think will happen, but now I’m detailing what I hope will happen. There’s definitely a chasm large and deep enough to dump thousands of unwanted E.T. carts between the two.
First up: Sony. I, honestly, couldn’t care less about any PS3 or even PS4/PS Orbis news at the moment. As someone who purchased a PS Vita less than a week after launch, I’m in full-on crave mode for a truly magnificent original title. Check that again…a magnificent original title. I don’t care about PS or PS2 games–I didn’t but this $250 handheld for retro gaming. Ironically, Retro Affect has a decent-looking PS Vita game in Snapshot that makes creative use of the portable’s camera to help users guide the game’s hero through the game world. Not many companies, as of this writing, have unveiled or mentioned PS Vita games among their E3 showings (Jet Set Radio HD and Spy Hunter are two); I sincerely hope that said companies are saving PS Vita news for Sony’s presser or as on-the-floor surprises. We need more. Now.
Microsoft. Many are hoping that Redmond will announce a new console. New platforms, after all, are sexy attention grabbers. But that’s the last thing I want to see. I’d like to see developers further tap the platform and push the hardware as far as it will go. A new Gears game? Mmm-hmm. HALO 4? Yes, please. Then again, I’m a proponent of the universal console, so I have no problem with a hardware hold off.
That said, Nintendo is the lone company of the Big Three with a new console that’s guaranteed to appear at E3 and it will take a hell announcement for me to get hot and bothered; the prospect of yet another Mario Kart and Smash Bros. does absolutely nothing for me. I would, however, love for Nintendo to finally walk into contemporary times by delivering a true online presence that rivals PSN and Xbox Live.
There are a slew of games that I’d like to see made manifest: Lords of Shadow 2, a Dark Void follow-up that would fulfill the original game’s potential, The Last Guardian, another 2D action title from WayForward, SNK Playmore expanding beyond King of Fighters and Metal Slug updates. Maybe spend some time with an updated Anarchy Reigns build.
And there’s the game that I would love to hear announced on Mac, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, 3DS, Android, iPad, and any other gaming-worthy device: A Square Enix Final Fantasy VII HD remake. Not because I want it; I just want the fanboys who are still clinging to this game to realize that Final Fantasy VII just isn’t all that good.