2005 E3 Preview

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posted 5/12/2005 by The GN Staff
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With every E-3 I look forward mostly to action games and RPGs, this year looks to be without exception with even more big name RPGs hitting the shelves than in recent years. With Final Fantasy XII and Kingdom Hearts 2 closing in for release there are still a lot of other games that deserve our attention, I’m on the lookout for other things this year though, not just RPGs.

1. Fatal Frame 3 from Tecmo – After playing through Fatal Frame 2 not once, not twice but four times on PS2 and then five times over again on Xbox you would think I’ve had my fill of the Camera Obscura but that is far from the truth. A new female lead is on the search for her lost boyfriend and Miku from the original Fatal Frame makes a return, hopefully this game will further refine the excellent game play that made Fatal Frame 2 so enjoyable for me. A showing at this year’s E-3 is what the gamer inside of me is burning for.

2. Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children from Square-Enix – I know you’re thinking, “That’s not a game!” But after months and months of delays it looks like this movie will finally hit store shelves this year and hopefully will have a massive showing on the E-3 floor. A true sequel that Final Fantasy fans have wanted for years is coming in the strangest of forms, and I for one could not be happier.

3. Genji from Sony – Initial screens and game play footage of this title bring back memories of Onimusha mixed with Devil May Cry. The beautiful art of this game also has me keeping a very close and watchful eye over this title.

4. New Nintendo DS Games – Lost in Blue, Castlevania, Mario Kart, these are the killer aps that I’ve been dreaming about, I finally feel like the purchase of a DS isn’t lost to the PSP. Castlevania alone is the only thing that is truly making me hang on to my DS though, with the return of Soma Cruz and the attempt to make this game more like Symphony of the Night I’ve got a lot to be happy about.

5. New Consoles – Who isn’t excited about seeing what Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft have to show off for the next generation of consoles? With current hardware being stretched to the absolute limits, it was only a matter of time before the big three would show off new hardware. Now let’s just hope my wallet can handle the damage.

6. Grandia 3 from Square Enix – After Grandia II there was a gaping hole in my RPG craving heart. Star Ocean tried hard to fill that gap and just couldn’t quite do it. Shadow Hearts Covenant was the only thing in the meantime that I absolutely fell in love with. Let’s just hope “Squenix” can deliver the same stellar story and game play from II and steer clear of the viciousness of Grandia X-treme.

7. Namco X Capcom From Monolith Software- If you haven't seen footage of this game yet then consider this a plea to go to gametrailers.com right now and get the most recent trailer. This game combines a massive roster from both Namco and Capcom and creates a fighting game environment in an RPG setting. If that doesn't intrigue you then I don't know what will. But I'm waiting for this game with ferocity, and if Namco or Capcom don't show it at E3 this year then consider me one disappointed gamer.
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