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Friday, June 6, 2014

The Friday 10; The ten games we'd like to find out more about at E3 2014

List by Matt S.

Everyone likes a top-10 list. They're a bit of fun, and always good for discussion. And so every so often we pull together a "top 10" list. These are here for fun and laughs - we're not pretending that we're the authority of good games taste in the world and this is purely the author's preferences. Agree with him/ her or not, it's all good.

We'd love to hear your own personal ideas in the comments below the list. But please do be civil. We're all friends here!

Given that it's the week before E3, we thought it would be fun to list out the ten games that we don't know a whole lot about at this stage, but we'd love to find out more about.

What games are you looking forward to learning about? Let us know in the comments!

Final Fantasy XII HD - This is a rumour that has been getting more steam, and considering that Final Fantasy X and X-2 were a big hit in HD, I'm sure Square Enix has this one underway. Whether we'll see it at E3 or not who knows, but we certainly have our fingers crossed, because FFXII is one of the most underrated games in the franchise, and it would be great if more people had the opportunity to experience it.



The Last Guardian - After ICO and Shadow of the Colossus (especially Shadow of the Colossus), we've been hoping that The Last Guardian wasn't a project that was dead in the water for many years now. Sony keeps promising that it's still in development, and it's almost at the point where the company owes the world the experience simply because the idea of what the developer can do with hardware two generations more powerful than what Team ICO previously managed will surely be a gift to the world of art.



Fatal Frame Wii U - The Nintendo Wii U has the potential of having a great year ahead, and Fatal Frame could be a big part of this year. Fatal Frame is easily the finest horror game series that we've ever seen, and while we missed out on the last one in the west, Nintendo's new found support for the franchise means that we should see this one. Just the thought of using the gamepad as the game's trademark camera to take photos of ghosts could be the best use of the dual screen design of the console to date.



Hyrule Warriors - Tecmo Koei is one of the few third parties that continues to give Nintendo genuine support, and between Fatal Frame and Hyrule Warriors, it should be a nice diversion from Nintendo's own products. Everyone knows how the Warriors franchise works by now, but how it will work in the context of the world of Hyrule has yet to be seen in more than fleeting screenshots and videos. It could be something special indeed.



SMT Vs. Fire Emblem - Nintendo announced this game ages ago now, and despite hosting multiple Direct shows afterwards, has failed to show any progress on the game since. We don't even have a single screenshot to go on. So why are we so excited? Because it's one of the finest JRPG franchises ever made, the Shin Megami Tensei series, mixed with one of the finest tactics JRPG franchises ever made in Fire Emblem. It should be a match made in heaven, so hopefully Nintendo can finally reveal some more information this year at E3.



Samurai Warriors 4 - Finally confirmed to be getting a western release, Samurai Warriors 4 is going to be the first PlayStation 4 game that truly uses the hardware as it is meant to be used. While we know quite a bit about the game already, it's going to be fun to see how it all actually works at E3. And no doubt this one will be hands on, just to make me jealous for our American friends that can actually be there at the show.



Project Beast - We always knew that From Software would do a follow up to Dark Souls. What we couldn't have predicted is Project Beast. From the couple of seconds of footage that we've seen this game is definitely the spiritual successor to the Souls games, and it's fascinating that the company is looking to collaborate again with Sony, as it did with Demon's Souls.



The Witness - Puzzle games are not always something that people anticipate with baited breath, but The Witness has all kinds of things going for it that really mark it out as something special; it's the work of Jonathan Blow, the man behind Braid. It'a also an open world puzzle game, and we're all dying to find out how that works out. This game has been in development for a while now, so it'll be interesting to see if we get to see any more details about the game.



Mass Effect 4 - Mass Effect is, without a doubt, one of the standout AAA-game franchise from the last generation. The trilogy might have ended on a sour note for some, but for most of us it was, from start to finish, a brilliant exploration of themes ranging from racism to nihilism. We know a new Mass Effect game is in the works, but we know almost nothing about it. Surely - surely - E3 2014 is going to be our first look at the game in full.



Persona 5 - Of all the games I've ever reviewed, Persona 4 is the one that I regret not giving a full 5/5 score to the most. That game is pure brilliance, and it's one of those rare franchises that has been getting better with each new game (yes, yes, I know some people prefer Persona 3, but P3 doesn't have Rise). Persona 5, if it continues the trend for the franchise, would be a strong contender for the greatest game ever, so hopefully we learn something about it from E3.



- Matt S.
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The Friday 10; The ten games we'd like to find out more about at E3 2014
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