PAX West is now finally over and after some time composing my thoughts on all of the cool experiences at the convention I thought I would talk about some of the games I’m most excited for. So, let’s dive right into it.
1. Final Fantasy XV
It’s been a while since I’ve actually been excited for a Final Fantasy game. With Final Fantasy 13 just being alright (with many questionable combat system choices) and 14 not being the smash success that Square Enix hoped for, I thought maybe the series was done for. However, Final Fantasy 15 has been in development for 10 years and I must say….IT SHOWS. I cannot express enough how amazing playing this game was at PAX. It has an amazing combat system, beautiful world design, and the combat was so rewarding. I enjoyed the amount of detail that I saw in the game. It’s obvious that Square Enix did not cut corners. I cannot wait for this game to come out. I look forward to buying it and doing a review.
2. Kingdom Hearts 2.8
This game is expected to tie up a lot of the loose ends in the Kingdom Hearts series. Although I feel like the story has gotten so complex it manages to almost put Metal Gear Solid to shame, I loved the combat design and graphics. I wish I could dive more into this game, but the demo was very short. All I can say is that like always, Kingdom Hearts managed to combine a serious combat system with cartoonish gameplay with style and I couldn’t have been happier with it.
3. Dishonored 2
There actually wasn’t a booth I could find that featured a demo, but what I did get to see was a trailer and I still am just as excited about it as I was before. Since I didn’t get the opportunity to play it, I can’t really comment on if it is amazing, but I do look forward to the new powers and missions ahead.
4. Pokemon Sun and Moon
Nintendo kept Pokémon Sun and Moon under wraps for PAX West and didn’t showcase any new news or a demo, which was a little disappointing but with the additions of Z moves, Alola Forms, and many exciting new Pokémon I felt eager to actually start a new adventure that I haven’t done in years.
This game was at PAX West last year, but I’m still excited for the potential release date coming soon. It is definitely a unique MOBA that manages to create its own unique style. Now, I won’t say that the game is perfect, but I would be intrigued to see just how well it’s received upon release.
Other Honorable Mentions
Dawn of War 3
Dead by Daylight
South Park (Fractured but Whole)
Well, that’s that. Let me know of what you thought about any of these games and if I’m missing anything. In the coming weeks, I’ll try to figure out if I have enough to organize a giveaway of some sort, so check back to learn more.