E3 2018 was pretty good this year, even if I wouldn’t call it my favourite E3. I don’t mind too much since TGS is always the better conference for news of new JRPGs, but regardless we did get a few interesting ones at E3. As someone who usually finishes E3’s conferences most excited for what Sony is bringing, I found Nintendo’s conference more interesting as a JRPG fan, although all of the conferences had at least a little bit of news about what’s coming to the genre in the next year. As with all E3’s there were a few surprises big and small for JRPG and video game fans in general, so these are the JRPG trailers and announcements that got me the most excited at E3 2018.
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive EditionTales of the Rays where I got the main protagonist Yuri in my party and liked him as a character, so I look forward to getting to know this game that many JRPG fans seem particularly fond of when it comes out.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Persona 3 and 5 DanceI’ve already reviewed the Persona 5 one!) and as a fan of Persona 4 Dancing All Night I love these new additions with their fantastic remixes and tracks from already great soundtracks and more fun moments with both wonderful casts. Hopefully they’ll announce a more solid date sometime soon, but I’m just happy to hear they’re coming at all so that everyone can play this great rhythm spin-off game.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna, the Golden Countrymore than enough content to keep us going in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, but Nintendo’s Trailer and content showing the new DLC expansion Torna, the Golden Country has truly sold the expansion pass to me for the amount of new things it adds to a game that is already overflowing with content. The story content in the trailer looks like it will add to the current story of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 well and the deeper look into the gameplay shown in Nintendo’s Treehouse event made the DLC all the more enticing. As they ran around the map, I could see more of the quests and collection points I loved doing and going to so much in the original and the updated battle system looked good with its character switching, so it looks like it’s going to be a full and fun new Xenoblade Chronicles 2 experience. The new Challenge Mode is playable now for players with the Expansion Pass and after seeing great footage of everything new in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 at E3, I hope to jump into it with my own Expansion Pass soon.
Pokemon Let’s Go
Fire Emblem Three HousesI played Awakening a couple of years ago, so I’m interested to see what else is in Fire Emblem Three Houses as more gets announced.
Dragon Quest XI
Octopath TravelerI played mostly as Primrose in the first demo and she still stood out most to me in the character trailer, so I seem to be torn between playing her, H’aanit or Therion right now, especially after seeing H’aanit’s monster capturing in the Treehouse footage. I hope the new demo makes this choice clearer for me, but in any case I’m glad that Octopath Traveler got some attention in Nintendo’s main conference and look forward to playing it soon both in its demo and next month.
Other Noteworthy Announcements
- Code Vein showed some gameplay to media outlets while also revealing its release day just before E3
- The World Ends With You got a quick mini-announcement in Nintendo’s conference that it will be coming to Switch this Fall
- Along with showing a great trailer for Yakuza Kiwami 2, Yakuza Zero and Kiwami will be making their way to PC with uncapped frame rates
- The wonderful NieR Automata will be coming to Xbox One this month in its Become As Gods edition
- Shining Resonance Refrain quietly released a demo during E3 that can help you make your decision between buying it or Octopath Traveler next month
- And Valkyria Chronicles 4 got a nice new trailer showcasing some of its localisation that we’ll see more of when it comes out in the Fall
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What were your favourites from E3 this year? Do you think there was anything missing?
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