So, Square Enix was at one point hyping this thing called Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which was going to be pretty much everything we've wanted from the Final Franchise series since this generation began. It was going to be a glorious return to the overworld map we hadn't seen since the PSOne era. It was to tell a darker and more serious story that didn't need to distract us with Lightning's hotness to keep us interested. It was going to feature a protagonist who can take down an entire army so easily he was visually bored during one of the most badass battle cinematics we've seen in a long time. But then, poof, the game disappeared. We were hoping to hear something about it during E3 last year, but Square was too busy trying to sell us on FFXIII-2. Surely, then, 2012's E3 would show us at least something to prove that Squenix hadn't forgotten about it, right? Well, wrong. It wasn't there this year either. In fact, we're beginning to worry that this one's been lost in development hell. Is this another Duke Nukem Forever situation? Hopefully not, but it's not looking good at this point.
The Last of Us was legitimately one of the coolest titles at E3. I mean, with Naughty Dog pulling what they've learned from the Uncharted series, as well as having a seriously awesome premise to work with, the type of survival horror we only dreamed about in the PSOne era could finally be a reality. But we weren't given a launch date until afterward, when Jimmy Fallon was told on his show that The Last of Us won't be out until 2013. Now, I'm all for waiting until 2013 if it means this is going to be an incredibly polished game. Still, the wait is going to be a hard one.
Where was the PS4? The Xbox 720? Certainly not at E3 2012. Now, I'll be the first to admit that most of us aren't ready to be dishing out hundreds of dollars on an entire generation's worth of new consoles just yet, but the prospect of seeing what the next generation is capable of is exciting nonetheless. Now, I wasn't expecting an announcement from Microsoft or Sony this year, but there was still a part of me that left those conferences slightly saddened about the absence of such an announcement. Well, there's always next year, right?
This is a no-brainer. We've been waiting for a sequel to Half-Life 2: Episode Two forever. Especially with the way that game ended. I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't played it yet (and if you haven't, seriously, who are you?), but I'll just say that it was one of the most infuriating cliffhangers in gaming history. We need to see what happens next. It's driving us mad.
Also, we wouldn't mind hanging out with Alyx again. She's awesome.
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Date: June 25, 2012
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