As E3 begins to wind down, it is time to take a moment to think about the best and worst moments of this year’s gaming media bonanza. Obviously, I’m not there in person, so coverage is based off of a combination of live streams, articles, and videos from other sources.
So I wanted to take some time here today to talk about some of what I saw following coverage of E3. We’re going to talk surprises, the best and worst, and where the companies hit their highs and lows. I also wanted to touch base about the Sony E3 Experience as this was its first year visiting Winnipeg.
Everyone has games that just click for them… games that you can constantly go back to simply because, no matter how many times you play them, they are always satisfying. Always fun. For some people, this is a classic game from their childhood. For me, there are a few… but the one that stands out the most is Catherine. I love Catherine, and I’ve always struggled with why.
Catherine is an obscure 2011 Atlus game that is incredibly hard to explain – or rationalize. It isn’t a game that fits into any of my favourite genres – it isn’t Metroidvania, it’s not an RTS/MoBA, it’s not a JRPG, it’s not even a Platformer. It isn’t a long game (I streamed the hard difficulty from start to finish in a ~12 hour marathon just last weekend). It isn’t perfect, by any means… so why is it that this game is the one I constantly go fall back on when I’m looking for something to watch, to play, or to stream?
WARNING: Some Spoilers Are Contained Within
Well, it’s hard to believe but #JRPGMonth has almost come to a close. It’s been a great month, and I hope the JRPG love will continue throughout the year, but all good things must come to an end. But, as befits the end of such an incredible time, I’d like to share with you my final Shadow’s Six list of #JRPGMonth… and this is the big one.
This list was easily the most difficult to craft. It started with a list of nearly 15 JRPGs… and through a rigorous process I have managed to narrow it down, eliminating all but the most deserving. So are you ready? Because I know I am…. here are the greatest JRPGs of all time!
As you may have noticed, there were quite a few second seasons and sequels in my most anticipated for the year… so this week’s recommendations are going to focused on the games and shows you should be watching to get up to speed for this year’s best upcoming titles.
It’s time to start showcasing my most anticipated titles of 2015. Each Wednesday, from now until New Years, we’ll be showcasing some of the games and anime among next year’s expected releases that I am the most excited for.
For our first set, we’ll be going to one of my favourite sources of entertainment… long-running JRPG franchises! This year we’ve got a few of them coming down the pipeline, and I absolutely cannot wait! So let’s not keep you waiting, here are the first few titles…