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Top 10 E3 2015 Announcements

5. Unravel

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EA aren’t usually known for quirky, creative indie titles, but with the announcement of Unravel they’re breaking the mould to bring us one hell of a charming looking adventure.

Playing as a cute wooly creature known as Yarnie, Unravel promises a touching physics-based puzzle/platform game that will both tax your brain and warm your heart as you embark on a great journey. This title truly has our attention and we can’t wait to see more of it.

 

 

4. Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

xbox one backwards compatibility

With the Xbox One somewhat significantly trailing behind the PlayStation 4, the focus was on Microsoft to deliver something spectacular at this year’s E3, and with the announcement of backwards compatibility coming to Xbox One they didn’t disappoint.

Being able to play your Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One will be a gamechanger for many, enabling gamers to delve into their back catalogue without needing their old console. There are some caveats to the announcement though, as Microsoft will first need to seek permission from publishers to make games compatible and the performance of some games such as Mass Effect at the moment is questionable.

Currently only available to members of the Xbox Preview Program, backwards compatibility will be available to all later this year, hopefully with support for more games and better performance.

 

3. Shenmue 3 Kickstarter

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Whilst we’re not particularly fans of the series, having never played any of the first two games to be brutally honest, the announcement of a Kickstarter for Shenmue 3 was still spectacular to behold.

Highly regarded by gamers around the world, it was feared that the Shenmue saga would never get the ending it deserved. Thanks to Sega handing over the rights to series creator Yu Suzuki however, the power is now in gamers’ hands to bring a third chapter of Ryo’s tale to life.

With the project already funded, another 20 or so days left on its Kickstarter and Sony chipping in to assist with the title, Shenmue fans have a lot to look forward to as more funds means an expanded experience.

 

 

2. South Park: The Fractured But Whole

south park e3 2015

After Trey Parker’s and Matt Stone’s troubles with South Park: The Stick of Truth, we really didn’t see this one coming. Truth be told, we’re over the moon with the announcement though, as we found The Stick of Truth to be one of our favourite games of recent years.

A direct sequel to the previous title, The Fractured But Whole sees you once again playing as “the New Kid” in a whole new hilarious adventure that is sure to offend and entertain in equal amounts. We’ll be keeping a keen eye on this game as it progresses through development, that’s for sure!

 

1. Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake
Surely a moment that will be remembered for many years to come, Final Fantasy VII’s much sought-after remake is finally becoming a reality. How they kept it secret for so long is quite amazing really.

We don’t know much about the title yet but what we do know is that development on it started over a year ago and that it will be coming to PlayStation 4 first. Hopefully they’ll try to make it look as nice as the Advent Children film and leave the battle system and its stranger story moments intact.

A game that is close to a legion of gamers’ hearts, we honestly can’t wait to get reacquainted with Cloud and co. as he pursues Sephiroth, undoubtedly one of the best video game villains of all time.

Comment below with your highlights from the E3 2015 announcements!

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Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!