While this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo doesn't officially kick off until tomorrow, the internet has already been graced with the excitement of this past weekend's Nintendo World Championships, as well as the incredible announcements at this week's conferences for Bethesda, Xbox, EA, Ubisoft and Sony. From the announcement of the nostalgic Rare Replay deal on Xbox One to the reveal of brother-sister duo Jacob and Evie Frye in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, gamers were blowing up social media with live reactions to the conferences, which were streamed on Twitch and YouTube.
The debate of E3's official "winner" hasn't quite ended, but the golden moments at the conferences are still generating buzz hours later. These five particular reveals stand out in my memory and were some that I'd been looking forward to for quite a while:
Star Wars: Battlefront Gameplay
Let's get one thing straight: I'm still bothered by the lack of space battles, but I do realize what a [Star Wars: Battlefront](tag:2684021) game entails, and the hype in my heart isn't dead yet. This year's Star Wars Celebration gave us a taste of this highly anticipated game, but today, players worldwide were given a taste of the gorgeous and limitless gameplay to be had in Battlefront.
Despite the fact that Return of the Jedi Luke shows up during the Battle of Hoth to fight Darth Vader, the game looks like an enjoyable romp through different Star Wars maps that you can enjoy on a local scale with eight players, or take to a grand scale with 40. I'm still curious as to how Hero character selection works in multiplayer mode, but I have a good feeling about this game, and I can't wait to get my hands on it at the show tomorrow (hopefully).
"Unravel" and its Adorable Creative Director ("Yarn Man")
Unravel, a creative and adorable new indie game debuted during today's EA press conference, made an unexpected impression on the audience when the game's creative director - an excited, shy presenter named Martin Sahlin - stood up and explained what the game's development meant to him. Nervous yet enthusiastic, Sahlin won the hearts of millions and likely single-handedly sold his game solely on his preciousness.
Xbox One's Backwards Compatibility
Another hot topic throughout the dark times known as the console wars was the ability to play games from the last gen's consoles, and while Sony remained mum on any capability updates, Microsoft proudly announced that XBOX One owners can now enjoy the games they so painstakingly collected for Xbox 360 on their next-gen consoles.
Final Fantasy 7 HD Remake
While we've gone another day without Kingdom Hearts 3 (sorry, creators - Square Enix is tomorrow!) the other flagship franchise shined brightly at the Sony conference. Square-Enix's most popular installment of its Final Fantasy series has finally gotten the go for an HD remake - and with the back of Cloud Strife's spiky blond hair comes a new level in nostalgic gaming.
Honestly, I'm so excited for this game. When I was in high school, I remember Final Fantasy: Advent Children's theatrical debut, and I simply wanted to play a game where the heroes of my childhood came to life in that beautiful, cinematic way. No release date yet, so don't get your hopes up too soon.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Another huge reveal at today's EA presser was the very first peek at shiny new N7 armor, and some rogueish characters from the anticipated upcoming title, Mass Effect 4. While we were given the smallest taste of what to expect, fans of the franchise seem overjoyed at the idea of another installment, and only have to wait until the holiday season of 2016 to get it.
Honorable mentions of today's conferences go to Jason DeRulo's inability to play Just Dance, the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter, and the entire team behind The Last Guardian, which, in hindsight, may have actually been the most important reveal at E3.