E3 2017: Thoughts And Words

If during E3 2016 Nintendo did not have much to show other than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which was pretty understandable given the colossal impact the game had, E3 2017 was a quite different scenario. Looking to power the Switch through its first year of life while keeping the flame of its sales phenomenon pretty well-fed with oxygen, and trying to show gamers that the 3DS is still a system that will receive their support, the company gave fans quite a bit to look forward to. Games that were still unknown to the general public were revealed, and upcoming projects whose names have been written on people’s calendars for quite a while were further detailed.

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Xenoblade Chronicles X

Never has a game been this big, intricate, and ambitious; and rarely has a title offered as much content. Xenoblade Chronicles X is an amazing package that pulls players into a marvelous world within which they can exist and survive for more than one hundred hours. It has details and developments scattered all around its world and its missions, and the bits of satisfaction that it drops as gamers sink deeper and deeper into Mira make the effort and dedication it demands more than worthy. It is an unrelenting source of joy and wonder; a title that serves as a prime example of how gaming is capable of crafting full-fledged parallel universes into which we can gladly walk and explore for hours, plunging into a reality whose amazingly detailed and appealing mysteries are an endless pit of motivation.

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Home Away From Home

Xenoblade Chronicles X, aware that fans of the saga wanted a mixture of more-of-the-same with bigger and better mechanics, delivers precisely that. However, where Xenoblade Chronicles was a JRPG covered in an MMO cloak; Xenoblade Chronicles X further embraces the tendencies of massively multiplayer online games and becomes an MMO dressed up in a beautiful JRPG garb. Freedom and exploration are taken to a whole new degree, and not simply because Xenoblade X features what is the biggest and, possibly, better-crafted world to ever appear in a videogame; the core reason that tide shifts so heavily has to do with the game’s design itself, for – differently from what had happened in Xenoblade Chronicles – the focus is not the main plot, but the thousands of ornaments and surround it.

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E3 2015 Predictions: You Know It’s Coming Edition

Once more, June has arrived. Alongside it, come the hopes and expectations the gaming universe tightly couples to the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo, where a generation that has been sadly scarce of spectacular games will attempt to bounce back. With Nintendo’s yearly E3 Direct set to happen on June 16th, it is time to look into that crystal ball to see what lies up ahead. First, let’s glance towards the games that are sure to make an appearance either within the presentation itself or on the show’s floor.

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Xenoblade Chronicles

The ultimate question is, does Xenoblade only set itself apart from other JRPGs, or does it climb higher than that? It is hard to tell whether or not its clear attempt to refresh the genre will be a success, after all, it is a matter of if other games will walk on some of its footsteps or if they will keep their occasional annoying habits as the norm.

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