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  1. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Remakes

There are many routes that Game Freak could take their hit series now, but one of those is remaking the fourth generation duo of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. I believe this would be a bad idea to announce at E3 on Nintendo’s part. The generation one and two remakes were great games. Each respected the source material and did something exciting and new with it. However, the generation three remakes were a bit of a disappointment for fans. It made the games far too easy and replaced a lot of the older compelling aesthetics and features for new ones that weren’t as well-received. Announcing a remake of Diamond and Pearl at E3 runs the risk of not only repeating the mistakes of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it could disappoint fans of the originals and be received poorly.

  1. Halo 3 Anniversary

While remastering the most successful entry in Microsoft’s most successful gaming franchise would certainly give the Xbox One the shot in the arm it needs to keep up with PlayStation, it’s a double-edged sword. The Xbox has always been criticized for not being able to stand on its own well enough without the help of Halo. This remaster wouldn’t help with that ridicule. There’s also the matter of how to even go about releasing this game. Would it be a $60 stand-alone game? Would it be DLC for Halo: The Master Chief Collection? Either option would upset somebody out there. There’s also no need to remaster it. The entire purpose of remastering Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 was to bring them to the next generation console with Xbox Live support. This isn’t necessary since the base version of Halo 3 is already on the Xbox One through The Master Chief Collection which has a dysfunctional yet still existent multiplayer. There’s not many good reasons for Microsoft to show off this remaster at E3.

  1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake

Before someone shoots me hear me out. KotOR and KotOR II are my two favorite games of all time. I would love nothing more than to see them brought back to modern audiences who would be much more likely to play and experience it than they are now. However, there are numerous issues standing in the way of releasing this game. For starters, legal rights would make development a nightmare. The first two games were released as Microsoft exclusives on the original Xbox and PC. Now, EA has the rights to Star Wars games but Microsoft could still argue it owns the KotOR IP. Even if it went forward from here, it could end up being an Xbox exclusive again which would alienate Sony Star Wars fans. Then there’s the fact that the games are no longer canon in the Star Wars universe and would have to find some way to fit into the new canon. This is incredibly difficult considering the creative freedom that would be ruined in doing something new with the story along with the changes that would have to be made to the original in order to fit in. Announcing this remake at E3 would be a disaster and likely lead to a lackluster product.

  1. Bloodborne 2

Series director Hidetaka Miyazaki is a genius in the gaming industry and the majority of his games have been masterpieces. Bloodborne is an example of this and still stands today as my personal favorite game on the PlayStation 4. However, I think it’s time he and FromSoftware takes a break from entries into their “SoulsBorne” series, affectionately named so by fans. There has been new content in the SoulsBorne series every year now since 2014 and there’s no need for a new announcement in the series at E3 this year. I would love to see Bloodborne 2 at some point considering how much I adore the first one and how much I will truly miss SoulsBorne if Dark Souls III really is the end. However, I feel that we should go a year or two without an entry in the series so that when it does come out, we can fully appreciate the game rather than moving on to a new one when the year is over. If it is announced, it should be done so at a future E3 rather than the 2017 E3 convention that is coming up. This would also eliminate the potential for franchise fatigue and the lack of creativity that Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty have both been suffering with.

  1. PlayStation 5

With the release of Nintendo’s Switch this March and Microsoft’s plan to release Project Scorpio sometime later this year, it looks like we’re entering into the ninth generation of consoles. That being said, Nintendo has largely done its own thing every generation and Microsoft has publicly stated it is done with console generations. What would really seal the deal here would be Sony releasing the PlayStation 5 some time next year as they are rumored to being doing. However, I feel this would be a huge mistake for the industry as a whole, especially announcing it this early at E3 2017. Not only would this alienate gamers who finally made the update to the eighth generation consoles recently, it would really harm the credibility this generation has right now. This gen took a very long time to find its footing in the gaming industry and it is just now starting to hit its stride. Ending things now would be a slap in the face to all the people that bought consoles at any point during this generation, let alone recently. Not only that but it would make this one of the shortest and most uneventful console generations of all time. E3 is supposed to be a time of celebration and anticipation for the video game industry and an announcement like this could very well get in the way of that

I spend most of my days working towards my Writing and Rhetoric degree at the University of Central Florida, but I spend a lot of my down time keeping up to date on the best TV, movies, and video games the industry has to offer. Here I put all of that extended time to use discussing each of them in-depth.

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The director of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is making a final plea to content creators regarding spoilers

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is on the horizon, with our review already available. There’s just one week left until the game’s official release on February 29th, exclusively on PS5. This highly anticipated sequel to Remake, based on one of the most beloved video game stories, is best experienced without any spoilers, according to creative director Tetsuya Nomura.

On Twitter, Nomura made a final request for players and content creators to avoid spoiling the game for others, especially on social media and video-sharing platforms, where spoilers can spread rapidly. Naturally, there’s a specific moment that everyone is eagerly anticipating to see how it will compare to the 1997 original, and it’s bound to be quite chaotic on launch day. Nevertheless, Nomura still holds onto a glimmer of hope for humanity and has made a seemingly impossible request for content creators to exercise a degree of restraint.

It’s important to remember to include spoiler warnings when sharing content related to the game’s story on social media and video-sharing sites to avoid spoiling the experience for others. I would greatly appreciate it if you could avoid using scenes from important parts of the story in your video thumbnails.

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Nomura points out that the developers intentionally did not limit the recording and sharing features of the PS5 for any aspect of the game. They believe players should have the freedom to share and discuss their favorite gameplay moments. It remains to be seen if that trust was justified.

Do you think players and content creators will follow Nomura’s request and minimize spoilers? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Xbox may want to become more acquainted with the Platinum Trophies on PS5 and PS4

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Obsidian’s first Xbox game, Pentiment, a historical adventure, is now available on the PS5 and PS4. From what we’ve seen, this port of a highly popular game seems to be solid, and we aim to provide you with a review soon. Meanwhile, one aspect caught our attention regarding the conversion that Microsoft may need to address in the future.

Pentiment’s list of Trophies perfectly mirrors its Xbox Achievements, featuring identical descriptions, titles, and icons. There is a slight variation between the two versions: PlayStation offers 42 trophies to unlock, whereas Xbox provides 41 achievements to earn. The distinction lies in the Platinum Trophy, which is awarded once you have collected all the other trinkets in the set.

Since it’s not included in the original game, the developer has not named the trophy, so it appears as ‘PlatinumTrophy’ in the list. This has already generated amusement among Trophy enthusiast communities. “They chose such a basic name for the Platinum Trophy and somehow still messed it up,” a fan expressed.

This issue is quite insignificant in the bigger picture and could likely be fixed with a quick update or patch. As Microsoft gains more experience with PlayStation development, we hope their command of the Trophy system will improve. After all, those platinums are difficult to earn and deserve a more memorable name.

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Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon have been excluded from the final roster of WWE 22K24

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2K Sports unveiled the complete roster for the upcoming WWE 2K24, featuring more than 204 playable superstars, including 70 Legends who are no longer part of the main rosters, along with eight managers. However, fans were quick to point out the absence of some notable names from the list: 7-time WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and former WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Lesnar was previously excluded from the Forty Years of WrestleMania edition.

Following accusations of sex trafficking against McMahon by a former WWE employee, a report from the Wall Street Journal brought the issue to light. Although Lesnar’s name was not directly mentioned in the proceedings, insiders informed the WSJ that he was the unidentified WWE champion in question. McMahon refuted the allegations but stepped down as WWE CEO the day following the federal lawsuit.

Nonetheless, Lesnar and McMahon will still be present in the game. GameSpot has reported that the Lesnar vs. Undertaker match from WrestleMania 30 may be included in Showcase mode. It is speculated that another match already confirmed for Showcase mode (Stone Cold vs. The Rock, WrestleMania 17) will probably include an appearance from McMahon as well.

WWE 2K24 will be available for purchase on March 8th for PS5 and PS4, or March 5th for those interested in the Deluxe or WrestleMania editions.

 

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