Friday, 20 May 2016

5 Games We've Waited An Insane Amount Of Time For

          We all get excited when a developer announces a new game they're working on. We read about it online, we watch the trailer and watch it again and then again giggling with excitement thinking we'll be able to play that game quite soon. We tell our friends about how great this new game is going to be. "My next holiday will be spent in front of my telly playing this game", we said. Oh, how wrong we were. Here's a list of games that have kept us waiting for far far too long.

1. The Last Guardian 

          The Last Guardian was formally announced at E3 2009 and has supposedly been in development since 2007. It was supposed to be released in 2011 as a PlayStation 3 Exclusive. The game's development has since faced multiple setbacks causing it to be delayed. Fumito Ueda and other team Ico members have also left Sony during the development of this game. However, Ueda and his team still remain as creative consultants for The Last Guardian. The game was revealed again at E3 2015, this time as a PlayStation 4 exclusive title and is set to be released sometime in 2016. No definite release date has been announced at this time.

2. Agent

          A game being developed by Rockstar North, surely that'll be good. It might be, not sure if we'll ever find out at this point. In 2007, Sony annouced that a new PlayStation 3 exclusive was in the works but they didn't go into detail until E3 2009. The game is supposedly a stealth action game set during the Cold War. Last we heard of this game was that it was still "in development". Not sure what that means anymore. Maybe they're just "developing" some coffee and looking at cute kittens on the internet. Hopefully, we'll get some news regarding this Rockstar North title even if they have decided to cancel it. Let us have some form of closure, at least.

3. Kingdom Hearts 3

          Concepts for the highly anticipated sequel to Kingdom Hearts 2 has been around since 2006. However, the game wasn't officially announced until E3 2011 where it was also revealed that the story of Kingdom Hearts 3 would take place after the events of Kingdom Hearts 3D : Dream Drop Distance. In November 2015, gameplay footage was released showing the main protagonist, Sora, fighting multiple enemies with his trusty Keyblade. The combat has clearly been tweaked from Kingdom Hearts 2 with some new additions which add to the combat experience. Tetsuya Nomura has announced that the team have a release window they are aiming for but an official release date has yet to be announced.

4. A New Crash Bandicoot Game!

          This isn't something new. We've been asking Sony for years now. "Please make a new Crash Bandicoot game, we'll pay you so much money", we pled. Well, Sony has teased a possible Crash Bandicoot return multiple times at conferences and on twitter. The latest tease was the inclusion of a playable section of the original Crash Bandicoot on the PlayStation 1 within the newly released Uncharted 4. It's also no coincidence that both the original Crash Bandicoot game and the Uncharted
 games were developed by the same studio, NaughtyDog. Just admit that you're making a new one, Sony. Stop teasing us already.

5. Final Fantasy XV 

         Final Fantasy XV. That's 15 in Roman numerals. It was first announced as Final Fantasy Versus 13 in May of 2006. They even released a trailer showcasing some properly amazing combat, granted it was only a cutscene and not actual gameplay. Nonetheless, it left me with my jaw on the floor. "A fantasy based on reality" they said. My mind went into overdrive imagining what the game would be like, what the characters would be able to do, how the world would look like, how amazing the graphics would be. I eventually passed and needed  a phoenix down. The waiting commenced. Despite the game facing multiple delays, numerous complications, and even a name change, it has been confirmed for a worldwide release on September 30th 2016. Let's hope it's worth the 10 year wait.

- Danial Aziz
Instagram : @beyond_just_games

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