My Totally Biased Top 10 Game Trailers From E3 2019
By: Bryce L. Jackson
10. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2019
When I’m not doing real life things or have a controller in my hands, I am fascinated with flight. So when this I saw this trailer, I was hooked by the beauty of the various aircrafts and the locations. I may never play a flight sim because this is a pure super niche PC title, but it still spoke to me.
9. Destiny 2: Shadowkeep
I am a Day One Guardian and even at its worst I defended and loved Destiny 2 because I knew Bungie would bring it back around. They did that with the Forsaken Expansion. Now, with the Activision weights off, Bungie aims to further expand the Destiny lore with the Shawdowkeep expansion and give fans content in a way they couldn’t before.
8. Final Fantasy VII Remake
I never played Final Fantasy VII. I know of its standing in its genre and in the gaming culture as a whole, but I don’t have the connection to this game. That being said, the trailer did grab me. I did watch the entirety of a FFXV playthrough and was intrigued by the game and (most) of the story it told. Maybe I’ll take the leap with this title. Time will tell.
7. Ghostwire: Tokyo
I may be a bit simple here, but if you put an intricate mystery in front of me like this game trailer did, you kinda got me hooked. There was no gameplay or release date for this game but I will keep my ear to the ground in anticipation. Plus, how can I not support Ikumi Nakamura after her presentation?
6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Am I going to count this? It was a week before E3… Yeah I’ll count it. Call of Duty lost me after the half-hearted appeals to give fans an “authentic” experience with WWII, followed up with gutting the campaign in lieu of adding a Battle Royale mode, gaming’s hot trend in 2018. Activision is going the Hollywood route and rebooting old material and I see right through their tactics. But I’d be lying if I said the new gameplay style along with how game journalists and COD YouTubers reacted to close-door gameplay and how “gut wrenching” and “brutal” this game could be didn’t intrigue me. I’ll fully admit, I’m a sucker. One ticket for the COD Hype Train please.
5. Astral Chain
The gameplay reminds me of Nier: Automata, and like N:A, it seems to have this dual perspective storytelling style. Along with an art style and gameplay reminiscent of N:A and Bayonetta, Platinum Games is carving out a special corner for itself in my gamer soul.
4. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Full on nostalgia trip with this one. The game’s art style is beautiful and true to how I remember the DBZ anime. They even recreated classic moments that still give me chills. Doesn’t matter if I know how each saga goes, bringing it to a new medium will immortalize it further.
3. Pokemon Sword and Shield
Finally, a console version of a main-line Pokemon RPG game. With the Switch’s hybrid console, I’ll still feel the nostalgia of carrying around and playing a Pokemon game in bed or away from home but also get the relaxed feeling of kicking back and playing on a large TV.
2. Jedi Fallen Order
Fully canon original Star Wars story, aftermath of Order 66, single-player story, made by Respawn Entertainment and their wall running and traversal? Shut up and take my money.
1. Watch Dogs Legion
E3 2019’s worst kept secret is also my favorite trailer coming out of the week long expo. A fan of the series from the start and speaker of high praises for the massively underrated second installment, Watch Dogs: Legion’s ambitious game mechanic of opening all of London’s citizens as playable characters offers the possibility of having your own personalized crew of DedSec members is bloody awesome.