Comic-Con is coming back to San Diego, and Square Enix is taking the Exhibit Hall by storm. Just a few days ago, Square Enix officially unveiled their line-up of demos:
- Kingdom Hearts III
- Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Mobius Final Fantasy
- Star Ocean: Anamnesis
While I was at E3, I actually had the chance to try out Kingdom Hearts III, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. I thought it might help to share my personal experiences with them, as these demos are likely to be similar to those at Comic-Con.
E3 Kingdom Hearts III
The demo allowed me to choose from two portions of the game. The first one took place on Mount Olympus, where I was able to climb up the mountain and engage in an epic boss fight with the Rock Titan from Hercules. The second one had us in the world of Toy Story, where I got to team up with Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Overall, the first one was a bit of a shorter experience, but it gave me a great feel for the combat system, which felt incredibly smooth. The second one was much longer in length. While it didn’t have a boss fight with a Rock Titan, it easily made up for that with the phenomenal “Woody and Buzz” cutscenes.
E3 Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Like Kingdom Hearts III, this demo also allowed me to choose from two separate portions of the game. The first file starts the player off in the hero’s hometown, Cobblestone. The second file puts the player near the desert city of Gallopolis, where the player has an entire party of characters to control in combat. There’s a lot to do in both save files, but I was especially fond of the Gallopolis portion of the game, which allowed me to race horses, as well as fight against the Slayer of the Sands. Along with the demo, players at E3 received a free Dragon Quest t-shirt for playing. At Comic-Con, it has already been announced that free posters and paper tattoos will be given out at the booth. So, there’s a good chance that they might be giving out free t-shirts as well.
E3 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
In all honesty, I was not able to take full advantage of this demo. Due to my own scheduling conflicts, I was not able to finish the demo. That being said, what I experienced was incredible. The demo had me exploring an Aztec tomb that lied hidden in the middle of a dark and desolate cave. The controls were incredibly smooth, and if you are fan of parkour, then you definitely are going to have a fun time. Just be prepared for the new Lara Croft, as she’s not the same person that got stranded on the island of Yamatai.
All-in-all, this looks like a great year for Comic-Con attendees. With even more companies bringing their own video game line-ups, the Exhibit Hall is sure to be exciting.
Comic-Con starts July 19th, 2018 (preview night on July 18th, 2018).