Legendary Director Tetsuya Nomura Inpressed many at E3 with Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, but what games impressed Tetsuya Nomura himself? Quite a few, as he said during an interview for the Japanese gaming site Dengeki Online. Interestingly, none of the titles he mentioned was a RPG:
There were titles I think were impressive: Titanfall, Watch_Dogs and Battlefield 4. Shooter type games tend to be very similar in most cases but these titles have very strong personalities, so to speak.
Even though there’s nothing to compare it to, the hacking system in Watch_Dogs could really be top notch and unique, while the robot warfare in Titanfall looks pretty amazing. Things change a lot when you step out of the robot. It also has a great sense of realism when you fight on the robot itself.
As for Battlefield 4, when I played Battlefield 3 I thought the graphics were beautiful, but this time the visuals are much better. Also I was surprised to learn that it’s possible to play with up to 64 people.
There’s also Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The graphics are beautiful — It’s a Metal Gear game, after all — and the expressions are amazing. It’s impressive that it’s made by a Japanese developer.
If you’re surprised about the JRPG legend Nomura-san mentioning a bunch of shooters, you probably shouldn’t be. In the past he went on record several times stating his appreciation for first and third person shooter games, mentioning that he tried to implement shooter-like mechanics in Kingdom Hearts games. Some of what we’ve seen of Final Fantrasy XV also resembles cover-based shooters.