East Meets West at E3 2015

Expanding its tradition of strong E3 showings, Square Enix, Inc., presents a suite of fan-favorite titles at this year's show. Among these, one of the most talked-about games is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the sequel to 2011's critically acclaimed smash hit Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Set two years after Human Revolution, this installment sees the return of Adam Jensen, a cyborg faced with the choice between growing his power and maintaining his humanity. Mankind Divided will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on a date yet to be announced.

The third installment in Square Enix's popular open-world action series Just Cause also makes an appearance later this year, and for the same platforms. Armed with a grappling hook and parachute, hero Rico Rodriguez unleashes his acrobatic combat skills on the fictional Mediterranean island of Medici in Just Cause 3. Combining a massive world, over-the-top physics, and huge caches of weapons and vehicles, Just Cause 3 promises fans near endless entertainment.

Just Cause 3 is not Square Enix's only open-world title at E3 2015. Triad Wars builds on the success of the beloved 2012 hit Sleeping Dogs. Currently in closed beta for PC, Triad Wars is an open-world, multiplayer action game set on the mean streets of Hong Kong, where players take on the role of low-level gangsters trying to rise to kingpin with a few well-placed bullets.

The popular Hitman stealth-action series returns this year with Hitman: Sniper, a free-to-play take on the franchise's gameplay, releasing later this year for mobile tablets. In Hitman: Sniper, players can approach their quarry in different ways--by manipulating the environment, their target, or their enemies.

Also for mobile devices is Lara Croft: Relic Run, a new take on the popular adventure-runner genre that taps into the nostalgia of Tomb Raider heroine Lara Croft. Aiming to release in the coming months, Lara Croft: Relic Run offers players massive boss battles, acrobatics, flashy vehicles, and the return of Lara's perennial nemesis--the T-Rex.

Square Enix has long been celebrated for bringing the best games from Japan to Western shores, and E3 2015 continues this tradition. Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, the first-ever expansion for the enormously popular Final Fantasy XIV, is on display this year at the Square Enix booth. Bringing game fans everything they could dream of on PC, PlayStation 3, and PS4, Heavensward (due later this year) adds new character classes, better graphics, a fantastic soundtrack, and an involving storyline surrounding the thousand-year Dragonsong War.

Accompanying Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward is another Japanese role-playing title from another beloved series: Dragon Quest Heroes, exclusively for the PS4. Coming in 2015, the action-RPG reunites Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii and seminal composer Koichi Sugiyama for what is sure to be a landmark title. In this game, players must use their wits and quick reflexes to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds and take down gigantic monsters.

Finally, Square Enix also demonstrates its commitment to independent developers by showing further chapters from the deep, captivating adventure game Life Is Strange from French studio DONTNOD. Currently available on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, this episodic puzzler is coming to PS4 and Xbox One, and puts players in the shoes of student Max Caulfield, as she tries to solve the increasingly bizarre mystery surrounding the disappearance of her classmate Rachel.

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