E3 - Everything that happened at Sony's conference0 Comments
While every conference so far has shown off some cool stuff, Sony's E3 press conference this year managed to blow them all out of the water. Game after game got shown off, with some cool reveals and plenty of gameplay. If you missed out on everything that went down or just want a recap, then look no further.
God of War
There have been all sorts of rumors surrounding the return of the god-killing epic, but nothing could have prepared fans for the surprising direction that this new entry seems to be taking. Simply titled God of War — though that could just be a working title — this game sees a very bearded Kratos living in a land of Norse mythology. While he still has one hell of a temper, he doesn't seem to be as painfully angry this time around, now taking the form of a stern father teaching his son to hunt.
It's got epic battles, cool abilities, and even a touch of warmth despite the frozen setting. I can't wait to see more of this Kratos who has shed his twin blades in favor of a battle axe, but, unfortunately, we didn't get a release date for this one.
This was a surprising reveal from Sony's Bend Studio, the creators of Syphon Filter. While we only got a vague, story driven trailer at first, this title was revisited towards the end of the conference with the full gameplay demo that you can see above. It seems to follow a biker in a post-apocalyptic world. Though the nature of the apocalypse is let unexplained, there are some very zombie-like creatures seen flooding the landscape.
Bikers and zombies might not sound like the most exciting follow-up to a Norse God of War, but if you watch the demo I think you'll come away pleasantly surprised, as I did. If nothing else, the sheer number of zombies that they fit on screen at once, all of whom were after the main character, was undoubtedly impressive. No release date was announced.
The Last Guardian
Everyone must have known this would show up in some form or other, but I doubt many expected what we got. A lovely trailer showed lots of new scenes with the nameless protagonist and his bestial companion, Trico. We see more of the setting, we learn that there are more creatures like Trico, and we're all reminded that something incredibly sad will no doubt happen at some point in the full game.
The real surprise, however, comes at the end of the trailer, when the screen is graced with "October 25, 2016." After so many years waiting for the next title from the creators of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, it's finally coming, and it's not too far off either.
Horizon Zero Dawn
After the story trailer that we got a few days ago, it wouldn't have been terribly surprising if we didn't see much new from this promising title, but Guerrilla Games went above and beyond. With that trailer already out of the way, they went straight into a lengthy and impressive gameplay demo. The world is still gorgeous and the gameplay looks more intriguing than ever. We get to see a bit of looting, crafting, some of the different weapons and gadgets the leading lady gets to employ, and some very cool combat.
Watching her tame a robotic mount, ride into battle against a large, corrupted machine, and tether it to the ground before destroying it did nothing but further my excitement for Horizon. We'll finally be able to get our hands on this come February 28, 2017.
Detroit: Become Human
The next big title from Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream got a proper trailer after its teaser last year, and it actually looks quite promising. Meant to be a game of choices, Detroit seems to ask that familiar question — if an android looks like a human and thinks like a human, should it be treated as one? While there are apparently multiple characters in the game, the one we see in the trailer is apparently an android hostage negotiator or the like.
You'll get to conduct investigations, piece together clues, and — most importantly — make life or death decisions. In the story we see, we're shown numerous ways that it can play out in the end. No release date for this one yet, but it seems to be one to keep your eye on.
Resident Evil VII: biohazard
Honestly, this was one of the most surprising reveals that I've seen in some time. Not the fact that REVII exists, mind you, but the fact that it's this. Without much introduction, we're shown a first-person trailer that leaves an unnamed character in a decrepit house, trying to find a way out. It doesn't last long, but it is suitably creepy. After a bit of that, we're given some music and some freaky imagery before the surprise hits the screen.
I'm not sure words can accurately describe the shock I felt seeing "Resident Evil VII" show up after such an intriguing, and noticeably horror-themed, trailer. This doesn't look anything like past RE titles, but given the rocky road that the series has maintained for so many years, that might be a good thing. If you're a PS Plus subscriber you can download a free demo right now from PSN. For everyone else, REVII will be coming January 24, 2017. It'll also be fully playable in VR.
Sony took just a moment to speak on the upcoming PSVR at the conference, but didn't let it bog down the presentation. They quickly announced that the headset will launch for $399 on October 13, 2016 in North America. There are already more than 50 games planned to be available between launch and the end of the year.
First shown off in this segment is Farpoint, a sci-fi FPS that places us on a strange planet with even stranger things going on. I must say, I've seen plenty of VR games shown off since this revival started, but this is probably the first time I've seen one that gave me the impression of a real, fleshed out game built for VR, and not a cool tech demo.
Next up we get to see a bit of the Star Wars Battlefront VR experience that we learned about not too long ago. It's just a glimpse, but that glimpse is all space battles. After that is a voiceover from Mark Hamill's Joker giving a speech about Batman's mask, before revealing Batman: Arkham VR. This is coming in October from Rocksteady and will be exclusive to PSVR.
Final Fantasy XV
After the somewhat disappointing Titan demo that was shown off during Microsoft's conference, Square Enix made a much better showing of the upcoming JRPG for Sony with a new trailer and a surprising reveal. The trailer has combat, set pieces, summons, but most importantly it has the chocobo theme, which makes it the best trailer objectively.
With that out of the way, we get a quick reveal of the Final Fantasy XV VR Experience, which places you in the role of Prompto rather than Nox, giving the game an FPS spin, though who can say how extensive this experience will end up being.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
I know the internet seems to have its mind set against this new Call of Duty, but I'll be damned if what was shown off at the Sony conference didn't get even me excited, and I've never bought a Call of Duty game in my life. You may have thought that this new title would be the same old same old, but with a slightly more futuristic setting. This is laid to rest almost immediately in the gameplay trailer we were shown, which puts the protagonist right into a ship and starts things off with some impressive space dogfighting.
Even when our character does get out of his spacefighter, the first person gunplay continues to prove a departure from the franchise's norms, with zero-grav movement and a grappling hook that can be used in some pretty creative ways. This was one hell of a way to show off any FPS, so the fact that it's the new Call of Duty is just an extra surprise. That's releasing on November 4, 2016.
Speaking of which, there's also a quick trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered at the end, which will apparently be opening its campaign up to PS4 owners 30 days early.
Crash Bandicoot Remasters and Skylanders Imaginators
That's right folks, Crash is back. Sony announced that they're working with Activision to remaster Crash Bandicoot 1,2, and 3 from the ground up for PS4. Before then, Crash will be making an appearance in the upcoming Skylanders game, which will also give players the ability to create their own custom skylanders.
Skylanders Imaginators is coming in October of this year.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
In keeping with the toy theme from Skylanders, next up we got a fun trailer for the next LEGO Star Wars game. It's pretty much what you'd expect, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a charming re-telling of The Force Awakens that got a chuckle or two out of me, at the very least.
You can download the demo for this right now, and the full game will be available on June 28.
Now here was a surprising moment. Not only did revered creator Hideo Kojima show up on stage at the PlayStation Experience — in style, no less — he showed off the first trailer for the title that his new team is currently hard at work on: Death Stranding. Aside from the fact that it stars Norman Reedus, we don't learn a whole lot about the game, but the trailer is unabashedly Kojima.
It's got cool music, it's mysterious as all hell, and it's even got that good old "A Hideo Kojima Game" qualifier over the title. It'll no doubt be a while before we see the full game, but it's nice to catch some small glimpse, at least.
Yet another very surprising reveal. This isn't just a Spider-Man game, this is a PS4 exclusive Spider-Man game from Insomniac Games, creators of Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive. The trailer isn't too long, but it manages to show off plenty of action. It's easy to be wary about a licensed game like this, but given that they showed it off on stage rather than relegating it to a trailer reveal after-the-fact, I'd say they're pretty proud of how this is shaping up. Only time will tell though, as there's no release date for it just yet.
That's all for Sony's PlayStation press conference for this year. Speaking personally, I found it to be pretty phenomenal. It would have been easy for Sony to have let their ego take over due to their lead in the current console market, but instead they rocked the house with a load of awesome titles.