By Anthony Macadaeg
Sony had a lot to live up to from last years E3 conference, and let’s just say everything they announced was fantastic. If you didn’t get the opportunity to check out the Sony conference, fret not! VGS tuned in to keep you informed on what’s coming up for the PS4.
We decided to take it a step further, with a moment to moment analysis from VGS Host Andy Borkowski on how Sony as a company cares, and it really…REALLY shows.
Why Sony Won E3 in a Big Way
God of War
Opening up the conference, Sony had an orchestra which was led by composer Bear Mcreary. This music piece was followed by a gameplay trailer of the new God of War, where we see Kratos (with a beard similar to that of Santa Claus) and his son going out to hunt.
We see that Kratos has a new weapon, an axe with an ability akin to Thor’s Mjolnir allowing Kratos to call back his weapon simply by holding out his hand. The trailer presented the game to have more of an emotional story and leading to a possible new trilogy with the final line of the trailer being, “a new beginning.” Perfect way to start off the conference.
After, we were presented with multiple trailers for some new games and some old franchises. The first of the new IPs being Bend Studio’s Days Gone. The game looks similar to The Last of Us. It is an open-world action-adventure game where you play as a biker, Deacon St. John, living in a world years after the outbreak of a virus turning much of the populace who were not initially killed into zombie-like creatures called Freakers. The trailer was of Deacon reminiscing on life prior to the infection and reflecting on life now.
The Last Guardian
Next up to bat was the long awaited IP, The Last Guardian. For those not in the loop, The Last Guardian is an action adventure game by Japan Studio where you play as a young boy accompanied by a large creature that looks like a cross between a bird and a dog; you create a strong bond with the creature and rely on each other to traverse dangerous ruins. Many have been waiting a long time for the title and while the trailer didn’t reveal much of what we don’t know about the game, we did finally get a release date, October 25th, 2016.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn was the next trailer, but the whole trailer was gameplay which looked fantastic. When the game finally releases (February 28th, 2017), players will be in control of Aloy, a hunter living a pot-apocalyptic world ravished by creatures that are basically dinosaurs with mechanical parts. This action role-playing game looks to be extremely fast paced, allowing for players to play the way they want, tactically or run & gun. The trailer showed off some of the creatures we will be facing as well with some of the different abilities we will have access to; for example, we see the ability to turn some of the creatures into mounts to help travel the world. These mounts can also help in combat allowing the player to run, call the mount, hop on and continue shooting the target seamlessly.
Detroit: Become Human
Another new IP being release for PS4 is Detroit: Become Human. This science fiction game by Quantic Dream was inspired by a short called “Kara” from 2012. Set in future Detroit, this neo-noir thriller has androids (who look exactly like humans) that were created to serve humans, but something is happening to some of the androids allowing them to show signs of emotions and disobey their creators. The trailer shows off one of the new playable characters, Connor, who is a prototype assigned to the police force to help investigate crimes. The game seems to be similar to games like Until Dawn and Heavy Rain where there are choices to be made which could lead to fatal consequences.
Resident Evil 7
Last of the first set of trailers was the new Resident Evil 7. Not much is known about the new iteration of the series, but what is seen from the trailer leads us to believe that it will not be action oriented as the last 2 games have been. With more of the horror feel, players will be excited to know that Resident Evil series will be going first person for this game, and will have full PlayStation VR support.
While we’re on the topic of PS VR, we were given a slew of short trailers of upcoming PlayStation VR titles. According to Sony, 50 titles will be available by the end of the year for the platform. Some of the trailers we were shown include:
Farpoint, an exclusive PlayStation VR title made by Impulse Gear. It is a first-person shooter set on a hostile alien world where you are forced to survive after a crash landing on the planet. If you’re looking to pick up this title, you will want to look forward to purchasing the PS VR Aim Controller. It looks like the PlayStation Move Sharp Shooter gun, but it is made specifically for PS VR.
Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission. Finally, a next-gen Star Wars game with space battles, and for the PlayStation VR!
Batman Arkham VR is your opportunity to be the Bat. Made by Rocksteady (creators of the Arkham series), we will now be able to explore iconic locations in the Batman universe at the Dark Knight himself. Not much was revealed in the trailer, but we do know that it is exclusive to PS VR. #WearTheCowl
Final Fantasy XV VR Experience. After almost 10 years of waiting for this game, we are so close to its release and we are still learning more about this game like the fact that FFXV will have VR support, but only for a specific mode; where you will be playing at one of the party members, Prompto. From what was seen, you’ll be able to play as the character including shooting his weapon and teleportation.
We also got a new trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare which looks (literally) out of this world.
Some other awesome announcements were that Crash Badicoot 1, 2 & Warped will be remastered and the character will be appearing in the new Skylanders game. As well with that Lego Star Wars: Force Unleashed has a demo now available to get your fix before the game releases on June 28th, 2016.
But I believe the biggest announcement of the night was when Hideo Kojima came out on stage with that lovable smile saying, “Hello every! I’m back.” Referring to his new developing company Kojima Productions. That wasn’t the only thing he had to say, he said he will be bringing out a new game called Death Stranding; starring our favourite zombie killer Norman Reedus. Not much was revealed during the trailer other than the star, but it wouldn’t be too far fetched to believe it may the soul successor to P.T.
The last trailer to be shown was for the new Spiderman game coming out for the PlayStation 4 which looks awesome and hints toward a sandbox-style game (like the others before it).
This year, Sony knocked the ball out of the park with their conference. With so many new games coming out, and the potential of the PlayStation VR, it seems like PS4 owners have a lot to be looking forward to.