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It’s an exciting time of year for those of us who call themselves gamers. People all over the world were watching the E3 press conferences in person and online, all waiting for their own personal favourite titles to be shown. Out of all the conferences today, Sony was by far my favourite.
Sony had a lot to say in their press conference today, with exciting reveals, some big surprises and even a little love for the Vita, Vita TV and the movie/television aspects of their company.
Destiny was the first title that Sony showed off, utilising the amazing extended screen they had set up in the arena to tell the backstory of the game. As the scene played out across the long screen we were treated to a glimpse into the universe gamers will be able to jump into come September 9th.
While the game is once again looking pretty amazing, Sony used Destiny to announce an even more exciting bundle, featuring the game, a special edition White Glacier PS4, white controller and a 30 day PS+ subscription. This bundle will launch with the game at US$449.
Sony also announced that on top of the PS4 receiving Destiny’s Beta first, PS4 users will be able to take part in a closed alpha launching this Thursday. The full beta will be available to PS4 users on July 17th.
The Order: 1886 was the next on the list, giving is another taste of the combat as well as introducing us to a gruesome werewolf transformation. This small amount of footage highlighted the more horror themed elements of this title, but it was quite a small spot compared to the rest of the show.
Next came one of my favourite titles emerging at this year’s E3, a game called Entwined. This previously unheard of indie centres around two origami-like creatures who are in love but can’t be together. You play as both characters with one controller, using each dualshock to control one creature, and upon finishing a level they combine to become a powerful dragon. The biggest surprise is the game is available right now on PSN for the PS4 at only US$9.99. The dev team, Pixelopus, is made up from student developers at the Carnegie Mellon University, who are currently working on the Vita and PS3 versions, available soon through Cross-Buy.
Following Entwined, Sucker Punch revealed Infamous: Second Son is getting a new stand alone DLC pack entitled “First Light.” While we have no more info as yet it seems the DLC will focus on Fetch’s backstory from the original game.
As this title lit up the screen, the crowd went a little crazy. Little Big Planet 3 was revealed in a surprise move, featuring three new characters and four player co-op. Aside from Sackboy, players will control Oddsock, a fast dog-like sack creature, Toggle, the largest and strongest of the group, but able to shrink to get around obstacles and lastly Swoop, a bird sack creature with the ability to fly. The game will launch this November on PS4, with the added ability to play the entire catalogue of user created content from Little Big Planet 1 and 2 on your PS4 with updated graphics.
Next, Project Beast got an official announcement in Bloodborne, the new IP from Dark Souls developers FromSoftware. The trailer shown gave us a look at the monster filled world as well as the main character slicing up (quite graphically) a fair few of these zombie-like monsters. I’m looking to see a lot more about this game, the setting and tone it gave off look really neat!
After being shown Far Cry 4’s big opening at the Ubisoft conference gamers were treated to a live gameplay demo, featuring some awesome new weapons, two player co-op and a rampaging elephant. This game is looking phenomenally good, with amazing graphics an incredible setting. Adam Boyes also announced that you can even play co-op with friends who don’t own the game by simply inviting them, able to jump right into the chaos.
The Dead Island 2 reveal featured a comical cinematic trailer showing off Deep Silver’s next entry to the franchise. We didn’t get much more than the fact that it’s a new zombie game from the trailer, but I expect we’ll see a lot more over the next few days of E3.
Battlefield Hardline was mainly shown to keep the exclusivity theme of the presentation going, with PS4 currently having an exclusive beta for the title. The trailer shown was a short condensing of the gameplay demo shown at EA’s earlier conference.
Sony also announced a partnership with Disney that will allow more exclusive content for the Playstation platform in Disney Infinity 2.0. The Hulk figure will be a timed exclusive and come in the Playstation Exclusive special edition of the game, featuring a total of six Marvel super heroes.
Continuing on with exclusivity, when Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil edition drops it will feature a PS exclusive dungeon featuring enemies from The Last of Us such as clickers and bloaters!
Sony has also signed up with Devolver Digital to bring a whole host of indie games to the PS4, showing a trailer for Magicka 2. They’ve also set up a whole lot more games to come to PS4 and vita including Hardline Miami 2 and Broforce.
Once again thanks to a unique partnership with Disney Sony have made a big move to excite fans with the announcement that Double Fine is remastering Grim Fandango for PS4 and Vita. It’s nice to see some games that truly deserve remastered versions actually receiving them!
Suda 51’s Let it Die shocked and scared us all a little, showing us a gruesome and dark trailer full of vicious killing. The game comes from the creator of No More Heroes and Lollipop Chainsaw, arriving exclusively on PS4.
Next up Journey’s art director and Giant Squid had a chance to show of their game Abzû. The game takes place under water and has a very similar style to games like Journey and Flower. It looks to be a gorgeous title and I’m super excited to see more!
After the Gamescom trailer that blew so many people away No Man’s Sky returns to the stage with a new trailer and new gameplay. Everything I see about this game looks more and more incredible, from the scale to the art style there’s so much to love here. The game is coming to PS4, and so far I’m very excited for it.
PS Camera and Project Morpheus are two of Sony’s peripherals that are seeing a huge push with the PS4. Sony announced that they will have two new demos and Morpheus on the E3 show floor, ready for fans to check out.
Sharing is also a big feature of the PS4, with an integrated Youtube app coming later this year. Sony have also partnered with Twitch to create ‘Ustream’, an exclusive part of Twitch social streaming from the PS4 which allows users to directly interact with livestreamers while playing.
On top of these new streaming services and apps Sony confirmed that the PS Vita TV will be coming to America and Europe later in 2014 for US$99, or in a bundle for US$139, including a Dualshock 3, an 8gb memory card and a download token Lego movie game. Sony also noted that you will be able to use the device with select Sony televisions too, bypassing the need to own a Sony console for the device completely.
After all this tech talk it’s back to the games, we’re finally treated some gameplay from Mortal Kombat X. Looking as violent as it should, gore and fatalities galore. The game is looking great on next-gen if the trailer is to be believed, another game I’m very keen to get my hands on.
The first of Sony’s new television programming was announced today, adapting quite a large comic book with its show ‘Powers’. The show has been green lit for two seasons and is currently at the casting stage, but from the concept art shown, comic fans should get excited.
After the announcement of the Ratchet & Clank movie last year I was pretty excited, especially as an avid fan of the series. Sony gave us another trailer for this awesome looking film set to release first quarter next year and also confirmed we’ll see a remastered Ratchet and Clank 1 coming to PS4 around the same time, featuring not just an overhaul but new content and additions. Once again I’m very keen to see what they do with this remaster!
Speaking of remasters, we now have a release date for The Last of Us Remastered. It’s releasing for PS4 on July 29th!
MGSV Phantom Pain slipped a nice long new trailer to break up the remastered announcements, serving to give us a lot of pretty footage but not give very much information at all. It does look awfully nice though.
In a not so surprising announcement, Rockstar have confirmed GTA V will be ported to PS4 (as well as Xbox One and PC), with ‘increased draw distances, finer texture details, denser traffic and enhanced resolutions’. This next gen version will allow transfer of GTA Online characters and progress from the last gen version and It will also include all content released for GTA Online as well.
Before the final speech we were given a look at new Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay focusing on the Batmobile, or should I say Bat Tank. The game will see you racing through the streets of Gotham, able to transform in to a weapon laden agile tank at a moments notice. The trailer closes with a tease of this game’s villain, Scarecrow. From all footage, he looks to be an awesome villain to set the tone for this game.
Closing the show, Naughty Dog gives us our first proper Uncharted 4 trailer. Entitled “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End”, the trailer claims to be captured on a PS4 and is looking incredible. This one trailer was more than enough to get fans like me super excited.
In my books Sony hosted an amazing press conference, with some amazing reveals, surprises and announcements. My top picks are definitely No Man’s Sky and Entwined, alongside Far Cry 4, Uncharted 4 and Little Big Planet 3, but pretty much everything Sony showed was very impressive.
It’ll be great to see more over the coming days and weeks about all these games and more, and I’m looking forward to trying some of these myself at E3.
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© Jayden Perry 2014