Here it is, the one you’ve been waiting for. If you don’t believe me, just check out the poll on the side. Sony has had consistently solid conferences throughout the last few E3s and last year they have adopted the “zero fluff and only show the games” conference style which is a wild departure from the norm of a bunch of suited men spewing nonsense at us.
This year is no different and their conference was more akin to performance art than a video game showcase. While their line-up is extremely strong, the conference can be seen as an update to a lot of their existing upcoming games and while there were a couple of surprises, nothing new or awe-inspiring was shown. But you be the judge of that, let’s dive in.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Before the actual show began, Sony ran a preshow with vital info about some of its games. We’re going to have a quick run-through of them and what you need to know starting with Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. The fast and thrilling jet fighting game is slated for a 2018 release and it’s also coming to PSVR, which is absolutely perfect for a game such as this.
Gran Turismo Sport
The long awaited Gran Turismo Sport finally has a release date. The official timeframe is Fall 2017 which is Spring for us, so but a stone throw away. We got a shiny new trailer with some sick tunes to celebrate the occasion.
The first Knack didn’t really perform as well as Sony might have hoped. While the platformer with the thousands of physics parts was impressive to behold, it was ultimately soulless and a bit on the boring side. Knack 2 might be seen as the redemption for the blunder and it releases on the 5th of September 2017. The most surprising announcement is that the game will have a $30 price point, so much cheaper than its predecessor at launch.
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
Surprisingly not a part of the main show, Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom received a brand new trailer showing off the game’s gorgeous visuals and a bit of the combat. The big news is that the game releases on the 10th of November 2017, so JRPG fans rejoice.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
And now for the start of the main show. Being a completely standalone experience, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy puts us in the shoes of Chloe Frazer with Nadine Ross tagging along. The new trailer gives us a bit more insight into the story that we’ll be playing and shows off some unsavoury characters and potential mysteries that need to be solved.
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
The brilliant Horizon Zero Dawn is getting its first DLC called The Frozen Wilds. We return to Aloy as she seems to be interacting with a vicious tribe in the snowy mountains. There looks to be some giant bots that need to be slain, new gameplay and all that good stuff. Always nice to return to the world of Horizon Zero Dawn. The DLC releases in 2017, so look out for it.
Last time we saw Days Gone, we got a trailer of a biker mowing down a horde of zombies en masse. The trailer didn’t really provide a lot of context, but this was rectified with the latest one we received. We now follow Deacon on a mission to save his friend and we get introduced to many new mechanics. The game has a definite The Last of Us vibe going for it since it includes stealth, clever kills and outwitting your enemies. We also got a few snippets of story before the arrival of a ZOMBIE BEAR.
A Zombie Bear.
Also, no release date just yet.
Monster Hunter World
This is one of the aforementioned surprises. The Monster Hunter series was recently only available on Nintendo consoles, with previous games making appearances on the previous generations of Playstation consoles. However, it’s time for the franchise to go into the current generation. Monster Hunter World is coming to PS4 in early 2018, with a trailer that showcases all we know and love about the franchise as well as the increased focus on cinematic combat. JRPG grind fans rejoice!
Shadow of the Colossus
Another surprise. The much acclaimed Shadow of the Colossus is looking to receive the remake treatment. The PS2 game captured the hearts and minds of anyone that touched it with its poignant story and immense atmosphere. The giant colossi were also something to marvel at. It’s wonderful that the game will be remade for a new generation of gamers since this is one of Team ICO’s most important works and needs to be experienced by as many people as possible. Expect it in 2018.
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite
Instead of characters punching each other, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite’s newest trailer is all about the story. The trailer also coincides with the release of the story demo that is available right now. If you thought Megaman and Rocket Racoon being in the same room sounds silly, you’re in for a treat. Expect it in September of this year.
Call of Duty: WWII
The WWII shooter is shaping up to be quite the spectacle. In this multiplayer reveal trailer for Call of Duty: WWII, we see more of the high-octane World War 2 combat with all the bells and whistles we remember of the era long past. The game kind of reminds me of Call of Duty: World at War in many ways, with upgraded visuals of course. We seem to be heading back into the past now with shooters and it’s a pretty welcome relief from all the dubstep guns and exo-suits. The game will be out on the 7th of November.
Yup, it seems we can’t get enough of the now 6-year-old Skyrim. In what is probably the fourth version of the game, we now get to cast lightning bolts with our hands and shoot dragons with an awkwardly held bow. Skyrim VR is pretty much what you expect from a VR port at this point. No release date announced, but it will be out for PSVR.
Here’s a VR experience that is a bit strange. Star Child looks to be a 2.5 platformer, yet it is in VR. Not quite sure how that works and the trailer isn’t about to say. However, the game does look pretty with some stylish visuals. We’ll have to wait and see what it’s all about in the future. No release date has been announced.
Developed by Supermassive Games, the folks behind Until Dawn, The Inpatient looks like it will be just as unsettling as its horror contemporary with the main difference being that this is entirely in VR. With you being stuck in an old-timey insane asylum, I think you can assume what sort of hijinx you will get up to. Supermassive have the skills to craft a good horror experience and VR is the perfect fit for them. No release date was given.
Final Fantasy XV: Monster of the Deep
It’s a VR Final Fantasy XV fishing game, what else did you expect?
There haven’t been too many tactical shooters on VR, strangely, but Bravo Team is looking to be the quintessential game if you like your shooting with a little tactics. Not much has been revealed about the game besides the fact that there will be a bunch of shooting, but that’s all you need, really. No release date either.
Ever wanted to live the life of a mouse? Now is your opportunity! Moss looks like an adorable VR adventure following tiny critters through a mystical world full of beauty and dangers. It looks like you will guide a tiny mouse through levels using your Move controllers. It has the cuteness and it has the style. It just doesn’t have a release date.
God of War
Finally, the pale bearded Kratos is back and we get to see a lot of extra violence and more of the new story of the once mighty insane man with chain swords. The Nordic inspiration is still running high with the vistas being distinctly Scandinavian and the creatures looking like they come out of Norse mythology. We get to see a lot more gameplay in this latest trailer with Kratos delivering some brutal takedowns and we get to witness the character action fighting some more. The game is shaping up nicely and will be released in 2018.
Detroit: Become Human
The creators of Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, Quantic Dream, are back with Detroit: Become Human. We get to see the game in action this time where we learn of a character named Marcus who is an android trying to lead a robot revolution. The trailer showcased the importance of your choices and their hefty consequences as well as the potential deviations in the story, as is classic Quantic Dream. The story looks to be complex and might even include multiple characters if the formula of previous games is followed. The release date is still unknown.
More Destiny 2 and thanks to the deal that Bungie have with Sony, there will be exclusive content for the game on PS4. Enjoy the new trailer featuring more footage as well as a preview of some of the content. Expect the game on September 8th.
And finally, we get to see Insomniac’s PS4-exclusive Spider-Man in action with a lengthy gameplay trailer. The game follows a lot of the same directions of the other Spider-Man games albeit much smoother and seemingly more responsive. The combat seems to be a blend of stealth takedowns and Arkham inspired combat. It is also much more explosive and cinematic, with Spidey having to wallrun buildings and avoid obstacles that are falling all around him. There does seem to be quite a reliance on QTEs though. Spider-Man releases sometime in 2018.