Sony has had a history of epic moments at E3 like in 2013 with the PS4 used games policy and price. Then they have had more dubious moments in their history such as the 2006 press conference featuring memorable memes such as 599.99 US dollars, and giant enemy crabs. But after attending the press conference I can say it definitely fits more into the epic column.
They open the press conference strong by unveiling a game most people thought to be vaporware, The Last Guardian. From the brief gameplay demo that was shown the game looks beautiful, gameplay appears to be reminiscent of Ico, and it is coming to PS4 in 2016.
How to you follow up this show stopper? By finally revealing what Guerrilla Games has been working on. Horizon: Zero Dawn. An action RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world where our current society is the old ones and society is in a more tribal primal state. The demonstration starts with a look at hunting what appear to be giant robot dinosaurs. The scale just seems massive, the visuals are unbelievable. The only problem with this announcement is no date was set so this could be coming out as late as 2017.
Next up was a CG trailer of Hitman, nothing really too spectacular here. It’s a multiplat with exclusive content coming to PlayStation. It was a lull in the conference, but it is nice to see a new Hitman.
After the lull they come in with another heavy hitter, Street Fighter 5. The game looks very impressive, with sharp visuals, new gameplay ideas, and the return of Cammy. It’s coming out in 2016 and the public beta is coming later this year, only on PlayStation.
Sony continued with yet another huge title No Man’s Sky. They showed off the procedural world generator by going to a random planet and exploring. The game seems incredibly massive, this makes World of Warcraft and the Witcher 3 look small if this is anywhere close to true. No date was given, but it was definitely one of those titles that stuck out as something fresh and original.
The big games kept on coming with a brand new IP by Media Molecule. Dreams is a game where you create what appear to be games or short movies. It looks very clay like or like a painting has come to life. I love these more creative titles and it was nice to see a new IP, but so little was shown and yet another game with no date.
Another new IP is by a smaller independent studio Firewatch. I loved the banter between the main character and person they were talking to over the radio. It has a gorgeous cel-shaded art style and the gameplay based around exploration seemed neat, and a story that had a very suspenseful surreal vibe.
After all these huge announcements in a row Sony finally ran out of momentum for a bit by showing Call of Duty which while it looks like the best Call of Duty in a long time, it is still Call of Duty. An expansion pack for Destiny, which you wouldn’t care about unless you are highly invested into the game already, and Assassins Creed which while it was nice to get a closer look at the setting and protagonists, it just comes off as more Assassins Creed. Though sword canes are pretty bad ass.
Square Enix then took the stage to show off one of the cutest games I have ever seen with World of Final Fantasy coming to PS4 and Vita in 2016. Not sure what I am more excited for the art, another Square RPG, or a Vita game.
Square then proceeded to drop arguably the biggest announcement of E3; Final Fantasy 7: Remake. All they showed was a CG trailer, but this games existence was more than enough to make the entire room freak out the TGA staff included.
So the next announcement had to be a disappointment right? Nope; how about Shenmue 3! It is a Kickstarter campaign that in less than 24 hours was funded. The game picks up right where Shenmue 3 left off. Not much else was shown, but it’s another case where its existence is a huge win for Sony.
Then we had the darkest trailer of the evening for sure Batman: Arkham Knight. It starts with the Joker being cremated and a view of an officer getting fear gassed by Scarecrow. The gameplay demo didn’t show much of “Batman” gameplay but the presentation was great and the game is out in a week so I don’t expect them to show too much.
Project Morpheus is a thing, that is pretty much all they had to say about it. Come by our booth in the show floor to check it out.
Next EA took the stage to show off Star Wars for Disney Infinity. It looks neat and even if I don’t play the game I will probably pick up those damn figures. But that wasn’t the big Star Wars demo. The big one was Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay, the graphics and art look spectacular, gameplay seems like the Battlefront we all know and love.
To close the show Sony of course went to their biggest gun Uncharted 4. The visuals were insane. If this game looks like this when it is officially out it will be the most technically impressive game of all time. Just everything about the demo the graphics, the sound, gameplay, hell even the writing in that brief demo was just absolutely superb. Uncharted 4 is one of if not the most impressive things shown at any of the press events.
Sony had an amazing show. It was very heavy on 2016 releases and beyond, but every single one of those releases was a heavy hitter, that I want to play as soon as possible. They had an incredible show and for once their slogan seems right; Greatness Awaits.