Naughty Dog, Guerrilla Games, and Media Molecule. All are very prestigious developers, each bringing us many amazing franchises. What else do these amazing companies have in common? Each of them showed off very impressive games at Sony’s press conference. Did any of these games leave a mark following Sony’s show? Here’s a quick rundown of what really stood out to me.
There couldn’t have been a better way to start an E3 press conference than the way Sony did today. The Last Guardian looks amazing and was finally dated for 2016. The demo really showed of the awesome platforming that made Shadow of the Colossus an instant classic. It was also very cool to see the awesome feats you can accomplish with your large feathered dog. I’m greatly looking forward to The Last Guardian’s release in 2016.
I usually skip talking about indie titles, but I won’t do it this time. That’s how good No Man’s Sky looked. The sheer scope of the game is just ridiculous and I love how the game looks. Combat did seem a bit clunky, but the epic space battles and exploration of other planets was fantastic. Definitely keep an eye out for more from No Man’s Sky.
Another impressive indie title is Firewatch. Not much is known about the plot of the game, but the gameplay trailer included dialogue between your character and another character. The banter between the two felt real, the graphics were beautiful, and the story is mysterious and interesting. Like No Man’s Sky, Firewatch is looking like it will be a very impressive game.
Though the Last Guardian’s gameplay trailer was a surprise, it most certainly wasn’t the biggest surprise of Sony’s press conference. Final Fantasy 7 is coming oe the PlayStation 4! No, I’m not talking about the PC version. That’s right folks, Final Fantasy 7 is being remade with all of the awesome, next gen hardware. From what we saw, the games visuals are fantastic and, if Final Fantasy 15 is any indication, will look stunning. I am greatly looking forward to playing this masterpiece and will probably purchase this the day it is released.
We also got to see gameplay of Guerrilla Games’ new IP, Horizon: Zero Dawn. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where society is rebuilding from the ground up. In fact, society is made up of tribes who consider the fallen civilization as the Old Ones. I love the fact the current society, in reality, is considered the old and wise civilization in Horizon. I am one hundred percent, fully invested in the story in this game and fell in love with how gorgeous and different the world of Horizon. The wildlife looked like an incredible mixture of flesh and machine. Horizon blew me away and I am definitely looking forward to seeing more of it in the future.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, Sony showed some lengthy gameplay of Uncharted 4. Uncharted 4 is insanely gorgeous and the demo brought us to a rather large city on a hill. Sully and Nate’s objective was to reach a tower on the bottom, and boy was that an adventure. There was a slick shootout in the streets followed by an insane care chase through the streets. I am ridiculously excited for Uncharted 4 and this gameplay footage has made me even more so. The Final Fantasy 7 reveal was fantastic, Halo 5: Guardians and Gears of War 4 were very impressive, but Uncharted 4 easily took the cake as the most impressive game at E3 so far.
Overall, I was very impressed by what the PlayStation will have to offer in the next couple of years. The only drawback is that, other than the multiplats that they showed, there is nothing really coming out this year. Uncharted 4, Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Last Guardian, No Man’s Sky, and Final Fantasy 7 are all games that Sony spent considerable time on that aren’t coming out this year. Still though, the aforementioned games are big enough to keep PlayStation gamers looking forward to the future of the PlayStation 4.