Written by Twisted Ideas
Sony’s press conference started with a video reel showing off the console’s biggest upcoming games for the PlayStation 4. Shawn Layden from Sony introduces the system and how broad the platform is trying and has become plus a long-awaited introduction.
The Last Guardian – Oddly absent for several years since its first announcement, The Last Guardian shows gameplay footage of a short section of the game. The Last Guardian is a mix between Ico’s young protagonist in a ruin labyrinth and Shadow of the Colossus’s larger than life baby cat beast thing that acts as your ally. The game shows off the level of trust between the two characters despite the language
barrier. It’s incredible the complex actions they two accomplish within the game and this is something that is eagerly awaited.
Horizon Zero Dawn – This game by Guerrilla Games displays a world that has reverted to nature having humanity living more primitive lives. However, the world isn’t ruled by the wild but rather the machines. The machines have adopted animal like characteristics and the game seems like a faster paced version of Monster Hunter. The game looks gorgeous.
Hitman – A new Hitman cinematic trailer was revealed, promising a more ambitious game than ever. PlayStation 4 owners will have access to the beta upon pre-order when available.
Street Fighter V character reveal – Two returning fighters are revealed in the latest Street Fighter V trailer: Birdie from Street Fighter Alpha and Cammy from Super Street Fighter 2. A beta for the game will be available July 23 for PS4 and PC.
No Man’s Sky – No Man’s Sky is a space exploration game from Hello Games. Unlike space sims like the 2X games or Eve Online, No Man’s Sky features an entire universe of stars that can be searched for, explored with wild life, space battles, civilizations and discoveries to be found. This is a game with incredible scope and is perfect for those who love to be immersed in a world; but now you get thousands upon thousands, if not more.
Dreams – Media Molecule, creators of LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway introduce their latest creative project, Dreams. Little is said about the game other than that your own dreams and alter the dreams of others. The video shows off very intricate scenarios that I cannot tell if they are possible within the game. Since this is Media Molecule this could be to some extend since LittleBigPlanet advertised its promotion materials in engine in its own unique ways.
Firewatch – I got the impression that this was a resource gathering game but the constant narration has me wondering. The game is stylized to look cartoonish with smooth textures and bright and vivid colors. This is something to keep your eyes on.
Destiny: The Taken King expansion – This new expansion will add new supers, gear, a map and strike mission. No mention of a new raid though.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Syndicate did announce that its brother and sister pair are the protagonist of this story but this is the first footage that heavily featured Evie Frye. She sports a cane sword and throwing knives among her arsenal and her creation is probably in direct response to the Unity controversy. PS4 owners will get the “Dreadful Crimes” missions.
World of Final Fantasy – Another kid friendly Final Fantasy in the tone of Theatrhythm. It has more traditional turn based combat and JRPG world and exploration as well as chibi Final Fantasy cameos.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake – This is the next gen remake that fans have been clamoring for all of last generation after that teaser test footage many E3’s ago. No gameplay is show but the confirmation is news enough along with Sqaure-Enix’s beautiful CG trailer.
Devolver Digital indie games:
Ronin – a stealth game reminiscent of Mark of the Ninja
Eitr – a isometric adventure channeling Transistor and Diablo
Mother Russia Bleeds – A classic looking 2D action brawler.
Crossing Souls – looks to be a mix of Retro City Rampage and Hotline Miami
Devolver Digital is publisher that has helped produce some of the biggest indie games like, Hotline Miami, OlliOlli, Broforce and more. More often than naught the games their attached to appeals greatly to somebody.
Shenmue III Kickstarted – The beloved series for people with too much time on their hands announced a Kickstarter to gauge interest in the project. The two million dollar Kickstarter goal was reached in 9 hours. Expect the possible final chapter in the Shenmue story in the future.
Another Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer – a new trailer from the civilian perspective showing off a possible new villain faction. PlayStation will receive exclusive Scarecrow Missions as well.
Project Morpheus – Sony’s virtual reality attempt that desires to play VR games with each other.
PlayStation View – Sony’s digital TV service is a strong attempt to cut out the cable companies. You can order by the channel instead of buying cable packages. The pricing was not announced as of yet. Hopefully it’s better price than PlayStation Now games.
Call of Duty Black Ops 3 – Sony’s Activision partnership announcement led to a misleading message that the game was exclusive to the platform. It isn’t but PlayStation users will have first access to the beta and map packs when released. The game looks to have adopted Advance Warfare’s futuristic gameplay and designs. They displayed a four person cooperative gameplay session showing the size and
possibilities of encounters, with each player taking their own area in the level. The multiplayer video is an incredible run showing off the new weapons and parkor movement throughout the map.
Disney Infinity 3.0 – The inevitable merger of the Disney, Marvel and Star Wars brands were eventually going to collide into another Disney Infinity game. PlayStation will have a 1 month exclusive starter pack.
Star Wars Battlefront 3 – This is possibly the first gameplay footage show of the game since the initial reveal of the cinematic trailer. The game features an offline single player as well as split screen co-op. The video displayed the online co-op showing one player in first person and the second player in third person. With your AI partners aiding you in missions the game has the feel of a massive battle as not all eyes are on you.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – After a little hiccup at the start that required the game to be restarted, Uncharted showed off what it does best. The gameplay appears to remain very similar but animations of Drake moving through the crowd, the destruction physics and the massive scale of the level in the driving section of the demo makes this a great looking cinematic experience. It moves through each section
quickly to keep the adrenaline going. Uncharted is a series that has over-stayed its welcome but let’s hope that this finally will be a good capstone to the series.
Sony came out swinging, bringing out a handful of long-awaited games, giving time to talk about their new IPs, nabbing a few exclusive DLC and betas but they rarely mentioned a release date on these games. That lack of a time frame for their most anticipated games has been a talking issue for their games but whether it be this year, next, or longer these games should all see the light of day and be big hitters for the console.