Sony delivered one of their best press conferences in years at E3 2016, saying very few words and letting their games line-up speak for themselves. Not only did we get incredible new footage for games like Detroit: Become Human and Horizon: Zero Dawn, but Sony also excited us all with massive new game announcements including Spider-Man, God of War, Days Gone, and Death Stranding. Here’s a closer look!
One of the biggest surprises during Sony’s show was a brand new PS4-exclusive Spider-Man game from the talented team at Insomniac Games, makers of Resistance and Ratchet & Clank. The experience gained developing their recent high-flying Xbox One game, Sunset Overdrive, seems to be put to good use in Spider-Man, as we saw the iconic web-slinger effortlessly swinging through a vast urban environment. The graphics were pristine, and Spider-Man’s classic heroic, yet light-hearted personality appeared to be on display in full effect. Following the show, Sony mentioned that the game will feature an original storyline, and will be based on the upcoming Marvel film.
God of War
Opening Sony’s press conference was the next entry in the critically-acclaimed God of War series, and this one seems to be taking on a new direction. The stunning gameplay trailer gave off The Last of Us vibes with a newly-bearded Kratos out on a hunting trip with his young son. Hints of a more emotional, story-driven game permeated this gameplay footage as Kratos spent much of his time teaching his son how to effectively use a bow and arrow, as well as learn the important of ending the life of their prey (Kratos is a ruthless killer, after all.) The latter half of the trailer showed Kratos battling a gigantic troll, and using his Spartan Rage ability to gain a short burst of massive strength. This was perhaps the most impressive trailer from Sony during their presentation, which is saying a lot considering how epic their show was.
We’ve been waiting years to find out what Sony’s Bend studio, makers of Splinter Cell, have been working on, and now we finally know–Days Gone. This post-apocalyptic game is set in the high-desert of the Pacific Northwest, two years after a global pandemic has decimated the world and turned victims into ravenous zombie-like creatures. Sony first gave us a cinematic trailer of a man named Deacon St. John reiminiscing about his formal life, and wandering the desert on his motorbike. Later, we were shown a lengthy gameplay trailer showcasing hordes of zombies (called Freakers) rushing toward him with hunger in their eyes. It was a truly epic scene and gave us hints at the huge scope of this game with literally hundreds of Freakers on the attack. I can’t wait to see more of this game!
In perhaps the most shocking moment of the press conference, Sony brought out the legendary video game creator Hideo Kojima, former head of the Metal Gear series, to announce his new game Death Stranding. The very puzzling trailer shows a naked Norman Reedus (from Walking Dead fame!) waking up beside a tiny baby on a beach filled with decaying sea life. A cross-shaped cut can be seen on Norman’s stomach, implying some kind of surgery–willing or through force is unknown–has taken place. Ominously hovering high in the sky over the water are human-like creatures that then fade away. The trailer was jaw-dropping and bizarre at the same time, this is one game I hope we get more information on very soon.
Rounding out Sony’s announcements was news that PlayStation VR is coming to retail on October 13, 2016 over 50 games are expected to out by the end of the year, including newly announced titles like Resident Evil VII: Biohazard, Farpoint, Star Wars Battlefront Xb-Wing VR Mission, Batman Arkham VR, and a Final Fantasy game exclusive to PlayStation VR. I had a chance to test out Sony’s VR equipment after the show (more on that in an article soon), and I was blown away at how immersive it is. I’m greatly looking forward to playing more VR games, including the ones announced at E3 and new games I’m sure we’ll learn about as we get closer to the launch.
That’s not all though–Sony also showcased new footage for Horizon: Zero Dawn, Detroit: Become Human, Gran Turismo Sport, and we finally got a release date for The Last Guardian (October 26, 2016). Reboots of Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, and 3 are also coming.
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