Every other conference went through the normal rigmarole of trotting out developers to discuss the games, or have awkward, clearly scripted gameplay demos. Sony didn’t bother with all of that this year. Shawn Layden, the Chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios (Sony’s gaming arm), introduced a few games accompanied by an orchestra, but for the most part Sony let the games speak for themselves. It was the best show of E3 by far.
God of War
Sony started off strong with what seems like a reboot to the God of War series, simply titled God of War. I haven’t played God of War since the second entry of the series because Kratos was a laughably stupid character. However, the new Kratos seems to house more emotions than anger, and he has a son whom he is teaching to hunt in the reveal. Also he has a killer beard. The gameplay for God of War appears to be more strategic than previous entries. Sony Santa Monica has hooked me, I’m sold on God of War.
Hideo Kojima’s New Project
The father of Metal Gear Solid and Zone of Enders, came out to cheers and whistles Monday night, and revealed a cinematic trailer for his new game, Death Stranding starring Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead fame. The puzzling video looks amazing, but Kojima doesn’t have an engine for his game yet, so Death Stranding is probably 4 or 5 years out from now. Good to see you Kojima-san.
The Last Guardian
Similar to Final Fantasy XV, The Last Guardian has been in development hell for a decade, and it FINALLY has a release date. From the creators of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, the game puts you in control of a young boy and his giant dog/bird friend. The game looks fantastic, but I’m hesitant to get too excited due to the extended limbo the game was trapped in. Here’s to hoping it’s as amazing as its predecessors.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Guerrilla Games came out hard with a new, killer gameplay trailer for Horizon: Zero Dawn. As I’ve said before the game is one of my most anticipated games. The more I see of this world, the more I want to jump in right. Check out the new gameplay below.
Final Fantasy XV
Square Enix showed off more VR demos for FF XV. I don’t care.
Detroit: Become Human
Quantic Dreams displayed a cinematic trailer of Detroit: Become Human, a game placing you in the shoes of an android assisting humans. The game’s setting is one of strife between androids and humans. Androids are treated like possessions, but they are sentient. The video shows the many different possibilities of a hostage situation, but ultimately it goes to shit. This game is looks incredibly compelling. Please check out this trailer.
Resident Evil 7
The survival horror series is going back to its roots, relying more on atmosphere and scarcity of supplies rather than sheer number of zombies to chill you. The demo looked scary, and the fact that it is meant for VR terrifies me. This will be a game I can only play in the day time.
I can only sum this up with the video below because my words aren’t enough. I love Tim Gettys.
I know I have said that zombie games are getting tired, but Sony Bend’s new IP, Days Gone, looks intriguing. It takes place after the zombie apocalypse, and you are a member of a biker gang who have stayed together during the downfall. The trailer shows you taking down another guy at a train yard, which is soon over run by quick, Lord of the Rings-Gollum style zombies. Bring on the horde Sony Bend.
HOLY SHIT SONY HAS AN EXCLUSIVE SPIDERMAN GAME! Insomniac is responsible for Sunset Overdrive and Ratchet & Clank so hopefully they will pour all of that experience into making the best Spiderman game ever. Thank you Sony, thank you.
Sony revealed a good bit more in their show including gameplay for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Lego Star Wars 7, the release date for Playstation VR, and a few VR games.