Sony kicked off its PlayStation E3 conference with perfection, and brought us some stunning titles that we have all been craving for. Some are age-old classics reborn, while others are games once thought long gone. In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of everything that happened.
Like on nearly every E3, there were speculations of something or the other regarding The Last Guardian showing up. For long the title seemed dead, but to every gamer’s pleasure, the brilliant interactive adventure title is indeed coming next year. The fantastic gameplay and mesmerizing interaction with the giant dog-chicken-bird thing is amazing, and we hope to see much more.
Shuhei Yoshida stepped on staged after The Last Guardian’s demo finished, and after a round of applause and a few brief words, he invited over Hermann Hulst of Guerilla Games to show off their new franchise, Horizon: Zero Dawn.
The title had an interesting take on a post-apocalyptic world, and the gameplay was certainly intense (inspired heavily by Tomb Raider). The only annoying thing I found about it was how much the protagonist talked.
After Horizon Dawn, a man running in snow was seen, which was the start of a CGI trailer for the new Hitman title. The trailer was vague and quite interesting, but we’d have liked to see some kind of gameplay footage.
Immediately afterwards, Street Fighter V took the screen, with the announcement of an exclusive beta on PS4 in July, and also the introduction of Birdie.
Last year’s big surprise No Man’s Sky was next, as Hello Games creator once again showed how insanely vast the world they have created is.
What personally interested me most though was the Dreams project by Media Molecule. This brilliant idea was a way to create dream-like scenarios on the PlayStation 4 in the form of a game, and to live out those dreams, all shared across the globe and all interconnected seamlessly. The idea was hard to grasp on to, but only because it was so good and so unique.
We were also immediately treated with a gameplay trailer of Firewatch, with a rather interesting myseterious plot twist towards the end, followed by the reveal of the leaked Destiny expansion The Taken King.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate followed shortly, with another cinematic trailer, this time showing off the alternate female character available for play in the game.
Next up was Final Fantasy’s turn. The audience went mad with excitement as the name of the franchise was taken, but it was only the reveal of World of Final Fantasy and its miniaturized characters. Still good enough, right? Wrong.
What followed was a mere teaser, but it was probably the biggest and most exciting teaser for any veteran PlayStation fan. The reveal of a complete remake of arguably one of the greatest games to have ever been made had the fans screaming with joy, as Cloud’s sword shined and hair bounced towards the end of the teaser trailer for Final Fantasy VII.
Following on, Sony announced how it is bringing additional indie games to the PlayStation Network de to its collaboration with Devolver, and then quickly moved onto another big highlight in Sony’s near-flawless conference.
Shenmue 3. Yes, the long awaited continuation of what was the most expensive game ever in 2006, and the very emotion-filled title that made the Dreamcast a reasonable success. Shenmue is currently on Kickstarter and is asking for backing, and I have to say that it certainly deserves it.
The romantic and emotional plot soon turned dark and sinister, as ever-lasting smile of the deceased Joker engulfed the screen, his burning body acting as a transition to what turned out to be a spectacular trailer for the PlayStation 4 exclusive set of Scarecrow Missions in Batman: Arkham Knight.
Sony then announced details of its Project Morpheus, and how VR headset associated games were playable at the E3.
The next reveal was of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, and its futuristic, co-op oriented singleplayer, along with its intense fast-paced multiplayer reveal.
Soon after, Star Wars: Battlefront took the stage for the second time today, showing off just how versatile and good the combat it, this time in a wave-styled gameplay mode.
Like most others, Sony left the best for the last, as Naughty Dog’s trademark icon lay over the screen, followed by what was a silky-smooth, exciting, fast-paced, and absolutely worthwhile gameplay demo of Uncharted 4.
Apart from the accidental rewind of the Uncharted 4 demo, Sony’s press conference was near flawless, and was an excellent reply to Microsoft’s strong Xbox One conference earlier today. We hope to see more of such quality reveals in the coming days in the E3 2015.