The Sony conference opened with an intense musical number, with hypnotic patterns projected onto the wall behind the musicians, but never really lived up to the excitement this dramatic opening promised. Unsurprising really, after last year’s legendary return of Hideo Kojima, that Sony’s 2017 conference seemed a little more subdued in comparison. There was an unfortunate lack of Death Stranding, The Last of Us 2 and other long awaited titles but, despite this, there were still plenty of interesting moments in store.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
The Lost Legacy story trailer kick-started the conference and was unfortunately silenced by technical issues, but was, regardless, an intriguing and cinematic glance at the DLC for Uncharted 4 which follows Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross as they search for the Tusk of Ganesha. This series of words means very little to me, as Uncharted has never appealed to me as a series, but the trailer (once I looked it up on Youtube and found it with sound) really stood out from the other, blander offerings of the conference. Both main characters seem likeable and funny and it made me extremely happy to see a story within the Uncharted world focused on the relationship and adventures of a black South African woman and an Indian-Australian woman, as the series has always seemed rather white male focused to me as an outside viewer. The only disappointment is that The Lost Legacy is a DLC rather than a full game, but it could be the required hook to pull me into Uncharted as a series. To be released August 22nd, 2017.
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
We were shown a brief teaser for the first DLC for Horizon Zero Dawn, taking the game and its legions of robotic dinosaurs on a frozen escapade. The DLC is set to release on PlayStation 4 later this year.
As much as Sony attempted to hype it up, Days Gone stood out as a major disappointment for me at the conference, and not worth the level of attention Sony afforded it. Another bland, boring zombie game, Days Gone follows the adventures of a protagonist I can only assume is called Bike Man. He’s gruff and he has a beard and he rides a motorbike. Dare I say the most iconic game protagonist of our generation? The gameplay demo showed Bike Man riding down the road, getting tricked by some men, fighting them off, then going on a journey to track down his lost friend through the woods. The setting is beautiful and lush, and the unexpected stealth gameplay and ability to trick enemies into falling into their own traps was definitely intriguing, but not enough to make me ever want to play this uninspiring game. Sony suspended people from their ceiling in real life in some sort of surreal 4D display and I still felt nothing. If you aren’t entirely burned out on games depicting the life and times of gruff men in post-apocalyptic zombie filled futures then, frankly, I’m impressed, and maybe this game is for you, but Days Gone did not capture my attention.
Monster Hunter: World
Another IP I’m mostly unfamiliar with, but a trailer that had fans of this cult sensation game series gagged. It mostly showcased versatile gameplay as the game’s protagonist fought coastal dinosaurs and explored the jungle, before settling down to roast some meat on the beach. Monster Hunter: World is set to release in early 2018.
Shadow of the Colossus
A mysterious trailer teased a PlayStation 4 remake of Shadow of the Colossus, originally released for the PlayStation 2 in 2005. The graphics look stunning and I’m excited to see this classic game have new life breathed into it by a modern console. To be released 2018.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
We were shown a trailer for the latest entry in Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom series of games. Nothing about the trailer managed to pull me in, even as a Marvel fan, and the graphics are more than a little upsetting to look at. The story just sort of seems like a weird crossover fanfiction you might find in the depths of the LiveJournal of someone you thought you knew, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it appears to takes itself way too seriously for that kind of story to work. Overall, the trailer barely managed to induce any sort of emotion in me whatsoever, and we can only hope the game will have a different effect.
Call of Duty: World War 2
There’s not that much to say about this trailer. It just sort of reminded us that in Call of Duty games you have the ability to shoot guns. This time it’s set in the Second World War and you can burn people alive. I don’t know if this was a feature in previous Call of Duty games but I’m going to go ahead and assume that it absolutely was.
PlayStation Virtual Reality
Halfway through the conference, Sony took us on a journey through the land of Virtual Reality, showcasing the upcoming VR line-up for PS4.
Todd Howard’s at it again, releasing Skyrim for maybe the six hundredth time this year alone, this time on VR. Not sure why I’d want to fully immerse myself in a world that, at this point, looks like absolute garbage, but if that’s Todd’s will then so be it.
We were also shown Star Child, an intriguing and colourful VR title that was left mostly a mystery.
The Inpatient looks to be a terrifying VR horror game, set in a hospital of some kind, though not many other details were given.
Honestly, the trailer for the new Final Fantasy XV spin off, Monsters of the Deep, that depicted boring images of the characters fishing with intense rock music in the background was my highlight of the VR segment, and possibly the entire conference. It’s to be released September this year and looks fabulous.
Bravo Team is a VR shooter developed by Supermassive Games that can be played either co-operatively or single player.
Moss looks to be a whimsical fantasy VR game where you go on a sweet little journey through the woods as a mouse.
God of War
We saw another trailer for God of War, showcasing more of the narrative of Kratos and his journey with his son. There were several beautiful environments and some intriguing story hints as well as an introduction to some of the combat, which shows Kratos making good use of throwing his axe around against elemental creatures. Overall, it looked interesting and I’m excited for its release in early 2018.
Detroit: Become Human
We saw the longest trailer yet for David Cage’s latest misadventure, showcasing more of the story of the game, which focuses on a futuristic android revolution. It’s a plot that’s become somewhat over worn and stale by now and I doubt that Cage is capable of breathing any new life into it, especially going by this uninteresting and corny trailer, but the small amount of gameplay we’re shown looks exciting and could be the game’s saving grace. Player choice is a big factor in this game, and players are given the option to lead the revolution either peacefully or with violence.
The trailer lacked combat but showed us a little of the story for the sequel to multiplayer FPS Destiny, set to release on September 6th this year. We were also shown exclusive DLC for PlayStation 4, such as gear, ships and weapons.
The trailer for PlayStation 4 exclusive Spider-Man was a highlight of the conference and the last trailer shown. It showed gameplay, with web mechanics that look satisfying and fun, great graphics and a classic story as Spider-Man fights bad guys in New York City. The gameplay seems to have an optional stealth aspect which I wasn’t expecting, and I’m eager to see how his powers play into that. We also see him heavily relying on his surroundings as way to fight enemies. I was extremely excited by the surprise reveal of Miles Morales at the end of the conference and can’t wait to find out more about his role in the game, which is set to be released in 2018.
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