Sony really, really hates Microsoft. Maybe hate is too little of a word. Lets go with… mega loathe. There we go. Sony mega loathes Microsoft and their showcase clearly demonstrated that. Featuring nothing really new other than quick timed exclusives, Sony impressed us without really trying.
To be clear, Sony started off strong by finally giving fans The Last Guardian. Maybe 2016 is a bit late for it but hopefully its early 2016. The Last Guardian has been around for 6 years now and as much as we want it, the trailer did disappoint. The main puzzle from the trailer was easy and that kids voice got on our nerves the 7th time he called the Guardians name. We fully expect the game to be great, but the trailer just left us wanting more.
From there, here is what Sony gave us:
Horizon: Zero Dawn, Hitman, Street Fighter 5, No Man’s Sky, Dreams, Firewatch, Destiny: The Taken King, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, World Of Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy 7: Remake, Devolver Studio’s 4 new titles, Shenmue 3, Batman: Arkham Knight, Black Ops III, Until Dawn, Disney Infinity 3.0, Star Wars Battlefront, and finally Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Wow… I thought Microsoft did a lot, holy crap. Sony was able to fit that much in, granted not all of it got equal time.
Starting with Horizon: Zero Dawn, this is clearly my frontrunner for Best In Show. Innovative and incredibly beautiful, Horizon showed us what it meant to be a new IP. From Guerrilla Games, this title is worth keeping your eye on!
Then we saw Hitman. Simple and unique, the trailer showed us thousands of different characters that ended up being Hitman targets or disguises. Hitman is a franchise that many loved but fell off and hopefully Sony brings it back!
Street Fighter 5 was said to be a PS4 exclusive but then quickly said to be a PC title as well so who knows. It looked like Street Fighter and every other fighting game out there right now. Sorry, but this didn’t look good enough to branch to.
No Man’s Sky might win Best In Show again just for the 3 minute preview it got. Incredible and INCREDIBLY HUGE, No Man’s Sky blew us away again. Watch the gameplay.
Dreams is an interesting title. Featuring the PS4’s unique controller mapping system, you are able to create dreams inside of the game completely from scratch. Sandbox’s are fun for everyone who is creative so Dreams will be loved from the start.
Firewatch’s demo was so quick, I forgot what I was watching. Although this demo did show the quick humor and the intense mystery behind the game.
Destiny: The Taken King looks like more Destiny. Mehhh.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate has been shown 3 times now at E3, all with different things but Sony finally got the female protagonist in a CGI trailer. While there was no actual gameplay shown, it was good to see the female on screen for the first time!
Sony made some real surprises with games like World Of Final Fantasy. A cute game to say the least, World Of Final Fantasy gives you creative control of tiny characters who can turn big to change the world around them. While it was just a teaser and we have no idea how it will actually flesh out, it looks interesting enough to keep that massive franchise going.
If World Of Final Fantasy wasn’t enough, well…Sony gave us Final Fantasy 7: Remake. This was the best thing about the FF reveals for me because FF7 is clearly the best one and it looks beautiful.
Devolver Studio’s went next and they showed us 4 new games that honestly looked just as silly as last years.
In a surprise twist, Sony endorsed a Kickstarter Campaign for Shenmue 3. A game that hasn’t had a title since 2001.
Batman: Arkham Knight took the stage next in a quick little gameplay trailer and it featured more scarecrow so next week we will see that.
Following Batman were some interesting ideas shown in Project Morpheus although it was only 3 minutes long and so boring, I almost forgot it happened.
But to go along with Project Morpheus, this title Until Dawn was announced and I find it interesting because it seemed to be a clear “here is a horror title because we lost Silent Hills”.
And now on to the biggest reveal at Sony’s showcase. Sony won. They actually won the console market already. Sony has the timing exclusives on Call of Duty. As CoD has gone, so has the market and Sony controls Black Ops III and the future of the franchise.
Black Ops III itself looked a bit lack luster as it looked just like more CoD but if you love the franchise (like so many do), you’ll love this one. I am surprised we didn’t see zombie gameplay as Treyarch is known for that.
The PS Vita was briefly mentioned but… like Sony has hinted at… who cares?
Disney Infinity 3.0 was next but it was boring and simple as it was a kids game announcement at E3 2015 which many gamers take very seriously.
Star Wars Battlefront showed off a bit of horde mode in this cool dynamic gameplay but really it was just more of the same from EA’s Showcase and we are fine with that because it looked amazing in both showcases.
The last thing Sony threw at the audience was the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End gameplay footage. And let us tell you, most od us are going to play way too much of this game. Get super excited for Uncharted, as it will win Best In Show honors this year.
The gameplay footage was unique to the Uncharted series as it featured heavy damage and wonderful simple parkour. Nathan Drake was taking a beating and beating up everyone in his path. Nathan Drake didn’t stick to his feet though as he jumped in a car and practiced car parkour in the streets of a quiet town full of deadly murders. The adventure is just beginning for Uncharted news so stay tuned!
So that is what Sony gave us this year, anyone happy? Let us know!