There are a few things I didn’t like about the Sony conference. Their presenters were annoying. Their smugness was annoying. However, they succeeded where it counted, and that was with showing off awesome, great games that made me very happy to be owning a PlayStation 4 system.
Sony’s press conference was a shopping two hours long, so it’s somewhat unfair to compare them to the other press conferences, but I have to say that at this point, it is very clear that Sony has won E3 unless Nintendo pulls off some magic tomorrow morning.
It is my Destiny. It is the truth I seek.
What better way to kick off your press conference with voice acting by Tyrion freaking Lannister? Especially with Game of Thrones at the height of its popularity? The one and only Peter Dinklage is voicing the “Ghost” drone from Destiny. Destiny was shown off in a story trailer, but then it quickly became one of the corner pieces of the PlayStation press conference.
For one, Destiny will have a beta that will be on PlayStation platforms first on July 17th. Starting this Thursday and running through the weekend, PlayStation gamers will also be able to play an Alpha version of Destiny.
Still don’t have a PS4? Well, Sony is releasing a glacier white PS4 system that will come bundled with Destiny and will launch alongside the game on September 9th. This special bundle will also come with a 30 day trial for PlayStation Plus.
A little later on in the press conference, Destiny was brought up yet again. Destiny will have exclusive in-game content on PlayStation on the day it launches. It will have an exclusive competitive multiplayer map called Exodus, and an exclusive co-op Strike mission on Mars. The Strike Missions are epic levels that ended in large boss battles.
The Order: 1886
Gameplay footage of The Order: 1886 was up next. It showed Galahad walking around an abandoned hospital of some sort. He then stumbles upon a zombie chewing on a corpse in a scene that seems like a nod to the original Resident Evil game.
The zombie then morphs into a giant monster and then starts stalking Galahad. The game definitely has a survival horror vibe to it, like a combination of Gears of War and Resident Evil. There’s no difference between the cut-scene and in-game graphics, and the game seems to seamlessly transition between scenes and gameplay, which was also very impressive. It gives the game a really cinematic appearance about it.
Origami animals fluttering about, doing origami animal things
Entwined is a brand new IP that was announced by Sony next. They had some technical issues at this point that somewhat marred the presentation, but they made up for it by the end of the Entwined presentation. The game is made by a small team of recent graduates, and it is about two souls that are in love but can’t be together.
Players use the left stick to control one character and the right stick to control the other. There are “nine unique lifetimes” that make up the game, and by the end of it, players will bring the two souls together. The two souls will then combine to create a dragon.
Part of the gameplay is to fly through the sky with “living paint” to create “aerial sculputres”. The big surprise in regards to Entwined that really helped make the Sony press conference significantly more exciting was the surprise that the game is available right now from the PlayStation Store for $9.99.
Infamous: First Light
Sucker Punch announced a standalone expansion pack for Infamous: Second Son. It doesn’t require Second Son to play, but if you do play it through your Second Son disc, you will have access to exclusive content.
The game stars Fetch, and it starts with her being interrogated in a strange facility. It appears to be a prequel to the story of the main game. Infamous: First Light has a planned release date of this coming August.
Media Molecule lied to everyone and said that they weren’t going to be at E3. This made their surprise appearance so much sweeter though, and I really wish more developers made an effort like this to surprise the E3 audience.
LittleBigPlanet 3 was one of the most impressive and exciting showings by far. The game has more depth in the environment, and new weapons such as the wind gun. However, the biggest change to LittleBigPlanet 3 is the inclusion of three new playable characters that significantly change the way people play LittleBigPlanet.
The first character introduced was Oddsock. Oddsock is a pet dog that can do wall jumps and has a lot more speed than Sackboy. Toggle is another new character. He is strong and can push heavy objects, but he can also shrink to a very small size and be able to fit through small gaps. Finally, the last playable character was Swoop, whose special ability is to fly around the levels.
These new characters allow for plenty of new co-op challenges that simply weren’t viable in the older LittleBigPlanet games. Just like those games, the creation tools are fantastic and allow for the creation of all sorts of different genres.
Over 8.7 million levels have been created and shared by the LBP community since the first game released on PS3 years ago. LittleBigPlanet 3 will have access to all the previously created levels that were made in the other games, but with the graphics improved due to the increased horsepower of PS4.
LittleBigPlanet 3 will be available by this Christmas.
Project Beast unveiled
Project Beast was leaked beforehand, but its full unveiling was awesome. The game is an upcoming PS4 exclusive being directed by Miyazaki and From Software, the people behind the incredibly popular Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls games.
Project Beast’s official name is Bloodborne. It features terrifying villagers with torches and pitchforks, skinless dog monsters, and looks more or less like 18th century Dark Souls. The main character was using a giant bladed weapon to kill the monsters. Very gruesome stuff. There was also a shotgun that was pressed against the head of what looked like a blue-skinned zombie creature.
Bloodborne will be available at some point in 2015.
Far Cry 4
Ubisoft truly did give their best stuff to Sony and Microsoft this year for some reason. Whereas Microsoft got to show off some cool new stuff for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Sony was given the opportunity to showcase Far Cry 4.
Sony’s Far Cry 4 demo was extremely impressive. It featured the trademark wildlife that made Far Cry 3 so compelling, with hawks, pigs, elephants, and more being seen. The game is a huge graphical improvement over its predecessor, and we learned the name of the main character. The main character in the game is Ajay Ghale.
We saw Ajay work his way through a fort that needed liberated. He did this with a variety of tools at his disposal, including a machinegun with a crossbow attachment on the top of it. He also placed C4 on the top of a red barrel, kicked it at enemies, and then blew them up. The game definitely retains the trademark gameplay of the franchise, that’s for sure.
Another cool feature I noticed while watching Far Cry 4 was that the player character drove up next to a van being driven by some enemies. At the press of a button, the player character ditched his vehicle, and then hijacked the enemy vehicle.
The wingsuit makes a triumphant return, and the narrow canyons of the Himalayas make it even easier to use. The game is gorgeous, which makes these moments even more exciting. Seeing the wildlife, the environment…it’s all absolutely stunning. As a huge fan of Far Cry 3, I am extremely excited for Far Cry 4.
The game also allows for two-player co-op. The second player controls a character named Hurk, who has a mini helicopter thing that he can use to fly around Ajay. While Hurk flies Ajay over the compound they’re liberating, Ajay goes absolutely nuts with an assault rifle and its grenade attachment.
But all of the guns in the world can’t beat rampaging elephants. In the footage, we see an elephant ram into a truck. The truck then explodes due to previous damage to it caused by the player…and all of that just for a simple liberation mission. Absolutely amazing. Far Cry 4 definitely has Game of the Year potential.
And not only that, but a special promotion for Far Cry 4 was also announced, and it is exclusive to PlayStation Network. Anyone on your PSN friends list can join your Far Cry 4 game, even if they don’t own the game themselves.
Dead Island 2
An annoying presenter took the stage next. Using faux fan letters to segue from point to point, Sony announced Dead Island 2. The trailer is hilarious, in stark contrast to the trailer that hyped up the original Dead Island game. Dead Island 2 will have an exclusive beta that will last for 30 days that will only be available on PlayStation 4. Furthermore, there will be a character class that will also be exclusive to PS4.
Check out the trailer and all of its zombie jogger, clothes stealing insanity right here:
The Last of US on PS4
Sony reiterated that The Last of Us is coming to PS4. The Last of Us is making its mark on PS4 in other ways as well. For Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, PS4 will have quests themed after The Last of Us, and the Clicker monsters from The Last of Us will be enemies in the game.
Diablo III will be available for August 19th. The Last of Us: Remastered Edition is coming to PS4 on July 29th.
A new cinematic trailer debuted for Battlefield: Hardline during the Sony conference. The game’s beta is exclusive to PS4 and PC.
Disney exclusivity on PlayStation
Speaking of exclusive PlayStation partnerships, Sony announced an exclusive partnership with Disney as well. The Incredible Hulk will be an exclusive character for Disney Infinity 2.0 on PlayStation platforms. We also learned that The Avengers are being added to Disney Infinity.
A Vita version of Disney Infinity 2.0 was also announced later in the broadcast.
Sony also announced a new partnership with Paradox Interactive for them to start making games exclusively for Sony platforms. They are working on a brand new IP, but in the meantime, Magicka 2 was announced for PS4 in a hilarious commercial.
An adventure gaming classic returns
Tim Schafer was then displayed using that letter gimmick. It was announced that, as a part of Sony’s new collaboration with Disney, that Grim Fandango will be remastered exclusively for PS4 and PS Vita.
Sony’s new partnership with Developer Digital is bringing in a variety of indie games exclusively to PlayStation platforms. Here’s a list of the indie games and the specific PlayStation platforms that they will be releasing on:
Broforce (PS4 and PS Vita)
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4, PS3, and PS Vita)
Not A Hero (PS4 and PS Vita)
The Talos Principle (PS4)
Titan Souls (PS4 and PS Vita)
Next up was another PlayStation 4 exclusive, this time from Suda51. Suda51’s next game is an ultraviolent title, but it was hard to tell if it was a beat ‘em up, a Manhunt like game, or a fighting game. It’s called Let it Die and it is releasing in 2015 on PS4.
The developers Giant Squid announced their first game. Giant Squid, by the way, is comprised of people that created the critically acclaimed PS3 exclusive Journey.
This new game is called Abzu. In it, players are underwater with the main character using a helmet like device to breathe. It seems to have a deep exploration element, and wildlife also played a factor in the game. At one point, a shark tries to eat the player character, but when the player turns around, the shark darts away. Whales were also seen, as was a gorgeous underwater cave.
No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky was extremely impressive when it debuted during the Spike VGAs, and I was excited to see it here on PS4. The game will be console exclusive to PS4, but it will also be releasing on PC.
The game demo starts with a gorgeous, multi-colored planet with a vast array of wildlife. We also saw a huge dinosaur and then a giant purple rhino creature start to terrorize the other animals. The game records whenever you discover a new species.
The player then hopped in a ship, flew into space, shot some asteroids (great destructibility), flew by numerous space stations, and then dropped down to a new planet with a significantly different terrain than the previous one.
It’s no secret that Sony is throwing their hat into the virtual reality ring with Project Morpheus. Beyond confirming that the PlayStation camera peripheral is required to use Project Morpheus, Sony didn’t go into any more detail regarding the device.
Yawn yawn yawn
The low point of the Sony press conference came when Shawn Layden, the President and CEO of Sony, took to the stage. He told everyone that he has been to every E3 except the first one, and then started to rattle off statistics. 1.25 billion hours have been spent gaming on PS4 since launch. 1 billion multiplayer sessions have taken place on PS4. 95% of PS4s are connected to the Internet. The share button has been pressed 220 million times. There have been 150 million spectator sessions.
He did announce some interesting news as well, though, to his credit. YouTube will be coming to PS4 later this year. Not only that, but the Share button will be updated so that you can share your videos directly to YouTube. There was also mention of increasing the Twitch and U Stream capacity on PS4, but his language regarding this was weirdly vague.
He announced that new free DLC for The Playroom is coming later this year, and that there are going to be 25 total new free to play games releasing on PS4 by the end of 2014. Three major ones are Kingdom Under Fire 2, PlanetSide 2, and Guns Up. A sizzle reel of the rest of the free to play games were shown, with a variety of different genres represented.
We haven’t heard a whole lot about PlayStation Now since it was announced, but the first details were revealed here. On July 31st, PlayStation Now will enter open beta in the US and Canada, and at some point after that, the open beta will be coming to PlayStation 3 and PS Vita as well.
PS Now will also be coming to Sony TV sets by the end of the year. As long as you have a DualShock 3, this means that you have the ability to stream PS3 games through your Sony TV.
More than 100 PS3 games will be accessible during the open beta from a variety of publishers. Some of the games highlighted include Dead Space 3, God of War: Ascension, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, and Ultra Street Fighter IV.
But what about the Vita?
Sony has more or less abandoned the Vita at this point, and it’s quite a sad thing to see. There was once a time when the Vita was given a whole lot of attention at E3 and other gaming events, but this was not like that at all. Sony said that the Vita has over 100 games in development, and pointed to Tales of Hearts R, Child of Light, and Tales from the Borderlands as examples.
Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition was also announced, and it will feature all the content that the console versions do.
PS Vita TV, renamed to simply PlayStation TV, was confirmed for release in North America and Europe this fall. The device can be used to stream PlayStation content to other TVs in your house. PlayStation TV will release in 2015 and it will retail for $99.
PS TV will have access to PlayStation Now as well, meaning that at the time it launches, it will have access to over 1,000 different titles. A new bundle was announced as well that will cost $139.99. This bundle includes PS TV, a DualShock 3, an HDMI cable, a memory card, and a voucher for a digital version of The Lego Movie Video Game.
Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat X had its first gameplay shown, and it looks absolutely stunning. We saw two different arenas in action. One is set in a snowy forest at night time, and the other is at some disgusting docks, with green water splashing up and dead bodies floating in the waves.
Three new characters were revealed. Two were shown in a lengthy battle, and one was only seen for a split second. One of the new characters was an ogre like creature with a child on its back, and the other was a woman that controlled bugs. Finally, the hidden character was some strange blue guy that we haven’t seen before.
Original television programming
Last year, Sony quietly announced plans to bring original television programming to Sony. The first product of that movement was revealed today in the form of Powers, a TV show based on the graphical novel series. Co-creator Michael Bendis is serving as executive producer for the series. Casting is currently ongoing.
The show will be available in December. Every PSN user can watch the first episode for free. PS Plus subscribers will be able to watch the entire series for free. Sony also mentioned the Instant Game Collection and how the PS Plus subscription base has risen 190% since they’ve implemented it.
Ratchet & Clank
Despite Insomniac being in bed with Microsoft, Sony owns the rights to the Ratchet & Clank IP. One of the ways they are using the IP is with a new animated film that is releasing in early 2015. Insomniac was said to be heavily involved in the production of that film.
In the meantime, the original Ratchet & Clank game is being remastered with new content and highly upgraded graphics for PlayStation 4 by an unknown studio.
The Phantom Pain
A new trailer, which leaked a day earlier, for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was shown. Hideo Kojima directed and edited the trailer himself.
Grand Theft Auto V on PS4
Grand Theft Auto V was announced for PS4 with visual enhancements. The game will also be making its way to PC and Xbox One, but that wasn’t mentioned during Sony’s press conference, obviously.
In addition, it was confirmed that players can transfer their multiplayer data across different platforms, so 360 players could transfer to PS4 or PS3 players could transfer to Xbox One.
Gameplay footage of Batman: Arkham Knight was shown off next. Gotham City is very lively, even at night time, and using the Batmobile looks awesome. The destructible environments are great as well, with the Batmobile just tearing through everything in sight.
Vehicular combat was also shown. The Batmobile was revealed to have a rocket turret as well as a pair of machineguns.
Another change to the gameplay came in the form of a QTE. During a cut-scene that seemed like any old cut-scene, an enemy ran up to Batman. The blue counter lines then appeared above Batman’s head, meaning players are going to have to be alert at all times when playing this game.
The primary villain in this game besides the titular Arkham Knight is the Scarecrow. The Scarecrow was given a grand entrance at E3, with the lights and audio having a meltdown before his spooky reveal. He looks awesome and terrifying.
Scarecrow missions will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 version of the game.
Sony ended their press conference with Naughty Dog and Uncharted 4. The graphics were absurdly good. Drake looks aged, and everything just looked really, really real. Drake is in some jungle after waking up on a riverbank, and there are cages hanging from the nearby trees with skeletons inside of them. The language suggests that this is “one last mission” for Drake and Sully.
The game received an official title as well. The next Uncharted will be called Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and it will be released in 2015.
Sony then concluded their press conference with a highlight reel of the various titles they showed throughout the event.
+LITTLEBIGPLANET 3 AHHHHHHHHHHHHH
+All those exclusive PlayStation dealios
-A lot of Sony presenters are just straight up annoying
-Overran by a long time, so it’s kind of hard to compare it to the other conferences