Sony PlayStation’s E3 2018 Press Conference
Sony PlayStation’s E3 2018 Press Conference took place on Monday night and offered us some nice exclusives though sadly, few ground-breaking surprises. Here is your show rundown!
The showcase kicked off in a quite emotional way. Alone with his banjo, composer Gustavo Santaololla delivered a simple yet moving performance of his Main Theme from The Last of Us. The crowd was eerily silent.
The Last of Us Part II
Sony decided to open up with one of their major franchises. The Last of Us Part II had gotten a few trailers out already but this one expanded on the actual gameplay. In the trailer, an older Ellie is drinking at the bar, staring off at a pretty lady on the dancefloor. Her friend Jesse mentioned a man who fusses over her each time she goes out. Could it be Joel?
Ellie goes off to dance with the girl, Dina. The couple shares a luscious kiss in the middle of the dancefloor before cutting to a fierce takedown by Ellie in the middle of a dark forest. One could wonder if Dina died, causing Ellie to go on such a savage rampage.
The gameplay segment is heavily stealth-based. Right off the bat, the graphics, lighting, textures and environment are stunning. Combat is engaging and brutal. Lacking Joel’s heavy build, Ellie is not a gun-blazing maniac but rather a meticulous backstabber. When the fighting gets rough, she opts for hiding. Cover-based shooting is back as well as crafting from the scattered resources in the world.
The trailer was beautiful and cinematic in a way no other studio than Naughty Dog can achieve. With no date announced yet, perhaps there is still time to hear from Joel.
Call of Duty: Black Ops
There was a quick announcement on CoD. Black Ops III now free on the PlayStation Plus. Furthermore, if you pre-order Black Ops 4, you will get 4 classic maps and be able to try them early in Black Ops 3.
Destiny 2: Forsaken
Destiny 2 will offer the Forsaken Expansion at the start of Fall. Fans of Destiny were shocked when they witnessed Cayde-6 murdered by Prince Uldren in the new trailer. This story-driven expansion is sure to explain surrounding it.
Date: September 4, 2018
Ghost of Tsushima
A real flute player introduced this title from Sucker Punch Productions (inFAMOUS, Sly). Right from the start, the graphics are breathtaking, as the reeds dance in the wind at sundown. The main character is a gruff samurai warrior making his way across a freshly deserted battlefield.
Set during the Mongol Invasion, the atmosphere is tense and melancholic at once. It looks like the game will be an open world as the character steps into an area identified as Otsuna Grasslands and we cannot wait to explore it on horseback, which is gorgeously animated. As for combat, swinging a katana looks fun although a little stiff. You have your typical parry, counter and finishing moves.
There is also a strong stealth component, reminiscent of the Assassin’s Creed series, with enemy takedowns, parkour up pagodas and assassinations from ledges. A grappling hook allows for traversal movement.
Dueling is visually stunning, as fire surrounds the combatants on a floor of red petals. The lore, costumes and characters are not too cheesy and but just enough to drive the plot forward. All that was missing to this gorgeous Japanese adventure was a release date.
From 505 Games and Remedy, who brought us Alan Wake, we are not surprised to get another psychological thriller. Paranormal activity is shifting the environment in distorted structures as bodies float in the air. Could they be puzzles to solve? Gun fights will also play a part and it appears that our main character possesses telekinesis powers.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
While at first, it seemed like some strange trailer featuring a rat on a kitchen counter, once a zombie attacks a police officer, the hype beings. Raccoon City. Claire Redfield. Leon Kennedy. Ugly monsters at every turn in a classic survival horror genre-defining game. Resident Evil 2 is back with a graphics and mechanics overhaul. For instance, the camera will be in third-person instead of static. Of course, some purists might get upset at some changes from the 1998 release, but this remake is sure to catch the eye of those who did not play the original.
Date: January 25, 2019 (You can pre-order today)
Trover Saves the Universe
Presented to us by Rick and Morty’s co-creator Justin Roiland, this new VR game will not spare us on the absurd humour and whacky characters. This cartoony action platformer is weirdly intriguing and the VR may give it the oomph it needs to become a classic in the genre.
Kingdom Hearts III
This year’s E3 sure is making up for lost time on the Kingdom Hearts front. After Microsoft and Square Enix, it is Sony’s turn to present us with a new trailer for the third game. This time, we are propelled in the Pirates of the Caribbean universe, alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann and Joshamee Gibbs. Gameplay showcases naval combat, underwater fights and cloud gliding.
Other universes include Hercules, Toy Story, Frozen, Tangled and Monster Inc. We get a glimpse of character favourites like Axel and Kairi and at the end, Riku.
Date: January 29, 2019
Also, an All-In-One package will be available on PS4 Pro, containing Kingdom Hearts III, Kingdom Hearts I.5 and II.5 Remix as well as Kingdom Hearts II.8 Final Chapter Prologue.
From Kojima Productions, the infamous Death Stranding gave us just enough new information to get us talking some more. We now know that Norman Reedus’ character is called Sam and that he makes deliveries. We don’t know of what nature yet, but he is seen walking with a big box strapped to his back in dauntingly wide landscapes; deserts, waterfalls, volcanic terrain, across deep chasms. These segments felt like gameplay footage more than cinematics, so we can guess that exploration will be possible.
We also know that Sam has a tattoo on his right hand in the shape of a skull and that he keeps the picture of a family on him. A woman (played by Léa Seydoux) appears to work with him but we know little of her. Moreover, the baby makes another appearance in this trailer, carried in a utero-like pouch as shadow figures roam about the wasteland. As soon as Sam is spotted, he is swallowed whole by the earth. Will this be a walking simulator? A stealth game? The story will definitely play a crucial part in understanding the goal of the game or even the gameplay mechanics. It truly seems like Kojima-san lives for our confusion. No date announcement.
“Give me your hand in life. Give me your hand in death. Give me your hand in flesh. Give me your hand in spirit.”
We were surprised to get a trailer for Nioh 2, only a year after the first game came out for PS4. In it, we can see a samurai warrior ripping horns off his forehead and turning into a powerful oni. Perhaps this is teasing a Demon trigger mode mechanic? No date on the horizon yet.
To close the show, we got some more gameplay for Insomniac’s twist on our favourite web-slinger, Spider-Man. The footage was very combat-oriented and reminded us a little of Spider-Man 2 for PS2. Combos, fast-paced action and witty jokes are all comics trademarks by now. Also, the web blossom power threw web all around Spidey, immobilizing every enemy in the perimeter, which was pretty cool.
Storywise, the trailer confirmed the 5 main villains of the game: Electro, Rhino, Scorpion, Vulture and Mister Negative. We cannot wait to see how every piece of the story will come together.
Date: September 7, 2018