Everything that we got to see from Sony at their E3 2018 conference
Its E3 and after a number of other publishers have laden gamers with exciting announcements, it’s Sony’s turn! It would be fair to say that Sony is on a good high after God of War and Detroit: Beyond Human and they have continued the same in the games they’ve showcased at E3. Before the conference, they’d made it clear that they’d be focussing on four primary titles, namely Death Stranding, Marvel’s Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima. They’ve stuck to that declaration, up to the point where they have gone with customised locations for each showcase to give the audience a more immersive experience. Here’s everything Sony announced and showcased at its E3 2018 conference.
The Last of Us Part II
The show started off with a new showcase for The Last of Us Part II. The venue of the first part of the conference itself turns out to be inspired by this showcase – what looked like a barn/church decorated with lights inside. We got a better look at the character animation and expression details that The Last of Us Part II has long promised. It also explored the romantic relationship between Ellie and a character named Dina before moving onto combat gameplay.
The game looks really well designed and offers a very intense look at how the combat will be playing out. You can expect more RPG elements like crafting and collecting. There’s also an increased focus on stealth and playing as Ellie. Trust us, when we say that this game feels realistic, we mean it.
Our latest in-depth look at Death Stranding left us with more questions than answers. It does seem that the game won’t be an all-out horror title.
Sam, our protagonist, seems to be a loner in a world plagued by some kind of dark force. We see a gizmo in use to maintain an undetected status as well as the potential for allies. Stay tuned for more on this.
The gameplay trailer for Marvel’s Spider-Man that we got at the showcase featured more Spidey combat gameplay. The game will be playable in 3 months.
The highlight of the trailer was the four villains Electro, Rhino, Scorpion and Vulture along with a new villain and a mysterious overseeing villain who was not revealed. Stay tuned for more on this.
Ghost of Tsushima
The highly anticipated title from Sucker Punch, Ghost of Tsushima showcased its beautiful open world featuring the typical samurai movie colour palette.
In terms of actual gameplay, it features some pretty impressive sword combat and features like enemy marking and building climbing. Stay tuned for more on this.
Call of Duty
Four Black ops maps have been remastered – namely Jungle, Summit, Slums and Firing Range. You get these maps as a pre-order exclusive for Black Ops IIII and the package has a name – Back in Black maps. Black Ops 3 has been announced for a PlayStation Plus drop as well.
Sony also revealed a new DLC for Destiny 2: The Forsaken, coming out on September 4 for the PS4. It will feature a Gambit mode.
We also got our first look at a futuristic title called Control from Remedy featuring gravity-defying combat and a female protagonist with kinetic superpowers. To be published by 505 Games, it comes from the same studio that worked on Max Payne. From the look of it, Control is a story-driven supernatural action-adventure. The protagonist Jesse Faden lands up at a creepy skyscraper in New York called the Oldest House. Within lies the headquarters of a secretive government agency known as the Federal Bureau of Control. The Bureau is invaded by the otherworldly Hiss, a force that corrupts everything in its way and kills the Director of the Bureau. Mysterious, ritualistic events make Jesse the new Director and give her superpowers along with a shape-changing weapon. The game features an ever-transforming world within the building.
One of the anticipated titles, we also got to see the new Resident Evil 2 remake slated for January 25, 2019, with really impressive graphics and intense zombie fighting action. This is coming after 20 years since the release of the original Resident Evil 2. Every detail about Raccoon city and its inhabitants has been rebuilt from the ground up for the remake. The game also features completely new areas to explore. The remake also features an over the shoulder camera perspective.
Trover Saves The Universe
Squanch Games latest cartoony platformer, Trover saves the Universe, was also showcased. It looks like a game with a solid dose of humour.
Kingdom Hearts III: Pirates of the Caribbean
As we saw from Square Enix’s showcase, Kingdom Hearts promises to be a cross-franchise smorgasbord of action. This showcase featured pirate gameplay connected to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
You get to meet Jack Sparrow, along with characters from the rest of the Disney Universe. The game hits the PlayStation on January 29, 2019.
Along with Trevor saves the universe, we also got to see a ton of other new PSVR games in a compiled showcase, including Skyrim for PSVR and Creed, which uses both the controllers for simulating a realistic boxing experience. Check out the showcase below.
Additionally, the entire conference was interspersed with characters from Media Molecule’s titles in a bid to tease the upcoming title from the studio – Dreams. Dreams is going to be a create-what-you-want title where players can go crazy with their creations just like Little Big Planet. Nioh 2 was also teased in a tiny, crowd-pleasing teaser. Sony stuck true to their earlier declarations and announced no new hardware.
Check out the rest of our E3 coverage here.
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