Sony’s E3 2014 Press Conference Review
First-party exclusives and third-party exclusivity
Sony ended the day of press conferences as it usually does, and it did so showing off some pretty impressive titles. There were some big ones that Sony brought on its own and others that were definitely slaps in the face to competing platforms.
The show opened big with “Destiny,” something Sony has been pushing which started at last year’s E3. The fact that Bungie was so closely snuggled with Microsoft, it’s a triumph for Sony to tout that in their face. It was announced that the “Destiny Beta” will come to PS4 users on July 17. Sony lit up the room with its announcement of a “Destiny” bundle coupled with an all white PS4 console.
Sony then got right into the exclusives, showing off an extended gameplay demo of “The Order: 1886” where we got some cool werewolf action. We got a look at some of the weapons and the use of Blackwater which “The Order” uses to stay alive. Coming down from the hype was a short display of a PSN only game called “Entwined.” The game didn’t seem to grab my attention even with the announcement that it was available now.
“Infamous 2” got some standalone DLC in the popular “Festival of Blood,” and it’s nice to see that Sucker Punch is continuing this trend. Titled “Infamous First Light,” the DLC puts you in the shoes of “Second Son” conduit Fetch. This is about her story and is an isolated tale, so if you haven’t gotten your hands on “Second Son” yet you won’t be lost when it comes to the narrative.
Abruptly after that, “LittleBigPlanet 3” was revealed. I smiled and laughed in excitement at the site of the logo. Developer Sumo Digital wasted no time and jumped right in. Through “LittleBigPlanet,” “LittleBigPlanet PSP,” “LittleBigPlanet 2,” “LittleBigPlanet Vita” and even “LittleBigPlanet Karting” we’ve always played as Sackboy, so I was taken aback to see Oddsock pop out. I thought, “Cool, one new character.” Then soon after came Toggle and then Swoop and I quickly came around to the idea and thought it all just made sense. Oddsock is a dog like character that’s really fast, Toggle is sort of a duo character as he can “toggle” between being small and light, and big and heavy and Swoop was probably the least impressive but most effective as the little bird can literally fly through the levels. Sackboy also got some new moves with a new wind gun and the ability to climb. While the demo shown on stage looked very complicated and would really be frustrating with trolls online, I’m glad to know that each character will have levels catered to their skills. The release date for the game is November 4.
Juxtaposing the cuteness was terrifying creepiness and horror was the trailer for “Bloodborne” previously rumored as “Project Beast.” The trailer was haunting, gorey and dark and should be a big hit with horror fans, oh, and it’s exclusive to PlayStation of course.
“FarCry 4” got world premiere gameplay which turns out looks crazy good and fun. There’s crossbows, driving while shooting, jumping to other cars and hijacking them, there’s riding cars off cliffs and finally, there’s wingsuits for you to swoop down mountains in. The game looks great and co-op was even shown off this time around. Probably the biggest surprise to come from this was not elephants headbutting cars until the cars exploded, but the fact that Sony announced that you can play “FarCry 4” co-op with friends who don’t even have the game! This feature is exclusive to the PS4, but I assume it’ll be too good to be true and you’ll need PlayStation Now to stream and all of that jazz.
Deep Silver continues to have the best trailers with their comical reveal of “Dead Island 2.” If the past tells us anything, it’s that the trailers for these games are twice as good as the actual game. Other announcements that followed were “Magika 2,” a remastering of “Fandango,” “Let It Die” and “Journey” type game “Abzu.”
What was very impressive was “No Man’s Sky” which looked incredible with vibrant colors, a mix of timeless set pieces in the form of dinosaurs and a spaceship you can just fly to other planets. The game is procedurally generated and the developer says no two players will start in the same world.
After this next point, the press conference dragged on. They started talking numbers and free to play which was just very very boring. Open betas were mentioned, YouTube (which was cool) was talked about. They talked about Vita and how it’s important. All of this is important actually, it was just all very boring when delivered. They spent way too long on “Powers,” a new show that’s coming to PlayStation. The fact that the announcement of the show was so boring made me not even want to watch it. They announced that PlayStation TV is coming to the US which was nice as well, but a very boring segment overall.
Luckily, “Mortal Kombat X” was shown with some world premiere gameplay. To no surprise, Sub-Zero gets his ass kicked… again. The previously leaked “Metal Gear Solid 5” trailer was shown, and also to no surprise was confusing as hell. What was huge, though, was the announcement of “GTA V” coming to PS4, particularly because Rockstar rarely if ever make announcements at E3 or any convention for that matter. The game looks great and I’m personally excited for denser traffic to give it the authenticity of a city full of people and vehicles.
Closing the show was two huge games. We got some world premiere gameplay of “Batman Arkham Knight” which showed off the incredible open world of the game. We got looks at more mechanics like gliding and diving and gliding again. We also got some combat action which is as good looking and smooth as ever. But the big whammy came in the form of the Batmobile that tore through the streets of Gotham like a boss! The transformation into battle mode was sick and looks really fun to engage in. We got to see Batman spring out of a speeding Batmobile and used the momentum as a means to glide even more. Very cool stuff indeed.
Now “Arkham Knight” didn’t close the show, a Sony exclusive game did. A big and long-awaited one. It comes from a Sony first-party studio, and that studio is… NAUGHTY DOG! Yes ladies and gentlemen, as soon as I saw that logo pop up I erupted with cheer. I knew it wasn’t “The Last of Us Remastered,” no, they already showed that. It was no doubt “Uncharted 4!” “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” to be specific. The trailer is just a cinematic, but boy does it get me excited. The trailer features an old(er) Nathan Drake who seems to have been out of the game for a while. What pulled him back in “one last time?” “One last time” assures both Drake and the voice of Sully. We’ll have to wait until 2015 for one last go at it for the “Uncharted” series.
This was a great way to end Day 0 of E3 2014. We were left with visuals of what we can expect in Naughty Dog’s next big game. Sony had an exciting conference full of reveals and shocks. I was personally excited to see “LittleBigPlanet 3” and “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.” Sony showed some impressive demos from both first-party studios and third-party with some PlayStation exclusivity sprinkled on top. The conference definitely dragged its feet for quite a bit, but once off the ground again, it took off very fast. “FarCry 4,” “Batman: Arkham Knight” and “Mortal Kombat X” all executed their task correctly and got me all hyped for the games. 2014 and especially 2015 are looking like great times (as always) to be a gamer. Greatness Awaits.
What did you think of the “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” reveal? What character will you play with the most in “LittleBigPlanet3?” Let us know in the comments below.
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