The Best Of Sony’s 2016 E3 Conference
Sony never fails to disappoint at E3 and this year was no exception. After revealing the launch date of the much awaited PlayStation VR headset we were served game after devastating game. God of War was there showcasing a brand new trailer, we had a visit from Sensei Hideo Kojima-san with his latest most mysterious project Death Stranding as well as Crash Bandicoot, Persona 5 and so much more! With so many announcements to keep track of, we’ve compiled them all here for your convenience. Check out our roundup of all the news below.
God of War
Having murdered his way through the entire pantheon of Greek gods, you probably wouldn’t peg Kratos to be the star of a video game about fatherhood. Yet here we are and, ok, it’s a game about fatherhood interspersed with punching trolls to death and chopping mythical beasts in half with a massive axe, but there’s the sense that Sony Santa Monica have loftier ideals for gaming’s angriest man.
The first from Kojima Productions, Death Stranding was everything and nothing at the same time. Honestly I had no idea what to expect and the trailer has definitely left me with more questions than answers. The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus kneeling in black sand, naked, and crying as he cradles a baby bound to his person via an elastic umbilical cord. I’m not sure what’s going on here but it’s Kojima and he won’t disappoint with a story that’s anything less than amazing.
The Last Guardian
The Last Guardian already has the makings of a hallmark Fumito Ueda game, where he takes you through a subtle emotional journey that leaves you wrecked at the end. If you’ve ever played Ueda’s earlier games, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus you’ll understand what I’m talking about and for those who haven’t you’re in for a bittersweet surprise. I can already tell this game is going to destroy me. The Last Guardian will launch on October 25th 2016.
Final Fantasy XV in VR
Horizon Zero Dawn
We were understandably excited when Sony showed off Horizon Zero Dawn last year and this year even more so. In the next era of mankind, colossal mechanized creatures now roam and nature has taken back the Earth from the humans. The world of Horizon Zero Dawn is a beautiful combination of nature and machine where you need to use your speed, strength and cunning to overcome your technologically superior enemy. It looks like this will be one of the most anticipated new IPs next year, to be launched on February 28th 2017.
Detroit: Become Human
The last time we had a look at Detroit: Become Human by Quantic Dream they said this game was a game that would bring forth the question “What does it mean to be human?”. We’re not looking at Kara the previous protagonist from before but instead we’re introduced to Conner an android put in a situation where he must make human decisions. It looks like an amazing game and we’ll definitely be on the lookout for more updates.
Resident Evil 7
In the wake of Resident Evil 7‘s E3 reveal, CAPCOM dropped a teaser demo that’s a little different from what we’ve gotten used to. But according to CAPCOM, the final game will be more like classic the Residents Evil games than people are expecting. The return to horror over action brings back to slow-paced, first-person exploration game that we remember from previous the Resident Evil games. Expect your puzzle solving, resource management and combat skills to be put to the test. If you want to mass shoot zombies we suggest you check out Umbrella Corps.
Another post-apocalyptic IP from Sony PlayStation set in the Pacific Northwest. Think of it as a mix of The Last of Us and Sons of Anarchy where the wold has been taken over by a global pandemic turning millions of people into Freakers. Not to be mistaken with zombies they’re instead more related to animals and attack in large groups. It looks like a solid open-world game where you’ll be able to craft and set traps. Unfortunately not as impressive as Horizon Zero Dawn we’ll wait for more information before we pass judgement.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is bringing the first-person shooter franchise to a futuristic world in space, following the commander aboard one of Earth’s last remaining ships. Developer Infinity Ward has high hopes of breaking out of the traditional COD story and bring the gritty military feel of the games to space. The game will still focus on human versus human combat, for example, and will still give players a plausible, military-driven experience. Just, y’know, in space.
I have to admit the announcement of a new Spider-Man game was something that I was hoping to see but not expecting. Insomniac Games creators of Ratchet & Clank are partnering with Marvel for their take on Spider-Man. Insomniac isn’t offering too much details on the story or timing of the launch but we do know that it will be showcasing a much more seasoned Peter Parker than the original origin story arc.
Crash Bandicoot is back! Kind of… The character will be getting his own Skylander‘s cameo as well as a PlayStation 4 remaster of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2 and Crassh Bandicoot Warped. It’s not exactly what we hoped to see but it’s a promising new beginning for some proper new Crash games. I like Crash and I like Skylanders but let’s hope it doesn’t become another Spyro situation.
NieR: Automata, the sequel to 2010 Square Enix RPG , is both like and unlike its predecessor. It’s similar in that it features dark themes, an open world that unfolds as the story progresses, and is being worked on by the same character artist and composer. But what sets Automata apart from the Nier of before is its core: Automata is in development at Platinum Games, a studio best known for their skill with action games. And Nier: Automata does not disappoint when it comes to that.
Keep tuned to Unpause Asia for more E3 updates. If you missed the Ubisoft conference, catch our roundup here.