The Best Of Sony’s 2017 E3 Conference
Sony’s E3 2017 press conference has come and gone, and, well… Granted, the PlayStation press conference of the past few E3s set quite the high bar. But this year lacked that same oomph and energy. Regardless, Sony had plenty of big titles to show during its lean one-hour presentation. Such as God of War, Days Gone, and the much anticipated Spider-Man game. Here’s a roundup up of all the news.
Sony snuck in a few reveals for unannounced games into the pre-show leading up to the main event. The standout game was Hidden Agenda, the next project from Until Dawn studio Supermassive Games. Which highlights the new PlayLink system that turns smartphones into makeshift PS4 controllers. PlayLink turns this crime thriller about a serial killer named The Trapper into a quasi-multiplayer affair. Though you can still play solo if you so choose: up to five people can vote for in-game choices using their phones. Then watch the tense police drama play out based on their decisions. It’s a smart response to the way some people played Until Dawn in groups, voting how the main player should proceed.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Sony opened up E3 strong, with an expansion to one of the company’s biggest franchises. After a beautiful musical performance, we got to see some brand new footage of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Giving us some insight into Chloe and Nadine’s relationship. We also got to finally see some gameplay, which appeared to be just as hectic as that of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
Horizon Zero Dawn is one of my favourite games out this year. Aloy’s journey to find the truth behind the end of humanity and the robots that threatened her people is a true contender for Game of the Year. Now we get to see even more of her and the beautiful world that Guerrilla Games has built. In a frozen wasteland, a new clan steps out of the snowy shadows before we find out that there’s a new mystery to uncover.
When we got to see Days Gone during last year’s E3, it showed off just how many enemies could fit onto the screen. This time around, we got to see more in-depth gameplay that included hand-to-hand combat, stealth, traps, and the use of the world. The zombies are definitely not the only threat in the game. As you see the protagonist deal with a cruel enemy faction that has attacked his people. Of course, the only way he could deal with them was to blow up a huge gate and send a swarm of insanely fast zombies to decimate their forces. Oh, and there are zombie bears, just in case you needed another reason to be excited.
Monster Hunter World
Monster Hunter hasn’t appeared on a Sony platform since the PS2. Since then, it’s been exclusive to Nintendo’s platforms much to the chagrin of fans who don’t own one. Today, however, Capcom unveiled a new title in the series for the PS4, and it looks gorgeous. Watching as powerful monsters tore through the world just to kill the player was exhilarating, and seeing how you could traverse that same world was impressive. This is one announcement that is sure to keep us waiting for more information.
Shadow Of The Colossus
If you ask a group of people what the best game on the PS2 was, there’s a very good chance that a decent amount of them will say Team Ico’s Shadow of the Colossus. After today, there’s a good chance the answer may ring true for the PS4, as well. Early on in the Sony E3 2017 Press Conference, they revealed what appears to be a completely remade Shadow of the Colossus for the PS4 and it looked absolutely stunning.
God Of War
There was no way we were getting out of E3 2017 without seeing God of War. We got to see some brand new gameplay and a larger glimpse at the world. It’s clear that this is a very different game from its predecessors, with a slower, more focused approach to action and combat. We still got a few glimpses at that inner rage Kratos is known for, but watching him fight alongside his son was a nice take. That relationship is taking center stage and fans will be exposed to an all new side of our favorite, murderous hero. Even better is that we finally have a release window, there is only a little while longer to wait as it’s due out in early 2018.
Detroit: Become Human
Quantic Dream has been pretty silent when it comes to Detroit: Become Human. For a long time, we had a general gist, but it was all just a concept of sorts, showing us the possibilities of choices. During Sony’s E3 2017 conference we got to see the story, how androids were rebelling against the world that wanted nothing more than to enslave them. They want to be human, and it’s up to you to decide how they embark on this journey.
Sony‘s show ended with a deep dive into the upcoming Spider-Man game. A PS4 exclusive being made by Ratchet & Clank studio Insomniac Games. This particular Spidey suit features adjusting eyes perfect for helping Peter Parker emote. And a suit with nifty white highlights. This mission takes place on the upper floors of a building still under construction, where Spider-Man‘s thugs working for Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk from a rival gang known as the Demons.