While some people consider E3 to be the gamers’ Christmas, I liken it more to the film festival season. Gamers are able to see the amazing, creative and sometimes genre-bending games that developers have been working on. And that wasn’t more evident this show than Sony’s conference, which happened on Monday night.
If Microsoft’s event was focused on brute force, emphasizing its strengths in action exclusives, deep pockets and hardware innovation, Sony’s showcase went after gamers’ hearts and minds. Their focus on games was evident throughout, and they appealed to the crowd through its use of beloved games franchises of old.
It might sound as if they played it a bit safe during their presentation, but given their large lead in sales in this generation over the Xbox One, it’s easy to see why. However, they presented some software that was interesting and creative, whit questionable market potential. Anyway, on to what impressed us:
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
They wrestled what is probably the most important IP in gaming right now from XBox, which is a feat in itself, and one that will potentially add to the number of Xbox defectors moving to PS4.
Love it or hate it, Sony has a huge advantage through its Destiny partnership. New subclasses, new super moves (A bow and arrow?!) and new levels and raids will keep Sci-Fi shooter fans happy.
What even is this? Some sort of film-making software might not appeal to everyone, but could be a neat diversion that can spawn a bunch of neat machinima.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Yes, you read that right… Remake. This timed exclusive isn’t simply a definitive edition upgrade. Looks like they remade the game that captured the hearts of many back in the early days of Playstation.
What initially looked like an exploration-type game in the vein of Gone Home, except outdoors quickly turned into an intriguing, slightly creepy mystery.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
This game to me is like this year’s Scalebound – and unexpected game with an awesome trailer that didn’t really explain much about the game, but made you want it anyway. To me, it looked like Monster Hunter meets Enslaved: Oddyssey to the West, but we’ll see.
The Last Guardian
It’s back… again. I can see why people are interested, but this studio just makes kid meets monster platformer puzzle games. Not my thing, but everyone loved it.
No Man’s Sky
It’s a universe wandering sim, but the sheer size and scale of the universe to explore is so daunting and intimidating. It’s a feat of technology just to see its scope.
A bit awkward to introduce this as a Kickstarter, but it worked, didn’t it? Shenmue 3 reached its $2M goal and then some. Let’s hope the final product stands up to the pedigree.
Star Wars Battlefront
Another game that’s preferred on the Playstation. Like the Battlefronts that came before, it’s Battlefield meets Star Wars.
Street Fighter V
I was really anticipating this game, and they barely showed it… probably because they already know that Street Fighter fans will pick this up, then will grab the Super, Turbo, Ultra, Arcade editions that will follow.
Despite the minor technical hiccup, this game delivered the adrenaline we come to expect from the series.