14 June, 2016

E3 2016: Sony Press Conference Roundup

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Sony opened with a live orchestra; none of that giraffe dancing on this stage – this was some signature Jack Trenton class.

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God of War

From auditory beauty to visual, God of War [4] was revealed – beardy Kratos has abducted a kid and moved to the snowy north. As unforgiving in parenthood as in combat, Kratos reprimanded the boy for pre-emptively shooting at and missing a dear, only to rearm him in time to fight some kind of stone wielding troll. The boy got his own back by popping Kratos in the arm with an arrow.

Watching a boy slaughter his first mythical dear was painful for all, but damn it looked good. Trolls, dragon, and other monsters of the north await Kratos and his kid in God of War.

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Days Gone

From Sony Bend, Days Gone is a post-apocalyptic story of a biker-turned-bounty hunter. It was in-engine and graphically impressive. With wire fences and hazmat-suited gunmen, our money’s on zombie, but none were shown, or were they? You’ll have to keep reading!

The Last Guardian

Feathery dog-bird – we’re sure it has a name – apparently has a devilish, tar-covered cousin. The Last Guardian releases October 25th, 2016, allegedly.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Sony is wasting no time showing off its line-up of graphical stunners, Horizon Zero Dawn looks as pretty as we remembered. This time Aloy twanged a slingshot grenade gun in the direction of some crab robots, before stamping out a ‘corrupted’ raptor thing. As if to assuage any fears of a shallow RPG experience, a Mass Effect-esque dialog wheel was shown, in addition to an open world map.


Keeping with Quantic Dream’s recent titles, Detroit was shown to have a branching narrative. The demo starred an android named Connor, attempting and initially failing to save a human girl from a fall from an apartment building, by the hand of a rogue android. At least six different endings were shown, none upbeat or happy. The game was also a visual powerhouse.

Resident Evil VII

Kicking off the PlayStation VR segment was Resident Evil VII, an actual horror game this time, replete with mottled walls, rancid broth, and unexplained armless mannequins. There was some graphical weirdness, it wasn’t clear if it was intended or technical, but it did look impressive.

It’s set to launch January 24th, 2017. The game is a console game, fully playable in VR.

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PlayStation VR

Shaun Layden took to the stage, proceeded to state how the PlayStation 4 can already achieve everything the Xbox Scorpio is intended to do – though he did not call it out by name - and pointed out that they made their own VR headset. Coincidentally, PlayStation VR will launch October 13th in North America, with fifty games available from launch to the end of the year.

A series of exclusive VR titles followed; first Farpoint, a sci-fi first-person shooter set on an alien planet,. Star Wars: Battlefront – X-Wing VR Mission came next.

Still exclusive; Batman Arkham VR, made by Rock Steady, whatever it is, it’s coming in October. Final Fantasy XV VR Experience appeared after; it manifested with the busty mechanic Cid helping the player into it the headset, and was from the perspective of Prompto (the gunteen) not Noctis. The boss fight from Episode Duscae was shown, the player was able to shoot Prompto’s pistol.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was revealed, with art style heavily evocative of Halo, the gameplay was of course traditional Call of Duty – aside from the zero gravity segments. It’s coming November 4th. Modern Warfare Remastered was also there, and it will land 30 days earlier on PlayStation 4.

Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, and Warped will be fully remastered, “from the ground up”, for the PS4. Crash will also appear in Skylanders Imaginators, this October.

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The new latest movie is getting the Lego treatment with some approached artistic license – Kylo Ren sulked in his bedroom with posters at one pont. A demo is available now, the game launches in two weeks.

Death Stranding

Andrew House was joined by Hideo Kojima on stage. It is worth noting that while House and Layden enjoy orchestral stingers throughout the night, Kojima’s intro was effectively a WWE entrance; curtains, smoke, light path materialising before him, the whole thing.

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“I’m back!”, he cried before announcing the following trailer. The camera panned across a beach filled with dead crabs, to settle on a naked man (Norman Reedus, the crossbow dude from the Walking Dead), with a naked baby leashed to his arm. The baby vanished, with tar handprints running down the man’s leg.

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The man was shown to have had stomach surgery, suggesting he was pregnant with the child. Five human shapes flew across the sky.

Kojima is back.

Spider Man

In case the Kojima was too much for some, the entirely understandable Marvel properyu came next, with ‘#SpiderManPS4’ on screen. At least some of it looked like gameplay, in-engine at least, though no additional information was given.

Days Gone

The Sony Bend game introduced earlier, closed out the show with a live demo. The protagonist tracked someone called ‘Two Dog’ to abandoned settlement, shot a leaping zombie child in the head, only to find himself surrounded by the horde. Environmental destruction and interactions were shown to be intuitive and seamless, the zombies were trivial to kill, but numberless.

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