E3 2017: PlayStation Had An Off Year

PlayStation’s been doing pretty well the last few years, at E3 and in general. Their last few conferences have been stacked with wins, surprises, and thrilling trailers and reveals. PS4 sales are booming, and there are more than enough exclusive games to keep players busy—not to mention third party partnerships for games like Destiny, Star Wars Battlefront, and Call of Duty.

But Microsoft showed yesterday that they’re not messing around. They showed a renewed focus on games and brought the details on the Xbox One X, a direct competitor, and a more powerful one, to PlayStation 4 Pro. Bethesda and Ubisoft both got a bit of well-deserved attention for their reveals and trailers as well, including those for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Far Cry 5.

Basically, the team at PlayStation had a lot to live up to going into this year’s conference. How did they do?

Let’s break it down.

*This post has been updated with trailers from the show.

First: How awesome was that opening? Beautiful music and beautiful theatrics were a great way to kick off the show.

Second: How not awesome was PlayStation’s audio for the first two segments?

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Shows Off New Footage

We’re only a couple months away from release, so we didn’t really need to see more footage from Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. But kicking off a PlayStation press conference with Naughty Dog is as close to a sure thing as anything in gaming. I’m really looking forward to this one.

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds Coming This Year

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla/PlayStation)

Aloy’s going to be fighting some machines in the snow, and I’m going to spend many more hours with her. I can’t wait.

Days Gone Is Looking Good

Theatricality hit a whole new level of creepiness with those guys hanging upside down during this segment. How about that game, though? It looks tense, terrifying, and bleak as hell. Kind of like Uncharted with zombies, which is cool I guess BUT OH MY GOD THERE’S A ZOMBIE BEAR PLEASE LET ME PLAY THIS.

No release date, though. I thought for sure this would have been a fall 2017 release.

Shadow of the Colossus… Something

So… is this a new game? Another remaster? What exactly are we looking at here? I’m assuming it’s a second re-release, but who knows?

UPDATE: This has been confirmed to be a full remaster of the original game.

Call of Duty: WWII

The next Call of Duty looks very much like a Call of Duty game. That means big, sprawling action set pieces and plenty of firefights.

PlayStation VR Gets Some Stage Time

  • Thought Doom VFR and Fallout 4 VR were good enough? How about Skyrim VR?
    • I have to assume this isn’t coming out this year, hence why it showed up at the PlayStation conference instead of Bethesda’s conference last night.
  • Star Child
    • I’m not sure why this game needs to be VR based on the trailer, but it looks interesting.
  • The Inpatient
    • Hell the fuck yes. Details are pretty scarce at this point, but this is the first teaser that’s made me want PlayStation VR. I absolutely loved Until Dawn, so I’m down for whatever this turns out to be.
  • Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV
    • Because why wouldn’t you want to go fishing with the bros from FFXV? I’m sure there are people who want this. I am not among those people.
  • Bravo Team
    • The second PlayStation VR title from Supermassive Games tonight (The Inpatient being the first). It’s a team-based shooter, and it seems like a good fit for VR.
  • Moss
    • Want to play a game where you befriend an adorable woodland creature who goes on an epic journey and battles tons of enemies? You know you do.

Here’s the trailer for The Inpatient:

 

And here’s Moss:

God of War Looks As Brutal As Ever

New Kratos is complete with new weapons to use in his new world. The new God of War has Action, massive sea monsters, father/son time, and of course violence to spare. This could be the best in the series by a long shot.

It’s too bad it’s not scheduled to drop until early 2018.

Detroit: Become Human

I fell in love with David Cage and Quantic Dream’s interactive narrative take on gaming with Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy over a decade ago, and that love hasn’t gone away. Heavy Rain was a high point, but I even enjoyed Beyond: Two Souls more than most.

The trailer shown tonight makes Detroit look light years ahead of anything Quantic Dream has done to this point, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Destiny 2 Is Coming

Did you all know Destiny 2 was coming out this year? Well it is.

It looks like a lot of fun, but I’m not falling into that trap again. I can only imagine how many hundreds of hours others are going to sink into this thing, though.

Spider-Man

Shawn Layden took what seemed to be a nice jab at Microsoft’s exclusivity vagueness, calling Spider-Man a “true exclusive for PlayStation.” It would be great if all of these companies would just be open about that kind of thing.

Now onto the game…

The combat looks smooth and fluid, and it looks like the webs are all attaching to physical objects during traversal segments. It might be heavy on quick time events, but I’m not in the camp that immediately writes games off for that kind of thing. I trust Insomniac, and this footage gave me no reason to doubt that trust.

I’m 100% on board with this. It’s not coming out until 2018, of course.

Other thoughts: Monster Hunter World features monsters, hunting, and a world. Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite gets a surprise story demo—and Rocket Raccoon.

That… wasn’t great. Not bad by any stretch, but not great. The games shown mostly looked interesting, and I’m sure many of them will be above average to excellent, but that conference lacked the punch and power of the past few PlayStation conferences—not to mention three of the four other press conferences at this year’s E3.

PlayStation seems to have given up on the concept of having big fall exclusives. Delaying games out of the fall season hasn’t hurt them in the past few years so it’s probably not a big deal. They have a lot of exclusives on the table, though, many of which weren’t even shown at this conference—likely because they’re even farther out than the slew of games currently scheduled for release in 2018.

Even with the majority of PlayStation’s current exclusive slate not releasing for a while, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds look excellent, and smaller exclusives like Knack 2 and Ni No Kuni 2 will be out between September and November to hold down the PlayStation exclusive front. The rest of those games are going to need to start actually coming out at some point, though.

I’ll be back in the morning to go over Nintendo’s Spotlight presentation and I’ll be returning to a relatively normal schedule starting on Wednesday. For now, what was your favorite part of the PlayStation E3 press conference? What game(s) are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments.

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