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E3: Sony brings the games
June 14, 2016
By Alexander Cattani - G4 Canada
Sony’s E3 press conference started with a very familiar face. Kratos, the God of War, is back.
Sony’s presentation began with the world premiere of the long rumoured next entry in the God of War series. Simply titled, God of War the next chapter in the fan-favourite hack n’ slash series looks to be a reboot. About ten minutes of gameplay footage was shown. We got to a get a look at Kratos and his son hunting in a frigid forest for food and engaging in dialogue. The combat this time around looks more subdued but still brutal as one would expect from God of War. Furthermore, this new entry looks to tell a more engaging and character driven story, judging by the way Kratos harshly imparts wisdom on his son throughout the demo. No date has yet been confirmed for when gamers can expect to play this reboot.
After the God of War reveal, Bend Studios, revealed their next project. The title in question is Days Gone, a post apocalyptic story that follows a biker and his gang as they try to survive in a collapsed society roaming with infected. Not much in the way of plot has been revealed but we were treated to a live gameplay demo at the end of the conference. During the demo, the main protagonist battles waves upon waves of infected while making a hastily escape. The title’s scope is impressive, making this a one to definitely keep an eye on. Days Gone has no release date at this time.
Next up, The Last Guardian made its second E3 showing. A new story trailer was shown and the release date for the title was revealed. The Last Guardian is set to hit stores shelves October 25th of this year.
Next, the anticipated new IP from Guerrilla Games, Horizon: Zero Dawn, was given an in-depth gameplay demo. Aloy, the game’s protagonist, is seen traversing an open world whilst using her bow to eliminate the mechanical wildlife that roams around. It has also been confirmed that Horizon: Zero Dawn, like most modern RPGs will have a branching dialogue system similar to the likes of the Witcher 3 and Fallout 4. Horizon: Zero Dawn is due out February of 2017.
Following the impressive gameplay demo of Horizon, Quantic Dreams’ interactive narrative drama, Detroit: Become Human, was given some screen time: a scenario in which an android police detective must quell a perilous conflict atop a rooftop. In typical Quantic Dream fashion, scenarios can end in a myriad of different ways based on previous choices. Detroit is looking more and more impressive each time it is shown. The voice acting and writing from what we’ve seen so far also is noticeably more impressive than Quantic Dreams’ previous efforts. Detroit is due out in 2017.
Sony then delved into the expected VR portion of their keynote. After being greeted by an unnerving found footage cinematic in which a scarred man anxiously walked around a decrypted house in fear, it was revealed that this title was in fact the seventh entry in the famous horror franchise, Resident Evil. What made this reveal all the more surprising is that the trailer shown didn’t bear any resemblance any Resident Evil titles before it. This fresh approach potentially has the ability to re-establish the series. The game, while not exclusive to Sony’s platforms, will have PS VR support. Furthermore, a demo for the title will be available for PS Plus users on the PS4 as of right now. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is set to releases January 24th, 2017.
Other VR announcements included a Star Wars: Battlefront X Wing mission, a Final Fantasy VR experience and a Batman: Arkham VR experience as well.
Insomniac is also hard at work on an official Spider-Man game. A trailer was debuted showing everyone’s favourite web slinger doing what he does best. Very few details have been disclosed at this time in regards to the title other than its PS4 exclusivity.
Kojima’s new project that fans have been wondering about ever since his less than amicable departure from Konami was also revealed and surprisingly enough it stars Norman Redus of Walking Dead fame. Redus was set to star in the Silent Hill reboot that was later canned by Konami. Kojima’s new title, “Death Stranding” is as ominous as it sounds. I implore those interested in Kojima’s past work to seek out the trailer as soon as possible as it truly is worth watching for it’s sheer oddness alone.
Other titles on display were…
A re-master for the original Crash Bandicoot, its sequel, as well as Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Crash Bandicoot will also be making a guest appearance in the upcoming Skylanders Imaginators as well. A new trailer for the Lego adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was also shown.
Sony’s E3 2016 Press Conference trailersGod of War
The Last Guardian
Final Fantasy XV Detroit Become Human
Horizon: Zero Dawn Resident Evil 7
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