The PlayStation E3 showcase came and went, and unfortunately, Sony dropped the ball when it mattered most. With little to no surprises, what did Sony enlighten their fan base with? Sprinkles of greatness.
The PlayStation E3 Showcase was flashy, but no surprises
Sony decided to do things a little different at this year’s PlayStation E3 conference; and by a little we mean A LOT. Trying to immerse the crowd into the world’s they create, Sony built custom stages to highlight their biggest franchises. They built a church for The Last of Us II, and a hallway full of Japanese floral arrangements for Ghost of Tsushima. As audience members transferred from the church to the main stage, Sony went with filler conversation to try to buy time. It all felt out-of-place for viewers at home.
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In spite of everything, Sony did bring some interesting trailers and gameplay reveals to the table. Fans finally saw The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima in action, another puzzling Death Stranding trailer, and villain reveals for the highly anticipated Spider-Man. Lets get you right into action with our PlayStation E3 showcase recap written by Ignacio Palacio, Mario Duarte, and Brandon Lopez.
Control received a chilling reveal trailer at the PlayStation E3 press conference. Control is a supernatural third-person game from Remedy, who also developed games like Quantum Break and Alan Wake. From the trailer shown above, you get to see some similarities from Remedy’s past two titles being incorporated in Control. An official release date wasn’t given out by Remedy, but they have confirmed that Control will be out in 2019, just like every other game revealed at this year’s Sony E3 showcase.
If you were like us, and thought we were finally getting some answers about Kojima’s upcoming title, Death Stranding, well, get ready to be disappointed. Sony showed off a new EIGHT minute 4K trailer at their conference, and somehow, everybody is asking themselves the same questions as before; what the fuck is going on here? The YouTuber crack teams are in full conspiracy mode after the release of this trailer, but remember, all of that is speculation, and the only people who actually know what’s going on are the ones who work at Kojima Productions.
The only set of information we can confirm visually, and not theoretically, is that two new characters were introduced to Death Stranding. The game will feature guns, as we can see Sam pull one out during a sequence in the trailer. Touching the rain bare-skin is a big no-no. Sam can sense the umbilical alien-ghost baddies. The game will have you carry and deliver “stranded remnants of the future” somewhere important(?). Death Stranding is such a beautiful game — the game’s landscapes are full of detail, with everything, down to the moss on the rocks, having extremely high quality textures. The character models are crisp; Sam’s complexion is visually stunning, and Norman Reedus’s motion capture from head to toe is top-notch.
Kojima continues to be a mastermind at being cryptic. He enjoys fueling his fans’ speculation train. Even after E3, when fans are supposed to digest the most information from development, Kojima gets away with not supplying concrete gameplay or story details. That’s okay though, we’re still hyped as hell for this one. Death Stranding is supposed to come out on PlayStation 4(5?) some time in the future, and from the looks of it, not the near one.
Ghost of Tsushima
At the PlayStation E3 press conference, Sucker Punch released some impressive gameplay footage of their new and upcoming samurai open-world game, Ghost Of Tsushima. This game looks naturally beautiful, the environment, the colors, the graphics, and even the final battle in this trailer are breathtaking. The gameplay trailer takes us on a journey through a war-torn Japan, where the main character, Jin, slices and dices his way onto saving a monk, and preparing for future combat. Sucker Punch hasn’t revealed much on a release date for Ghost Of Tsushima, but don’t let that stop you from indulging on this masterpiece of a trailer.
Kingdom Hearts 3
The game that was a part of three press conferences at this years E3, Kingdom Hearts 3, made waves around the gaming world. There’s a lot of info surrounding Kingdom Hearts 3, so we’ve decided that a full game E3 recap was in order. The PlayStation E3 conference featured the Pirates of the Caribbean world reveal. The trailer shows Sora and friends living the pirate life once again.
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Kingdom Hearts 3 is set to (finally) release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 29, 2019.
Team Ninja is back, and at this year’s PlayStation E3 showcase they revealed a thrilling new teaser trailer for Nioh 2. Nioh 2’s trailer was quite short, and lacked much information, but reports have it that Nioh 2 will have a custom creation tool, which will allow players to customize their own character. Nioh 2 is said to be sticking to their roots. This game will be as difficult as the first, but players can looks forward to some more satisfying deaths within Nioh 2. Nioh 2’s release date hasn’t been announced just yet, but Team Ninja has confirmed a demo in the works to help solicit player feedback.
Resident Evil 2
The rumors were true! Capcom is bringing it back to Raccoon City with the Resident Evil 2 remake! Sticking with its original source material, Resident Evil 2 follows Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield during a zombie outbreak. The two start their journey holed up at the city’s police department, and are met with many problematic obstacles as they progress through the city. The game will feature playable campaigns for both Leon and Claire. The campaigns will allow players to see the perspective of both characters.
Capcom decided to go with an over-the-shoulder camera view for Resident Evil 2, which has many fans on the fence about the legitimacy of this remake. Despite the worries of long time fans, this new camera view adds a new dynamic to an already told story. The third-person perceptive allows Capcom to pump up the horror factor, and properly introduce fresh survival-horror mechanics to a once isometric game. REmake 2 (code-name dubbed by fans) is running on the RE Engine, which allows the game to run at 60 FPS on 4K. With new controls, and an abundance of new features, this reimagining of the classic survival-horror cult hit is ready to bring fans back to the golden age of horror games once again. Revisit Raccoon City when Resident Evil 2 releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on January 25, 2019.
At the PlayStation E3 press conference, Sony revealed some amazing footage of Insomniac’s upcoming Spider-Man game, which is releasing September 7, 2018. We got to witness a fascinating sequence of events that really captured the fighting style and movement of the game. Not only were we introduced to Spider-Man’s game mechanics, but we got to see some of Spidey’s most bad-ass villains partake in a vicious spider beat down. We don’t wanna spoil anymore of this kick-ass trailer, so make sure to check out the trailer to see Spider-Man swing into a prison break led by one of Spidey’s most electrifying villains, Electro.
The Last of Us Part II
The Last of Us Part II gameplay shown to us at the PlayStation E3 showcase was incredibly tense, Naughty Dog somehow managed to improve upon Uncharted 4’s fantastic presentation. While story details are sparse, the gameplay reveal shows two time periods. In one of those time periods, everything is fine and dandy, as we see Ellie enjoying herself at a dance with her friends, and in the other, Ellie is seen separated from her core group being chased by possible cult members. The trailer insinuates that Joel is alive and well during the dance in the church, but it remains to be seen if he’ll make it past the game’s prologue.
Naughty Dog will probably be delving further into Ellie’s sexuality in this installment, which we learned a bit of back in the first game’s DLC, “Left Behind.” We’re excited to see what other themes this game tackles. As far as gameplay is concerned, crafting and QTEs are back. Crafting will have more options, as we saw with the explosive arrows. Players can further interact with the environment, as we saw Ellie crawl underneath a car to throw off pursuers.
Once a proud owner of a (now dead) semi-popular YouTube channel called GamersLeak, Ignacio (aka. Tazz) has set out on a journey to assemble the seven dragon balls to wish it back. Little did he know that it would come back with a different name! Tazz is back and he’s bringing the hot takes to our Lobby; did we mention that he’s little more ambitious now?