Sony E3 Recap
Sony’s E3 can best be described as the perfect example of “show don’t tell”, as aside from the beginning there was very little talking. Instead Sony opted to keep their game rolling out one after the other. Only broken up by odd musical interludes and perplexing pacing. Nonetheless, the games shown were nothing short of incredible, here’s a list of the ones we’ll be talking about:
- The Last of Us 2
- Ghost of Tsushima
- Resident Evil 2
- Kingdom Hearts 3
- Death Stranding
- Nioh 2
To kick things off, Sony started the E3 in a tent with a Gustavo Santaolalla playing the Last of Us theme song on banjo. It was a somber start to their E3 as it led into the demo for The Last of Us 2.
The showcase starts with a young adult Ellie looking on at a crowd of people dancing. She seems reluctant to join, but relents and ends up sharing touching moment with what people assume to be her girlfriend. From there it transitions into a stealth action gameplay sequence that can best be described as stupidly good. The level of polish shown on this sequence isn’t just impressive, it’s absurd. Nonetheless Ellie kills her would be murders, though not without taking some damage herself. This game will be nothing short of incredible you heard it here; definitely didn’t hear it first but you heard it here.
After this there was a bit of an awkward period as Sony tasked everyone with relocating to a new area, as the currently location was merely a setup for the Last of Us. Once the oddly timed scene change was up we saw a man playing the shakuhachi. This then led into the recently announced Ghost of Tsushima, a game about one of the last remaining samurai warriors who is fighting to protect his homeland from the Mongol invasion.
One of the most striking features of this game is that the visuals are absolutely stunning and burst with color. This game is developed by Sucker Punch, the studio behind the Infamous series. It appears that they’ve traded in particle effects for everyone’s samurai fantasy wet dream.
Next up was Remedy’s Control, though this showcase ended up being much shorter than the previous two.
Not much is known about this game as the trailer was intriguing but also vague. We hope to learn more about this game as time marches on.
The Resident Evil 2 announcement was probably one of the most surprising announcements from Sony this year. Fan favorite request, this game appears to have everything people could want from a remake of an older game.
It’ll be interesting to see how the game marries its previous style with a more modern approach.
The long awaited conclusion to the Dark Seeker Saga of Kingdom Hearts came up next with a humorous scene with Sora, Donald, and Goofy on a small raft. Though there have been Kingdom Hearts games that have come out after KH2, this is the big one as fans have waited several years to get a good look at this one.
The showcase focused around the world from Pirates of the Caribbean, (a more in depth showcase was shown at Square Enix’s conference) unfortunately the sound design seemed to be off a tad like the other trailers shown in previous conferences. Nonetheless it was impressive to see the game take shape and have your heart strings expertly plucked by it’s fantastic sound track, you know the song don’t pretend like you don’t.
Kojima’s next original IP displayed itself with an incredibly somber and infinitely perplexing trailer. Once again nobody is able to truly decipher what this game is about though fans of his previous series, Metal Gear Solid, are more than willing to wait till release to understand this complex and interesting game.
Two new famous faces were revealed in the demo, though we will let you watch to find out who. With the demo making the conscious choice to avoid any violence, little more than traveling around was shown gameplay wise. Though if this is a walking simulator, it’ll be the best walking simulator ever made, EVER.
Nioh 2 was a bit of a surprise, but that’s only because they didn’t announce it first. The first game was a critical success so if one were to give it some thought it makes sense for Sony to drop this one on us.
Not much was shown about this game as the trailer mainly serves to tell us that it exists and not much else. That being said, that’s more than enough for us.
The last game on our list is Insomniac’s Spider-Man. With a lengthy gameplay demonstration as well as a moderate post conference demo, this game got the most time in the spotlight and for good reason. The game looks nothing short of incredible. Insomniac appears to understand Spider-Man on a level that might only be occupied by Stan Lee.
All the praise aside the Sinister Six was heavily teased, though it seems to be the Insomniac version rather than adhering strictly to an established version from the comics. September can’t come soon enough and all of us here will undoubtedly lose several days just swinging around New York City and sarcastically webbing up baddies.
While this isn’t every single thing that was shown at Sony’s conference, Destiny 2 and Call of Duty had some moments, nothing else shown really had the impact these titles did. The full conference can be seen on online incase you’d like to see the smaller things not mentioned or just want to experience the awkward pacing for yourself.
Author: Kevin “OtterPop” Kerr