E3 Post Mortem – Sony

So, to continue my look back at this Year’s E3 show, I look at the next big console manufacturer, Sony!

Sony

Historically, I’ve been less interested in the Playstation brand than I have been with the other two console makers.  During the PS3/360 generation, I felt the two platforms were more or less interchangeable but that became less the case towards the end of the previous console generation and going into this generation.

Sony’s Press Conference was pretty straight forward and was fairly entertaining and, just like Microsoft, filled with great games but with a few more surprises.

Destiny

Sony started off with Destiny which we’ve heard a lot of and which Sony insisted on bringing up an additional time later in their presentation.  Being an MMO game, its not really caught my attention.  IT does look like Destiny wants to be the next big Sci-Fi universe the way Mass Effect was last generation.  Maybe they can do it but being an MMO, I’m not sure if it can possibly capture my attention the way Mass Effect did.

The Order

The Order: 1886 looks great and the gameplay video gives a brief glimpse of the game in action but not quite enough, I think, to get a real feel for what the game as a whole will be.

Infamous

I enjoyed what I played of the first Infamous game but it didn’t really hook me enough to become particularly interested in the sequel, so Infamous: Second Son – First Light is another degree removed from my interest.  Not to say it doesn’t look good but it just isn’t something that’s on my mind.

Little-Big-Planet-3-Oddsock

Little Big Planet 3 was one of the few games I played at the Sony booth and while it was fun, it didn’t feel particularly special in any way.  I’ve never been too fond of “make your own game” games so I’ll probably skip this as I have the other two Little Big Planet games.

Bloodborne

Bloodborne, from the same studio the same company responsible for Dark Souls is certainly a game worth keeping an eye on.  I hear the behind-closed-door video was pretty amazing so I’m  definitely interested.  Far Cry 4 looks fun.  The setting reminds me a lot of recent Tomb Raider reboot.

Battlefield_ Hardline

Bringing up zombies is enough to turn my excitement down a notch and the trailer for Dead Island 2 didn’t do much to buck that trend.  At the very least, Deep Silver has chosen to eschew the sentimental trailers that does little to nothing to represent the final game.  I’m looking forward to Battlefield: Hardline though not on the PS4.  I got to try the beta on PC and it definitely feels different from the recent Battlefield games, so that’s exciting.

Grim Fandango remaster is definitely exciting to hear though isn’t enough to entice me to get a PS4.  Goichi Suda is one of my favorite developers just because his games are always so off-the-wall crazy.  For that reason, I’m keeping an eye on Let it Die.  Abzu looks soothing and reminded me a lot of the Endless Ocean games on the Wii.  It definitely looks like something different and being from the team behind Journey, I have high hopes for this game.

No Man's Sky

I can see why people are excited for No Man’s Sky.  I’m not entirely sold yet.  The idea of an infinitely expansive universe is intriguing but I’m always skeptical of games relying on procedural generation as they certainly allow a lot of content to be created but that content never feels as memorable or as fun as a carefully designed world.  The ability to go from ground to space to another planet is definitely amazing but I’m not sure yet if the rest of the game will be as interesting.

Project Morpheus continues gaming’s current trend into VR and I’m sure some people are excited about Youtube Video Sharing but that seemed like a non-announcement to me.  Playstation Now is an interesting concept.  The key here is execution.  If its simple, affordable, and functional it can be a huge success.  Hopefully they can improve upon the news that has spilled from the closed beta of a slow and incredibly expensive system.  The rest of Sony’s hardware/service announcements were definitely ambitious.  The idea of buying a Dual Shock controller and having access to PS3 games right on your Sony tv is fun.  Perhaps core gamers who are up to date on their games may find less use for it but if I’m shopping for a new tv, having the ability to play PS3 games might make me give it another look.  Playstation TV looks to attack the microconsole/streambox market with the Playstation brand as its artillery.  Google might have android games and Apple has its infrastructure but for a certain market, being able to stream full PS4 games to a second tv is a deciding feature.

Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat X looks like great fun and the fatalities demonstrated were as gory and creative as they should be.  That said, I’m personally saddened that they’ve given up on Mortal Kombat as a 3D fighter as it was in Deadly Alliance, Deception, and Armageddon.

The Playstation network is also jumping into original content as Netflix and Hulu have with a show based on the Powers comic book.  I’m not familiar with the comic but it sounds interesting.  Aside from liking Clank’s design, I’m not too familiar with the Ratchet and Clank series so the announcement of a movie and a remaster of the first game doesn’t hold too much weight for me.  I’ve still yet to play The Last of Us but there is a remastered version coming out for PS4.  I’ll probably play this on the PS3 eventually.

Whatever their flaws, Metal Gear games have always been monumental games and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain looks to be no different.  I still haven’t played through Ground Zeroes but I’ve always enjoyed the Metal Gear series, even when it doesn’t make sense, and if it isn’t available on the PS3, I can see myself getting a next-gen console to play it.

Grand Theft Auto V is sort of a big deal I guess, but since GTA: San Andreas, I haven’t quite been as interested in the series as I once was.  I’ll try playing it sometime but I’m in no hurry to do so and putting it on next-gen consoles doesn’t do much to change my mind.

Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight looks amazing and I look forward to playing it when I do get a next-gen system.  I hope Gotham is as open as it should have been in Arkham City.  The Batmobile gameplay looks incredibly fun but the gameplay footage they showed still showed a Gotham City devoid of civilians but it does look like civilian vehicles may make an appearance.

Uncharted 4

Finally, a game everyone expected to eventually make its way to the PS4, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was announced and showed off.  Whether its really the final game is yet to be seen.  All that I played of the Uncharted series was the demo for the original game and something about the movement physics really turned me off to it so I haven’t gotten around to playing through any of the games, all of which have gotten amazing amounts of praise.

 

And there we go!  Another big E3 press conference with little to complain about.  One more to go!