E3 2017 – Part 5 – Sony Press Conference

Out of all the press conferences that E3 has to offer, I have to say that I always look forward to the Sony one. It’s my absolute favorite because they show games that I know if I’m interested in I can buy. This is also the last conference that I watch and then just watch various different gaming news feeds to see if I missed anything good. Anyway, on with the Sony conference.

Things started off with a new look at Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. I have to say that this DLC/Expansion, I have no idea what you want to call it, looks amazing and it does make up for the fact that Uncharted 4 was sorely missing Chloe. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be enjoyed all that much because it is a Sony Conference and it wouldn’t be a Sony Conference without a few hiccups and there was basically no sound for the first three previews. Next up though, another glimpse at some more DLC. This time for Horizon Zero Dawn. Aloy’s story continues as she ventures into a new frozen area with new characters to meet and new metal demons to take down. This will be one of those $19.99 DLC’s called The Frozen Wilds and it’ll be available some time before the new year.

Next up was some new Day’s Gone footage and actual gameplay. While I feel like zombie games are a little overdone at this point, this one looks new and different. The zombies aren’t your typical zombies and this game involves a lot of tactics instead of just running into a horde and killing as many zombies as possible. The only thing is there is no release date. Up next was a game that I was surprised to see because compared to the three power houses before it, it looked cheaply made and kept cutting back and forth between different scenes. This game shows you some gameplay action, but not a lot making me think that it doesn’t really operate all that smoothly. This was Monster Hunter World. After that I kind of felt the show went downhill with the showing of Shadow of the Colossus, which is a complete remake, and Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite.

Because of the deal that Call of Duty has with PlayStation there was the obligatory Call of Duty stuff with the next edition into the franchise which is WWII. I gave up on this franchise a long time ago because I just can’t keep up so while this one looks cool, I’ll be skipping it because I can’t give it the time it needs to actually play. After that was just a handful of different games that you can only play on PlayStation VR. Even though some of the games looked good like The Inpatient, others were just ugh. They even re-did The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for VR now and I’m basically over it. How many times are they going to re-do this game before giving us the next addition into The Elder Scrolls franchise? Anyway, some of the crazy VR games were Star Child, some Final Fantasy Fishing Game, Bravo Team, and the creepiest game of all where it makes you look like a weirdo following a mouse around Moss.

With the VR stuff finally done, it was time to get into some God of War because people have been waiting for this. I love that this isn’t just a new edition into this already well established franchise, but a reboot of the franchise. You can see Kratos in a new light, even though he remembers his past which is shown in this trailer/gameplay feature, he is trying to raise his son as best as he can. It looks like it’s going to be amazing and it comes out in early 2018. Up next a game that I’ve been waiting for since it was first debuted. It’s Detroit: Become Human. There was new gameplay footage, the reveal of a new character, who just happens to be a Grey’s Anatomy star, and a new mission. Everything looks great and it looks like this game is ready to go, but there’s no release date and there won’t be until David Cage says so. Then there was another game that is being overly hyped which is Destiny 2. This game could be the best game ever, but after being duped into playing the first Destiny, I will not be doing the same with this game. I really don’t believe the game has changed all that much to make it into a decent game, but that remains to be seen. I just won’t be buying it. The show then closes with Spiderman. Seriously? That was it? I thought I was watching the Sony Conference. I know that people are super hyped for this game and all, but I could really care less about another Spiderman game. There was a bunch of actual gameplay showed off and it looks decent at the moment, but I’m just not into it.

Overall Sony had a really weak show. There was nothing really concrete to show off and they focused way too much on VR. I’m not buying into the whole VR thing where I feel like I’m going to have to be dropping Dramamine every couple of hours just to play a video game. While a lot of games are coming out this year, I felt like we will be seeing a lot of these games again next year with probably no release date. What’s the point then? I want to see games that are going to be coming out sometime in the near future so that I can play them. This isn’t just for Sony, but for a lot of the conferences. I know they’re supposed to showcase games that are coming out, but I don’t feel like they should make multiple appearances at E3. When a game makes multiple appearances at E3 because it isn’t done yet, it makes me feel like it’s that company reminding you about this game because clearly with everything else that has come out you’ve forgotten about it so it turns into a show of “don’t forget, we still have this game coming out!”

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E3 2016 – Part 3

And now for the big finale. So big that I thought it should have its own blog and not be crammed together with all of the other press conferences that I’ve gone over the past few days. So big that at the end of the show I thought I would be eagerly making up my list of pre-orders and my wish list of games that I want to go on sale during the holidays. Was the Sony press conference everything I thought it would be? Keep reading to find out.

Sony Press Conference

After some technical difficulties, thanks IGN, the press conference is finally able to be viewed and Sony decides to kick it off with…wait for it…wait for it…the next God of War. Yes, I know this series has been completely done and then done again and it should be long dead by now, but it’s getting the full reboot special. There’s a full musical thing and an intro and then actual gameplay footage with someone sitting there and playing. In this preview you see a new Kratos, a more human side of him is shown which has never been seen before and is like a breath of fresh air for this series that has long since gone stale. Kratos is teaching his son, yes he now has another child, to hunt. He’s still the man that he is but he’s trying to be different, more understanding and less, well less Kratos.

Boo! I know, I know. How do I give a Boo to something that was obviously one of the best parts of the Sony press conference? This Boo goes out to the replacement of the original voice actor for Kratos. I really don’t like when this is done, it’s like if BioWare decided that they needed to bring Shepard back and instead used someone other than Jennifer Hale to play FemShep. What’s wrong with using the original voice actor? He was good enough for all of your other games but not this one? Boo, Santa Monica Stuidos, Boo!

Up next, another new game as Sony rolls out trailer after trailer after trailer making it hard to keep up with what’s going on, but this new one is called Day’s Gone. They show a brief trailer that piques my interest but it isn’t until the end of the show when they show actual gameplay and get more into the game that really makes me think wow, this game looks amazing. To tell you the truth though, when the trailer first started I thought it was going to be for The Last of Us 2, but I was glad that it wasn’t.

With no time to really collect my thoughts, another trailer is immediately shown and this time it’s for the much anticipated The Last Guardian. While I’m not all that interested in this game because I can’t really find anything that I like about it, I am happy to announce that after many years this game finally has a release date of 10-25-2016. Moving on to a game that I’m actually really interested in and will probably pre-order shortly, we have Horizon: Zero Dawn. Can I just say that every time I see this game I just fall more and more in love with it? It’s a new concept, looks stunning, and has some nice open world environments. The gameplay and small story that they showed at the press conference was just awesome and I’m really looking forward to playing this game as soon as I can get my hands on it.

Up next, another game that I’ve been waiting to see more of Detroit: Become Human. I’ve been playing games from Quantic Dream since Indigo Prophecy was released on the PS2 and have never been disappointed with any of their games. They’re chock full of story and major decisions that need to be made and can be played a bunch of different ways. This game basically takes the same formula that has worked for them and makes it into something new and exciting as you play as multiple androids who are slowly becoming more human. No release date, but for this one I’ll wait.

Next of course there has to be some VR stuff because it’s what all the cool kids are doing. They show off this creepy Resident Evil game that I barely watched because I kept looking away from the screen as I expected some sort of jump scare in there somewhere. After this there’s a little break to discuss the release date of Playstation VR, which is 10-13-2016, along with the price, which is $399.99. There’s also the announcement that there will be 50 games available at launch. This includes a special VR mission for Star Wars: Battlefront to Batman to Final Fantasy. Playstation is going all out when it comes to VR.

Now for some more trailers, and this one looks like a new space game which kind of looks like Call of Duty in space. To my surprise it is Call of Duty in space. It’s not called Call of Duty in space, but you get what I mean. Anyway it looks like another CoD game which I’ve given up on after Advanced Warfare. Not to mention that after that it’s more CoD with Modern Warfare being remastered. At this point I’ve had enough CoD to last a life time.

With the announcement of the original Crash Bandicoot being remastered, it’s also revealed that he’ll be a new character in Skylanders. I know I play the LEGO games, but this is too much for me because I have to draw the line somewhere and Skylanders is it. Since I mentioned LEGO, it wouldn’t be fit if I didn’t mention that the new Star Wars LEGO game was also shown right after Skylanders. Can I just say that I want a LEGO Mass Effect. Anyone with me on this?

Then for something that I never wanted to see…Norman Reedus naked. Not actually Norman Reedus, but the video game version of him that’s on this creepy beach with oil(?) everywhere, some weird baby, him with a C-Section scar, and dead animals. The game is called Death Stranding and I have no idea what it’s about or when it will be released. Then finally a new Spiderman game for the PS4 because we totally needed one of those.

And that did it for the Sony press conference. This year it felt like a mashup of different trailers all thrown together with really no rhyme or reason. Although I did want to see more trailers, I thought that maybe the games would have some more release dates, something more concreate then just a small demo and trailer. While I was impressed with the games, I really wasn’t impressed with the overall show. For this reason alone, although it pains me to have to do it again, I have to give the E3 award to Microsoft this year. They had an awesome show and they knew it.

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