Show me the money, Sony! SHOW ME THE MONEY!
Last year, Sony had a spectacular E3 press conference. They really brought their A-game. Did they pull it off again this year?
The Light is Your Destiny
First up, a nice-looking trailer for Destiny. It looks rather impressive. What’s even more impressive is that the Beta’s dropping July 17th. PlayStation 4 owners will be able to bask in the glory of the Alpha this Thursday. Holy crap!
There will also be exclusive maps and content. Oh, and a new white PS4 and Destiny bundle. Wait, what!?
Yeah! Available September 9th, this sharp looking white PS4 (with 500 GB Hard drive) comes with Destiny and a 30-day subscription to PlayStation Plus. I just might get this, as I’m diggin’ the vanilla white. YUM!
Little Big Planet 3 is coming to PlayStation 4! All the same level-building shenanigans brought to life in glorious HD. And Sackboy has new friends! Oddsock the… er…. sock can wall jump, and Toggle the big mushy Digglet dude can squish himself to fit in small spaces. Then there’s Swoop the bird, who can fly. What’s sweet is that the levels that already exist will be available for Little Big Planet 3, all decked out and polished.
Seriously, it was too cute for words. I need a PlayStation 4 now.
The Order: 1886 looks just as awesome as it did the day it was announced. This time around, we got some actual gameplay. It was one of those chase scenes that they like to throw into horror games, with some gunplay thrown in for good measure. It was very atmospheric.
Next… a surprise! Bloodborne is a new IP from Hidetaka Miyazaki and From Software, the folks behind Demon’s Soul and Dark Souls series. And it looks amazingly gory. And it’s coming in 2015. Oh my God.
Speaking of crazy, Deep Silver had one of the strangest trailers out there. Dead Island 2‘s trailer certainly made me laugh out loud, and the PlayStation 4 will get an exclusive Beta. The game comes out in Spring 2015.
Goichi Suda always brings the crazy: Lollipop Chainsaw, Shadows of the Damned, Killer 7. His latest game, Let it Die, is coming exclusively to the PlayStation 4 in 2015. From what we can tell from the trailer, dudes are running around killing each other, and they each have a level, like an MMO or something.
Kinda has this atmosphere about it that reminds me of Rockstar Games’ Manhunt. Or maybe the movie “Gamer”, starring Gerald Butler.
Hey, I’ve Seen You Before!
Ubisoft returned with Far Cry 4. They showed actual gameplay this time around, and I learned more about the story here than at their own conference! The crazy talk is that if you buy a copy of the game to PS3 or PS4, you can invite your friends to play the game even if they don’t own the game!
Another familiar face was Battlefield: Hardline. We already had the exclusive Beta announcement at EA’s press conference, so this time we get a new trailer.
Indie Power! (And Other Bits)
♠ I have no words for Paradox Interactive’s Magicka 2 trailer. It’s hilarious.
♠ I missed out on Grim Fandango back in the day (sacrilege, I know), but now I’ll get another chance. Tim Schafer and the rest of the Double Fine crew are bringing a remastered version Grim Fandango to the PlayStation 4.
♠ Devolver Digital has a slew of games planned for PlayStation platforms. Check out this sizzle reel!
♠ Entwined is fascinating. Playing as two souls in love who can’t be together, you control both of them with the analog sticks; maneuvering them through various obstacles. It reminds me of Fez, for some reason.
Entwined is available now for PlayStation 4, with PlayStation 3 and Vita coming soon.
♠ Giant Squid, a new studio made up of former members of thatgamecompany (the folks behind flOw, Flower and Journey), has a new title called Abzû. It looks lovely, and takes place deep within the ocean.
♠ No Man’s Sky from Hello Games looks gorgeous. When starting out, all players will begin on a different planet. I like that idea, as then everyone’s first experience with the game will be different. You’re then left to explore and see how many planets are really out there. That’s amazing.
♠ Project Morpheus, Sony’s new virtual reality visor that they showed at the Tokyo Game Show last year, will be available for E3 attendees to mess around with. Don’t get motion sick, now.
Of course, PlayStation consoles isn’t just a game box. They have other fancy things about them, too.
I love my YouTube app on my PlayStation 3. I use it to have some background noise whilst I write. And now the PlayStation 4 is finally getting a YouTube app as well. Because “Caring equals Sharing” is the unofficial slogan of the PlayStation 4, you can use the Share Button on your Dual Shock controller to instantly upload your gameplay footage to your YouTube account.
Speaking of user-generated videos, you can now interact more with Twitch and Ustream streamers. If you scream, or make suggestions (basically, being more of a backseat player), the streamer will hear you.
User content isn’t the only thing you can amuse yourself with. Sony is making strides to forming partnerships and getting some original video content and exclusive movies, such as the series adaptation of Powers, the graphic novel done by Brian Michael Bendis. PlayStation Plus members will be able to enjoy the entire series for free, by the way.
Talking about more partnerships, Disney is teaming up with Sony to bring some exclusive content to PlayStation versions of Disney Infinity 2… like the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers.
Another unique piece of content is the movie adaptation of… Ratchet and Clank?
Ratchet and Clank: The Movie is coming to theatres in 2015. Insomniac Games are also remastering the original Ratchet and Clank game.
Play Vita Games on Your TV
I remember seeing Vita TV last year, hoping it will come over to North America. And Sony delivers.
Now called PlayStation TV, the unit will be available alone for $99, or part of a bundle for $139 which will include an 8GB memory card, a DualShock controller, and a voucher to download The LEGO Movie Game.
The lil’ box will allow you to play your PlayStation 4 games on a TV while your console is hooked up to a TV in a different room. You’ll also be able to play PS Vita, PSP, and PS One Classics, as well as stream PS 3 games using PS Now…
Why yes! PlayStation Now, Sony’s new service that will allow players to stream games from PlayStation’s ridiculously large library, will be available on PlayStation 4 on July 31st, with Vita and PlayStation 3 to follow soon. Sony will be testing different tiers of pricing and rental duration.
Phew! The Homestretch. Let’s go:
♠ Mortal Kombat X was announced last week. And they showed some gameplay footage that’s absolutely brutal.
♠ Sony announced that The Last of Us is going to be remastered for PlayStation 4, and they showed a new trailer. The Last of Us Remastered will be available on July 29th.
Speaking of The Last of Us, and enemies of the game are going to appear in the PS4 version of Diablo 3. How crazy is that!?
♠ More trailers galore as we move onto Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Which looks phenomenal.
♠ inFamous Second Son has some new DLC coming its way. inFamous First Light will be available in August. Not much else was shown, unfortunately, so gotta play the waiting game.
♠ Last year’s mega hit, Grand Theft Auto V, is coming to PS 4 in the fall. Wanna know something completely loony tunes? You can transfer your GTA V save data from your PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 (!) to the PS4 version.
♠ Batman: Arkham Knight looks nice… and Scarecrow looks scary as hell.
One More Thing!
There’s always one more thing, isn’t there? Much like the Ubisoft E3 conference, I was hoping that they would announce a particular game. Would Sony finally give us another glimpse of a game that many of us have been waiting for? Will we see The Last Guardian?
Nope, nope, and nope. We get Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End for PlayStation 4, coming in 2015.
No The Last Guardian makes me a sad panda… again. There are some things that got me excited, however. That white PlayStation 4 looks hot, and we’re going to get PlayStation TV. A lot of the games look amazing, like Bloodborne and Let it Die. And the slew of games from smaller developers are superb efforts that make me extremely excited.
Check out the Press Conference below, and let me know what you thought in the Comments Section!