Sony – E3 Conference Review 2017
Sony headed in to E3 2017 having dominated the previous 2 years. With many of their previously announced games still not released the question for them this year was could they once again still the show from their competitors. With their conference lasting just over 60 minutes Sony had once of the shorter shows at E3 but did they provide ‘the year of dreams 3’??
Below I will outline all of Sony’s biggest announcements and review their whole conference with a score out of 10.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
The first game Sony showed off at their conference was Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, initially only meant to be DLC for Uncharted 4, this game has grown and developed into a fully fledged game and the latest entry in the smash hit series. Players this time will take control of Chloe and Nadine, two characters previously side characters, as they embark on a brand new adventure. From the trailers Sony showed this is every bit an Uncharted game full of beautiful visuals, engaging story, relatable characters and mind blowing action.
An Uncharted game without its lead star, Nathan Drake, is a new take for Naughty Dog and so it remains to be seen if fans gravitate towards this game as much as previous entries. If it does receive positive feedback from fans and critics alike though it could signal a future direction for the franchise.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will be released August 22 2017.
Horizon Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds
Sony continued to build momentum by revealing the debut trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn’s story DLC, The Frozen Wilds. This expansion will see Aloy continue her journey into snow covered mountains in the search of more answers. As expected this trailer shows off the incredibly high standards that were set with the original in term of gameplay, visuals and atmosphere.
More content for Horizon Zero Dawn is only a good thing and this expansion looks to expand that brilliant world even further. This will give players an even bigger reason to join Aloy on her adventure if they haven’t already.
Horizon Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds will be released in 2017.
One of Sony’s major announcements for last years E3 was the zombie survival game Days Gone. In last years reveal Sony showed off the chaotic danger that would be expected from a zombie game with the player having to escape from a mass horde of undead. This year though we got to see a very different side to Days Gone which certainly seperates it from the rest and breaks many expectations. In the gameplay demo we see the player traversing through frorests and past camps of human enemies in gameplay looking much more like Uncharted or the Last Of Us than anyone thought this game would be.
Days Gone has now appeared at E3 twice and both times has shown two very distinct gameplay styles that it seems to have melded together brilliantly. If Bend Studios can continue to grow this world they have created and deliver on the gameplay promises we have seen so far we could very well be looking at another tent pole title to sit alongside Uncharted, The Last Of Us and Horizon as the great PlayStation exclusives.
Days Gone will be released in 2018.
Monster Hunter World
The world wide hit Monster Hunter is making its way to PS4 in its latest installment, Moster Hunter World. This newest game continues what the series does best in an action JRPG where you battle all kinds of monsters both historical and mythical. With the visuals getting a bump due to the power of the PS4 Monster Hunter World is sure to be a must for fans of the series as well as fans of the genre in general.
Monster Hunter World will be released early 2018.
Shadow of the Colossus
Trust Sony to pull an announcement out of the bag that makes everyone loose their minds and that’s exeactly what they did with Shadow of the Colossus. Originally released 12 years ago for the PlayStation2, Sony is bringing back one of the most beloved PlayStation games of all time with a complete remake. Following the original perfectly this remake will see the entire game have visuals built from the ground up to bring it completely up to date, and from the trailer it looks as stunning as you would expect.
Bringing back a classic like Shadow of the Colossus is a great move for Sony and I can only see this remake doing doing fantastically once it releases.
Shadow of the Colossus will be released in 2018.
Marvel VS Capcom Infinate
The latest trailer for the world colliding fighter debuted at Sony’s show where it showed off more of the story and even the inclusion of Thanos.
Not much else was shown about the game other than that a gameplay demo was available to download from that night.
Marvel VS Capcom Infinate will be released September 19 2017.
Call Of Duty WWII
Next up was the latest trailer for 2017’s installment of Call Of Duty, Call Of Duty WWII. This trailer focused on multiplayer for the game and it looked amazing. As someone who’s interest has faded for the franchise in recent years the fast deliberate action focused on World War II environments provides some much needed grounded gameplay for the series that helped Modern Warfare Remasted be so popular last year.
This is undeniably Call Of Duty to look at but will the 1940’s setting they seem to have regained a more gritty lived in feel to the worlds you compete in.
Call Of Duty WWII will be released November 3 2017.
Sony then switched its attention to its Virtual Reality headset, PSVR, and a 6 games that will be coming to the platform. Skyrim VR, Star Child, The Inpatient, Final Fantast Monster of the Deep, Bravo Team VR and Moss Vr all provided a great look at some of the titles PSVR players will get the chance to play going forward. With a mixture of fantasy adventure, first person shooters and bizarre fishing experiences these trailers showed that as long as developers keep pushing the boundaries with their concepts then VR can thrive on PlayStation.
God Of War
The game that kicked of Sony’s show in 2016 got a brand new trailer at the conference this year and God Of War looks just as incredible as it did last year. In the trailer we see more of the relationship between now a grizzled, older Kratos and his son. Even with the new family addition this is still the God Of War you know with brutal combat and vast impressive locations to continue the adventure.
With story elements show off that seem very reminiscent of Horizon, God Of War seems to be adding much needed depth to Kratos’ story while still keeping true to the action that has made this series so beloved amongst PlayStation fans.
God Of War will be released early 2018.
Detroit Becoming Human
Another one of Sony’s debut games from 2016’s conference was Detroit Becoming Human. This years gameplay trailer showed off more of the diverse, decision based gameplay that caught everyone’s eye last year. With the story developing and reacting to the decisions you make this is a game that demo’s great but will most certainly play better. Visually its a masterpiece in Sci Fi visuals and as long as the gameplay matches the expectations its setting then it could become an instant classic.
Detroit Becoming Human will be released in 2018.
Destiny had a huge presence on PlayStation 4 when it released 3 years ago and Destiny 2 looks to continue that strong partnership with the PlayStation platform with the announcement of exclusive content coming to the PlayStation 4. This exclusive content will include a Strike, gear, ships, weapons and a PVP map.
Exclusive content for what’s sure to be one of the years biggest games is another feather in the cap for the PlayStaion 4 and will likely help Sony keep their momentum heading towards the end of this year.
Destiny 2 will be released September 8 2018.
Arguably Sony’s biggest reveal last year was their partnership with Insomniac Games and a PlayStation 4 exclusive Spider-Man game. Though being short, the trailer released last year shocked the gaming world and sent it into childish excitement all at once with its slick gameplay and stunning visuals. This year we were treated to a full 8 minute gameplay demo where the player took down a load of guards and continued to chase down and stop a helicopter.
This demo validated every bit of excitement from last year. The visuals are gorgeous. The action is slick and fluid. It looked every bit the Spider-Man game many have been wanting for years. The final stages of the action sequence saw quick time events dictate the major moments of the pursuit to provide that Hollywood feel that the Uncharted series has captured so brilliantly.
With such an iconic character finding his new home exclusively on PlayStaiton with a game that seems to do the webslinger justice in every department, Sony might not just have a huge hit on its hands but possibly a generation defining game.
Spider-Man will be released in 2018.
Once again Sony delivered a fantastic E3 conference where they showed off their biggest titles in style and proved why they arguably have the best gaming library available. With more focus on previously announced games though it didn’t quite have the pop that theirconferences that have come before had. Saying that the games they did show, despite not being new announcement, looked phenomenal. It’s just a shame that many of them still don’t have firm release dates.
I loved the games they showed, I just wish I knew when I would be playing them. For this reason I give Sony’s conference