Friday, 11 July 2014

E3 2014 Roundup: Sony

Now that all the main buzz of E3 is over, I think that it's time to roundup all of the conferences, sneak peeks, information and interviews into three posts. The first one of these is on Sony. This post will contain a brief bit of info on each of the games along with some opinions on the announcements.  Obviously, the following paragraphs contain spoilers.

Destiny: wow... that, my friends, is a trailer. The story sounds great with almost all of humanity being wiped out by a darkness just after their golden age. Tough break, huh? The graphics look beautiful and the gameplay is interesting. All I can say is that I am generally excited about this game. On launch day, PlayStation users will also get a load of exclusive in-game content ranging from weapons, armour, gear and ships as well as Exodus which is an exclusive multiplayer map. An extra Strike on Mars is also included. Strikes are extra co-op adventures with huge bosses.

The Order 1886: uggh... Such a boring trailer... It's obviously a cut scene or pre-rendered video. Yay, you found a werewolf or something, woo. Ughh, get on with it... wait, did the HUD just appear in a cutscene? What, do you mean it's not a cutscene? Oh. In that case, those graphics are amazing!

Entwined: ahh, don't you feel relaxed just watching this trailer? It's so beautiful. It's so calm. The sereneness is too much! And that story (it's about two lovers souls who can never be together)! We can't forget about the controls as well (you control each soul with an analogue stick and have to pass through their respective colour's... well I'm not really sure what it is that they're passing through). Overall, I can see that being quite an interesting game. Oh, and it's out already (for PS4).

inFAMOUS First Light (Stand-Alone DLC): you don't need inFAMOUS Second Son to play this game but if you do, you get some exclusive content. To be fair, though, the trailer makes the game look good enough to buy straight out anyway. In it, you play as someone called Miss Walker who has got the same powers as you did in Second Son (I'm not sure if this leads on from Second Son or not as I haven't played enough of it, yet).

Little Big Planet 3: yep, Sackboy's back and this time with some new friends! Introducing Oddsock (a dog like creature who is also the fastest of the friends as well as being able to wall jump), Toggle (a heavy character who is also the strongest of the friends as well as being able to turn tiny at the push of a button) and Swoop (it's a bird and it can fly as well as being able to pick up the friends). Sackboy also gets some new powers including the ability to climb and the Pumpinatior (a gun that lets him push things with air). The game also has more depth of field, with characters being able to jump onto platforms that are 'closer' to the screen as well as ones that are 'further away'. Finally, Little Big Planet 3 has been given a new shine with the power of the PS4. It's also out in November.

Bloodborne: can you get any more gruesome? And, while there wasn't any actual gameplay footage, it still looks like a game to look out for. Basically, it looks like a survival horror game in which you have to kill dead things with a blade covered in said dead things rotten flesh. Oh, and it's out in 2015.

Farcry 4: let me just start you off with what the creative director said 'This year with Farcry 4, we invite you to visit Kyrat, a country soaked in secret history, filled with weaponised animals and ruled by an eccentric despot. Good luck'. Then I have six words to say. Incredible graphics, incredible voice acting, incredible gameplay. Oh and did I mention the crossbow and wingsuit? Or what about the stealth elements? Oh, oh, did I tell you about the avalanche? No? Well, now I have. And I think I'll leave you with a statement. It's two-player. And the second player doesn't need to have the game so as to be able to play (instead it's done through invitations through PSN).

Dead Island 2: what do you first think of when you hear the words zombie game? Gruesome, semi human creatures lumbering down dank alleyways with perpetual darkness and clouds hanging over your head as everyone fights for survival and are generally miserable? I thought so. Well, Dead Island 2 changes all that as it brings blue skies, a surprisingly happy tune and a man who is amazingly excited about the prospect of some new trainers. It also has an exclusive character class level only on PS4.

Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition: The Last of Us infects a themed dungeon in Diablo III in which you get to battle a whole host of Last of Us enemies which all have their own special attacks.

Battlefield Hardline: an exclusive beta only on PS4. The game is to do with cops and robbers rather than armies but still manages to fit in all the guns and explosive action we have come to know and love from a Battlefield game.

Disney Infinity 2.0 Collectors Edition: Hulk Smash!!!! Exclusive to PS4 the Hulk makes an appearance at launch. Also, the game is on PlayStation TV (which I've talked about in a later paragraph) as well as PS Vita.

Magicka 2: this game appears to be a co-op shooter in which you and some friends control four different wizards that can work together so as to defeat enemies. One example of this is that when their laser beam things touch, they become stronger. This game is made by Paradox Interactive who are now in partnership with PlayStation with each of their studio's making a separate game for PS4. And that trailer, though!

Grim Fandango: Sony are remastering this classic game only on PS4 and PS Vita through a partnership with Disney.

Broforce: it's an old 8-bit like game in which you throw knives and shoot bullets at many people. You can also call an airstrike. Enough said. Exclusive to the PS4 and PS Vita.

Titan Souls: this is another 8-bit game but is more in the vein of The Legend of Zelda due to you having to figure out how to kill enemies rather than just shooting them to bits. Exclusive to the PS4 and PlayStation Vita.

Not a Hero: yet another 8-bit shooter but this time you play as 'ordinary' people. Exclusive to the PS4 and PS Vita.

Hot Line Miami 2: Wrong Number: a 16-bit shooter with guts and gore (or at least red pixels) galore. Exclusive to the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita.

The TALOS Principle: a game that sounds like a sandbox but is actually a philosophical puzzler. Looks interesting.

Let it Die: a game that appears to be online (although it might not be) and is all about weapons, HUD's and kill counts.

ABZÛ: what appears to be a diving exploration game with really crisp and clear graphics. Exclusive to PS4.

No Man's Sky: in this game, the worlds are procedurally generated making them practically infinite and you can visit each one and the space in between. Every player starts on a different planet (it's online by the way) which makes everyone's experiences different. Once on a planet, the player can explore and discover new creatures and resources as well as fly around, helping friends and defeating enemies. This is definitely one of the games (if not the game) to look out for.

Project Morpheus (hardware): PlayStation's answer to the Oculus Rift.

YouTube: it's finally made it to PS4. What else do you need to know? Oh, and the Share button can now be used to upload videos directly to YouTube.

Live Streams: you can shout at the people streaming the games. I think I hear the trolls already.

25 Free to Play Games: these include: Kingdom Under Fire 2, Planetside 2, Guns Up and a trailer of literally many games.

PlayStation Now: a service that lets you play PS3 games on your PS4 (I'm not sure if your saves carry over though). Available in the USA and Canada (open beta) on July 31st. Shortly after this, it will also be available on PS3 (I'm not sure what it does on this console though) and PS Vita (this does the same as on PS4, which gives PS Vita an insanely massive library). It's also being put on select Sony Televisions. During open beta, over 100 games will be available.

PlayStation TV: this lets you play, remotely, your PS4 on another TV in your house as well as having music and video streaming services. It will also use PlayStation Now as well as being able to play most PS Vita games and some PS1/PSP games. Almost 1000 games available at launch. Oh, and its only $99 (£57).

Mortal Kombat X: as much gore and fighting as you'd expect from a Mortal Kombat game but this time rendered in PS4 grade graphics. It's sure to cause a 'Fatality' on some of the more squeamish of us (I'm sorry but I thought I had to put it in there).

Powers (new original series for PlayStation): based on the graphic novels of the same name. It tells the story of Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim who are two homicide detectives that work, specifically on cases about Powers (people with superpowers). Walker has lost his powers (for some, as of yet unknown, reason). US, release date: December 2014. First episode is free for all US PSN owners and all US PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to watch the whole series for free.

Ratchet and Clank the Movie: it's a Ratchet and Clank Movie. It's stuffed full of the series usual comedy. It looks like a video game movie that's actually decent for one. It's out in the first half of 2015. Need I say more? Also, the original Ratchet and Clank is being re-imagined for PS4 with updated visuals and gameplay.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain: gore, shooting, knife fights, a great soundtrack; all in all, looks pretty promising.

Grand Theft Auto V: yes, the game that made half of the American workforce call in sick the day it was released is back. And this time, it's got even better graphics (I mean it, they've done a really good job with the visuals on this one). It's out in Autumn 2014. You can also, transfer you GTA Online data from PS3 or Xbox 360 to the PS4 version.

Batman Arkham Knight: Batman's back in another Arkham game and it's awesome. With top of the range graphics, the ability to glide around Gotham and the Batmobile (which now has the ability to transform into what is basically a tank), as well as destructible environments, this game looks amazing. The PS4 version comes with Scarecrow Nightmare Missions that are only available on PS4.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End: not much to say about this game except for the graphics look great and the hype is high. Let's see what happens.

So... many... EXCLUSIVES! Anyway, that's all from Sony for this year's E3. What did you like best about the conference? What games are you most excited for? Please post you opinions in the comments section. Also, I'm sorry about the lateness of this post but I have been very busy recently.

Goodbye for now, Harry

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