Sony at E3 2015



Sony’s press conference is always one of the most keenly anticipated events of E3, and this year’s showcase revealed the return of some old favourites along with a few exciting new prospects.

Sony’s press conference is always one of the most keenly anticipated events of E3, and this year’s showcase revealed the return of some old favourites along with a few exciting new prospects.

 

The Last Guardian

 

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First showcased at E3 2009, The Last Guardian had slipped off the radar for many, and some believed the new title from the creators of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus was just a distant dream destined never to see the light of day. The Last Guardian has risen from its slumber at last and looks to be another emotionally involving experience.

 

Focusing on a child exploring a huge set of ruins accompanied by his friendly Guardian, a huge winged cross between a bird and a cat, the animation looks fluid and the two main characters feel realistic and sympathetic. The graphics may look slightly dated, especially a few closer shots of the Guardian’s feathered body, but there’s no denying the magnificence of the dilapidated architecture you clamber through.

 

Horizon: Zero Dawn

 

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A new PS4 exclusive from Guerrilla Games, the studio behind Killzone, Horizon: Zero Dawn looks like it could be one to watch. For a start, this offers a nice twist on the standard post-apocalyptic setting. Here, nature has regained control and the environments are covered in trees and dense foliage.

 

Humankind now exists in iron-age style settlements, fighting back with bows and arrows against herds of giant robotic animals. The graphics are gorgeous, so we hope the gameplay lives up to the looks

 

No Man’s Sky

 

Certainly one of the most ambitious games showing at E3, No Man’s Sky lets you fly through a seemingly endless galaxy. The fact you can launch from a huge mothership, engage in space dogfights and then seamlessly fly down to any planet and explore on foot makes this a very interesting prospect indeed.

 

Some may find the graphics a little too stylised, and questions remain over if the final product can live up to the extremely ambitious intent.

 

Dreams

 

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Sticking with ambitious titles, Dreams comes from New Media Molecule – the studio behind Little Big Planet. This lets you create and explore surreal, beautiful and sometimes creepy dreamlike worlds, then share your creations with others. Each dream will link seamlessly to others, so they blend together to create new and varied experiences.

 

Like Little Big Planet, this will probably take some work to get the best from, but the results look like they’ll be more than worth it.

 

Shenmue 3

There are some games we thought we’d never get to see, and Shenmue 3 was one of them until E3 2015. The first two titles were critically acclaimed and loved by a hardcore of players, but were just too ahead of their time for mainstream success.

 

The sprawling mixture of cinematic revenge story, fighting game and life simulator may not have been to everyone’s taste back then, but with sandbox titles such as GTAV, Sleeping Dogs and the lesser known Yakuza series all covering similar ground, the Shenmue experience is a much easier sell these days.

 

However, gaming has moved on and it remains to be seen if Shenmue’s vision is still as groundbreaking as it once was. Shenmue 3 was announced as a Kickstarter campaign at E3 and was fully funded in next to no time.

 

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Another long awaited and long rumoured title, Final Fantasy 7 is officially getting a remake. Final Fantasy 7 is the episode that launched the series to huge success in the west and was the introduction to JRPGs for many gamers.

 

While purists will debate if it’s actually the best Final Fantasy ever, it’s certainly one of the highpoints of the series with memorable characters , an involving plot and a major event that shattered a generation’s hearts. So far only a teaser movie has been shown, but hopes are already sky-high.

 

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Playstation exclusive series Uncharted made an appearance with a lengthy gameplay demo. The first section demos the fluid cover-based gunplay as Nathan Drake is pinned down in a market, followed by a second section where he takes control of a vehicle and speeds downhill through a town, dashing down side alleys and taking short cuts to avoid an armoured transport.

 

It looks frenetic and action-packed, although the vehicle control does look slightly “floaty”. It’ll be hard to tell until we get our hands on the finished product – we’re keeping our fingers crossed that this will be the high point in an already great series.

 

The rest...

There were also a good number of other interesting titles but, as with the major titles above, not many were exclusive to PS4 – although some had PS4 exclusive content.

 

Other titles shown included the return of Hitman, complete with 6 exclusive contracts for PS4. Street Fighter 5 was announced as a Playstation exclusive. Destiny is getting an expansion called The Taken King. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will feature exclusive crimes to solve on PS4. Batman: Arkham Knight will have some exclusive Scarecrow nightmares. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will launch DLC map packs on PS4 before Xbox, and the beta will be a Playstation exclusive.  There was also a gameplay demo of Star Wars Battlefront, which looked frenetic with huge battles sweeping across Hoth.