PlayStation had some of the best announcements this year at E3, like Hello Games’ No Mans Sky, GTA 5 Next-Gen reveal, Uncharted, and the White PS4 Destiny Bundle, but numbed the excitement of these strong points by including too much filler in the show. Here’s our review!
First Party Throw-Down
The thrill of the PlayStation shone best through the first part exclusives, from HD remasters to brand new IP’s. Insomniac Games is re-imagining the very first Ratchet and Clank to be beautifully rendered in HD on the PS4, a very unique move considering Insomniac’s current close ties with Xbox One through Sunset Overdrive. Here’s what Insomniac had to say about the Ratchet and Clank Project.
In 2015, we have the rare (actually, for us, unprecedented) opportunity to expand Ratchet’s universe simultaneously in two forms. We’ll continue our involvement with the Ratchet & Clank feature film. And we’re excited to announce that we’re also developing a game that shares the film’s vision of Ratchet’s origin story. As featured in Sony’s press conference, the game re-imagines the original Ratchet & Clank, with updated gameplay and completely new visuals built from the ground up for the PlayStation 4.
The Order: 1886 had an awesome stage demo, showing the dark and vulnerable side of the game, but was quickly dismissed as the show went on. Entwined entered in PlayStation’s strong indie presence with another on-stage demo, but did not capture the excitement PlayStation needed to bridge the briefing. Bloodborne, a very dark and inclusive RPG exclusively to PS4 also fell short of the expected limelight, but Bloodborne is very early in progress, so I expect it to have a much larger stage presence at next year’s presser. LittleBigPlanet is getting its third installment, introducing brand new “sack” characters like Toggle, Swoop, and OddSock.
Wrapping up first party, the Infamous universe continues to grow with a brand new digital title, Infamous: First Light. First Light follows the story of Abigail “Fetch” Walker, a fan favorite character introduced in Second Son. Nearing the final moments of the conference, Sony unveiled one last 1st Party Exclusive that fans have been absolutely waiting for, check out the teaser below to see for yourself!
Just Warming Up
One of the bigger moments of the conference was the unveiling of the Destiny PS4 bundle, that comes with retail’s first ever White PS4.
Destiny (easily E3 2014’s most hyped game) also had a huge presence at the Sony conference, with a rather extensive trailer showing off some new details about Bungie’s new FPS. Check it out below.
The HD remastering trend was industry wide this year, and PS4 has some of their own exclusives to contribute, like the aforementioned Ratchet and Clank, and The Last of Us: Remastered. Sony also had the privilege of dropping the bombshell everyone has been waiting for, the announcement of GTA V for current-gen consoles! GTA V looks amazing on PS4 and Xbox One, here’s a comparison image to show you just how good it looks on PS4, compared to PS3.
Last but not Least
Sony didn’t miss the chance to champion their close relationships with indie developers either – Broforce, Not a Hero and Titan Souls all got their debut at the show, but the Hello Games’ exploratory sci-fi game stole the show, and almost the entire expo.
Hello Games’ No Mans Sky is a “science-fiction game set in an infinite procedurally generated universe”. Here’s what Hello Games’ has to say about their upcoming game.
Whether a distant mountain or a planet hanging low on the horizon, you can go there. You can fly seamlessly from the surface of a planet to another, and every star in the sky is a sun that you can visit.
Where you’ll go and how fast you’ll make your way through this universe is up to you. It’s yours for the taking.
Explore uncharted solar systems and catalogue unique new forms of life. Every planet’s landscape is different from the next, and populated by species never before encountered. Find ancient artifacts that could reveal the secrets behind the universe.
Choose whether to share your discoveries with other players. They’re exploring the same vast universe in parallel; perhaps you’ll make your mark on their worlds as well as your own. Every solar system, planet, ocean and cave is filled with danger, and you are vulnerable.
Your ship and suit are fragile, and every encounter can test your skills to the limit. From dog-fighting in space to firstperson combat on a planet’s surface, you will face foes ready to overwhelm you. And one mistake could see you lose everything. In No Man’s Sky, every victory and every defeat has lasting consequences. Whether you want to explore and see things never before discovered, or directly set course for the centre of the galaxy, how you play No Man’s Sky is up to you. But you cannot take your voyage lightly. You’ll need to prepare. Collect precious resources on the surfaces of planets and trade them for the ships, suits and equipment that will take you to your destiny in the stars.
So far, I’ve explained everything that Sony did right in their media briefing. Based on the above content, they had a chance to blow away the crowd, and ultimately “win” E3 2014. But they didn’t capitalize on all of this amazing content – they dragged out the conference to a whopping 105 minutes, including unnecessary filler and/or poorly expressed content. For example, PlayStation Now is an innovative service to bring some of “yesterday’s” best games to the players of today, but instead of building on that excitement, they shot down the thrill with an extended and almost unnecessary speech. PlayStation TV and the upcoming show, Powers, unfortunately suffered the same treatment.
Ultimately, Sony missed their chance. Crowd winners like GTA V for PS4, Uncharted, the White PS4, and No Man’s Sky were some of the best announcements across the industry this year, but Sony injected far too much filler, and lost the thrill somewhere in the mix.
– Caleb Stiles