ICYMI – E3 2017: PlayStation Media Showcase

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

E3 is here and it’s not disappointing so far. There have been some fantastic announcements from all stages and still more to come throughout the coming days.

The past few years, PlayStation have come out swinging with games and exclusives pouring out of Shawn Layden’s pocket. Will they continue the trend? Check out the best reveals of the E3 2017: PlayStation Media Showcase below.


Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Story Trailer

Officially announced at PSX, 2016. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a continuation of the Uncharted story, this time starring Chloe Frazer (Uncharted 2) and Nadine Ross (Uncharted 4) seeking the Tusk of Ganesha. Originally speculated to be the first story-based DLC coming out from Uncharted 4, it now looks to be it’s own stand-alone single player experience – similar to The Last of Us: Left Behind.

The story trailer shows why we need to sit up and pay attention to Naughty Dog. We may not have Nathan Drake front and center this time around, but don’t worry, this is still the same Uncharted we know and love. With all the charm, wit and passion that you’d expect from the series. It’s a beautiful showpiece for Sony and the perfect compliment to last year’s Uncharted 4.

Horizon Zero Dawn DLC – The Frozen Wilds

HZD is PlayStation’s biggest new IP. Released early this year, it set the bar – as far as I’m concerned – with how open-world RPG’s should look and feel like. This has quite quickly become one of my favorite games.

As its name suggest, The Frozen Wilds looks to introduce our hero, Aloy, to a new part of our futuristic world (no spoilers here) that’s been frozen over. Not much is known at this stage, but there appears to be an emphasis on a volcano and possibly a new corrupted-robotic-dino-type-thing. Either way, I’m in!

Days Gone Gameplay Trailer

Sony Bend are back, and boy does it feel good. We haven’t heard from Bend since Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow back in 2010 – 7 years!

Officially announced last year, Days Gone has a very similar style to most post-apocalyptic games – especially The Last of Us. It received a lot of mixed signals from gamers and critics alike. So, this year, Bend decided to give us peek a behind the curtain and see how it plays. Spoilers, it does not disappoint 😉

We see our protagonist, biker Deacon St. John seek out his friend who’s been captured by a rival gang. As he infiltrates the camp, I felt the same shivers I got from viewing HZD for the first time. There look to be many ways to approach situations and a lot of focus on environmental play. Plus, using a swarm of freakers (zombies) to take out the gang was actually pretty sweet.

Monster Hunter World coming to consoles.

No one saw this coming! Great job Capcom.

Monster Hunter is finally coming to the PS4. A JRPG that has been alive and well on Nintendo platforms for many years and has a massive following.

The latest looks like an MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) style game where players can take their hero through a gorgeous Madagascar inspired world and slay monsters. Taking the time to pitch up a BBQ along the way too.  Interesting…

Shadow of The Colossus Remake for PS4

The title says it all.

The PS2 classic is finding it’s way onto PS4, with a little help from Bluepoint Games (these guys did the recent Uncharted Collection). Praised for its story, look and feel, SOT has been a fan favorite for many years and is always talked about as being one of the most influential games of all time.

Sadly, I have never had the pleasure of playing the original but can’t wait to see what I’ve been missing out on.

Call of Duty: WWII

It’s brutal, it’s bloody, it’s all out war!

This year, we’re taken back to the trenches in WWII. With a rather impressive and action packed trailer, Call of Duty is back where it belongs and to what originally made the franchise a special place for fans of shooters.

As you’d expect, the mechanics and the world looks solid and seems a lot more fast paced than its rival – Battlefield.

VR

The ace in PlayStation’s deck this year is clearly VR. With the successful launch of PSVR last year it’s good to see that this isn’t just a 1-time thing and PlayStation are listening to both developers and gamers about what they want.

The previous Bethesda conference announced that they were bringing Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim to VR. Here, we got a great gameplay trailer of the latter.

Next up, Star Child. A new title from the delightfully named, Playful. This is being published by GameTrust, an arm of the popular retail giant, GameStop.

Initially, it appears that this is a nice Limbo/No Man Sky hybrid. A side-action/adventure game set in a very colorful Sci-fi world.

Hot off the heels of Until Dawn, Supermassive Games introduces us to their new VR title, The Inpatient. Set 60 years prior to Until Dawn, our protagonist is a patient suffering from amnesia at Blackwood Sanitarium. This is a standalone story and doesn’t appear to have any connection with Supermassive’s Halloween favorite. Be warned, this won’t be for the faint hearted.

Next, Moss. Featuring a super-cute little mouse called, Quill. This little VR game is a perfect introduction into the world of puzzle games on PSVR.

God Of War Gameplay Trailer

Kratos is back and looking as bad-ass as you should expect – nay, demand! The game is looking fantastic and here, we get a much deeper look inside the emotional soap-opera that is going to be Kratos and his son, Atreus.

We also get some fantastic combat slices from the main man himself, which shows Kratos stringing combos together and taking on multiple enemies at once. Great to see that they’ve kept this style of combat. This game is going to be huge.

Detroit: Become Human Protagonist Trailer

Sold! Please Quantic Dream, take my money!

We got another look at David Cage’s next game but this time with a new protagonist. It’s nice to see yet another character here in a situation where your choices matter, but now I feel we’re getting into spoiler territory. This is the 3rd year we’ve seen Detroit – please just give us a date.

The trailer introduces us Marcus, played by Jesse Williams of Grey’s Anatomy fame. Who helps or can hinder an android uprising.

During the coverage on the PlayStation booth at E3, we finally got some gameplay (shown below). If you’re a fan of Heavy Rain, have seen Humans or Ex Machina or have a general interest in AI and the singularity, I suggest you check it out.

I guess we’re just going to have to hold on just a little while longer… 🙈

Destiny 2

It looks like we’re getting some exclusive content for Destiny 2. A new Strike called Lake of Shadows, exotic weapon Borealis, new gear, and PvP map Retribution. Check out more below.

Spider-Man PS4 Gameplay Trailer

Uncle Ben would be proud.

To close out the show, we got our first look at gameplay from the upcoming PS4 exclusive from Insomniac Games. Oh my goodness, this is going to be incredible and hits you right in the feels.

Despite this being a vertical slice from the game, you can see how open and vast New York will be to traverse both inside and out. I’m in love with the Arkham-style combat and the many different tricks that Peter has up his sleeve. Plus it feels just like the old-school games we played on our PS1 and PS2.

It seems like PlayStation know they have an absolute gem on their hands and just like HZD, are treating this with the love and care that they give all their IPs. In short, I can’t wait.


Summary

All in all, a solid conference from PlayStation this year. Everything shown looked awesome and they definitely delivered in terms of content. Sadly, I don’t feel that there was a “Get Hype” moment this year, which seemed to be bucking a trend, but don’t give up hope yet…

According to an interview with Shuehei Yoshida, posted by Jagat Review. There may be a little something shown later in the year…

“There are things we have held [back], Yoshida said. “We chose not to show those at E3 2017, but there will be some more news coming out from our teams later this year. No question.” (Push Square)

 – James

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