E3: Sony brings all the game trailers to the show, six titles for VR
Sony focused solely on the games and game trailers for the PlayStation console and also offered several titles for the PlayStation VR during their E3 presentation for 2017.
Some things felt new and fresh while remaining familiar, which seemed to be a theme throughout the show. Some of the really new items were located in the PSVR offerings.
When Nathan Drake ended his run, we all believed the “Uncharted” franchise had run its course. Boy, we were wrong, and we’ll be glad for it. “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy” casts Chloe Frazer as the protagonist in her search for a lost artifact known as Ganesh’s Tusk.
She and Nadine Ross will fight enemies and each other to get the tusk, traveling to new lands in India and solving archeological puzzles. Who can you trust and who will have your back?
Oh, and a warmonger named Asav also wants the tusk. Sounds like a typical night out for Chloe. The game will be out on Aug. 22.
For some players who were wondering what they would do with Aloy, a new expansion appears in the future. “Horizon Zero Dawn Frozen Wilds” takes our heroine in search of a new threat in a smoking mountain.
Is it a new force to warp the minds of the mechanical animals? Or is it something more dire? We’ll all find out when the expansion is released in 2017.
“Days Gone” was shown at last year’s E3 event, but this year, we got to see how the zombie hordes can be used to your advantage. Creating noise attracts the zombies, so getting a bad guy caught in a bear trap creates a lot of noise.
But the real winner of the trailer was at the very end when a zombie bear entered the scene, decked out with various bits of wood, metal and other material. As an animal lover, I don’t normally say this, but shoot the bear.
“Monster Hunter: World” featured a hunter with a very large sword travel through numerous environments before finding his quarry. The roles quickly reversed as the monster pursued him back through caves and a jungle before running into another monster, who quickly faced off against the first.
With flexible online multiplayer options and an accessible quest structure, players can tackle challenges alone or join up to three other hunters online for cooperative play. For the first time in the “Monster Hunter” series, players from Japan and the west can play together online, providing an expanded base of cooperative hunting companions.
The game will be released in early 2018.
When the main screen lit up with giant monsters, a roar rose from the crowd. “Shadow of the Colossus” has been a fan favorite since its launch in 2005. But it wasn’t a sequel that was being announced.
Sony is remastering the classic in high-definition and it will arrive in 2018.
It is now six crossover games for Marvel and Capcom with a new trailer for “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” featuring the upcoming story mode involving the Infinity Stones. The heroes must make a deal with Thanos to gain his help against Ultron Sigma, a threat to both worlds.
It isn’t a gaming presentation without a war game. “Call of Duty WWII” takes the franchise back to World War II. The trailer focused on the Allied side of the action and featured various weapons and vehicles to knock out the Nazi forces.
Sony then turned its focus to the virtual realm, featuring six titles for the PSVR. “Skyrim” was the first one to be announced, bringing the “Fus Ro Rah” to the VR world. “Star Child” appeared to be a 2-D platformer for virtual reality, which seems to be an odd mix.
“The Inpatient” will put the player inside a virtual reality asylum, presumably to get out before the terrors within prevent you from leaving forever. Don’t trust the doctor.
“Monsters of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV” was a very short trailer about fishing in VR, which quickly became monstrous. “Bravo Team” for the PSVR was also short on details, featuring a group of soldiers fighting in a city environment.
The real winner of the VR six pack was a small mouse named Quill. She will take players on an adventure through beautifully designed environments. But beware, dangers lurk in the shadows.
Kratos and his son are also back for another E3 as we discover the former God of War has yet again attracted the attention of the gods but these are Norse gods who do not appreciate his presence in their realm.
Using a magical axe instead of his traditional blades and chain, Kratos is still a killing machine. However, he is also a father and must teach his son the life lessons he’ll need to survive.
The best part of the trailer was the World Serpent, Jörmungandr, who, according to Norse legend, surrounds the Earth and grabs his own tail. In an amazing scene, the World Serpent offers his help to Kratos, but to what end?
The game is expected to release in early 2018.
“Detroit: Become Human” was also previously seen in E3 2016 and is set in a future city where humans and androids live in less than peaceful harmony.
The androids trying to break free from oppression, but do they use violence or pacifism? It is your call, your decisions, and your consequences.
“Destiny 2” made an appearance during the show, offering a little more backstory about the main foe and why he wants to gather the Light for himself. The game will release on Sept. 6 for consoles with an open beta starting on July 21. PC players will have to wait a bit longer for both.
There will be timed exclusives, including a multiplayer map, Strike, ship, specialized gear and an exotic weapon. The last safe city on Earth has fallen and lay in ruins, occupied by a powerful new enemy Dominus Ghaul and his elite army, the Red Legion. Players must master new abilities and weapons to reunite the city’s forces, stand together and fight back to reclaim their home.
The final game was a web-spinning, high flying, fast swinging adventure starring your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. “Spider-Man” is set in New York City and features some iconic figures from the comic book franchise.
While the game was announced in 2016, the 2017 trailer shown gave everyone a good look at how combat and movement will be handled in the game. And yes, Spidey does have his quips.
The action is fluid and fast. There are quick time events for some things that occur outside the fighting.
But who is that hero under the mask? The “post-credit” shot from the Sony event was of Miles Morales, and not Peter Parker, taking a picture of the last scene from the trailer.