You have to hand it to the leadership at Sony. When they set out to make an impact, they really deliver in a big way. Their huge celebration held in sunny Las Vegas over the weekend was part E3, but also provided an opportunity to showcase the success their uber-successful next-gen system has enjoyed since its launch one year ago. Frankly, who can blame them? But among the sea of playable demos and announcements, what cream inevitably rose to the top in the headlines come Monday morning? Let’s take a look!
Monster Huntin’ with The Order: 1886.
One upcoming title that refuses to be overlooked is The Order: 1886. The new gameplay trailer has many folks murmuring around the old interwebs, as it definitely lands on several “most anticipated” lists. Set in 1886 (how’d you guess?), the game takes place in an alternate reality London where the Industrial Revolution took place decades earlier. As a result, advanced technology plays a big role in your quest to hunt down the half-human, half-animal creatures the world has been warring against since the days of King Arthur. I’m keeping a close eye on this one for sure!
Uncharted 4 Is off the Charts…
Ask and ye shall receive. If you remember, I broke down just a few of the things I was hoping to see come out of Sony’s big blowout at the Venetian Hotel & Casino, with legit in-game footage of Thief’s End being right at the top of my list. Naughty Dog did not disappoint, as everything looks to be coming along nicely so far. Due to this likely being the swan song to the series, let’s hope things continue down the path they’re on. Leaping from cliff face to clip face like a spider monkey seems like all kinds of fun!
Drawn to Death Is Deathly Cool!
One quirky piece of gameplay footage has been getting a lot of attention, and rightfully so, as it looks nothing like anything we saw at PSX on Saturday or Sunday. This 4 v. 4 arena shooter is a throwback to the old school days of Quake and Unreal Tournament, with all the action taking place in a high school kid’s notebook. You’ll see tons of adolescent, hormone-filled influences come about as a result (with four-letter tirades, blood, gore and a flaming dodge ball that causes your opponent to explode). Certainly a fun, twisted idea from the folks behind Twisted Metal.
Street Fighter V Flips a big Middle Finger to Microsoft.
We received our first peek at the latest entry in the Street Fighter franchise ahead of the event last week, which many believe will usher in the next evolution in the competitive tournament circuit. While nothing in the trailer came as any real surprise (it’s looking quite similar to the engine found in Ultra Street Fighter IV), the announcement that followed did come as a bit of a shock. It turns out Sony has struck a deal with Capcom to bring Street Fighter V exclusively to the PS4 and PC. You have to see this as a substantial win for Team PlayStation, one that leaves Microsoft’s Xbox One out in the cold when it comes to the fighting game genre.
Of course there were other titles not listed here that ginned plenty of buzz in their own rights. Killing Floor 2, No Man’s Sky and a remastered Grim Fandango deserve honorable mentions. However, I’d say the biggest take-away from the PlayStation Experience is this: Sony has built the biggest, baddest iteration of its platform ever! If 2014 has been any indication of its dominance, Sony looks to reign as the game industry’s king of the hill for the foreseeable future.
Naturally it’s only a matter of time before we hear about the all-new Xbox Experience, rolling into a conference center near you. Oh it’s comin’ all right. It’s comin’.