With Microsoft having a really strong showing with their E3 2018 conference, the ball was in Sony’s court as they needed to pull out all the stops. Sony did just that, announcing a mixture of new games and DLC as well as giving us a look at some of the most highly anticipated games of 2018/2019. There weren’t many surprises as most of the focus was placed on already announced games. However, we got to see more of games such as The Last of Us Part 2, Spider-Man and Days Gone.
Death Stranding – Still just as cryptic
We were all hoping to see or find out more about Hideo Kojima’s next big project, Death Stranding. And while we did get to see a new trailer that revealed more of the game’s narrative and even what appeared to be some gameplay, true to Kojima form, it all still remains very cryptic.
The trailer contains some very familiar faces as both Léa Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner make an appearance. What we do find out is that Norman Reedus’ protagonist, Sam, is tasked with delivering some sort of package (presumably the baby that has featured in many of the trailers before). We get to see some beautiful environments as Sam struggles to complete his task. There is also some sort of invisible creature stalking him, which means that there will be some sneaking involved.
It’s all very intriguing and we can’t wait to see more. Still no news on when Death Stranding will actually release though.
Control – Fighting the supernatural
During the Sony E3 conference, Remedy Entertainment, the team behind the Alan Wake and Quantum Break games, revealed their latest project, Control.
The gameplay shown is very reminiscent of Quantum Break, but whether these two games are related is yet to be seen. What we do know is that players will take on the role of Jesse Faden who works for the Bureau of Control. Their job is to fight against supernatural enemies. As seen in the trailer, Jesse has access to a shifting weapon that she will be able to upgrade during the game.
The game is expected to release some time in 2019.
Déraciné – Hauntingly strange
From the developers of Bloodborne and the Dark Souls series, From Software, comes a new PlayStation VR game called Déraciné.
Contrary to previous games from the developer, Déraciné seems to be less action focused and more cerebral. Players will take on the role of a spirit of a young girl who must prove her existence through clever interactions. By manipulating the force of life and time players will be able to change the fate of the pupils at the boarding house they are haunting.
It’s an interesting concept and one that seems like it’s a perfect fit for the PlayStation VR. The game is slated for a 2018 release.
The Last of Us Part 2 -Still just as brutal
Finally, we were treated to some Last of Us Part 2 gameplay during the Sony E3 conference.
We get to see Ellie in action as she proves that she has what it takes to survive in the brutal world of The Last of Us. Stealth and melee combat still seems to play a large role in the sequel with combat seeming to be a more refined version of what we had in the first game. The environments in the game are just as gorgeous as they were in the first game and seeing light peaking through the forest canopy almost makes one forget that this is a dangerous world.
The tense trailer ends as it started with Ellie dancing with a romantic interest. It’s another scene that makes us forget just how tough it can be surviving in The Last of Us universe.
Spider-Man – Meet the rogues
One of the games we are probably the most excited for is Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man game. Not only did the first trailer impress us with its combat and traversal mechanics but, more importantly, the web-slinging just looked fun.
Now, a new trailer shows off some more gameplay as old Spidey faces off against some of his deadliest foes including Electro and Rhino as he takes on wave after wave off escaped prisoners. It’s an action-packed affair that showcases the game’s combat mechanics. We are starting to believe that this could be the game helps Marvel enter the gaming big leagues. We can’t wait to web-sling through the streets of New York.
The game is set for release on the 7th of September 2018 exclusively for the PlayStation 4.
Ghosts of Tsushima – Vicious sword combat
We got to see some gameplay from Sucker Punch’s highly anticipated Ghosts of Tsushima.
Set in feudal Japan, during the Mongol invasion, we see a character travelling through the countryside on horseback. It’s quite peaceful, that is until our hero meets a band of sword-wielding enemies. Things then escalate into a flurry of well-timed counters and bloody sword strikes. Combat looks less like a button mashing affair and more like a calculated dance.
Players will also be working alongside companion NPC’s judging by the trailer. It’s a beautiful and bloody trailer and we can’t wait to hone our sword combat.
Nioh 2 – Just a tease
During the Sony’s E3 conference developer, Koei Tecmo announced that their action role-playing game Nioh would be getting a sequel simply titled Nioh 2.
The announcement was made via a short teaser trailer. Nothing more was said about the release. We guess we’ll have to wait a little longer before more is revealed.
Resident Evil 2 Remake – Leon and Claire are back
Sony showed off the first trailer for Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 2 during their E3 conference.
Players will return to Racoon City and it’s zombie-infested streets, but this time the game will move away from pre-rendered backdrops and moving on to fully 3D rendered ones.
Along with a trailer, Sony also revealed that the game would be releasing on the 25th of January 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Kingdom Hearts III – A pirate’s life for me
Jack Sparrow is heading to Kingdom Hearts III.
Just when you thought you’ve seen all you were going to see of Kingdom Hearts III, Sony revealed a new trailer featuring everyone’s favourite swashbuckling pirate Jack Sparrow.
Contrary to the other Disney worlds players will be visiting in the game, The Pirates of the Carribean world looks a lot more realistic and grittier.
We still can’t wait to finally get our hands on the game when it releases next year.