In the lead up to E3 this year, Sony announced that they were going to focus on four games. Those were The Last of Us Part 2, Ghost Of Tsushima, Death Stranding, and Spider-Man. This led to people freaking out about how there would be no big reveals. Of course this wasn’t true, but this led to a pretty weird show.
They started off with The Last of Us Part 2, showing some sort of party scene in a church. I know this is going to sound crazy, but I’ve never played the first game, so some of the details here might be a little hazy. Anyway, Ellie ends up dancing with some girl and they kiss, and then suddenly we’re in an action scene where Ellie has to fight off a whole bunch of people. It was cool and violent, but I don’t have a ton to say. If there was anything huge here that fans of the first game would catch, it would have gone over my head. I’m giving myself until this game comes out to play through the first one, but of course no release date was given so I’m not sure how long I have.
Next up was Ghost of Tsushima, a game that we really didn’t know much about going in. It was revealed back at the Game Awards, and we knew it was an open world samurai game made by Sucker Punch. And yeah, that’s what it is, but it also looks gorgeous. In the demonstration, we see the main character ride a horse through some fields and get into sword fights. Everything is super sharp and runs smoothly. I was mildly interested before, but now this game is very much on my radar.
As a huge Metal Gear fan, the game I was really waiting for was Death Stranding. After multiple years and trailers, we still had no idea what this game was, other than the fact that it was made by Hideo Kojima and had some famous actors in it. Well, now we’ve seen gameplay, and I still don’t know what it is. It kind of just looks like the main character, Sam, is delivering things while walking all over the place, while at the same time trying to avoid invisible monsters. He also has a baby in a jar attached to his stomach. Yeah, I have no idea, but I can’t wait to play it for myself.
And finally, Spider-Man was shown off one last time before it gets released later this year. The game looks incredibly polished. Combat and webslinging is fast and fluid. I said this last year, but it looks a lot like the Batman Arkham games. And that’s fine, I love that Spider-Man is getting that treatment. It’s also great to see characters that are well known outside of the comics, like Yuri Watanabe and Mr. Negative show up. This game was already a must buy for me, but now I’m even more excited.
What made this press conference so weird is that in-between showing these four games, they would sometimes cut to a desk with some Sony employees pretending that they were seeing these reveals for the first time too. It came off as really disingenuous and unnecessary. But during these times, they did reveal some more games, and a couple of them really stood out.
Most importantly, at least in my opinion, the Resident Evil 2 remake that was announced to be in development years ago was finally revealed. Unlike the remake of the first game, this one has ditched the static camera angles of the early games and instead is using a over-the-shoulder view, similar to Resident Evil 4. As much as I like the early games, I think this is a great idea, as 4 brought on a ton of new fans that might struggle with the old style, but would still really like to see the first story to feature Leon. Also, we got a release date! It’ll be out in January.
The second game that I thought looked cool was Control. It’s hard to tell exactly what was going on in the trailer, but you play as a woman who I guess has some kind of powers. We see her flying and warping around. It shows combat, which seems to be basically a cover shooter with special powers. What made this interesting though was when they revealed it was made by Remedy. Seeing a Remedy game at the Sony show was as surprising to me as seeing Devil May Cry 5 at the Microsoft one a couple of days ago.
Overall, this was a good show. The format was weird, and I hope they go back to something more traditional next year, but the content was there. Maybe next year we’ll get even more confused by Death Stranding.
Once again, it’s time to go over how I did on predictions. We did get a gameplay reveal for Death Stranding, so that’s one right. No sequel to Horizon though, and no PaRappa The Rapper 3. That brings my current total to 3/18.