Sony has jumped out to a large lead in the video game market in this generation but we are not that far in yet. Did Sony capitalize on last year’s success and lay out the ground work for continued dominance? Some exclusives games, some co-marketed games, and a little hardware showed up for Sony at E3.
Bungie’s Destiny is incoming. It is not a PS4 exclusive but it has already seen a PlayStation Alpha release and a Beta will be kicking off next month. On top of all that Sony will be releasing a new white PlayStation 4 that will come in a bundle with Destiny for $449.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1Rx-Bbht5E]
Uncharted is probably Sony’s biggest franchise and it’s no surprise that a new installment in the series was announced. We have not gotten an Uncharted game since 2011, so this 2015 release date has been long enough of a break for the series.
Little Big Planet 3[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymCDdrMKPrY]
I suppose if you are going to announce a game from your biggest franchise, you might as well push one out for your second biggest. Little Big Planet has been a fan favorite for some time and will likely be another great installment in the series that is a little more family friendly.
The Order: 1886[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqo86eogUdA]
The Order: 1886 is a PS4 exclusive that will put you in London in the 19th century. You play in 3rd person view as a member of a group that goes around killing bestial human monsters.
Bloodbourne is also a PlayStation 4 exclusive in which you play as a person who has come to a mythical town and will have to face people who have been turned into monsters. This game is directed by Demon Souls and Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Myazaki so expect some shared DNA between the 2 series. The trailer is creepy as all get out and has me pretty excited.
Let It Die[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0t3ajWCT8U]
In keeping with the previous games, Let It Die is a dark looking action game. This game will be free to play (who knows if it will be good or not) and will also feature some type of mobile app to go along with it.
Abzu was announced but will not be coming out until 2016.The art director for the game is Matt Nava who also worked on Flower and Journey. That alone should be enough to pique your interest, but if not check out the trailer. It is gorgeous.
No Man’s Sky[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLtmEjqzg7M]
No Man’s Sky is my best in show game for E3 2014. I am transfixed by the visuals of this game and I have already gushed in our E3 wrap up and on our podcast.
The PlayStation Vita did not get much announced that I found particularly engaging. Entwined, a new game from Sony and a remake of Grim Fandango, both of which will be playable on the PS4 too. Maybe some of the announced games are going to be good but it feels like the Vita is in the process of being relegated to being a cross play device primarily.
This is the hardware that I am inexplicably attracted to but apparently no one else is. It did not do well when it launched in Japan as the Vita TV and now it is coming to North America as PlayStation TV. It’s basically a Vita without the screen and input devices. It will let you connect a PS3 or PS4 controller and play games through PlayStation Now (their game streaming service) and cross play games from the PS4. I personally think that if they could get all of the major video services that you see on Apple TV, Roku, and the like that this is a compelling device. It is only $99 and could replace those types of devices. Want to play a game in a different room because someone else is hogging the TV? Boom, PS TV.
Sony announced some non video game media at this event as well. They will be launching a television show based on the comic book ‘Powers’ for PlayStation Plus subscribers and will also release a Ratchet and Clank movie. I want to be excited about Powers because I like series writer Brian Bendis but it’s hard to get overly excited about a show that failed to get picked up on multiple occasions. Hopefully, they have retooled and fixed whatever issues plagued it in the past.
Thanks for reading Part 3 of our E3 2014 in review series. If you missed them before you can mosey on back and check out our other E3 material including Parts 1 and 2 of E3 review covering Microsoft and Nintendo. You can also check out our overall E3 reactions that got opinions from most of our staff. If you want to watch the entire Sony press conference from E3 2014 and see the things that we did not cover check it out embedded video below.