Sony’s PlayStation Experience Conference

So this weekend we had Sony‘s PlayStation experience. Let’s get straight into the conference…

Sony kicked off the conference with their biggest title: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The trailer starts off with the strange sight of Nathan Drake being a paper pusher before brother Sam turns up and tell Nathan of the trouble he is in. What the exact trouble is we don’t know, but this is likely to be the reason behind Nate’s final adventure. We also see dialogue choices for the first time in the series. It is interesting to see Naughty Dog implementing this into Uncharted for the first time, and I wonder to see what, if any, effect they have on the main story.

Next up we saw the first gameplay trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake. The trailer appears to indicate a more action heavy combat system than what the original game initially gave us. It will be interesting to see how the fans of the series react to this. If you are worried about the changes that are being made, or just don’t want to wait, it was also announced that the port of the original Final Fantasy VII is available now on the PS4.

Continuing the trend of big titles, next we had the news that PlayStation will be the official partner for the brand new Call Of Duty World League. The competitive multiplayer aspect of Activision‘s popular shooter has a substantial following, but it is not that surprising that PlayStation landed this deal considering their recent partnership with Activision. You can check out the trailer below:

More PlayStation exclusive content followed as Gearbox‘s CEO Randy Pitchford took to the stage to introduce a PS4 exclusive character for their upcoming shooter, Battleborn. Toby is a penguin driving a mech suit, and if that description isn’t enough to excite you then I don’t know what else I can say. How about you just check out the video for yourself:

Closing out the AAA title for the time being was Capcom‘s Street Fighter V. The 2016 fighting title was last seen at Paris Games Week, where we discovered the penultimate main roster character. At PSX we discovered that FANG would be the final character to make the main launch roster. He got his very own reveal trailer, which you can enjoy below.

Next up was a selection of indie games, including six games from Adult Swim. Death’s Gambit, Ray’s The Dead, Rain World, Small Radios Big Televisions, and Headlander are the titles that were shown by the Cable company. My personal pick would have to be Death’s Gambit, the art style looks really cool and it is definitely one that will be added to my “watch list” for 2016.

Tim Schafer then came on stage to present a couple of remastered games. First up is Day Of The Tentacle Remastered, a remake of the classic 1993 point and click adventure title. Considering this title is now almost 23 years old, I think it safe to say that it’s reasonable to bring this title back. A lot of gamers, myself included, who have not before experienced this game.

Following remasters and indies, was the news that a new Yakuza title will be coming to PS4. We already have Yakuza 5 coming to PS3 tomorrow, but those who are looking for a new generation experience will have Yakuza Zero to look forward to in 2016. The trailer, which can be seen below, gives us a glimpse at the gameplay in the the Japanese brawler. I haven’t played a Yakuza game since the original on PS2. I do like what I have seen of Zero so far though.

We then got a new reveal from the guys over at Team Ninja. Titled Nioh, the gameplay trailer give us a look at what the former Ninja Gaiden developers have been up to. Nioh was originally revealed over a decade ago for the PS3 under a different title. I will have to say that I was really impressed by this trailer, I definitely got a Ninja Gaiden vibe from it — hopefully it won’t be quite so hard though!

Next was probably the most well known new reveal of the show but will come as no surprise that Sony San Diego is bringing back their beloved MLB title again. MLB The Show 16 will be available in March next year and will look to continue to improve their annual baseball franchise. I personally don’t really understand baseball — then again I’m not American — but I hear fans say that the MLB games are very good.

Next was some for footage for the return of Ratchet & Clank. The mascot platformer is making its return in April next year in order to coincide with the release of the animated feature length film, and so far it is looking pretty damn good! The vivid colours of an Insomniac game are evident in this gameplay trailer, and the action and humour that we have grown to love over the years returns. It will be interesting to see if we is the start of something more in the mascot genre — after all we did have Shawn Layden tease earlier on with a Crash Bandicoot shirt.

The next part of the show had a heavy feature on PlayStation VR. The section kicked off with a tech demo which showed two players throwing tron-like discs at one another, before we dove into the variety of games on offer. They ranged from the spectacular looking Eagle Flight from Ubisoft, to the downright ridiculous 100ft Robot Golf — yes this was a real game. Eagle Flight was definitely the highlight for me, the prospect of soaring through the skies of Paris could be something special, if not a little nauseating in VR!

Talking of flight, as expected we got the official reveal of Ace Combat 7. I did briefly mention this recently, after a leak was revealed in the code of Ace Combat Infinity. The trailer hsows us pretty much what we would expect from an Ace Combat game — I wonder if these types of games can have a place in an industry where the consumers expects so much from their products. After all you can already fly planes in a variety of sandbox games now.

Just three more games to go now, and first up is Hob from Runic Games. Hob takes place in a beautiful yet mysterious world and players will be presented with a variety of puzzles in order to unlock the mystery to such a place. The trailer does look interesting, I really liked the art style and hopefully the game will be as good as it looks.

The penultimate game of the show was no doubt a fan-favourite for the Sony faithful! Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom has been confirmed as a PS4 exclusive. The RPG will again be developed by the team at Level 5 and will have high expectations after the critical acclaim that the original title received. I personally never had any interest in Ni No Kuni, but I’m glad there was something for the PlayStation fans to be truly happy about!

And the final game of this PSX conference was Paragon. Coming to the PS4 from developer Epic Games, this MOBA shooter is expected to be in early access as soon as Spring 2016. Personally I couldn’t really care less about MOBAs so this was an incredibly dissapointing climax to the show for me, but I understand the increasing popularity of the genre. It will be interesting to see how it fares on console.

So there you have it, this year’s PSX has come and gone and personally I found it a bit underwhelming. There are so many shows nowadays I guess it is impossible to have big reveals at event but we are still waiting to hear from so many first party studios. What are Sony Bend doing, how about Sony Santa Monica — other than collaborating on other titles — Sony London, and Sucker Punch? With Microsoft‘s lineup being stacked for 2016 Sony needs to answer these questions, and fast, or they may risk losing some of that lead they have built in the console race.

Until tomorrow,

Matt