Sony’s E3 2018 Presentation: Highlights and Impressions

E3 2018

Not going to lie, I actually enjoyed Microsoft’s press conference this year. For the last several years, Sony was wiping the floor with them, but this year they brought the heat. Granted, many of the titles they showed are also coming to PS4, but it was still a solid show.

Last night’s Sony E3 2018 conference was different than many others. It had multiple venues, an intermission, and only a handful of surprises. That’s not to say it was bad, it was just...different. Join us as we break down everything they covered!

All The Major Announcements and Highlights From Sony’s E3 2018 Presentation

They Opened With Music and The Last of Us Part II
The conference opened in a small venue with lights hanging from the ceiling. Certainly smaller than we’re used to, but it was beautiful if a little crowded. The composer of The Last of Us Part II, Gustavo Santaolalla, started playing the game’s theme on a six-string banjo.

It was beautiful and haunting, but it ran a little longer than it should have before they went into gameplay. The scene was a haunting mix between brutal stealth combat gameplay and a touching moment between Ellie and her girlfriend (Yes, Ellie is gay, they revealed that in the Left Behind DLC).

There’s no denying it was polished and a wonderful slice of the new title, but it ended without any mention of a release date. Bummer.

Ghost of Tsushima Gameplay Revealed
Coming up next was Ghost of Tsushima, after an odd and very long intermission as everyone moved to the other venue. The original venue was a replica of the scene with Ellie, so it was a nice touch, but perhaps a little unnecessary.

The next demo began with another musical number, this time it was a man playing the shakuhachi, which resembles a kind of bamboo flute. It was an incredible solo, but again, it kind of ran long before they got into the game.

The graphics on Sucker Punch’s new title were nothing short of breathtaking. The precise third-person combat also gave off plenty of Witcher impressions, along with the open world that it takes place in.

It looked very beautiful, and the gameplay looked solid, but I’m wondering how it will differentiate itself in a post-Nioh world. No release date on this one either.

Control is the new Title From Remedy
The developers of Alan Wake and Quantum Break revealed their new title, Control, in a brief teaser at the conference. This one has a similar visual style to their last title on Xbox One, but the main character seems to have some sort of telekinetic powers.

The Resident Evil 2 Remaster Was Unveiled
This one was a nice surprise, though we knew it was coming. The remake of Resident Evil 2 is coming on January 25th, 2019. It looks excellent, but the faces for both Leon and Claire are a bit off from what everyone was expecting.

Despite the odd faces, it’s nice to see a release date for this highly anticipated remake.

Kingdom Hearts III Appears Yet Again
Kingdom Hearts III has a release date in early 2019, and it’s been making the rounds at every press conference this year. At Sony’s event, we got a look at the Pirates of the Caribbean world, which is admittedly very beautiful and has a nice realistic art style that I enjoyed.

I want to play Kingdom Hearts III, but I still need to catch up with the spin-offs, and that’s a tall order for a gamer with very little free time.

Death Stranding Gameplay
We finally saw Death Stranding gameplay in action this year, along with a glimpse at the enemies in the game, which are sufficiently terrifying. The game is still weird and right in line with Kojima’s style, but I’m liking it more every time I see it.

Was really hoping for a release date on this one, but sadly we got nothing.

Nioh 2 Announced
Samurai games were all over the place this year. Between From Software’s new title, to Ghosts of Tsushima, and now Nioh 2!

Spider-Man is Looking Awesome, is it September Yet?
The new Spider-Man game has a lot of talent behind it from the developers at Insomniac, and with it being a PS4 exclusive, I think we’ll finally get the top-tier Spider-Man game we’ve all been wanting since Spider-Man 2 on the PS2.

From Software is Making a PSVR Game
Right at the tail-end of the conference, a new PSVR game was announced from the makers of Dark Souls and Bloodborne. It’s not like anything they’ve done before. Entitled Déraciné, it’s a game where you play as a spirit trying to communicate with the living.

From Software are masters of lore, so I will be interested to see if that translates to the story of this VR title. I wonder if it will be extremely difficult too?

Honorable Mentions

There were a few other quick announcements during the press conference, so here’s a breakdown of the things you may have missed:

  • They showed a short trailer for Destiny 2: Forsaken where it looks like Cayde-6 might be dead?
  • If you pre-order Black Ops 4, you’ll get some free maps in Black Ops 3. They also made Black Ops 3 free for PS+ subscribers as a surprise
  • Trover Saves the Universe from Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland was announced. It’s a platformer for PS4 and PSVR

And that’s it! It seems like Sony really is winding down on this generation. We pretty much saw exactly what they said we would see, but the lack of release dates was a bit frustrating. Is everyone really that scared of Red Dead Redemption 2?

Let us know how you liked the press conference this year in the comments!

Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 6/12/18


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