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E3 2018: Sony Conference Empowers The Last of Us Part II, Spider-Man, Nioh 2
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E3 2018: Sony Conference Empowers The Last of Us Part II, Spider-Man, Nioh 2

Sony plays it relatively safe with plenty of console exclusives that should make PlayStations everywhere happy.

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Sony comes into this year’s E3 extravaganza as not just the biggest player in the world of console gaming (pun most certainly intended), but also facing real competition not just Microsoft, but a resurgent Nintendo for both attention and gaming dollars from the hardcore sector. When you’re in front there’s only one direction for you to go – and they certainly don’t want that.

That said, much like their fierce competitor Microsoft, Sony’s conference put the focus squarely, solely, and almost exclusively on the very thing that mattered: the games. If you’ve already upgraded your slower, noisy PlayStation 4 to the more powerful, still noisy PlayStation 4 Pro get ready to keep it well fed.

What They Showed:

It wouldn’t be a Sony show without them getting into The Last of Us Part II, which looks to be a lot more darker and violent than the original (if that’s even possible). This time Joel takes a back seat as an older, wiser Ellie is in the lead, along with a newfound girlfriend in tow. As with the first installment, you’ll come across new allies and deadly new enemies which will shape Joel and Ellie’s journey for better and most definitely for worse from what we’ve seen in the footage that was shown.

Insomniac’s Spider-Man is looking more amazing than ever, thanks to finally getting to check out some of the actual gameplay footage along with getting a glimpse of what the story entails. It looks like some of Spidey’s most fearsome foes such as Rhino, Scorpion, Vulture, Electro, and along with some mystery ones have banded together to take old webhead out of the picture once and for all. While this game looks a lot like Rocksteady’s recent Batman titles, this one looks to raise the bar with fast-paced combat and action sequences that are just as fun and frantic as Spider-Man’s quips.

Nioh 2 didn’t show us that much, but seeing as the first game was a solid hit, we all knew a sequel wasn’t far behind. Team Ninja is looking to outdo themselves with this one, and judging by the character pulling demon horns out of their head, they’re off to a scary good start. Can’t wait!

One of the most intriguing games at Sony showed was Ghost of Tsushima from developer Sucker Punch (Infamous, Sly Cooper). Coming off as a sort of The Witcher meets Way of the Samurai, it looks to be an open-world adventure where you play as one of the last samurai named Jin Sakai during the war against the Mongols. In the footage shown, he’s able to ride his trusty horse through gorgeous looking landscapes while on a mission to rescue a monk from the Mongol invaders. The gameplay looks awesome, and we can’t wait to cut our swords into this one.

If you love Rick and Morty, you’ll be happy to know co-creator Justin Roiland is heading a wacky for the PlayStation 4 and PSVR called Trover Saves the Universe. As with Rick and Morty, this title looks to have all sorts of insane but hilarious situations you’ll find yourself in, and is a welcomed addition to the PS4 and PSVR family.

SIE Bend Studio’s Days Gone didn’t get too much attention outside of a new trailer and a demo to check out at the show, but it’s not too surprising as the zombie adventure is slated to hit in February 2019. It looks good and you know we’ll be covering it when it rides into town early next year.

One of the weirdest presentations by far was Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding. Featuring Norman Reedus as the main character, along with Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, and Lindsay Wagner from the classic 70’s series The Bionic Woman (wow, where has she been?). This strange but gorgeous looking title seems to follow Norman’s character named Sam that’s a hiker delivery guy of sorts where babies are used as a power source (ala The Matrix) to hide from invisible monsters that leave hand prints instead of footprints. Told ya it’s weird, but we’ll delve deeper into the madness once it’s released.

From the creators of Quantum Break and Alan Wake, we have a game called Control that places you in control (pun intended) of a young woman named Jesse who has cool supernatural powers. As with Quantum Break, you’ll get to pick and choose how you use these abilities along with having a transforming gun this time around as you make your way through “the Oldest House” that seems to be some sort of always shifting prison.

From Software already has Dark Souls fans excited with their upcoming Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, but now they’re headed into the realm of virtual reality with Déraciné. According to their site, you play as a spirit that’s summoned by a young girl in a secluded boarding school, and it’s up to you to prove the spirit is real by forming bonds with the students there by cleverly interacting with them. Sounds like a surreal but fun time when it haunts PSVR later this year.

In Conclusion:

So while Sony may have played things relatively safe at their marquee conference this year, it’s clear that anxious PlayStation fans have plenty to look forward to in the coming months – if not years. Let’s not forget that just because a game is announced doesn’t mean it’ll be available anytime soon. As we’ve seen already from Microsoft’s similar game-packed showcase, these two gaming giants won’t be able to rely on the promise of 4K/HDR upgrades alone anymore; with the PlayStation 4 – and PS4 Pro – well into their life-cycles it’s time to put those pixels and polygons to good use. We’ll have to see if that happens.

About the Author: Chris Mitchell