Hey guys! I know I’ve done some fairly lengthy E3 reviews thus far,
so I’m actually going to keep my Sony review quite short so apparently this one will be, too. We’ll have a full summary up shortly if you are looking for that.
Sony E3 Press Conference – 9/10
If you can’t tell by my previous reviews, I haven’t been enjoying the E3 press conferences a ton. I was afraid I was just getting old and cynical, but then Sony gave me an hour straight of orchestral music and game trailers with no B.S. and now I’m like a kid in a
candy video game store, so excited for the upcoming releases.
I was only worried about two franchises from Sony this year – a new God of War that didn’t suck, and something new from Crash Bandicoot that wasn’t Skylanders. I got both!
Sony opened their conference with an amazing orchestral and choral soundtrack to the new God of War game and a gameplay demo. The game looks fantastic, a fresh take on the franchise, and the presentation was marvelous.
See, Sony didn’t need a fancy theater with lights and screens everywhere. They were fine with a classic stage and big, red curtain.
Then they proceeded to just give us back-to-back-to-back trailers and gameplay for lots of new games: an exclusive Spider-Man game from Insomniac, a release date for The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn gameplay, a new character for Detroit: Become Human, Days Gone, some trailers for Call of Duty, and more.
Then they announced that Playstation VR is launching this year for $399 with 50 games. Those games include brand new IPs and VR takes on games we love like Star Wars, Final Fantasy, and even a Batman Arkham VR game.
“It all comes together in the brilliance of gameplay.”
Just when I was already settled for this show being the best thus far, it seemed as if Sony had read my wishes from 6 months ago… The lights went dark, everything got silent and then suddenly the Crash Bandicoot soundtrack started playing as the presenter walked out to an entire Crash-themed stage – even with a projected Crash shadow in place of his own.
I’ve never been that excited in my life. I threw my pen and notebook and cranked up the volume. I was shaking. (Keep in mind I’m not prone to exaggerated reactions of any kind. The whole “reaction”/”reaction-cam” content has never been my thing.)
I had been afraid that they would only announce Crash for Skylanders and nothing more, but they first announced that they are remastering the original 3 Crash Bandicoot games for the PS4! …and he’ll be joining Skylanders Imaginators. Whoo.
There’s no release date, but I was as excited as it gets.
To make things even better, they revealed… Hideo Kojima, himself! “Hello, everyone. I’m back!”
Even though no one really expected to see anything from his spiritual follow-up to the Del Toro/Norman Reedus/P.T. game mess, Kojima debuted his new game “Death Stranding” with a full CGI naked Norman Reedus! It was pretty insane.
“This is one of the strongest lineups in Playstation history.”
There was a lot of talk of how Sony was in trouble since Xbox revealed two new consoles at their E3 conference and Sony already said they had no plans to reveal the Playstation 4.5K… Neo… whatever it will be… at their show. Sony didn’t need a new console. They showed us an hour straight of amazing games, and let us decide what we wanted.
(And personally, multiple new consoles to further divide the playerbase is not a good thing. But Sony is still releasing their new one in the future, so they’re taking part just as much, so I guess that’s not a fair complaint.)
I’ve been fairly disappointed in E3 shows in recent years. I was fairly tired and bored of each of the individual conferences the past couple days. So much talking with very unimpressive announcements.
But Sony kicked ass and got me excited for games in ways I haven’t been for a long time. That’s why I’m giving their E3 show a 9/10.