Sony took it upon themselves to start their own video game event in December called Playstation Experience, an event open to the public that celebrates Playstation. They also had a keynote to kick off Playstation Experience which debuted new games, new content, and new footage of previously announced games today. I thought I would give you guys a general overview/review of the keynote and what was announced and worth looking out for from the conference!
Sony had no reservations: they opened up with Uncharted 4 gameplay. I’m sure most of you already saw the footage. It looks absolutely beautiful, is it mostly more of the same? Absolutely. Am I pretty much okay with that? Absolutely. They also added a rope mechanic, so who knows? We might get new innovations in this game and I will always have faith in Naughty Dog to provide more great, unique content. The gameplay also ended with a cutscene and we find out that…Drake has a brother? Yeah, you heard that correctly. It also appears that Troy Baker plays him, so it seems that Naughty Dog likes to grab some of the same talent, and I’m totally for that.
The keynote then goes to MLB The Show 15. I have no interest. You might. That’s cool. It’s another sports game.
A new title called Kill Strain is announced, it is a top down shooter that is free to play and will have a beta early next year. We have enough top down shooters so I’m not overly excited for this one.
New Bloodborne footage is shown of a dungeon and a boss battle and the games just continues to look really fantastic. I’m thoroughly excited for this game and it may be a day one purchase for me.
Adam Boyes takes the stage, head of publisher relations, and discusses the new Destiny expansion. It seems like this game will have endless coverage by Sony because it has exclusivity on Playstation platforms. I have yet to play Destiny so I can’t really comment on the DLC (though I plan to still).
Ultra Street Fighter IV was announced exclusively for the PS4. I found this announcement incredibly strange. Why bother to rerelease this old Street Fighter game when Street Fighter V is on the way? I mean I’m sure people will buy it so I guess I answered my own question.
Footage of a game called Killing Floor 2 was shown, it looks like a decent shooter, zombie survival-esque game but it’s same old, same old at this point.
Red Hook Studios announces Darkest Dungeon, a side-scrolling RPG for PS4 in 2015.
End Night Games announced The Forest for PS4 and this game immediately intrigued me. It appears to be a survival game of some sorts but the entire style of the game looks so interesting and truly frightening, at least the way the trailer was cut made it seem so. I will continue to follow this game for sure.
Geometry Wars 3 will be coming to the Vita in the spring.
Persona 5 will be a PS3 and PS4 exclusive. That is literally all they had to say about Persona 5.
Bastion will be coming to PS4 and Vita. I’m certainly interested in trying this game out because I hear nothing but good things.
Orcs Must Die: Unchained is coming to PS4. I’ve never played a title in this series, I’ve got nothing to say.
Peter Moore from EA comes on stage with a surprising announcement. Currently, three games are available as a free download on Playstation platforms: Need For Speed: Most Wanted on the Vita, Mirror’s Edge for PS3, and Planets Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare for PS4. These games are only available until Playstation Experience is over, so hurry up and go download them! I will gladly go try out Planets Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare because I’ve wanted to for quite some time.
Dungeon Defenders II is shown.
A barrage of indie game announcements comes forward: Skytorn on PS4, Severed, a new game from the developers of Gucacamelee!, Shovel Knight on PS4, PS3, and Vita (which I will gladly play), and Enter The Dungeon.
Batman Arkham Knight footage is shown with a guy who is way too excited about Batman Arkham Knight taking the stage. It is also announced that the PS4 will get exclusive content. Sony just seems to love to take all this exclusive content. (How much money are they paying for all of this?) Overall though, I found the Batman Arkham Knight footage surprisingly underwhelming. I guess I’m just ready for the game to come out and I’m sick and tired of seeing footage at this point.
Street Fighter V is announced (except everyone already knew about it the day before due to a leak) and is exclusive on the PS4 and PC with cross-platform play. I find it completely insane that Sony manage to get the exclusive rights to Street Fighter V. That is a huge blow to Microsoft, Street Fighter isn’t some small fry franchise, it’s one of the biggest around. I’m thoroughly impressed that Sony managed to get this. Regardless, I’m really excited to try out Street Fighter V whenever it comes out (and the footage looked pretty great).
Yakuza 5 is announced for PS3 for Summer 2015. Yakuza 4 and Yakuza Dead Souls are also now available digitally on PS3.
Suikdon I and Suikdon II are coming to the PS3 and Vita.
Towerfall Ascension and Towerfall Dark World are coming to the Vita.
Octodad is coming to the Vita (I never played the PS4 version and I’d rather play that one, to be honest).
Super Time Force Ultra is coming to PS4 and Vita in 2015 and Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, is in it! The game looks great but if I can play as Shuhei Yoshida that makes it game of the year material by default.
The Banner Saga will be coming to the Vita.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be coming to the Vita in the spring.
Gang Beasts will be coming to the PS4 and Vita.
Broken Age will be coming to the PS4 and Vita when Act 2 comes to the PC. I’m really excited to play this game; one because I think Elijah Wood is a great actor, and two because it’s Double Fine Game.
Grim Fandango Remastered will be coming to PS4 and Vita on January 27th and I will gladly buy this as well.
Day of the Tentacle Special Edition will be coming to PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, and Linux.
A new Fat Princess game is announced called Fat Princess Adventures. I absolutely loved the PS3 version of Fat Princess and I’m glad that this game is going to get another version on PS4; it’s such a fun little multiplayer game that doesn’t get enough credit.
A game is announced by Funomena, it involved exploding hats, I had no idea what the hell I was watching.
A new Giant Sparrow game, developers of The Unfinished Swan (a game you should absolutely play, it’s a really, really beautiful game) is announced called What Remains of Edith Finch. They didn’t show a whole lot but I’m pretty much interested by default because of how much I loved The Unfinished Swan.
More footage of The Order: 1886 is shown, a third person shooter developed by Ready At Dawn studios. I won’t lie, I just can’t be that excited for this game. People are excited for it but it just looks like a typical third person shooter that looks pretty to me. I don’t know, it could still be a really great game; I’ll still keep my eyes on it.
An extensive demo is shown off of Tearaway Unfolded, which I still don’t entirely get what this is. I think it’s supposed to be a remake/remake with more content than the original Tearaway on Vita. I haven’t played Tearaway, but it seems like the PS4 version is just going to be an improved version of it, so I guess everyone should just play this new one? I have no idea. The demo didn’t really convince to buy the game; I was like half-listening because I simply just wasn’t very interested in what they were showing me.
More footage of the absolutely not exciting Until Dawn is shown. And they even managed to use some of the same footage from The Game Awards last night! (You can read about my thoughts on The Game Awards here.) I have little to no interest in this game; it’s everything I don’t enjoy about games. It’s a game that is littered in button prompts and that’s the gameplay. Why would I want to play that? That isn’t even a video game anymore. It stars Hayden Panettiere, there’s that? Ya know, that one girl from that show Heroes…which was only good for a season…I’M REALLY SOLD ON THIS GAME SONY.
Square Enix takes the stage in which is literally the worst, most disgusting troll done by a video game company that I can remember in recent years. They show a long trailer for Final Fantasy VII. You know that game that a lot of people love (I don’t personally) and have been CLAMORING and WAITING for a real remake of for years on end. But guess what Square Enix gives you instead? The PC remastered version of the game that nobody really cares about! Coming to PS4 in spring 2015! Who’s excited? No one? Oh. I wonder why Square Enix. I sometimes think Square Enix is absolutely insane.
We then get a 20 years of Playstation tribute that is all done in-game on LittleBigPlanet 3, it was cool and all, but I mean…they were basically begging everyone to buy LittleBigPlanet 3 with this tribute. I just found it a little funny. It was a cool tribute though, I certainly recommend watching it.
More footage of No Man’s Sky is shown. I’m super excited for this game but even I’m a bit sick of seeing footage considering I JUST saw footage last night during the Game Awards livestream. I sort of just want to play the game now, especially because I still have no idea how in the hell this game can work. I have no clue, or if it will at all. It’s by far one of the most ambitious and interesting titles coming out next year.
David Jaffe comes onstage to announce his new game being made by his new studio (you can read more about that here). It is titled Drawn To Death and is very much a David Jaffe game: gorey, silly, over the top, and childish (in a good way). It is an arena shooter that takes place in the notebook of a teenager who draws all of these different creatures. The art style is absolutely incredibly and instantly reminded me of the Wii game, Madworld (a game you should really play, it’s a really underappreciated title). I’m sure this game will be a blast to play, but based on what David Jaffe said (it being in pre-Alpha), it sounds like we might not even be playing this next year. It might not be until 2016. Regardless, I’m pretty excited.
And that’s that. Playstation Experience was interesting and the keynote was pretty enjoyable to watch on the livestream (who am I kidding? I even like watching crappy video game conferences). I do hope that Sony keeps this as an annual thing to celebrate Playstation. I think it’s safe to say that Playstation is strong enough of an entity on its own after the extreme success of the Playstation 4, they can have their own conference on their own timeign.com and deservingly so. What did you think of the Playstation Experience keynote? Did you enjoy it? What was your favorite announcement? If you haven’t watched it and still want to, watch it below (I’ll link it once it’s available):
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