Everything You Need To Know About The Playstation Experience Conference
Playstation are the frontrunners in the current generation, if you’re only looking at console sales. However, after their fantastic start, they’ve kind of slowed down a little with a very small amount of first party games coming up while the Xbox One is constantly throwing out a slew of exclusive first party games. However, the PS4 is still a great place to play and Sony have made sure to give us some solid experiences, even if they aren’t the first party games we’re expecting.
The Playstation Experience is Sony’s annual conference that gives us a look at what is happening on the console as well as Sony’s opportunity to announce some new games and hardware. This year’s conference was filled with game announcements and trailers for already existing games that are coming out soon as well as a couple of surprises. They also focused heavily on Playstation VR, showing off a slew of games for the hardware.
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The full conference is above, but here’s an abridged version for those without the time to watch a 2-hour conference.
Sony started off strong with their flagship exclusive, Uncharted 4. We get to some more about the story that involves Nathan Drake’s brother. Included is also the showcase of the new feature where you can make dialogue choices. The game is looking stunning and will probably be a hit next year.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
When Sony announced the remake for FF VII this year at E3, the internet was set on fire. While only a teaser trailer, it brought grown men to tears with its promise of being a full re-imagining of the all-time classic game. With this new trailer, we see some actual gameplay and shows us how different the game will be from the original. The most apparent difference is the combat system that has shifted from turn-based to real-time, effectively making the game an action RPG much like Final Fantasy XV.
Battleborn from Gearbox Studios made an appearance with the promise of a PS4 exclusive character called Toby which is a penguin in a mech suit. Sure.
Street Fighter V
Street Fighter V received its last character reveal in the form of F.A.N.G. They also announced that six characters namely Alex, Guile, Balrog, Ibuki, Juri and Urien will come along the course of next year.
Masters of the inappropriate, Adult Swim, came out with a whole bunch of games that they plan to release. They are Death’s Gambit, Duck Game, Rain World, Ray’s the Dead, Small Radios, Big Televisions and Headlander by Double Fine.
Double Fine came out with some nostalgia as well as a new game. They showed The Day of the Tentacle remastered which we have known about for a while. They also showed Psychonauts: In the Rhombus of Ruin which is an exclusive game for the Playstation VR.
The delightfully camp and cheesy Yakuza series is getting a new installment in the form of Yakuza 0. It received a delightfully cheesy and camp trailer as well. Do note that the game only states it’s coming out in North America, but we’ll have more information on that soon, hopefully.
The King of Fighters XIV
KOF is a longstanding fighting game staple and one of the most fan beloved fighting games out there. It features a massive roster and a lot of Japanese influences. The newest installment King of Fighters XIV is coming to PS4.
Team Ninja, best known for their Ninja Gaiden games, unveiled a brand new IP called Nioh which looks to be another action slasher from the studio that has done it best. The trailer features gameplay where we some hacking and slashing and gorgeous environments.
Brutal is a dungeon crawling action game that features an art style that is entirely composed of animated ASCII characters. Much like the classic Rogue from the earliest part of gaming, but on a much larger scale and with 3D graphics.
Ratchet and Clank
Ratchet and Clank have been one of Playstation’s most beloved franchises, with its adorable characters and smooth platforming. The new-generation version of the game for the PS4 received quite a lengthy stage demo showing off some of the gameplay and a bit of the story.
Playstation VR received a massive showcase with a bunch of games that work with Playstation’s new virtual reality headset. The games range form the seizure inducing Rez Infinite and the strangely intriguing Golem to the zany antics of Job Simulator and 100ft Robot Golf. It’s clear Sony wanted to show what’s on offer for its new virtual reality hardware, but one can’t help but wonder that these games they showed felt a bit like demos than fully fledged games. They’re going to have to be a lot more convincing to make people spend a ton of cash on a new peripheral.
Ace Combat 7
Ace Combat is one of the frontrunners in the arcade jet fighting genre which holds much esteem in the eyes of hardcore fans. Ace Combat 7 is coming to PS4 and they claim that there will be VR support for the game which makes complete sense.
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
In one of the more surprising and exciting announcements to come out of the conference, Ni No Kuni gets a sequel in the form of Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom. Ni No Kuni was one of Sony’s premier JRPGs on the PS3 that came out in the West and thanks to its beautiful artsyle, fantastic story and great characters, it was revered by many. The trailer shows us a new story about a boy king that goes through some disasters and has to become a hero. The art style still remains beautiful, but we have not seen any gameplay just yet.
Paragon is a MOBA by Epic Games that promises to deliver third person action in a MOBA arena, kind of like how Smite does it. It is entirely made in Unreal Engine 4 and is expected to release in 2016.
Overall, Sony had quite a decent showing at this year’s Playstation Experience. There were some slow parts in the conference, but when is there not right? While there were a lot of games shown, there weren’t any first party new IPs shown at all and some games were absent from the conference. However, some gameplay for the FF VII Remake, some more about Uncharted 4 and Ni No Kuni 2 still show fantastic offerings by Sony. Their massive splurge of games for the Playstation VR might have been too much and slightly underwhelming, but it’s good to know that the hardware is progressing.
What did you think of the conference and the games that were shown off?