It’s the final day of our recaps and today we’re looking at Sony’s press conference and Nintendo’s “Treehouse” which was an event that spanned the whole week.
Sony kicked off their show with a trailer AND gameplay footage for God of War and Old Man Kratos teaching his perceived son how to hunt while being attacked by enemies. It seemed to be a trend of the week to bring back old characters who are now older and with beards. Next up the showed off Days Gone a game that looks oddly similar to The Last of Us but does not seem to share the same universe. The continued with an announcement that The Last Guardian will be released this fall on October 25th. The next game was a futuristic RPG called Horizon Zero Dawn. From the gameplay shown, it looks like you’re in a time where robots have taken over and you’re trying to bring back humanity with little technology at your disposal unless you hack into these robots, including robot cows. We’ll have to wait for a little more information on this game before giving it a true critique. Detroit was up next which is a futuristic crime game where you play an crime solving android, and your decisions will heavily influence the rest of the game. The trailer made it look like Heavy Rain in that each point of the game will have multiple paths to go down. The VR gimmick wasn’t ignored by Sony, as they announced a whole VR system coming out October 13th with a $399 price tag. The games announced are Resident Evil 7, Star Wars: X-Wing, Batman: Arkham VR, and Final Fantasy XV. Sony was the lucky winner in being able to show Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare along with a trailer for the remake of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The gameplay for Infinite Warfare was a space battle, that used many tools as you fight enemies outside the Earth’s atmosphere. Crash Bandicoot made a huge return at E3, with the announcement that Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, and 3 are all going to be remade from the ground up for the PS4. On top of that, Crash will be a new character in the Skylanders series. The next trailer show was for Lego Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which also came with a playable demo, available now, and a release date of two weeks. The surprises continued with Hideo Kojima coming on stage and announcing his PS4 exclusive Death Stranding which will star Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead. The last trailer shown was the announcement trailer of a brand new Spiderman game, exclusively for the PS4. The press conference ended with more gameplay of Days Gone showing the player trying to escape a horde of hundreds of zombies. I believe this was to show the power of the game, as there were no technical hiccups, but we’ll have to see if that’s how it works when the game comes out.
Nintendo’s idea this year to show off their games was a unique one. Instead of having a press conference for everyone to see the trailers and gameplay, they simply had short segments on a few games, then spent the rest of the time with gameplay of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The spent about 20 minutes talking about Pokemon Sun & Moon with the producer and director of the game, only showing minimal game play and making an effort to tell the viewer that there’s all these cool things, but we can’t talk about these cool things yet. The new Zelda game looks amazing. The gigantic open world feel of it just leave you in awe of everything you can do in this game. From the gameplay that I saw, it seems that everything can react with everything else, including setting it’s own world on fire with wind and a campfire. Unfortunately, Nintendo left little for the viewer at home, and gave a lot to the person who could make it to Los Angeles this week.
That’s everything that you need to know from the press conferences, make sure you check us out on Saturday as I’ll give my winners, losers, and what I’m most excited for after this week of E3!