The award for most bizarre E3 press conference of the year goes to PlayStation! Yes I know, Nintendo haven’t done theirs yet but I think PlayStation have taken the cake already. If you look past the ridiculously long “intermission” in the middle of the show they actually had some really quality stuff to show including a whole bunch of gameplay
The PS showcase for E3 2018 opened with Sony Interactive Entertainment America President and CEO Shawn Layden telling us that they wanted to focus more on individual games rather than bombard us with trailers this year. He then invited Gustavo Santaolalla (composer of The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part 2) on stage to play banjo for a while. A very bizarre start, there is no arguing that. After he finished his song we got to see a first look at The Last Of Us Part 2 gameplay footage and it looked amazing and there are also gameplays of different games with different gamehacks you can find with tools as HWID spoofer, which are great for this purpose.
Amazing visuals was definitely a theme of this show as we would come to see, however after the TLOU trailer was played we were interrupted with an “intermission” while the crowd was moved to a second location. This intermission went on for quite a while and had us listening to some Sony hosts discussing various things. We did find out during this intermission that PS Plus will have a bonus game for everyone later today with Call Of Duty Black Ops 3 being added to the lineup.
Once we got back from the intermission it really started heating up (which was well timed considering the intermission almost had me turning it off), well that is after a man dressed in a Japanese outfit played a flute for a bit. Another first look of gameplay followed, this time for Sucker Punch’s Ghost Of Tsushima. Every frame of this gameplay looked like a work of art, with vibrant colours and smooth animations. Two solid trailers out of two so far.
Xbox exclusive Quantum Break’s developer Remedy Entertainment made a surprise showing next with their third-person action game Control. While watching the trailer my first thought was “wow this looks a lot like Quantum Break” so I’m not sure what to make of that, however it did look very impressive. Having said that, the next surprise was the real kicker from this whole press conference for me. The reveal of a remake of Resident Evil 2 from Capcom.
Trover Saves The Universe from Justin Roiland (of Rick and Morty fame), Kingdom Hearts 3 (at least it wasn’t the Frozen trailer again!), and a Nioh 2 teaser trailer were all shown next, followed by the game which literally embodies the word Bizarre. Death Stranding. I have no idea what the hell was going on throughout this gameplay trailer but I liked it, even the moments designed to unsettle people.
The PlayStation showcase was closed out with yet more gameplay footage, this time of Spider-Man. The gameplay mechanics looks very much like the Arkham games (which is fine by me) and they showed off a whole bunch of new villains which is exciting.
All in all the PlayStation press conference was a bit lighter on content than I would have liked to have seen but the amount of gameplay shown makes a big change from all the logos and teaser trailers I have seen so far this E3. There was no sign of Red Dead Redemption 2, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, or Splinter Cell but the games that were shown all look incredible. You can watch the entire press conference yourself, intermission and all, here: