E3 is a wonderful time of year. We’re showered with information and sweet-talked by a number of multi-million dollar corporations all vying for our sweet money. This year was something special though, what with the official large-scale reveal of the two main next-gen consoles, the Xbox One and the PS4. We’ve already covered the Xbox One in detail here, but now it’s time to show the PlayStation some love.
The PS3 got off to a fairly rough start just after its release in 2007, but after an initial tough couple of years, people seemed to realise what they were missing out on and sales of the PS3 eventually caught up and, according to some figures, even bypassed those of the Xbox 360.
Now, after a phenomenal E3 event for the PS4 (no doubt helped along by the whole Xbox One debacle), it looks off to an extremely strong start to the next-generation. So what have Sony got in store for us this time?
The PS3 already has a solid selection of exclusive titles to pick from, so Sony has a certain number of AAA studios under its wing which have no doubt been nurtured incredibly well in preparation for the next-generation. The PS4 looks to deliver a broad spend of games, ranging from your standard shooter fare, all the way to beautifully abstract indie titles.
Killzone: Shadow Fall was already shown pre-E3 this year, and amazed people with its in-game footage showing a Helghast terrorist attack on a peaceful ISA city. Guerrilla Games have a certain pedigree of AAA titles under their belt by now – all within the Killzone series – and with the step-up in graphical fidelity and the scale that is now achievable with advanced hardware, Shadow Fall looks to be shaping up quite nicely, as well as being a launch title.
The Order: 1886 came out of nowhere at E3, a steampunk-styled (though, according to creators Ready at Dawn, this isn’t their intention), alternate universe action game, which involves an ancient battle between humans and their markedly inhuman foes. Maybe it’s due to the awesome combination of horse-drawn carriages and super-advanced weaponry, or maybe just the fact that Victorian-era London seems a cool place for a game like this, but either way I’m extremely intrigued to see what becomes of this.
Knack may look like a child’s game at first glance, but once you manage to look past the colourful graphics and cutesy-looking characters, there appears to be much more going on. The general jist of it is that Knack, the titular hero of the game, is a mysterious little fella who can attract matter from objects around him, and hereby grow himself to huge proportions. Smashing up items in the environment essentially allows you to grow, and being hit by enemies shrinks you down a little. Played from a third-person perspective, this looks to be a title more than up to the task of stepping up alongside similar games such as Ratchet and Clank and Jak and Daxter.
Driveclub comes at a time when PlayStation owners hear that the next instalment in their beloved Gran Turismo series – in this case, Gran Turismo 6 - won’t be coming to PS4. On the other hand though, this means that Driveclub has a huge void to fill, and so far, it’s looking good. Promising massive social integration, such as allowing players to set up their own challenges and then challenge their friends, stats for nigh-on every imaginable detail a car may present you with, and swishy graphics to round it all off, GT may have a contender on their hands. Though don’t be fooled, while aiming more towards realism than an arcade feel – this isn’t a simulator. It’s also been announced that PS Plus members will receive Driveclub free of charge, which should help boost the numbers from day 1.
Infamous: Second Son is based 7 years after Infamous 2, and has you play as Delsin Rowe, yet another “conduit” who has free-roaming access around the town of Seattle. With beefed up abilities, a brand new destruction system, and the best graphics in the series yet, Second Son seems like a sure-fire hit.
These are just a few of the exclusive IPs which have been revealed so far, and in due time there will surely be many more, with Sony boasting they have 140 titles in development – 100 of which are to be released in the first 12 months and 40 of these being exclusive.
Sony have also made it very obvious that they want to be seen as the publisher of choice for indie titles in the next generation. Fostering several indie studios has led to titles such as Transistor, Outlast, Secret Ponchos, and Counter Spy, among several others. Not a bad start then.
Thankfully, games have been confirmed to be the same standard price as current PS3 titles.
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