It’s been a busy weekend for the gaming industry. Friday kicked off the weekend with the presentation of The Game Awards 2014 in Las Vegas. Then, starting Saturday, PlayStation took it’s turn with their inaugural expo called the PlayStation Experience. It was a unique event that put the games in fan’s hands, with hundreds of demo stations and panels. Sony announced a ton of new projects at the show, and they showed off some already announced games as well. There was a ton of stuff that got me excited for the coming year for PlayStation. Here is the stuff that caught my eye at the show…
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)
Sony kicked off their keynote for the show with a massive gameplay segment of their favorite game series, Uncharted. The fifteen minute demo of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End showcased Nathan Drake walking through a jungle-esque environment, coming across a couple of mysterious skeletons. The first thing that can be noticed is the amazing visuals. The game looked stunning, and Nathan Drake looked sharp. The guys at Naughty Dog have been doing a fine job.
Then Nathan Drake stumbled upon a gang of enemies, which in turn caused things to go south. We then saw a mix of combat and stealth, as Nathan maneuverd the environment with ease. We saw him climb up rock faces, swing around with a grappling hook, and take down enemies using the environment as his defense. The gun mechanics looked pretty good and overall, the combat looked generally fun. Although, this looks like a game where stealth will be your friend. There were a multitude of enemies that Nathan could not have taken down. A combination of stealth and quick action got him safely away from the encounter.
The demo then ended with Nathan Drake narrowly avoiding getting pummeled by a avalanche of falling rocks. When he got solid footing on ground, he quickly noticed a man that was waiting for them. They both quickly drew their weapons, but there was no need because the two knew each other. It turns out the man was actually Nathan’s older brother, voiced by Troy Baker. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End looks like an amazing game so far, and I can’t wait to see more of it in the coming months.
The Forest (PS4)
It was announced that The Forest, which was previously a Steam early-access game, would be making it’s console debut on the PS4. The game is a survival action game that starts you on a crashed plane that landed in the middle of a forest. It’s up to you to figure out where to go from there. You have to adapt to your environment and watch out for the locales, because they don’t really fancy your presence. I have not given the game a try myself, but now that it is coming to the PS4, I really don’t have a good reason not to play it. It has some cool ideas and I am sure that it will be a great fit for consoles.
Persona 5 (PS3 & PS4)
Persona 5, which is being developed by P Studio and Atlus, is part of the classic RPG series that puts you in the life of teenage students. The series is known not only for it’s RPG elements, but it’s elements of daily life that the players have to control. It was announced that Persona 5 was coming to North America for English players. I have not played a game in the series myself, but I look forward to giving the newest game a try.
Grim Fandango Remastered (PS4 & Vita)
Grim Fandango, released by LucasArts in 1998, has gained cult following. The adventure game is about a grim reaper-like character who goes around the Land of the Dead. The story has a lot of references to Mexican folklore. The game was released near the end of the golden age of adventure games. The game had a unique art style as well, sporting cartoon-like visuals.
The Remastered version, which is exclusive to the PlayStation systems looks great. Every aspect of the game is going to be remastered. The audio, graphics, and more are all getting reworked for the next generation of consoles. It makes me happy that I can finally try out the popular adventure game. I am a huge fan of adventure games, and Double Fine looks like they are doing a great job with the remaster.
Day of the Tentacle: Special Edition (PS4, PS3 & Vita)
Double Fine and Tim Schafer were not done with their announcements at the keynote. Schafer and Adam Boyes had one last announcement, and that was the special edition of the famed adventure game Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle. There wasn’t too much additional information given, but the announcement alone got a ton of people excited. The game, which was released during the golden age of adventure games, has gotten a big cult following as well. Once again, I have not played the game, but I am looking forward to giving the game a try.
The Order: 1886 (PS4)
During Sony’s keynote, we got look at some more of the steam-punk style game The Order: 1886. We got a trailer that showcased some cinematics, as well as some of the gameplay. We got a look at a shootout that takes place in a kitchen. The gun mechanics look pretty good, and it was clear that there will be a ton of quick time events. What’s got me most excited is the concepts behind the game, as well as the game’s retro steam-punk look and feel. I am looking forward to exploring London and seeing what else the game has to offer. There hasn’t been to much information about the story, but the game has still caught my interest nonetheless.
Until Dawn (PS4)
Until Dawn, a game from Supermassive Games, has been an intriguing game to me. The story features eight teenagers who are spending time at a mountain resort. However, a serial killer is out to get them, meaning they have to play the survival game. What’s the most attention grabbing about the game is the gameplay style. It’s most akin to Heavy Rain, the popular PS3 game that features a lot of quick time events.
The demo that was shown features the girl who is played by Hayden Panettiere. She is fresh out of the shower when a juggalo-looking character breaks in with a mission to kidnap her. The rest of the demo consisted of quick time events and quick decisions with the mission of escaping unscathed by the kidnapper. It was a thrilling and intense sequence.
Every decision that you make in the game will affect how the story turns out, and you can’t take anything back. If you die in the game, you are dead for real. You can’t bring anybody back and you can’t replay the segments. This puts more weight on your decisions, and this can lead to a very deep and engrossing story. I am looking forward to playing this intense thriller. If the whole game is like the gameplay segments that they have been showing, it’s going to be a good one.
No Man’s Sky (PS4)
Sony’s keynote at the PlayStation experience was far from the first time that we heard about the ambitious game from the small indie studio, Hello Games. However, the more I see the game, the more excited I get. During their PlayStation experience showing, they gave us a look at the true scale of the procedural generated world that players will be able to explore. The planets that we will encounter and explore look massive, and probably bigger than most maps on your everyday game. The trailer then zoomed out and revealed the mind-blowing size of the galaxy that surrounds the planet, before zooming back in to a totally different planet. I can’t wait to get totally lost in No Man’s Sky’s world, a world that is too massive to explore fully.
The Next God of War Game
The next God of War game was talked about at the God of War retrospective panel at the PlayStation experience. Santa Monica Studio’s Cory Barlog was talking about it, saying that it is in the works, and that it will not be a prequel to the existing games. This means that it could be a sequel, or even a reboot. No other information was given, and it doesn’t look like the game will be coming out anytime soon either. Either way, it still gets me excited for the future. Will the next game in the series even star Kratos? Everything is still up in the air at this point.