E3 2015: Sony

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Sony has to prove themselves a bit at this year’s E3. After two easy years of riding on the coat tails of Microsoft’s missteps Sony has seen PS4 sales handily exceed 20 million. In recent months however, Xbox One has outsold PS4 and Sony recently admitted that their remaining line up of exclusives for 2015 is quite sparse. While a successful console launch has alleviated some of their financial woes, some players have been vocal about not having much to play on their PS4 other than remakes and third-party titles. With that knowledge going into E3 it would be exciting to see Sony reveal a few surprise new intellectual properties and sequels to their flagship exclusives like The Last Of Us and Killzone. No matter what Sony shows at their conference this E3 is shaping up to be one of the best in recent years thanks to new innovations in gameplay and technology.
Content Warning: The reveal footage below may contain violence, drug use, language, and/or sexuality. Please watch at your own discretion.

Monday, June 15th

During the Sony E3 pre-show viewers were shown exclusive trailers for Tearaway: Unfolded and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. After the reveals and some interviews with the developers of Tearaway it was time for Sony to begin their E3 briefing.
Sony opened their presentation with a montage of titles including Uncharted 4, Star Wars: Battlefront, MLB: The Show, and other Sony exclusives and exclusive content for titles like Destiny.
After the trailer, Shawn Layden of Sony Computer Entertainment, appeared on stage to provide an introduction to viewers of Sony’s E3 conference.
Sony’s first reveal trailer was the long awaited confirmation of PS4 exclusive, The Last Guardian. The game was shown in a world premiere gameplay trailer and put to rest the long gestating rumors that the game was cancelled after a long period in development limbo. The trailer features a young child and his griffon-like companion, who also possesses some canine-like features, working together to solve puzzles in what appeared to be the ruins of an ancient temple.
Hermen Hulst of Guerrilla Games appeared on stage to reveal the studio’s new IP, Horizon: Zero Dawn. The game seems to be set in Post-Apocalyptic prehistoric setting where primitive humans hunt dinosaur-like creatures, made of both flesh and machine, with simple weapons like bows and spears. The game looks like refreshing, unique take on the third-person action/adventure genre.
Following the Horizon premiere, Sony revealed a new Hitman game. Azad Quizilbash of Sony introduced the game along with a console exclusive beta for PS4.
After the Hitman reveal, Quizilbash showed a trailer for upcoming PS4 console exclusive Street Fighter V which will also launch on PC. An exclusive beta will be available to PS4 players.
Sean Murray of Hello Games appeared on stage to debut gameplay of his studio’s upcoming procedurally generated space exploration game, No Man’s Sky. The preview showed off space combat, a star map, space exploration, planet expiration, destruction mechanics, surface combat, underwater exploration, and much more.
Alex Evans of Media Molecule, developers of Little Big Planet and Tearaway, revealed their new IP, Dreams. The game allows you to create and share dreams with other players or just play through their dreams. Using the motion controls of the Dualshock 4 players can draw their creations and then add objects and props to build a dream in minutes.The developer revealed that more of the game will be shown at Paris Games Week. Evans’ introduction to the title was followed by a trailer showing off some of Media Molecule’s own in-game creations.
Created by developer Campo Santo, Firewatch will make its console debut on Playstation 4. The adventure game puts players in the shoes of a newly hired park ranger tasked with keeping an eye on the park grounds and investigating the recent disappearances of two women who disappeared.
Adam Boyes, of Sony Computer Entertainment appeared on stage after the Firewatch reveal to show off more of the upcoming Destiny expansion, The Taken King. It appears that the new expansion will include a host of new weapons, including melee weapons and an energy bow. The expansion will also include more exclusive content for the PS4 version of Destiny.
Boyes then followed up the Destiny DLC reveal with a new trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. The trailer showed off Evie Frye, one of the two main protagonists of AC: Syndicate. PS4 will receive exclusive missions for the game.
World of Final Fantasy is a cutesy take on Final Fantasy that will release exclusively on PS4 and PS Vita in 2016.
In a special surprise reveal, Sony and Square Enix revealed the long-awaited PS4 remake of Final Fantasy 7. Final Fantasy 7 Remake will launch first on Playstation 4.
Devolver Digital showcased a collection of four upcoming indie games that will debut exclusively on PS4.
A Kickstarter from Yu Suzuki, creator of Shenmue, revealed that he wishes to create the long awaited sequel to Shenmue 1 and 2 on PS4.
Boyes revealed a new trailer for next week’s release of Batman: Arkham Knight. The trailer begins with the incineration of the Joker and shows Gotham before Scarecrow takes over the city and forces the evacuation of its citizens. Playstation owner’s will also receive the PS4 exclusive Scarecrow missions.
For the Project Morpheus reveal, Andrew House of Sony Computer Entertainment, revealed some of the upcoming titles for Sony’s ambitious Virtual Reality platform. Rigs, a first-person mech-combat shooter, will be one of the first tiles available for the platform and and will be playable at E3 2015.
Playstation Vue, Sony’s TV streaming service, will launch a la carte streaming options later this year with discounted subscription prices for Playstation Plus members.
House introduced an exclusive reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 with Treyarch’s, Mark Lamia. The world premiere gameplay reveal of Black Ops 3 showed some of the game’s campaign which featured Call of Duty’s signature set piece moments and heart pounding gunfight sequences. David Vondehaar, of Treyarch, introduced the game’s new multiplayer. With wall running, sliding, glitching abilities, and futuristic weaponry, Black Ops looks to finally change up the all too familiar Call of Duty multiplayer. House revealed that PS4, from here on out, will be the first to get Call of Duty DLC content and declared that Playstation is the new home for Call of Duty.
After showing a sizzle reel of all of the upcoming titles for PS4 and PS Vita, John Vignocchi of Avalanche, revealed exclusive content for Disney Infinity 3.0 for PS4. The limited edition starter pack will provide customers with both the Twilight of the Republic and Rise Against The Empire playsets before they launch on other platforms. The exclusive starter pack will also include a timed-exclusive Boba Fett figure before it launches on all platforms during the holidays.
Following the Disney Infinity 3.0 reveal, DICE revealed a new gameplay trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront. The gameplay trailer showed off Survival mode of the upcoming reboot which features two teams battling to deplete the opposing team’s pool of lives.
To close out their presentation Sony revealed one last surprise, a new exclusive gameplay reveal trailer for Uncharted 4. Featuring Drake and his longtime explorer buddy and mentor, Sully, the pair set off in search of a distant tower. Featuring the familiar gameplay and action set pieces of the Uncharted series on PS3, this newest entry in the Uncharted franchise has sharp visuals and smooth looking action/adventure gameplay.

Damien Chambers

Before I became a Geek Under Grace I was a student of Journalism and have always aspired to write for a gaming and geek culture publication. I am truly blessed to have found an outlet to reach not only thousands of fans, but those who may not have yet found Christ. My favorite genre of games is third-person/sandbox games. I like the freedom that they allow both in gameplay and in scale and they just seem less bland and limited than more linear titles. I still have a soft spot for RPG games but I now enjoy JRPGs far less than I did as a child because they are still basically the exact same as they always were, with a few exceptions of course. I also enjoy playing more tactical third-person multiplayer shooters or first-person shooters that try to shake things up. I absolutely hate games based on WWII or Vietnam as those settings and those types of gameplay have been done to death. Though I am not opposed to a future Assassin's Creed title being set during one of these wars. I also typically tend to stay away from MOBA's as they are notorious for abusive, and generally unsavory online communities. My favorite game of all time is Chrono Trigger, which ironically enough is a JRPG but its one that I consider untouchable in quality. The runner-up for my favorite game of all time would be Star Fox 64.

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