Okay Sony. Microsoft had a kinda lame conference, EA had a really lame conference and Ubisoft had the worst of the bunch. You have nothing standing in front of you, you can have the best E3 conference without problem. Just announce cool new exclusives, that’s all you need to do and you’ll have this “won”.
Here goes for Sony’s conference.
These are “live” reactions from watching the conferences, with the overall part written after the whole thing.
Okay, random video with astronauts or something.
Alright, Destiny, let’s go. This better not just be a cinematic trailer. Please show real gameplay.
… Guess not. Dammit.
The Order 1886. They’re showing gameplay! And it looks crappy! QTEs, cover-based shooting, all the crappy stuff that makes so many modern games bad, a pretty bad gameplay sequence overall.
Entwinned. Looks boring. Control 2 random shapes with each analog stick, and fly through rings… pretty sucky. It’s a multigen PS3/4/Vita game, so if you’re into pretty but boring games, it might be for you. It’s out now, BTW.
Now there’s inFamous DLC. First Light…. Cinematic trailer, can’t say anything about it.
LBP3. Looks like LBP1 and 2 and PSP and Vita. I’m conflicted about this series. I think the level design tools are amazing, but I find the gameplay to be cheap and badly designed in the first 2 (too floaty, not enough impact when you hit enemies, everything feeling kinda cheap). Cool that there’s a new exclusive for the PS4 though, with gameplay shown no less (see MS, that’s how you do it). I like that they’re adding some stuff here though.
Alright, new IP. By From Software. We get to see a cinematic trailer again. Seems bloody, if nothing else. It’s called Bloodborne. And I can’t say anything about it because they showed no gameplay. Sad. But it’s a previously unannounced PS4 exclusive, coming in 2015, so they’re doing something right anyways.
Far Cry 4 again! And unlike Ubisoft they’re showing gameplay, so that’s nice. Seems very much like Far Cry 3, nothing really crazy. Though being able to invite people to play with you even if they don’t own the game? That’s cool.
Cinematic trailer for Dead Island 2. Considering how bad the first one was, I have no interest. And they showed nothing else than this teaser.
Last of Us zombies in Diablo 3 on Playstation, whatever.
Battlefield Hardline beta, whatever. And a gameplay trailer for a boring military shooter, who cares?
Collector’s edition for Disney Infinity 2 on Playstation only. Whatever.
Exclusive random stuff for Destiny, also whatever, I just wanna see more gameplay of it dammit !_!
Magicka 2 on PS4 (and PC). Did not enjoy the first game, it was pretty lame. At least they showed gameplay, so that’s cool.
GRIM FANDANGO. Coming to PS4 and PSVita. That’s a cool revival. Can’t wait to see that.
Broforce. Titan Souls. Not a Hero. Hotline Miami 2. The Talos Principle. Bunch of indies games coming to PS4 and Vita. Whatever.
Suda51 exclusive PS4 game. Seems like some pretty generic action game with a ton of different weapons to use. It’s called Let It Die, seems like it could be interesting.
ABZU? A new shitty game made by the shitty devs behind the shitty Journey. But at least Sony keeps showing exclusives.
New PC game being ported to PS4… Guy walking around in first-person looking at animals with crazy colors. Now he’s in a spaceship and… just… moving around. Shooting asteroids. Exploring. Being bored. It looks insanely boring and it’s called No Man’s Sky. This looks really lame. It just seems like pointless exploration. I’m all for exploration in games, but it has to be there for a reason outside of “just explore”… and it has to not be randomly generated like this >_>
Project Morpheus… They’re gonna be showing it on the floor… okay. That sure was a long time to talk to say nothing.
Youtube on PS4, sharing, who cares. Free-to-play games that are on PC, whatever.
Okay, PSNow, that’s interesting. Open beta on july 31st, that’s gonna be interesting to check out. Awesome stuff, good to hear about it.
Some Vita stuff, basically ports of stuff. Child of Light, something I missed, Tales of the Borderlands and Minecraft. And also the Vita TV (renamed Playstation TV), at 100$. Apparently they’re making over a hundred games for Vita, and they’re not telling us about any of them. WHY? Why do you hate the Vita so much Sony?
Mortal Kombat X. Gameplay footage. Looks a lot like Injustice, but with fatalities. Never cared about Mortal Kombat, was always kinda stiff and annoying to play.
New TV series called Powers, based on a comic book. Don’t care. PS+ viewers will see it for free so that’s something. Why are they wasting so much time on this?
Ratchet and Clank the movie… should be fun. But I wanna see games here. Oh, and a remake of the first game for some reason (didn’t it just get an HD version?).
Last of Us Remastered. It sure looks like Last of Us. Coming on July 29th. Okay.
MGSV trailer… Cinematic trailer again, it seems. Lame. Where do they get all these really crappy songs to go with these cinematic trailers? Ubisoft had a lot of those too. But yeah, can’t say anything about this, it’s just cinematics.
GTA5 coming to PS4. Yay for PS4 getting more PS3 games instead of new unique exclusives… I guess?
Arkham Knight… and it’s gameplay instead of a cinematic trailer, holy shit! Oh man this looks cool. That batmobile. That gameplay. Okay, I wasn’t fully convinced before, but I want this game.
And finally Uncharted 4. A short cinematic trailer that showed pretty much literally nothing. Game coming in 2015. Don’t care, the Uncharted series is boooooooring. Showing no gameplay is just stupid. But at least they ended their conference on SOMETHING.
Holy crap this stream was unstable. Everywhere I tried, massive audio problems, super laggy, random crashes… weird.
Okay so my overall thoughts on this. Meh. This is by far the best conference today, and that’s sad, because it wasn’t a great conference by any means.
They had a handful of cool announcements (Bloodborne, Let It Die, GRIM FANDANGO HOLY SHIT!, LBP3), but they showed very little gameplay, just like the others, and showed lots of multiplats/PS3 remasters.
Despite showing a few exclusives, they didn’t really show anything mindblowing. Nothing really surprising or just plain amazing that said to people “you NEED to buy a PS4”. At this point… you really don’t, and Sony didn’t prove otherwise.
Like the other 3 conferences, it kinda feels like Sony had almost nothing to show, so they dragged it out. And they had so many cinematic trailers, I don’t know why game devs don’t want to show games anymore.