Sony premiered footage and revealed game details from a number of exciting 2013 and beyond games at E3 2013. E3 is all about games, right? Not this year. They also unveiled the PlayStation 4, winning nearly every pundit's favor in the battle of PS4 vs. Microsoft XBox One. For more details on the PS4, including how much it will cost, how much games will cost, and a full game list, check out our multi-page feature. What about the Sony games at this year's E3? Here are the highlights for gamers:
Do I Need to Give Up on the PS3 Already?
Not yet. First off, you best play "The Last of Us," Sony's final masterpiece for their system and a game that will merit inclusion on any list of the best Sony games of all time (this one needs updating). Even Naughty Dog's gem won't be the last PS3 game you play from Sony proper (and certainly not from third-party companies, unless you don't care about "Batman: Arkham Origins," "Assassin's Creed IV," "Call of Duty: Ghosts," or "Grand Theft Auto V). While the focus was clearly on the PS4, Sony brought new footage, stills, and info about PS3 games "Beyond: Two Souls," "CounterSpy," "Gran Turismo 6," "Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom," "Puppeteer," "Rain," and two "Wonderbook" titles. They're not giving up on the PS3 yet.
In fact, "Beyond" looks like one of the most interesting titles of second-half 2013 from any studio and for any system. From Quantic Dream, the team behind the brilliant "Heavy Rain," "Beyond" stars Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe in a game that looks more like a Hollywood blockbuster than a PS3 experience. Promising a revolutionary take on gameplay with a new graphics engine, "Two Souls" looks absolutely amazing (check out the latest images from E3). Mark your calendars for October 8, 2013 and come back for more news, screenshots, and a review.
The Future of Gaming Looks Familiar: 'Killzone: Shadow Fall' and 'Infamous: Second Son'
There's a reason that Sony used footage from "Killzone: Shadow Fall" to launch their first PS4 press conference back in February. It looks frickin' amazing. The "Killzone" franchise has long been a bedrock of sales for Sony with each of the PS3 games in the series garnering more attention and critical acclaim. If you asked me what the PS4 would launch with, "Killzone 4" would have been near the top of my list of guesses (especially after the relatively lackluster reception received by the underrated "Resistance 3" and with Naughty Dog, the team behind the inevitable "Uncharted 4," working on "The Last of Us"). It just makes sense.
Why "Killzone"? Not only has each game in this series been more visually impressive but it promises an intense multiplayer experience, which will play up the online functionality of the PS4, one of Sony's clear focuses with the machine. In fact, there's no better Sony-branded multiplayer game than "Killzone 3" and so it's no coincidence that "Shadow Fall" is going to be their A-list launch game. They want you to jump into PS4 as a community. Even if that community is all about killing each other on multiplayer maps.
"Shadow Fall" won't be alone and "Infamous: Second Son" could offer a perfect alternative for those not interested in multiplayer. If you haven't played the first two "Infamous" games, you didn't use your PS3 right. There may be no better games in terms of presenting the player with the narrative arc of the superhero. In most action games, one gets "stronger" through upgrades to powers or weapons but "Infamous" charts that trajectory from average guy to Superman better than any game. I'm interested in "Shadow Fall" more visually, just based on what I've seen, but "Second Son" could easily be the better game narratively. Check out screenshots from both below:
Sony's New Weapons: 'The Order: 1886' and 'Knack'
We saw bits of "Knack" at the February press conference but it was back again at E3, indicating that Sony is going to push it as one of the main reasons to upgrade to their next-gen console. Here's the official description from Sony, "Mankind must turn to Knack, an unlikely hero, to protect it from a dangerous new threat. Standing at a mere three feet tall, Knack can use mysterious relics to transform into a gigantic wrecking machine with immense power and strength. To defeat the invading goblin army and save humanity, Knack must harness the true power of the ancient relics even though it risks destroying the whole world." Sounds cool. Knack could join Ratchet & Clank and Jak & Daxter in Sony's arsenal of platforming heroes. The PS4 is going to need "faces," iconic characters to quick-sell the product. Expect to see a lot of Knack.
As far as new reveales, the big news in terms of Sony PS4 games at E3 2013 had to be "The Order: 1886," an action game that looks both creatively vital and visually stunning. Ready at Dawn, the geniuses behind the PSP "God of War" games and "Daxter," have developed a game that promises to push the potential of the PS4 to its limits with its cinematic gaming style. "The Order" presents an alternate history, not unlike the mega-successful "Assassin's Creed" games, in which historical figures will interact in a world with technology and weaponry that didn't really exist at the time. A new mythology that blends sci-fi weapons with historical drama and utilizes the PS4's incredible game engine? Sign us up.
Stay tuned for more news on all of these titles as they're announced.