Sony’s exclusive games event in the US has premiered more unexpected sequels, and a host of exciting looking VR games.
The PlayStation Experience event in the US gets bigger every year for Sony, and although there were no major new first party announcements there were plenty of brand new reveals – including a number of exclusive games for PlayStation VR.
We’ve collected all the most important trailers below but Koei Tecmo’s Ni-Oh also looked surprisingly good, considering it’s by the creators of Dynasty Warriors. And although the new King Of Fighter XIV looked rather disappointing there was the welcome news that classic SNK fighter The Last Blade 2 will be coming to PlayStation 4.
Also revealed was a new Sparrow racing mode in Destiny: The Taken King – which starts on December 8 and last for only three weeks. (Sparrows are the usually fairly superfluous speeder bike-like vehicles in the game.)
On top of this was a mountain of indie game announcements, including Klei’s excellent Invisibile, Inc. and the co-op orientated Don’t Starve Together. Sci-fi shooter Dread Star, from ReCore developer Armature, also looked pretty good.
There was also a surprising amount of new digital games being released today, including Nuclear Throne from the creators of Luftrausers, Fat Princess Adventures, the free-to-play Guns Up!, the PS Vita version of Bastion, and the PC version of Final Fantasy VII (but on PlayStation 4, obviously).
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
The latest game from The Last Of Us creators Naughty Dog was looking predictably splendid, although the new feature it was showing off was an unexpected one: branching dialogue choices. Which option you chose in the demo, which showed protagonist Nate meeting up with his long lost brother, didn’t seem to make much difference, but perhaps that’s only something that will become apparent later in the game. Uncharted 4 is out on March 18.
Final Fantasy VII remake
After shocking the gaming world with the remake’s reveal at E3 in June, the trailer above shows the first fleeting glimpse of Final Fantasy VII’s revamp in action. Inevitably it looks very much like next year’s Final Fantasy XV, which is no bad thing. And even though some of the trailer is just pre-rendered CGI it’s obvious that no expense is being spared, and that this really is a dream come true for fans. There was no sign of a release date but it was emphasised that this was only a timed exclusive on PlayStation 4.
Street Fighter V
There’s almost nothing that hasn’t been leaked ahead of time for Capcom’s PlayStation 4 and PC fighter, including what should have been the surprise reveals of Alex, Guile, Balrog, Ibuki, Juri, and Urien as post-launch characters in the game. But thankfully brand new fighter F.A.N.G was a surprise, a very arch villain whose trailer also shows off a new M. Bison stage. The Capcom Cup tournament is also due to take place in San Francisco this weekend, as Sony continues to take Street Fighter V very seriously as an exclusive.
Day Of The Tentacle Remastered
Never mind Sony, it was a huge night for Double Fine, with multiple game announcements including previously seen indie game Head Lander and this first proper look at the remaster of Day Of The Tentacle. But on top of that was the entirely unexpected Full Throttle Remastered, another classic graphic adventure that Tim Schafer worked on back in his LucasArts days. There was only a brief mention of Psychonauts 2, but that’s because PlayStation VR is getting its own exclusive pre-sequel called Psychonauts: The Rhombus Of Ruin.
Yakuza 5 and Yakuza 0
The news many fans have been waiting for was finally revealed at the PlayStation Experience: the release date for the Western version of Yakuza 5. It’ll be out Tuesday, December 8 as a download-only title. Although the surprise news was that Yakuza 0 will also be released, as both a digital and retail release. Set in Tokyo in 1988 it doesn’t have a release date yet, and worryingly Sega Europe is currently refusing to confirm it’s coming to Europe.
Ratchet & Clank
Sony has been curiously quiet about this ‘re-imagining’ of the very first Ratchet & Clank, apparently because it’s a tie-in to an animated movie that keeps getting delayed. Regardless of how the film turns out though the game looks great and is by original developer Insomniac. The game now has specific release date too, of April 12. Although PlayStation Experience is purely an American event, so none of these dates necessarily hold true for Europe.
For us this was the biggest news of the night, and perhaps the spookiest example yet of Inbox magic – considering a reader was only asking about it onFriday, when we lamented that creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi seemed to have semi-retired. But there he was up on stage, showing off a remake of the cult classic Dreamcast on-the-rails shooter. Which just so happens to be one of our favourite games ever. Rez Infinite is a PlayStation VR title, which seems to suit the concept perfectly, and will include a whole new stage that wasn’t in the original.
Underneath the ultra generic name hides one of the best-looking games of the night, that comes across like a mix between Tron and the original ASCII-driven Rogue. Which according to developer Stormcloud Games is exactly what it’s supposed to be. Trying to recreate old pixel-based games in 3D has become relatively common recently, but we’ve never seen a game that handles the mix of old and new school like this. We just hope it plays as good as it looks.
The only thing we knew about this year’s PlayStation Experience ahead of time is that there’d be a lot about PlayStation VR, and indeed there was. Flying simulator Eagle Flight from Ubisoft looked particularly good, but there was also the surprisingly self-explanatory 100ft Robot Golf; the Crazy Taxi-esque The Modern Zombie Taxi Co.; unknown quantity Golem; and a promise of Namco combat flight sim Ace Combat 7.
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Another sequel we would’ve bet on never seeing, this is a brand new collaboration between Level-5 and Studio Ghibli (and so nothing to do with the Japanese-only DS game). As you can see it looks gorgeous, with the plot revolving around a young king named Evan who is deposed in a coup. The game seems to have a similar British voice cast to the first game, but as yet there’s no sign of Drippy.
Gears Of War creator Epic Games announced Paragon several weeks ago, but never really said what it was (or that it was coming to PlayStation 4). Everyone guessed it was a MOBA though and that’s exactly what it’s turned out to be. Unfortunately, concerns that, judging by the character art, it looked horribly generic have been born out by the equally uninspired first trailer. Which was an odd note to end end the PlayStation Experience on, but at least everything else was good.
PS2 games on PS4
Following the leak yesterday involving Dark Cloud, Sony has also confirmed that ‘selected’ PlayStation 2 games will becoming to the PlayStation 4 store. This isn’t true backwards compatibility though, as you’ll have to buy the games again if you already own them. The first eight titles are: Dark Cloud, Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Rogue Galaxy, The Mark Of Kri, War Of The Monsters, and Twisted Metal Black. Each runs at 1080p resolution, with support for Trophies, Remote Play, activity feeds, and second screens (i.e. a phone or tablet). These first eight games are priced either £7.99 or £11.99, but mostly the latter.