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Sony’s E3 2018 Press Conference

I normally love Sony’s E3 press conferences, but I was a little worried going into this one. They said in advance that they’d be focusing on four major games (The Last of Us Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding, and Spider-Man), which made it sound like they might not have other announcements.

The starting setup was weird, with everyone in a vaguely church-like space. Then a man played a banjo for quite a while. It wouldn’t be E3 without concerts, for some reason.

That moved into The Last of Us Part II. I was just thinking to myself that this was the complete tonal opposite of the previous grim, brutal trailer they showed for it, when it became just as grim and brutal as I expected after all.

I’ll admit, despite all the praise The Last of Us gets, I’ve avoided it because it always looked too brutal for my tastes.

Then they went to… intermission?

As the intermission stretched on and they repeated their plan to focus on four major games, it really started to sound like there wouldn’t be any new announcements.

They did show a Call of Duty trailer and announce that Black Ops III is now available through PS+, and then they went through a recap of the five games they showed leading up to E3 (Tetris Effect, Days Gone, Twin Mirror, Ghost Giant, and Beat Saber).

(I do want Twin Mirror.)

After a trailer for Destiny 2: Forsaken, it was time for the show to start up again… in a room that looked much more like a typical E3 press conference set-up. Of course, they had another concert.

Their next featured game was Ghost of Tsushima, which looks more interesting than I expected it to, and then… new announcements!

Control, a new game by Remedy, looks pretty cool.

After that, one I was hoping to see: the Resident Evil 2 remake! Yes, RE2make was shown off for the first time at last, after all this time. The atmosphere looks perfect, the characters look good, and all I need is to see some gameplay to be happy.

(Please be traditional survival horror gameplay…)

Also, January 25?! Nice!

(Really, though, please give me survival horror gameplay.)

They announced a wacky game called Trover Saves the Universe next, followed by…

MORE Kingdom Hearts III?

The last one just added scenes. This one was a brand new trailer, confirming the return of Pirates of the Caribbean, Luxord among the Seekers of Darkness (he always seemed like one of the nicer ones, too), more scenes not shown before, a scene between Kairi and Lea, and Repliku is returning??

There’s also going to be an All-In-One Package for the PS4, with Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5, 2.8, and 3 in a single bundle.

Next up was Death Stranding. No matter how much I see of this game, I still don’t understand it, but it does seem interesting at least.

Nioh is also getting a sequel.

They finished with a look at Spider-Man, although afterwards they did announce a new VR game developed by FromSoftware called Déraciné.

And that was that.

My feelings on this one are mixed. On one hand, there were some awesome moments and that Kingdom Hearts III trailer was almost worth it on its won. On the other hand, it felt like there were a lot fewer announcements than usual.

What did you think of Sony’s E3 press conference? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget that we have Nintendo’s show tomorrow!

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