Happy Holidays and welcome back to Playstation Base! I hope you are all feeling fine!
Christmas is looming and with millions of people waiting to see which games, consoles and accessories they will be opening, we can expect to see a huge surge in the number of players online. One of my Christmas presents came early with Playstation Experience, held in Las Vegas, where we got to see an entire list of new announcements.
We heard lots from various developers about their great games in production and through a number of trailers and gameplay footage we were able to witness just how awe-inspiring they really were.
First up at PSX and first on my list of things to talk about is Uncharted 4, which is being developed by quite possibly one of the most coveted development teams at the moment, Naughty Dog. Naughty Dog have come a long way since changing their name from Jam Software in 1989. Their first big development is still a household name today despite not being given a release since 1999– Crash Bandicoot took the world by storm as Sony’s answer to games like Mario and Sonic who were greatly rivalled at the time. Since then the team have received many awards and sold millions of copies of games like The Last Of Us, Jak and Daxter and of course the Uncharted series.
We were shown a 15 minute gameplay clip from Uncharted 4 and at least one thing can be taken away from it. The graphics are second to none. The backdrops are phenomenal, the rocks are textured so well that you would mistake them for being real. The water effects are unlike any other; the way light reflects from it, the way it runs down walls, the way it soaks Drakes shirt and hair — just wow. To complete the package, the jungle is filled with realism as its dense 3D shrubbery and hazey mists really set the scene for the Indiana Jones type marvel that we all know and love.
Drake looks amazing and my man crush for him forever grows. Naughty Dog have reported that there are over 800 facial animations for Drake compared to the 120 from the most recent PS3 installment. The detail in his clothing and the way his jeans crease as he crouches is painstakingly meticulous, even his chest hair is affected by the games physics..yes really, his chest hair!
I guess Naughty Dog have really pulled out all the stops for the reported last installment of the Uncharted series and I really could talk about how great it looks all day, but there was a lot more from PSX left to discuss! Check it out below!
Next we saw a new feature for up and coming dungeon crawler, Bloodbourne. The Chalice Dungeon is a procedurally generated map that changes each time you play it. The Chalice Dungeon is also coop which means you will be able to traverse the labyrinth with friends whilst you collect loot and slay monsters. Pretty awesome!
The second biggest revelation of the ‘Experience’ was Capcoms announcement to be jointly working on Street Fighter V with Sony, making it a PS4 exclusive. I have to say, upon watching the entire conference, my all-time award for the ‘Biggest Announcement for an Exclusive with the Least Amount of Crowd Satisfaction’ definitely has to go to Street Fighter V. I personally was disappointed that this was the ‘Super Secret Game’ that we were promised. I’m not a huge fan of these competitive Beat ’em Up type games and I think even the crowd fell a bit silent once it was announced, but aside from the disappointment, I can only wonder how Street Fighter V will differ from even the original Street Fighter on the SNES, barring the way it looks. Who knows, it might be a great game, but I personally couldn’t facilitate spending £50 on a Beat ’em Up which will probably become free on Playstation Plus at some point.
Brushing Street Fighter aside for a second, we next saw David Jaffe, Director of God of War, announced Drawn to Death, a new exciting 3rd Person, Deathmatch Arena. Jaffe told us that this game is in a very early pre-Alpha phase, but with a playable demo at PSX available, he offered fans feedback in order to tailor the game to how people want it to be. Drawn to Death, from what I saw was set in a paper-made world. The textures are really interesting and unique as everything is made from A4 lined paper. The game will also be free-to-play so that everyone will be able to enjoy it. I think it looks great!
Other than that, we saw a bunch of Vita announcements such as Suikoden and Suikoden II, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, The Banner Saga, Resident Evil Revelations 2, Super TIME Force and Towerfall: Ascension.
We were also told about a revival of Final Fantasy VII which is coming to PS4, although surprisingly, it hasn’t been remastered (unlike every other Final Fantasy game).
It’s safe to say that Uncharted was the best thing at PSX. It was mind-blowingly detailed and it simply looks amazing. I have already predicted a few ‘Game Of The Year’s for 2015, but Uncharted has thrown a spanner in the works and it’s still 2014!
I hope you have all enjoyed reading about PSX, if you want to check it out for yourself, just click here! This will be my last post before Christmas, so to all of my readers and beyond, have a great Christmas! Drink lots, eat lots and I hope you all get the games and consoles that you wanted! Leave your comments below to tell me what you thought about PSX, are you looking forward to Street Fighter V? Are you as amazed by Uncharted as I am?
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