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Sony aims to KO competition at E3

Jun 16, 2015

By Daniel Barron - G4 Canada

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Sony E3Sony wasted no time whatsoever blowing people away at its 2015 E3 press conference. Long-awaited title The Last Guardian - which many people believed would never see the light of day - was featured in a lengthy gameplay demo. The game, which is being created by the same company behind Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, was first shown at E3 in 2009, but has been rumoured to be stalled since then due to development issues.

It was a massive opening for Sony, but it was but one of numerous announcements and debuts during the company's hour-plus press conference.

Sony E3Also announced early on was a new entry in the Hitman series. Developed by series creator IO Interactive, the announcement was framed by a slick new CGI trailer that featured the ever-bald Agent 47 doing what he does best - assassinate.

Long-time Killzone developer Guerrilla Games showed off its latest creation, a brand new IP titled Horizon: Zero Dawn. The video accompanying the announcement started with some story exposition focusing on a tribe talking about survival, before settling on a female protagonist who used several weapons to take down robotic animals, including one particularly massive beast.

All three games mentioned above are slated to be released sometime in 2016.

Sony E3Following some new gameplay of No Man's Sky and Street Fighter V (the former of which still hasn't been given a release date), LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule showed off its latest creation, a trippy-looking game called Dreams. A member of Media Molecule said Dreams would allow players to create whatever they'd like in games - be it music, drawings, or whatever else - and share it with other players around the world.

Sony clearly hasn't given up on its support of Destiny, and showed a new trailer for more DLC, entitled The Taken King, which will launch on September, 2015. Another third-party developer, Ubisoft, showed off a new cinematic trailer for this year's upcoming Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.

Sony E3That led up to another massive announcement - Square Enix took the stage with a teaser trailer announcing the rumoured Final Fantasy VII remake, which Sony says is coming first to PS4.

Sony then threw its (non-financial) support to Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki and his Kickstarter for Shenmue III. With the crowd going wild, Sony brought Suzuki onstage and urged fans to support his Kickstarter. The publicity clearly worked, as the $2 million goal was reached within 24 hours.

In terms of non-gaming news, Sony showed off its Playstation Vue TV service, which it says would be the first service ever to allow customers to buy channels a la carte. It's still in the testing phase in select U.S. markets, and like many Sony products, there's no guarantee Vue will make its way to Canada.

Sony E3Call of Duty: Black Ops III was suspiciously absent from Microsoft's press conference earlier in the day, but it finally got the rollout many expected at Sony's event. A video showed off new four-player co-operative gameplay, with some players causing enemies to spontaneously combust, and others taking control of giant mechs. It was just the sort thing gamers would expect out of a Call of Duty video.

After a sizzle reel showing off some multiplayer Black Ops III action, Sony announced that Playstation users would be the first to get all new map packs for the game.

With the press conference nearing its end, EA showed off some gorgeous co-operative gameplay of its upcoming Star Wars Battlefront, and also on the Star Wars front, Disney Infinity 3.0 showed new levels that would feature key moments from all six current Star Wars movies.

Sony E3The Sony event ended with a new live demo for - you guessed it - Uncharted 4, with Nathan and Scully doing their best to escape an armoured vehicle in their own mode of transportation - a 4X4 SUV. The demo had a brief hiccup, but after a quick reboot, viewers were wowed by the awesome-looking game. The new vehicular action, meanwhile, was the white-knuckle stuff for which the series is known.

Few would argue that it was a stunning show from beginning to end for Sony. It may have started with its biggest announcement, but Sony barely lost any steam throughout the press conference.

Now all gamers can do is wait for all those juicy new titles to actually make their way to consoles in the coming months and years.

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