Playstation Experience - Keynote Highlights
Over last weekend, Sony held their first annual Playstation Experience event in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event kicked off with a keynote conference. Many people had high expectations and many rumors spread around before the event. I was able to watch the conference online on Playstation's Twitch channel and I think the conference was a great success. The conference lasted about two and a half hours and they shared many announcements about upcoming games, including gameplay footage of many of the top upcoming games.
The first game shown at the conference was Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. This was a great choice as first game to show because it seemed to get everyone pumped up and excited about what the rest of the show could bring. The gameplay for Uncharted 4 looked amazing. The graphics looked great and I can't wait to see what improvements will be made before the game releases next year. Here is a video of gameplay shown at the conference:
Next, Sony Santa Monica was up to present. They showed a trailer for MLB The Show 2015 and it looked pretty impressive. What was most impressive to me was the announcement that you will be able to take your Road to the Show players from MLB The Show 14 and continue your career on MLB The Show 2015. As a sports game player, this is something I have been waiting on for quite some time. I hope EA Sports follows suit and makes this happen in the Madden series.
We also got another look at Bloodborne. They showed some multiplayer gameplay, as well as the trailer that was also shown at the Video Game Awards show the previous night. Bloodborne looks to be a very bloody and gory game, but looks like it will be fun.
Capcom announced that Ultra Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V are going to be released as PS4 exclusives. Sony is helping develop Street Fighter V which will also be cross format with the PC version. I think this is a very interesting feature and am excited to see how it works out. Hopefully, more developers will make this a feature in more games in the future.
One thing Sony made clear was that they totally support indie game developers. They showed trailers for many indie games that will be releasing in the next year. Many of them looked very impressive and intriguing, such as Severed and Skytorn.
One indie game that stood out to me was The Forest. I have played The Forest on PC as an early access game and I really enjoy it. Being an early access game that is not 100% complete, but still very good, has me excited to see how much is improved before completion. I can't wait to see how the PS4 version turns out, as well.
It was also announced that Persona 5 and Yakuza 5 are coming to PS4.
Another thing Sony made clear was that the PS Vita is not dead and will continue to have great games released, including Suikoden 1 & 2, Towerfall Acension, Octodad and Banner Saga. It is a good time to be a Vita owner!
A new Tearaway game is coming to PS4 called Tearaway: Unfolded. The footage of this game looked very good and is a game I am looking forward to.
Square-Enix announced that Final Fantasy VII will be released exclusively on PS4 next spring. It will not be an HD remaster as many people wanted, but will still be a great game to have.
More footage of No Man's Sky was shown. This is a highly anticipated title that continues to look better and better each time new footage is revealed. I have to admit, I am not too hyped about this game yet, but maybe in time I will come to realize what all the hype is about and jump on the train.
To wrap up the conference, a new game called Drawn to Death was shown. This game looks as though it could be a very good game. It is a 3rd person action/shooter in which the whole setting of the game looks like it was drawn or sketched on paper. It looks like a crazy game with off-the-wall weapons and characters. It is definitely something fresh and new, which is always nice. I think this game will do very well when it is released. I am excited to see future gameplay and features as the game is developed.
I think the biggest winner from the conference would have to be Until Dawn. They showed a gameplay demo of this exclusive survival horror game and it looks amazing! The graphics look unreal and the gameplay looked great as well. Until Dawn is not your typical FPS or run-around-and-kill-zombies game. It seems more like an interactive movie and reminds me of Heavy Rain on the PS3. I can't wait for this game to be released and I hope it turns out as good as it has looked so far! From the gameplay demo, it looked like the controls could use some fine tuning, but I'm sure that is something that will be worked out along with any other kinks before release.
Sony's first annual Playstation Experience Keynote Conference was a big hit if you ask me. I wish I could have been there to see it in person and attend the rest of the conference. Maybe next year!
Who else watched the Keynote Conference? What are your thoughts and impressions?