Sony’s Paris Games show 2017 press conference did not disappoint with more reveals and updates on Sony’s commitment of being “for the players”. However, what Sony hammered home hardest is that Single player games are here to stay, they aren’t “dead” or “dying”, in fact, the majority of the exclusives they showed were all single player experiences and my gosh 2018 is looking to be very good if you’re a PlayStation Owner.
So, with a quick recap, we were treated to Sucker Punch’s new IP “Ghost of Tsushima”. Which is a brand-new game showed off in engine sporting stunning visuals and Japanese setting featuring Samurai. So this could be an interesting game as it’s a step away from Infamous, I got some major Tenchu/Onimusha vibes. That’s also why I it’s going to be really interesting to see this goes. Especially after the success of “Nioh” earlier this year I think “Ghost of Tsushima” will do just fine.
Another reveal featured a wonderful looking game called “Concrete Genie” taking place in a drab town with a young protagonist who can bring its walls to life with color and even create characters to help him in his adventure all the while avoiding bullies. So, yeah, “Concrete Genie” is well worth a look and was without a doubt one of the nicest surprises of the show.
Sony flexed their muscles showing off some of their major AAA titles set for 2018 and what a year it will be, with the likes of “Erica“, God of War, Detroit: Become Human, Shadow of the Colossus, Spiderman and of course the game everyone is talking about, The Last of US 2 (Although I don’t expect this until 2019 more on that later). Shadow of the Colossus despite being a remaster looks absolutely incredible! I mean, the trailer is utterly breath-taking and will be releasing 7th February (what a way to kick off the year).
“Detroit: Become Human” got another trailer showing you what your actions or inactions will lead you down and handles some hefty themes, judging from the trailer things can get pretty dark, but I love the fact it revolves around artificial intelligence (“Detroit: Become Human” arrives to the PS4 in Q1 or Q2 next year). The other games like “Spiderman” and “God of War” were solid showings. We got to see Peter Parker without his famous Spidey suit, and we got to see Kratos brutally smash things.
So, before a volley of click bait articles had a chance to declare PlayStation VR “dead” Sony showed off several PSVR games all arriving from now through to next year and some of them looked fantastic, with the likes of “Ultra Wings”, “Ace Combat” and “Eden Tomorrow”.However, my pick of the show is Blood & Truth looked like the best out the lot and for anyone who enjoyed the “London Heist” from “PSVR Worlds” should certainly keep a close eye on this title. Furthermore, PSVR looks like it’s got plenty of support and with a new redesigned version releasing soon, things are looking up.
Finally, we come to “The Last of Us 2“, and I have to admit, for a few minutes, I had to second guess myself whether it was “The Last of us” or some other game considering the people on-screen was neither Joel nor Ellie. Instead, we see some kind of cultist people who’s trying to hang a woman, before doing so beat another to the point where they take a hammer to break a girl’s arm, shortly after they start fighting back and hammers are smashed into people’s faces.
It’s pretty gruesome stuff and without any sort of context completely confusing as to who these characters are and why these things are happening. However, the visuals look absolutely insane, similar to what we see from the “Uncharted 4” when it was revealed, the facial animations are outstanding! Of course, speculation is en-mass, but I doubt we will see this game until at least the end of 2019 or 2020, because I wouldn’t be surprised if such an ambitious game will be delayed.
Nevertheless, It’s always refreshing to hear about new games. Sony just go from strength to strength with their IPs, and it honestly blows my mind that there’s still more to show at PSX in December, where more games will be shown and announced, the likes of “Yakuza 6“, “Dreams“, “Days Gone” and “Wild“. 2018 is going to be a very good year for PlayStation and single player games.
And with that said, what’s your take on PGW 2017? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
Robin Ek – Editor
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