Sony’s 2016 press conference may have been the single greatest video game press conference that I had ever seen, so saying the this year’s conference had some extremely high expectations would be a savvier understatement. As a result of these expectations this press conference was disappointing to me. Many games weren’t included including The Last of Us 2, Death Stranding and STILL no announcements regarding whatever Sucker Punch is working on. All round there wasn’t many announcements at all, the whole thing was basically just updates on games that were revealed last year. The conference also felt to short and I thought there wasn’t enough talking by the presenter, which is something I never thought I would say. However Sony did pull through will amble PSVR updates and once again hit it out of the park regarding production value.
The first truly notable announcement to me, was the Horizon Zero Dawn expansion announcement. I thoroughly enjoyed Horizon, so much so that I have the Platinum Trophy for the game, and this inevitable expansion is something ill definitely be picking up. The trailer itself didn’t give us really any insight into what we might be doing in the expansion but as long as there are enthralling machines to slaughter I’ll be there. Another game I’m incredibly excited for is Days Gone. It was my favourite game of last year’s E3 and its showing this year restabilised the excitement I have for this game. Hopefully Sony Bend can get this game out soon so it doesn’t get even more comparisons to The Last of US when they are clearly very different both in terms of tone and gameplay. In the demo they showed I was relating far more to the characters than I did last year and hopefully this game, like Horizon has established Guerrilla, establishes Sony Bend as a reliable and creative studio comparable to Naughty Dog.
Another game that had a very impressive showing last year at E3 and was further established as a heavily anticipated game for me heading into 2018 was God of War. I have never played a God of War game because Kratos is such an unappealing and boring character but in both of these trailers Kratos has come across and appealing and interesting. Both of the trailers we have seen on this game have had great mini stories within them with the bonding between father and son in last year’s trailer and the swerve in this one with the massive sea monster. If this was typical boring Kratos, he would have attack this thing instantaneously and I really appreciated that the creature wanted to help them. The conference ended with Spiderman for PS4 which had a pretty epic trailer showing both some gameplay and the essential web swinging mechanic. I remain optimistic regarding this game because Spiderman is my favourite Superhero and I have been burned in the past in regards to these games and hopefully this game has something resembling a compelling plot.
Sony’s E3 2017 Press Conference gets a 6. This is because of the bar that last year’s press conference was raised so far, this in comparison, was nothing. To improve this conference I believe that Sony should have held the announcement of The Last of Us Part 2 for E3. Undoubtedly if they had done this they would have won this year’s E3 instead of Nintendo.