E3 2016 Highlights (Sony)

Death Stranding:

This was much more enjoyable on a second viewing as the first time around I was nervous the camera was going to give us a shot of Norman Reedus’ junk.  On a second viewing I was better able to enjoy the bizarre new world that Hideo Kojima has created.  It’s not enough that we are on a beach that has dead crabs, fish and whales.  It’s not enough that there appears to be five figures floating in the distance.  But there is also a baby which seems to be connected to him via a creepy looking umbilical cord, and a scar on his belly which suggests he’s given birth to it.  There’s no gameplay, just this trailer, but Kojima would have to screw up pretty bad for me to not want to play whatever Death Stranding becomes.

Lego Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens:

I had to keep replaying parts of this video as I was laughing so hard at it I couldn’t focus on what else was going on.  Even if you haven’t clicked on the video above, look at that thumbnail – can you see the Darth Vader light shade? The trailer is full of laugh out loud moments, my favourite being the Indiana Jones homage in which a Stormtrooper brandishing melee weapons is casually shot by Han Solo.  It’s been a long time since I played a Lego game, but this might be the right time to jump back in.

Days Gone:

I won’t lie, I was a bit ‘meh’ when it came to the trailer.  Another zombie game? After playing Dying Light and The Walking Dead, I’d had my fill of zombies, but the gameplay trailer had me on edge.  It was downright creepy because while these zombies go down in one or two bullets, they don’t shuffle towards you, they charge and they do it in very large numbers.  All you can do is run and hope you’ve got enough ammo to take them out at a safe distance.  There is a chance that something like that could get old really fast, but presumably these hordes of easy to take down enemies are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what you face in the game.

Detroit: Become Human:

Now this looks pretty awesome.  Think LA Noire meets Blade Runner.  The trailer features Conner, an android negotiator trying to talk down an android that has abducted a human girl.  The trailer gets really interesting when it shows the many way the situation can resolve itself.  While I assume it would be game over if Conner goes over the edge of the building, I would imagine other outcomes impact how the rest of the game plays out.  Quantic Dream have been a bit hit and miss for me (enjoyed Fahrenheit, couldn’t get into Heavy Rain), but this certainly looks like one to keep an eye on.

Horizon: Zero Dawn:

Some of these trailers deal with some heavy story telling, but this one looks like a lot of fun.  A woman goes out into the wild on a quest, but its a world in which the wildlife is all robotic.  That in itself is really cool, but the gameplay looks like a lot of fun and the landscape looks like something I could enjoy running about in.

Honourable mentions:

Spider-Man:

It’s been a long time since I swung around New York with Spider-Man.  Spider-Man 2 was a hell of a lot of fun, though a replica of that wouldn’t work now.  Fun web slinging, lots of cool combat and a wide variety of side quests could make this a must have, though I get the impression it’s a long way off.  One thing that bugs me – if it’s a stand alone and isn’t connected to the upcoming movie in any way, why the odd looking costume?  Why not just go with the costume as it is in the comics?  There’s a reason why Spidey’s costume has never really changed in fifty years – it’s perfect.

The Last Guardian:

Your eyes do not deceive you, it is finally coming.  This is the game that has been floating about for a long time, like a carrot being dangled in front of gamers that’s just out of reach.  ‘Ten years in the making’ is not something to brag about when it comes to gaming development.  Still, this is Team Ico and they have pulled off some very impressive games in the past, so here’s hoping this one lives up to the extremely long build up.

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