With the recently concluded media showcase of Sony at this year’s E3 2018, many seem to be rather disappointed and got the feeling that it failed to live up to the hype. With literally nothing excitingly new being announced, except the surprising release date and trailer for the Resident Evil 2 remake, it’s pretty much just them focusing on their own exclusive titles.
For over an hour that they did their showcase, it’s all just a bunch of trailers. Doing this for about two years in a row, many people miss the traditional press conferences that they have been doing annually where key developers get to speak up, demo’d it to the press, and doing all sorts of cool announcements. If they continue to keep doing Media Showcases like this one and the one last year, they’re better off doing a similar presentation like what Nintendo has been doing for years with Nintendo Direct.
Let’s face it, many are excited about The Last of Us Part II and for the first time ever, they have shown lengthy gameplay footage featuring Ellie trying to survive a harsh environment full of enemies. With no Joel in sight, it seems that Ellie has mastered the arts of surviving. In the trailer, they also showed Ellie in some sort of flashback kissing a woman while dancing. It’s rather interesting to see how the story is now but sadly, no one talked about the game at all which is disappointing. As for those hoping for a release, I felt sad that they didn’t announce anything, so it’s safe to assume that it won’t be coming out this year.
As for Ghost of Tsushima, my expectation got lowered after seeing the brief gameplay footage. The graphics aren’t all vibrant compared to other Sony exclusives and the movements are rather clunky. The game reminds me of Genji and we know how that went. Just like The Last of Us Part II, no release announcement was unveiled. I am hoping for the best for Ghost of Tsushima though.
Many are hype about Death Stranding. After showcasing them today, I felt lost as up to this point, I have no idea what the game is all about. From what they have shown, I find it boring. Though with Kojima casting more popular Hollywood celebrities, it’s looking rather interesting to see more of the cast. As far as gameplay goes, it’s a disappointment and I’m hoping the next trailer they show a bit more action for fans to be entertained.
In Marvel’s Spider-Man by Insomniac, the game looks pretty as always. The new gameplay trailer showcased more of the villain which got everyone including me excited. Since this is the last game Sony will be releasing this 2018, I am uber excited to play this one while patiently waiting or The Last of Us Part II.
After showcasing those four main titles with their gameplay trailers, the presentation continues showing a few more trailer announcements like Pirates of the Caribbean being in Kingdom Hearts 3, that new game from Remedy called Control which looks like a Quantum Break ripoff, and finally that Resident Evil 2 remake that everyone has been anticipating for. What’s sad is that they didn’t give a spotlight on Days Gone, which I was hoping they would tell more about the game but sadly, it was forgotten.
This year’s E3 Media Showcase from Sony seems to be focusing on the wrong things. It seems that they are now relying on first party exclusives without showcasing other titles, primarily third party ones. Compared to the Microsoft E3 Press Briefing yesterday, it embodies what E3 should be like. Sure it was underwhelming with a bunch of trailers being showcased as well but they at least get the support of the third party publishers by allowing them to do world premiers. Is this a sign that third party games are now best played at the Xbox One X while first party exclusives are best played on Sony’s platform?
Now that Sony’s E3 media showcase has come and gone, we are hoping that next year, Sony brings back their E3 press briefing rather than Media Showcases. Or if they decide to do trailers again and want to save money for the venue and other things, just do a media showcase online without the need of the press being there.