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E3 2018 Roundup: Sony play it safe

E3 is arguably the biggest event on the gaming calendar, as top developers and studios showcase the products they’ve been working on. Sony went live with their conference early on Monday morning (or late afternoon in LA, where E3 is held) to share the titles they're most excited to be releasing in the coming months. Prior to the event, Sony managed expectations by declaring the four titles they will be looking at predominantly: Kojima's Death Stranding, Sucker Punch's Ghost of Tsushima, Insomniac's Spider-Man and Naughty Dog's The Last of Us: Part 2. However, there were a few surprises and breaking announcements throughout their time on stage. Here's everything that happened.

The Last of Us: Part 2

Sony kicked off their conference with possibly one of the most anticipated games in recent memory. https://youtu.be/Pop-2Wn_yJk The Last of Us was first released in 2013 and received rave reviews from critics and fans, including a BAFTA Games Award for Best Game. The second instalment looks just as dark, gritty and emotive as the first. The trailer starts in a dance hall, with protagonist Ellie showing an intimate moment with a woman called Dina. This quickly cuts into some somewhat gruesome scenes as Ellie stabs a man in the neck – before following up with killing about ten other people whilst trying to remain hidden. Interestingly, there is no sign of The Infected, Clickers, Stalkers or Bloaters in this gameplay trailer, suggesting a significant time difference between the two games. There is no release date yet for The Last of Us Part 2.

Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil 2 is set to be remade for PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One, launching on 25th January 2019. https://youtu.be/T-I6SXaVicw Leon and Claire will get their own separate campaigns in this remake, which looks somehow more scary than the original.

Ghost of Tsushima

Another title Sony told us about before E3, Samurai game Ghost of Tsushima was announced at last year's Paris Games Week. https://youtu.be/RWysw8ytdh8 Ghost of Tsushima clearly values precision and stealth over everything, but somehow the game still seems to move fluidly and quickly. We'll have to wait for the game's unannounced release date to get a real grasp of it, but it has definitely whet the appetite of viewers.

Control

Control is a shooter from Remedy, with publisher 505 Games explaining it as follows: "After a secretive agency in New York is invaded by an otherworldly threat, you become the new Director struggling to regain Control." https://youtu.be/8ZrV2n9oHb4 The trailer is visually appealing but also retains enough information to leave us asking what exactly Control is. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait for its 2019 release to find out what the game is all about.

Nioh 2

Koei Tecmo announced Nioh 2. https://youtu.be/t72e8pN7u4o No details or release date were given, so all we have right now is the trailer above.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding is a game Sony are evidently very proud of, premiering a sizeable gameplay trailer at E3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOCbk996_OM Atmospheric, huge, open and gripping, Death Stranding seems set to be everything one would expect from a Hideo Kojima work. As with most of these titles, no release date was given for Death Stranding.

Déraciné

From Software, the brains behind Dark Souls, Bloodborne and Seriko: Shadows Die Twice, are making a game exclusively for Playstation VR. https://youtu.be/O0tZlMSbYtA The trailer doesn't give much away, and neither did Sony or From. With no release date and no gameplay footage yet, we'll reserve judgement on this one.

Spider-Man

Sony rounded out the conference with a seven minute gameplay demonstration of Insomniac's Spider-Man. https://youtu.be/UULKDCh42SI Spider-Man is to be released on Playstation 4 on 7th September 2018.

Extra content for players

One piece of extra content being provided for players is the inclusion of a New Game+ mode in God of War. This means starting a new game but with all the equipment you gathered in your first play-through: armour, weaponry and upgrades from the off. "Have you ever imagined that first test of strength defying battle with Baldur while adorning the Valkyrie Armour on Kratos?", Sony said. " How about a fully upgraded Leviathan Axe at the start of the game? That will also be possible, and quite frankly, you may need it, New Game+ won't just be a sunny stroll through Midgard." Furthermore, Sony announced that for the next month, Treyarch's Black Ops 3 will be free for Playstation Plus users, in support of upcoming franchise title Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. What did you make of Sony's E3 conference? I'm a little disappointed at the lack of release dates and Black Ops 4/Blackout content, but The Last of Us: Part 2 is one I look forward to greatly.

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