Sony PlayStation Press Conference at E3

The Last of Us Part II Gameplay Screenshot
Screenshot of Ellie from The Last of Us Part II Photo Credit: Sony

In case you missed it, for five days before Sony’s presentation, they revealed five new games to be released in the future. These games include Tetris: Effect with PlayStation VR mode, Days Gone, Twin Mirror, Ghost Giant, a PlayStation VR game, and Beat Saber, another PlayStation VR game.

In Sony’s PlayStation E3 2018 showcase, they gave a more in-depth look at games that have already been announced by showing actual gameplay and longer trailers for us to get a better feel for what each game will be like. Below is a summary of each game.

The Last of Us: Part II

If you’ve never played the Last of Us, you’re missing out on incredible storytelling with characters you’ll definitely get attached to. Joel and Ellie made us cry, laugh, and sit on the edge of our seats in this post-apocalyptic tale in broken North America. We finally got our first gameplay video for The Last of Us: Part II and we can’t stop thinking about it. We know that the game takes place five years after the first one left off. In the video, it shows a cutscene of an older Ellie and another girl, Dina, dancing together and kissing at a party. We finally get more of a personal side of Ellie and it appears that she may be gay, or at least she’s not straight. After this scene, it flawlessly transitions to actual gameplay where we then see a huge focus on melee gameplay as Ellie is trying to fend off her enemies. You can tell she is mad about something but we aren’t sure what yet. In the reveal trailer, you see her shaking as she’s playing guitar amongst a pile of corpses and after she’s done, she says to Joel, “I’m going to find, and I’m going kill every last one of them.”

The game is still in very early development so it will be a while before we can actually get our hands on it and there is some talk of it being a PlayStation exclusive.

Call of Duty – Back in Black Maps

 In the short showcase trailer, we saw a bullet traveling through the four remastered maps available to players including the jungle, the summit, the slums, and the firing range. You may remember these maps from Black Ops 1 and 2 but now they’re back and better than ever.

Back in Black Maps is available now in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for PlayStation 4 with pre-order of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 from the PlayStation Store. But what if you don’t have Call of Duty: Black Ops 3? Well if you have a PlayStation Plus subscription, you are able to pick up the game for free from now through July 11.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be released on October 12, 2018, but it’s different than you’re used to. It won’t have a traditional single-player campaign but will focus more heavily into multiplayer, Zombies mode, and a new battle royale mode, Blackout.

Destiny 2: Forsaken Screenshot
Destiny 2: Forsaken Screenshot Photo Credit: Sony

Destiny 2: Forsaken

In Destiny 2: Forsaken, you will be on the hunt for eight Barons who have escaped the Prison of Elders. Your pursuit to hunt them down will take you to uncharted regions where you will reveal long-lost Awoken secrets. Though the trailer was pretty short, we do know that there are many great enhances and content additions for this game. There’s even a new mode called Gambit mode that is all the buzz right now. Gambit mode is a 4v4 mode that combines the best of PvE and PvP. You will find new Strikes with other Guardians and even a brand-new Raid where you can earn prestigious rewards. There are new weapons, armor, and gear such as the Legendary bow. To learn more about the game, click here.

Destiny 2: Forsaken will be released on September 4, 2018.

Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima made a huge splash as one of the big releases for Sony during the PlayStation E3 2018 press conference and we finally got a look at gameplay.

It’s the year of 1274 and the Mongol Empire has invaded the Japanese island, Tsushima, and murdered its legendary samurai defenders. One of the last survivors, Jin Sakai, is one of the last lines of defense against the Mongols but luckily for him, his katana skills are unbeatable which benefits a one-man army. He obviously can’t do it alone so he has to gather allies like Masako, an archer who made a prominent debut in the gameplay video we saw. Their allegiance goes south and results in a duel even when enemies were approaching. In this open-world game, you will have to learn the “Way of the Ghost” if you want to survive.

At this time, the release date for Ghost of Tsushima has not been revealed.


505 Games and Remedy Entertainment debuted nine full minutes of gameplay from Control at the PlayStation E3 live stream. It features a female protagonist who shoots enemies but with a shape-shifting gun. There are a number of striking images and a strong use of shapes and shifting but it’s hard to follow without any type of description. Though we have no real idea what the game is about, we can look at Remedy’s track record and know it’ll be something good.

From the official description in the press release: “After a secretive agency in New York is invaded by an otherworldly threat, players will take on the role of Jesse Faden, the new Director struggling to regain Control. This sandbox-style, gameplay-driven experience built on the proprietary Northlight engine challenges players to master a combination of supernatural abilities, modifiable loadouts, and reactive environments while fighting through the deep and mysterious worlds Remedy is known and loved for.”

Control is set to be released in 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Resident Evil 2 Remake 

Capcom announced that a Resident Evil 2 remake is in the works at Sony’s press conference where a brand-new game trailer was shown. In the video, we see Leon Kennedy in his blue Raccoon City Police Department uniform, before ending with the release date and pre-order information.

This game is set to release on January 25, 2019

Trover Saves the Universe

Trover Saves the Universe Screenshot
Trover Saves the Universe Screenshot Photo Credit: Sony

The co-creator of Rick & Morty, Justin Roiland, has a game studio called Squanch Games and have just debuted their new game, Trover Saves the Universe. It is a comedy action platformer where you take Trover on his quest through a brightly colored land where you run into creatures only Roiland could have thought up. For example, if you look closely at Trover, he is a purple guy that has two differently colored eyes.

Trover Saves the Universe will be coming to PlayStation 4 (obviously) and PS VR sometime in 2019.

Kingdom Hearts III

This chapter is the final chapter in the overarching Kingdom Hearts story and will take players to so many different worlds like Toy Story and Frozen. We did already see a trailer from Kingdom Hearts III at the Square Enix press conference, but we got a more in-depth look at it from Sony’s conference. In the trailer, we saw that, once again, the game includes characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Jack Sparrow is back and has Sora, Donald, and Goofy on his crew while they fight on the ship for a majority of the level.

There will be a special edition Kingdom Hearts PlayStation 4 Pro released when the game launches on January 29, 2019, and will not only feature a unique detailing, but it includes the entire Kingdom Hearts series as well. The all-in-one package includes Kingdom hearts HD I.5 reMIX, Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 reMix, and Kingdom Hearts HD II.8: Final Chapter Prologue and will also be sold separately for $99.99 on its own.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding is the debut game from Kohima Productions, a studio staffed by the key members of the previous Metal Gear Solid development team. It is a stealth/action game but it’s not exactly open-world according to Kojima. Death Stranding features Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, and Lindsay Wagner. Reedus plays a character, Sam Bridges, who seems like some sort of delivery man. He works for Corpse Disposal Team 6 where he and his crew retrieve dead bodies. It’s still unclear as to what happened to this post-apocalyptic world but we assume that it takes place in the future world where animal life is extinct and the environment is in ruins. To make it more interesting, Sam and his team are stalked by invisible creatures that leave only footprints as evidence of their presence and seem to detect people by sounds. We are just as confused about it as you are, but if you would like to learn more, click here.

Nioh 2

Nioh 2 is currently being developed by Team Ninja for PlayStation 4 but we aren’t sure if Sony is going to be the publisher or not. We also don’t know whether or not the sequel will come to any additional platforms beyond PS4. The first Nioh game was released in 2017 for PS4 before coming to PC. It was rated 9.6 and “amazing” in its review from IGN.

From the trailer, we see the protagonist struck down and pulling demon horns out of his head that then turn him into a demon or something like that? We aren’t totally sure about that one but the logo does have horns in it as well.

Screenshot from Marvel's Spider-Man
Screenshot from Marvel’s Spider-Man Photo Credit: Sony

Marvel’s Spider-Man

In this game, you will literally get to be Spider-Man. You’ll get to feel the full power of a more experienced Spider-Man after eight years behind the mask. You’ll use improvisational combat, dynamic acrobatics, fluid urban traversal, and environmental interactions to take down your greatest enemies. New York comes to life as you swing your way through different neighborhoods and catch breath-taking views of landmarks.

From the trailer, we got to see an intense battle between Spider-Man, Electro, Rhino, Scorpion, Vulture, and Mr. Negative. His cop pal, Yuri Watanabe is by his side to help stop the villains from causing more damage on the Raft, the floating prison for super-convicts in the Marvel Universe. Though it doesn’t actually say it, we know that the villains of the game will be none other than the Sinister Six.

Marvel’s Spider-Man swings onto the PlayStation 4 on September 7.

What game are you most excited to get your hands on? I’m personally stoked for the Last of Us Part II!


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