Thanks to PlayStation Experience and The Game Awards, there has been a huge release of announcements and trailers for upcoming video games that we’re all looking forward to and anticipating. So join me, as I go through some of the marketing and trailers, for products that are built to take your money at a later date.
The Last Of Us Part II
Well, it happened. I didn’t expect an announcement for this to come so soon, considering it has now been confirmed that the game is still a long ways away. But I won’t question a good thing too much, especially when that ‘thing’ is a sequel to one of my—and many other’s— favourite games of all-time.
Compared to the already beautiful Uncharted 4, this game looks amazing, with smaller details in the world and performance capture. From the trailer alone, there isn’t too much we can infer, other than that the game looks great and continues the story of Joel and Ellie. From the few lines of dialogue that aren’t sung aloud, it appears the story will focus on revenge, with Ellie wanting to ‘kill every last one of them.’ There are hints that this enemy will be the Fireflies, and it makes pretty good narrative sense for them to be so, as they are an established organisation that has reason to be out for our main characters’ heads. However, it’s not the main storyline that intrigues me, but instead how the game will improve on the adventure of the original game. The Last Of Us was always about the journey rather than the destination, and I’m excited to see what new things Naughty Dog will bring to this journey. The first game had so many great little moments dotted around its chapters, so it’ll be interesting to see whether they can capture those kinds of moments in this one, while still making it feel natural.
Gameplay is also another point that has me thinking about what improvements and game mechanics will be added; I’m basically certain that some kind of driving mechanic will be adopted from Uncharted, as well as perhaps some form of dialogue choice. Furthermore, as Ellie is now our main playable character, you can bet that she will be the antithesis of Joel’s brawling and brutal style of combat, instead being vulnerable yet quick and deadly. Overall, the trailer was an excellent way to end what had been a fantastic conference. Here’s hoping that Naughty Dog and Sony refrain from showing any more of the game, until they are certain of a release date they can hit.
Death Stranding Game Awards Trailer
After the first trailer for Death Stranding, we were all left slightly confused and scratching our heads. And after this second trailer for the game, it appears like Kojima’s marketing strategy involves torn nails and raw scalps, as this new trailer once again delivers a good amount of excitement and an abundance of mystery. The first thing that lit up a light bulb in my brain, was the appearance of someone who appeared to be Guillermo del Toro, who was later confirmed to be him indeed. Now it’s pretty hard to analyse or infer much of anything from this trailer, as everything is cryptic and shrouded in the bizarre and strange. However, one thing I hope is that all of this (the crabs, the babies, the black ink substance) actually ties into the game properly and isn’t just there for the sake of being weird. I’m sure we all remember the flying whale on fire in the Phantom Pains trailer, that to my knowledge didn’t ever get explained in the game.
Towards the end of this trailer for Death Stranding, we get an appearance from Mads Mikkelsen, which along with Norman Reedus, makes a pretty star-studded cast for a video game. Just like The Last Of Part 2, I hope that this is the most of what we see of Death Stranding, until the game is more concrete in its development.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Being touted as an expansion to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, The Lost Legacy features Chloe Frazer in a new chapter set after the events of Drake’s last outing. Noticeably missing from Uncharted 4, I was happy to see Chloe back again and kicking ass, this time taking the reigns as the main playable character. As shown in the trailer’s conclusion, Nadine will play a part in this story, this time being an ally to the player. These two women teaming up is something that is sure to be fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they play off each other and connect based on their wildly different experiences of Nathan Drake himself. While we don’t know exactly what the game is centred around, I’m quite sure that it’s not treasure, since Nadine seemed pretty done with that stuff in the last game. Besides story, gameplay appears exact to Uncharted 4; however, developers have stated that Chloe’s fighting style will be different from Drake’s, and that environments will also differ in a few ways. But even if everything remains largely the same, like it probably will, more Uncharted is never a bad thing.
Crash Bandicoot And Other Remakes
A Crash Bandicoot remake is officially on its way, coming in a bundle called the N.Sane Trilogy. For anyone who has never played the original games, these remakes offer up a good chance to dive into a series that is beloved by so many. However, looking at the trailer footage where they contrast the original with the remake, it kind of felt to me like these new games had a style that was overly cartoonish and bright, but that just might be me. Alongside Crash, we also got announcements for remakes of PaRappa the Rapper, Patapon, Loco Roco, and Wipeout. I know I’m not the first to say this, but with all these remakes coming out, it appears Sony is trying to gauge interest for full PS4 sequels of some of these games. So, if you’re the kind of guy who wants to see a brand new PaRappa the Rapper or Crash Bandicoot game made, then buy these remakes to show your support!
It sure has been a great few days for anyone who likes being advertised to, including me. But before you leave, I’d just like you all to remember that everything discussed here, all still have the possibility of winding up to be complete utter shit. So keep your expectations reasonable for the benefit of your own enjoyment.
Oh, and one more thing…
THE KNACK 2 HAS COMETH!!!!!!!!!
Disregard everything previously said in the last paragraph, and apply all of your hype points and expectations to the sequel we all knew was coming, yet were still baffled to see actually announced.