Playstation came out swinging today at their annual Playstation Experience showcase. While the showcase didn’t feature some games I was clinging to hope for, primarily Red Dead Redemption 2 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, there were some heavy hitters that absolutely pumped up the hype levels and got the juices flowing.
The showcase opened up with an interesting display of gameplay that was tough to recognize at first. Initially, I suspected it was Final Fantasy VII remastered, panning down to Midgar. It was pretty quickly narrowed down to Uncharted, Shadow of the Tomb Raider or potentially The Last of Us 2 once we were shown a woman wearing some type of head covering. But once you saw Chloe’s eyes, it became pretty clear what it was. So we got Uncharted: The Lost Legacy featuring Chloe and Nadine. It was described as a “standalone game” so my guess is that it’s not DLC for Uncharted 4 and it’ll be a smaller game around $20-30. It was a pretty cool surprise, I’m looking forward to seeing how that plays out.
The next real haymaker in the showcase was the first trailer for Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy. I, along with many others, have been dying for a new classic style Crash Bandicoot game and this trailer absolutely delivered on the hopes from the game’s announcement at E3. This isn’t just a regular old remaster either, these games have been rebuilt from the ground up and they look awesome. For more details on what’s to come in the game, check out the Playstation blog post explaining what exactly they did when they rebuilt the games.
Outside of those two major titles, there was a flood of new game trailers released. Some of these are major titles like Horizon Zero Dawn and The Last Guardian while others were smaller titles and remasters like Knack 2, Wipeout Omega Collection and PaRappa the Rapper. Below, I’ve compiled a list of most of the trailers that debuted today at the showcase. You can also head on over to the Playstation YouTube page if you really want to see the final few stragglers I didn’t list.
And of course, we can’t forget the highlight of the day; The Last of Us Part II. It’s only in early development right now but this game is going to be absurdly hyped, and rightfully so. The Last of Us is one of my all time favorite games and arguably the single best narrative experience in gaming. The game’s ending was absolutely beautiful and I was emotionally obliterated by the end of the journey. If you haven’t played it yet, go out and pick it up because you absolutely have to; it’s a must play for any gamer. I’m a little torn on a sequel, because I loved the first game so much that I sort of want the story to just end there. But Naughty Dog is so good and I loved the game so damn much that I’m salivating for more. This is a game I’ll have to take a couple days off of work for the day it comes out and I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t make me cry again. The trailer was unbelievably satisfying and a stellar finisher to the showcase.
And there’s your brief little summary of what the Playstation Experience showcase had to offer this year. It probably could have just been called The Naughty Dog Show (featuring some other games) because Naughty Dog completely carried the show. The rest of the games were basically just fluff to space out Naughty Dog’s bombs. Even if it didn’t have some of the major titles I was really hoping to get a look at, between Uncharted, Crash Bandicoot and The Last of Us, that was all the show needed to be a success. That doesn’t mean I’m not still sitting here waiting for the day that the original Spyro the Dragon gets a face lift. That day will come one day, but it is unfortunately not this day.