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Sony PlayStation Roundup- E3 2019

Despite Sony skipping E3 this year for the first time, there were still plenty of games showcased that will be coming to the PlayStation 4 in the future. There are so many upcoming games that we’re only going to be looking at a select few in this roundup but I’ll link a list of all the games that were announced here. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest reveals we got.

Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red’s highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 got a fair amount of attention during E3 due to the appearance of Hollywood star Keanu Reeves popping up in the trailer before taking to the stage to confirm that he will be part of the project as well as dropping the release date. The trailer was entirely cinematic, showing the player character V (who is entirely customisable in-game) facing off against some shady types after a backdoor deal with them goes awry. Despite the cinematic nature of the trailer, it looks like some elements of combat can be seen such as V’s arm blades, weaponry used by the characters and hacking abilities that can stop you in your tracks. The game will allow the player to modify V with various body modifications, so it seems likely that the combat will vary greatly depending on the players choice of modifications as well as their weapons arsenal and skill set. Role playing games are a personal favourite of mine and I’m super excited to delve into this futuristic playground that CD Projekt Red have created. Keanu Reeves is just an added bonus.

Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on April 16th 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

Watch Dogs: Legion

In their presentation at E3, Ubisoft confirmed what several rumors and leaks had suggested: that there is a third Watch Dogs title in the works and it will be set in London. As a Brit myself, this makes me very happy. But there is a lot more to this Watch Dogs game (called Watch Dogs: Legion) to get excited for than just the setting. The game has a somewhat dystopian setting in a near future London that has been taken over by an authoritarian command known as Albion. Albion uses the surveillance system known as ctOS established in the previous Watch Dogs games to maintain a tight grip on the city. The underground hacking group known as Deadsec are fighting against Albion’s totalitarian state and the player must fight to liberate London. What is most interesting about Watch Dogs: Legion is that there isn’t one main character that the player takes on the role of. Instead, there are a multitude of NPC’s that can be recruited into the Deadsec organisation. Once recruited, they become playable and the player can pick and choose which characters they want to be. The NPC’s have a multitude of skills, so they can be recruited based on what skills are needed for missions.  Permadeath is also a factor, so if you die whilst playing as a character then they will stay dead. The demo shown at E3 demonstrated this and it also showed off the reactions that other characters have to their deaths as well as how cutscenes and situations all can vary. Watch Dogs: Legion is looking to be incredibly ambitious due to the nature of the playable characters and how it shapes the narrative. I’m really hoping that they can pull this off, but I’m certainly sold on the concept. I’m also sold on playing as an old lady and kicking some serious butt.

Watch Dogs: Legion is set for release on March 6th 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and Google Stadia.

Marvel’s Avengers

One of the more anticipated games of E3 got a reveal trailer during the Square Enix conference, however, it wasn’t quite what people were hoping for. The trailer didn’t show any gameplay but did give us a glimpse of the narrative. The game begins by focusing on the Avengers celebrating A-Day where they plan to unveil the new San Francisco Avengers Headquarters. It doesn’t take long before everything goes to hell and Captain America is supposedly killed in an explosion. The game then focuses five years in the future, with the team disbanded and the player switching between the main Avengers as they attempt to rebuild. What concerns me about this after the showcase is that I was initially under the impression that it would mostly be focused on the single-player narrative experience, much like Marvel’s Spider-Man. However, certain elements of the game suggest that this will be more of an online experience then it is letting on. The game will have “continuously releasing downloadable content, including new characters to play as and new locations to visit” which suggests that the online experience will be a significant factor. The character models of the game have also left a lot to be desired, they aren’t vibrant enough to represent the comics or familiar enough to fit in with the MCU. The characters look slightly bland and uninspired at best, and slightly like a PlayStation 2 cut-scene at worse. Of course, there are also plenty of positives to be had.  Multiplayer and single player are both available and thankfully, the game will not have loot boxes or any pay to win scenarios. The aforementioned downloadable content will also be free, which is another huge bonus.  A stellar voice cast is also involved, including Nolan North as Iron Man, Troy Baker as Bruce Banner/Hulk and Laura Bailey as Black Widow (there was noticeably a lack of Hawkeye in the trailer though). There is a great deal of potential with Marvel’s Avengers and whilst what Square Enix has initially shown isn’t exactly what I was expecting, I am still excited at the prospect of what an Avengers game could be. My fingers are tightly crossed for this one.

Marvel’s Avengers is due for release on May 15th 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and Google Stadia.  The game will have a pre-release beta on the PlayStation 4 which will become available to those PS4 users who pre-order the game.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

The game that has been more than a decade in the making, the remake of Final Fantasy VII got another trailer which highlighted some updated gameplay and a brand new look at classic characters like Tifa and Sephiroth. The graphics are also looking stunning and such a huge step away from the old PlayStation One graphics that you can’t even really compare them. We also got a release date for the remake, but what remains to be seen is when the game will be entirely complete. This first installment will only focus on the events that occur in the city of Midgar, which was only a very small portion of the original PlayStation game.  It could take many years for the entire game to be completely remade, but if the first installment goes down as well as it is shaping up to be, I think we will all be more than willing to wait.

The first episode of the Final Fantasy VII remake will be released on the PlayStation 4 on March 3rd, 2020.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

The next video game installment in the Star Wars universe was showcased with a gameplay trailer at E3 2019. The game focuses on a young Jedi Padawan named Cal who managed to avoid Order 66 and is now evading the Empire. The game is single player and looks to have a variety of elements. The demo showed some wall running and platforming sections, similar to that of Uncharted, as well as some combat against the Empire. It definitely looks to be an engaging combat system (it involves using a lightsaber and Jedi powers so how it could not be engaging?) if not a little clunky and jarring at times. Canon Star Wars characters and locations are said to make an appearance in the game with the storyline of the game itself also being recognized as canon. We see Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrara from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the demo as well as everybody’s favourite walking carpets Wookies, so who knows what other aspects of the Star Wars lore the developers have included. A Star Wars game that focused on a singular narrative rather than just online play is something that I have been looking forward, especially after the disappointing story mode included in Star Wars: Battlefront II, so again this is a game that I am crossing my fingers for.  Also, Cal’s little droid buddy is quite possibly the cutest being in the whole galaxy. These are facts.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is due for release November 15th 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

These are just a handful of the games that were on display at E3 and there are plenty more that are shaping up to look amazing. Dying Light 2, Borderlands 3, The Outer Worlds and Doom Eternal are all looking promising whereas Microsoft exclusive Gears 5, Halo Infinite and Ori and the Will of the Wisps also got their own moments to shine. The overall winner of the conferences though had to go to Nintendo. I know what you’re thinking, mentioning Nintendo in a Sony PlayStation roundup? The horror! But Nintendo definitely stepped it up with their announcements which included Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Banjo Kazooie as a new playable character in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate and not one, but two Legend of Zelda games including a sequel to Breath of the Wild. So bravo Nintendo, you win this round.

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