Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Sony @ Paris Games Week- 5 Must-Watch Trailers

It's hard to believe that the Playstation 4 is almost 2 years old now. Like, I still often refer to the Playstation 4 as “next-gen”, as if it's a brand new piece of hardware that's just around the corner. But no, it's been here for 2 years, I'm now 30 and I feel old. Anyway, lets move away from the ravages of age and onto the Paris Games Week, the yearly gaming event held in (you guessed it!) Paris. Sony just had their press conference and there were some pretty nifty trailers released.

So, instead of you slogging through blogs, websites and forums to hunt down exactly what you should check out, here's our rundown of the 5 must-watch trailers from Sony press conference.


Detroit: Become Human



I have a very love/hate relationship with developer Quantic Dream. Actually no I don't, I just plain hate them. I've ranted about this before (so feel free the check out the trailer here and move on), but back in 1999 I played Omikron: The Nomad Soul. It was an semi open-world adventure set in a futuristic world, that had you jumping from soul to soul of the inhabitants of its world. Mixing first-person shooting, fighting and third-person exploration, the game was a wonderful mesh of science fiction and fantasy, only perfected by its inclusion of David Bowie (yeah, seriously). But since those days Qunatic Dream have moved towards the realm of interactive movies if anything else, and I've found their recent efforts to be nothing short of boring, cheesy and mundane. I know David Cage is doing his best to try and prove games can be art, but shit, Heavy Rain played out like a direct-to-VHS drama. Little details of their latest game, Detroit: Become Human, are known, but it looks like it'll centre itself around androids, what it truly means to be human and lots and lots of cut-scenes. Cool beans.


Wild



After bring us such classics as Rayman, Peter Jackson's King Kong (no really, it's actually great) and Beyond Good & Evil, Michel Ancel, alongside his new company Wild Sheep, have re-revealed their first game. Simply titled Wild, the game is an open-world adventure and looks a little different from how it did last year. Though details are very scarce, Wild plants you directly into a gigantic world for you to freely explore. From riding giants bears around and being a badass, jumping into the bodies of animals to explore the world from a new perspective, to simply traversing the world as the main character on-foot, Wild looks like an interesting title. As soon as I saw it I got flashbacks of the cancelled Xbox title B.C, a game that would have been incredible. Though it's clearly not a rip-off at all, lets hope Wild can fill that void that B.C has left in my heart for just over a decade now.

Gran Turismo Sport



This was expected, but it was finally nice to see a Gran Turismo revealed to be making its way to the Playstation 4. Compatible with Playstation VR, the latest Gran Turismo offering looks, well, pretty much like the last one, apart from some prettier graphics, I guess. That said, kicking off with a nice rundown of the history of motorsport, the trailer did bring back a feeling of nostalgia that I have for the original game on the Playstation. All we truly know at this point is that the first PS4 Gran Turismo is coming, and it's coming sometime in 2016.

Star Wars: Battlefront



Though I did have some grievances about the open Beta of Star Wars: Battlefront, it wasn't the colossus f*ck up like I thought it was going to be. Sure, it's definitely a step down from 2005's Star Wars: Battlefront 2 in terms of gameplay features, but it's still shaping up to be a fun game. I'm not totally sold on it just yet, but this trailer did a pretty good job at getting my excited for its release. Featuring the likes of Princess Leia, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Emperor Palpatine himself, it's enough to get any Star Wars fan ready for some good hero on villain action. Time will tell if it truly lives up to the hype, but I certainly hope it at least partially captures what made Battlefront 2 so special.

Dreams



This one looks special. Originally shown off at E3, Dreams is the upcoming game by Media Molecule, the literal geniuses behind LittleBigPlanet. Dreams follows the ethos that the company that stayed close to since its inception- games are all about play.. Much like LittleBigPlanet gave you the tools to play around with Sackboys world, Dreams lets you create, well, dreams. From sculpting, shaping, colouring to breathing life into beings and creatures created using your Playstation 4 controller, Dreams lets the player create stunning scenarios and locations. Often coming across like a moving painting in this video, Dreams is a game that truly looks beautiful in every way imaginable. Though I'm sure it's impossible to create anything TOO big, even if Dreams simply lets the player recreate intimate moments from our own dreams, that's enough for the price of admission to me. Bring it on.


Denis Murphy



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