Sony came into E3 with a lot of momentum. Their next generation console, the PlayStation 4, has outsold the Xbox One by a wide margin. So there was a question as to whether or not Sony would rest on their heels during this presentation since they weren’t in any sort of panic mode. It turns out that they maintained their aggression.
Here are five things that families learned from their press event:
1. Entwined is available now and is gorgeous.
Entwined is an independent game that is exclusive the PlayStation 4 at the moment. It was released on Monday June 9th for $9.99. The game is built around the idea of controlling two characters at once using the two thumb sticks on the controller. Each stick controls one of the two characters.
Thematically, each stage is built around a pair of souls that are in love, but cannot be together. (The trailer showed a stylized crane and a fish.) The player is responsible for guiding these souls through the level until they can finally meet at the end. The game play itself was evocative of the mobile game Super Hexagon which was a lot of fun.
Entwined will be moving to the PlayStation 3 and Vita soon as well. Keep your eyes here for more info, and perhaps even a review, as time goes on.
2. Little Big Planet 3 is coming!
Little Big Planet has been a force in the gaming industry for years now. The first two iterations of the game have been so successful that a follow-up was inevitable. I have to admit that I have always had my doubts though. I wondered how they were going to be able to innovate on a game (Little Big Planet 2) that allowed for so many different kinds of gaming experiences. I should have known that people who are FAR smarter than me would be able to figure it out.
Little Big Planet 3 was demoed at the event and showed off two major changes.
First, the levels can have significantly more depth to them. This means that you will see Saskboy running from the foreground into the background and vice versa as opposed to just making a small hop. This is something that creative designers will be making great use of for years.
Second, they created new playable characters. I don’t know why, but I never really imagined them doing it. I had always assumed that Sackboy was the mascot and that he would stand alone. But, it looks like I was wrong. They added Oddsock, Toggle, and Swoop to the game each with their own unique special abilities to help navigate different levels. The new character diversity is brilliant and will go a long way to helping keep Little Big Planet fresh as the years go by.
3. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes
Sony is making a significant push to have their own special bundles and exclusive content for cross platform games as a way to encourage people to purchase PlayStation products.
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is going to be a big seller this year and Sony intends to capitalize on it. There will be a Sony exclusive bundle of the game that will include the Hulk figure along with the other starter figures at launch. This may not be a significant change, but Disney Infinity figures are expensive. This could definitely lean some of the units sold in Sony’s direction.
4. Grim Fandango remastered!
Short and sweet: This is a piece of video game history that touches on storytelling tropes that everyone interested in fiction should know.
This isn’t for young kids by any means, but this should be required playing for teenagers.
5. ABZU is a long way off, but it is definitely something to look forward to!
Journey was an AMAZING game. It delivered a compelling story with no spoken words or text. It captivated us with its art design and music. Many people, myself included, put it on the short list for the best game of the previous generation (which is high praise considering the quality of game that is available).
Two of Journey’s developers have teamed up for a new project: ABZU. We know very little about the game itself, but the trailer and their history lead us to believe that this is going to be one for the history books! We’ll keep you posted as more details arise!
What about you? What do you think about what you saw? Sound off in the comments!