This year’s E3 found Sony holding most of the marbles. Yes, Microsoft touted exclusive games like Titanfall and Sunset Overdrive, and their games looked pretty, but gamers were less than enthusiastic about the features of the Xbox One, especially the need for an online connection every 24 hours and the restrictions on used and shared games. The outcry forced Microsoft to do a 180, reversing their position on their less than well received stances in order to mollify the gaming community and not lose everything to Sony and Nintendo. The 100 dollar difference between the consoles may yet prove the difference in who holds the edge for the next generation of gaming, but with Microsoft’s reversals things come more back to the games, and Sony provided a look at several, including five exclusives, with the promise to announce more later at Gamescom. The five are a mix between new IPs and old franchises. The new IPs are Knack, The Order: 1886, and Driveclub, with next gen additions to the Killzone and inFamous franchises (Killzone: Shadow Fall and inFamous: Second Son, respectively). We’ll take a look at each of these separately, and fill you in on what’s known so far.
Knack is a single player action game being developed by Japan Studio in cooperation with game designer Mark Cerny. It follows the adventures of the titular character, who has a knack (get it?) for incorporating substances, such as ice and metal, into his body and uses them to gain new abilities to help in successfully completing each of the game’s levels. Knack was created by a human doctor studying ancient relics from a long lost civilization. Knack proves to have mysterious powers, and can alter his size, from a three foot being to a much larger wrecking machine. Knack could be the key in the war against the Goblins, but the doctor discovers that there is a threat from the human community as well. The gameplay has been described by Sony to be “a little bit like Crash Bandicoot and Katamari Darmacy, with a touch of God of War.” The game looks to be very fun, and with its unique main character may set itself up a prime next gen title that can be enjoyed by all ages. It’s slated for a 2013 release, so this may be one of the PS4′s launch titles.
Racing has long been a staple on game consoles, and on Sony’s console the dominant force has been the Gran Turismo series, with the sixth game in the franchise set to hit the PS3 in the fall of 2013. For the next generation, Evolution Studios (MotorStorm) is bringing us Driveclub, a road racer that is more akin to an arcade racer like Grid 2 rather than a racing simulator like Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport. Players will be able to manage racing teams, as this team element with figure strongly in the title. The management will be accomplished through both the Playstation Plus network and through the PS4′s sharing features. The game looks sharp, with a wide array of vehicles and tracks to choose from, and is slated for a 2013 release, meaning this could also be a launch title.
The Order: 1886
One of the more interesting looking titles announced by Sony at E3 was The Order:1886. With its scenes of an alternate 19th century London and a steam punk sensibility, this could be shaping up as one of the PS4′s most original titles. It’s development is being handled by both Ready at Dawn, who handled previously titles for the PSP such as God of War: Ghost of Sparta and Daxter, and Sony Santa Monica, who helmed such diverse titles as the God of War series and indie titles like Flower and Journey. The game is set in an alternate universe, where war with an inhuman species has prompted the Industrial Revolution in order to emerge victorious in the centuries old conflict. The clip shown at E3 had a squad of four emerging from a horse drawn carriage with a variety of weapons to hold off what looked like to be a pack of werewolf like creatures. The 19th century setting gives the game a unique look, and as of now it looks to play as a third person action adventure. It won’t be a launch title, as it’s slated for a 2014 release, but it’s one of the titles I’m most looking forward to.
Killzone: Shadow Fall
Set 30 years after the events of the series last outing, Killzone 3, Killzone: Shadow fall finds the planet of Helghan left in ruins, and yet war still goes on. The ISA resettles Helghast refugees on the planet Vekta, resulting in a city divided by a large wall between factions. The Helghast find they need to fight for their right to exist, while the Vektans are fighting for their very survival. This leads to a cold war, which developer Guerrilla Games plans to showcase using the full power of Sony’s new console. The demo showcased impressive graphics, with incredible explosions and detailed environments. The gameplay looks to be as solid as it was in the series last two outings on the PS3, and it is scheduled as a launch title, so new PS4 owners can indulge their inner space warrior come this holiday season.
inFamous: Second Son
This new entry into the franchise is set seven years after the “good” ending of inFamous 2. Cole McGrath has sacrificed himself to kill the evil Conduit John White, aka The Beast, and the resulting explosion was thought to have killed all of the Conduits across the globe. But apparently, this was not the case. Fearing a repeat of the destruction of Empire City and New Marais, The Department of Unified Protection (DUP) is formed, and as it monitors major cites labels any Conduit as a bio-terrorist. The game moves to Seattle, Washington, the first time a real city has been used in the franchise instead of a fictional one. You play as Delsin Rowe, a 24 year old graffiti artist who comes in contact with a Conduit while witnessing a bus crash. The contact awakens Delsin’s own dormant Conduit abilities, which initially appears to give him control over smoke, but developer Sucker Punch has revealed that Delsin can absorb other Conduit’s abilities, which he uses to fight against the oppressive DUP. Sucker punch is again giving us an open world to use these powers in, and hopefully you will still have the ability to play as good or evil. We’ll find out when the action adventure hits consoles in 2014.
So those are the five Sony exclusives we know about, with more to come. As we get more info on these upcoming releases, we’ll pass it on. Which of these PS4 games are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below.