Video Games – Round Up – PlayStation Experience and Game Awards

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It has finally saw the light of day, PlayStation Experience. Although, shorter than most events of its kind, PSX showed us lots of great things that are coming on the Sony consoles and it couldn’t have been at a better time for PlayStation. It celebrated its 20th anniversary on December 5th when it released the PSOne in Japan in 1994.

I already posted a couple of articles about No Man’s Sky, Street Fighter V, Uncharted 4 and Yakuza 5, which were part of the event. In this article, I will put the rest of PSX in a neat little package so you don’t have to go looking for them, how sweet of me.

Keynote

The Keynote that was presented early Saturday morning featured tons of stuff. First off, it starts with a cool looking introduction video. After that, CEO of SCEA Shawn Layden introduces the show and gives us the first gameplay footage of Uncharted 4. This footage is really outstanding and has tons of new features. After that 15 minutes trailer, Chris Cutliff, Jason Villa and Ramone Russell from San Diego Studios, come talk about MLB 15 The Show. The game will be available on PS4,PS3 and PS Vita

We are then introduced to Christian Phillips, Head of San Diego Studios, and he presents Kill Strain. This title is a Free-To-Play, top-down, fast pace game and will be available next year with a Beta early 2015. From Software is up at the plate with Hidetaka Miyazaki, President, To give us a look at another Feature of Bloodborne: Te Chalice Dungeon. This dungeon is proceduly generated as the player progresses along and has tons of suprises, tricks and traps. The graphics of this game are really stunning so far and Personally cant wait to see it when it is completely done.

Then, we had the ever entertaining Adam Boyes. He started off by saying that there was 800 kiosks to visit at PSX and that Morpheus was playable. He also mentioned that 31 panels were being presented over the course of the weekend. He then moved on to The Destiny Expansion, The Dark Below, and showed a trailer of the exclusive strike, which is only until Fall 2015.

Adam then moved on and talked about games coming to the consoles. First on up was Ultra Street Fighter IV coming out in spring on the PS4. Then talked about the co-op game Killing Floor 2. Darkest Dungeon and The Forest also made an appearance. Both will be out on PS4 in 2015. After the release of Geometry Wars 3 earlier last month, they announced that the game will be available on PS Vita in the Spring. Persona 5 will make its debut in North America on the PS3 and PS4 later next year. Bastion will also be available on PS4 and PS Vita. The long streak of games ended with Orcs Must Die: Unchained coming to PS4 in 2015.

Peter Moore from EA jumps on quickly and announced 3 free games from the PlayStation console: Plants Vs Zombies for PS4, Mirrors Edge for PS3 and Need for Speed: Most Wanted for Vita. Please note that these game were only available until midnight PST on PSN during the weekend of PSX. Boyes comes back on stage and announces 5 games coming next year to PlayStation in a quick fire video. Dungeon Defenders 2, Skytorn, Severed, Shovel Knight(featuring Kratos as one of the bosses) and Enter The Gungeon are all coming to the consoles. Batman also makes an appearance with part 3 of the ACE Chemical Infiltration trailer presented by Gaz Deaves from WB Games.

Yoshinori Ono presents the up and coming Street Fighter V exclusive for PS4 and PC indefinitely. He also mentions that SFV will be cross-play between PS4 and PC meaning you will be able to fight opponents that are playing on PC if you are playing on PS4.

The Director of 3rd Party Production and Developer Relations from SCEA, Gio Corsi, makes an appearance to tell us about #buildingthelist. This is the project that made Yakuza 5 coming to North America possible. He also talked about 7 games coming to the Vita next year: Suikoden and Suikoden 2 coming December 9th, Towerfall Ascension(which will also have the dlc “Dark World” later), Octodad: Deadliest Catch, Super Time Force Ultra(featuring Shuhei Yoshida as a playable character), The Banner Saga and Resident Evil Revelations 2. He also mentions that Gang Beast will be coming to PS4.

We are then graced with the presents of Tim Shafer himself to talk about a couple of games coming from Double Fine. Broken Age will be coming to PS4 and PS Vita next year. Grim Fandango Remastered will be available January 27th for the PS4. Also from Double Fine is Day of The Tentacle Special Edition.

Shannon Studstill from Santa Monica Studios shows off Fat Princess Adventures. Robin Hunicke and Keita Takahashi from Funomena reveals Wattam. Ian Dallas from Giant Sparrow gives us a taste of What Remains of Edith Finch. This is all rounded off with some sequences from chapter 5 of The Order 1886 which was shown by Ru Weerasuriya, Founder at Ready at Dawn. The Order will be releasing on February 20th, 2015.

Media Molecule hits the stage with Rex Crowle and his new game Tearaway: Unfolded coming to PS4. He shows off some features from the game with some gameplay. Then, Pete Samuels from Super Massive Games shows us Until Dawn. This game does looks super interesting with its quick time events and whats seems to be a fun story.

Shinji Hashimoto from Square Enix comes out to talk about the port of Final Fantasy VII which didn’t get much praised on the interwebs. It will be coming out Spring 2015 to PS4. Shawn Layden comes back to show us a 20 year anniversary video tribute all done in the Little Big Planet engine. It looked really neat.

Sean Murray from Hello Games comes out and give us an expanded view of what No Man’s Sky really has to offer. The Keynote is ended with David Jaffe from The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency. He shows us a sweet looking game by the name of Drawn To Death which will be a 4 players Free-For-All game.

I really enjoyed the keynote. It had lots of noticeable games like Until Dawn, The Forest, No Man’s Sky and much more. Personally, I would have liked to see something more of a heavy hitter, but the mass amount of games is still fine with me. I think I would enjoy the mechanics of Until Dawn which looks a lot like Walking Dead but a bit more refined. No Man’s Sky looks amazing and massive which should be fun to explore when it comes out. I also really enjoyed the new gameplay trailer for The Order 1886. In the Keynote video, they show some of the melee that’s in the game and it doesn’t disappoint. At the end, PSX was an awesome event jammed pack with information.

Source: PSX Keynote Video

Game Awards

Here’s a quick round-up from Fridays Game Awards:

Game of the Year: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Developer of the Year: Nintendo
Best Independent Game: Shovel Knight
Best Mobile/Handheld Game: Heartstone
Best Narrative: Valiant Hearts
Best Score/Soundtrack: Destiny
Best Performance: Trey Parker, South Park: The Stick of Truth
Game For Chance: Valiant Hearts
Best Remastered: Grand Theft Auto V
Best Shooter: Far Cry 4
Best Action/Adventure: Shadow of Mordor
Best RPG: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Best Fighting Game: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Best Family Game: Mario Kart 8
Best Sport/Racing Game: Mario Kart 8
Best Online Experience: Destiny
Most Anticipated Game: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
ESports Player of the Year: Matt “NaDeSHoT” Haag
ESports Team of the Year: Ninjas in Pyjamas
Trending Gamer: TotalBiscuit
Best Fan Creation: Twitch Plays Pokemon

Source: The Game Awards Website

They where also big announcement across all the platforms during the Game Awards. Here are the list of games they unvealed with a playlist of the trailers:

-Zelda
-No Man’s Sky
-Mario Maker
-Metal Gear Online
-The Order 1886
-Until Dawn
-Human Element
-King’s Quest
-Godzilla
-The Witcher 3
-Bloodborne
-Adri1ft
-Before
-Tacoma
-Hazelight

Source: The Game Awards Youtube Channel

This concludes the round of the PlayStation Experience and The Game Awards. So much cool stuff coming up but so little time to play everything. There is a lot to take in but please do tell us what you think about these events in the comments below. Did you like the Awards? How about PSX? What can’t you wait to see more of?

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