by Japan Studio
Among all the games that Sony could have shown first, this game was a great way to ease people into the capability of the PS4. The game itself seems to be a platform game of some sort, and creative designer Mark Cerny’s return to the industry. Knack exhibits great displays of both physics and particle effects we can come to expect from the PS4. During the Gaikai portion of the meeting, they showed off a little bit of Knack streaming from the PS4 to the PSVita and it looked impressively seamless. It stars a cute little robotic character named Knack, who is mankind’s hope to turning the tides in their war with the Goblins. From the looks of things, Knack has some sort of ancient power that you use in your fight to make him go from a little pipsqueak to a goliath. Mark Cerny’s return to game creation is shaping up to be a must have game upon the PS4’s launch.
Killzone: Shadow Fall
by Guerilla Games
Killzone has always been a good show of graphical fidelity for the Sony name and this demo is no different. Rather than showing a CG demo like Killzone 2 did for the PS3 release, Guerilla decided to show a full real-time gameplay demo and it was glorious. Within seconds of the demo starting, you catch glimpses of a vast city, soaring skyscrapers (with amazing reflection detail), majestic looking waterfalls, and gorgeous lighting. As far as gameplay goes, there wasn’t much to set Killzone: Shadow Fall too far apart from other first-person shooters out there, but the graphical detail during the firefight shows a lot of promise. The character models, the environmental detail, the smoke and debris are all amazingly sharp and vivid. The PS4 displayed everything flawlessly without so much as a single stutter in the overall gameplay. If you’re a fan of the Killzone series, then you’ll be happy to return to the universe in a whole new world, Vekta, the VSA/ISA homeworld.
by Evolution Studios
Not a whole lot was really shown about this game other than the gorgeous car models with incredible attention to detail. For instance, you’ll notice right away the rainbow like effect and reflective detail you get while looking into the headlights of a car. The main game focus is on team racing, which has the potential to be massive if the PS4 can live up to the hype. But the game doesn’t just stop at the console, in fact, Evolution Studios is implementing the social features of the PS4 to make your experience more expansive. Utilizing the second screen technology Sony plans to use, you’re able to use your tablet or smartphone to keep track of scores or even issue out challenges for teams around the world to try and outdo one another. I still can’t shake the feeling that Drive Club seems like a placeholder for the long awaited (most likely a very long awaited) Gran Turismo 6, but you’ll more than likely enjoy the ride anyways.
Infamous: Second Son
by Sucker Punch
It’s a bit surprising that Sucker Punch decided to go ahead and make a new Infamous game. From the looks of things, we’re looking at a whole new set of powers, a new city, and a brand new protagonist. There wasn’t much to grasp in the trailer shown so Sony’s official PlayStation blog had this to say:
Delsin Rowe is the star of Second Son, and you probably know someone like him: A 24 year-old who is absolutely convinced he’s destined for greatness; though so far that greatness has managed to elude him. He grew up just outside Seattle, where his great – if accidental – calling comes crashing into his life. After rescuing occupants from a fiery bus wreck, he discovers that he suddenly has the ability to direct, manipulate and even transform into… Smoke. Could he have absorbed this power from one of the passengers he pulled from the wreckage?
Setting the scene: It’s been seven years since the Cole McGrath episodes and the world has clearly changed. Anyone showing signs of being a so-called “bio-terrorist” is immediately handed over to the Department of Unified Protection (DUP) – a government agency created to ensure there is never a repeat of the catastrophic events of Empire City and New Marais. So Delsin, who has never been particularly respectful of authority, finds himself caught in the DUP dragnet – And decides he’s not going to go quietly.
Along the way, Delsin is going to ask questions that are not just relevant to the world of Second Son- but to the world we all live in today. A world where we are often instructed to surrender our freedoms to help improve our security. Ben Franklin once wrote “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Is he right?
As you play Second Son, you’ll explore lots of Seattle’s familiar landmarks. As with all games in this series, the path the gameplay and story take will depend on the decisions you make along the way.
by Thekla Inc.
In an attempt to make the PS4 more accessible to indie developers, The Witness struts its stuff from Thekla Inc., headed by Jonathan Blow, creator of the game Braid. The Witness is a puzzle and adventure game that doesn’t really have more than that to show at the moment. Other than the promise of 25 hours of gameplay minimum, the game shows of an interesting art style.
by Ubisoft Montreal
Everything’s Connected. Adding to the list of third party developers that support the PS4, Ubisoft Montreal decided to shock everyone with an amazing display of their upcoming game Watch Dogs. The demo showed this time around was something different than what we saw at E3 2012. A stealth/action/sandbox game, we see the protagonist of Watch Dogs go from hacking someone’s bank account; steal money from an ATM; analyze the threat level of a person’s phone call; call out a dirt bag before they hurt someone; and chase that man down and give him a lesson or two. The most interesting part (much like the E3 demo from last year) was the fact that we got a glimpse of what can possibly be a multiplayer aspect of the game. Although we have not yet had any confirmation, the camera following our protagonist did seem to hold some sort of clue to a possible multiplayer world. Watch Dogs is currently slated as a launch title for the PS4.
by Bungie Studios
With a very surprising appearance from Bungie, we caught more footage of their upcoming “shared world” shooter labeled, Destiny. The noteworthy differences from this presentation and the reveal they had on Feb. 17th, was that not only did they confirm that versions will be made for both PS3 and PS4, but exclusive content will be coming to the PlayStation community. Bungie showed off a closer look at the world they’ve created, which looks breathtaking and massive, and they showed the beings that inhabit it. There is definitely a Halo-esque feel to this game, but it’s shaping up to be something much bigger than Halo ever could be.
Possibly showing off what could be the next Final Fantasy game, Square Enix showed off a cinematic experience of which they hold to be the standard they plan to exhibit for the PS4.
Capcom surprisingly showed off a CG trailer of what they hoped to achieve with the PS4 with their upcoming game “Deep Down” (working title). If Capcom is able to pull off what they showed, then we’re looking at a much more immersive gaming experience.
Gaming giant Blizzard made an unexpected appearance, as well. They announced that Diablo 3 is indeed coming to consoles. They even mentioned that a special co-op mode is coming to the consoles exclusively. Lastly, with the PS4, Blizzard hopes to jump back into the console world, something that hasn’t been done by Blizzard in a very long time. (Starcraft Ghost anyone?)
Third Party Developers Confirmed
We expect to hear more about each of these games at E3 this year. For more coverage of the PS4, go to our PS4 Console Breakdown – The Future of PlayStation.