PlayStation Experience keynote is returning this year with a bunch of new games and remakes, including a sequel to The Last of Us, an additional chapter for Uncharted, Marvel vs Capcom, and the legendary Crash Bandicoot.
All of this goes to show that PlayStation is ready to provide gamers with what they want, including new titles, sequels to past hits, and revivals of gems that went down in history as some of the best early-gen console games. It seems that 2017 will be an exciting year for gamers, since VR is making its plunge into mainstream gaming, seeing that Sony announced a Resident Evil 7 VR demo.
The Last of Us Part 2: Ellie makes its return to this fantastic game. A Naughty Dog title, there is still no precise release date, and perhaps it may not even be launched in 2017. But for such a good game, gamers are willing to wait as long as it takes to fully enjoy the immersive experience and storytelling that The Last of Us series has to offer, starting with Ellie singing and playing a guitar with her feeble, blood-stained hands.
Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite: Capcom’s famed inter-universe fighting classic will make its comeback on all platforms in 2017. One of the main differences is that Infinite will return to the classic 2v2 scheme. There will also be a new mechanic in the form of Marvel’s Infinity Stones, which are also making their canonical appearances on Marvel movies. Also, single player mode will be upgraded, seeing that Marvel vs Capcom 3’s arcade mode was mediocre at best.
Furthermore, players can now download a remastered version of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 on PS4’s game store.
Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy: Drop your controller because PlayStation’s prodigy child is back with a rendition of his remastered games. Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy will feature the orange marsiupal’s three classic titles published by Activision and completely rebuilt by Vicarious Visions. These games are not simply a makeover, but a complete overhaul, starting from the game’s code itself, adding new graphics and maintaining the classic feel and dynamics of the game. We will not be disappointed.
Wipeout: The old classic ultra-high-speed racing game gets a reboot in the form of Wipeout Omega Collection, including Wipeout HD, Wipeout Fury and Wipeout 2048. Even if it’s not a completely new game, no one can deny that Wipeout in 4K definition would look amazing. This will now be a reality on summer 2017.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy: It was first planned as a DLC, but due to the length of the story portrayed by Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross it had to be announced as its own title. This will be the first Uncharted without Nathan Drake at the lead.
PaRappa the Rapper: Yes, he’s back. A classic PSX title will return with a remastered rendition to the PlayStation 4. With better graphics and improved gameplay, PaRappa will aim to capture a whole new generation of gamers.
Gamers can also download the Resident Evil 7 demo, which includes PSVR support, allowing players to take on a zombie-killing spree, just as if they were immersed in the horrendous world controlled by the Umbrella Corporation. Other titles available for download are Let It Die, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, and Lara Croft Go, a fresh take on the tomb raider’s adventures from an overhead perspective.
Horizon Zero Dawn: although not as popular, its trailer provides great expectations, with its beautiful landscapes and mech-based living world. The game is reminiscent of Shadow of the Colossus’ mechanics, only that mobility is much freer and the main objective is to tame and hunt not colossi, but robotic animals that resemble boars, tigers, and even dinosaurs. It is a truly interesting title that may excite those who have not experienced this type of game based on open-world hunting mechanics.
Other titles include LocoRoco, Patapon, MLB The Show 17, Knack 2, Gran Turismo Sport, and last but not least, The Last Guardian.
One of the most anticipated games of 2016, The Last Guardian will hit the shelves on December 6. As we spoke of Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian is being announced as “a new legend,” worthy of comparison with Colossus and ICO, telling the story of the bond between a boy and a giant beast.
In this case, the beast is like a massive dog, similar to Falcor of the Neverending Story or Appa from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Sony has already announced that preorders for The Last Guardian have surpassed expectations, seeing that it builds upon past classic titles that have remained as standards of quality gameplay and storytelling.
The player will take control of a young boy who befriends Trico, a gargantuan dog-bird. The player will be able to tame Trico and treat is as an animal, using food to conduct its behavior and seeing it play on a puddle of water. It was first planned for 2011, but subsequent delays caused by developers leaving the roster forced the game to be launched three years later on another console.