Words by Branden Peters
Sony took full advantage of PlayStation 4 being the fastest selling console in history by hosting a full on stunt fest in Las Vegas in the form of the first annual PlayStation Experience. Unlike E3 Expo, PSX was completely consumer driven. Fans piled into the Sands Convention Center by the thousands to get the latest scoop on upcoming games, see a keynote that went a bit too long and attend a variety of panel discussions. Most importantly they got to actually play titles that won’t see the light of day for months. Here is a list of a few of the most interesting games we played (or saw) at PSX.
Street Fighter V
Sony pulled a huge power move by getting the exclusive console rights to Street Fighter V. The trailer that’s floating around the net is okay, but we know they aren’t going to release any trash so we’re still hyped about the title. Another cool aspect of V is the across platform play between PC and PS4 gamers. If you can’t wait until V drops, Capcom also announced that Ultra Street Fighter IV would come to current gen consoles in spring.
Release Date: TBD
Project Cars was initially supposed to drop in October but was pushed back so the game could get the maximum amount of visibility from consumers. With a new March 2015 release date on the books, the game’s creative director Andy Tudor allowed potential buyers to test the Dubai track of the game at PSX. The game is compatible with Oculus Rift and Sony’s own Morpheus project for those that want to go virtual reality with the racing. Project Cars mechanics and graphic capability aren’t strikingly different from its current gen competitors but considering that there aren’t any Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo 7 release dates in the near future, Namco Bandai’s racing title could win.
Release Date: March 2015
The Order: 1886
Ready at Dawn has developed some of the most limit pushing titles of the last few years from God of War: Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta toDaxter, they constantly produce heat. The Order, is no different, set in the late 1800’s, the game mixes historic events with myths. The combination makes for an fun cinematic experience.
Release Date: February 20, 2015
This title is another one that was supposed to hit shelves for holiday season but it got pushed back for completely different reasons. Gamers let EA have it about bugs in Battlefield 4 so that has to be part of the reason Hardline was pushed back. EA and Visceral gave hands on time with the “best-in-class” Hotwire multiplayer mode on the Glades map. It was the first time that the auto driven map had been shown. It plays like the typical MP free-for-all, but with whips involved, which makes it more fun. From what the trailer shows, the single player mode looks like a cross between Bad Company 2 and GTA, which in this case is a good thing.
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Hands down the star of the show was the fourth installment of Uncharted. Nathan Drake’s return to PlayStation looks ridiculously realistic. The combat alone got the PSX crowd excited, and the gunplay and lush environment took it over the top. After viewing about 15 minutes of real-time gameplay there is no doubt in my mind that Uncharted 4 will be one of the best games to be released in 2015 regardless of genre or platform.
Release Date: TBD
Mortal Kombat X
Street Fighter is getting most fight game pub but its archrival title will hit current gen consoles first and it is anything but a slouch. We already learned at E3 that each fighter would have three different fighting styles. That option to customize your fighting style makes the matches all that more interesting. Gameplay is what you’d expect from MK, but taken to the next level. The animations are probably the most noticeable upgrade, when you finish an opponent in X, you really finish them, spine fractures, melted skulls and all.
Release Date: April 14, 2015
MLB 15 The Show
MLB The Show has been the superior baseball game, but since 2K got out of the baseball gaming business, they are the only show (no pun intended) in town. The next iteration of the game continues to improve on the stellar 14 The Show by adding legit licensed gear from the top brands, better graphics and improved online features. In addition to that improvement, gamers can now transfer created player progress from 14 to 15. Play Ball!
Release Date: March 31, 2015
For those who enjoy being scared, Until Dawn is a game you’ll want to keep an eye out for. It is a cinematic type title about a group of friends whom encounter a crazed killer while vacationing in a house in the middle of nowhere. This is also the game that people who like to yell at the silver screen will love, because this time you actually control what happens to the potential vic. Will you run, hide or fight to stay alive?
Release Date: 2015
Indie developers were a big part of the PlayStation Experience. The little guys showcased some of the most innovative and creative titles. Yacht Club Games was one of many that took a retro approach, returning to 8-bit graphics with the popular Shovel Knight franchise. Previously available on Wii U, 3DS, Mac and PC, the super fun side scrolling title will make its way onto PS4, PS3 and Vita next year.
Release Date: 2015
The Yakuza franchise has been killing it in Japan for quite sometime but Sega has never really pushed the line on it in the States. Hopefully that will change as the 5th iteration is coming exclusively to PS3 in 2015. Yakuza 5 is the largest of the series. You’ll play as five different characters from different walks of life. Don’t worry though, each and every one of them gets into their fair share of gangsta ish! In the meantime Yakuza fans can download the newly added Yakuza 4 and Yakuza: Dead Souls on PlayStation Network.
Release Date: 2015