Top 6 Most Anticipated PlayStation Games at E3 2017

When is the PlayStation E3 2017 event:

When:
6pm PDT/9pm EDT Tuesday, June 13th

Where to Watch:
PlayStation Twitch:  https://www.twitch.tv/playstation
Live PlayStation:  http://live.playstation.com/
PlayStation Youtube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/playstation

Introduction

It was just two years ago, at E3 2015, that Sony seemingly brought it all. They revived the Shenmue series, revealed Final Fantasy VII’s remake, and exhumed The Last Guardian from its shadowy crypt. E3 2016 was another strong showing, bringing fans the sequels they’d been waiting for at just the right moments. All in all, back to back two strong showings. It begs the question: can lightning strike three times?

Sony has made moves into two new hardware spaces as of late. They’ve recently pushed into 4K gaming with the newly launched PS4 Pro, and approached Virtual Reality enthusiasts with Playstation VR. Even with a middling PS Vita presence, they’re extending into just about every facet of gaming. Even PC gaming, with their PS Now streaming services bringing Playstation games to more devices than ever before. But what’s next? Let’s try to answer that on our own for now, by taking a look at the Top 6 games we can’t wait to see from E3.

1. The Last of Us Part II

  • System/Platform: PS4
  • Genre: Action, Survival
  • Release Date: TBD 2018

Naughty Dog has been busy handling two immensely popular franchises as of late. Juggling between two cinematic titans, Uncharted and The Last of Us, they’ve kept their quality at an all time high. At E3 2016, gamers got the welcome news they’d been hoping for in the announcement of a sequel.

We don’t know much about The Last of Us 2, but we know that the original’s dynamic duo of Ellie and Joel will return, at least in some capacity. In the reveal trailer, a haunting cover of Shawn James’ “Through The Valley” sets the mood for a somber exposition back into this desolate world. Gone appears to be the playful, adventurous Ellie from the first game. In her place is a more mature, resentful young woman who is insistent on getting her vengeance. Gamers can only speculate as to why, and we personally can’t wait to find out.

The Last of Us Part II - PlayStation Experience 2016: Reveal Trailer


2. God of War

  • System/Platform: PS4
  • Genre: Action
  • Release Date: TBD 2018

For those who know Kratos, he has a bit of an anger problem, putting it mildly. Every God of War game starts off with him exceedingly pissed off, and just going far beyond that before the blood stops spilling. Having already killed off just about every god and legendary beast in Greek mythology, we weren’t sure if Kratos would manage to find an opponent worth fighting next.

However, the Kratos we saw was one we weren’t used to seeing back at E3 2016. A nurturing, protective father, braving the snowy wilderness, beset with magical beasts and monsters? Judging by the dialogue from an enraged troll chastising him for angering Valhalla, it’s safe to say the Norse gods are next on his hit list. What we saw of God of War’s gameplay was a startling departure, but it has us very intrigued.

God of War - E3 2016 Gameplay Trailer


3. Knack 2

  • System/Platform: PS4
  • Genre: Action, Platformer
  • Release Date: TBD 2017

Listen, can you hear him? There has to be at least one person who loudly bit through their lip at the mere mention of Knack and Top anything, but I came fully prepared to convince you! Say what you will, but the first Knack was a perfect retro PS1 title remade in a PS4 game’s skin. Everything about it felt like it was pulled from 1997. Especially the content offering, unfortunately. The sequel is promising a bevvy of new features and additions, most noticeably, a co-op mode for two players.

The brainchild of PS4 architect Mark Cerny receiving a sequel had many dumbfounded. But for old-school gamers like myself who enjoyed playing a game that stayed firmly and impossibly stuck to its roots, it was a welcome announcement. The fact that this series can only go up from here just makes it all the more exciting!

Knack 2 – PlayStation Experience 2016 Trailer


4. Spider-Man

  • System/Platform: PS4
  • Genre: Superhero, Open-world
  • Release Date: TBD 2017

The movie tie-in released Spider-Man games have been highly underrated. Published by Activision and developed by Treyarch, they took many elements from open world games like Grand Theft Auto and made it amazingly fun to web sling across iconic New York landmarks. This time, Sony is handling the title, with Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games firmly at the helm.

Little is known about the new game, except for the fact that it is not going to be a tie-in to the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming film. It is instead going to be its own storyline featuring everyone’s favorite wall-crawler, and won’t have anything to do with the character’s origins. Rumors have circulated that it is going to feature Green Goblin, but Insomniac was quick to chime in that that may not be credible information. We don’t know much, but what we do know excites us.

Spider-Man - E3 2016 Trailer


5. Days Gone

  • System/Platform: PS4
  • Genre: Action, Survival
  • Release Date: TBD 2018

Just when we thought we had seen every zombie game in existence, Sony showed us one that left us looking as dazed and confused as the shambling dead. Possessing a swarm and herd mentality, the undead in Days Gone look more like what we’ve seen from World War Z or 28 Days Later than what we're accustomed to in video games. A lone protagonist got himself in over his head, using debris, the environment, and his dwindling ammunition reserves to stave off hundreds of enemies. The lengthy presentation left us with more questions than answers, hopefully this E3 will reveal more.

Days Gone - E3 2016 Announce Trailer


6. Shenmue III

  • System/Platform: PS4
  • Genre: Adventure, Fighting
  • Release Date: Dec. 2017

It feels like it’s been forever and a day since Dreamcast cult classic sequel Shenmue II released on Xbox in the West. It was many gamers’ first cliffhanger of any kind, and it’s been a festering wound in the hearts of many for 15 long years. Then, completely unexpectedly, Sony announced a Kickstarter with creator Yu Suzuki to bring the franchise a sequel at E3 2015. Raising over $6.3 million, Shenmue III broke the record for most funded video game and secured the title’s future. Scheduled to release sometime this December, we’re anxious to see just what the long awaited sequel has in store.

Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Teaser Trailer


Honey's Final Thoughts:

Sony once again has a lot of expectant gamers waiting to see what’s next. Their push into VR and 4K gaming has caught on, and their next steps are crucial. We’re also anxious to see if they plan on continuing with the PS Vita, or if it will continue to be stuck in gaming limbo.

Hercule SSJ

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Author: Hercule SSJ

What happens when you give a Crunchyroll trial to a former Toonami kid who hasn't watched anime since Cowboy Bebop got dubbed? You get Hercule SSJ. Thanks to that, he's spent the last two years catching up on dozens of shows and manga he's neglected over the years. Has probably watched 60% of all harem ecchi in existence. Currently seeking series to fill the void left by Konosuba and One-Punch Man. Accepts NisiOisiN quotes as payment.

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