Saturday, December 6, 2014

The PSX keynote breakdown : feel the love.

As a PlayStation gamer and a large fan of the Vita in particular, Sony's PSX keynote was a colossal joy-gasm, for me.  It had the same effect as their spectacular showing at E3 2013.  There are games that I have wished and dreamed would come to my favourite handheld - in fact, two of the big three - that were announced here, today.  The only thing they didn't announce for Vita that I've been dying for is XCOM - but with what they're bringing, I'm not about to complain.

Let us begin.

The biggest news of the show, for me, was far and away the fact that Red Hook Studios' Darkest Dungeon is coming to both PS4 and Vita.  I've been drooling over Darkest Dungeon since... six months before its Kickstarter, and I've been plaintively tweeting Gio Corsi and Shahid Ahmad to get it on the platform for about a half-year, now.

It was my fondest wish, deep in my gamer's heart.  I just about had a stroke when they announced, during the conference, that Darkest Dungeon is "coming to PlayStation," but a PlayStation blog post confirms its presence on Vita as well.

Naturally, I am flipping out over this. The game got a tiny little trailer during the conference which...

scrapes the very surface of what makes it so incredibly special.  I strongly encourage you to look into Darkest Dungeon and get hyped. Check out its trailers, check out some twenty-minute gameplay clips, read this PlayStation Blog post, read its Kickstarter page and observe just how your characters' psyche - their quirks, their strengths - have a profound impact on its unforgiving combat.

Each hero has "camping actions" you must spend points to use, which will heal their allies, apply buffs
or soothe frazzed nerves.

I couldn't be happier with this news alone, but there's much more.  Perhaps most-importantly, the Uncharted 4 gameplay looks as incredible as you'd expect.  It's like Uncharted's standard gameplay plus the stealth and brutal melee of The Last of Us in 1080p with new animations and thicker detail on everything.

(Recognize the voice of the fellow Drake meets at the end?  I'll betcha' that's Mr. Baker."

My other fond-wish for a game coming to Vita is The Banner Saga.  The Banner Saga is coming to Vita (and PS4). 

Also in Awesome Announcements...

  • Persona 5 for PS3 and PS4 is officially being localized to western shores. *
  • Bastion is coming to PS4 and Vita. *
  • Severed (the new thing from Guacamelee studio Drinkbox) is coming to Vita. *
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 is coming to Vita. 
  • Super Time Force Ultra is coming to PS4 and Vita with Shu Yoshida as a playable character. 
  • Broken Age: The Complete Adventure is coming to PS4 and Vita in 2015, day and date with the release of Broken Age's second part for PC, Mac and Linux. *
  • Grim Fandango Remastered will launch on PS4 and Vita on January 27th, 2015. *
  • Day of the Tentacle Special Edition coming to PS4 and Vita. 
  • The Forest is announced for PS4, and it looks very beautiful/creepy. 
  • Skytorn is a lovely pixel-art action-adventure coming to PS4. 
  • Killing Floor 2 is coming to PS4. 
  • Shovel Knight is coming to PS4, PS3 and Vita. *
day one. 

The Banner Saga

So this was absolutely incredible for Vita owners.  Sony seem to have acknowledged that no traditional western console studio is interested in making Vita-exclusive games, and so they've reached into the PC space to draw out some of the most exciting games that could fit on the handheld. Bastion's presence on the device is an absolute coup.  Severed's Vita version isn't a surprise to anyone - the game was designed for touchscreen controls - but the celebrated Shovel Knight and Super Time Force are kind of a big deal.  Having Broken Age on the thing is fantastic news, as a fan of old-school adventure games, and I would have ignored Resident Evil Revelations 2 if not for its appearance on the handheld.

There's other news, of course.  A lot of other news that Yakuza fans are freaking out over.

  • Kill Strain announced from Studio San Diego (MLB The Show) - a top-down multiplayer game they didn't really explain much about. 
  • Blooborne's procedurally-generated "Chalise Dungeon" was shown off. It doesn't look any less creepy or gorgeous than any other environments they've shown, and promises infinite replayability. 
  • New strikes and weapons for Destiny will be coming to PS4 with timed exclusivity. 
  • Street Fighter IV is coming to PS4, but not Xbox One. 
  • Street Fighter V confirmed, and confirmed exclusive to PS4 forever - no timed-exclusivity shenanigans - "PlayStation 4 will be the only console this game ever appears on." (Street Fighter V Super Turbo Edition, no doubt, will be multiplatform.)
  • Orcs Must Die Unchained is coming to PS4. 
  • To celebrate Sony's birthday, Electronic Arts is giving away Need for Speed: Most Wanted on Vita, Mirror's Edge on PS3 and Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare on PS4 - which is super-nice of them - but they're only free until the end of PlayStation Experience on Sunday night, so get 'em while they're hot. 
  • Dungeon Defenders 2 got a trailer. 
  • Yakuza 5 will be released in North America for PS3
  • Yazuka 4 and Yakuza: Dead Souls will be 
  • Suikoden and Suikoden II are coming to Vita next week!
  • TowerFall Ascension is coming to Vita. 
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch is coming to Vita.
  • Enter the Gungeon is coming to PS4. 
  • Gang Beasts from Double Fine is coming to PS4.  
  • Fat Princess Adventures announced, a top-down co-op adventure-RPG, from the looks of things. 
  • Nobody has any idea what Wattam is, but it's from the guy who made Katimary Damacy, so that's cool. 
  • The folks who made Unfinished Swan have a new game called What Remains of Edith Finch, and it's coming to PS4. 
  • Final Fantasy VII's PC port is coming to PS4 and it was a huge troll by Square Enix, those monsters. 
  • Drawn to Death is the next thing from David Jaffe, and it looks pret-ty crazy and it won't sell very well at all. 
So basically, the PlayStation Experience keynote was incredible and I'm absolutely thrilled with what was announced, today.  Christmas came early. 

1 comment:

  1. There should be some sort of physical law that states: "Everything is voiced by Troy Baker (or Nolan North), unless proven otherwise."

    I'm glad to see Shovel Knight spreading from just the PC and Nintendo consoles. The more people that can play that charming game, the better.

    Good observation on Street Fighter. THIS version will be exclusive, but they'll eventually be 135,000 other versions available afterwards.