E3 is the big event in every gamer’s diary, spilling over with fantastic announcements for upcoming games and projects from the industry’s biggest names – and this year’s show is no exception.
The Last Guardian
Right from the off, the long-awaited sequel to the ageless Ico and the, well, colossal Shadow of the Colossus stole the show. A gameplay demonstration of The Last Guardian, which has been anticipated with salivation since it was first announced in 2009 (although we’d heard virtually no more of it until now), kicked off Sony’s press conference. And I for one am super excited!!
Watch the cinematic demo for yourself – isn’t the doggy adorable?! He’s called Trico. And I love him.
Throughout the game you’ll have to solve countless puzzles with the help of the griffin-like Trico’s help, much in the style of Team Ico’s previous titles.
Speaking of which, there’s been some speculation about how the game is likely to end – the sense of dread most of us felt the moment something cute and fuzzy entered the stage alongside a sweet little kid is best depicted by Tycho in this succinct Penny Arcade comic. I am stocking up on tissues.
Unfortunately, we still have a while to wait for what promises to a killer title – The Last Guardian is slated to come to PS4 sometime next year. But don’t worry, we’ll keep you posted.
The next big announcement is Dreams, a surreal title from LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule that will have you exploring other people’s dreams and building your own. The game will let players ‘get lost for hours journeying from the imagination of thousands of PS4 users’, says the studio, which is well known for making creative games that let you share your makings with friends.
‘The game looks like a moving painting’
Dreams will let you build, colour and animate your own virtual world as well as collaborating on remixing those of other players – ‘You call up their dreams, and then remix, collage, and link them together.’ And from the looks of things you can build anything from fluffy animal scenes to sci-fi chases to sinister, Cuddly Tree Friends-style, mallet-wielding teddy bear-related massacres. This sounds like it could be awkward and time consuming, but Media Molecule assures us that it will be anything but, throwing words like ‘intuitive’ and ‘rewarding’ into the mix. Think of the possibilities if this game can deliver!
‘Everything you see in this teaser was created on a PS4’
Media Molecule promises us that more will be revealed in the months to come.
Final Fantasy VII
And this one I’m taking with a pinch of salt, given that rumours of a reprisal of the classic have been floating around for years – and yesterday’s conference wasn’t heavy on the info front.
There’s a fair bit of division among fans as to whether a remake is necessary at all, and I have to confess that I’m in the remake camp – after all, they could come up with something excellent, and if they don’t then hey, that’s not going to ruin the original for me. Although the awful blockbuster voiceover they use in this vid does instil a certain sense of foreboding:
Expected to be released for the PS4 (although perhaps not exclusively) at some point, this is one title to keep an eye out for, whether or not you think a remake is necessary. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.
What are your thoughts on the remake? Is it necessary? Are you sceptical about Dreams, or do you think that The Last Guardian could have a happy ending? Comment to let us know!
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