Instead of hosting a series of pages dedicated to every announcement during this E3, I’ve decided to just create a single post and edit it as news rolls out with links to various sources instead of how I’ve done things in the past. I’m also going to be sorting these according to platform or news from specific conferences.
If you were to ask me a few years ago if I cared if indie games were coming out, I’d have shook my head and called you a hipster. There were a few games that stood out such as Torchlight, Minecraft and Super Meat Boy. But nothing really excited me until I tried out Hotline Miami and switched from an indie-hating gamer to someone who saw potential. My hatred was mainly from buying so many awful, yet recommended, indie games on Steam. I can’t even begin to tell you how many stupid rougelike games I have that aren’t any fun at all. And there was something unappealing from the indie-only fans, much like the problem I have with PC-only or console-only gamers. But that’s then and this is now. I really enjoy a host of indie games and while my PC is still heavily used for quirky titles, my PlayStation has been really good at putting out a collection of high quality indie games that remind me of why I’m a gamer.
Ya know. To have fun!
So I decided to compile a list of PlayStation brand indies coming until the end of this year that I’m excited about. I’d do the same for the PC, Wii U, 3DS, and Xbox One, but for the sake of this blog post, I’m sticking with Sony’s brand.
Obsidian made me respect their authoritah. They managed to put together a TV show into a fun and fully functional video game. I guess it helps when the creators of South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, actually help write the script and provide voice acting for their characters. What really makes this game so enjoyable is it’s deception. It forces you to forget you’re playing a video game instead of just watching a really long episode of South Park.
If you are thinking Rockstar’s L.A. Noire is going to be anything like their previous titles (Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption), you’re going to be greatly disappointed. If anything, L.A. Noire is an evolution of the adventure genre. Just because this game is open world doesn’t mean you’re free to do whatever you want in every aspect of that meaning. You’re going to be tied down to solving crimes and driving in a very open 40’s Los Angeles, California. And just because you’re sporting a pistol or “Chicago Typewriter“, doesn’t mean you can just unload on civilians. In fact, even when trying to run them over, you’re going to find that these people get out of the way 90% of the time. The times you do actually nail one usually leads to a game over. Is that all cleared up? Then let’s begin!
Demon’s Souls is a masterpiece. It brings the controller-throwing difficulty out of all of us. So a spin-off was required by the good people of the gaming community, and so Atlus brought forth Dark Souls. This is going to be a non-exclusive title this time, meaning everyone can get a piece of the pie. The screen shots for this game look incredible. Take a look at the gallery below.
This is simply amazing. I’ve already seen several cool things that the LittleBigPlanet 2 creation tools can create (like scenes from movies), but my goodness, a recreation of one of the best casual games?! I really want to see how well the community puts stuff together when we get our first mini-expansion for the title.
Here’s the official link, but I’m going to copy & paste this for people that are too lazy to click the link.
1. Remote racing between friends to level up drivers
You can now set your personal AI drivers from B Spec mode in the game to be shared online for other players to challenge, and you can also host fully automated B Spec races (Remote races) that will earn your driver rewards and experience points. When you set up these races, you can either watch the race in real time, or save it to watch later. If you’re not familiar with B Spec mode, it allows players to create AI drivers that you can coach and manage. They race real races in the game, and you can take the drivers through the full GT career mode. These new Remote races are driven completely by AI Drivers, competing against each other, and the player does not have to drive the car themselves. This is a unique racing strategy simulation mode of Gran Turismo that allows you to enjoy races as you would in a live race broadcast on TV.