Sony shows off slew of PlayStation-exclusive games on E3 2017's eve

The Spider-Man PS4 game, scheduled for release in 2018, is previewed during the Sony PlayStation E3 2017 Media Showcase, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on June 12, 2017.
The Spider-Man PS4 game, scheduled for release in 2018, is previewed during the Sony PlayStation E3 2017 Media Showcase, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on June 12, 2017.PHOTO: AFP
Shawn Layden, Sony Interactive Entertainment America president, talking to the audience at Shine Auditorium during Sony Playstation Press conference before E3 in Los Angeles.
Shawn Layden, Sony Interactive Entertainment America president, talking to the audience at Shine Auditorium during Sony Playstation Press conference before E3 in Los Angeles.ST PHOTO: Trevor Tan
A screen shot of Marvel's Spider-Man.
A screen shot of Marvel's Spider-Man.PHOTO: INSOMNIAC GAMES

LOS ANGELES - Sony Interactive Entertainment has unveiled a slew of highly-anticipated games, such as new God of War and Spider-Man titles, during its press conference on Monday (June 12), a day before the start of the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) gaming convention.

Games were the name of the game for Sony's event, as the company's latest PlayStation 4 (PS4) Pro has already hit stores. This contrasted with rival Microsoft's press conference, in which games shared the spotlight with the Redmond company's new Xbox One X game console announced on Sunday.

Throughout Sony's hour-long press event in Los Angeles, there was only one speaker - Sony Interactive Entertainment America president Shawn Layden. He spoke for barely five minutes in total, giving just an introduction and closing remarks.

The event was otherwise game trailer after game trailer, which drew cheers from the audience who packed the 6,300-seater Shrine Auditorium.

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Sony first showed off the PS4-exclusive Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, a third-person action adventure game that follows the journey of a favourite in the series' cast of characters, Chloe Frazer. Set in India, she will be joined by gun-for-hire Nadine Ross to find the ruins of Hoysala Empire to recover the legendary Tusk of Ganesh.

Other PS4-exclusive games showcased include Days Gone, Horizon Zero Dawn's first major piece of downloadable content The Frozen Wilds, Detroit: Become Human, God of War and Marvel's Spider-Man.

It might still be early days, as E3 only officially starts on Tuesday. But, for now, Sony seems to be getting an early upper hand with an exciting line-up of games.

Here's a look at some titles that caught this writer's eye.

 
 

DAYS GONE

A new zombie apocalypse game set in an open-world environment, gamers play as Deacon, a bounty hunter facing a brutal struggle for survival. A release date hasn't been provided yet.

DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN

The game revolves around androids - not the smartphone operating system - rising up against humans. It will involve decision-making sequences that will alter the game's story. No word on a release date for the game just yet.

GOD OF WAR

A soft reboot of the 12-year-old hack-and-slash action-adventure games of the same name, this new entry sees series' protagonist Kratos beating up enemies in brutal fashion once more. But he now has a son, Atreus, in tow for his adventures in icy climes. The new God of War is slated for an early 2018 release.

MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN

The finale for Sony's press conference, this game probably stole the show with a 9min video trailer showing the gameplay of Spider-Man acrobatically swinging from roof-tops to walls saving members of an organisation under villain Wilson Fisk (better known as the Kingpin) and fighting against members of another gang led by Martin Li or Mr Negative.

The game looks like it will have smooth transitions from parkour to fist-fights as well as many quick-time events that require players to press specific buttons to progress in events in the game.

Near the end of the video, there was an appearance of Miles Morales, a character who eventually takes over as Spider-Man in the Marvel comics storyline. So, it looks like things will get really intriguing in the game.

The game is slated for a 2018 release.