Sony isn’t letting 2014 fizzle out just because November is over.
It’s the second and final day of the PlayStation Experience (PSX) fan event in Las Vegas. We’ve seen Sony’s keynote, and I walked the floor. Now, it’s time to figure out if this event has any games worth getting excited about.
You would think that December isn’t the greatest time for new game announcements. And you’re partially right. PlayStation Experience is a huge event with dozens of developers on the floor, but a lot of that space belongs to games that are already out like Disney Infinity 2.0, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, and Destiny.
That doesn’t mean the show floor is devoid of new stuff due out in 2015. Let’s take a look and see what’s worth getting excited for.
The big new surprise
Drawn to Death
Sony held this for the very end of its keynote address to kick off the PlayStation Experience. It’s the latest from God of War and Twisted Metal director David Jaffe, and it’s as violent and “extreme” as those games were in their time.
Drawn to Death is a four-player free-for-all shooter with a unique visual style that is supposed to look like a 13-year-old’s art-filled notebook. It’s definitely one of the most eye-grabbing titles at the show, but is it fun?
Drawn to Death was the first thing I went hands-on with on the floor, and I can tell you that it is still very early in production. How early? Well, Jaffe is waiting to ask players a bunch of questions about what they think of the game after trying it. The action already feels good — although many players let Jaffe know about their troubles with understanding the power-ups and melee combat.
The third-person shooter is chaotic and reminiscent of games like Team Fortress 2 or Nintendo’s upcoming shooter Splatoon.
Right now, Jaffe and his team of developers at The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency aren’t sure when the game will debut, but it is going into an early-access trial soon.
The known quantities
Dark Souls fans are getting amped for this one. Due out in March, Bloodborne is one of the big releases that you knew would have a presence at PSX.
Sony brought the game director from developer From Software Hidetaka Miyazaki — who is also the mastermind behind Dark Souls — on stage to introduce some new gameplay. Lines to play Bloodborne are among the longest on the floor.
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