Hey guys. I’m back, as promised. A few hours late, but here nonetheless, to give my thoughts on the PlayStation Experience keynote address. There was a big focus on games, as expected. Not much filler. The show ran a little over an hour, but had quite a few announcements and game trailers and whatnot. But you can get those trailers anywhere by now. I’m here to say what I think of it all. Let’s go!
First, there’s a new Uncharted game. It stars a couple of the ladies from the series. I only ever played a demo of the first game, but the series is quite popular, so I’m guessing it’s good. Can’t say I’m hugely interested in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. The trailer looked like actual gameplay, and probably was, and it looks neat. I just don’t know how into it I can really get without having played the first four entries in the series.
Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite was announced. The first character they showed was Mega Man X, and that got me hoping for a revival of the Mega Man series. But alas, it was the previously rumored Marvel Vs. Capcom game. Also announced was Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 for the PS4, which is available today. I rented MVC3 for the PS3 a few years ago. It was a fun fighting game, but I’m not big into the genre. I know a ton of people are looking forward to the sequel. There was one guy in the audience that was jumping up and down with excitement over both announcements, so he’s a happy camper.
We finally got to see some gameplay from Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, which is the first three PS1 Crash Bandicoot games remastered for the PS4. Unfortunately, Naughty Dog isn’t handling the remaster process like I hoped, so there’s definitely room for this to be screwed up majorly. Hopefully the new developers stick to the physics and core gameplay of the original Naughty Dog classics and don’t mess with success.
Speaking of PS1 classics, Parappa The Rapper is getting a remaster on the PS4, as well. Kick, Punch, it’s all in the mind! I love the soundtrack of that game. And it’s coming to the new generation. Joining it are PSP classics Patapon and LocoRoco, though I’m assuming all three games will be separate, despite their joint announcement.
The Last of Us was a popular game on the PS3. It’s getting a sequel on the PS4. I never played the original, as it’s a “survival horror” type game, and I’m not a fan of those. Still, I know it’s a popular game, and a lot of people are hyped for a sequel. So, if you’re a fan of TLoU, feel free to get hyped for Part II.
Knack is also getting a sequel. I didn’t think Knack, the PS4 launch title that could, sold enough to warrant a sequel. But here it is anyway. Knack 2 now has two-player co-op. I never was crazy interested in Knack, but it looks fun and somewhat charming. It makes me wonder how the sequel will perform.
Long-running PlayStation series Wipeout is coming to PS4. But it’s not a new game. Wipeout: Omega Collection is a remaster of the last three Wipeout games, Wipeout HD, Wipeout HD Fury, and Wipeout 2048. So far it’s just those three games. I was a fan of Wipeout back in the PS1 era, and I own Wipeout HD on the PS3 (I think Wipeout HD Fury, as well), but the series has seen better days in my opinion. It still has a cult following, though. One big enough to warrant such a collection. I just wonder if they will be remastering any older Wipeout games as DLC or something.
There were some other games and minor announcements at PlayStation Experience, but I don’t really have anything to say about those. Check out your favorite gaming media site for all the news. I keep hoping for some sort of PS1/2 disc compatibility for the PS4, and each event Sony doesn’t announce anything. It sort of bums me out, admittedly. There were rumors two years ago that it was happening, but nothing ever came of it. I curse those rumors for getting my hopes up. Oh well.
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