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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Video Game Spotlight: E3 Coverage - PlayStation Showcase Recap, Highlights & Trailers

This year for E3, The Nerd Hub is expanding its coverage beyond our usual social media news with recaps of what stood out to us for each of the major press conferences, as well as, a Special Edition Podcast to recap everything E3 2017.  The next showcase was PlayStation who has come off of several consecutive years of strong showing,s including last year's onslaught.  This year they came out with some impressive titles including the return of Shadow of Colossus and Crash Bandicoot, exclusives such as Days Gone and God of War, and a slew of VR titles; but what stood out to us is what we will be highlighting here today along with the trailers for those who have yet to see them.

Hidden Agenda


          The first game we chose to highlight is part of a series of launch titles on the new Play Link feature, which is meant to target "couch gaming" and traditionally non gamers in a party style setting.  This new features allows smartphones to be used as controllers, as well as, personal screens.  This works out well in one game imparticular for us.  This game is called Hidden Agenda and comes from the makers of Until Dawn.  The game seems to allow players to take the roles of detectives and other cops, attorneys and even serial killer.  Just like Until Dawn, your actions guide the game and everyone can live, or everyone can die.  The twist is that each player has a log book according to their character to reference, but one player is randomely given a secret agenda, and this stirs betrayal amongst the group for a new and unique twist.

Skyrim on PS VR


          The second game we thought stood out above the rest is the Skyrim VR, which is special in this case because like Bethesda's Doom VFR and Fallout 4 VR, this game is ported in its entirety rather than being made into an experience.  The second thing that makes this stand out above the rest is that it was shown solely on Playstation's showcase and not teased nor even mentioned by Bethesda leading us to assume that this will be a PS VR exclusive.  That would be a huge win for PlayStation.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy


          The next game we thought stood out was Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.  The reason being is that this game does not follow the usual protagonist that is Nathan Drake.  Instead, Naughty Dog has us follow Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross in this stand alone expansion.  This is a major plus as Chloe Frazer has always been a supporting character that has appealed to fans only to be turned into an enemy and thrown away regardless of the potential.  This only left us with an unexplored territory and it seems that Naughty Dog has set out to bring an understanding to this character and for us, this is a great idea.

Detroit: Become Human


          The fourth game is yet another exclusive and stands out for a few different reasons. Detroit: Become Human is a game from the makers of Beyond: Two Souls and Hevy Rain that promises a compelling narrative and emotional experience.  The next thing that stands out is that last year we saw a completely different trailer that was almost seemingly unrelated and following a different character, but we did see this character in this latest trailer momentarily which leads us to believe you will follow and control several characters in this story.  We know that your decisons shape the game and with a story containing such a powerful narrative can start a huge chain of events.  That is where the final thing that makes this game stand above other comes in.  This game represents a slew of political issues that people can relate to even to this day and has the oppurtunity to not only open new people up to these issues but to show those already resisting where they are wrong and where their passion may just go too far.  This is a powerful and unique game and however it plays out, it will be a strong narrative experience for all.

Spider-Man


          The final game on our list of highlights is Spider-Man.  The reason being for this is that this game looks to disprove the "It only works for Batman" claim.  Now, previous Spider-Man games have always been solid games overall. but never any showstoppers like Batman.  What really stands out is not just the narrative and design, but the gameplay that proves you can make combat that feels good much like the Batman Arkham series, yet still holds a unique feel to the character that you are playing as.  This game could potentially open the doors to games for other fan favorite superheroes such as The Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Thor, The Punisher, and so many more.  Personally, I think this could be a major learning point for any company looking to rebirth the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Either way, this game will be a sure fire mega hit.


In the end, PlayStation came out with Exclusives from start to finish and stood tall once again. and leads the charge in games and a unique experience. The only question is, can they keep this pace up and can they counter the plus points that Xbox had this year? Only time will tell but for now, I think it's safe to assume that PlayStation fans are left satisfied once again. Stay tuned for our Ubisoft recap coming out next and as always let us know what you thought of your favorites titles this year in the comments below.



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Written and Edited By, Jack Flowers


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