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Developer Naughty Dog is known for strong writing and well put-together cinematics. The trailer opened with a really interesting dramatic cutscene that transitioned seamlessly into our first look at how the game will play out in practice.
The Last of Us Part 2 looked familiar to anyone who played the original: short, sharp, brutish, with a hyperreal portrayal of violence unlike anything I've ever seen in
. This is a different kind of violence: not celebratory, but driven by an absolute need to survive.
Everything has been ramped up here: the animations, the combat, the stealth mechanics. It just looks like a far more delicate and elaborate version of the original.
It looks awesome.
Ghost of Tsushima looks wild
Watch this: E3 2018: First look at Ghost of Tsushima
This was a surprise for me. I had no idea what this game was, but I was impressed.
It's a samurai game set during the Mongol invasion and it's such a glorious, artfully created video game. It's clearly combat driven, and (technically) hack and slash, but it looks driven by counters and timing -- more like Arkham Asylum or Dark Souls than say... God of War. This is a good thing.
Usually Remedy turns up at
E3 conferences. It was a little strange to see it announce a new video game with Sony.
It looks interesting. Similar in aesthetic to
, but it also seems to hark back to the good old days of Max Payne. Control definitely looks like a video game playing to the strengths of the studio developing it.
Kingdom Hearts 3 was... definitely Kingdom Hearts
I am not a Kingdom Hearts fan. This seemed absolutely goofy as hell and I had no idea what was happening.
This trailer began with what looked like some bizarre exploration with Norman Reedus carrying a whole heap of crap on his back.
And of course it descended into insanity. Kojima really is the David Lynch of video games and Sony has clearly given him a lot of money to indulge his wildest whims. I am here for it.
Spider-Man is Arkham Asylum at warp speed
I'm still not sold on Spider-Man. This trailer felt like one tremendous quick time event with some button mashing. The hyperfast pace left me a bit queasy. I could (and probably will be) wrong about this, but I'm not certain this is going to be as good as many hope.
It was a busy show for Sony.
It showed off a Resident Evil 2 remake, which I'm down for. There's a new Nioh trailer, which looked pretty good.