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Feature: What Was Your Favourite PS4 Game Reveal at E3 2013?

Posted by Sammy Barker

Decisions, decisions

While the PlayStation 4 was undoubtedly one of the biggest stories at this year’s E3, there wasn’t really much in the way of new software announcements for the next generation console. A lot of the content on offer had been revealed previously, be it at Sony’s lengthy PlayStation Meeting earlier in the year, or in the run-up to the convention itself. Nevertheless, the show did play host to the unveiling of a handful of big blockbusters, both from first-party studios and third-party publishers. The question is: which reveal left you pumping the air with excitement?

Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix’s latest role-playing opus may have been officially doing the rounds since 2006, but Final Fantasy XV still somehow managed to find its way onto this list. Announced for the PS4 during Sony’s press conference, the stylish sequel shed its former Final Fantasy Versus XIII moniker in order to make its transition to the next generation complete. But while the title may have existed in some capacity for a while, it’s been so long since we last got a proper look at the title that we reckon that this counts as a brand new game at this point.

And what a release it’s shaping up to be. Promising a slightly more grounded setting – though one that’s clearly still rife with some unrealistic hairstyles – and a more action-centric gameplay mechanic, the title hasn’t garnered the most positive response from fans of the franchise. But despite that backlash from hardcore followers, we were impressed by the title’s realtime combat system and enormous environments. And, let’s be honest, the game looks absolutely unreal from a graphical perspective, doesn’t it?

Kingdom Hearts III

While we probably won’t be playing this one for a while – director Tetsuya Nomura cautioned that the title may have been announced a little early in an interview with Famitsu yesterday – the first trailer for Kingdom Hearts III was still exciting. The direct sequel has been on the agenda for almost eight years now, but we weren’t expecting it to pop up during Sony’s press conference – especially not after the unveiling of Final Fantasy XV.

But rear its spiky head it did, alongside another excellent trailer. Details are scarce at the moment, but the title will plot the return of an older Sora, and will see you embark on a brand new adventure starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and the rest of the crew. Expect this to boast more primary colours than your high-definition television can render. You may need to whip out your Johnny Bravo-branded sunglasses in order to properly enjoy this one.

Mirror’s Edge 2

Perhaps the biggest surprise pertaining to Mirror’s Edge 2 is that we’ll actually be playing it on a Sony branded system. Prior to the big convention, rumours suggested that Microsoft had locked down the sequel as an Xbox One exclusive, but publisher Electronic Arts clarified in a press release that the title is in development for the PlayStation 4. While the game doesn’t have a date attached to it as yet, the mere affirmation that it’s in active production is more than enough to draw our applause.

Earlier in the week, EA Labels executive Frank Gibeau described the title as an open world adventure game. The company added that it’s more of a reboot than a direct continuation of the original title, and that it will take advantage of developer DICE’s luscious Frostbite 3 engine. The company hasn’t shared a release date beyond “when it’s ready” – but that’s a statement that we can cope with now that we know that it’s actually in development.

The Order: 1886

A game that we already knew about courtesy of a couple of documentation leaks, very few associated The Order: 1886 with God of War: Ghost of Sparta developer Ready at Dawn. According to the studio, the title – which is set in an alternate history Victorian London – has been kicking around as a concept for several years, but the team’s vision is finally set to be realised on Sony’s next generation console.

While gameplay details are scarce, company co-founder Ru Weerasuriya has described the title as a third-person action adventure game. The trailer appears to hint at some kind of four-player co-operative dynamic, a trait which has prompted it to adopt the label ‘Gears of Whitechapel’. Despite this, the release’s compelling implementation of modern technologies in a historical world looks intriguing – and the confirmation that the title’s first trailer is running in-engine without any additional effects is especially exciting.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

The third-person shooter that’s been on everyone’s lips since its reveal at the end of Ubisoft’s press conference, Tom Clancy’s The Division not only looks the part, but it also appears to be pushing the genre forward in some interesting ways. While much has been made of the next generation’s ability to impress from a graphical perspective, the Massive Entertainment online RPG is promising some fascinating things from a network angle.

Set in a post-pandemic New York City, the open world adventure will dynamically match you with other players, providing a connected experience without the hassle of lobbies or loading screens. It’s the potential here that’s got us most excited – dynamically joining forces with other players as you casually explore the world sounds like a fascinating gameplay proposition, and one that we’re eager to examine in more detail when the title deploys in 2014.


What was your favourite PS4 announcement at E3 2013? Were you tickled by the latest batch of indie games, or was it the big blockbusters that caught your attention? Let us know in the comments section below.

What was your favourite PS4 announcement at E3 2013? (61 votes)

Final Fantasy XV

20%

Kingdom Hearts III

30%

Mirror’s Edge 2

10%

The Order: 1886

15%

Tom Clancy’s The Division

18%

Something else

8%

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User Comments (38)

hamispink

#1

hamispink said:

The Order 1886 looked cool, but I would like to see more from it. For me Kingdom hearts 3 was definitely the biggest game announcement. Even if it likely won't release for years :D

Epic

#2

Epic said:

The division.
It just offers something different from the other games and I can't say anything about the order till I watch some gameplay.

BornOfEvil

#4

BornOfEvil said:

The Division and The Order: 1886 were by far my favorite reveals by far. Both games are look very interesting, and I like their premise - especially The Division.

Wesker

#5

Wesker said:

@Sanquine me too and the location is very interesting. However, after repeat viewings, it might not be that great after all. 4 player coop, over-powered weapons and generic enemies seems to really be what's in Order.

Gamer83

#7

Gamer83 said:

The Order: 1886, actually pre-ordered it while picking up my copy of The Last of Us..

sajoey

#8

sajoey said:

I have to go with Kingdom Hearts 3, mostly because that was my childhood. That trailer was the only trailer at any of the E3's I've watched that has given me a true emotional reaction. I cried during that reveal.

get2sammybAdmin

#9

get2sammyb said:

Man, no votes on Mirror's Edge 2 — I'm surprised. That is a strong list, though. I voted for The Order: 1886. I just pray that the gameplay lives up to the premise! :)

Wesker

#10

Wesker said:

@Sanguine I hope not! Looking around the web, lot's of people are referring to it as a steampunk shooter. I suppose there's nothing wrong with that, but it has dampened my initial excitement.

Gamer83

#11

Gamer83 said:

@get2sammyb

The Order has a solid developer behind it so I'm thinking the gameplay should be alright. The main reason I'm interested is the setting though.

get2sammybAdmin

#13

get2sammyb said:

@Gamer83 @Wesker Yeah, agree that Ready at Dawn have great pedigree. Co-op shooter would dampen my hype a touch, though. I've always wanted an historically accurate Victorian era blockbuster, so I was a touch disappointed when I saw the guns and stuff.

Still, the fact that the developer's describing it as an "action adventure" game rather than a shooter has restored my hype.

BornOfEvil

#15

BornOfEvil said:

@Wesker Don't you think it's a little early to call the weapons overpowered and the enemies generic? We haven't seen much of it yet and you already seem to be counting it out based on assumptions.

JMC

#16

JMC said:

I went with Final Fantasy XV only because I believe it will come earlier than Kingdom Hearts 3.
On second thought, Kingdom Hearts 3 was the best surprise because it was really unexpected.

Wesker

#17

Wesker said:

@TheRealBatman I was very excited by the music, setting, title, quote, graphics, London, Whitechapel. But slightly put off by the fact that there are 4 main characters, all with various big weapons and hordes of zombiefied creatures. Overall though, i'm more positive than negative.

MadchesterManc

#18

MadchesterManc said:

Is it just me but deosnt the Commander feature in Battlefield 4 just sound like a huge rip-off of the Officer-in-Command position from Sony's underrated MMOFPS shooter MAG? I cant be the only MAG veteran who's made that assumption :P

I Voted for The order as I kinda like the whole steampunk vibe, plus I havent heard much of the game beforehand. Other than that I guess the Division was a pretty big suprise. Came outta nowhere n looked really slick with what sounds like some nifty features. Kingdom Hearts 3 was a major suprise too.

BornOfEvil

#19

BornOfEvil said:

@Wesker I personally like that there are 4 main characters. It makes things a lot more interesting and gives you more variety. I also like the guns and monsters, although they probably didn't need to be put in.

Sanquine

#20

Sanquine said:

@get2sammyb Ready at dawn made awesome god of war games on the psp which in my eyes matched god of war 1 or even 2 ! Great stories and smooth gameplay! Also made resistance retribution on of the best psp games... IF you compare it to burning skies this psp game destroys it

TheEmerlLad

#23

TheEmerlLad said:

The Order Most defiantly. If that was in gaame footage. It's the most crisp and smooth gameplay I have ever seen.

60 fps? More like 80!

TheEmerlLad

#24

TheEmerlLad said:

The Order Most defiantly. If that was in gaame footage. It's the most crisp and smooth gameplay I have ever seen.

60 fps? More like 80!

ShogunRokAdmin

#25

ShogunRok said:

Final Fantasy XV for me. For me the series died a sad and painful death this gen, and I'm hoping this is the glorious rebirth. Thankfully, what they showed looks great.

Jaz007

#26

Jaz007 said:

Final Fantasy XV for sure. I can't wait for that game. There is something about I feel like I've always wanted.

mibtar

#27

mibtar said:

It wouldn't be Japanese without the unrealistic hairstyles. FFXV definitely!

Ps4all

#28

Ps4all said:

The order for so many reasons. I love co-op and the four characters look set for four player co op. Secondly the whole van helsing werewolf hunting deal looks awesome. And of course the art looks unbelievable. Can't wait. Oh yeah, and ready at dawn made two of my favorite PSP games. Sweet.

minus1plus

#30

minus1plus said:

It has to be Mirror's Edge 2 for me. I was surprised to see EA announce it, but I've been giddy ever since.

rastamadeus

#31

rastamadeus said:

Best PS4 game: Tom Clancy's The Division
Worst PS4 game: Destiny
Best game overall (all consoles): Super Mario 3D World

FullbringIchigo

#32

FullbringIchigo said:

well if you count it as it's on XB1 as well as PS4 then it would have to be Kingdom Hearts 3, i have been waiting for that game for so long i actually squealed like a school girl when the trailer came up during the sony conference

Reverend_Skeeve

#35

Reverend_Skeeve said:

Again, I have to go with "The Division". This game came out of nowhere and blew me away...can't wait to learn more.

I absolutely love the vibe and setting of "The Order 1886", though. Just have to see more of it. But: a steampunky game set in the victorian era? Count me in! :D

artemisthemp

#38

artemisthemp said:

The only thing, that could over shatter Kingdom Heart 3 announcement would be Kingdom Heart 2.5 HD or Dark Chronicle HD (Dark Cloud in US)

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