E3 2016 PlayStation 4 PS4 Press Conference 1

It was the press conference of dreams. Those with cold hard rocks for hearts naturally disagreed, but a single show revolving around The Last Guardian, Final Fantasy VII, and Shenmue III was fan fiction right up until the moment that Sony rolled them out for real, one Earth shaking announcement after another. Granted, one game doesn't have a release date, another is episodic, and the latter was funded by fans – but these criticisms miss the point. On the eve of E3 2015, if you'd have told us that the Holy Trifecta™ – as the trio will henceforth be known – would feature, then we'd have told you where to go. Funnily enough, we kinda did.

But now the Japanese giant's dated its E3 2016 press conference, which means that it's time to look forward once more. The question is: can the platform holder top the greatest line-up in presser history? It'll have more Horizon: Zero Dawn, Detroit: Become Human, and No Man's Sky for sure; God of War IV will probably rear its ugly bald head as well. But when you consider that titles like Uncharted 4: A Thief's End – which looked absolutely ridiculous by the way – were arguably the low-points last year, then it's going to have to have something seriously special to live up to the Holy Trifecta™.

E3 2016 PlayStation 4 PS4 Press Conference 2

There's one announcement that would raise the roof: Crash Bandicoot. All of you will be aware that Sony's been teasing a 'Coot comeback for years now; some of you may know that there's a little more to this story than meets the eye. But opening this year's show with a blast of that iconic theme tune alongside a look at an all-new game would surely be one of the strongest possible starts – especially if Shawn Layden waltzed out wearing that tee as opposed to his usual tailored suit. It would be even better if the original PSone titles launched on the PS4 with full Trophy support on the same day as the presser, no?

"At the end of the day, if this year's conference has even of half of last year's magic, then it will still be very strong"

But beyond that, it's hard to imagine what the company could possibly bring that would better the Holy Trifecta™. Half Life 3? Sure, but we're not sure why that would be at a PlayStation press conference. Agent? Stranger things have happened, but with only a logo to go on, there just isn't the same pent-up anticipation for the forgotten Rockstar North release as a Final Fantasy VII or a Shenmue III. What else could there possibly be? G-Police, Colony Wars, WipEout, The Legend of Dragoon… All franchises that fans desperately want to be revived, but not at the same level as E3 2015's round of announcements.

Perhaps, then, the sheer spectacle quite simply can't be topped, and Sony should be more focused on delivering a high quality presser rather than the best ever. If the platform holder can complement its roster of first-party titles with some big third-party announcements – we're thinking the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2 and Resident Evil 7 – then that may be enough. At the end of the day, if this year's conference has even of half of last year's magic, then it will still be very strong. And, to be honest, that's more than good enough for us.

Do you think that Sony can top its E3 2015 press conference? If so, what announcements do you think would better the Holy Trifecta™? Buy your ticket for the hype train in the comments section below.

Can Sony's E3 2016 presser top last year's? (87 votes)

  1. Yes, last year was totally overrated13%
  2. Don't care, just show me good stuff67%
  3. No way, E3 2015 will never be beaten21%

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