There was plenty to keep up to date with at E3 last night, so here are the things you need to know
As with every year, E3 brought us plenty of news last night, so we’ve decided to round up everything you need to know right here. With so much to catch up on there’s no time to waste with fancy introductions, just get reading already.
Firstly we’ll kick things off with the lads at Sony. They made a few hardware announcements, including a new Glacier White console that will be released as a bundle with Destiny, one of the most hotly anticipated games in a long time, and one that may well turn out to be one of the most expensive ever. There will be a matching vertical stand available, as well as controllers coming in new colours, including Urban Camoflage.
Speaking of Destiny, PS4 users around the world will get an opportunity to play a First Look Alpha by simply heading over to this site here, which is also pretty cool. They announced too that they were getting ready to bring PlayStation Now (a game streaming service) in to action for users in the US and Canada as an open beta this summer, and we’re sure Europe is just a little bit further down the line. They also announced PlayStation TV which is a small streaming box that can not only rid your life of all those pesky wires and connect your console to another TV, but also allow you to stream games from the older systems using the aforementioned PS Now.
But we can’t stop there, we’ve got to talk about all the games! Firstly, there was plenty of news on new titles including FarCry 4, Dead Island 2, Mortal Kombat X and, perhaps one of the biggest announcements of the evening, Grand Theft Auto V making its way on to both next-gen consoles in all its stunning beauty. Woof.
Apart from that there are a few other titles coming to the PlayStation which were given trailers, including the next instalment in the Uncharted franchise, which has been entitled A Thief’s End
We couldn’t be more excited about the latest Batman: Arkham title either, which promises to be an absolute stormer to round out the franchise. One of the most exciting additions to the game is the ability to drive the Batmobile for the first time, so they gave us a look at that too. It’s got lots of special gadgets and the city itself looks huge, so be prepared to lose hours of your life to this game.
There were also announcements about The Order:1886, Bloodborne, a new IP from critically acclaimed game director, Hidetaka Miyazaki; LittleBigPlanet 3, inFAMOUS First Light and Entwined, all coming to PlayStation, along with a remastered version of the excellent The Last of Us.
Of course, Microsoft were in attendance too, and they had two particularly big announcements about titles. Firstly, they’re going to continue their partnership with Call of Duty through some exclusive DLC that will be available first on Xbox, and we got a look at a gameplay trailer from what is sure to be one of the biggest games this side of Christmas.
Microsoft also talked about building on the success of the reboot of Tomb Raider in 2013, and showed off a sequel called Rise of the Tomb Raider which got a cinematic trailer. By the looks of it, yes, they are going to be bringing back tombs to the franchise. It is in the name after all…
The other major bit of news they had was about Halo, announcing the Master Chief Collection which has the first four titles in the series, all remastered to 60fps and 1080p, but you can still switch to the old school visuals if you prefer. There will also be a beta for Halo 5 included when the special collection launches in November.
Ok, we’re in the home straight now, just a few more to go. Assassin’s Creed: Unity was given its first gameplay trailer too, and looks to be another quality addition to the franchise.
FIFA 15 was also given a gameplay trailer and from the early hands on reports, there do seem to be plenty of improvements this time around that will make this game a must have, even though it’s pretty much guaranteed to fly off the shelves no matter what. There were also videos for Madden 15 and NHL 15, as well as the new UFC title, which as dedicated sports gamers we will need to get our hands on. While we're on the subject, NHL 14 was surprisingly good fun too, so that's a franchise we're expecting a lot from this year.
Crackdown is coming to Xbox One too, and the trailer features one building being absolutely destroyed in order to blow up another building. We’re in.
And finally, there was more footage from the next instalment in the Metal Gear Solid franchise, The Phantom Pain.
Phew, we’re knackered after all that, we’re off to play some games to relax.