Just in case you somehow missed it, the second annual PlayStation Experience event took place in San Francisco over the weekend, and the announcements came thick and fast. In today’s special edition of PS4A PlayTime, we thought it would be fun to discuss our favourite games from the keynote, including Final Fantasy VII Remake, Ni No Kuni: Revenant Kingdom and Yakuza 0.
We’re in the middle of award season for my other job, so it’s been pretty hectic, and therefore I didn’t get the chance to play anything this week. I did catch up on this weekend’s announcements at the PlayStation Experience, however. There’s a lot to be excited about next year. While the Uncharted 4 and Final Fantasy VII Remake trailers were great, I was particularly impressed by PlayStation VR, namely Rez Infinite. The platform is going to need a strong line-up when it comes out next year and Rez has me excited. Between that, Golem and a new Psychonauts, I think we’re all in good hands.
Speaking of Double Fine, I’m actually really giddy about Full Throttle Remastered. I have fond memories of playing the original Full Throttle on my computer way back when, so to see a restored version of this game sounds amazing. I can’t wait to play it again after all these years. Of course, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom looks gorgeous, although I still need to go back and play the first game. Perhaps this will be the push that gets me to do that. I know there’s a lot of talk about Hob, too, but I’m just not too excited about that one yet. I’ll admit that the art style looks fantastic, but I’m not sold on the gameplay yet. Guess I’ll just have to wait and see with that one.
This week has seen some exciting arrivals in the form of the Uncharted 4 beta and Final Fantasy VII on PS4, both of which I’m hugely enjoying! U4 is so fluid, and the grappling hook seamlessly blends in with the rest of the gameplay. The power-ups feel very balanced so far too – I’m absolutely loving it. FFVII looks nicer on PS4, and some of the extra additions such as trophies and being able to speed up the gameplay are very welcome. I’ve also returned to The Witcher 3 (which is one of my favourite games this year), Dragon Quest Heroes and Black Ops 3 (zombies is just so addictive!). I’m enjoying the multiplayer, but zombies mode has been terrific this year.
PlayStation Experience has come and gone, and I was very impressed with it, especially the unexpected announcement of Ni No Kuni II, along with Yakuza 0! I’m very happy to see both coming to PS4, as I’ve loved NNK1 and the previous Yakuza games that I’ve played. Yakuza 5 will surely be on my PlayTime shortly, as it releases on Tuesday, and I also plan on buying Dark Cloud and Rogue Galaxy now that PS2 games are available on PS4. Having dialogue options seems interesting in Uncharted 4 too, although I doubt they’ll have any huge impact on the game. However, considering how many times I’ve replayed the others, it’ll be nice to make different choices on future playthroughs. Sony is jumping from strength to strength and has an incredible line-up for 2016, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.
A second season pass for Mortal Kombat X has been revealed too, which has me excited and I’ll definitely be getting it. Seeing a Xenomorph from Alien (yes, we can have Alien vs. Predator battles!) and Bo Rai Cho has me giddy. Having cyborgs back in the game is great too, although I never really used them, but seeing Cyrax and Sektor act as variations should make many people happy. There are so many horror characters in MKX now, with Leatherface also joining the roster, so those who wanted a fighting game filled with horror characters will definitely find that here!
As well as continuing with Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (obviously), I also spent some time on The Bit.Trip, a game that was simultaneously announced and released during the PlayStation Experience keynote. It’s a collection of the first six Bit.Trip games, which originally released on WiiWare between 2009 and 2011. I’m a big fan of the series (particularly the frighteningly addictive Bit.Trip Runner), so it’s awesome to finally be able to play them on PS4.
Speaking of PSX, I was really excited to see some new footage of Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is already looking fantastic. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom was also a nice surprise – I didn’t play the original anywhere near as much as I should have, so I hope to rectify that with the sequel. Overall it was a very strong conference, although I did find the ending to be a little anticlimactic; I guess Shawn Layden’s Crash Bandicoot t-shirt just had me expecting too much!