With their undeniable flare and showmanship, Sony breathed new life into what an E3 press conference could look like. A live orchestra lead by prolific composer Bear McCreary (Black Sails, Battlestar Galactica, 10 Cloverfield Lane) and floating images across the stage, accented by very little speaking with an emphasis on demos and trailer content really set Sony apart from other studios this year. While many of the games debuted are still in development with no hints at release dates, fans were treated to several good looking trailers.
Of course, the trailer for the PS4 exclusive Spider-Man game came as something of a surprise, and the demos for God of War 4 and Horizon Zero Dawn definitely impressed, but a joint venture between Syphon Filter and Sony Bend for the post-apocalyptic Days Gone managed to create some interest as well.
The game is described as follows:
"Days Gone is an open-world action-adventure game set in the volcanic scarred high-desert of the Pacific Northwest two years after a devastating global pandemic. Play as Deacon St. John, a Drifter and bounty hunter who rides the broken road, fighting to survive while searching for a reason to live. The game takes place two years after a global pandemic has killed almost everyone, but transformed millions of others into mindless, feral creatures, more animal than human but very much alive and quickly evolving."
As evidenced by the trailer, Days Gone looks like a story-driven narrative of a man who has lost more than his fair share and really needs a reason to keep living through a dark time. An outlaw turned Bounty Hunter, lead character Deacon St. John (Sam Witwer, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Being Human) chooses to keep to himself instead of hunkering down in one of the many safe havens he finds in the wilderness. Similar to the stories that are told in games like The Last Of Us, Days Gone has a major focus on the character's humanity. It "is about what makes us human. It's about how even when confronted with such enormous tragedy, we find a reason to live." Heavy on the emotion, this game looks like the type where you come for the action but stay for the story.
In the gameplay footage shown during the conference, Deacon gets caught up in an abandoned factory or warehouse, and becomes surrounded by what looks like an insurmountable horde. These creatures are called Freakers, and at E3, Sony introduced two kinds: Newts (children that were turned) and the Horde (which move as one toward a food source). All in all, the game made for an impressive showing and will likely be a welcome addition to Sony's growing slate of exclusive games.
The third person shooter is playable at the PlayStation booth for the duration of E3.
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