We’re expecting Sony begin seriously pushing the PlayStation 4 at E3. It’s the first time the new console will be shown off on a grand scale. It’ll also be the first time many of us will be able to actually play it. We’re expecting to spend a fair amount of time at Sony’s booth playing as many games as we can. With that, here are ten games we’re looking forward to seeing in no particular order.
inFamous: Second Son
What is it? inFamous: Second Son is a sequel to inFamous 2. It takes place seven years after the second game. It stars a new character named Delsin Rowe who can control smoke just like Cole McGrath could control electricity. He’ll be tearing it up in Seattle while taking on the Department of Unified Protection.
Why should it be there? This is a PlayStation exclusive and was one of the first PS4 games ever shown.
Odds of it showing up at E3: It’s pretty much a certainty. I have no doubts there will be a few stations dedicated to inFamous: Second Son.
What is it? Deep Down is a working title for one of Capcom’s latest games. Not much is known about this game other than it’s being built upon a new engine called Panta Rhei. Many people suspect Deep Down could somehow relate to Dragon’s Dogma.
Why should it be there? In my opinion, Deep Down was the most graphically impressive game showed off during Sony’s PlayStation Meeting this past February. It looked so good, I’m skeptical if what we saw was actual in-engine gameplay footage. We need to know if Panta Rhei is really as good as it appears.
Odds of it showing up at E3: I think Deep Down will have some kind of presence at E3, but I don’t think it’ll be playable on the floor. It strikes me as one of those developer-controlled demos that could be shown behind closed doors.
Killzone: Shadow Fall
What is it? Killzone: Shadow Fall is a sequel to Killzone 3. Set 30 years after the last game, the Helghast and Vektans live on the same planet. Eventually, a civil war breaks loose pitting the two sides against each other once again.
Why should it be there? As another PlayStation exclusive, Killzone: Shadow Fall needs to be there. I also want to settle some concerns I have about this game just being a slightly prettier Killzone. I fear it could end up being more of the same.
Odds of it showing up at E3: Let’s just say I won’t be surprised to run into someone dragging around a Helghast costume at the airport.
What is it? Gaikai is the name of the company and service Sony purchased for $380 million in July 2012. Gaikai will stream PlayStation games through the cloud.
Why should it be there? Sony is the first of the big three console manufacturers to fully embrace streaming games. The problem is Sony doesn’t seem to know when Gaikai is going to launch. It also used a lot of vague language such as “eventually” when describing what Gaikai can do. Since we already know Gaikai works well (because we’ve tried it publicly), Sony needs to show it’s still as reliable now as it was before.
Odds of it showing up at E3: I think there’s a very good chance we’ll see Gaikai in action. However, anything we see will have to be taken with a grain of salt since the E3 floor isn’t indicative of common network conditions the public will deal with.
What is it? The Witness is a timed PS4 exclusive developed by Braid creator Jonathan Blow and his small team. It’s a puzzle game that takes place in a large world.
Why should it be there? The Witness is a shining example of Sony embracing the indie community. It needs to have a sizable indie presence for the sake of making the PS4 as developer-friendly as possible.
Odds of it showing up at E3: As the premier indie title for PS4, The Witness will be there.
What is it? Diggs Nightcrawler is the latest Wonderbook game. It stars a nightcrawler detective who solves mysteries involving iconic storybook characters such as Humpty Dumpty.
Why should it be there? Wonderbook is pretty much a flop. It’s not that the concept isn’t interesting, it’s that there isn’t a lot of compelling software for it. Diggs Nightcrawler is unique because it has a film noir style adults can enjoy and it manages to supposedly cut PlayStation Move out of the control scheme completely. Wonderbook is the controller in this game.
Odds of it showing up at E3: There should be small micro-rooms on the show floor for Move and Wonderbook stuff. This is the first and possibly only major event Diggs Nightcrawler has the opportunity to go before a large audience.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
What is it? Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a brand new entry in the series. This time around we’re taking on pirates as Captain Edward Kenway.
Why should it be there? Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is going to have an hour of exclusive content for the PS3 and PS4. That’s something Sony should want to make a big deal out of.
Odds of it showing up at E3: When has there not been an Assassin’s Creed game at E3?
What is it? Watch_Dogs stars Aiden Pierce who is an expert hacker. You’ll be going around Chicago using your skills to hack pretty much anything.
Why should it be there? Watch_Dogs is a new original property that many gamers have been waiting for. It’s also coming at a time when computer hacks are being reported on every day in mainstream media.
Odds of it showing up at E3: It will be there.
Beyond: Two Souls
What is it? Beyond: Two Souls is the latest game from Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream. It’s about a girl named Jodie Holmes who’s trying to understand a being named Aiden that only she can see.
Why should it be there? We’re expecting Beyond: Two Souls to be one of the deepest titles there in terms of emotion and overall plot. It’s also supposed to look extremely good on modern hardware.
Odds of it showing up at E3: Although I don’t think a game of this type can be fully enjoyed around thousands of loud people in a crowded room, it’ll still be there in some regard.
Metal Gear Sold V: The Phantom Pain
What is it? This is the latest game in the MGS series, but it’s not a sequel to MGS4. You’re playing as Big Boss in an open world environment.
Why should it be there? There’s still a bit of mystery to this game. A presence at E3 should clear some things up and allow us to get a better understanding of the game and when it takes place.
Odds of it showing up at E3: I question its playability, but I’m sure it’ll be there.