Sony PlayStation at E3: The Last of Us Part II, Spider-Man, Nioh 2, and unsurprising blockbusters

We’re basically in Sony’s victory lap stage. At this point it’s clear who’s “won” the console generation I think, and with rumors of a 2020 launch for new hardware it’s about time to settle in, pump out the last few exclusives, and then gear up for the next battle.

And that’s basically what Sony did Monday night, content to focus on the exclusives that have been its strong suit the past few years. The Last of Us Part II, Spider-Man, Death Stranding, and Ghost of Tsushima make for one hell of a lineup, even if none of it is applicable to us on the PC side.

Of course, a few non-exclusives did manage to sneak in there (albeit briefly). In the interest of completion, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up all the announcements and trailers below.

The Last of Us Part II

No surprise, Sony started off with The Last of Us Part II. The trailer started with some distinctly pre-apocalypse looking times, with Ellie attending a party—before cutting to her stabbing some dude in the neck, then picking off the rest of a party of raiders one at a time. Then killing more raiders, and more raiders, and more raiders.

As I said, Sony committed to showing very long clips of just a few games this year, and The Last of Us Part II was our first glimpse of that strategy. The demo went on extremely long by E3 standards, which is certainly an interesting change of pace. I just wish there’d been more variety after that initial cut from party-to-killing.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII

Next came the first third-party trailer, and it was Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII of course. Activision had its own reveal event last month, and we barely saw anything of note during this press conference—a teaser for a map pack of original Black Ops levels, I think? But uh…well, Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII at least put in an appearance this weekend. We should have more news about it coming this week.

Destiny 2 and more

Did I mention Sony’s format this year had press walking from tent to tent, with 10-minute long intermissions in between every trailer? Because yeah. Not much to say, except Sony showed short teasers for Beat Saber on PSVR, Days Gone (a.k.a. fake Last of Us), and Twin Mirror (the Dontnod detective game we heard about earlier this week).

Oh, and Destiny 2. The upcoming Forsaken expansion got a short trailer during Sony’s conference, with a look at Cayde-6’s dead body and Prince Uldren of the Reef holding the smoking gun. Whoa. After Uldren’s disappearance in the first game, lore nerds speculated that he wound up in charge of the Fallen, and Forsaken has you tracking down Fallen barons in The Reef. 

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