I have been a gaming enthusiast ever since I cried because we left my cousin’s house because he had a PS1. Have been a hardcore gaming fan since 2010, where gaming helped me make key friendships including the one which gave birth to Full Sync. I love football and do not discriminate between gaming genre. Show me a trailer and I will judge then. Am also a Tekken fanatic too, so if you wish to fight me just hit me up!

The last three or four years I have been following E3 very closely, watching all the conferences with high expectations of what new games were going to be shown. While past conferences had a moderate amount of talking, which would tone down the pace of the conference a little, yesterday’s Sony conference felt like it whizzed past. It could have been because it was slightly shorter than usual, but it was mostly because there were only two moments where people were actually conferencing – and only for very few minutes each time. The last three or four years I have been following E3 very closely, watching all the conferences with high expectations of what new games were going to be shown. While past conferences had a moderate amount of talking, which would tone down the pace of the conference a little, yesterday’s Sony conference felt like it whizzed past. It could have been because it was slightly shorter than usual, but it was mostly because there were only two moments where people were actually conferencing – and only for very few minutes each time.

Things kicked off very ambitiously, revealing very quickly a new trailer for the new Uncharted, which does not feature Nathan Drake but features Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross, and which looked quite marvelous on the stage. Then, a slew of games slowly made their appearance on screen, passing also by one of the most expected titles of the night – God of War. A five-minute gameplay demo was shown as well, showing Playstation owners how lucky they will be in just under a year when they will get to play it. The show also revealed a new expansion for Horizon: Zero Dawn, definitely one of the games of the year, because of how beautiful it looks and how fun it is when you actually get to play it. When it hits the store, which will be later in the year, probably Holiday 2017, you can be sure it will be massively trending, given how successful Guerilla Games’ new IP is.

As the conference rolled on, there was also time for one of my personal most expected titles – Destiny 2, but alas it was only for a short trailer. No Beta release date or more juicy details on multiplayer, although they moved the release date to 3 days earlier. I like that. Less time to wait to get my hands on the game that is! We also had a decent glimpse of the gameplay of Far Cry 5, which looks absolutely stunning. I will be careful about being overly excited especially when graphics are concerned, but it’s impossible not to be amazed by the level of detail shown in the demo.

The conference then showed a couple more good looking games, before closing with a sleeper – Spiderman. The game looks incredible, both in terms of visuals and also in terms of gameplay. Spiderman looked very smooth while the demo rolled on, which was a very good sign of the positive work that is being done upon it. Although this was one of the best looking games of E3, it still did not shake the feeling that something was missing. In fact, one could see the people at the conference were a bit confused at the end of Sony’s presser, kind of demanding more news from the Playstation maker. Personally, I was expecting at least a new trailer for The Last of Us 2, or even gameplay. No mention of anything Bloodborne as well, and given how insisting the rumors were of a possible sequel being unveiled at E3, it was another let down too.

I did like what I saw from Sony’s conference, but it did not feel finished. The audience definitely wanted something more, and probably so did the majority of people on twitter, I included. This is probably something Sony should learn from. The past couple of years have had memorable moments, such as the PlayStation 4’s price announcement in 2013 as well as the huge roar of the crowd when The Last of Us 2’s trailer played a year ago. This year, it did not carry any of that magic which made the event memorable. Here’s to hoping Gamescom, as well as the Video Game Awards at the end of the year, will fill the void that this E3 has left within us all.

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