Sony had a very big task in front of them when they took the stage at E3 2015. Many people were very hyped up about Microsoft’s conference which had ended earlier in the day, so Sony really needed to show out to try to one up their main competition. I think it is safe to say that they might have won over the crowd with just 2 games. Prior to E3, there was a rumor that Japan Studios’ The Last Guardian would finally be reintroduced to the world, and that rumor turned into fact when SCE President and CEO Shawn Layden reintroduced The Last Guardian with the first demo of the press conference. After not seeing the game for almost 10 years, the audience in the auditorium and at home was completely awestruck by the first piece of gameplay we have seen from the game. It was a very special moment for all gamers, and it was just the beginning of Sony’s press conference. After the demo concluded, everyone’s favorite Sony exec, Shuhei Yoshida took to the stage to express his excitement about The Last Guardian and acknowledge Fumito Ueda, creative director of The Last Guardian, who was sitting in the crowd. When you open with something like The Last Guardian, it can be hard to make the rest of the conference live up to the hype, but Sony did their best with the next few offerings. The next game up was a brand new franchise from Guerrilla Games, the developers of the Killzone franchise, Horizon: Zero Dawn. The game demo opened up with a clan of what looked like cavemen who are fighting to survive after the end of civilization as we know it. Once the gameplay kicked in, you see the enemies they are fighting against, giant robot dinosaurs. The combat in the game looked very fluid and consisted mainly of move and shoot tactics using a bow as your primary weapon. The game’s setting is definitely unique and captured the imagination of many viewers. The next person on stage probably has the best name of any presenter we have seen thus far, Asad Qizilbash (pronounced KizzleBash). He introduced us to the new Hitman; it is unclear if this game will be another iteration of the franchise or if it is intended to be a relaunch of the franchise. In any case, the cinematic trailer for the game looked great and reintroduced us to Agent 47. There will be 6 exclusive contract missions for PS4 and an exclusive beta if you pre-order the game. Next up was a short trailer for the PS4 exclusive fighter Street Fighter V. This trailer was mainly just more gameplay, but it did add 2 new characters to the line up, Cammy and Birdie. After Street Fighter V, everyone’s favorite indie developer, Sean Murray of Hello Games, took to the stage to show off some more gameplay from No Man’s Sky. This year, there was no pre-recorded video that played behind a band, there was an actual on stage gameplay demo. Murray showed the incredible scale of No Man’s Sky and showed off just how interactive each part of the game is. If you want to get in the middle of an intergalactic space battle, you can, or if you want to completely destroy a planet, you can do that too, just make sure to avoid the sentinels! Next up was a very interesting title from Media Molecule, Dreams. Dreams is a completely user generated experience that tasks the player with viewing, manipulating, and creating dreams. It is one of the most creative and intriguing titles that I have ever seen. The best way to get a grasp of the game is to just watch the trailer and see what you make of it. Next up was a short gameplay demo from the new indie title Firewatch, the first game from Campo Studios. The game follows a wayward person whose only communication with another person comes from a handheld radio. The game takes place in a giant forest, and it looks like it could be a pretty entertaining title. The trailer is worth a watch even if you just listen to the dialogue. The next game on stage was a big one, Destiny. Prior to the conference, documents leaked outing the name of the game’s new expansion, The Taken King. Until now we didn’t know the story behind The Taken King, but that information was revealed on stage during Sony’s press conference. The Taken King’s main antagonist will be Oryx, Crota’s father. He is out to avenge the death of his son and he will do anything in his power to do so. This expansion will also introduce each guardian’s 3rd subclass which means new super abilities, which look amazing if I do say so myself! Next up was Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. It is no surprise that Ubisoft made an appearance on Sony’s stage, the 2 companies have had a long standing relationship since the first Assassin’s Creed released, and even before that. This time we got to see another snippet of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, and we learned that there will be a series of missions entitled the Dreadful Crimes that will be coming exclusively to the PS4. The next title was a very cute and cuddly version of Final Fantasy entitled World of Final Fantasy. You control chibi versions of your favorite Final Fantasy characters in a world filled with adorable monsters. This is definitely a different take on the Final Fantasy series, so if you are a fan, you should definitely keep your eye on this game. The next reveal was probably the biggest reveal since the PS3/Xbox 360 console era. It is a game that people have been begging for for over 10 years, and it all started with a PS3 tech demo. Yes, I am talking about a full HD remake of the Final Fantasy VII. The 2 most sought after games of the past decade were just announced at one press conference. If you weren’t sold on Sony’s press conference before this, the FFVII HD Remake definitely pushed you over the edge. Next up was a quick montage of some awesome indie titles from developer Devolver Digital, and then another big announcement that sent old school PS fans reeling. Shawn Layden brought legendary creator Yu Suzuki on stage to announce the start of the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter. The Kickstarter opened at the time of that announcement, about 2 hours ago from the time of this writing, and is currently sitting at over $1.1 million in funds raised. The goal for the game is $2 million, so it is safe to say that the game will probably reach that goal my some time tomorrow. Batman Arkham Knight was the next game on the big screen with a new trailer and news about the Scarecrow Nightmare missions coming exclusively to PS4. After Batman, Sony executive Andrew House came on stage to talk a little bit about Sony’s PlayStation Vue TV service and Sony’s Virtual Reality headset, Project Morpheus. PlayStation Vue is now expanding into two new Markets, Chicago and Los Angeles and will feature a new option to subscribe to only the channels you want instead of having to pay for an entire package of channel. It is basically TV a-la carte, you only pay for what you want. There wasn’t much news about Project Morpheus aside from a small game demo. One of the biggest changes to E3 2015 was seeing Call of Duty on Sony’s stage instead of Microsoft’s. Now, all Call of Duty DLC will come to PlayStation consoles first instead of Xbox. This change will begin with Black Ops 3. In addition to that announcement, we also got a glimpse at Black Ops 3’s new co-op campaign mode which allows up to 4 players to play through the campaign together. After Call of Duty there was a short game montage, and then we were treated to some Star Wars. First up was Disney Infinity 3.0 which will feature the Star Wars Saga pack exclusively on the PS3 and PS4, and PS owners can get their hands on the Rise Against the Empire pack featuring the cast of Star Wars Rebels. Then we got to see some more sweet gameplay from Star Wars Battlefront. Patrik Bach of DICE went up on stage to demo a new co-op mission type, defend the pod. The one aspect of the game that really stuck out to me during that demo was the incredible level of detail in the environment. The final piece of Sony’s press conference was of course Uncharted 4. After a small hiccup at the start of the demo, we got to see a truly Uncharted only type experience with Nathan and Sully leaping from building to building then going on a mad dash across and through a town in a 4×4 jeep. It was an exhilarating demo and definitely showed fans of the series what they wanted to see. If there was any apprehension about the ability of this new development team to make a great Uncharted game, those feelings were dispelled with that demo. After the demo concluded, Sony’s press conference officially came to an end. It was definitely an incredible experience, and there is no doubt that PS fans are happy about the future of the company.