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E3 2018: Sony unveils the most gorgeous games of the year

Sony is probably going through one of their best ever moments in the gaming market. The PlayStation 4 is currently outselling the Xbox One, and their exclusive titles have had huge critical acclaim – one release after the other.

From the preview announcements made during the year, we expected Sony to deliver some of the most visually engaging titles at E3 2018, and they didn’t disappoint.

In a presentation sprinkled with impressive musical interludes, including a small performance by Oscar-winning musician Gustavo Santaolalla, Sony dazzled the audience at their PlayStation press conference with extended trailers of their biggest properties and the release of a couple of surprises no one had anticipated.

After blowing everybody’s minds with striking trailers in 2016 and 2017, audiences at E3 were more than impressed with the launch of the long-awaited survival horror game The Last of Us Part 2, which many are already pinning as the game of the year.

Introduced by composer Gustavo Santaolalla playing the game’s theme on a six-string banjo, the company unveiled a brand new 11-minute gameplay trailer that gave us a glimpse into the title’s improved mechanics and story.

Spider-Man, which also had one of the most impressive trailers of any game in 2017, also saw the light with an outrageous gameplay trailer full of heart-pounding action and cameos from Spidey’s most famous enemies. The game was also confirmed to be hitting shelves in September.

We already knew Ghost of Tsushima was going to be spectacular. The adventure title in which the player takes the role of a resurrected samurai during the first Mongol invasion of 1274 was one of the most anticipated of the year and last night Sony showcased a jaw-dropping demo that left the audience in utter disbelief.

The presentation itself was epic, introduced by a musician absolutely killing it on a shakuhachi flute. The demo depicted the protagonist sword fighting his way through war-torn feudal Japan. The mechanics, lighting and modelling in this title by studio Sucker Punch are just insane.

Dreams, the much-hyped sandbox game developed by Media Molecule, has been teased for years now and the developers finally showcased a demo where the audience got a glimpse at level creation gameplay.

Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding has been stirring gamers’ minds since 2016 when they released disturbing trailers featuring the performance of lauded actors Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen, with a surprise participation of Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro.

At E3, Sony unveiled a new 8-minute clip of the game that again leaves us with more questions than answers. French actress Léa Seydoux – of Blue is the Warmest Color fame – and Emmy award winner Lindsay Wagner were introduced as the new members of the game’s star-studded cast.

I still don’t know what this game is about – the only thing I’m sure of is that I want to play it.

The surprise announcement of the conference came courtesy of FromSoftware, which unveiled the dark, melancholic and eerie world of Déraciné, an upcoming PlayStation VR game about a young girl in a boarding school who has the ability to communicate with a mysterious spirit. The adventure title will be available later this year.

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