The biggest trailers from PlayStation’s Paris Games Week show
A lot of trailers to unpack here.
PlayStation promised a huge turnout at this year's Paris Games Week and it has certainly delivered. For the first time since last year's PlayStation Experience (PSX), we've got another glimpse at one of the most highly-anticipated upcoming games The Last of Us II, and another glimpse at Spider-Man for PlayStation 4. PlayStation has flown by without too much controversy over the last few events but this showing of trailers in particular, seemed to draw ire from fans.
From the confronting violence in the trailer to the live-action drama Erica that deals with a traumatic childhood experience, many on social media agreed PlayStation should maybe check itself. We'll pop a warning on any trailer that covers anything too confronting.
The Last of Us: Part II
Obviously the most anticipated of the show, The Last of Us Part II trailer introduces us to some kind of religious cult kicking around the wastelands, stringing up sinners and the like. While the cult enemy is actually pretty intriguing (Outlast 2 proved they can be absolutely terrifying), the trailer is bloody miserable.
Warning: There is a super-violent scene involving broken bones and an attempted hanging in the trailer below.
If you did happen to watch that last gruesome trailer, take a load off with some banter with your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.
Ghost of Tsushima
While The Last of Us Part II was probably the most anticipated trailer, Ghost of Tsushima was without a doubt the most pleasant surprise. Sucker Punch is back baby and this time they're tackling the world of Samurai in Feudal Japan. The trailer doesn't give too much away but if Sucker Punch's resume is anything to go by, this should be a sprawling open world with superpowers replaced with swift Samurai skills.
Detroit Become Human
Another... yawn... sorry. Another Detroit Become Human trailer was revealed at this year's Paris Games Week. This one showcases Kara's story – the Android that was first teased in a tech demo years back.
WARNING: This one deals with some incredibly intense themes around childhood abuse that may be a little hard to stomach for some.
God of War
Another returning PlayStation icon from last year's E3 was the upcoming Norse-ified God of War. In his gameplay trailer we get a closer look at the bond between Kratos Senior and Kratos Junior and a quick glimpse at the battle the two bond over. We also got an "early 2018" release window.
Shadow of the Colossus
The surprise announcement of a Shadow of the Colossus remake was one of Sony's most outstanding surprises at this year's E3. We now have a closer look at the upcoming PlayStation 4 release that's been rebuilt from the ground up.
Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris
While Destiny 2 has had no problem getting players on board, it has has a bit of a struggle keeping them engaged. The first story DLC Curse of Osiris has been announced and teases a story about Ikora's mentor. Osiris seems to pose a threat, but the question left hanging in the trailer is whether he's friend or foe.
Far Cry 5: Friends for Hire
At this point, we've seen our fair share of gameplay and story footage for the upcoming Far Cry 5. This one is a fun little trailer around the game's co-op, and all the ways friends can hang in Hope County.
Monster Hunter World
Another Monster Hunter World trailer, another look at the series trademark gameplay. To be fair, this trailer shows the game is really coming along in huge strides. There's also a neat little reveal of a new playable character towards the end – Horizon Zero Dawn's Aloy.
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
At this year's PAX AUS, we got to chat to Guerrilla Games about the upcoming Frozen Wilds expansion. Unfortunately, the interview was quite thin on the actual details around the upcoming DLC, but we did get to chat briefly about working with Kojima Productions and the Decima Engine. Oddly, the latest trailer doesn't give too much away either, bar from a few large-scale action sequences.
Final Fantasy XIV: Episode Ignis
Noctis' head of security detail, master chef and excursion supervisor Ignis, is finally getting his own character DLC. While it's not a Final Fantasy spin on the Cooking Mama games, the cinematic trailer is exciting nonetheless.
Hong Kong Massacre
This Hotline Miami-inspired indie was shown off at Paris Games Week. If you're a fan of the former's high-octane, top-down gameplay and pumping soundtrack, you're going to want to check this out.
2017's answer to Marc Ecko's Getting Up is here. In all seriousness, Concrete Genie looks quite beautiful. Take it to the Banksy, I say.
The latest experience from PlayStation's tough-to-sell PlayLink platform is a live-action drama known as Erica. A story about a dark and traumatic past and a hunt for a serial killer, the trauma in the trailer is not as confronting as The Last of Us Part II and Detroit Become Human trailers, but it's still there.
The world's cutest tomb raider around returns for Spelunky 2. This time it appears our Indiana Jones-inspired hero has some tiny footsteps following in his wake, with our hero's daughter taking the reins.
We'll be covering PlayStation's presence at Paris Games Week, so stay tuned for more hands-on previews, news and interviews.