Sony’s Conference is always the highlight of E3 for me. I’ve talked at length about my preference for Sony consoles and software. I really like what Sony does in the video game space (with its Playstation brand). I could afford to buy other consoles, but I’m not as interested in Nintendo’s and Microsoft’s entries in the video game space (for various reasons) as I am for Sony’s entries. Sony had quite a bit I’m interested in this year (although their conference was light on show-stoppers). I’ll highlight the two that I’m most interested in to finish out the week.
God of War
The God of War (GoW) game was first announced at last year’s E3 (2016), but this year they showed actual gameplay and elements of the story and it confirms the good feeling that I had about the game. It also gives a release date of early 2018, so it should be a good game that I use as an incentive to help get me through the Spring 2018 semester. I’ve not bought a God of War game before, but I have played demos of all the PS2 games and I’ve seen bits and pieces of the GoW3. I never really cared for the GoW games because of the main character, Kratos. He, in a word, was a “rage-muppet.” He was always a one-note character, the very embodiment of rage and anger. Now, I know his history, which I won’t spoil here, but which is well known in the gamer universe (if you want to find out more, here’s his wiki); however, I feel that characters should be able to express more than one emotion. The new incarnation of Kratos, however, feels like they’ve really worked on humanizing him and giving him more emotions than just rage.
I’m also very interested in Viking mythology. When I was a child, two of the most fascinating subjects were Greek/Roman myths and gods and Viking myths, gods, and legends. The Midgard Serpent (pictured above in the GoW universe) is one of the most fascinating things in the Norse mythology to me. I love the idea of worm that encircles the world, hidden away in the depths of the ocean.
This game has really captured my attention and I’m looking forward to uncovering the mystery of Kratos and his son early next year.