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Samurai, Superheroes, and Some Weird-Ass Games: Sony At E3

As Microsoft looks backwards to find games for the next year, Sony seems to only be looking forward.  Maybe a little too far forward, as we’ll see.

Is This The Year of The Samurai?

  • Nioh was a bit of a sleeper hit last year, weaving an unfinished Kurosawa script full of samurai and yokai with combat straight out of a Dark Souls game. The sequel doesn’t have a lot of information yet, but based on the very brief teaser it’s going to retain its predecessor’s dark fantasy trappings. Is that monster at the end another yokai, or perhaps Nioh will be delving into the world of the oni this time around? No release date is set.
  • One samurai inspired game is surprising enough. But two in one conference, one of them not a part of another series, was a bit of a shock. Unlike Nioh, which is produced by Japanese Studio TeamNinja, the open world game Ghost of Tsushima is being developed by American company Sucker Punch (Infamous, Sly Cooper). This game will be much more open world than Nioh, taking cues not from Souls games but CDPR’s The Witcher series. It will follow Jin Sakai, a samurai wandering through the eponymous Japanese island. It is set during the first Mongol invasion of Japan, where lots of sword fighting, sneaking, and admiring of vistas will no doubt occur. Much like Nioh 2, Ghosts has no release date as yet.

Hey, We Still Own This Property

Insomniac’s Spider-Man game just keeps looking better and better. It was the grand finale of Sony’s stage show and boy howdy was it grand. Insomniac used a break out from The Raft to showcase the combo-heavy combat that has always been a part of Spider-Man games, as well as the rapid-fire, high intensity web slinging that so few of those same games have captured.

Spidey is as sassy as ever, keeping up the quips even as he gets his ass handed to him by members of what may be the Sinister Six. The game itself is set to focus on Peter Parker as a seasoned vet, 8 years into his tenure in the tights. Not tied into comics or movies, the game will feature fan favorites like Miles Morales and Black Cat as well as iconic villains like Kingpin, Shocker, and Mr. Negative. Sony is banking on a big release for this on September 7th, and the amount of buzz this trailer has caused might signal that they’ll get one.

It’s Time Travel, I Don’t Have To Explain

Yet another game lost to the female agenda, Control looks like another batshit crazy game from a studio known for making batshit crazy games (Remedy, the studio developing Control, also brought us Max Payne, Alan Wake, and Quantum Break). The story is unknown at this time, but the gameplay looks like its going to go to some weird places all thanks to that bizarre shape-shifting gun in our protagonist’s hand.


 I have no idea what is going on in Hideo Kojima’s horror/sci-fi/mindfuck Death Stranding, nor do any other games journalists right now. What I do know is this: Kojima has lost his damn mind and it is going to be GLORIOUS.

Image and Videos Courtesy of Sony


  • Dan Arndt

    Fiction writer, board game fanatic, DM. Has an MFA and isn't quite sure what to do now. If you have a dog, I'd very much like to pet it. Operating out of Indianapolis.


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