Naomi N. Lugo

Destiny 2 has been just gathering hype around it after it was announced earlier this year. Since then, there have been trailers that focus on what fans have found missing from the original game, story.
The newest trailer revealed at Sony's E3 2017 conference took a more somber tone than it's predecessors, but with a title like “Our Darkest Hour,
” it's not hard to see why. 
The focus is around Dominus Ghaul, who seems to think that he's the only one who deserves the Traveler's Light.  
Exclusive content will be had for PlayStation gamers including an exclusive strike called "Lake of Shadows," gear, a ship called "City Apex," a weapon called "Borealis," and a PVP map titled "Retribution." 
The game got a new release date moving up two days to September 6 with its release on PC set for October 24. Early Access starts July 18. 
Catch up on everything you need to know about Destiny 2 here and let us know in the comments how you feel about the game's impending release? Will it fulfill the needs that the previous game had?
Naomi N. Lugo

A new vision of Kratos first reemerged at E3 2016. He appeared older, grayer and wiser, accompanied by a new companion: his young son. This year's E3 saw an expanded look into title's new Norse setting and its mythical inhabitants.
Kratos is imparting his warrior wisdom onto his young son, exposing both his merciless and brutal side along with flickers of compassion. "You said I was cursed," Kratos' son says, "you think I'm weak because I'm not like you." He and his father are on an unknown quest, and during that journey they run into plenty of new, ferocious enemies.
This trailer gives players a deeper look into what to expect from this dramatic departure from the previous the God of War titles. A large part of that seems to revolve around Kratos' son, and "the truth." While Kratos handles the combat side of things, his son proves his worth by translating the native dialect. "He wants to help us," Kratos' son replies after he is asked to interpret the words of a colossal beast at the end of the trailer, potentially revealing at least a portion of his origins. 
God of War releases for PlayStation 4 in early 2018. What do you think about this radical shift in the popular action series? 
Marcus Stewart

Far Cry 5 takes players into the heart of Montana in the fictional Hope County. A militia led by a fanatical religious leader has overtaken the area and it's up to players to rid Hope County of this dangerous threat. Given the militia's overwhelming presence in the area, that's a tall order. Luckily, it's not one that has to be tackled alone. 
Ubisoft showed off a gameplay walkthrough demonstrating how players can use guns-for-hire, such as Grace the sharpshooter, to aid them during missions. Grace eliminated targets designated by the player from afar and even called out unseen enemies closing in on the player. Boomer, the player's canine companion, can be ordered to attack foes and fetch weapons. When air support is needed, pilot Nick Rye can fly in on his biplane and unleash a hail of gunfire upon targets. Those who prefer a more personable touch of assistance can have their friends lend a hand with missions online. 
Far Cry 5 hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC February 27, 2018. 
Marcus Stewart

With Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Ubisoft has proven it knows how to craft a good pirate game, specifically in regards to naval combat. The publisher is taking that know-how to the next level with Skull and Bones, a new IP that pits teams of players against each other in open seas warfare during the height of the Golden Age of Piracy. 
Skull & Bones' conflicts are waged in the Indian Ocean. Teams of five compete against each other in explosive ship battles with the winners determined by whoever emerges with the most loot once the dust settles. Different vessels boast specific advantages, such as reinforced hulls or battering rams that devastate ships in close quarter combat. Taking into account your ships strengths and weaknesses, as well as the weather conditions can make all the difference in deciding the pirate that wins the day.
Cooperation with your comrades is also key. In the trailer, the arrival of pirate hunters, formidable AI units that target the wealthiest ship, prompted one player to sacrifice their ship by ramming it into a pirate hunter, allowing the vessel bearing the treasure to escape.  
Players can recruit their own crew members, assign captains, and customize their ships to their liking. Either alone or with friends, they can raid a large open world and take on opposing players in several multiplayer modes. You can look for Skull & Bones to release next fall for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. 
Jack Gardner

Though E3 proper hasn't yet begun, the pre-E3 press conferences have! This year, we are going to be capping off each day with a podcast discussing the news of the day with the talented bunch of people we've collected to cover the year's biggest gaming trade show. 
Day three covered a lot of ground between Ubisoft and Sony. The two industry titans threw out some pretty exciting announcements, like a completely overhauled Shadow of the Colossus for the PS4 and confirmation that, yes, Beyond Good & Evil 2 exists. Jack Gardner, Marcus Stewart and Naomi Lugo cover the basic, need-to-know announcements from the day.
Kick back, relax, and enjoy the show with us!

Naomi N. Lugo

One of the main focuses of the Sony E3 2017 press conference was showcasing support for its VR headset. Keep reading below to see all of the upcoming games coming to PSVR. 
Sure to please a slew of Elder Scrolls fans, Sony started out its VR showcase with Skyrim in VR. In the trailer, we got to see various combat systems including the title's signature dragon shouts. 
Next up was Star Child, a third-person new IP with a sci-fi setting appropriate for its name.  
Final Fantasy XV Monster of the Deep focuses on the fishing mini-game from the main game. The game has a release date of September 2017.
The Inpatient explores a vintage mental asylum and teases "discover who you are before it’s too late." The setting is familiar to those who have played Until Dawn. Players will be in Blackwood Sanatorium 60 years before the events of Until Dawn. 
Bravo Team is a first person shooter set in a "fictional " modern day Eastern European city.
The last of the VR games of the 2017 conference was a title called Moss that focused on a mouse. The adorable little critter roams around in a fantastical natural world.
Which games are you excited for in VR? What titles do you want to see?
Marcus Stewart

Monster Hunter is back in a big way with Monster Hunter World. This new console entry boasts a lush open world teeming with wildlife and advanced systems that make hunting monsters deeper and more immersive than ever. 
Capcom states the game will feature a "living, breathing ecosystem in which players strive to become the ultimate hunter."  A seamless world allows players to freely travel between zones without dealing with load times. Ever-changing terrain and environment conditions force players to take the world into account when pursuing quarry.
Up to four players can join up online to slay monsters cooperatively. When situations become dire, a new drop-in mechanic let solo players summon the assistance of other hunters from around the globe. 
Monster Hunter World releases in early 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 
Marcus Stewart

Call of Duty's big return to the second world war arrives November 3, and Sledgehammer Games has a new highlight reel showing off the game's grounded yet exciting flow in multiplayer. 
The trailer does a good job running home the fact that death can come from all directions, including from above thanks to the aerial bombardments of enemy fighter planes. While the time period means the that the game lacks the high-tech verticality and maneuverability of the near-future entries, Sledgehammer's heavy focus on the pure grit and pandemonium of humanity's greatest conflict gives multiplayer a visceral edge that was absent in recent Call of Duty titles.  
Are you looking forward to Call of Duty WWII? How do you feel about a return to more antiquated setting and combat? 
Naomi N. Lugo

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy kicked off Sony's E3 festivities with a new story trailer. Releasing August 22, the adventure stars series favorite Chloe Frazer and Uncharted 4's tough-as-nails mercenary boss Nadine Ross as they search for the legendary Tusk of Ganesh. 
Gameplay featured in the trailer is the standard action-packed fare we have come to expect from the Uncharted series, but what seems to set the game apart from its brethren is the tense relationship between the two treasure hunters. 
The two characters seem to have an unwilling but necessary partnership. Official copy for the game describes their adventuring as such: "along the way, they’ll learn to work together to unearth the mystery of the artifact, fight their way through fierce opposition, and prevent the region from falling into chaos."
How do you feel about this expansion into the Uncharted universe? 
Marcus Stewart

Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite marks a big shake-up for the popular fighter. In addition to the reduced 2-on-2 combat, streamlined gameplay, and the Infinity Stones power-ups, Infinite looks to try its hand at presenting a cinematic story mode popularized by Mortal Kombat and Injustice. 
Heroes of the Marvel and Capcom universes are shown striking an uneasy deal with Thanos in exchange for the whereabouts of the Infinity Stones. The boundless power of these gems appears to be the only method of confronting the combined might of Marvel's Ultron and Mega Man X's Sigma. We're treated to a montage of "dream" team-ups, from Chun-Li and Captain America to the pairing fans of both properties have dreamed about for years: Iron Man and Nathan "RAD" Spencer. 
The dialogue and interactions feel incredibly silly and somewhat awkward, which may be both good and bad. You can decide for yourself by downloading a free demo of the story mode from the PlayStation and Xbox stores right now. 
Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite releases September 15 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 
Marcus Stewart

Insomniac's Spider-Man concluded Sony's PlayStation briefing with a bang thanks to a new gameplay video showcasing an entire mission. In it, we got a look at combat, web swinging, as well as a few appearances of Spider-Man's allies and adversaries. 
The demo begins with Spidey tracking the Inner Demons crime syndicate, who have been moving in on the turf of Wilson Fisk aka the Kingpin. For some reason, Spider-Man has formed an uneasy alliance with Fisk, agreeing to drive out the Demons in exchange for information on their leader. If you're a fan of Spider-Man comics, chances are you already know the identity of this enemy: Mister Negative, who appears the be the game's first confirmed villain.  
The trailer provides the first extensive look at gameplay, primarily combat. Spider-Man's attacks and movements are impressively fluid, and a slow-mo feature (likely representing his spider sense) allots players a small window to evade attacks and give takedowns a stylish flair. The trailer also showed off web gameplay, including using web lines to manipulate environment (like pulling a crane arm to knock down enemies) and gadgets such as a web proximity mine.  A thrilling mid-air chase with a helicopter shows off the acrobatic web-swinging as well as some action-packed QTE set-pieces. 
Spider-Man swings to PlayStation 4 as a console exclusive sometime next year. How do feel Insomniac's take on Marvel's flagship character is shaping up thus far? 
Naomi N. Lugo

Days Gone, which made its debut at last year's E3, returned with another gameplay trailer during Sony's E3  2017 press conference. This time our protagonist Deacon is forced to infiltrate a band of squatters to rescue companion, Manny.
Manny, as it would seem, carries some significance to Deacon, as he tears out on his motorcycle after hearing that he's in danger. Deacon meets with a clothesline crossing the road, things after that get bloody.
Deacon battles humans both living and dead on his path to rescue Manny. Bipeds aren't the only threat in a zombie infested world though, a zombie bear makes an appearance to keep things interesting.
The trailer overall shows off some stealth, investigative and of course combat gameplay while giving viewers a quick tour of the Pacific Northwest setting.
Days Gone will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive and has the release date of December 29, 2017.