The PlayStation Experience: The Best Announcements

Ben Stegner 07-12-2014

Sony just held its first-ever PlayStation Experience, a fan event dedicated to showing off new games, giving more details on some that were announced previously, and revealing all-new titles.


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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Even before its announcement, the newest Uncharted was sure to be a great exclusive on PS4 5 PS4 Exclusive Titles To Make Xbox One Owners Jealous Having already proposed five reasons you should be buying a PlayStation 4, it's time to focus in on the games that will be released for the system within its first year on sale. What follows... Read More . The game wasn’t announced at this event; this conference instead has revealed a substantial amount of gameplay footage. From the name, it can be assumed that this will be Nathan Drake’s last outing.

He looks considerably older in this title, and the game’s official page explains that he was retired before this game’s events were set in motion. At the end of this clip, we also find out that Drake has a brother; something that’s never been brought up in the series before.

Even cooler, he’s voiced by Troy Baker, who you might recognize as the voice of Joel in The Last Of Us, Pagan Min in the recent Far Cry 4, and as protagonist Jack Mitchell in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (our review Is Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Worth Buying? Call of Duty gets panned for being the same game every year. Is Advanced Warfare any different? Read More ).


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The Forest

The Forest, currently available on Steam’s Early Access program I Promise Steam Early Access Isn't Ruining Gaming [Opinion] Steam's Early Access program allows developers to sell Alpha versions of games currently in development. The system gives players the opportunity to speak with their wallets if they want to support a work in progress... Read More , is a survival-horror game whose gameplay resembles Minecraft 5+ Sandbox Games Like Minecraft You Must Play Perhaps Minecraft has grown stale for you over the past few years. The good news is that there are plenty of other games like Minecraft that provide a compelling survive-in-a-sandbox environment. Read More . In it, you are the only survivor of a plane crash, and must fend for yourself in the woods. It’s been receiving excellent feedback, and at PS Experience we found out it’s coming to PS4.

This game won’t be for everyone, of course. It’s an inexpensive horror game Scares On The Cheap! Modern Horror Games Under $20 If games at full retail price are a little too scary for your wallet, have no fear! Many great horror games can be found for less than $20. Read More , but shouldn’t be thought of like Resident Evil or Silent Hill. Rather, it’s atmospheric horror, because survival is up to you. If you can’t build shelter, fend off monsters, and explore, you’re doomed to fail. There’s no word on a release date or whether it will be a completed version coming to PS4, however.

Notable Ports

It’s no secret that Sony loves indies, and thankfully, the PS4 will finally be getting some of the best indie games it currently lacks.


Bastion, an action game released in 2011 that’s been put on nearly every platform except Sony’s, will be released on PS4 and Vita in 2015. Bastion is worth playing for its amazing soundtrack The 20 Best Video Game Soundtracks for Studying or Relaxing Video game music is engineered to promote focus with enjoyable background tracks. If you need some music for studying or relaxing, look no further. Read More and narration (which you can hear in the teaser video below) alone, so don’t miss it.

Shovel Knight, which released in June of this year, recently surpassed 300,000 copies sold and is one of the finest indie games ever created. PS4, PS3, and Vita versions will join its existing PC, Wii U, and 3DS platforms. As an added bonus, Kratos from the God of War series is set to be added to the game. Will he be a villain or an ally? Stay tuned to find out!

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One re-release that could have been monumental is Final Fantasy VII, one of the most-loved RPGs of all time. Unfortunately, it turns out that the PS4 version of FFVII will be a port of the existing PC version, which features the blocky graphics of the PS1. So, instead of a full HD remake, this is just the PC version ported to PS4.


Craig liked the PC port Final Fantasy XV Is Finally Out! Is It Worth Buying? Fans have waited for Final Fantasy XV since its announcement ten years ago. Let's find out if it's lived up to its reputation, and if you should buy it. Read More , so if you haven’t picked it up yet, it might be worth waiting for it on PS4. For everyone else, however, this was just a big disappointment and one of the low points of the show.

No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky has a lot of people’s attention. We haven’t gotten much in terms of gameplay or details, though the PS Experience has revealed a bit more. We know is that the title is procedurally generated, meaning that virtually infinite worlds can be created in it. It’s all about exploring space in this timed PS4 exclusive. Check the teaser for more.

Customizable Faceplates For PS4

This isn’t as cool as a new game, but it’s still notable. Sony is starting to roll out faceplates that replace the shiny cover of your PS4 — the same piece you remove when you replace the PS4’s hard drive How To Upgrade Your PS4's Hard Drive The PS4 makes it easy to add more storage space. Let's look at what drives you can choose between and how the process works. Read More . Sony’s site seems to already have them for sale [Broken URL Removed], so if you’re interested you can place an order. Currently, only LittleBigPlanet 3 and The Order: 1886 themes are available, but the selection will surely expand soon.

The faceplate is easily removed, but if you need a refresher, check out the official tutorial.



Sony had a lot to show off at their first annual PlayStation Experience, and anyone with a PS4 should be getting really excited right about now. No matter what types of games you’re into, something shown at this weekend’s conference is worth looking forward to.

What was your favorite game shown at PlayStation Experience? Leave a comment and let us know what you can’t wait to play in 2015!

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  1. Harry
    December 8, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I'm just unbelievably pumped for Uncharted. The first three games were epic and Thief's End looks fantastic too. Not sure about your call on it being the final game though. Drake may not be the titular thief... His brother, or whoever is the original owner of the treasure they're pursuing may be the one who's end has come!

    • Ben S
      December 11, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      I didn't mean it would be the final game, but maybe the last one starring Drake. Who knows? Hopefully we find out soon!

  2. Dann Albright
    December 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Can't believe we get robbed of a FFVII remake AGAIN. Seriously—is there any doubt that it would be one of the most well-received, highest-selling games of all time? A port of the PC version? Come on.

    Other than that major disappointment, I'm pretty excited about what I see here. Bastion is one of my favorite games of all time, and I think it'll be even better on PS4. And I've been wanting to play Shovel Knight for quite some time. Lookin' good!

    • Ben S
      December 7, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      I've still never played FFVII yet. I will soon: maybe from this port, ironically. I'm starting to love my PS4 as a hub of all games - indie and AAA, so I hear you on the indies. I loved Bastion - not one of my favorites ever, but a great game. Shovel Knight is amazing. I got it on Steam since I backed them on KS, but I might just get it again on PS4. The devs are way cool.

    • Dann Albright
      December 7, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      If you like RPGs, you'll love it. It might be my favorite game, bar none. It's amazing. Even with the awful graphics. But yes, by all means, play the port! You'll have to let me know what you think. I'm (obviously) a big fan.

    • Ben S
      December 7, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Oh, graphics don't bother me. Ocarina of Time is my favorite game, so I can forgive graphics no problem.

      I'll start clearing out the backlog so I can play it!

    • Daniel Klingmann
      December 8, 2014 at 7:45 am

      We should just make an open source port.

    • Dann Albright
      December 9, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      That'd be awesome. Maybe we can do something like they did with that remake of Star Wars, where everyone filmed 15 seconds. If everyone updates the graphics to PS4 level for a minute of the game, we'd probably only need . . . a few million volunteers! :-)