PS4 US/Canada Launch Recap

PS4 launch event was a success, full of new releases and announcements, not to mention the beginning of the new generation of video game consoles

Last night, one of the two biggest nights in the gaming industry took place with the launch even of Sony's next generation (or actually...current generation!) console, the PlayStation 4, for the US and Canada.

During the event, there were different announcements which got the crowd all excited.

The New York event was a blast, starting to broadcast minutes before the official PS4 launch, with some words from companies talking about the PS4 games they've been working on and that are getting released already such as Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, Octodad, and Killzone: Shadow Fall.

After we got to see them talk about these games, there was a really amazing reveal coming from Naughty Dog; actually, there were two different reveals, as one was already announced, while the other was a surprise for everyone.

Starting with the very first story DLC for their masterpice, The Last of Us, which goes under the title of "Left Behind".


"Left Behind" takes us to the past, when the infection hadn't appeared yet, or was just silently starting.

The main feature on this DLC is that players will be able to play as Ellie, accompanied by her best friend Riley.

Here's the full description of The Last of Us: Left Behind.

"Nineteen years ago, a parasitic fungal outbreak killed the majority of the world’s population, forcing survivors into a handful of quarantine zones. Thirteen-year-old Ellie has grown up in this violent, post-pandemic world, and her disrespect for the military authority running her boarding school earns her new enemies, a new friend in fellow rebel Riley, and her first trip into the outside world."

If you played the main campaign of the game, you would've already noticed that it is all about the bond that was created between Joel and Ellie. This is something that doesn't get lost on the new part of the story, as it will focus on the bond created between Ellie and her best friend.

After this was revealed, Naughty Dog surprised the audience with a teaser trailer of the new installment of another successful franchise, Uncharted.

As this was only a teaser, there isn't much information given about the game, besides the obvious fact that it is coming to the PlayStation 4 console. One might assume that locations shown in the map are some of the locations that will be visited in the game, but that's just some speculation until some official words get said.

The event didn't stop here, as Sucker Punch had to take a part on it. inFAMOUS: Second Son got a brand new trailer, with quite a surprise at the end of it, check it out

As you could see there, inFAMOUS: Second Son will be coming to the PlayStation 4 on March 21, 2014.

Bungie had to take some part on the fun, so they talked about their upcoming shooter game Destiny by bringing a new game trailer, showing off how it will look when playing the game on the PS4.

Hideo Kojima wouldn't stay out of such a big event either, so he came, he spoke and he conquered the audience with his announcement about an exclusive PS4 mission for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes which goes under the title of "Déjà Vu", which recreates a mission originally featured in the original MGSV game and lets users play as the classic Solid Snake.

Who wouldn't love to bring back the memories of playing the very first MGS game over 10 years ago? That's what will happen with this mission.

The night wasn't only about games, or the PS4 console itself, as we also got a sneak peek at something that might be coming in the near future: the Eye Tracking. This feature is quite a useful one, mostly for shooter games, but useful for pretty much any game out there as it allows the characters from games to aim to what the player is seeing on-screen--allowing for a faster and maybe easier way to aim, as well as provide game characters with some extra intelligence, or connection with the gamer.

Overall, the event was quite interesting, full of trailers, announcements, and obviously, bringing a new era to the gaming industry in general. If by any chance you missed the event through TV or livestream, check it out in here; it lasts a little over one hour, but it is worth watching.

What are your thoughts on this new generation of video game consoles? Was this even what you thought it would be? What about the new announcements? Let me know in the comments below!

Published Nov. 15th 2013
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