Playstation Experience Roundup: Part 1 - Updates and Surprise Releases

By Rebecca Smith,
Unless you were living under a rock, you would have seen that Sony's annual Playstation Experience event took place last weekend. While we brought the announcements of Uncharted The Lost Legacy, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite and The Last of Us Part II to you as soon as we could, our real life working hours meant that we still missed a lot of stuff. As such, here it is in roundup form. All eight parts of it. Part 1 begins with a brief overview of what you can expect, followed by the surprise updates and new titles that were released over the last few days.

The first trailer showcases many of the Playstation 4's upcoming and recently released titles. Some were only announced during PSX and we will be introducing those in more detail in later parts. How many titles do you recognise?

Some of the footage in the following trailer was just seen in the last one. Here is a more in-depth look at some of Sony's upcoming Playstation VR titles:

The final sizzle trailer showcases some of the indie titles that were likely missed in between all of the AAA announcements. Here they are:


Moving on to more specific titles, some revealed large updates while they were at PSX. The first of these was EVE: Valkyrie whose Gatecrash update was released today. Aside from the enhanced visuals and performance offered to PS4 Pro players, the update included a new Gateway multiplayer map where pilots can be catapulted from one end of the map to the other via warp points. A new pilot customisation system also allows players to make their pilots look as ridiculous as they wish with new helmets and suits that can be purchased with in-game currency. Take a look at the new patch in action:

The next game to announce an update was The King of Fighters XIV. Ver 1.10 won't be arriving until January, but it will include "significant graphical improvements, 2 new colour variations per character, and many more features". Later this month, a new demo will be released onto the Playstation Store for players to preview the update before it arrives.

Soon, Street Fighter V will be starting Season 2. The first character to be released as part of Season 2 will be Akuma, the Master of the Fist.

A staple of the Street Fighter series ever since his secret appearance in Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Akuma is a savage, but well-honed Ansatsuken master consumed by the Satsui no Hado. Akuma represents the danger Ryu faces if he is unable to control the Satsui no Hado within him, and while Akuma appears to have some set of morals, he believes the highest form of battle is that in which participants put their lives on the line.

Akuma returns to Street Fighter V, displaying his mastery of Ansatsuken and while he has become burlier than previous games, he possesses quick footwork and devastating combos. He has a wide array of destructive tools and is able to completely out-class opponents with his oppressive pressure. His moves and stances often strike poses reminiscent of Buddhist statues and Ukiyo-e paintings.

Akuma will arrive on December 20th, as well as the game's holiday content. This includes B-Boy Ryu and B-Girl Chun-Li. Finally, there will be Akuma’s Story, Premium Battle and Nostalgia costumes released on the same day. The 2017 Character Pass will allow players to pre-purchase all six Season 2 fighters, as well as Premium Battle Costumes with colors 3-10 unlocked and default costume colors 3-10 for each character; it will set you back $29.99 / €29.99 / £24.99 if you're interested.

New Releases

Not to be outdone by announcing updates, Sony also decided to release five titles over the weekend. The first of these was Garou: Mark of the Wolves.

'GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES' finally comes back to PlayStation®4!

Rock Howard has been invited by the Heinlein Family to the 'King of Fighters' tournament which has not been held since his father Geese Howard passed away nearly a decade earlier. The young protagonist enters the tournament without hesitation in order to find out the truth about his mother...

Pick a fighter from the 12 (+2) characters available, and fight your way via the “T.O.P. System”, “Just Defended”, and “Breaking” new battle mechanics in the 'King of Fighters: Maximum Mayhem' tournament, held this time in 'Second Southtown'.

Defy the best GAROU rivals worldwide via Online Mode, and await online matches while honing your skills via multiplayer's Practice Mode. Enjoy the game's nostalgic arts via the brand new 'Gallery' mode, and set your favorite character's tune / sound options anytime via the Main Menu.

The next surprise was ruined a little by the appearance of the game's trophies a few days before the show. Anybody who has played Hitman GO: Definitive Edition will know exactly what to expect from Lara Croft GO.

Lara Croft GO is a turn based puzzle-adventure set in a long-forgotten world. Explore the ruins of an ancient civilization, discover well-kept secrets and face deadly challenges as you uncover the myth of the Queen of Venom.

Following the award-winning Hitman GO, Square Enix Montréal brings yet another beloved franchise to consoles with this unique take on the iconic heroine’s adventures.

• Experience lush visuals and a captivating soundtrack
• Fight menacing enemies, overcome dangerous obstacles and escape deadly traps
• Solve more than 115 puzzles split into 7 chapters
• Collect ancient relics and unlock new outfits for Lara

Announced three years ago, LET IT DIE was finally released after several delays that made some question whether the game was still in development.

In the year 2026, the planet was ravaged by the Earth Rage tectonic disturbance and the island of South Tokyo was born.
Legend has it that the Tower of Barbs grew from this island.
Under the watchful eye of Uncle Death, madness has spread across the world... Your task is simple, get to the top of the tower.

Beginner Tips
·Train your body
·Develop equipment
·Eat everything that can be eaten
·If you're stolen from, steal it back

And... if you're killed, kill them back!
Roguelike, hack and slash, online, survival, action!

One of four Devolver Digital titles to be present at PSX, Mother Russia Bleeds is pleased to sport the accolade of "Best game to beat someone to death with a toilet" in 2016.

An old-fashioned beat 'em up with big doses of adrenaline and trippiness, somewhere between the classic style of Streets of Rage and the ultra-violence of Hotline Miami. Set in a cold, ruthless Soviet Union, Mother Russia Bleeds aims to conjure up anxiety, unease, and drug-addled frenzy.

Finally, Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality brings Surgeon Simulator into the world of virtual reality. With the use of Move controllers, you can now see exactly what it is like to perform complex brain surgery using your own two hands.

It’s finally here! Surgeon Simulator is taking the ER to VR! Experience the most critically acclaimed and infamous surgery simulation game as you have never seen it before! Built from the ground up for VR and featuring all of the surgeries and twisted humour of the original favourite. This is one surgical experience you will never want to forget!

Surgeon Simulator: ER transports you into some of the most unlikely and possibly unsanitary surgeries possible. Bob’s life is in your hands in this darkly humorous VR game. Let us transport you closer to bloody surgery than you possibly ever wanted to go. Scrub up, are you ready?

Now with over 3 million ‘trained’ surgeons across the world, Surgeon Simulator has become a firm favourite with players across the globe. YOU are the doctor. Bob is the patient. His life is in your hands.

Stay tuned for part 2, which brings you the first of the many new games to be announced at PSX!
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.
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