8 things to know from Sony's E3 conference

These are the PlayStation 4 and VR announcements to (mostly) get excited about

Sony is so far ahead in the current console race that it didn’t need to go all out for E3 2017. And that’s exactly what happened at its press conference for PlayStation 4 and VR.

Having announced a litany of new games with distant release dates at recent E3s, Sony finally took the chance to give itself a breather and tell us more about its awesome titles that you’ll actually be able to buy in the next 12 months. So while there was nothing as exciting to see as the Xbox One X, the likes of Spider-Man, Days Gone and a Shadow of the Colossus remake all seem set to deliver the goods. And you shouldn’t have to wait too long to play them either.

So without further ado, here are the headlines from a modest E3 for Sony PlayStation.

Days Gone was the star of the show

OK. So it’s probably not the post-apocalyptic zombie game you're most anticipating, but The Last of Us Part II is still some way off from release. In the meantime, we’ve got Days Gone to sate our appetite for bleak action-adventure and from the look of Sony’s new gameplay trailer it’s shaping up rather nicely indeed. We especially like the ability to unleash a horde of the undead on your unsuspecting foes. With a lot of Sony’s E3 announcements set to arrive in 2018, we're hoping Days Gone makes it out in time to top our Christmas list. Its release date remains unconfirmed.

Shadow of the Colossus was the big surprise

After 2016’s The Last Guardian met with such a rapturous swell of approval, Sony has decided to mine the legendary Fumito Ueda’s back catalogue for a classic hit of gaming nostalgia. That means Shadow of the Colossus is getting an awesome remake for PlayStation 4 and it’ll be out next year, which is all quite exciting. Still, this kind of surprise announcement probably isn’t on the same level as Sony’s past efforts. Speaking of which…

Several big games were missing

We kind of knew this was the case before E3 started, but to not hear a peep out of The Last of Us Part II, Final Fantasy VII’s remake, Shenmue III and Death Stranding was still disappointing. How did this all happen? Square Enix recently moved its revamped FF VII in-house for the sake of quality control, Shenmue III has been delayed until the second half of 2018 and Hideo Kojima tweeted last week that his first post-Metal Gear project needed more development time before we got a new look at it. As for Naughty Dog’s next game, that’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.