MS came and went with crickets chirping, EA and Ubisoft demoed the expected and Sony’s evening became delayed, but came with a solid lineup, Move titles, Playstation Vita details and more. Did it make for a stellar conference or did it fail to Move us? Find out now.
“I’m sorry” in not so many words echoed from Jack Tretton, followed by a delightful, “you’re welcome” to us journalists for all the controversal coverage regarding the hacking. BS aisde, PSN came back, totting its usual services such as, NHL channel, MLBTV, Hulu, Cinema Now and of course, Netflix. Nothing surprising there and neither was the Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception demo, but dam was it pretty to watch. It’s like viewing a Michael Bay film turned into an interactive experience; in this case it works. Stunning lighting effects, stealth take downs, all in glorious 3D. In a word: Opulent.
As predicted the 1, 2 punch hit with Resistance 3 taking the stage after U3:DD. Equally impressive visuals with various, unique weapons to choose from, all housing amusing ways to shred enemies. To keep the pleasing going, Sony announced ICO, Eco Shadow of the Colossus, God of War Origins remastered in 3D with titles to come. Expect the first wave to drop in Sept of this year.
Two new hardware reveals hit Sony’s conference, both catered for 3D entertainment. These pieces of tech work congruently so be ready to spend if you want the best experience available. See below:
– Playstation Display: Full HD and 3D. The TV coupled with the glasses offers a unique screen for multiplayer games, basically a 2 in 1 deal, which is pretty impressive; no more cardboard screen dividers.
– 3D glasses: Retail for $69.99.
A bundle featuring the TV, glasses, HDMI cable and Resistance 3 will run for $499.99. Not a bad price at all, so far so good for Sony.
Next up was NBA2K12 and who better to help demo than Kobe Bryant, cue stereotypical hiphop. Same sweet view like real NBA TV broadcasts, however, nothing new or special, not even the Move implementation. Maybe for menu navigating, but it does not look conducive for gameplay. On the other hand Sony showcased an exclusive Move title dubbed, Medieval Moves, an on-rails fantasy adventure. All played with the Move wand, this game failed to impress, a sure hit with the kiddies, but I had trouble staying awake for this one. A “Move Motion Plus” could’ve really helped this game, but hey that’s just me.
Back to the tried and true, iFAMOUS electrified the screen with a flashy trailer showing footage we’ve alread seen. A game demo would’ve been nicer, but at least we got something. Still an odd choice considering it drops the next day. Would’ve like to see something new. Oh well. Sony seemed to be jumping back and forth from core to Move games. Motion control support is nice, but a lot of it feels like catch up for Sony. Either way this next list of software was a breath of fresh air from Move’s bland showing:
– Starhawk: Western setting with futuristic guns and vehicles taking Mad Max to the MAX!
– Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, 2012 release year; platforming puzzler.
– Dust514: Exclusive, futuristic FPS that takes palce in the EVE Online universe and on the same servers. Typical FPS based on the trailer.
Kevin Levine then made a rather questionable announcement regarding Bioshock Infinite, which will see Move support. Doesn’t make sense to me or anyone else watching. Here’s to hoping it’s an optional feature. His presentation ended with him pulling an Playstation Vita out of his back pocket foreshadowing a future Bioshock title for Sony’s new handheld.
Going where no player has gone before, the Star Trek trailer was surprisingly impressive. Solid graphics with what looks like ME esque gun play and squad based tactics, which means co-op. This footage wouldn’t have impressed without exhibiting some flying sequencing. All I’m saying is you better be able to blast foes in the Enterprise. Boldly going to PS3 in 2012.
The rest of the press conference focused on the PSV or Playstation Vita. Kazuo Hirai took the reigns for this detailing. Front and back touch panel, 5in. OLED screen, Wifi and 3G models, social networking and gaming all for the shockingly low price of $249.99 (Wifi model) or $299.99 (3G model); the former offering matching Nintendo’s 3DS. Furthermore a feature named NEAR will function like 3DS’s Spotpass. At this point Sony is basically matching Big N’s handheld in every way except PSV tops it in horse power, while subtracting the 3D graphics. A competitive and smart move by SCEA. Save your money fast, the PSV drops this “Holiday”. Other PSV titles can be seen below:
– Uncharted: Touch screen gameplay looked a bit forced and awkward at times, but shined in other areas. Overall it feels gimmicky.
– Ruin: Hack and Slash RPG, PSV and PS3 connectivity. Save your game on PSV and picking up right where you left off via PS3.
– ModNation Racers: Built from the ground up exclusively for the handheld, implements both touch screen panels for track editing.
– Street Fighter X Tekken: Will feature iNFAMOUS’s Cole MacGrath as an exclusive playable character. O
Overall a much better showing than MS’s Kinect drowning. A lot of Move support for future titles, but Sony kept demos to a minimum, focusing on the PSVita, AAA titles and future core content. Unfortunately what was shown for Move failed to merit any wows and there wasn’t any huge surprises other than the fair price point for Vita, which makes it incredibly competitive with Nintendo’s 3DS. A humble SCEA made a lot of good moves today and with that a brighter future and possible stronger impression in the handheld market.
Final Grade: B-
Not bad Sony, not bad at all.