By YukoAsho 20 Comments
So, the PlayStation conference beat the Microsoft conference easy. More than that, it established that Sony's still in it for the long haul for the PlayStation 3. They rarely strayed from games, and filled me, as a PS3 owner, with tons of confidence!
Starting off, Quantic Dream announced their latest game, Beyond: Two Souls, and showed off even more of their amazing real-time rendering tech. It remains to be seen if this will be a game rather than a QTE drill, but it's great to see Sony catering to niche markets and to their continued commitment to prestige titles.
Next up, PlayStation All-Stars revealed to be coming out on the Vita, one-upping Nintendo (who has never released Smash Bros. on handheld), and showing off the cross-compatibility between the Vita and PS3 versions. Also, two new characters were revealed: Nathan Drake and a Big Daddy (Bioshock). It'll be interesting to see who the next characters are.
Continuing, we have Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation, a Vita-exclusive game which will be part of a hardware bundle later this year. Also, an Assassin's Creed 3 hardware bundle will be introduced for the PS3, including exclusive DLC. Also, Assassin's Creed 3 will have something decidedly different: Naval battles. It'll be interesting to see how an assassin ends up captaining a ship, but the fights look fun.
Also announced for the Vita was Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, an apparently Vita-exclusive Call of Duty game. Unfortunately, nothing was shown.
Vita's finally getting Youtube! And PSOne Classics! Took enough time, holy crap.
Let's get past the smart phone talk (which is like, WTF?) and the Wonderbook (which looks amazing for a 6-year-old, but not something I was interested in).
Lastly, we were shown that God of War: Ascension does indeed have single player mode, and had a bone-chillingly awesome demo of The Last of Us. Seriously, check out a replay of the conference just for that. That's one way to end a show.
There were a few things that surprised me. I honestly expected to hear more about the Vita. While Jack Tretton promised 60 titles this year for the Vita, we really only learned about Assassin's Creed III: Liberation and Black Ops Declassified. I hope the rest of the show has more Vita stuff. That pearl white Vita looks pretty dope, but I'm also surprised it's a WiFi-only unit. Something tells me the 3G version did especially poorly.
Also, while that Wonderbook looks like a sweet application of the Move controller, it does seem like it'd be expensive. Do the books also need discs to be in PS3s? What will be their price? That's to say nothing about needing a Move for Book of Spells.
Lastly, while I didn't expect a Vita price drop, I DID expect a price drop on memory cards. Given Sony wants us to do more downloading, the memory cards are going to get in the way.
On the whole, though, thank God they didn't have quite as much in the way of non-gaming talk as Microsoft did. Another strong showing for Sony at another E3.