(BLOGPOST) Sony Still Coming On Strong. (BLOGPOST)

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.

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Posted by YukoAsho

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.

Posted by Video_Game_King

Putting "blog post" in the title won't keep this from being locked. If it did, your earlier blog would still be up. I'll just say that you shouldn't post these things to the forums, since there are stickied topics for just this type of thing.

Posted by BlamBlam

Blogpost?

Posted by mrfizzy

OK no one freak out but... i think this is a blogpost.

Posted by YukoAsho

@Video_Game_King said:

Putting "blog post" in the title won't keep this from being locked. If it did, your earlier blog would still be up. I'll just say that you shouldn't post these things to the forums, since there are stickied topics for just this type of thing.

I can always hope. Granted, when you have moderators drunk with power, perhaps just not attaching blogs at all would be best.

Edited by CornBREDX

It was ok.

The wonder book has potential. Unfortunately the demo they showed doesn't quite give you much hope for that. It just felt like a pointless new peripheral- something to spend money on. Really, in that demo, you could swap out a couple of pieces of white cardboard and have the same experience without buying the peripheral). The idea is solid, though, and it's up to developers to actually take the reigns and come up with cool, practical, applications for it. Despite the demo being unimpressive entirely, and also the fact it's not really for me, it is something I felt that had potential if used right. We'll see how that goes though. I suspect it will fade with time fairly quickly. But who knows, weirder things have happened. This is Sony, and they have had both good and bad choices with their devices. It's really up to developers to do something with it I guess.

Game wise, there was only a few that really grabbed me. Assassin's Creed 3 (which we'd already seen at Ubisoft's conference, but they showed Naval combat in this one) for instance. As far as the naval combat goes, I really wonder how much playing you are actually doing during that. I mean the waves and weather effects (while clearly unfinished in several spots) we're pretty neat and intense- what purpose does this scene serve to the over all game though and how much of it do we actually control? If it's just a set piece to move to the next combat sequence, it will be pretty but otherwise serves no purpose. That could be the point though, as Jack was saying a lot of nonsense about how they're the only ones to do stuff that they aren't the only ones doing haha- so in that regard it was just to show off the effects and in that regard it was fairly successful I guess.

Anyway, I'm not bashing Sony or Playstation. These are just things I wonder.

Another game that grabbed me, probably obvious, was The Last of Us. I don't follow hype, so I haven't seen much on it before, but that demo was pretty damn impressive. If those moments are random (fully capable of playing out differently) that could be an incredible game. It would still be impressive if they are scripted, but less so. I really cant say much else that anyone else isn't thinking. We really need to see more of that game.

I wanted to bullet point before I finish that I am still unimpressed with the new God of War. It seemed fairly tame (until maybe the end, but otherwise decidedly less violent then I would have expected). That doesn't bother me though, that was a slipped in nit pick (sorry, i'm trying not to) it just didn't seem like anything new. I would be more interested to know what the story is- or why they're making it (other then its a popular franchise and they can't give it up yet). I'm not being facetious either, I am interested to know. I'll leave my nit picks about character designs in that demo out of my comments haha

Anyway, i've gone on too long about this. I'll shut up now. I felt Ubsisoft's conference (what little, admittedly, I saw on my lunch break at work) was better. Sony did have some interesting stuff, though. I didn't see MIcrosoft's so I have no idea how that went.

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Posted by drac96

@YukoAsho said:

@Video_Game_King said:

Putting "blog post" in the title won't keep this from being locked. If it did, your earlier blog would still be up. I'll just say that you shouldn't post these things to the forums, since there are stickied topics for just this type of thing.

I can always hope. Granted, when you have moderators drunk with power, perhaps just not attaching blogs at all would be best.

They're so drunk with power they put up a sticky telling you not to do what you're doing days ago.

Posted by Brendan

I'm doing what I shouldn't be! The authorities are drunk with power, you guys!!

Posted by Rawrz

The Sony conference to me was just as bad as the Microsoft one since I was mostly bored through both of them. The only part I even liked was The Last of Us since that game looks awesome. Assassin's Creed 3 looks great as well. If anything I think so far Ubisoft easily had the best press conference since they showed the coolest stuff.

Posted by YukoAsho

@Brendan said:

I'm doing what I shouldn't be! The authorities are drunk with power, you guys!!

Well, if my blogging offends you, fine I suppose.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@YukoAsho said:

@Brendan said:

I'm doing what I shouldn't be! The authorities are drunk with power, you guys!!

Well, if my blogging offends you, fine I suppose.

It's not the blog that offends; it's the fact that it breaks rules that were clearly laid out for you beforehand, and are generally known (or expected to be known) based on previous, similar experiences.

Posted by joshthebear

This'll surely be locked, right? Also, Wonderbook was worse than anything in the Microsoft conference.

Posted by YukoAsho

@Video_Game_King said:

@YukoAsho said:

@Brendan said:

I'm doing what I shouldn't be! The authorities are drunk with power, you guys!!

Well, if my blogging offends you, fine I suppose.

It's not the blog that offends; it's the fact that it breaks rules that were clearly laid out for you beforehand, and are generally known (or expected to be known) based on previous, similar experiences.

I suppose. Lesson learned, never attach blogs to anything.

Posted by Vinny_Says

My press conference beats your press conference.....I'm also 12 years old.

Ubisoft had the best press conference because it was the funniest to watch, like an awkward episode of The Office with Michael Scott. Also they had awesome gaems.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@YukoAsho said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@YukoAsho said:

@Brendan said:

I'm doing what I shouldn't be! The authorities are drunk with power, you guys!!

Well, if my blogging offends you, fine I suppose.

It's not the blog that offends; it's the fact that it breaks rules that were clearly laid out for you beforehand, and are generally known (or expected to be known) based on previous, similar experiences.

I suppose. Lesson learned, never attach blogs to anything.

Posted by QuistisTrepe

Sure Sony showed some games. OK games. Not sure this was any better than MS. With this generation winding down, I think MS had the right idea for their presentation.

Posted by JoeyRavn

@YukoAsho said:

So, the PlayStation conference beat the Microsoft conference easy.

This looks like a reassurance thread. Let me read the OP.

Oh, yeah, it is.

Well, if you say so. To each their own.

Posted by TentPole

I must have seen a different Sony press conference.

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Posted by Claude

The Playstation 2 was an awesome console.

Posted by MB

If you want to discuss the Sony press conference, we already have a thread pinned to the top of the boards for that. Thanks.

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