My impressions of Sony's E3 2010 press conference inside.
Sony, Sony, Sony...whatever would we do without you?
Okay, so I'm going to jump right into it: Killzone 3. There was a demo of Killzone 3 that literally blew my mind. I enjoyed Killzone 2 immensely, and Killzone 3 just looks so much better - amazing. Sony was also really pushing the fact that Killzone 3 would have native 3D support and native Move support. Rather or not I care about either is still up in the air, but you can't deny that it's a great incentive and great features for the people that are demanding it. Killzone 3 will be released in February of 2011.
Sony talked about a few other games that would have native 3D support, including Mortal Kombat, Sly Collection, and Gran Turismo 5. Sony is really spending a lot of energy to push the 3D support on people, and I really believe that 3D is part of the future of Sony's business strategy.
Sony talked about the Move, including the release date and pricing. Sony Move will officially be released in the US on September 19, 2010. The controllers alone will retail for $49.99 for the controller plus $29.99 for the navigator controller. There will also be a bundle including a Move-based sports game for $99.99; the hundred dollar bundle will be packed in with a PS3 for $399.99.
Sony showed off a few Move-based games, but it wasn't as much of a focus as I expected. The first game they showed was Sorcery, which looked like it could be quite an interesting premise if it's executed as well as it looked on the stage. The move controller functionality looked really good and responsive. The game had sort of a darker Harry Potter feel to it, but at the same time it really did look like it could be a lot of fun to play. Sorcery will come out in the spring of 2011.
Next up EA showed off Tiger Woods 2011 using the Move. It looks like a more accurate version of the Wii, which I guess is good if you're in the mood for that sort of thing. The thing that I noticed that I thought was a big deal was that there was a lot of lag between the swing and the game responding to it. I wasn't quite impressed by the technology here, but it's still early, and I'm sure it'll be fixed. The Move support will be released via a downloadable update in the fall of 2010.
Next Sony showed a trailer for Heroes on the Move. This game is like an amazing mash-up of Sony's best platforming properties: Sly Cooper and Bentley, Jak and Daxter, and Rathet and Clank. The trailer looks like this could be an awesome platforming experience mashing up Sony's best-known mascots. I am pretty sure - as the name seems to imply - that this game will be fully Move-optimized, although support for traditional play is apparently unknown at this point.
Next there was God of War: Ghosts of Sparta. This looks like it will be a much-improved version of Chains of Olympus - which was in itself quite a good game. I'm pretty pumped about this game for two reasons. One: because it's nice to have a PSP game I can be excited about; two: because it looks like it's pushing the PSP to its limits. I think this will be an amazing game when it comes out in fall of 2010.
*Insert break here* (I went to shower...sue me.)
I come back in time to catch Sony talking about Little Big Planet 2. As you probably know, Little Big Planet built a great foundation and then allowed the players to build most of the experience. I have a small problem with this style of game philosophy in that most of us just aren't game designers. But for those of us that are, Media Molecule is claiming that you can now create games from different genres instead of just making platforming levels. The trailer for the game looks like there is tons of creativity going into this game, and even the levels in the box appear to be varied and unique and fun.
Sony then had Electronic Arts talk about some content on a couple upcoming games that will be exclusive to the Playstation 3. Medal of Honor will come complete with a remastered, high def version of Medal of Honor Frontlines; Dead Space 2 will come with a Move-optimized version of Dead Space Extraction. Additionally Sony announced that other games like Mafia 2 and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will also have Playstation 3 exclusive content.
And who would come on stage? Gabe Newell. Yes, that's right; Gabe Newell - the guy that talked all kinds of trash about the Playstation 3 a while back. He came out to announce that Portal 2 will come to the Playstation 3 on top of the previously known platforms. Then they showed a trailer for Portal 2 that I thought was amazing. I really want this game to come out. The game will come out sometime in 2011.
After that we got to see a new Final Fantasy XIV (yeah, that's the one that's online - no, that was Final Fantasy XI; this is the new one that's going to be online) trailer, and it looked amazing. I mean, it might not be The Old Republic amazing - but it will definitely be interesting to anyone that cares at all about Final Fantasy (like myself!).
Next was the new Gran Turismo 5 trailer. The graphics in this game look to be ground-breaking. I mean - wow. I think that there are points where I wouldn't know the difference between Gran Turismo 5 and real life; it's that amazing. I don't even care a bit about racing games, but this is something that has me blown away. And the best part - there's a release date finally: November 2. Yes, that's November 2 of 2010.
The next announcement was Infamous 2. I was a huge fan of the original Infamous; I thought it made the sandbox experience really fun and interesting, and to make things better it gave you powers to use while running around - and it was indeed a blast to play. But the trailer for Infamous 2....wow, this really looks like Sucker Punch is one-upping themselves here. Not only are the visuals here really great for a sandbox experience, but the trailer boasts what should be some really interesting gameplay additions - like being able to charge up melee weapons with lighting. It also looks like Infamous 2 will have a much more varied and interesting level design between the different districts. Infamous 2 will be out in 2011. (Oh yeah, and if you're interested then you can learn more; Infamous 2 is the cover story of the new Game Informer magazine.)
Last but not least...something I thought I'd never see again...something that I thought had just sort of fallen off the map: Twisted Metal. And this wasn't just a trailer (well there was a trailer, but it was just sort of uninteresting), but there was also a full-fledged multiplayer demo. The gameplay here - it looks something like Twisted Metal Black; the design has that dark and gritty feel to it. I've got to admit: I'd like to see Twisted Metal come back with the campy vibe of Twisted Metal 2, but that's not to imply that this is losing anything by being like Twisted Metal Black. In fact it looks great; it just looks...sort of like it blends in to all the other brown and black games we're seeing so much of lately. Oh well, it's Twisted Metal - and Twisted Metal is awesome. It will come out sometime in 2011.
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