E-3 Sony Wrap-up
The news is coming fast and furious now (I told you we could fill an entire room of (cool) colostomy bags, didn’t I?) as Sony and Nintendo both hosted their big E3 press conferences today.
Here’s the Sony wrap-up:
- An Uncharted 2 sneak peak was given after a series of boring PlayStation stats -Sony, you’re lagging behind in next-gen sales, and spending time at E3 trying to convince people otherwise with stats, stats, and more stats is counterproductive.
- MAG was demoed and looks quite cool; if you haven’t heard of it, it’s a 256-player online FPS deathmatch type game. No release date was mentioned for the PS3.
- Dissidia Final Fantasy will be released for the PSP on August 26; Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines on November 10, and a Hannah Montana bundle…at some point.
- Kaz Hirai, President of Sony Computer Entertainment reveals the self-proclaimed “worst kept secret of E3″: the PSP Go. 40% lighter than the original PSP, it’s not meant as a replacement to the PSP or the UMD media format, but as a…friend? The PSP Go will connect directly to the PlayStation Network and Store and will use a program called MediaGo to transfer content between a PC and the new device. The PSP Go launches in North America on October 1 and will retail at $249US.
- In addition, all new PSP content will be available as a download rather than a UMD retail purchase.
- Gran Turismo PSP announced; expect more of the same, plus sharing cars with other PSP friends via the PlayStation Network. Joystiq, seeing the PSP Go in action live, mention that it easily looks as good as GT4 did on the PS2.
- Metal Gear. Again? This time it’s Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for (you guessed it) the PSP Go. It’ll be released the same time as the new device, on October 1 and the main character appears to be Big Boss.
- Resident Evil Portable is teased for the PSP. No demo, no trailer, no details (boo.).
- Now on to the PS3; again, lots of numbers and statistics seem to bore the E3 crowd. *yawn*
- RockStar North is brining Agent as a PS3 exclusive. No other details as of yet.
- Assassin’s Creed 2 is highlighted; for both PS3 and PSP (and Xbox, and iPhone, but I digress). Apparently the PSP version can be used to unlock items in the PS3 version…so get ready to shell out double-dollars for the same game!
- Final Fantasy XIII is displayed, and Final Fantasy Online XIV is introduced as a PS3 console-exclusive (look for it on PC). Both games will be released in 2010.
- The PlayStation motion controller (again, shock surprise, eh?) is announced; it’s a wand-type device that offers 1:1 motion tracking. While it’s definitely beating what the Wii has to offer, it pales a bit in comparison to Project Natal. What else does Sony have up their sleeve?
- ModNation Racers is far more impressive than the motion controller: think Little Big Planet and Mario Kart rolled into one. EVERYTHING is customisable (cars, tracks, players, etc), meant to be shared, and experienced by the online PlayStation Network community. Impressive. Look for it in 2010.
- New IP The Last Guardian is teased. Looks like an RPG to me, but it’s anyone’s guess.
- Gran Turismo 5 is also displayed via a very decent looking trailer. You can crash this time!
- A VERY pretty God of War III demo is offered next; it looks like more of the same (though, it’s a great game so that’s okay!) and will be released in March 2010.
I may be biased towards the Xbox 360, but Sony’s conference seemed to be more of the same…and with little innovation. The motion controller is the closest looking rip-off to the Wii I can imagine, and while I’m looking forward to games like Gran Turismo 5, God of War III, and will be itching to test the PSP Go, I’m not really that excited for what was shown. New IP is a good thing, Sony!
Do you agree or disagree with my opinion? Post in the comments section and let us know, and be on the lookout for the Nintendo wrap-up!
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