Sony certainly did quite the Press Event today, starting off with some maximum levels of dubstep. My write-up for Sony is going to be extra brief, simply because life is like that sometimes. So buckle up and let’s summarize some E3 shit!
Beyond: Two Souls
David Cage of Quantic Dreams came out to
arouse entice the audience right at the start of the press conference. Quantic Dreams is known of course for Heavy Rain and expectations are high.
Beyond stars a Jodie (or Jody, not sure) with some semi-supernatural powers. Jodie is played by none other than Ellen Page of Juno and Inception< fame. The game looks interesting, and the visuals are absolutely stunning. I know one of our friends was almost in tears of joy by the time the trailer finished, so this is obviously something to look out for.
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
Time for some
Super Smash BrosPlaystation All-Stars fighting game stuff. Sony is jumping into the arena with their own take on the fangasm that is franchise fighting games.
The roster of characters so far announced features Sweet Tooth of Twister Metal fame, Fat Princess of Fat Princess “fame”, and of course Sly Cooper. Announced for the first time today was Nathan Drake of you know who fucking Nathan Drake is and Big Daddy of Bioshock fame. I love that Sony is allowing a third-party character into this game.
Now I only have to ask what everyone wants to know: Where is their original mascot, Crash Bandicoot?
Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified
Call of Duty. Playstation Vita. Has Multiplayer. Do you need more info? Really?
Now here were a series of surprises. First the new game:
Assassin’s Creed: Liberation
AC:L will be a Playstation Vita exclusive, featuring for the first time ever a female assassin. The game takes plays in the late 1700s in New Orleans. Not much else is known about the game, but for me it’s looking like the game to force me into getting a Vita. (Fuck!) Playing Liberation will also unlock content for AC3 on the PS3, so there’s that.
On top of that there is a Vita bundle launching on October 30th, which is the game’s release date. It will be a Crystal White bundle, and it looks damned pretty.
Assassin’s Creed III, by Sea?
I don’t know what to write about this. The naval look awesome and seem to be replacing the vehicle features of previous games, but it just seemed so odd and surprising. I need some time to digest everything before commenting.
Far Cry 3 Multiplayer
Far Cry 3 is getting a multiplayer mode in addition to a map editor. The video should explain everything in this already insane game.
Wonderbook. Well it makes me wish I had children, that’s for sure. Watching it debuted made me wonder when they’ll release the $99 book controller, but still it’s an awesome use of augmented reality.
Book of Spells from J.K. Rowling
This is the big announcement related to Wonderbook. It also will likely go down as the most needlessly long demo of the event. By the end of it I was wishing they’d bring out Kinectimals and Skittles from Microsoft’s Conference two years ago.
Book of Spells is a tie-in to the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling. The “game” itself is also written by the acclaimed author and it looks pretty damned sweet. I still want to see what more they can do with it, but at this point I’m intrigued. Wonderbook releases this holiday, 2012.
God of War: Ascension
Time for Kratos to whip it out and take center stage. I’m a huge fan of Kratos and the God of War games, but honestly there was nothing in this trailer that did anything to me. Watching it all I could think to myself was that they need to rename the game “God of War: We Pillaged a Zoo”. Between all the animal creatures Kratos slaughters, it’s the only thing that makes sense.
Last of Us
We started Sony’s Press Conference with some Ellen Page action, now we end it with the de-Ellen Page’d The Last of Us. This game is brought to us by the fine folks at Naughty Dog and it looks spectacular. The Last of Us< looks far stealthier than Nathan Drake’s outings, but this seems to work out well. Prior to E3 I had no interest in this game, but as of now I’m looking forward to it.
That covers the first day of E3. I hope you all have enjoyed our live coverage and recaps. We’ll be back tomorrow morning with Nintendo’s Press Conference as well as expanded articles all week on all things E3.