Wednesday, 8 June 2011
First old Jack Tretton shows up, I like Tretton a lot more than Mattick, I guess I feel he has a more honest aura. Gives us a nice, non teleprompt apology for PSN, nice to see Sony wasn't just going to dodge the cloud hanging over it. We hit the stage with Uncharted 3, which again looks great, I do hope Naughty Dog starts work on a new IP soon though, I don't want Uncharted to start feeling stale, although currently I still do not feel that way just yet. Resistance 3 footage, looked fairly cool, I loved Resistance 1, this seemed a lot closer to Resistance 1 than 2, which is certainly a very good thing. Bundled with a Sharpshooter, I kinda want one of those.
We get a PSP-PS3 HD remake of the PSP God of Wars, I'm not really a fan of the series but I like this idea of bringing PSP games to PS3, especially MGS:Peace Walker and Portable Ops. After this Ico and Shadow of the Colossus HD were announced to fairly large applause, as expected from such legendary titles.
After this the PS TV, which utilized 3D glasses to allow two players looking at the same TV to do co-op without having to do split screen, I remember seeing a patent filled for this thing by Sony a while, still a very impressive concept. Then sports games on Move, didn't care, Kobe Bryant doing fake enthusiasm. Usual celebrity crap. We saw a game called Medieval Moves: Deadmunds Quest, which looked fairly cool, though I'm not sure if it was on rails or now, if not, I would feel considerably less affection for it
Starhawk appeared next. I loved Warhawk, it was one of my favorite online games of all time. Starhawk is looking just as impressive and unique as it's predecessor, Macross style mechs, a RTS style building system, incredible promise for this title. Then something about a new exclusive called Dust 514 which links to Eve online, interesting concept, but currently, not something I have much interest in.
Then some arm twisting on Ken Levine, from Irrational games to say nice things about the Move and announce a Bioshock game for NGP. Saints Row 3 things, I don't like GTA style games but for those of you who do will probably like some exclusive PS3 mode. Star Trek, not really me, but a Phaser shaped Move sounds cool. EA announced exclusive game modes for SSX, NFS, and BF3 comes with Battlefield 1943 on the disk, nice!
After this they show us NGP, now called Vita, showed us Uncharted utilizing a unique touch system, an MMO called Ruin that allowed cross PS3- Vita play, Wipeout 2048 ( I am a huge Wipeout fan so I really loved this news, would have liked some footage though) ModNation Racers, a game I hugely enjoyed for its amazing online system, and LittleBigPlanet of course, just because LBP goes with everything, more Hot Shots Golf, the only golfing game I actually like, also some curious title from Vanillaware which has remained a mystery. Then a well placed price at $250. Very well played Sony.
Grade: B Sony's conference worked out pretty well, Vita looks good, some decent PS3 content on the way, wish there were a few more demos and some news on Last Guardian and Twisted Metal.