Microsoft was first to the plate today among the big 3, and they Usher’ed (*dodges rotten tomato*) in a new level of boredom during their press conference. Sony is up to bat next. What will see from them? A price drop for the PlayStation Vita? (maybe). A new and improved PlayStation Plus? (probably). A ton of snark and sarcasm from me in this blog post? (definitely). Stay tuned right here and keep hitting F5 to follow along during the presentation!
8:36 pm ET- About 25 minutes to go until showtime. Whereas Jack had to deal with Geoff Keighley for his pre-show coverage, I have the pleasure of being entertained by Kevin Pereira (yay!) and Morgan Webb (meh) on G4. BTW, enjoy Pereira this week, as he is out at G4 after E3. Always thought he was frickin hilarious. I’ll always remember the days when G4 had notable personalities like Pereira, Olivia Munn, and Adam Sessler. Then those guys realized they actually had talent and got the hell out of dodge…Hey, Michael Jordan (wisely) shaved off his Hitler mustache! Good for him.
8:42- Also, for anyone watching the cup final tonight, I’ve got Kings 3, Devils 1.
8:48- I can’t see that damn Resident Evil 6 logo without picturing that giraffe meme. Damn you, internet. And if you don’t know what I’m referring to, google it and hate me later.
9:00- And here…we…go!…or not! False start, apparently. Wait, now here…we…go…Sizzle reel time!
9:04- Nothing surprising in the way too long opening video. Do we need a 5-minute teaser, Sony? I think not. Get on with it.
9:05- And now for the most awkward and stiff presenter in E3 history…Jack Tretton, ladies and gentlemen! Whenever I see him, I feel like he’s missing a gaudy gold chain and a pinky ring.
9:07- Apparently you can watch this conference in PlayStation Home. The real news here is that Playstation Home is still a thing
9:09- About to show the new Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain) game. David Cage to the stage. As was reported earlier, the game is called Beyond: Two Souls.
9:12- Not much to say about the game, but the main character is being played by Ellen Page! Showing the first scene from the game. Looks her character has some sort of Telekinetic ability. She stays silent during an interview with a police officer, before silently sensing the SWAT team that enters the police station. When they check the office she was stowed in, she had disappeared. Then a small trailer. Game looks to be more action packed than Heavy Rain. Will have to wait to see more later on.
9:20- Time to show off
Super PlayStation Smash Bros PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
9:21- As expected, it will be available on the Vita as well as the PS3, with cross compatibility. For those who haven’t seen it, the game is an unapologetic rip-off of Smash Bros, and I’m totally cool with that, because Nintendo won’t be making another Smash until God-knows-when. I will say, it appears to play a lot slower than Smash, which I don’t like. Also, how the hell do you tell who’s winning? Still, looks fun though. Looking forward to it. Oh, and Nathan Drake and the Big Daddy from Bioshock officially announced as playable characters.
9:28- Little Big Planet 2 will be playable on the PS3 with the Vita as the controller through upcoming DLC, which is essentially the same damn thing the Wii U does! And Sony didn’t even need a new console to do it! As usual, the moral: I hate Nintendo
9:31- Talking up upcoming indie games coming to PSN. Now for PlayStation Plus stuff. This month, Plus members getting InFamous 2, LBP 2, and Saint’s Row 2 for FREE (shut up, Cheets!). Also offering monthly subscriptions now for $5 per month, which is half the price of Xbox Live (just sayin’).
9:33- PSX games coming to Vita! Finally! How wasn’t that a launch feature? Also, video services like YouTube headed to Vita soon. Blah, blah, blah…MOAR GAMEZ, SONY!
9:35- Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified coming to Vita presumably alongside Black Ops 2. No mention of any cross connectivity.
9:37- Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation for Vita, and oooooh, it’s a lady! Claims to be experience on par with console Assassin’s Creed. Will have cross features with AC3. Game will also come bundled with a special edition white Vita w/ 4GB memory card.
9:39- We get our FIRST look at Assassin’s Creed III…y’know, except for the one we saw during the Ubisoft conference like 3 hours ago. HE’S ON A BOAT! Where is T-Pain when you truly need him? Apparently you can steer a ship and junk. Personally I thought it was way cooler when he was lethal Batman’ing dudes in the earlier trailer. In keeping with recent tradition, AC3 will come in a PS3 bundle on day 1.
9:45- Sony and Ubisoft are getting all snuggly together! Far Cry 3 is getting 4-player co-op! This is completely unrealistic: there’s no way all 4 teammates would be talking to each other if they were playing online on PS3! It looks very Left 4 Dead-ish. Will have a level editor too. Might be fun to play for the two weeks until Borderlands 2 comes out. Also, that dude’s shirt is mad shiny.
9:50- Hey, PlayStation Move! Remember when that was popular for about 3 hours? Maybe that’s why Sony only spent 30 seconds talking about it.
9:52- It’s the PlayStation…Pop-Up book? WTF?!
9:53- Someone pull the wig and fake goatee off this guy! He has to be Peter Molyneux in disguise!
9:54- Holy hell, J.K. Rowling is writing (developing?) a book for this thing. Apparently it will also tie-in with Pottermore?! Well, at least they didn’t skimp on talent for this thing.
9:56- Remember when I said that Jack Tretton was the most awkward E3 presenter ever? I was wrong. It’s the Book of Spells dude. On a side note, my wife is more enthralled with this part of the presentation than any other. Kill me.
9:59- An E3 first: the first time I’ve ever seen a disclaimer during an E3 presentation. Like it’s a commercial for some ambulance chasing attorney. And for those who aren’t paying attention, it’s been 8 minutes, and we’re still on the damn book.
10:01- My wife as informed me we will be repurchasing a PlayStation Move for this thing. My only hope is that I’ll be able to use the Wonderbook as a blunt-force object on my own head.
10:06- Now we’re talking Sony mobile. Apparently a lot of big game devs working on mobile games. PS Suite also coming to other (probably Android) smartphones, starting with a partnership with HTC.
10:08- God of War: Ascension time. Kyle Barker from Living Single is sounding as angry as ever. Im confused: if this is a prequel, how does Kratos have the Blades of Chaos and his ashy skin? Ah well, no time for pondering when there’s minotaur’s we can stab in the stomach. Apparently, Kratos also has some Jedi force powers in this one.
10:15- This might be GoW’s shark-jumping moment: Kratos is fighting a walking…elephant. Not a typo. There’s a poacher joke in there somewhere. Releasing March 12, 2013.
10:18- Time for The Last of Us. Ellie and Joel walking through a broken down urban area overgrown with plants. Joel sneaks up on a group of squatters and starts going all Nathan-Drake on them. I take that back; the bullets don’t fly as freely as they do in Uncharted. The audio track consists of a constant, high-pitched beep. I think the bleep guy is gonna have carpal tunnel by the end of this demo. In all seriousness, the combat was very up close and visceral. Very cool. I wasn’t too jazzed for this from other previews I’ve seen. Might have to look a little harder.
10:25- And that’s all she wrote!
So another Sony press conference in the books. Gotta say, whether it was a Vita price drop, or some as of yet un-revealed secret, I was surprised to not get a megaton announcement of any kind. The presentation was fairly solid and by the numbers until…Wonderbook. Sony recovered a little bit with God of War and The Last of Us at the end there, but Jesus, all I can remember right now is 10 minutes of Wonderbook. I’m also surprised that for them dropping hints that significant changes were coming to PlayStation Plus, what we got was the promise of a bunch of free games this month, but nothing else aside from monthly subscriptions.
I’m glad Sony kept the focus primarily on games, but I’d have to label this year’s Sony show as a disappointment. Outside of Beyond, of which details were scarce, we didn’t get any unannounced titles (unless you count Call of Duty/Assassin’s Creed Vita, which we already knew were coming). Really didn’t learn much new about already announced titles as well. I’m giving the nod of the day to Ubisoft’s show, and I would even put Microsoft’s presentation ahead of what Sony brought to the table. All I know for sure is that the table is set for Nintendo to run away with this thing tomorrow.
What did you like or dislike about what Sony talked about tonight? Confab below!