You could say Sony was putting a lot on the line at their media briefing today. If you’ve read our little E3 expectations not too long ago, I was personally worried on the reaction they would get regarding the company’s way of addressing the PSN outage last month. They did so, and in the end their handling of the situation was classy to say the least. The fact that they apologized for what has happened, and felt humbled by the way Playstation customers have remained steadfast in their dedication and patience (or lack thereof) to the company’s system. In the end, everyone seemed to understand, and I’d have to imagine Sony was breathing a huge sigh of relief after they’ve finally stuck a fork in the PSN issue. It’s allowed the publisher to focus on seemingly bigger and better things at the show, which consisted of a slew of highly anticipated titles, a cornucopia of montage gameplay videos, and a new handheld.


The briefing started with a show-stopper by immediately showcasing Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. It showed Nathan Drake sneaking and silently taking out guards, engages in an intense shootout, and fights his way off the sinking ship. The demo looked impressive, though it didn’t really excite me as much as I was blown away by Uncharted 2: Among Thieves back in 2009. Still, I’m looking forward to playing the game when it comes out this November. But before that, I’ll probably try my hand on the multiplayer beta that’s set to kick off on June 28.



A brief Resistance 3 demo was shown right after a couple of Uncharted 3 trailers (also one in 3D) where shown. The game will support 3D, as well as the Playstation Move peripheral. Sony host Jack Tretton also announced the Resistance 3 Sharpshooter bundle, which will include the game, PS Eye camera, as well as a Playstation Move/Navigation controller (which is priced at $150). Also, in the company’s ongoing support of 3D, they also announced that Resistance 3 will be included in yet another bundle that features Sony’s new 3D TV and HDMI. This 3D TV will support split-screen, in which both players will view separate images at the same time without having the trouble of ‘splitting’ or sharing it. This bundle will retail for $499.99.


Sony’s also hell bent on keeping the HD train going for the PS3. The company is putting out yet another God of War collection called God of War: Origins Collection, which features both GoW Playstation Portable games (Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta). They’ve also announced the ICO/Shadow of the Colossus collection, and both will hit stores this September.


Sony then moved on to discuss the Playstation Move by starting with 2K’s NBA 2K12. The developer claimed that using the Move is easy and accessible. And to prove that, they invited in Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant to play the game on stage. While I got a chuckle or two out of it, the implementation of Move controls to the game seems needless to begin with, as I know those who will play this game will just stick with the DualShock 3 controller. Up next was a Move-focused game called Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest. While I was pretty impressed with what they showed, I’m still not convinced to play it, let alone purchase a Move controller for that matter. And as Koshai (Syed Akbar) has pointed out, it looked like a straight rip-off of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It’s a shame, since I wanted them to put the Move tech to better use, but I guess Kinect is already one step ahead of them.


The Move, apparently, was too realistic for Kobe.


Another thing to note is that inFamous 2 (shown with a trailer) will support the Move, which will factor in the user-generated levels. Speaking of which, LittleBigPlanet 2 will finally have Move support for its intricate creation system. When I saw this bit, I couldn’t help but exclaim: “Really!? They couldn’t include this in the full game when it launched in January (I had addressed this issue in our NF review)?” Later on, a PS Move-based Star Trek game was teased, though it didn’t really feel like Star Trek, or even a title I would be interested in.


Anyway, Sony then introduced new games to their lineup. Ever played Warhawk? Well, LightBox Interactive (in conjunction with Santa Monica Studios) is working on its spiritual successor called Starhawk, which, from the trailer, included intense firefights, mechs (more like Transformers), and space battles. A trailer for Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time came up next, which showed the titular character thieving his way through the city, only to find out that it wasn’t really Sly himself. CCP Games then went out to show off their MMOFPS title called Dust 514. The game will come with Move support, will reportedly be playable through the NGP, and a closed beta announcement set to launch “at the end of this year.” All of these games will be released sometime in 2012.


Perhaps my personal highlight of the show was when Ken Levine made an appearance to talk a bit about Bioshock Infinite. He apparently said some unfavorable things about the Playstation Move, though Sony approached him and somehow convinced him to implement the peripheral to the PS3 version of the game. Levine also announced a new title, also set in the Bioshock universe, will debut on the NGP. Lastly, those who purchase the PS3 version of Infinite will get the original Bioshock along with it.


Bioshock Infinite looks great, I cannot stress that enough.


Third-party support was evident at the show, with Electronic Arts offering exclusive deals on a few of their upcoming titles: PS3 version of SSX will include an exclusive Mount Fuji level, Need for Speed: The Run will include 7 super cars, and Battlefield 3 will include Battlefield 1943 along with the package.


The NGP was finally showcased, in which its official name is PS Vita. In addition to what we already know, the Vita will include 2 versions: Wi-Fi only, and 3G/Wi-Fi, which will retail at $249.99 and $299.99, respectively. The 3G version will include features that play into Sony’s partnership with telephone company, AT&T, complete with audible groans from the audience. They’re also capitalizing on its social features, which you can interact with other people via the 24,000 AT&T hotspots across the country (through an app called Near).


Behold, the PS Vita.


What’s more important are the games that would demonstrate the Vita’s power. Uncharted: Golden Abyss was shown, featuring impressive graphics on the handheld, and uses sixaxis motion as well as the touch screen to highlight pathways for Nathan Drake to traverse through ledges. This is just an alternative though, as players can still play the game with the standard Uncharted controls. An action RPG called Ruin (working title) features a neat mechanic, in which you save your game and transfer your data over your PS3 for seamless playing between hardware. ModNation Racers and LittleBigPlanet also demonstrated how level creation would be smoother on the PS Vita. Oh, and did I mention Street Fighter X Tekken will include Cole McGrath in the Vita version? Crazy, I know.


inFamous 2 on my Street Fighter X Tekken game? Crazy!


While I was kind of disappointed Kevin Butler was a no-show at the briefing, I don’t think Sony ever needed him to make the event have as strong a finish as they did. Some of the presentations were impressive, though I was disappointed that some of the games I kind of wanted to see were omitted from the show. What happened to Twisted Metal? No news on The Last Guardian? What about Rockstar's Agent? No live demos for the other games you announced? They weren’t addressed at the briefing at all. It would’ve been a longer conference if they were included though, so it’s hard to pinpoint the things I should be complaining about.


Our scores:


Cian Crowdy: A

David Gabriel: B+

Joshua McCaul: A-

Syed Rubayyat Akbar: B

Jesse Dolman: B-


David Gabriel, NoobFeed.

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  • Bioshock Infinite was my weakness this whole conference...Along with SSX, NFS, BF3, oh forget it Conference was great all around. There were plenty of missing VIP's such as the guys mentioned up there in the closing. I was also surprised to not see Squeenix showing off FFXIII-2 or some other awesome title. Or if they did show up i really didnt see them...and i watched 95% of the conference 0_o.

    Posted Jun 07, 2011

  • PS Vita looked impressive and so too Bioshock Infinite.

    Posted Jun 07, 2011

  • Twisted Metal was briefly shown in trailers.

    Anyways, I was thoroughly impressed by Sony's conference. Nothing but net on the full 2 hour of content and that's amazing to say the least.

    Posted Jun 07, 2011

  • @Daavpuke: Yeah, I must have missed it. They were showing a crapload of games on those montages, so yeah.

    Posted Jun 07, 2011

  • I only noticed due to the landslide of news articles mentioning its abscence. That and Sweet Tooth is a psychotic clown with fire for hair; that kind of jumps to the eye.

    Posted Jun 07, 2011

  • I'm very Happy with what sony had today - made me think about going out to buy either a PSVita or a PS3 ,Yes there was a few AAA games missing - the PSVita looked very interesting

    Posted Jun 08, 2011

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