E3 12; Highlights from Sony
The E3 2012 Sony press conference was definitely the highlight of the day for us. There was a considerable amount of clarity and new reveals to satisfy the palette for a little while. We can’t help it, knowing that there is more to be revealed from both Sony and the amazing developers at E3 in the days to come for the PS3 and PS Vita.
Jack Tretton spent his normal amount of time talking about the glory and triumph of the PlayStation brand, and how “you” the gamer are the reason for it all. He also took that time to announce a PS Plus exclusive, free full PS3 games, ready to download starting today.
Jack mentioned that the Vita library should grow to more than 60 titles strong by the end of the year.
Let’s take a look at the many highlights from Sony’s E3 keynote, including a few post-show gems.
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (PS Vita)
The Vita version of Assassin’s Creed III introduces a new protagonist named Aveline. The video shows off her look and some moves, all set in an 18th-century Louisiana backdrop. Aveline’s skills come from her African and French backgrounds, and her weapons include the machete, poison-dart blowpipe and dueling pistols.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal (PS Vita/PS3)
We already knew it was coming to PS3, but E3 allowed us to learn about the Sony’s intentions to bring it to PS Vita. New characters were revealed, including Big Daddy from Bioshock and Nathan Drake from Uncharted. The game will feature Cross-Play with any variable of PS3 and PS Vita players.
LittleBigPlanet (PS Vita)
Everyone seems to be clamoring for more games on Vita, and LittleBigPlanet is our “Mario” game. Seems only fair to the masses of early adopters that it comes out as close to the initial Vita launch as possible. If this E3 video is any indication, it could be sometime soon as Sony urges us all to pre-order now. The game is a hot seller due to its exceptional originality and amassed community creations. Add to that, Vita’s touchscreen controls and other bells and whistles, and now we’re playing with fire.
LittleBigPlanet Karting (PS3)
Media Molecule is taking a back seat to this mashup of LittleBigPlanet and ModNation Racers. This is why the ModNation dev United Front Games is taking ahold of the wheel and steering this gem toward the polisher, and eventually your living room sometime this year. A pre-order will net you the Kevin Butler DLC pack with the Kevin Butler Sackboy costume and executive golf cart.
God of War: Ascension (PS3)
Having a confirmed released date of 12 March, 2013, God of War: Ascension set the tone of the single player campaign. The multiplayer was not the focus during God of War Ascension’s E3 debut; new weapons, combo moves and enemy elephants were during the live gameplay demo.
Last of Us (PS3)
Naughty Dog steps up the tension, violence and vulgarity in their latest story-drive creation featuring the acting talents of Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker. This gameplay trailer shows a tiny bit of the relationship between Ellie and Joel as they simply survive in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by vicious enemies.
Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
Beyond: Two Souls is a new IP from the developers behind Heavy Rain. Using incredibly realistic motion and facial capture, and featuring the Academy Award nominee Ellen Page. Beyond: Two Souls ghostly premonitions bring weight to themselves as the E3 trailer unfolds.
DUST 514 (PS3)
How does a game featuring “intense infantry combat, large-scale warfare and deep character advancement” sound? What if it was also a free-to-play cross-platform massively-multiplayer first-person shooter? How about one that looks good and offers additional potential by way of a micro-transaction model? DUST 514 is integrated into the EVE Online universe and aims to please all summer long with beta keys to the first 100,000 guests in the DUST 514 Home Space.
Wonderbook: Book of Spells (PS3) ($39.99 for book and game)
Wonderbook is an aptly named physical book with pages laden with PS Eye relatable symbols. The hard-bound book allows an augmented reality to unfold around you. Book of Spells was announced during the Sony press conference as a Wonderbook title written by J.K. Rowling herself. She had this to say about the experience:
Wonderbook: Book of Spells is the closest a Muggle can come to a real spellbook. I’ve loved working with Sony’s creative team to bring my spells, and some of the history behind them, to life. This is an extraordinary device that offers a reading experience like no other.
After all the lights came down, Sony then revealed a the PlayStation Move Racing Wheel attachment for the PS Move controller. While looking a little goofy and big, the device holds the move controller in the center pointing up, while you hold on from the handles on the side. The wheel also has the ability to transform from a steering wheel for cars, to handles bars for bikes. New games like LittleBigPlanet Karting would be supported while older titles like Burnout Paradise, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, GT5 and Motorstorm will receive an update to add support.
There was plenty left to be desired, with a few things gone missing. Where was our release date for The Last Guardian or PS Plus for the Vita? All you PlayStation Home users were left high and dry. And no mention about if the PS3 would be seeing any improvements through software updates to bring long awaiting features into our lives. At least incorporate a way to sort through the Download List.
Alas, not to worry too much, as it goes with most E3 presentations, there just isn’t enough time in a press conference to list everything without a little glitz and glamour to get the people talking about their favorite announcements. What was your favorite announcement of E3 so far?