E3 13; PS3A PlayTime: E3 Special
Hello and welcome to the PS3A PlayTime: E3 Special! This week, not only will the PS3 Attitude team be sharing which games have been absorbing our lives over the last couple of weeks, but we’ll also reveal our favourite moments of E3 2013. With game designers making announcements left, right and centre, there’s a lot for us to get through; so let’s get started, shall we?
Did E3 live up to my expectations? Was it a 2005 or 2006-style showing from Sony? For me, they couldn’t really have done much more to impress.
I’ll admit I was hoping to see more of a ‘light-bulb’ moment regarding the Vita. While the handheld section of the conference was OK, Sony didn’t deliver a real knockout punch for current or future Vita owners. After the tease at the PS4 launch, I was expecting a real zinger for the device.
In terms of everything else, Sony really knocked it out of the park. They were very careful with their language throughout. Even when talking about the ‘entertainment’ side of the console, they made sure you knew the content was curated ‘for the gamer’ and ‘with the gamer in mind’. Sony knew that if they focused on games, gamers and gaming, they’d set themselves apart from a competitor that seems determined to leave gaming behind for a more TV and viewer-centric audience. And let’s be clear; this is E3. A games conference. Who wants to hear about TV at a gaming event?
Apart from the obvious Assassin’s Creed glitch, the presentations went smoothly and the knockout punches towards the end kept me awake at gone 3am, especially with regards to the used titles and console price. That smart ‘how to share games on the PS4’ video that was released within minutes of the press event’s end was a master stroke.
Sony may not have the marketing budget of some of its competitors, but they’ve proven they know how to make the best use of all their assets. It’s going to be an interesting year. In the meantime, I’m going to get back to The Last of Us. If the PS3 can be made this good, it scares me what people like Naughty Dog are going to do with the next generation.
As you can imagine, I’ve had a busy week scouring the LA Convention Center floor for E3. In addition to seeing plenty of live demos for games like Dying Light, Destiny, Killzone: Shadow Fall, inFamous: Second Son and whole lot of others, I managed to get my hands on a few titles as well.
Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns is shaping up nicely. Blacklight: Retribution provided a nice hands-on impression of the PS4’s DualShock 4. Also was able to show the Vita some love with Zen Studios’ upcoming Kickbeat. Even The Last of Us was present at E3 so I had a chance to play it for the first time.
This is only a small sampling of what I had the opportunity to try at E3 this year. Expect a whole lot more coverage during the week.
E3 was great this year and it pushed me to pre-order a PS4. I’m extremely happy to have seen Final Fantasy XV (previously Versus XIII) and Kingdom Hearts III, but I hope they come out within the next two years or so!
The Order: 1886 looks like a great new IP and I hope it’s a co-op game; the Victorian London setting and supernatural elements really sell it to me.
Along with FFXV and KHIII, another big surprise I’m very excited for is Mirror’s Edge 2. I expected it to happen eventually, but what EA showed looked stunning and I didn’t think we’d see it yet.
Whilst the PS3 and PS4 have a lot of support and both look amazing, Sony once again brushed the Vita off and only announced ports for the brilliant handheld, which is a shame as I thought they would announce more for it. Maybe at TGS!
They proved that the PS4 should be the gamers’ choice of console, with other entertainment-related features as we expected, but it’s clear games come first and that they’ll always be the overall focus; anything else is just an added bonus.
I’ve recently been playing The Last of Us and if you haven’t got it yet, go and get it! It’s an excellent game and Naughty Dog is consistently proving what a great developer it is. I get giddy at the thought of what they could do with the PS4! I’ve also been playing Dragonball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi and the Budokai HD collection as I’m aiming to get the platinum trophies in both, and Budokai 3 is sweet nostalgia.
Rayman Origins is great fun on the Vita and this is my third time going through it as I’ve already played through it twice on PS3, and it’s still as gorgeous as when I first played it.
Being a huge fan of Bastion, my favourite moment of E3 2013 has to be seeing Rao Amir and Greg Kasavin from Supergiant Games come onstage during Sony’s press conference. The creativity of indie developers paired with the power of the PS4 has an infinite amount of potential, and I couldn’t be more excited.
I was also really intrigued by The Order: 1886, and it was nice to get confirmation on the rumour that Final Fantasy Versus XIII has become FFV. Kingdom Hearts III was another nice surprise from Square Enix. My only real criticism of Sony’s show was that I would’ve liked to see one or two more exclusives announced (maybe instead of the stuttery-as-hell ACIV demo).
Away from the Sony conference, the best news for me was the reveal of a new Mirror’s Edge game. The footage looked great too, although I’m ever so slightly worried by the trailer’s focus on combat; DICE knows that was the weakest part of the first game, right?
As for actual gaming, I’ve mainly been playing Remember Me recently, which is possibly my favourite game of the year so far. Sure, it’s only received lukewarm reviews, but the presentation and atmosphere are absolutely incredible, and in my opinion even the gameplay is pretty fun. Coincidentally, it reminds me a lot of Mirror’s Edge, in terms of both its dystopian vision of the future and its divisive reception.
It was a fairly busy weekend so unfortunately I haven’t had much of a chance to play The Last of Us yet, although I plan to remedy that this week.