Sony's Shuhei Yoshida has admitted that Sony could have done more to promote the Vita at E3 this year, acknowledging the complaints he's been receiving, but saying that Sony wanted to make their press conference shorter this year.Click here to read more...
Live streaming technology has changed the way gamers around the globe perceive the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Gone are the days of scouring magazines for second-hand interpretations of the biggest and best reveals from the preeminent trade event in the gaming calender. Now, the most talented developers, most prolific publishers, and most powerful hardware manufacturers in the world are given the opportunity to connect with their audience on a first-hand basis, beaming their heaviest of hitters directly into the living rooms of the people buying their products.
It's rather telling then, that over the last few days, that very audience has taken to social networking sites in force to express their apathy, their disappointment, and occasionally their outrage at an annual event that is steadily shifting from a freight-train of digital euphoria to a rather more pedestrian rechurning of last year's reveals. Are the sunny streets of Los Angeles about to bear witness to the death of E3? Or can something be done to turn public opinion around and get the fading exhibition back on its feet?Is it too late for E3?
Here's a little tip, David Cage. The next time you reveal a Hollywood starlet and indie darling as the lead actress in your upcoming game, how about your subsequent video footage has her actually doing something rather than staring into middle distance blankly for ten minutes. Whilst I'm excited for Quantic Dream's next game, I have to say that the presentation did little to actually warrant that itself, proving curious without ever really provoking a reaction. Maybe Kara raised my expectations a little too high, but when it came to the actual game that Cage and his team are making, I can't say I was particularly blown away. The facial tech is nice, the story sounds intriguing, it was wonderful to have something different after a day of relentless violence, but it didn't quite grab me in the way that GDC's short did.
I can't say that about The Last of Us, though. That's how you end a presser, by saving a punchy, brutal, undeniably triple-A exclusive for your finale. I was hoping it wouldn't just be a reskin for Uncharted 3 with extra beards and kids, and that presentation delivered - looking altogether more brutal and very atmospheric indeed. Sony Santa Monica also impressed with God of War: Ascension, although it must be said that by the end of the press conference, I could have done with some colour, maybe one of those indie titles Tretton was telling us about instead of showing us, something whimsical, something that combined Google Maps with Katamari. Sadly not.
After Nintendo, Sony perhaps had the most to prove this year. They'd dropped a new console earlier in 2012, and E3 should have been the moment for market consolidation, the chance to launch an onslaught against the 3DS, blow away smartphone arguments, and make the Vita roar.
Instead it was kind of treated like an embarrassing bastard child.Click here to read more...
Demonstrating the multiplayer carnage of Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale on the floor at their press conference last night, Sony also revealed that the game will support complete CrossPlay functionality. The demo saw PS Vita players squaring off against PS3 players, detailing the Smash Bros.-esque brawling gameplay, and littering conversation with the word "SUPER" every five secondsWatch the full demo after the jump...
It's a bit late, having been up for 21 hours at 4am this morning my laptop became an impromptu and thoroughly uncomfortable pillow, but news roke during last night's Sony press conference that Playstation Plus subscribers are in for a real treat this month.
There are some differences in the deals between EU and NA regions, so here's both of them for your delectation.Click here to read more...
YES! This is what we wanted to hear, and it's about damn time. Sony have confirmed that PSOne Classics will be making their way across to the Playstation Vita later this month, offering an expansive (and expanding) range of title from the mid-90s glory days that include the likes of Final Fantasy VII, Twisted Metal, Silent Hill, and the adventures of a goofy Tasmanian mammal.
Sony didn't make a huge amount of noise in their presser about LittleBigPlanet Karting, more's the pity, but they did drop a new E3 trailer for the Sackboy-led arcade racer.
United Front and Media Molecule are working together on the title, and it's expected to launch before the year is out.
God of War: Ascension looks like it will give us more of the same when it comes to Kratos' bloodthirsty adventures, which is no bad thing. In the e3 demo from last night's Sony press conference, Kratos was seen tearing the limbs and hads off of churlish goat-men, giving the elephant Man a taste of cold, hard steel, and rippin the tits off of a kraken.
It's out on March 12, 2013, and you can check out the video above.
Ubisoft popped up at Sony's E3 2012 presser last night to show off more footage of Connor in Assassin's Creed III, only this time instead of hopping across trees, or shanking Brits, he was marshal ships in combat, and repelling cannonfire.
Although we're pretty excited for the prospect of Assassin's Creed: Pirates!, we hope that Ubisoft aren't over-extending themselves with this game, as it was almost a case of too many cooks very nearly spoiling the broth with the last AC game.
Sony also announced that there'll be a new PS3 console bundle that will launch alongside Assassin’s Creed III on October 31th, bearing a bunch of exclusive free DLC.Check out the naval footage after the jump...
We knew it was coming, and we knew it was going to be gritty, but we weren’t expecting it to be quite that brutal. Sony decided to close their press conference at this year’s E3 by giving us just over 7 minutes of in-game action from Naughty Dog’s next title The Last Of Us. We’ve got the whole thing after the jump.Click here to read more...
Kicking off their E3 press conference in style, Sony brought out David Cage of Quantic to announce their next project, Beyond: Two Souls, for Playstation 3. Using the animation technology demonstrated in the Kara short that was unveiled earlier this year, it ended up not being the sci-fi project some were hoping for but something completely different. You can see the trailer for yourself after the jump.Click here to read more...
The PlayStation Media Briefing is infinitely more than a mere press conference. Part massive party, part corporate boondoggle, this epic conflagration of fans, hacks and suits never fails to impress... despite plenty of embarrassing moments over the years.
The free beers help. They always help.
I wouldn't have minded one to tide me through the massive self-congratulatory opening montage, but we're in Sony's house now. It's their show. Tretton started the proceedings with a huge nod to the fans and comparing the presser to the Superbowl; every namedrop accompanied by a whoop and cheer from the breathless crowd. There's nothing like the Sony presser, and whether or not you're a fan, you can't help but appreciate a bit of pomp and circumstance.
Wow. First game, big guns, both barrels. Quantic Dream's David Cage sauntered out to reveal Beyond: Two Souls, a true epic that promises to guide us through 15 years of a character's life, free to live through the eyes of Jodie Holmes. Or is that Ellen Paige? Either way, while Quantic has swapped Kara's futuristic trappings for paranormal drama, Beyond is going to become a staple of our news coverage over the coming months. We can't wait to find out 'what lies beyond.'Click here to read more...
There's two main things we want from this presser, and that's Vita news and the Quantic Dream announcement. We expect Kratos to make an appearance, alongside some further news on LBP Karting and Playstation All-Stars, but the biggest thing in this presser? It's likely to be the cloud gaming partnership.Click here for the live feed and news bulletins from the presser...
Tomorrow heralds the start of the big press conferences that will open E3 2012. We've run a series of prediction pieces this week, playing host to hopes and fears for this year's expo, and I sit down with Jon and Carl once more to chat about what we can expect to hear on Monday. We ask questions of Microsoft's apparent complacency, we discuss Sony's seeming disinterest in its latest console, and we solve all of Nintendo's issues by pitching a game that sees all of Ninty's mascots in space...with Katamari.
PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 15, Recorded: May 31st, 2012 - (Do note that this was recorded before Star Wars 1313 was announced)
Some of the things that get covered this week:
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In the second of our big E3 2012 previews, we take a look at the upcoming Sony press conference and discuss the announcements we're looking forward too, along with some of our hopes for what we'd really like to be shown.
It almost feels too easy to say “CLOUD GAMING” at this point, but it certainly looks like that’s the direction Sony are heading in. Perhaps a mix with their PSN+ service will emerge, providing a chance to not only test out games in a streaming demo, but access to full games in a similar manner to OnLive’s Playback Pass subscription.
Other than that, I’m expecting gameplay reveals for The Last Of Us, and Ni No Kuni to grace us with more of its beauty and charm. Ideally I’d love to see Agent appear after years in the development wilderness, and hell, I’d be happy to Final Fantasy Vs XIII or The Last Guardian in some form. In fact, let’s go nuts; a Kingdom Hearts 3 announcement please. Let’s just hope they’ve brought some ammunition for the Vita too, which has been looking a little quiet as of late.
For me, Sony's press conference needs to be all about the Vita. Gamers are already questioning whether their pricey early purchase was a good decision, and Sony needs to ensure that the fanbase is properly excited about a huge number of new and exciting games to look forward to. Plus, games sell systems, and Sony are well aware of this simple fact. Properly announcing PSOne compatibility would help sweeten the deal.
In terms of PS3 games, a new inFamous title wouldn't go amiss, along with some major hype for LBP Karting and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Which needs a shorter name. Or an acronym. We might also expect a fairly dry presentation about PS Plus subscription tiers and an eBook initiative, which they've been rather hot about lately. And to top it all off, Quantic Dreams should be showing off their next project.
Will Sony decide to pip Microsoft to the post by announcing their next-gen console before their longtime rivals? They're certainly looking to release the PS4 first this time around, but I wouldn't hold your breath just yet.
David Cage has had a lot to say about next generation technology in recent weeks, not much of it favourable. Quantic Dream’s latest tech demo ‘Kara’ however, goes a long way toward justifying that particular stance. Running in real-time on a Playstation 3 (albeit in a controlled environment), the video is a masterclass in how to emotionally engage an audience and at the same time deliver something truly jaw-dropping on a technical level.
Heavy Rain used its ‘Casting’ trailer to demonstrate a number of tonal and technological elements that would make their way into the final product, and my hope is that ‘Kara’ is a similar letter of intent from Cage and co. Dyed in the wool Sony developers, Quantic Dream deserve a pedestal from which to preach their love of the current generation during Sony’s E3 conference, and the return of Kara might just be the way to hammer the message home.
Dust 514 should well be making an appearance, and it’ll be interesting to see how comprehensively the first person shooter has been integrated with its older brother EVE Online. The Last of Us is a shoo-in, but remains one of Sony’s most exciting exclusives regardless, and I fully expect Kratos to rear his ugly head and start kicking even uglier heads in an official God of War: Ascension reveal.
With Sony's rich stable of first and second party developers, there'll be lots here for the PS-fan to cheer about - particularly in the form of The Last of Us, Kratos' latest adventure, and whatever masterpiece David Cage and co. have brought along to the show. Oh, and Ni no Kuni...which is shaping up to be utterly fantastic.
I wouldn't expect news on a next-gen console, purely because Sony already have a new console that they must deliver some killer content for, and soon. This is the time for big Vita announcements (Bioshock?!!), a chance for Sony to reveal what's been happening to all of those stellar, rumoured "launch window" titles. A Western release date for Persona 4: The Golden would be lovely too.
But the big news, as Carl suggests, will surely be the final reveal of this hotly tipped cloud gaming partnership. What form will this take? Can we expect PS+ subscribers to greatly benefit? Will it just be demos or full games? Will I be able to play PS games on my android phone via a client? Expect big, gamechanging PSN news.
Also, if it's not too much trouble, could we please have some news on The Last Guardian.
I don't know why but for some reason I'm not that excited about Sony's presentations this year, then again there are one or two things that have grabbed my interest. Kratos' adventures have always looked spectacular and been a joy to be a part of, so it'd be a real treat to get even a tiny peek of God Of War: Ascension especially if it shows how the gameplay's been reworked. Being a big fan of both the Jet Set Radio and Bioshock series, I'm extremely curious to see whether or not their first outings on the PS Vita will be failures or successes.
Sony have got lots to show at E3 this year. From the NGP to Uncharted 3, they've covered their bases well with hardware and software on offer. But have they spread themselves too thin, and has the furore in recent weeks tempered their momentum? Can they still pull off an outstanding presentation to show they're on top of their game?Click here to read more...