Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sony Conference Round-Up

The Sony media briefing took place on June 15, 2010, at 3:00 PM EST. Television broadcast was made available (and commercial-free, thank god) by G4, which I watched the entire hour-and-a-half thing (I'm starting to get used to this).  

Jack Tretton is up, and joked at Kinect and the ponchos. He said that bringing Kevin Butler on stage was a serious thought after everyone had suggested it, but, sadly, he won't be appearing today. Damn.

Killzone 3 is up, and what they're seeing is gameplay footage, and in 3D. Oh, and Move support, too.

A lot of games with 3D support (Ghost Recon, Shawn White Snowboarding, Mortal Kombat), and The Sly Collection announced in the spirit of the God of War Collection. One final 3D video: a giant sampling of various 3D supported titles. Motorstorm: Apocalypse, EyePet, MLB 10 The Show, The Fight, Killzone 3, Tumble, Crysis 2, Mortal Kombat, Gran Turismo 5 and The Sly Collection.

Now they're onto the Move. They're showing developers reactions to the controller.



A bunch of new games shown off with Move support. Sorcery, a Move supported game, is a fantasy-world game immediately that reminds me of Harry Potter, with the wand-based attacks and transmutations. If this was actually a Harry Potter game, I'd probably buy it. If I buy Move, I'll probably buy it anyways. Spring of 2011 is what it's set for. Tiger Woods 2011 is up, showing the 1:1 golf swings. Pretty accurate, considering he missed the first swing. Heroes on the Move, which combines all of Sony's cartoony characters into one game. Ratchet, Jak, Sly, Bently, Clank and Daxter are in one, big-ass adventure game. "Coming soon" is all we get.

Holy shit, Kevin Butler! Throw's a homage to his first commercial. Huge applause from the crowd. He immediately pokes fun at Microsoft's conference, Cirque du Soleil and the ponchos (man, Sony must hate ponchos). "Gaming on a big-ass TV in small, one bedroom apartment" and "staying up til 3AM to earn a Trophy that isn't real." It's starting to seem like a stand-up routine, and I'm not complaining, but it immediately starts to turn into a gigantic motivation speech, including an orchestral score in the background. Thank you, Kevin Butler!

Move launch details: Europe gets it September 15, US on September 19 and Japan gets it October 21. If you have the PlayStation Eye already, the Controller itself is $50, and the Navigation Controller is $30. A combo pack (controller, eye and Sports Champion) will sell for $100. They will offer a PS3 Move bundle for $400, which is a PS3 plus the Sports Champion bundle. First-party games are $40. 15-20 titles at launch, with 40 during the holiday. Damn. Montage video of various functionality it sports.

Uh-oh, they're on the PSP. They're launching a new campaign to reignite interest in the system, starring Kevin Butler and Marcus, a black kid with a big attitude and looks to be the spokesperson for the system. They seem funny, but not as funny as Kevin's own stuff.

A new game, Invizimals (yea), utilizes the PSP's camera attachment, which still hasn't seen the light of day in the US. God of War: Ghost of Sparta gets a teaser on stage. Both will see releases this fall. Another montage showing new titles for the system coming out later this year. A bunch of good stuff, but I don't myself buying them, purely because I don't have an interest in those series.

They're onto LittleBigPlanet. Not a fan of the series, so my interest is waning. Seeing as I just watched Nintendo's conference, and came out of there giddy as a Japanese school girl, Sony really isn't doing much here for me yet. Except for Kevin Butler.

Premium PSN details: PlayStation Plus is the name, it has a slew of exclusive content and features, early demos, beta invitations, full PSN games and minis, and discounts, plus you can get push downloads, where demos and updates are auto-downloaded to your system. One year is $50, 3 months is $18. Looks like Microsoft needs to step their game up. Sadly, the content you get for free from PS+ will only stay with you for the duration of your subscription.

EA is up, and more Medal of Honor. Seriously, let's not show the same shit twice (like Ubisoft did with their Kinect fitness game; shit was word for word the same damn thing). PS3 gets the Limited Edition exclusively, and a remastered version of Medal of Honor: Frontline is exclusive to the LE.

Back to Dead Space 2, and a continuation of the demo that was abruptly ended at EA's conference yesterday. Another Limited Edition exclusive, and it gets Dead Space: Extraction with Move support. Exclusive.

Holy shit, GLaDOS! Gabe Newell just walked on stage! Portal 2 is coming to the PS3 (not surprised). Steam is part of it, like Steam Cloud and Auto-Updates. We get the first footage of the game, showing GLaDOS' mess after the explosion, and it looks like she's repairing Aperture Science. Launches 2011.

And now, a Final Fantasy XIV trailer.

Mafia II shown, and exclusive day-one DLC.

Ubisoft is mentioned, and we get multiplayer footage of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Assassins VS. Templars. New gadgets and weapons, such as claw hands and that new version of the hidden blade. Seems pretty badass.

Another montage video of games. Shooters: SOCOM 4, Killzone 3, Medal of Honor, Dead Space 2, Mafia II. Sports: Madden, Tiger Woods, Sports Champions, The Fight: Lights Out, NCAA. Family: EyePet, Start the Party, LBP2, The Shoot, Echochrome II, Heroes on the Move. Racing: GT5, ModNation Racers, Motorstorm: Apocalypse. Action: True Crime, Marvel vs Capcom 3, PixelJunk Shooter 2, Mortal Kombat, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Dead Nation. Adventure: Sorcery, DC Universe: Online, The Sly Collection, Tron: Evolution, Final Fantasy XIV. A bunch of other games in a quick drive-by without names, but I did catch LEGO Harry Potter.

GT5 trailer. November 5 release date with 3D support.

Finally, Infamous 2 is unveiled. You're now a different guy, you've now got ice powers, and it's set in London (Big Ben?). 2011.

The final surprise: Twisted Metal: Nuke. Sweet Tooth shows up on stage. David Jaffe is on stage! The original team members are working on the subtitle-less entry.


Sony had a decent conference, but very sub-par, considering what Nintendo brought this year. We got to see a ton of 3D support, Infamous 2, Move pricing and launch details, Kevin Butler was there, and we got to see God of War: Ghost of Sparta. Gabe Newell and David Jaffe popped up as hypocritical appearances was pretty much a shocker.