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E3 2012 Conference: Sony

E3 2012 Conference: Sony

When it was Sony’s turn for its E3 press conference, the stage was set – show games and they will have trumped Microsoft’s conference.

Sony did just that, coming out all guns blazing with a trailer that packed in a crapload (technical term of titles) before Jack Tretton gave props to Kaz Hirai.

It wasn’t a flawless evening for Sony, however, as their legs wobbled almost as much as Microsoft’s did during their conference…

Beyond: Two Souls

New David Cage title. The big reveal was that Ellen Page was cast as the main character, so we presumed there wouldn’t be any footage to watch but sure enough…

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

The first game to get an extended spotlight onstage was PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, the title ripping off, erm, sorry, inspired by┬áNintendo’s Smash Bros.

Not that this is a bad thing but the gameplay demo didn’t really enthuse:

It simply went on too long for a game that’s visually samey and the “I’m not sure who’s winning” admission didn’t really help entice the audience in.

Saved by the reveal of Nathan Drake and Big Daddy as the latest characters to be added, though this was leaked well in advance of the press conference.

Assassin’s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed Liberation and Far Cry 3

If anyone is keeping points on E3, Ubisoft has already walked off with the title and spraying each other down with champagne. Without any nonsense media applications or hardware distractions, Ubisoft can focus solely on the games and they are bringing it this year. Far Cry 3 had already impressed at Ubisoft’s show and now they trotted out 4-player co-op. It was a little messy and chaotic to follow but still, it was interesting enough.

We saw another slice of Assassin’s Creed III, focusing on the Naval Warfare, while Assassin’s Creed Liberation was announced for Vita. Sony also said Assassin’s Creed Liberation would be part of a bundle with a crystal white Vita later in the year.

Sony Wonderbook

…yeah. The trailer would have been enough. Instead, we had what felt like decades of explaining, showcasing, the tech not quite working properly, apologies, jokes that feel flat and JK Rowling’s name was mentioned approximately six billion times (that’s a guess but I’m pretty sure I’m right).

Pacing is key to getting these press conferences right and whatever momentum Sony had through the first half of its conference came to a screeching halt when Wonderbook happened.

God of War: Ascension

The Last Of Us

Other Stuff

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified was announced for Vita but nothing more than a logo was shown
  • PSOne titles finally playable on PSVita
  • PS Plus owners will be able to play full games for free including inFamous 2, LBP2 and Saints Row 2 in June
  • No sign of The Last Guardian. Oh dear.
  • PlayStation Mobile was announced but any potential enthusiasm was dampened by the fact it came right after the Wonderbook fiasco
  • Vita support seemed somewhat underplayed. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is coming to Vita, along with Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed but where was the extensive support?
  • No mention – and not even so much as a hint – of PlayStation 4



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  • Joey

    Ryan or anyone at Play, as professional men and women.. well men of the gaming industry what do you think of the chances of a Fallout 4 or, do we dare, Half Life 3 being announced at e3?

  • Ryan King

    Zero. Well, not zero because that would be stupid, but let’s put it at 5%.

    Fallout 4 – Bethesda is currently working on Skyrim DLC and Elder Scrolls Online. That will be stretching their development teams. There haven’t been any rumours of Fallout 4 and as a ‘full’ numbered sequel I think it’s something they’d keep in-house, unlike Fallout: New Vegas. In any case, Bethesda doesn’t need to rush Fallout 4, so there’s a -chance- it’ll be at next E3 but I’d say that’s unlikely as well.

    Half-Life 3 – Valve tends not to do big announcements at E3. I reckon Half-Life 3 won’t be announced until next-gen consoles come around, so it can be released on PC, Xbox 720 and PS4. Half-Life was a huge step for FPS games when it was released, as was Half-Life 2. Whatever Valve has planned for Half-Life 3, I think they’d be more comfortable using the next leap in console technology to ensure Half-Life 3 delivers that same leap. There will be a lot of pressure on them to get it right.

  • Conor

    The Last of us looks amazing,Can’t wait to play it!