Published on June 7th, 2012 | by Joseph Furguson1
Sony’s E3 Wrap Up
Sony had a strong showing this year, utilizing gameplay footage of many of its upcoming titles in addition to its new and pioneering tech. Beyond: Two Souls pushes gaming closer to becoming like an interactive movie. Assassin’s Creed 3 feels like you are actually a part of an American privateer vessel. Playstation All Stars Battle Royal shows off the capabilities of the Vita to dual play with the Playstation 3. The Far Cry 3 demo was interesting and showed off its ability to do 4 player co-op. So, what’s what?
Enhanced gaming experiences.
Sony, this time, is all about the digital experience. There is much emphasis placed on the Digital library, which is one of the largest in the world. To encourage people to buy Playstation Plus, Sony is putting out a lot of its AAA titles as free downloads for its members. That may seem desperate, but they need to pay for the service’s upkeep somehow. It also placed emphasis on its Playstation Suite, an Android capable series of games.
Although the live demonstration of it was disappointing, the Wonderbook concept deserves mentioning because it is the most inventive. It is the latest in a long line of tricks to get your kids into learning something with technology. Expected to launch in October, the Wonderbook requires the Playstation Move interface and uses Augmented Reality, to simulate its experience. A launch title appears to be the Book of Spells, an original creation by JK Rowling, set in the Harry Potter Universe.
The Last of Us was basically a gameplay demo and not much else. The impressive part of it is how mundane it actually is. It feels like combat in the real world, which is brutal, messy, and unpredictable. The polar opposite of the God of War: Ascension demo, where it is stylized to the point of absurdity.
God of War: Ascension looked nice though, I guess. It was not a disappointment, but feels kind of old hat at this point. Like God of War 3, the demo takes place somewhere in the middle of the game. It does offer some intriguing powers, like the ability to reverse time on objects, the ability to use weapons that are strewn around the battlefield and different tactics that make every God of War somewhat unique.
If anything, the only disappointing part of the show the Playstation 4 not being announced. The Cycle is in its 6th year and a new generation appears to be overdue.