Far Cry 3
- Manliest dude to every participate in video game development is on stage talking about Far Cry 3. Says they secretly built two games — single player, and a 4-player co-op game.
Instant Reaction – A FPS with a multiplayer mode? Get outta town! You didn’t really need to keep that a secret guys.
- Four people get on stage to play the co-op and yell at each other just a little bit too much.
Instant Reaction – Visuals look kind of rough. Shadows are flickering and drawing in and the ragdoll physics on the bad guys are pretty goofy. Otherwise, I dunno, looks like a multiplayer shooter.
- “Nice.” “Nice.” “Niiiice.” “Nice.”
Instant Reaction – Nice.
- PS3 is getting exclusive DLC for this game too.
Instant Reaction – I know I said I’d stop the comparisons, but man, do these exclusive DLC deals where the DLC is actually exclusive make Microsoft’s “timed-exclusive” DLC announcements look like a bag of garbage or what?
- Hey, Move still exists! “Moves gives you more choices than anything out there.”
Instant Reaction – Really? More motion control choices than anything out there? More than the Wii, which ships with motion controls and has been around for six years? You thought you could just slip this little nugget of bulls–t into the middle of an otherwise pretty damn good press conference and I wouldn’t notice, didn’t you Sony?
- Sony’s going to be selling augmented reality books that work with the PS Eye.
Instant Reaction – There’s going to be plenty of grumbling about this, but it’s actually kind of a cool idea, assuming it works. Speaking of which…
- An appropriately British-ey guy comes out to announce Book of Spells, created in association with J. K. Rowling. Various people are on stage sitting on carpets in front of small TVs playing with the book. The effects are pretty cheesy, and the AR stuff isn’t working very well, with one woman trying and failing about 10-times to get a fire spell to work.
Instant Reaction – To be fair, the lady is way too old for Hogwarts.
- Mini-game where you kill bugs with fire spells.
Instant Reaction – “Hey kids, yucky bugs in the house? The best solution is FIRE.”
- “I’ve loved working with Sony’s creative team to bring my spells, and some of the history behind them, to life. This is an extraordinary device that offers a reading experience like no other.” – J.K. Rowling
Instant Reaction – “I particularly liked the AR check they wrote me. All those zeroes leaping right up off the check and dancing about — so whimsical!”
“Hey mom! This book with no words in it is my favorite book of all!”
God of War: Ascension
- Kratos is hanging out on some dock. Gasp! Somebody’s been stabbed! Kratos doesn’t abide any non-Kratos perpetrated stabbings! Some evil goat guys show up. Those evil goat guys are now very dead.
Instant Reaction – Looking like pretty standard God of War fare so far.
- Ruh oh! Sea monster! It destroys part of the dock. Kratos can now magically repair wrecked scenery and use it for platforming purposes. Some guy with a big hammer shows up. That guy with the big hammer is now very dead. Giant elephant man shows up. That’s a new one. Giant elephant man is now very dead. After the sea monster we go as the trailer ends. Available March 12, 2013.
Instant Reaction – Still looking pretty standard. Guess that’s the danger of a series as over-the-top as God of War — eventually there’s just no topping yourself. Still looked fun though. The ability to temporarily repair stuff should make for some interesting gameplay.
The Last of Us
- We’re seeing actual gameplay here. Joel (the game’s male character) and Sony Computer Entertainment’s precious chosen one Ellen Page have barricaded themselves in a room. They escape out a window into a partially flooded outdoor environment. Gameplay is 3rd person, Uncharted-esque.
Instant Reaction – Holy s–t, these graphics…
- Now they’re in a crumbling fancy hotel.
Instant Reaction – So much color! I love it!
- They’re on the roof now. We hear voices. Joel grabs a dude and chokes him out. The bad guys talk to each other and seem to still have their wits about them, but they look like they’re infected with something. Uh oh, Joel and Ellen have been discovered.
Instant Reaction – Ohhhh, s–t!
- Shooting. Melee fighting. Joel holds a guy hostage and pistol-whips him to death when he’s done with him. Ellen Page throws something at a bad guy and the audience cheers. Oh hey, there’s an inventory system. Joel and a guy wrestle over a shotgun — the fighting in the game is incredibly cinematic, I really want to know how it controls.
Instant Reaction – No snark here — this game looks incredible. Next-gen without a new machine.
A good show that never lost forward momentum (with the exception the overlong bit about Sony’s new electronic pop-up books). Sony’s first party offerings are varied and a welcome relief from the non-stop brown-and-grey FPSes being churned out by 3rd parties. Sony’s two games featuring new hit video game character Ellen Page look particularly promising. No mega announcements, but thankfully there were no mildly interesting technological gimmicks ginned up as mega announcements either. So far Sony’s winning this thing — we await Nintendo.
I want more like this!
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