Sony E3 2011 Press Conference: Uncharted 3, Resistance 3 + PS Vita
The Sony Press Conference was perhaps one of the most anticipated this year, with Sony’s promise to deliver a new handheld device to replace the PSP that would not only include graphics comparable to the PS3, but it would have a launch line-up packed-full of instant hits like the much-awaited Uncharted: Golden Abyss.
At the beginning of Sony’s conference, quite a bit later than expected by the way, a quick video montage displayed some of Sony’s successes. Of course, that was just a quick appetizer for what was to come, because Jack Tretton, President & CEO of SCEA, took the stage and started by talking about Sony’s growth in the last 10 months, as well as the top-notch gaming experiences they’ve been offering for the past 15 year. He then proceeded to address the “elephant in the room” that is the PSN outage that happened for nearly four weeks and left consumers without online play and other online features on their PS3 and PSP.
After some “humble” apologies he went on to talk about the services the PS3 platform offers consumers, including movie and show rentals via PSN, Hulu, Netflix, and so on. They now have a new service added to their line-up, Cinema Now.
Of course, they weren’t going to talk about that boring stuff all night (or were they?), so they finally decide to welcome to the stage a couple of great minds behind Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series. They start by showing a new trailer of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, this time showing a much stealthier Nathan Drake than what we’re used to seeing, killing enemies on the sly, jumping fences, and diving his way across dangerous areas. They talk about the cinematic multiplayer they’ll be providing. The beta will start in June 28th, so just a couple of weeks away! Oh, and they had one other surprise… Uncharted in 3D! Of course, only those with 3D-capable HDTVs will be able to enjoy the feature, but either way, it’s nice to see the series is evolving nicely and still living up to its fame for amazing visuals. In case you didn’t know, Uncharted 3 is scheduled to release on 11.1.11, as in November 1st of this year, so you better start getting ready!
Another one that’s going to look really good is Resistance 3. Insomniac Games’ Marcus Smith came on stage after Uncharted 3 to show Resistance 3. In the game, it’s August 1957, four years after the happenings in Resistance 2, and the chimera have won the war and taken over the United States. Humans face extinction. Uh oh… That’s when Capelli leaves his family in Oklahoma and decides to join a young group of rebels for a last ditch effort against the chimera. Rather than showing a trailer, Smith went ahead and played a short demo on stage, and I have to say those three minutes of gameplay looked very spectacular. Starting with the chaotic scenarios and then, of course, the nasty chimera popping out everywhere when you least expect them, there’s going to be a lot to like in Insomniac’s upcoming release, which will be available as a bundle with Sony’s Sharpshooter peripheral and Move controls and camera – yes, it’s going to have PlayStation Move support as well. The game will also be available in 3D when it comes out on September 6th, 2011.
As you may have noticed, it’s all about 3D now, and Sony is fully committed to it. Or so they say. It’s certainly not just Uncharted and Resistance. They also have plans to release two special game collections in 3D: God of War Origins Collection (remastered PSP titles Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta) and The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection, also remastered in high definition and with 3D support. Yet another pair of games scheduled for release this coming September.
To help consumers adopt 3D, they also introduced an affordable 24” 3D display. But it’s not just any 3D TV. To top it off, when wearing the glasses players can see individual full-screen images of their gameplay rather than split-screen for co-op or competitive gameplay. They’ll also sell cheaper glasses ($69.99) for their 3D TVs, which will also be available in a bundle with the display, the HDMI cable, and Resistance 3 for $499. Not bad!
Moving on, it’s time to talk about Move. Chris Snyder and Erick Boenisch, from 2K Games, come on stage to present NBA 2K12. And what does it have to do with Move? Well, it’ll include the feature “NBA on the Move”, motion-controlled gameplay that makes use of Sony’s Move controls. With the promise of “anyone can pick up and play this game”, they went ahead and welcomed L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant to the stage. I guess if he can play the game, “anybody” can, right?
Back to Tretton; this time he welcomed onstage Umrao Mayer (Zandiga Games) and Jeremy Ray (SCEA Worldwide Studios) to present a new game. It’s Medieval Moves: Dead Man’s Quest, a fantasy action-adventure game with PS Move controls that includes gameplay such as throwing projectiles, sword fighting, and archery. The game looks good on the PS3, but with all that swinging and flailing of the Wii Remote, ahem… I mean, Move controller, it certainly doesn’t seem like the game of the century. Either way, it’ll be here this fall, ready to entertain those looking for “moving” adventures.
But enough about Move! Or not? Well, inFAMOUS 2, launching tomorrow, also has PS Move controls, but at least the game is geared more towards those who enjoy more serious gaming experiences. And talk about serious! The city of New Marais looks outstanding, and the action is like no other, not to mention the big-ass monster Cole will have to face this time around! With online missions and a level editor, this game might be a winner right there.
In other news, LittleBigPlanet 2 is also set to receive a big update this fall, greatly enhancing Move support for the game, including level creation with Move as well as Move-specific gameplay.
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An enthusiast of gaming adventures as well as party and puzzle games. Writer, editor, translator, graphics designer, and a multitasker at heart. Maria has worked in the gaming industry since 2007, though she's been a gamer since the eighties. She proudly wore her Spain jersey when they won the 2010 World Cup!
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