Well Microsoft showed their hand yesterday and now it is Sony’s turn, they started the show with a montage of games which included multiplatform and console exclusives, but from the start Sony was all about games.
Jack Tretton came out and paid a tribute to gamers which was a nice touch, aimed squarely at Microsoft’s non gamer aimed Kinect and TV showcase.
They then really got into it with a new IP from Quantic Dream; say what you want about David Cage and his delusions of grandeur, love him or hate him, Beyond – Two Souls is without doubt the best looking game I have seen this generation, the Uncanny Valley gets ever closer!
Next up Playstation All Stars Battle Royal, touting cross platform play, it looked ok, but came off as a bit frantic which I feel could quickly turn into a button masher.
They then talked about using the Vita for a duel screen experience also getting in on the Wii U space, it didn’t look quite as comprehensive as Smart Glass but it’s there I guess.
PS+ will also be getting more free games on a rotating basis including Little Big Planet 2, Infamous 2 and Saints Row The Third.
They then revealed Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified for the Vita and then an extended trailer for Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation also exclusively for the Vita.
Then the real Assassin’s Creed 3, showing off the new naval warfare and dynamic weather, it looked ok, but I swear that that ship was a Mini car in disguise, it could turn on a sixpence, not sure how realistic that was.
Next up Farcry 3 co-op, it was a nice demo showing off the object based gameplay, it looked very nice graphically and the mechanics seemed to be on point.
They then made a cursory mention of Move, 250 games apparently? Really!
Then they spent way too long on Wonder Book which is an interactive way of telling stories for kids, they also gave a demo of JK Rowlings Book Of Spells which was a bit of a fail!
They then rolled out the big guns starting with God Of War Ascension, still as brutal as ever with nice finishing moves, the best or worst of which depending how you look at it involved an weird Elephant thing.
Then finally came The Last of Us, it was everything I’d hoped for , so I am relieved. They made great use of the environment which included nice set pieces and fluid combat that you control.
It is most definitely a mature game, unlike Max Payne 3′s seemingly endless enemies, this was a far more tense measured affair with some excellent animation, all in all it looked great, no release date confirmation though, which is a bit worrying.
So two down one to go, will Nintendo have anything up their sleeve, we will find out soon.