[E3 2010] What You Need to Know From Sony’s E3 Media Briefing

Sony’s E3 presser just came to a close, and here is a quick list outlining the key announcements.

  • 20 PS3 titles in native 3D are due out by end of March 2011. 3D-enabled games like SuperStardust, PAIN, WipeOut and MotorStorm are available now.
  • Killzone 3 demoed in 3D. 3D effect doesn’t translate without being in the audience in person with glasses, but the game looks amazing regardless — I won’t be able to play it in 3D at home anyway. The new jetpack gameplay looks awesome — it stays in first-person view without a third-person cutaway. The game will be available worldwide in February 2011 with support for optional PlayStation Move controls at launch.
  • The Sly Collection briefly revealed: an HD and 3D remake compilation of the PS2 Sly Cooper games!
  • Other 3D-supporting games include EyePet, Tron Evolution, Mortal Kombat, MotorStorm: Apocalypse, Shaun White Skateboarding, MLB 10: The Show, Crysis 2, The Fight and Gran Turismo 5.
  • PlayStation Move presented once again, promising unrivaled 1:1 motion tracking for hardcore and casual gaming. Games moving forward will come with standard controls and a PlayStation Move version provided on the same Blu-ray disc.
  • New game unveiled titled Sorcery, a Harry Potter style third-person action/adventure game for PlayStation Move. Flick the Move controller like a magic wand to cast and combine different spells, and the motion tracking appears to be very responsive. The ball on top of the wand changes color to indicate different interactions: in the demo, for example, shaking the controller mixed up a potion, and the orb changed colors to indicate when it was ready to drink. This is a surprisingly impressive-looking game. It is due out in Spring 2011.
  • Tiger Woods 11 will support PlayStation Move with a downloadable update to patch in functionality later in the year. More realistic motion tracking than the Wii versions, but not as responsive as the Sorcery game. A Move demo disc containing Tiger Woods 11 was also mentioned, but no other specifics about that were ever announced.
  • Heroes on the Move announced, a Move game bringing together Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, and the Sly Cooper gang into one action/platform experience. Sweet!
  • PlayStation Move will launch in Europe on September 15, September 19 in North America, and October 12 in Japan. The Move controller will be $50 and the navigation controller will be $30 — so only $80 if you already own a PlayStation Eye. A bundle including the wand, navigation controller, PlayStation Eye camera and the game Sports Champions will cost $100, and a full PS3 bundle with the system and all of the above will sell for $400. $100 is pricey for the full deal, but at least there are multiple configurations, and $400 for the whole PS3 experience is a good value.
  • PlayStation Move games will cost only $40, and 15-20 titles will be available at launch.
  • 70 new titles coming to PSP by December. No major surprise games shown, but the lineup is very solid. Patapon 3 was briefly unveiled in a montage, and The 3rd Birthday looked especially awesome.
  • The PSN video service is coming to Canada in July.
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 was demoed by Media Molecule and described as a “Platform for Games.” Demonstration shows that you can make pretty much any genre of games with the expanded creation tools, whether it’s RPG, racing, RTS, or whatever. There is so much more variety — this is going to be a fantastic seqeul.
  • A new PSN subscription package was confirmed called PlayStation Plus, as has been rumored for some time now. It will provide additional features like early demos and beta invites, discounts on store items, and free PSN games, themes and avatars. The service launches later this month priced at $49.99 a year or $17.99 for three months. It won’t interfere with current PSN features — they will remain free — so if you like what it already offers, just stick with it. The subscription doesn’t interest me, but as long as it doesn’t interfere with the basic PSN features already available like they say it won’t, I’m happy.
  • Sony is partnering with EA to bring two special edition packages exclusively to the PS3. Medal of Honor on the PS3 will come with a HD remake of Medal of Honor Frontline. A Dead Space 2 special edition will also be available for PS3 featuring a HD port of the Wii shooter Dead Space Extraction outfitted with Move controls, in addition to standard control options, co-op gameplay, and Trophy support.
  • Portal 2 makes a surprise showing – a PS3 version is actually coming day and date with the PC and Xbox 360. Gabe Newell — long-time PS3 hater — came out to make the announcement, going as far as to say that the PS3 version will be “the best version on any console.” Valve’s Steam service is also coming to PSN, and Portal 2 will support Steamworks community features on PS3.
  • Mafia II is coming with exclusive day-one content with “hours” of exclusive gameplay for free for PS3 version. Specifics weren’t announced.
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood will come with an exclusive PS3 content pack, and the multiplayer beta will be exclusive to PSN.
  • Gran Turismo 5 finally has a launch date: November 2nd.
  • inFamous 2’s debut trailer revealed new ice powers for Cole. The game is coming in 2011.
  • The long-awaited PS3 debut of Twisted Metal was confirmed for a 2011 launch. It will have online play for 16 players, 4-player split screen, helicopter vehicle action with first-person gatling gun, in-vehicle sniper rifles, and more. Classic Twisted Metal action taken to the next level.

  • Overall, Sony’s briefing was hurt by a lack of major surprises thanks to all of its big exclusives having been leaked or announced leading up to E3, so it was just kind of long and predictable. But it was a strong showing with the most games I am personally interested in, so that’s all that mattered to me. Oh yeah, and Kevin Butler was hilarious too!

    Altogether, I wasn’t particularly floored by any of the “Big Three” briefings. They all had their ups and downs. But ultimately, who cares? There are a ton of great games coming up for all the platforms!

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