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E3 Wrap Up - Sony

Posted by tylerh1701, in PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita 24 June 2014 · 379 views

Figure I better get the rest of these posted, as E3 becomes more and more of an afterthought. Previously you can read my takeaways from the Microsoft E3 Conference.

Sony:

I thought Sony did the best of the big 3, but they all did well. Sony had better surprises, which is my favorite part of E3. The white PS4 was the first out-of-nowhere reveal and very nice looking. Other surprises like LittleBigPlanet 3, Magicka 2, Let It Die, Grim Fandango, PlayStation TV, and the GTA V new-gen reveal we're other "wow" moments in my book.

They definitely stumbled in certain areas of their presser though, like the Powers show guy talking way too long and new Jack Tretton talking too much about Free to Play games. But none of this was nearly as egregious as the amount of time they spent on Wonderbook a couple years ago. They also have the benefit of their show running almost 2 hours, whereas the MS show is usually only 90 minutes. Meaning they were able to show the same amount of content, if not more than MS thanks to that 30 minute buffer.

Exclusive-wise, Sony was able to shine with Bloodborne and I thought The Order looked the best I have seen it yet. A lot of people were down on the playable demo of LBP3 but I didn't think it was that bad, and kind of laughed when the bird character had to save everyone over and over. The Second Son DLC didn't particularly spark my interest but I was glad to hear it is stand-alone DLC, the best kind of DLC. Let it Die looked pretty bland though. A few of the free to play games, such as Big Fest, Guns Up!, Fat Princess: Piece of Cake, and Reaper all looked like they could be interesting depending on how the F2P model is implemented. And the Uncharted 4 tease at the end was quite enjoyable, even if the game is still a ways away.

As for multi-plats, Sony seemed to show off the ones that appeal to me more. Destiny and Arkham Knight were the two highlights here, though I also enjoyed the Far Cry 4 gameplay and am definitely interested to see how the "co-op with a friend who doesn't own the game" works. Dead Island 2 trailer was funny if nothing else. Mortal Kombat isn't my type of thing but looks nice. And I still don't know what to think about MGS V.

Indie-wise, the parternship with Devolver Digital is huge news to me as I love indie games, and am excited for games like Titan Souls and Not a Hero. No Man's Sky was probably the highlight of all of E3 to me, it seems like a super-ambitious title that I hope Hello Games can get right. I was always disappointed that Magicka never made it to consoles, so I'm excited to see Magicka 2 on PS4. As for the other indies they showed, I thought Abzu looks like it could have potential, but I wasn't wow'd with Entwined.

I think Sony deserve credit for being smart enough to not demo Project Morpheus on stage. There's no way to get the real effect of it without wearing it yourself, so they were smart not to waste everyone's time watching just a couple people use it. I was surprised how little time they spend discussing PlayStation Now, which makes me think they're not quite ready to roll that out yet. PlayStation TV looks cool but it's arriving way too late for me, I took care of my upstairs streaming needs with a Chromecast and I doubt PlayStation TV will be something I need any time soon.


As for the PlayStation Vita, well there's not a lot that can be said. The Vita was mentioned a couple times throughout the show but no games were really announced or shown off. Most rational Vita owners shouldn't be too surprised by this, as the Vita is just not performing the way Sony wants it to, nor has SCEA ever expressed much interest in providing it with compelling games, excluding indie ports. I love my Vita an will never regret my purchase even if the support does continue to decrease, but it's hard not to feel like the console will always have so much missed potential.

Sony's conference wasn't as bombastic as last years price and DRM-free PS4 reveals, but I was extremely happy with Sony's conference, bringing a few surprises to the table and showing off a whole lot of games I'm interested in.





I know that fighting games aren't everyone's first love around here, but that new hulking MK character with the little dude (?) on his back makes me happy.  the game will undoubtedly look purdy and be chock full of content and strangely / incorrectly proportioned female characters.

 

rip vita