E3 2012: The Sony Press Conference

It's Day Three of E3, which means it's time for us to report on the Sony press conference! Their conference was actually held two days ago, so it's all old news at this point, but we're going to repor

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It’s Day Three of E3, which means it’s time for us to report on the Sony press conference! Their conference was actually held two days ago, so it’s all old news at this point, but we’re going to report it anyway!

  • They started off with a four-minute montage of videogame clips and people using PlayStation products while wearing gloves.
  • The President of Sony Entertainment America hosted the show, even though he was a tad nervous. He started off with a healthy dose of audience pandering.
  • The first thing they did was announce the newest title from the makers of Heavy Rain. Their company is now famous for their real-time 3D and emotional experiences, and we can’t wait to watch their next movie–er, I mean, “play” their next “game.”
  • The game is called Beyond: Two Souls. It stars Jodie Homes, played by Ellen Page. Jodie has some sort of psychic power that connects her to the afterlife, and the game takes place over fifteen years.
  • There was also a trailer for the game, which did not match the description of the game in any way, shape or form. The trailer was of a girl being interrogated by a policeman. The girl sits in place and doesn’t say anything at all. Eventually, the policeman gets bored and leaves the room to get a cup of coffee. Then—this is where things get weird—a heavily-armed SWAT team breaks into the police station, intending on capturing the girl. She kills them all in a fireball of death.

beyondOf course, the scene takes place while it’s pouring heavy rain.

  • After that, we got to see PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, which is pretty much Super Smash Bros. Sony. The game is coming to PS3 and Vita, with full cross-play. That means you can access the same save files on both devices, switch devices whenever you want without any loss in graphics quality, and best of all, you can pay for the same game twice!
  • Speaking of cross-play, they are making LittleBigPlanet DLC with a cross-controller! What does that mean? It means you can use the Vita as a controller for your PS3 version of LittleBigPlanet. The Wii U isn’t the only platform that can use handheld devices as controllers, by jingo!
  • PlayStation Plus is getting twelve new games, including Infamous 2, LittleBigPlanet 2 and Saint’s Row 2. Non-sequels are apparently not allowed to join.
  • Speaking of new games—well, not really—PlayStation 1 games are coming to Vita! You will now be able to play Final Fantasy VII and Tomb Raider again.
  • PlayStation is proud to announce that their next big project is the WonderBook, an accessory that is shaped like a book. The book appears onscreen, and you can use the device to turn pages. No, I am not making this up. They’re really making a book accessory for the PS3, which lets you pretend to be reading a real book.
  • The first and only game they demonstrated with the Wonderbook was Book of Spells, coming from the people behind Harry Potter. In real life, the people were waving the Move over the Wonderbook accessory, but on the TV screen, it looked like they were waving magic wands over a spellbook. There was an AR dragon that flew around a bit, but it was mostly just reading about spells.
  • Admit it, you’ve always wanted to read a Harry Potter book which has no Harry Potter characters in it. Now you can pretend to read that book! It’s going to be a magical experience.
  • Of course, Harry Potter isn’t going to be the only WonderBook game. Sony says they have teamed up with a number of companies that provide books for tablet devices. I think I can safely speak for all GameCola fans when I say that there is only one interactive tablet book we want to see released:

mlp_storybookThese looks of fear and pure horror were duplicated on the faces of many people in the audience, when WonderBook was revealed.

  • Sony announced that they are coming out with a white-colored Vita. That’s pretty nice.
  • There was an extensive preview for Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation, which is a Vita game. It looked like Pirates of the Caribbean, to be honest, with lots of naval battles in colonial America. It is the first game in the series to star a female assassin, and you can link this game up with the PS3 version for bonus content.
  • The PlayStation Move is now two years old. Sony brags that it has over 250 games, which is “more choices than any other platform out there.” That’s an actual quote from the President of Sony Entertainment America, who apparently has never heard of the Wii. He also said that the Move is good because it’s an additive, meaning that it’s a bonus accessory that can add to your overall gaming experience.
  • There was a preview for Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified for the Vita, and a live demonstration of the new multiplayer mode for Far Cry 3.
  • Sony gave an update to their PlayStation Suite project. For those of you who don’t remember, that was a project which will bring the PlayStation experience to tablets and Android phones. The project has been renamed PlayStation Mobile. No further details were announced.
  • There was a preview for God of War: Ascension, which is coming on March 12, 2013. It was extremely violent, and green magical powers were involved.
  • The conference closed with a gameplay demo from The Last of Us. It appears to be a game that takes place in a recently-destroyed Washington DC. The streets were flooded, so our two heroes had to seek refuge in a large, empty hotel. An army of heavily-armed guards appeared inside the hotel, and our heroes killed about twenty of them as violently as possible.

That was it for Sony’s press conference! They certainly had a lot of exciting things this year, such as the Wonderbook and Beyond: Two Souls, and many violent first-person shooters. I’m sure everyone’s looking forward to next year’s E3, where Sony will announce…more violent first-person shooters. Hooray!

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From 2007 to 2016

Michael Gray is a staff writer for GameCola, who focuses on adventure games, videos and writing videogame walkthroughs.


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