Sony has had an interesting history of E3 conferences, some have been well received, and some.. well, not so much.
So how did Sony do at E3 2012?
Instead of jumping straight into gaming, we got an immediate speech by Jack Tretton, with a focus on gamers instead of PlayStation fluff, which was actually a nice intro into the presentation. After some deliberation, Sony jumped into some of the new features coming to the PlayStation Network, including some prominent sales on big titles in the near future. The next feature, and a very prominent one since it lasted for upwards of 10-15 minutes, was the introduction of “Wonderbook”. From what was demonstrated, Wonderbook is an interactive experience for a younger audience using augmented reality tech to make the book “come to life”. Now, since this was a rather long presentation, outrage began to pour in via twitter and on the various livestream chats, which I found irritating. I mean yes, obviously as a male in my twenties, Wonderbook doesnt appeal to me, but it’s cool to see that sort of technology being developed, as I can imagine myself as a kid being pretty excited to see my Harry Potter adventures come to life.
The first real game trailer to be released was for a new IP under Sony, called Beyond, which looked incredible. I’m not quite sure what the gameplay will be like, since it seemed almost like a movie trailer, but the story seemed compelling enough, so it’s a good start. After Beyond was some long awaited gameplay from The Last of Us, a title that has been buzzing since it’s initial trailer a while back. While the trailer didn’t quite feature the zombie killing gameplay I wanted to see, it still seems like a pretty solid game, though maybe I’m a sucker for anything post-apocalyptic. The next trailer presented by Sony was for Battle Royale, a game I really have an undecided opinion on. I mean, it’s so clearly Super Smash Brothers it hurts, but at the same time, it WILL be kind of cool to fight using the characters from all of our favorite Sony games. Howeever, since the game will be released on both Vita and PS3, it seems it should be sold for a lower pricepoint, but that’s just my opinion.
We were then treated to more epic gameplay from Assassin’s Creed III, which looks pretty incredible so far, albeit not too groundbreaking. I have to say though, the ship gameplay they showed really sold me on the game overall, as it’s a pretty damn unique gameplay feature that I haven’t seen before. Next up was God of War: Ascension, which I wasn’t quite sold on. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of the God of War series, but it would have been nice to see something a bit different than the usual. Either way, it looked pretty as per usual, so no major complaints. Lastly was more gameplay from Far Cry 3, which i’m still reserving judgement on. Far Cry 2 was amazing when it came out, and really pushed the envelope graphically, but I really don’t get the same feeling from Far Cry 3.
Overall a good performance by Sony with a few great trailers (that AC3 ship scene, wow). Keep posted for more E3 recaps!
Check out our E3 2012 Microsoft Recap.