E3 2013: Sony Conference – Ours plays games
With Microsoft pushing as hard as it can to convince consumers they need its console, Sony hit the stage was a swagger in its stride. The PS4 console was finally revealed and got some welcome screen time. The line up looks exceptional. Check out more below.
After the usual epic introductory montage Jack Treton took the stage with a smug smile. After a loving thank you to gamers, he began by unveiling the year to come, and Sony dropped nothing but good news. First up was the PlayStation Vita. Sure, it got far less attention than it’s larger console brother, but Sony was showing the handheld some love with a solid schedule of releases.
God of War 1 & 2 HD – This benchmark franchise should be a perfect fit in the Vita line-up. Both games will be bundled up into one package complete with the recent HD remastering.
Dead Nation - Top down zombie shooter. Fast and furious, this game was born for the Vita. Hopefully it stays available in co-op as it shines with friends.
Flower – One of the most relaxing and unique games ever made, Flower is a must own no matter who you are. Pity it wasn’t developer thatgamecompany’s more recent release Journey. Oh well, perhaps next year.
The Walking Dead: 400 Days - Bundled with Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, this will give you all of the previously available amazing episodes with hours of compelling story that will stay with you forever. Exciting news.
Final Fantasy X & X-II - Months worth of RPG action for the PS Vita, bye-bye free time.
Though there was very little talk of new games, all of the above titles are welcome news for PS Vita owners. Next Sony got into its current generation releases.
The Last of Us - Don’t talk, just Google this now. Hitting shelves tomorrow, this game is a must play and will rock your world. Don’t miss out.
Puppeteer - rawDLC’s Dave spoke about this game earlier in the year. Puppeteer looks a lot like LittleBigPlanet with a much different slant on its gameplay. Worth looking into.
BEYOND: Two Souls - Like Heavy Rain before it, the game is heavily story based. Visually impressive, BEYOND: Two Souls has a lot to prove to us here at rawDLC before after the tragically average nature of it’s predecessor. Only time will tell on this one.
Gran Turismo 6 - The car racing fans will be all over this one. Stunning visuals, exciting gameplay, all of the features you would expect from the king of racing simulations.
Batman: Arkham Origins - The first game in the Arkham series not developed by Rocksteady, every bit as exciting as Batman: Arkham City with even more toys. Check out the trailer below.
Grand Theft Auto V - The game the whole world is waiting for and all you get at a major conference are some screens. Meh.
The Order – 1886 - Victorian London meets Steampunk meets magic. Exciting new IP and totally not like Dishonored.
Killzone: Shadow Fall - Colourful, slick and smooth Killzone: Shadow Fall is at the top of our list of must have PS4 titles.
Drive Club - Imagine Gran Turismo for the more casual racer. Colour me excited (I still don’t care – Dave).
Infamous: Second Son - Yes. Yes. yes! Oh my god yes! Ahem, super-powered sequel with a new protagonist.
Knack – Looks like Crash Bandicoot meets Ratchet and Clank.
The Dark Sorcerer (Prototype) – Wow. Although it is just a tech demo, this title needs to exist. Check this out (in HD). It will make your jaw drop and give you a giggle at the same time.
Diablo III – Nice to see this making it’s headway finally. Diablo worked really well back on the PlayStation One and fans of this franchise will not be disappointed.
Final Fantasy XV – After FFXIII we are reluctant to trust the direction of this series, but visually the game looks breathtaking and the story looks sinister and exciting. Combat looks to have developed nicely and the game could be the rebirth the game needed.
Kingdom Hearts 3 - Fans are losing their minds over this one and rightly so. Nothing really to show but the progress looks appealing.
Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag – Looks like every other Assassin’s Creed. Only prettier and more piratey.
Watch Dogs – Fap, fap, fap! See our coverage of Ubisoft’s Conference for the amazing gameplay footage.
The Elder Scrolls Online -This could be the first MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) that can make a dent in the behemoth known as World of Warcraft. It feels like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim but features massive online servers. Kiss your life goodbye.
Mad Max – Not much shown here but having the developer of Just Cause behind it fills me with joy.
PlayStation 4 console details
The rest of the conference focused on the direction and features of the console itself, and the advantages it will offer over the competition. The main point gamers can get excited about is that PlayStation 4 will support used games, cue the eruption of cheers from the crowd. The PlayStation4 is also not reliant on any online components, so gamers can enjoy their console when and wherever they choose.
Sony then touched on its online gaming solution the cloud-based Gaikai, still remaining very vague on what it will entail. The only thing to take the wind out of the conference’s sails was Sony’s announcement that the PS4 will require a subscription for online play. This service will only cost $50 and operates on a one account system for all three of its consoles. Sony tweeted recently that “PS4 gamers who aren’t PlayStation Plus members can still enjoy single-player games for free…. and access to media services won’t require Plus.”
As a wrap up Sony threw down the PS4’s price, a shockingly lower price than expected coming in at AU$549 (US$399, €399, £349).
So gang, what’s your thoughts? Is this the winning console?
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