With all of the controversy towards Sony over the past month, there is no doubt everyone was looking at Jack Tretton for some sort of apology over the PSN outage nightmare. It’s no surprise that this is where the show would begin. I felt that Tretton seemed very apologetic and understands what he has put, not only the consumers through, but game publishers and developers as well. It’s an unfortunate event, but guess what people, it’s over with and all we can do from here is move on, and hope that we have an amazing finish to the 2011 year from Sony.
After the PSN talk things got right down to business. Showing off one of the most amazing franchises of this generation, Uncharted 3. I have been a huge Uncharted fan ever since the first game, and the series just keeps getting better and better. The demo that was shown by Naughty Dog looked absolutely gorgeous. The water effects and cinematic gameplay was like no other. I don’t know about you, but I honestly can’t wait for this title, and I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t take Game of the Year for 2011, just like Uncharted 2 did back in 2009 when it won a handful of awards.
Then things moved quickly to Sony’s next big exclusive title, Resistance 3. I’ve never been a big fan of the Resistance series. Their not terrible games, I feel like their just missing something. Whether or not the 3rd installment will bring that “something” I’m looking for remains to be seen. But after the demo that was shown I wasn’t impressed at all. Hopefully the full game will be much better. Time will tell.
What I also thought was interesting was the 24 inch 3D monitor that was packaged with Resistance 3 and the 3D glasses all for 499.99$, Not bad. I’ll skip though, I’m still not completely sold on the whole 3D thing yet. I don’t want to have a seizure while I’m playing a game.
One thing that I was very satisfied with about Sony’s presser was the fact that we didn’t really get a lot of Move talk. Sure they did some, but not nearly to the extent of Microsoft did with Kinect in my opinion. They showed off NBA 2k11 with Move support, along with a few other titles I quickly forgot the names of. What I didn’t forget was Dust 514, a Sony exclusive First-Person Shooter which seems to be set in the future. We didn’t get a whole lot to look at it, but from what I saw I was pretty excited.
The end of the show is the thing we’ve all been waiting for. We finally know the new name of the NGP, the PSVita. Stupid name, but who cares, I thought the games on it looked very impressive for a handheld. Also, with the $250 price tag on it, it will give some competition with the 3DS. I really don’t think anyone saw that coming from Sony. What a great move on their part. I thought Uncharted: Golden Abyss was definitely some eye candy,although I could do without the gimmicky touch screen functionality on the front of the screen. But to each their own, they don’t force you to play the game that way if you don’t want too. Ruin also caught my eye. I like the fact that you can start a game on the go with your PSVita, and continue right where you left off, at home on your Playstation 3. I can see a lot of games taking advantage of that, and it’s a great idea.
Overall, I really was pleased with the Sony Press Conference. Not much Move talk, and the fact that you can get the PSVita for $249.99 stole the show for me. Uncharted 3 is going to be huge for them this year, and I think that game is finally a system seller. Everyone knows Sony has had a rough first half of 2011, and it remains to be seen how the second half of the year is for them. But I think they are definitely heading in the right direction.