Sony E3 2012 Press Conference Recap



A little late, but here’s a rundown of Sony’s E3 2012 Press Conference.

The show opened up with a brand new game from Quantic Dream, the developers of previous PS3 hit Heavy Rain. The game, called Beyond: Two Souls features Juno star Ellen Page as a mysterious young woman who has developed powers (telekinesis is featured in the demo) after making some kind of connection to a mysterious entity named Aiden.

The next game Sony demonstrated is Super Smash Bros., er, I mean, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, a game that had already been pretty well leaked before E3. It takes the same premise as Nintendo’s Smash Bros… mainly, take a bunch of mascot characters from PlayStation’s various franchises and throw them together in a big fighting game. Characters show so far include Nathan Drake from Uncharted, Big Daddy from Bioshock, Sly Cooper, Fat Princess, and Sweet Tooth from Twisted Metal.

The PlayStation Vita got a little (very little) love. Sony announced that some old PSOne games would be coming to the handheld system, as well as new games Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified and Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation.

Far Cry 3 showed off a new four-player co-op mode.

One of the weirder demos was for the new Wonderbooks game and system that features the PlayStation Move controller. Basically, Wonderbooks are real books that have AR codes that use the PlayStation Eye‘s Augmented Reality features to display images when it looks at the pages of the book. The big reveal for the Wonderbook is a collaboration with Harry Potter author JK Rowling to bring us a Book of Spells game set in the Pottermore universe. The Wonderbook will let you use your Move wand as a magic wand and perform various spells from the Potter universe, unlocking original stories from Rowling along the way.

Then Sony got back to two of it’s upcoming Blockbuster Exclusives… God of War: Ascension and The Last of Us.

The God of War prequel seems to have borrowed some mechanics from Prince of Persia: Sands of Time in that Kratos appears to have some kind of bracelet that allows him to turn back time and restore destroyed scenery. Um, ok.

The game that I am personally most excited about is The Last of Us, from Naughty Dog, the makers of the Uncharted franchise. It follows two survivors of a zombie fungus apocalypse, Joel and Ellie, as they scrounge for supplies and try to survive against both other humans and the fungus-infected zombies around them.

Alright Sony fanboys, how did you feel about their E3 showing this year? What games have you most excited? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. 10 June, 2012 at 10:00 Reply

    God of War Ascension Eyes On…

    The God of War series has delivered a lot of severed limbs and Medusa heads since it first burst onto the stage in 2005 on the PS2. A mix of slick controls, rewarding combat and highly polished art direction made Kratos one of the most loved anti-heroe…

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