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E3 2012: Sony Press Conference Predictions

E3 | Posted by Pesico
Jun 01 2012

The Sony E3 2012 Press Conference is only a few days away and like every year, I’m really exited about it. Here is my predictions for the E3 Press Conference. I will tally my own score after the Press Conference. Most of the points have more than one requirement. For example, if a trailer is shown for Last of Us, but it’s not played on stage and not coming out in 2012, it will give me 33%.

Last of Us
* A new trailer is shown
* Played on stage
* Comes out in 2012

Dust 514
* Trailer shown or played on Stage
* Companion app for Vita mentioned

Call of Duty Vita
* Call of Duty named and shown
* It’s Black Ops 2
* Releases in 2012

Assassin’s Creed Vita
* It’s Assassin’s Creed III
* Some sort of cross-functionality between the PS3 and Vita version

Bioshock Vita
* Named and shown
* It’s an exclusive

GTA Vita
* Game is announced
* Not released in 2012

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale for Vita
* Announced for Vita
* Cross-play with the PS3 version

Monster Hunter Vita
* Announced for Vita

PlayStation Plus
* Different Tiers of subscription types
* The biggest ones include digital versions of Blu-Ray released titles
* Vita also supported

No Shows
* Warrior’s Lair
* Agent
* The Last Guardian

Keep in mind that these are predictions as opposed to a wishlist. I really want Warrior’s Lair and Agent to be talked about. What are your predictions?

My Sony E3 Wishlist

E3 | Posted by Pesico
May 25 2012

E3 is closing in fast now, and THIS is my biggest wishes for what Sony brings to the table.

It was E3 2009, Sony announced that Rockstar was working on a PS3 exclusive. Little more than the logo was shown, and little has been known since, except for confirmation that the game is still in development. At E3 2011, Jack Tretton was reluctant to confirm it was still a PS3 exclusive. Well, I want to hear more about it, mainly when it’s coming out.

Warrior’s Lair
This PS3/Vita dungeon crawler was announced during E3 2011, then known as Ruin. Information has been scarce for this game to, except for the fact that Idol Minds has been taken off the project, with Sony San Diego taking over the development duties. Not a good sign.

Last of Us
I want to know as little about the story beforehand, but I do wanna know one thing. A release date. I’m hoping for a holiday 2012 release date.

GTA Vita
Yup, I want a GTA game on Vita. Nuff said. I also want GTA 3 and GTA Liberty City Stories to be released as HD classics.

Monster Hunter
I have no idea what this game is about, but I want it to release in Japan so the PS Vita can take off over there. If the Vita can’t beat the 3DS, it should at least beat the PSP.

Retail Games on PSN
On the Vita, retail games are also released on PSN, for every game. I want that to start happen for the PS3. And for Plus owners, each and everyone of them should support 1 hour trial. The prices has to be better to. It doesn’t make sense to pay more for a digital release than what a physical one costs in a retail store.

Uncharted 3 DLC
I want more, and I want trophies for it.

E3 Breaking News: PS Vita Release and Agent Exclusivity

E3, PlayStation Vita | Posted by Pesico
Jun 07 2011

Geoff Keighley, the host of GameTrailers fantastic live coverage of E3 just had an interview with Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), and some news came out of it.

Yesterday, Sony announced that PS Vita, the new Sony handheld will release in all regions by the end of the year. It’s always confusing whether they mean fiscal year or calendar year. In the interview, he specified that it was still not locked down completely as it depends on demand and production, but that it would be out by the end of the fiscal year in all regions. He also confirmed that Japan would get it by the end of the calendar year. This means Europe and USA might have to wait until March 2012 until getting their hands on PS Vita.

Keighley also asked about Agent, which was announced exclusively for PS3 on E3 2009. He couldn’t confirm whether it was still an exclusive, but it’s still in development and it will look great on PS3. I don’t mind multi-platform games, so this might not be a bad thing, but I really wanted to see what Rockstar can make focusing only on the PS3.

So there you have it, we might have to wait a few months longer for PS Vita and we might have to share Agent with the 360, but when they arrive, I’m sure we will have a good time with them.

E3 2011: Preview

E3 | Posted by Pesico
Jun 05 2011

E3 2011 starts tomorrow with press conferences from Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and finally Sony’s wich is the one I’m looking most forward to. On Tuesday, Nintendo has it’s press conference, and that is also the day when E3 officially opens.

Pre E3 Week
The week leading up to E3 has been a huge one, especially for Sony fans. There has been a lot of new info on Uncharted 3: Among Thieves. The Limited Edition has been revealed to contain the ring featured in the game complete with a necklace, a belt buckle and a Nathan Drake figurine. I might actually start wearing the ring, unless it’s plastic. In US, there will be a steel case edition, but Europe is getting something even better. The game will come in a box replicating Drakes journal. This means I get a lot of what I wished for. Does Naughty Dog read my blog or do we just think a like?

On Thursday, there was a huge info blow out on the NGP, which might be called the PlayStation Vita, meaning life in Italian and Latin, and being a girls name in another country. The portable Uncharted game was confirmed to be subtitled Golden Abyss and will be a prequel to Drake’s Fortune. Resistance 3 also got some attention when a multiplayer map called Trainyard and located in Bogota, Colombia was given the trailer treatment. It looks promising, and I think less players and more action will suit the multiplayer experience in a very good way.

So, on to what I expect from the press conferences.

Microsoft will open the show on Monday at 6:30PM CET. They have been very silent this year and they don’t have much on the horizon except Gears and Forza. Will they show off some brand new IPs or sequels to some of their (few) exclusives, or will it be mostly 3RD party with exclusive content which they seem to target. What can be sure is that they will show off a lot of Kinect games. Some rumors have been going around that we will see the next Xbox, but I highly doubt that will happen. They have put a lot of money into Kinect, which has been a huge success when it comes to sales. What I’m most worried about is if they’re going to steal another exclusive and we probably won’t know that until the absolute end of their conference when they usually reveal those kind of things.

Sony will have their conference early on Tuesday morning at 2AM Cet, or late Monday night as I like to call it. It’s obviously the conference I’m most exited about as it’s Sony consoles I usually play on. This might be my favorite Sony press conference so far. My 2 favorite franchises gets their 3rd installment in Resistance 3 and Uncharted 3, and you can expect them to be featured their. There has been lots of great stuff about the online mode for Uncharted 3 lately, so I expect them to focus on the single player, at least with their trailer. Will be hard to top the trailer from E3 2009. If they can reveal Elena Fischer to be part of Uncharted 3, I’m very happy, but that is very likely as I’ve written about before. Hopefully they will come with a few surprises as well regarding the PS3.

Sony will also talk a lot about the NGP or PS Vita, which is the new handheld console releasing late 2011 or early 2012. Lots of games have been confirmed, like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Resistance and Call of Duty. This will no doubt be a platform for hardcore players, and if they can keep the price at a decent level, then it should be great for more casual players as well. I hope to see a lot more on LiveArea which is the interface you can get to within games. Here you can download DLC, see trophies and have a interactive feed of what your friends are doing in the game with the possibility to comment on it. With the power of this console, Augmented Reality games might be a success as well. I’m really exited to hear more on the NGP and I hope it will release worldwide this year.

Nintendo will also unveil a new console at E3. Their Wii is not on the same level as the PS3 and 360 when it comes to performance, but it does sell well. Now they are going to come with a much more powerful console, perhaps stronger than the PS3 and 360. It will be exiting to see what they bring to the table with the so called Project Cafe (not the final name obviously). It looks like the controllers will have screens, which I just can’t see the point of. History could repeat itself though as both Microsoft and Sony might come with new consoles in 2-4 yeas. If it’s closer to 2 years, Nintendo will continue to lack on the hardware front.

Who will win E3?
I don’t really car who wins. I hope everyone will do well. I hope Microsoft don’t steel more exclusives from E3, but other than that, good luck. It will be exiting to see how Sony will deal with the PS3 outage and how they will spin itself out of that to bring us what we really want to hear. Will Kevin Butler make a return here? I sure hope so. I have taken the 3 first days of the week off from work so I will probably write about my impressions on the conferences. At least the Sony one. I wish everyone a happy E3 and hopefully there will be a lot to be exited about, no matter what company you support.