A lot of people were excited to see the large showing of games for the Xbox One, but there were still some issues. The PlayStation 4 has been playing ti close to the vest, however, as to whether they've got any responses to that,
Now, at E3 2013, the battleground has been set. Will this be when Sony decides to take off the kid gloves and start punching Xbox in the face? Or has the library revealed for the Xbox One, as well as the hype train from it being more recently announced, given Microsoft a chance to win E3 once and for all?
Check out the recap below to find out!
[6:17 PM] Okay, so they were almost 20 minutes late, but hey, it's finally starting! Some sweet jams play while swirly ribbon-y things flip around the screen. Face button shapes appearing and whatnot.
[6:18] The jams are being pumped up, while we get a montage of a bunch of different games. The Last of Us, GTA5, Final Fantasy X, some baseball, other stuff. We are now moving into our third genre of music.
[6:20] Jack Tretton takes the stage. The bass has been dropped, now he's going to drop some Sony business... after he talks about how much he loves everyone. The feelings are high.
[6:22] He said "Playstation Vita," which I thought was illegal for Sony. Time to drop some knowledge about the Vita. "Vita owners have purchased an average of ten games." He doesn't specify what kind of games, so that is probably the most inclusive statistic.
Arkham Origins, Counterspy, Doki Doki Universe, Kill Zone Mercenary, and Tearaway. God of War HD 1 and 2, Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2, Flower, Dead Nation are all coming to the Vita.
[6:25] The Walking Dead, 400 Days, is coming this summer to Vita. A bundle with the full first series and the new one come this Summer.
The Vita's supposedly super-attached to the PS4. It's supposed to be the ultimate companion app.
[6:26] PlayStation 3 game lineup time. They're opening with The Last of Us, which Tretton identified as "Game of the Year candidate." I think it's already pretty clear how dope this game is supposed to be, based on reviews and stuff.
[6:28] Puppeteer is next. The trailer shows off the platforming and stuff. Very LBP-esque.
Immediately after that, the trailer for Rain, coming this Fall. Soft music and stuff to make us all cry openly.
[6:29] Beyond: Two Souls. Willem Dafoe's here, telling Ellen Page to go join the military, and the rest of the trailer os far is about her doing just that. Running through tires and firing guns and stuff.
[6:30] Now Ellen Page has to go hunt down terrorists. This trailer makes it look basically like a military shooter, with mild sexual tension between Ellen Page and Random Guy.
[6:31] Gran Turismo 6! More cars that look good, more driving around. Weird emphasis on solar panels. It has a new physics engine, so your car can flip. New tire models, new suspension model. New aerodynamics model. Adaptive tessellation. New rendering engine.
[6:32] So the lesson to take away, as with every racing game, is that cars go fast, stuff looks mad real. You should more or less know what to expect with this stuff.
[6:33] That was all for PS3 stuff. Tretton's now talking about The Last of Us again.
[6:34] It's Batman time. Bane was there, Black Skull have a small amount of face time. Black Mask is not happy with Batman, so he puts a hit out on The Batman. Deathstroke, Deadshot, and Bane.
[6:35] If your fears about Troy Baker as the Batman were sincere, you have nothing to worry about. Gadgets are different, even in a prequel, they're better. As usual.
The Joker had a bit of voice-time as well.
[6:36] Some PlayStation-exclusive stuff.
Also, an exclusive GTA5 bundle for $299 for PS3. Also, a headset, because you want to use stage time to talk about peripherals.
[6:37] Sony dreams of bringing a more "Immersive, innovative experience." Let's go ahead and check that off of everyone's bingo lists.
[6:38] Andrew House is here to talk about PlayStation 4.
[6:39] The PlayStation 4! It's....! Well, it's a black box. Kind of looks like the PlayStation 3 mixed with a Wii? Or like a Blu-Ray player.
[6:40] They strive to assure that their services are relevant and meaningful, House says. They're showing a bunch of videos and stuff, so I guess they're covering the Microsoft in the livingroom stuff... Why?
[6:41] CEO of Sony Entertainment Michael Lynton takes the stage. Lynton says they're ready to do next generation stuff "for gamers." He's discussing the music and other media, and name-drops Daft Punk, Nine In Nails, and Jack White. The '90s live!
[6:43] Sony's big connections to all forms of media are apparently to play into the PlayStation Network, and the programming is to be tailor-made for gamers, so he says.
[6:44] Video Unlimited, where you can buy videos and stuff.
[6:45] Music Unlimited is still a thing, and can be used on non-PlayStation stuff.
[6:46] Redbox Instant is coming to PlayStation Network. They're making a point where, as they talk about the media-oriented stuff, they keep saying, "This is tailored to gamers."
[6:47] Shuhei Yoshida is taking the stage now that they're done talking about that junk.
[6:48] "I'm so excited to begin... *pause*" Yoshida is wearing a really sleek suit. "We, the gamers, use social media" for the purpose of discussing games. Yoshida discusses his Twitter.
[6:50] "A highly imaginative new IP, coming exclusive to the PS4." Santa Monica Studios. Looks sorta of Steampunk-y. Victorian-esque setting, airships of some variety, as well as guns. Whitechapel. A woman with a gun, some guys with awesome facial hair.
[6:52] Uh oh! The carriage driver was killed! They have radios, and subway trains.
[6:53] A bunch of groaning humanoids are all in the fog and causing a ruckus, so the characters are killing them. The Order is the name of the game.
[6:54] Yoshida says the demos and stuff will be online on their Facebook and Twitter, and on PlayStation.com.
[6:55] Killzone Shadow Fall. As expected, it's another FPS, though this seems a little more colorful, and the gadgets include a drone that can put up shields and stuff.
[6:56] RACING time! Driveclub, which was just pretty cars and driving fast.
[6:56] inFamous: Second Son. The main dude is a vandal, his brother is a cop. The facial capture is really good.
[6:58] Nirvana remix in the trailer...
[6:58] Another look at Knack, which still looks pretty good. Very briefly.
[6:58] All three of those games will be released on launch. Q1 of 2014.
[6:59] Quantic Dream has done another tech demo, this one named The Dark Sorcerer. The Old Man is back! He's the Dark Sorcerer.
[7:01] Oh, it's a funny! It's a film-screen room! (Note: It was not funny)
[7:03] Time to talk about indies. Adam Boyes takes the stage. He says that Shuhei Yoshida has the most infectious smile in the industry. He is not wrong.
[7:04] Supergiant Games's Amir Rao Greg Kasavin take the stage. Transistor is to make its debut on PS4 early next year. Cloudbank is the city, where everyone has a voice, but some people are disappearing. The art style is similar-ish to Bastion, and the gameplay is not dissimilar, but the feel of the game seems pretty different.
[7:06] Indies are to be able to self-publish their own content.
[7:07] Don't Starve is apparently PS4-bound. Tribute Games is working with them again to bring Mercenary Kings to PS4. Young Horses is joining. Octodad: Dadliest Catch is coming to PS4. Secret Ponchos, a shooter/fighting(?) game, Outlast, Odd World Inhabitants. New remake of Oddworld. Galaxy, a sidescrolling space shooter.
[7:10] Each of these above are PS4 exclusives.
[7:11] Diablo III will have exclusive items from PlayStation games.
[7:12] Tetsuya Nomura left a video message about Square Enix. There's a Final Fantasy Versus XIII trailer. That child's face is stupid-looking.
[7:14] A little bit of gameplay. It's action-oriented, some wall-climbing. It looks largely like a hack-and-slash. Some familiar classic monsters, like a Behemoth, Leviathan... Well, it's Final Fantasy XV now.
[7:16] A new Kingdom Hearts trailer! Recaps of the old games, and now Sora is on Destiny Island, in a different version of his KH2 outfit. Actual gameplay! "Now in Development," meaning we'll see it in 20 years.
[7:18] Final Fantasy XIV will be coming to PS4 and PS3.
Pirates PIRATES Assassin's Creed: Black Flag pirates.
[7:20] The environments look pretty great, a rich forest, fog and stuff.
[7:22] The gameplay looks mostly samey, but if you like AssCreed, the jungle environment might be reason enough to pick it up.
[7:23] Back to set-pieces! And Kenway's on a boat now, because pirate. Ship-to-ship combat and what not. The demo's freezing to business. They cut it.
[7:25] Watch_Dogs. You can drive, go in coffee shops.
[7:30] A little more gameplay than we've seen in the past, showing off some of the hacking and ranged stuff.
[7:31] Ugh, it looks like they're using the hacking as a generic puzzle-solving method.
[7:33] PlayStation owners get an hour of additional gameplay for Watch_Dogs.
[7:33] Sports time! Lebron James is playing basketball digitally. It's a bunch of glamour shots. NBA2k14.
[7:35] Bethesda time, The Elder Scrolls Online. For the first time, this actually looks like a TES game to me. It comes to PS4 Spring, 2014. It will have a beta first on PlayStation 4.
[7:38] Some dead bodies, a junked up car... Is... Is that a Raider outfit...? Is this...
[7:39] Is this.... Oh. It's just Mad Max.
[7:40] Exclusive Road Warrior survival kit only on PlayStation.
Jack Tretton is back on stage.
[7:41] PS4 won't impose restrictions on used games. The audience is crapping themselves right now.
[7:42] Just as the applause dies down, it starts back up again.
They don't require an online connection, yet another audience cheer.
[7:44] Cross-game voice chat, transition to friends network, share button, whatnot. PlayStation Plus is a focus now.
PS+ membership carries over to PS4. They secretly slipped in that multiplayer is a little more in-line with Microsoft's previous stuff, in that you have to pay for multiplayer.
[7:45] PlayStation Plus gets Driveclub on PS4 at the PS4 launch.
[7:46] A new game every month for free, Don't Starve, Outlast, Secret Ponchos as examples.
"PlayStation is all about games."
[7:47] Now, Destiny is on-screen. Some ambient music, "Earth, Many Years from Now." Landscapes. A small collection of rusted out cars, and some bug monsters jumping around and scoping down planes and stuff.
[7:50] It's some normal FPS gameplay so far, multiplayer. They're approaching a huge city. The lighting is pretty, it's fairly colorful as a game, relatively-speaking. There's some magic. He summoned a "ghost" which flies around and provides a flashlight.
[7:51] There are integrated HUD features, like the ammo count on an LED screen on the gun, but it stil lhas a conventional hud for some reason.
[7:52] A little combat. Iron sights, soe melee. The bad guys can fire Spirit Bomb-looking things. I think Jack Tretton just cackled.
[7:54] Jack Tretton's a terrible team player. It has loots and stuff.
[7:57] A third player shows up, a public event. Apparently a lot of people can join and they are fighting in an arena. Dropship is dropping stuff, including a gant robot spider monster.
[7:58] Lots of people showing up now. They're shooting the legs off of the robot spider.
[7:59] Despite the awful stage banter, Destiny looks like a pretty solid FPS.
[8:00] Andrew House is back. They're discussing the cloud-based videogame stuff. Cloud service is available in 2014, including PS4, PS3, and PS Vita, allowing fast gaming networks.
[8:02] PlayStation 4 is priced at $399.
It'll be out this holiday season.
And that's it! Sony had one little slow point, but they apparently were geared to fight in this E3.
They addressed people's fears about Microsoft, brought out a strong and diverse line-up, and even nailed it on price. Online connection has to be paid for now, and the Vita got very, very little love on stage, but other than that, it looks like a categorical victory for Sony.
Recap written by Marshall Henderson. Screencaps provided by Jason Clement.
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