E3: Sony Impressions

Sony had to put on a huge show if they wanted to take a real shot at taking back market share from the Xbox 360 and the Wii. I’d say the results were mixed, but:

  • God of War III: The visual fidelity combined with the vibrant colour palette was stunning. And, GORE GORE GORE! Definitely not for the faint of heart.
  • The Last Guardian: A beautiful teaser from Team Ico, should have a very wide appeal and a major part of Sony’s content lineup for 2010.
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Back to being a Sony exclusive. It’s a ways off (Final Fantasy XIII isn’t even close to release yet), but it’s another major feather in SCE’s cap.
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves: Looks like it’ll be another exciting and exclusive platformer for the PlayStation 3, the theatricality and voice acting we’ve been shown so far is really well done.
  • MAG: It lets a lot of people shoot each other at once. That’s pretty much it.
  • Assassin’s Creed 2: My personal highlight, I loved the original game (in spite of the really repetitive missions) and can’t wait to revisit the Animus! This isn’t an exclusive but we got an in-depth look at new combat mechanics, the rich new environments and hints at the story. The concept of Leonardo Da Vinci personally developing tools for you to play with has to be one of the greatest ideas EVER!

And, a new Playstation Portable!

  • PSP Go: Smaller, lighter and fully digital (I thought UMD was the future?). It features a slider design and priced at $250 US for a fall release, which seems pretty steep considering the PSP is a shade over half of that price with all of the core functionality.
  • Gran Turismo PSP: Will be a launch title for the PSP Go, should be a strong way to start off the PSN support on this new platform (take note, weak Nintendo DSi lineup).
  • Metal Gear: Peace Walker: It’ll be another major release for the PSN, and take place in the 1970’s. Along with the Metal Gear Acid series, the PSP has enjoyed some very strong and I believe underrated support from Hideo Kojima and the Metal Gear team.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Now available on PSN, it’s over a decade old but remains one of the most popular titles ever. I’ve actually never played it (I’ll give you a moment to overcome your shock), it’ll be my first time once I pick up a PSP (all of my handhelds so far have been from Nintendo).

Sony has invested more than ever before in first party development, which was crucial for their continued competitiveness in the fierce console market once a lot of their previously exclusive third party support went multi-platform. They’ve already rolled out Resistance 2 and Killzone 2 this year which are strong entries in the face of the Xbox 360’s dominance in console shooters (led by their rapidly increasing line of Halo titles), I’m excited about the future for the PlayStation 3’s lineup in 2009 and beyond.

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