E3 2009: Sony Press Conference

The last of the console manufacturer’s press conference is finally underway, and we’re going to bring you the latest news. The conference has yet to begin, so keep refreshing this page!

Jack Tretton is up on stage talking about 2009 will be the best year for Playstation platforms with the release of 364 games. You couldn’t make it 365 and have a release a day, Jack?

Evan Wells is up on stage showing off Uncharted 2.

Gameplay demo

MAG gameplay video. A live 256 player match will go down. An aerial view of a battlefield to show off the scale. The camera zooms in to the first person view of your soldier, and the battle begins. Epic, intense, and chaotic. Game releases later this year.

Gameplay video

Kaz Hirai officially reveals the PSP Go, jokingly referring to it as “the worst kept secret of E3.” The PSP Go will not replace the PSP 3000, or UMD, but is designed more for the consumer who wants to really adopt the digital lifestyle, as it includes 16gb of storage space to hold all the games, movies, and music that will be available to download starting today. The system also supports Bluetooth, Wi Fi, and Microstick 2 cards, to name only a handful of it’s features.

Kazuori Yamauchi is onstage to show off Gran Turismo PSP. Video is shown, the game looks really great.

Hideo Kojima takes the stage and announces Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker, a new PSP game. The setting is 10 years after Metal Gear Solid 3, and takes place in the 70s. He refers to it as the true sequel to the Metal Gear franchise. He will be deeply involved in the title. It is not a spin off or sidestory. Trailer is shown. Visuals looks great. Releases in 2010 for the PSP Go (and I’m assuming the older PSP models as well).

Trailer

Jack Tretton is back on stage talking about Resident Evil coming to the PSP next year.

Now talking of other games hitting the PSP like Little Big Planet, Socom, Lego Harry Potter, and more. Showing a montage off all of the PSP titles coming up. The video is long, and pretty cool.

Next he talks about how successful Playstation HOME has been, and shows a video with an annoyingly catchy theme song.

Moving onto the PS3, Jack shows a montage trailer of all the PS3 games coming. Looks cool.

Jack reveals that Rockstar’s new game, Agent, is exclusive to the Playstation 3.

The folks from Ubisoft are up next, demonstrating Assassin’s Creed 2 live. It looks fantastic, with great visuals and animations. They show new main character Ezzio using Leonardo Da Vinci’s flying machine. The demo takes Ezzio through the skies, and to his target, where they showcase some cool new moves, and techniques like a smoke bomb.

Jack now shows a gameplay trailer for Final Fantasy XIII.

After the trailer, Jack announces that the next game in the series, Final Fantasy XIV, will be exclusive to the Playstation 3. He then quips that that one didn’t get leaked early. No, no it didn’t. The game looks very old school, with a heavy fantasy setting and soundtrack. It also had the moniker “online” at the very bottom of the screen. The mystery deepens. The game is also launching in 2010!

Screen caps from FFXIV trailer

Sony shows off their new motion controller, which, oddly enough, looks pretty cool. I’m still out on the whole motion control thing, but it looks rather interesting. They showcased a sword, shield, and bow demo that looked pretty cool and interactive, with more 1:1 movement and control than what we have seen with the Wii. It seems like Microsoft and Sony both are taking what Nintendo has established, and building upon it. More info is forthcoming, with the motion control releasing in spring 2010.

Motion controller demo

Sony and United Front games reveal Mod Racing Nation. Think Little Big Planet for Kart Racers. The game features cartoony graphics, with a wide variety of customization options for your character, and your vehicle. You can also create your own unique tracks, and share them with others. Like I said, it’s Little Big Planet for Kart Racers, and falls under Sony’s new “Play. Create. Share” label (which was inspired by Little Big Planet). The game will be available sometime in 2010.

Next up, Jack reveals The Last Guardian, the latest game from Fumito Ueda, of Team Ico, and Ico and Shadow of the Colossus fame. Looks beautiful, full of atmosphere and amazing art design. The trailer shows a kid who looks a lot like Ico (minus the horns), as he travels the world with what looks like a cat/rat/bird hybrid that is gigantic. Color me impressed and intrigued. No release date given yet.

Gran Turismo 5 trailer shown. Looks fantastic, and it looks like they finally implemented crash damage of sorts.

Trailer

Next up is a live gameplay demo of God of War 3. Kratos battles through hordes of enemies while avoiding blasts from the sun god Helios, and a gigantic Titan looms in the background, occasionally interfering with Kratos’ journey. He uses his arsenal of weapons like the Cestus gauntlets, his bow, and of course, the Blades of Chaos. He reaches a Chimera, who has three forms with their own fighting style that need to be taken out systematically before moving in for the kill. Unfortunately, they cut the demo short, but the demo is live on the show floor with an additional 20 minutes of play time for attendees to enjoy. It looks amazing, and is due for release in March 2010.

And that’s a wrap!

Now that all three of the big guys have chimed in, I have to say that I was the most impressed with Sony’s keynote, especially the surprise game announcements, and Microsoft pleased me as well. Nintendo was a let down yet again, but it’s good to see Sony and Microsoft slugging it out, pushing each other to innovate and improve. Nintendo seems to have spurred Microsoft and Sony to jump on board motion controls, which can be a double edged sword in some way. So far, this has been a rather pleasant E3, and I hope to bring you more game info on all of the announced titles soon!

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