Published on June 5th, 2012 | by Ernie Estrella1
E3 2012 Roundup: Sony Restores Faith With ‘Beyond: Two Souls’ and ‘The Last of Us’
At last year’s E3, Sony was fanning out the flames of Hacker-Gate and spent the last year trying to restore order and confidence in the Playstation 3 and raise interest in the handheld Vita console. The story was different Monday when Sony ignited a fire of a different sort–one of pure excitement when they unveiled two new thrilling IPs, Beyond: Two Souls and The Last of Us, while giving us great demonstrations on the latest chapters in established franchises, God of War and Assassin’s Creed. Sony let all of their demonstrations breathe and show how robust they were and what they were able to do was feed the interest in their growing exclusive library, which keeps the PS3’s lifeline very healthy. Here are the highlights from Sony’s E3 2012 Presentation.
Beyond: Two Souls
Developed by Quantic Dream (who created Heavy Rain), this action/supernatural thriller starring Ellen Page (Juno, Inception) that is abundant with telekinesis and the extinction of our species. The demo was intense and the action top-notch looked like something out of Die Hard. See the trailer below.
The Last of Us
This demo closed out the conference and just left everyone with their jaws on the floor. Naughty Dog (who created the Uncharted franchise) outdid themselves with this brutal post-apocalyptic action game about two survivors, surviving. Unlike Uncharted, the action is more realistic, and it’s less about piling bullet casings and more about the two lead characters building this bond as they overcome deathly situations again and again. It’s very mature and so badly needs to come out today. See the trailer and gameplay below.
Assassin’s Creed 3 / Assassin’s Creed Liberation
In combination with Ubisoft’s presentation, the Sony demonstration for AC3 expanded what gamers are thinking of when it comes to a game set in the American Revolution. What played out was a fierce chase sequence in colonial war ships. What looked like a cross between Pirates of the Caribbean and Master and Commander, was a marvelous glimpse into how huge this game will be. Assassin’s Creed: Liberation is the perfect companion game for the Vita with a different character, a French-African woman named Aveline, and is set in 18th century Louisiana (pictured below).
God of War: Ascension
Now as brutal as The Last of Us looks, there will be no bloodier game than this latest installment of the God of War games. This is a prequel and we get to see the story of Kratos’s final days as a mortal man and his transformation into a god. There’s also multiplayer co-op mode but wow is this a gloriously gory game.
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
Is an absolute no-holds barred battle that spans the favorite characters of the Sony library including Big Daddy from Bioshock, Nathan Drake from Uncharted, Sly Cooper, Twisted Metal’s Sweet Tooth, Fat Princess, Parappa The Rapper and God of War’s Kratos. Battle Royale comes out on the Vita and will allow cross play with the PS3. See the trailer below.0
And one other highlight was Wonderbook which we have a feature story on. Please click on the link below.
• It was Oprah Time as all conference attendees got one free year of Playstation Plus
• Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified is coming to the Vita
• Assassin’s Creed III packages to come out for Vita and PS3
• Playstation Classics (Tomb Raider) are coming to the Vita
• Vita will get a patch that will allow you to use it as a Little Big Planet 2 controller with second screen technology.
• No price drop announcement on the Vita