Last year, Sony showed off a little of what PlayStation Move was and what it could do, but all I really took away from it was Sorcery (yeah!). It was clear they had other ideas but no one had had the time or interest to create the things that were in their head. This year was a totally different story. After a full year of thinking Sony was going to waste away on the technology of Move they surprised us with a huge showing of games and concepts surrounding Move.
Some of the games used it in an original Wii-style waggley way but others used it in a way that enhanced the gameplay instead of shoving Move controls in to be part of the cool crowd. Let's start off by saying, while we have talked a lot about the success that Microsoft has had with Kinect, Sony is having a pretty impressive time with Move. Over 8 million units have sold, which is not too far behind Microsoft's 10 million Kinects. By the end of 201, they expect to have over 200 titles available that take advantage of Move.
Of course, some will be good, many will not. Hit the break to find out which are which.
With a lack of slideshow presentations (and Kevin Butler) and an organizational approach to the event, Sony showed off some interesting new products and games at this year's E3. Of course, along with those games came the hardware to support it and a strong, ongoing push for 3D, as Sony is pretty much the creator of the technology.
This year, Sony was proud to announce a new set of 3D games to add to more than 100 3D titles already on the PlayStation Network. That says a lot for a device that just recently got the upgrade for 3D. Also, 3D comes with a price, and that price exists with the hardware that you need to make 3D work. You need a pair of 3D glasses, which usually run at a price of $200 a pair, so to fix that sting, Sony will be releasing a pair of PlayStation branded 3D glasses for only $69.
However, that's not the only thing that is preventing more users to get down with the triple D. Customers are demanding a more affordable solution to fight the $1,000 3DTVs out there. Sony hears you on this, so they are offering a pretty sweet bundle. You can pick up a PlayStation branded 24" 3DTV that is capable of displaying two simultaneous images in 3D to individual pairs of 3D glasses. This is perfect for co-op or competitive multiplayer gameplay with two people in the same room. We can't figure out how this technology works, though, and would love to get our hands on it! Along with the TV you will be getting a pair of the $69 3D glasses, a six-foot HDMI cable, a Move controller and Resistance 3. All of that will only run you $499, and we hope to see the package pieced out so we can buy the TV!
Ubisoft proved that they have what it takes to develop games across all major genres. From TinTin to Ghost Recon plus the addition of rhythm games, these guys are covering the bases. This year, they gave us a lot more rhythm than we were prepared for.
Of course we had the sequel to their incredibly popular Just Dance series with the aptly named Just Dance 3. Having started its life on the Wii, the game is now available on all three major consoles supporting Wii Motion Plus, PlayStation Move and, of course, Microsoft Kinect. The game has been enhanced with new music and game, while maintaining all of the greatness that has made the series one of the best dance simulators ever. You can play with new multiplayer features as well as importing music from previous versions of the game.
To see the promo video and read about their NEW rhythm game, hit the break.
I was first introduced to the bright-eyed, young and adventures British boy named TinTin during Ubisoft's press conference this year. Apparently the 'The Game' part of the title indicates that the story came from somewhere else entirely, like a book or a movie. In fact, it is a film inspired game from Paramount Digital Entertainment which in turn originated from a variety of other French books.
In developing the game, people who helped produce the movie worked closely with Ubisoft to transcribe the look, feel and adventure of the movie in a way that worked. All the environments in the game are based on settings from the film to keep the world familiar to those who have only recently come to think of TinTin as a video game. The design is very clean and true to an early 20th century setting which is in keeping with previous iterations of the story. It almost has a young Indiana Jones appeal to it as TinTin seems like a nice young man but also has it in his character to shoot someone and not really think twice about it. In that way I find it amusing.
Hit the break to check out more info and the Ubisoft presensation of TinTin.
It seems like focusing on events has helped the some of the presenters this year. Nintendo was no different as they focused on three key items. They talked about the new home console Wii U, The Legend of Zelda's 25th Anniversary and what we're going to discuss this time, the Nintendo 3DS.
Reggie came out and started going right for it and didn't dance through the presentation, per usual Reg-style.
We hear you. You want what you've always wanted, but you also want something new.
Nintendo definitely delivered on that quote. Between the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo's new home console, the Wii U, Reggie said there would be "Something for Everyone", and were they right about that.
We have the upcoming 3DS titles and announcements, including the Virtual Console, upcoming work and the E-Shop after the break.
You want to talk about a development studio that knows how to thrown down at a press event? Let's talk about Ubisoft! Even if you remove the Rabbids, Ezio Firenze, Rayman and Jason Brody, all which blew my mind, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Solider stole the show on its own. If you thought what you saw with the Gunsmith feature from the Microsoft event, you, my friend, are sadly mistaken. Future Soldier takes the Tom Clancy franchise to a whole new level.
The game feels like it was specifically designed as a tactical, strategic co-op shooter, not like the game was added in as an extra on top of an arcade-style multiplayer or as a single player campaign bonus. This is simply the best cooperative multiplayer I've ever seen done as a first person shooter hands down.
For details and the gameplay footage, check with us after the break.