After giving my impressions of Microsoft's surprisingly effective conference yesterday - that is, considering the fact that they'll be competing against a major new hardware unveiling from Nintendo - I wanted to follow up with similar impressions of Sony's major announcements related to the PlayStation 3 and Vita. Nintendo impressions will follow after their big announcements later today. Unfortunately, Sony didn't particularly impress, with a similar mix of the usual types of new game announcements as Microsoft, just without much else of interest to augment it. Naturally, if any of these companies make any big announcements following their main events, I'll put up another post. With that said, here are the few Sony announcements from late yesterday I found of interest:
The Wonderbook augmented reality toy looks interesting, though I'll wonder how well it will ultimately work. My daughters love the Move-based EyePet, but the control dynamic can sometimes be frustrating, particularly for me. Perhaps being in a stable position will help the Wonderbook overcome some of Move's issues and maximize some of its advantages over similar motion control tracking systems.
Besides a few interesting game announcements (Assassin's Creed: Liberation, among others), the most interesting news for Vita fans was the addition of Hulu Plus and Crackle to its growing stable of apps. However, Sony has to step up the pace of both new game releases and apps, though obviously not at the expense of quality. I'm writing a book on the Vita right now and it really is great hardware, but Sony is very sluggish so far with taking advantage of it.
By the way, I fully expect a Vita price drop to happen holiday of this year, and then we'll know for sure if the Vita's sales will ever really take off.
On the plus side (pun intended), being a PlayStation Plus member is literally the best deal in gaming. I'm looking forward to several of these freebies:
Virtua Fighter 5 – June 5th
inFAMOUS 2 – June 5th
Little Big Planet 2 – June 5th
Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One – June 5th
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine – June 5th
Just Cause 2 – June 5th
Saints Row 2 – June 5th
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – June 5th
Hard Corp: Uprising – June 5th
Choplifter HD – June 5th
Zombie Apocalypse Never Die Alone – June 5th
Sideway NY – June 5th
The wonderbook does look interesting, issues aside for the moment I think it will do well were as heading towards the end of this gen and it could prove a nice way to maintain interest for those that have children.
As a member of Playstation Plus for almost two years I can say that the "revamp" is great. The games on offer in the UK will hold my interest, although I own almost 200 retail PS3 games it's a nice suprise that the selection on offer holds a few surprises for me.
The footage of Beyond was interesting I enjoyed Heavy Rain so Im looking forward to hearing more about this.
The Last of Us really impressed me while it would be easy to call in a slower paced Uncharted I think it will offer something different, the crafting and inventory looked good. Also a welcome addition was the non regenerating health.