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July 12, 2007
E3 News- Sony Press Conference

Unlike Microsoft's and Nintendo's, and although I was around for it, I wasn't able to make real time notes of the event, and I am almost thankful, because I would have gone mad at the time; there's only so much crap you can take while running on no sleep and four cups of coffee, and this event was pretty much the maximum extent. I know it's late, oh well. No times are available for this one.

It's worth noting, I am no more a Sony hater than I am a Microsoft or Nintendo hater, but christ... even for someone who is a console agnostic, like myself, there's only so much drivel one can sit through, before calling it like it comes.

Normally...
Normally I would relate descriptions of the games covered here, like I had for the last two, but so little was said about them, beyond general Sony pandering, that it's redundant to even regurgitate that mess. For a short run-down, look at the highlights.

My Opinion:
Generally they say good things can come in small packages, but I don't know, Echochrome just seems incredibly boring. Really, you're just a faceless character walking through a linear level design, with holes every so often in that path to add in a, presumably necessary, challenge; generally I like simple games like these, because they're easy to pick up and enjoy for as long or short as one would like to play, in this case, however, I can't help but think that it's a little too blank. It's really a two-color title, that lacks even so much as 'interesting' visuals to ease up on the monotony of the entire thing.

Moving along to Playstation Home, the highlight of this segment for me was not Home, or Jack Tretton trying to be funny, or any of the visuals, so much as it was just how much of a tool Jack Tretton is, and continued to be. It was really quite amusing to see him trying to hard, and failing so badly, at trying to be funny... up until he brought Chewbacca out, at which point it just got sad. As for home itself, it's a novel idea, but it doesn't seem like anything worth utilizing over a game of a similar nature, like Sims, or Second Life, which are long-standing and offer a lot more concurrently.

Now, for the PSP, yet another product that only gets a raised brow out of me. From the beginning I've believed that Sony hadn't been looking at the handheld market correctly, and trying to force a heavily console-market ideal onto the smaller scope handheld market, in that rather than making a convenient device to play videogames on the go, they've made a bulky and feature packed device that favors playing tv, movies, music, and various other semi-useless functions that the unit isn't properly equipped to handle to a great extent, due to being reliant on memory sticks; but, as an aside, can play games, as well as movies, on the 'convenient' (inconvenient) UMD disc.

Even with the 'new' model of PSP, my opinion hasn't changed. Still tirelessly trying to force console-ideals on the handheld division, they're still coming up short to Nintendo, who has thus far put out a unit that has a primary focus on games, and just so happens to have the extension of being able to connect wirelessly with other players, and further console connectivity abilities to be utilized in the future. If Sony can't re-evaluate and lower their scope properly, the PSP may never be a success.

As for the games themselves, they mentioned quite a few, but did not so much as elaborate on any of them. Well, that isn't entirely true, Hideo Kojima stopped by and elaborated a few points off on Metal Gear Solid 4, but beyond that, any developer-related speaking time was left to a great deal of Sony ass-kissing. Because of this, I can't say anything about any of the games, since, as mentioned, they said all of jack shit to elaborate upon; or even so much as form a relevant opinion toward anything they've shown therein.
Oh, and then there's the problem that, of all the games they did show off, there were only a couple of titles that I was interested in, that I hadn't already been interested in, after seeing Microsoft's conference; which were Metal Gear Solid 4, and Heavenly Sword. It's surprising that even Resident Evil 5 got the brush, again, but what's even more funny is that they didn't even elaborate on one of the biggest games to appear on the show, Assassin's Creed. At least Microsoft did that.

When it comes right down to it, Assassin's Creed, and this crock of shit may be just enough to make me take back what I said about Microsoft's conference being, in majority, a waste of time; because I realize now that the hour or so I spent listening to the drivel coming out of Tretton's and Harrison's collective maw, may indeed be a far larger waste of time, than any minor misgivings I had over Microsoft's.

Highlights:

- Jack Tretton, still a tool.

- PS2: God of War 2, and lots of corporate back-slapping about success.

- More sales self-congratulatory back-slapping.

- Kazuo Hirai introduction. Discussion about new model PSP, including faster loading, lighter, smaller, and outputs video to televisions. Bravia flat screen television.

- PSP Entertainment Pack pimping, including: Ice Silver PSP, Daxter, and 1gb memory stick duo. As well as the UMD movie "Family Guy: Frickin' Sweet Collection".

- Star Wars PSP, Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron. Crappy jokes that don't get laughs.

- Playstation Network stuff, unimportant, back-slapping, user figures, content.

- Phil Harrison introduction, still a troll.

- SingStar: Competitive singing, sing store, download songs. My SingStar Online, capture videos, upload, share.

- Game number quoting, can they make that goal?

- Midway/Epic deal to 'optimize' the Unreal Engine for the PS3. Working closely. Unreal Tournament 3, PS3 exclusive.

- Hideo Kojima introduction. Discussion about MGS4, and that his as well as Snake's story in the series will end with it. Including the mysteries of the story.
- Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction; creator ego-rubbing Sony, while explaining almost nothing about the game.

- Folklore: More son ego-rubbing, as well as overall quality boasts, in place of actual information.

- Heavenly Sword: Play as Naruko, who is in possession of a sword meant for Gods, that will eventually kill her, or any mortals who possess it. "Amazing kick-ass action."

- NBA '08: You want this, this holiday season, on the PS3, no less.

- LittleBigPlanet: Play, Create, Share.

- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune; it's working on the most powerful hardware out there, apparently.

- Killzone 2: Video.

Game List:
Assassins Creed (Ubisoft),
Burnout: Paradise (Electronic Arts),
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision),
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (Capcom),
Echochrome,
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (Square Enix),
Folklore (Sony),
God of War: Chains of Olympus (Sony),
Gran Tourismo 5: Prologue (Sony),
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (RedOctane),
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Electronic Arts),
Haze (Ubisoft),
Heavenly Sword (Sony),
Infamous (Sony),
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (Eidos),
Killzone 2 (Sony),
LittleBigPlanet (Sony),
Madden NFL '08 (Electronic Arts),
Medal of Honor: Airborne (Electronic Arts),
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (Konami),
NBA '08 (Sony),
Need For Speed ProStreet (Electronic Arts),
Pain (Sony),
Patapon,
Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (Sony),
Resident Evil 5 (Capcom),
Rock Band (MTV Games),
Silent Hill: Origins (Konami),
Simpsons, The (Electronic Arts),
Sims 2: Castaway, The (Electronic Arts),
SingStar (Sony),
Socom US Navy SEALs: Confrontation (Sony),
Socom US Navy SEALs: Tactical Strike (Sony),
Sonic Rivals 2 (Sega),
Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron (Lucas Arts),
SWAT: Target Liberty (Sierra),
Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow (Sony),
Tiger Woods PGA Tour '08 (Electronic Arts),
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (Sony),
Unreal Tournament 3 (Midway),
WipEout HD (Sony),
WipEout Pulse (Sony),
WarHawk,


-- lost in thought



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