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Don’t you wish you could go back in time and not have to sit through EA’s social media rampage to get to see the products behind it? Well, for anyone that hasn’t seen all the conferences yet, we’ll do just that; so you don’t have to.
Jack Tretton once more starts the conference with forethought that every word in a press conference can and will get dissected. After a lengthy intro, the “Heavy Rain guy” shows off what they’ve been working on with Beyond: Two Souls. An impressive trailer in real time displays actress Ellen Page in the prime role of a girl connected to an entity with power that is being chased.
Sony’s take on Smash Bros then takes to the stage for a live presentation, which also introduces the Vita version and its cross play element. A set of 4 characters need to charge up super moves and connect these successfully in order to get kills and win the match.
The conference takes some time to acknowledge its network capabilities and mentions that 80% of Sony’s products are online. That means 1 in every 5 gamers is not. Regardless, those 4 others can enjoy an even beefier line-up for Playstation Plus this year, along with more indie titles and PSOne classics for Vita. Tretton mentions that 200 games will launch this year. That’s approximately 1 new game every other day. After some other services peddled, the Vita pitch is concluded not only with the announcement of Black Ops Declassified, but also Assassin’s Creed III Liberation, along with a crystal Vita bundle.
Assassin’s Creed III returns with a playthrough of a naval fight with impressive detail. This is followed by the return of Far Cry 3 for a co-op presentation that sees a team of 4 plant bombs on a bridge and talk incessantly.
The Move also still needs a boost and takes a jab at other motion controllers by offering an inclusive option for most games, rather than exclusive requirements. Then there’s a long demo for J.K. Rowling’s game that runs on a new peripheral called Wonderbook. After that, Playstation Suite rebrands itself and adds its service onto new devices, starting with HTC.
The conference is concluded by not one but 2 live demos, with the first being God of War: Ascension. Kratos is seen throwing spears, ripping the horns off of goat-men and battling giant beasts. There is also a sort of space manipulation element that allows him to restructure certain environments.
The Last of Us finishes off things with a demonstration of its survival gameplay that shows a man accompanied by a smaller girl. The two infiltrate a dilapidated building and skulk around before a brutal confrontation ensues with armed men that ends in one being stomped to death on a table and the other one getting shot dead in the face.