E3: Sony Conference

There were a few games at the Sony press conference that looked very interesting.

The first is Beyond: Two Souls. I really liked the previous game Heavy Rain from Quantic Dream. It was a fun game that was basically an interactive movie. This new game from them looks to have more action in it which seemed to be the main complaint with Heavy Rain. It is also staring Ellen Page as the main character in the game, Jodie. This story also seems to have more supernatural elements in it which I always tend to gravitate to more. It should be another fun game from the company.

Playstation All Stars: Battle Royale is at it’s core a Smash Bros. clone. There are some differences between them. There is no percentage for damage. It seems to just have strong enough attacks will destroy a player. There is also a special meter that builds up to multiple levels that can be used to perform special moves. I think this could be a really fun fighting game very similar to Smash Bros. with Sony characters rather than Nintendo ones.

Assassin’s Creed 3 was shown. This was the first time that ship battles were shown. They look to be very fun and exciting. Who doesn’t want to have ocean battles? It will be something that will hopefully work very well to break up the game a little to have more variety in the gameplay.

A very interesting application of the camera and the Move controller was shown in the form of the Wonderbook. This Harry Potter book/game was created with J. K. Rowling. It is called the “Book of Spells” It takes you through learning different spells and having short adventures with each spell. There also are ideas to use the book to develop more games for children. This is definitely something I would get for my children (if I had some currently).

Here is a link to a video showing the book.

The final game shown in the conference was The Last of Us. It’s a new survival horror game from the creators of the Uncharted series. They have shown glimpses of the infected enemies but none were seen during E3 which I really missed. I want to see them clearly in game. The girl, Ellie, that tags along with the player character, Joel, looks like she can take care of herself pretty well. She is far from helpless and doesn’t seem like it will be a chore to escort her. But it doesn’t even seem to be much of an escort situation since she is pretty helpful. It’s more of an intelligent companion. I really hope I find a way to try this game because it looks like it could be great fun.

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