E3 ‘09: Sony Preps For Their Biggest Year Yet
Yikes, I have a lot to get to, here. Yesterday, Sony followed up Nintendo’s mediocre conference with their own press conference filled with huge announcements. While I still think Micorsoft stole the show with their Project Natal, Sony came in at a very close second, and it looks like the PS3 (and PSP) have their biggest year ahead of them yet.
Final Fantasy XIV: That’s right, I said FOURTEEN!
So, that megaton announcement I wished for in an earlier post had nothing to do with Bungie studios, but it did have to do with Final Fantasy XIV. Yup, the next entry into Square Enix’s mega-franchise will be an exclusive to Playstation 3, and it’s coming a lot sooner then most would’ve guessed. Jack Trenton announced on the show floor that the game would be hitting store shelves sometime next year. I’m a tad skeptical of this, as I think the game will likely suffer a delay or two, but if Sony can pull it off it would be a huge move for moving hardware. Final Fantasy XIV will be similar to that of FFXI because it will be another attempt at a FF MMO.
Pretty exciting news, huh PS3 fans? Check out the first trailer ever for Final Fantasy XIV below!
New God of War 3 footage
Sony saved this bit of intense, action goodness for the end of the conference, and the wait was well worth it. You can check out the footage below, but the in-game model of Kratos looks amazing. The footage shows Kratos kicking the ass of skeleton grunts and eventually batteling Helios in order to aid a titan (possibly Kronos). Remember, kids, last time we saw Kratos, a war was brewing between the titans and the gods with Kratos seemingly on the side of the titans. This is going to be one epic finale, and I can’t wait. Game director Stig Asmussen revealed that we will all be playing Kratos’ latest adventure March, 2010.
Mod Nation Racers is newest game in play, create, share genre
This one was a nice surprise. I’m sure all of you remember a game called LittleBigPlanet (and if you don’t, where have you been). That game did so much for the PS3 that Sony decide to coin a new genre after called play, create, share. Now the newest game to enter the genre is… a racing game? Don’t worry, folks, it looks totally sweet. A demo was shown in which an entire track and background were created in five minutes. The art direction had a very cutesy vibe to it, and the car racing looked fairly fast paced. Everything can be created here. From your racers, to you racecars, to mountains in the backdrop; You are in complete control. This kart racer, which is set for release sometime in 2010, will undoubtedly be an epicenter for creative minds. Start thinking people!
Come be an Agent for Rockstar
Also announced was a brand new exclusive from Rockstar called Agent. While very little was said about the game, we do know that it’ll be set sometime in the 1970’s and will encompass more action then any previous Rockstar title to date. It will have players taking the role of an agent and traveling around the world performing various objectives. More info will come down the road, and when it does we’ll be here to cover it. But until then I guess we’ll just have to trust Rockstar. Rest easy, gamers. Their resume speaks for themselves .
Motion control comes to the PS3
Sony wasn’t going to be left out as they also demo’ed their new motion control, and it looked impressive. The controller, which was only a prototype was a small, black device not that dissimilar in shape to a Wiimote. However, there was one small difference. the device contained a ping pong-size ball resting on top of it. It looked very much like a mo-cap ball, used to track various movements. Some impressive demos were shown showcasing exactly what this techology is capable of. One demo showed various objects such as a golf club, gun, and baseball bat being projected onscreen and each object mimicked the movement of the player hands. Another demo had the user holding two controllers, one controlling a sword, and another controlling a shield. The user then battled skeletons using both controllers. The movement was followed flawlessly, and overall the device looked very solid. However, even a diehard Sony fan like myself was still a bit more impressed by Microsoft’s Project Natal. Sony hopes to have thier new motion controller up and running in spring of 2010.
So that’s about it, gamers. Other announcments made were a new Gran Turismo for both the PS3 and PSP. The PS3 GT will now feature Nascar and World Rally Championship racing. Of course, the PSP go was announced and you can check that out here. A new Metal Gear for the PSP entitled Peace Walker is in the works and Final Fantasy VII is now available on the Playstation Network. Finally “The Last Gaurdian,” the new game from team Ico was shown and it looked freaking amazing. Yikes, E3 was massive this year, and it’s not over yet. Keep checking back here at TGH to get all the latest E3 coverage.