E3 2008 Day 1 - Sony Perspective
Well, today was interesting. The Press Conference for Microsoft was great but I felt a little sour after hearing about Final Fantasy XIII. It was a small WTF moment but I clearly envisioned in my mind, Sony fanboys getting hit hard with a holy steak in the heart. So yes, it turns out that Final Fantasy XIII will not be exclusive to the PS3 anymore …. sort of? See the end of the trailer below for more on that.
Speculations abound but for obvious reasons, as pointed out by Square Enix, is the install base the 360 has in the West. The news of this exclusive loss left a little pang in our hearts and their are a few gamers out there who bought the system for one said game. First off, if you have been playing games since the early 1980’s, and I’m guessing that might be you, you wouldn’t buy a system for one game right …. right? So, if you don’t own a 360 in The Land of the Rising Sun, you’re SOL as we love to say here in the wild wild west. In the meantime check out the new Final Fantasy trailer.
You can tell that SquareEnix has not lost their touch for CG. Surprisingly the in-game graphics are starting look like the CG (slowly). No new elements on the combat system were revealed but nothing else has almost the same as the first trailer. All looks aside, what does this mean for the size for the of the game if its coming out on more than one platform, particularly the 360? Think about it, the last massive RPG to hit the 360 had several DVDs, can you imagine a 40+ hour game on the system? Well perhaps you won’t have to worry about installing your game on the 360, but then there’s load times, cut scenes, and other stuff. Whatever SquareEnix has planned, I’m actually very curious to see how they will pull this off, and whether or not they will try to differentiate the two releases greatly.
Meanwhile, back at PlayStationBlog, Sony announces an interesting line up for this week on PSN, dubbing it the PLAYSTATION Store E3 Release Plan. I oh so want that Super Stardust HD Team Mode Add-On pack (finally!!!). And for one reason only, my first platinum trophy.
There are also massive plans for Warhawk, and they go way beyond the Trophy Add-ons. Apparently you’ll get a new mode to kick your friends butt all over again. As if I needed a reason to re-purchase this game. *Sigh* Why did I sell my copy? Oh, that’s right, I paid for MGS4 with it. I think it was worth it but I’m plagued by the fact that I’ll miss out on this update. Too bad, the down-loadable version is no longer available.
Speaking about availability, Resident Evil will have online co-op play. That’s sweet. The catch: it was pushed back a few months … (a fews months into 2009 to implement the feature). One can only wonder what kind of an impact that new feature would have on gameplay for RE? We always prided ourselves on the one player action adventure play through, so why would Capcom break the cycle?
But if breaking tradition is the nouveau of gaming, Mirrors Edge peeked over the counters of the journal world to let us know that it breathes a very different type of gaming air. We need more games like this! I say, like this, because you see familiar elements of gaming in Mirrors Edge but the developers are pushing your interactive choices with the NPCs. Let’s just hope it doesn’t get boring. I hate to sound negative, but I have a lot of high hopes for this game, so I’ll probably give it a hard time until its in my hands. Wow yourself with the all in game graphics trailer below. Red is my favorite color to ^_^.
Clearly today was a Microsoft day but my brethren should have tons to say about that. Tomorrow is Sony’s press conference, so lets see how they handle Microsoft’s one, two, jab, uppercut combo from todays event. It’s getting interesting.