Sony is backing 3D gaming big time. In fact, the message made at their E3 conference was that they want PlayStation 3 to do for 3D what it did for Blu-ray. The first game shown was Killzone 3, in 3D, obviously, which showed dual-weapon wielding, jetpacks and dog fights. Sony promise twenty 3D games – including Crysis 2, Mortal Kombat, Shaun White Skateboarding, Ghost Recon, Tron and NBA 2K11 – by the end of March 2011.
Then came the announcement of The Sly Collection – a package featuring the three jolly decent Sly Cooper/Sly Raccoon PlayStation 2 platformers. Sly also appears in newly announced platformer Heroes on the Move, along with Ratchet, Jak and their sidekicks. Yep – all six characters staring in one game. “This is going to be one of the biggest brand partnerships we’ve ever had,” says Sonyâ€™s Jack Tretton. The dully titled Sorcery, an adventure game with orcs, elves and spells for PlayStation Move was then demonstrated.
Not only does the PlayStation Move now have a release date, but also a price. Those dates: 15th Sept in Europe, North America on 19th Sept and Japan on 21st October. The Move Controller will cost $49.99 as standalone while the Navigation Controller will cost $29.99. Two packages will also be available – $99.99 gets you a PlayStation Move, a copy of Sports Champions and a camera or if you donâ€™t own a PlayStation 3 yet then for $399.99 you can take home a PlayStation 3, PlayStation Move, Camera and a copy of Sports Champion. Sony Europe may have different bundles up their sleeves though. Sixteen PlayStation Move games will be available at launch including Resident Evil: Gold Edition, Time Crisis: Razing Storm and SOCOM 4.
EA came on stage to show their backing for PlayStation Move by showing a demo of Tiger Woods 11 while also announcing that the limited edition version of Medal of Honor will come with a high-def remake version of Medal of Honor: Frontline. The limited edition version of Dead Space 2 will have former Wii-exclusive Extraction bundled with it too. Also: Ubisoftâ€™s Assassinâ€™s Creed: Brotherhood will have an exclusive PlayStation 3 beta.
If youâ€™re a heavy PSN user then you might be interested in becoming a PlayStation Plus subscriber – for $49.99 a year (or $17.99 for three months) you get a better service, with free PSP Mini and PSone downloads and more. Worry not – the standard PSN service will continue to be free. There are more details on the official website.
Sony rounded off the show by showing a handful of sequels – Infamous 2, Motorstorm Apocalypse and Twisted Metal. Twisted Metal features 16 players online and a new â€˜Nukeâ€™ multi-player mode in which you must destroy your rivals’ statues before they destroy yours. Weapons play a big part – itâ€™s possible to use a chainsaw while steering a motorbike. Psycho clown Sweet Tooth is just one of the returning characters. You can view the trailer here.
A decent display of titles, all in all. The PlayStation Move line-up sounds a whole lot more exciting than the likes of Microsoft’s Your Shape: Fitness Evolved and Kinect Adventures while the announcement of a new Twisted Metal makes me want to dig out the PlayStation original, which can only be a good sign.
The idea of PlayStation Plus seemed a bit horrid (I thought paying for online access was just a Microsoft invention!), but the way they’re packaging it seems fair. I’m tempted, if it’s about 30-40 GBP a year and you get all the PSP Mini/PSone games.
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