Don't miss the action. Click below to see what went down at the SONY Press Event in our Play-by-Play!
Sony had a really neat booth this year with two different levels, all full of games. All the E3 attendees had access to the lower level, which had several displays to try out God of War III, Uncharted 2, White Knight Chronicles, inFAMOUS, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, and many, many others, including some very exciting PSP titles. If you were lucky, you could even encounter Ratchet himself, who was posing for pictures with the fans.
The upper level was just for the media, and in the first portion they were displaying very cool games for the PlayStation Network such as Fat Princess and the addictive PixelJunk Shooter. Then, they had other PS3-exclusives like Heavy Rain, Ratchet & Clank, White Knight Chronicles, Uncharted 2, etc. Towards the end of the hallway, they had God of War III.
I'm so happy I got to play God of War III, because I'm a big fan of the series and couldn't wait until March 2010 to play it! The demo has Kratos fight against a bunch of minions and harpies before facing the real deal: a Centaur, a Chimera, a titan, and then a Cyclops! You can use the Chains of Olympus as well as the new Cestus gloves to take care of them. While the Chains seem to still be the most effective, the Cestus gloves are really heavy-duty and work well against some tougher enemies. You can also grapple with the nasty harpies and wipe them out while swinging from one to the next in the air. Even though the game continues with the same formula as the previous games, there is definitely a good amount of innovation that makes the game feel like a real upgrade. Also, the visuals are amazing on the PS3, there's a lot more detail, better textures, and the camera system and wall mechanics have been revamped. Keep an eye on the site for my upcoming hands-on preview.
After this fun session with Sony's classic action/adventure title, we moved on the next area, which had tons of PSP games to check out and also plenty of PSPgo's. We played LittleBigPlanet for the PSP (on a PSPgo!), which is very much like the PS3 version, including the level creator and all. Also, we got our hands on Gran Turismo PSP, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge, PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe, and a few others.
The PSPgo is a gorgeous-looking PSP, and though it's smaller in size, the buttons feel as accessible as on the original design and even better, especially the little joystick, which is now better placed to avoid cramps. Unfortunately, due to risk of piracy, there might not be a way to obtain downloads of games you already own in UMD format unless you pay for them again, so this makes us feel a bit hesitant about the $250 purchase. Hopefully they'll figure something out by the time it's released, because other than that, the handheld looks and plays great!
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