Sony E3 2010 news conference highlights

Killzone 3 in 3D

Although the Killzone 3 trailer had all ready come out, Guerrila Games had plenty of announcements for their gritty fps. The game will have complete 3D integration as it was built from the ground up to support 3D. To take advantage of 3D, the player needs 3D glasses. Killzone 3 is also fully compatible with PlayStation Move. A hybrid jetpack and mech suit was featured in the live demo allowing the player to fly around and shower full metal jackets from above on the Helghan. Killzone 3 drops February 2011.

Opinion: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Killzone 2 was the best looking console game to date until Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, but Guerrilla Games have out done themselves again with Killzone 3.

PlayStation Move

Sony’s answer to the Wii Remote got a ship date and pricing. Move will be available on September 19th in the US and A. The motion controller will be $49.99 and the navigation controller for $29.99. A bundle with the PlayStation Eye, motion controller and Sports Champions for $99.99 was also announced. For people who don’t have a PS3, a bundle with PS3 system, PlayStion Eye, motion controller and Sports Champions will retail for $399. On day one, 15-20 Move games are slated for release.

Opinion: The pricing seems a little steep for both controllers. During the presentation when they showed the price of the first controller people cheered because it was only $49.99, but slowly became depressed when the next slide of the presentation showed the accompanying navigation controller for $29.99. Compared to the price of a full set of a Wii controller, the Move does come to the same price if the Wii Remote ($39.99), Wii Nunchuk ($19.99) and Wii Motion Plus ($19.99) are all considered.

Sorcery

Sorcery is a new PlayStation Move game debuting for the first time at the conference. Players take control of a sorcerer armed with a wand, controlled with the motion controller, to cast magical spells. Other game play features include concocting potions, summoning fire and moving objects with the wand.

Opinion: The Harry Potter game I’ve been waiting for can be found in Sorcery. Now I can have a legitimate reason to yell Expelliarmus and Stupefy in the house while not looking like a fool. Well maybe not.

Tiger woods controlled with PlayStation Move

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 sported a new control option thanks to Move. PGA Tour 11 looks to control even better than last year’s PGA Tour 10 for Wii that utilized Motion Plus for the first time.

Option: I legitimately want to buy this game even though I’m not that into golf. The one-to-one precision Move provides is the closest thing you can get to golf aside from going to an actual club and hitting the links.

Kevin Butler from the PlayStation commercials

He was rumored to make an appearance and rumored to not make one at all. Kevin Butler, PlayStation commercial extraordinaire, did make an appearance for the conference and he did not disappoint with the jokes.

Opinion: I love the Butler commercials and I thought his act might not play well live and in-person but he really delivered. Butler’s pot shots at Microsoft and Nintendo were far cleverer than the campy jabs by Reggie Fils-Aime.

Bobb’e J. Thompson PSP market campaign

Butler has a new side kick now to crack jokes with and it’s Bobb’e J. Thompson from the film Role Models.

Opinion: “Let’s dance, Ben Affleck!”

LittleBigPlanet 2

The new feature in LittleBigPlanet 2 allows players to make game play types. Players can create racers, RPGs, rts games, and many more.

Opinion: What made the first LittlBigPlanet great was the user created levels that implemented some sort of game play mode or mechanic. I played recreations of Donkey Kong Country levels, a side scrolling shooter and Duck Hunt. Media Molecule recognized this and did the right thing by implementing game play types into the game itself so users don’t have to try and crack the game to do so.

PlayStation Plus

A new subscription service for the PlayStation Network called PlayStation Plus will be available this September for $49.99 a year. Exclusive content and free content will be available to those who upgrade to Plus.

Opinion: PlayStation finally caved in and created a subscription service to compete with Xbox Live. I will have to wait and see whether it is worth it or not. It could take months. Although all I really want is a more improved messaging and communication system. The PlayStation Network still does not have a communication functionality that compares to Xbox Live Parties.

Medal of Honor

Based in war torn Afghanistan, Medal of Honor is leaving its historic war roots to a modern war setting. The game is being developed by two different studios. The single player is being developed in EA Los Angeles while the multiplayer is being developed by DICE, creators of the Battlefield franchise. Releases October 12th.

Opinion: Not to be a Debby Downer, but Medal of Honor just seems like a Modern Warfare rip off. I was hoping it would be something different, but what can EA do? I’m no game developer by any means, but what else can they do but have the player move in the first person, hold a gun and shoot people in the face?

Portal 2

In an unexpected appearance, Gabe Newell of Valve introduced Portal 2 for the PS3 along with the first ever trailer for the game. Newell said Portal 2 on PS3 will be the best version of the game with the help of Steamworks and Steam Cloud coming to a console for the first time.

Opinion: Will the Steam client finally come to a console too? Let’s hope so.

Gran Turismo 5 release date

Gran Turismo 5 will drop the checkered flag on November 2nd.

Opinion: … Finally.

Twisted Metal

Exclusively for the PS3 and coming in 2011, Twisted Metal returns after almost a decade long hiatus. Vehicles can now be played in co-op with one player driving and the partner arming another weapon of the player’s vehicle. Online players can duke it out in a faction vs. faction manner where one team plays the Clowns and the other team plays the Dolls. Other factions will be announced at a later date.

Opinion: The Mad Max dream of mine can finally be fulfilled with the help of Twisted Metal. Twisted Metal 2 was my favorite multiplayer game for PS1 and to see Twisted Metal make its triumphant return makes me giddy inside.

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