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Monday, June 10, 2013

E3 Day 1 - Sony's Press Conference

I think if you're reading this blog, Sony needs no introduction. The world waits with baited breath for more details on the Playstation 4, after Microsoft has arguably told us too much about the Xbox One. Way too much. So, what did we learn from Sony's conference this E3? Well, they've got a metric butt-ton of games. Let's take a look at the games showcased/announced:

For the Playstation 3:
  • The Last of Us
  • Pupeteer
  • Rain
  • Beyond Two Souls
  • Gran Turismo 6
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • GTA 5
  • Diablo III (exclusive content)

For the Playstation Vita:
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Counter Spy
  • Destiny of spirits
  • Doki Doki universe
  • Killzone Mercenary
  • Tearaway
  • Walking Dead: 40 Days
  • God of War  1 and 2 HD
  • FFX/X-2 HD
  • Flower
  • Dead Nation

And finally, for the Playstation 4:
  • The Order: 1886
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
  • Driveclub
  • inFamous Second Son
  • Knack
  • The Witness
  • Transistor
  • Final Fantasy XIV (PS3/PS4)
  • Final Fantasy XV (Versus XIII)
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
  • Watch Dogs
  • NBA 2K 14
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Mad Max
  • Destiny

Also, the price tag was finally announced: $399, arriving this Holiday season. That's a full $100 less than the Xbox One! Yowza. They also went on to assure weary Xbox One followers that the PS4 would have NO fee to play used games, require NO registration to play new or used/borrowed games, AND does not require a constant internet connection to enjoy playing their games. I hate to say it, but I think PS4 just won the console war of this generation. Seriously, hilarious jab at Microsoft, and the crowd thought so too.

Cheeky, cheeky, Sony.

Man. I walked into this really not expecting much. But then they dropped the massive list of games. While many of them were older (looking at you, "The Last of Us") and some weren't even shown but just named, they did show a ton. The announcement of Kingdom Hearts III was met with thunderous applause, as was Final Fantasy XV (formerly Final Fantasy VersusXIII), but being PS4 exclusives. Destiny is looking pretty amazing as well. Aside from the first hour of the conference dragging, I don't have any serious complaints. Solid price for the PS4, great game lineup within the first year, and features that the gamers want. After owning a PS1 and PS2, and begrudgingly skipping over the PS3 for a lack of interesting software (in my humble opinion), I'm pretty happy to pat Sony on the back for the PS4. Being a huge 360 fan, the PS4 is shaping up to be the console that I was hoping the Xbox One would be. I guess sometimes, you just can't judge a book by its cover (just its online/used game policy).

Congratulations, a 7 year wait is over! We made it!

Well, I've been pretty obvious about my thoughts...what are YOURS? Sound off in the comments!

Be sure to check out tomorrow's Day 2 coverage, beginning shortly after Nintendo's 7 AM PDT Direct Video!!

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