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sony e3 2012

Yesterday evening Sony presented their E3 2012 press conference, and in stark contrast to Microsoft started by revealing a brand new IP. For the most part Sony focused much more on games than supplementary services or features.

Here are some of the biggest highlights from Sony’s show.

Beyond: Two Souls

As soon as Jack Tretton finished his introduction, he turned the stage over to David Cage from Quantic Dream, the makers of Heavy Rain, who introduced their brand new game and IP, Beyond: Two Souls. Right off the bat, the game looked both fantastic and creepy at the same time.

Much of that creepiness came from the fact that Quantic Dream cast Hollywood actress Ellen Page in the lead role of Jodie Holmes, a woman who appears to have some sort of supernatural powers. There also appeared to be an invisible entity following her named Ivan. Details about gameplay and the nature of Jodie’s affliction are still scarce. Despite veering deeply into the uncanny valley, it looks like Beyond: Two Souls will be one to watch.

Naturally, Sony also talked about the PS Vita handheld in its press conference. They revealed Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation which stars a brand-new female assassin of African-French descent, Aveline de Grandpré.

Other than that new Assassin’s Creed spin-off, the only other Vita bits of business Sony mentioned was some cross platform DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2, a new Call of Duty game, the arrival of PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, and that PS One Classics will be coming to the handheld.

But what’s better than playing games? Reading! Well, kind of. Sony also showed off their new Wonderbook, a book-shaped peripheral that uses the PlayStation Move to create interactive storytelling and augmented reality experiences. Personally, it seemed gimmicky and not something core gamers would be that interested in.

Sony ended their conference with new looks at two games that have already been announced: God of War: Ascension and the Naughty Dog-developed The Last of Us.  Ascension looked how you would expect it to–fast, bloody, brutal, and a bit “more of the same.” Previous God of War titles have all been very well made so it’s not a stretch to think that this one will be anything but polished to a bloody shine. Plus elephants are confirmed to be in the game!

The Last of Us proved why Naughty Dog are thought of as one of PlayStation’s premier developers. The game looks as gorgeous as it does bleak. The drowned, overgrown city in the demo reminded me a lot of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. For me, The Last of Us is going to be one to watch. This is especially telling because before watching the demo, I had very little interest in the game.

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