The lights are on
With Microsoft and Nintendo out of the way, we turn our gaze to Sony. Though many think Sony's already run out of tricks with the recent Infamous 2, Killzone 3, and LittleBigPlanet 2 announcements, we know better than to expect nothing new out of its Tuesday press conference. Here are our best guesses:
Rockstar Teases Agent AgainLast year Sony teased a PlayStation exclusive game from the uber-talented Rockstar North team called Agent. Sony and the public have waited impatiently for the Grand Theft Auto IV creators to show off the fruits of their labor, and we expect a short video teaser to run at Sony’s press conference. After that, it’s probably back to a long dormant period away from the public eye as the team simultaneously chisels away at Grand Theft Auto V, which Take Two shareholders and financial analysts alike are clamoring for unrepentantly.Sony Goes All In On 3DSony isn’t always on the cutting edge of technology, but it certainly holds its place on the expensive edge. Most of the company’s CES booth was dedicated to a wide array of pocket-gouging 3D capable products, from a new line a Bravia HDTVs to 3D-ready Blu-ray players. This trend will continue at E3 as Sony attempts to position the PlayStation 3 as the console leader for the decades-old technology that has received a new lifeline thanks to Avatar and active shutter glasses. Press conference attendees will be handed 3D glasses to be wowed by old games with stereoscopic 3D updates and new announcements featuring full 3D integration.Sony Announces More HD PS2 CollectionsIt was hard to pass up the God of War Collection earlier this year. It took two of the best games of all-time, gave them a beautiful HD makeover, and released them together at the affordable $39.99 price point. It was a fantastic deal for fans, and introduced many to the series that missed out the first time around. Considering how many classic games were released on the PS2, it only makes sense for this trend to continue. There are already rumors of an Ico/Shadow of the Colossus pack, and other no-brainers would include series like Metal Gear Solid, Devil May Cry, and Ratchet & Clank. It makes sense for Sony to continue this trend, as it's easy money for them and a great bargain for fans.Killzone 3 Demoed with PlayStation Move And 3DKillzone 3 is one of Sony’s big guns this year, and the company will arm that gun with the bullets that are going to be driving its business strategy for the next couple of years: 3D tech and PlayStation Move. Using Sony’s new motion controller, players will be able to shoot and move around the virtual battlefield in explosive sci-fi battles. By adding optional 3D effects to the battles, Sony will tout it as "the most immersive shooter experience ever made."
The Last Guardian Steals The ShowThe new info on Team Ico's highly anticipated project, The Last Guardian, will reinvigorate the crowd at Sony's press conference after suffering through 97 PlayStation Move demos. The beautiful third-person action/adventure game was first revealed at last year's E3, and we have a hunch we'll finally get to see more. Amid chatter about things we're already aware of: The future of PSN, Move, and the push toward 3D, a new breathtaking trailer or gameplay demo of The Last Guardian featuring the young boy and the gigantic mystical creature will easily steal the show. The huge mystical creature will also be in attendance wearing stylish 3D glasses. Sony Details Paid PSN Subscription ModelSony's paid PlayStation Network subscription model announcement is going to ignite the Internet in a storm of nerdrage rivaling the Left 4 Dead 2 reveal. The outrage at having to pay for things runs strong in forum posters, and when Sony offers expanded services for a small fee, they will be "sellouts and liars confirmed" within seconds online. Nevermind that gamers have been complaining about PSN's inferiority to Xbox Live since before it launched. Then again, if Sony puts even the basic functionality that exists now behind a paywall, we'll be howling for blood along with everyone else.
Microsoft, Sony, And Nintendo All Claim Dominance In 2009Even
though Nintendo is the only console manufacturer that can truly brag
about being number one on all fronts (home consoles, portable consoles,
first-party software), Microsoft and Sony will slice the data just right
to make themselves look good. Microsoft’s spiel will focus on the Xbox
360’s dominance in third-party game sales and Sony will tout that PS3
sales have been ramping up since the price cut last year. Since we all
know what you guys are going to say can we skip the graphs at the press
Motion Controls Fail To Impress Enthusiast GamersOne of the
conundrums Nintendo faced when announcing the Wii was the lukewarm
response from the enthusiast press more interested in new Mario and
Zelda games than waggle controls. With cutesy graphics and dumbed-down
controls that made its games accessible to the masses intimidated by
14-button controllers, the announcement left many enthusiasts feeling
underwhelmed. Sony and Microsoft face a similar challenge in rolling out
their new motion control technologies this year, and trying to win over
jaded journalists poisoned by the deluge of Wii shovelware is likely a
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you guys forgot about Sly Cooper 4 and Resistance 3
Im so sick of 3D and motion control...
In all of your E3 Prediction Week Days, you never mentioned your prediction for Duke Nukem Forever! You guys have to be kidding me! (To all readers who sent a letter about that Clash of the Titans Calendar Comment, this is what is known as SARCASM)
You know I think that Sony has much more in store for us at E3 than 3D gaming and playstation move. They already showcased Playstation move at GDC and I think they'll show us a lot more than we expect. Maybe even a new gaming console (PSP2)
*Thinks of playing an HD version of Devil May Cry 3* Yes. YES. DO IT! I will totally buy that game a third time.
As much as I'm skeptical about this move towards motion controls, I really beleive that Sony's Playstation Move will fare a lot better than Natal. I'm sure we will learn a lot more when E3 rolls around, I'm pretty excited :)
The Last Guardian is looking to be a VERY promising exclusive for Sony, and yet again, I'm wishing I had a PS3...
Looks like a strong E3 for all three gaming powers. The question is, which will benefit the most?
Sony Announces More HD PS2 Collections: Please give us Final Fantasy and Kingdom hearts!
The Last Guardian Steals The Show: They showed this game last year but I'm glad we will see more
Where is Kingdom Hearts 3?
Yeah, it always annoys me when everybody tries to claim their dominance. We honestly don't care who's winning, because everybody who gives a crap already knows it's Nintendo. Just show us your games!
Only see one flaw with this prediction: ROCKSTAR ALREADY SAID IT WON'T BE THERE THIS YEAR!
Well, if the thing about "claiming dominance" and unimpressive motion control comes true, I won't be surprised. Video games are a business after all. But the thing that interests me the most is the tidbit about 3D gaming. If it turns out that the latest craze is just a fad after all, than Sony's going to be in some deep trouble. Of course, it could also work out that Sony throwing its hat into the ring being just what 3D technology needs to stay alive. It's too early to tell at this point, though.
You forgot Little Big Planet 2! They're bound to have something about that.
i think they will surprise us with something. fingers crossed for even just a tiny glimps of Kingdom Hearts 3
I'm predicting Natal is going to be just as underwhelming as last year, if not more. So far from what I've seen, the device just seems like a glorified Eyetoy.
Again, all spot on predictions, I bet.
i'm so looking forward to the last guardian and i would truly have a heart attack if they announced an HD Ico and shadow of the colossus. this E3 sure is looking good
I'll be howling for sure if Sony makes me pay to play MW2 with my buddies.
I wouldn't mind it if they offered a paid subscription with added features, just keep the current services free.
Why is everybody going crazy over this 3D nonsense? I don't want to have to buy a special TV and wear freaking glasses to just play a video game (maybe it's just me, because I wear glasses, but I hate to wear 3D glasses).
Also, it has been interesting watching in GI's "Top 20" for different months how Nintendo games have been holding top selling positions for 20, 40, and 50+ consecutive months, but "perfect" games like Uncharted 2 barely made the list at all... just observing.
But what about the PSP price drop???? XD
So much for accurate. Pretty much the only one that was confirmed in full was the Killzone demo.