As we all know by now Sony has a lot of projects in the works and a lot of them we will see this by Christmas and some may not come for another year. With that aside I was given the opportunity to attend a Sony event held in NYC at the Metropolitian Pavilion and see some of what is to come in our gaming future. Some of the things I say got me excited and well some things I must say I will pass on. I will give you the highlights of my day with Sony and try to give you a rundown of the games I played and the peripherals I used.
First I will touch on the PlayStation Move controllers as you where able to use them a lot because there where numerous games that used the Move. My first impression of the controller was how do I use this. But that was soon put aside as the buttons where almost the same as a PS3 controller I was used to with the familiar circle, square, triangle, and of course X. The controller was very light and seemed well built, now I was ready to start to play. But not yet as first you must sync your controls with the PlayStation Eye Camera and that proved to be a little tricky as I am tall and the camera had to be adjusted depending on how the Eye was set up. I soon learned how to use the controller and I can’t say that I am sold on the Move as it didn’t seem responsive in all games that would fit the type of game I would like to play but it did seem to work well with other genres that where geared for the younger children.
So what about games you are asking? There where a lot of games available to play and to be seen being played because let’s face some games are just as awesome to watch as they are to play and here is what I watched and or played.
First up I will start out with a Move game that didn’t seem to work well with the Move as they where experiencing a lot of problems with capturing the player and the responsiveness of the player moves and that was The Fight: Lights Out. This game is brawler that is said to have 1:1 movement tracking and takes you to different environments to well beat the snot out of your opponent. The games environment and movements when they worked where nice and even looked better while grabbing your opponent in a headlock and dropping an elbow to the head. The finishing moves added a little humor to the fight as you would push you opponent down with one finger or you could blow him down by blowing into the PlayStation Eye. This game does require you to have two PS Move Motion controllers for it to be playable so if you pick up this game grab another Move controller because you will need it. In defense of the game I was told the PlayStation Eye may be having some problems due to the sun coming in the window and I was asked who really plays with sunlight coming in the window. Well for one I do as my room has a huge picture window so if I want this game to work well in my home I would have to close the blinds and drapes to get my fight on.
Next up is another Move game and this one is for all ages and was awesome to sit back and watch it being played and that was Little Big Planet 2. Now who doesn’t love this game and if the Move where to sell you this would be the game to do it. Sackboy returns and is filled with new abilities for you to use and you will be able to Play, Create and Share full scale games. Lets not forget the new tools that you will be able to use. This game will be sure to please so if you are going to be buying the Move look for Little Big Planet 2 and see what you can customize as the possibilities are as endless and with just a little imagination you will Play, Share and Create levels for all to enjoy.
Let’s change speed here for a minute and lets talk a little bit about the PSP. I know we are looking for that new title that will WOW us in to wanting to pick up our handheld and enjoy a game on the go and that title is God of War: Ghost of Sparta. What do you get when you put Kratos into action in your PSP? Well let me tell you. You get all of the God of War action you would expect to see on a console. This game is well polished and the graphics are similar to what you would expect from your PS2. Yes they are that good. The God of War series has always done one thing and that is push our consoles and handhelds to the limits and Ghost of Sparta is no different. So if you are looking for some answers about Kratos this installment will give you those answers and will provide some awesome gameplay. This game alone is a win win. Even if you are not a fan of God of War or maybe you are new to the series check this one out.
Now here is a game that you don’t need the Move. But you may want a light on and that is Dead Space 2. Our favorite horror-survival game is back and Isaac Clarke is up for round 2 taking apart Necromorphes limb by limb. This game is another title that was on my radar and let me tell you folks this game is visually stunning. From the gameplay to the graphics this game is the whole package and is a first day buy for me. Isaac is the lone survivor of a alien infestation and is making his way through a space station known as the Sprawl and is using whatever it takes to do it. Take a look at this one further Dead Space fans as you will agree this game is awesome.
Yes Killzone fans I am going to let you in on what I seen from the upcoming Killzone 3 (3D). Now before I start I want to say I got into a discussion about 3D TV earlier in the day and was really not sold on the concept of buying a new TV that supports 3D because my TV does everything I need it to do. But once I strapped on those 3D glasses and seen Killzone 3 for myself I may just be getting a new TV. Killzone 3 will make everyone think different of 3D TV as I played and watched other 3D games at the preview and really wasn’t sold until Killzone 3. Killzone 3 is set to place you back into the action fighting your hostile enemy know as the Helghast Army fighting for human survival. I can’t wait for this one to drop, but will I be playing it on a new 3D TV or not?
Next up you guessed it is Medal of Honor and let me tell you don’t let that Beta fool you. This game’s single-player is tight and once you get some of the background of this game you will love it even more. Some games take events and make them and mold them into a game we will all enjoy, but the Medal of Honor series has always tried to keep the storyline not only compelling but accurate at the same time and this one is no different. The making of this Medal of Honor is no different as they actually had Tier 1 Operators involved in making this game. They men that helped out had to remain unanimous to the public because they are still active, but they lent a hand in how they really operate. Now this game doesn’t portray it 100% because that would make for a game without much dialogue because the Tier 1 Operators don’t talk much as they are a tight-knit team that knows what the other team member will be doing and when they will be doing it. I can’t wait for this game, not just because of the facts I just discussed but this game is awesome looking and plays very good.
Here is a game that you all might have heard of and you may be wondering to yourself I wonder if this game would be worth it seeing it is only a downloadable game. Well Lara Croft fans I am here to tell you that yes Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be well worth the money to download. This game gives you an isometric viewpoint using a fixed camera and relies on cooperative gameplay. But what if you don’t have another person to play with? That is OK but it is made to enjoy with another person as you make your way through levels and solving puzzles along the way. Take a look at this one you will not be disappointed.
There where other games that where there and are worth an honorable mention and if you have any questions about the games I seen or heard about let me know in the comment section and I will let you know what I know from attending Sony’s NYC Preview.
Here are some of the other titles:
Start The Party (Move)
The Sly Collection (Move)