Tag: E3 2012
News The Last of Us Scoops Five Game Critics Awards
Best of show
There’s no stopping Naughty Dog at the moment. Not content with dominating the generation with Uncharted, it’s now repeating that success with its upcoming survival horror The Last of Us. The PlayStation 3 exclusive was the star of this year’s E3, taking home five Game Critics Awards for Best Original Game, Best Console Game,...
News Sony Scoops 12 Game Critics Awards Nominations
With E3 now little more than a distant memory, the games media has started to turn its attention towards the top titles on show. It turns out that Sony had a rip-roaring year, netting 12 nominations in total. Its closest competitors were Microsoft, Nintendo and EA, who each tied for eight nods apiece. Unsurprisingly, The Last of Us was...
News Sony Amplifying PlayStation Plus with Format Tweaks
Now that the rush of E3 is over, we finally have the time to acknowledge just how crazy some of Sony’s PlayStation Plus related announcements were. Depending on your region, subscribers now have access to more than ten full games to download. It’s extraordinary when you take a step back and think about the value on offer...
News Take a Look at LittleBigPlanet Vita in Action
Slimmed down Sackboy
Despite being set to hop onto PlayStation Vita later this year, we haven’t actually seen much of LittleBigPlanet Vita yet. Thankfully, the PlayStation Blog has found a way to rectify that injustice, by posting a new video of the title from the E3 show floor. The footage focuses on a number of features from the handheld...
News Zen Studios' First PopCap Pinball Table Launching Soon
Plants vs. Pinball
Hungarian developer Zen Studios may be working on a cavalcade of other properties – including the exciting looking KickBeat for Vita – but it has not forgotten about its most important title: Zen Pinball. With the sequel to the well-supported simulation on the horizon, the developer has announced that its first collaboration...
Reaction New Franchises Prove Sony's Commitment to the 'Core'
It’s been a strange E3. Word is that the industry is treading water until 2013, when Sony and Microsoft will almost certainly join Nintendo in unveiling their latest boxes. That anticipation for next year’s show has arguably sucked some of the enthusiasm out of this one, with publishers opting to promote in-between titles that...
News Get Your First Look at Drake and Big Daddy in PlayStation All-Stars
During its E3 press conference, Sony confirmed that both Nathan Drake and BioShock’s Big Daddy would be joining the roster of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. It’s taken a while, but the PlayStation Blog’s finally provided us with our very first l
News Move Support in Lollipop Chainsaw Still Possible
The PlayStation Move kind of looks like a massive lollipop, so it would make sense for the motion controller to be utilised in Grasshopper’s upcoming undead slasher Lollipop Chainsaw. Still, while you won’t be physically hacking your way through the game at launch, gaffer Suda51 hasn’t dismissed the possibility. Chatting with...
News Sony Not Talking About the Future of Uncharted Just Yet
Taking a Drake
Nathan Drake is a pretty pivotal part of the PlayStation brand right now – but short of the treasure hunter’s expected inclusion in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, the smooth talker was nowhere to be seen during Sony’s E3 press conference. That’s because this year’s show was all about The Last of Us, Sony’s Scott...
News Ubisoft Explains Rainbow 6: Patriots' Absence from E3
Remember Rainbow 6: Patriots? The game got a very impressive concept trailer late last year, but has been hiding in the shadows ever since. Chatting with IGN, Ubisoft’s Tony Key explained that, while the game is still in development, skipping E3 was the “best thing for the brand”. Key continued that there simply wasn?
News Home Tycoon Brings Sim City to PlayStation Home
Big business, big fun
Tucked away in the upstairs section of the PlayStation Home E3 booth is an area dedicated to the spaces coming soon to Sony’s virtual world. One of the new activities featured is Home Tycoon, a simulation title in development at Hellfire Games. The preview doesn’t reveal much about the game, but it does hint at some...
News New Escape Plan DLC Visits the Asylum
One of the PlayStation Vita’s most enjoyable launch titles Escape Plan is set to expand a little further in the coming weeks. On the back of its most recent patch and expansion, developer Fun Bits Interactive has announced a new DLC pack named The Asylum. The premium content promises to add 18 brand new stages to the puzzler, in...
News Sony Recognises the Importance of Smaller Games on Vita
Dime a dozen
The PlayStation Vita has its blockbuster games, for sure. But dig a little deeper beneath the surface and you’ll find plenty of small-scale titles that are just as much fun. The likes of Table Top Tanks and MotorStorm RC were clearly designed with the iPhone market in mind, and Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida believes...
News The Last of Us Character Change Had Nothing to Do with Beyond
At one point, The Last of Us’ lead character Ellie looked a lot like Ellen Page – but now she doesn’t. Ironically, Quantic Dream’s upcoming PS3 title Beyond features the same actress in the lead role. It’s caused many people to speculate that Naughty Dog was forced to change the design of the character in The Last of Us...
News Sony Confident About Vita's Future Prospects
Jim Ryan, the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, isn’t too concerned about the PlayStation Vita’s fragile state. In fact, according to CVG, he’s pretty relaxed. Speaking with the website, the executive explained that content will be key to improving the Vita's fortunes in all of its key territories — including Japan. He...
News Watch This LittleBigPlanet 2 Cross-Controller Demo
Sony might have glossed over the ability to use the Vita as a PS3 controller during its press conference, but this video should offer all the explanation you need. Joystiq took a trip to Sony’s E3 booth, and managed to shoot a video of the Vita operating as a controller in LittleBigPlanet 2. The results are
News Ubisoft Confirms Watch Dogs Is Coming to PlayStation 3
Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs was probably the most exciting announcement of E3. The open-world action title looked like the company’s first next-generation hit for sure, but the publisher has since elaborated that the title is actually coming to PlayStation 3. Chatting with Joystiq, producer Dominic Guay admitted that the E3 demo w
News Journey: Collector's Edition In the Works
Pack your bags
Sony has a little treat prepared for Journey, the best selling PlayStation Network title of all time. During a sizzle reel on its E3 live-stream, the publisher outed a title known as the Journey: Collector’s Edition. The company’s keeping schtum about what the re-release might entail, but we’re assuming it’s going to be a...
News Sony: Some of Our Competitors Are Losing the Plot
Sony’s Jack Buser is not one to censor his opinions, which nearly always results in some entertaining interviews. Chatting with VentureBeat, the head of digital platforms has provided another cracker, launching a scathing attack at Microsoft. In the interview, Buser suggested that some of Sony’s competitors are “losing the plot” and...
Reaction Wonderbook Should Not Be Overlooked
Wonderbook seems to be the butt of many E3 jokes this year. Aggrieved core gamers feel that Studio London’s latest casual endeavour should have been sacrificed in favour of a greater Vita push. They’re half right – we’ve already criticised Sony and said that its lacklustre Vita display was a huge mistake – but while...
News Sony Discusses Lessened 3D Emphasis at E3
Back to basics
For the first time in several years, attendees at Sony's E3 press conference this week weren’t forced to put on 3D glasses. In fact, host Jack Tretton didn’t even spend a single second talking about the technology on stage. But what has caused the company’s sudden change in attitude? According to SCEA's Scott Rohde, it’s just...
News The Vita Video Sony Should Have Shown During Its Presser
We’ve talked Vita’s shoddy E3 showing to death. Sony made a mistake – it failed to take the opportunity to reassure consumers about the viability of its latest platform. But, now it’s finally time to move on. See, there’s still plenty of content on the horizon. Sony’s released a brand new sizzle trailer which shows off...
News Improve Your Mood with This LittleBigPlanet Vita E3 Trailer
If there was one PlayStation Vita title that deserved to show up during Sony’s E3 press conference, it was LittleBigPlanet Vita. The touch-enhanced portable spin-off is accumulating vast amounts of buzz at the moment, thanks in part to the release of the title’s public beta. We’ve played it, and we can confidently say...
News Angry Birds Is Flying onto Consoles
If you don’t already own a platform that can play Angry Birds, then you might be excited to learn that the ridiculously popular title is flying onto consoles. According to IGN, a teaser reel running at Activision’s E3 booth shows one of Rovio’s famous characters smashing into the company’s logo. When quizzed about it, a company...
News Sony Is Not Working with Gaikai on Cloud Gaming
The big rumour leading into E3 suggested that Sony was on the verge of announcing a partnership with a leading cloud gaming service – but the supposed PlayStation streaming solution turned out to be a no show. Dave Perry, the boss of the most likely candidate Gaikai, has since told Eur
News Hatsune Miku Vita Is Not Dancing Overseas
Despite being on display at Sony’s E3 booth, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F is not heading overseas. According to SEGA, the title is being shown off in order to “gauge interest” in the product, and while the game's commanded a fair amount of attention the Japanese publisher still has “no plans” to bring it to the West. At least the...
News Ubisoft Considers ZombiU for PS3 and Vita
ZombiU is arguably one of the most exciting titles in the pipeline for Nintendo’s newly announced Wii U system, but according to Ubisoft it might not stay exclusive forever. Chatting with IGN, senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key explained that, while the game is an exclusive for now, the company would...
News Sony Reiterates Vita's 10 Million Sales Target
Shooting for the stars
Sony expects to sell 10 million PlayStation Vitas by March 2013, president Andrew House has revealed. Chatting with Reuters Japan, the executive explained that the firm anticipates the majority of handhelds to be sold during the holiday season, once more content has been released. He said: The end-of-year holiday season is...
News Catch Up with Vita's Free Discovery Apps
Something for nothing
It’s not all big budget blockbusters on PlayStation Vita. Sony has released a brand new trailer dedicated to highlighting some of the platform’s free titles, also known as Discovery Apps. Sure, the trailer wastes a few precious seconds showing off YouTube, but there’s also a quick glimpse of upcoming freebies such as...
News Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD Looks Glorious on Vita
"Take my moolah"
Sony might have made a huge mistake cutting PlayStation Vita content from its press conference, but there’s still a wealth of great titles available on the show floor. One such game is Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD, a handheld port of Just Add Water’s PS3 remake. The UK studio did an amazing job of re-mastering Oddworld...
News PSone Classics to Be Rolled Out Gradually on Vita
Slow and steady
As previously confirmed, PSone Classics are finally coming to the PlayStation Vita – but not without a catch. It seems Sony won’t be able to simply flip the switch on retro support, opting for a phased roll out of content instead. Thankfully, if you’ve bought any of the supported PSone titles before, you’ll be able to...
News Sony: Everyone Knows Games Are in Development for PS4
In a sharp contrast to the no comment responses of other PlayStation executives, Sony’s Scott Rohde has outright acknowledged the existence of the PS4. When quizzed on the next-generation console by GameTrailers, the senior vice president of SCEA responded: We’re not talking about when the machine is coming out, but I think that...
News Turn the Pages of This Silent Hill: Book of Memories E3 Trailer
Konami’s released a new trailer for its oft-delayed collaboration with WayForward Technologies, Silent Hill: Book of Memories. The game – which is due out in October – takes the Silent Hill franchise in a new direction, focusing on isometric multiplayer action for up to four players. Dive into the trailer below. Is this game on your...
News Keiji Inafune Dreamed Up Soul Sacrifice After Leaving Capcom
It wasn’t until Keiji Inafune left Capcom that he thought up the morbid ideas behind the upcoming PlayStation Vita exclusive Soul Sacrifice. Speaking with Famitsu magazine [via Andriasang], the Mega Man creator noted that he spent a month after departing his former employer dedicated to thinking up a handful of game concepts before...
News No, Sports Champions 2 Will Not Have Online Multiplayer
If you were hoping to hit the PlayStation Move powered links of Sports Champions 2 with your digital buddies online, then it’s probably time to start making some long overdue get-together arrangements. Developer Zindagi Games has confirmed that online multiplayer is off the cards, with development focusing on local party play instead...
Reaction Vita's Lacklustre E3 Showing Was a Huge Mistake
If E3 was vital for Vita, then someone forgot to send Sony the memo. Raining over the platform holder’s otherwise solid pre-show press conference was a staggering lack of handheld content, prompting Shuhei Yoshida — the head of Sony’s Worldwide Studios — to admit that Vita was under-represented and that it was a mistake...
News Danica Patrick is in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Our favourite SEGA character Danica Patrick is set to make a cameo in Sumo Digital’s upcoming crossover kart racer, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. For some reason, the NASCAR driver will be a playable character alongside favourite faces such as B.D. Joe and Beat. She’ll drive a series of customised vehicles designed...
News Don't Expect a PlayStation Vita Price Cut Anytime Soon
Yoshida rules it out
Despite calls to the contrary from eager gamers, Sony has ruled out a PlayStation Vita price-drop. Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer.net that the platform holder is happy with the Vita’s current price – despite its well publicised struggles at retail. He said: From the value for money standpoint,...
News Hideo Kojima's Next Project Will Deal with Human Issues
Hideo Kojima sure loves to talk. The legendary developer may have been the creative force behind some of PlayStation’s greatest games, but lately he can’t seem to settle on a single idea. Not content with announcing a new Zone of the Enders just a couple of weeks ago, the developer’s now turned his attention to a new title...
News Tretton on PS4: It's Not About Being First, It's About Being the Best
Sony Computer Entertainment America gaffer Jack Tretton has responded to speculation suggesting that Sony is ready to roll out its next platform ahead of Microsoft. Speaking with Geoff Keighley on GameTrailers TV, the likable executive noted that having the "best" console is what's most important to the company: We’ve never been...
News Square Enix Reveals the Future of Final Fantasy
Treat your senses
If Square Enix’s real-time Luminous Technology demonstration is representative of the visual fidelity we can expect from PlayStation 4, then wake us up when the next console comes around. The Japanese company revealed the breath-taking demo below during a press demonstration at E3 in Los Angeles. Even more incredibly, chief...
News The Last Guardian Struggling with "Technical Difficulties"
The Last Guardian was not present at this year’s E3 due to “technical difficulties”, Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed. The president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios admitted that while the developer is “working hard” on the game, it is still not working as expected. Some are speculating that the technical issues, coupled with the late...
News Feast Your Eyes on 25 Minutes of Quantic Dream's Beyond
Quantic Dream’s latest title Beyond was undoubtedly one of the most interesting titles shown during Sony’s E3 press conference. But while the platform holder opted to reveal an intriguing trailer to build hype around the game, it didn’t show any actual gameplay. Thankfully, Gamekyo has resolved that by capturing 25 minutes of the...
News Yoshida: We Totally Underrepresented Vita
One of the biggest issues with Sony’s E3 press conference this year was the platform holder's decision to awkwardly gloss over PlayStation Vita. Chatting exclusively with VG247, Shuhei Yoshida, the head of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, admitted that the move may have been a mistake. He explained: It was our fault for not spending enough...
News Squirm Through This Sleeping Dogs E3 Trailer
If you were offended by the gratuitous violence in Sony’s God of War: Ascension and The Last of Us demos during E3, then you probably won’t want to watch this Sleeping Dogs trailer. It shows protagonist Detective Wei Shen being tortured in some pretty horrific ways. Still, if you’re not bothered by the appearance of a little...
News The Last of Us Braves the Apocalypse in 2013
Those of you secretly hoping you’d be playing The Last of Us this year are going to be disappointed: Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, has revealed that the game’s not set to release until 2013. The likable executive told VG247: We are not ready to talk about 2013. But some of the games we showed like God...
News Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Scores Snoop Dogg Arena
Doggy dogg world
In perhaps the most baffling announcement of E3, Namco Bandai has announced that famous rapper Snoop Dogg will make a cameo appearance in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The Doggfather of Hip-Hop will be found perched on a golden throne in the background of an arena based on the musician. The stage will be available early to anyone that...
News Soul Sacrifice Serves Up New E3 Trailer
Sony’s E3 press conference may have been light on new PlayStation Vita content, but there’s still plenty in the pipeline for the recently released machine. One such game that’s turning heads is Soul Sacrifice, a gritty action game that's being produced by Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune. The game – which is being described as...
News Dead Island: Riptide Announced, Details Coming This Summer
Not one to miss out on the E3 excitement, Techland has announced that Dead Island: Riptide is in development. The sequel to last year’s surprise smash hit is currently in full production for consoles and PC, with an “extensive reveal” set to take place this summer. Let's hope Techland has time to fix all the bugs this time...
News Portal 2 Adds PlayStation Move Support Later This Year
If you couldn’t fathom why Portal 2 popped up in a montage during Sony’s press conference last night, Valve has finally provided an explanation: Portal 2 In Motion, a new DLC pack for Portal 2 on PS3, is set to launch later this year The content, currently playable on the E3 show-floor, adds the levels originally available for the...