There were many who left the PlayStation Experience’s Keynote on Saturday feeling slightly underwhelmed due to lack of any announcement (or any footage for that matter), of the PlayStation mainstay, God of War. The action/adventure video game series, loosely based on Greek mythology – which debuted in 2005 – has became a flagship title for the PlayStation brand, comprising seven games across multiple platforms (a trilogy and prequel – God of War I, II, III, and Ascention) and were developed by Sony‘s Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. However, we have yet to see a release of the monolithic and “beastly” franchise on the Playstation 4. (more…)
I honestly thought that Microsoft’s presentation couldn’t be topped, but while their technical ambition has yet to be beat, Sony brought the thunder in terms of their gaming slate — showing off a God of War prequel, a sort of zombieless, yet fantastic looking zombie game, and the visual stunner of the convention (so far) in the form of Beyond: Two Souls. Of course, being Sony, there were missteps.
One of those missteps was Sony’s big Move announcement, the Wonderbook. A piece of DLC that seems like it was designed with kids in mind. What is it? Well, the Wonderbook asks kids (or adults) to sit in front of the Eye Camera and watch the screen as Wonderbooks come to life. Spells can be cast by employing the Move Wand as an actual wand while using JK Rowling‘s exclusive Book of Spells, or a map and characters can come flying off the page and onto the screen thanks to something that is over enthusiastically called, Augmented Reality. The trouble with all of this is, the non HD Eye Camera saps the majesty of the effect thanks to its low video quality. Something that was obvious during the demonstration.
Sony’s other big tech news revolved around the Vita, with the company announcing crossplay ability between the PS3 and the Vita, and the ability to use the Vita as a PS3 controller. There were also PSN and Playstation Plus upgrades, with new content promised (Youtube and Crackle for the Vita), but these don’t come close to the full Internet Explorer internet browser and loads of content from Paramount, ESPN, professional basketball and hockey, that Microsoft promised for Xbox Live. Sony also announced the expansion of their mobile gaming interests, with an announced partnership with HTC (personal yay!) to develop Playstation certified games for Playstation mobile.
Alright, enough of the tech stuff, lets move on to the games!
Perhaps the most ambitions, and creative game revealed so far, Beyond: Two Souls comes from the developers of Heavy Rain, (Quantic Dreams) and seemingly aspires to be more than a game — frankly, it looks like it aspires to be art.
Focusing on a woman with seemingly supernatural abilities, the game follows, essentially Ellen Page (honest to blog!) through her life for 15 years and hints at an exploration of the afterlife if you make the right choices. I won’t mince words, the trailer was a cinematic, so I desperately crave gameplay footage, but the concept blew my hair back.
The Ubisoft presentation earlier in the day showed off ample Assassin’s Creed 3 footage, with a kickass conclusion to the gameplay footage showing the new assassin, Connor, soaring through the air. During the Sony presentation though, Ubisoft trucked out more AC, announcing a “from the ground up” Assassin’s title, Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation, starring a female assassin. They also showed a lengthy bit of gameplay footage, with Connor steering a ship through the Caribbean seas while engaging other ships in cannon combat.
Ubisoft also brought out more Farcry 3, though this clip featured less nipples than the Farcry portion of the Ubisoft presentation from earlier in the day… there was 4 way co-op and promises of a map maker and exclusive Sony DLC though, which might just trump nipples.
Sony also showed off Playstation All Stars Battle Royale and announced that Big Daddy from Bio Shock and Nathan Drake from Uncharted, would join the game as playable characters. Battle Royale came off as a classic button masher, and the lineup is a bit odd, with Drake now set play alongside Fat Princess, but the crossplay capability was demonstrated during this demonstration, and seemed to go off without a hitch.
Speaking of classic Playstation characters, Kratos is back with God of War: Ascension, a sort of prequel/origin story with the usual dose of fierce GOW gameplay, with epic battles showed off in the footage. People, there is an Elephant-man that is half man, half elephant, (and all punk ass bitch) that Kratos dispatches with ease. The whole thing is thrilling, and had me itching to see more. Sadly, the game won’t be out until next March.
The Last of Us is the previously mentioned maybe, sort of near zombieless zombie game, and this footage focuses more heavily on the struggle and battle between the survivors of some kind of pandemic event. The storyline is reminiscent of some of the best parts of The Walking Dead, with the “survival mode” human posing a real danger thanks to desperation and fear. Really, it’s exploring a world where mankind is thrust back into the wild and forced to view everyone as a potential predator. I love the brutality, the impressive hand-to-hand combat, and interplay between characters. “Joel” isn’t badass, he’s doing everything he needs to survive. Notice the lack of quips, the absence of swagger, this humanizes an end world event and also de-humanizes the protagonist and turns him into an animal. The Last of Us doesn’t have the lofty goals of Beyond, and it isn’t, you know, art, but it is a lot more interesting than a lot of the other zombie games that we’ve seen in recent years.
So Spike’s VGA 2010 just happened and this fat bastard was willing to put up with the lame jokes and other crap that was put on the screen, such as the terrible TMZ skit… yeah, a video game themed TMZ skit (maybe this is why Epic Games pulled Gears of War 3 from the show).
But it did made it up to me by having a bunch of awesome trailers for upcoming games as 2011 (and onward) is looking to be yet another EPIC year in video games.
After the jump, you can check out trailers for games such as Batman: Arkham City that reveals Hugo Strange as one of the new villains in the game or see a nice teaser of Kratos in the upcoming Mortal Kombat game. Or check out two trailers of RPG’s that are coming out next year in the form of Mass Effect 3 and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Also, check out two of Sony’s exclusives titles, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and Resistance 3.
Other trailers: Thor: God of Thunder, Prototype 2, Portal 2, Guillermo del Toro’s Insane, Forza Motorsport 4, and SSX: Deadly Descent. So click the jump the button to check out the trailers and the award winners.
When will folks learn that when you make a website for a video game and have “hidden things” on that site, it’ll get hacked and leaked to the audience. That was the case for the upcoming 2011 Mortal Kombat 9 game as the site had voice samples of possible characters that may be in game.
The video below has those voice samples and these were the characters that were revealed: Goro, Quan Chi, Stryker, Noob Saibot, Sindel, Kabal, Shao Khan, Smoke, Shang Tsung and Ermac.
The other big news is that God of War’s Kratos is guest appearing on the PS3 version of the game. While he may be playable with his own move set, he will not be playable in the story mode. Now folks are left wondering who would appear for the 360 version, with Master Chief and Marcus Fenix being heavily rumored. David Jaffe, the man that brought us Kratos and the first God of War game had this to say on Twitter:
Dude Kratos would have a FUCKALITY and fuck the SHIT out of Sonya AND Katana at the same motherfucking TIME!!!! 🙂
What do y’all think of this? Any of y’all excited for this game or is Mortal Kombat too old for you? Also, what do you think of a playable Kratos and who do you want to see on the 360 side of the game? Tell us by leaving a comment.
Being the Sony fanboy, I enjoy me some Kratos and God of War. Being the fat bastard that I am, I do love me some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (grape jelly all the way!). So when I heard about this video, I knew I had to watch it as it brings the two world I love together.
The video shows how making a pb & j sandwich would be like if it was quick time event from any of the God of War games. While I do know some people don’t enjoy the qte’s, I think most of you will get a laugh out of this due to the ridiculousness of it. Also, at the end will be something achievement/trophy whores will appreciate.
Yes that is Luigi, that is Luigi if in todays video game world you were given the option to have your playable character as a female. With games today, especially recent Bioware games (Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect 1&2), gamers have the choice of what gender they want to play as. After the jump, you’ll see characters such as Lara Croft, Kratos, Link, etc. in a whole light as in a whole new gender. At least this way, some of ya’ll will now have fantasy with the female Link, I mean come on, who can resist a sexy elf ear chick in a skirt… maybe I have a problem.
Ah, the age old argument, is video game art? Some say it is, some say it’s not, I say if it’s fun, its art. Well, the fine folks at Worth1000 held a contest to fuse modern video game characters with classic arts from the Renaissance era and the results are just awesome. Hell, even Crash Bandicoot got some love and thats always good to see. You got memorable characters and franchise from Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony. Some of these are awesome and after the jump check out some more art like the Mario one above, where Mario is safe with God only till Kratos shows up whooping them both, now that, that would be art. (more…)
This month, we saw the release of Sony’s God of War III, that features the always angry Kratos. In God of War, Kratos went on against Ares, and in God of War II he goes on to face Zeus, as for God of War III, well, if someone likes to give the game to me, I’ll be happy to review it for the site (I’m talking to you Sony, help a guy out). Anyways, Gary Hodges thought that maybe God of War III needs a Nutrition Facts for those people who weren’t sure if they should buy the game or not. With the serving size of 4, gamers will get their dose of fun, platforming, carnage. lunacy, and best of all, tits (speaking of which, if you didn’t know, the God of War games always featured a sex mini-game). Hodges also took the time to also list the ingredients and it’s awesome what is listed. What do you guys think? Would you want other games to have this? I know it’s a joke and fan made, but its things like this that makes the internet awesome.
Thats right you Bastards!! Time to slay the minions of Hades with this sharp, gorgeously rendered replica of the blades of the God of War!!
Aries, Zues, Titan after Titan, and a shit ton of inept little demon soldiers are torn to shreds and DESTROYED at the hands of this weapon.
You may want to buy two, so that you can feel like you are Krato’s for the next minion you stumble across…..Or envelope that gives you trouble.
Check out one of my Faves, Budk , for the order. Put in your pre-order cuz these bad boys may go fast and they are not yet available….Get crack’a’lackin.