Sony Gamescom Impressions Part 2

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Posted August 21, 2013 by Brenton Conlan in Video Games

In this article I will be continuing on from Robby Steltenpohl’s part 1 which can be read here.  I will be covering some of the bigger games that were shown off, some of the low points of the conference as well as some new details that have come to light since Robby wrote part 1.

PS3

Sony showed in their conference that the PlayStation 3 is here to stay with many of the indie titles announced being cross buy between Ps4/Vita/Ps3. They also showed a new trailer for Gran Turismo 6 by Polyphony Digital. Whilst some people criticize polyphony for taking too long to develop games they really don’t make bad games and GT6 looks like no exception. They also gave GT6 a release date of December 6 2013.

Sony is making a big push to continue selling Ps3’s with a price drop given to the 12gb super slim model now coming in at 199 in the US, 199 in the UK and the Australian price drop later confirmed at 269.95 which the will be the same as the new Vita price drop.

Also it was reiterated on the there will be a GTA5 and ps3 Bundle as well as pulse headset. The big GTA news however was that from now if you preorder GTA5 on the PlayStation store you will receive 75% off all of Rockstars other games. So if you haven’t played things like Red Dead Redemption or Max Payne 3 and plan on picking up GTA5 I highly recommend you take advantage of this offer.

Gta V Ps3 Bundle

Gta V Ps3 Bundle

Sony also announced Little Big Planet Hub would be coming to Ps3 as a free to play game later this year. Not much was said about it with only a quick trailer and it sort of just seemed like a new LBP game so not too sure what they are going to be doing with that just yet. We will have more details as they come to light.

PS3/PS4

Sony also gave us another reason to stick with PlayStation when you make your switch to next gen by partnering with Activision, Ubisoft, EA and Warner Bros to give you a deal that if you buy a ps3 version of a cross gen game you can later buy the PS4 version at a ‘significantly discounted price’ no further information on what that discount is at this time.

Sony really wants its user base to realize how great of a service PlayStation plus is by giving us a few offerings to entice us to top up those PSN wallets. For PlayStation users in Europe if you purchase a years worth of Ps plus you will receive 90 days extra free. For every ps4 owner you will get a 14-day free trial. They also announced that Assassins Creed 3 will be coming to the Instant Game Collection next month.

Lowlights

Sony did have its moments that brought the overall show down. Playroom was one of those. Exciting announcements like Borderlands 2 coming to Vita were given just an image and the knowledge that it is eventually coming but Playroom an augmented reality game to be used with the new PlayStation eye had a lengthy trailer as well as at the end being told it would be installed on every ps4 which seems like an interesting choice considering the eye isn’t bundled with the system.

Playroom

Playroom

We were also treated to a very lengthy demo of Assassins Creed 4 whilst it was good I felt it dragged and when Ubisoft also showed off Watch Dogs I thought that for games that will also be able to be played on the Xbox One too much time was spent on Ubisoft when all PlayStation will get is a 1 hour exclusive mission in each game as well as some skins etc.

 Movies

Yes that title says ‘Movies’, plural. Sony had 2 feature length movies to announce at the conference the first of which is Gran Turismo movie. Mike de Luca and Dana Brunetti will make the Film with the help of Polyphony Digital head Kazunori Yamauchi. The second film will be made based on the game most people have never even played, Watch Dogs. Ubisoft is partnering with Sony and New Regency to develop to film based around Aiden Pearce the main character of the game.

Overall I thought Sony had a very strong showing at Gamescom with 15 new IP’s announced exclusive to PlayStation. It’s a very exciting time to be a gamer on both sides of the console fence and I personally cannot wait until the 29th of September when I get my hands on the new hardware in Europe and Australia and many other countries as well as North America on the 15th.

I think Sony is doing all the right things and are showing me exactly what I want to see but what do you think? Let me know in the comments down below.

 


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Brenton Conlan

A guy from Australia who loves Video Games.