Sony E3 pressers always have a couple of surprises up their sleeves, beyond the fact that they had a live orchestra, the premiere of the brand new Spider-Man game came out of nowhere! It looks gorgeous people! I love the new costume! Take a gander. The game isn’t coming out until sometime next year, probably when the movie is released.
Check out this trailer for DC Universe Online. I’m not a fan of online only games, I’m looked at this trailer and thought – man, I wish it had a single player campaign. Rumor has it, this is going to be a big part of Sony’s Press Conference. They have been teasing this game for almost 3 years now, so I’m curious to see the finished product.
During yesterday’s E3 Press Conference, Microsoft unveiled their brand new XBox 360. It’s black, smaller, has touch controls, 250 GB Hard Drive, built in WiFi and is supposed to be whisper quiet all for the low price of $299. If you already have an Xbox 360 you’ll need to get the transfer cable for $20 to transfer all your data. The new 360 is replacing all current models and is available now – although, it hasn’t shown up on Amazon.com yet. It’s an odd looking machine and still lacks Blu-ray playback, but this is a really nice design upgrade. Especially considering it addresses two common complaints – the noise and the $100 fee people had to pay for the WiFi accessory. Also announced at the Microsoft Press Conference – Project Natal is now officially called Kinect. Kinect’s unique sensor and specially designed games transform full body movement into game play. I’m sorry but the entire concept of this device is just dumb. ESPN is coming to Xbox Live in the form of a brand new subscription channel. New games include Gears of War 3, Halo Reach and Fables III. The press conference ended with MS giving everyone in the room a brand new Xbox 360! Why is it stuff like this never happens when I attend press conferences? I really want this machine, but I finally replaced my launch Xbox last November (no red ring) and just got a 250 GB HD last month, so I can’t justify a purchase.
It’s that time of the year folks. Convention season! I’m working out our July Comic-Con plans now and this week we have E3 – a show I went to for 11 years. This is the game industry’s biggest event of the year. Microsoft just kicked things off with their annual Pressor, tomorrow we have Nintendo’s conference, and I don’t know when Sony’s is – since I wasn’t invited. I’m following the week’s activities via YouTube’s special E3 Channel. I’ll be posting thoughts, clips, and press releases as I get them during the week. In the meantime, watch me play some Rock Band Green Day. I have them on the brain these days.
The Big News this past weekend was the leaking of info on Sony’s new PSP replacement the PSPGo. I didn’t post anything on it because, I don’t like reporting on Rumors and jumping on the Rumor bandwagon – which is why I don’t report every little thing about Apple Product or anything else, I’ve been burned by that in the past and once the Rumor spreads, I always figure what’s the point, I might as well wait until the official announcement and specs. Sony made the PSPGo official at their E3 Press Conference, here’s the official release complete with a ton of specs. Personally, I think the device looks like ugly, but that’s just me.
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) held its annual press conference at the E3 Media & Business Summit in Los Angeles, Calif., announcing several new products and services that reiterate PlayStation’s industry leadership position, by delivering consumers comprehensive entertainment options and fun experiences for all members of the family. Closing out a record year of sales for PlayStation in 2008, the company unveiled a new hardware offering the PSP® go system and laid out its most aggressive software line up to date with unprecedented support from its publishing partners, including Activision®, Capcom®, Electronic Arts (EA), and Ubisoft®.
Today Microsoft took off their Gloves, walked up to Sony and Nintendo, slapped them across the face and said, in a British Accent, “Sir, I Challenge You to a Duel to the Death.” The Beatles, New Games including a Metal Gear game (Take that Sony), a Revamped Video Market Place, Social Networking added to Xbox Live and oh yeah a new Motion Controller (Take that Nintendo) the boys and girls at Microsoft kicked off E3 with a Bang at their annual song and dance. After this Brava performance I don’t think my man Reggie Reg or his girl Cammie can hit us with another Powerpoint infused Nintendo Press Conference. Let’s go from the top:
Games scheduled to be presented this year at the CRAVE Entertainment booth:
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (XBOX 360®/PS3™)
CRAVE Entertainment brings one of the major forces in arcade history to next-gen consoles for the first time with Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection. Presenting classic pinball action along with challenging new tables such as “Medieval Madness” and “The Tales of the Arabian Nights,” Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection also introduces new features such as online leader boards and additional table goals—to bring an awesome, retro pinball experience right into your home. Fans have been clamoring for this award winning franchise to make its debut on the latest next-gen consoles. Genre: Sim Sport; Scheduled release: September 8, 2009.
The Dares will perform the theme song for Free Realms, “It’s Your World,” as well as songs from their debut album on June 2 at 4pm PT at Sony Online Entertainment’s E3 booth. In sync with the live performance, The Dares will perform on stage in Snow Hill in Free Realms, which will be projected behind them on stage at E3. This week, Sony Online Entertainment announced that Free Realms had reached an unprecedented two million unique subscribers, less than one month after launch. Here’s a behind the scenes video clip.
SEGA will feature numerous titles across six different platforms, including legendary icons and dazzling new stars, as the company continues to develop both original and high-profile licensed properties on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii™ system from Nintendo, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC, and the Nintendo DS™. SEGA will showcase their games at booth #2001 in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Aliens vs. Predator™ (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, Windows PC) – Releases early 2010
The next-gen version of this benchmark multiplayer First-Person-Shooter franchise is coming with SEGA’s new Aliens vs. Predator game. From the developer of the series’ first title comes this next big event, with three unique species fighting for supremacy on the battlefield. Play as Predator, Marine and Alien in three radically different single-player experiences that intertwine to create a thrilling story. Jump into cinematic non-stop multiplayer action with a rollercoaster-ride of explosive firepower, horror, stealth and gory fang and claw combat.