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Sony's E3 Press Conference: Ben's Impressions

First of all, I would just like to say that I believe Arnold and I did everything we could to bring you the fastest and most detailed coverage of Sony's press conference. Arnold's live updates were literally second-to-second and I nearly broke my fingers and roasted my eyes in turning it all into actual headlines and stories in record time. We had no less than seven updates on the main page before the conference was even over, and we just keep bringing you more. Many of the screenshots are already here, three previews are already done (with many more coming tomorrow), and the videos are right around the corner. Really, there's not much more we can do to bring E3 directly into your living rooms. ;)

Anyway, Sony really needed to step up after Microsoft's conference and I'm happy to say that it did. For me, it's always all about the games and as I've been saying right along, Sony's software lineup vastly outstrips Microsoft's. As much as I want Alan Wake, there's just no comparison to the likes of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, God of War III, MAG, Heavy Rain, Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time, etc. It's too bad we didn't see more of the last two, but I loved to see The Last Guardian; Project ICO's mystery game that we've only recently known as "Project Trico." That was the same video we saw several weeks ago but it was still downright gorgeous in every sense of the word. Really, I've always been all about the games, which is why I focus so heavily on them in my analysis of anything, including E3 press conferences. Let's not forget the huge bolstering of the PSP lineup, what with Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Gran Turismo and that new exclusive Resident Evil. And not to mention that slick PSP Go! which admittedly doesn't interest me.

Something else that I didn't think would interest me is that motion sensing tech they showed off. I just never care for that type of thing, but after seeing similar technology at Microsoft's conference yesterday, I was intrigued...and what was shown at Sony's conference really blew me away. It was the first time I've ever looked at motion-sensing anything and said, "I gotta try that." I still would've rather seen Kingdom Hearts III or Twisted Metal or something, but even so, that was pretty damn special. Oh, and while I kinda sat back in my seat and frowned at the idea of a game called ModNation Racers, I quickly recalled my appreciation of LittleBigPlanet. Then I began to watch the presentation with interest and I figured I'd have to give it a try. It doesn't sit super high on my priority list, but it's just another step in the right direction for Sony, in my honest opinion. But getting back to the games for a second...

I think I watched the Uncharted 2 and the God of War III gameplay presentations in the same manner: rarely blinking, fingers clasped tightly around around the edges of my chair, whispering to myself every ten seconds, "holy fu**, this game will rule ALL!" Who didn't laugh sadistically when Kratos ripped the horn off that awesome enemy and stabbed him through the eye with it? Seriously? And although I'm really not into MMOs, MAG just looks so effing creative and innovative; I will have to give it a whirl. Unbelievable. As for that surprise announcement for Final Fantasy XIV, I believe the conversation between Arnold and I, when Tretton was speaking, went something like this:

Me: "wait...wait..."

Arnold: "what?!"

Me: "WHAT?! WHAT?!"

Arnold: "WTF!"

Me: "This can't be..."

Arnold: "WHAT?!?! WTF?!?!"

After hearing Tretton say he's revealing FFXIV footage for the first time ever, that it's coming in 2010 and that it's exclusive to the PlayStation 3-

Me: "HOLY FU***** SH**!!!!!!

Of course, this was before I realized it's going to be a MMO, but even so, it's a great announcement for Sony. I was hoping they were talking about the distant future, and the next true installment after FFXIII would once again be a PS3 exclusive. But whatever. I don't care at all that FFXIII will be a multiplat; I just know that after viewing that trailer at Sony's press conference, I was smitten...again. And I think that just about sums things up for me. Hopefully, you enjoyed our coverage and make sure to read the previews I just did for Assassin's Creed II, Tony Hawk: Ride and Heavy Rain. Much more to come! Oh yeah, and I'm pretty much in love with ACII right now. Let's not forget that.

P.S. ...this is the kind of non-stop work that can make you ignore other aspects of your life, like women calling you at exactly the wrong time. That's all I'll say. LOL

6/2/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (87 posts)

LegendaryWolfeh
Tuesday, June 02, 2009 @ 11:45:44 PM
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Lol nice impressions =| sadly I still haven't seen it, hope they post it via psn again like last year. Sites like IGN and Gamespot for some reason I can't view or freezes my comp :( sigh...maybe I'll view it via home..

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, June 02, 2009 @ 11:49:17 PM

Here you go sweetie:

http://e3.g4tv.com/videos/38747/Sony-E3-2009-Press-Conference/

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:43:00 AM

thanks =) that one works for me

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Gow49ers
Tuesday, June 02, 2009 @ 11:45:57 PM
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Great job! Ben and Arnold, on your excellent and up to the minute updates! The best site for news and info, hands down! Keep Up the great work!


Gow49ers

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, June 02, 2009 @ 11:47:16 PM
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Thank you so much Ben and Arnold, you helped make this the best E3 I've had in years. I wasn't able to be there but watching it on tv and at the same time reading everything you guys were adding to the site made it the next best thing. You're hard work does not go unnoticed and I'm sure everyone else agrees.

My favorite moment was the FF13 footage, I'm a whore for FF anything and the extra footage melted my soul.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:56:19 AM

I must concur, being able to watch it live and being online shooting the sh*t with you guys at the same time has been quite the experience.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, June 02, 2009 @ 11:57:04 PM
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This was a grand day
A day where my laptop's been on 24/7

Gran Turismo 5

If GT PSP is gonna have 35 tracks then I'm dying to see what GT5 is gonna have.

I'm so getting a psp, psp can kick it with rich people. I'm getting me one of the current ones.

In any event that little thing is gonna have some games! Can't wait to get Ultimate Ghosts N Ghouls, being dying to get that.

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*Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker starts*

Phone rings: Hey Ben I need to talk to you
Ben: Oh hell no!

PS: I'm hoping to see some jrpgs at The Tokyo Game Show.

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Qwarktast1c
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:03:47 AM

GT PSP looks amazing!
and so does GT5!!

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:37:59 AM

GT's back

I have a feelng GT5 will be out next year

By the way:
I meant to say "psp go can kick it with rich people."

Getting me the cheaper; just as good current version.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:57:27 AM

I'm sorry but I have to say Forza 3 looked like Mario Kart compared to GT5.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, June 02, 2009 @ 11:58:52 PM
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FF7 took 2.5 hrs to download and now is taking 30mins to install....the wait is almost over!!!

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Qwarktast1c
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:01:47 AM
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while i did enjoy just about everything, (especially GOW 3!!! what what!! :D), i was disappointed that they didn't show off anything of ratchet and clank

i loved the FF13 footage, and i like how FF14 is exclusive to playstation (that's how it should be Squenix!! lol)
except it's online, so meh.... maybe worth a try
i like FF to be just straight up single player


OMG!! GOW 3 is gonna rule all!!
apart from the eye stab, did anybody notice how when kratos sliced open the centaur guy and all the guts fell out?
WICKED!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:58:21 AM

noted and appreciated sir ;)

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b3mike
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:14:03 AM
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It's pretty amusing how just about everyone jumped on the Square Enix hatewagon when Sony lost exclusivity for FF13 and are now acting like Square Enix have redeemed themselves with a crappy online FF. FF13 was also once touted as an exclusive, and mark my words it will be at least another 10 years for an engrossing, proper, single player FF to be released =(


*ps I'm still not buying aything from SE unless they release a sequel to FF6!.....................Oh wait, they need to release something before you can actually buy it!*

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shadowpal2
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:15:52 AM
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ROFLMFAO!!!!!!!!! Ben I had the same impressions man...that Uncharted 2 helicopter battle...was FUCKING RIDICULOUS - I want that so bad. The first Uncharted seemed ok for me...but god this...I NEED TO GET MY HANDS ON!!! Then God of War III...epic as always...beautiful...too bad it had to end.

Then...motion sensing which I was glad since it showed Sony had something to counter M$' NATAL or whatever.

Oh and also...when I was hearing Tretton going to talk about another Final Fantasy...I said to myself - "OH SWEET FINAL FANTASY VERSUS XIII GAMEPLAY HERE THE FUCK WE GO WOOOOOOOO!!!!!"

"Final fantasy FOURTEEN!!!!"

"........dude it's Versus XIII, did he just make a mistake?!?!"

"and now we have some exclusive footage of it which will be exclusive for the PS3"

"...................oh ...............fucking......................crap.................microsoft JUST GOT POWNED!!!"

Then when it said online at the end...I said to myself "Well...it may not be a normal Final Fantasy...but hey THIS IS A GOOD FUCKING STEP FOR SONY!!!

Jeese I loved that conference. So many people are complaining saying that Sony failed today. But they are seriously a bunch of morons who can't look at the bigger picture. All they care about is A PRICE DROP. To be honest the price is extremely low CONSIDERING WHAT UR GETTING.

Sony won E3.

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WolfCrimson
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:46:09 AM
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I believe I'm speaking on behalf of everyone here (or if not, just say so), that we really appreciate all what you guys at PSXE have done. Thanks m8s.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:54:54 AM
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Excellent Job you two, Sony truly did win in software, the hardware (whether you want it or not) IS superior too. AND I urge you all not to just shrug FFXIV off because it's an MMO, think "First Next Gen MMO...Ever" Hell I might even pay for this one.

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Qubex
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:56:23 AM
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It was a better than expected E3 Sony Pres Conference. The motion controller seems innovative, but I am still concerned with what developers will do with Project Natal. I guess, to some degree there is similarities, but the camera tech in Natal seems to have great facial and object recognition, including a lighting fast 3D scanner built in. It will be interesting to see what they do with it.

Good show reporting B&A, great to review everything once the show was over :)

Q!

"i am home"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:02:43 AM

I'd rather have a full on Archery warfest than flail my body about like a retard with a bad case of armpit-homunculus.

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jaybiv
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 10:59:28 AM

Natal is tryiing to get the Wii crowd to buy an Xbox. The technology is impressive. But what about the practical application?? My sister has a Wii for her children, and I tell you I would much rathet sit back in my favorite chair and play a game then standing up gyrating. Had this been around with the NES, I probably would have loved it to death.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:02:06 AM
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Anyone notice how quiet the MS crowd was? They didn't even give proper respect to Kojima-san. That loser on stage had to keep clapping to try to make everyone else make some noise.

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cLoudou
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 2:31:05 AM

Yep.

It was hilarious when the Sony crowd kept cheering @ hannah montana game.

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Thrill Kill
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 7:39:23 AM

yeah i noticed that too, that guy was a goof.

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Superman915
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:06:02 AM
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If Sony does God of War 3 Special Edition with GOW 1 and 2 included, like they hinted at, its waiting at midnight outside of Gamestop for me.

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Deleted User
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:08:24 AM
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Natal could end up being something very special, but who knows. They should have shown all those awesome things LIVE, not just a video. I still don't believe the Milo thing was 100% real.

You can probably do some of those things, but not that much. And if it is real, I seriously don't think anything will use it to that extent anytime soon. Peter Moloneux (whatever) said they had their hands on the project for a few months. It's gonna take years to get a real game out.

Can someone please answer me this... Is the MGS exclusive to the 360? I thought I had this all figuered out, but after it being a no show and no mention for Sony, I'm starting to wonder.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:10:08 AM

I don't think they actually worked live.

And yeah MGS Rising is multiplat: http://kotaku.com/5274844/metal-gear-solid-rising-destined-for-xbox-360-ps3-pc

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OverlordZero
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:15:05 AM
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I have to say so far this years E3 is the best i have ever seen

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:22:49 AM
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Highlights for me were

MGS:PW and Final Fantasy XIV.

Both intruiging, buti want to know more:

Will FFXIV charge players monthly like FFXI

Will MGS:PW be like MGS:P.O and have you control a party, id rather just control one guy.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:33:32 AM

Yes, XIV will charge a monthly fee.

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Qwarktast1c
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:29:22 AM
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i must say though, that alan wake game does look pretty cool

but i'm very happy with what sony has lined up, so its not so bad


btw, BEATLES ROCK BAND!!! FTW!!

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karneli lll
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 4:28:09 AM

I thought the light thing was kinda boring

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:32:18 AM
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I watched it live and then went back and watched some portions of it again so that I could drool some more. I even liked all of the soundtrack music that they used during the video presentations and in-between Jack and other people going on and off the stage. Had my feet moving.

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kanok
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 2:53:52 AM
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Thanks Ben and Arnold,

You make me have the chance to read the most-update news from E3. Actually I m in Macau, no way to visit this great EXPO.

GOOD JOB!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 3:20:31 AM
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The Home vid was cool they kept showing this guy that looks just like my avatar that looks just like me :)

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SNAKEHOUND
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 4:04:14 AM
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Im scared for the future...why? These games are becoming too real. Like what Sony showed for the motion sensor gig, i was scared, like: what will "SONY" do next? How many years are we from putting our minds into the games themselves? Wow...Its kinda like we'replaying God with video games, but hey thats what their for, to push the envelope, and Sony did that, i was--for the 1st time in years, PROUD TO BE A SONY FANBOY! SONY= PARAGON OF GAMING

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HOODGE
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 4:22:53 AM
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Thanks Ben and Arnold for the hard work that you did and all I can say is PSXExtreme is the best all Playstation site in the world. I rarely go anywhere else for my Playstation reads, news, and downright fix. It is the first thing that comes up everyday on my PC before I turn my PS3 or PSP on. Thanks again.

As For this years E3, all I can say is OMG!!! Hands down a big victory for Sony. All those xbots making fun of Sony's show are really just crying deep inside their mindless/heartless bodies and cannot deny that they saw Power,Greatness,Innovation,and only can dream of seeing games like that on the 360. They will need the next Xbox to possibly see that type of quality.

I was sweating and laughing and had a huge smile on my face through that whole presentation. OMG I even had some tears in my eyes. SOB can someone give me a tissue..Lol's
Many times I got off my chair in front of the computer and yelled loudly, YES YES YES.

I was truly worried after seeing Microsofts Project Natal yesterday at how Sony could equal that. Well what I saw at Sony's conference just shot the ball right back in Microsofts court. Yes Natal is very very cool, but like WorldEndsWithMe said that he would rather have something in his hands than move around like a freakin loser and have his neighbor catch him looking gay through the window out of shock..Lol's.

To Sony thanks very much for the amazing ride and thank you for this E3. You are the champions!!!

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Sir Shak
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 5:03:07 AM
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Uncharted 2 was like watching a movie . it was so seamless .

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www
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 5:05:25 AM
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Yea i also want to see more of the Last Guardian.

Yea and i was a little bit down when i heard FFXIV was an MMO.

Yea i haven't also really been interested in that controller-motion-sensing thing but after hearing of project natal and ps eye am kinda interested.

No ps3 slim,no?

No price cut,no?

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Sir Shak
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 5:05:36 AM
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"I am excited about this next game not for one reason , but for 256 reasons "

Best quote from E3 .

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Ghidora
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 5:18:17 AM
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Great coverage! thx!

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Lord carlos
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 6:11:25 AM
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nice job on the up to date info guy's,it sounds like you had a good time :)
Whats this about a new Resident evil on PSP????
The last guardian is gonna make alot of grown men cry like babies !!!
New MGS on PSP! i wonder if this is why big boss gets super pissed off with zero & co,having to work with 3 clones of himself ???
it would rule if the whole game was 4 player co op and at the end the four snakes(naked snake = big boss)had to fight to the death and the last snake standing is big boss(from all the players POV),at the start your just snake and if player 3 wins the 4 way duel he's big boss in the ending cut scene,i'm allowed to dream!!

THANKS AGAIN BEN & ARNOLD !!!!!!!!!!

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Karosso
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 6:43:52 AM
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Guys!!!! Am I the only one who noticed the PS3 slim in the intro of Sony's Press Conference?
Ben please take a look and tell me I'm not crazy or that I'm crazy :-)
http://e3.g4tv.com/videos/38747/Sony-E3-2009-Press-Conference/

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isaya85
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 7:00:50 AM
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Uncharted 2 looked phenomenal that's what I call next gen and it's only possible on PS3

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Karosso
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 7:09:26 AM
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Not sure why my comment got stuck in the limbo of "pending moderator approval" but again.
Is that the PS3 Slim on the intro of Sony's Press Conference??
Tell me I'm not dreaming...
http://e3.g4tv.com/videos/38747/Sony-E3-2009-Press-Conference/

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 11:10:53 PM

@Karrosso
It think it was the PS2 sitting next to the PS3 and later, allduring the time they showed all the X, O, triangle, &Square buttons going around.

BTW, anytime you add a "link" in your post, it always goes into moderator approval mode automatically. Then there's a waiting period until a mod's free to check it out & then it posts. They're usually quick with it & I've found that it's usually less than 1/2 hour tops(unless they're all extremely busy like during this E3, LOL)

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Juanalf
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 7:57:07 AM
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Uncharted2 blew everything else away,those are the most impressive graphics I've seen and has the action to back it up;Last guardian had the same effect on me.Sadly I have to say that the only thing that was underwhelming to me was GOW3 :(

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Mr Bitey
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 8:24:42 AM
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Downloaded FF VII and the FF Dissidia wallpaper last night. Downloading the Uncharted 2 beta as I type. :)

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telly
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 8:38:04 AM
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Stay strong, Ben, women can wait!!!!

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vicious54
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 8:38:08 AM
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The Uncharted 2 beta is sweet. I played it last night and I didn't know the co-op was going to be that good. I like that fact that it makes you work together.

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Belazor
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 8:55:29 AM
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The "rather have a controller than flail arms around" argument doesn't work.
I'm sorry, it just doesn't.
Regardless if you have a tiny bit of plastic in your hands or no plastic at all, you're still flailing and if that makes you feel stupid, motion control isn't for you.

What IS, however, a valid point is that I do not believe the Archery scene from Sony's presentation can be re-created in Natal.
Everything else (beyond not using controllers, obviously) can be re-created using Sony's PlayStation Eye.

The PS Eye already has a camera sensitive enough (obviously) and a microphone with enough noise cancelling to support voice commands. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playstation_Eye

Facial recognition is all software-based and thus if Sony partners up with a firm similar to what Microsoft did, Sony can re-create the remaining features of Natal with no problems (beyond getting developers interested, obviously, though MS shares the same problem).

Returning to my original point; while I don't know much about the physics involved, I still think that in order for the game to know that you have tilted your bow in the horizontal position, gyroscopes like what is found in the PS Motion Controller are required.


Therefore, one could conclude that Microsoft have sacrificed some functionality for the "wow"-factor of controller-less motion sensing.

Whether that is good or bad, that would be down to the individual person to decide.
Me personally, I don't mind the controllers, so long as they do come with wrist straps so that I don't have to fear dropping them.

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jaybiv
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 11:16:41 AM

You're not flailing if you have a controller in your hand. We'll maybe some gamers, but not the majority. I, for one, don't want to combine aerobic exercise and video games. Did that many years ago with Decathalon on the Atari 2600 and Track & Field. I want to relax and have fun. Not tire myself out and get frustrated. If it makes your day, more power to you.

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HOODGE
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 5:07:04 PM

See that Microsoft demo video with the 5 family members together interacting with that thing, from the racing to the soccer, etc? They all looked like a bunch of retards. Imagine the neighbors actually seeing you do that through the window having no clue that you are interacting with a xbox camera? Downright funny. Close the blinds people. lol's

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BeezleDrop
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 10:00:41 AM
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Ooooooh snap son! Sony killed it, great coverage, and additional generic complement ben and arnold! What did microsoft bust out?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 10:19:16 AM
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Thanks everyone. We try. :)

As for the motion sensing, it's just a tech right now but from what I saw, I do believe it's more advanced than Natal. Both put Nintendo's gadgetry to shame, though. ;)

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Karosso
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:26:14 PM

Great job Guys!
Have I goner insane or is that the PS3 Slim I see on Sony's Press Conference?
Please Ben you're the only one who can get to the bottom of it...

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 10:34:31 AM
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Ben, you probably already know but Fumito Ueda has done an interview with Famitsu detailing more details regarding The Last Guardian. May be good for yet another news insert!

Thanks for your hard work guys! i agree, Sony really came at the competition hard, and they could of done it even harder shockingly!



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Highlander
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 10:50:57 AM
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Looking over the E3 thing so far forgetting the winners and losers what intrigues me is the emphasis of the big three.

Microsoft's big emphasis was on peripheral functions, like the Sky TV thing, and the Facebook/Twitter thing, the motion tracking and interaction thing. Overall, they spent less time talking about games and less time talking about truly exclusive games than I expected, There was also no real emphasis on the new ZuneHD as a mobile partner to the Xbox360. The big take aways for me from their presentation were the impression that they felt that the announcement of a Beatles exclusive track was worth moving their whole press conference for - it wasn't, they talked about a very small number of exclusive games two of which were Halo, and they clearly implied (well, they stated that all games after a certain point in their presentation were exclusive to Xbox360) that the Metal Gear game was exclusive - and it clearly is not. The emphasis from MS was not on games it was on other things, and the presentation on games was ultimately pretty hollow.

Nintendo appeared to think that they are a medical company now. The finger sensor attachment that monitors your vital signs is simply the same thing that a nurse sticks on your index finger to track your pulse and blood oxygen levels. Nintendo seems to want to move more in the direction of being a health device than a gaming device, and their presentation had the clinical sterility befitting of a medical device.

Sony arrived with the bombastic sound of Queen, and the hits kept on coming. I believe ti's true to say that they showed more games for PSP than MS showed for the 360, and then they got started on the PS3. They did weave in other elements of their Home and PSN services, so the focus was not exclusive to games and of course the PSP Go! got it's launch and the motion control thing was demo'd. However at the end of the day, Sony spent the vast majority of their time showing game after game after game, and the majority of them were actually exclusives. And the thing that really blows me away is that Sony spent two whole hours doing this and still could have gone on for another hour as they just couldn't get all the games into the presentaion. Heavy Rain and Ratchet & Clank are just two games that really got very little in the way of mention, and yet we know they are coming. There were PSP games such as Namco's Soul Calibur - no real mention. And yet we know of these already, and Sony couldn't find a way to squeeze them into the two hour show. I guess they felt that it would be too frenetic if they kept stuffing more games into the time slot. I don't know. But the impression I took away was that Sony has games, games and more games on it's agenda for the PlayStation brand. Notice they are launching the PSP Go at a higher price, no price cut talk there. Sony's strategy for growing the PS3 is crystal clear now, it's about the games, not price.

To re-cap. Microsoft is back to trying to take over the living room and games are secondary. Nintendo has hired too many medical professionals and started believing it's own press when it comes to the health enhancing benefits of Wii Sports. Sony has decided to be a games company again, and is happy to let the software sell the hardware.

Looking forwards, Microsoft has already cut the price of the 360 to the bone, another cut and they make no money on the device. I'm not sure where they go next. Nintendo appears to be coasting and I have no real idea what they will do long term, in the short term it seems it's more of the same, perhaps they are hoping that the same folks who paid for Wii Fit will upgrade to the Plus version? I just cannot see where Nintendo is going any more. Sony looks to me like thy will not reduce their price until the Holiday season, I still believe that a Slim PS3 will arrive then. Mark my words, the $299 price point for a PS3 may be the sweet spot, and you may not see another cut until late in the life of the unit. The strategy is to let the software sell the units, not the price. Long term, I think we will see Sony continue to push the software, and $299 will be the final price point for PS3.

Long term, Sony is acting like a gaming company, Mirosoft is acting like Microsoft and Nintendo is gunning for shelf space in my local Walgreens store (pharmacy/Chemist for those in lands without Walgreens).

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jaybiv
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 11:08:35 AM

Excellent analysis.

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Karosso
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:18:32 PM

Hey Highlander,
Since you are the most tech savvy here and Ben seems to be ignoring my posts, can you take a look at the intro from Sony Press and tell me is one of the hardware shown is the PS3 Slim?
http://e3.g4tv.com/videos/38747/Sony-E3-2009-Press-Conference/

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:25:39 PM

Good stuff Highlander.

Karosso: No offense, but I'm a little busy these days. I saw your posts but I'm pretty sure what you're seeing isn't the PS3 Slim.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:25:43 PM

@Karosso

I just now tried looking there and the video isn't playing for me.

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HOODGE
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 5:13:53 PM

Perfect analysis

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JCARROLL
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 11:50:25 AM
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I'm new here but I have to say that your site is great. I really think this was the best e3 ever. I think the highlight was definately GT5 having damage and WRC and Nascar licenses. @ karosso. Yeah I noticed the picture of the ps3 slim too, unless I was still delirious from the smell of BS at the M$ conference!

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:24:54 PM

Anyone got any screen caps or stills of that PS3 Slim sighting from the start of Sony's video presentation?

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Bo0mKiiD
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:20:08 PM
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My opinion is that the Ps2 has to go as well as the UMD format. Having to support those sony is losing money. Let's be honest, when are you gonna pull out the Ps2 to end god of war again? Get rid of that then they can focus on great exclusives.

P.S The wand?....Can anyone say Bu++hole pleasures?

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Karosso
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:30:00 PM
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No Problem Ben I know you been shooting out articles like there is no tomorrow... Great Job as always.
I see a PS3 logo that is different from the regular one and it looks really thin, its driving me insane...
Sorry if I am a bit crazy, its just that nobody else seem to have noticed :-(

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:42:40 PM

Probably the vast majority of people weren't even watching for it. I have to find a link...

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SaintX
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:54:23 PM

I've just checked the video, and i believe that you are mistaken it with the PS2 slim. The video first introduced the PSP, followed by the PS3 and then the PS2. I dont see the PS3 slim in it. And thats the logo for the PS2 slim, which is why it looks different

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Karosso
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:45:51 PM
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Did you try this one? I am watching it right now.
http://e3.g4tv.com/videos/38747/Sony-E3-2009-Press-Conference/

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Karosso
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:52:22 PM
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Sorry guys I looked at it in slow motion and its just that video is so crappy I could not see it well enough, its a CG redered PS2 slim, it just looks to shinny in the freaking video, got me for a moment there...
Sorry, sorry, sorry...

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 2:10:33 PM
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Excellent job Ben and Arnold. Top flight coverage. It's just another reason as to why PSX is my site for PS3 news.

I am very envious of the two for being there for all that Sony goodness (specifically GT5).

Question for you Ben. Was the "secret" game you were talking about revealed at E3? I apologize if this was already asked somewhere else.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 2:41:10 PM

in case he doesn't get to it I'll answer, Ben has said that no, it wasn't there.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 3:43:34 PM

Thanks for the heads up.

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karneli lll
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 2:42:40 PM
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Square is considering FF XIV for other consoles. Talk about a kick in the groin for Sony. Still think square can be redeemed?

Last edited by karneli lll on 6/3/2009 2:43:43 PM

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 3:15:24 PM

just read that, what the hell is wrong with Enix!? oh, i just said it.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 4:19:09 PM

Crack addled chimps with typewriters - SquEnix PR department.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 9:07:01 PM

HA. :)

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smileys_007
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 5:49:07 PM
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@karneli III

you're right here's a link to the latest update:

http://news.zergwatch.com/2009/06/03/square-says-final-fantasy-xiv-not-necessarily-ps3-exclusive-1upcom/

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556pineapple
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 8:39:01 PM
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I managed to see G4 on someone elses tv for part of the MS conference, but not for Sony. I'll have to watch it when I get a chance, though I already know all the major announcements from it.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 11:40:23 PM
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My "THANKS" go out to all of the staff here for your diligent work during the 2009 E3

BTW, that "Lord of Shadows is actually the next in the "Castlevania" series, but it will play differently than the past games.

It's an action game, you can explore an open world, with magical spells, and the hero is looking for retribution & salvation.

According to Kojima, the game is by Spanish developer, "Mercury Stream", but Kojima's going to be working with them on their title.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 11:53:38 PM
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And imo,
Sony kicked some major butt yesterday!

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007
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 1:23:19 AM
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I really hate to admit, but microsoft's conference is really impressive this year e.g., project natal

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Highlander
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 9:40:06 AM
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Have a look at this folks. This is the way that the Mainstream media handles it's E3 'analysis'.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-10256539-17.html

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JCARROLL
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 1:21:17 PM

They are being sarcastic, aren't they?

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Highlander
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 5:20:26 PM

No, the author of that article is always like that, his world has a very limited scope.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 4:02:44 PM
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@Highlander,
My thinking.....of course that's what happen when you let the public vote, just because there's more 360 owners(at the moment) than PS3.
And I scoff at them calling themselves media, more like stealers & repeaters, I say.

Hey, remember what you said about adled monkeys?

These so-called-media types probably just got an all-expenses paid month's vacation from MS, to South America so they gorge themselves to their hearts content at the Chiquita Banana company.

Ahhh yes indeed......
it must be nice to be able to swing across vines all morning long, hang out in tree branches while making alpha male screeching chants, take long whiffs of their own armpits, or inspect their own balls in public, & throw their feces at their other co-working Howler Monkeys.


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Geobaldi
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 4:29:33 PM
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My under the radar award so far goes to Warhammer 40k: Space Marine. The preview of it looks really promising and it hasn't gotten a word of mention anywhere that I've seen. And with the great job that Relic has done with that license so far, I see this one being successful as well. And it's an RPG as well from what I gathered. Another plus :)

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