Gut Reactions: Sony E3 Press Conference

Find out what the GameSpot editors think of Sony's push into the third dimension and motion controls.

Just moments before the doors opened at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Sony closed the E3 press conference season with a look at some of its biggest games, which included the return of a beloved franchise in Twisted Metal as well as glimpses of upcoming games like Killzone 3, Little Big Planet 2, and the surprise announcement of Portal 2. But of course, a major part of Sony's strategy revolves around new technology, and the company wasted little time in emphasizing its support of 3D gaming as well as motion controls with the PlayStation Move.

Sophia Tong, Associate Editor

Sony's press conference was still impressive, but Nintendo's performance was kind of hard to beat--at least for me. I wanted almost every game that they showed at Nintendo, and with Sony, the one game that stood out was LittleBigPlanet 2. I wanted to see The Last Guardian--what happened?! I know Sony is more about big HD TVs and 3D, but I'm not sure how I could handle playing a game in 3D for any length of time, because even without the glasses I still get motion sickness. I still haven't had a chance to try out any games that involve the PlayStation Move, but I'm having a hard time getting excited about it because I'm reminded of the Wii…except that it's black and has a glowing ball at the top.

Tom Mc Shea, Associate Editor

Sony had a strange press conference. It didn't have many major announcements, but everything it showed at least looked fun, if not particularly innovated. Killzone 3 is one of the few shooters I've seen at this year's E3 that actually made me excited, probably because of the variety included in the demo. Standard rifle shooting, jetpacks, and even a helicopter turret mission looked like KZ3 would mix things up, which is always a good thing. Portal 2 was the biggest surprise to me. Given Valve's history with the PlayStation 3, I didn't expect the game to even hit the system, let alone have all the cool updates the Steam version will be lucky enough to get. inFamous 2, not surprisingly, looks incredible, and the graphics technology looks a lot more impressive this time around. I'm excited for Twisted Metal, though it will be interesting to see how car combat works in this era. I loved the first two Twisted Metal games and even bought Critical Depth and Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012, but it may be hard for this to stand out in the modern era.

I'm glad Sony pretty much ignored casual Move games, since that's what derailed Microsoft's conference. Heroes on the Move and Sorcery don't look particularly imaginative, but it could be at least fun to wield a wand or team Ratchet with Sly for an epic battle. It's just a shame nothing was mentioned from Team Ico. Where's the Ico/Colossus collection that's been rumored? Or The Last Guardian? Otherwise, a good show that didn't exactly blow me away.

Kevin VanOrd, Editor

I have a secret to tell: I wasn't able to see Sony's press conference in its entirety. Not only did I have an appointment that occurred in the middle of it, but I haven't even seen all of it as of this writing. So be forewarned: These are incomplete impressions, so no score from me. I did see the first half-hour though, and I wanted to mention the obvious: Killzone 3 looks awesome. Now I love a good sci-fi shooter, and what Guerrilla showed of Killzone 3 really hits that special spot. And the jump pack seriously looks like it will add some great variety. Plus, I love the Helghast all decked out in those things, looking like weird sci-fi demons from the future. The future--in hell.

As for the rest, I will allow my colleagues to chime in. I will say this, however: The press conference seemed…dry, maybe? I saw people talk about loving games, but I didn't sense it. Nintendo didn't need to tell me they loved games today: I could just tell. And this is a case where actions speak louder than words.

Guy Cocker, Editor | GameSpot UK

Sony had a great E3 press conference. It was confident and entertaining--unafraid of acknowledging the competition and even explicitly mocking it in Kevin Butler's hilarious monologue. It had some great surprises, most notably Gabe Newell's appearance and the claim that the PS3 will be home to "the best console version of Portal 2." And, on a purely selfish note, I love that Europe was addressed throughout--the Move will even premiere in the territory.

Sony also displayed quite the jump in quality when it came to Move titles--the E3 demos were markedly better than the ones unveiled at GDC in February. Sorcery was a Harry Potter game in all but name--it looked genuinely good and should be a hit with teenagers. I played the Move-enabled version of Resident Evil 5 just after the conference and really enjoyed the addition of motion controls. It even seems as if the very promising Killzone 3 will be using the technology. Sony also announced a very reasonable $50 price point and a firm November worldwide release date for Move, highlighting Microsoft's vagueness when it comes to pricing Kinect.

I'm not so sure about the company's 3D push, though--it could be an issue of timing, but I think Nintendo's 3DS took the headlines in this area. I'm also not sold on the idea of a premium PSN service, although thankfully I'll still be able to play online multiplayer for free. Also, the lack of any new info on The Last Guardian or the much-rumored Ico Collection disappointed many GameSpot editors I spoke to.

Justin Calvert, Senior Editor

Given the pretty impressive list of games that was shown at Sony's press conference this morning I should have come away from it feeling really impressed. But, after watching Nintendo's excellent event beforehand, I found Sony's to be a little disappointing. At Nintendo, I got the impression that the guys onstage are passionate about games. At Sony, I got the impression that the guys onstage are passionate about sales figures. That's not a criticism, given that the audience undoubtedly included plenty of figures-folk, but after the enthusiasm and joy of Nintendo's presentation, Sony's previews of upcoming marketing campaigns and attempts to mock their competitors just didn't do anything for me, and neither did the 3D portion of the presentation.

The games, on the other hand, got me pretty excited for the good times I'll be having with my PS3 and PSP in the months ahead. Killzone 3 looked great, LittleBigPlanet 2 is undoubtedly a game that I'll sink dozens of hours into, and it goes without saying that I can't wait to get my hands on Patapon 3. Perhaps the biggest and best surprise for me was that, after watching the demo at the end of the conference, I now care about the existence of Twisted Metal. I never cared for the PlayStation and PS2 games, but I think the extra vehicle types are going to make things much more interesting.

Laura Parker, Features Editor | GameSpot AU

Sony managed to impress me, but try as it might, it could not win my heart (Nintendo claimed it early this morning with its super-rad lineup). Still, let's focus on the good bits shall we? Firstly, to nobody's surprise, David Jaffe finally made Twisted Metal for the PS3 a reality, announcing the title for 2011. What got me more excited, though, was the news that Portal 2 is going to be on the PS3, which means that I will be getting reacquainted with my companion cube very soon (well, obviously not before Portal 2 is released. But you know what I mean.) It was also good to hear that Gran Turismo 5 finally has a release date and that it's not sometime in 2020.

On the hardware front, Sony seems to be going in the right direction to address slow PSP sales in territories outside Japan, promising 70 titles before the end of this year, which will include crowd pleasers God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Parasite Eve 3rd Birthday (yay!), and a PSP version of EyePet.

And finally we can't ignore the PlayStation Move, which, for the most part, is looking a lot more promising than Kinect. I'm still not sold on the pricing and the bundles, but I guess the software will dictate whether it's worth it or not.

Chris Watters, Associate Editor

While much of Sony's press conference was spent talking about things that alert GameSpot readers already knew about, I for one was unprepared to see a beat-up old ice-cream truck with a flaming clown head roll out onto the stage. Having cut my car combat teeth on past games in the Twisted Metal series, I was excited to see old Sweet Tooth rear his ugly head, but it wasn't until they showed off Nuke mode that I started to get really intrigued. While Deathmatch mode seemed to be fun yet familiar, the huge scale and multistage objective-based matches of Nuke mode seem like something new in the world of car combat. I watched with morbid delight as the clown team frantically held off a doll onslaught while dragging a hostage behind them that they were waiting to sacrifice into the gaping, grinding, flaming maw of a truck-mounted missile launcher. It was great to see some ingenuity applied to resurrecting old classics, and though there was no shortage of games on display during the conference, only one made me crack a twisted smile of delight.

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guidedblue
guidedblue

NINTENDO ROCKS THE GAMEING WORLD 3D WITH OUT GLASSES TOP NOCH THATS WHAT I SAY AND TOUCH SCREEN DULL SCREENS GBA PORT AND DS PORT TWO CAMRAES AND MOTION CONTROLL NINTENDO HAS IT ALL

redmoonseven
redmoonseven

Hope killzone3 will makeit to the pc too (and God of War 3, please).. motion controllers, they'll make you tired of playing video games (literally), no offense ;p

lunarfoxtrot
lunarfoxtrot

Takreem94- "Ok, why is this page filled with non-Sony related comments? GameSPot, you should seriously tell your moderators to delete any off-the page comments. Seriously, did GS ask anyone of you to compare this conference with any other? You should talk only, and only about the Sony conference. You can praise it, criticize it but you can't compare it. Seriously GS, you need to revise your rules." Me- "quit your cry'n!"

Hanley209
Hanley209

Project natal (yes i know its Kinect now but natal sounds better) in my opinion will be better than move. With move you basically have to hold a large ugly glowing pipe to work it. Although with that said i still think that the game lineup for move will be better at the start when they both come out.

lol_kid_983
lol_kid_983

2 me, the Move is awesome. I bet it gonna be wayy better than wii

irishmurph
irishmurph

The move doesn't excite me at all. The only part that I care about is the software lineup and there are tons of games coming out.

ProdjectAUSM
ProdjectAUSM

One of the parts of the conference that I loved is how the crowd reacted to that ball going in the sand trap during the Tiger Woods portion. Realistic golf, and audience.

otaviogalileu
otaviogalileu

the one thing I was expecting the most did not happen: Team Ico's The Last Guardian... anything about it would be nice, even if it was some 30sec trailer... That would be enough for me. The rest of the conference was just uninspiring, as the whole e3 was... nothing really major that would make me scream like a little girl: ohmygodohmygodohmygod! But good things, nonetheless.

wwwlp
wwwlp

killzone 3 + 3D = must buy (:

SlickkWilly
SlickkWilly

takreem95, the editors started the comparison parade by bringing up Nintendo when asked about Sony. Apparently the subject is why Sony was not as good as Nintendo.

SlickkWilly
SlickkWilly

Guys, I have been a Nintendo fan since I was little, but it is getting a little thick around here isn't it? I mean everyone above is really that excited about Kirby and Donkey Kong? REALLY? really? Zelda, Metroid, Mario. These will always be golden. But, beyond that, Nintendo really stole everyone's heart away from anything else cool? The drama is thick for Nintendo among the editors. Hmmmm.

Masenkoe
Masenkoe

@Yomama51 You have a very good point, the Wii's hardware has become outdated with the release of the Move, and I also do agree that even though Kirby is a classic, Epic Yarn does indeed look to childish for me to want to ever play.

takreem95
takreem95

Ok, why is this page filled with non-Sony related comments? GameSPot, you should seriously tell your moderators to delete any off-the page comments. Seriously, did GS ask anyone of you to compare this conference with any other? You should talk only, and only about the Sony conference. You can praise it, criticize it but you can't compare it. Seriously GS, you need to revise your rules.

takreem95
takreem95

Ok, why is this page filled with non-Sony related comments? GameSPot, you should seriously tell your moderators to delete any off-the page comments. Seriously, did GS ask anyone of you to compare this conference with any other? You should talk only, and only about the Sony conference. You can praise it, criticize it but you can't compare it. Seriously GS, you need to revise your rules.

electricgecko
electricgecko

I wish everyone would stop bringing up the zelda stage demo. Anyone whos ever held a motionplus knows that its more than capable of doing everything discussed in the upcoming game. I personally don't know how any true "hardcore" (i hate that term it doesnt mean anything other than u play video games that make u look like a cool kid) gamer can live knowing that theres a fantastic zelda game coming out that theyre not going to be able to play cuz they dont have a wii. All those who ripped on motion controls and went out and bought a ps3 r now excited for the move for some reason.....and y is it that nintendo was able to get through theyre conference without bashing the other consoles.....or talking about theyre upcoming marketing techniques. (Can't fricken wait for portal and LBP 2)

electricgecko
electricgecko

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Franzkill
Franzkill

@risidiqq - My friend YOU ARE NOT ALONE. You all should have seen the look on my face after the conference was over and nothing on a PSP 2 was announced. Fellt SOOO let down after they finished the PSP montage and even some sweet gameplay footage of 'PE: The Third Birthday' could not quench my rage! UPDATE: Perfect oppurtunity Sony PERFECT. The 3DS was announced FFS so competition wise it would have been the best time to announce it! Also I'm going to kill myself waiting till TGS 2010, whoever feels my pain came give me a THUMBS UP. :(

Yomama51
Yomama51

The nintendo conference was good... But all of the games seemed too childish and lame. "Kirby's epic yarn" What the hell? And the Wii controller failed miserably during the Zelda demo. The PS Move looks like it will work MUCH better than the Wii's controller. There is no reason to get the Wii once the Move comes out..

Alyxm1
Alyxm1

+ Reggie is boring, as is Jack Trenton, but Nintendos games are super balls... guess Americans praise Nintendo more than all, wait.. they do.

Alyxm1
Alyxm1

The whole E3 was mehish, mainly due to the hardcore getting hit in the face, apart from most of Sony and the first small 'half' of Microsoft. Talking about the hardcore, Nintendo showed the same gameplay, or even worse gameplay of Metoroid other m from last years E3, and return of Golden eye is cool, but really, make a new ip... please... plus it looks exactly the same as it did close to 15 years ago. The 3d is probably cool on the 3DS but its on a handheld, and nintendo have 2-3 games on the ds that actually use 3d, so its useless. Other than that, Nintendos was balls, dunno why people are praising it, the same from last year as it is this year, oo new ds... meh.

rsiddiqi
rsiddiqi

They really should have announced a PSP2...the games coming out on PSP are exciting...but after the announcement of 3DS..sonys presentation for the PSP seemed lame. Sony needed a PSP2 to up the ante the dying PSP. New games are good...but I dont know if they'll be enough to revive the psp. :( I was looking forward to buying the PSP2 given my boredom with the psp games lineup....now i'm thinking of getting the PS3 even though its freakin hard for me to take out time for consoles. Hand-helds work great for my schedule.

Burning_Typhoon
Burning_Typhoon

The only things I didn't like about the nintendo conference was Bill and miyamoto talking at the same time, and getting in the way of translation... and spending too much time on the zelda game... Also, he was making mistakes while playing his own game, huh?.. The other thing I didn't like was the Kirby game... Other than that, I suppose it was ok. But, I don't own, nor want a Nintendo console.

the_requiem
the_requiem

Nintendo = best for fan service+nostalgia factor. I mean really, Zelda and Mario games are something that will always get folks interested coz most folks played one of those 2 as their first console game. Sony = Best lineup of fun games. Am not much of a Zelda fan, never played anything but original NES. Never played a Mario game after SNES, so don't really care about all that. I know when to move on [no pun intended] from childhood nostalgia.

zskrabs24
zskrabs24

nintendo's would be good if you were under the age of 12 and still cared about kirby. Zelda is another story. you can't hate on zelda. even though they have recycled the ocarina of time formula about a million times it is still an amazing series. it is always a plus.

Rev8691
Rev8691

sony missed the boat to announce a PSP2 to rival the 3DS...

Tanares
Tanares

There was no doubt Sony put on the best show last year, but they came in second to the 3DS this year. It will truly be the king of handhelds. Nice touch though with the Sweet Tooth ice cream truck driving on stage and Kevin Butler giving a funny yet inspiring speech :)

Crunchy_Nuts
Crunchy_Nuts

The thing with Sony's conference is that pretty much all their big blockbusters were already shown ahead of time. If they fitted the last few weeks of announcements into that hour and a half, I think they would have blown everybody away.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Sony showed off some great stuff, but the delivery fell flat. The move showed potential, but most of the original games were weak. Either way, it was better than MS's, and I own a 360. MS's conference just made me feel like I'd watched a video form of Gamespot's E3 Expectations article.

darkjedilink
darkjedilink

@zipnut: Gritty and violent games != a great press conference. Like Kevin said above, you can say you love games all you want, but nobody felt it. Also, it's kind of lame to talk about 3D and make everyone wear glasses when not two hours before these same people were shown 3D WITHOUT glasses. On a handheld. Also, so what if Sony's Move is more accurate? Sony said for YEARS that motion control was a childish fad, and they stuck to that. Oh, well, four years of being in last place by a crapton will change some minds, eh?

zipnut5
zipnut5

@ Rhythm Man, Mamajoe, honderdman, and nerd_assassin. Thank you!!! The Sony conference was awesome! Almost every one who read this is a Nintendo fan boy! The Nintendo conference had no gritty, violent games! It was all sunshine and flowerpots! Sony on the other hand, had Kill Zone 3, Twisted Metal, and Ghost of Sparta! They also had awesome non-violent games like, LBP, Patapon 3, and many non-violent Move games. (Which Nintendo fan boys admit, it more accurate than Wii!)

ffviiifreak
ffviiifreak

I liked the PSP parts as well as Twisted Metal!! For me though the combination of Zelda, Metroid, and Kid Icarious stole the show. Microsoft fizzled hard but after stealing the show something like 3 years in a row they seriously had it coming.

edant79
edant79

I personally was more excited for Sony's games. And yes, I grow up with NES too. Although I admit Nintendo had the best conference, and there games (new Zelda) look incredibly fun.....but I couldn't get past the dated visuals. I'm sorry! I know it makes me a bad gamer, but I'm a sucker for a pretty face. When you line 'em up...I'll take Kill Zone over Golden Eye any day.

nerd_assassin
nerd_assassin

@ RhythmMan Completely agree man.That's why I think that Sony still wins it for me. Nintendo hyped up everyone because of the nostalgia factor. Doesn't work out for me that much. But the announcements make me kind of want the Wii more.

nerd_assassin
nerd_assassin

I don't know, but seeing that all the major franchises from the west have already been announced a sequel, and that Team ICO is from Japan, maybe they're saving up The Last Guardian and all other major game announcements for TGS 2010 and just don't have that much in their sleeve for this E3 so they settled up with the technologies instead. I just hope that there's not much talk for the move anymore in TGS 2010. Anyways just the definite release date of GT5 was enough for me. Id still say Nintendo and Sony is at par, but the 3DS wins it all!

maverick_76
maverick_76

It sounds to me that Nintendo crushed it, while Sony and Microsoft were duking it out for a distant second.

Maxor127
Maxor127

Seeing as how a port of Portal 2 seems to be what most impressed the editors, I'd say it wasn't a good press conference at all. I'm not really impressed with E3 at all this year. I'm looking forward to Zelda and probably Portal 2, but not much else. The "me too" motion hardware from Sony and Microsoft doesn't impress me at all. They're way too late to the motion sensing party and should've just waited until the next generation. I don't think many people are going to care about motion sensing. And if they do, they already have a Wii

mamajoe
mamajoe

Since I don't own a Wii (and have no plans for one) the only thing from Nintendo that impressed me was the 3DS and handheld titles. Sony gave me much more to be excited about. I'm planning on buying a Move. (I tried Wii in the store and hated the lack of precision in the controls. So Move's more accurate controls beat out both MS and Nintendo for me.) Sorcery looked fun and kick ass. Heroes on the Move also looked fun, and I'd love to see how Resident Evil 5 plays with the Move. Its application for shooters has me interested, as I really don't care for the present shooter control schemes usually. Looks like there are many solid PSP titles for me to look forward to, though I wish there had been more focus on showing off those titles. Ghost of Sparta looks sick, and I might trade in my current PSP for that bundle. The 3rd Birthday has me stoked. Aya returns! Birth By Sleep should be fun. Wish I could have heard more about FF Agito XIII for the PSP and Versus XIII for PS3. And Twisted Metal for PS3 as a reveal was awesome! They had me at the flaming clown head... the ice cream truck wheeling onto the stage was just cake for my Sweet Tooth. The 3D with glasses was the only thing that didn't interest me. Overall, it was a good presentation.

FamousCalibur
FamousCalibur

Here are my ratings: Sony: B-, reason: No Last Guardian, lots of core games, nothing new for PSP and its sales, and PlayStation Move is better than I intentionally expected. Microsoft:C+, reason: Too much Kinect made me bored, Halo and Gears made me queasy from excitement, new 360 better get rid of rrod Nintendo: A++, lots of comebacks of old games, 3DS looks up most promising and amazing, nothing boring, and Nintendo you've done it again Thumbs up if I'm correct

slickvic1990
slickvic1990

sorry for the wall. apparently, my laptop doesnt understand the concept of the ENTER button.

slickvic1990
slickvic1990

i agree that Sony's was slightly disappointing. a vast majority of their games were only showed briefly way too many times in waaaay too many montages. and the games that did get air time, either got too little (psp god of war, portal 2) or too much (assassin's creed brotherhood, dead space 2, and medal of honor. they were already shown at the EA conference, and so much time shouldnt have been devoted to them). and my biggest disappointment (personally) may have been final fantasy 14. I think Versus 13 would have been a much better surprise, and i think they missed an opportunity there. still. there were bright spots. it started with a bang with Killzone. Portal 2 was a pleasant surprise. LBP2 looks amazing, although i feel like people dont even consider it a platformer anymore with all the other things you can do. Twisted Metal was nice, but lacked the impact of say, The Last Guardian, Uncharted 3, Devil May Cry 5, or other high profile surprises. Infamous 2 looks amazing, as expected. in closing, it was a solid presentation, but ultimately disappointing, because i dont go to Sony for "solid". there was way too much fluff with the montages, Kevin Butler was funny but ultimately didnt add any gaming info to the conference, and imo, there wasnt really a true, big reveal. Nintendo had multiple big reveals (DKCR, Kirby, 3DS, Goldeneye, Zelda gameplay,etc), and ultimately had the best conference.

marginalvalue
marginalvalue

I wouldnt be caught dead with that retarded lightbulb diildo and i sure as hell wouldnt pay $100 so only one person can use it. EPIC FAIL!

RhythmMan
RhythmMan

@ender1042 don't agree, Microsoft was far weaker than Sony. But Sony focused on pushing new hardware features like 3D and Move rather than listing all their new games. The only new hardware nintendo showed was the 3DS, so they had more time to showcase games. Sony did so because they made a huge investment in the this new hardware and they need to make a sales pitch for it...the games will speak for themselves when they come out. I will agree that the nintendo remakes and sequels look fun and nastolgic for older gamers, although not as innovative.

lordjustify
lordjustify

They were poor, indeed. It's obvious that MS and SONY just want their piece of the big casual-gamer-cake.

tubap92
tubap92

The gut reactions collectively sum up how I feel about Sony's press conference: it was a disappointment. Sony and Microsoft fanboys can argue all they want, but truthfully I think both showings were equally poor.

lordjustify
lordjustify

They were poor, indeed. It's obvious that MS and SONY just want their piece of the big casual-gamer-cake.

ender1042
ender1042

I'm sorry guys, but this piece really shows how much you all are Sony fanboys. I don't usually criticize fans about being fanboys, but when it comes to pure journalism, your first impressions are telling. I watched the press conf from your website. I thought out of the three, it was by far the worst. I'm not a fanboy of MS or Nintendo. I love games and I have many from each system. So I have no allegiance. Sony is offering a Plus service that does what? Sony didn't refresh the PSP or offer a value to buy a PSPGo. They didn't have nearly as many titles as Nintendo or Microsoft, and the titles they mentioned could have been highlighted in a video. It looked as if Sony is reaching. The Move would have been a huge hit with a God of War or Gran Turismo title. I see Sony's press conf as a long list of missed opportunities. Sure, you can say they went conservative. The argument can be made that they are trying to emphasize their already superior offerings, but they missed the mark compared to Nintendo and even Microsoft.

Nakor
Nakor

@Jawehawk-DK: Lol he's coming across as a fanboy because all he talked about was how awesome it was that Sony did this and Sony did that. How are you confused here? Personally I am disappointed with all three of the console makers' shows this year. Nowhere in my comment was I actually bashing Sony or the Move. I was merely stating fact (with a correction to Guy's section), and stating my opinion on the pricing.