TGS 2010: Sony Keynote Recap
Last night we brought you the Microsoft Press Conference recap of the Tokyo Games Show 2010 where we saw a slew of new announcements. Now it’s time for Sony’s turn in the land of the rising sun as they unveil all of the games PlayStation 3 and PSP owners will be enjoying in the weeks and months to come.
Thanks to Peeping Life’s anime short involving crazy antics revolving around the PlayStation 3, we were kept interested while waiting for the festivities to begin and the internet to become a buzz in Sony gaming news. Since the short was in Japanese and involved the female character crying, I can only assume this couple made the fatal mistake of forgetting to pick up HDMI cords!
To kick things off the PlayStation Move took center focus as titles like Resident Evil 5, High Velocity Bowling, Virtua Tennis 4, Ape Escape, Big 3 Gun Shooting, and Killzone 3 were showcased for the peripheral releasing in Japan soon and available in the United States this week. Partners including Capcom, Sega, Konami, Namco Bandai, EA, Ubisoft, Hudson, Gameloft, and more were noted as some of the foundational support for the device moving forward. The PS Move’s specs were rehashed including its ability to achieve perspective location tracking using the PS Eye as well as the accelerometer motion sensing. More titles for the PS Move that bring augmented reality into play were shown including Beat Sketch ! which has players drawing on the screen and more.
PlayStation’s 3D offerings were emphasized next covering the reveal for Metal Gear Solid: Rising and Final Fantasy XIV Online supporting the visual format on the PlayStation 3 as well as a slew of other titles shipping with support for it. Among the games shown supporting 3D most notably were Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian, Killzone 3, Metal Gear Rising, Gran Turismo 5, Final Fantasy XIV Online, MotorStorm Apocalypse, Disaster 4: Summer Memories, and the Sly Cooper Collection. Support for 3D Blu-Ray movies was also highlighted including the confirmation of full 3D Movie support coming with the 3.50 patch on September 21st.
Overall the focus on PlayStation Portable seemed to be pretty heavy with titles like Monster Hunter Portable 3rd being shown with a new customized graphic PSP bundle with extended battery life and gold colored trim as well as another PSP bundle themed to Japanese pop star sensations AKB 48.
Square Enix had a lot to show for the PSP including Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep: Final Mix set to release in Japan January 2011 with enhanced content. The 3rd Birthday (a unique and fresh styled entry in the Parasite Eve series) was also shown and machine guns, blood, as well as a female character were all present. This title will ship December 22nd in Japan.
Square Enix even showed Lightning of FFXIII fame heading to PSP in Dissidia Duodecim: Final Fantasy as revealed right before TGS in Famitsu, then they announced that gamers would receive cross-unlockable content between the three titles, meaning that if you play all three you will have access to exclusive content that others do not.
Next the creators of Professor Layton stepped on stage (Level 5) and showed off a family friendly mech battle game for PSP as well as a role playing title called Ni no Kuni developed by Level 5 and Studio Ghibli to release on the PlayStation 3 in 2011 with “absolutely nothing” in common to the Nintendo DS version, meaning this is not a port but rather a completely new title.
Capcom showed off Asura’s Wrath as well as the new Devil May Cry title which Ninja Theory is touting as a total reboot of the franchise (for better or for worse).
From Konami Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was shown and the limited edition was revealed to include a soundtrack, 80 page art book, and download voucher for one of the Castlevania titles on PSN when it releases this December in Japan.
Toshihiro Nagoshi (Producer of the Yakuza games) took stage representing Sega and announced that the Yakuza will face off against zombies in Yakuza: Of The End releasing in Japan next year (more details on that here).
Then Sony pulled out another massive title for the Japanese and American market, The Last Guardian was shown on stage by Fumito Ueda who announced that the title will definitely feature support for Stereoscopic 3D. A release date was also given, the end of 2011.
Namco Bandai took stage next and busted out a plethora of titles including Gundam Musou 3 and Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. After that, Project Dark was announced for the first time by Hidetaka Miyazaki, which is in development at From Software now.
Then it became Gran Turismo 5 central. Kazunori Yamauchi let the world know that you can take your own photography in-game for GT5 models you just can’t get enough of looking at. That should make a great XMB background eh? Bring friends to “My Home” in the game where you can brag about what you’ve got in your garage to all your friends and set up a race when they start talkin’ smack. GT5‘s My Home is also accessible from a web browser for bragging and rubbing faces into your accomplishment while on the go. You can even manage driving teams and access a few other in-game features of GT5 from the web. This is all part of the new Gran Turismo Anywhere service releasing alongside the actual game.
Finally Akihiro Suzuki of Omega Force took the stage and gave some information about the PlayStation 3 exclusive Shin Sangoku Musou 6. After that, Sony took a note from the slim giveaway at Microsoft’s E3 this year event and decided to give every single attendee a PlayStation Move for free. Swag for the people! Sony for President!
In conclusion, Sony held a long and complex event full of high points that are sure to drive the PlayStation brand a home run for all of its major fans and supporters. The momentum of titles being shown for the PlayStation Portable alone is undeniable. 3D HD and PlayStation Move are clearly headed for a grand amount of support with titles like Metal Gear Rising and The Last Guardian announcing 3D support and games like Killzone 3 showing promise for the Move.