E3 2012 Sony Press Conference Liveblog

Last year, Sony had to deal with the biggest security hacks in U.S. history. With that event long behind them, it’s time to look at the future. The Ps3 is still performing strong. But their Playstation Vita handheld is not quite performing as well as Sony predicted. Some weeks ago, we saw Sony reveal Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, which sparked what may be the most heated debate in recent gaming memory. Now there are rumors that Sony would reveal the PS4, codenamed Orbis (with rumors that it too would block used games). What does Sony have planned for their wacky world of Playstation?

Liveblog and Press Conference starts at 9:00PM EDT

E3 2012 Sony Press Conference

*Note: Since we’re using the free version of CoverItLive, some readers might be blocked due to reader limit. Fret not as the conversation will be copy/pasted below when the conference it over.

8:53
lewis amparo:

is it working on my end?

8:53
StevenDPX:

Yep.

8:54
Suikoinfinity:

My body is ready, Steve!

8:54
Suikoinfinity:

Aww, they automatically put me in the main comment section this time =(

8:55
Suikoinfinity:

Thats Tony btw

8:55
lewis amparo:

ITS RIDGE RACER :D

8:55
Comment From Guest

Invite meeeee!

8:55
StevenDPX:

SHIT!

8:55
lewis amparo:

who is the guest?

8:55
StevenDPX:

It’s Anthony. Hold on. I messed up a sec.

8:56
Prota:

8:57
Prota:

It worked.

8:57
StevenDPX:

There we go! Now we’re a 4-Man Band!

8:57
Suikoinfinity:

Hey Steve, I see you got a name change!

8:58
lewis amparo:

MODNATION :D

8:58
Suikoinfinity:

SONY ALL-STARS

8:58
StevenDPX:

Which stream are ya watching. G4 won’t go.

8:58
lewis amparo:

playstation blog

8:59
Prota:

APE ESCAPE BITCHES!

8:59
Suikoinfinity:

I’ve been on Gamespot, worked up until now.

9:00
lewis amparo:

Yo we need a NEW APE ESCAPE that is actually a game and not mini games :D

9:00
Prota:

Exactly, where’s our Ape Escape 4!?

9:01
Suikoinfinity:

I’ll take a new Wild Arms while we’re at it.

9:01
StevenDPX:

I’m good now.

9:01
Suikoinfinity:

OMFG Wild Arms characters in All Stars, sounds nuts!

9:01
StevenDPX:

Did I see some Last of Us.

9:01
StevenDPX:

WUUUBWUUUBWUUUB!

9:01
Prota:

Poor table.

9:02
StevenDPX:

Jet Set Radio!

9:03
StevenDPX:

This is a nice sizzle reel so far.

9:04
Comment From Suikoinfinity

Better than the ones Ubi put up, I just feel bad that we’ve already seen a lot of these games.

9:05
Prota:

It has begun…

9:05
StevenDPX:

Uh-oh, it’s Mr. Snoozefest Jack Tretton.

9:06
Suikoinfinity:

LMAO, he did a decent job last year after the hacking events.

9:06
StevenDPX:

That he did. I can’t imagine how much balls he had to address that last year.

9:07
Suikoinfinity:

Let’s see if he can be so emotionally stirring this year.

9:08
StevenDPX:

We still calling this gen “Next Gen”?

9:08
StevenDPX:

Kaz “Ridge Racer” Harai

9:08
Suikoinfinity:

I love Kaz too!!!

9:08
lewis amparo:

PS “SWEET” :D

9:08
StevenDPX:

Actually, isn’t he the head of Sony now? The whole thing?

9:09
StevenDPX:

Oh, new IP?

9:09
StevenDPX:

Whup, Quantic Dream’s new game.

9:09
Prota:

Oh snap

9:09
Suikoinfinity:

Ohhh shit, let’s see it!

9:09
StevenDPX:

David Cage on stage.

9:09
lewis amparo:

I don’t think I’m ready

9:10
StevenDPX:

Ah I remember that demo.

9:10
Prota:

New project is called Beyond

9:10
Suikoinfinity:

What’s the Two Souls subtitle mean though O_O

9:11
lewis amparo:

*thinks of the Longest Journey

9:11
StevenDPX:

Bridging between Life and Death.

9:12
StevenDPX:

Ellen Page!?

9:12
Prota:

WHOOOO!

9:12
Prota:

OH YEAH!

9:12
StevenDPX:

Wasn’t she that lady people confused her for in The Last of Us?

9:12
StevenDPX:

Anyway, trailer time.

9:12
Suikoinfinity:

We were just talking about how the girl in The Last of Us looks like Ellen Page, now we have the real deal.

9:12
Prota:

Yup, one and the same

9:13
Suikoinfinity:

You got your wish Prota!

9:13
Prota:

^__^

9:13
StevenDPX:

Lady won’t respond to cop’s questions.

9:14
StevenDPX:

Mug’s moving on its own.

9:14
Suikoinfinity:

Creepy music, does this girl have telekinesis?

9:14
StevenDPX:

Answered, right there.

9:15
StevenDPX:

I’ll laugh it her name is Matilda.

9:15
StevenDPX:

Oh, Swat team swarming in.

9:16
Prota:

They aren’t going to make it out alive.

9:16
Suikoinfinity:

Let’s see some action!

9:17
Suikoinfinity:

I kinda like the officer, hope he doesn’t get it

9:17
StevenDPX:

yeah, take that Mark Wahlberg!

9:18
lewis amparo:

I think the game looks great however, I think the demo they showed was pretty boring =[

9:18
StevenDPX:

End of Trailer.

9:18
Suikoinfinity:

I think I get the Two Souls thing now, but we don’t know what it is that she’s talking to.

9:18
Prota:

Seems like the main character has another soul inside her, or a ghost who follows her.

9:18
lewis amparo:

I’ll wait until they show more footage and more info

9:18
StevenDPX:

Well the guy did say he’d divulge more info as the month go on.

9:18
Prota:

She was able to display several powers

9:18
StevenDPX:

*months

9:19
Suikoinfinity:

Water Shield Baby!

9:19
Prota:

I am intrigued.

9:19
StevenDPX:

Michael?

9:19
StevenDPX:

Don’t know ‘im.

9:20
lewis amparo:

yeah michael was the gamer that they were talking bout

9:20
lewis amparo:

i think

9:20
StevenDPX:

PS All Stars!

9:20
Suikoinfinity:

Here we go!

9:20
StevenDPX:

Epic1

9:20
Suikoinfinity:

That fat princess is creeepy

9:20
Prota:

She is. O_O

9:21
StevenDPX:

Color Coordinated for your convenience.

9:21
lewis amparo:

So many Michaels on stage

9:21
Suikoinfinity:

There’s even a girl Michael

9:21
lewis amparo:

Word its on the Vita? ^____^

9:21
StevenDPX:

PSAS will be on Vita with Cross Play.

9:21
Suikoinfinity:

Ohhh yeah, crossplay!

9:22
StevenDPX:

And they will demonstrate it.

9:22
Suikoinfinity:

Let’s see this!

9:22
Prota:

Why is Fat Princess melee-centric??

9:23
lewis amparo:

i dont like that specials are the only way to score points =[…Prove me wrong Sony :D

9:23
StevenDPX:

Aka, she’s the Kirby of the group.

9:23
Prota:

There are different levels for super moves.

9:23
Suikoinfinity:

Later fat princess!

9:24
StevenDPX:

The higher the level, the more powerful it is.

9:24
lewis amparo:

chocobo

9:24
Prota:

Do you think you can ride that chocobo?

9:25
StevenDPX:

Oh snap, Mecha Tooth.

9:25
lewis amparo:

Fat princess gets to ride the chocobo :D

9:25
Suikoinfinity:

Do you think that chocobo is the resurrected remains of something she previously ate?

9:25
lewis amparo:

I feel bad for the chocobo cause of all that weight =[

9:25
Prota:

I think there’s a different super for each level.

9:25
Suikoinfinity:

Yeah, I’m pretty sure it changes per level.

9:25
StevenDPX:

What the, did Quark get eaten by a Hydra!?

9:26
lewis amparo:

they need a more hype announcer for this…Where is YIPES?

9:26
StevenDPX:

And the Princess wins!

9:26
StevenDPX:

WOO, 2 new characters!

9:26
lewis amparo:

WHERE RICO?

9:26
Prota:

New character reveals!

9:26
Suikoinfinity:

I don’t want to see time or score matches, I want to see stock matches!

9:26
Prota:

Come on Pipo Monkey!

9:26
StevenDPX:

Nathan Drake.

9:27
StevenDPX:

and…

9:27
lewis amparo:

….

9:27
Prota:

Big Daddy!?

9:27
Suikoinfinity:

Nathan was too obvious to be in there…

9:27
StevenDPX:

Big Daddy!?

9:27
Suikoinfinity:

Little Sister?!

9:27
lewis amparo:

wait, i thought PS All Stars was sony only characters?

9:27
Prota:

9:27
StevenDPX:

Hoooolyt crap.

9:28
Prota:

Big Daddy is going to be crazy.

9:28
Suikoinfinity:

Holiday release — I like the sound of that!

9:28
Prota:

I believe Sony did say they were willing to branch into third party games.

9:29
StevenDPX:

Uh-Oh, Sony’s knocking on Wii U’s door. Cross Control play for Little Big Planet 2.

9:29
StevenDPX:

Play LBP2 on the PS3 with a Vita.

9:29
Prota:

Trying to market the Vita as a rival to the Wii U controller.

9:30
Suikoinfinity:

I think I’d still rather the WiiU tablet, but I’m curious about Vita connectivity.

9:30
StevenDPX:

Still gotta play Journey.

9:30
lewis amparo:

I haven’t even played it yet

9:30
Suikoinfinity:

Same, I want to play that and Papo and Yo, The Unfinished Swan looks hot too from what I saw.

9:30
StevenDPX:

200 Digital Download titles. Lots of indies in the mix.

9:31
Prota:

I only tried the beta.

9:31
StevenDPX:

New free games for Plus members.

9:31
Suikoinfinity:

HELL YEAH! FREE GAMES!

9:31
lewis amparo:

12 new games for psn plus?

9:31
StevenDPX:

Infamous 2, LBP2, and Saints Row 2 free for plus members.

9:32
StevenDPX:

And you get a car, and you get a car!

9:32
Prota:

All audience members receive a free year of PS+

9:33
StevenDPX:

PS1 classics coming to Vita.

9:33
Suikoinfinity:

Guacamole?

9:33
StevenDPX:

Guacamelee.

9:33
StevenDPX:

Ah Jet Moto. Fun times.

9:34
StevenDPX:

Entertainment Services coming to Vita.

9:34
StevenDPX:

Hulu Plus, YouTube…

9:35
Prota:

Crackle

9:35
StevenDPX:

Activision. Call of Duty coming to Vita.

9:35
Suikoinfinity:

Wooo, CoD

9:35
Prota:

9:36
Prota:

Black Ops: Declassified

9:36
StevenDPX:

Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified coming to Vita.

9:36
StevenDPX:

Asassin’s Creed Liberation?

9:36
StevenDPX:

Female Assassin in this I think.

9:36
lewis amparo:

A white vita looks so sick

9:36
Prota:

Yeah, first female lead.

9:37
Suikoinfinity:

Not bad looking either.

9:37
StevenDPX:

In New Orleans at the height the age of slavery.

9:38
Prota:

Unlocks new content in Assassin’s Creed III

9:38
StevenDPX:

Available on October 30th of this year.

9:38
StevenDPX:

On my birthday no less.

9:38
Prota:

Congratz

9:38
Suikoinfinity:

Ohhh Shit, White Assassins Creed Vita!

9:39
StevenDPX:

Now they’ll be showcasing Assassin’s Creed III.

9:39
StevenDPX:

More Red Coat abuse?

9:39
Suikoinfinity:

On a boat!

9:40
StevenDPX:

Huh, playing as a Captain?

9:40
Suikoinfinity:

Wait, is this naval battle?

9:40
Prota:

Boat navigation and cannon control

9:40
StevenDPX:

Well, color me intrigued.

9:41
Suikoinfinity:

Part Assassin’s Creed, part Wind Waker!

9:41
StevenDPX:

Now if only that boat can talk.

9:42
StevenDPX:

And yeah, more Red Coat abuse.

9:42
Suikoinfinity:

Aw damn, I was hoping that guy would fall off the boat…

9:42
StevenDPX:

Are they riding into a storm?

9:42
Suikoinfinity:

The water wouldn’t be so choppy on a sunny day XD

9:43
StevenDPX:

Gotta love crewmate banter.

9:43
Suikoinfinity:

Now what I want to know is whether the motion of the boat is cinematic or done by the player.

9:44
StevenDPX:

Coming out also on my Birthday, October 30th.

9:44
Prota:

They said you would have navigation control, but it did look a little too much like a cinematic at times.

9:45
StevenDPX:

New PS3 bundle, coming with Assassin’s Creed.

9:45
Suikoinfinity:

Show us more titties!

9:45
StevenDPX:

That trailer earlier… man.

9:45
Suikoinfinity:

Oh Shit!!!!

9:45
StevenDPX:

4-player Co-op for Far Cry 3.

9:45
Prota:

Farcry 3 will have 4 player co-op

9:46
Suikoinfinity:

4 player coop, let’s see how good it is.

9:46
StevenDPX:

That guy with the handgun was terrible.

9:46
Suikoinfinity:

Looks like Dead Island to me for some reason.

9:48
StevenDPX:

What exactly is their goal here besides shooting.

9:48
Suikoinfinity:

Beats me.

9:48
StevenDPX:

Oh, question answered. Blow up the bridge.

9:49
StevenDPX:

Map Editor coming to Far Cry 3.

9:49
Suikoinfinity:

Now that’s awesome

9:49
Prota:

Exclusive dlc for Far Cry 3 only on Playstation

9:49
StevenDPX:

PS3 owners getting free exclusive DLC for the game.

9:49
Suikoinfinity:

Here comes Move talk…

9:50
StevenDPX:

They push the Move now. But then don’t advertise later in the year.

9:50
Suikoinfinity:

Bullshit.

9:51
Suikoinfinity:

We don’t have more options than the competition, the Move is a piece of crap.

9:51
StevenDPX:

It’s really pricey too.

9:51
Suikoinfinity:

I’m just pissed he made that claim like the move is performing well.

9:51
StevenDPX:

Pah!

9:52
StevenDPX:

Trailer from Sony London.

9:52
StevenDPX:

Centered around a book,

9:52
Prota:

According to the trailer the PS3 may now feature book connectivity. ^__^’

9:52
Suikoinfinity:

Wonderbook!

9:53
StevenDPX:

Girl laughs, gets crushed. Love it!

9:54
StevenDPX:

Moonbot Studios, known for making shorts and animation.

9:54
StevenDPX:

J.K. Rowling getting involved.

9:54
StevenDPX:

Book of Spells.

9:56
StevenDPX:

“Hello!”
Corwd: “…”

9:56
Prota:

Yeah…that was awkward.

9:57
Suikoinfinity:

Nothing compared to the Ubisoft conference…

9:57
StevenDPX:

I see. it’s an AR game where the PS Eye scans the Wonderbook.

9:59
StevenDPX:

Potter fans might get a kick out of this.

9:59
Suikoinfinity:

Maybe, but I’m falling asleep here.

9:59
Prota:

I think that’s what they’re relying on to pushstart the Wonderbook.

10:00
StevenDPX:

Is this not working for her?

10:00
Prota:

Hence why Book of Spells is going to be the first book published.

10:00
StevenDPX:

“Tilt up the book so you can see down that hole”

10:00
Suikoinfinity:

Yeah, it needs that franchise to connect to so more people get in on it.

10:01
Prota:

Exactly, then once they have the install base, try to push the other titles.

10:01
StevenDPX:

Woah, Dawn of Sorrow memories here.

10:02
Suikoinfinity:

I don’t want to imagine a game/book where I sit around drawing Dawn of Sorrow symbols the entire time…

10:02
Prota:

Even though Dawn of Sorrow was awesome.

10:02
StevenDPX:

Stop killing the butterflies you fool!

10:03
Suikoinfinity:

It’s my favorite DS Castlevania, but drawing those symbols was no fun. It was nice that they were spaced out between every boss at least.

10:03
StevenDPX:

Dawn of Sorrow was cool. Now Harmony of Dissonance on the other hand…

10:04
StevenDPX:

Coming Fall 2012.

10:04
Prota:

Needs more Ellen Page.

10:04
Suikoinfinity:

They better end this on something big… Nothing is standing out for me.

10:05
StevenDPX:

Playstation Suite for smartphones.

10:06
StevenDPX:

Playstation Suite coming to HTC, the first non-Sony hardware partnership for the company.

10:07
StevenDPX:

Playstation Suite becoming Playstation Mobile.

10:07
Suikoinfinity:

Reminds me too much of that Microsoft SmartGlass thing.

10:08
StevenDPX:

And Jack’s back.

10:08
StevenDPX:

Gonna show God of War Ascension.

10:10
StevenDPX:

Killing off some Minotaurs.

10:10
Suikoinfinity:

Sure looks like God of War.

10:12
StevenDPX:

Giant Squid thing threw piece of bat at Kratos.

10:12
StevenDPX:

And now Kratos is using some time manipulation to rebuild what the boat destroyed.

10:13
Prota:

He can also use it on enemies to make them fall slower.

10:13
Suikoinfinity:

Does that affect the combos he can do?

10:13
Prota:

Seems like it.

10:14
Suikoinfinity:

Or maybe have a Braid-like effect where you pound the damage as they drop, reverse time to lift them up again and dish out even more damage.

10:14
Prota:

It opens up a lot of possibilities.

10:14
StevenDPX:

Elephant Man!

10:15
StevenDPX:

Forgot this creature’s name.

10:15
Suikoinfinity:

He’s about to get fucked up!

10:16
StevenDPX:

Sliced his skull open.

10:16
Prota:

March 12th 2013

10:16
StevenDPX:

End of Demo. Coming out March 12, 2013.

10:17
StevenDPX:

It’s quiet. too quiet.

10:17
Suikoinfinity:

Come on, give me something I like before the end, don’t let me down Sony!

10:17
StevenDPX:

The Last of Us!

10:18
Suikoinfinity:

Ellen Page is back!

10:18
StevenDPX:

Ah, so it’s a TPS.

10:18
Prota:

OH YEAH!

10:18
lewis amparo:

:D

10:18
StevenDPX:

Him, was that them on that poster?

10:18
Prota:

dont think so, but the girl looked similar

10:19
Prota:

Reminds me a little of Enslaved

10:19
Suikoinfinity:

At least this lookalike is cute unlike that creepy in Beyond.

10:19
StevenDPX:

Guy playing looks like CoD boxart.

10:19
Prota:

She was cute when she had hair.

10:20
Suikoinfinity:

Now, I want to see if this is an escort mission or if you swap play between the two characters.

10:21
StevenDPX:

She looks more like a scripted partner.

10:22
StevenDPX:

Miss one.

10:22
Prota:

out of ammo

10:22
StevenDPX:

YES, kick his ass Ellen Paige!

10:22
Prota:

DAMN

10:22
Suikoinfinity:

What did she throw, it’s too dark to see on my screen.

10:22
StevenDPX:

Better than Ashley!

10:22
StevenDPX:

Brick.

10:24
Suikoinfinity:

Ellen Page!

10:24
StevenDPX:

Damn this game is good!

10:24
Prota:

With the finish!

10:24
StevenDPX:

End. Of. Demo! Damn that was awesome.

10:24
Prota:

I like how you don’t just run and gun your way through the hold thing.

10:24
Suikoinfinity:

The combat looks brutal — I love it!

10:25
StevenDPX:

Wait, he’s wrapping up?

10:25
Prota:

And the constant struggling while choking people out and wrestling for guns makes it feel a lot grittier.

10:25
Prota:

Seems like it.

10:25
Suikoinfinity:

Nooooooo this can’t be the end

10:25
Prota:

At least they left it on a high note.

10:25
Suikoinfinity:

I’m waiting for the big kick!

10:25
StevenDPX:

Rats, that’s the end.

10:26
Suikoinfinity:

The Last of Us was a good way to end it, but it would have been cool to end on something we haven’t seen before.

10:26
StevenDPX:

Okay then. Who wants to start off the closing comments?

10:26
Suikoinfinity:

I’ll take a leak like last time, I’ll leave it to you guys to start.

10:26
Prota:

First and foremost, I think this conference shows that anything with Ellen Page is infinitely better.

10:27
Prota:

I’m disappointed we didn’t learn anything about Playstation Orbis.

10:28
Prota:

I think we were all hoping for more new reveals as well. Almost everything we saw tonight has been known about for some time.

10:28
StevenDPX:

I gotta say, this show was kinda underwhelming. Lots of stuff we already knew about. I mean, there was some new info for those, but not a lot of new IPs

10:29
Prota:

Yeah, wasn’t Beyond the only new IP revealed today? I’m not counting that whole Wonderbook thing.

10:29
StevenDPX:

Beyond, The Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed III, and Playstation All Stars looked good. Especially The Last of Us.

10:30
Suikoinfinity:

Pretty much.

10:30
Prota:

Beyond and The Last of Us were the highlights for me.

10:31
Suikoinfinity:

I was into The Last of Us, PS All Stars and Beyond myself, but of the three, we already knew many details about two.

10:31
StevenDPX:

They spent awkward amount of time on Wonderbook.

10:31
Prota:

Playstation All Stars was a bit too frantic to grasp everything that was going on.

10:31
Suikoinfinity:

No offense to Rowling fans, but I don’t care about listening about her partnership with Sony for such an extended period.

10:31
Prota:

And I argue we still didn’t know too much about The Last of Us yet, or at least it’s gameplay.

10:32
StevenDPX:

Then again,

10:32
StevenDPX:

Woops

10:32
lewis amparo:

I pretty much wasn’t playing attention to the ps3 conference honestly. I did see the major games and what they showed. But I only really cared about was The Last of Us. Never was into AC3. I don’t like the idea of specials only counting KOs in Ps All-Stars. I do like what they are doing with PSN + and I might actually purchase it now but I am still skeptical on it

10:33
StevenDPX:

Actually we tangented during the Wonderbook showcase with Castlevania games. That’s how much it didn’t care for it.

10:33
Suikoinfinity:

That’s the only new element added to it, a little on the gameplay, otherwise we already had the overall atmosphere understood.

10:34
Prota:

It was still new though. We learned more about how the partner system works, and the gameplay has been what everyone’s wanted to learn about.

10:35
Suikoinfinity:

But still, it doesn’t have that same kick that a new game would have had.

10:35
Prota:

Little Sister makes appearances in Big Daddy’s story and supers.

10:35
Prota:

But it had a kick.

10:35
StevenDPX:

Speaking of the wrap up show, that song they used in LBP Karting was a remix of an Anamanaguchi song.

10:36
Prota:

More so than Assassin’s Creed and GoW in my opinion.

10:36
Prota:

Yeah, so I imagine Anamanaguchi may be lending some music to the game.

10:36
StevenDPX:

Yep.

10:36
Suikoinfinity:

It had a weak kick, but still better than the rest of the show, up until the end there seemed to be a downward slope in energy.

10:37
StevenDPX:

Alright then, call it a night for Nintendo’s conference tomorrow.

10:37
lewis amparo:

:D

10:37
lewis amparo:

Can’t wait for that

10:37
Suikoinfinity:

Especially when they stopped in Move territory, that was awful.

10:37
Suikoinfinity:

Yup, as for grading, I put this one in the low B/B-‘s

10:38
StevenDPX:

Games A-, presentation B-

10:39
lewis amparo:

Games B, presentation B-/C+

10:39
StevenDPX:

And Prota, what’s your grade?

10:40
StevenDPX:

Prota?

10:40
Prota:

Games B+, presentation B

10:40
StevenDPX:

There you go!

10:40
StevenDPX:

So solid Bs from all of us.

10:41
StevenDPX:

Alrighty then. Stay tuned for tomorrow, where we tackle Nintendo’s Presser

10:41
Suikoinfinity:

Oh yeah, here’s hoping tomorrow provides more excitement! Have a good night all out there and see you tomorrow at Nintendo!

10:42
StevenDPX:

Take Care out there!

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