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Sony Focuses On First Party Titles At E3 Conference

Highlights include a new title from Quantic Dream and demo of The Last of Us.

Sony's press conference this year started off with a bang with a video that served as an overview of what would be shown. The video featured a stable of first party titles as well as some functionality announcements. Assassin's Creed III and Far Cry 3 also made their presence known.

Sony started things off with a strong showing of Quantic Dream's new title, Beyond: Two Souls. It was announced that Ellen Page of Juno, Super, and Inception fame would voice the main character, Jody Holmes. The trailer hinted at the title's supernatural backdrop.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale gameplay was shown next and it was also confirmed for Vita. The two versions will have cross-compatibility, with the Vita functioning as another PS3 controller. Sony also announced this feature for Little Big Planet 2 and future titles. Nathan Drake and a Big Daddy from BioShock were also confirmed to be in the game.

A brief mention of indie titles Papo & Yo, The Unfinished Swan, Guacamelee, Retro City Rampage, When Vikings Attack, and Diad were made, as well as the announcement of Journey becoming the best-selling PSN title. 12 new games from PlayStation Plus members, including Infamous 2, Little Big Planet 2, and Saints Row 2 will be available this month and those at the convention in person received one year free of the service.

A Call of Duty game is coming this holiday season to the Vita called Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified. Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, which was leaked before E3, was shown via a trailer. The game will be bundled with a new Crystal White Vita and a 4 GB memory stick. PSone Classics will also be available on the Vita starting with Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy VII, as well as apps of Hulu Plus and Crackle.

A demo showcasing Assassin's Creed III's naval battles followed as well as the announcement of an AC3 bundle with the game, PS3 console, and exclusive DLC. A Far Cry 3 demo was next and it showcased the game's four player co-op. PlayStation 3 owners will be getting DLC for Far Cry 3 first as well.

Next was Wonderbook, an unusual new platform for integrating book and video game interactivity. Using a comination of the PlayStation Move and PlayStation Eye, various motions and gestures can manipulate the book, which will come to life on the TV. The first book to be released is called the Book of Spells, which will allow you to cast your own spells and mini-games. Unsurprisingly it comes from author J.K. Rowling, writer of the Harry Potter series. The game is from Moonbot Studios and will be available Fall 2012.

God of War Ascension was demoed next and although it looks like previous God of War titles, a heavier emphasis is placed on Uncharted-style platforming. Kratos was also seen with the power to reverse time and reconstruct ledges and platforms. A release date was announced: March 12, 2013.

The Last of Us was last (oddly enough) and the gameplay focused on stealth and very brutal gunfights and melee combat.



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