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E3 Keynote Summary: Sony
by Linford Butler

PlayStation 3

New 80GB Model
-Retail of $399.99, same configuration as the current 40gb model.

Resistance: Fall of Man 2
-Fantastic graphics, good framerate.
-Good, clear music and sound effects
-Similar weaponry sounds and dialogue as original.
-Updated HUD
-Huge, impressive monsters. Demonstrated enemy almost impossible to damage. Also has huge robots, bigger than the original versions.
-Set in America in 1953.
-Chimera converting villages of people.
-8p online co-op, 60p online multiplayer.
-Ability to walk along constructions and enter alien ships.
-Good fire and explosion effects
-Set to 'redefine online gaming experience'
-Autumn release

God of War III
-Announced for PS3
-Trailer shown
-Looks nice but was all CGI and no gameplay

-PS3 exclusive
-Allows players to design and imagine
-Challenge friends online
-New, revolutionary experience
-User generated content to be main focal point
-Cleverly utilized to tie in with conference
-Can put a lot into the game
-Unlimited potential
-Looks fun and simple
-October release

DC Universe Online
-Comic book like graphics
-Superman, Batman, Wonder woman and other famous characters
-Massively Multiplayer Online

-Stands for Massive Action Game
-256 player online battles
-Military strategy/shooter
-New ranking system

Greatest Hits
-Like platinum for PS2 and PSone. $29.99 retail. will include R:FoM, MotorStorm, Warhawk, CoD3, Fight Night, NFS: Carbon, Rainbow Six Vegas, Assassin's Creed, Oblivion, Ninja Gaiden Sigma

Life With PlayStation
-Provides PS3 owners with news, weather and live video feeds. Launches before end of July.

PlayStation Network

Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty
-Smaller scale game
-Pirate themed
-Answers questions left from Tools of Destruction
-Huge snakes which breathe fireballs
-Usual R&C humour, fighting, slapstick, etc.
-Focus on platforming and exploration
-Fantastic graphics
-Retail $14.99 (£7.50)

Gran Turismo TV
-Worldwide content provided. Includes BBC Top gear, D1 Grand Prix, '08 Nurburgring 24h, GT-R Legend and Super GT.
-Some content only on Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

Upcoming Releases on PSN
-R&C: Quest for Booty
-Crash Commando
-Fat Princess
-New Pixeljunk pack
-PAIN Amusement Park
-Siren: blood Curse
-Ragdolls of Kung-Fu: Fists of Plastic

Video Downloads
-TV shows and movies to buy or rent - TV shows $1.99 per episode, movies $2.99-$5.99 rental, $9.99-$12.99 to buy.
-Full Store and wallet integration. New store interface with separate sections for movie and TV downloads
-From day 1, many content providers will be operational. Includes Sony Pictures, FOX, MGM, Lionsgate, Warner, Disney, Paramount and Turner Entertainment
-All new movie and TV content will be accessible tomorrow for EU users.


New Pack
-Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters bundle, retail $199. Includes R&C: Size Matters, Silver PSP, National Treasure 2 UMD, PSN Echochrome voucher and 1GB memory stick.

Resistance: Retribution
-Resistance for PSP :)
-Nice graphics
-Over the shoulder view
-Very similar to R:FoM, although different HUD.
-Good animation and framerate

Upcoming Releases
-Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
-EA Sports Madden NFL 2008
-NBA 09: The Inside
-Super Stardust Portable
-LEGO Batman
-Valkyria Chronicles

Overall: Looks like Sony's going to be very busy over the coming year or so. An impressive E3 conference with many a surprise. I'm looking forward to testing out these new releases when they become available.


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- Linford Butler

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