E3 2013 – PS4, Sony and More!

Sony’s E3 2013 conference happened overnight, and they finally unveiled the PlayStation 4, as well as announcing a price of £349 when the console releases at the end of the year.

PlayStation 4

They have also announced that the PlayStation 4 will have no requirement for an online check-in, and that it will support used games.  Disc-based PlayStation 4 games can be traded in at retail, or lent to friends with no restrictions.

However, a PlayStation Plus subscription will be required for online play on the PlayStation 4, with current PS3 memberships transferring over to PS4.  Three month subscriptions cost £11.99, with a one-year sub costing £39.99.  For the money, subscribers get early or exclusive access to betas, demos and premium downloadable content, and automatic download for system updates. Members of PlayStation Plus also receive the Instant Game Collection: 12 top-rated games plus new games rotating in and out of the collection over time.  The Instant Game Collection is available to members so long as they keep an active subscription; while lapsed, the games are locked and unplayable until the subscription is renewed.

On to the games, then.. and there are plenty of them!

PS Vita offerings included Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, Killzone: Mercenary, Final Fantasy X/X-2, Tearaway, and the announcement of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead 400 Days, which will launch this summer.

The launch trailer for Last of Us was shown; the game launches for the PS3 this Friday..

More first-party PS3 games were detailed: Puppeteer, Rain, Gran Turismo 6 and Beyond: Two Souls.

A new trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins was shown, with new detective skills and gadgetry.

The Order: 1886, a steampunk action game set in an alternate Victorian-era London, where Man uses advanced tech to battle a powerful and ancient foe.

A few previously announced games were shown off too, including Drive Club, Knack, and Killzone: Shadow Fall.

Quantic Dream showed off a new tech demo called The Dark Sorcerer..

Indie games for the PS4 were also highlighted, starting off with Supergiant Games’ sci-fi themed action RPG Transistor, due next year.

Others included: Klei Entertainment’s Don’t Starve, Young Horses’s OctoDad: Dadliest Catch, Switchblade Monkeys’ Secret Ponchos, Ragtag Studios’ Ray’s Dead, Red Barrels’ Outlast, Oddworld Inhabitants’ Oddworld New N Tasty, and 17-Bit Games’ Galaxy.

Avalanche Studios announced a Mad Max game where players take on the role of the lone warrior.. due out in 2014.

and finally, Destiny, a highly anticipated adventure from Bungie, creators of Halo.

Ubisoft’s E3 2013 show took place yesterday, before the Sony conference.. and they revealed a lot of games too!

Current-gen Rocksmith, which uses voice commands to navigate menus while teaching anyone how to use the guitar; Splinter Cell Blacklist, which sees Fisher combating a terrorist organisation called The Engineers; Rayman Legends, and free to play, multiplayer dungeon crawler, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, where players create content and compete in a capitalist society.. they can even steal from their neighbours!

The rather delayed South Park: The Stick of Truth was shown off, complete with fart jokes..

Next-gen games were then introduced, starting with Ivory Tower and Reflection’s new game The Crew, which features self-building and transforming cars.  The Crew is an online persistent world, with single-player, co-op and competitive modes.

Watch Dogs is another open-world game, playing on paranoia and excess networking and surveillance.  Players take on the role of a brilliant hacker and former thug seeking justice for a violent family tragedy.  Players monitor and hack those around them, accessing security cameras, downloading personal information, controlling traffic lights and public transportation all with the aim of stopping the enemy.

In-game footage was shown for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, set in 1715, where pirates rule the Carribean.

Two new Trials games were announced: Trials Fusion, for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PC, and Trials Frontier, for mobile.  Both are due in 2014.

In The Division, the world has been devastated by a virus loosed on civilisation.  The Division agents are fighting to prevent the fall of society, but are caught up in an epic conspiracy..

There was also the dancing game Just Dance!, due for all consoles in Holiday 2013, as well as interactive TV show Rabbids Invasion for the Xbox One and Kinect.

Square Enix announced several games including Final Fantasy XV (previously known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII) and Kingdom Hearts 3, which is currently in development..

There was a new trailer for Thief – Out of the Shadows, with Garrett the Master Thief doing what he does best..

Also announced was Murdered: Soul Suspect, where detective Ronan O’Connor gets caught up in a burglary and finds himself in the afterlife!

Nintendo also showed some games today, though they have said that more offerings for the Wii U will be coming later.  Announced today was the Fairy type pokemon that will appear in Pokemon X/Y, with some existing pokemon having changed type.

Super Mario 3D World will have multiplayer components, allowing up to four players to play as Mario, Luigi, Peach or Toad.

Mario Kart 8, due in Spring 2014, sees the return of motorbikes, underwater sections and gliding, and Miiverse features to share with others.. though details were not forthcoming as yet.

Two more Wii U games that have been pushed back are Wii Party U, a mix of party games, and Wii Fit U, which is being delayed in order for new features to be added.  A drawing tool, Art Academy, is to be added to the Miiverse by summer too, allowing even more fan art than we’ve seen this far in the Miiverse.

Third party games for the 3DS and Wii U were mentioned too, including: Batman: Arkham Origins, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut, Just Dance, Scribblenauts DC, Disney Infinity and Disney’s Planes.

Legend of Zelda Wind Waker is a HD remake of Gamecube’s The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, with a few new features.

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is due out later this year, along with Bayonetta 2..

There’s a large-scale open world RPG in development by Monolith, featuring Robots and Dinosaurs, and Super Smash Bros., including a vast array of playable characters.. one of which is Mega Man!

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