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Written By Sam Shipp

Next up at the E3 press conference is Sony. Hopefully, Sony can give us some announcements that can make up for last months PSN outage.
 The first part of Sony’s press conference was Sony’s apology.  Basically, Sony made a broad apology to everyone and then subtly directed the apology towards each of their audiences.  Then, they moved on to promise that they will do better in the future and that they will never allow this type of situation to happen again.  Finally, Sony tried to redirect their PSN outage to the fact that PSN is the one of the best online experiences and that it is FREE. 
            Here are the other announcements made by Sony.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception-
               The Naughty Dog team showed off a demo of the new Uncharted game, Drakes’ Deception.  Drake started out on an old cruise liner as it rocked back and forth in the middle of the sea. As he moved into the main compartment of the ship, Drake had to sneak around the ever-moving environment in order to invade the inner workings of the ship. Once Drake moved down into the bowels of the ship, he was able to showcase his acrobatic moves right before he was ambushed.  During his escape, Drake throws a grenade that tears a hole in the ship.  As the ship slowly floods, Drake is forced to retrace his steps in an attempt to make it out without drowning. However, his task is made even more difficult as the walls crush in from the pressure of the water. After the demo, the Uncharted team showed a new trailer for the game that demonstrated its cinematic scope.  This should be the game that validates to the world how much movies are like video games.
Resistance 3-
                  The next installment in the Resistance franchise picks up the action four years after the second.  In the demo, the player had teamed up with a rebel group in Saint Louis.  At the beginning of the demo, your character is ambushed in a tight alley and is forced to defend off hoards of aliens.  After this short sequence, the demo skipped ahead.  The main character captures an alien object and has to run for his life through crumbling buildings.  This demo showed that the action sequences in Resistance 3 are going to be fast and action packed.
Remastered Titles-
                   Sony announced that they are going to remaster the two God of War PSP games so that they can run in full 3D on the PS3 gaming consoles. They also announced that Shadow of the Colossus and Eco will also be remastered in 3D for the PS3. Sony also announced a new Playstation certified 3D TV. This new TV will be available for $499 and will feature a new technology that will allow two players to see the entire screen through their 3D glasses.
NBA 2K12-
                  The 2K team showed off the technology for their new NBA game. They announced that the new NBA game will support Playstation Move. Basically, the player simply points the Move at the character that they want to pass to or block. The player will simply pull a trigger on either side of the Playstation Move to perform the action.  NBA 2K12 will be on the markets this fall.
Medieval Moves-
                  The next game to be demoed was Medieval Moves. The Move allows the player to quickly switch in between weapons as you try to defeat the enemies.   Instead of having to pause the action and switch weapons, the Playstation Move allows you to switch the weapons on the fly as you a fight off enemies and solve puzzles. Hopefully, this does not turn into a childish fantasy.
Infamous 2-
                   Sony showed off a new trailer for Infamous 2. Infamous 2 comes out today.  I can’t wait to try this new installment.
Sony’s Guarantee-
                   Sony guaranteed that they will update some of their major games such as Little Big Planet 2 and Infamous 2 in the future so that these games can  be played with the Playstation Move.
                   Here is the new trailer that they showed off for Starhawk, the sequel to Warhawk.

This single and multiplayer game looks to be something that I am going to be playing on PSN for a very long time.
Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time-
                   Next, Sony showed a trailer for a new Sly Cooper game, Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time. Though this trailer showed very limited gameplay, it demonstrated gameplay that looked very similar to other Sly Cooper games.
                    The developers for Eve Online announced a new persistent shooter known as Dust. You may be wondering what is so cool about Dust? Well, the players of this game can directly interact with players of Eve Online. Basically, Dust plays a lot like other first person shooters, such as Call of Duty.
Bioshock Infinite-
                    Next, a new gameplay trailer for Bioshock Infinite was previewed. This trailer is able to show the massive scale of the game.  I might choose to jump off a building and when I fall, I could land on another building and keep fighting.  After the trailer, the creative director from Irrational Games came out and talked about how he thinks that the Playstation Move could actually be good for Bioshock and other hard-core games.
EA Announcements-
                    Sony announced that the new SSX game will have an exclusive mountain, Mount Fuji, that no other game systems will get.  They also said that the new Need for Speed game will have seven exclusive cars to the PS3. And, that the new Battlefield game, Battlefield 3, will come packaged with Battlefield 1943 exclusively on the PS3
Playstation Suite-
                    The next big announcement was the Playstation Suite.  The Playstation Suite will give certain phones and tablets the Playstation experience by making them Playstation certified.
Playstation Vita-
                    After that, Sony made the big announcements of the night, the NGP.  Or should I call it the Playstation Vita. This new portable system has dual analog sticks, front and rear touch pads, front and rear cameras, and Wi-Fi or 3G.   The carrier for the 3G is AT&T.  This new device will also support voice chat over games. Then, they announced Near.  This new service will allow players to recommend games, compare their trophies, and much more with their friends.

PSVita Games:
Uncharted: Golden Abyss-
                    The first game was Uncharted: Golden Abyss.  This game looks incredible for a portable game. It does not look as good as Uncharted 2, but just like the first Uncharted, which still has incredible graphics.  In the gameplay department, it plays a lot like other Uncharted games; however, it has a lot more touch controls. Though these controls are great sometimes, I cannot see myself taking my hands off the controls constantly to touch the screen. Hopefully, they will tone back the touch controls before the release.
                    Ruin is an action RPG.  This is a top down action game that looks a lot like Diablo.  However, there is a twist.  Random players can become your rivals.  You can even attack hideouts of other players.  The players will form bonds as they either attack or defend their hideouts with their friends.  After I get home from a vacation with my PSVita, I can pick up Ruin on my PS3 exactly where I left off on the PSVita. 
Modnation Racers-
                    They showed off a new Modnation Racers game for the system.  In the track creator mode, you use the back and front touch pads to create tracks.  This is one of the first times that I have actually thought that a developer has used the touch pads in a good way.  It allows for a more interactive experience that really draws the player into the game. 
               PSVita Announcements-
                                  Sony announced three new features that could really change portable games. They announced that the PS3 and PSVita can share cross platform gaming, cross-platform content, and cloud saves.
             Little Big Planet-
                     This new LBP will feature all of the major innovations of the Vita put into one game.  The vita’s controls allows for a more in-depth Little Big Planet experience.
Street Fighter X Tekken-
                     Then, one of next year’s biggest fighting games, Street Fighter X Tekken, will be available on the Playstation Vita.  Also, they announced that Cole, from Infamous, will be in the new fighting game.  Hopefully, this will bring the great experience of fighting games to the handheld experience.
Price Point-
                        Finally, Sony announced that the price of the Wi-Fi only model of the PSVita will be $249 and the 3G and Wi-Fi version will be $299.

Stay tuned to for more E3 coverage.

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