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Sony, Ubisoft make big plays at E3
Jun 12, 2014
By Daniel Barron - G4 Canada
The 2014 version of E3 is officially underway, and it would be an understatement the size of a titan to say that it would be difficult for Sony to follow up its 2013 E3 press conference.
Last year, Sony laid the proverbial smackdown on Microsoft by distancing itself from the controversial digital rights management that Microsoft planned on enacting with its Xbox One.
For its 2014 press conference, Sony certainly had a ton of great-looking games to show off, but the electronics giant certainly didn't dominate the headlines like it did in 2013.
The show opened with the announcement that a Destiny alpha would be landing exclusively on Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 this week, beginning on Thursday June 12. A beta, meanwhile, would be hitting PS3 and PS4 exclusively on July 17, and moving to Microsoft platforms at a later date.
Sony also showed off a white PS4 that will be going on sale the same day as Destiny's launch day, September 9.
Sony then spent a significant chunk of the press conference showing off game after game, from in-game demos for The Order: 1886 and the newly-announced LittleBigPlanet 3, to indie titles such as Entwined and No Man's Sky.
Players were given additional glimpses into already-announced games such as Far Cry 4 and Battlefield: Hardline, as well as first looks at new upcoming IPs such as FromSoftware's BloodBorne, to Let It Die, the latter of which is courtesy of Suda 51, creator of the No More Heroes series.
Netherrealm's Mortal Kombat X had its big E3 unveiling at the Sony press conference, where viewers were treated to the first in-game footage from the game. Two matches were shown, with one being the classic Scorpion vs. Sub Zero, and the second featuring two new characters.
Sony really let the gaming excitement grind to a halt while presenters talked about the newly-announced Sony TV and a comic book collaboration, but the company cranked things up to 11 by showing off stunning gameplay for Batman: Arkham Knight and a spoiler-laden trailer for The Last of Us Remastered.
The show ended with a first look at 2015's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, in the form of a very brief trailer. Once again, protagonist Nathan Drake looked to be in a world of hurt as a conversation between him and friend Sully played.---------------------------------------
Despite offering up a lot of info on its upcoming games in other press conferences, Ubisoft's dedicated press event still had plenty of awesome stuff to wow its fans.
Things started off with a bang, courtesy of a video showing off the first several minutes of Far Cry 4.
Television and video game mainstay Aisha Tyler hosted the event, and she wasted no time introducing numerous titles, from casual fare such Just Dance 2015 (which features smart device integration), to games for core gamers, such as multiplayer shooter The Division and racing MMO The Crew.
Unsurprisingly, Assassin's Creed made an appearance, in the form of 2014's Unity, which will feature four-player co-op. Ubisoft showed a mix of gameplay and a full-length CGI trailer, and every second of it served only to whet fans' appetites for the newest game in the critically-acclaimed series.
There were certainly surprises, not the least of which was the announcement that Far Cry 4 players on Playstation 4 would be able to invite friends who don't even own a copy of the game to join their campaign for some co-op fun.
The press conference ended with a (flash)bang in the form of a new entry in the storied Rainbow Six franchise, titled Rainbow Six: Siege. It's reportedly not tied in any way to the previously-shown Rainbow Six: Patriots, and based on the gameplay/trailer hybrid shown at the event, looks to be a return to the game's roots, with a focus on tactics.
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