Electronic Entertainment Expose [E3] 2008 News

Live @ E3 2008 Blog

FRIDAY

9:00 AM: Sorry for the lack of an update yesterday guys. You have no idea how tiring covering this on your own is. However, I will have over 10 previews for you to read by Sunday night and a full E3 Recap for Monday evening. So hopefully that’ll make up for it.

I plan on having you guys covered on such titles as Stormrise, Borderlands, BioShock, NBA2K9, Fracture, NHL2K9, Star Wars Force Unleashed, Bolt, Pure, Killzone 2, Resistance 2 (Closed door stuff), Project Origin, LittleBigPlanet, AND Resident Evil 5.

These will all be up by Sunday. I plan on having two to three for you tonight, four for you tomorrow, then four more on Sunday (a couple of these will be joint features).

I’ll be getting on my plane soon, so if you guys have a specific three you’d like covered for tonight, just leave it in the comments section and I’ll get to it first.

10:30 PM: I just now arrived home from the airport. LAX had to shut down a ton of planes because apparently there was a TSA breach of some sort. This caused a ton of planes to be delayed. I should have been home about 5-6 hours ago with more than enough time to give you guys some more hands-on to read. However, obviously, that didn’t work out too well.

I’m pretty sick right now (head cold), but I plan on starting to write from the moment I wake up tomorrow until about 6-7 PM CST. So I’ll have about 6-7 previews done tomorrow to make up for the delay today.

Sorry guys and bear with me.

WEDNESDAY

8:30 AM: Sitting in the media lounge so I can actually access the internet. Sorry about yesterday guys, I don’t get it but a lot of the rooms wouldn’t allow random wi-fi access like I expected them to. I’m about to go check out Project Origin and then head over to finally get a real look into the world if inFamous. I’m pretty excited for it.

I’ll also be checking out Pure, Fallout 3, BioShock, and a couple of other titles out today. If I can get a moment to breathe, I’ll definitely update you guys here.

TUESDAY

8:40 AM: Alright guys, I’ve checked in and did a quick tour of the Into the Pixel’s art gallery. They had some amazing images for Fallout 3, Wet, and flOw. I was really blown away by how great they were.  Anyways, I snuck into the concourse for a quick peak and then left…setups look real nice…saw Square Enix playing an Infinite Undiscovery video — looked amazing (sorry guys)…. I’m sitting in the media lobby awaiting 9:00 AM to check out Project Origin and LEGO: Batman for you guys. The Sony conference follows directly after that, so I won’t be able to post some initial impressions until a little bit later, but I will do some live blogging during the press conference.

7:00 PM: So the day has come to a close and overall it was really rewarding. I got some hands-on time with LEGO: Batman (preview to come) and I rescheduled time with Project Origin to tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM. After that I hung out at the PlayStation conference drinking some alcohol and eating some good food before the event. Though the conference was pretty standard, the atmosphere and energy of the room was a great feeling to be surrounded by.

Moving on from there I got the chance to check out Stormrise (RTS) from SEGA. I am not an RTS fan at all but this game literally blew me away. You can really tell they’ve put work into it. I’ll be creating a preview of this for you guys as well. From here I moved on to the Ubisoft conference where Prince of Persia was demoed on a PlayStation 3 console (for once) and it looks absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t believe how blown back I was with the elements of that title. After getting to see some Hell’s Highway stuff, Ubisoft treated us to the debut trailer of I Am Alive which looks like it has potential.

I then got some hands-on time with Rock Band 2 (preview coming) and had a blast jamming with that. Then I lined up for Capcom’s press conference, but the room was overloaded so missed out on that guys, sorry. Then I went back downstairs and got some time in with Valhalla Knights 2 and LittleBigPlanet… I’ll be doing a preview of LBP after my extensive hands-on come Thursday.

I’m finally back to my hotel, tired and exhausted. I have a ton of stuff to type up tonight for you guys, so I’m going to get on that right now.

Sony Press Conference Live Blog Transcript

10:38 AM: Sitting here at the Sony Press Conference talking to a guy about upcoming titles that are yet to be announced, getting a small fix of alcohol at 10 AM and eating some great food. The Hip Hop Gaming guy is behind me rapping about the event, it’s hilarious.

After a few minor technical issues, the live blogging got rolling. You only missed Jack Tretton talking about the history of PlayStation before the Resistance 2 Leviathan fight started.

11:53 PM: They debuted the Resistance 2 Leviathan fight. He’s big. Real big. It was awesome. Now Ted Price is talking about Resistance 2. "Much more than a single-player campaign," that whole spiel.

11:56 PM: Resistance 2 E3 2008 trailer again. All in-game.

11:58 PM: Tretton is back, talking about user-generated content. Moving on to LittleBigPlanet.

12:01 PM: Debuting new LittleBigPlanet level with Media Molecule co-founder. Clever; they’re showing their stats within LBP.

12:02 PM: Five million units of hardware sold so far this year. Distribution of PlayStation hardware heading to Latin America.

12:04 PM: Official confirmation of Greatest Hits; Resistance: Fall of Man, Warhawk, MotorStorm, Call of Duty 3 Fight Night, Assassin’s Creed, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, Need for Speed: Carbon, Ninja Gaiden are some of the games that will be made available for $29.99.

12:06 PM: Moving to discussing PS2. "Many PS2 owners will embrace PS3."

12:07 PM: Montage of upcoming PS2 games. Some sports games, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, many more.

12:08 PM: Back to PS3. Buzz! will have special themed packs available via the PlayStation Network this year. SingStore stats, 9 million songs downloaded.

12:09 PM: Or not. LEGO Batman: The Videogame PS2 bundle, available in fall for $149.

12:10 PM: Next up, the PlayStation Network.

12:11 PM: Unified log-in, whether signing in on PC, on PS3, etc. "Working to make PSN your desination."

12:12 PM: 180 million pieces of downloaded content on PSN. 10 million PSN accounts created thus far.

12:13 PM: Finally, details on Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty! It’s a PSN game, shorter than Tools of Destruction at a lesser price. AAA production values. Starts where Tools of Destruction left off.

12:14 PM: Quest for Booty will be $14.99.

12:17 PM: PSN game montage. Some announced games, some previously unseen games. Games included Quest for Booty, Crash Commando, Fat Princess, PixelJunk Eden, Pain Amusement Park, flower, Siren Blood Curse, Rag Doll Kung Fu – Fists of Plastic.

12:19 PM: Polyphony is launching Gran Turismo TV through Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. Free and pay-per-view automotive content.

12:22 PM: Tretton talking about Trophies. Expanding on the feature to reward the PS community. Now moving on to Home. Promises we’ll be rewarded when the Home beta finally becomes available.

12:23 PM: Tretton talked a lot about what partners they have with Home. Lots of publishers. Nike as a non-gaming one also.

12:24 PM: Showed a video displaying lots of Home and game interconnectivity. Resistance, Warhawk and more.

12:26 PM: Here it is, the Video Service. Offers rentals and purchases at reasonable prices. First day partners include Sony Pictures, Fox film/tv, MGM studios, Lionsgate, Warner, Disney, Paramount, Turner entertainment, Funamation. Content is portable; it can be played on PSP after it is downloaded to your PS3.

12:29 PM: Eric Lempel displaying the service, which unsurprisingly works through the PlayStation Store. Some prices include TV shows in SD/HD USD; $1.99 per ep, $2.99 – $5.99 for movie rentals; $9.99 – $14.99 for purchases.

12:30 PM: Progressive downloads are supported — watch while you download.

12:31 PM: Content also supported on PlayStation Store for PC. Lempel mentioned the video out feature on PSP 2000 as a great way to transport the content.

12:32 PM: The video service will be live TONIGHT.

12:33 PM: Tretton is talking about the PSP now. Expects a boost from the Madden pack. New PSP entertainment pack targeted towards the youngins’ just announced — Ratchet and Clank Pack. Includes Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters, 1GB memory stick, National Treasure 2 UMD and Echochrome PSN voucher.

12:35 PM: Resistance: Retribution announced for the PSP! Looks to be a third person shooter from the trailer shown.

12:39 PM: PSP upcoming software montage playing. Gotta love the catchy music.

12:40 PM: Games shown include Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Madden 09, Loco Roco 2, NBA 09 The Inside, Super Stardust portable, Lego Batman: The Videogame, Patapon 2, Buzz! Master Quiz, Valkyria Chronicles.

12:42 PM: Moving back to PS3. Tretton talks about PS3 as an open platform. Confirms Youtube integration. Also, worldwide news in realtime – Life with PlayStation (live news, live webcam feed) will be available by the end of the month.

12:44 PM: Jim Lee brought onstage to talk about DC Universe Online, a huge MMO set to launch on PS3.

12:45 PM: Jim Lee is a huge gamer – he was the first one to get some random item on Everquest. Rock on!

12:47 PM: First DC Universe Online trailer in progress, it looks pretty cool. World looks like it’s going for photorealism, while characters look a little cartoony.

12:50 PM: The 80GB PS3 is now Sony’s primary focus going forward. A new hardware pack is coming in October for $399. It contains all the other features of the current 40GB system.

12:52 PM: A video is playing where a bunch of different developers (many from third parties) are pretty much talking about how awesome the PS3 is. Discussing the difference of skill working with the PS3 hardware between their teams now from their teams two years ago at launch.

12:56 PM: 23 exclusive games on PS3 alone right now — 10 on Blu-ray, 13 on PSN. Montage of upcoming PS3 titles being shown. LittleBigPlanet, Motorstorm: Pacific Rift, MGS4, Quantum of Solace, SOCOM: Confrontation, Ghostbusters: The Videogame, Soul Calibur IV, Resistance 2, The Agency, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm, Mirror’s Edge, Resident Evil 5, Singstar, Guitar Hero: World Tour, NBA 09 The Inside, Buzz! The TV Quiz and Killzone 2 were the games shown.

12:57 PM: God of War III trailer!

12:58 PM: Well that was beautiful. Real-time? Probably not. But awesome? Yup.

1:00 PM: Talking about Sucker Punch’s inFamous now. inFamous trailer shown. It’s real purty.

1:02 PM: One last title to talk about, a massively multiplayer action game. Nothing like it on the market today. Andy B. from Zipper Interactive is coming on the stage to talk about it.

1:03 PM: The game is called MAG (Massive Action Game). It supports whopping 256-player battles. Take that Resistance 2! More details in a moment.

1:05 PM: Wow. They’re showing a trailer an it looks beyond stunning. Killer-app material. MAG is a sweeping battle experience using only real players broken down into squads. Character advancement allows players to fine tune their characters to meet their playing style. Large scale environments, multiple weapons (rocket launchers, assault rifles), plus vehicles with mounted machine guns. "MAG will deliver an intense and long lasting experience unique to PlayStation 3."

1:09 PM: That’s it folks, an end to what I consider a solid press conference. Of course God of War III looks awesome, but MAG was a surprise. Resistance is on the PSP as well. Thanks for reading.

MONDAY

Hey guys, I’m in Los Angeles right now preparing for the long three days ahead. I landed in L.A. and was greeted with the terrible news about Final Fantasy XIII which led to instant disappointment. I’m not in the dumps yet, but I’ll be looking forward to Sony’s official press conference tomorrow. I’ll be blogging live from the event to keep you guys in the loop and how I feel about the things I’m checking out from booth to booth.

I’ll be updating this as the day goes on with timestamps so you can check out if I’ve added anything new. I’ll also be answering questions via the comment section, so if you have any questions about things I’m discussing or checking out at the time, feel free to leave them and I’ll get to them when I get a free moment.