Tits or GTFO: E3 Sony 2014 Press Conference Recap

Sony CRUSHED E3 last year. Granted, Sony was going up against the Xbone so it wasn’t too hard to accomplish. Sony showed Microsoft a little bit about listening to consumers. They proved that gamers have the income and buying power to get what they want from their consoles.  Xbone did a massive backpedal after Sony’s E3 game-changing conference, and the expectations were high that they would do it again this year.

While this year’s presentation wasn’t a game-changer, it was pretty good. I spent more time being excited than I did being “meh” so at least we’ve got that going for us.

One obvious misstep that makes me very sad? Another year, another drought of women protagonists–hell, not even a POC protag. I had hoped that with the progress made in some of the titles available on Sony (Infamous: Second Son, Contrast) we would have another major studio release with a main character along those lines, but my hopes were misplaced.

That’s okay. My dollars can be misplaced as well.

In blatant theft news, Microsoft announced a TV venture last year at E3 and the crowds rioted. Sony announced a TV venture this year and no one seemed to care. I’ll hit on that later and we’ll see how that plays out in the press over the next few days.

Enough with the hypocrisy inherent in the system of video games.

Here’s the highlights reel from Sony’s 2014 E3 presentation:

On the gaming front there’s a lot of remasters for PS3 games, including The Last of Us. I hate the first shopping year after the launch of a next-gen console, because it seems companies slack on production and capitalize on repurchasing. This is why it sucks that backwards compatibility is becoming a thing of the past. Games are sixty bucks each, and that steep of a price tag makes me want to get something new for my money–not pretty graphics.

Don’t get me wrong, The Last of Us was an excellent game. It will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s first game that my now-husband and I played together. But the ending is the same and the PS3 version was gorgeous, so I don’t really need to get it again. Ratchet and Clank being remastered is something that might be worthwhile, though. There’s been a lot of advances since the original, and I would buy into it. I’m definitely taking the bonus kids to see the movie. I want it to be good. (Please, please, please, let it be good.)

GTA V is being remastered as well for PS4. There’s going to be “enhancements” of some sort but the coolest part is that people will be able to transfer their PS3 online characters over to the PS4 version. THIS Is how you handle upward conversion, people.

We got to see a new Metal Gear Solid trailer for 5: Phantom Pain. I will give it to Sony. The trailer was gorgeous. I will never argue that the MGS games are anything less than a stellar example of what the systems are capable of. I’m not a FPS girl, so it doesn’t interest me. On the plus side, I only had to look at one female leather-thong clad crotch so I’m okay with that.

The Mortal Kombat X trailer was pretty sweet. We also got to see a Destiny trailer, which was interesting. (Playstation Plus members, hit up this link to sign up for the alpha this weekend if you’re interested.) I was super excited by the Little Big Planet 3 announcement. There are going to be three more characters that work together to solve problems with Sackboy and it’s just as adorable as you are thinking it will be.

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We got to see a trailer for The Order:1886, which is a game that I am excited about. However, it was delayed to 2015.

That’s alright, Sony. I’ll wait.

Apparently my gaming budget this year is going to my Viking, who is thrilled about Grim Fandango. I was 15 when it came out for the PC in 1998 and deep into an Everquest habit. I had no time for titles that weren’t selling well and weren’t getting good press.

The Viking, being at college at the time, did. According to him, it’s “The greatest adventure game ever made.” Being remade for the PS4 means that we’ll have time to determine the accuracy of that statement, as I maintain that my Tamagotchi was the greatest adventure that any young woman with separation and anxiety issues could have.

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We’ll also be picking up Batman: Arkham Knight because 1. The Scarecrow looks creepy as fuck instead of the animated version that I grew up with and better than the Cillian Murphy “damaged crazy boy who I would totally have sex with in an effort to cure him” version that I grew to lust and 2. BAT TANK. THE MOTHER FUCKING BATMOBILE TURNED INTO A TANK.

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Oh, and I forgot. We’ll be getting Bloodborne. I can’t tell you about it, other than the Viking seems excited. I had to use the restroom.

Boring Stuff: Entwined, DLC for Second Son, First Light, Far Cry 4, Dead Island 2, Battlefield Hardline, Destiny, Magicka 2.

We got a look at Project Morpheus, Sony’s VR headset. I would venture to say that the headset doesn’t make the wearer look like a complete tool, which is awesome.

Back to that TV thing. Sony announced PS TV, because they are sick of missing out on that sweet, sweet Netflix cash. And I’m one of those they mentioned using the PS4 primarily for streaming. I keep Netflix running while the Viking is at work. I like having the background noise, and I feel comforted every time Liz Lemon gives me some encouragement. It seems a little strange to me, but I’ll keep an eye out and expand when I get more information. Currently the pricepoint is set to $99 and it seems that Sony will have their entire catalog of properties available for instant viewing.

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Now, graphic novel junkies, set your faces to stunned. Sony announced with their programing venture that they are adapting the Powers series into a show, with an availability date of December of this year. Playstation Plus members will get the series for free. Plebs who opted to NOT be awesome will have to pay for every episode after the premiere. If you don’t know what Powers is, please look it up. You will not regret it. It’s an adventure that you’ll thank me for later.

LEMON OUT.

Did you catch the conference? What are you excited about? Do you hate that I think MGS 5 is not awesome? Well, smearing the cremated ashes of your buddy all over your face while you spread them in the ocean is pretty awesome. Other than that, meh. Let’s talk about Sony in the comments, or yell at me over on twitter @allisonflounce.

Al Miller
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  • http://www.theflounce.com AlexisO

    Thanks for the recap! I’m an Xboxer through and through and I can count the number of times I’ve played our PS3 on one hand but I’m still interested in what they’re doing and the industry as a whole.

    I also have to say that the anti-backwards compatibility is fucking lame and greedy. I’m looking forward to the Borderlands “PreSequel” that’s coming out for the 360 (not the One) in October!

    • botenana

      We were a 360 family, but with the Xbone and all that craziness, I just held fast to our stance that we weren’t giving money to MS this year. Outside of the PreSequel (WHICH HAS THE MOST AMAZING TRAILER EVER, HAVE YOU SEEN IT!?!?!?! THAT SHIT’S ALL ARGYLE AND SHIT) there hasn’t been a microsoft title that has come out, either for 360 or Xbone, that has made us regret our choice.

      • http://www.theflounce.com AlexisO

        I LOVE BORDERLANDS. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. There was a walk-through demo by a couple of Australian dudes. I’m on the fence about the whole oxygen depleting thing but I’m totally buying it the day it comes out.

        The only PS3 title I was really interested in was that Ellen Page game but I never picked up so I guess that’s about as far as my interest goes. I’m mostly a 2 Player Gamer with Jon Snow and everything I want to play is always on the Xbox. As for all the craziness with the One, I think they listened to the public after the outcry on some of the features the One was going to have and they did change it. We bought the One but there really aren’t a lot of titles on it, the only title we’re playing now is the Lego Movie game.

  • WrongAsRain

    So many good games coming out. I’m kind of bummed that I have to wait until 2015 for The Order: 1886.

    But Mortal Kombat X–yes!

    • botenana

      DUDE I AM SO EXCITED FOR MORTAL KOMBAT – I noted that in there for you =D

  • http://www.theflounce.com/ MartyWebb

    Although a lack of female protagonists plagued the Sony Press Conference, it is of note that the Infamous DLC is a story line you entirely(supposedly) go through with Fetch, the female lead in Infamous : Second Son.

    • botenana

      Totally true – and it will be sold as a standalone for those who haven’t purchased inFAMOUS the first time around. Naughty Dog seems to do a good job all around creating compelling characters that aren’t your typical white man with a revenge hard-on and should be praised overall.

      I take issue with the Fetch story for a couple of reasons, tho:

      In the game she’s pretty bad-ass. Delsin is there but her attitude is I don’t need you and she passes the Bechdel test with flying colors – but only if you are taking the good karma path. In the bad karma path, the character takes on some tropes that really just make her a typical damsel in distress. The first DLC they did after release expanded a little bit on her and Delsin’s “relationship” and fleshed her out, which we can tell now is in reference to her having a standalone. It’s just that with Fetch, it feels they backslid from the compelling women in The Last of Us by having Fetch fall into the female junkie stereotype (albeit a junkie in recovery)

      Naughty Dog did a great job with The Last of Us and the female characters in that game. I think they are an example of a major studio who, while not doing it 100 percent right the whole time, they are doing about 80 percent which is a hell of a lot better than most of the other studios out there.

      One title out of how many, though, contain a female or POC protag? It still rains sometimes in a drought – doesn’t mean that the drought is magically over.