June 13, 2013 | 8:49 a.m.
Now that more games have been revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) for the next-gen PS4 and Xbox One consoles, it’s clear there’s going to be a lot of bloodshed when the systems are released by the end of the year. From “Ryse: Son of Rome” on the Xbox One to “Killzone: Shadow Fall” on the PS4, each system does violence with extreme detail. But how about a next-gen game that can make you laugh? Sony’s PS4 launch title “Knack” looks to fill a void. In development from Mark Cerny, the PS4′s system architect, “Knack” is his attempt to bring “Pixar-quality graphics and storytelling” to the new platform. Cerny told Hero Complex on Wednesday at E3 that essentially what amounts to a full-length feature film is inside the game. PHOTOS: Scenes from E3 2013 “We’ve embedded pretty much what […]
June 12, 2013 | 10:27 p.m.
Conan O’Brien’s familiar pompadour of red hair stood out at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center as he made a stop at the small SnailUSA booth Wednesday. O’Brien was among fans, retailers, media and industry professionals who took to the aisles to get some up-close time with new offerings, many of which they’ve been hearing about for a few days. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all hosted big press events, including the introductions of two new consoles in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. FULL COVERAGE: E3 2013 When asked why he was visiting the SnailUSA booth, he shrugged. “I was here just to cover E3 and mostly to try to settle the controversy between the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One consoles — the Hatfields vs. McCoys argument of our time,” O’Brien said. “I haven’t […]
June 11, 2013 | 7:48 p.m.
If the console wars between PlayStation and Xbox had been languishing the last few weeks, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) media presentations by Sony and Microsoft launched gamers back into the brawl. On Monday, Microsoft revealed more details and new games for its upcoming Xbox One console, unveiled last month, and Sony finally gave gamers a glimpse of its next-generation PlayStation 4 console, announced in February. The companies traded barbs during the press presentations, game enthusiasts argued online, and the battle continues as critics and industry professionals converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center this week for E3 — the largest video game trade show in the world. The war’s outcome will likely be decided at the cash register; both consoles are slated for release in time for the holiday shopping season. PHOTOS: Scenes from E3 2013 In the meantime, […]
June 11, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
At a presentation Monday night in Los Angeles, Sony unveiled the look of its next-generation PlayStation 4 console, showcased a slew of new mainstream and indie titles and threw down the gauntlet before Microsoft, one of its two main competitors in the console space. The PS4, an upright standing box with two shades of black and diagonal edges, is due to be released this holiday season and retail for $399. It will not enforce digital rights management restrictions on those playing offline, single-player games — a stance in direct opposition to the one taken by Microsoft for the release of its Xbox One. The Xbox One is set to hit retailers in November and carry a price of $499. From a consumer perspective, the key differentiating point between the consoles appears to be Xbox One’s inclusion of motion- and voice-detecting Kinect […]
June 10, 2013 | 4:12 p.m.
Gamers can get a first look at the upcoming PlayStation 4 video game console during Sony’s media briefing this evening at 6 p.m. PDT. Sony is also expected to discuss the future of the PlayStation 3 and the PS Vita handheld console at the event, which comes before the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, the largest video game trade show in the world. Hero Complex readers can watch the media event, streamed live from the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, in the video above. Although E3′s doors at the Los Angeles Convention Center won’t open until early Tuesday, heavy hitters such as Microsoft, Sony, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft were holding arena-sized conferences Monday to get ahead of – and control — the media cycle. FULL COVERAGE: E3 2013 For Sony, the stakes are high after the company avoided showing […]
March 12, 2013 | 10:49 a.m.
The price of the PlayStation Vita has plunged at some Sony stores. Joystiq reports a price of $199.97 for the 3G-compatible version, after the head of Sony Worldwide Studios said last month that such a drop was not in the works. The gamer blog has a list of eligible stores. This might be a great bargain for those looking for a “gamer’s gaming console.” The review last year on the Los Angeles Times’ Tech Now blog praised the device — saying that, with traditional controls combined with new smartphone-type technology, it provided “a gaming experience that is found on no other single device.” Prices just a year ago stacked up this way: The Vita was priced at $249 in a Wi-Fi-only version or $299 for a 3G/Wi-Fi model that ran on AT&T’s network. AT&T offered no-contract data plans for the […]
Feb. 25, 2013 | 1:45 p.m.
It’s nearly been a week since Sony partly lifted the veil on its long-awaited PlayStation 4 with a lengthy demonstration of some of the hardware and games expected to land in stores by the end of the year. Now Sony has released even more details about the console and upcoming titles. Although no one but Sony knows what the PS4′s console actually will look like or how much the PS4 will sell for, several fan concerns have been addressed. The PS4 will not require an Internet connection to play games, a worry among fans who have observed the creeping ubiquity of digital rights management and online passes. In the same vein, the PS4 will not block used games. DRM is a blanket term for a variety of measures to limit the use of devices or content after the point of […]
Feb. 22, 2013 | 3:40 p.m.
CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK On Wednesday evening in New York, Sony threw one of the biggest magic shows of the year. “PlayStation wants to win the war against reality,” the company declared at the start of two-hour press conference to introduce its new video-game console, the PlayStation 4. Moments later, Andrew House, president and group chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., declared that the machine “represents a significant shift from thinking of PlayStation as merely a box or console to thinking of PlayStation as a leading authority on play.” That may very well prove to be the case when the PS4 is released this holiday season. For now, however, it remains an illusion. The period between the announcement of a new system and its launch is one that typically provides more questions than answers. As it was with Nintendo’s Wii U, the answers likely […]
Feb. 21, 2013 | 12:20 p.m.
The PS4 was unveiled last night — did you miss it? Don’t worry, we’ve got your recap. In an event that stretched on for hours, Sony showed off the Playstation 4 for the world to see, even if it didn’t show what the physical console itself looks like. Amid Sony’s hype, bold promises and the claims of the PS4’s inevitable superiority were a number of game demos, conceptual trailers and more from both first- and third-party publishers. Look below for every clip you may have missed, or wish to re-watch, from last night’s event. “Killzone: Shadow Fall” Sony’s premier first-person shooter, the fourth installment of “Killzone” follows in its predecessors’ footsteps, looking to be a continued spectacle of explosions, iron-sight gunplay and a seemingly never-ending stream of Helghast. “Watch_Dogs” Ubisoft’s new IP stole the show during last year’s E3 conference, […]
Feb. 21, 2013 | 10:26 a.m.
PS4 has been unveiled, and now it’s your turn to react. Sony showed the world its next-generation offering in a lengthy event that revealed the system’s hardware, controller, a few games and several long-term promises. Hero Complex laid out the details of the pitch, from their newfound focus on deep social integration to every PS4 game, their retreat from the PS3′s controversial cell processor and their swipe at Nintendo’s Wii U with the integration of “remote play” between the PS4 and PlayStation Vita. Sony was confident that its pitch of simple, flexible playing options and beefed-up graphics will carry the day come the PS4’s ambiguous “Holiday 2013” launch window, but what do you think? Tell us in the comments below after you take a look at reaction from some of the industry’s biggest names: 10 things you need to know about […]