Gamescon 2012 So Far
Even though Gamescon 2012 isn’t open to the public until tomorrow, Sony came out of the corner swinging hard and fast during the trade visitors and press day.
For a company not looking in good shape, Sony certainly have gone the right way about reversing their fortunes. Announcing several new games for both the PlayStation 3 and the Vita, Sony also announced improvements to their premium online service, PlayStation Plus. Amongst the games announced were PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and Ratchet and Clank: QForce. These games deserve special mention because of the tag-line associated with them; Cross-buy. Anyone who buys any of these games for the PS3 will get a Vita version of the game to download for free.
Double plus good.
Also on show for the Vita were Killzone: Mercenary, LittleBigPlanet PS Vita and the action adventure game Tearaway, as well as Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified. While the Vita market may not be as big as Sony wanted, with a line-up like this planned, Sony certainly seem to be upping the ante and setting their sights on more Vita sales. Couple this with the announcement of three new PS3 titles; Rain, Puppeteer, and Until Dawn, and you have quite a line-up. Rain is a game from Japan studio where a young boy sees a girl in the rain and while trying to follow her is teleported into another world where it’s always raining and his progress is impeded by invisible enemies. Puppeteer is a platforming game about a boy who becomes a puppet and uses a pair of magic scissors to make his way past obstacles and enemies, and Until Dawn is a horror game, looking like a cross between Alone in the Dark and Silent Hill, with move compatibility, using the move controller to shine your flash-light and aim you weapon.
Lastly, PlayStation plus is getting some new free games, with the cream of the crop being Red Dead Redemption. In addition to this, in the latter part of the year, Plus will be available for Vita owners and Sony are increasing the online storage to 1GB. With all this on offer, it’s hard to see Sony getting even better in the days to come but, well, who knows.