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Sony 2013 CES Coverage Part 2: Games & More Tech

/ Jan 9th, 2013 2 Comments

Sony - 2013 CES Coverage

Sony – 2013 CES Coverage

As one could expect, the 2013 Internationa CES fare from Sony does not offer much news in the way of upcoming games, but it did allow for some hands-on gameplay of some upcoming AAA games without having to wait through a line. Sony admitted they are only showing games that will be released in next few months. The new SimulView technology for gaming is obviously worth mentioning as well.

If you missed it, be sure to check out Part 1 of our Sony 2013 International CES coverage.

God of War: Ascension

The God of War: Ascension demo is the same as the one shown at last E3, but CES provided a much better opportunity to give it a thorough playthrough. The game itself looks even more cinematic than before. The new option to pick up the weapons of random enemies necessitated a minor change to the key bindings, so players will likely find themselves fighting against muscle memory when they try to grab enemies. Speaking of which, grabbing works differently now in that Kratos can use one of his blades to grab an enemy and then continue fighting with the other. For long-time players, this change is also a little disconcerting at first, but adaptation is quick. The little details have always been important to making the God of War franchise successful, which really has a very basic style of gameplay. God of War: Ascension appears to have the polish and style that players have come to expect.

Sly Cooper

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time has a demo on floor as well, which finally includes a version of the wide-open hub areas typical to the other games. The stealth and parkour mechanics are as smooth as ever. The automatic switch from running to stealth movement near enemies feels even smoother, and Sly climbs better than a real raccoon. The aesthetics of this new playable area are reminiscent of the China levels in Sly 3: Honor Amongst Thieves. In fact, it might have even been the same area except in Feudal China, providing a nice continuity nod. Unfortunately, the Sony representatives declined to comment on such a possibility.

Soul Sacrifice

On the Vita side, Soul Sacrifice stands out as an interesting upcoming game. A co-op action RPG with a style similar to Monster Hunter, Soul Sacrifice’s main mechanic is the ability to sacrifice items, body parts, and perhaps even other people in exchange for more power. The game’s controls require some getting-used-to, especially in the middle of a large battle, but it looks like a solid game so far. The Sony representative on-hand said that Sony sees a lot of potential in the game is planning on pushing interest in it.

When Vikings Attack

When Vikings Attack is a surprise addition to the show’s small lineup. A quirky and far less ambitious $10 game already available on the PSN seems out-of-place next to the big guys, but it holds up well. A Vita for cross-play multiplayer is available as well, allowing a PS3 and a Vita to play against each other. The gameplay keeps it simple with each person controlling a horde of Vikings or hooligans that throw random junk at each other. The simple but entertaining mechanics combined with the quirky humor make it a good choice for a party game.

SimulView

Sony: this is only with the 82 inch version of the 4k tv and only two out of the six glasses are polarized for simluview. Photo: Sal Thomas

Sony: this is only with the 82 inch version of the 4k tv and only two out of the six glasses are polarized for simluview. Photo: Sal Thomas

The SimulView television screens allow people to play splitscreen multiplayer without the splitscreen. Essentially, the screen shows both screens on top of each other, and each player wears glasses that filter out the other player’s view. Naturally, this eliminates the two worst complaints about splitscreen multiplayer: reduced view size for each player, and people screen-checking each other to cheat. Hopefully, SimulView will cause a resurgence of people choosing live-play multiplayer, something sadly lacking in the age of near-ubiquitous online multiplayer. The only downsides currently are the need for glasses and the fact that SimulView only works for two players. A Sony representative confirmed that this technology will be supported in the next Sony game system.

Overview

CES is primarily a technology show, so the overall lack of news on specific games is to be expected. However, since the selection is smaller, visitors can really see which game releases the company itself is focused on. The SimulView technology is a welcome addition that should make multiplayer, and especially co-op multiplayer, far more enjoyable. All-in-all, Sony fans have some good technology and games to look forward to.

Ethan Smith

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A perpetual over-thinker, Ethan Smith spends all of his free time playing video games like an English professor reads books, writing a secret novel, and trying to actually finish a game of Medieval II: Total War.
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