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» E3: Sony puts gamers first with 'The Last of Us,' 'Beyond,' and 'God of War: Ascension'

by John Young, published on June 5, 2012 - 02:12 AM ET

Whereas Microsoft seemed most concerned with highlighting the Xbox 360's role as your living-room media thingamajig, Sony emphasized its games (and the PlayStation 3′s exclusive titles) more than anything else at its E3 press briefing Monday night. This resulted in one stunning game demo after another and theoretically positioned the PS3 as the true hardcore gamer’s system, even though the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii both enjoy a significantly larger user base.

We witnessed such PS3 exclusives as Quantic Dream’s intriguing new thriller Beyond, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation for the PS Vita, God of War: Ascension, and The Last of Us (pictured above). And, oh yeah, a new project from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, which showed promise and also stopped the conference dead in its tracks. Here’s what went down at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena:

Gaming’s next heroine is Juno? After SCEA president and CEO Jack Tretton offered a brief tribute to gamers everywhere, he brought out Quantic Dream founder David Cage to introduce the French developer’s next unannounced title. For those who don’t know, Quantic Dream was behind 2010's critically beloved Heavy Rain, and this new project, called Beyond, looks just as ambitious. We learned that you’ll play a young woman named Jodie Holmes who has a unique link with “a spirit or ghost living between our world and the other side.”

The game will follow 15 years of Jodie’s life as you shape her future and maybe, just maybe, learn what’s beyond the end of one’s life. This is heavy material for a game, and Quantic Dream turned to Juno actress Ellen Page to provide the motion-capture performance for Jodie. The developer showed off an early scene in which a policeman is interrogating Jodie, and the real-time character animation looked startlingly realistic. However, there never appeared to be a moment where the gamer interacted with the scene; hopefully Beyond will look just as slick while you’re actually controlling Jodie.


Source: popwatch.ew.com

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