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2014 E3 SHOW COVERAGE

INTRODUCTION
Last year was a massive E3 event due to the new consoles being announced, or at least properly unveiled, however this years show will be all about the games. Now that the PS4 and XBox One have been out for six months it's time for the companies to deliver the goods and we expect some pretty big stuff. For Sony fans, which most of you probably are, Tuesday morning Australian time will see the Sony Conference, and we'll be liveblogging all the action. Stay tuned...

WEDNESDAY JUNE 11, 2014

Sony Australia has confirmed that the Playstation TV device will launch here for $AU149.95 - that's a bit of a premium on the $US99 price, but not too bad.

Strangely absent from Sony's E3 Presentation was Driveclub, but also missing was the very impressive racer from Slightly Mad Studios called Project CARS. The game is due in November and looks pretty special. Check out the trailer...

One game which was shown at the Sony Press Conference, but which we didn't get the video for yesterday was Suda 51 and his studio Grasshopper Manufacture's gorefest Let It Die. Goodness knows if this is going to make it past Australian censors! Enjoy...

Electronic Arts have released the trailers for their games so we'll get started with the Battlefield Hardline Multiplayer Trailer...

We love Ice Hockey - it makes a great video game and EA has released a trailer for NHL 15 which will be hitting the PS4 and XBox One for the first time. Looking gorgeous.

Probably EA's biggest sports game is based on soccer and FIFA 15 has been given a gameplay trailer at E3. It's looking pretty nice...

Golf fans aren't being left behind either with a trailer for EA Sports PGA Tour. Yes, it's golf, but wait, WTF, there's a battleship crashing into the course? Haven't EA already destroyed one franchise with Battle in the title?

TUESDAY JUNE 10, 2014

Planetside 2 is one of Sony's upcoming Free To Play games on the Playsation 4 and it promises to deliver the goods for shooter fans. No date yet, but we have a new trailer to check out.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a fantastic looking game, and the developers have released a new trailer for the game which looks, well, spectacular and is due next February...

SONY PRESS CONFERENCE
Finally after Microsoft, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft present their goods it's Sony's turn. We'll be blogging all the events as they happen and be posting the videos as they become available. It should be quite interesting so get ready for the 11am kickoff.

  • Sony's press conference has started with a new video for Destiny which looks pretty nice as expected.
  • Andrew House is welcomed to the stage. Talking about connectivity and great visuals - Destiny helps define the next generation of games. Will be able to play the game first on Playstation - the Beta is coming to Playstation gamers first on July 17. PS4 owners can start playing the Alpha from this Thursday. (www.greatnessawaits.com/destiny) White 500GB Playstation 4 with Destiny releasing on September 9 - includes the game and 30 Day Playstation Plus.
  • Andrew announces another new IP - only available on PS4. It's The Order: 1886. New footage is shown and it's dark, moody and very impressive. Certainly one of the better trailers seen, no release date but we know it was recently pushed to 2015. (Update: Sony have confirmed a February 20 2015 release).
  • Another new trailer with what looks like origami styled creatures, it's Entwined. On-stage demo looks pretty gorgeous.
  • Scott Rohde is now on stage, Entwined is out right now for $9.99, PS3 and PSVita versions to follow with Crossbuy.
  • inFamous Second Son - new piece of standalone DLC (don't need the original game). Focuses on the Neon character Fetch and due in August 2014.. Called inFamous: First Light.
  • LittleBigPlanet 3!! Massive cheers. Game is being played live on the stage. Sackboy has a friend called Oddsock! And another one - a bird called Swoop, and anotehr called Toggle! 4-player co-op looks fantastic. Coming to Playstation 4 and out this November!! Check out the trailer...
  • Shuhei Yoshida is on stage now, LBP3 will play all previously created content, with improved PS4 visuals.
  • Yoshida introducing a completely new IP from From Software - it's Bloodborne - looking pretty phenomenal really and due out in 2015.
  • Far Cry 3 time. Alexander Hutchinson is on stage and introduces on-stage gameplay which, as expected, looks phenomenal with demos of action gameplay, the wingsuit, and a small helicopter.
  • Adam Boyes is now on stage, PS4 and PS3 versions will allow you to invite your friends to join you even if they don't have the game.
  • Deep Silver game being trailered in what could quite possibly be the best trailer of all time! It's for Dead Island 2. Check it out...
  • The Last of Us content will be in Diablo III.
  • Dead Island 2 will have Beta and a class only available on PS4.
  • Battlefield Hardline new trailer shown, and confirmation again that the Beta is out on PS4 now.
  • Disney Infinity 2 exclusive Sony content, Destiny exclusive Sony content.
  • New deal with Paradox Interactive - all studios working on PS4 games. Magika 2 first title coming to the PS4.
  • Tim Schafer's Double Fine are remastering Grim Fandango coming to PS4 and PSVita.
  • Sony showing off a sizzle reel with a swag of smaller indie games. Check it out.
  • Suda 51 has a new game, only coming to PS4. It's a pretty gory looking game called Let It Die.
  • Giant Squid, a new studio from some of those behind Journey. It's a gorgeous underwater based title called ABZU. Console debut on PS4.
  • One last game, making console debut on PS4... It's No Mans Sky from Hello Games, an indie studio, but a game which looks pretty large-scale and rather phenomenal. Check out the trailer...
  • Andrew House is back on the stage. One piece of hardware we've given gamers "by choice" is the Playstation Camera - large laugh. Time to talk Project Morpheus. It's in the booth at E3 with two new demos.
  • Shawn Layden President and CEO of SCEA is on stage. Talking PSN, new tools for PS4 faithful for shared experiences, 95% of PS4's are connected online, over 1 billion multiplayer sessions, 220 million shared captures - Youtube is coming to PS4 later this year. Interaction with others playing games - shouting out to players while watching. This summer will see new content for The Playroom.
  • More Free To Play Games - more then 25 games coming to PS4 in next 12 months. Includes Kingdom Under Fire 2, Planetside 2 and Gunzer. Sizzle trailer shown, and here it is...
  • Playstaion Now service available in USA and Canada from July 31 in Beta on PS4, and soon after PS3 and PSVita. Playstation Now coming to Sony TV's! System will launch with PS3 games during the Beta.
  • PSVita innovation continues - 100 Vita titles in development today.Tales of Hearts R, Child of Light and Tales from the Borderlands. Minecraft coming to Vita with co-op included. Below is the E3 2014 Minecraft Announcement Trailer.
  • Playsatation TV coming to America, Canada and Europe this Spring. No, its not like the PlayTV TV recording device, but allows you to stream your PS4 games to a second TV or play Vita games and so on. Released in America for $US99, or for $139 it comes with a Dual Shock 3, 8GB memory card, and copy of Lego Videogame.
  • Time for some more PS4 games... Mortal Kombat X gameplay footage for the first time. It looks, well, brutal. Errm, yar good luck getting that past the Australian Classification Board.
  • PS4 Entertainment Offering is about to expand with new experiences including Sony developed content. First original series is Powers based on the comic series created by Brian Michael Bendis who is on stage to introduce the series. First episodes will be available in America in December. First episode will be free.
  • Playstation Plus 190% more subscribers since the PS4 launch. PS+ subscribers can watch Powers for free.
  • Ratchet & Clank movie trailer which is hitting theatres in 2015. Original game is being reimagined for Playstation 4 - also due in first half of 2015.
  • The Last Of Us is being remastered on PS4, new trailer, includes the DLC, improved visuals, and is out on July 29!
  • Kojima Productions for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailer - nice little joke that some may have seen the trailer last night! Very cinematic and impressive. No release date.
  • Another trailer... It's Grand Theft Auto V for the Playstation 4 this Fall (so Q'3). Features enhancements and will allow PS3 and XBox 360 players to port their GTA Online profile to PS4!
  • Trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight (which has just been pushed to 2015). It's pretty spectacular with plenty of in-game footage shown. PS4 has exclusive Scarecrow missions. Here's footage from this great looking game.
  • One final title... Footage direct from Playstation 4. What could it be... of course it's Naughty Dog... Massive applause. It's Uncharted of course! Absolutely phenomenal looking albeit very brief. We have a title Uncharted: A Thief's End coming in 2015.
  • And that's it...
    Well done Sony on a phenomenal E3 showing. Not only a tonne more titles then Microsoft showed, but in-game footage for many too, and some big surprises.
    LittleBigPlanet 3 this November. Huzzah! Second Son standalone (original game not required) DLC looked gorgeous. Uncharted 4... can hardly wait for that. No Man's Sky. Riveting. GTAV on PS4 - gorgeous. Dead Island 2 - funniest live-action trailer ever for a game!
    Then there's Playstation Now (stream games direct to PS3/4/Vita or Sony TV's) and Playstation TV (to send PS4 to a second TV, or play Vita games or stream them) - great stuff.

UBISOFT PRESS CONFERENCE
Ubisoft's Press conference is on now. Here's the highlights...

  • Ubisoft opened up with Far Cry 4 trailer and it looks amazing with some wonderful characters. Executive Producer Dan Hay on stage says it's the opening 5 minutes (major announcement for Far Cry 4 tonight - we suspect Sony Conference).
  • Just Dance 2015 is coming out, not surprising, Just Dance Now allows you to control the game from Smart devices and allows you to use your phone as the controller. Dozens of fit dancers showing off the new functionality.
  • The Division gets a new trailer showing what has caused problems in the city. Looking nice but no gameplay and due out in 2015. Below is the "Take Back New York" Trailer.
  • The Crew - allows you to drive Coast to Coast without loading, but we're going to guess the map won't take hours to cross. In-game footage shown via trailer is gorgeous. Creative Director from Ivory Tower is on-stage to discuss the game including getting the driving community to play the game. Four different demos at E3 - Closed Beta July 23rd, register online now. November 11th release date on PS4, XBox One and PC. Check out the Coast to Coast trailer.
  • Assassin's Creed Unity. Dawn of the 19th Century in Paris revolution. New, stunning, trailer but one which doesn't show in-game footage. Out October 28. After the trailer though, we have an on-stage gameplay demo, and it's also impressive with a very crowded, living city brought to life. Below is a single player demo with commentary.
  • Shape Up - a new fitness title from Ubisoft Montreal - parnership with Microsoft for XBox One - Booo! No PS4 version?
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War is another game using UbiArt from Ubisoft Montpellier. Doesn't show gameplay, but a simply gorgeous trailer. Coming out on June 25.
  • Yves Guillemot is on stage thanks the fans, congrats to the Ubisoft team, and going to show off one more game. It's pre-alpha footage of a game showing a team of cops/SWAT breaching into a house to rescue a hostage, very impressive, stunning even. It's Rainbow Six: Siege and it looks phenomenal. Trailer below...

Sony Online Entertainment have announced a new zombie focused action game called H1Z1 which is coming to PC first, but soon PS4. There are similarities to DayZ however has more of a focus on building, and defending bases. Check out the trailer below...

Square-Enix have announced a sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light called Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. It's coming to PS4, PC and XBox One and we have a trailer below...

Electronic Arts had next to no big announcements, primarily as Battlefield Hardline news was leaked in recent weeks - the big news is that the Beta for that game is out from today on PS4 and PC.

So Microsoft kicked off the press conferences today (with EA, Ubisoft, Sony to follow today and Nintendo tomorrow). Here's the key announcements from Microsoft...

  • XBox owners will, as per the last several years, get the DLC first for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
  • Turn 10 Studios announced Nurburgring is coming to Forza 5 and available from today for free.
  • Playground Games talking Forza Horizon 2 which uses Forza 5's engine and will run at 1080p with a release of September 30.
  • 2K demo of Evolve with confirmation that the beta will be exclusive to XBox One with the console also getting DLC first.
  • Ubisoft showed off Assassin's Creed Unity which has 4-player online co-op and is set in Paris. It's out on October 7.
  • Insomniac showed off Sunset Overdrive - the XBox One exclusive shooter which is dated for October 28.
  • Harmonix has a Dance Central digital-only game due out in September.
  • Lionhead showed off Fable Legends with the multiplayer Beta starting this autumn.
  • Halo The Master Chief Collection with games 1-4 will be released on XBox One in November. It contains over 100 multiplayer maps and runs at 1080p60. Purchasers also get access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta in December. Halo 5 was teased for a couple of seconds too.
  • A new game from Playdead called Inside was announced.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider is announced and coming out in Holiday 2015. That's right, Christmas next year not this year.
  • The Witcher 3 was demoed on stage, no exclusive content of course as developers are against that idea. The game is out February 24 next year as previously announced.
  • Phantom Dust is being remastered for the XBox One.
  • The Division, with new content on XBox One first, is shown on XBox One with a 2015 release.
  • Platinum Games have an XBox One exclusive title called Scalebound.
  • New Crackdown title announced. And that's it. Some impressive stuff from Microsoft but still leaves the door ajar for Sony to dominate yet again.

MONDAY JUNE 9, 2014

Well it's Sunday in America, so the news is pretty light, however some eager beaver at Konami did press the wrong button and up the trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain before it was promptly pulled. We'll post it when it goes live again. Other then that, Sony have denied the report, and IGN have apologised for posting news that The Last Guardian has been cancelled - it hasn't, so perhaps we may see something on the stage tomorrow.

SUNDAY JUNE 8, 2014

The E3 Show - or at least the conferences - start in a matter of hours and as usual we'll be covering all the news as it gets released. On 11am Tuesday we'll be liveblogging the Sony Press Conference to bring you all the details - it promises to be a cracker so make sure you tune in.

My E3 Predictions
So every year I make some predictions about what we'll see at E3.

  • 1. No price cut for the PS4, however new bundles with games may be announced (it has actually already leaked through retailers of a PS4/PSVita bundle).
  • 2. New Firmware for the PS4 will be confirmed - with enhancements including improved Blu-Ray and media playback, additional services for streaming media, customisable backgrounds, and putting games into hybernation.
  • 3. Planetside 2 gets a decent showing with a release date announced in the very near future.
  • 4. Expect a pretty big showing from Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain with exclusive content for Sony's console - release date is 2015.
  • 5. Gran Turismo 6 gets a PS4 release with a 2015 release date (which means expect it in 2016 or later!)
  • 6. The Last Guardian will finally be shown at E3 - but Sony will release on PS3 and PS4! (we said this last year, but yar, we're holding onto this thought).
  • 7. Indie games are another major focus for Sony with many more games shown then on other titles.
  • 8. PS3 gets almost no coverage beyond a sizzle reel showing some upcoming games, PSVita will also struggle to get a lot of attention, although we may see a surprise - Monster Hunter Frontier anyone?
  • 9. Naughty Dog shows first footage from Uncharted on PS4 with a 2015 release date attached.
  • 10. New Quantic Dream title is unveiled and named, but no date give.
  • 11. Assassin's Creed Unity and Far Cry 4 will be shown on the PS4 on-stage with exclusive content confirmed for Sony systems.
  • 12. Project Morpheus will be shown on the stage and demos on the floor, but there's still no release date or price meaning 2015 release is likley.
  • 13. Sony's big new game shown will be a new God of War from SCEA Santa Monica for PS4.
  • 14. With the Wii U struggling Nintendo unveil a modified console with new Gamepad and possibly a price drop. Games remain thin on the ground for the system.
  • 15. Microsoft will impress with a large number of new titles and exclusivity deals with third parties for games and additional content.
  • 16. Yet again though we expect Sony will have the best show, although it won't be the clear win like 2013.