JoystickUnicorn’s PlayStation Holiday Event 2012 – Toronto, Oct. 3, 2012
Because the idea of opening new video games on Christmas morning always filled me with a childhood sense of wonderment, let’s take a look at the Sony PlayStation 2012 Holiday Event through a child’s eyes…literally.
On Oct. 3 2012, Sony and many leading developers showcased new and upcoming PS3 game titles for the holiday season. Paige and I made our way to the Palais Royale on Toronto’s Waterfront to see what we could expect from PlayStation over the holidays.
Paige was instinctively drawn to Skylanders Giants from Activision and Square Enix. Out on Oct. 21st, Skylanders Giants lets you switch out your figures on the fly during gameplay as its the figures that store the individual stats. More game modes have been added along with more advanced difficulty modes and a fun co-op.
LittleBigPlanet Karting available on the PS3 on Nov. 6th blends the kart racing we all know and love with the creativity typically found in games with LittleBigPlanet in the title. We raced a few laps using the PS Move Steering wheel in this title from United Front Games and Media Molecule.
The Sony Wonderbook, set to be released in December was on display with their launch title, Book of Spells. This interactive, AR experience is set prior to the events of the Harry Potter movies, but Paige loved seeing herself in the environment, conjuring magic.
The Unfinished Swan was a delightful surprise. This innovative game is available for download on the PSN Oct 24th. You use the PS Move to traverse a blank white canvas, painting the environment as you go. The controls were simple and intuitive.
Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time from Sanzaru Games and Sony Entertainment picks up after Sly Cooper 3. It includes a new costume system used to give Sly abilities like additional defence and more. It’s out Feb. 5th, 2013
Paige and I faced off in Injustice: Gods Among Us. She as Harley Quinn, me The Flash. The over-the-top power moves and gameplay was fun for me, but not so much for my 6 year old daughter. Injustice: Gods Among Us is out in the Spring of 2013
We checked out Assassins Creed III and the naval battle mode. I thought the ship moved well through the water. This is another title geared more for me. Check it out yourself on Nov 20th.
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal out Nov 20th provided a ton of fun. While Paige wanted to exclusively play as Fat Princess, we had the chance to see a few different fighters in play.
As for the PS Vita, we checked out FIFA 13 and Sound Shapes. I Thought the Vita controls worked well for Sound Shapes especially.
Stay tuned for more from the Sony Holiday Event as we talk with developers from LittleBigPlanet Karting, Skylanders Giants, Book of Magic and PlayStation All-Stars.