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CES 2011: The Video Games of the Sony Booth - Killzone 3 and MLB 11: The Show Dominate

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Posted January 10, 2011 - By Kevin Kelly





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CES 2011: The Video Games of the Sony Booth - Killzone and and MBL 11: The Show Dominate

Sony's massive booth at CES was dominated by their 3D offerings, while a gigantic screen blared 3D images and trailers, and ladies walked around handing out glasses, cigarette girl style. Even the games were all presented in 3D, although Sony's PlayStation area was fairly modest. They had Killzone 3, inFamous 2, MLB 11: The Show, LittleBigPlanet 2, and a couple of PlayStation Network titles. What they didn't have? The PlayStation Portable or the PlayStation Phone. Plus, the inFamous 2 demo was the same one we'd played last year, although it was extremely buggy and kept dropping frames or chugging through busy scenes. We'll chalk it up to a busy unit of a bad build, but ouch ... it looked bad.

What did look good was MLB 11: The Show, which now has built-in Move and 3D support. 3D Support is throughout the game, but Move only works with Home Run Derby. At first I thought this would feel gimmick, but after finally nailing a few homers into the stands (428 feet, thank you very much), it's something I wish carried over into the full game. It will read left or right-handed batters and puts a bat onscreen held by an invisible batter that you can waggle back and forth. Pointing towards the outfield to call your shot is optional. It takes a few tries to nail the swing mechanic, but once you do it feels natural (and is a workout) and lots of fun. Sony is hoping to bring more Move integration to the next iteration of the title.

And then, we played Killzone 3 in 3D, and with the gun peripheral. Did it rock our world? Read on to find out.

CES 2011: The Video Games of the Sony Booth - Killzone and and MBL 11: The Show Dominate

Sony's Gun peripheral, when paired with Killzone 3, leaves a lot to be desired. Namely the fact that it's very difficult to maneuver with your thumb while you're trying to turn and aim at an enemy who is currently drilling bullets into your body. Sure, the gun itself is impressive, with buttons for every possible control you could imagine, including a firing rate selector switch, but as far as a control for Killzone goes, it's a bit too unwieldy. If this were an on-rails shooter, a la House of the Dead, we'd love it. As it is, you'll have a lot more frustration than fun with this peripheral.

While you need glasses for it to work., both games looked very impressive in 3D with MLB 11 delivering a more solid experience since it wasn't that IN YO' FACE style of 3D. Having said that though, Killzone 3 still looks like it will melt my face off. Which is to say: awesome.

Also at Sony's booth was a very anemic PC gaming area, with a copy of DC Universe Online and StarCraft 2 taped to the wall above a VAIO laptop. Not much to speak of there. Then, of course, there was this guy and his Bowser-esque backpack.

CES 2011: The Video Games of the Sony Booth - Killzone and and MBL 11: The Show Dominate

CES 2011: The Video Games of the Sony Booth - Killzone 3 and MLB 11: The Show Dominate
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