Sony Computer Entertainment Australia recently showcased its latest PlayStation 3 and Vita games at its PlayStation Playground event in Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art.
The new, smaller and lighter PS3 model that was announced at Tokyo Game Show recently was unveiled for the first time, with prices of $299.95 and $399.95 announced for the 12GB and 500GB models respectively.
A new peripheral known as Wonderbook will be introduced to capitalise on the Christmas season, which is essentially an augmented reality (AR) book that works in conjuntion with a PlayStation Move and Eye camera.
The new peripheral comes with a Book of Spells game and will retail for $49.95, while a bundle with the peripheral, game, Move and Eye camera will go for $99.95.
Sony's holiday games line up rounded out the announcements, with a focus on PlayStation Move and Vita software in particular.
Some of the highlights included:
PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita.
Verdict: Clearly a homage to Super Smash Bros. by Nintendo and will mainly appeal to those who have been yearning for that type of gameplay. However, one can't help but think that this game could have been done a decade ago.
Wonderbook: Book of Spells Platform: PlayStation 3
Verdict: Aimed at a younger audience and fans of JK Rowling's work. Impressive on a technological level, but it will be interesting to see how it fares with the console's traditional demographic.
God of War: Ascension Platform: PlayStation 3
Verdict: Kratos returns in his second epic adventure on the PlayStation 3. The preview build did not showcase any impressive set pieces, such as the opening level of God of War III, but the familiar platforming and combat was there.
Skylanders: Giants Platform: PlayStation 3
Verdict: A platforming game aimed at a younger audience. Considering Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure did well with its target audience, it looks likely that the sequel will do the same.
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Platform: PlayStation 3
Verdict: Visually appealing and responsive platform game. The first game was a Wii exclusive, so it will be interesting to see how consumers will react to the multiplatform sequel.
Little Big Planet Karting Platform: PlayStation 3
Verdict: A karting game that is much better than Sony's earlier effort, ModNation Racers. Taking a cue from Mario Kart Wii from 2008, the game supports the steering wheel attachment for the Move, which generally worked quite well.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted Platform: PlayStation Vita
Verdict: Despite the awkward title (it is neither a sequel nor remake of the 2005 game of the same name), the open world racing game is shaping up to a solid effort. The Vita version is more or less identitcal to the console version, lacking only some minor graphical effects.
Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Platform: PlayStation Vita
Verdict: Plays and feels like the console version, but the preview level (a fog-ridden swamp) was not a good demonstration of the game's capabilities. However, the gameplay retained all the elements that made Assassin's Creed fun.
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Platform: PlayStation Vita
Verdict: The long awaited sequel to the PlayStation 2 series is shaping up to be a solid game. It looked and felt like a proper Sly sequel, despite being developed by a different team.