PlayStation Move and Vita shine in Sydney's PlayStation Playground (+ pictures)

Video console publisher displays its latest PlayStation 3 and Vita games
To promote its holiday software line-up, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia held a playground themed media event in Sydney

To promote its holiday software line-up, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia held a playground themed media event in Sydney

  • To promote its holiday software line-up, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia held a playground themed media event in Sydney
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Australia managing director, Michael Ephraim, delivers his keynote
  • A Sony representative speaking about the content on the Sony Entertainment Network
  • A Sony representative speaking about Wonderbook: Book of Spells
  • Skylanders: Giant on display
  • Epic Mickey 2 on display
  • Epic Mickey 2 demonstration
  • Gravity Rush on Vita
  • Assassin's Creed III: Liberation on Vita
  • Assassin's Creed III: Liberation on Vita
  • Assassin's Creed III: Liberation on Vita
  • Assassin's Creed III: Liberation on Vita
  • Assassin's Creed III: Liberation on Vita
  • Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time on Vita
  • Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time on Vita
  • Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time on Vita
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted on Vita
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted on Vita
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted on Vita
  • Smart As... quiz game on Vita
  • Twitter on Vita
  • Little Big Planet Karting demonstration
  • Little Big Planet Karting demonstration
  • Wonderbook: Book of Spells demonstration
  • Wonderbook: Book of Spells demonstration
  • Wonderbook: Book of Spells demonstration
  • The third generation PlayStation 3 on display
  • The third generation PlayStation 3 on display
  • The third generation PlayStation 3 on display
  • Sony's Ephraim (left) demonstrating PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale
  • PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale on display
  • Sony's Ephraim (left) demonstrating PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale
  • An interview with Sony representative (right)
  • Sports Champions 2 demonstration
  • Sports Champions 2 demonstration
  • Sports Champions 2 demonstration
  • Sports Champions 2 demonstration
  • God of War: Ascension on display
  • God of War: Ascension on display
  • Guests mingling
  • Beyond Two Souls video
  • The Last of Us video
  • Guests mingling
  • Lego Lord of the Rings video
  • Lego Lord of the Rings diorama
  • Lego Lord of the Rings diorama
  • PlayStation themed croquet
  • Outside PlayStation display

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.

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