Sony's NGP Lineup: Uncharted, WipEout, Meh

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Sony's NGP Lineup: Uncharted, WipEout, Meh

Sony's new handheld will have games for its launch with popular names in the titles.

Sony is sticking to its guns regarding the name of its newest handheld, still calling it the NGP (Next Generation Portable) instead of the Vita as has been rumored recently. That doesn't mean they don't have a wonderful lineup of marquee games to shore up sales of the new platform. Top of the list is Uncharted: Golden Abyss which looks like it wants to recreate the gameplay of the original games by Naughty Dog. Second up is WipEout 2048 which is a reboot of the science-fiction racing series. After that, there's a steep dropoff in name recognition in the NGP lineup but there might be a hidden gem in Reality Fighters.

Golden Abyss, made by the team behind Resistance: Retribution, looks pretty slick and true to the action of Uncharted. "We spent six months working on story ideas [with Naughty Dog] because story is so important to the franchise," John Garvin the Creative Director at Bend Studio. The game will be a standalone story set before the events of the Uncharted series, but the plot does offer some clues as to the events of the upcoming third installment on the PS3 Drake's Fortune.

I've usually gotten my sci-fi racing fix from the F-Zero brand, but WipEout was quite a looker on the original PlayStation back in 1995. WipEOut 2048 is set 37 years from now at the birth of anti-grav racing. "We're setting the races through the heart of a city, so we've got our interpretation of what New York City will look like 40 years from now," said designer Graeme Ankers.

A future New York City? What a fascinating and fresh concept! Cynicism aside, WipEOut 2048 does actually looks pretty fun.

The rest of the titles try to show off the NGP's features which appear to ape Nintendo's 3DS, without the 3D. Little Deviants looks like a kid-friendly way to show off the NGP's "rear touch pad, touch screen, the motion sensor, front and rear cameras, augmented reality and microphone."

As part of that augmented reality comes a game called Reality Fighters which will let you take pictures of people, import them into the game and fight with them in settings like your office.

Watch out Steve Butts, I'm coming for you with my dragon style fighting pose!

Rounding out the launch lineup is the PSN shmup Super Stardust Delta, pool sim Hustle Kings, Everybody's Golf, and a innovative music game-sidescroller mashup with the working title Sound Shapes.

Despite this infodump from Sony, there's still no word on NGP's release window or what the hell the Vita is.

Source: EU PlayStation Blog

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So anyone want to place a bet on how long before the NGP is hacked to create porn with real people being snapped and imported into the reality fighters style tech? I'm going with less than a month.

I think you meant to say "upcoming third installment on the PS3 Drakes DECEPTION" but other than that... yeah, I am pumped for this!

Reality Fighters sound an awful lot like a game that already exists on the DSi shop that was given out for free about a year ago (and now only costs 200 points). You could take a picture of your face and stick it on a fighter, and also do your own shouts and grunts. Reality Fighters probably has more to the gameplay than simple punches and kicks, but that's some major deja vu.

Uncharted AND more Wipeout?

Sold.

Greg Tito:
Golden Abyss, made by the team behind Resistance: Retribution, looks pretty slick and true to the action of Uncharted. "We spent six months working on story ideas [with Naughty Dog] because story is so important to the franchise," John Garvin the Creative Director at Bend Studio.

It is? That's funny. I just assumed that Naughty Dog wasn't taking the Uncharted stories seriously when Uncharted 2's story was just Uncharted 1's story all over again, but with different nouns. It made me think they just have an Uncharted plot ad-lib where they went around the office filling in the various blanks and using what they came up with as the plot. So you know, same overall plot each time, but different nouns (like Marco Polo instead of Francis Drake).

Hopefully Uncharted 3 will not follow the same pattern, but if it does, I will never be able to take anyone who thinks the Uncharted series has good stories seriously ever again.

Sounds like someone didn't play Super Stardust HD. Having a proper portable Stardust game after the pretty disappointing PSP version is one of the biggest draws NGP's had for me so far and is anything but a "meh" entry to the launch lineup.

mjc0961:

Greg Tito:
Golden Abyss, made by the team behind Resistance: Retribution, looks pretty slick and true to the action of Uncharted. "We spent six months working on story ideas [with Naughty Dog] because story is so important to the franchise," John Garvin the Creative Director at Bend Studio.

It is? That's funny. I just assumed that Naughty Dog wasn't taking the Uncharted stories seriously when Uncharted 2's story was just Uncharted 1's story all over again, but with different nouns. It made me think they just have an Uncharted plot ad-lib where they went around the office filling in the various blanks and using what they came up with as the plot. So you know, same general idea, but different nouns.

Hopefully Uncharted 3 will not follow the same pattern, but if it does, I will never be able to take anyone who thinks the Uncharted series has good stories seriously ever again.

People say it has good stories? I always just asumed that it was super cliche in an Indiana Jones way, and that was the reason it's so good/ fun.

I'm still Not Gunna Purchase it.

Andronicus:
Uncharted AND more Wipeout?

Sold.

This. And Super Stardust. Do want. Need more money. Can't wait for E3.

manythings:
So anyone want to place a bet on how long before the NGP is hacked to create porn with real people being snapped and imported into the reality fighters style tech? I'm going with less than a month.

Less than a week....

HankMan:
I'm still Not Gunna Purchase it.

I take it you lost a bet and have to talk in puns for the a month, right?

...

Those are the graphics...of a handheld console.

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But alas:

HankMan:
I'm still Not Gunna Purchase it.

Neither will I. Sorry Sony, I prefer reading books nowadays in situations where handhelds are usually used.

There's nothing there that I want to be honest, but I guess that's because I haven't played Uncharted yet (I'll get a PS3 someday because I've been wanting to play that, looks really good) and I pretty much only play F-Zero in terms of racers as well but...yeah.

Raw power on a handheld doesn't do it for me. That's why the PSP never did it for me either. I need a stronger lineup than that Broseph.

Yes yes, Sony. Now tell us about Gravity Daze! Don't make me post this in every NGP thread!

Wipeout was always better than F-Zero. I'm sorry, them's the facts.

teh_Canape:

HankMan:
I'm still Not Gunna Purchase it.

I take it you lost a bet and have to talk in puns for the a month, right?

HELL NO!
It's a dare!

Ok, I'm going to paraphrase from the Joystiq podcast while adding my own stuff.

That looks amazing. Don't get me wrong, that's pretty cool. Not a big Sony guy so I'll be waiting on this, but I'll probably pick one up one day.
But I'm going to put my critic glasses now.

So, you made a portable PS3. I'm glad you did that. WHY DID YOU DO THAT? Did we learn nothing?

My worry is dev costs. We now have to pay costs much closer to console games than before, and only so many companies will do that. So we'll have some lookers for sure, but expensive ones, and many devs may cheap out on graphics and gameplay to justify being on a portable rather than a console.

And what about PSP devs? Not all of them will be able to make HD graphics. They may well move over to the 3DS or even iOS just to stay relevant and keep costs down.

There's a reason the 3DS is not as powerful, it's easier and cheaper to dev for. That's the reason the DS was so weak and had such a huge lineup.

That said, of course, the PSP did eventually come into it's own, rather impressively I may add. And Sony can do things to make development easier and cheaper, been hearing some rumors to that affect, so if they can pull that off, they might jsut have a winner. Til then, I'll be waiting on E3

HankMan:
I'm still Not Gunna Purchase it.

i c wut u did thar

but >.> also pretty much sums up my feelings on it

HankMan:

teh_Canape:

HankMan:
I'm still Not Gunna Purchase it.

I take it you lost a bet and have to talk in puns for the a month, right?

HELL NO!
It's a dare!

I see

well... keep on with that

not gonna lie, some of them made me laugh more than I should have

thats what i love about this site, the professional reporting and interesting news stories. no wait. Seriously. This has to be one of the worst written posts... almost enough to stop me coming back here in one stop. Okay, im not a DS guy, but have a PS3, Wii and 360 and generally consider myself objective - the 3DS has such a terrible launch line up - yet all the line ups were talking about the good games. Sonys line isnt eather shattering - but it deserves better than a "meh" Wipeout,. Uncharted, Super stardust - all great games.

Terrible journalism...

Meh? Meh?!

We get a freaking prologue to the WipEout series, get to see the birth of the AG racing league, and the response is meh?!

Seriously that just sealed an already high likelihood of purchase; I always wanted to see the start of that story. .. Wonder why the.. dunno.. this post feels a bit iffy. Objectivity lacking or.. meh.

"Wonderful" launch lineup this is not. The only noteworthy game is the Uncharted one, and that isn't being made by Naughty Dog so whether or not it'll be good is a toss-up.

Also that's some specific wording there when you say that plot offers hints at what the events will be in the third Uncharted. Does that mean it will come out before then? Or close after?

One more thing. While those are certainly good graphics, I thought we were being promised GREAT graphics. I could have sworn I heard something before about current gen level graphics.

mireko:

Wipeout was always better than F-Zero. I'm sorry, them's the facts.

No, you don't say it like that, you say it like this:

Wipeout was always better than F-Zero, I'm sorry, them's the facts.

Seriously, PS3 owners should feel cheated that so far they've got only one WipeOut title - and even that was basically an HD port. There's simply no other racing game that can match WipeOut's sense of speed and aesthetics. And this is coming from a PC gamer who can only play newer WipeOut titles on his friend's PS3.

Though frankly not sold on the NY setting - not futuristic 'nuff.

Raiyan 1.0:

mireko:

Wipeout was always better than F-Zero. I'm sorry, them's the facts.

No, you don't say it like that, you say it like this:

Wipeout was always better than F-Zero, I'm sorry, them's the facts.

Seriously, PS3 owners should feel cheated that so far they've got only one WipeOut title - and even that was basically an HD port. There's simply no other racing game that can match WipeOut's sense of speed and aesthetics. And this is coming from a PC gamer who can only play newer WipeOut titles on his friend's PS3.

Though frankly not sold on the NY setting - not futuristic 'nuff.

Who cares about where it's set? These are hoverships flying at stupid speeds, we're too busy trying not to die by flying off of the edge of the track or ramming into a wall at the speed of sound.

I swear to god Sony, if you don't keep Eliminator mode with the quick-turn introduced in WipeOut HD I'll be very annoyed.

Also yay for Uncharted I guess, more excited at the LBP coming out for it and the possibility of a better Ratchet & Clank handheld game.

EDIT: Oh yeah, almost forgot, keep the idea of the Fury ships and the new Zone modes introduced in Fury as well. Oh, and also:-

FEISAR FOREVER!

That will be all

mjc0961:

Greg Tito:
Golden Abyss, made by the team behind Resistance: Retribution, looks pretty slick and true to the action of Uncharted. "We spent six months working on story ideas [with Naughty Dog] because story is so important to the franchise," John Garvin the Creative Director at Bend Studio.

It is? That's funny. I just assumed that Naughty Dog wasn't taking the Uncharted stories seriously when Uncharted 2's story was just Uncharted 1's story all over again, but with different nouns. It made me think they just have an Uncharted plot ad-lib where they went around the office filling in the various blanks and using what they came up with as the plot. So you know, same overall plot each time, but different nouns (like Marco Polo instead of Francis Drake).

Hopefully Uncharted 3 will not follow the same pattern, but if it does, I will never be able to take anyone who thinks the Uncharted series has good stories seriously ever again.

And Drake getting shot in the stomach and left for dead instead of....wait....

Ok, then a scene wherein you walk through an idealic village which is attacked by tanks instead of....umm....

Damn, you really didn't think that through at all.

yanipheonu:
Ok, I'm going to paraphrase from the Joystiq podcast while adding my own stuff.

That looks amazing. Don't get me wrong, that's pretty cool. Not a big Sony guy so I'll be waiting on this, but I'll probably pick one up one day.
But I'm going to put my critic glasses now.

So, you made a portable PS3. I'm glad you did that. WHY DID YOU DO THAT? Did we learn nothing?

My worry is dev costs. We now have to pay costs much closer to console games than before, and only so many companies will do that. So we'll have some lookers for sure, but expensive ones, and many devs may cheap out on graphics and gameplay to justify being on a portable rather than a console.

And what about PSP devs? Not all of them will be able to make HD graphics. They may well move over to the 3DS or even iOS just to stay relevant and keep costs down.

There's a reason the 3DS is not as powerful, it's easier and cheaper to dev for. That's the reason the DS was so weak and had such a huge lineup.

That said, of course, the PSP did eventually come into it's own, rather impressively I may add. And Sony can do things to make development easier and cheaper, been hearing some rumors to that affect, so if they can pull that off, they might jsut have a winner. Til then, I'll be waiting on E3

How about instead of assuming you try looking up these things? Like how the devs are saying its easy to get great graphics out of the NGP, and consequentially cheap too?

mireko:
Yes yes, Sony. Now tell us about Gravity Daze! Don't make me post this in every NGP thread!

Wipeout was always better than F-Zero. I'm sorry, them's the facts.

Oh, yes. I can't believe more people aren't looking for more info on this game, it looks utterly mindblowing. If done right, it could manage Portal levels of mindblowing.

Translate Monster Hunter P3 Capcom - that'll MAKE me buy one instead of me WANTING to buy one. Come on Sony - poke them with a sharp stick, pay them to do it if you have to, I don't care. MAKE IT HAPPEN.

mireko:

Wipeout was always better than F-Zero. I'm sorry, them's the facts.

How? Because it looks prettier? Or is it the more generic car and track design that makes them so it's more "realistic"?

Yay, looks nice, but not enough to make it a day one buy. I'll wait until it's price drops in half or less before buying it.

I'm probably going to buy this one. I did like the PSP more than the DS. That said, I'm feeling like I'd probably be reluctant to ever hook it up to the internet in case all my personal information got stolen.

Polyg0n:
Yay, looks nice, but not enough to make it a day one buy. I'll wait until it's price drops in half or less before buying it.

You do realise this is just the first party launch lineup, and the third party stuff hasn't been revealed yet.

Azure Knight-Zeo:

mireko:

Wipeout was always better than F-Zero. I'm sorry, them's the facts.

How? Because it looks prettier? Or is it the more generic car and track design that makes them so it's more "realistic"?

More cause it has course layouts slightly more complex than a circle, actually has a degree of action, and doesn't try to whore out its characters.

vita is such a better name. and im really not that into handhelds, so Not Gonna Pay it any attention.

I saw "Super Stardust" and immediately let out a joyous "WOOHOO!" No really, I actually did. The twinstick aspect of the NGP was literally the one thing that interested me the most, because I wanted a portable twinstick shooter-seriously, it's long overdue. Good to know said portable twinstick shooter will be available on day one.

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