The show was perhaps more notable for it’s promise of alternative gaming than for the usual blockbusters. Sony had a large cinema screen, the entrance to which was plastered with ‘no photos- including ‘press’ signs’, with some interesting previews on offer. There was more enticing footage of Afrika, which seems to be a safari-simulator, photo-them-up, or something and a scuba-diving alternative called Aqua Vita. Both promise revolutionary beauty on the screen, with a rendered lion looking much like the real thing and a fleet of mantas flying through the water in high definition. If anyone remembers being impressed by super Mario diving into the water in Super Mario 64, then this may well take the whole thing to a new level.
Then there is Little Big Planet, which won an award for being the most original game of the show and deservedly so- I’ve never seen anything quite like it, a kind of kids creation game that is FUN for a change. Plus there is F-L-O-W…er. Remember that game called Flow I mentioned a bit before, that impressed me so much with it’s dreamy, ambient style? Well, now it seems to have some kind of sequel, called ‘Flower‘, though what it actually involves remains a mystery. Not only that, Flow seems to have an expansion pack on the way.
There was also something else at the show, from the man that brought you the original DTS and it seems to be quite a revolutionary little item in it’s own right- but you will just have to wait a little bit for that story… though here’s a hint- get your ears ready for a big, multi-directional surprise !