Sony’s Holiday Games Preview Event In Toronto: Upcoming PS3 Games and More!

Sony recently held an event at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. The event was fantastic! Sony demonstrated many of the most anticipated games due to be launched in time for this Holiday season.  Many of the video game industries biggest developers were present and provided their own demonstrations.  DJ Hero 2 and the new Guitar Hero were on display with big sound and big visuals.  Gran Turismo 5 and Kill Zone 3 were both being hyped up with fantastic set ups including 3D driving simulators and real Kill Zone soldiers marching around. The Gran Turismo 5 set up was incredible. It featured 3D game play, and the use of a steering wheel, shifter and pedals. Gran Turismo has always been one of the best driving sims in the gaming industry. The new one doesn't disappoint. The selection of vehicles is impressive (even though this trial version only offered a few) and the graphics and sound effects are phenomenal. What differentiates Gran Turismo from the rest of the pack is the driving dynamics. The driving is so realistic, you feel as though you are on the track. With the feedback that the steering wheel gave me, and the 3D graphics, I could have sworn I was driving a Ferrari Enzo at 200 mph and not sitting in a stationary seat playing a video game. Gran Turismo 5 is going to be a must have game for the holiday season. Killzone 3 has always been a fun first person shooter. I remember playing the 1st one and having a blast. The new one was being demonstrated in 3D. The graphics look fantastic and the game play was solid as usual. Infamous 2 also looks great. This time around Cole has a new weapon, and can wield other elements in addition to his fearsome lightning attacks. One of my favorite demos was the new Castlevania Lords of Shadow demo. I've seen the trailers, and as a huge Castlevania fan I couldn't wait to try the game out. This time around Konami has partnered with Kojima, the people responsible for Metal Gear Solid. I won't say more. Check out the trailer here:

Activision was also there with a theatre style demo of Call of Duty Black Ops. The graphics looks real, and the gameplay is tight, just like we can come to expect from Activision. Add in the 3D element, and phenomenal multiplayer and you have a near perfect gaming experience. The newcomer to the show, Playstation Move, was well used by the developers. Capcom demonstrated a version of Resident Evil 5 using the Move, and so did Warner with their new Lord of the Rings game. One of the best games using the Move I saw was the new Virtua Tennis. I have always wondered when they'd come out with a new version. With 3D and the Move available, the time was right. I played as Roger Federer in 3D using the Move as my raquet, and it was one of the best sports game experiences I've ever had. I can't wait to get it myself! Overall the event was amazing. There were so many awesome games on display I couldn't mention them all. I can't wait to get my hands on many of them when the holiday season begins. Sony threw a great party, and even got Toronto Maple Leafs Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak to come play games and sign autographs for fans. I had a great time, and I am sure you will too once you all get your hands on some of these titles!