E3 2011: NGP blowout! Hands on with every NGP game in Sony's booth

E3 isn’t until next week as of this writing, but because Einstein proved time is relative to location (something like that – just go with it) we’re able to bring you a little preview of the NGP’s future right now. We got the chance to play all the NGP games in Sony’s first-party lineup. Here’s what we think:

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

The undisputed prize stallion in the NGP’s launch stable, Golden Abyss looks to transfer the Uncharted series’ winning formula directly to the smaller screen: Drake’s still a charming rascal, it all looks phenomenal for a portable system, and the action is still a mix of puzzle solving, exploration and gunplay. Both the front touch screen and the back touch panel are used in multiple ways, but it’s almost always optional, so you can play the game using the usual console controls as well. Thank you, developers! We’ve actually got a full preview on this one as well – you should check it out. Read our full preview here.

Wipeout 2048

Note the number? This Wipeout takes place a year before the first one in the in-game timeline. But the gameplay benefits from all the refinements made since the original game first arrived more than a decade ago. Namely, there are three different control modes: touch and tilt, standard (sticks and buttons), and “classic” – yep, it’s the air brake one that seasoned pros will love and everyone else will find excruciating. The online modes are beefed up too – in addition to connectivity with wipeout HD on PS3, you might find yourself competing in a normal race, then a one-on-one race against the guy who just beat you. Stuff like that. Want numbers? 10 new tracks, 20 new vehicles, and a bristling brace of new weapons – mostly missiles, machine guns, and other not-quite-rayguns kind of stuff.

Sound Shapes

An abstract platformer from the same indie genius who created Everyday Shooter, Sound Shapes is poised to be the underground hit of the NGP launch lineup. You play as a ball coated with suction cups, so you can roll, jump, and latch onto almost any surface. The point is to grab nodes littered throughout the level. Each one you grab adds a sound to a song playing in the background, so you go from silence to an entire tune by the end of the level. What’s more, certain enemies key to the music – like lasers that fire to the rhythm of the snare drum – and certain actions are samples. For instance, in a level with four platforms that each make a different noise, the game will record the timing and order in which you jump on them, and work that into the song as well. Finally, there’s a super-simple level editor, so expect to see a ton of user-created levels and tunes to hit the charts after the game’s release.

Super Stardust Delta

A twin-stick arcade shooter that takes place on a series of spherical worlds, this is a tweaked version of the PS3 and PSP versions. The pyrotechnic visuals are smooth and gorgeous – actually an improvement over the PS3 version, we’re told – and while the controls are largely the same (LOVE twin sticks on a portable), your bombs are gone. Instead, your special weapon will now be a black hole or a missile swarm. Nice! You’ll also be able to slow time, to jolt the NGP to create a shock wave, or tilt it to adjust the camera angle. As arcade shooters go, this is strong stuff.

ModNation Racers

The highly customizable kart racer hits NGP not as a port, but as a ground-up recreation with all the features of the full-sized edition as well as one spiffy new feature: the ability to create custom tracks in mere moments using the touch controls and your finger. It's a slick, quick interface that enables you to bounce back and forth between racing and tracing in moments.

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  • city17fan - June 6, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    Sound Shapes and Reality Fighters look rather poor to me. Not excited about either one of those titles. And until we have a real release date for both the handheld and games along with price, I am not letting myself get too excited. I am still suffering butt-hurts from the lackluster 3DS launch.
  • fighj - June 5, 2011 3:48 a.m. I tide fashion Good-looking, not expensive Free transport
  • rjjones - June 4, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    Uhh... yeah. oh. my god. Never thought I'd see gaming technology like this in my lifetime if you told me about it even 10 years ago... I knew there was a reason I didn't get the 3DS lol recaptcha: "ertificy results"
  • CrKnight - June 4, 2011 1:36 a.m.

    Hustle Kings has some good looking balls! Zing!
  • JimmyCooldaddy - June 4, 2011 12:01 a.m.

    prolly woulda went with the NGP if it was 3d. Maybe next time Sony...
  • CharlieFockstrot - June 3, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    Boring question, but; What memory stick will the NGP use Duo Pro or Micro M2? I only ask because I'm thinking of getting a 32gb card for my PSP 1000, but I wont bother if it's not gonna work with the NGP.
  • MJHAYLETT - June 3, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    oh god - I was saving up for an NGP and maybe a game or two but 5 or 6 - sweet mary of healthy wallets batman (or something) I had better start saving those pennies extra hard.
  • philipshaw - June 3, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    Seems cool, want to know what the unannounced games are
  • totalweapon - June 3, 2011 7:06 a.m.

    i haven't owned a hand held since the lynx but this is looking like my next one. as long as the price is not to mental.
  • NanoElite666 - June 3, 2011 6:48 a.m.

    Wipeout Pure was one of the very first games I got with my original PSP way back in May '05, and there's no doubt that Wipeout 2048 is going to be one of the first games I pick up when I eventually have enough funds to procure an NGP. That and Uncharted.
  • metroid2099400 - June 3, 2011 6:13 a.m.

    Damn you, Studio Liverpool! Your excellent development team is going to force me to spend even more money! As soon as I knew a WipEout game was going to come out for this, I knew that I had to have it. Eh, I guess it won't be too bad if I can trade in my existing PSP... I'll just keep telling myself that.
  • DreamWeaverPL - June 3, 2011 4:07 a.m.

    I WILL BUY THIS FOR WIPEOUT ;_; I mean, seriously, this console seems to be ungodly awesome.
  • CancerMan - June 3, 2011 2:58 a.m.

    Wow, a few of these are worth playing! My 3DS should be jealous.
  • ChickenFillet5140 - June 3, 2011 1:46 a.m.

    Wow. They look incredible, especially Sound Shapes, that looks like serious fun.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - June 3, 2011 1:23 a.m.

    Uncharted and Wipeout, plz.
  • tiben36 - June 3, 2011 1:19 a.m.

  • shadowreaper72 - June 3, 2011 1:06 a.m.

    The only game I see worth buying is Uncharted. I hope Sony has more NGP games to announce than this tiny mostly crap list. Although I am immpressed with the power of NGP. Uncharted NGP looks absoutely amazing!
  • gopikmin - June 3, 2011 12:57 a.m.

    Reality Fighters is like Photo Dojo in Reverse
  • KolbitosFruitJuice - June 3, 2011 12:55 a.m.

    pretty good lineup. Uncharted, wipeout and Super Stardust look to take the proverbial cakes.
  • mackshizzle - June 3, 2011 12:54 a.m.

    These look pretty cool. I'm just hoping the NGP will be a decent price of 299 or less. I have a 3DS but I want an NGP too. I don't plan on spending a cent over 320, though. (I promised 275 was as far as I'd go but hell look at those screenshots lol)

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