Sony Lifts One to Michael in Awesome PS3 Ad

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Sony Lifts One to Michael in Awesome PS3 Ad

Sony's new PlayStation ad serves up a hilarious ensemble cheer to the true heroes of gaming.

Is it too late to slip in another zing at Sony for the oddball ads it served up in the early days of the PlayStation 3? Probably, but I think it bears a mention anyway, if only to remind everyone of the huge turnaround from the days of the freaky baby doll to the era of Kevin Butler. Whatever advertising mojo Sony found when it came up with the idea of the B-Man (he's not a real vice-president of anything, you know), it's obviously still got it.

Who do you recognize? I see Nathan Drake, Ghost, the guy from Infamous, Joe Mauer, Solid Snake, Kratos and... Sweettooth and Sackboy playing chess? It's like some Bizarro World Romper Room in there.

Nicely done, Sony, and to you too, Michael. Well played, sir. Well played indeed.

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I'm unsure who Michael is, maybe that's the point. Epic advert non-the-less!

That was a pretty good ad in my opinion. The effects were a bit cheesy, and the actors didn't really look like their game counterparts in a lot of ways, and the overall effect shared the same sort of cheesy feel as the effects themselves. But it was fairly clever. Though I think they should have left the 'Michael' character faceless to make things a bit more interesting. That might just be me though.

I also thought it was interesting that there were plenty of multiplatform characters in there. Not a bad thing per say, but it almost feels like Sony's trying to 'claim' them. I also wonder if they got permission from each game dev (or if they needed to) to use their character's likeness.

TimeLord:
I'm unsure who Michael is, maybe that's the point. Epic advert non-the-less!

Just a name for "the user."

What else needs to be explained? They are all telling stories about the turning points of their lives, and "michael" is responsible. Michael is the player.

Also, love the fact the article only says "The guy from InFamous." I guess Cole really is Blandy McBland.

Saw that really creepy clown from Twisted metal(Thanks for Horny Ico for correcting me on this.

The Chimera totally stole the Trailer, even if it didn't have a speaking part.

That was an awesome ad. Applause to you, Sony.

Holy shit, that was awesome.

I always like seeing my favourite characters all in one place.

See Sony, this is what Playstation Home should look like!

Kinda reminds me of this Playstation add.

That's pretty damn awesome!! Love the idea, and execution, and the costumes are really good. Excellent trailer!

It's especially awesome for me because that's my name!

vrbtny:
Saw that really creepy clown from Batman : Arkham Asylum.

The Chimera totally stole the Trailer, even if it didn't have a speaking part.

The clown is from Twisted Metal, unfortunately.

Aww that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I think they chose the references well too. The choice of characters made me think of some of the most moving moments I've had in games too. Ezio's family, the end of Bioshock 2, the end of Portal 2 and MGS4. I'm sure there are more associations in there for people who've played the other games too.

I liked Nathan Drake talking to Lightning. I think the best part, though was definitely Sackboy moving the chess piece.

Nice to see they used characters from outside of Sony's franchises.

Kapol:

I also thought it was interesting that there were plenty of multiplatform characters in there. Not a bad thing per say, but it almost feels like Sony's trying to 'claim' them. I also wonder if they got permission from each game dev (or if they needed to) to use their character's likeness.

Must had, or in some earlier contract when developers ported games onto the PS3 sony got the right to use the game with all itīs continent in ads et.c

TimeLord:
I'm unsure who Michael is, maybe that's the point. Epic advert non-the-less!

We're all Michael.

OT: I cracked when Ezio popped out of nowhere.

I think Sweettooth and Sackboy playing chess was probably the best part about that entire ad. I absolutely loved it.

I saw Chell!

She ran in the background of the Clown playing Chess with Sackboy.

Anyway, sweet commercial. Kind of a disappointment, since I expected a bit more. But eh, could be worse.

Great ad, I awww'd hard at sackboy playing chess. :D

Horny Ico:

vrbtny:
Saw that really creepy clown from Batman : Arkham Asylum.

The Chimera totally stole the Trailer, even if it didn't have a speaking part.

The clown is from Twisted Metal, unfortunately.

Is he? Oh... yeah, ignore me. Thanks for the correction.

Goes back and applies edits.

It was a good trailer... but I'm sort of sad it was a Sony-exclusive thing. I would have killed to see Mario, Link, Samus, Pikachu, Master Chief, or Marcus Fenix in there, because they're apart of my gaming life too, just as much as Nathan Drake or Kratos.

Oh well.

Kratos didn't speak, this makes me sad

Irridium:
I saw Chell!

She ran in the background of the Clown playing Chess with Sackboy.

Anyway, sweet commercial. Kind of a disappointment, since I expected a bit more. But eh, could be worse.

I spotted Chell the first time I watched it, but somehow missed her the second and third time I view it. I cant even finish running a character's name through my head before another two pop up.

I like all the different currency in the payment tray. Materia for the win!

Great job Sony!

This is the most awesome gaming commercial I've ever seen.

the video glosses over a bunch of characters so quickly that it is easy to miss them. I didn't even notice Paul Phoenix or Chell til I watched through it more slowly.

Is it bad that I recognized every single character in this video?

Anyways, terrific ad. Sony has some of the best marketing in gaming, period.

That was just epic.

That was a very good ad. Im very surprised that they didn't just use Sony characters.

Also, who is the black girl in the beginning, she looks a bit like chell but i'm not sure.

hah not gonna lie that was awesome, had a smile on my face the whole time.

still they should've used some old characters that are "rightfully" theirs

Heh. Only if my name was Michael.

ToastiestZombie:
That was a very good ad. Im very surprised that they didn't just use Sony characters.

Also, who is the black girl in the beginning, she looks a bit like chell but i'm not sure.

black girl's just no body. if she was a somebody, she would be inside that room.

I'm always rather astounded at how good Sony's advertisement department is. They always manage to make such memorable commercials.

Totally forgot to check this ad out after I saw teaser. Awesome tribute to anyone who prides him/herself on being gamer. Good to know that at least Sony's marketing department is doing a good job.

That was a pretty awesome ad. Great to see so many characters together.
And, I'm wondering if that was actually Nolan North playing Drake. I've seen his picture before, it looked like him.

Regardless, great ad. Props Sony, better than your previous PS3 ads.

This ad seriously made me cry... the hell is that all about?!

Great ad Sony, bloody great ad.

I was laughing when I saw Lightning and Solid Snake. Really awesome ad.
Sony should make more like this.

In case no one saw... Ratchet at 1:45, between Hitman and Ezio. Lots of Easter Eggs in this. Awesome ad.

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