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June 6, 2014 Written by Alex Co

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E3 week is just a few days away; and with it, the usual host of surprises and megatons associated with videogame-dom’s “Super Bowl.” To mark this year’s special event, we’ve compiled the top 10 best E3 moments from Sony.

In the list below, we’ve enumerated the top 10 best moments Sony has had at the show by order of significance. And thanks to technology, we’ve also added each corresponding video to go along with it, so you can relive the experience again.

So, without further ado, let’s begin and list down the best Sony E3 moments to date.

Twisted Metal Storms the Stage

At its 2010 E3 presser, Sony was about to pull the curtain on the show but not before it showcased a live-action promo for a then, mystery game. All questions were answered mere seconds after when Twisted Metal’s Sweet Tooth appears in not only the trailer spot, but also in real life. Yes, Sweet Tooth’s ice cream truck went on stage to steal the show and even better, inside said truck was David Jaffe, creator of the vehicular combat series. Jaffe then spent the next few minutes talking about the game’s multiplayer to the delight of old-school fans.

Kevin Butler Takes Over the Presser and Unites Gamers Everywhere

Kevin Butler (played by actor Jerry Lambert) might now be a footnote in Sony’s PlayStation history; but it’s hard to argue that it might be Sony’s best PlayStation marketing move, and the brand’s most known “mascot.” This was emphasized more when Butler took the stage at E3 2010 and won gamers everywhere with his speech. Unfortunately, the love-fest came to a crashing halt when Lambert appeared on a Bridgestone commercial that feature the Nintendo Wii as part of sales promotion.

It might be wishful thinking on my part, but I hope the Kevin Butler character comes back at some point down the line. Yes, he a was a corporate-made character and was out to sell us on PlayStation products, but he was a lovable shill that hasn’t been matched since.

PlayStation Plus Introduces the “Instant Game Collection” and Wins People Over

While PlayStation Plus was unveiled way back in 2010, the service didn’t really take off until Sony unleashed the bomb that is the “Instant Game Collection.” Just two years after the premium service’s debut, Sony rocked E3 by announcing a list of top-tier games that will be made available to subscribers at no additional cost. What made the announcement sweeter was how the games available would be “rotated in all the time.” Needless to say, this has set a precedent among its peers, a fact evident at how much Microsoft is mimicking the service with its “Games With Gold” platform.

Surprise Gaben Appearance

Here’s another entry from Sony’s E3 2010 presser; and this one has the one and only Gabe Newell. Valve’s overlord made a surprise appearance at Sony’s conference and while he didn’t announce Half-Life 3, Gaben did reveal a Steam-PS3 integration for the highly-acclaimed Portal 2. Admittedly, the collaboration hasn’t been as successful as most would have hoped, but Newell appearing on Sony’s press conference was a megaton that would stand out many years after. And hey, who’s to say Valve can’t do the same for the PS4, right?

Final Fantasy VII Tech Demo Excites Fans

Way back in 2005, Square Enix unveiled a video that up to this day, is still getting talked about. I’m of course, referring to the Final Fantasy VII tech demo that Sony used to showcase the graphical capabilities of the PS3. Sadly, Final Fantasy fans are still waiting for the game’s proper remake. Will it finally happen this gen? Let’s hope so.

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