Sony has announced quite possibly the best news of the day at its Gamescom Conferance.
They have announced a ‘Cross Buy’ promotion. Players who buy Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale on PS3 will get a free Vita version of the game. Other games to take part in the promotion include Sly Cooper Collection and Ratchet & Clank: Qforce.
Sony has been testing this sort of thing with downloadable games like Sound Shapes. It is great news to see this come into effect with retail games.
The games of fall are almost upon us and that means it’s that time of the year when we look forward to the holiday season and discuss all the big games coming out soon. Join Robbie, Jason, Samantha and Kyle as we talk about our most anticipated games, the games we think will be a surprise and the games we thing will be disappointing. Almost every big game gets covered: Call of Duty, Halo, Assassin’s Creed, Dishonored, Darksiders, Borderlands, Resident Evil and many more.
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Okay everyone take a breath. The busiest week in video games is over now and that means it’s time for reflection on everything we just watched. Join Robbie, Kyle, Jason, Samantha and Addam as we go over the press conferences from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo from this year’s E3.
Despite what most people may say about the press conferences, there were definitely a lot of games shown to get excited about and we do our best to cover as many as we can this week. Microsoft brought out the expected heavy hitters of Halo 4 and Black Ops 2 but also snuck in some surprises with Splinter Cell: Blacklist and South Park: The Stick of Truth. Sony showed off two of the best games at E3 with Beyond: Two Souls and The Last of Us but also managed to become the talk of E3 with a terrible on stage demonstration. Nintendo easily had the most to gain from E3 and we all agree that they squandered the big reveal of the Wii U with few titles and no firm details about pricing and a release date.
This is is just part one of our E3 coverage as we plan to spend more time next week talking about plenty of other games that got us incredibly excited from E3 like Watch Dogs, Far Cry 3, SimCity and more. Thank you for listening and please enjoy Episode 137 of Talking About Gamers.
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The busiest time of the year for video games is upon us once again. With the Electronic Entertainment Expo just a week away, it’s time to start talking about what I hope to see announced. The past couple years have been less than stellar for me and my hopes. Many of the things I’ve wanted to see for a long time have yet to be fulfilled. However, I have learned my lesson and there are certain items that may have made such a list in previous years that I’m smart enough to leave off by now. For example, you won’t see me clamoring for party chat on PlayStation 3; I’m pretty sure that ship has sailed.
Now the things I want from E3 are likely farfetched. We all know what to expect: Call of Duty, Halo, God of War, Mario, etc. These are things that are gaming mainstays and honestly it’s going to take something special for me to get excited by any announcements in those titles. However the stuff that’s out on the edges, the unexpected, that’s what I crave every year and, sadly, what I come away from E3 disappointed about. We got it several years ago when we received announcements like Left 4 Dead 2, Project Natal and Rockstar’s Agent (which sadly has yet to materialize). Hopefully this year will be more like 2009 than like 2011, which saw little surprises between all of the press shows.
So without any further blather on my part, let’s get to five things I wish would happen next week at E3.
Kevin Butler announced for PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale
At this point I have little interest in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Sure it looks like a decent Super Smash Bros. clone with some interesting ideas but I think that type of game is a bit old school at this point. One thing that would certainly increase my interest is an announcement that Kevin Butler is one of the playable characters. Sure, the VP of Awesome may have been sidelined lately in Sony’s marketing but I always found his ads to be clever and amusing. If they incorporate him into the game as a combatant it would be awesome. However, it would have to be done right. I’m talking original Mortal Kombat-style motion capture, not some cheap animated version of him. The only trick about including Butler would be nerfing him to fit the other fighters. Obviously, the real Kevin Butler would wipe the floor with the likes of Kratos…not to mention what he might do to the pathetic Fat Princess.
Likelihood of happening: 80% that Butler will be included in some way, 30% that he’s an actual fighter
Rare returns to form
Okay this is one of those things that I wish for every year and every year I come away disappointed by. Being a hardcore Nintendo 64 fan, I have a deep seated love for everything Rare. Microsoft’s purchase of the company was one of my buying decisions for the original Xbox. Sadly, the team seems to be dormant for the past couple of years, content with working on avatars and Kinect Sports. Once again I am calling for a return of the Rare that we used to know. Hell, I’d even settle for the Rare we knew fairly recently that put out titles like Kameo and Viva Piñata. My ideal situation would be legitimate sequel to the Conker or Banjo-Kazooie, not HD remakes or whatever Nuts & Bolts was. After all of these years it’s hard to believe it will happen but a guy’s got to hope, right?
Likelihood of happening: What I want it to be: 100%. What it actually is: 5%
PlayStation Vita price drop
I’m not going to lie: even with the sub-par library and the fact that I rarely use my Nintendo DS, I still want a Vita. I see a lot of potential in the little guy with games that utilize the touch screen, motion, back touch, and enough buttons and sticks to challenge a PlayStation 3 controller. Now obviously software is a big deal and I hope that we see some exciting things on that front but what the Vita needs perhaps the most is a shot in the arm via a price drop. While $250 is, perhaps, worth it for the tech, it’s just not appropriate in the current market. If they can get closer to the 3DS’ $179 price point, I will be a lot more likely to jump on board.
Likelihood of happening: 50%
Less than 25% Kinect talk
Ever since Project Natal was announced in 2009, Microsoft’s press conference has been taken over by the little motion device. Last year Kinect took well over half of the show with inclusion in games like Mass Effect and Ghost Recon on top of the many Kinect exclusive games. Seeing Commander Shepard responding to voice commands is fine but watching two grown men poorly pantomime playing football is a memory I can never get rid of. Sadly, pretty much all uses of Kinect have so far been disappointing but it almost seems inevitable that Microsoft is going to continue to focus heavily on the peripheral. Obviously they aren’t going to completely abandon Kinect talk but is it too much to ask that they focus more on regular games and console features?
Likelihood of happening: 0%
Nintendo gets me excited about the Wii U
Often when a new console is announced it’s accompanied by tons of over-hype and excitement. Think back to when the 3DS or the PlayStation Vita were unveiled and think about how great those sounded at the time. However. once they finally materialized the anticipation had certainly died down. Now go back to last E3 and think about how Nintendo handled the reveal of the Wii U. It was met with confusion, disbelief and flat out hate. This goes against what you want to get out of a big announcement like that. This year Nintendo’s number one job should be to prove to me why I need a Wii U. How great are my favorite Mario and Zelda games going to look? How much better will it be to play third party games like Batman: Arkham City and Darksiders 2? They failed at this last E3 and this year is all about proof of concept for Nintendo. They need to get me excited about it for me to continue caring at all about what Nintendo does. On top of proving the idea of the Wii U Nintendo also needs to sell me on the price and the features that come with the experience…a hefty task no doubt but one they have to do to be successful going forward.
Likelihood of happening: 40%
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Join Robert, Jason, Kyle, Addam, Samantha and guest Alfred aka GHR Maverick as we talk about the latest games and topics. The big game of the week might have been Prototype 2, which we do talk about, but instead the crew is infatuated by Telltale’s The Walking Dead. We all know Jason loves his zombies but will he get on board with an adventure game?
Alfred talks about some games he’s playing, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon and the Ballad of Gay Tony. Kyle also gets berated plenty for asking the rest of the crew to check out the Dragon’s Dogma demo. We also discuss the newly revealed PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and the House passing CISPA. Alfred also presents us with a question about podcasting. Thank you for listening and enjoy talking About Gamers Episode 133.
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There have been rumors circulating about a Super Smash Bros. type game coming for the PlayStation faithful. Silly as it might have sounded those rumors proved to be true as Gametrailers revealed last night the brand new PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.
If you’ve played Smash Bros. then All-Stars will definitely look familiar. It’s a 2D beat ‘em up set in an arena with four players duking it out. Developer SuperBot Entertainment revealed six character last night and surely there are many more to come:
Action looked like what one would expect with a general level of mayhem going on. The environments look to be pretty interactive with elements like a hydra attacking players, a Buzz quiz show where players have to actually answer questions and even a LittleBigPlanet inspired level that starts as a blank canvas and is slowly constructed. Each character has a customized skill set and three levels of super attacks which show off some cool moves.
More characters were promised including a hint that several third party members may join the fray. Even still there were some conspicuous absences including Cole from inFAMOUS and Sony’s new mascot, Nathan Drake. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is scheduled to release in fall of 2012.