Poor GolfRat if only Sony would have told him the white Vita would be available for sale on Amazon starting today, he wouldn’t of bought the black one. Don’t feel bad Jason, Sony told no one. (more…)
Infecting the Playstation Store now is Germinator for the PS Vita and the PS3. Does this title break the mold of bubble popper games or is it just another cold for the masses? Find out after the jump. (more…)
I have never played a Sly Cooper game prior to Thieves in Time, thank god. Review grade after the jump. (more…)
Today Sony officially announced the Playstation 4, no price was announced, and the actual console was not shown either. Hit the jump to find out what was shown, and boy was it a lot! (more…)
Rainbow Moon, the RPG reminiscent of early SNES JRPGs, came out in July on Playstation Network. The game marked a first for downloadable titles on PSN. Not only did it release at $15 but also included hundreds of hours of content (emphasised by the fact that it includes a trophy earned after 100 hours of the game is played) and a platinum trophy previously restricted to ‘full’ games.
Developer SideQuest Studios announced today via the Playstation Blog that their hit game will be coming to the Playstation Vita in 2013. Details are scarce about the Vita version of the game thus far but it appears to be a straight port of the PS3 game. This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the influence of early RPGs that aren’t technically demanding.
Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy Type-0 and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, has expressed interest in bringing a new Final Fantasy game to the Playstation Vita.
After developing two Final Fantasy PSP games Tabata-san stated that developing for the PSP has left him wanting to develop for a larger device. He also cited the powerful hardware and ability to render high quality images as factors for wanting to develop a new Final Fantasy game for the Vita.
With Final Fantasy Type-0 yet to be released outside of Japan a port of that game could prove to be a cost effective way of testing the Vita development waters.
Sony unleashed the Playstation Vita on consumers this past February. The pre-release hype was huge, generally speaking many believed the Vita would finally challenge the Nintendo 3DS as the top handheld in North America. Almost eight months later and Sony has managed to sell 2.2 million units yet many wonder what the Vita will ultimately become. I aim to show you why the Vita has disappointed me.
The Playstation Vita had a decent launch line-up; Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and Marvel vs Capcom were the crown jewels of the launch respectively. The Vita even got a few more solid titles within two months of launch like; MLB The Show, Gravity Rush and Unit 13 but development has stalled. E3 in Los Angeles came and went with really no news on the Vita. The Tokyo Game Show came to pass and still nothing really impressive. Now, I don’t know about you but I own a Vita and this made me very upset. I felt that once again I had invested my hard earned money on a Sony product at launch and just like the PSP Go, the Vita wasn’t getting the support it needed to be successful.
One of the features that I was really looking forward to using was cross-platform gameplay. Being able to start a game on my Playstation 3 and continue right were I left off on my Vita sounds amazing. To date only one game has taken advantage of this feature and it was MLB The Show. Another game that I thought was going to be a no-brainer was this year’s Madden and Sony was not able to convince EA to include this feature. A huge let down to Vita owners everywhere.
Resistance: Burning Skies, a first person shooter was also a good game. It should have been a great game. The Resistance brand is a system-seller for Sony, and this game was supposed to show you what a FPS on a next generation portable could do, but for me it under-delivered. Washed down graphics and buggy gunplay were the main culprits.
The biggest disappointment on the Vita has to be the App Store. Sony gave us Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Four-Square, apps that are available on any cut rate phone. Where are the innovative apps that a next generation portable should provide? Why wont Sony give us some innovative ninety-nine cents games? I can only hope in the coming months that the games coming out on the Vita will finally make it worth my purchase, because as of right now I have to say it has been a big disappointment to me.
The Amazing Spiderman! A film that gets plenty of love….or hate, on episode 197. **SPOILERS**
Sony officially purchased Gaikai — so what does that mean for Gamers? The PGR crew will tell you.
The music you hear on this episode is provided by Kavinsky - Wayfarer, and Nightcall
You can listen to the episode HERE.
E3 is the most exciting time of the year for gaming. It’s when we get to find out what developers and console makers have been hiding away for the rest of the year. In some cases, it’s when we find out what is coming out in three, or even more, years time (I’m looking at you Square Enix). Perhaps the only thing more exciting than E3 is predictions for E3, so without further ado here are my hopes and predictions for what will be announced next week.
Playstation Vita Huge Exclusive and Price Drop
Sony will certainly want to focus on the Playstation Vita in order to turn around its fairly lackluster launch. I predict that Sony will start off the Vita portion of their show with a blockbuster third party exclusive for the Vita; something that will make people say, “WOW!” They will follow this with a barrage of first and third party games that will, for the most part, be released before the end of the year and therefore providing the Vita with a strong lineup that will boost sales come Christmas. Sony will also end their show with a new Vita bundle and/or price drop for the handheld, including new color variations of the handheld being announced.
Likelihood of happening: 80%
Mirror’s Edge 2
In 2008, we got a unique, new concept for a game in the form of Mirror’s Edge. It could be considered one of the best games of this generation; I for one play it at least once a year. Yet, for some reason a sequel has never been released. Perhaps EA wants Dice to focus on Battlefield because it is a guaranteed juggernaut and Mirror’s Edge only sold 2 million copies. There has however been hope for a sequel recently. In early 2011, work on Mirror’s Edge 2 stopped because it wasn’t considered good enough. At least that is confirmation that it was being made. Then at E3 2011, the President of EA, Frank Gibeau, stated that EA were looking for a way to bring Mirror’s Edge back. It has been a year since then. I predict that we will see a formal announcement along with a trailer for Mirror’s Edge 2, although it won’t release this year.
Likelihood of happening: 60%
Metal Gear Solid 5
Hideo Kojima walks on stage at the Sony show and announces Metal Gear Solid 5 exclusive to the PS3, the game runs on Konami’s new Fox engine. For those who may have forgotten the Fox Engine was announced by Kojima this time last year and he stated that a new multi platform game was in the works and being built using the new engine. He also stated that the new transfarring system would be featured in the unannounced game. Kojima showed the path for Transfarring, starting with PS3 to PSP (Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker) and then to PS2 games on the PS3 and Vita (Metal Gear Solid HD Collection) with his ultimate goal being a genuine PS3 game on both the PS3 and Vita. Roll forward to E3 2012 and Hideo Kojima is showing off Metal Gear Solid 5 for the PS3. This unannounced game is multi platform, though, right? Kojima pulls a Vita out of his pocket that has the game running on it and reveals that the game will launch simultaneously on Vita and PS3, there will also be a Ps3 and Vita game bundle for those that want to buy both versions.
Likelihood of happening: 40%
Microsoft will unveil the successor to the Xbox 360 in some capacity. Shocked by Nintendo’s announcement of the Wii U at last year’s E3, Microsoft will want to make sure they aren’t left on the back foot for too long. Microsoft benefitted immensely from being the first next gen console to release in 2005 and Microsoft will want to make sure that they aren’t forgotten about when the Wii U releases later this year. It is more likely that the next console will receive a small nod of existence at the end of Microsoft’s show rather than a full reveal but a full reveal would certainly see Microsoft steal the show, particularly from the Wii U.
Likelihood of happening: 10%
Mother 3 3DS Remake
Nintendo have been showing that they want to cater to hardcore gamers more and more since the price drop of the 3DS. It started with Monster Hunter on the 3DS in Japan and most recently Xenoblade Chronicles has seen a release in North America. So what could Nintendo do next to make sure that hardcore gamers stick by them in the run up to the launch of the Wii U? How about a remake of Mother 3 for the 3DS to be released worldwide this year. Perhaps they could even announce that Mother 4 is in the works for the Wii U as well. This may seem completely outlandish but it has happened before. The first Phoenix Wright game was only released in Japan in 2001 but Nintendo remade it for the DS and released it worldwide in 2005. Could a similar thing happen to the Mother series?
Likelihood of happening: 0.5%
What do you think about my predictions for E3? Which do you think are most likely and unlikely to happen? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out the predictions during the rest of the week.
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%