If you’re like me, you love your Vita, but sometimes feel like it doesn’t love you back. Well, the one way melodrama ends this week with two hot releases and one hot free game for plus owners. First and foremost, previously Wii exclusive title, Muramasa hits Vita. If you haven’t played it, get ready for some of the most beautiful visuals ever with odd control mechanics that take some time to master. Speaking of difficult, Hotline Miami hits with a cross buy promotion. Finally, Playstation Plus owners will get Zero Escape: Virtues Last Reward for free. I, for one, and turbo excite.
One of the best PC indie releases is getting the red carpet treatment on PSN next week. Cross buy enabled (buy it once for PS3 and Vita), get ready for some great action, puzzle-like design, music engineered to play with your senses, and a beautifully surrealist story all in one drug induced bloody great package.
Hopefully this means the Vita edition of Lone Survivor isn’t far off!!
If you’re like me and don’t give a crap about television, then you may not have known Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has been having a whole video game week and showing sneak peeks at the next generation of gaming. Definitely worth checking out on Hulu or any other television streaming service. Unlike most celebrities who only seem to show lip service to games when they absolutely have to, Fallon has a genuine love for games and it shows when he plays Phil Spencer in Killer Instinct.
Worth noting that if you only want to watch Fallon talk about games, you have to deal with the typical celebrity bullshit anyway. Still great to see video games shown in a positive light on network television instead of only being the subject of debate after guns are fired.
Both Microsoft and Sony have made it clear with their latest consoles that backward compatibility is not on the docket. Microsoft took things one step too far though. When asked about why the Xbox One will not feature it, Don Mattrick – head of interactive entertainment business – said to The Wall Street Journal, “If you’re backwards compatible, you’re really backwards,” and justifying that statement with the statistic of only 5% of users take advantage of backwards compatibility.
I want to take a second and let that one stew; according to Microsoft, users who are the most loyal to their console and brand are the ones who are truly backwards. Your users, who gladly go and purchase copies of original Xbox titles because they love your games and console, and that quote is basically taking a shit on their collective faces from the puckered, hemroid infested, red ringed anus of Microsoft.
I very often hear the argument that backwards compatibility is a non issue since no one will care in about 4 years. I may have agreed with that in the past, but I definitely do not agree with it now. In an age where I can invest hundreds of dollars into non physical media and have those games bound to an account (or in Nintendo’s case, hardware) and be flat out told that not only can I not use those games anymore, but I can’t even sell them for trade in credit to help offset the cost of a next generation console is heartbreaking.
So with that in mind, fuck off to everyone with the attitude that backwards compatibility is for backwards people. I have a PC that can still proudly play Diablo II. There are no goddamn excuses.
E3 is upon us again and people have been itching to know what new detail about the next-gen console or the new game is going to be announced since the last E3 the year before. Wait, what’s E3 you ask? For all you gamers not getting with the lingo here, E3 or Electronic Entertainment Expo is an annual video game convention/fair where all the major game developers and publishers show off their new product. Unlike other video game conventions, E3 is exclusive to the industry and many of its facets. So the public will have to make do with internet articles, facebook photos, and live tweets from the fair. The next E3 won’t be until June 11th of this year, running for two more days through the 13th, so here’s a rundown of things I think, and hopefully for the greater good of the video game community, will be announced.
This week, we have given Microsoft a lot of shit for not being clear about their stance on used games, and rightfully so. Any company that treats their users like criminals deserves every bit of contempt they receieve, but everyone seems to be forgetting that Sony hasn’t exactly been crystal clear on this issue either. With the new console generation filing out at the end of the year, E3 around the corner, and everyone dodging the same questions, I have never been less excited for the next consoles.
Gamers need to be aware of two things, one of them they should already know, but frequently forget; you do not own games, you own a license to play them. This has been creative wording for a long time, but now that publishers seem very excited to make use of those words against us, we need to be aware of something else. A game publisher reserves the rights to change anything about our license ownership at any time. Sounds bullshit right? On a small scale, this is already effecting us.
Take Sony Entertainment Network for example. When you download a Sony published movie on iTunes, you own that digital copy period. You can download it again after you delete it. If you download that same film on Sony Entertainment Network; however, you only have purchased the license to a single download. What happens if you need to delete it to make more room on your HD? Not Sony’s problem, you should have read the fine print. Way back in the day, I purchased DJ MAX Fever on PSN. Since then Sony has delisted it. In a completely different problem, I can still download it, but I have to manually navigate my list of over 800 downloads on my PSP to find it and download it there.
So, allow me to make something very clear, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo’s digital strategy does not aim to benefit us. It is there to benefit them, and the temporary convienence of instant downloads until one of them decides to pull the plug is a side effect. Microsoft’s press event has already proven they do not give a shit about gamers or games. Sony has convinced me they care about developers, which is a massive step ahead of Microsoft, but they have not convinced me that they are willing to abandon shit practices that harm the paying customer. As far as Nintendo is concerned, most of their fuckabouts seem to demonstrate too much stupidity to be evil. Not sure if that’s a good thing yet.
When you take history into account, you’ll see remarkable things that seem to pop out of nowhere or that things happen all of a sudden that will shape how the future generation lives. Those things happen in the video game industry too. Games like Pacman, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, and etc. were so big, they were like shouting at the whole world with a blow horn. They made this huge impact to kids everywhere, even making them decide how they see themselves in the future. Well, it’s the 21st century, and boy how things have changed. Sure enough there isn’t just one game that really stood out. For the console generation, there are hundreds and maybe even thousands that could fall under the category of forever imprinting itself in our psyche. With everyone having their own games that changed their lives, I’ll show you 5 games that made a difference to me.
How many of you remember your very first encounter with a video game? Some would have answered spending their childhood in arcade shops and busting out your quarters. Well, I remember mine too. It was Crash Bandicoot. If you have no idea what this game is all about, then you’re probably too young to even know what system it was played on. I was first exposed to this game back in the late ’90s. Yeah, this was my whole world during the weekends. How about I take you back in time and show you how awesome this game was for me.
Last year saw the releases of games such as The Walking Dead: The Game(later would be announced as 2012’s game of the year), Max Payne 3, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, Assassin’s Creed 3, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. These are only the tip of the iceberg on what seems like a vast amount of game releases. Clearly game developers would want to up the ante on the games they plan on releasing the next year. Fans are clammoring over the titles I’m about to show you, provided you too are excited about these. One was, for some reason, been delayed its timely realease and is postponed to the end of 2013. Anyway, with the break GameVain had, let’s start off this year with some previews that’ll really make your mouth water.
A couple of days ago, Sony unveiled its new PlayStation console. Or rather, a new update to it. The new PlayStation 3 is slimmer, sleeker, and lighter than ever before. This bad boy is given a boost from its seemingly minute capacity of 160GB and 320GB hard drive, it is now packing either the already big 250GB or the insane 500GB hard disk drive. A white version is said to be released in Japan and other regions afterwards according to Sony. No word yet on a white version for North America. Along with that, cheaper models with a 12GB flash storage will be released in different parts of Europe and Hong Kong. Again, it isn’t hinted whether this will appear in the North American Market. It will be available to the public on September 25th, Tuesday with a price tag of $269.99. Let’s talk about what little new features it has and it’s pricing.
Isn’t buying games and other stuff online such a great idea? Korea doesn’t think so. Sony Computer Entertainment announced this week that they will directly cut off the network to PlayStation Store in South Korea, suspending all purchases and downloads made there from the 29th of June. This is due to the country’s new “Promotion Act. Which clearly wouldn’t sit very well to gamers in South Korea. The law will be in effect as of July 1st. Continue reading
How many times have you heard that the Wii U will suffer from previous gen technology when Sony and Microsoft come out with their next consoles? I know I’ve seen this on twitter, G4, Neogaff, Destructoid, IGN, the watercooler at work, and in your mom’s diary. My point being that people have already started writing off the Wii U’s technical power and that is a load of bullshit.
Fact: Wii U Graphics LOOK AMAZING! Developers have been quoted for saying the graphics of the Wii U are slightly under the par of the current generation. It can still render what the PS3 and 360 can do for most multiplatform releases, but due to some tech restraints, the graphics will always be either on the nose, or slightly less than the capabilities of the PS3 / 360. You know what though? That’s fucking great!
I’ve heard from more than one journalist that the current generation sees no sign of stopping because the 360 and PS3 continue to surprise us with their capabilities. Have you seen the E3 demos? Minus the Wii U, there wasn’t a lick of new hardware there and everything looks BEAUTIFUL (yes, I know a lot was running on the PCs, fuck off).
If the Wii U’s graphics power add up to the current gen, you know what? That’s all I want. With Nintendo’s super style graphics and focus on awesome gameplay mechanics, I can’t wait to see what the Wii U brings us. If you’re one of those people who are writing off the Wii U because it won’t have the best graphics in the business, then you can suck a big floppy donkey dick. If you’re writing off the console because the controller looks like ass, then….I’m actually fine with that because that controller does indeed look like ass.