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E3 2014: Sony Press Conference

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 00:00 — ErinAS

I’m not out at E3 with the 2old2play big wigs but at least this press conference I could stream for myself and follow along with their (and the rest of the internet’s ramblings) on Twitter while I watched.

Sony started out showing off Destiny, Bungie’s first title since becoming independent from Microsoft again. While the game isn’t technically a Sony exclusive it sounds like they will be giving players first access to the beta and that starts this weekend.

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After the Destiny trailer Sony Computer Entertainment President and CEO Andrew House introduced a white PS4 Destiny bundle. Apparently Sony thinks they are Nintendo in reverse?

House then told the audience he was here to introduce stuff that is either exclusive or looks better on the PS4 or something to that effect anyway.  Here’s a quick rundown of what he showcased

The Order 1886
Watching the trailer with no context it looked a lot like the Bioshock game with updated graphics. Apparently its actually an action adventure game from Ready at Dawn set in Ye Olde England that involves zombie-like creatures.

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Entwined
Sony definitely went the “if you don’t like that, how about this” route showcasing a bunch of different stuff.  Next up was Entwined.  This game is from new in house team Sony put together  director out of university programs at Carnegie Mellon and San Jose State.  And mic drop: This game is available right now for $9.99 for PS4! PS3 and Vita to follow soon as part of cross platform.  

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Infamous First Light
Next up from Sucker Punch Infamous First Light.  This is standalone DLC that doesn’t require you to own the original game. Also looks like it centers on a female protagonist.

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Little Big Planet 3

Sony had a bunch of people playing the new version for a bit too long for my taste.  Cute stuff, interesting environments, and a new character that can fly. but  just like playing the original game I was already bored 3 minutes into the demo.

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Bloodborne
Definitely a bit jarring to go from Little Big Planet to the gore of Bloodbourne.  This one is a PS exclusive is coming to PS4 from Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki.

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Far Cry 4
Another entry into the Far Cry franchise from UbiSoft.  I had notes on this one so you can get my stream of consciousness impressions:  The graphics look decent though the environment they showed looks kinda dusty and brown.  Its Rage with trees!  Oh and radio control over the car radio like in GTA!  Looks like co-op in story mode when you want it?  Weaponized elephants!  

The most interesting thing Sony announced here was that you will be able to play Far Cry with friends online that don’t actually own the game.  Will be interesting to see what exactly the model is there.

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Fan Mail=MOAR ZOMBIES!

Next up Sony’s Adam Boyes checked in with some fan letters. Shockingly fans apparently asked for zombies so get ready for Dead Island 2.

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In a head scratcher crossover announcement, Boyes also mentioned that there will be a Last of Us (like clickers and bloaters) themed dungeon coming to Diablo 3.  Sounds like a you asked for it, we gave it to you, wait why did I want that?

Sony then started going into rapid fire mode

EA’s Battlefield Hardline was announced to be available as a beta on PS4 and PC for gamer’s today.

Another early exclusive was Disney Infinity 2 will have an Avengers collectors edition set of figurines at least initially exclusive to the playstation.

Paradox Interactive-Magika 2 had an interesting teaser trailer Sony showcased

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Up next Sony showcased a fan letter from supposedly from a wee girl wanting to play old school Tim Schafer adventure games. I swear that was not me masquerading as wee girl, but this was by far the highlight of the press conference for me!  Super psyched for them to bring Grim Fandango to PS4 as i’ve yet to find an emulator that can run my windows 98 CD-ROM version I still have but never finished!

If AAA and Big Names Aren’t Your Style We Also have Indie

Sony kept up the stuff I’m personally most excited about momentum going showcasing what they have coming from the indie scene next.  They announced they are partnering with Devolver to bring all sorts of indie games to consoles for the first time.  They rapidly fire a bunch of titles so it will be interesting to see what ends up available.

Giant Squid’s Abzu was prominently featured with gorgeous underwater environments.  Not really quite sure what the gameplay there will be though from watching.

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My Twitter feed was filled with lots of love for the indie SciFi game No Man Sky.  One of the game’s creator’s game on stage and described it as an Infinitely procedural universe, no player will start the game the same way.  The trailer looked pretty impressive especially for a studio with only 6 employees.

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Oh Yeah That Other Stuff People Seem to Like to do with Consoles These Days

When Sony mentioned the PS camera being popular I thought they were kidding. I have one, but it’s still unopened in the box as I’m not sure what I’d use it for.  They also reminded everyone their VR Morpheus project is a thing but they didn’t show any games for either technology.

CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Shawn Layden, was up next for the crowd.  One of his first announcements was PS4 will soon support YouTube.  I was more shocked it didn’t currently support it, though I think he really meant more integrated features like recording videos and instantly posting via the share button.  He also mentioned Spectate sessions where people can watch you play on the net and give you guidance, or set up and share and stream tournaments. I guess that’s kind of a new interesting game play dimension I will likely avoid like the plague...

Next up Sony touted themselves as “Destination for Free to Play.”  There was deafening silence in the press hall after that intro.  Then lots of snickers on twitter for the games trailer that featured  *some features available for a fee over the video of the games available at the bottom of the screen the entire time.  This part of the presentation seemed to be more aimed at studios who want to release free to play games on consoles then press or game fans.

Sony TV

Sony also gave some info on a service called PS Now that will be available for some Sony model TVs.  All you will need is access to the service and a controller to play games (i.e. no expensive console).  I’m sure further details will be coming soon that.

Playstation TV is also coming soon with a $99 price tag and features like remote play on a second TV in your home.  It is also supposed to be compatible with most Vita titles.

In another diversification twist Sony also announced they’ll be getting into the content creation market like Netflix & HBO and producing and offering exclusive series and movies.  Brian Bendis one of the creators of the Marvel Comics Powers came on stage to let everyone know about the series Sony is producing based on his works.  We are apparently also getting a Rachet and Clank movie.  I wonder if video game movies being produced closer to their sources will make them any less terrible!

The Grand Finale
It was big bang fireworks times with the final AAA announcements.


The Last of Us remastered is coming to PS4.  I’m not really sure a game that’s barely a year old already needs remastering.

Sony got to be the first to show off gameplay from Mortal Kombat X.  It just kinda looked like a slightly better version of whatever the last Mortal Kombat I played was only gorier…

I’m not a Metal Gear Solid fan but even I have to admit the trailer for 5-trailer is pretty epic!

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GTA V on PS4 but I already played that!  Although they did announce an interesting feature that you can transfer your save (even from an XBox) to the PS4 version.

Batman Arkham Knight had great graphics and a some Sony exclusive special Scarecrow missions.

A 4th (and perhaps final?) Uncharted game rounded out the evening.  When they first started the trailer for A Thief's End I actually thought it was the guy from Last of Us till he started walking around the jungle.

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The Wrap Up
I was happy to see Sony show off a whole bunch of different stuff.  While the only thing that actually stood out for me personally was a remake of a 16 year old adventure game it does seem like there may be other reasons to dust off the PS4.  I really like the indie direction and am hoping they help incubate great stuff there. I’m also really interesting in seeing their cross system/cross network and Playstation TV offerings.  I guess I can resign myself to consoles becoming media centers as long as I continue to get quality games as part of that media experience.

 

New Releases: Week of June 9, 2014

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 00:00 — TwizdFred

In this week’s new releases we have a variety of games that will satisfy all platforms and gamers alike. From Dragons to shooters and even a little retro 8-bit action, if these new games don’t pique your interests, you’re in the wrong part of the web.

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1001 Spikes
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Platforms: Xbox One

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Described as “Hardest Extremest Craziest Platform Action Puzzle Adventure," the 8-bit retro style 1001 Spikes puts players in control of Aban Hawkins, who is in search of his lost and world-famous archaeologist father, Jim Hawkins. Making your way through over 100 levels you have 1001 lives to get as far and discover as much as you can. Up to four players can play at once and co-op multiplayer will also be supported.

Enemy Front
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360


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Focusing on the more obscure European fronts of World War II, Enemy Front puts you on the frontlines as American war correspondent, Robert Hawkins. Covering and fighting missions, such as anti-Nazi Resistance Operations in France, Nazi Germany, Norway and Warsaw, throughout WWII. Enemy Front gives you the freedom to play in any style you see fit: run and gun, stealth and subterfuge.  For now, it seems, there is no multiplayer for this game, but keep your eyes open for further updates.

How To Train Your Dragon 2
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Platforms: PS3, WiiU, 3DS, Xbox 360


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Inspired by the new animated 3D feature film of the same name, take flight and train your dragon alongside characters from the film. Enjoy high-flying, fire-breathing action and epic adventures as you become a formidable Dragon Rider.


Pulstar
Release Date:
June 11, 2014
Platforms: PC, Mac

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Looking for nonstop shooting and trying for that high score? Pulstar is the game for you. Taking the shooting genre back to the basics, this game boasts an easy to play, hard to master concept. With a local co-op multi-player, you can challenge your friend a la arcade style to see who can get the highest score. Pulstar also supports dual analog control.


Space Run
Release Date: June 13, 2014
Platforms: PC

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The year is 2525. You are Captain Buck Mann: the most fearless, most daredevil and most broke of all space captains in the galaxy. Your job, as a Space Runner, is to transport valuable cargo from one end of the galaxy to the other. The player must  dodge asteroid belts and fierce space pirates, ready to make quick work of their transport, not to mention the other competing “drivers.”  Your rewards for completing your contracts, among building up your reputation and opening doors for new clients, will also include new modules for your ship or upgrades for the ones already installed. With new upgrades such a laser turrets, missile launchers, shield generators, thrusters, power plants and other modules will allow players to adapt to new combat situations in mid-flight that arise on their travels. Build, recycle, repair and reposition the modules, and improvise as best you can to deal with the multiple threats you will face.

New Releases: Week of June 2, 2014

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 07:55 — loki619

I’m a couple of days late with this because of a particularly nasty four-letter word that has pretty much consumed most of my free time. Kids! Damn kids, get off my virtual lawn! Oh wait, my kids are pretty much old enough that they don’t really need me so I’ll blame the other four letter word in my life and it begins with the letter W… Wife! Oh crap, she might be reading this so… WORK! Damn you work! How dare you take away from my free time to enjoy my kids, my wife, my gaming, and my writing this assigned article!

That said, this week’s game releases are a mixed bag.

 

1001 Spikes
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Platforms: Sony Playstation Network, PC, Mac, 3DS, Wii U

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Take control of Aban Hawkins as he searched South America for his estranged, world-famous archeologist father, Jim Hawkins. Discover the lost treasures of Ukampa, race into the frozen tundra of the Antarctic, discover temple ruins and vast caverns of South America, and find the truth behind legendary treasure.

 

PixelJunk Shooter
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Platforms: Sony Playstation Network

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Again, like most games, set in the not so distant future, PixelJunk Shooter puts you in control of a spacecraft that you must pilot through a range of cavernous environments in order to save the scientists trapped underground. Can you make your way through the game by relying on your sense of observation and your ability to manipulate your surroundings?

 

Tomodachi Life
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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“Tomodachi” means friend in Japanese. Life means, uh… Life in English. Put them together and you get ‘Friend Life’ in English. For those of you that do not have a 3DS and want to see what your friends’ lives are like, there’s Facebook. For those of you with a 3DS that can’t get enough of what your friends are doing, there’s Tomodachi Life except in Tomodachi Life you aren’t looking over real friends… you’re controlling and looking after your Miis. Watch your Mii eat, try on clothes, eat, fall in love, eat, and do other leisurely things that Miis do when they’re not eating.

 

MotoGP 14
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, PC

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Motorcycle racing game. Create a rider. Manage your rider’s career. Upgrade your bike. Race your bike against others that have created riders riding bikes. What else is there to say?

 

Wildstar
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Platforms: PC

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Discover the planet Nexus and choose a side to explore the hyper-advanced technology secrets of the Eldan that disappeared from the planet a long, long time ago.

 

Murdered Soul Suspect
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

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Thrown out of a window and then finished off by getting shot by the serial killer you were pursuing, you play the reanimated soul of detective Ronan O’Connor and you are sent to investigate and solve the most serious of murders… your own!

 

Worms Battlegrounds
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Platforms: Sony Playstation Network, Xbox Live

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The challenge with worms is, once you have worms, they are extremely difficult to get rid of. I had a dog that had worms once and it pooped and pooped and… oh wait, wrong worms. Worms Battlegrounds continues the fight between two factions of worms that, for some reason or another, really hate each other but have access to an awesome arsenal of weapons, fighting moves, and more weapons.

New Releases: Week of May 26, 2014

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 08:40 — ChunkySoup

I’m a dog person. Always have been with two exceptions. One was the dog that followed me home as I was delivering papers, growling and barking at me the whole way. The other was a dog that lived behind the house I grew up in. He was a gorgeous German Shepherd, but he was also an old police dog that seemed to relish scaring the living bejesus out of anyone that passed through the alley by his fence.

What does that have to do with this weeks crop of games? Well, if you are asking that question then you need to keep reading! Don’t worry, it’s a short list this week so it won’t take you long.

 

Watch Dogs
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360,Xbox One

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This week belongs to Watch Dogs. You have waited an extended period of time to play as a thug, hacker, information freedom fighter. Snowden, if he grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. I know you are excited. I can almost taste your anticipation, but I going to wait on the verdict. Watch Dogs looks cool, but I can’t help making some comparisons to Batman...just without all the bat gadgets and likely Bat’s sticky “no kill” policy. Out for revenge for family? Check! Set in Chicago, aka Gotham? Check! Has access to the city’s infrastructure and can manipulate to his will? Check! Watch Dogs is intriguing and I can’t wait to see what the reviews are like.

 

Mario Kart 8
Release Date: May 30th, 2014
Platform: WiiU

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Mario Kart 8. I hate that blue shell: pure unadulterated hate. We have all been there. In first place and racing towards the finish line when you hear the warning. You hope beyond all hope that you can make it across the line in time. Head down, thumb on the gas and repeating a phrase like “please” or “come on” over and over and over. Then you see it, flying over your head right before it hits. The resulting explosion knocks you and your kart ass over teakettle while you watch 3,4,5 or more karts cross the line that looks to be within arms reach. Shit! You recover and sheepishly cross the finish line while the other characters seemingly mock your failure. I bet it was Yoshi. That dino always has a smug look on his face. Play again? Damn straight! How can Mario Kart be so frustrating and fun at the same time?

 

Final Fantasy III
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Platform: PC

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Released in 1990 and now retooled, optimized and better than ever! It may have taken 24 years but Final Fantasy III is releasing on on Steam for the PC. No emulators needed! There is something to be said for stories in the FF series. Especially the early ones. I was never a fan, but I had friends who were and who still have a soft spot in their heart for those games. This release is for them.

 

Word on the street is we might see Iittle Dew release on the WiiU this week and the creepy Slender: The Arrival may find its way to the Xbox 360. There are also a few releases for the Vita, such as Monster Monpiece, The Sly Collection, and Mind Zero. Those of you with Vita’s may be interested.

New Releases: Week of May 18, 2014

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 07:31 — frizzlefry2

The good news for gamers for this week’s new releases? There’s six new games! For those 2o2p stat geeks, that’s three and two times as many new releases from the last two weeks respectively. The bad news? Only a third of this week’s new releases are on next gen consoles. Someday soon we hope to see a shift towards the next gen consoles; I’m sad to say it’s not this week. What we do have, however, is a trio of RPG’s for your role playing pleasure, an enhanced PC release for Suda 51 fans, a next gen shooter that’s not named Titanfall or COD, and a survival horror game for those of you who prefer a little “scare” in your games.     

 

Drakengard 3
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Platforms: PS3

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Do you aspire to be Daenerys Targaryen and pummel your enemies with the fiery breath of your very own dragon? If your answer is yes, then Drakengard 3 is for you! The third game in the Drakengard series puts you in the role of Zero who, together with her dragon Mikhail, seeks to kill her five sisters-rulers of the world’s regions-and the subject of Zero’s ire.

 

Killer is Dead: Nightmare Edition
Release Date: May 23, 2014
Platforms: PC

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Originally released in August 2013 for both PS3 and Xbox 360, Suda 51’s Killer is Dead: Nightmare Edition is a brand spanking new PC edition that features a new mode-aptly named Nightmare mode. Players can only defeat enemies in Nightmare mode using one of three attacks: Adrenaline Bursts, Dodge Bursts and Headshots.. As Mondo Zappa, executioner extraordinaire, you travel the world dispensing of its evil with either Mondo’s sword or his cybernetic left arm that seamlessly converts into various tools of death and destruction. Fans of Suda 51 games will be happy to know the game does not feature, in any way, a completely clear and concise plot.

 

Mugen Souls Z
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Platforms: PS3

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The second game in the Mugen Souls series puts you in the role of Syrma. After Chou Chou’s powers, the protagonist in Mugen Souls, are stolen by a malfunctioning coffin and she shrinks. Syrma, who somehow now owns Chou Chou, and must then travel her galaxy absorbing “Ultimate Gods” in order to restore Chou Chou’s powers. Confused yet? Well, what did you expect, it is a Japanese RPG after all. 

 

The Forest
Release Date: May 22, 2014
Platforms: PC

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The Forest, an open world survival horror game, pits you against a nocturnal tribe of cannibals after your plane crashes and strands you on the island. To survive you must learn to create shelter and collect supplies to create weapons and other tools needed to ensure your survival. The Forest will also feature compatibility with Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

 

Transistor
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Platforms: PS4, PC

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Transistor, Supergiant Games’ follow up to Bastion, places you in the role of Red, a famous singer from the city of Cloudbank. The Process,a robotic force controlled by the Camerata, attack Red with the Transistor, a massive greatsword. After nearly being killed with the Transistor, Red finds it buried in the chest of a dead man. Taking the Transistor as her own Red,  soon finds the Camerata will stop at nothing to recover it.

 

Wolfenstein: The New Order
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC

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Wolfenstein: The New Order, the ninth installment in the Wolfenstein series, is a single player only FPS. After the Nazis defeat the Allies in WW2, BJ Blazkowicz embarks on an extremely difficult counter offensive against the dreaded Third Reich. Traveling throughout Europe, BJ must take down numerous Nazi strongholds, gain control of the Nazi super weapons and break the stranglehold the Nazis have on the world. Gamers who pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order receive access to the Doom  beta as an added bonus!

New Releases: Week of May 12, 2014

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 07:56 — ErinAS

Another week of slim pickings for new releases.Some day there will be something I can dust off the PS4 for! So on to this week's picks.

 

Bound By Flame
Release Date: May 9, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360

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So, technically this came out last week but, Sarcasmo must have been slacking and it’s slim pickings for this week so I’ll include it. Bound By Flame is an RPG that puts you in the “role of a victim of a demonic influence where you'll have to choose between the evil powers you'll be offered or rejecting them in favor of developing heroic talents.” So basically its a Darkness RPG with less Mike Patton? I think I’ll skip this one.

 

Super Time Force
Release Date: May 14, 2014
Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One

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This title from Capybara started out at a game jam with the theme of “what just happened?”  Think Contra with time travel. It is a side scrolling shooter that allows players to go back in time to restart their game runs. Looks sufficiently old school and has dinosaurs, so I’ll probably pick it up at some point.

 

Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 3
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

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While I enjoyed the first season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead, I’m kinda zombied out and haven’t picked this one up yet. Episode 3 of the 5 will be available this week. I didn’t want any spoilers, so I haven’t  actually even watched the trailer. #journalism

Harmonix Amplitude Kickstarter Campaign

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 07:28 — ErinAS

Yesterday, Harmonix gave Amplitude fans something extra to celebrate on Cinco De Mayo. They announced a Kickstarter campaign to give their 2003 PS title Amplitude a next gen HD “reboot” for Playstation 3 and 4.


Amplitude was the sequel to the studio’s first console title, Frequency.  Both were rhythm action games published by Sony. The games were known for their trippy visuals, cool soundtracks, and brutal difficulty.

Harmonix has wanted to revive this title for a long time but could never be sure it was commercially viable. Thus, going the Kickstarter route, the die hard fans of the franchise complaining about its lack of existence can literally put their money where their mouth is. Speaking of loud fans, I wonder how much money they would have made if Harmonix had tried that with a Kickstarter for Muse DLC? That should totally be a stretch goal. Get on that HMX community team!

The levels are dark and quiet on entry, but jump to life as players release the musical notes.

The Kickstarter runs May 5th through 23rd.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/harmonix/amplitude

New Releases: Week of May 5, 2014

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 21:01 — SarcasmoJones

Things are about to heat up, amigo. We have some very exciting games, like Watchdogs and a new Wolfenstein, on the verge of release. Anything that releases this week is going to look like shit in comparison. Xboxers can sit back and take it easy because only Sony gamers are getting the newness this time. This week Kratos declares war on the PS Vita and baseball gets a late start on the PS4.

 

God of War Collection

Release Date: May 6, 2014
Platform: PS Vita

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could take Kratos and stick him in your back pocket so you could play with him whenever you felt like it. Well now you can because, starting May 6, you can get the first two God of War games on one disc for the Vita. It’s the same awesome Kratos that you know and love, only smaller and battery powered. HD gaming in the palm of your hand, it truly is a wondrous time we live in.

 

MLB 14: The Show

Release Date: May 6, 2014
Platform: PS4

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 Pop quiz, hotshot. If you’re itching to show off the graphical power and technological prowess of your brand new console, what do you do? I’ll tell you what Sony does: they make a baseball game. This year’s version of The Show features Miguel Cabrera on the cover if you live in the US, and Brett Lawrie if you live in Canada...nobody else in the world gives a shit about baseball so they don’t get a special cover. This game has already been released on other platforms and gathering good scores hovering around 80%.

Star Citizen Aims to be the Best Damn Space Sim Ever

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 08:02 — KuruptU4Fun1976

What was an icon in the heady days of PC gaming among games like Quake, Myst, and the Ultima series is finally coming back to todays’ PC gaming.

Star Citizen - Overview from Roberts Space Industries on Vimeo.

Chris Roberts, the man who brought us Wing Commander, is stepping with us into the universe of Star Citizen. After a 2 decade long hiatus we are welcome to the game he’s always been wanting to make, he just had to wait on the technology to get here. This game is not being produced by a publisher but by crowdfunding, which is basically us. His level of communication to his pledgers is unheard of. There are 2 video updates weekly, then usually some lore updates at least once a week. Additionally, there are forums where you can ask the devs questions about various aspects of the game and they are usually quite responsive to the public.

Chris Roberts wants to build the best damn space sim ever. I wish I could make that period bigger just to emphasize how he feels about it. Judging  from what the public sees so far we tend to agree with him, considering to date he’s gotten $42 million dollars in crowdfunding to back him in building this game. He means to make an AAA game without any publisher funding whatsoever, and after his issues with Microsoft and EA I can’t say I blame him.

Star Citizen will be a space flight simulator but with a bit more put into it; put in a dash of FPS’ and a gameplay economy model and throw it in a sandbox that will continually grow. New star systems will be created and wait to be found by us, giving us the right to name it and become part of the Galactapedia lore that comes with the universe. We can also choose to keep our mouths shut and try to keep it as our own private source for mining raw materials or shipping lanes without threat from piracy. The universe is going to be what you choose to make it:  you can be a merchant, a pirate, or build an economy in a star system that provides supply and demand for it and other local star systems. Players can use the system wide internet database to find others with bounties on their heads or cargo that can be hauled around for profit. No venture is devoid of risk here, and your life will eventually be firmly on the line, be it from pirate, Vandull or void of space.

There is no leveling, you bring what skills you have to this game. If you want to help a buddy fly a capital ship, like the one below called the Idris, you could man the turrets or keep the engines online in a combat instance.

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You could also help out by using one of the Hornets nestled inside of it to shoot down the opposition!

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Ship sizes and crew complement (either PC or NPC) vary from ship to ship. But understand that when you’re out in the verse’ people can disable your ship in combat enough to come alongside you and board your ship. Allowing you and your friends to take the supplies or in turn fighting to keep them.

Did I say this was a sandbox game? I’m sorry, I misspoke, it’s pretty much going to be Gobi Desert when it comes to explorability. They’re stating there will be 100+ start systems to explore on game launch. Some taking quite some time to go from one end of the other to map out. Some of the jump points (travel between systems) will be different. Some can’t fit larger ships, some aren’t stable. Some systems may have multiple stations for you to explore and gather wealth, others may have thousands of asteroids containing who knows what kind of material for you to mine.

You can hire NPC’s to assist you in your missions, fly cover in other ships, man turrets or stations in your larger ships. Better yet invite your friends to do the same!

At the time of writing this there are less than 350 alpha slots remaining. The dogfighting module was revealed at PAX East a couple days ago. So I urge you, if you’re so interested, to get in now before the alpha slots are gone. Getting into the Alpha will cost you a bit more: $5 to be exact, in addition to your pledge ship cost.

Otherwise, if you’d rather just stick around for the release of the game, it’ll cost you the price of most games nowadays ($60) for the single player Squadron 42. The online persistent universe will come for free along with it.

Before the Alpha slots are gone the minimum package you can pledge for is this one at $40 range.

https://robertsspaceindustries.com/store/316-aurora-mr.

Outside of that they go up in price depending on the ship you’d like to buy.

If you’d like to continue with a group of 2old2play members, then I am also part of an organization (or clan if you will) called Fulcrum Cargo and Consulting. We’d be happy to have you join us! You can do a search on the org page:

https://robertsspaceindustries.com/community/orgs

And search by using our name, or come direct to our page at:

https://robertsspaceindustries.com/orgs/FC2

Hope to see you in the verse’!!!

New Releases: Week of April 28, 2014

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 22:17 — SarcasmoJones

Rejoice, gamers, for that magical time of the year is upon us once again! Yes, that wondrous six weeks before E3 affectionately known as The Shits. No publisher in his right mind is going to release jack shit between Pax East and E3, and the new releases are dribbling down one or two at a time. The industry likes to shoot its wad in early spring then and lay low so they have something to show at the convention in Cali. We only have one new release this week, but it is a bona fide AAA badass from the code magicians at Ubisoft Montreal.

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Child of Light

Release Date: April 30, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360, Xbox One

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Child of Light is a visually stunning puzzle/platformer that features RPG elements and turn-based combat. The game is set in Austria, in the year 1895. Princess Aurora has gotten sick and awoken in a fantasy world with a firefly companion. In the real world she may have been a sick little girl, but here she is Princess Asskicker: she can fly, she can fight, and she doesn’t need a guy to come and save her. The game is mostly a platformer with some light puzzle elements thrown in. Aurora levels up like an RPG, complete with skill trees and crafting. The combat, however, is old school turn-based goodness. If you have a friend and a spare controller, that friend can then control the firefly, Igniculus, who may not necessarily be a great help in combat, but he does have a secret or two up his sleeve. Do fireflies have sleeves? Whatever...Child of Light is already getting some good scores and may be the best shot you have at gaming nirvana until Watchdogs hits the shelves. Gamers can take Aurora and her pet firefly for a spin, on every platform known to man, starting April 30.

 

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The Amazing Spiderman 2

Release Date: April 29, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Nintendo 3DS, WiiU, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, Android

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The video game tie-in to the new Spiderman movie is available on multiple platforms. Expect some web-slinging, wall crawling, and Spidey smart-assery. Oh yeah, expect Carnage as well. This one is out now on several consoles and mobile devices.

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