30 hour-long tutorial, linear gameplay – it’s safe to say Final Fantasy XIII isn’t going to be fondly remembered by most. Square Enix took the criticism it was force-fed and hid until they produced a sequel. Did they listen to the harsh criticisms, or will they stand stubborn in the face of adversity? Let’s find out..
Saints Row: The Third is the evolution of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. If there was an alternate reality where Rockstar decided not to take a more serious tone with Grand Theft Auto IV, this is where I feel they might have ended up. It’s crude, violent, hilarious, and it has a pacing that most open world games can’t manage.
Nathan Drake, the wise-cracking treasure hunter, returns for a third time in Naughty Dog’s newest title, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. For readers who don’t know, Uncharted 2 won Game of the Year 2009 from various sites such as IGN, Kotaku, Giant Bomb, Joystiq, Eurogamer and many more. Has Naughty Dog pulled it off yet again?
The PlayStation Vita is right around the corner, but Sony is trying to entice those who have been skipping out on their current platforms, both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable. Both platforms are currently are already a fantastic value as is, but now you can save even more.
PlayStation Portable is seeing a new model released in Europe and it will cost only €99… But there’s a catch. The new model, PSP E-1000, does not include Wi-Fi, limiting the system’s capabilities. There will also be new PSP Essential titles that will retail for €9.99. The full line-up wasn’t announced, but will include Invisimals: The Lost Tribes, EyePet Adventures and FIFA 12.
PlayStation 3 will also see a price drop. The 160 GB model will now retail for $249.99 and the 320 GB model will now retail for $299.99.
You can see glamour shots of the new PSP E-1000 after the jump.
Update: The PSP E-1000 is a European exclusive model.
(Update Source: Kotaku)
The PlayStation Vita is still on track for a holiday 2011 release, in Japan at least… Sony confirmed that the Vita will not launch outside of Japan in 2011, with a “Phased Global Release” starting there and reaching western shores in the beginning of next year.
Well, here’s a grain of salt for everyone- Apparently features found in the WiiU’s new tablet/controller would be possible on the PS3 using a PS Vita: Gyroscope, all physical controls, front and back touchpads/screens, game streaming, the works.
In combination with cross-platform gaming like with WipEout 2048 and WipEout HD as well as Continuation Play, where your PS3 saves can be instantly ported to your PS Vita system and you can continue on the go- Nintendo’s new system seems to have some direct competition right out of the gate, since both will be released in the same time frame of “sometime in 2012″…
Atlus over the years has remained a heavy force in terms of Japanese content. And up until the PlayStation 2, they’ve been pumping out Shin Megami Tensei titles on the console left and right. But suddenly, when we hit the HD generation, the team fell back almost entirely onto the portable scene. Sure, they’ve been publishing titles for the HD platforms, but none of them have been from their own internal teams. Thankfully, Atlus is finally stepping back into the console ring with their first in-house developed HD title, Catherine.
Yesterday Capcom confirmed Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, a new edition of the original with a roster of 50 fighters- 12 of which are new additions exclusive to this version.
Confirmed new additions include Strider, Firebrand from Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Ghost Rider, and Hawkeye with more to be announced in the coming months.
Ultimate also has eight new stages, improved balancing and online functionality and a Spectator Mode where players can watch other’s matches online. The link here has plenty of gameplay videos showing off the new crossover fighting action.
The title is slated for a November 2011 release at a MSRP of $39.99 for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
That’s the end of the fact portion of this post, now to move into rumor territory… Images were also discovered on the Capcom web server hinting at a few more leaked characters including Virgil, Rocket Raccoon, Phoenix Wright, Nova, Nemesis, Iron Fist, Frank West, and Doctor Strange. The images and another gameplay video can be found in this PCWorld article.
UPDATE: In an interview with Siliconera, Capcom confirmed that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be on disc only, with “so much data in the game” that the DLC route wouldn’t be possible.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is slashing it’s way to the Playstation 3 and Xbox360 in America slated for January 2012. The Japanese release of the title has a release of December 2011. Roughly a one month window of time between the two regions releases, which is shorter than the three month window that happened with Final Fantasy XIII. No announcement for other regions have been announced at this time.
I have yet to play Final Fantasy XIII, but XII-2 is starting to sound like it will be a great improvement. Director Motomu Toriyama, has stated that it will be “player driven” rather than “story driven”. So that exploration is widely more available to the player, and more choices and events are affected by decisions the player makes.
“player-driven. The player actively explores the world, and events take place based on his actions. It’s made to allow a lot of choices to be made by the player. Compared to XIII, we’re using very few prerendered scenes; it’s mostly realtime.”
So far it’s looking pretty good, we’ll keep you updated on further updates or changes.
After pictures of Resistance 3 were spotted showing off the new PSN Online Pass ‘feature’, Eurogamer asked Sony to explain themselves.
“We are always evaluating new programs for our online offering, and starting with Resistance 3 this September, we will be instituting a network pass program for PS3 games with online capabilities.”
“This program will be game-specific. Games that are a part of this program will include a single-use registration code that grants the account holder redeeming the code full online access for that title.”
“This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio.”
Reading between the lines, it sounds pretty much like EA’s decision to employ single use codes to activate all of the game’s features, and get some extra money out of used game buyers; since if you happen to obtain one of these select titles that’s missing the PSN Pass, Sony will be ever so delighted to allow you to buy another one in their store…
So buyer beware, once November rolls around most games developed and/or published by Sony will likely need a code to unlock half the game.