Monday, June 10, 2013

Sony Nails it at E3

   Wow. Just wow-that's all I can say coming away from Sony's stunning presentation at E3 tonight. Leaving Microsoft fans grinding their teeth in frustration, Sony managed to completely blow the Xbox One out of the water with their PS4.

   Representatives of the company assured us that Sony believes in used games, and a consumers right to trade or give away their games to whomever they want and will continue to support this in the future. In addition, they will not require any sort of internet connection AT ALL to access single player content. That right there blew Microsoft to pieces, but Sony wasn't done. While Xbox One carries a hefty price tag of $499, Sony squats over Microsoft's obliterated body and proceed to teabag the remains with a sexy price of $399.
   I could end the column right here, we could all go home, and preorder our PS4's right now, but no. This wasn't enough for Sony. In addition to all of this, they managed to make this presentation almost entirely about the games and what gamers want.
   Let's begin with my biggest nerdgasm: Kingdom Hearts III. That's right, people. It's here, and it's due out in spring of 2014.

   Although only mere seconds of game footage were shown by Square Enix at the conference, I think it is entirely safe to say that this is a fair reason to purchase the Playstation 4.
   The PS4 will also be introducing around 140 titles in it's first year, many featuring brand new indie developers that will just blow you away.
   Along with Kingdom Hearts III, Square Enix also introduced the brand-spanking new Final Fantasy XV. An absolutely gorgeous cinematic was shown, and I just can't wait.
   Many other extremely exciting titles are also coming out including Infamous: Second Son, Destiny, Elder Scrolls Online (yes yes yes!), and Diablo III.
   This is just a quick gloss-over, of course. I will be on over the course of the next few days due to my crazy schedule posting the rest of the details from the presentation.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Xbox One: What We Know

   So, as you are all probably aware (unless you're living under some sort of Internet-less rock. Seriously, install a router, geez.), E3 has been going on this past week and with it has come the official announcement of the brand new, shiny Xbox One.
Tell me that's not what it looks like. Come on, try.
   Looking a bit like someone took a 360 and fused it with a black Wii, the Xbox One sports an 8-core x86 processor, HDMI pass-thru, Blu-Ray Player, and comes with 8gb of RAM and a 500gb hard drive.

   In layman's terms, it's a pretty hefty piece of gaming equipment.
   The new Xbox will also give us all the usual crap: web browser, Facebook, Twitter, and a bunch of other stuff that no gamer really wants (it also comes with Skype now so we can talk to all the friends we don't have!).
   Now, on to the important topic: the games.
   HAH. You think they would actually announce GAMES to go with an XBOX? Preposterous!-no, throughout the entire presentation (about an hour) the final few minutes were the only part that talked about the games at all.
   They are as follows: 4 crappy EA sports games, and CoD: Ghosts.
Just sayin'

   Now, you might say I'm being a bit critical of the new Xbox, and you would probably be right, so let's change the focus to the good things about the Xbox One.
   Firstly, it seems that Microsoft has begun a revolution in the way we play against our friends. A CPU will now monitor the way you play games, and be capable of emulating so that even if you're not online, your friends can still play multiplayer with 'you!'.
   In addition, games will now be installed directly to your Xbox (hence the large memory) meaning no more fiddling with the disks every time you want to play a game, although said disks will still be used the first time you play.
   All in all, I'd say it's not a bad machine and give it a 6/10. I would say more, but at the moment, none of this means a thing because we don't have any really good games planned yet. If said games were announced, we would be looking closer to 8 or 9/10. Not perfect, but pretty damn good.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Life interferes.

   Hi everybody!
   Sorry I haven't been updating-life is interfering with my beautiful blog with it's wonderful readers. Between school, work, and everything in between I have fallen a bit behind. I'm starting to balance it though.
   Hang in there!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Plants vs Zombies 2 It's About Time

   That's right people, the long awaited sequel to the iTunes and console sensation has finally been announced.

   Set to be released in 2013, the trailer can be found on IGN right here. It starts off and plays out as fans complaining about the lack of a sequel (funnily enough), and eventually displays the logo followed by July 2013.
   Unfortunately, no actual game footage has been released as of yet, just footage of rabid fans screaming for a sequel to their beloved app.
   Other than that, the only other rumour released is that the game will be called Garden Warfare (an obvious nod to Call of Duty's immensely successful Modern Warfare).

   Speaking of which, on the Xbox front, we have received new (and very relieving) news regarding the Xbox 720.

   Previously, it was stated by Microsoft that the Xbox 720 would work around a constant internet connection rather in the way Diablo III or the new Sim City does. Thankfully, in an email allegedly sent to Microsoft employees obtained by Ars Technica it is stated that

   It appears that Xbox fans will not have to deal with the frustration of maintaining a constant internet connection for their console to be more than an $800 hunk of plastic.
No problem, bro.
   It is also supposedly stated that the new Xbox will work as a cable box and have the capability to playback live TV shows-things are really starting to look good for this new console by Microsoft.

   However, as every gamer knows, it isn't about the fancy gadgets and whatnot that the console comes with, but rather the quality of the games that it plays. With any luck they'll open with a strong lineup of games.
   Hopefully all of these rumours will be put to rest when the official reveal is finally made on the 23rd of this month.
   Until then!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Legend of Zelda Bringing a New, Old Title to the 3DS

   Everyone remembers Legend Of Zelda. Particularly Ocarina of Time, which is still one of the top-selling games of all-time and hailed as a deity by Nintendo fanboys across the globe.
I think I've made my point
   The fandom exploded at the announcement that Ocarina of Time would be brought back for 3DS in stunning, new graphics (aka, you can no longer count the polygons.) along with, of course 3D.

   The game delivered all it had promised and more, and is still a huge success. Due to this, Nintendo has decided they will launch another Legend of Zelda remake for the 3DS. This time, it is Link to the Past.
I...I don't know...
   As many of you remembered, the original Link to the Past featured the Dark World, a twisted version of the Sacred Realm. What you probably remember better, is the fact that our beloved hero was transformed into a pink bunny if he entered it without the Moon Pearl item.
   This updated 3D version will feature the beloved Toon Link-now with ability to turn himself into a drawing on a wall and walk on said walls, certainly an interesting feature at least. Supposedly, this feature was inspired by Ocarina of Time's Forest Temple boss in which Ganon rode in and out of paintings.
   Set to be released by the end of the year, this game is shaping up to be quite exciting, especially looking at the teaser trailer footage released not long ago, which you can watch here.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Latest in Call of Duty Franchise Confirmed

Picture accompanying tweet
   Call of Duty: Ghosts was confirmed today when the picture to the side was tweeted online by means of the official Call Of Duty Twitter account.
   Also released today was a game poster featuring Simon 'Ghost' Riley, who last appeared in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

   The game is said to run on a 'next-generation engine' and is supposedly the 'next generation of call of duty.' Does this mean we can expect big changes in game mechanics? Possibly, although more likely are new weapons, along with updated weapons. Relatively disappointing, but still change.
   The game, to be launched on November 5th, can currently be preordered at Gamestop, and is going to be launched on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC in addition to the Playstation 4, and Xbox 720 (giving us better ideas of their release dates). Also likely is another terrible handheld version for the Nintendo 3DS, but no one cares about that. know I love you, but facts are facts.
   Also released along with minimal information was a teaser trailer of the game here.
   Now for my own personal opinions. I own only Modern Warfare 3, and I am not a fan. I've played Black Ops 1, and thought it to be slow and rather dull (in addition to mind-numbingly easy). Black Ops 2 I never even watched the trailer. Zombies? Really? Well, now we are moving from zombies to ghosts. Wonderful.
   So much for experiencing something moderately close to what it's like serving in a country's armed forces. Now we are playing Ghost Hunters: The Video Game.
   No offense if you enjoy the CoD titles, but they're not for me. Particularly the online play. In that, Playstation has it all over Xbox, despite their network crashing on occasion. At least it isn't overrun by 10 year-olds telling me they shagged my mother.
   Oh well.What are you gonna do? It's possible this game may just be named Ghost, in which case I'll give it a shot. But chances are if it is another supernatural shooter, it will go unpurchased by yours truly.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Elder Scrolls Online, Xbox 720, and More


   Welcome back friends, gather 'round me now as I spin the tale of the mythical Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG.
   Long, have gamers prayed for such, and lo', beta has begun! The cinematic trailer for the game is positively fabulous, and even if you don't enjoy MMO's in general, it's a must see as the visual artwork is stunning. You can find it right here.
   The game is centred around a set of alliances, at war with each other, taking up arms against the Empire. The first of these is the Daggerfall Covenant, led by High King Emeric. The Daggerfall Covenant is made up of the Bretons, Redguards, and Orcs-an interesting choice. This particular alliance is very varied in skills, but have particular skill in magic and diplomacy.
   Something tells me diplomacy isn't going to be a huge game mechanic. Just a guess.
   The second of these is the Ebonheart Pact, ruled by Jorunn the Skald-King. This alliance consists of the Nord, Dark Elves, and Argonians
   Finally is the Aldmeri Dominion under the control of Queen Ayrenn including the High Elves, Wood Elves, and the Khajit.
   If you played Skyrim, chances are that you are extremely excited for this game. I know that I am. I've already signed up for the beta, and hopefully I'll be getting the email soon!
   On to the Xbox 720. You Playstation fans are excused now, adults are talking.
   Not much is known about it yet, but the date everyone is saying for information is May 29th. What we do know, however, is what I'm reporting.
   First of all, there is a leaked price floating around the internet that puts it around $200.00. Now, let's sit here for a second and think. Bit ambitious? Yes. Yes it is.

   Now, it's entirely possible this is for what they're calling the Xbox Mini-a cheaper and more lightweight version of the full 720 console. The Xbox Mini is most likely what I'll purchase, as I don't have a lot of money to throw at Microsoft, sadly.
   Now for the bad news. We could be looking at the end of used games, ladies and gentleman. It is rumoured that this system is aimed at preventing its' owners from playing used games. I don't know about you, but I buy almost all of my games used. This would be a big blow to my wallet, and I'm hoping that it's just a rumour.
   And even worse, is that it supposedly centres around a constant internet connection.
   No. Bad Microsoft. Go to the timeout corner and think about what you've done.