My name is ryan. I love games more than anything in the world. Unless the person reading this is offended by that, in which case I put you slightly ahead of gaming my games.
It’s update time PlayStation fans. This week we’ve got yet another PlayStation Plus update and there is plenty to be had for those of us yet to subscribe to the premium service.
Highlights this week include a Yakuza 4 demo and a flashback to the wild and crazy 80’s when skateboarding nobodies were able to travel through time with eccentric kook scientists in an appalling car. You may notice that the normal GuitarHero update is missing and it will continue its hiatus into the foreseeable future.
Crack open this week’s gift box and see if there’s anything for you.
War is a part of who we are. Humans have been fighting since the dawn of time.
The unfortunate reality is that despite our wealth of resources and greater understanding of those around us war is just as if not more prevalent in societies around the globe today as it was in the past.
In this age one often wonders why we fight? Aliens. That’s why.
If Dragon Age 2 has fallen into the periphery we will forgive you. After all 2011 is quite the embarrassment of riches.
Bioware’s third foray on the PS3 is looking stellar as evidenced by this epic trailer.
Playing a brawler evokes a certain amount of nostalgia. Beating up a factory line of differently colored enemies is what many of us grew up on.
Sega and PlatinumGames are teaming up this year to bring back the genre with Anarchy Reigns. We’ve got a new trailer to go along with spotlights on each fighter. Brawlers rise from your grave!
L.A. Noire is slated for a May 17th release giving us ample time to drum up all sorts of excitement. If you’re not a fan of Rockstar’s previous games then chances are you haven’t pre-ordered the Hollywood crime drama but it is worth noting that the upcoming title represents a bit of a departure from former outings.
To give you a better idea of what we speak Rockstar has provided this handy video that will give you a proper overview of the game. Pay attention people the orientation is about to begin.
If you haven’t done so already the PS Store is determined to save you some coin with the continuance of the Mega minis Sale. Although one could make the case that purchasing BREAKQUEST at any price is counterproductive.
Those of us not into the minis can look forward to a trial and unlock for the critically acclaimed Plants vs. Zombies and the release of Explodemon! and Tim Schafer’s Stacked. Other than that it looks like we have somewhat of a dry week and Vicheous’s craving for The UnderGarden will unfortunately continue on to next week. But who knows you maybe you didn’t even know you wanted a Tron avatar. Have a look and see.
It’s safe to say that this is a pretty nice time to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber. Last week’s PS Store update gave said subscribers three games for free. For an encore PS+ gamers are granted free access to Tim Schafer’s Stacking (this not that) , an innovative new downloadable title that has players jumping in and out of a multitude of uniquely powered dolls.
If you’re still on the fence with PS+ there’s no need to fret because we’ve got a couple of great games making their debut on the store. If you are the one person that has yet to play Plants vs. Zombies then this is your week to get on board. In the end this is a good week to own a PS3 so let’s get into it.
There are a couple of things that you should know about end game bosses in fighting games. For one their health bar will be considerably larger than yours and will decrease at an alarmingly slower rate. Secondly they will have a host of cheap and powerful moves at their disposal which will ultimately frustrate and annoy before killing you.
Something tells us that Marvel vs Capcom 3 doesn’t intend to break either of these principles. Have a look at the planet eater that will have you throwing your controller against the wall.
We stand on the brink of Test Drive Unlimited 2’s release (Feb 8 US/Feb 11 EU) and in order to properly inspire gamers to relinquish their cash (if they haven’t already) Atari has delivered three new videos brandishing the game’s beauty.
If scaring yourself witless in a third person game like Dead Space 2 isn’t exactly your thing then maybe you will find the first-person scares of F.E.A.R. 3 more suitable.
Developer Day 1 Studios plans to give you (and a friend) reason to be afraid this May. Until then have a glance at the slew of newly released screenshots and see if there’s anything there that will get you muttering incoherently to yourself.
See it. Shoot it. Destroy it. Repeat. A simple formula that spawned a unique franchise.
Slated for a May release the newest game in the series: Red Faction: Armageddon looks to take the outfit in a slightly different direction. Instead of miners rising up against the oppressive hand group of violent groups, this version appears to dip its toe into the sci-fi realm. How much of a departure is this from previous games? Have a look.
As if to remind us that there is also a new video game on horizon to go along with all the news regarding Christopher Nolan’s next film, Warner Bros. have released four new screenshots giving us a deeper look at the environments and villains that gamers will encounter in Batman: Arkham City.
Arkham City marks the introduction of Two Face as he was one of the few villains not included in the original. The coin-flipping, duality enthusiast will be sure to wreck shop in Gotham later this year (hopefully) but until then get a good, long look at his ugly mug as well as Harley Quinn’s alternatively gorgeous visage.
This week on the European store minis are brought to the forefront via the February mega minis sale. We’ve got 20 minis that have been discounted plus two all new minis.
Also get yourself in on the Killzone 3 multiplayer open beta and check out the trial and unlock of Tetris because believe it or not the game shaped up to be worth a go given the implementation of online leaderboards and multiplayer. If new fangled games aren’t quite your bag take a trip to the past with Crash Bandicoot 2 and enjoy the polygonal visuals or get back to your arcade roots with X-Men Arcade.
This week on the PlayStation Store Ps3 owners once again get access to a bevy of new content and those of us that saw fit to subscribe to PlayStation Plus are being granted three games for the unbeatable price of free.
Some of the highlights of the week include Bionic Commnado: Rearmed 2 (the sequel to the downloadable remake) which looks like it plays similarly to the previous outing and Assassin’s Creed II Deluxe Edition which is comprised of the full game plus all available downloadable content. Don’t forget we have got a review up for Tales from Space: About a Blob and a rather interesting interview regarding The UnderGarden.
You may be saying to yourself: ‘wait a minute I already know everything there is to know about the morality system in inFamous 2, they had the same one in the original’. Well friend that one was less than stellar and this year with inFamous 2 Sucker Punch hopes to reinvent their morality scheme to create something that is both significant and thought provoking.
We’ve got the scoop straight from Sucker Punch’s own Ken Schramm as to what the new and improved morality system will feature. Also there is a new video that provides some insight into the type of choices Cole McGrath will be making this time around (as well as the consequences). Oh and don’t forget the screenshots. There’s plenty to be had here so go on in and have yourself a look.
Dead Space 2 hasn’t been out for long, about a week actually. The follow up to 2008’s wildly successful survival horror journey has already garnered plenty of praise.
The completion of hardcore mode unlocks a certain item that just may make the nearly impossible task worth a try. Take a gander at the video that explains it all. Note: the video is spoiler free in terms of plot but if you do not want to see the reward for completing hardcore mode you may want to move on to the next story.
For PS3 owners DC Universe Online has been somewhat of a new experience. MMOs have traditionally been relegated to the realm of the PC. However, the success of games like WOW dictated that we would eventually see an attempt at a console MMO.
Those of us who are new to the genre have had many questions concerning the gameplay. Given the monthly fee, one wonders what DCUO has to offer once your hero or villain has reached the level cap (level 30) to warrant continued play. This video demonstrates what gamers can expect with their maxed out character or characters. Is there anything there to keep you playing?
Sony Online Entertainment has announced the 2011 release of a handful of games including a certain organic tower defense game.
The PlayStation Network is attempting to keep pace with the stacked lineup of AAA releases this year with a few critically acclaimed games of their own.
If Plants vs. Zombies doesn’t excite you perhaps one of the 5 other games will give you reason to spend some of your hard earned PSN bankroll.
Homefront is a first-person shooter set in the near future that explores a world in which an economically desolate United States is invaded by North Korea. A novel approach sure but something that also isn’t exactly innovative given the genre. Beings have invaded your land, fight to defend everything you hold dear.
THQ has released a trailer that can be called interesting at the very least. This trailer definitely bucks the notion of a ‘normal’. Have a look to see what we mean.