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No GravatarThe PlayStation Vita, or as I like to call it, the PSV, is Sony’s newest piece of technology in portable gaming. It was originally unveiled at a press conference earlier this year, and furthered detailed at E3 2011. Although much has been revealed about games and features, there are still many questions and concerns to be answered.

So what is known about the PSVita? First off, the PSVita will be avaible as two different models. The Wi-Fi only model for $249 USD and the Wi-Fi/3G version for $299 USD. According to Sony the Wi-Fi/3G version will be available at AT&T stores, as AT&T was announced as the exclusive provider of 3G service for the PSV. There are some questions as to a difference in hardware between the two, such as more RAM in the Wi-Fi/3G model over the Wi-Fi only, but has not been confirmed at this time. The cost for the AT&T coverage is also unknown at this time.

Physically, the PSV has many changes from the previous PSP. One of the most requested features from gamers has been added, the introduction of a second analog stick. This will allow for better support of games with moveable cameras on the PSV, especially first and third person shooters. Another big addition are the front and rear touch screens, lending itself to innovative controls not available on the PS3. This allows for much easier creating and editing in games like ModNation Racers and LittleBigPlanet. Front and rear cameras will enhance the users augmented reality experience. The display is an OLED screen measuring 5 inches with a 16:9 aspect ratio at 960×544 pixels and approximately 16,770,000 colors. The device overall is slightly larger than the PSP Go, adding 2 inches to the overall length, 1/2 inch to the width, and 1/8 inch to the thickness.

Some features available on the PSP Go have not moved on to the PSV. There is no “video out” option, so gameplay cannot be displayed on a TV. The only bluetooth devices that will function with the PSV are headsets, removing the previous ability to sync a PS3 controller to the PSP Go. Internal storage has been removed and replaced with 2 media slots. With the question of currently existing services like remote play, Skype, SenseMe, and comic content for PSP being available on PSV, as well as support for Youtube, flash content, and files, there is only a vague response. According to Sony “We are evaluating the opportunity to offer non-gaming applications/content and will announce details at a later time”.

The PSP Go only supported digital content, and the previous PSP models used UMD’s (universal media discs). The PSV will allow for digital content as well as a new physical game medium. This new medium is a flash memory based card which will also store game save data and additional downloadable content purchased, allowing for all data related to that game to be saved on the same card. A second slot will be used for storage media. The type of media is not yet confirmed, but will be necessary if you plan on purchasing digitally downloaded games and non-gaming content, since the PSV has no internal storage. Pricing for games, both digital and card based, has not been determined at this time. PSP games, PS minis, and PSone classics titles offered on the PS store will be playable on the PSV. At this time Sony has no plans to make PS3 or PS2 titles compatible with the PSV.

Before Sony’s E3 Conference, the PSV was going to be a day one buy for me. Now I am a bit skeptical with all the features and those yet to be announced. Hopefully Sony will make use of the technology and make the PSV a true evoltuion in portable gaming.

By SarahTheRebel On 15 Jun, 2011 At 10:50 PM | Categorized As Conventions, PC Games, PlayStation, Previews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 2 Comments

No GravatarAlthough many of us first found out details about Mass Effect 3 from Game Informer, the announcement at E3 was no less anticipated, especially with the release of information just prior hinting that the Kinect would have some role to play in ME3

Before E3 2011.

Prior to the E3 Press Conference, we learned that

  • Combat has been tightened up
  • Spoilers about who is in the squad etc.
  • The basic plot
  • Changes from ME and ME2

Combat

The new combat, as we eventually got to witness during E3, is all about fluidity. Shepard now has more efficient melee attacks, an easier method of running and shooting, more bang for her bullets and cover will make more sense instead of being so haphazard.

I will talk more about the demo in a bit, but basically the new changes to combat look and act great if the demo is any indication.

Here is an article from someone who got their hands on the demo.

SPOILERS

  • Tali is confirmed as a squad-mate
  • No new romance options (so only the ones from ME1 and ME2)
  • They have hinted that Wrex is probably not a squad-mate
  • Powers will combine (possibly like in Dragon Age 2?)
  • Cerberus is working with the Reapers
  • Confirmed squad-mates: Garrus, Liara, either Ashley or Kaiden (depending on who lived) and Jason Sanders (who’s this guy? lol).
  • Wrex, Anderson, Legion and Mordin will return, but are not confirmed as recruit-able.
  • Decision from the Rachni Queen will have an effect on the story

END SPOILERS

Plot

The basic plot is that Earth has been invaded by the Reapers and Shepard is forced to retreat. In order to save Earth and the universe, Shepard must convince different planets and species to align with him against the Reaper invasion. But of course, since this is Bioware, that will not be as simple as asking politely.

Changes

  • Enemies sound REALLY annoying to kill (for example they draw strength from other dead creatures around them)
  • People who didn’t play the first 2 games will again have the option of doing the prequel comic to make the key decisions (wish they would have done this with Dragon Age 2 instead of having presets).
  • New system will be similar to ME2 but with more choices.
  • Each skill line will have multiple upgrades so more specialization is possible.
  • Now fighting husks of every species, not just humans.
  • The method of mining planets is undergoing yet another change
  • Shepard now has combat rolls and can “run-and-gun”

Shepard and his tool. 0_0

Overall, Bioware has hinted that ME3 will have some features from ME and some from ME2, but overall will run smoother and be more responsive to the choices the character makes (example: who shows up in a scene).

Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference

During Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference, they announced that ME3 will include Kinect voice support.

The idea is pretty original and definitely not what I expected. Players will use the Kinect voice support to pick a command on the dialogue wheel and also to tell the squad where to go and which moves to use. As they mentioned in the conference, these changes will increase the immersion in the ME world.

After watching the conference, I must admit I’m very impressed.

Dialogue Wheel

Utilizing voice commands for the dialog wheel seemed a strange choice to me at first, and then I started playing ME2 again and the memories came back to me. With the way the wheel is formatted, I know that I personally picked the wrong option plenty of times from accidentally hitting the buttons too fast. In a game like Mass Effect, the dialogue can have serious consequences on the outcome of the story, so this often ended up being a big, frustrating deal.

Saying an option, if done properly, would leave a little less to chance… unless you happen to have an accent, and then this could go horribly wrong.

Squad Control

The ability to tell your squad-mates where to go and what to do with voice instead of pausing to pick the choice on a wheel will add fluidity and intensity to battles. It will also add to the feeling of immersion that is already handled pretty well in ME2.

I personally think it will really add to the sense of “command” that Shepard has (see what I did there?).  Not only do you lead a ship and make decisions for the group, but you will actually be able to “give orders” to your squad in the heat of battle. If they pull this off correctly, my inner dork will probably spaz out from sheer joy.

Watching the conference, this part worked exactly as I imagined, with the producer saying things like “Garrus, move up!” in his little commanding voice.

Demo

This demo… looks very polished and not at all like a demo. Compared to the demo released for Dragon Age 2, I must say Bioware has stepped their game up. This demo played like a movie and I can say with certainty that I’m no longer looking forward to Christmas…. it’s all about March 6 baby!

Mass Effect 3 will come out for PS3, Xbox 360 and the PC on March 6, 2012

 

 

By otakuman5000 On 11 Jun, 2011 At 11:15 PM | Categorized As Conventions, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Previews | With 2 Comments

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This game has been stuck in the rumor mill and development hell for over 20 years, and due to the fan uproar after Pit’s last outing in Super Smash Bros Brawl, everyone wanted to know would he ever fly again. Last Tuesday Reggie Fils-Aime president of Nintendo of America announced that Kid Icarus Uprising would release this holiday season, fans and critics rejoiced. Check out the Full Press Release below.

KID ICARUS Uprising

Take Aim at a Timeless Adventure

Some 25 years after the original Kid Icarus™ game for NES™ captured the hearts and
imaginations of gamers worldwide, Kid Icarus™: Uprising brings the action and
adventure of this beloved series to new heights – and new visual dimensions – on the
Nintendo 3DS™ system. The dark goddess Medusa and her Underworld Army have
returned, and they’ve got their sights set on the heroic angel Pit. With the aid of
Palutena, goddess of light and guardian of the human race, Pit must fend off this
malevolent threat. The richly immersive graphics of the Nintendo 3DS system offer
incredible depth as Pit battles enemies by air and by land.

FEATURES:
• Designed by Masahiro Sakurai – creator of Kirby™ and Super Smash Bros.™ – Kid Icarus: Uprising features
a vividly redesigned game world and a new look for Pit and other returning characters.
• Pit is unable to fly on his own, but upon receiving the “Power of Flight” from Palutena, he can soar swiftly
through the skies for about five minutes at a time. After each stage’s initial air battle, Pit enters into
ground-based skirmishes.
• While Pit is battling in the air, the action unfolds like a dynamic guided shooter. Yet when he’s facing
enemies on land, it handles like a third-person shooter. Throughout the sprawling adventure, players
gather numerous distinctive weapons and collect treasures.
• Beyond the deep single-player adventure, Kid Icarus: Uprising also offers a thrilling and unique take on
multiplayer battles. Two teams battle against each other, whittling away their point totals as each team
member is defeated. When one team loses all its points, the last member defeated is revived as the
powerful Angel Pit. If the other team can track him down and defeat him, they will win the match,
introducing a new ebb-and-flow dynamic to multiplayer battles.
• The game includes AR Card compatibility. Using the built-in 3D camera on the Nintendo 3DS system, the
game recognizes countless specially designed AR Cards, with animated game characters popping up in
3D on the game screen and even battling each other when two cards face off.
• The game’s simple, intuitive play control has players hold the system in their left hand, while the right hand
uses the stylus on the touch screen for targeting. Their left thumb on the Circle Pad controls Pit’s
movements, and the L Button fires ranged weapons and unleashes melee attacks. The controls are simple
enough to be grasped quickly, but offer layers of depth and strategy for advanced maneuvers. A special
control option for left-handed players is also being prepared.

By otakuman5000 On 11 Jun, 2011 At 11:00 PM | Categorized As Conventions, Featured, NINTENDO | With 1 Comment

No GravatarDuring the Nintendo E3 2011 Media Briefing, Nintendo announced a swarm of new games and they finally revealed the new console. Previously Codenamed “Project Cafe”, the new console was announced by Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Amie with the new name, “Wii U”. The console features a new controller with a touch screen with full HD resolution.

During the Media Briefing, The Controller was the main focus. Nintendo has provided a look at the console itself as well as providing full specifications of the console.

Launches: 2012
Size: Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long.

New Controller: The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home button, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a
built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.
Other Controls: Up to four Wii Remote™ (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers can be connected at once.
The new console supports all Wii™ controllers and input devices, including the Nunchuk™ controller, Classic Controller™, Classic Controller Pro™ and Wii Balance Board™.
Media: A single self-loading media bay will play 12-centimeter proprietary high-density optical discs for the new console, as well as 12-centimeter Wii optical discs.
Video Output: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, component, S-video and composite.
Audio Output: Uses AV Multi Out connector. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI.
Storage: The console will have internal flash memory, as well as the option to expand its memory using either an SD memory card or an external USB hard disk drive.
CPU: IBM Power®-based multi-core microprocessor.
GPU: AMD Radeon™-based High Definition GPU.
Other: Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.

Nintendo says that each Wii U console will come with only one of the new controllers and for multiplayer games you will use Wii Remotes and the Nunchuck Controller.

There are new third party companies that have announced games such as Darksiders II, Batman Arkham City, Ninja Gaiden 3 , Assassins Creed among many others.

Here are more images of the Wii U and the new controller

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By otakuman5000 On 10 Jun, 2011 At 12:54 PM | Categorized As Conventions, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming | With 0 Comments

No GravatarHere’s what dropped at E3

The presentation opened with The Legend of Zelda’s 25th Anniversary celebration

-Link’s Awakening on the 3DS eShop this week

-Ocarina of Time 3D (with Master Quest and Boss Rush modes) Register your copy at Club Nintendo for a free Soundtrack CD

-Legend of Zelda: 4 Swords will be free in the DSi shop

-Skyward Sword will release with a promotional GOLD Wii Remote

-There will be a symphony orchestra tour that will feature music from Legend of Zelda.

3DS Games

-Mario Kart 3D looks great.  Upgrades make your Kart a submarine and can add a hang glider to your ride.  The karts are customizable and allow for interesting build and mod combinations.  Available in holiday 2011

-Starfox 3D!!!  Multiplayer modes will utilize the 3Ds camera to show your opponents’ faces during and after combat.  Available in Sept. 2011

-Kid Icarus 3D looks like it will be worth the wait.  Nintendo showed a 3 vs 3 multiplayer mode that combined melee and shooting combat, and revealed an AR card battle mode.

-Luigi’s Mansion 2.  Showed some nice lighting effects and will feature gameplay across several different themed mansions.

Pit in action

3rd party games shown:

Resident Evil: Mercenaries, Tetris, Sega Olympics, Ace Combat, Cave Story 3D, Resident Evil: Revelations, Pac Man & Galaga, Tekken 3D, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D

Nintendo eShop:

View 10 3D game trailers, Excitebike 3D is free right now, the 3D Pokedex is free right now

Nintendo followed their 3DS presentation with the unveiling of their new console (codename: Project Cafe)

The Wii U

The Wii U is Nintendo’s next console system.  It will feature full 1080p HD graphic output and surround sound.  It is backwards compatible with the Wii, both in games and peripherals.  It will have online capabilities on par with what is being currently offered on other consoles.  Most importantly, it has an innovative new controller.

The controller looks like a tablet (it has a 6.2 inch HD touchscreen) with standard controls built around the frame.  Dual analog, d-pad, face buttons, triggers, shoulder buttons, and a select/home/start layout similar to the Wii Remote.  It will feature a camera, microphone, rumble, speaker, motion controls, and Satoru Iwata stated that it would be able to wirelessly stream full games from the main console with no latency.

 

Dual screen gaming with your TV. From the Future. Powered by repulsor technology.

Basically, Nintendo has applied it’s dual screen innovation to your living room.  The controller will, essentially, add a second screen to your television and allow for the development of a new type of gaming.  Nintendo showed this in 3 ways.  Play a Wii U game on your television and use the controller for things like inventory management (very similar to what’s been done in countless DS games), Stream the entire game directly to the controller and let someone else do something entirely different on the TV /place the tablet controller on a table and play a board game like GO, and use the controller in conjunction with the television…

-Use the screen as a zoomed in scope view (the tablet was shown attached to a Wii Zapper like peripheral)

-Launch items off of the touch screen at the TV display (a demo was shown where a player threw ninja stars off of the controller’s screen into the TV’s screen)

-See an alternate perspective of what is happening in a game (in a baseball demo the TV displayed batter’s view, controller displayed pitcher’s view)

-Track an object on the TV with the controller’s screen (the demo showed a player using the controller to track a baseball off of the TV screen and into his controller which acted as a baseball glove)

The tablet controller was also shown interacting with existing Wii peripherals:

-The tablet was placed on the ground to display the placement of a golf ball, which a player could virtually hit by swinging a Wii remote over it.

-Carry the tablet and use it to control the Wii-Fit board without the need of a TV screen.

Overall I was very impressed by what Nintendo brought to E3.  It seems to have the power and connectivity to finally appease the hardcore gamers.  Nintendo showed a clip reel that highlighted Darksiders 2, Assassin’s Creed and a particularly violent and blood soaked teaser for Ninja Gaiden 3.  The Wii U has multiplatform covered.  Unfortunately all we got as far as a release date was a vague 2012 mention, and still no pricing!  Only time will tell where it all goes from here, but I am excited about the innovation that Nintendo showed and has been showing.  Game 0n!

 

By otakuman5000 On 10 Jun, 2011 At 04:12 AM | Categorized As Conventions, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Previews | With 1 Comment

No GravatarYesterday at Nintendo’s E3 2011 conference, the Nintendo Wii U, Zelda Skyward Sword and other Wii titles where announced along with this falls 3Ds titles one of them was the return of Fox McCloud and his Team in Star Fox 64 3D. Here is the press release below along with the trailer below.

Fox McCloud is Back in a Re-mastered
Nintendo Classic

Star Fox 64™ 3D invites players to take on the role of legendary Fox McCloud
as they lead a fearless squadron of fighters in fierce aerial combat to battle the
evil forces of Andross and save the galaxy from destruction.

The rich 3D visuals provide a remarkable sense of depth, distance and position as players
dodge meteors and blast enemy fighters out of the sky.
FEATURES:
• A complete graphical update brings a Nintendo classic into the era of portable 3D fun. The
game makes effective use of the Nintendo 3DS system’s dual screens: The top screen
features 3D aerial combat, while the bottom screen displays characters and dialogue.
• There are two control methods for the player to experience. The Nintendo 64 Mode offers
original controls, while the new Nintendo 3DS Mode uses the motion controls of the
built-in Gyro Sensor of the Nintendo 3DS system.
• Trusted wingmen Peppy, Slippy and Falco are along for the ride – if one of them is chased
or captured by an enemy, players must act to protect them in order to keep their team
strong.

• Each mission takes players through a different planet of the Lylat system as they blast
enemies, collect power-ups and fight powerful bosses on their way to the final battle.
• A new multiplayer option lets up to four players engage in fierce aerial combat via a local
wireless connection (using four systems and one game card via DS Download Play). The
multiplayer mode also includes new power-ups and special weapons. Players can use the
Nintendo 3DS system’s inner camera to display a live video feed of their faces as they
battle, bringing a new level of fun and personalization to the multiplayer experience.

We are glad that this series is back and hopefully more titles will come from the Star Fox Team.

By otakuman5000 On 6 Jun, 2011 At 11:21 PM | Categorized As Conventions, PlayStation, Portable/Mobile Gaming | With 1 Comment

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Join me, DJ Killzown Jones on Ustream and PlayStation Home as the Sony E3 Press conference will be commencing. There may be a give away of items in PlayStation home for your Avatar, due to last years free gear and our #ROG sister site’s founder HiphopGamer gave away his signature WWE belt re-branded as the HHG Championship belt. So check in here http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=206391302732049 and join the Ustream channel crowd once their check and retweet the channel in the social stream to twitter and your Facebook wall. This well help you enter a secret prize contest on Real Otaku Gamer and the winner will be announced at a later date.

UPDATE
The Ustream was postponed due to Heavy Home Traffic and some Tech issues.
a new date will be announced.

By otakuman5000 On 6 Jun, 2011 At 02:59 PM | Categorized As Company Spotlight, Conventions, Editorials, Featured | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWithin hours of the Microsoft Press Conference. Gigantic news already leaked out from their vault of E3 surprises. Twitter began popping up with images from the Xbox website with post and screenshots of Master Chief and Cortanna. The image and the sources in question claimed it to be the next iteration of the Halo franchise, Halo 4. Also in the shot, we see reveals of other games like Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, Star Wars Kinect, and Ryse.

 

Within minutes, the Microsoft site was changed, and the only pictures of it were floating around twitter. Microsoft’s big reveal was spoiled hours before their press conference. Regardless, there are going to be plenty of people excited for this new addition to the Halo franchise. But is it official?

 

Check out the image below and judge for yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No GravatarOn Monday Nintendo had this press release show to the media on the details of their e3 conference,
You can check them out below.

May 23, 2011

Video game fans around the globe are invited to bookmark http://e3.nintendo.com in their browsers as Nintendo prepares to offer a virtual front-row seat at this year’s E3 Expo in Los Angeles. A live webcast of Nintendo’s E3 Expo 2011 media presentation will begin at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, June 7. Immediately following the presentation, fans can enjoy additional Nintendo Network coverage on the site, including interviews, game trailers and special video segments. A variety of exclusive content will also be available on the Nintendo® Channel, which is accessible to anyone with a Wii™ console that is connected to the Internet.

 

 

The E3 Expo, scheduled to take place June 7-9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is among the year’s biggest events for the global video game industry. Exclusive Nintendo Network programming will be viewable at http://e3.nintendo.com and on the Nintendo Channel throughout the week, offering the latest information and updates on Nintendo’s announcements.

For more information about Nintendo, please visit http://www.nintendo.com.

The gauntlet is now thrown, Nintendo is set to be the second conference this year after Microsoft on Monday June 6th, Sony is expected to have a strong showing this year and infamous 2 is slated to release the same day, keep it locked to ROG for all of your E3 New Coverage.