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By Akodo On 14 Nov, 2014 At 04:24 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments
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PS4The PlayStation 4, will officially be one year old tomorrow. And I will give it a round of applause as Sony and the PlayStation brand have made a resounding start off of the now current generation. Even though the PS3 started off slow and finally gained traction, it still lost a large swath of its fanbase during last generation. Now, learning from its mistakes, and that a name isn’t the only thing that is needed for a console launch. They went back to basics, and making sure that the console put the gamer first, and nothing else. It went to developers and talked with them, and asked what they needed to make a solid, A+ game in their eyes. They essentially went back to basics. And its paying dividends!

The PS4 has led all ten months since its release one year ago, and hasn’t stopped. They have mounted one of the biggest, “We Hear You” campaigns since the console was launched. Listening to what we, the gamers, the consumers, the casuals, the hardcore, the every once in a while, to come to the fold, either switch, stay, or come back. Admittedly, it is tough when you friends continue on with the Xbox, or vice versa, since this generation will probably be determined by where your friends are, kind of gaming. But the ecosystem of the PS4 has gone from the multimedia hub that it was as a PS3, to the more streamline, games and broadcasting arena, that allows gamers to play, solo or quickly connect with friends before launching into a game. And with the features that were promised during that fateful shift at E3 a year ago, being released in a massive update (2.0, and 2.01), Sony is hitting strides at the right time, and giving games something to want during the Holidays this season.

With the massive influx of streaming content, ala YouTube, Twitch, or UStream, it makes the living almost akin to a theater and people watching you play. Some features like, recording to a separate device wasn’t available at launch, but Sony listened, and they removed the black box that was HDCP, and allowed YouTubers to rejoice and use their PS4s to stream. Additionally, they have polished up those interfaces giving the user, the gamer, more things to do from better comment sections during streams, to better usability for uploading clips and such to social media, and now YouTube directly. They even gave the gamer, a small tool, that does wonders for editing, albeit not like you could on a computer, but “Share Factory.”

playstation plusAs I have seen and heard from forums to in-person, people are switching, and happy about it, and the potential it has, or is currently showing them. But this is the reason why, I Akodo of Real Otaku Gamer, think that day one reviews of consoles are rather asinine in the fact that, you have a console, barely hours old, and not much to it, since it was just released. You can judge the wares it has and come with, but it can only go so far. At the year mark, you can judge the console, in its entirety. For instance, let’s talk about the PSN. Since the PS4 launch and the premise to play online service, for only the games, and not putting something you already paid for, behind another paywall, for the instances of netflix or Hulu or the ilk, you still have a solidly functioning console. As with the PSN you get automatically with the year subscription of PlayStation Plus, which allows you to  get a free game each month on the PS4, sometimes its something great, like Splunky, other times its something else like Velocity 2X. Sometimes it hits, sometimes it misses. But the PS+ always is adding. And with it being pay, means that Sony can upgrade infrastructure and improve the service as a whole, but that too takes time.

The games, the games are the main selling point of a console, for what is to come and what will be there the day you buy. And the lineup for the future is looking strong with games like Uncharted 4, and Order 1886, to name console exclusives, two unknown “AAA” titles being announced sometime in early december, and with the undoubted shift in developers going towards the console with the bigger base, means 3rd party exclusives that haven’t been announced and will, and current exclusive like InFamous, Knack, Killzone, and The Last of Us: Remastered. Side note: Didn’t think the masterpiece that is “The Last of Us” needed a remake, but its a damn gorgeous game, and for those who have turned to the blueside, i.e. Sony, from being on the 360 and not experiencing the master piece. To indie games, that as of right now, console exclusive like No Man’s Sky, and out now on the PS4 and exclusive, Octodad, Resogun. The PS4 has given a plethora of games to be played on it, and from now, and to the future.

The interface of the console, gone are the cool and sleek Cross Media Bar (XMB), and more individual folders, this has left much to be desired. And I believe with how receptive SOny and its Playstation team have been, the nuances will slowly take shape, and change to a more manageable feel. Another thing that was annoying at launch, seeing the notification for every single person doing something on their PS4. For instance, Person X joined a party chat. THis has been curdled a little but still, its less frequent. But a little thing from the PS3 that has been brought to the PS4 is the dynamic themes, so that’s a plus.

DS4 Wear!But as the good, of a console, there is bad. Although the revamped DS controller, now, DS4 has the worlds greatest feel, and is much of an improvement over the last in every degree, the DS4 knobs of the analog sticks wear out quicker. I have a DS3, from launch that still is functioning, and has its knobs intact. Gone are some of the functionality of the PS3 that was a sign on minimalist in the sense of moving to the PS4. The overall media hub that the PS3 was, like the music limitations, or the immediate USB support, and bluetooth as well. The cheap attempt to get gamers to talk with its cheaply made headset. But now the USB functionality are fixed in an update, and the headset market is entirely better!

So after a single year, the PS4 has grown with its audience, implementing things that the consumer wants, and continuing Sony’s drive of the “Gamer is first!” or more simply put, “Games!” Or like Steve Ballmer so elloquently said: “DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS!” I wonder where Sony will go with its massive momentum that it has gained in its entire first year, forcing the competition to rethink their entire way forward. And return to the Sony brand that dominated during the era of the PS2. But as we all, as gamers is, Watch and See!

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As everyone has already said it’s hard to believe and year has gone by, but with no complaints E3 media day is back! Per usual Sony followed Microsoft and this year both knew the focus would have to be bringing next gen gaming hype to their respective console. Here’s Sony’s Press Conference in it’s entirety if you missed it courtesy of IGN.

 

Without going too deep into each title here are the high notes from the presser and leading off the conference was this new Destiny Trailer.

The big announcement for Destiny was that starting this Thursday there will be Alpha access for the game and the Beta will begin July 17th. Also announced was a Destiny PS4 bundle including a new “Glacier white” PS4, Destiny and a 30 day trial of PS+. The white PS4 will be released along with the game on Sep. 9 and has the same specs and the others so other than a color change nothing new is being added.

Next Andrew House introduced the new gameplay trailer for the The Order 1886.

If you don’t know The Order was introduced last year at E3 and is a game about a group of knights protecting the world from monsters like the one you saw above.

Also shown was a new indie game called Entwined. Entwined is  brought to you by Pixel Opus, a combination of recent graduates from Carnegie Mellon and San Jose State university.

Entwined, according to the speaker, is a game about “two souls in love.” Throughout the game you’re guiding these souls through sequences and upon clearing levels will have them come together to create a dragon. It’s a cute little game that’s out now in the Playstation store for $9.99.

Infamous Second Son made a repeat appearance this year, but its big announcement was the standalone DLC coming in August featuring “Fetch.” Alongside it was the announcement and premiere of Little Big Planet 3.

One of the biggest reveals was Bloodborne. You might remember a the game being called Project Beast and is Hidetaka Miyazaki’s, director of the first two souls games, new title. If you’re a souls fanboy like me you probably can’t wait for this game to come out.

Far Cry 4 came out with a gameplay trailer as well, but the most interesting part was the drop-in co-op at the end of the trailer.

Far Cry 4’s co-op is called guns for hire and the best part is you don’t have to own the game to play it. If you have a friend that wants to play with you and he doesn’t own it or you’re the one wanting to join you just drop in and play like you’ve always had it. You also get all the experience from that session as well.

The coolest game of the show was a game called No Man’s Sky by indie studio Hello Games.

I don’t even know what to do in the game, but every time I see the trailer I just get extremely excited. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t get ruined by the impending hype train that is E3 reveals and expectations.

If you haven’t seen the press conference you really should give it a look. It’s full of cool and interesting things coming to the system in the coming months. Last of Us is getting a remastered release, Ratchet and Clank the movie was premiered, GTA V is coming to next gen and you can upload your PS3 or Xbox 360 save data. It’s going to be a great, guys.

More towards the end of conference Sony took a backseat from games to introduce some of the new hardware coming out like Playstation Tv and project Morpheus.

Playstation Tv allows you to play a huge library of Playstation games with just the device and a Dualshock 3 controller. As for Mopheus more and more developers are starting to play around with it and the PS4 camera giving their VR headset a pretty bright outlook.

Rounding out the evening were two trailers for the upcoming Batman game, Batman Arkham Knight, and a new trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Overall I really enjoyed Sony’s press conference. While the PS4 still isn’t  a must have these games should be more than enough to help you make your decision regardless of whichever console you choose.

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“The games aren’t shiny enough,  the frames aren’t moving fast enough, Where is my multiplayer?”

 

The first day of Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, has drawn to a close.  While catching up on Nintendo ingenious Digital Event, I start thinking on year two of the Wii U resting in our homes and the looming one year anniversary of Microsoft and Sony’s 8th generation consoles.  What spurred these thoughts was a couple of conversations I’ve had with my buddies on Miiverse and voice chat on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.  What we talked about was how good or bad of a job UbiSoft,  EA,  Microsoft and Sony have done with their press conferences.  Today, while checking in with my teammates here at RealOtakuGamer.com in our Google Hangout room, our PR rep – better known to you viewers as Gehennakat – spoke on how the E3 vendors have promised much and have fallen short of those said promises.  My head started to fill up with a plethora of bullet points beneath subjects of my personal concern and delight started to accrue in my head.  This is where the purpose of this lovely editorial rears its head.

 

Is this supposed to be NXTGEN?  Many gamers have probably thought or said this question since their purchases of Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft’s 8th gen flagship consoles.  Many have came to the agreement that this generation just isn’t Next Genny enough. Too many remastered HD ports,  digital only Indie titles and sub-HD games that have been delayed to high definition heaven.  “The games aren’t shiny enough,  the frames aren’t moving fast enough, Where is my multiplayer?”

 

I must say I get it, but I just don’t get it…

In my view,  gamers today are just too jaded. I’m sure our very own Andre Tipton would agree and I am honestly trying hard to find their inspiration in playing games these days. I do agree with the distemperment of the gamers out here who are mad at the lesser 60FPS & sub 1080P games being released in this day of 8 core consoles in our midst.  The game companies in question have prepared this trap for themselves nice and neatly.   When they stepped out on the grand stage in the city of the Lost Angels to proclaim they are soon to release the most shiniest 60 frame per second title in superior HD resolutions.  They failed to realize they should have tested,  played,  tested and played these titles before they stood on the tallest hill of the year to make such proclamation.  For that they were wrong.

 

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I believe that the 8th generation is pretty RAD.  What the freak?  did I just say RAD well,  yes,  yes I did.  I said that to put into perspective of where my head is at as a gamer.  If you haven’t read up on my BIO yet I’ll save you the eye strain and let you know that I’m an 80’s gamer and have been gaming since I was five or six, pretty much the beginning of Nintendo’s dominance.  I grew up in an age where graphics and speed were the last thing on our minds when gaming was concerned.  Things like gameplay, controls, and story were pinnacle of what the 1980’s had decades ago.  What I am here to express to you all is how NextGenny our PlayStation 4’s,  Wii U’s and Xbox One’s truly are.  Yes,  the developers have dropped the ball on relaying the truth about tech specifications in a world with companies like Digital Foundry around  (Can someone show these developers what these fellas do, please?)

 

 “These dreams have created tons of classics that even the most feared fanboys/girls would jump at the chance to have these beautiful,  magical titles on their consoles of choice.”

 

 

We have the Wii U where you have a innovative controller like the gamepad. While it’s technically an inferior tablet when referencing the screen tech but, be mindful that this is the first of its kind for consoles.  We the players have the ability to play off the television screen with most games available for the system, which I’m sure is over one hundred by now.  We can let the family take back the TV or go take a potty break while never needing to pause or save your game to come back to later to continue enjoying the game. Let’s not forget while this is not a new thing, the Wii U is backwards compatible with the original Wii console.  What the Wii U does add to the Next Gen pot is a little social thing called MiiVerse – look at this badboy as Nintendo’s very own hybrid of Facebook and Twitter.  This platform is for gamers by gamers and is a loud engine behind the success and demise of a title released on this console.  You will get a mixture of responses, some good some bad, but you will come out informed none the less.  The Wii U is a HD version of its older sibling, but don’t be deterred by the sins of its brother if you were one of the many whom were burned by it.  This console is silent and very powerful designed by the crazy geniuses of Nintendo. Wii U is the least powerful of them spec wise but,  they are backed by a team of developers/ game makers that still dare to dream and work big magic.  These dreams have created tons of classics that even the most feared fanboys/girls would jump at the chance to have these beautiful,  magical titles on their consoles of choice.  There is plenty of more to share about this lovely console, I could go on and on, but I must move on to the nest NEXT Genny console out here.

 

       “I am talking about the tech that makes this console NEXT Gen.”

 

The Xbox One,  a system that has gone through more changes in its first year than its predecessor the Xbox 360 has in its lifetime. Though the Xbox One is packed to the gills in NEXT Genny goodness!  You have the User Interface that mimics the Windows 8 platform used by PC & Tablet markets.  This big boy aims to control everything that runs through your TV in a nice non nefarious way.  What you will get if you decide to go this route is a system that can record your gameplay, edit it, and even add borders and voice over to your mini gameplay movies.  This is not just it. You also get to have the industry’s most advanced multiplayer system around town.  We the gamers can talk to the console via the Kinect 2.0 and request for it to search the internet,  suspend a game by asking it to watch TV, only to go back home and start playing your game once more.  The Xbox One has an updated control, blasting the older gen controls out of the water – let’s not forget the hand gesture we can do while playing games or watching TV or scrolling the one guide TV guide.  The Xbox One is the one place you need to be if you want to watch music videos through Xbox Video or watch movies or listen to music. Add in smart glass and your TV can be controlled by a tablet/smartphone just in case you lost your TV remote.  The Xbox One does deliver of course in the games department, but I am talking about the tech that makes this console NEXT Gen.  When you have all this going on and you still can blaze along while commanding, by voice, for your system to broadcast to Twitch or record the gameplay footage without hardly a hangup. This is where next generation screams loudly to me.

 

Sony comes in doing a lot of what the Xbox One does to a lesser extent, except for releasing a great amount of games – spanning from in-house AAA titles to multiplatform titles down to indie game support of great proportions and the new advanced Dual Shock 4 controller with its touchpad in the center.  Sony’s PlayStation 4 has a camera that is available at a separate cost that has some hand gestures within some games that are available at the moment for free in the PSN store.  The PS camera has voice recognition for longer gameplay recording than its competitor and can access apps and games from its home screen.  The PS4 is not a media/ entertainment hub for living room, yet it can still be used for streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus.  PS4 also  has the ability to multitask without a hitch like the XB1. While Sony’s PS4 doesn’t attempt to take over your living room, it does aim to push your game play experiences to newer heights by giving us brand new stories or fresher perspectives on older ideas.

 

” if you crave new experiences step out of your box and try newer ways to play invest in companies you normally don’t you actually might find something new to love.”

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Enjoy the new experiences brought to you by your favorite developer or support an indie title. I’m sure you will believe in this movement. Moving forward, AAA titles will be far and few between and you will be hard pressed to find a megaton of them like in the past.  Indie games are the new norm. These companies are comprised of ex-AAA studio developers that create games like the upcoming Secret Ponchos,  No Mans Sky,  The Witness,  C3,  The Dead Linger and The Guns Of Icarus.  Games that push the envelope of new thinking and spit in the face of the routine yearly affairs of titles that get spawned faster than Master Chief after getting blasted in Halo 2.

Is this supposed to be NXTGEN?

Hell yes!  You might just be too jaded to notice it. Next Gen, now current gen, is in full effect. I suggest you sit back, try to remain calm, and play games. If you crave new experiences step out of your box and try newer ways to play. Invest in companies you normally don’t – you actually might find something new to love.

By Amy McGarey On 5 Jun, 2014 At 07:56 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments
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It’s the first of the month, and that means a whole new batch of free games! First off, is Microsoft’s Games With Gold. June is the first month of Microsoft’s revamped Games With Gold Service. Although the free game service has only been available for a year, fans have griped over the amount and content of the free games offered each month. For starters, the games have been some of the oldest games in Xbox’s library and none of the games have been available to play on Xbox One. Microsoft has finally listened to fans and is offering two free Xbox One games, two free Xbox 360 games, and one bonus game for the one year anniversary of Games With Gold. I’m actually excited about this month’s free games, as I’ve been dying to play Halo: Spartan Assault and I’ve also been interested in playing Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood. The free games for Xbox 360 are Dark Souls and Charlie Murder. The free bonus game is Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade edition, which I’m excited about because my Hello Kitty x Street Fighter fight stick will be dusted off and getting some love this month!

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I usually gush about the free games for PlayStation Plus each month, but this month I’m a little disappointed about the offerings. I would assume because of Microsoft announcing their new Games With Gold services, PlayStation is changing their services to two free games per console: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and the Vita. Formerly, PlayStation Plus offered one for PlayStation 4, three for PlayStation 3, and 2-3 for Vita. This month’s free PlayStation 4 games are Trine 2: The Complete Story and PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate. On PlayStation 3, we get NBA 2K14 and Sly Cooper: Thieves of Time. On Vita, there’s Terraria and Mutant Mudds Deluxe. Maybe I’m a little biased against this months offerings because I still don’t own a PlayStation 4 and don’t like sports games.

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No matter how you feel about this month’s free games, you really can’t argue with free. Especially if you’re going to subscribe to monthly online subscription services anyway. Think of it on a positive note – at least you’ll have more time to focus on E3 announcements this month!

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This week marks the beginning of the PlayStation Store’s Golden Week Sale. This is a sale of up to 50% off of games that have been developed in Japan. Why Japan? Golden Week is a tradition in Japan where four major holidays occur during the span of seven days. This can be seen in a lot of school themed anime where students get the week off or go on vacation.

If you’re a PlayStation Plus member, you can also get an additional discount on these games, giving you up to %75 off. If you plan on buying a lot of the games, you might want to consider paying for a month of PlayStation Plus, which would make your purchase cheaper in the end.

This is a really awesome sale and I’ve spent about $42 on it already. So far I’ve bought Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Devil May Cry HD Collection, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, and Soul Calibur V. There are a lot more games to choose from, including PlayStation Vita games. Hurry up, because the sale ends May 5th!

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When I was first asked to play Conception II I haven’t played an RPG in quite sometime. Going into this game I didn’t expect an extremely fantastic title or anything remotely interesting…mainly because I didn’t know anything about the title or series for that matter. Then I realized that the more of it I play the more intrigued I became. Then the experience became a little more jaded. While the game wasn’t bad it became slightly repetitive and more so cumbersome than anything.

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The game takes place in the World of Aterra where they worship the Star God where they prosper through the power of Star Energy. You are known as God’s Gift who trains at an academy for disciples which is a special group of people who are summoned to fight against monsters who come from Dusk Circles. As God’s Gift you and a collective of females perform a ritual for the church known as Classmating to generate Star Children. Why is this important? The Star Children assist you in combat along with you and a female partner and they all have a particular class and several set of set of skills.

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I’ve never been so confused and befuddled with confusion quite like I have been while playing the game. I’m not so much confused into the depth of the world as I am with why some of these things are especially necessary. For a lack of better words, classmating is essentially having sex to produce children who can fight. It is blatantly obvious considering the underlying tone of everyone and the way each girl presents themselves before and after it occurs. Doing it just makes you feel slightly more dirty. Even more so when you are forced into doing classMANting which while really funny is in a way kind of perverse.

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Engaging enemies is where the game gets even more unique. Once you encounter an enemy inside one of the games many labyrinth’s you are forced to choose between normal JRPG actions such as attack, skill and defense. The most interesting aspect is the combat system in which you choose the side to attack your foe. Every enemy has a weak side and the choice of each side benefits you during combat. My only main concern with the battle system is that you are given the option to guard and yet it does nothing. It states that you will take less damage but you still take just as much as if you weren’t defending. I have also noticed that for a JRPG it’s pretty easy. I have played much easier games but I never really felt as if I there was too much going on and the difficulty made matters worse.

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Graphically the game is rather impressive as it features fully animated anime style cut scenes and moves at a silky smooth 60 FPS. The in game engine isn’t bad as it looks more like an above average PlayStation 2 title with a few more bells and whistles. The thing I was more impressed with was the music and the character design. These two things were probably my main drive for playing this game as I was more intrigued just to see what the next monster would look like. To be quite honest the designers seem to draw heavily from the Persona series as the music and monsters seem as if they came straight from that source.

Overall the game is like “Goldie Locks and the Three Bears” as it doesn’t do anything overall really impressive nor does it do anything really bad. Although it’s themes may not be quite suitable for everyone it’s still interesting enough with it cool soundtrack and character design. The game may not be for everyone but I do feel as if it worth a play through for anyone who is itching for a new RPG to play for their Vita. It hits the mark at being just right.

 

By Brandon Boatman On 8 Apr, 2014 At 03:07 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Remember that time you went out for the midnight release of that highly anticipated Wii/Wii U game? Oh you don’t? Well that’s okay because neither do I. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a game and thought man I can’t wait to play this on my Wii U…that I don’t own.

Like most gamers I love Nintendo, or at least I think I do. I bought a 3DS XL last Christmas, does that count? Having been brought up alongside the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo I feel wrong saying anything otherwise.nintendo-nes-box

That’s the problem though. Whenever I think of Nintendo it’s never of their latest console or future plans; it’s purely of Super Mario Bros., Super Metroid or The Legend of Zelda whose gold cartridge captivated me.

So we’re going to try and help our good friends at Nintendo out with some things the staff here at ROG thinks they need to do to #WiiUvenate. My contribution to this effort is ads.

Since the Wii U was released back in November of 2012- yeah it’s been that long- I haven’t seen a single ad. For games or for the console. That’s not to say they don’t have any though. At the end of last year Kotaku actually wrote an article about their ads…and how they ignored the biggest selling point which is their off-TV play.

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That’s kind of a problem. The Wii U’s best feature isn’t showcased. Another problem is how I couldn’t tell you off the top of my head what games for the Wii U are coming out or when.

So Nintendo that’s where I think you should start. Take a page from Sony and run an ad about a single little feature. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t see the Playstation 4’s “sharing is caring” commercial.

Simply put, at least use ads so you become relevant again. It’s kind of sad that you’re still developing great games yet gamers can’t tell you their title, aside from Super Mario Kart (arbitrary number here). You may have never been big on advertising games or your console but times change. I want to be 23 and experience this again.

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With just a few days into April, it looks like we have another time consuming, wallet draining month of video games ahead of us.

April 1
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC)
Mercenary Kings (PS4)
MLB 14 The Show (PS3, Vita)
Ragnarok Odyssey ACE (PS3, Vita)

April 3
Call of Duty: Ghosts – Devastation DLC (Xbox One, 360)

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April 4
Awesomenauts Asssemble! (PS4)
The Elder Scrolls Online (PC, Mac)

April 8
Daylight (PS4, PC)
Kinect Sports Rivals (Xbox One)
Lego The Hobbit (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC)
Strike Suit Zero (Xbox One, PS4)

April 10
Trials Frontier (iOS)

April 14
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4)

April 15
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (3DS, Vita)
Moebius: Empire Rising (PC)
War of the Vikings (PC)
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (PS3, 360)

April 16
Trials Fusion (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)

April 22
Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold Heart DLC

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April 25
Dark Souls II (PC)
NES Remix 2 (Wii U)

April 29
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PC)

April 30
Child of Light (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 360, PC)

Personally, I’m most excited about Elder Scrolls Online. I’m a little on the fence about buying it on launch day, but I will probably buy it by the end of the month. I was involved in the last four beta weekends, and I liked what I saw. What are you most excited about this month? Let us know in the comments below!

By Gehennakat On 25 Mar, 2014 At 06:12 PM | Categorized As Best Game Ever, Featured, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments
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I hate inFAMOUS: Second Son. Not in a bad way, but in the way that I can’t seem to get anything done (that includes job, house, family, etc.). I’m not talking about bugs or glitches either. The problem is that publisher Sony Computer Entertainment and developer Sucker Punch Productions have created such a realistic sandbox that I spend most of my time running, leaping, and flying that I forget what mission I was on or what I was doing to begin with, but I digress.

Smoke1inFAMOUS: Second Son begins 7 years after the events of inFAMOUS 2 in New Marais after Cole MacGrath’s heroic sacrifice. The new protagonist is Delsin Rowe and he’s portrayed as an Akomish Native American. Now the tribe is actually fictional, but as a Native American I’m glad they’ve actually included someone with a heritage to base his personality and interactions off of. Delsin lives in Washington amongst his tribe and is also the resident trouble maker. Being a graffiti artist, Delsin has been in conflict with the local authorities on more than one occasion. Unfortunately for Delsin, the local constable is none other than his brother Reggie. I’m going to avoid story spoilers for the sake of those who haven’t been playing and just say after a confrontation Delsin learns he is what they call a conduit. All conduits have now been dubbed bio-terrorists by the Department of Unified Protection (DUP) and are being rounded up and stored away or tested on. After a few cut scenes and a short tutorial Delsin finds himself in Seattle on the hunt for those who have wronged his tribe.

Like inFAMOUS 2, there is a karmic scale that impacts what abilities and powers can be upgraded by the choices you make during the game. I focused on a “Good Boy” play through and maintained that, for the most part, through until the conclusion. Now karmic choices play out in certain levels, but even running through the street there are opportunities abound to be the daring do gooder or an all-around evil bastard. As an evil doer you can harass street musicians, break up activists who are against conduits, execute DUP soldiers, etc. As you come across other conduits you’re also given the opportunity to corrupt or redeem them to continue on whatever path you choose. As the good guy you can heal people caught in the cross fire, destroy drug stashes, and even take down DUP grunts with non-lethal means. Once you choose your focus, your powers will follow suit. Once I absorbed my neon powers and reached guardian level karma I was able to slow time and zoom in for accurate sniper shots. Target’s heads are highlighted red for an evil execution or blue on their feet and legs for an immobilization.

neon dashI think one of the more annoying problems with the original two inFAMOUS titles was the means of locomotion. Cole had some cool ways to get around, but it felt like it still took forever to get anywhere. This is why I hate the abilities in this new game (sarcasm). Delsin’s first two powers are a smoke ability and a neon charged ability, and both can get you around town in a matter of seconds. The smoke dash ability covers ground while leaving you unexposed to attacks until you form back together. This also plays into the myriad of vents now located on buildings that let you dash into the ducting only to materialize on the roof instead of manually scaling the side of 5 story building. The neon abilities answer to this a sprint that moves at light speed (think the Flash) and lets him run up the side of buildings to get to the top. So why do I hate this? Mainly because I’d start a level and begin making my way to the objective only to get sidetracked by the scenery, or a tall building I wanted to vault, DUP on the street, blast shards (yes, those are back), etc. The means of getting around Seattle vary and are a blast. I won’t spoil the last two abilities or how Delsin comes about acquiring them, but they also make for some fun ways to get around town. Not only that, but the ability to trade out your powers on the fly is fun too. Air dropping into a group of DUP from the rooftop, to disable them with smoke headshots, to then stealing some neon from a nearby sign to finish of the rest with a stasis grenade never gets old. You’re limited by your creativity… and your ability to finish an actual level without being distracted.

smoke chainThe devs at Sucker Punch deserve as much kudos as they can get because they’ve created a truly beautiful next gen console experience. I’ve heard people complaining that the characters are bland and uninteresting, but I disagree. I’d wager these are the people who played the game for 3 days straight without sleep or human interaction. Games like this are like a great meal and need to be savored. The cut scenes, facial expressions, and voice acting are all top notch and fit well within the story given to us. My only grievance (and it’s little) is the inclusion of a bad karmic side. Yes, I know it gives more options and a bit more depth, but it doesn’t flow with what we see of Delsin, those he cares about, or sense of community his tribe instills in him. The city of Seattle needs to be addressed as well because it seems like a living breathing organism. From the buildings, to the lighting, to the pedestrians on the streets Sucker Punch has crafted a very realistic city for us to play in. This is evident in the audio for the game as well. You can stop on the corner and just listen to everything that’s going around. The last big tip of the hat to Sucker Punch is the lighting, particles, and physics of the environments. Delsin’s smoke and neon abilities are absolutely gorgeous (so is one of his last ones) to behold, with lights dancing off the walls as you zip around, to the small particles of smoke and fire coming from Delsin as he teleports. Physics come into play even more since now you can actually destroy objects in the environments instead of trying to scale them all.

neon ground poundWith all the next gen titles coming out I’d be remiss not to encourage any PS4 owner to check out inFAMOUS: Second Son and experience everything it has to offer. In addition, there was a day one patch that added about 4-5 hours of extra gameplay and an online hunt dubbed “Paper Trails” (we will be doing a follow up on this DLC). This combined with fantastic acting, animation, gameplay, and story will make sure inFAMOUS: Second Son doesn’t disappear into a puff of smoke.

(9.0 out of 10)

Not Enough Space

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They’re coming. Wave upon wave of next-gen games and do you know what the best part about that is? Actually being able to play whatever game(s) you just came home with and one thing that may prevent you from doing so is not having enough space on your not-so-big 500GB hard drive.

Now I know that seems like a lot of space and on past consoles you’d be completely correct, however, with every game on each console requiring a full download you’ll see that space quickly disappear.

The problem is that the games are bigger. Like a lot bigger. 20GB big and that combined will all of your captures, shares and whosits and whatnots is a lot of space taken up. It doesn’t help either that people forget that a good amount of your hard drive will be taken up with firmware data so you’re not actually getting all 500 gigs. You’re getting 408GB on the PS4 and 362GB on the Xbox One.

Now, with the Xbox one you have two legal options. You can periodically check your remaining space or you can devote an external drive or USB to your games/saves to help out. Managing your data isn’t that big of a task either due to the helpful little graphic that displays your remaining space and percentage of space used and you can easily delete and item or see how much space it uses by pressing the menu button (formerly Start).

If neither of these choices for whatever reason don’t appeal to you and you’d just like to have more space that’s an option too. An illegal option.

Like the PS4 you can upgrade your hard drive to a new bigger Solid State drive, hybrid or just another hard drive, but doing so voids your warranty. For those of you interested, youtuber Brian Williams uploaded a video showing you exactly what you need to do. I’ll also talk more about replacing your drive later.

The kind people at Sony on the other hand give you the same options, but putting in a new drive is actually supported. They even allow you to update your firmware/software on the console. If the graphics don’t help there is also this video by CNET which should get you through it. If you would just like to manually manage your data to avoid the tech side of things it’s easy as well. Just go to “System Storage Management” on your console and it’ll display all the information you need.

Here’s the thing about replacing your hard drives, nobody is just giving you  a brand new shiny HDD or SSD for free. They cost. You can get a 1TB HDD for about $60-$80, but that’s on top of the expensive system you just bought and without any of the gains an SSD would bring and if you’re thinking about going the 1TB SSD route know that you’ll essentially be buying two consoles. They’re very expensive, but do offer faster load times on the consoles. Even if not by a lot the gains are still there.

Here’s the other option. There’s always another option. You could just wait. Developers are still learning the new consoles and the games that truly push their potential won’t be out until later this year or next. So wait just wait. I’m assuming there will at least be another variation of the consoles released with bigger drives so if the space is really bumming you out hold off until you get what you want. No sense in settling.

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