Category Archives: PlayStation 3
…at the same time.
I like to believe that my use of interactive entertainment is not all that different from how ‘mainstream’ masses use but the truth is I have no idea. What I do know is that I currently have a slew of games that are either half played, just started, or otherwise need my attention.
My immediate attentions are being diverged among:
Assassins’s Creed Brotherhood – 360
I LOVED the second game in this franchise and part of the reason, I suspect, is because over the course of a few months I played this game every night for approximately 1-2hrs. This wildly enjoyable bedtime routine had me dreaming the world that was AC2 and changed the way I look at old church towers and haystacks. Currently in Brotherhood I am stalled. I have hit a challenging part in the game. I am at a mission that requires timing and stealth and for the life of me I can’t get past it. I play and die about 10-15 times and then walk away from the game only to return with fresh eyes a week or so later. Wash, rinse, repeat. The only thing that keeps me from giving up all together is how great I am going to feel when i finally get past it (it’s still at an early part in the game) and this kick ass story that I know is waiting for me on the other side of this tricky spot.
Borderlands – 360
Now this game I love. Oddly enough I have not had the opportunity to play this game extensively despite my instant like of it (glitches and all). As of right now I am playing very casually with a friend (maybe once or twice a month)and I can’t wait to play with her again. Rarely do I ever want to participate in multiplayer games, as I prefer most single player campaigns, but for some reason this one really strikes with me. I probably should level up a new character so that I can jump in with others or just play on my own but part of the fun, I find, has been going through this game with a friend.
Mortal Kombat – PS3
For the record I am quite partial to the Mortal Kombat world; so much so that I am willing to deny the existence of some of the less stellar releases that have made their way into my hands over the years. I am slowly working my way through the story mode in an attempt to practice and become familiar with the mechanics once again. Let’s just say I am not ever going to compete professionally with my (lack of) skills in Mortal Kombat, but a deep rooted history and a strong desire to challenge some friends online, and this game is still in my so called regular rotation.
War 2 Victory – Mobile
I’m working on a review of this game so I won’t tell you too much about it other than the fact that I have been playing it for about 3.5 weeks now and I think I am about as far into it as I am going to get. This MMO strategy mobile game is one that I have put to the test and will tell you all about in an upcoming article.
This contest wining game indie game is so much better than I expected. So far I have only put in about an hour and twenty minutes of game time but it has a fantastic marriage of simplicity and complexity complimented with a really compelling soundscape. I am determined to find a way to use my USB gamepad to play this because I just know that I will have infinitely better success. With leader boards, achievements and all, I am looking forward to getting the controls mastered and kicking some butt with this one.
Pokemon White – DS
Yep, I am STILL working my way through my first ever adventure into the wacky world of Pokemon. When I first purchased this game I spent the better part of 3 or 4 days with my DS attached to my fingertips. Later I found myself catching pokemon before bed or with my morning tea, as one would with a good book, and now I find myself battling my way through the subway system about once a week. I have not given up yet. I have one more gym badge to obtain and then from there I hear the story really opens up.
Terraria – PC
This game did not catch my attentions at all when I first took a peek at it. After doing a bit of research and reading some reviews I decided that the low price was about all my budget could currently afford me(actually beyond it, but I digress) and that it might keep me entertained for a while. Very quickly this game has become one of my favorites and I haven’t even begin to scratch the surface of it’s capabilities. Within the first 48 hours of owning this game I have played 18hrs (do you see a Sharon pattern emerging? I do!) and if I didn’t have other worldly obligations I would probably continue at that pace until I leveled up far enough to jump into some online play. YES multiplayer! I can not even wait to try that out.
Also in the works:
NES Challenge #2 & #3
Uncharted 3 Beta
Yeah… so I am playing too many games at once. It might be time to focus and bang these out one at a time or at least until the next shiny thing pulls me in a distracted new direction.
What are YOU playing these days?
PLAYSTATION®VITA (PS VITA) Technical Specifications direct from Sony.
PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) offers an unparalleledcombination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context, made possible by leveragingSCE’s experience from its acclaimed console and handheld entertainment systems.
Blurring the linesbetween interactive entertainment and reality, PS Vita enables revolutionary gaming experiences with dualanalog sticks, front and rear cameras, front multi-touch display, multi-touch rear pad, GPS, six-axis motionsensors, and three-axis electronic compass. This next generation portable entertainment system enables a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context.
Among the titles in development for PS Vita are offeringsfrom some of the biggest franchises as well as a myriad of original titles.
- Multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting diode (OLED) front display
- Multi-touch pad on the rear of the device• Dual analog sticks
- Front and rear facing cameras
- A new game medium, a small flash memory based card, dedicated for PS Vita software titles
- Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axiselectronic compass.
- Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity
- PlayStation®Network access, including “LiveArea™” (a space for sharing with others), “near” (letsusers identify what friends in the vicinity are or were recently playing), “Party” (enables users toenjoy voice chat or text chat not only during online gaming, but also when they are playing differentgames or using different applications such as the internet browser), and “Activity” (it logs the latestaccomplishments from people playing the same games)
- Full PlayStation® Trophy Support
- Able to play PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) titles, minis and video from PlayStation®Store
And what else is great? The price point. $249.99 for Wifi systems and $299.00 for Wifi and 3G enabled systems.
Electronic Arts E3 Press Conference: A Summary
As we started into the Electronic Arts E3 Press Conference today there were a few things many of us were anxious to learn about. The anticipation, for me, centered around Battlefield Bad Company 3, Mass Effect 3, and SSX. As the conference began we soon discovered so much more in the works from EA.
The conference began with EA & BioWare’s Mass Effect 3 Presentation. Casey Husdson spoke of how Mass Effect was “designed to be a trilogy” and continued to say that “longtime fans of the franchise will see how all of their choices have lead to the breaking point.” “ This is ALL OUT GALACTIC WAR.” He said. In the demo Shepard attempts to destroy a reaper base. The game play was really compelling, high action, and included large scale action combat. Casey then showed new gameplay trailer “Fall of Earth”
Mass Effect 3 will see release on March 6 2012
EA then went on to discuss that should expect new games and new services over the next year.
Origin.com was announced as the new service for viewing and downloading exclusive EA content.
NFS The Run was presented by Jason DeLong. Like previous Need for Speed titles, The Run centers on a race across the country, From San Francisco to NYC. This year the Autolog feature is weaved into the story so that every second of every race counts towards your development. Unlike previous NFS titles a new component of the game takes you out of the car and put you on foot. NFS The Run will include foot chase gameplay. EA then presented a NFS Demo. The foot chase portions of the game, while they looked awesome, are still a large enough departure from NFS that it seemed less cohesive.
Star Wars Old Republic was discussed briefly by Greg of Bioware. No news for this title was released but EA did show a trailer. This trailer appeared to be included out of obligation and not because there was anything new to offer.
The SSX portion of the presentation started with Trailer. EA spoke of “reinventing the franchise” with an all new slogan: Own the Planet. SSX will be massively open world and will include “ridiculous amounts of content.” With a new trailer for Kiori, a beloved SSX character, EA promised that a NEW character would be announced on the Facebook fan page before end of e3. You can check out Kiori’s trailer at Origin.com
We knew it was coming, we just weren’t sure when.
Today my inbox was delighted to receive the official email from PSN regarding the return of the PSN store and the start of their “Welcome Back” program.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, the Welcome Back program for users of Sony’s Play Station Network is an effort to appease upset after a major security breach that put personal information (including passwords and credit card info) in the hands of hackers.
For the most part I have stayed away from discussion about this controversial breach of trust and how I felt as a customer. Suffice to say Sony felt the need to extend an apology to consumers and the Welcome Back program is an extension of that apology.
The email sounded a little something like this:
Thanks for your patience and continued support during our service outage. To show you how
much we value that, we want to let you know about our “Welcome Back” appreciation program:
Two Free PS3 Games
Select two PS3™ games from the following list:
(yours to keep*)
- Dead Nation
- Super StarDust HD
- WipeOut HD Bundle
Two Free PSP Games
Download two PSP® games from the following list:
(yours to keep*)
- Killzone: Liberation
- Little Big Planet
- ModNation Racers
- Pursuit Force
PlayStation®Plus—30 Days Free**
A premium subscription service that gets you access to free games, huge discounts and great exclusives.
100 Free Virtual Items
To welcome users Home, PlayStation®Home will be offering 100 free virtual items.
This is our way of saying thank you for being a loyal fan. And once again, welcome back to PlayStation®Network.
The PlayStation®Network Team
If you took advantage of the PS+ service, PSP downloads, or PS Home items, I’d love to hear from you as well.
Don’t forget that with the Welcome Back program:
- You can download the available content on up to five activated systems that are associated with the PlayStation Network account.
- Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive an additional 60 days of free subscription.
New at GFN
Transformers: Dark of The Moon
Transformers: Dark of The Moon, Michael Bay’s anticipated conclusion to the blockbuster series, hits theatres July 1st in the US and fans of the series will want to be sure to pick up the upcoming game of the same name. Published by Activision, Transformers: Dark of The Moon the game (herein referred to as DOTM) is a sequential prequel to the film and players are given the chance to to experience the epic battles on Earth that will shape the events of the upcoming blockbuster film.
Developers High Moon Studios and Behaviour Interactive have brought us a new gameplay mechanic called Stealth Force. Players will be able to instantly convert to a third, hybrid state that combines the weapons and firepower of Robot Mode with the agility and maneuverability of Vehicle Mode. The developers didn’t forget about multiplayer; fans can play the game with or against their friends through intense, online multiplayer game modes as iconic characters
DOTM has key features that will engage us in some really cool gameplay, features such as:
On Friday EA and DICE released their new Trailer ‘My Life’ for upcoming title Battlefield 3. The trailer features gameplay footage and gives us a quick peek into some of the action on the ground and in the skies.
Battlefield 3 It is to be released on November 2, 2011 for PC, PS3, and 360 and has been hyped because of the introduction of Frostbite™ 2, the next instalment of DICE’s cutting-edge game engine.
Battlefield has always had a strong multiplayer experience but adding to the single player mode (that I always prefer) this time a new animation system will allow players to “drag fallen comrades into safety and mount weapons on almost any part of the terrain”.
Update: You can also head on over to Battlefield.com to watch the 12 minute ‘Faultline’ trailer which gives you a more extensive look at gameplay or check it out below!