Sony not releasing Playstation 4 in it’s native homeland until February
In a move that has Japanese gamers SHOCKED, dropped and rolling around more than Pikachu Sony has fessed up that their latest console won’t launch in it’s home territory until February, three months after the North American and European launch. Why? Simple really, NA and EU have proven themselves to have a bigger core market of early adopters and since the console is being released around the holidays it’s a given that many boys and girls will want one come Xmas. Christmas is nowhere near as big a deal in Japan as it is in NA and EU so Sony is targeting the markets where the console will sell fast and pick up the most steam quickly. Japanese gamers are furious with the console giant, crying fowl that waiting for a product created in their homeland which won’t be available until months after launch is unfair. All I can say to them is, HOW DOES IT FEEL? Seriously, American gamers waited close or over a year for the original PlayStation to launch in the states, months for the follow-up PS2 and the same for the PS3. Japanese gamers always get everything first, so the fact that you guys only have to wait 3 months instead of A YEAR or something incredulous is nothing compared to what American gamers typically wait for the latest and greatest from the Japanese-owned Gaming Giant. So sit back my fellow Japanese gamers and pop a xanax or k-pin, I think you guys can wait it out for 3 months.
Sony is launching their new microconsole and expansion to the Vita, the “Vita TV” in Japan this Fall and the hype building behind it is making a good case that Sony should consider a NA and EU launch in the near future as well
If you haven’t yet heard the word, word WORD WORD BIRD IS THE FUCKING WORD then let me break it down for you: Sony is releasing a new add-on/expansion/console to the public in the form of their Vita technology, only slimmed and trimmed down into a small, tiny white box that connects to your TV and will use a Dual Shock 3 or possibly DS4 contoller. Out of the box, the Vita TV should native play proprietary Vita-based flash card games on your HD TV’s. This is big news, because now not only can you enjoy all the Vita has to offer in exclusive games (Persona 4 Golden, Soul Sacrifice, Gravity Rush, Tearaway, Killzone: Mercenary, to name a few) as a stand-alone console BUT it will also play PS One classics via the PlayStation Network and even better yet, eventually stream PS3 and PS4 games via remote play. This could be huge for those who have multiple TV Sets and don’t want to buy multiple PS4/PS3 consoles to associate with each TV set, so the Vita TV acts as an extender and allows for remote play from both systems using your router or local LAN connection. While not all this functionality has been confirmed, it will most likely be incorporated in the final release of the product. Let’s also hope Sony does away with the god-awful proprietary Memory Cards that the handheld Vita uses for storage for the Vita TV (the prices for Vita Memory Cards, much like it’s predecessor the PSP which used the Memory Stick Duo are both outrageous). Here’s hoping they go with something more mainstream like SD/HC cards or USB Flash drives. For the complete skinny check out this promotional video from Sony and this image courtesy of CNET from the Toyko Game Show which shows off the unit in detail and all it’s H/W ports:
The recently unveiled Vita TV which shrinks all the power of the Vita into an affordable, tiny box. Pictured above: The front of the unit, which I’m only assuming here, but it appears to be the flash-card slot were you insert Vita-native games meaning it will play the entire catalog of Vita exclusive games, And oh yeah…. also includes remote play capabilities with the PS3 and upcoming PS4. Not bad for $100. The rear of the unit includes an HDMI port, Ethernet/LAN port, Memory Card Slot and AC Adapter port. The device also includes an internal 1 GB of internal Flash storage and wi-fi capabilities. Let’s hope Vita TV makes it’s way to American and European shores.
Latest PS3 Retail, Downloadable and DLC Releases as well as a new awesome console bundle for PlayStation 3
The last 30 days or so have been busy for out PlayStation 3. While the console may be nearing it’s next iteration, Sony vows to provide full support for the PS3 simultaneously while the PlayStation 4 is available. Sony achieved the same level of success with the PS2 during it’s end-of-days scenario while the PS3 was still in is it’s infancy and didn’t really have any killer apps. Sony has consistently reaffirmed their support for their previous-gen console with exclusive and multi-plat releases while supporting their newest offering, the PS4. Below is a list of notable new PlayStation 3 exclusive and multi-platform releases from mid-August to the end of September (all release dates are for North American territories):
AUGUST 13th: PAYDAY 2
The Heist continues with Payday 2. Plan out a strategy with your AI or Co-Op buddies to maximize your capitol or go in the old fashioned way- guns blazing. Whatever ideology you prefer, it sounds like one hell of a coop romp.
August 20th: DUCKTALES REMASTERED
Although technically a retail release, this PS3 version contains a code to download the digital version and a collectors pin. The game has garnered critical acclaim as a faithful translation that pays homage to the Capcom NES classic. If you’re like me and HD space is at a premium and you just like your games on disc, not to fret, Capcom will also release a PHYSICAL disc copy of the game at retail on November 12th, 2013.
August 20th: SAINTS ROW IV
THE SAINTS ARE BAAAACK BITCHES! Take on an Alien horde and protect your nation (literally) as you play as a pissed off President of the USA. What’s not to love? Thank god their are still some games out there that are just great, kick-ass, silly fun akin to Duke Nukem.
August 20th: SPLINTER CELL BLACKLIST
Another critically acclaimed entry in Tom Clancy’s tactical 3rd person action/espionage thriller Splinter Cell comes to every conceivable console on August 20th, 2013.
August 20th: THE BUREAU XCOM DECLASSIFIED
Another follow-up to the classic X-COM franchise, this iteration doesn’t quite measure up to the “Enemy Unknown” reboot released by Firaxis quite some time a go. Receiving mostly average to mediocre reviews, only the most ardent fan need apply
August 27th: FINAL FANTASY XIV A REALM REBORN
Square Enix tries to revitalize it’s FF franchise by re-releasing FF XIV as “A Realm Reborn”. Sporting loads of new features and improved graphics, this MMORPG remains PS3 exclusive for consoles. You can also pick it up for the PC.
August 27th: HATSUNE MIKU PROJECT DIVA F
This continuation of the popular Hatsune Miku rhythm dance and music game has been a popular franchise in Japan for awhile and is quickly spreading it’s J-POP love across the states. A PS3 and PS Vita exclusive, any fan of the series should purchase this.
August 27th: KILLER IS DEAD
The North American Box Art for Killer is Dead, published by XSEED Games. Definitely retains the style that game creator/writer “Suda 51” compliments all his games with (ie: Lollipop Chainsaw)
Written and Directed by famed Japanese game creator “Suda 51”, Killer is Dead puts the player in command of an assassin with a cybernetic arm. Using a 3rd person perspective and unique cel-shaded anime-style art, Killer is Dead aesthetics are uniquely Suda, but the games confusing story and sloppy combat mechanics make this one of Suda’s less favorable games. A rental definitely, try before you buy. Oh yeah, and lots of barely clothed chicks are peppered throughout the game. It wouldn’t be a Suda 51 game if there weren’t some naked chicks meandering about in-game though!
August 27th: MADDEN NFL 25
Instead of the annual numeration of Madden 14, EA decided to capitalize on the games 25th Anniversary of existence. The Madden franchise has become a stalwart sport series for every console and although this particular version doesn’t differ all that much from the previous incarnation it will be interesting to see how the PS4 and XBOX One versions perform against their 7th gen counterparts.
August 27th: LOST PLANET 3
Capcom releases their final installment of the Co-Op sci-fi thriller Lost Planet 3 on August 27th. The game features plenty of action and mech-driven combat but reviews have been mixed with most critics praising the kick-ass visuals. Hardcore fans of the series should enjoy it however.
August 31st: PAINKILLER HELL & DAMNATION
This classic PC FPS finally hits home to consoles, ported by Nordic Games and The Farm 51. Developed originally by “People Can Fly” for the PC who went on to develop and release the cult classic Bulletstorm, this title has experienced multiple delays since April of this year and finally saw retail release August 31st. Containing the Hell and Damnation expansion pack and the original Painkiller campaign, the game has been optimized for consoles but unfortunately not in the best ways. The game has received mixed to negative reviews and compared to Painkiller: Black Edition available on Steam for less than $15, which is considerably much better than the console variant in terms of graphics, play mechanics and sound/music, if you have a decent PC with an older GFX card then running Painkiller should be no issue. The console port retails for $29.99 brand new.
A screenshot from Painkiller: Hell & Damnation ported to PS3/360. The game is your traditional anti-hero sent to hell to kill off hordes of demons in bloody, gory fashion with bad-ass weapon weaponry at your disposal, as pictured above.
September 3rd: DEAD OR ALIVE 5 ULTIMATE
The franchise that started it all with bouncing babes in the sun with breasts disproportionate to their actual body size. The game has received mixed to positive reviews and was recommended for new players to the series, but also having a lot to attract to longtime diehard fans.
September 3rd: DIABLO III
The classic PC isometric hack-n-monster-slasher and dungeon crawler includes 4 player couch Co-Op. The game has garnered critical acclaim amongst most news oulets.
September 3rd: FARMING SIMULATOR
Finally, a game that simulates what life would be like living on a farm! JUST WHAT WE ALWAYS WANTED /sarcasm. Seriously though? When they though about developing and publishing this title, did anyone stop to think “is this really a good idea?” I’m sure there will be some folks interested in this title, but it will be a small, niche audience at most.
September 3rd: RAYMAN LEGENDS
Originally scheduled as a Wii U exclusive launch title, Legends has been delayed nearly a year to make it a multi-plat release and add more baddies, more levels and some additional polish. The wait has been well worth it, as the game has been critically acclaimed across all platforms, with the Wii U and PS3 versions coming out on top. The game also supports local couch co-op. Can’t wait to get my grubby hands on this one!
This co-op crazy platformer has huge crazy bosses, variety upon varieties of locales and vivid, colorful 2D graphics. Screenshot courtesy of Videogamer.com