“Tales of Zestiria” announced by Namco for worldwide release on PS3, The Walking Dead Season 2 “Ep 1 – All That Remains” to be released soon and New PS4 Firmware availabe for update

Next core installment in the “Tales” franchise announced by Namco Bandai for global release: “Tales of Zestiria”

 

 

Official announcement logo for Namco's newest "Tales Of.." title

Official announcement logo for Namco’s newest “Tales Of..” title

 

 

It’s official, Namco Bandai has unleashed what will start the hype machine for the next Tales RPG game, titled “Tales of Zestiria” being released exclusively for the PS3. This announcement is significant in that it marks the first time a “Tales Of..”  title has been simultaneously announced for release in both the East and the Wast. While no official release date has been made available to coincide with the press release, I can only assume that with Tales of Symphonia HD and Tales of Xillia 2 coming to NA in 2014, I can theorize that this new title will be available by sometime in 2015. This is the next main installment in the series and it’s announcement and eventual release will commemorates the 20th anniversary for the Tales Of.. franchise which will occur in 2015. Here is a direct quote from Hideo Baba, producer of the Tales series via a press release:

“Over the past few years the Tales Of team has taken great strides to strengthen our relationship with players across North America and Europe, To respond to their love and support I am honored to open a new chapter of the Tales Of series together with Japanese and overseas fans.”

Tales of Zestiria is being developed exclusively for the PS3 and will be released in Japan with a western localization to follow soon after.

 

 

The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 1 “All That Remains” to be released soon

 

TellTale Game’s hit episodic series based on the comic of the same name, “The Walking Dead”, has a new trailer to accompany the imminent release of the first episode of Season 2 entitled “All That Remains”. Season 2 picks up where Season 1 left off, and puts the player in control of everyone’s favorite little post-apocalyptic zombie survivor, Clementine. This should definitely be interesting, as most players found themselves being very protective over little Clementine, trying to retain some of her child-like innocence from a world overrun by zombies and without any trace of humanity and civilization. Now playing as her, how will players navigate and brave the harsh reality she now must face on her own? “All That Remains” will be released digitally for PlayStation 3, XBox 360, PC and iOS. Check out the trailer below:

 

Sony officially releases Firmware Update v1.52 for PlayStation 4

Sony has officially released a new firmware update for it’s newest console, the PlayStation 4. Firmware revision 1.52 became available December 11th and while no new features have been added to the OS or UI,  it seems several reports have surfaced that some features of the PS4’s sharing capabilities have had reduced loading/downloading/uploading times. Sony maintains this is purely a “stability and security” update, but if you have noticed any reduced lag in the performance of your PS4’s OS or sharing features, please feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

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[UPDATE] Sci-Fi Movies of 2013 list Finished; Reviews Reviews Reviews Reviews! Much to do about reviews….The PS4 Launch Edition may include a PS4+Vita Bundle and most current features of the PlayStation Network will still remain free when the PS4 Launches

New Review added, plus several more on their way and Awesome Science-Fiction Films of 2013 list compiled and posted

Dear enlightened HD readers, thank you for sticking by my floundering blog all these days. I am working on adding a ton of new content, including a section dedicated to my most second favorite form of entertainment: Movies! Although a passive experience, I enjoy cinema very much and while In no way am I qualified to write reviews about films, I certainly can still make recommendations on which films are worthy of your Almighty Dollar to see in the theaters or buy on VOD/Blu-Ray/DVD. I just finished compiling my top picks for interesting, awesome and maybe even some original science-fiction movies for 2013, with each film receiving a brief synopsis and accompanied by their respective YouTube trailers.

Here’s the link with Five of my top picks (thus far) of interesting science-fiction films to be released this year:

https://hiddendefinition.wordpress.com/culture-movies-and-everything-else/awesome-science-fiction-movies-for-2013/

For my fellow gamers, I have been working feverishly to finish some of my recent game purchases so they can be reviewed. Coming soon to HD’s Reviews are “Sound Shapes” and the recently released, retro style fantasy brawler “Dragon’s Crown“. In the meantime, I have reviewed Gearbox’s blended FPS/RPG masterpiece “Borderlands 2“. You can read the review by clicking on the following link: Borderlands 2 Review

Sony reaffirms that most services for PlayStation Network will remain free and a PlayStation 4+Vita Bundle could be one of the launch editions this holiday season!

While not much of a surprise, Sony has reaffirmed that most non-gaming services offered via the PlayStation Network will remain free. The PS Plus Membership is required to actually play PlayStation 4 titles multiplayer online. Other portions of PSN, such as accessing Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, the game-video recording feature touted by Sony at the PS4’s February reveal and text/voice chat along with basic features such as maintaining your friends list, messaging your friends etc will all still be free (as it should be). Microsoft, in stark contrast, requires an XBOX Live Gold Membership which costs $59.99 a year to access any of the consoles services online features. Just another reason I choose Sony over Microsoft for this current generation of consoles. For a cash-strapped gamer, free online+multiplayer was a HUGE selling point in my decision to trade in my XBOX 360 towards the PS3.

A great idea for a PS4 Bundle: including Sony's under appreciated handheld, the Vita. All PS4 games will be capable of Remote Play, meaning that you can start your game on the PS4 and if interrupted, take the game with you on the move using the Vita. A really cool feature and it would definitely make sense for Sony to create a bundle including both consoles since they compliment each other extremely well. Although just a rumor for now, hopefully this will materialize into reality quite soon.

A great idea for a PS4 Bundle: including Sony’s under appreciated handheld, the Vita. All PS4 games will be capable of Remote Play, meaning that you can start your game on the PS4 and if interrupted, take the game with you on the move using the Vita. A really cool feature and it would definitely make sense for Sony to create a bundle including both consoles since they compliment each other extremely well. Although just a rumor for now, hopefully this will materialize into reality quite soon.

A rumor that has been making it’s way down the gamer totem pole is that their will be a PlayStation 4 SKU that includes the Sony Vita in a bundle. Sony’s much maligned and floundering handheld needs a big boost if it’s to survive against Nintendo’s 3DS and the onslaught of Smartphones, Tablets and casual mobile gamers in general. The Vita is a powerful little handheld and will be capable, come PS4 launch day, of remote play. In other words, you can start your game on your PS4 console, go outside for some fresh air and resume the game where you left off on the Vita all without interruption. A very cool feature indeed. Also, since the Vita has it’s own exclusive catalog of games, people who purchase the rumored PS4/Vita Bundle, rumored to have a MSRP of around $500, will have instant access to a multitude of decent Vita only software. There are a good amount of Vita games, including some of Sony’s stalwart franchises in special Vita-exclusive versions such as Uncharted, Assassins Creed, Resistance, Killzone, Metal Gear Solid, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale and some new IP’s such as Gravity RushSoul Sacrifice, the soon to be released Tearaway (the next upcoming hit from Media Molecule, responsible for all those awesome Little Big Planet titles) and my favorite, Persona 4 Golden (the reason I currently have a Vita on my gamer “must lust” list of gaming purchases I want oh-so badly to make).

The Last of US DLC to be announced sometime in August, more new game purchases and pre-orders

Naughty Dog won’t rule out Joel and OR Ellie in a single-player story-based campaign DLC and also says that Multiplayer DLC will be announced in the near future as well

Joel and Ellie’s tumultuous journey across post-pandemic North America may be over, but developer Naughty Dog won’t rule out any future DLC packs that could include the characters in a side-story apart from the main single-player campaign. There are dozens of opportunities for interesting stories to be told here about the games many supporting characters such as:

  1. How did Joel and his brother Tommy survive those first several years during the outbreak that repulsed Tommy so much he needed to find refuge away from his brother and join the FireFly militia?
  2. The story of Ellie and her friend Riley becoming infected, only to have Ellie discover her immunity?
  3. What happened to Marlene after she parted ways with Joel, Tess and Ellie to the University and how she and the rest of the militia sacrificed so much to move to a new, safer Hospital location?
  4. How the hell did that weird, pedophilia cannibal David rise to power within the group of Hunters?
  5. The story regarding Ish and his return to the mainland after being at sea for so long, only to find civilization had completely collapsed. He used his own unique survivalist skills to build a new “family” like society in the tunnels by the sewer…. what happened during the final days when their safety was compromised so that Ish and several others had to abandon the only safe haven they had?
  6. The remnants of one of the fallen Quarantine Zones banding together to fight back at the Military to gain control because of the food shortages etc… Then there’s the other side of the story…..
  7. The few soldiers that survived the uprising against the Hunters/Bandits in one of the Quarantine Zones and the female soldier that vowed revenge against her fallen comrades. This idea would certainly make use of A LOT of stealth and perhaps you would even have some advanced weaponry at your disposal because this character was military.
  8. Henry and Sam, how they managed to get stuck in the city crawling with Hunters and what tactics they used to survive without being caught.

These are just some of the ideas that have been rattling around across internet forums and some of my own personal ideas. Of course, with what I’ve come to understand so far there will be only ONE single-player DLC addition, the rest will be multiplayer. I have no objection to this as I love the multiplayer component to “The Last of Us” and some new maps, new game modes etc. would be a welcome addition! Also, as for the multiplayer DLC how about giving players new maps that cater to you fighting another squad smack dab in the middle of an area with infected? Having not only to worry about human opponents but a clicker or bloater bursting through the doors would make for some tense moments, yes? Or a new mode where  your team must survive against the infected while scavenging for parts for you clan (kind of like a horde mode, but with less emphasis on the horde and more emphasis on obtaining food and parts for your clan to thrive and survive). Anyways, are you listening Naughty Dog? I hope you’re taking notes!

It’s my Birthday and I’ll cry if I want to, CRY IF I WANT TO…. but instead I purchased Tales of Graces F and finalized my preorders for Tales of Xillia Limited Edition and Dragon’s Crown

So anyways, my Birfday is tomorrow and my dad took me out on a $100 game shopping spree. HOORAH FOR SHOPPING SPREES! Seeing how I had already put my preorders in for “Dragon’s Crown” and “Tales of Xillia Limited Edition“, I decided to pay for the rest of both games and pick up Tales of Graces F to familiarize myself with the series mechanics and gameplay style (because not EVERY JRPG is exactly the same). I was able to purchase “Tales of Graces F” for approximately $27 used with a “20 Percent Off Any Pre-Owned Game” coupon that GameStop sent out to me via an automated Happy Birthday email. Who says being a used game and physical disc whore doesn’t come with fringe benefits?

Purchased this weekend for my Birthday: "Tales of Graces F" is part of the "Tales..." series going all the way back to the PlayStation One era of RPGS. These games have become somewhat of an institution for modern-day RPGS because the "Tales" series has had so many console iterations. One of the few RPGS that can compare to the longevity of the Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Breath of Fire RPG's (although I'm still waiting for a PS3 version of a new Breath of Fire).

Purchased this weekend for my Birthday: “Tales of Graces F” is part of the “Tales…” series going all the way back to the PlayStation One era of RPGS. These games have become somewhat of an institution for modern-day RPGS because the “Tales” series has had so many console iterations. One of the few RPGS that can compare to the longevity of the Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Breath of Fire RPG’s (although I’m still waiting for a PS3 version of a new Breath of Fire).

Coming August 6th to both the PS3 and PS Vita exclusively, Dragon's Crown has already garnered critical acclaim to it's throwback style of 2D fantasy brawlers from the 16-bit and arcade era. Similar to Golden Axe in it's gameplay mechanics but with much more depth due to it's deep leveling system and stat management, Dragon's Crown is a rare gem developed by Vanillaware as a love letter to button-mashing, beat-em-ups from the 90's. With local 4-player and Network multiplay, this game will be a blast to brawl through. And the gorgeous 2D hand-drawn characters make this a must-buy for any retro gaming fan.

Coming August 6th to both the PS3 and PS Vita exclusively, Dragon’s Crown has already garnered critical acclaim thanks to it’s throwback style of 2D fantasy brawlers from the 16-bit console and arcade era. Similar to Golden Axe in it’s gameplay mechanics but with much more depth due to it’s deep leveling system and stat management, Dragon’s Crown is a rare gem developed by Vanillaware as a love letter to button-mashing, beat-em-ups from the 90’s. With local 4-player and Network multiplay, this game will be a blast to brawl through. And the gorgeous 2D hand-drawn characters make this a must-buy for any retro gaming fan.

Pictured Above: The voluptuous and ridiculously proportioned "Sorceress" character class. The beautiful hand-drawn visuals make this game a rarity amongst today's AAA blockbusters that focus on pushing polygon counts, facial realism and bigger explosions with better particle effects.

Pictured Above: The voluptuous and ridiculously proportioned “Sorceress” character class. The beautiful hand-drawn visuals make this game a rare stand-out title amongst today’s AAA blockbusters that focus on pushing polygon counts for realistic facial expressions, bigger explosions and better particle effects.

Bioshock Infinite DLC: Clash in the Clouds released, Future Bioshock Infinite DLC Packs revealed and more new game purchases!

The Poster Art for the recently released DLC Pack for Bioshock Infinite: "Clash in the Clouds"

The Poster Art for the recently released DLC Pack for Bioshock Infinite: “Clash in the Clouds“. It is now available on multiple online storefronts at an MSRP of $4.99.

Bioshock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds DLC Pack released: details, trailer and info here now!

It’s been a looong time coming but Irrational Games was adamant in their stance that the DLC would be out by late July and was not just hacked off content from the initial release but fully developed new content AFTER the games release for us fervent BS:I fans. True to form, the first DLC pack for Infinite entitled “Clash in the Clouds” has been released via Steam, XBL and PSN. For those who purchased the Season Pass during the games launch, the content will be waiting for you to download free of charge in your respective platforms network. If you did not purchase the Season Pass, the MSRP is around $4.99 and the DLC pack weighs in around 1.4 GB (for the PSN version, I cannot confirm if it’s the same for other platforms). Here’s the details about what to expect via this expansion pack from a quote via Polygon: (SOURCE)

The DLC includes four new maps, each with fifteen encounters and challenges, broken up by a visit to an armory of sorts where players can select their weapon load-out or use cash earned to power up their Booker.

The game rewards cash, which is also the player’s score, based on kills, combos and meeting specific, increasingly difficult challenges.

The end result, Dowling said, is a experience that pushes players to flip through weapons and vigors, pulling in tears and jumping on and off the Skyline to survive.

The roughly five-hour experience also has leaderboards and a clutch of unlockable audio and video files, concept art and models that can be unlocked with cash.

Here’s the trailer revealing the bullet points of all the new additions and features to “Clash in the Clouds” DLC:

“Clash in the Clouds” is the complete opposite of what most Infinite fans were expecting. Instead of a narrative, story-driven based experience, “Clash in the Clouds” does a complete 180 by making the games combat the central focus. While certainly not a bad thing, I found the combat in Infinite to be monotonous and repetitive, with the few breaks in redundancy being Liz’s dialog, Songbird scares and Skyhook ventures. Thankfully, “Clash in the Clouds” appears to focus more on the varied combat in Infinite rather than the standard “enter the arena, kill all the baddies and move on” regimen that was prevalent throughout most of Booker and Liz’s adventure. The DLC will revolve around the increased difficulty featured in the “1999 Mode” that could only be unlocked upon completion of the game. It will also feature significant challenges with the wide array of Infinite’s exceptionally designed characters, emphasizing challenges around using the Skyrails, vigors and defeating certain enemies using different combat techniques. The DLC pack rewards you with further audio diaries, game developer videos and some concept art. The next DLC pack, however, definitely seeds back to the games roots of coupling Booker and Liz together in narrative, story-driven gameplay. Read on below for more information regarding the next DLC pack for Bioshock: Infinite….

The Poster Art for Bioshock Infinite's 2-part "Burial At Sea" Expansion Pack coming out soon at a MSRP of $14.99. Season Pass holders will obviously have instant access to the DLC pack via their respective platforms online storefronts.

The Poster Art for Bioshock Infinite’s 2-part “Burial At Sea” Expansion Pack coming out soon at a MSRP of $14.99. Season Pass holders will obviously have instant access to the DLC pack via their respective platforms online storefronts.

Bioshock Infinte: Burial at Sea is a two-part DLC pack that invites players on a return trip to Rapture before Andrew Ryan’s Utopian-like Sea-scape fell and crumbled under it’s own ambitions 

While we will have to wait for the more interesting expansion pack for Infinite, at least we now have details on what to expect.. “Burial at Sea” is a two-part tale of how the Columbia/Rapture parallel takes place and allows for you to explore the doomed underwater utopia as Booker DeWiit while it’s still a functional, beautiful city occupied by it’s faithful citizens before they go batshit crazy and turn into Splicers and Big Daddies. One of the most exciting concepts seems to be that you play as both Booker and Elizabeth, albeit a more grown-up adult version of Liz. Here’s the trailer courtesy of GameStop:

New game purchases and pre-orders to my already expansive and vast PlayStation 3 Collection of games

So during one of my last few posts I talked about the awesome PS3 exclusive “Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection” released on July 9th, which includes around 10 Metal Gear games from 1987 until 2012. For a price of $49.99, spanning content on TWO Blu-Ray discs and even including a very nice Metal Gear artwork book with the standard release, this collection is well worth the investment IF you can find it. My local GameStop sold out of MGS: Legacy Collection instantly and when they stocked more copies to be put on display for sale, those subsequently sold out just as fast. I eventually found my copy at Best Buy and picked it up immediately. I urge all Metal Gear and Hideo Kojima fans (the creater/writer of the Metal Gear franchise) to buy this game instantly if they find it, otherwise I guarantee it will sell before you have a chance to come back and get it. This is one of those rare titles that will be worth 2-3 times the original purchase price within 2 years because it had such a limited release.

For my birthday my best friend Jared also got me “Red Dead Redemption” GOTY Edition. I have seen this game being played by other friends of mine and know of its multiple accolades so it’s a worthy addition to my PS3 collection. And when Jared saw that this version included a “Zombie Mode”, he couldn’t resist. Thanks Jared! You and Mike are truly my BESTiES 4 LYFE luLzZzZ (<3333’s at retarded internet sentiments and acronyms).

For my Birfday, my best friend Jared purchased the GOTY Edition of Red Dead Redemption. Thanks goes to Jared for being an awesome friend and to Mike for being a great videogaming buddy! Look for a full review on HiddenDefinition of "Red Dead Redemption" soon.

For my Birfday, my best friend Jared purchased the GOTY Edition of Red Dead Redemption. Thanks goes to Jared for being an awesome friend and to Mike for being a great videogaming buddy! Look for a full review on HiddenDefinition of “Red Dead Redemption” soon.

Upcoming Playstation 3 Releases and Bargain Bin Sleeper Hits

With Sony focusing much of it’s effort on the impending reveal and release of the PlayStation 4, many forget that the PS3 still has a wealth of diverse content still available, with new games on the horizon. Let’s take a look at the releases for the month of May.
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May 21stResident Evil Revelations: A HD Console port of the successful Nintendo 3DS handheld version of the game. Supposedly, this title is attempting to instill the “survival horror” atmosphere that made the first few installments on the original PlayStation and GameCube so successful. So far, previews have been quite warming and if you are a fan of the franchise and hoping it returns to its genuine horror roots, then this title may seek your interest. But don’t take my word for it, there is now a demo available on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Marketplace and the Wii U eShop available for download, so give it a try and let me know what you think by posting a comment!

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The LiveRoutes feature allows players to constantly change track design on-the-go.

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Impressive visuals, great collision detection, cut-throat enemy AI and 82 tracks should make Grid 2 a very compelling and addictive racer

May 28th Grid 2: A racing game being released by racing enthusiast company house CodeMasters. Grid 2 is a sequel to the successful original release which garnered near universal positive reviews for it’s unique gameplay mechanics. The original featured exotic track locales all over Europe extending to Japan and the sequel will be no different, reportedly including up to 82 tracks. Also packed into this non-traditional racer is a split-screen competitive mode, which is nice to see since most new releases opt strictly for multiplayer via online exclusively. There is something to be said for gaming with a group of close friends in the same room, the comradery just cannot be matched. Also, the LiveRoutes feature in Grid 2 allows players to build custom maps on the fly. Not quite sure how this works, but nonetheless I am quite intrigued and have been looking for a new racer since Split/Second came out.

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Fuse was developed by the same team that brought you the Resistance series of exclusives on the PS3, so I’m hoping the PS3 version will be visually superior and more stable then it’s XBOX counterpart

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May 28thFuse: A four-player co-op based FPS shooter being released by everybody’s favorite company, Electronic Arts. Fuse has you in command of a special-ops type team codenamed Overstrike-9. Whilst on a mission your squad discovers a new type of weapon revolving around the properties of a mysterious and dangerous alien chemical. While examining this new type of weapon your squad’s weapons and bodies briefly become exposed to this volatile substance. Each member of your team now posses a unique ability that will allow you to strategically fight the hordes of solders and mechanical robots swarming your way.  While playing in 4-player co-op mode gives you the most fun to be able to exercise all your partners special abilities with your friends, single-player will also allow for control over each character involving “the Leap”, a gameplay element meant to allow one player to switch between the four different characters and benefit from their different skill sets. Also another release that features local co-op, a nice touch for the gamer that still likes real social interaction during their game playing. The FUSE DEMO has  been available for download since May 7th on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace. The online four-player co-op demo or two-player split screen (SCORE!) allows you to experience the full range of unique aberrations in each squad mate caused by exposure to the Alien artifact. Post your comments below on what you think of Fuse.

And of course, rounding out this week’s posts is a special look at Bargain-Bin priced PS3 software ($16 or less) that have been generally overlooked by the gaming public but are excellent games in their own right and offer oodles of fun for ridiculously low prices. This weekend, I shall explore some of these sleeper hits and tell you why their worth the scantly clad investment listed on the sticker price of the package. Look for this article under my REVIEWS section.