“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.

 

 

Exclusive PS3 digital title RAIN released for PSN, Added new Sci-Fi “Must See” Movies for 2013, Beyond: Two Souls “Special Edition” available as a pre order via GameStop AND “The Last of Us” Multiplayer DLC revealed- sort of

Let it RAIN, oh let it RAIN on PSN

RAIN has officially been released to above average reviews, and although it’s not the auteur masterpiece we were all expecting from Studio Japan, it’s a decent enough melancholy platformer that gives off no pretentious ideas about more than the sum of it’s parts. I have yet to play it, but for a downloadable title from PSN striking around $14.99, I will probably be purchasing it in the future. In case you forgot about this intriguing title, it features a boy and girl in an alternate world where it almost always rains and you must collaborate with the girl to survive the dog-like beasts. The game only lets you see the silhouettes of the characters as the rain pours on them or you walk through the puddles in the cobblestone streets. Here’s a video clip to refresh your memory (btw, I love the haunting soundtrack that gives each instrument an almost human like emotion):

New movie “HER” added to my must-see Sci-Fi Films of 2013

I have come across a sci-fi love story that only Spike Jonze could craft. The movie, titled “HER” casts Joaquin Phoenix as recluse, anti-social middle-aged man that adapts to a new Operating System on his computer, which surprise: Features human like qualities through it’s projected voice (played by Scarlett Johansson). Suri for the next generation, I suppose? The trailer eludes the character becoming conflicted from separating his feelings from the OS to the real world. I’m already interested….. ARE YOOOOU?

Here’s the trailer in all it’s 2 and half minute glory:

Beyond: Two Souls Special Collectors Edition with 30 minutes of additional gameplay and “making-of” videos plus the soundtrack

I am very much looking forward to this game, although many are dubbing it an “interactive movie” but it looks to be the last truly great (here’s hoping) PS3 exclusive we shall receive this year. With the PS4 on the horizon (IT’S LITERALLY LIKE ONE MONTH AWAY FROM LAUNCH) I doubt will see much more really triple A exclusive’s for my beloved PS3. Beyond has also caused somewhat of a stir in the European market, as the PEGI (think ESRB but for the UK) has censored 10-15 seconds of gameplay from the EU release so it could achieve a 16+ rating, while the game in the states maintains an MA 18+ rating. Sony has been mum on what exactly was censored, but it seems ridiculous to try and achieve a larger audience by cutting out what I can only assume are a 10-15 second scene of nudity or extreme, brutal violence. At least the PS3 is region free so you guys can import the NA version. If you pre-ordered the game via GameStop, you’ll receive a special “Collectors Edition” with tin case, soundtrack and some gameplay extras, amongst other things. Here’s a look at the special edition for Beyond, which hits NA markets Oct 8th:

Naughty Dog devs dish out details for the forthcoming multiplayer DLC, to be released on Oct. 16th via PSN and the single-player DLC coming December/January

“The Last of Us” creators have divulged some very interesting information regarding their latest upper echelon of a videogame. The first DLC pack will be the  Abandoned Territories map pack for multiplayer which includes the following new maps:

  1. Suburbs map
  2. Bus Depot map
  3. Hometown map
  4. Bookstore map

Unfortunately their are no new screens to associate with what the maps may appear as, however one of the map includes random dust storms making the multiplayer gameplay more dynamic for this particular map. Also, Naughty Dog has stated they are creating new concept art and the single-player DLC will be “ambitious” but will not apparently intersect with Joel and Ellie’s timeline. This single-player DLC will feature a completely new character, so it should be very interesting. Either way, I’m totally all over it when it releases this winter.

AND FINALLY……

Sony has quietly released a new firmware update for the PS3. Version 4.50 features a huge radical change, renaming the PlayStation Network on the XMB to “PSN”, plus some mumbo-jumbo about switching off trophy displays for your friend list. Thanks Sony, that was really worth 15 minutes of my life last night.

PS4 Coming to Japan in February, PS VitaTV announced and new releases for August – September

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. Picture above: 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. Let's hope it makes it's way to American and European shores.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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)

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!

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.

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.

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. Developed by "People Can Fly" who released 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.

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 and bad-ass weapon fashion, as pictured above.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

This co-op crazy platformer has huge crazy bosses, variety upon varieties of locales and vivid, colorful 2D graphics. Screenshot courtesy of Videogamer.com

 

 

 

[UPDATE 8/25] Sony PS4 Official Launch Date Announced, Vita Price cut looming and new videos, reviews posted

Sony's Next-Generation Console, the PlayStation 4 has a confirmed official launch date for NA and EU: November 15th and November 29th, respectively.

Sony’s Next-Generation Console, the PlayStation 4 has a confirmed official launch date for NA and EU: November 15th and November 29th, respectively.

Well it’s official, you foaming-at-the-mouth, can’t get enough news Next-Gen Gaming bastards: Sony will launch it’s next-gen console, the PlayStation 4 on November 15 in North America and in Europe November 29th. SCE Chief Executive Andrew House made the announcement at this year’s GamesComm, a annual game expo and fair taking place in Germany, Europe to be precise. Also announced is that soon the PlayStation Vita will drop to a lower price point from $249 down to $199 (I’ve been advocating for this for quite some time, and if the Vita is incorporated into the PS4 as much as Sony has defined it to be, it will be a must-have companion piece for hardcore gamers. Not to mention that the Vita has it’s own catalog of games, around 150 I believe, so that will instantly add value to your PS4 collection since the Vita itself has Vita-specific and exclusive games designed for the maligned handheld. House also mentioned that the PS4 console will be available in 32 countries worldwide during the holiday season.

Compare this to Microsoft Xbox One console launch, which still doesn’t have a set launch date and won’t be completely rolled out until next year in many other territories.

Sony also livecast their GameComm’s conference via the internet while Microsoft held their conference to a select few in the gaming press behind closed doors. Sony also reiterated their strong support for smaller, independent-based developers by reveling in the PS4 exclusive and non-exclusive content offered via the indie developers showcased at the GamesComm expo available through Sony’s various gaming distribution channels, such as the PlayStation Network. 

A Review of the classic MetalSlug X for the PSOne has been posted along with various exclusive gameplay videos AND the unboxing of Tales of Xillia Limited Edition for PS3

HiddenDefiniton is not just PS3 and current-console centric, but we also like to indulge in gaming’s past, reminding us of how far we have come, how fun these games still are and being nostalgic for nostalgia’s sake. The PS3 is really a wonderful piece of hardware, playing not only current-gen games but PSOne classics, where it all started. Earlier PS3 units even had the H/W capable to play PS2 games, then later to reduce cost PS2 games were played under the aura of software emulation. However, Sony has since removed the PS2 backwards-compatibility citing that they kept their newest platform restricted to a price-barrier which was not competitive. So the PS2 back-compatibility features were axed in favor of a lower price point. Now the remnants of Sony’s early PS3 backwards-compatible units are considered a rare find and usually cost upward of 200-300 dollars depending on the type of PS2 capabilities and other features that have since been removed from the early brethren of PS3 units. Sony has a consistent knack for castrating it’s features from early models of their consoles and H/W from future models to make them more affordable, although I wish they could find a balance between both. Typically, if you find a used PS3 that contains four front USB ports and a flip-cover on the front of the unit for Micro-SD storage-type cards, these are usually the units that contain the much sought-after PS2 backwards compatibility. However, it should be noted that ALL PS3 units still support PSOne games, a great feature since the PSOne has a huge library of excellent games yet to be converted into a digital format for Sony’s PSN storefront. I took the time this past weekend to play through a SNK-PSOne Classic: Metal Slug X. A straight arcade port with all the bells and whistles one would expect from an arcade port. I also took it upon myself to record gameplay video borrowing my friends HD Camcorder, with droll commentary of course! It’s all included in the review of Metal Slug X. I hope you enjoy a stroll down memory lane of this fun, yet mindless 2D Contra-like shooter as I shall be doing more of these classic retro reviews when time permits. Enjoy! Click on the following link to view my review and watch exclusive gameplay video of Metal Slug X:

https://hiddendefinition.wordpress.com/about/metal-slug-x-review-psone/

Released during the glory years of the PSOne, this classic arcade port from AgeTec includes quite literally a blast from the past as developer  SNK includes everything more from the arcade port, including cooperative mayhem.

Released during the glory years of the PSOne, this classic arcade port from AgeTec includes quite literally a blast from the past as developer SNK includes everything and more from the arcade port, including cooperative mayhem.

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.

Awesome New Game purchases, The PS3 releases of July and Holy Smokes Batman! A NEW REVIEW (Enslaved: Odyssey to the West)

New Game Purchases to my already awesome PS3 Collection

So I’ve made a couple of key game purchases this month for my PS3. Let me just say this about Sony: I LOVE THEIR COLLECTION SERIES. Any PS3 Collection that’s released, I’m all over it. I have the God of War Saga, the Killzone Collection, the Ratchet and Clank Collection, the Jak and Dexter Collection, the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection, the Journey Collectors Edition (a must have for any fan of indie games, it includes like 5 games on one disc) and now to add to my collection I have just purchased the “Best of the PlayStation Network Vol. 1″. It is a collection of Four downloadable only games that Sony has now made available for retail purchase on disc! I must confess, for someone that is not yet a fan of digitally exclusive games quite yet, these “Best of PSN” Collections are PERFECT for people like me. It seems likely there will be a Vol 2. at some point, have any ideas what games you would like to see released for a retail “Best of PSN Vol. 2” collection? Leave your suggestions in the Comments section below!

Personally, I would love to see “The Unfinished Swan“, “Papa and Yo“, “Wipeout HD” and perhaps “Guacamole!” or “Limbo” (even though it’s not a PS3 exclusive it’s still a great game!) on Vol. 2. Oh yeah, I’d be all over that. I hope Sony makes this a trend because I would love to see more. The first installment, “Best of the PlayStation Network Vol. 1” was released around June 26th at the MSRP of $39.99. Here’s a picture of the boxart with the games included:

The first in "The Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1" collection features: When Vikings Attack, Sound Shapes, Tokyo Jungle and Fat Princess.

The first in “The Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1” collection features: When Vikings Attack, Sound Shapes, Tokyo Jungle and Fat Princess.

Total number of game purchases I have made this month include:

  1. Little Big Planet Greatest Hits GOTY Edition (USED)$16.19
  2. Soul Calibur IV (USED)$4.49
  3. Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1  (NEW)$39.99

July 2013 PlayStation 3 Releases

Here’s a list of all the current releases and yet to be released PS3 games for the month of July. Notable releases include the PS3 exclusives “Time and Eternity” released on July 16th to average, mostly negative reviews and the “Metal Gear Solid Legacy Collection“, released on July 9th. YES! Another PS3 collection, this time for the Metal Gear series. This awesome collection contains all Metal Gear games from the late 1980’s up until now! For a MSRP of $49.99, you just can’t beat the number of awesome MGS games you’re getting for the price.

North American Box Art for the recently released Time and Eternity. Although the game has been praised for it's beautiful 2D Anime style art blended over impressive 3D backdrops, the games combat supposedly grows tedious and the dialog between the main characters is all dreadfully drawn out

North American Box Art for the recently released Time and Eternity. Although the game has been praised for it’s beautiful 2D Anime style art blended over impressive 3D backdrops, the games combat supposedly grows tedious and the dialog between the main characters is all dreadfully drawn out

Time and Eternity in-game sequences:

An example of Time and Eternity's hand drawn Anime style presented over detailed 3D backdrops. This is one of the "roundtable" scenes were the game engages you in mindless babble between Toki (the main character) and her friends. If this game drops below $30, I'd probably still pick it up because I'm a sucker for ero-type JRPG's

An example of Time and Eternity’s hand drawn Anime style presented over detailed 3D backdrops. This is one of the “roundtable” scenes were the game engages you in mindless babble between Toki (the main character) and her friends. If this game drops below $30, I’d probably still pick it up because I’m a sucker for ero-type JRPG’s

Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection ONLY for PS3

The PS3 Exclusive of Konami's MGS Collection - including 8 Metal Gear titles going all the way back to 1987. Retails for $49.99

The PS3 Exclusive of Konami’s MGS Collection – includes 8 Metal Gear titles going all the way back to 1987. Retails for $49.99

And the rest of the retail and PlayStation Network releases for JULY 2013….

DLC ONLY RELEASES

  1. Injustice: Gods Among Us ‘Blackest Night Pack 2′ DLC (PSN) – July 2nd
  2. Injustice: Gods Among Us ‘General Zod’ DLC (PSN) – July 2nd
  3. Injustice: Gods Among Us ‘Man of Steel Skin’ DLC (PSN) – July 2nd
  4. Injustice: Gods Among Us ‘Ame-Comi Skin Pack’ DLC (PSN) – July 16th
  5. Metro: Last Light ‘Faction Pack’ DLC (PSN) – July 16th
  6. Injustice: Gods Among Us ‘Martian Manhunter’ DLC (PSN) – July 30th

RETAIL & PLAYSTATION NETWORK ONLY RELEASES

  1. Velocity Ultra (Vita and PSN) – July 2nd
  2. The Walking Dead: 400 Days (PSN) – July 2nd
  3. Coconut Dodge: Revitalised (Vita and PSN) – July 9th
  4. Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection (PS3 Retail) – July 9th
  5. NCAA Football 14 (PS3 Retail and PSN) – July 9th
  6. Total Recoil (Vita and PSN) – July 9th
  7. Dynasty Warriors 8 (PS3 Retail & PSN) – July 16th
  8. Kung Fu Rabbit (Vita and PSN) – July 16th
  9. Mamorukun Curse! (PSN) – July 16th
  10. Mystic Chronicles (PSP, Vita and PSN) – July 16th
  11. RIPD: The Game (PSN) – July 16th
  12. Time and Eternity (PS3 Retail and PSN) – July 16th
  13. Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (PS3 Retail and PSN) – July 16th
  14. The Smurfs 2 (PS3 Retail) – July 23rd
  15. Do Not Fall (PSN) – July 23rd
  16. Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational/Everybody’s Golf (PSN) – July 23rd
  17. Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark (Vita and PSN) – July 23rd
  18. ArcaniA: The Complete Tale (PS3 Retail) – July 30th
  19. Cloudberry Kingdom (PSN) – July 30th
  20. PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD (Vita and PSN) – July 30th
  21. Terraria: Collector’s Edition (PS3  Retail) – July 30th

SOURCE: PlayStationLifeStyle.Net

New Review Posted – Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

After picking up Enslaved last month for $8.99 used at my local GameStop and completing it, I have now posted my thorough review of the game under the REVIEWS tab on HiddenDefinition. This game also made my list of “Five Under Appreciated Bargain Bin Games” because it’s dirt cheap and an very good overlooked game. If you can spare around 8-10 dollars for the used copy of this game, it’s well worth your time.