[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.

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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).

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.