In recent news, it’s been said that Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception will include an “online pass”. Which means, the game will include a code which is used to access the online features of the game. If a person buys the game used, they have to pay an additional $10 USD to purchase their own online pass to access the features. Sony has confirmed that future Sony titles will incorporate the online pass feature.
“Online Pass will be incorporated into Uncharted 3 and future Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) games with online functionality,” the company told Destructoid. “We will provide further information in the future. “
Looks like the used gaming market is going to take a little hit.
It was announced that Chrono Trigger would be hitting PSN a couple weeks ago, but apparently the PR guy tweeted something wrong because later that day it was shot down. Square Enix will be releasing it this Tuesday. There is no word of which version it will be or the cost, but I assume that it’s going to be the PS1 version and it will be sold in the Play Station Classic section of the store. Square Enix has a tendency to sell their bigger name RPG’s for about ten dollars instead of the average six. Check it out if you love Chrono Trigger or perhaps if you just never got around to playing it and want to check it out. While I don’t put Chrono Trigger on the pedestal that most do, I still recognize that it is one of the finest 16-bit RPG’s you can choose to play.
Nier was an Action RPG game released by Cavia last year. Despite having a high level of critical acclaim from the people who played it (Unless you were a games reviewer who didn’t know what they were talking about (I’m talking to you Joystiq)), it was greeted my moderately poor sales and ended up being Cavia’s swan song as the company merged into AQ interactive later that year. After directing his under-appreciated classic, Yosuke Saito remained under the radar while working at Square Enix up until he was allowed to direct Dragon Quest X. Despite being able to direct the latest game in the best selling RPG series in Japan, he is still teasing news regarding his cult classic. He left a message on his twitter account saying “Will there be an amazing announcement on Friday? Perhaps,” With #nier tags on all his related posts. After the games release various CD’s have been released remixing the games OST (Which is already pretty amazing) and while another CD would be welcome, considering how much the Saito has been talking about this here’s hoping for Nier 2 (Because if Drakengard can get a sequel then why not this?)
The Humble Indie Bundle is an amalgamation of games sold as part of a “pay what you want” package that has gone on to raise over 2 million dollars for charity over three biannual events. Despite the last Indie Bundle ending in August, there is a new bundle available that unlike the other bundles, only contains one game. The featured game is Frozen Synapse, a turn based tactics shooter that has received good reviews from the gaming media and can now be purchased for only a dollar (or more if you want). As part of the last indie bundle there was an added incentive to donate more money. This was done through Humble Indie Bundle 2 being an added bonus to anyone who donated more than the average donation at that time. The same process is being applied here, with anyone who buys Frozen Synapse for more than the average donations will also get the contents of the Humble Frostbyte Bundle as well (whose contents include Trine, both Shadowgrounds games, Jack Claw and Splot). The bundle closes in two weeks so if you’ve ever felt like getting Frozen Synapse, now’s your chance (It even comes with the soundtrack for free!) The official video detailing the bundle can be viewed after the jump.
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David Cage, creator of Heavy Rain and Indigo Prophecy/Farenheit (Depending on your region), has stated that the American marketing teams are not interested in anything that lacks guns and guts.
Cage, in a recent interview, said that as his games are not what the percieved target market likes. Heavy Rain, much like all of Cage’s games, was rather cerebral, and is more about analysing a story, and choosing the right path. Explaining his theory, he said the following:
“The games I make don’t include a gun. Very often, American marketing departments have a problem with this. They have this image of their market being gun-loving rednecks. It’s completely wrong.”
This does follow the trend, as Cage’s first two games were renamed for the US market, and it is easier to make an appealing advert for a game with lots of explosions and guns rather than an atmospheric, story-telling game. Is Cage right, or just making excuses?
(Source: Develop )
As if we didn’t already see it coming, Blizzard has announced that Diablo III will be delayed into the next year. It isn’t too surprising that they are delaying it considering Blizzard always makes sure their game are top notch before release. Luckily they are going to be extending their Beta of the game that is currently ongoing and inviting more participants to play. I look forward to hopefully getting in cus I opted in like a year ago.
Legendary Entertainment, the company behind the Mass Effect movie, has finally released information about the project they have been working on, and one noticeable piece of intel is Seth Green will not be taking the role of Joker.
While fan backlash has been started over smaller things, it could be a clever swerve, or they are trying to put their own spin on it. The movie will also be an entirely new story as well as focus on male Commander Shepard – no timeline as to when, just the confirmation of what is not in it – so this won’t be an adaption of the soon to be finished trilogy. No other casting decisions – or indeed, what exclusions have been made certain, but Legendary – the company behind Inception and The Dark Knight, did state that Bioware were heavily involved in the process of making sure the story would fit in with the timeline.
With movies adapted from games being notoriously…meh, one of the greatest series in recent times now faces a challenge – will the new story, lack of two fan favourites in the form of FemShep and Seth Green be a hinderence, or will Legendary buck the trend? I’m desperately hoping for the latter.
(Source: Kotaku )
Famitsu, in a recent interview with the Director of Squeenix’s sequel to the lackluster Final Fantasy 13, revealed some details that may change cautious intruige into proper anticipation.
In an article translated by andriasang, Toriyama gave us more information to coincide with the promise of DLC and Chocobo Racing. One that will be a plus to those on the 360 is that pre-rendered cutscenes are more or less gone, now made in real time, so the game fits on one disc, rather than three. The Crystarium growth chart from the first game comes back to, but will not limit your growth, so you can grind to your hearts content without any drawback from the start.
The biggest thing I can see that makes my brain do a happy face is the fact that not only can you change your party leader during battle, if they die, the battle continues. A potential question mark is over the inclusion of Quick Time Events, however it is reported there will be little to no penalty for failing them with only a subtle bonus if they are completed.
The sequel will see the light of day on January 31, 2012 in North America and February 3, 2012 in Europe.
During the Tokyo Game Show, publisher Capcom was present en masse, promoting their products heavily. Among the promotional materials were flyers in English promoting Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, the first time Capcom has recognized the English title. In addition to that was the statement that English character names were TBD, stopping just short of officially announcing the game for a North American release.
Among the teasing text was the official trailer for the game, and I swear that if they pull a Mega Man Legends 3 on this game there will be heads rolling…
Anyway, the trailer is after the jump.
More info has arrived on Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, including a trailer showing Neku Sakuraba from The World Ends With You as a partner character in Traverse Town. Also mentioned is the ability to control monsters known as dream eaters, who you can use team attacks with using the touch screen. Said cute monsters can also be played with in a separate mode using the 3DS’ augmented reality features, though the fast hard-hitting action is more appealing.
Kingdom Hearts 3D is due out in Japan this Spring, with a release overseas yet to be announced.
Be sure to watch the trailer after the break, and feel free to be as excited as I am.