PlayStation at 20

PSXThe Playstation Blog had a bunch of Sony bigwigs and developers list their favorite PS One games.  Just reading their lists brought back tons of great memories.  I thought I’d do mine quickly.

Battle Arena Toshinden — This is not a classic game like most of them on the list, but it was one of the first I ever played.  I was amazed that I was playing this in my apartment.  Until then, there had been a divide.  There were arcade games and console game.  Sure there were some arcade ports, but they were either a generation behind or a weaker version than the arcade.  Here was a game that looked better than what was available in the arcade sitting on my console.  It truly felt like the dawn of a new era.

Metal Gear Solid — This game was unbelievable in every sense of the word.  I felt powerful.  I felt weak.  I felt dangerous.  I felt vulnerable.  Even on one remote island, the variety of action felt incredible.  Of course it asked the question, “Can love bloom on the battlefield?”

Final Fantasy Tactics — I loved the scope and depth of Final Fantasy VII, but this game came along and blew it away.  Yes, the story was over the top but strangely captivating.  The battle system was nothing short of brilliant.  The beginning was a bit tough.  Once it opened up, you always had endless possibilities for any battle.  I still have my original disk.  It’s like a treasure I won’t give up even if I have prettier versions to play.

There are many more quality games that I could mention.  Even though the PS2 was the better console by every measure, I’m glad the Playstation drew me in to Sony’s world.

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Rocket League Announced for PS4

I’ve mentioned before that Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars for the PS3 was one of the surprise PSN hits for my family.  It’s certainly one of the games that got the most hours last generation.  In essence, it was soccer played with RC cars that could jump, boost and blow each other up.

Well, I’m ecstatic to announce that a sequel is coming to PS4 next year.  It’s called Rocket League.

It’s coming Spring 2015.  Day 1 buy for me.

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Instant Update: PSN Flash Sale

PSN Flash SaleSony is having a Black Friday Flash Sale on PS4/PS3 games.  Here’s the link.  I’d like to point out three that I had fun with:

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4/PS3):  $29.99

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Edition (PS4/PS3): $34.99/$19.99

Infamous: Second Son (PS4): $19.99

I got more than my money’s worth out of all three, and I paid more that those prices.  Highly recommended. Sale ends Dec 1 at 3 PST.

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Instant Update: Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor (PC)

mordor600x290-20140122In short, I can’t stop playing.  Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a fun, compelling game.  It thrusts you behind enemy lines with a wicked skill set that just keeps growing.  You constantly get more deadly.  While few of the parts are shiny and new, they’re put together masterfully.  I grabbed the PC version because I could get it cheaper and wasn’t sure about the game.  If anyone else is sitting on the fence, grab it for your favorite platform.  I’ll write more later, but now I have to get back to the game.

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Technical Difficulties Part 2

I thought I had my problems solved earlier, but some new ones popped up.  I think I’ve gotten a handle on things now.  Essentially, I’ve reinstalled the latest version of WordPress.  Again, let me know if you experience any problems.  Thanks for your patience.

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Instant Update: Injustice Gods Among Us

Superman_940x375newsWelcomeI picked up Injustice: Gods Among Us (PS4) on a PSN sale recently.  I’m definitely more in the Capcom/Street Fighter camp than the Mortal Kombat camp, but I’ve enjoyed them as a diversion.  I also enjoy superhero games.  There are far too few good ones. I haven’t had much time to play, but I did manage to get through the tutorials and the story mode.  The PS4 version is the complete edition with the expanded roster.  They don’t show up in story mode.

The tutorials are pretty good, but I had trouble mastering the timing of some of the advanced combos.  The story mode was surprisingly compelling.  I literally kept playing just to see what happens next.  They even managed to make Aquaman compelling and fun to play.  Yes, the difference in power levels is sort of brushed away with krytonian power dust.  That doesn’t take away from the fun.  It also allows DC to put forward their most interesting roster.

The arc of the story may be a simple examination of what heroes need to do to be worthy of the power they wield, but it’s put together like a well oiled machine.  This is classic DC superhero mash up storytelling at its best with full bombast. There’s plenty more to the game including online and local multiplayer, STAR labs challenges and an arcade mode and ending for each character.  It speaks volumes that I feel I got my money’s worth with just the story mode.  With Arrow and Flash coming up along with Agents of SHIELD and a whole summer of heroic movies, Injustice fits in nicely.  Recommended.

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Instant Update: Super Hexagon

suphexlogoI still suck at this game.  I just don’t see the path fast enough and reactions can’t compensate any more.  At least I only waste a few seconds per try.  I think I’ll go back to Threes.

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Technical Difficulties

I apologize if you’ve had any problems with the site lately. There have been a few technical problems with the site I’ve had to fix. WordPress has been so reliable that I sometimes forget all the times I had to fight with the old content management system. It’s almost shocking when it does have problems I have to fix. I think I’ve got everything running normally again. Let me know if you experience any problems going forward. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Gamers are Different

DreamingI’ve been meaning to post this for a while.  Video games change the way you dream.  One of the things I’ve love about games is the way they encourage flexible thinking.  I’m also a fan of increased agency in dreams, games and real life.  Future games should give us more freedom to choose our own path and solutions to problems.  In dreams and life, we’ll be more successful if we see ourselves as the hero instead of the victim.  It’s also cool that scientists are even looking into this.  Thanks to the Verge.  They consistently have some of the most interesting content on the web.

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Newsblurb: Frozen Endzone is now Frozen Cortex

FrozenEndzone_Punch2Call it Frozen Cortex.  Apparently the developers were tired of the ‘Frendzone’ jokes and the confusion about the game simulating American Football.  The robot players and randomly generated field weren’t enough to distinguish it from Madden.  Or maybe the NFL isn’t as universal as we Americans like to think it is.  Regardless, anything from the makers of Frozen Synapse is worth a look.  The game is in early access on steam right now.  Thanks RockPaperShotgun.

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