There hasn’t really been much of a reason for it honestly. Just haven’t felt like posting anything. 😡 Well since last time I posted I bought The Last of Us and beat it. Pretty sad ending if you ask me. Also saw Sony’s Gamescom presentation, and let me just say I’ve lost all hope on the Vita ever picking up steam. Once again it was just port, port, port and more indie games. I have no problem with indie games, I do have a problem when the game has been for quite some time and they begin boasting about it like it’s the hottest shit to ever grace the system. I didn’t spend $250 to play ports and old indie games that I can get cheaper on PC.
I’ve already cancelled my pre-order for Killzone Mercenaries, no sense in buying more games on a system I’ve lost complete faith in. Once I beat Persona 4 Golden I’ll either sell the system or hold on to it to see if it’s any good at remote play(which if we’re being totally honest I doubt it’ll work as advertised.) Also I lol’d at the memory card price drops, it’s only like $20 cheaper now. the 32gb should cost $50 max, and the 4gb should be included with the system itself. Whatever though, makes no sense in worrying about memory card prices now. Don’t even get me started on the awful camera crap. Whoever was the camera director should either be fired or something. Overall I’d give that presentation a 1. The only reason it even gets a one is for at least announcing the PS4 release date, if it wasn’t for that I would’ve given it a 0. They might as well have just shown me an hour of Wonderbook 2 or some other crap I don’t care about.
So it looks like Microsoft has caved and has officially taken off the online restrictions off of the Xbox One. Not only that, but it’ll also be region free now too! I got to say that I’m very impressed. I thought they would’ve been too proud to change their policies. Now that that’s taken off I can start taking the Xbox One a little more serious. Of course I still have my doubts about the system. It’s full of ads, requires Kinect, Microsoft’s IPs don’t interest me much, it’s $100 more expensive, and I don’t trust them in supporting the Xbox1 with core games in 3 or so years from now. How do I know that they’ll keep releasing games that I like and not go full on casual like they did with the 360, lastly how do I know that they won’t add the always online thing later on in the console’s life? Personally I have not trust or faith in Microsoft, you have to earn that shit and they certainly haven’t earned mine. But regardless, looks like Sony’s main selling point has just been taken off. Now that Sony charges for online the only thing that’s giving them the leg up is is being $100 cheaper. Now I hope this causes Sony to react and change their policy for multiplayer, you know, online play being free and to make up for that have different tiers of PS+(I’m already a PS+ member but still). Maybe Microsoft would do the same, you know? 😛 Seriously, multiplayer should never be behind a paywall, its annoying.
Now that school is done I’ve just been relaxing and playing some games. Although not as much as I usually do since E3 was this week, overall it was a great show this year. Plus, I’ve been busy going to the gym, trying to get in better shape. So far I’ve gotten around to beating Bastion and stealthy completed Sly Cooper 4 Thieves in Time. Sly Cooper’s final boss was trash, the entire fight was quick time events. I despise those with a passion, hopefully we see less of those next-gen. I’m still playing through Soul Sacrifice, I’ve been neglecting my poor Vita(and so has Sony if E3 is anything to go by). All that I got left to do is beat Magusar, story wise that is. I still got a bunch of multiplayer quest that I haven’t beaten. I noticed a lot of people online only do sacrifice, it’s pretty annoying since I’m trying to go 99/1, but oh well.
I’ve ordered me a new game too, Persona 4: Golden. I pretty much already know what happens plot wise since I’ve seen the anime but I hear it’s a great game even if you already know the plot. I hope it’s not too grindy like Persona 3 was. I mean I’ll still beat it, it’s just that if it is, it’ll take me a lot longer. So since I’m getting Golden I thought I should try to beat Persona 4: Arena. I’ve been having it since Black Friday and I only bought it for the story mode, I don’t really like fighting games so I don’t care for the online or any of that. While I’ll be playing that on my PS3 I’ll also be playing Max Payne on PC. By the way, Max Payne is HARD! Holy shit, man. It’s so hard I had to switch the game over to easy. I really suck at shooting games. Normally I like to only play two games at a time but I figured what the hell. They’re all different genres so when I get bored with playing a fighting game I’ll switch on over to a shooter, and once I get bored with that I’ll go to an action RPG; you know, mix it up a bit. Oh, I’m also going to get my Galaxy Note 8.0 tomorrow as well! Hopefully the store has them in stock. Another thing is that I’ve noticed all my friends are nerds. They never want to do anything, they’d just rather stay home all day and play games. I love games as much as the next guy but damn, its Summer, let’s go out and have some fun too. Note to self: Make some new friends.
Well not much going on this weekend. Most likely I’ll continue playing Sleeping Dog & Soul Sacrifice. I must say, Sleeping Dogs is quite a surprise. The story is really enjoyable and there’s a lot of content in the game. Unlike other games that has a bunch of collectables that do absolutely nothing Sleeping Dog actually does, either by rewarding you by increasing your max health or finding new clothing. Pretty sweet, really underrated game if you ask me. Soul Sacrifice just continues to be amazing.
I still haven’t completed the main story, I’m up to the Cerberus boss, I forget which chapter it’s on but its amazing. The story is great and pretty sad. My favorite story so far are the side stories though. The one about the man raised my a monster is both depressing and sweet. The reason I’m not that far in story mode though is because I’ve been play a lot of co-op with my friends. As soon as I get on my Vita the first thing I do is check if my buds are online. Currently I’m level 32 light and 7 dark, my friends are nearly max level though so I tend to be more of a burden on the team but it’s all good. They help me level up and I keep the heat off them, I react quite quickly so it’s not like they revive me much unless I get 1 hit ko’d. Lately I’ve also been having an itch to get back into LittleBigPlanet Vita again, been feeling like getting my creative juices flowing and making a level. I’m not sure on what exactly, but it’ll hit me once I start playing. Most likely it’ll be a challenge level since those are the easiest and my favorite to make.
Sonic Generations tries to do two things, please old school 2D Sonic fans and also appeal to 3D Sonic fans. Personally, I much prefer 3D Sonic as it has a much stronger emphasis on speed than 2D Sonic, but hey what do I know? The only 2D sonic games I enjoyed were the Sonic Advance series so I guess it isn’t my place to say if 2D sonic is boring or not. But anyway, Both Sonic’s world collide and are broken up so now you must race through nine different worlds to put them back together. each of the world’s has two acts, one for modern Sonic and another for old school sonic, making a total of 18 stages, plus a bunch of challenges that I couldn’t possibly care less about. All the stages are from previous Sonic games so you’ll be visiting Green Hill Zone all up to a stage from Sonic Colors. By the way, City Escape from Sonic Adventure 2 is here with a remix of the original song. Hands down my favorite stage in the entire game.
The music in the game is great, I’m not the hugest Sonic fan so I can’t compare them to their original versions excluding for songs in Sonic Adventure 2 but they all sound really great to me. The visuals are also very stunning which is helped by a good art direction. If you played Sonic Unleashed or Colors you should already know how Modern sonic plays(awesome). Old school sonic plays like as you would expect, although while I wasn’t the biggest fan of the original sonic games, Sega still hasn’t quite perfected his feel. I don’t know how to put it but he still plays a bit off. For example, he’s a bit slippery even when he’s not running at full speed which is quite frustrating. Also the final boss is a huge let down, its poorly implemented and very boring, without spoiling anything all you got to do is hold the dash button the entire fight. Also I beat the game in four hours so there really isn’t much main content. If you’re into challenge levels you’ll most likely finish it in about seven or so hours since even those aren’t all that challenging. If you’re itching for some Sonic I’d recommend this game, although not at its current price since there isn’t all that much content to justify the price, see if you can find it for $5 or something.
Seriously, this game is SOO boring. It’s structured like an MMO with a bunch of go to A then to B and then return to A. The only good thing about the game is it’s combat and even that gets boring after about five hours. The enemies are stupid and just do the same moves over and over, plus you can’t jump so sometimes its a bit annoying traversing through the game. Honestly, I don’t even remember why I wanted this game in the first place, but on the bright side it only cost me $20 so it’s not like i spent full price. Also, I’m almost done so that’s another bonus. After this I’ll most likely either move on to Sleeping Dogs or one of the games I got installed on my PC. Maybe Sonic Generations since I hear that game is pretty short.
Finally got my PELL check today(I don’t know how other states do it but basically its money that the state gives me for school, which normally is about 1.9k) and I was oozing with excitement when I saw it on the table to my house. I open it up and to my surprise I only received a measly $26 😦 what the hell am I supposed to do with that!? I was planning on buying me a PSP Go & Soul Sacrifice(which by the way is completely awesome!) with it; and then save the rest for when I transfer. Super disappointed right now. 😦
For the last couple of days I’ve had this itch for some older games and I’ve been using my hacked PSP 3000 for my emulating needs. But the thing with it is that I have no space for it in my bag and all 4 of my pockets in my jeans are occupied at every moment so I can’t really bring my PSP with me. But that’s when I remembered about Sony’s forgotten little step child– the PSP Go. Sure, it’s completely and utterly useless if you want to play PSP games on it since the best PSP games aren’t on the PS Store(which by the way is also garbage. Sony needs to get their shit together and have the store updated early in the morning at a consistent time, not whenever the hell they feel like it, even Nintendo gets that much right.), but what if it had CFW(Custom Firmware)? It would become portable emulator heaven, that what happens. What makes the PSP Go so good for that is its size, its like the size of an iPod which means its small enough that I can put it in my pocket next to my phone.
So I’ve been looking around for one in the internet and I think I found a fair deal for one(mind you that a brand new Go cost more than a Vita, absolutely ridiculous) but now I’m debating with myself if its worth the purchase, which is about $80. I mean after all, I honest to god regret picking up my Xbox since I don’t really use it much and Microsoft isn’t supporting it anymore neither($400 .down the drain). Well, I’ll think about it for a day or two before I make my final decision. Meanwhile, Its back to Soul Sacrifice.
One of the things I tried to do over the spring break was to try and do something a little more productive with my time and try to learn some super easy basic programing using the Unity engine. Unsurprisingly, it proved to be a much harder task than I originally thought. I couldn’t even get a my crappy little car to respawn by pressing a key. But I guess thats to be expected since i literally have no knowledge of programing whatsoever.
Regardless, I wont quit! Like Parappa would say, I gotta believe!! I’ll just have to put my youtube Unity engine tutorials in the back burner since I’m back in school. Most likely I’ll give it another go during the summer, or during a weekend where I dont have so much homework.
Woo, took my a while with school and all but after 46 hours of playtime I finally beat it. The ending was definitely underwhelming but overall it was a fantastic jrpg, I’ll be posting a review sometime this week. Next game to beat after this will most likely be God Of War Ascension.