Get ready to watch us fail for 15 minutes. It’s not much different than any other Go Round really, except we fail at the same level over and over… actually that’s like every Go Round. This week we try to beat Driver 2 for the PlayStation, a game I have been stuck on for like ten years. You are The Wheelman.
This week we bring you Bubsy 3D, a terrible, terrible game. This game makes Rock N’ Roll Adventures look like Ocarina of Time. Who, WHO SIGNED OFF ON THE RELEASE OF THIS GAME?!! WERE THEY NUTS?!!!
Okay, I’m going to level with you, folks. This game is going to be awesome! I am speaking, of course, about Persona 4: Golden. The vanilla Persona 4 was pretty awesome but if this trailer is real (and not just a figment of my imagination), this upgrade is going to blow things out of the water. Give this trailer a watch and see for yourself. Not only do you get to fight shadows on scooters but now you can go skiing. What more do you need, people? I already ordered this game and I don’t even have a Vita. Be like me, spend your money foolishly… wait… okay, maybe not. Still, think about this game. It’s good.
Sometimes… sometimes, the internet scares me. I guess this is a Vita game? This probably won’t be the break-out title the Vita needs, but who knows?
If I wasn’t already planning to get a Wii U in a few months, now might be the perfect time for me to hop on the PS3 train. Sony announced a new, even slimmer, model of the system is coming very soon. The new PS3 will be available on September 25th and comes in two different models. The first, which comes with a 250GB hard drive, will be available in black for $269.99. It will include a Game of the Year copy of Uncharted 3 and a $30 voucher for in-game items for the free-to-play shooter Dust 514. There will also be a non-bundled edition of the system available at a later date for $249.99. The other, a 500GB hard drive model will be available for $299.99 on October 30th.
Suda51 is well known for making bizarre games. Killer7, No More Heroes and Desperate Struggle are all fine games that overflow with crazy. Never one to run out of weird, Suda51 and his team have made another masterpiece of insanity. The easiest way to describe Lollipop Chainsaw is to call it Buffy the Vampire Slayer ‘cept with zombies. Since I love Buffy and am a fan of crazy, Japanese games, I knew I had to give this one a shot. No surprise, it turned out exactly like I expected.
What You Need To Know
Lollipop is an action-adventure, arena brawler where you are locked in an area with a horde of zombies and you have to chop their heads off to proceed. You play as Juliet Starling on her 18th birthday; how convenient. Things start off as a normal school day but as Juliet is off to meet her boyfriend Nick, she realizes things are far more undead than usual. In the process of fighting zombies, Nick gets bitten and Juliet uses some magic spell to save him; or his head at least. With her chainsaw in hand and her boyfriend’s head on her hip, Juliet must fulfill her role as a zombie hunter and save her town from impending doom. Lollipop is strictly single player with the only acknowledgment of the outside world being online leaderboards which tracks high scores on each level. There are collectibles scattered throughout the world and there are upgrades, concept art, music and outfits you can purchase with medals you earn from playing. The formula is well known but how well does the zombie slaying, pom pom shaker stack up against other games wanting your time and money?
I Can’t See… Oh, Never Mind
It’s 2012, folks. How are we still having camera problems in video games? I guess camera controls are harder than they look (get it?). I don’t want to call the camera in Lollipop broken but I did struggle with it for the first few hours. In most cases you have complete control of the camera but once you move the view snaps back to its default position. Notice how I said most of the time. There are sequences where control is taken away from you. This typically happens when you have tight surroundings, probably to keep the camera from clipping through a wall. Read more…
Shannon brought this game over and demanded we do a Go Round of it. He says the game sucks. That statment is like an onion. So now you can watch as Will, Jason and I try to play this game; Mister Mosquito for the PS2. It takes all three of us to beat the first level. This game isn’t that bad actually. It’s just weird.
The Vita’s not doing so hot right now. I’m getting sick of hearing about it. I went through the same thing with the 3DS launch. These handhelds were launched with some typical, launch games but people always want something new. Vita sales will pick up soon enough. Things like Gravity Rush and a possible price drop are what I’m waiting for. You know what’s not going to sell? The PSP Go. Man, what happened to that thing? Lack of content, high price, no way to transfer your UMDs… yeah, Sony botched the PSP Go thing pretty bad. However, Sony did make the first, all digital platform so for that they have secured their place in the history books. Here’s the thing. I have a tendency to pick up old systems several years after their prime; for the novelty and to add to my collection. I imagine someday I will pick up a Go but depending on when that happens, it may be completely useless.
It’s only a matter of time before the PlayStation Network evolves past the point of PSP compatibility. When that happens, it’s going to be hard to add new games to a PSP. Granted the PSP has been hacked to oblivion and you can pirate just about anything you want at this point, but that doesn’t help somebody who wants to acquire things legally. Ten years from now I may be able to add games to a Go through by using a computer but that stuff always seems shady. It almost defeats the purpose of collecting a system like that. Read more…
I was talking to a friend about Kid Icarus. He mentioned the franchise is practically unknown since there has only been one game before Uprising. I looked at him strangely for a second. Then he told me the Game Boy’s Of Myths And Monsters doesn’t count because it’s a handheld game. The strange look on my face didn’t go away. I have heard this same argument used by several people I know. Why do they feel a handheld game is lesser than a console counterpart?
I suppose the obvious thing is the power of the system. Portables are usually a generation or two behind the home consoles. I can see how a PSP game may dull in comparison to a PS3 title, but that doesn’t mean we should discount it. PSP games are roughly PS1 games. If God Of War: Chains Of Olympus isn’t a “real game” then what does that say for Crash Bandicoot 2? What I’m getting at is it’s not a concept of power so much as it’s a concept of less than console power. That’s one barrier of people use.
Another attribute is the smaller screen. Instead of a window into another world, you get a peephole. I guess it’s hard to feel a connection when you see a world the size of a postcard. What I find odd, in some cases (say Zelda for example) Read more…
If you want to give Gravity Rush a try (and I think you should), the demo will be hitting North American and European PSN on May 29th and 30th. I played this demo while I was hunting for Kid Icarus AR cards in Walmart. The game looked great and the idea of shifting gravity has a lot of potential. The full game will hit shelves on June 12th and 13th for North America and Europe, respectively.
I really want a Vita, specifically for games like Persona 4: The Golden and Gravity Rush. I just bought a 3DS a couple weeks ago and I have barely played it. More than likely, if I buy a Vita for Gravity Rush I won’t play it either. Does that make me a bad person?