ibb & obb is a quirky platformer for the PS3 continuing the recent rise in popularity of the genre. It attempts to combine both puzzle solving and twitch platforming, all wrapped up in an enjoyable co-op experience. The premise is a simple one: you take control of the titular characters, either by controlling both if playing alone or having a friend tag along, and you make your way through to the end of the stage, all while employing a unique gimmick: you can either traverse above or below the stage floor. But while initially charming, how does the experience fare after extended play? Read the rest of this entry »
Telltales Games have been offering episodic stories for quite sometime now, seeing success with games like Back to the Future and the Wallace and Gromit series. Following up those successes, Telltale Games then brought us their best work to date in The Walking Dead Season 1, forcing people to make moral decisions that will effect different aspects of the game, from trust to who may live.
With the success of The Walking Dead, Telltale Games has taken everything they have learned, from how people think, to how they will react, and have incorporated it all into their upcoming release The Wolf Among Us. This new episodic game is based off of the DC/Vertigo comic series Fables, which is about fairy tale characters who have been kicked out of their world and now live among the normal world in secret. The new series is actually a prequel to the comic book series; you play as Bigby Wolf, formally known as the Big Bad Wolf.
The Walking Dead is an amazing story about people in a post zombie apocalyptic world trying to survive. Season 1 brought us many thrills, some heartbreaks and tons of heavy hitting decisions. Each decision weighing in on who lives, who dies, who you trust and who may trust you-none of your actions or answers can be made lightly. To top off all this, you must make these decisions in a timely manner or your lack of an answer will be an answer in itself.
Now Telltale Games is back with an additional episode for Season 1 called 400 Days, which is exactly the length of time that passes in this new DLC. In the new episode you will not see Lee and Clementine (they will be back for Season 2), but instead will play as five different individuals that exist in the surrounding world. All of these stories will intersect with each other and can be played in any order you choose, allowing you to pick you own path. Decision made in Season 1 will effect you in 400 Days, and depending on your decisions as you play through, could effect Season 2.
No word on an official release date yet, but we do know it should be within the next two weeks and will only cost $4.99 at launch.
Proteus is a game of limited explanation, created by Ed Key and David Kanaga. According to the official website it [Proteus] is a game of “pure exploration and discovery…with a reactive ambient soundtrack.” Although they don’t explain to much about the game, one look at Proteus and it is obvious that their is nothing else quite like it.
Each play through will last for all four seasons of the year, causing your surroundings to constantly change around you. One of the unique parts of Proteus is that everything in the game is procedurally generated. What does that mean you ask, it means that every time you start a new game the world will be completely different. Another fun aspect to the game is everything in the world has its own musical note or instrument if you will, that will allow it “alter” the soundtrack it their own way.
Other than having a few weapons, an amazing soundtrack and being set in a “dream like world” Proteus is somewhat wrapped in shrouds of mystery. No release date or even release window yet, but we do know that when it does release it will be a Cross Buy game allowing you to snag it up for both the PS3 and the Ps Vita for one simple price.
Source: PlayStation Blog (US)
Summer is here and it is definitely hot outside, so why not cool off by staying in and playing a few new games. Only one thing better than a new game, and that is a new game you got for cheap. That’s why SONY has launched the Summer Blast 2013 sale, bringing discounts to multiple PSN titles. Check out the list below and let us know if you will be picking up any new titles over the next two weeks.
- The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest (Vita) – Sale: $4.99 PS Plus $2..50
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: the Game (PS3) – Sale: $3.99, PS Plus: $2.00
- Shadow of the Colossus (PS3) – Sale: $9.99, PS Plus: $5.00
- The Simpsons Arcade (PS3) – Sale: $6.99, PS Plus: $4.89
- X-Men (PS3) – Sale: $6.99, PS Plus: $4.89
Source: PlayStation Blog (US)
In September of 2012 development studio Hydravision (Alone in the Dark) shut down, they were working on a new title called Ethan: Meteor Hunter. Instead of letting that new vision die with the old studio, seven guys from Hydravison bought the rights to the IP and started their own studio. The new studio–appropriately named Seven Studio–has been tooling away for the last 8 months or so to bring Ethan to life and into the hands of the public.
You play as Ethan, a rat who has specials powers after getting hit by small pieces of a meteor. Ethan: Meteor Hunter is a platform puzzler, forcing you to traverse dangerous paths filled with ever changing death traps and path blocking puzzles where you have to use your powers (freezing time and moving objects) to get Ethan through. Seven Studio is shooting for about 50 levels in total, each with multiple paths leading to the end, allowing every caliber of gamer to be challenged, but not overwhelmed.
We should see this new and unique puzzler later this summer on PSN for the PS3, with high hopes of seeing it later released for the PS Vita, which it was originally designed for. Although the Vita version is not yet confirmed, it seems that it is definitely a die-hard goal of Seven Studios, as they have already stated: “IF we do a Vita version, it’ll of course be cross-buy.”
Source: PlayStation Blog (US)
This week we have only a couple games confirmed in this preview, all of them being on the PS Vita. First up is Farm Simulator 2013 allowing you to act out all your agriculture dreams. What, you don’t have any fantasies that involve trackers and corn, no way that’s just us here at PSN Fans. No worries, Pinball Heroes: Complete is also hitting the PS Vita this week, providing tons of “classic style tables” based on your favorite PlayStation franchises. Still not interested or excited, well maybe flying through space fighting off enemies and rescuing your fellow people, then check out Velocity Ultra.
Last year South Korea decided that any child under the age of 16 should have their online gaming privileges restricted. This new decision lead to the “Shutdown Law,” this new law now made it illegal for children under the age of 16 to play games between the hours of midnight and 6 A.M. – this put services like PSN in a sort of bind. In response SONY pulled the PlayStation Network from South Korea, making sure they avoided any possible violation of this new law.
Now, SONY is back and ready to put the PlayStation Network back up and running in South Korea. Their new plan is to only allow those who are 18 and older on the service, requiring you to have a credit card to prove your age. As an added bonus, they [SONY] will also be giving a free month of PlayStation Plus to those who already had an active account a year ago when the service went down.
Although the credit card thing may be able to keep people from creating under age accounts, we’re not completely sure that will keep kids offline or off the service. Many children under the age of 16, in many countries, use other peoples accounts because they don’t have their own online account for one reason or another. What is to stop that from happening here, how will they know when a minor child gets on, say, their big brother or parents account. Do you believe that children under the age of 16 will be on the PlayStation Network come May 16 when it relaunches, let us know what you think in the comments section.
Source: Game Politics
Just last week Terraria launched on PSN for the Playstation 3 but 505 Games didn’t want to keep all the fun to console crowd so they made a little announcement; Terraria will be releasing on the Vita this summer. The Vita version will feature 8 player online multiplayer as well as leaderboards and trophies, which is great news for all.
Tim Woodley, Head of Global Brand at 505 Games said, “We’re all huge fans of Terraria and have been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from the existing community since we began working with the property, and it’s been amazing to see how many of those fans have been asking for a portable version ofTerraria so they can take their adventures with them on the go. The biggest challenge for us is how to give players the control they need to fully enjoy the experience and we’re really excited to explore the potential of the multiple input options that the PlayStation Vita affords us.”
Not to mention the praise that Shahid Ahmad, SCEE’s Senior Business Development Manager, had to say, “We are tremendously excited about bringing Terraria to PS Vita. It’s fantastic news for fans who have been begging for the game to be available on PS Vita and it’s fantastic news for us too, we are delighted about the addition to the platform. For us this is a real coup, the opportunity to bring such a loved game to one of our platforms is really exciting. We are also really confident about how much fans are going to love the PS Vita version; the touch screen will ensure a totally unique experience.”
THQ has been selling off their franchises and studios recently but it appears the games aren’t out the woods yet. In fact their games seem to vanishing from the PSN Store. Over in Europe Red Faction has gone missing, while in North America Darksiders is unavailable for purchase the sequel is. There is no word if this is only a temporary disappearing or if they will be returning to the store once all sales have been finalized and can be reposted be their new owners. Here’s hoping for the latter but in case they don’t come back you might to pick up the remaining THQ games if you don’t already have them digitally.