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 »
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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
Over the past 7 years, the prominence of the independent developer or “indie dev” in the home console space has grown exponentially. From small beginnings with the likes of James Silva and The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai and Johnathan Blow with his critical hit Braid, the common denominator of all indie games that seems to shine through is the creator’s iron will to express an idea. These developers, whether they be individuals crafting away for 5 years on a single title or a small team of college friends combining their skills and taking to Kickstarter, all want the same thing – to send the industry a message of what they’re about, a message of what they want to accomplish.
Toiling away in Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, the tiny team at Candygun Games has been bringing to life a title they feel epitomizes their very mission and culture. Something that represents their message , which is “producing entertaining gameplay focused titles with fantastic visuals”.
Roger Joswig, Managing Director of the independent developer, puts it succinctly: “When we prototype our games we start without any visual design and modify the game until it’s fun to play. The visual design is then added on top to support the game design.” It’s this focus on ‘entertainment first, beauty second’ that looks to set their next title Dollar Dash apart from the rest. Read the rest of this entry »
This week the PlayStation Store sees a rather large update, with new games coming at us from all directions. For all you AAA FPS fans Crysis 3 hits the digital shelf ready and waiting for your purchase. We also see two PSN titles this week, the fast paced, challenging Urban Trial Freestyle and the retro filled Capcom Arcade Cabinet which comes with two free games and many more ready for purchase. If you are more of the handheld kind of gamer – SONY didn’t forget about you. On top of receiving Urban Trial Freestyle, Vita owners get Patapon 3 and Generation of Chaos: Pandora’s Reflection (GoC:PR). Are you still holding on to your super awesome PSP, you can also grab up GoC:PR or just go grab OMG Zombies (free) for PS Mobile. Pretty heavy week, got a little bit for every one including PS+ members. Check out the full list of new releases, prices included and don’t forget to let us know what you will be picking up this week in the comments section.