Tuesday, 23 October 2012

New Playstation Store thoughts

Sony has unveiled a new look PSN store, but to many this "New look" is to much like the Xbox home page.
The new layout was the reason for the recent PSN maintenance which left users locked out of the store and in some cases online gaming altogether. A new search engine has been added to the store making it easier to find and purchase games, DLC or some of the other features offered on the PlayStation Store. HD screen shots have been added also so customers can see the awesomeness of the games they are considering purchasing. Personally i quite like the new look, but i am a sucker for new shiny layouts. Hopefully the next move is to revamp the home screen on the PS3.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Playstation Plus on sale!

25 % off 1 year PS plus memberships in Nz And Australia. In my opinion well worth it. I have over 21 games saved to my PS3 now mostly free downloads for PS plus members. Current freebies include Red Dead Redemption, Just Cause 2 and many more games. Other benefits include exclusive dynamic backgrounds and avatars for your PSN profile.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Madden NFL 13 First thoughts.

So I'm a big Madden Fan and this year I've been super excited for the latest release. I picked up my pre-order and dived straight into the new Connected Careers mode. Wow! About time they updated the former "Superstar" mode. With more of an RPG feel then ever before XP is gained from Practice as well as Weekly Goals, Season Goals and Milestone Goals.The ability to take your players career online against 31 other players or coaches has also been added which is a major step. But i few things were missing from the new look mode, including the rookie draft. Rather then being drafted when you start your career you just pick a team which takes away a little of the realness but all and all this is a big step on the superstar modes of the past. Now I've heard alot of people say "Where is Franchise Mode" and "EA Sports you took away Franchise Mode you suck" , Well this isn't the case. Franchise mode is still there just under a new name. To do Franchise Mode you need to start a Career as a coach. Yes, i know there are a few big things missing (Fantasy Draft, Ability to play with more then 1 user on the same franchise offline) But really if you don't have the internet these days then really you are missing out. This years Madden takes all the features of franchise mode online unlike Madden's of the past. The New Infinity Engine makes this the best Madden game play wise in years. the hits are huge and the impacts off the ball are just as well animated. New commentary was long over due and is a welcome improvement. Overall i think this is the best madden in years and yes there are things they could have done better what game has no flaws?? Not many.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Sleeping Dogs Hits Stores Down Under. First Impressions

Sleeping Dogs was released today in Australia, and i was quick to pick up my pre-order of this urban sandbox. Released the same day as Darksiders 2, Sleeping Dogs has a deep story mode that will keep you glued. The hand to hand Combat in this game feels fluid and much like the Batman Arkham series (unsurprisingly since both games are from Square Enix). The leveling system is unlike any I have experienced in gaming. XP is allotted in specific areas. Cop, Triad and Face. Xp is used to unlock new abilities. Cop and Triad points are awarded for the way in which you complete story missions. Cop Points are awarded depending on how careful you are innocents and private property. Triad Points are dished out at the opposite end of the spectrum, awarded for how brutal you are with enemy's and stringing combo's together. Face experience is all to do with how the citizens of Hong Kong feel about you. Doing quest and helping strangers earns you face, for example a struggling T-shirt shop owner wants you to drive around the city and take some photos for some new T-shirts. The Map is based on the real Hong Kong with 4 main districts. It feels quite big but isn't nearly as large as some of the other open world games. This is countered by large populations and a hive of activity throughout the city. The AI in this game feels a lot realer then the likes of GTA5 or Saints Row. The Voice acting in this game is second to none. With a mix of English and Cantonese it is what you would expect the dialog to be between Chinese and Chinese-Americans to be. The odd Cantonese word or sentence (Don't worry the subtitles are solid too) adds to the realism of this game. The game is Single Player only but there is ways to engage in competition with friend via the leaderboard. Scores for missions, Biggest Stunt jump, Longest Wheelie are just a few things that are tracked for the leaderboard. All and All i think Sleeping Dogs is one of those hidden gem's that hopefully now its been released it will get the attention it deserves.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

FIFA 13 and Madden NFL 13 Being Developed for Wii U

Two of the biggest sports titles in gaming will be available at the launch of the new Nintendo Wii U. EA Sports Announced earlier in the month FIFA 13 and Madden 13 will join the already announced games on the new Wii U. Other Games already added to the list for the up coming console include Assassins Creed 3, Darksiders 2 and NBA 2k13. Rumors have the Wii U set for a November 18 Release in the US but this is only speculation to this point.

Assassins Creed 3 Naval Warfar Trailer Released

A new trailer for the upcoming historical action-adventure, Assassins Creed 3 ,has been released today.  Assassins Creed 3, set before during and after the American Revolution 1753- 1783, puts you in the shoe's of  Connor Kenway A half English half Native American.
In addition to the historical period, game play will also take place in the "present day" with gamers having more control of Desmond than in any of the previous titles.

The latest Trailer shows A new addition to the series in Naval Warfare.

The game is set for release on the 30th of October in North America and 31st of October for the Down Under Faithful.