Malcolm Klock brings a brilliant summary of 2013 in gaming. From old consoles to new, graphics improvements as well as unforgettable stories and memories, it's all crammed into just two minutes- go on and press play, it's actually really breathtaking.
Never since the now celebrated ‘Ocarina of Time’ hit shelves in late 1998 has a game in Nintendo’s sacred ‘Legend of Zelda’ franchise been adorned with the same tumultuous applause and praise – achieving ‘perfect’ scores from a number of online publications. After a reported six year development cycle, Skyward Sword finally reached our dusty old Wii consoles in November 2011 amid near-apocalyptic critical acclaim. Ocarina of Time was the game that defined the Zelda formula; sure ‘A Link to the Past’ introduced a number of key elements including the master sword and twin world mechanics, but ‘Ocarina’ refined these greatly and holds up today as a true classic of video gaming and the defining moments of many an N64 owner's childhood nostalgia. The idea of a Zelda game surpassing the sacred binary held within Ocarina of Time and Link to the Past cartridges alike was a truly exciting prospect...
At a 2 hour press conference in New York City last night, streamed live on the internet for the rest of us, Sony finally unveiled their next generation console… the Playstation 4, coming ‘Holiday 2013’. Well, sort of…
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Viraj brings us a great review of a brand new Arbiter Rapid Fire Pro Custom Controller for Xbox 360! There's even a bit of unboxing action! ;)
Popular, fun and exciting, the turn-based RPG Rainbow Moon will be bounding onto the PlayStation Vita's glorious OLED screen as soon as 'next year', publisher eastasiasoft has announced.
The wildly popular RPG, which claimed the spot of 'highest-selling game on PS Store' in July charmed and challenged punters with its cute graphics, combat system and dungeons.
Capcom's served up a tasty-looking dish with its new collectible set of 10 Megaman soundtrack discs, stuffed in a trusty E-Tank tin.
All the tunes from Megaman to Megaman 10 are included in the pack, and there isn't any annoying DRM, meaning that you can rip 'em and keep 'em on your iPod. Or something.
To be honest, this would only provide sentimental value if I bought it, but I'm sure somebody else would enjoy buying these (and at the price it's going for I can't think of anyone who would.)
It's yours for a cool 14,700 Yen or £115 today from Capcom's store, anyway.
Right now we're well into the third generation of predominantly 3D gaming platforms. Most recently, Ubisoft’s 2D sidescroller 'Rayman Origins' for the PS3 and Xbox 360 was given a surprising release on store shelves, neatly wrapped up in a box next to the more suitably dimensionally-unchallenged titles more associated with today’s booming games industry. It goes to show how side-lined the genre has become.
By the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2 era, that would be last generation at the time of this article, the 2D sidescroller is a dying breed for high-end development, and would find more comfort on the 'indie' game roster of Steam, or more modest services including XBLA and PSN.
That said, before such established online services, any 2D sidescroller on the NGC or PS2 had an awful lot to prove to justify its existence. Viewtiful Joe is such a game, which is so stylish, and full of interesting game mechanics, it appears more than welcome on home consoles as late as 2005, and remains a gem in Capcom’s library.
Sony's been found out!
Submitting its designs for the 16GB CECH-4011A, 250GB CECH-4011B and 500GB CECH-4011C designs, each serial numbers for its new PlayStation 3 redesign to ANATEL, Brazil's FCC was a bad idea — Sony might have just Osborned itself
Good news? If you can hold out a bit more for a possibly cheaper, possibly slimmer PS3, go for it. I mean, it's not like Sony can remove any more from PlayStation that it already has. *Cough* OtherOS, PS2 capability *Cough*
OUYA, the Tegra 3-sporting, Android 4.0-running, £60 games console has smashed indie funding website Kickstarter's records for reaching monetary goals, taking just 8 hours to reach its goal of $950,000... then, in two days, and nearly a month from its finishing date, it's ploughed through that barrier and gone on to raise over $4.1 million.
Julie Uhrman, head of the OUYA project, said "Until this week, a lot of people thought we were crazy. Some still do. THANK YOU to all those who are backing us: we are focused on delivering for you."
It'll be interesting to see how they do that, and how they spend their current (and still growing) pot of $4.1 million. Here in the UK, I think I'm going to wait until they've actually got a finished product, and until the hype dies down.
The £60/$99 Android 4.0-based, Tegra 3-sporting gaming hub-cum-media centre has hit the shores of Kickstarter as of today.
The brand new listing comes with a lovely new video showcasing the whole kaboodle! A swanky new controller designed by Yves Behar is also shown, and in my opinion, the prototype UI looks a bit like a cross between the Xbox Kinect Dashboard and PS3's XMB.
Kickstarter, the funding website similar to Indiegogo in the form of 'backers get perks' has already reached $869,000 of its $950,000 funding goal...with 29 days to go!
This thing is going to be a hit, and I'll certainly get one. This is a revolution in the console industry. Ou-ya! :D