Gearbox is looking for someone to help bring the Borderlands 2 experience to your Vita. Now don’t get your hopes up because nothing is set in stone but the CEO of Gearbox, Randy Pitchford, would really like Sony to help them make this dream a reality and to be frank, we do too. If this idea does flourish into something physical or even digital, we hope we don’t have to buy a PS3 version and PSV version of the game. That would suck.
Can a game lose its touch after being so similiar to its predecessors for so long? The answer to this depends on who’s answering. After hearing from many people that games can become stale if they rely too heavily on their core ideas for too long and then later hearing those same people say that a game attempting to change will detract from its previous incarnation and must “return to it’s roots”, I can safely say that, while not always acceptable, it should remain an open option. To deny a game it’s ability to become something new is like to deny any character from a book the opportunity to be dynamic, which can be seen by some of the very characters that inhabit videogames. While characters who change have dramatic effects on the narrative, a videogame in itself should be allowed a story outside of the one it tells.
Resident Evil 4, for example, is a game that either made the series for you, or broke it. It’s a game that gave up the traditional survival horror aspects and revealed the action side of the franchise, something that not all people were happy about, but is easily regarded as one of the best games of its generation and the best Resident Evil game to date by many Resident Evil fans. Not all games, unfortunately, share this fate. A franchise that has yet to alter the ingredients to it’s game and keep fans entertained is Silent Hill. While the original psychological horror games brought a new type of scare to their audiences, it too has tried to go the action route but didn’t manage success in the long run. Silent Hill hasn’t found a great formula for change yet, but the return to a more traditional psychological horror genre and some new key elements presented in Silent Hill Downpour show that this franchise is better off remaining the same.
Change, of course, is a difficult thing to undergo for most and it can be for better or for worse with the latter being the most prominent outcome, but that doesn’t mean that consumers should accept a game that try’s little to innovate or provide new experiences or that developers should strive to keep their work the same with a few tweaks here and there. Even if a game does end in failure, isn’t it better to have tried than not at all? After all, our failures will only help lead us towards success.
Okami’s re-release for the Playstation 3 in HD was a real surprise for fans of the original and for those trying to get their hands on the game who hadn’t played it before (thanks to its competition on the market being the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 and the like), but craved a version of the game that they could enjoy on their PS3. It’s also an excuse for us to search the web for Okami fan art!
Okami HD should hit shelves sometime this Fall, at a price of $19.99, which isn’t bad considering it’s remastered, comes with trophy support, and features an insanely cute yet badass main character. What more could you ask for?
For all of you Metal Gear fans, Yuji Korekado of Platinum Games has confirmed that DLC is planned for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance post launch. Korekado mentioned plans to include an alternate playable character as well as more missions to experience but never went into more detail.
There is only one character who can make this DLC worth while in our opinion. You know who we’re talking about. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is due March 31st, 2013. You can expect Solid Sn, er, DLC soon after.
One thing I’m sure we all can relate to when it comes to resident evil is our love for it’s characters. To have been able to feel what these characters felt as they trekked across the streets of raccoon city, cautiously walked through a maze like mansion, and made their descent into secret labs has been terrifying yet satisfying. Though that secret lab might be enough to keep us coming for more, it was the one who took the step inside that really motivated us to carry on with the mission or to discover the truth they so longed for. But the beauty of it is that their mission became ours, and their truths were our truths for the moments that we sat on our couches and stepped once again into the world of survival horror.
Now one of these characters has managed to find a special place in my heart and it is none other than the beautiful and mysterious Ada Wong. When I watched both Resident Evil 6 trailers I knew something wasn’t right about her, and apparently I was not alone. After some searching and researching most people have come to the conclusion that she will play a MAJOR role in Resident Evil 6 along with a Ms. Carla Radames (feel free to look her up). While the original cast of characters - that cast being Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield, Jake Muller, and their partners - really grabbed my attention to begin with, it is our lady in red who really sealed the deal for me and I’m hoping we can learn a bit more about her true true true intentions (like, not the fake ones) and maybe get some legitimate emotion out of her. Nevertheless, it will be fun to watch how Leon and Chris get along with her this time around, especially since one of them seemingly loves her and the other wants her dead.
Resident Evil 6 is due out early this October!
If you thought Metal Gear Rising was the start of the end for Solid Snake (or the end of MGS4…) you were completely and utterly WRONG! Don’t worry though, in this case it’s good that you were wrong because that could only mean that Metal Gear Solid 5 is in the works! Kojima has announced that, though he wanted Snake to die at the end of MGS4, he has chosen to continue the old hero’s legacy and that Metal Gear Solid 5 will utilize the new Fox Engine. He also mentioned something about Deus Ex style social interactions but we like to pretend we didn’t hear that bit. Let’s just say we like our MGS with a side of nothing else.
In case your day has yet to be filled with giant robots fighting in space, here is one of many Zone of the Enders HD Collection screenshots. You can view the rest over at joystiq.
Look out for Zone of the Enders HD Collection this fall.
Are you the type of gamer who enjoys heart-pounding, sweat-inducing horror games? If so, you’ve most likely played a wonderful game called Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a game that is sure to make your hair stand on end and speed up your heart rate like no other. This game is so terrifying that we wouldn’t even dare to make fun of you for not completing it even though it’s relatively short. (But we strongly recommend that you do).
If you did finish it though, you’ll be happy to know that Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, a sequel to the aforementioned game developed by Frictional Games, is in the making. Frictional games has released a teaser trailer that you can watch above to give you a taste of the terror to come and we’re partly freaking out because it lacks a release date! You can probably tell we’re excited for this. Enjoy.
If you enjoyed Street Fighter X Tekken on Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 then you might be happy to know that Capcom is releasing an iOS version of the game. Street Fighter 4’s iOS counterpart has been doing well since its launch and has received DLC content that was, surprisingly, free. Surely Street Fighter X Tekken will be receiving the same treatment.
Capcom has yet to reveal a release date for the game but seeing as it only has four confirmed characters, (Ryu, Chun-Li, Kazuya, and Nina at the moment) we can see why. We will be sure to update you on a release date as soon as it is available.
If you’re like us, you’re probably excited for Borderlands 2. If you’re even more like us, the reason you’re excited is because you can’t wait to get behind Zero’s blade and chop up every unlucky soul that happens to be in your path. How can we blame you, who wouldn’t want to be a lightning fast katana wielding cyborg? (We’re looking at you Raiden) We’re also looking forward to the Mechromancer, a character class that won’t be available until post-launch unfortunately but will be free as long as you’re copy of borderlands 2 was pre-ordered.
Borderlands 2 will be available Sept. 18th for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.