Sony @ E3 Rapid Reaction

(ed.note: Here are viciouspjurahead’s unfiltered thoughts from watching last night’s Sony E3 keynote)

 Will Sony unveil the box? Will Uncharted 4 be announced? Will the new PS4 be able to a full kidney transplant.  All of these questions are now answered now that the Sony presentation is finished. here’s the good, the bad, and the super badass!!

-Gaming platform first. Good job.

-System wide sharing is positive. Being able to help a brother out in a jam.  Anyone wanna beat Final Fantasy 13-2 for me?

-Bit of a long delay here. Oh god. I missed it. Sad face. Oh ok, i didnt miss it. I was welcomed with the sounds of Ni No Kuni.

-During the opening video I thought I saw the actual console.

-Started off with the Vita. Seems like Sony is really pushing for the Vita to be a success.  I didnt know the amount of apps it has on it.  Makes it almost a mini iPad mini.

-Walking Dead: 400 Days announcement. Followed by a video of The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls.

-GT6 looks just beautiful? Nothing else needed to say about it.

– Sleek design.  And looks relatively lightweight.

-Now we are getting a look at the games.  The Order seems like a game I can do without but the Killzone game looks absolutely amazing. And it’s a launch title so double bonus.

– I think it’s safe to say that the look of games will no longer be in questions. It will most certainly come down to gameplay and what you’re exactly looking for in a game.

-Did Xbox even show us any independent games?


Prepare Your Ark: Playstation 4 News Deluge


Since I’ve already worked like 60 hours this week and I don’t have the investigative legs to track everything down for you guys, I can (and have) provided all you late comers with a slew of links featuring the highlights from tonights festivities.  Which, if you live under a rock which is actually under a series of other rocks, was the grand unveiling (kind of) of the Playstation 4. lers and screenshots over the next few days, when I’m not bone-tired.


 First look at the Playstation 4’s new camera & controller along with some detailed specs

PS4 stays hidden, but tech specs are revealed

Second screen funcionality via iOS & Android

Unreal Engine 4 running on the Playstation 4 

No initial backwards compatability for PS1 ,2 or 3 games, but they will be streamable via the cloud


inFamous: Second Son trailer

DriveClub trailer. What the hell is DriveClub?

Killzone 4 screenshots!


The Witness from Jonathan Blow (Braid!),

Watch Dogs

Diablo 3

Destiny from Bungie

Deep Downthe codename for Capcom’s new IP

F’reals Playstation 4 Controller **Updated**


From Kotaku and their sources:



Kotaku says “An industry source familiar with the new system tells us the photo is the real deal. But bear in mind, it may not represent the final form of the controller. The touch-pad on the front of the controller is particularly interesting. According to the official Orbis documentation that was shared with us a few weeks ago, it will be a two-point multi-touch capable “pad” similar to the one on the back of the Vita. It can also be clicked for an additional input. Curiously, this prototype seems to not include a “Share” button, despite that button being described in the documentation.

I don’t know…looks pretty chunky & cheap to me.  But keep in mind that this is a prototype and isn’t the final form. Sigh….this is clearly a reality that I need to accept. Even if the PS4 launches this year, I’ll still probably wait to see how Microsoft & Sony’s next gen offerings shake out before I back either particular horse.  Can’t be running all wily-nilly (ed. note: or nimbly-bimbly) out to my local big box electr-o-mart to pick one of these guys up on launch day.

What I am particularly interested in seeing is how the games that are currently slated to be released this year deal with the imminent arrival of next gen systems.  Are any going to be delayed to that they can debut on the PS4/Xbox 720?  I seem to recall God of War 3 was ready to go for the PS2 but they held it back so it would make a bigger splash on the PS3. Whatever happens, February 20th should prove to be a very interesting day.

02/15/13 Update after the jump – Two new shots of the Playstation 4 controller

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Sony’s Latest Guessing Game

Sony just dropped this banner on all the major social networking sites. Here are my guesses as to what it could mean.


1) Orbis, also knows as the PS4


2) Finally putting the PSP to bed

3) Finally putting the PSVita to bed

4) Announcing a worthy sequel to Monster Madness: Grave Danger

5) A Star Wars: Force Unleashed/Shadows of the Damned crossover.

But it’s probably the Orbis announcement.

Sony to Broke Gamers: F*ck You

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYesterday Sony Computer Entertainment of America filed a patent application describing a method for embedding RFID tags in game discs. The intent is to allow the next gen Playstation, codenamed Orbis, to prevent any given disc from functioning in more than one console. Like, ever.

If this super awesome customer loyalty program gets the green light, no more buying used games at Gamestop (whose shares took a nose dive today, thanks to this little nugget of information) or selling them back for a pittance of store credit. No more loaning games to friends or trading on internet swap-meets like No sir, Sony wants alls the monies. You budget-minded consumers who can’t afford to buy every worthwhile title at full price can go play fucking Farmville. So what if a game is three years old and already has two sequels by the time you get around to trying it? Tough shit, kid. Sony hates you.

[via NeoGAF and Kotaku]

Robot Chicken Shills for Playstation All-Stars; I In Turn Shill For Both **UPDATED**

This doesn’t make me want a PS Vita any more, but it doesn’t make me want one any less, either. What it definitely does though, is not make me want to play Playstation All-Stars. I may be the only person who never really cared for Super Smash Bros. and that game actually has a deep roster of interesting characters and IP.  PAS isn’t even trying to hide the fact it’s a rip off; the shallow talent roster doesn’t help either. Anyone played it? What did you think?


** UPDATE 11/27/12 2:22PM –  Apparently NO ONE wants a PS Vita.  What a shame.

On Restraint, with Bonus! Time Travel Gallery

I have disposable income and am quick on the draw with my credit card.  That, combined with Amazon Prime, leads to hasty purchasing decisions, especially when they fall into the “Nerd Spectrum” (ed. note: Ugh.).

Perfect examples: I woke up today convinced that I needed to by a PS Vita.  Keep in mind, I have ZERO time to play one. I’ve barely played my PS3 over the past two months! My time is now split between work, this site, catching up on reading, comics, and  time-, soul-, and money-sucking Facebook games. So throwing a PS Vita into that equation is foolish at best and a complete waste of money at worst.  And yet…I still want it. I have the means to acquire it. Right now if I want.  I know I’ll eventually lose this battle, especially when this hits:

Maybe it’ll be a moot point, when WordPress reveals that their adrates are $100/hit/day. Then I can can repurpose the 10 hours I spend at work towards something far more useful, like playing video games in my Forever Lazy while becoming a hermit.  Dreams! We got ’em.

– Then there’s this: Welcome to rip off town, population: YOU

While struggling (ed. note: overstatement) with whether or not to buy a PS Vita today, I started playing Avengers Alliance on Facebook.  It’s basically Outernaughts but in the Marvel Universe.  Or I guess since this came first, Outernaughts is Avengers Alliance set in space and with stupid knock-off Pokemon.  As I had thought, my ravenous need to play Outernauts  has already greatly subsided and my dalliance with AA is fading even quicker.  Mostly because THIS GAME IS STUPID BULLSHIT THAT IS WHOLLY ARBITRARY, MAKES NO SENSE, NAKEDLY WANTS YOUR MONEY AND IS DUMB. Everything costs either gold OR Avenger points OR S.H.I.E.L.D. points which you somehow deplete doing game mandated activities, yet it’s mysteriously hard to suss out exactly how you earn them back. Well, I guess not THAT mysterious (see pic above). Can you not earn them in-game? If not, then this is just a ridiculously gussied-up money pit designed to trap comic fans & children. I’ll give it a day, after that it’s heading for the Big Deletion bin in the sky.

– The other rash purchase I was considering this morning (Pro-tip: get out of bed, spend less money) was an iPad subscription to Game Informer.  The preview issue that they’re currently offering is a solid visually, though not as tricked out as Wired.  What initially gave me pause was, “Don’t I already get all of my game journalism online for free; why should I start paying for it now?”. The impetuous side of my brain, of course, was all “It’s only $20! It’s cool, you should totally buy it!”. First, shut up brain. Second, I managed to put the iPad down and wander off to make breakfast.  While doing so I thought, “Wait, Game Informer. Isn’t…isn’t that the magazine that Gamestop tries to pawn off on everyone along with their BS Player’s Edge cards? Didn’t they TRICK me into paying for a subscription to this nonsense once?” and after a quick trip to the knowledge box, I had my answer. No thank you, game Informer, NO THANK YOU.

-A quick note on game journalism: when I was growing up,the best days of the month were the days that GamePro and Electronic Gaming Monthly showed up.  Do you remember those massive year end issues of EGM? One year I think the holiday issue of EGM clocked in at over 400 pages.  Pure bliss. After the jump, TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO A SIMPLER TIME IN VIDEO GAMES.

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Metal Gear Solid 4 Trophy List Revealed


I am really looking forward to playing this game again. It’s been years at this point since I’ve last picked it up so it’ll be interesting to see how it holds up.  Plus I’ve forgotten mostly everything about it, so it’ll be like a bonus new game. BONUS. GAME.

I’ve been a huge fan of the Solid series, though I have to side with MGS3 being my favorite. Which was your favorite?

Trophy list is as follows:

Bronze You enjoy all the killing, that’s why. Killed many enemies in one area, and vomited.
Bronze Divine Wind Caused a “divine wind” using the Tanegashima.
BronzeHands Up! Held an enemy soldier at gunpoint and performed a body check.
BronzeEmotion Control Controlled an enemy soldier’s emotions using an Emotive Magazine.
BronzeHurt me more! Shocked an enemy soldier using Mk. II/III.
BronzeDrum Can Addict Knocked an enemy soldier flying using a Drum Can.
BronzeThat Tune Is His Mind Control Music Played Oishii Two-han Seikatsu and made one of the BB Corps dance.
BronzeOverhead view — just like old times… Used overhead view on Shadow Moses Island.
Silver SUNLIGHT! Obtained the Solar Gun.
Silver I Just Don’t Fear Death Caused ALERT status while wearing the Corpse Camo.
Silver Where I Can See Ya Located enemy soldiers using the Scanning Plug.
Silver Ghost Photography Addict Snapped at least 5 shots of ghosts on Shadow Moses Island.
Silver FaceCamo Addict Obtained 10 or more types of FaceCamo (excluding types obtained via password).
SilverCan you feel my power now!!!? Took control of an enemy soldier’s body using the Mantis Doll or Sorrow Doll.
SilverAre you an Otaku too? Viewed all model posters.
SilverYou’re pretty good. Got kissed by Ocelot during the final battle.
Gold Flashback Mania Viewed all flashbacks.
GoldSounds of the Battlefield Obtained all iPod® tracks (excluding tracks obtained via password).
GoldI am THE expert on weapons, equipment and cutting-edge technology. Obtained all weapons (excluding weapons obtained via password).
Platinum The Legendary Hero Obtained all trophies.

Snake, are you looking forward to another trip to the battlefield? Really? How excited?A real hand full
Wow.  You don’t say. (Link via Kotaku)

Sony: Selling Things Nobody Really Wants

Nobody wants this

So, Sony is selling a PS3 Call of Duty bundle with…nothing? You get the console, the game and *one* controller for $299? Wha…why? What good does this do anyone? No DLC vouchers, no sneak peek at Black Ops 2, no cool limited edition paint job, just, “here, have this stuff we put in this box”? Sony, I love you but c’mon.

UNRELATED (or is it): Per Kotaku, the Playstation division lost $2.8 billion dollars last year. Which Sony is attributing due to the flooding in Thailand and the PS3 price cut, but definitely not to terrible console bundles.