Monday, July 6, 2015

There's a game I wanna' talk about.

...but it's gonna' take a while to put the post together.  For now, enjoy this gif.

Eighteen minutes of No Man's Sky.

Hmmm this kinda' has me hyped for all the footage IGN is gonna' put out this month.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How the **** have I not heard of The Swindle until now?

  • Procedurally generated.  
  • Stealth action-platformer.  
  • Steampunk.  
  • Hacking.
  • 2D.  
  • A bunch of gadgets and such to collect. 
  • "You break into procedurally-generated buildings , try to hack all their computers and empty their bank accounts, and then leg it back to your airship."  
  • "It’s a little bit “best of both worlds”; you’re a stealthy burglar, and when things (inevitably) go wrong, you’re a full-on action hero."
  • Fuck yes.


And here's the crazy/awesome part.  It drops this month.  I have no idea how this slipped past my radar - maybe because it was announced over at the European PlayStation blog, with no mention on the NA site.  Yeah.  Yeah, that's my excuse.

This looks wicked.  Day one.

Guerrilla Games breaks down the Horizon gameplay.

They talk a bit about character customization, the fact that you'll have to strategically choose your weapon loadout, and hint at Aloy's connection to the machines she hunts.  Worth watchin'!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The full Uncharted 4 E3 demo.

...with that sweet sweet additional seven minutes that were shown behind closed doors.

Oh Nathan.  How could you lie to Elena?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Game Diary - in brief.

First off, I have been enjoying the hell out of Batman: Arkham Knight.  Unlike some reviewers, I've never felt troubled by the Batmobile's presence - I feel like it achieves a good mix, and that's not fifty or forty or thirty percent Batmobile stuff.  It's in there, but it's just one facet of a gem whose other sides sport lovely combat, just-right puzzles, pulpy mysteries, super-fun gliding mechanics and one of the awesomest Batman stories there has ever been.

If you've seen any reviews, you know there's a Spoiler no one will tell you about - and I'm not going to be the one who does (not without very ample warning, at least) - but its impact, its implementation and the insight it reveals into Arkham Knight's hero is profound.

Elsewhere, a few weeks ago I actually blew forty dollars on Tales of Hearts R on Vita.  I put two or three hours into it, decided I wasn't having any fun and walked away.  During the PSN flash sale this past weekend, Hyperdimension Neptunia's Vita port dropped to six bucks, and I figured what the heck.  For six bucks, I could afford to be wrong.

Hyperdimension Neptunia, it's worth noting, is a fourth-wall-shattering JRPG that takes place in the magical kingdom of Gameindustri, and the main character is an anthropomorphized version of the Sega Neptune - the theoretical successor to the Sega Saturn, that never existed.  Her peers are personifications of the Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360, and the game is... cute.

And funny.  And entertaining. The combat, as well, feels immediately more interesting than Hearts as, despite its turn-based nature, it already offers a nice amount of strategy in terms of positioning, tricking your enemies into gathering together and guard breaks.

It's fun.  So far.

And now I'm going to go play more Batman - excuse me.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

America. Fuck yeah.

I know you don't come here for my position on anything political.  But...

On Friday, I opened Twitter and learned the news.  At the time, only three tweets in my feed mentioned it - one from the Associated Press, one from NBC, and one which simply featured a screenshot of this text from the decision.
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.  In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were.  As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.  It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage.  Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfilment for themselves.  Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions.  They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.  The Constitution grants them that right.

The judgement of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered.”
I welled up, a bit, reading it.  It's beautiful.  Finally.

And all us other countries knew, America.  We knew you'd get around to it, eventually.  In fact, color me impressed, because I expected it to take you a lot longer.

Kayla and I were talking yesterday about when it came up in Canada.  Ten years ago... and that's not "like, ten years ago," that is a decade ago, you would not believe all the anger and protests and public mud-slinging that led up to the decision, my American friends - because there wasn't any.  It was just,
"Hm.  The way our laws are written, gay folks can't get married."

"Oh?  We should change the laws, then."

"Well, obviously."
 America?  It is high damn time.  Good on 'ya.  Glad you came around.