Go on a visual, and personal journey with JD while he plays through...well, Journey!
In the post-mordem of a really tough semester, I decided to play Journey and reflect on the past few months as well as talk about my thoughts on gaming this year...and of course my opinions on Journey. Hope you enjoy!
Get your hands on the highly anticipated Level-5 RPG this week.
Level-5’s Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is one of next year’s most sought after Playstation 3 titles. For those curious about its premise, you might be happy to know that Namco Bandai has announced a playable demo that will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, December 4th in North American. The demo will hit Europe the following day on Wednesday, December 5th.
I've lived and learned that some things are better left in the past.
I have fond memories of Sonic Adventure 2. The revision, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, was the first game I ever played on a Nintendo Gamecube, and I remember that moment very clearly. At the time, I swore it was one of the coolest games ever. Running down the side of a building at high speeds? It was awesome to me at the time. On top of that you had two parallel stories that lead to an epic final chapter. I made it a priority to eventually own the game and I did, and I enjoyed it a lot. From the campaign to the Chao garden, I spent a lot more time playing Sonic Adventure 2 than I should have. Looking through the lens of Sonic Adventure 2 HD, it’s kind of hard to see why I enjoyed the game so much in the first place.
The Sega Saturn classic will be released in HD this fall.
This past Tuesday Sega posted an image (pictured below) on their Facebook page and Twitter feed that puzzled at least a few folks. However, when the dust settled, the consensus was that it was from the NiGHTS series, sparking immediate speculation. Today, Sega revealed that the mysterious picture was teasing the announcement of an HD port of the original NiGHTS into Dreams to Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and PC.
Be prepared to relive the past this September.
Today, Capcom has announced that two fan favorite fighting games will be put together in one downloadable deal. Marvel vs. Capcom Origins takes Marvel Super Heroes and the first Marvel vs. Capcom and packages them together for $15 or 1200 Microsoft Points on PSN and XBLA, respectively.
A veteran fighting franchise makes a statement.
The Virtua Fighter series is well known and applauded for its balance and its simple complexity. A fighting game played with only three buttons, Virtua Fighter features a simple control scheme but adds incredible depth with its refined gameplay systems. This may seem odd when compared to other fighters that use more buttons, but Virtua Fighter is arguably one of the most complex fighting games on the market. With this latest iteration—subtitled Final Showdown—the series emphasizes its strong points.
An extreme, fast-paced, and fun downloadable racer.
Mad Riders is an ATV based racer that emphasizes high speed races and tricks. Players have a few options available when starting up the game, including Tournament mode, which is the mode that is based on progression in the form of star collecting. Players have a series of challenges to complete in a specific map, like winning a race, landing a certain amount of tricks, or beating the clock. Finishing in third place will earn one star, second place earns two stars and first earns three stars. After collecting a certain amount of stars, you gain the ability to progress.
Insert Top Gun reference here.
City Interactive is delivering some arcade-style shoot-em-up goodness later this year in the form of Dogfight 1942. Originally titled Combat Wings: The Great Battles of World War II, the game had been intended as a retail game. However, along with the name change, the game will now be a downloadable only title that will be available on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and Steam when it's released.
The much beloved Wii title gets a sequel on Sony's handheld.
Konami showed that it has a few surprises up its sleave by announcing that a new Little King's Story will be coming soon for the PlayStation Vita. The Action RPG will only be available on the PSN as a download only and will be available for purchase this summer. The game will be a follow up to Little King's Story originally on the Nintendo Wii and developed by now defunct studio Cing.