This gorgeous remake deserves better controls.
Nights Into Dreams has unquestionably been treated with love in its transformation into HD. The Japanese exclusive PlayStation 2 version of the game has been upscaled and displayed in wide screen, making the once blocky presentation smooth and vibrant. Even the sprites were upgraded to 3D objects, providing some extra visual flair. Heck, Sega even included a trimmed version of Christmas Nights for good measure. However, the port suffers from the same botched controls found in that PlayStation 2 version of the game and the rough patches of the experience persist despite the loving upgrade.
If the title wasn't a dead giveaway, Gamescom 2012 is the main focus of our conversation. But that's not all!
After a hiatus due to vacations and general life stuff, Nick, Chessa, and Jason reunite for the seventy-fourth episode of PixlTalk. We kick things off with a bit of conversation on the Zelda symphony and segue into what we're all playing. The bulk of the cast is dedicated to the various announcements at Gamescom 2012, primarily Sony's news.
The upgraded support is accompanied by a few other relevant tweaks.
In addition to introducing Cross Buy, Sony dropped some other relevant Vita information. Version 1.80 of the system firmware will bring with it support for PSone Classics. Though the feature was planned and announced before the release of the system, it wasn't ready for the release or in the months following. On August 28 that will change as the company begins incrementally rolling out full support for the hefty catalog.
Just when you get into your groove, the controller powers down. Update: Pitchforks down, everyone: it charges while you play.
After catching a glimpse of the Wii U's potential at Nintendo’s conference, some of the excitement is tempered by the raw facts on battery life. According to official figures from Nintendo, the Wii U Gamepad will only last for 3-5 hours on battery charge. Since most of its functionality shown at E3 involves players moving it in multiple directions and around the room, it may be tough to charge and play with the controller at the same time.
It looks more than a little familiar and it comes in black too!
The main focus of Nintendo’s pre-E3 video presentation may have been on the newly dubbed Wii U GamePad and some of the online functionalities, but there were a couple of other surprising details slipped in as well – chief among these being the revelation of yet another Wii U controller called, the Wii U Pro Controller.
Nintendo showcased the redesigned controller for the upcoming Wii U.
Today at Nintendo's Direct Pre-E3 presentation, the company formally introduced the redesigned Wii U tablet controller, dubbed the Wii U GamePad. Furthermore, Nintendo talked about various features the controller's touch screen will have as well as its functionality.
If we sweat, do we not bleed?
Confession time: My hands sweat. They sweat a lot. You may not think it matters, but it can lead to some awkward situations when passing around a controller in a fighting game tournament with friends. Naturally, when I found the original Nyko Air Flo controller for the original Xbox, my friends and I breathed a collective sigh of relief.
The new controllers feature the transforming D-Pad.
Those in the market for a new Xbox 360 controller will have a few more options come mid-May. Microsoft is planning to release a Chrome series of their controllers, which features a glossy red, blue, or silver finish. Retailing at $54.99, the controllers will all feature the transforming D-Pad, which gives players two modes of operation. In its default position it will operate just like the D-Pad on the standard Xbox 360 controller, but when turned, it does a better job of sensing the cardinal directions.