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(Philippines, May 6 2014) – Since the launch of the Playstation 4, Sony’s console has not only proven itself as the superior console against its competition, it has in my opinion taken the advantage for this console generation. XB One has showed off nothing but inferior ports (in 720p) while Playstation 4 runs the same game in 1080p at 60 fps. The Wii U is last gen. Sorry Mario, the adults are talking here. Sony has also been taking all the right steps in being pro-consumer with the gratuitous Playstation Plus service and Share Factory the game play video editing software for the Playstation 4 which came with System Software Update 1.7. Yesterday, we had the honor to partake in an exclusive meet and greet with spokespersons from the regional office of Sony in Singapore.

The main purpose of this media briefing led by Teoh WahKeong (Marketing Manager) is to announce launch dates of upcoming Sony console games for the PS4, PS Vita, and PS3 which will soon be available in select Sony Stores in the Philippines. There was also a mention in passing of strategic channels which I believe would be our mainstay game chain stores. While we are acclimated to the whole gray market supply chain, it would be great for Sony and stores like Datablitzand iTech to work hand-in-hand to grow our local gaming market. Below is a list of the games that were previewed during the event and their release dates:

  • (PS4) Murdered: Soul Suspect – June 6, 2014
  • (PS4) MLB 14 The Show (R3) – May 6, 2014
  • (PS3) Drakengard 3 – May 21, 2014
  • (PS Vita) Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma – June 2014
  • (PS Vita) Mind Zero (May 27, 2014

We were able to try a couple of interesting titles such as Drakengard 3 (hack and slasher), Mind Zero (Looks like a Persona Q for the PS Vita), and Murdered: Soul Suspect (a detective game where you play as the spirit of a dead detective).

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Other inclusions in this briefing are highlights of the Software Update 1.7 which includes Share Factory and the remote play function for the PS Vita TV with the PS4 allowing you to play your PS4 games at another TV should your living room be occupied.

Our take away from this is Sony is legitimately targeting South-East Asian countries such as the Philippines as a relevant market for their video games division. We are hoping that the prices for Sony Philippines distributed games will remain competitive with the current prices in the grey market and possibly the inclusion of the Philippines as an official PSN location. This would also mean better availability of PSN Cards which are unfortunately marked-up by local retailers.

We will be updating you all with new developments in this renewed push by Sony’s gaming division in the Philippines as it happens. Be sure to stick around to find out more in the coming months.

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Around this time last year, five surly kids were busy laughing at how terrible games coverage was being handled in this country. Shaking our heads at how the majority of sites and publications out there were essentially fronts for large companies to hawk their wares or people with “in-debt knowledge” (actual line from an actual site) begging said companies for free shit; we figured that it was about time to give people out there a serious alternative from what was out there. We didn’t really have any grand ambitions in mind, just something that would, at the very least, keep us and perhaps a small contingent of our mutual friends entertained until we got bored and moved on. After some thought, we decided that we’d call ourselves “30lives” for no other discernible reason other than it gave us the very cool domain-hack, http://30liv.es/

Around two hours later, I slapped together a boxed CMS theme, popped it in one of my spare server boxes sitting in a co-location, and 30liv.es was born. Two weeks later, we decided that we all made a huge mistake and Google thought we were a Spanish-based site as we were using the .es top-level domain. We rechristened ourselves at 30lives.net and started writing about… things. Mostly things that made us angry. Even though we weren’t really angry. For a while, our editorial style was based on faux vitriol, and we’d write about things about the local and worldwide gaming scene that we thought didn’t make sense. This didn’t win us any favors or friends, and we didn’t really care. Someone had to dish out some real talk, and being sycophantic parrots that copy and paste press releases wasn’t really our style. Looking back, the way we’d rapid-fire posts every single day was actually fairly insane (not to mention unsustainable).

We’ve significantly toned ourselves down since then, and just write about cool games or events around the country whenever we can (or share a funny picture here and there on Facebook). It’s not that we’ve become lazy, or complacent, or anything, but because we’ve exhausted everything we’ve wanted to put out there. Which is why we’re using this message as an open invitation to our community: if anyone out there reading this wants to say something, perhaps use our reader base as a platform to get a message out there, or even contribute a piece of news that hasn’t flown by our radars, get in touch with us!

Of course, we’d have pulled the plug on this thing months ago if it wasn’t for our awesome readers. We’ve had some asshats pop in and out every so often to deride us, but for the most part we’ve been having fun interacting with the little community of readers we’ve started to build. If we haven’t made it abundantly clear before—thank you. We started this project as simply a way to keep ourselves entertained, but we are thankful and humbled that there are actually people out there who enjoy reading what we’ve been putting out.

Here’s to at least another year of doing whatever we’ve been doing.

– The team at 30lives (Ryan, Cheena, Alex, Shin and… Borge I guess)

Y’know, it just doesn’t seem right that we’re twelve days into 2014 but we haven’t even decided on our collective GOTY candidates. Since objectivity runs into subjectivity on these lists, we’ve decided to take the scientific route and use some actual math and statistics to determine our true collective games of the year, based on the 30lives team’s myriad tastes. True science at work, dear friends!


10. Tomb Raider (PS3, Xbox 360)
Lara Croft makes a triumphant return in the most engrossing and action-packed Tomb Raider ever. There are few dull moments and you really see Lara’s character develop throughout the game. A brilliant inventory system, great level design, and responsive combat mechanics makes it a perfect introduction to Lara Croft for the new generation of gamers. – Shin (read my full review here, dolts)

rabidsmt9. Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS)
My second foray to the Shin Megami Tensei world (Persona 4 Golden being the first), SMT4 was one of the games that kept kicking my ass. What a refreshing game for a change too, in a world where today’s games kept holding your hand through the tough levels, SMT will keep kicking your ass until you scream no more and change the difficulty level to Fellows. – Cheena

We reviewed this game a while back too! Point your browsers right here.

8. Dragon’s Crown (PSVita, PS3)
I like 2D scrollers and dungeon crawler games. This became an insta-favorite for me and my constant gaming buddy since it’s one of the few co-op games that we both enjoy. I even bought a Vita version so I can level up my sorceress on the go. – Cheena

Check out our review of Dragon’s Crown right here!

7. Pokemon X/Y (3DS)
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represents the series’ apex as it marks several technological and gameplay refinements that may upset some, but ultimately level the playing field down so new players and those that haven’t been paying attention to the games for a while (this guy) can play at a much higher level than in previous iterations of the series. I truly appreciated how scaleable the game can be: you can either choose to simply partake in this game’s respectable 30-hour quest, or catass yourself all the way to tens of thousands of wasted hours breeding and IV training and such. I would recommend talking to friends and loved ones first before making the latter choice. – Ryan

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6. Ni No Kuni (PS3)
I have been waiting for a spiritual successor to Dragon Quest VIII (one of the greatest games of all time, in my opinion) and this is probably the closest that I’ve accepted wholeheartedly. Ni no Kuni has the elements for a legendary RPG: good writing, lovable lead characters, collectible monsters and crafting. What’s even better is that the game is ensconced in a perfect Ghibli-rendered world. Absolutely breathtaking. – Cheena

Read Ryan’s take on the game here.

5. Saints Row IV (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
To me, video games are ultimately trivial hobbies—this is why I loathe games that take themselves too seriously, or try to pretend to be anything else than an interactive time-waster/rollercoaster ride. Saints Row IV is the ultimate “fuck around” game and in my opinion curbstomps (pause for inappropriate visual) Grand Theft Auto V where it counts the most: the “fun” department. Don’t get me wrong, I had a ton of fun with GTA V but Saints Row IV simply outclassed it as an open-world game (despite recycling much of SR3’s assets) as well as a multiplayer experience. – Ryan

fire-emblem-awakening-624x4044. Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
Turn-based strategy games will always be my favorite game genre and Intelligent Systems has revitalized an old franchise by producing a high quality game. I instantly fell in love with all the characters with all the ‘shipping’ features plus the introduction of the Casual mode embraces all noobs who want to play without the stress. – Cheena

Click here to read Cheena’s musings on FE: Awakening!



3. Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4, Xbox One)
Assassin’s Creed IV made me forget the whole obnoxious memories entertainment “corporation x conspiracy” theories because: Pirates. Fond memories of Sid Meier’s Pirates were rekindled in a much more badass and violent manner. There is so much swashbuckling to do that I almost forgot I was playing an Assassin’s Creed game. It’s that good! -Alex

Last2. The Last of Us (PS3)
Though probably on the top of most gamers’ and outlets’ collective GOTY lists, in my honest opinion The Last of Us falls short for the simple reason that—under any real scrutiny—it’s a solid B+ game and nothing more. Though Naughty Dog has crafted a fine narrative in spite of the staid source material, the game screams “AAA” through and through, splashing on a beautiful coat of paint on your standard “monster closet” design. -Ryan; my full thoughts here

1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
A Link Between Worlds reinvents the best Zelda game (A Link to the Past) to make it compelling to play in a concise package. I have not played a game all year long (2013) that made we want to pick up my 3DS and play for consecutive days as long as I could. This is the one 3DS game you shouldn’t miss and one you can repeat through-out the years in the form of speed runs.  -Alex

And there you have it, that’s our GOTY list. Any other games you folks felt should be on our list? Feel free to drop us a line on our Facebook page!

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rubs Rubs, Editor-in-Chief —Still trying to put some serious time into Shin Megami Tensei IV, which I think will be the only current-gen RPG I’ll be playing for the next couple weeks. The new Mario & Luigi game was released today, but given that I’ve hardly scratched the surface of SMTIV and I’ve got Tales of Xillia to worry about, it’s safe to say that I won’t be touching that game in the near-future.

Weekend tech project: My niece’s birthday is coming up next month, and since she fell in love with my SNES, instead of having to loan her my carts all the time, I decided to build her a Raspberry Pi setup with RetroPIE and pair it up with one of those USB SNES pads. I wasn’t going to half-ass it either, so I spent the better part of the weekend drawing up a model of what I’d like the box to look like, which I’m going to have 3D printed pretty soon.


cheenaCheena, Managing Editor— I was finally able to finish a bunch of play throughs for Shin Megami Tensei IV so that is a good thing, I guess. I can finally shelve the game for the meantime and give some loving to my current backlogs. I will come back to it in a few month’s time when they release DLCs or whatever new content though, for sure.

What’s eating my time now is Dragon’s Crown. I’ve played it on local multiplayer with the husband as a sorceress (and him as a fighter). Nothing beats good ‘ol arcade side scrolling action games for co-op! I’ve had lots of fun with it and hopefully I can finish the Sorc campaign by the end of the week and start with a higher difficulty soon.

I’m also looking forward to the PS Vita sales this month and will be adding a few more games to my backlog roster, namely Muramasa Rebirth and New King’s Story.


shinShin, News Editor— I don’t think I’d be able to play anything else until I get the platinum trophy on Dragon’s Crown. Seriously , this game is wreaking havoc on my playing schedule. I played nothing else this weekend — I have even neglected my Animal Crossing: New Leaf town. Yikes!

I was playing the PS3 version before release and last week I bought the PS Vita version so I can transfer my save and play it on the go. And because of that functionality at my fingertips, I have clocked in 64 hours on my main so far (I use the Elf) and now trying to beat the ancient dragon on Infernal Difficulty as I write this. I have noticed that It’s easier to play online on the PS3 than on the Vita version. I have to go through a stupid string of errors before I will be able to connect to a random play session on the handheld but on the PS3 it’s pretty much one click. So I use the Vita for single-player on-the-go grinding then transfer to the PS3 when I’m home.

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alexAlex, Reviews Editor and of Things— I’ve been a busy gaming bee for the last two weeks. From reviewing Killer is Dead to unlocking the insane difficulty in Dragon’s Crown and then an unprecedented move coming from someone who never finished a single Tales (Tales of Destiny and Tales of the Abyss were the only ones I’ve played) game in my life, I’ve decided to play and finish Tales of Xillia as my next review because I’ve been hearing some good things about it. So far, all I can say is its shaping up on the gameplay side while the female protagonist, Milla Maxwell could have been taken more seriously from the get go by non-Tales fan if they didn’t go down the usual moe-moe anime character bullshit. It also doesn’t help the actual voice of the character (both in English and Japanese) to become believable dressed up like… I don’t know, an anime fantasy stripper I guess. 

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rubs Rubs, Editor-in-Chief —Dragon’s Crown had me by the balls all weekend. I haven’t quite explored every nook and cranny of the game’s single-player component, but I’ve been playing round upon round with confused Japanese players. I can’t speak for the PS3 version, but the Vita version runs the online bits at a very acceptable rate; considering that my co-op buddies are 10,000 miles away. And can I just have a quick sidebar for a second and give a hearty fuck you to all the idiots deriding this game’s awesomely-tacky art style? Seriously, this is why we can’t have nice things.

Inspired by my Intel NUC review, I decided to relegate my Ouya to the bedroom and use it as a spare console/Hulu box. I haven’t upgraded (or even turned on) the thing in quite a while, but I have to say, the console’s firmware is actually starting to take shape. Menus are snappier, performance and controller lag has been addressed somewhat, and from what I’m gathering, OS-level functions can now be controlled via a PS3 controller (which is fantastic as the bundled controller is hot garbage). Good news for all you semi-late adopters, I guess: I just found out that Datablitz branches will start stocking the thing.


cheenaCheena, Managing Editor— I got back on my groove and am now almost at the home stretch for Shin Megami Tensei IV. It’s becoming hard to quit the game again, taking most of my playtime for the past few days.

Another game I am also deeply enjoying is Magic The Gathering 2014 in XBOX Live. I am currently playing the Sealed Play campaign which is mad, mad fun. I was given 6 booster packs to open and I created my deck based on the stronger cards in the packs (I made a white and black deck, with zombies and angels fighting together woooo), and more packs will open once I defeat the rest of the planeswalkers in the campaign. I will probably write a full-length review once I’ve clocked in more playtime, so stay tuned!


shinShin, News Editor— The whole weekend was mostly Dragon’s Crown. I’m playing the PS3 version and it’s absolutely gorgeous! I have decided to try and platinum this game or at least finish all the sidequests so I can have all the Treasure Arts. My main character is the Elf (the one with small boobs) and I enjoy jumping all over the screen and pulling off combos with her. The game has a ridiculous amount of content for a game of its kind and I can’t wait to buy the PS Vita version and play it on the go when it officially releases.

Peppered in-between my DC sessions are pick-ups of Shin Megami Tensei IV for the 3DS. I love the game but it makes me sleepy if I play it for more than an hour at a time. I don’t know why! lol

My second attempt to play The Last Story on my Wii for an LTTP Review was more successful than my last one. I say this because I finished the tutorial.

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I really want to finish this game someday. (sadface)


alex66466_10151573879278932_1480279263_nAlex, Reviews Editor and of Things— I told myself I wouldn’t buy Civilization 5: Brave New World, the latest and apparently best expansion yet for the turn-based strategy time-sink. I also ignore a lot of things I tell myself so most of my free time during the week and weekend was devoted to finishing one play-through in the largest sized map with the most number of city states and in marathon game speed. I believe the game took around 40 hours or so to complete. Naturally I had a secondary game to play while waiting for the computer to process the turns of other civilizations and city-states which at the time was Tekken Card Tournament which I reviewed earlier today. I’m liking the how they implemented spies, the world congress, and ideologies (social policies such as order, liberty, and autocracy have evolved into a different branch altogether). All these mechanics really make the game harder when you enter the modern era. I was forced to annihilate Greece (Alexander) with sheer military force because his influence on city states would ensure him a cultural victory in the long run (diplomacy is obviously not my strong point). Now that I’ve gotten the hang of the new and old systems from the last expansion (Gods and Kings with that blasted religion tree) I’m set to take on King difficulty and aim at harder settings. The Prince difficulty is pretty forgiving as I was able to defeat a civilization which had better tech and more soldiers because for some strange reason, they didn’t know how to siege cities properly.

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rubs Rubs, Editor-in-Chief — Something something Shin Megami Tensei IV. This is what we’re all playing, I’m pretty sure. I actually wasn’t feeling the game much before the weekend started because waaah waaah it was too hard. I should get rid of my Wii U—it must be generating some sort of inert radiation that pussifies everybody within a 50m radius. That, or I’m getting old and have less time to deal with games that require grinding. I’ve hit a pretty good groove since then, however. Still GOTY.

Steam sale wasn’t that great; the only thing that I bought was Just Cause, because it was 79c and I couldn’t find my Xbox copy. Oh wait, I also copped System Shock 2 because I’ve been looking for an excuse to replay the game for quite a while now. Everything else was either poo or games that I already owned on other platforms. Meh.

As far as quazi gaming-related stuff goes, I spent a bit of my weekend driving around and looking for camera equipment at yard sales, which is just about as exciting as it sounds (read: not). Thankfully the newly-relaunched Retronauts podcasts were a fantastic companion throughout!

cheenaCheena, Managing Editor—I was sick the whole week, which sucked, so I did not get to play a lot. I squeezed whatever free time I had not sleeping (or coughing) with Shin Megami Tensei IV. Aside from that, I’ve been abusing Streetpass friends for the Streetpass Bundle Games like Warrior’s Way and Mii Force. I’m currently stuck in a stage and I think I need at least five guys for more firepower. Also got to finish Find Mii last week so hooray?

Also tried some new mobile games from the LINE chat messenger app like LINE Jelly and I Like Coffee. None were enjoyable, so I say avoid.

shinShin, News Editor— It was pretty much an all-Nintendo week for me, benching my PS Vita and PS3 to the sidelines.

I picked up the streetpass game Mii Force and I find it is quite enjoyable. It brings me back to my childhood shooter games like Twin Bee and B-Wings (the ‘hammer’ weapon looked like a penis). I just think it’s stupid that it has leaderboards that only updates when you tag people on streetpass (lol). Why can’t it have the usual active online leaderboards? Because aliens? Nintendo, I swear…

#RabidFans #LongLines #Sarcasm

Another streetpass game, Warrior’s Way I purchased yesterday after I met with the other editors and played over dinner. It’s like a super simplified Nobunaga’s Ambition slash Romance of the Three Kingdoms with Miis. I haven’t had the chance to get into it, though.

And of course, Shin Megami Tensei 4. We are all playing it and you should, too. If you haven’t read our review of it, you don’t have to. — there’s no excuse not to pick it up if you have a 3DS.

And to top it off, in an attempt to do an LTTP (Late To The Party) review, I fired up the old Wii console and launched Hironobu Sakaguchi’s swan song, The Last Story. But yeah, it was just an attempt. Maybe next week, then (lol).


Why do Fatlus Friends not get any bonuses?

alexAlex, Review Editor and of Things—*mumble mumble* Mostly spent time on Shin Megami Tensei 4 *mumble mumble* and then daily grinding for the Street Pass Games Bundle. I’m really enjoying Mii Force and Warrior’s Way among the four paid Street Pass Plaza games, the rest I don’t really care about. I will also head out later on to avenge my army’s loss against cheenacat’s army in futility today. *mumble mumble* Damn you Nintendo forcing me to socialize with people. *mumble mumble*

Okay, I really can’t get over the fact that people get bonus APP points in SMT 4 because of my hard work in Etrian Odyssey 4 while I get nothing to show for it. I want bonus APP points too. D: Also, the other band wagoners here at 30liv.es can enjoy whatever bonus APP points they will receive from a Soul Hackers Street Pass because I picked that game up over the weekend for the lulz.

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My main problem with gamers—especially the self-titled “gaming journalist” types—is that these people are incapable (or at least putting forward the impression) of enjoying games for what they are. Gaming is in essence a hobby rooted in low-brow, bottom-of-the-barrel nerdy drivel. It’s why even the so-called “Citizen Kanes” of gaming like The Last of Us devolve into pandering, focus group-approved narratives geared towards the mass market. Simply put: aiming to be the “Citizen Kane” of gaming is a fool’s errand. The delta between the medium, its creators, and the audience at large has not yet intersected to a point where this is an acceptable goal.

ultimate_warrior_2With the prevelance of DIY blogs and online forums in the past ten years, I feel that there is a populist archetype that quite a few gamers are trying to shoehorn themselves into. The mythical “cool gamer” whose knowledge and experience is only bounded by how fast he or she can pull up Wikipedia on a mobile device. These are the types of gamers that will write pages of prose and fanfiction about which company executive should buy out what company, yet seemingly lack the fortitude or the funds to actually be a participant in the hobby. Read: simply play video games, and not try to make them more intellectual or hipster-cool than they actually are. Because at the end of the day, games are simply interactive experiences wrapped around B movie-level scripts.

Thanks to these nerds who somehow think they are above their societal echelon with their boisterous tough-guy personas on the Internet (of which the Warrior says “do you even lift, bro?”), the industry at large thinks that games such as Bioshock Infinite are acceptable, standard expectations of what a videogame should be. It’s most certainly not. Again, games are an active medium; the core strength that videogames have above other media is that the player is not simply a viewer, but a contributor. I feel that with the rise of the “learned” gamer who strives to make the hobby something it isn’t, that most games have lost their focus. The core strength of games is the ability to create engaging interactive experiences with sound mechanics that keep the player going. The role of cutscenes and gameplay have switched in the past year, the latter now becoming the end to the former’s means. And that’s sad.

This is not discounting games that are able to convey stories or evoke emotions through subtle means apart from simply forcing the participants to sit through a pre-rendered cutscene, of course. Dear Esther is a recent example of a game that can tell a story through gameplay and inherent subtleties with its characters and environment. But there are games out there that are as equally guilty of attempting to use pseudo-intellectual cues and the ever-pervasive “games are art” rallying cry. I’ll get a lot of flak and jeers from the peanut gallery about this, but Team ICOs games are excellent examples of these. In an attempt to squeeze out lachrymose “feels” from its audience, both ICO and Shadow of the Colossus sacrifice basic gameplay necessities to reach that goal of an artistic vision, masking inadequacies in their respective genre mechanics in order to reach a so-called “artistic vision” and force the player to feel something.

The Ultimate Warrior, of all people, woke me up with a fantastic truth bomb earlier this week about the enjoyment of video games. To put it into perspective, a man who made a living fake-fighting other scantily-clad men while wearing neon-toned makeup just gave me a life lesson: “if you love playing a game, play the game, man. Get caught up in it; don’t sit there and [pick it apart].” That statement would make complete sense to someone not fully invested in the hobby, but—after further reflection—for someone in our position it creates a false dichotomy: to stop criticizing games for what they are means that the hobby gets less tailor-made for our tastes, but to over-analyze and pick apart every single detail in a game ruins it.

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rubs Rubs, Editor-in-Chief — I can’t believe I now own seven copies of Metal Gear Solid 3. No regrets, though; despite the obvious and glaring issues it still is—in my flawed opinion—one of the best games of all time. Still, the Legacy Collection pack-in went straight to my shelf. I actually played MGS4 instead to see if the trophies and patches it’s received since its release have made it any good. Nope: still awful, over-engineered drivel.

I am furiously clenching my butthole at the thought of Shin Megami Tensei IV arriving at my doorstep any day now (tomorrow, precisely). I know, from that moment on, that I will have zero free time.


cheenaCheena, Managing Editor—Finally had the time to play Shin Megami Tensei IV for long hours without end. It is a very challenging game because I get wiped every 15 minutes or so if I’m not being careful, which is obviously great. This will delight the inner masochist in you! Also, there’s my review from last week so read up if you’re still not sold on getting the game.

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Aside from SMT, I spent a bit of time on the Four Games Streetpass Bundle. I’ve written my impressions here. I love what Nintendo is doing to make Streetpassing more fun and also to compel you to bring your 3DS everywhere you go. At least you have more stuff to do with the random people you meet aside from just being fodders in Find Mii and Puzzle Swap. Maybe if they made the game a little less pricey, we’ll be able to convince more filthy casuals to buy!

This week, I plan to sink more time on Time and Eternity and write up a review, as well as more of Project X Zone and maybe finally finishing SMTIV so I can finally move on with my life.


shinShin, News Editor— Trying to breeze my way through Muramasa: Rebirth on the PS Vita. Finished Kisuke’s story and started Momohime’s. A game like this is perfect for a handheld and I guess that’s the reason why I did not fully finish it when it came out on the Wii couple of years ago. It’s such a beautiful game (as expected from Vanillaware) and makes me excited for Dragon’s Crown.

Finally, I can be Mii! lol

I also finished the last two scenarios in The Walking Dead: 400 Days DLC. My favorite was the one with Vince in the prison bus. It’s pretty short but funny and horrifying at the same time. Can’t wait for Season 2. Come on Telltale, hurry up!

I already got the Shampoodle building unlocked in my town on Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Now I can run around as myself (my Mii actually) and not be a pre-made avatar. Pretty sweet!

Not really a game but do yourself a favor and SEE PACIFIC RIM! It’s the best movie I’ve seen in a very long time.


alexAlex, Review Editor and of Things— I got nothing this week. Outside playing a couple runs of Stan Lee’s Verticus off a friend’s recommendation and no-lifing Game Dev Story and checking my army in Clash of Clans, there wasn’t much gaming going on. 

Yep, Stan Lee.

Verticus is pretty challenging and reminds me of old arcade games which don’t end until you run out of lives. Consequently, the game is designed to reflect the modern age of micro-transactions. Meaning you can pay to acquire power-ups to survive longer to rack up more points. Gotta make money with apps, right? That’s the whole reason people make apps. Regardless, the game is pretty entertaining and frustrating at the same time. People with iOS devices should try it out. 1005636_10151551364368932_1370458279_n 543116_10151551364283932_1803534824_n

The premise of the game is simple, collect all the cool power ups then avoid mines, and other obstacles. Try to stay alive for as long as possible with increasing levels of difficulty to get the highest score ever.

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rubs Rubs, Editor-in-Chief — I had a long weekend (for once) since we’re celebrating 237 years without a hostile takeover (aka Independence Day aka 4th of July aka why the hell is the Philippines still celebrating that fake June 12th Independence Day instead of the superior and historically factual July 4, 1946 Independence Day). Not much gaming was consumed during this weekend unfortunately; poisoning myself with cheap ESBs and Red Breast whisky took precedence. Still, I was able to sneak in a few rounds of Super Luigi U (which is awesome and ball-crushingly hard), Deadpool (complete garbage, avoid if you have any semblance of taste), and of course my favorite addiction, Animal Crossing: New Leaf (on which I was able to unlock the AR pattern functionality so I’ll be donning some Shenmue-inspired gear, TYVM).

If you haven’t noticed yet, my personal goal is to play at least one obscure retro game a week, so on this week’s playlist is Rabbit for Sega Saturn, a very off-beat Samurai Shodown 2 clone (speaking of which, SS2 just came out on iOS if you are a masochist) starring weird furries with stands a la Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. This game gets a thumbs-up for me just because of how ridiculous the game’s entire concept is; and that’s not even the weirdest thing about it: it was released only in Japan by EA of all people. Go figure.


cheenaCheena, Managing Editor—I did not really get to play much this week as I was busy at work preparing for Level Up! Live 2013‘s Cosplay side event (thanks to everyone who went to watch!).

What I sank into most of Sunday was Shin Megami Tensei IV, to be released this July 16th so I hope you have reserved your copies already. I can’t really say much about it because the embargo will lift on July 10 (11th here) so just watch out for our early review.

I’ll just say this though: I am past 12 hours on the game now and I always have a hard time putting down the 3DS. Just one more quest…


shinShin, News Editor—Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward for the PS Vita was a surprise for me. I thought it was just a lousy visual novel type game but it turned out to be a nice game to play before going to bed. The puzzles are brilliant and the story engrossing. It’s kinda like an anime video game version of the movie ‘SAW’.

‘Spider-Man’ has a hyphen, you poser bitch!
QR scanning is addicting.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is still the go-to game of the week for me. I got the QR scanner unlocked and I’m having fun scanning patterns for outfits and stuff. I should’ve listened to Iwata and bought the game digitally from the eShop as I realized it’s a hassle swapping out cartridges — I went to a friend’s birthday party and we quested on Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. It’s been a few months since I’ve popped the MH3U cart in my 3DS.

And lastly, I played The Walking Dead: 400 Days. It’s the DLC for Telltale’s The Walking Dead Season 1 and bridges it with the upcoming Season 2. Game is short although you get five scenarios that you can play in any order. No exploring or much item collecting as it focuses on you making heavy decisions that will eventually affect Season 2. So hold on to your save files.


Lost Odyssey was a victim of hipster gamers.

alexAlex, Review Editor and of Things— Things got really frustrating with The Last of Us in survivor difficulty in the generator bloater trap if you’re hell-bent on killing everything with only 3 molotovs and 1 bullet left in each gun. Sad to say, I put the game down for the meantime and moved on to Lost OdysseyI shed manly tears at the tragedy of Kaim’s reunion with Spoiler: his daughter who he presumed had died. I’m enjoying the game so far having played 20 hours up to disc 2. While I won’t go on a crusade bashing the world for not supporting Mistwalker, I do feel that people who would bitch and wine about the “good old days” of RPGs dating back to Playstation Final Fantasy games owe it to themselves to play Lost Odyssey and weep at the fact that we won’t see the studio make anything of that caliber ever. I do believe  Hironobu Sakaguchi’s Mistwalker was a victim of the west’s bashing of Japanese games (post PS2 era) and Microsoft’s failure to penetrate Japan with their Xbox and Xbox 360. I regret not jumping into Xbox 360 earlier.

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After a two-week absence—which I’ll only be listing “reasons” and “aliens” as the primary culprits—your favorite Monday video game-related thing (just go with it) is back! If you somehow entered in a week long coma that ended this exact day, here’s a recap of the best stuff you’ve missed (that we happened to cover, at least):

Here’s to another awesome week!

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cheenaCheena, Managing Editor—I’m still on Animal Crossing: New Leaf daily! I finished building a fountain, which I think is pretty much useless since nobody hangs out there. And why am I the only one donating for that public works project anyway? Protip: Start with bridges and campsites since they are more useful. Also, I invested on the expansion of my house and filled it right away with more junk (I keep buying useless furniture in Re-Tail and Nooks’ Junction). I suspect that the Nooks are mafias.

Visit my Hong Kong, or else!

Speaking of mafias, I recently started playing Sleeping Dogs last Friday night. I think I got glued to the PS3 for the whole weekend infiltrating Hong Kong gangs, racing with the big boys, picking up chicks at the karaoke and whatnot. Pretty sweet game that I can’t believe I passed on (and totally screwed Square Enix with by acquiring it as a PS+ freebie). I will try to finish within the week and write up a review for you guys so you can see what you’re missing out on (if you didn’t play the game previously like me anyway).

A bit of The Last of Us as well, but I still haven’t finished it yet. The game stresses me out because of all these damned Clickers. I’m also at the part where it is pretty meh with all the fighting so Sleeping Dogs pretty much took all my spare gaming time this weekend.

shinShin, News Editor—Just like Cheena, I’m compelled to take advantage of the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection. I’ve started X-COM: Enemy Unknown and Saint’s Row: The Third but I think I’ll stick with X-COM first as I don’t currently have the focus to play another open-world game.

I’m slowly grinding for The Last of Us multiplayer trophies. I figured I’d get them before the other players get too good on it. I play bow stealth and my favorite tactic is throwing a smoke bomb to a Firefly’s face and shiv his neck while he’s disoriented. Seeing my victim gurgle on his own blood feels good.

Animal Cloning

I’ve also started playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the 3DS one week after the rest of the 30lives gang started (the girlfriend insisted we had to start at the same time). It’s cool because I get to raid their developed towns for fruits and stuff and get tips and pointers for raking in the bells. The animal citizens are so cute I want to put them in a cage. =(

And finally, we played an online session of Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara yesterday afternoon. I used to be able to finish the game on one credit before in the arcades but this time we used a gazillion continues lol.

Nothing on the PS Vita this week. Mainly because I forgot I left it in the GF’s bag and had to wait for Saturday to get it back. That and no new games for it anyway.

alexAlex, Editor of Things— I’m still sticking to my play TLOU  late at night and falling asleep before game time (11:00 pm) isn’t helping me get any closer to finishing the game. I’ll rectify that this week by playing early mornings (4:00 am) when I find myself getting up these days instead or whatever.

Pocket change if AC is your life.

The stranglehold of the Nook Mafia on me in Animal Crossing: New Leaf just got worse. I was pretty proud of having one million bells in the bank last Friday on top of maintaining my housing loan and funding expensive public works only to find myself bled dry this morning after easing up on farming bugs and sharks. The reason you want to hardcore AC:NL is to avoid debt.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was a bust for me. Outside the usual production value you can come to expect from the musical score of a Final Fantasy game, the whole experience was pretty bland. Same old, same old with great background music. Shin tells me a lot of features are still locked in CBT so… I guess I’ll be back in OBT to give it one more shot. In the meantime, I guess I’ll finally get around to trying Neverwinter out. I’ve been apprehensive of online games as of late but since I already dipped my hands into one, let’s roll down that hill or something, eh?

I had a blast last Sunday with 30liv.es gang (less one afarid person) with some classic Dungeons and Dragons arcade action. Sadly, we weren’t going all “hardcore mode” trying to finish the game with only one credit. Alas, finishing Shadow over Mystara was not fulfilling at all. Although it was funny how we all dashed for loot every time a boss died and how I was indirectly torturing Star Rangers (strangers) who joined our game by speaking in Filipino over the in-game voice chat while the other guys were on PS Vita party chat. Yeah, got at least one guy to quit a game… :>

rubs Rubs, Editor-in-Chief— Um, what these guys said. I was too busy poisoning myself with alcohol over the weekend to even remotely care about games, but I did spend a good chunk of my Saturday night harrassing players in Shadow of Mystaria and another chunk of Sunday trying to retrace my progress on Sleeping Dogs (I eventually gave up and started a new save file). I never really finish open-world games; I tend to play them in small little bites over the course of a few months. In this case I had already played through the PC version (thanks to the allure of the glorious high-resolution texture pack) but decided to play through the PS3 version again for no apparent reasons other than to fill time during a boring Sunday afternoon.

I’ll be capping my night off with some Dr. Mario on my Game Boy Micro.

Console of the forever.

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rubs Rubs, Editor-in-Chief—Since I got the game a week early, I know all of my 30lives peers have been busy sinking their teeth on Naughty Dog’s PS3 swan song, The Last of Us. I, however, have been busy farming sharks and winning Bug-offs in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Apart from that, I did pick up my Vampire Rain save file from a few months ago. Completely underrated title that everyone needs to check out; I got my copy for two bucks a few months ago and I’d say it’s probably worth ten times that.

Semi-related, I did just finish watching WWE Payback on Sony’s new streaming service for the PS3. I guess since Xbox gets UFC events for free, Sony’s feeling the need to counter back with some free fake-fighting PPVs of their own?

cheenaCheena, Managing Editor—This week’s worth of gaming was capped off by Animal Crossing: New Leaf and The Last of Us. I’ve planted a few sets of trees to supplement my town’s pear production by stealing fruits from unsuspecting friends. Also discovered the wonderful tropical island where I got most of my exotic bugs to win the Bug-Off event last Saturday. So far, most of my fortune cookies gave me Zelda items like the Triforce, Master Sword and Midna’s mask. What’s up with that?


As for The Last of Us, we’re (husband and I) at about 50% done with the game. Too much things happening in the game and it’s hard to get a breather, seriously. I wonder where Joel and Ellie get the strength to keep shiving and throwing bricks at these clickers? Also, Man of Steel stole some of the free time we had last Saturday and it was a time NOT well-spent. Should’ve stayed home to play!

Another thing of note: we had to buy a new PS3 super slim just to play TLOU. Apparently, my old PS3 slim’s lens conked out and cannot read dual layer discs anymore. Ah well, into the bedroom for casual gaming you go!

Finally, there’s XCOM which is the free PS+ full game for the month! Well, I’m sure most of you guys have finished the game already but I haven’t. Sinking my teeth into a strategy game for now and I should be able to finish it in the next few days.

shinShin, News Editor—I created a couple of characters for the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn closed beta test for the PS3. I made a kitty race (forgot the actual name of the race) Lancer and a midget (again, forgot) Black Mage. ARR is a real improvement from FFXIV v.1; quests are more streamlined and the tutorials are now actually helpful. The dualshock 3 controller scheme is brilliant and intuitive. I know I kinda swore off MMORPGs in general but I think I’ll give this a try. Good job, Squenix! [Edit: The name of the cat-like race is “Miqo’te”. I learned how to google]

Meet my Shinyan Tailspin. He is half Neko, half Disney.

E3 came with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 news and it looks awesome. And because of that, I would really like to finish the 3DS game that bridge the first and second game. So yeah I was TRYING to finish Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate but I seem to get afflicted with narcolepsy with every attempt.

Yes, of course I’m also playing Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us like the other guys. What the other guys are not playing though, is its kickass multiplayer mode! Seriously, I think they are afraid. What a bunch of noobs.

alexAlex, Editor of Things—I’m now splitting my time between The Last of Us (TLOU) and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The latter of which is taking up most of my time because: grindan adventures. I’ve made a resolution to play TLOU late at night just for kicks so I won’t get that much playing time granted that I’m not a night person.

TLOU is certainly a great game but I do have beef about all the “perfect” ratings of the game from reviews. How does a perfect game graphically not run on a smooth 60 FPS at 720p? I certainly found that bit annoying but certainly not a deal breaker. I, however fell victim to the “save bug” which rendered my initial 2-3 hours of gameplay moot. Again, perfect game my foot. I will grudgingly pass my first playthrough’s progress tonight. Eat molotov ya shitty clickers.

I have an abundance of sharks and bad puns.

It’s no secret that I’ve been “hardcoring” a casual game (Animal Crossing) but those blasted Nooks keep making me fall into debt and between passing new ordinances and public works, there is never enough Bells to go around town. Bug hunting in the tropical island is great between 5:00 am to 8:00 am or 11:00 pm to 2:00 am (so when do I actually play TLOU?) in my experience. I made most of my money catching rare bugs and sharks during these times.

While my peers here are reaping the benefits of the latest free games on PS+, I really don’t care… I finished most of those games already. If anything, those new PS+ instant game collections make me feel like I’m burning money.

Lastly, thanks to Chip (one of our awesome readers), I’ll be able to jump into Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn this weekend when the second round of closed beta testing happens next weekend.

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Happy first week of June, dear readers! I’m pretty sure I have a handy and wildly inappropriate “June bug” joke ready, but the one-two combo of Animal Crossing: New Leaf and The Last of Us is currently keeping my brain’s neurons occupied with wildly varying patterns of talking animals and gruesome murder. Somehow this has metamorphosized to my new hobby: looking at giraffe birthing videos on Youtube.

Let’s all try to survive this week. The weekend seems so far away, dudes…

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Catch up, sleepy gamers! If you haven’t been reading 30lives daily like you should, we won’t hold it against you. As long as you read everything from this edition of “Best of the Week,” we’ll personally assure you that your collective armpits will never turn dark.

Have a good week guys! And to get updates straight to your news feed, add us on Facebook! We won’t try to sell you anything or take you to MLM meetings like your other idiot friends, we promise.

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Hello, intrepid travelers and new fans. We randomly got a surge of new readers last week, so welcome to our Best of the Week posts; a collection of our best original stories from the past seven days. Don’t use it as an excuse to get lazy and only check the site out once a week though, because that would make me very very sad.

Say hello to next week for me.

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I don’t want to hear about it anymore: yep, I screwed up, and missed last week’s Monday recap. As punishment, the 30lives staff decreed that I must play through the entirety of Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory this weekend. Enter ye olde Philosoraptor, as that’s not quite punishment if I actually enjoy the series. Joke’s on you losers.


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Happy Cinco de Mayo, intrepid game fans! If you haven’t been reading 30lives daily like you should, we won’t hold it against you. As long as you read everything from this edition of “Best of the Week,” you’re all good and covered.

Get to readin’!

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Catch up, sleepy gamers! If you haven’t been reading 30lives daily like you should, we won’t hold it against you. As long as you read everything from this edition of “Best of the Week,” we won’t send the Sorceress to brownbeat you silly with her titanic mammaries.

A moment of silence for these elite posts; they all died for your country.

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We get it. You’re busy, actually trying to make things happen at work. We post some cool story and it totally flies below your radar. It’s cool, we ain’t even mad. As we’re trying to ramp up the quality and frequency of posts here at 30lives, we need to make sure we get as many eyeballs on our stories as possible. So here’s a recap of our favorite posts from the last seven days!

And yes, I did just re-use the same introductory sentence from last week. What are you gonna do.