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Capcom’s premiere futuristic ninja is finally wrecking havoc both on PS3 and PS4 and Square Enix kicks off the public PS4 beta of their MMORPG. Rayman Legends also makes an upgrade to next-gen and you can also get good ol’ Adewale’s adventure without having the main Assassin’s Creed IV game.

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Freedom Cry ($14.99)
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Rise up against slavery with the latest single-player action-adventure game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry is now available exclusively for download on PS4 and PS3. Born a slave, Adewale found freedom as a pirate. Now, 15 years after the events of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Adewale has become a trained Assassin.
Rayman Legends ($39.99)
Rayman Legends
The Glade of Dreams is in trouble once again! During a 100-year nap, the nightmares multiplied and spread, creating new monsters even more terrifying than before! These creatures are the stuff of legend… Dragons, giant toads, sea monsters, and even evil luchadores. With the help of Murfy, Rayman and Globox awake and must now help fight these nightmares and save the Teensies!
Strider ($14.99)
Strider
Strider returns in a brand new adventure, complete with incredible side-scrolling action, and lightning fast combat all in a massive interconnected world! Download the full game now and become the original assassin!
Final Fantasy XIV: A realm Reborn (Beta)
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Beta test the award-winning FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn now for FREE with players from around the world. The beta will be available from Saturday, February 22, 2014 to Sunday, March 2, 2014. Characters created during the beta are limited to level 20 and progress will not be saved after the beta ends.Create your own unique FINAL FANTASY hero and embark on the adventure of a lifetime to help forge the fate of Eorzea.

The excellent Tomba! 2 makes an appearance in the PSone classics section of the store as a follow to the original Tomba! that was released a couple of weeks ago. PS2 Classics have Neo Contra which I don’t remember ever playing. Heh.

Sales galore! Aside from the huge list this week, there’s a separate Rockstar Sale going on which you should check out. Bully for under $3 is a steal, my friends.

For fellow PS Plussers we are entitled to Remember Me (starring Renz Verano) on PS3 and Street Fighter X Tekken on Ps Vita for the exciting price of ‘free’.

For a complete list of additions and changes to the PS Store, hit the source link!

Starting this Tuesday (early Wednesday morning locally) and through next week, the North American PlayStation Store will offer 11 Final Fantasy titles at a discounted price (bigger savings if you are a PlayStation Plus member).

Prices listed are normal discounted and PS Plus discounted, respectively.

  • Final Fantasy IX — $5.99 / $5.39
  • Final Fantasy Origins  — $5.99 / $5.39
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition — $35.39 / $32.39
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Standard Edition — $23.99 / $21.59
  • Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy III — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: The War Of The Lions — $4.99 / $4.49
  • Final Fantasy V — $5.99 / $5.39

So are you picking up anything?

Starting Tuesday, January 14th (Wednesday morning locally), Sony kicks off their huge PS3 and Vita offering with the “14 for ’14” PSN Sale.

No less then 14 PS3 AND 14 PS Vita games will have drastically slashed prices — up to 50% off and up to 75% off for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Here are the games included with the sale for PS3:
Game Title PS Plus Price Sale Price Original Price
BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien $3.75 $7.49 $14.99
Crysis 3 $5.00 $9.99 $19.99
Deus Ex Human Revolution: Director’s Cut $13.49 $14.99 $29.99
ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West Premium Edition $5.00 $9.99 $19.99
F1 2013 $20.99 $29.99 $59.99
Far Cry Blood Dragon $3.75 $7.49 $14.99
Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (Cross Buy) $5.24 $7.49 $12.99
Pool Nation $2.25 $4.49 $8.49
Puppeteer $7.00 $13.99 $39.99
Rain $3.75 $7.49 $14.99
Rayman Legends $35.99 $47.99 $59.99
Tales of Xillia $10.00 $19.99 $39.99
The Wolf Among Us Season Pass $13.49 $14.99 $19.99
Thomas Was Alone (Cross Buy) $2.50 $4.99 $9.99
And for PS Vita: 
Game Title PS Plus Price Sale Price Original Price
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two $7.50 $14.99 $29.99
Killzone: Mercenary $9.00 $17.99 $35.99
LIMBO PS Vita $3.75 $7.49 $14.99
Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (Cross Buy) $5.24 $7.49 $12.99
METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER $5.00 $9.99 $19.99
PIXELJUNK MONSTERS: ULTIMATE HD $3.75 $7.49 $14.99
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time PS Vita $6.75 $13.49 $26.99
Soul Sacrifice $9.00 $17.99 $35.99
SPELUNKY (Cross Buy) $3.75 $7.49 $14.99
Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark (Cross Buy) $4.19 $5.99 $9.99
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season $5.00 $9.99 $19.99
Thomas Was Alone (Cross Buy) $2.50 $4.99 $9.99
Velocity Ultra Vita $2.00 $3.99 $7.49
Worms Revolution Extreme $3.75 $7.49 $14.99

 

Time to feed the ol’ PSN Wallet!

Grand Theft Auto V is this week’s game.

That’s it. Thanks for coming!

Here are this week’s vidyas:

 

Hot Wheels Worlds Best Driver (Wii U/3DS Retail)

We Sing: 80s (Wii U Retail)

Cut the Rope (3DS eShop)

Rage of the Gladiators (3DS eShop)

Star Wars Pinball (3DS eShop)

AiRace Speed (3DS eShop)

 

Grand Theft Auto V (PS3 Retail/PSN)

Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver (PS3 Retail/PSN)

Capcom Fighting Evolution (PS2 Classic)

Saints Row 4 – GATV Pack (PS3 DLC)

Saints Row 4 – Wild West Pack Pack (PS3 DLC)

Real Boxing (PS Vita PSN)

 

Grand Theft Auto V (Retail)

Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver (Retail)

Saints Row 4 – GATV Pack (DLC)

Saints Row 4 – Wild West Pack (DLC)

 

Foul Play (PC Steam)

Borderlands 2 – Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2 (PC Steam)

Ironclad Tactics (PC/Mac)

Takedown: Red Sabre (PC/Mac)

Urban Trial Freestyle (PC Steam)

Saints Row 4 – GATV Pack (PC Steam DLC)

Saints Row 4 – Wild West Pack (PC Steam DLC)

Are you a PlayStation Plus subscriber? If yes, then get your Star Wars Zen Pinball 2 tomorrow for free. It includes Star Wars: Episode 5, Clone Wars and Boba Fett-themed tables.

You don’t like pinball? How about a free Darkstalkers Chronicles: The Chaos Tower that you can play on your PSP or PS Vita?

You dont like free? Then pay for discounted games! New games like Divekick (cross-buy PS3/Vita) has a special price for us PS+ people and it’s also the 2nd week of the PS Vita Japanese Dev Sale!

What did you say? You want to shoot other people in the face? For free? Wow, me too! Good thing there’s an early Killzone: Mercenary Beta for us. Non-subscribers have to wait ’till next week for it!

Hahaha!

Preview

Do Not Fall (Run For Your Drink) is a platforming/puzzle game where you play as a Bunny who is trying to make healthy drinks like pineapple juice or water. Actually, I’m not so sure with the story either but that’s not really important. The goal of the game is to finish each level and reach the goal using platform jumping and dashing, puzzle solving, and unlocking doors by gathering the scattered keys in each level. Sounds easy but almost each tile that you step on breaks apart in roughly 1.5 seconds. Not to mention the various obstacles and annoyances (I don’t consider them enemies) that you have to evade or allow to fall to their deaths. There are also challenges in each level with certain conditions that can make the gameplay much more challenging.

You may have low expectations when you first look at the game (I know I certainly did) but when you get into the game, you’ll slowly realize that you’ve been playing it much longer than you scheduled yourself to. The game presents you with three modes: single-player, multiplayer and online. two Difficulty levels with Normal (two lives) and Hard (one life and things move around faster just a teeny tiny bit).

Do Not Fall (2)

Visually, the game looks good. Even with the bright and colorful graphics, you can still have a sense of depth from the background and the game’s main area. You’ll also be able to tell the depth of certain tiles if they are higher or lower (or maybe not if you’re panicking about the time limit). Character design looks plain and dated but that’s not really a problem for most people. There are some nice CG movies about the drinks but I don’t know why it’s there.

The game’s background music isn’t memorable but it isn’t annoying either. I can describe it as happy and relaxing but you might forget about it while playing the game itself. There’s no voice acting in the game aside from the standard dying scream and some “YEAH I’LL WIN!” words from the main characters. Sound effects like when your dash ability has returned are great and can be helpful to finish the levels.

The gameplay itself is actually pretty fun and frustrating at the same time, which is a good thing. The first levels are cake and may turn people off but as you progress, the game becomes more challenging with bigger levels of multiple depth and harder obstacles. There will be a lot of trial and error and a lot of deaths along the way which will piss you off and make you want to finish the game some more. I played the game mostly on normal mode because I wanted to enjoy the game more. Hard mode is pretty fun for people who want a challenge as the game becomes a little bit faster and checkpoints are gone. Each stage also has a challenge such as not getting hit by sheep, or collecting a certain amount of screws.

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Replayability is average because I feel that the game doesn’t have enough appeal for most people to continue playing it after they complete the game. Aside from the grading system of F to S, completing the challenges and bonus stages, I don’t think I would crave playing it for a long time. Multiplayer mode can be fun with real human beings but I wasn’t able to fully take advantage of it because I am a basement dweller and I only played with the very simple minded AI. There are 6 multiplayer modes that are based on Soccer, King of the Hill, Capture the Flag and others. There are also worldwide scores for competitive people and an online mode that may or may not have a community (currently).

For $10 on the PlayStation Network, this game is pretty fun and well worth the money especially if you want a nice happy fun game that can relax and slowly enrage and raise your competitive spirit. My main negative for the game comes from the fact that you can’t change the controller layout or even use the D-pad which would be great for this game.

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The PlayStation Network is celebrating Japanese-developed games over the next 2 weeks. Top shelf games will be on up to 50% discount (up to 75% discount for PlayStation Plus subscribers).

Goddamit! I’ve paid for some of these games at full price!

Here’s the list:

August 13th – 19th

Game

Regular Price

Sale Price

Plus Price

Soul Sacrifice

$35.99

$24.99

$17.49

Gravity Rush

$35.99

$24.99

Free

Street Fighter X Tekken

$39.99

$27.99

$19.59

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus

$39.99

$27.99

$19.59

Guilty Gear Accent XX Core + R

$14.99

$10.49

$7.34

Atelier Totori Plus

$39.99

$27.99

$19.59

Silent Hill Book of Memories

$29.99

$14.99

$7.50

Touch My Katamari

$14.99

$7.49

$3.75

Ridge Racer

$24.99

$12.49

$6.25

August 20th – 26th

Game

Regular Price

Sale Price

PS Plus Price

Muramasa Rebirth

$34.99

$27.99

$20.99

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

$29.99

$20.99

$14.69

New Little Kings Story

$19.99

$13.99

$9.79

Dead or Alive 5 Plus

$39.99

$19.99

$10.00

Ragnarok Odyssey

$29.99

$20.99

$14.69

Dynasty Warriors Next

$34.99

$17.49

$8.75

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

$39.99

$19.99

$10.00

Super Monkey Ball

$29.99

$20.99

$14.69

So, which ones are you planning to get?

Well, not really because you need to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber but still!

Tomorrow, us PS Plussers will be able to assassinate people with our favorite agent with a barcode… for free!. I’m glad I didn’t buy Hitman: Absolution when it came out lol

There are also PlayStation Plus exclusive discounts for a handful of games. If you haven’t played the insanely brilliant Rayman Origins, your excuses ran out because you’d be insane not to pick it up for five bucks. The other Rayman games are also on sale.

Discounts

Game Title Normal Price Sale Price PS Plus Price
Rayman Origins $19.99 $9.99 $5.00
Rayman 3 HD $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Rayman Origins PS Vita $26.99 $13.49 $6.75
Rayman Arena $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Rayman 2 Revolution $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Rayman 2: The Great Escape $5.99 $2.99 $1.50
Rayman $5.99 $2.99 $1.50

The PlayStation Blog also revealed the other games scheduled to be added to the Instant Games Collection for this whole month of August:

  • Hitman: Absolution (PS3) – Available tomorrow
  • Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball (PS3)
  • Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PS3)
  • Machinarium (PS Vita)
  • Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PSP, Compatible with PS Vita)

Source: PlayStation Blog

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Ubisoft’s little masochistic platformer is finally out! Cloudberry Kingdom‘s randomly generated levels are here to make even the most hardcore jump maniac cry like a little girl.

Here’s the launch trailer:

 

There’s also Deep Silver’s new twin-stick shooter, Narco Terror. It’s a game inspired by such arcade classics such as Commando, MERCS, Ikari Warriors, and Space Invaders, and modern titles such as Assault Heroes, Renegade Ops, Geometry Wars, and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. They’ve also added an online multiplayer co-op mode. Worth checking out.

 

If you haven’t played the excellent Journey (not starring Arnel Pineda) and The Unfinished Swan then there’s a bundle sale for these critically acclaimed indie titles. Pick them both up for $14.99

 

And lastly, I’m gonna include the PlayStation Plus update in this post because I hate this week’s update and I’m a lazy nipple. So here’s the image to sum it up:

Max Payne 3 for $7.99 is a freakin’ steal, by the way.

 

Source: PlayStation Blog

 

 

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Not much wow factor in this week’s store update: Zone of the Enders HD is now available digitally, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational gets a PS3 version, and you can do a digital pre-order of Madden 25, brah.

The starring item for this week’s update is the stealthy Persona Sale — hidden among the long list of price changes and discounts:

  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona – PS Vita/PSP Game (now: $9.99 original price: $19.99)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin – PS Vita/PSP Game (now: $9.99 original price: $19.99)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable – PS Vita/PSP Game (now: $9.99 original price: $19.99)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES – PS2 Classic (now: $4.99 original price: $9.99)
  • Persona 4: Golden – PS Vita Game (now: $19.99 original price: $29.99)

If you have a PS Vita, then P4G for $19 is a no-brainer.

Oh, and Critter Crunch (PS3) is $0.99. Get it.

Head over to the PlayStation Blog for complete details on the update.

 

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This week there are no free PS Vita games and there are no free PS3 games. What we get is one old PSP game! Huzzah! /sarc

Metal Slug XX (PSP, playable on Vita) will be free for us PS subbers tomorrow. It is basically an enhanced Metal Slug 7 (released on the Nintendo DS).

That’s basically it for this week, except for a few discount offers here and there. And oh, this is the last week to grab Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward on the Instant Games Collection so better get it or be sorry.

 

Source: PS Blog

Capcom just announced in the San Diego Comic Convention the return of their elite ninja agent Strider Hiryu in a brand new Strider game in development for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and next generation consoles Playstation 4 and Xbox One (still no love for the Wii U here I see) and is scheduled for release in 2014.

Like most modern-day renditions of classic games, Strider stays true to its roots and promises you the same old fast-paced and fluid action the original Strider games were known for before Strider Hiryu became a jobber in Capcom’s cross over fighting games. Check out the first trailer below:

 

Strider is being developed by Double Helix Games in conjunction with Capcom and is scheduled for digital release in early 2014.

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Remember the “Greatness Awaits” trailer that Sony released last E3? It was an awesome trailer for the PS4 and Sony has a crapload of props, artwork, and costumes left over from production. They will auction off some of them on their “Bid for Greatness” promo.

But you won’t need your hard-earned money to score these kickass trinkets — you will need your hard-earned PSN trophies, though.

Head over to https://www.bidforgreatness.com/  and sign-in your PlayStation Network account. It will tally all your PSN Gold Trophies (your silver and bronze ones are garbage) and you use can them to bid for items. Sony will put up an item everyday for the next fourteen days.

Sony also reminds us that trophies won’t get stripped from your profile when you use them to bid. It will all still be there for you to digitally caress.

The item that is up for bid now (as of writing) is this sweet Killzone: Shadow Fall outfit and has a high bid of 975 Gold Trophies.

Let’s see how many I have…

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Oh nice, I can afford a glove of that outfit. :(

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Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millenium 2001 will be released as a PS2 Classic (to play on your PS3) in the PlayStation Store on this week’s PS Store update. No official pricing but usually a PS2 Classic is $10 on PSN.

Capcom vs. SNK 2 was originally released for the arcades in 2001, and had been ported to the Dramcast, PS2, Gamecube and the Xbox. It features 48 characters from both Capcom and SNK fighting game franchises.

As this will be releasing as a PS2 Classic, it will be as is — no new features added like online play or anything. That won’t be a deal-breaker for me though because this was one of my favorite fighting games ever.

Also, Mai Shiranui’s bewbs.

Source: Official PlayStation Blogcast

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Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD (PS3) is free starting tomorrow for PlayStation Plus members. I didn’t like the Oddworld games when they came out on the original PlayStation, but people seem to disagree so I will give it another chance since I can get it now for free. I hope the updated HD visuals will make me suffer a full playthrough.

Part 2 of the Summer Blast 2013 Sale will also drop tomorrow and here’s the list of things you can get for much less than the usual:

Discounts

Game Title Normal Price Sale Price Plus Price
Fast & Furious: Showdown $39.99 $31.99 $23.99
Star Trek $54.99 $43.99 $32.99
Men In Black: Alien Crisis $39.99 $29.99 $20.99
The Simpsons Arcade Game $9.99 $6.99 $4.89
X-Men $9.99 $6.99 $4.89
Hitman Trilogy HD $39.99 $19.99 $15.99
Lord Of The Rings: War In The North $19.99 $9.99 $5.00
Silent Hill: Book Of Memories $29.99 $14.99 $7.50
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes $29.99 $14.99 $7.50
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes $19.99 $9.99 $5.00
The Adventures Of Tintin: The Game $39.99 $19.99 $10.00
Star Wars The Force Unleashed II $19.99 $9.99 $5.00
Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Video Game $19.99 $9.99 $5.00
Just Cause 2 $19.99 $9.99 $7.99
Prince Of Persia Classic Trilogy HD $39.99 $15.99 $8.00
Tron Evolution $19.99 $7.99 $4.00
Alice: Madness Returns $19.99 $7.99 $4.00
Fight Night Champion $29.99 $11.99 $6.00

That’s all for us PS Plussers for this week. Kinda lame, I know.

Let’s hope next week will be much better!

Source: PS Blog

Pool (or more popularly known here in the Philippines as Billiards) is a game of skill and concentration. You can’t really become an Efren “Bata” Reyes overnight, and the investment of time and money for equipment and practice make most people shy away from even trying out the sport. That and the lung cancer you get from frequenting the cigarette smoke-filled billiard halls.

But Pool is fun. Even non-players get drawn to the sound of the ivory balls striking each other. The satisfaction of seeing a called shot doing exactly what you want it to. Developer Cherry Pop Games gives us Pool Nation. And for $8.49 you get to avoid the hassles associated in learning to play the sport, but still retain the fun.

Sure, there’s already Hustle Kings for the PS3 and I know it’s a pretty decent billiards game. So what makes Pool Nation different?

The game is at its core, a pretty standard video game version of Pool. But once you delve into the tutorial, you will realize Pool Nation is not just your standard line-up, shoot, an pocket kind of deal but instead use more complicated and realistic ball physics. More emphasis is given to trick shots and skill shots and the excellent tutorial does a very good job of teaching you to pull amazing shots that will have you feeling like a badass Pool Shark.

Single player modes are tournament-based. You have your 8-ball and 9-ball tourneys, with a unique bonus round in each tournament phase. Pretty straightforward.Whereas Hustle Kings has its story mode where you play as a pool player searching for fame and fortune, Pool Nation ismore of a real Pool simulator focusing on realistic physics and gameplay mechanics.

There is also a local versus and an online option which I haven’t tried yet. Endurance Mode was the thing that got me hooked, though. In this time-based mode, you need to continuously sink balls to fill a meter that is constantly being depleted. Get style and combo points to get the meter filled quicker. Once it drops to zero then it’s game over.

I was expecting a bland experience but I played a couple of hours last night and was surprised that I ended up liking the game.

Ok, let’s do the breakdown.

The Good Stuff: poolnation balls

Graphics — This is the best looking pool game on a console I’ve seen. The shine and reflections on the balls and the finish on the table are perfectly rendered. When you make an awesome shot, the camera goes into bullet mode and you will see every detail of the shot; from the particles of chalk exploding from the cue ball to the subtle warping of the cushion when the ball banks.

Very helpful tutorial — In a game that is so technical and one that rewards you for playing technically, you will really need to know what you are doing. Thankfully, the supplied tutorials in this game are clear and precise. It tells you step by step how to do a particular shot and it is very satisfying when you eventually master the moves yourself.

Realistic Physics — A sliver of difference in how you make the shot will affect the ball physics accordingly. Shoot a bit too hard and the balls can even go out-of-bounds off the table and crash to the floor (with a realistic sound that will make you cringe like the real thing). But it doesn’t end with the ball and cue stick — the cushions and even the wood of the table reacts to the shot with amazing detail.

Pulling off trick shots and skill shots is extremely satisfying — I’ve learned a trick where you jump the cue ball to the wood part of the table above the cushion and spin it back to the table to your target. It’s kinda like Sonic the Hedgehog lol. I felt like a badass when I nailed it. The accessibility of these pro techniques is the main draw for me. Shot creativity is the key to advancing through the tourneys.

No clunky menus and loading screens — Menus are fast with no unnecessary things going on. When playing a game like this, being able to restart instantly is something I appreciate. Thankfully this game lets you do exactly that.

The Bad Stuff:

AI opponents — They cheat! One moment you are owning them but when you are about to win and the make a mistake, the AI swoops in and become Efren fucking Reyes. It’s like the rubberbanding AI in Mario Kart. I hate it.

Playing against a friend is really fun, though.

Hard to get online matches — I’m not sure if everyone who has the game was sleeping when I tried to get an online opponent or no one actually has the game except me but I will try again later tonight.

The game could use a bit of personality — Interface is minimalistic and direct to the point. I know the developer meant it to be this way but I think it could use a little bit of shine and flash.

Things That Could Swing Either Way:

More of a Sim, Less Arcadey — I like how it’s a realistic Pool game which was the original intention, but some people used to pool games like Hustle Kings and Inferno Pool might feel it’s kinda boring.

If you are a fan of Pool/Billiards and like the strategy and tecnical aspect of it, then this is worth every cent because quite frankly, this is the best video game Pool sim out there.

In Closing:

If you are a fan of Pool/Billiards and like the strategy and technical aspect of it, then this is worth every cent because quite frankly, this is the best pool/billiards sim out there.

If you are looking for a party game, then look elsewhere.

 

Pool Nation is available via digital download from the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3 and XBOX Live Marketplace for the XBOX 360. It is priced $8.49 (or whatever the equivalent Microsoft Points lol)

Big thanks to Cherry Pop Games for providing us with a review code of their game!

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IGN has reported that the much-awaited DLC for Telltale’s Game of the (last) Year will be releasing sooner than we’ve expected.

How soon? Well, if you have the game on the PlayStation 3 and have a US PSN account then you can download 400 Days tomorrow! Other platforms will get it shortly after. 400

How shortly after? Here:

  • Tuesday, July 2nd – PlayStation Network (North America)
  • Wednesday, July 3rd – PC/Mac (Steam, Telltale Games Store)
  • Friday, July 5th – Xbox Live (Worldwide)
  • Wednesday, July 10th – PlayStation Network (Europe)
  • Thursday, July 11th – iOS (Worldwide)

My predictions on the story? Clementine versus Ellie (The Last of Us) in a steel-cage match.

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The PlayStation Blog revealed today that Battlefield 3 will be downloadable for free tomorrow with PS+ when the PlayStation Store updates. They also released info on what to expect this month of July with the premium service.

On the PS3 side there’s Jet Set Radio (the Vita version was already added to the Instant Games Collection a few months back) and the awesome Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD in addition to the already mentioned Battlefield 3.

The PS Vita will get some free game lovin’ with Metal Slug XX (PSP, compatible with PS Vita), and Dokuro. I already bought Dokuro so this makes me a bit angry but I bought it during a sale so I’m not mrslash-angry lol.

Note that only Battlefield 3 will be available for tomorrow’s update — the other games will be spread out over July.

There is also a Summer Blast Sale going on. Mortal Kombat fo PS Vita is $5. I bought it launch day for $40. I try not to have this info ruin my day. Thanks.

Discounts

Game Title Normal Price Sale Price PS Plus Price
Call Of Duty: Black Ops II $59.99 $41.99 $37.79
The Amazing Spider-Man $49.99 $29.99 $20.99
Batman: Arkham Asylum $19.99 $9.99 $5.00
The Lord Of The Rings: Aragorn’s Quest $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Mortal Kombat PS Vita $19.99 $9.99 $5.00
Mortal Kombat $19.99 $9.99 $5.00
Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands $19.99 $7.99 $4.00
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game $9.99 $3.99 $2.00
Shadow Of The Colossus $19.99 $7.99 $5.00
Ratchet & Clank Collection $29.99 $14.99 $7.50

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There’s a handful of noteworthy releases this week: The Merc with the Mouth, Deadpool comes out with his own starring multiplatform game, Capcom X Sega X Namco Bandai’s tactical franchise mash-up Project X Zone is unleashed, and the awesome PS Vita remake of Muramasa finally arrives.

Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers also will be downloadable for your platform of choice with sealed-deck play.

Here’s this week’s vidyas:

Lego Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey (3DS Retail)

Project X Zone (3DS Retail)

Kokuga (3DS eShop)

Deadpool (PS3 Retail)

Ride to Hell: Retribution (PS3 Retail/PSN)

Hotline Miami (PS3/Vita PSN)

Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers (PS3 PSN)

Pool Nation (PS3 PSN)

Riding Star (PS2 Classic)

Warship Gunner (PS2 Classic)

Spartacus Legends (PS3 PSN)

Borderlands 2 – Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep (PS3 DLC)

Lego Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey (Vita Retail)

Muramasa Rebirth (Vita Retail/PSN)

Deadpool (Retail)

Ride to Hell: Retribution (Retail)

Doodle Jump (XBLA)

Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers (XBLA)

Spartacus Legends (XBLA)

Borderlands 2 – Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep (DLC)

Gears of War: Judgment – Lost Relics Map Pack (DLC)

Borderlands 2 – Tiny Tina’s Assault (PC/Steam DLC)

Company of Heroes 2 (PC)

Deadpool (PC/Steam)

Endless Space – Disharmony (PC/Steam)

Gun Monkeys (PC/Mac/Steam)

Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within (PC/Steam)

Joe Danger (PC/Steam)

Joe Danger 2: The Movie (PC/Steam)

Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers (PC/Steam)

Ride to Hell: Retribution (PC/Steam)

The Sims 3 – Island Paradise (PC/Mac Retail)

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The 80s and 90s was also notorious for horrible box art.

One of the games which encompassed the late 80’s and early 90’s of gaming was the Double Dragon series. During this era, home consoles scrambled to bring the arcade experience home and Double Dragon was one of these arcade ports. Part of the experience was also the punishing difficulty where hardcore gamers would attempt to finish arcade games with just one credit/token for bragging rights and a seriously good sense of fulfillment. Among others were obviously the stereotype video game themes back in the day (the damsel in distress), odd depiction of what “tough heroes” and bad guys should look like, and awesomely cheesy music to pump you up for some hardcore twitch brawling.

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Here’s box cover art that will surely pop a feminist’s nerve.

The plot of Double Dragon was simple, bad guys kidnapped your girl friend so you (Billy Lee) and player 2: Jimmy Lee (SPOILER: who was the last boss in the original Double Dragon game) go on a rampage to get her back. It screams nothing more than male chauvinistic bravado and gives feminists cause to rally against a video game for repeatedly objectifying women as trophies rather than treat them as people. Not to mention the game’s plot which caters to the traditional male nerd fantasies of being a tough guy who can brawl his way through bullies and be a hero (get the girl too). However, taking all that video game psychology and stereotyping crap aside, what you have in front of you was a game that was challenging and pretty intuitive for a time where games operated on only two input buttons (the A and B button).

In spite of the 8-bit graphics the game play really makes you feel like a martial arts master when you’ve gotten the hang of the controls. Every move in the game can be used to gain a tactical advantage over your foes and there are times where your awareness of your environment pays off in the form of knocking tough mini-bosses off a ledge with only a jump kick. However, games like Double Dragon are also notorious of being cheap when ramping up the difficulty by simply flooding the screen with enemies and introducing foes who move twice as fast as you with really cheap moves. These “traps” will basically kick your ass repeatedly until you change your strategy to deal with the situation. Unfortunately, not everyone has the same kind of intestinal fortitude so instead of trying to beat the game with one credit, they end up throwing down countless tokens in an attempt to finish the game. In the event that they do, they are treated with a really lame ending sequence that totally does not justify how much money they spent to finish a game. Pro-tip: You don’t finish an arcade game for the ending, you do it for high scores and bragging rights.

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Yuuuup, still there.

Fast-froward to 2012 with Way Forward‘s take on the Double Dragon series with retro-inspired title: Double Dragon Neon. This game does nothing new and simply reinforces the same stereotypes and plot lines from the old Double Dragon games.  Nothing has changed. The bad hair haircuts are still there along with the damsel in distress theme to the point that the opening sequence of the game is no different from the original Double Dragon game on the NES. You’ve got a bigger cast of female characters you have to beat down from classic Linda, geisha assassins, female ninjas, and even a rocketeer inspired flying female baddie. You will be forced to fight your own girl friend (Marian) towards the end of the game but you won’t need to kill her; only “knock her back to her senses”. They even remixed the cheesy music from the original Double Dragon and added a few songs with lyrics care of kick ass game music composer Jake Kaufman. As for game play, while the controls are still familiar, things have changed quite drastically which may not exactly be a welcome change for fans:

Mission Select:

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The “over world” of Double Dragon Neon looks pretty much like this.

There are ten (10) missions in this game but instead of having to play through all missions from the start as you would whenever you start your game, you can select any mission you have completed from the “over world” screen and play through that specific mission only. Now this wasn’t a big change or anything, this concept for side scrolling games has been used as early as Super Mario Bros. 3 to my knowledge but I can’t get used to this in a Double Dragon game. This basically screams “casual mode on”, play whenever you feel like it and finish it eventually. There is no real sense of urgency of having to complete the game in one sitting anymore. While I can still do that, the fact that the game isn’t designed that way anymore really takes your motivation away. However, it is understandable to some extent granted that gamers these days want longer hours clocked per game to feel that they got their money’s worth somehow which leads to the next change:

RPG-like Stat Progression :

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Because sound effects were lame back in the day.

While there are three (3) modes of difficulty, they require you to “level-up your character” or forge your mix-tapes in the game as they call it. These mix-tapes basically boost specific stats like Health, MP (for executing special attacks), Attack, and Defense. You will eventually be able to choose between ten (10) different stances and special moves that can all be upgraded with items you pick-up from defeating bosses.  This explains why you can return to missions at will: so that you can grind for money and upgrading items. Again, I lament the fact that the time sink in Double Dragon Neon became grinding stages repeatedly to power-up instead of mastering the punishing difficulty of the game. But RPG-like progression in a side scrolling brawler back in the days of the NES actually existed in the form of River City Ransom. If you played the Scott Pilgrim Vs the World video game, that would be the most modern comparison you have to that classic RPG/Brawler.

Clearly, there isn’t much left in the tank for the Double Dragon IP and as sad as it may be, I have come to terms with it because I enjoyed Double Dragon Neon more as a trip down memory lane with all the nostalgic sights and sounds (especially the soundtrack) rather than playing it like I had to finish the game without continues. Granted that it’s a solid brawler and somehow feels like Double Dragon, I simply can’t get behind it 100% anymore. As a matter of fact I don’t think there is any point in making another Double Dragon game, reboot , or even spin-offs because  Billy and Jimmy Lee actually suck as pop culture icons without having a constant look about them save for some sort of color coding scheme.

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Having said all that, you can opt NOT to buy Double Dragon Neon but if Double Dragon was part of your childhood, you’d probably want to buy the soundtrack. It’s ****in’ awesome!

Double Dragon Neon was released for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 as a digital download.

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At least we still get a happy ending. :D

Author’s Note: Double Dragon probably wasn’t ported to the NES first but it was the first time I encountered Double Dragon. Also, I’m well aware of multiple Double Dragon games in between the NES versions and the latest Double Dragon Neon. Unfortunately, I was unable to play all these games and spin offs because I didn’t have THAT much money to buy games back in the day. The Double Dragon movie poster was just there to highlight the color coding scheme of Billy and Jimmy Lee, I know it’s not game box art.