Sony unhappy about scalped 20th Anniversary Playstation 4 Consoles

Sony released 12,300 of the 20th Anniversary version of the Playstation 4, which was extremely difficult to get (for obvious reasons). This has led to overly inflated prices on the secondary market.

“That’s not what we want to see happen,” Playstation UK boss Fergal Gara told Eurogamer. “It’s inevitable some proportion of that will happen, and very hard to prevent it completely.” “We did think things through. But in each and every case, the way you get hold of one of these consoles requires some fan knowledge, so we’re trying to tap into the people who love the brand the most, and put them at an advantage, because they’re the people who keep us in business, who inspire this whole 20 year legacy.”

To pick up an inexpensive unit in the UK you first had to track down the pop-up store, bring a piece of Playstation memorabilia, and say the secret phrase: “I crashed my bandicoot.” (Source: Polygon)

I’ve got a crazy idea: make a couple more! I know it’ll make this special edition PS4…well…not as special, but who cares? I’d rather the secondary market of price gouging not hurt people’s chances of getting one for a fair price in the first place. The console is obviously beautiful and if I didn’t have a PS4, I would have probably tried to get one myself (and failed miserably I’m sure), but I just think it’s really silly to not just make more. There’s obviously a market for these Playstations if they are selling for absurd amounts of EBay that Sony would rather not happen. I don’t think anyone is crazy about the price gougers and price scalpers who ruin these things for everyone. It’s a console made for an anniversary, a console made for the fans, and why not just let the fans get them? It’s impossible to prevent, but it’s at least worth a shot if they made more units.

What do you think about the anniversary PS4? Does it look awesome or what? Do you think Sony should simply just produce more to stop price gougers?

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A petition to remove Anita Sarkeesian from the development of Mirror’s Edge 2 has begun

A petition has been started to remove Anita Sarkeesian, infamous feminist video game critic known for her series of videos entitled “Feminist Frequency,” from Mirror’s Edge 2 game development.

EA Games and DICE have decided to include Anita Sarkeesian in the development of the game and the petition argues that, “Anita Sarkeesian has no credibility or experience in game development. She is merely a self proclaimed critic and her opinions should offer no sound foundations in the development of this or any game. She has no experience in the industry.”

The petition further states, “In the past, Anita has even spoken against her status as a gamer, only to rebut her stance to serve her own purposes.” “We are not against strong portrayls of women in video games, but believe that consultations on games should be given by more credible and experienced sources.”

This subject as a whole is completely controversial. Some people think what Anita Sarkeesian is doing is great and very important. Some people hate her and send her death threats. And then there’s me…somewhere in the middle. I do not think Anita Sarkeesian is credible in anyway whatsoever. It’d be absurd to think so. She does not play video games. She does not care for video games. She does not have a passion for this medium. She pretends to have a passion for this medium to make videos to fit her agenda and her narrative. Do I think she has a few valid points very occasionally? Sure, why not? Do I think she has the right to speak for gamers or even the portrayal of females in video games? Not really.

For some reason, she thinks she does. Again, she has stated more than once that she doesn’t even really play games, so how does she have any credibility? And beyond that, she has constantly ask for funding for a video project where she is talking to a camera with footage from video games which any idiot with a couple hundred bucks could have done on their own. She didn’t need any funding for this series and I don’t care what anyone says. I’m sure she had the money to make this happen. She is a beggar and a leech and I’m not afraid to state this opinion even though the Social Justice Warriors will probably be angry or something.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE strong female character. I think they’re awesome. Do we need more of them? Absolutely. Does that mean we should criticize any video game that has sexualized characters or damsel in distress characters? No, no we shouldn’t.

Bayonetta 2 was praised to no end and is considered one of the best games this year, are we supposed to not play it because Bayonetta is a hypersexual character? If you’re offended by it, don’t buy it, your loss, I’m sure you’re missing out on a fun action game. (I haven’t actually played it yet, but I’m going to.) I’m sure Anita Sarkeesian would probably tell you not to play Bayonetta 2. And what right does she have to say that?

Listen, I don’t care, she is allowed to say whatever she wants. But it does draw the line when she is getting involved in the actual development of video games. I did sign this petition because I do agree with it. She has no credibility to be involved with game development, she can blabber on and on about women in video games or whatever and have that opinion and that’s great, I could care less (even if I disagree with most of what she says) but she shouldn’t be involved with Mirror’s Edge 2. I sincerely hope that EA and DICE change their minds on this.

Video games are an amazing art form that is still in growing pains. We are just starting to get amazing female characters and I only see that getting brighter and brighter in the future. But characters like Bayonetta have the right to exist and if you don’t like it, don’t buy the goddamn game (just reemphasizing this). Anita Sarkeesian has no right to tell you what to buy, tell you what to put in a game, or any of that. She’s basically just an angry Tumblr user, Social Justice Warrior who wants her way and is willing to lie, cheat, and steal her way up to the top.

What do you think about EA and DICE allowing Anita Sarkeesian to be involved in development? What do you think about Anita Sarkeesian in general? How about the portrayal of female characters in video games? Good or bad?

Important update to this post: It sounds as though there might not be as much credibility to this petition that I once thought. The entire petition is really based upon a rumor with no real sources. People should take look at this link here to understand what I’m talking about further. I apologize for making this post without much real fact-checking or credibility, but I still think discussing Anita Sarkeesian and what she stands for is very, very important, whether you are for or against her. I still want to have a healthy discussion and debate about it in the comments, but I suggest ignoring the petition unless something truly gets confirmed from a real source from DICE or EA.

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Take-Two CEO Karl Slatoff speaks out against GTA V petition

Take-Two chairman and CEO Karl Slatoff spoke at the BMO Capital Markets 2014 Technology & Digital Media Conference and claimed that people who find individual pieces of content offensive should simply not buy the product. He stated, “it’s one thing for someone to not want to buy a piece of content, which is completely understandable.” “And that’s really the solution. If you don’t like it and it’s offensive to you, then you don’t buy it.

A petition from women who previously experienced sexual violence and violence in the sex industry, stated that Grand Theft Auto 5 “makes a game of bashing, killing and horrific violence against women” and “links sexual arousal and violence.” The petition has garnered almost 50,000 signatures and led to Target and K-Mart in Australia from pulling GTA5 from their shelves.

Slatoff argues even further by saying, “for a person or a group of people to try to make that decision for millions of people… We have 34 million people who brought Grand Theft Auto, and if these folks had their way, none of those people would be able to buy Grand Theft Auto.” “And that really just flies in the face of everything that free society is based on. It’s the freedom of expression, and to try to squelch that is a dangerous and slippery slope to go down.” (Source: Polygon)

I agree with every single word Karl Slatoff says, I wouldn’t change a single word. The fact of that matter is, no one should be able to stop a piece of art from hitting the shelves of a store, I don’t care how much you are “offended” by a video game. People have every right to make a petition but said petition shouldn’t be allowed to stop a game from being sold, even if it is deemed “offensive.”

I’m not even a huge fan of Grand Theft Auto (which has nothing to do with being offended by the game, I’m not. I more so just don’t enjoy playing the games very much because they aren’t fun to me) but I will defend it being on the shelves wholeheartedly. We live in this strange, almost absurd politically correct culture that is focused on being offended by everything simply because it hurts the “feelings” of someone.

I wrote a piece on the game Hatred (a game people were also offended by) a few weeks back (which you can read here) and I have the same position there that I do here. I simply don’t care if people find a video game offensive because video games aren’t the cause of this violence toward women or violence in general; you have to be a fool to think so. People who go and violently hurt people have a problem that is inherently in them that needs fixing, it isn’t from playing a video game. It’s a video game. It’s fake. It isn’t real. It’s meant to be fun. Are you to tell me that all of the people who are beating up women in GTA (or…and this is crazy and won’t fit the narrative of the petition, YOU CAN BEAT UP ANYONE IN THE GAME) are going to go and beat up and be violent toward everyone? If we take one game away from people, what’s to stop them from taking more games away from people? Should we take a piece of art like The Last of Us off shelves because (spoilers) Ellie is almost raped by David? Or are we just going to not be allowed to play anything anymore that hurts the feelings of others?

What are your thoughts on this topic? Should we ever take a game off the shelves? Should we defend the free speech of the video games industry? Has any game ever pushed the envelope too far for you?

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Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Review: Reinventing the franchise or same old, same old?

Yearly franchises are a hard thing to judge and give a real review. Most reviewers aren’t willing to give them very low scores because they still tend to work every year, they provide a decent quality gaming experience (at least for the most part). Call of Duty has been the mainstay of that idea and Advanced Warfare is no different. But is the game actually doing enough to justify being called one of the biggest changes in the franchises? Well…no, not really.

I think it’s safe to say that most people understand the Call of Duty formula at this point: A campaign with mindless action movie fun, a co-op mode that is wave after wave of survival, and a multiplayer mode filled with an extravagant amount of game types to try out where you shoot other people on the Internet. And most people are buying these games for the latter. Regardless, I still think it’s incredibly important to discuss the campaigns of Call of Duty, specifically the one found within Advanced Warfare.

For one thing, the campaign has two really great actors in it: Troy Baker, the biggest actor in the gaming business (played Joel in The Last of Us, The Joker in Batman Arkham Origins, Talion in Shadow of Mordor, among an absurd amount more), and Kevin Spacey…who you might have heard of. He’s in that one popular Netflix show the kids are watching. Having Kevin Spacey in your video game pretty much displays how big Call of Duty has become, it isn’t a joke, and Spacey does give a great performance…in a campaign filled with bad writing.

The campaign has glimmers of hope: it looks beautiful. I played on the Playstation 4 version of Advanced Warfare and it is absolutely beautiful to look at in every single way, from big Hollywood explosions to long drawn-out landscapes to the facial expressions of Kevin Spacey and Troy Baker, the visuals are no joke. If anything, the campaign is worth playing because it’s pretty to look at. But what about the gameplay and the writing I mentioned earlier? Same old, same old.

The game has a new gameplay mechanic called the “Exo Suit,” which is also prominently used in multiplayer and co-op but I’ll get to that later. The Exo Suit gives the player the ability to double jump, strafe forward, down, left, and right, and sometimes other abilities used with a technique called “Overdrive,” which seems to only be used to slow down game time…and that isn’t anything new in first person shooter game design, it’s actually quite old. The Exo Suit wants to be something desperately innovative but it isn’t even used prominently enough to justify itself. It comes across as really cool for about the first hour or so and then it becomes a thing that is just there. It has no prominence or place and very little usefulness in a campaign that you spend just mowing down A.I. after A.I. that aren’t very smart. The campaign is no different from any other COD campaign: you will shoot at enemies, duck after getting hit, recover, and shoot at more enemies, and then at the end you’ll have a really cool big action piece where you get a cool ability or gun. It is literally the same formula being done, over and over again and nobody seems to care.

I do care because I think the first person shooter campaigns found within COD games could be more interesting, especially because Advanced Warfare wants to be more interesting but fails to execute it properly. Even in the writing, I was baffled that the game-for at least a little bit-took an ANTI-military stance. The typical formula of a COD campaign is that you are cool guy silent protagonist (except in cutscenes in this game’s case and the only reason I’m assuming they let the character talk is because they got Troy Baker to play him) who is in the U.S. military, which is by far the coolest military in the world (according to the game). It’s borderline propaganda and a bit scary. But in this game, you start in the U.S. military but eventually join Atlas, a private military corporation ran by Kevin Spacey’s character, Jonathan Irons. And for a hot second there, I actually thought this game would do something baffling and criticize the military in someway…it doesn’t. I won’t go into it further to avoid spoilers. (Even though I’m writing this review extremely late…I got the game late, okay?) But let’s just say I was extremely disappointed in Advanced Warfare seeing as it actually had potential but devolves into COD nonsense within two hours.

It’s almost as if the designers just don’t even care about the campaign (which wouldn’t surprise me). They haven’t evolved the formula of these campaigns in years. They run, beat by beat, exactly the same. It’s extremely depressing to see a lack of innovation in a franchise that has potential to say something because it has such a large audience and fanbase. All I can really say fully about the campaign is that Advanced Warfare moved very SLIGHTLY in the right direction…but does nothing truly new with itself.

Co-op play in Advanced Warfare is still really fun. Currently the only mode available is Exo Survival. It’s a 4-player co-op mode (at least online it is) where each player can choose between a Light Exo, Heavy Exo, Specialist Exo, and it is played on the multiplayer maps found in the typical PVP modes (which I will discuss after this). The Light Exo focuses on SMGS and Assault Rifles, has the fastest movement speed, full range of boost abilities but has the lowest Armor, and it has the UAV scorestreak enabled. The Heavy Exo has a focus on heavy weapons, slowest movement, limited boost abilities, highest armor, high damage, and has the Goliath scorestreak. The Specialist Exo has a focus on Shotguns and Sniper Rifles, normal movement, limited boost abilities, normal armor, and the Sentry Gun scorestreak. The vary in class choice actually makes co-op more dynamic and more interesting to play whether playing locally on your own or with two people, or playing online with up to 4 people. The mode has upgrade points that you can use in between rounds in order to upgrade weapons, scorestreaks, Exo Suit abilities, etc. If anything, the co-op has plenty of features that make it worth checking out, at least for a little bit. But is it anything more dynamic than most co-op survival modes that have been done before? Absolutely not. It’s another same old, same old mode that is about mowing down A.I. and hopefully not dying. The Exo Suit abilities do not add anywhere near enough reason for this mode to keep you playing for a very long time. Overall, is this mode bad? No, it isn’t. It can be quite a bit of fun, but it’s the lack of innovation that makes it painfully hard for me to highly recommend it.

And now I’ll move onto the PVP online-also known as the reason most people buy Call of Duty games. I have to say, I’m more impressed with this than I thought I would be. The Exo Suit abilities do add at least something somewhat interesting to the game and how it’s played and I still find myself coming back to play a couple matches almost everyday. The game still has the typical slew of game types that people enjoy with a few new ones as well. Regardless, I haven’t found myself getting too attached to the new game types and find that still jumping into Team Deathmatch or Domination is the way to play Call of Duty online.

Domination has become something far more dynamic with the Exo Suit abilities. The pacing of this game as a whole is extremely fast, everyone is moving at light speed. For one thing, everyone has infinite sprint, sprint never runs out. And I think that was a good choice, it makes the game extraordinarily faster than most first person shooters dare to be. For one thing, Call of Duty was already one of the fastest first person shooters around. This game dared to speed it up even further. It even speeds it up further by having the Exo Suit used as a fully realized gameplay mechanics that allows players to double jump and strafe just as you can in the campaign. Does it work? Sort of. It adds something special to a mode like Domination, everyone is getting to capture points so quickly that the game is such a fast-paced craziness of fun where you have to be constantly thinking and deciding where to go.

But when you get to certain modes like Team Deathmatch, it can become frustrating. For one thing, expect to be shoot in the back. A lot. Like really a lot. For another thing, expect fairly crappy spawns because of the game’s pace. People spawn near each other from the opposite team and people just come up behind you on a constant basis that can make the game utterly frustrating to play. Now I don’t consider myself a great COD player, I’m average at best, but even I can see some of the flaws of this overly fast-paced game. I like the concept and it is executed decently in plenty of ways, but it still fails at providing a certain amount of balance that needs to be there, I still find myself getting far too frustrated more than I should be by things that feel like the game mechanics fault rather than my own ability to play the game.

Regardless, Advanced Warfare’s PVP is as good as Call of Duty has ever been. Will it change your mind if you aren’t already into Call of Duty? Probably not. It could if you want a shooter that is extremely fast, but otherwise you’ll probably still be disinterested in the typical Call of Duty mechanics that thrive in the game. The Exo Suit abilities of being able to double jump and strafe aren’t enough to justify playing the PVP if you don’t already like Call of Duty very much. Even the new Exo Suit abilities that you can activate with the click of L1 aren’t that interesting either. A vast majority of them are absolutely pointless and I’ve found myself almost exclusively using Exo Overclock, which allows you to move EVEN faster for a limited amount of time. In a game that is already focused on speed, I might as well go even faster. The other abilities just seem to have little to no use in a game where you need to constantly be on the move or you’ll probably die. It’s disappointing to see an interesting concept fail to have much use when they could have been unique. I think it’s still growing pains in trying to figure out how to use these abilities for future games.

The last two things worth pointing out in PVP are the class set-ups and character customization. The class set-ups run on a 13-point system, which is pretty clearly inspired by past COD games as well as The Last of Us multiplayer. The point system makes class customization take far too much time (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, you’ll just be spending a lot of time sitting at the custom class menus) and allows for a far more dynamic game, from allowing you to have three gun attachments or having four scorestreaks or two perks in a single slot, you can run with so many different combinations that are worth experimenting with. I’ve yet to find a class set-up that I can stay with fully because there is so much worth trying out. If anything, that is one of the most positive things I can say about the multiplayer: You have plenty to try out in class customization alone that will make you want to come back and try out new things. The character customization is more of a gimmicky thing than anything else. It has no impact on the multiplayer itself but you can customize your character with different clothing and you can be male or female, it’s still interesting to have this ability even if it isn’t that interesting. The game also has supply drops that you get sporadically as you play that include clothing as well as customized weapons that you can equip to class slots, they tend to lower a stat on the gun and replace it with a higher stat, so essentially you’ll be playing a trade-off game if you equip one of them.

As a whole, Advanced Warfare is the most interesting Call of Duty has been in years. The campaign has a glimmer of being something hopeful but ends up failing miserably and becomes the typical Call of Duty campaign except with more Kevin Spacey and Troy Baker. (Which is a good thing I guess?) The co-op is fun but same old, old. The PVP is more dynamic but will do nothing to drawn in new players to a franchise that is becoming stale. I for one decided to jump back into Call of Duty with this game. I haven’t played one since Modern Warfare 3 and I am still having a good time with Advanced Warfare. I’m just disappointed at a game that has potential to be so much more (it had three years of development) but still miserably drops the ball. All I can say is, this is the largest glimmer of hope Call of Duty has had in years, and I still have hope for this franchise. I do have hopes that this series could become more dynamic and Advanced Warfare at least attempts to show that.


+Solid performances by Troy Baker and Kevin Spacey

+PVP is still as fun as ever

+New dynamics in PVP add something new to the franchise


-The campaign devolves into typical Call of Duty nonsense

-Co-op is same old, same old

-PVP is still dangerously unbalanced and maybe too fast paced


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Playstation Experience Keynote Overview/Review

Sony took it upon themselves to start their own video game event in December called Playstation Experience, an event open to the public that celebrates Playstation. They also had a keynote to kick off Playstation Experience which debuted new games, new content, and new footage of previously announced games today. I thought I would give you guys a general overview/review of the keynote and what was announced and worth looking out for from the conference!

Sony had no reservations: they opened up with Uncharted 4 gameplay. I’m sure most of you already saw the footage. It looks absolutely beautiful, is it mostly more of the same? Absolutely. Am I pretty much okay with that? Absolutely. They also added a rope mechanic, so who knows? We might get new innovations in this game and I will always have faith in Naughty Dog to provide more great, unique content. The gameplay also ended with a cutscene and we find out that…Drake has a brother? Yeah, you heard that correctly. It also appears that Troy Baker plays him, so it seems that Naughty Dog likes to grab some of the same talent, and I’m totally for that.

The keynote then goes to MLB The Show 15. I have no interest. You might. That’s cool. It’s another sports game.

A new title called Kill Strain is announced, it is a top down shooter that is free to play and will have a beta early next year. We have enough top down shooters so I’m not overly excited for this one.

New Bloodborne footage is shown of a dungeon and a boss battle and the games just continues to look really fantastic. I’m thoroughly excited for this game and it may be a day one purchase for me.

Adam Boyes takes the stage, head of publisher relations, and discusses the new Destiny expansion. It seems like this game will have endless coverage by Sony because it has exclusivity on Playstation platforms. I have yet to play Destiny so I can’t really comment on the DLC (though I plan to still).

Ultra Street Fighter IV was announced exclusively for the PS4. I found this announcement incredibly strange. Why bother to rerelease this old Street Fighter game when Street Fighter V is on the way? I mean I’m sure people will buy it so I guess I answered my own question.

Footage of a game called Killing Floor 2 was shown, it looks like a decent shooter, zombie survival-esque game but it’s same old, same old at this point.

Red Hook Studios announces Darkest Dungeon, a side-scrolling RPG for PS4 in 2015.

End Night Games announced The Forest for PS4 and this game immediately intrigued me. It appears to be a survival game of some sorts but the entire style of the game looks so interesting and truly frightening, at least the way the trailer was cut made it seem so. I will continue to follow this game for sure.

Geometry Wars 3 will be coming to the Vita in the spring.

Persona 5 will be a PS3 and PS4 exclusive. That is literally all they had to say about Persona 5.

Bastion will be coming to PS4 and Vita. I’m certainly interested in trying this game out because I hear nothing but good things.

Orcs Must Die: Unchained is coming to PS4. I’ve never played a title in this series, I’ve got nothing to say.

Peter Moore from EA comes on stage with a surprising announcement. Currently, three games are available as a free download on Playstation platforms: Need For Speed: Most Wanted on the Vita, Mirror’s Edge for PS3, and Planets Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare for PS4. These games are only available until Playstation Experience is over, so hurry up and go download them! I will gladly go try out Planets Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare because I’ve wanted to for quite some time.

Dungeon Defenders II is shown.

A barrage of indie game announcements comes forward: Skytorn on PS4, Severed, a new game from the developers of Gucacamelee!, Shovel Knight on PS4, PS3, and Vita (which I will gladly play), and Enter The Dungeon.

Batman Arkham Knight footage is shown with a guy who is way too excited about Batman Arkham Knight taking the stage. It is also announced that the PS4 will get exclusive content. Sony just seems to love to take all this exclusive content. (How much money are they paying for all of this?) Overall though, I found the Batman Arkham Knight footage surprisingly underwhelming. I guess I’m just ready for the game to come out and I’m sick and tired of seeing footage at this point.

Street Fighter V is announced (except everyone already knew about it the day before due to a leak) and is exclusive on the PS4 and PC with cross-platform play. I find it completely insane that Sony manage to get the exclusive rights to Street Fighter V. That is a huge blow to Microsoft, Street Fighter isn’t some small fry franchise, it’s one of the biggest around. I’m thoroughly impressed that Sony managed to get this. Regardless, I’m really excited to try out Street Fighter V whenever it comes out (and the footage looked pretty great).

Yakuza 5 is announced for PS3 for Summer 2015. Yakuza 4 and Yakuza Dead Souls are also now available digitally on PS3.

Suikdon I and Suikdon II are coming to the PS3 and Vita.

Towerfall Ascension and Towerfall Dark World are coming to the Vita.

Octodad is coming to the Vita (I never played the PS4 version and I’d rather play that one, to be honest).

Super Time Force Ultra is coming to PS4 and Vita in 2015 and Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, is in it! The game looks great but if I can play as Shuhei Yoshida that makes it game of the year material by default.

The Banner Saga will be coming to the Vita.

Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be coming to the Vita in the spring.

Gang Beasts will be coming to the PS4 and Vita.

Broken Age will be coming to the PS4 and Vita when Act 2 comes to the PC. I’m really excited to play this game; one because I think Elijah Wood is a great actor, and two because it’s Double Fine Game.

Grim Fandango Remastered will be coming to PS4 and Vita on January 27th and I will gladly buy this as well.

Day of the Tentacle Special Edition will be coming to PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, and Linux.

A new Fat Princess game is announced called Fat Princess Adventures. I absolutely loved the PS3 version of Fat Princess and I’m glad that this game is going to get another version on PS4; it’s such a fun little multiplayer game that doesn’t get enough credit.

A game is announced by Funomena, it involved exploding hats, I had no idea what the hell I was watching.

A new Giant Sparrow game, developers of The Unfinished Swan (a game you should absolutely play, it’s a really, really beautiful game) is announced called What Remains of Edith Finch. They didn’t show a whole lot but I’m pretty much interested by default because of how much I loved The Unfinished Swan.

More footage of The Order: 1886 is shown, a third person shooter developed by Ready At Dawn studios. I won’t lie, I just can’t be that excited for this game. People are excited for it but it just looks like a typical third person shooter that looks pretty to me. I don’t know, it could still be a really great game; I’ll still keep my eyes on it.

An extensive demo is shown off of Tearaway Unfolded, which I still don’t entirely get what this is. I think it’s supposed to be a remake/remake with more content than the original Tearaway on Vita. I haven’t played Tearaway, but it seems like the PS4 version is just going to be an improved version of it, so I guess everyone should just play this new one? I have no idea. The demo didn’t really convince to buy the game; I was like half-listening because I simply just wasn’t very interested in what they were showing me.

More footage of the absolutely not exciting Until Dawn is shown. And they even managed to use some of the same footage from The Game Awards last night! (You can read about my thoughts on The Game Awards here.) I have little to no interest in this game; it’s everything I don’t enjoy about games. It’s a game that is littered in button prompts and that’s the gameplay. Why would I want to play that? That isn’t even a video game anymore. It stars Hayden Panettiere, there’s that? Ya know, that one girl from that show Heroes…which was only good for a season…I’M REALLY SOLD ON THIS GAME SONY.

Square Enix takes the stage in which is literally the worst, most disgusting troll done by a video game company that I can remember in recent years. They show a long trailer for Final Fantasy VII. You know that game that a lot of people love (I don’t personally) and have been CLAMORING and WAITING for a real remake of for years on end. But guess what Square Enix gives you instead? The PC remastered version of the game that nobody really cares about! Coming to PS4 in spring 2015! Who’s excited? No one? Oh. I wonder why Square Enix. I sometimes think Square Enix is absolutely insane.

We then get a 20 years of Playstation tribute that is all done in-game on LittleBigPlanet 3, it was cool and all, but I mean…they were basically begging everyone to buy LittleBigPlanet 3 with this tribute. I just found it a little funny. It was a cool tribute though, I certainly recommend watching it.

More footage of No Man’s Sky is shown. I’m super excited for this game but even I’m a bit sick of seeing footage considering I JUST saw footage last night during the Game Awards livestream. I sort of just want to play the game now, especially because I still have no idea how in the hell this game can work. I have no clue, or if it will at all. It’s by far one of the most ambitious and interesting titles coming out next year.

David Jaffe comes onstage to announce his new game being made by his new studio (you can read more about that here). It is titled Drawn To Death and is very much a David Jaffe game: gorey, silly, over the top, and childish (in a good way). It is an arena shooter that takes place in the notebook of a teenager who draws all of these different creatures. The art style is absolutely incredibly and instantly reminded me of the Wii game, Madworld (a game you should really play, it’s a really underappreciated title). I’m sure this game will be a blast to play, but based on what David Jaffe said (it being in pre-Alpha), it sounds like we might not even be playing this next year. It might not be until 2016. Regardless, I’m pretty excited.

And that’s that. Playstation Experience was interesting and the keynote was pretty enjoyable to watch on the livestream (who am I kidding? I even like watching crappy video game conferences). I do hope that Sony keeps this as an annual thing to celebrate Playstation. I think it’s safe to say that Playstation is strong enough of an entity on its own after the extreme success of the Playstation 4, they can have their own conference on their own and deservingly so. What did you think of the Playstation Experience keynote? Did you enjoy it? What was your favorite announcement? If you haven’t watched it and still want to, watch it below (I’ll link it once it’s available):

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The 2014 Video Game Awards Review/Overview

Well this was a surprising change of pace. The Video Game Awards are considered notoriously awful. Most gamers unanimously agree every year, but we watch them anyways out of spite and make jokes about how bad they are on Twitter as they happen. This year was a bit different, might I even say, they were worth watching? Actually decent? Actually something that didn’t feel shallow, corporate, and almost poke fun of what it is supposed to be giving a tribute to? Dare I say even better than that thing called the Oscars that nobody really likes either? I am quite surprised.

The show opened extremely well, with a decent tribute about gamers and gaming as a medium becoming the largest one in the world. And then we cut to Koji Kondo, composer of the music found within Zelda and Mario, playing Super Mario Bros. music. What the hell else could you want? Seriously, this was awesome. The thing is, Koji Kondo has never really gotten the limelight at these types of events before (at least I don’t think so) and seeing this happen is a beautiful moment. This man has composed some of the most memorable music ever put into video games and he finally got a moment to shine on stage.

Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, comes onstage to discuss Mario Maker, the new app/mod/game that allows players to create their own Mario levels with multiple different skins, such as New Super Mario Bros, classic Super Mario Bros. styles, etc. The game has been revealed before, but seeing more of it is still awesome because it looks absolutely fun. I don’t necessarily plan on creating levels myself, but I will gladly play everyone else’s levels (and spend plenty of hours doing so I’m sure).

Geoff Keighley, the organizer of the Video Game Awards for many years and video game journalist, then more properly introduces the show and is essentially the glue/host of the entire show. He does a pretty good job of it too.

Kiefer Sutherland, voice of Big Boss for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, comes on stage and actually gives a really sincere speech on video games and how the medium is really incredible and doing more than movies: it’s actually evolving and becoming something more every single year. It’s weird when they have a celebrity come on stage at these types of shows and he isn’t a complete asshole or pretending to like video games. He seemed completely genuine about everything he was saying. It was really great.

Hideo Kojima comes on stage to talk about Metal Gear Online, the online component of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Some gameplay of it was shown and it looks absolutely marvelous. I was a fan of the MGSIV Online component and I will gladly spend some time with this one. It looks far more dynamic and more well realized this time around with more gameplay mechanics and components in abundance.

Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine Productions, came onstage to give the best performance award and also pokes fun at the older editions of the Video Game Awards by stating that he doesn’t look as good as celebrities giving video game awards, which was a nice jab and a very necessary one for all the bullshit over the years found on these shows. Trey Parker won the award for South Park: Stick of Truth and also states how this is the only time he’d win over Kevin Spacey (who was nominated for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare). This stunt by Trey Parker might as well also be called the most badass mic drop ever. In the history of everything. Ever. Seriously.

A new game was revealed from the creators of Gone Home (a game I still need to play…waiting for that PS4 version) titled Tacoma. Very little of Tacoma was shown in the reveal trailer, but it is a new science fiction game.

New footage of Bloodborne was shown, a game that I wasn’t really that excited for, but seeing this new footage made this game jump up to my list of most anticipated games for 2015 (which I wrote about here). The footage was absolutely gorgeous and the game looks like a blast. But I do hope it won’t be as painstakingly difficult as something like Dark Souls, which is made by the same developer (From Software).

Conan O Brian for some reason introduces the first game of the year nominee (Dragon Age: Inquisition). He also introduces all of the nominees later on throughout the show. Yeah if we could just not have that next year, that’d be great. I haven’t played Dragon Age either (actually even better, I haven’t played ANY of the game of the year nominees).

Something called Banner Saga 2 was shown. I have no idea what this is, but it’s something?

Destiny wins some awards for online gameplay (which I’m sure some people are angry about) and music (which I’m sure people are okay with).

Boogie2988 (which I was super excited for to see onstage. This dude deserves all of it. An extremely humble, genuine, and considerate YouTuber who truly loves video games passionately) and iJustine (meh) appear and give an award called Trending Gamer out. TotalBiscuit wins it. I know almost nothing about TotalBiscuit. Jeff Gerstmann should have won (because Giant Bomb is one of the best gaming sites around…like by far. Listen to the BombCast. Just do it. Now).

A game titled Hazelight is shown, which is developed by the developers behind Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (a game that I didn’t like anywhere near as much as everyone else did), and it should have also won the award for worst trailer ever. All it managed to show is two people in a train together. I’m not even joking.

A strange, trippy performance of video game music was performed; it was sort of good, sort of bad, sort of confusing.

Dark Souls II has its little game of the year nomination video. I haven’t played this game either.

A game called Adrift was revealed, a science fiction first person game that sort of looks like the movie Gravity, but with video games instead. Um, it could be good? The trailer wasn’t amazing by any means, mostly because it didn’t show enough.

Two comedians come onstage, make some (mostly) bad (and unnecessary) jokes and present the award for best mobile/handheld game. Something wins. (Hearthstone maybe?) I don’t even remember. Who cares I guess? I still don’t necessarily watch this show for the awards…is that bad or good?

The Regginator comes back onstage and gets some more awards. Why not?

Also, some game called Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. is shown, a 3DS game, I had no idea what the hell I was watching when I watched it.

A game titled Before is revealed, a game with some cavemen/cavewomen are shown and repetitive music is played over it. But hey, the game looks beautiful and some amazing visual landscapes are shown. I have no idea what in the actual hell the game is though.

Troy Baker comes onstage. I like Troy Baker. Who doesn’t?

And then we get into the real slump of the show. Battlefield Hardline has a long, absurd reveal and a long, absurd music performance. Yes, you did hear me correctly. MUSICAL PERFORMANCE. A SONG. FOR A BATTLEFIELD GAME. What is going on here? This was actually maybe the worst part of the show. For one thing, I don’t really care much for Battlefield and then some random, mediocre song plays for a really, really long time.

And then we give the award for competitive gamer. I really don’t care, if you’re into Esports, that’s cool. I’m not.

Some dude from Imagine Dragons presents the award for best sports/racing game (aka we said fuck it and just put two genres together) and Mario Kart 8 wins (deservingly so).

New footage of The Order: 1886 is shown and I have no idea how to feel about this game. I want to be excited for it because it is a Playstation 4 exclusive developed by Santa Monica, but the game just doesn’t interest me very much so far. I hope that’ll improve. (Maybe during the Playstation Experience Keynote tomorrow? Hopefully?)

Something about MLB The Show is shown. Yawn.

They slowly tease us with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End but nothing is shown for obvious reasons, Playstation has their own keynote to worry about tomorrow.

Until Dawn is shown, a Playstation 4 exclusive horror game that is basically everything I hate about video games shown in a single gameplay trailer. Basically, it’s Button Prompt: The Video Game, also known as, LITERALLY EVERYTHING HORRIBLE ABOUT VIDEO GAMES.

Footage of Lara Croft and The Temple of Osiris is shown, a game I could care less about, but I know some people really liked the previous entry in this top-down shooter series of Tomb Raider games. (Or do we call these Lara Croft games? I have no idea.)

A trailer for the new Destiny expansion is shown. Some people are into it, some aren’t, and I think that’s basically the general consensus of Destiny at this point.

Elijah Wood does the voice of his character from Broken Age and breaks the 4th wall and such about the Video Game Awards. Who would have thought that Frodo and Ryan from Wilfred would be saying things at the Video Game Awards?

Far Cry 4 wins best shooter. I haven’t played Far Cry 4, or Far Cry 3 for that matter. Man, I need to play more video games apparently.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft gets its little game of the year nomination bit. Uh, that’s cool? I know almost nothing about this game if I’m going to be honest.

Footage of The Witcher III is shown. I also know nothing about The Witcher series of games. Man, I REALLY need to play more games.

The Games For Change Award (aka games that had some actually real life commentary on things and isn’t just shooting things for a couple of hours) is given out and is given to Valiant Hearts: The Great War. Did I mention I haven’t played this game either? Regardless, The Last of Us: Left Behind should have won. Because I said so. And Ellie is the shit (I’m really doing a good job on being a games journalist right now).

Footage of No Man’s Sky is shown, also known as one of the most interesting games for 2015. I’m so damn excited for this game. How could anyone not be? I also find it crazy how this game is getting such incredible coverage at basically every major press conference; it’s weird that such an ambitious, bizarre indie title is being pushed for the AAA market. But hey, I’m all for it anyhow. This game is going to absolutely amazing if it’s half as good as it’s supposed to be. Oh, and some music from the game is then performed.

A trailer for a new Godzilla game is shown. Moving on.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor gets its little game of the year clip. Did I mention I haven’t played this game either?

After all of this, Neil Druckmann comes on stage to give the award for industry icon. The winners being the founders of Sierra, Ken Williams and Roberta Williams, they also gave a long history lesson on Sierra, which I found quite intriguing and truly interesting despite the fact that I have never played any of these classic Sierra games. It truly made me want to play them. Also, a new entry in the series of King’s Quest (one of Sierra’s most popular franchises) games gets a trailer and looked pretty great. I have nothing snarky to say.

Lindsey Sterling gives a performance of music from Dragon Age: Inquisition and it was quite beautiful, even if I haven’t played this new fangled Dragon Age video game the kids are talking about.

Shovel Knight won best indie game. Did I mention I haven’t played this game either? I’m really out of the loop.

Bayonetta 2 gets its short little game of the year video. Oh, I haven’t played this game either.

A new game titled Human Element gets a proper trailer. It looks like a first person shooter. Made by a guy who used to work at Infinity Ward (Robert Bowling). It just looks a little bit cartoonier. What I’m trying to say is that this doesn’t LOOK THAT EXCITING, OKAY?

A short video is shown of Eve Online players having real conversations during their games. Also known as completely nonsensical blabbering to me because this game is so complex and I’d never ever actually try and learn how to play it because I don’t have that kind of time, seriously though, I commend the people who dedicate so much time to a game with so many layers, it’s really amazing.

And finally, after ALL OF THAT, game of the year is finally given out. Dragon Age: Inquisition gets the win. I guess I’m supposed to go play it now according to the Video Game Awards, right? I have no idea. I won’t lie; I sort of just wanted Bayonetta 2 to win because it would have been absolutely insane if it did.

But the show wasn’t over yet! (Gladly? Not gladly? I don’t know.) I guess gladly because we got some new Zelda footage! Sort of. We have two sweet old Japanese men sitting on a couch together (these men being Shigeru Miyamoto, you might have heard of him, and Eiji Aonuma, you might have heard of him too) talking about the new Zelda game as some footage is shown on the TV. It looks really pretty, but you can tell that the game was nowhere near the word finished because they weren’t willing to give us any close shots of any footage whatsoever. They also mention that you can eat apples in the game. YOU CAN EAT APPLES! GAME OF THE YEAR 2015! They also mention that the horses can avoid running into trees. YOU CAN AVOID RUNNING INTO TREES WHILE RIDING HORSES! GAME OF THE YEAR 2015! I kidd, kidd (they really did mention this though), the game looks pretty great, even if I’m coming from the perspective of a non-Zelda fan. Miyamoto also stated that Star Fox Wii U was coming along and would be out before the new Zelda, both being released sometime next year. But no footage of Star Fox was shown, unfortunately.

The show ends with a final performance of Koji Kondo…and Imagine Dragons? What the hell is going on here? This hip band called Imagine Dragons is performing beautiful Zelda music with the composer of said music. Seriously. This is super weird and awesome and came out really great actually. And then Imagine Dragons slipped into their own music and even that wasn’t too bad.

Geoff Keighley comes back and bids the show farewell. And that’s that. I just summarized/reviewed the Video Game Awards for 2014 for some reason (so you didn’t have to watch them), and I hope you enjoyed it. The Video Game Awards as a whole were decent. This is the best point they’ve ever hit and I can only see them improving this even further if they keep up at this pace over the next couple of years. They’ve cut out the bullshit celebrities and the bullshit corporate sponsors and it seems like a show that is truly designed for people who actually enjoy video games and not some shallow, weak form of that. I do commend Geoff Keighley for organizing a show that actually didn’t turn out too bad. It had a couple decent reveals, it wasn’t littered in cringy, bad attempts at comedy (which was probably my favorite thing to be omitted), and it truly came across as genuine. He seemed like he really wanted to make a show for people who play video games and that is a great thing to see. I now feel like I can truly look forward to the Video Game Awards. I never thought I would type that sentence in my life.

You can watch the entire show below if you really want to:

What did you think about the Video Game Awards if you watched them? Like them? Hate them?

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My Top 10 Most Anticipated Games Of 2015

2015 is a pretty huge year of video games and will more than likely be the year that Xbox One and Playstation 4 finally hit their stride. It only makes senses because both consoles have two of their biggest IP’s coming out with a sequel: Halo and Uncharted. These are the two games that are going to help form what the console generation will be like further down the line. But beyond that, there is a huge set of releases. From new Nintendo exclusives (who have already done a pretty good job hitting their stride in their 2nd year with the Wii U) to great 3rd party software such as Batman: Arkham Knight or Mortal Kombat X, 2015 is shaping up to be a massive year with (hopefully) not broken games. (2014, you will go down in history as the year of broken games.) I figured I’d make an extensive list of some of the games worth noting that are potentially being released in 2015. So let’s get this started:

10. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (PS4) (TBA)

I know almost nothing about this game…and that is the way I want to keep it. The small amounts of footage that have been shown at different gaming events have convinced me enough that this game is going to be interesting. I already love post-apocalyptic settings and the whole minimalist approach to the reveals of this game has kept me incredibly interested in what this game is truly about.

 9. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U) (February 13th)

I remember playing Kirby Canvas Curse, a game that came out for the DS that is similar in style to Rainbow Curse. I didn’t love Canvas Curse per say, but I’m still excited to play this game on the Wii U, because I think it is so perfect for this platform. From the absolutely gorgeous graphics and art style to the Wii U Gamepad controller being used in full stride, I think this title will help show off the Wii U and the unique things it can do. Also, more Kirby games is never a bad thing, Kirby is awesome.

8. Saints Row: Gat out of Hell (PS4, PS3, XBOne, Xbox 360, PC) /Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (PS4, XBOne) (January 20th)

The Saints Row franchise manages to be one that is constantly argued about. Some people think it’s not worth playing because Grand Theft Auto is better, but I’m part of the camp that thinks Saints Row The Third is one of the best open world games I’ve ever played. I’ve yet to play Saints Row IV, so I plan to buy the Re-Elected edition of the game which is a remastered version for PS4/XBOne that comes with all the DLC, including the new one Saints Row: Gat out of Hell which revolves around Johnny Gat trying to rescue the Boss from Hell after being captured by Satan.

7. Star Fox (Wii U) (TBA)

The only “true” Star Fox game I’ve played is Star Fox 64 and that was on an emulator. That didn’t run that well. And I wasn’t using a 64 controller. So needless to say, I’m a bit excited to play a “real” Star Fox game…probably for the first time if I don’t play anything Star Fox related before this game comes out. I find it baffling that it has taken Nintendo THIS LONG to release a real Star Fox game. Let’s put something in perspective: Fox McCloud, Falco, and Wolf are some of the best Smash Bros. characters and have remained massively popular because of Smash Bros, how would it have been that hard to be like, “hey, let’s make a new, real Star Fox title!” I find it a bit crazy, but hey, we’re getting one! And I think it’s safe to assume that the Wii U will be an incredible platform for it.

6. Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U) (Spring 2015)

This game looks beautiful. I could just end this here. For the art style alone, I want to play this game. Badly. But beyond that, the game looks like a really great platformer with plenty of fun gameplay mechanics worth being excited for. Again, this is another franchise with a bit of a revival on a main Nintendo platform; we haven’t had a main Yoshi title on a home Nintendo console since Yoshi’s Story. That was 1997. Also, the developers of Kirby’s Epic Yarn are behind this new Yoshi game, Good-Feel, and I think they have a knack for making really stylized and fun platformers at this point to provide a fun game for everyone to play. If anything, it’s games like this that make me realize how fun and beautiful games can be in the first place, and that’s why I really look forward to it.

5. Star Wars: Battlefront (PS4/XBOne) (Holiday 2015)

Who isn’t excited for this game? We have a new Star Wars movie coming out (that had one amazing teaser trailer) and we have a new Battlefront game coming out. And it’s been one hell of a long time since we’ve had one. This game is going to be massive is my guess. It’ll be so stuff-packed with features and great online play that it will take awhile to swallow everything found within this game. It’s going to be mash of great fan service, fun gunplay, and just Star Wars goodness all around. I’m sure I will be spending tons of hours playing this game, more than likely online, and have an absolute blast. And the thing is, I’m not even a hardcore Star Wars fan, I just really love the original trilogy and it sort of ends there, I don’t dabble in the extended universe much and I despise the prequels. But none of that even matters. I can’t wait for this game.

4. No Man’s Sky (PS4/PC) (TBA)

What do I even have to say about this game? It sounds like the most ambitious game to be released in quite some time. It is an open universe game where you explore different planets and you can share details of these planets online with people. The game also constantly generates different and unique planets to explore as the game goes on which sounds incredibly ambitious and I have no idea if it will fully work, but I don’t even care. Who knows? Maybe it was just the way the trailer was cut together with the music and everything that makes me excited for this game, but it doesn’t matter, this looks like something we need more of in the games industry.

3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4/PS3/X360/XBOne/PC) (TBA)

I have yet to even play Ground Zeroes and I haven’t played some of the MGS games in years so I don’t even completely remember all of the plot (who does?), but who cares? This is a next gen Metal Gear title (kind of…I mean it is unfortunately a past gen title as well which is probably limiting the game from its full potential) and I’m extremely excited. The fact that the game is open world is pretty insane as well. Did anyone really expect a fully open-world Metal Gear game? I didn’t. I just never thought the franchise would ever go that route and that makes me excited for this game even more so. As a whole, I don’t even know much about the game, I’ve avoided most of the trailers and content shown of the game simply because I’d rather go in (mostly) blind and have a blast.

2. Batman Arkham Knight (PS4/XBOne/PC) (June 2nd)

The two Batman Arkham games I’ve played (City and Asylum) are two of my favorite games of all time. From the buttery smooth combat system to actually feeling like Batman to the really well written stories, Rocksteady has crafted an amazing franchise. Though I haven’t played Origins (I plan to before Arkham Knight comes out), I still want to see how the series will evolve through this new title. The only footage I’ve seen was shown at E3 this year, which is basically all I need to see anyhow. It showed me the perfect amount of gameplay and convinced me with ease that this game is going to be one hell of a good time (I was going to buy it anyway…I didn’t need to see anything to be convinced). I have absolute confidence that this game is going to be one of the first true next gen titles, it isn’t limited by past gen console development, and they were willing to delay the game significantly to make a better title for everyone. I truly think this will be the best game in the franchise.

1. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4) (TBA)

The Uncharted franchise is near and dear to me. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is one of my favorite games of all time. I love basically everything about the game, from the characters to the writing to the cinematic extravagance to the fun gunplay; the game is what I love about a lot of big budget games. Naughty Dog just hit it completely right with this franchise. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception was a pretty great game as well, though I still love the 2nd game much more, and I really can’t wait to see a next gen Uncharted game (and Naughty Dog game). All we have so far is a single trailer that shows no gameplay. It doesn’t matter. That’s good enough for me. That is all I needed. Naughty Dog is (probably) my favorite developer in the games industry right now. The Last of Us had a huge emotional impact on me and means a lot to me (which you can read about in my Top 15 games of last generation post here) not only as a gamer, but also as a human being who feels things or something. I now look forward to every single Naughty Dog game with absolute excitement and will gladly fork over my 60 dollars in support. (And besides, Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, the lead directors for The Last of Us, are leading this project now…how can I not be excited?)

What the games are you’re looking forward to most in 2015? What next gen consoles have you purchased? Which ones do you plan to purchase? I have a PS4 and I’m getting a Wii U…and I probably won’t bother to get an Xbox One. Let me know in the comments below!

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