Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale

While Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale hasn’t gotten a ton of play from The Daily Pletteau, I couldn’t resist picking it up the other day for the PS3 (and a free version for the Vita, of course.)

LittleBigPlanet’s Sackboy launches… cake at Toro Inoue.

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Pure Chess

I’ve always been a sucker for chess. I consider myself a smart guy and chess is a game for smart people so it only ever made sense to like it and to play it. I genuinely like it; there’s very little more satisfying than a very well executed checkmate that your opponent never saw coming. The downside is that I’m pretty bad at chess. Read the rest of this entry »


Ouya — the open source, Android powered console — is a go

Yesterday I talked about “The Future of Handheld Gaming” wherein I said quite definitively that phone-gaming is a bit of a fad and true handheld gaming can (and hopefully will, survive).

Somewhat related to that is the news that Ouya — the open source console powered by Android — pulled $8.6 million dollars via Kickstarter. They’ve lined up some companies, too, and well, are now accepting pre-orders. This is huge news, of course: while the Vita has been stumbling its way through cross-play gaming, with an Android console that becomes a huge reality — taking games with you on your cell phone seems to be a real possibility.

The only question is, will developers jump for it?

Katsuhiro Harada — Mr. Tekken — recently said that he believes that a one-console future is the way to go, and while that would make things a cinch for devs and likely help the big three settle their differences, it at one point seemed unlikely. I remember imagining as a kid that that would be the future… I kind of doubt it these days, but with projects like Ouya going big, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are going to have to find a way to compete. Ouya will likely feature tons of free games — courtesy of Android’s already huge library — as well as premium content designed for the Ouya itself. Something open source like this will be ripe for piracy, too —  SNES/NES/GB roms on your Android powered console? Probably.

God knows console sales have been interesting over the last little while, but with a retail price that pretty much trounces the competition, not to mention the 3DS and Vita, I’d be worried if I was one of the big three.


MGS Standalone Editions Stealthing Their Way to PS3, Xbox

Kojima Productions recently announced that Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will be tactically, espionagely, and actionly making its way to the PSN Store and Xbox Live Marketplace. 2 and 3 will be released in a bundle for Xbox on the 21st of August, while they’ll be released separately for the PS3 that same day. On the 28th, Peace Walker will be released for both consoles, with a full three-game bundle set for the PS3 the same day.

They haven’t released pricing, but it should vary from title to title and console to console.

And no, Peace Walker HD will not be released for the Vita. Thanks for nothing, Hideo.


Motorstorm RC

Motorstorm: RC is a racing game that is currently free for download on the PS Vita (though you have to endure starting out in a Scion iQ…) and is one of the best racing games I’ve played in a long time.

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Uncharted: Golden Abyss

You may remember that I am the proud new owner of a PS Vita. My original review was written after only playing a few of the Augmented Reality games, a bit of Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and a few hours of Touch My Katamari. I lauded the machine in just about every aspect, and I still have no complaints.

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Playstation Vita

I need to begin by saying that the Playstation Vita is a beautiful piece of hardware. Read the rest of this entry »