Category Archives: PlayStation 3

Murdered: Soul Suspect (PlayStation 3 Review) – A Ghost With A Mission

Imagine being given the chance to come back to Earth as a ghost after being murdered by a mysterious person, then being given the chance to figure out who it is to bring them to justice and move on to the afterlife. This is the ridiculously cool concept that Murdered: Soul Suspect introduces the gamer to, as you control detective Ronan O’Connor’s ghost following the events of him being thrown out of a window by a serial killer known as the Bell Killer.

As would be just about anyone in this situation, Ronan is pretty shocked as to what is going on and why, but a meeting with the spirit of his long-dead wife Julia gives him purpose. She tells Ronan that he can’t join her in the afterlife until he completes the unfinished business that is binding him to the living world, which sends him on a hunt for clues regarding who the Bell Killer really is. What’s to follow is a supernatural noir thriller with no shortage of brooding atmosphere and bizarre occurrences.

The setting of Murdered: Soul Suspect is immediately engaging, as we are thrown into a late 60’s era of Salem, Massachusetts. This is where the infamous Salem Witch Trials occurred, which serves as the backbone of the story. As Ronan wanders the streets of Salem in search of his killer, he comes across other ghosts who died and are usually unsure how they died or are completely oblivious to the fact that they are dead. Many of these characters are very interesting and add a lot to the lore of the game and town of Salem, and the game leaves it up to you whether or not you want pass them by or help them move on to the afterlife.

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The core gameplay component of Soul Suspect plays out in a series of detective puzzles that must be completed to learn new information pertaining to the case. These will require you to search every nook and cranny of a particular area or room, and when you think you have found enough information to come to a worthwhile conclusion you are then able to progress the story. While definitely not the most action oriented gameplay, I really enjoyed snooping around the game’s gloomy environments, as it proved to further immerse me in the game’s world and made me more interested in its inhabitants.

However, those looking for a challenging detective puzzle experience will be disappointed, as the game is very straightforward with its puzzles and contains no penalty if you fail to complete its puzzles in the suggested amount of tries. There was one time when I picked just about every wrong clue when the game said it was giving me three tries to find the right clues, but it still kept going and then successfully concluded when I happened upon the correct clues by process of elimination. These scenarios definitely could have used some more time for polish, but even though they aren’t challenging it’s still interesting to see how the following occurrence plays out that the clues relate to.

The developers did add a sort of tense action element to the gameplay, but it seems more tacked on rather than fully fleshed-out. You will come across certain areas where poltergeists are present, and you must hide from them in certain locations in order to move on. If you are caught you will hear an ear-piercing scream and then poltergeist will hunt you down until you’re dead. These encounters can create some really tense situations, but I only wish they were a little more challenging. Most of the time it’s pretty easy to sneak past the poltergeists, and if you are spotted getting away from them isn’t much of a challenge.

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Visually, the game looks solid as the game captures the creepy and ominous tone that the story calls for wonderfully. You’ll come across museums, police stations, cemeteries and abandoned buildings throughout the course of the game, and there’s always a sense of unrest in each area to traverse through. Sometimes it will be a bit of information you come across, a conversation you overhear or ominous imagery that will make you feel continuously uneasy, and that perpetual tension only builds throughout the course of the game.

Unfortunately, the game could have used a lot more polish. There will be graphical glitches, command prompts that fail to come up when you want them to and other matter of nagging issues that do hamper the overall experience. In a game whose main source of immersion is its setting, visual glitches are that much more noticeable and annoying. Considering developer Airtight Games just closed down after the game was released, it seems like they simply didn’t have the resources to completely finish what they started and that’s a shame.

Murdered: Soul Suspect comes up short in a few important areas, but the solid concept and well-realized setting and characters make up for it. Walking through the streets of Salem, Massachusetts in search of your killer is always endearing, and the characters (living and dead) that you come across along the way usually add a lot to the experience. It would have been nice if the game received a bit more polish both technically and mechanically, but even despite its shortcomings it’s able to deliver a solid ghost thriller experience. It may not be a complete success, but Murdered: Soul Suspect is nevertheless an engrossing tale of a murdered man searching for justice and closure.

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Alien Isolation

See The Original Alien Movie Cast Remade In Alien: Isolation

It was recently announced that, as a pre-order incentive, two bonus mission packs would be coming with Alien: Isolation that included the cast of the original Alien movie.

Now, a new video has been released that features a quick tease of the actors reprising their roles through voice acting and how they look now with the Alien: Isolation graphics engine. Check it out below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu_rWH5lS3w#t=76′%5D

Alien: Isolation is being developed by The Creative Assembly for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

Alien: Isolation Crew Expendable Nostromo Edition

Pre-Order Alien: Isolation And Receive Missions Starring The 1979 Movie's Cast

Sega has revealed that those who pre-order Alien: Isolation will get two bonus mission packs that contain the cast of the 1979 movie, Alien. The characters will contain the likeness and voices of the movie’s actors, which includes Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley), Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), Yaphet Kotto (Parker) and Ian Holm (Ash).

Pre-ordering the game upgrades it to the Nostromo Edition, which includes these mission packs called Crew Expendable. The missions allow you to take control of Ellen, Dallas or Parker as you explore the sinister Nostromo ship. For the time being, Sega confirms that this content will only be available to those who pre-order the game.

Alien: Isolation creative director Alistair Hope said the following:

“Working with the original cast has been an incredible experience. It was important to us to have the key original cast members reprise their roles in order to perfectly capture the atmosphere of the movie. For some of the original cast, this is their first appearance in an Alien video game. Seeing them reprise those roles after 35 years was an unforgettable experience.”

If you’re in North America and you pre-order the game from GameStop you’ll receive an expansion called “Last Survivor”. Sega says the following on this content:

“On hearing the screams of Lambert and Parker, players must navigate their way back down through the Nostromo in order to activate the self-destruct sequence, before retracing their steps back to the Narcissus shuttle and their escape.”

Alien: Isolation is being developed by The Creative Assembly for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. The game launches on October 7th, 2014.

Destiny The Ghost Edition

Bungie Reveals Destiny: The Ghost Edition

As is the case with just about any highly-anticipated game, Bungie has revealed that there will be a special edition for their upcoming FPS / MMORPG Destiny. They’re dubbing it Destiny: The Ghost Edition, and it comes with a whole bunch of stuff that comes to a total of $150.

The following is all of the goodies that are included with Destiny: The Ghost Edition:

  • Limited Edition SteelBook Case and Game Disc
  • Ghost Replica
  • Letter of Introduction
  • Golden Age Relics
  • Guardian Folo; containing “Arms and Armament” Field Guide, postcards from the Golden Age and Antique Star Chart
  • Collector’s Edition Digital Content; containing a Unique Ghost Casing, and Exclusive Player Emblem, An Exclusive Player Ship Skin and the Destiny Expansion Pass

For those of you who want a cheaper version of this package, you can also get the Limited Edition for $99. That one has all of the stuff that The Ghost Edition has, minus The Ghost.

Destiny goes on sale September 9th for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Cry Wolf

Telltale Games Releases The Wolf Among Us Season Finale Trailer

Telltale Games has revealed the trailer for the final episode of the first season of The Wolf Among Us. The fifth episode is called Cry Wolf, and will be available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and iOS.

Watch the trailer for Cry Wolf below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snjTY8TWrzI’%5D

Cry Wolf will be released on July 8th for PC/Mac worldwide and PlayStation 3 in North America, July 9th for Xbox 360 worldwide and PlayStation 3 in Europe and July 10th for iOS worldwide.

Murdered Soul Suspect Developer Shuts Down

Murdered: Soul Suspect Developer Has Apparently Shut Down

Developer Airtight Games, who just recently released Murdered: Soul Suspect for last and current generation consoles, has reportedly shut down.

A contributor to GeekWire went to their building and was greeted with a sign on the door stating that the company is closing its doors and all of the office equipment was being sold for cheap.

It’s worth noting that both GameSpot and GeekWire have reached out to Airtight Games for confirmation, but all they received was a mail delivery failed notice. That definitely isn’t a promising sign.

Natural Doctrine

'Natural Doctrine' Releases This September

The PlayStation 4 is going to have a pretty light rest of the year, which is thanks to several delays of some pretty big titles. This, however, makes smaller games on the schedule more intriguing. Natural Doctrine, then, could be the Playstation 4 game that will get some added exposure due to there really being nothing else going on for the system.

The game has been available in Japan, though over there its reception was less than glowing. Still, there have been plenty of games that don’t get well received in one place and then are loved somewhere else, so that’s really not much to judge a game on.

Natural Doctrine is a tactical RPG developed by Kadokawa Games and co-published by Kadokawa Games and NIS America, which has me intrigued due to the quality that these people are capable of producing. The game involves a universe where humans battle other races with magic and swords, with the protagonist named Jeff setting out to vanquish goblin dens to clear access to resources that will benefit the survival of the human race.

Natural Doctrine will release on September 16th for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

Bungie Reveals Destiny Trophy / Achievement List Via Weekly Update

For those who simply cannot wait to find out what trophies / achievements they will be sinking countless hours towards getting, Bungie has gone ahead and revealed the full list via the new Weekly Update on their website.

The game will have 40 trophies / achievements across all platforms, and appear to be pretty standard fare as far as trophy / achievements go. Some of them ask the player to do things like kill 5 enemies in 3 seconds, while others require you to achieve the maximum crucible score.

Below is the full pic of the trophy / achievement list, so scroll on down to see every single on the game has to offer.

Destiny Trophy & Achievement List

Destiny is being developed by Bungie for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One and will be released on September 9th, 2014.

Wolfenstein The New Order

Wolfenstein: The New Order Dev Expresses Interest In A Sequel

Wolfenstein: The New Order was a refreshing look back at old-school FPS games with a modern polish, making it a very fun gun for any fan of the genre. The Wolfenstein series has been around for a while and has had many sequels, but some have wondered whether or not The New Order would be the end of it all.

According to Creative Director Jens Matthies, it sounds like a future for the series is very likely. Speaking with Giant Bomb, Matthies said the following:

“We would love to do a sequel. We have a very, very clear idea of what we accomplished with this game, and what we want to accomplish with a sequel.”

Considering Wolfenstein: The New Order has gotten very solid reviews across the board, it seems only natural that a sequel will pop up at some point down the line. In the midst of all the future Call of Duty and Battlefield releases, it would be great to have at least one IP that is a bit more engaging and demanding.

PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now Pricing Details Hinted At With Beta Update

PlayStation Now is Sony’s upcoming game streaming service, which will allow you to pick from a huge library of games and steam then on your console without a disc or download. However, it was a little unclear regarding how all of this would work, but now the recent beta update may have pulled the proverbial curtain.

According to PS4 Daily, games will be rentals that range anywhere from $2.99 to $29.99, with rental periods being anywhere from 4 hours to 90 days.

Honestly, if these are the official prices then I think Sony is really dropping the ball with this service. If they think that people will fork over that kind of money for digital rentals then they have another thing coming. People can get games for much cheaper prices for physical copies, so I don’t see where they get off charging up to $29.99. I’d much rather have a subscription service like Netflix then this crap.

Destiny

Bungie Explains Why Destiny Isn't 60fps On PS4 & Xbox One

Bungie’s Destiny will be running at 1080p/30fps on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when it releases this September. Of course, everyone is wondering why the game will not be running at the coveted 60fps like many other new-gen games are, and Bungie has now revealed the answer to that question.

Bungie’s Senior Environment Artist, Jason Sussman, said the following:

“It’s a lot of different things. I could get really technical, but I’d bore you to death. A lot has to do with performance. We’re cross-platform, so we had to be very delicate with all four consoles, making sure they have the same experience, that it looks as good as it possibly can on all these consoles. A lot goes into that, from geometry to textures to post effects to particles to how many players you get on the screen. We’re always balancing that out to make sure everyone gets the same experience.”

Destiny will be released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on September 9th.

My Judgment:

The game is still going to look fantastic, so I couldn’t care less about whether or not it can meet 60fps. However, I do wish that Destiny had been a new-gen game from the beginning, because the last-gen systems are definitely holding it back in regards to how far it can go, graphically and technically.

Kingdom Hearts II

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX Coming This December

Kingdom Hearts is all set to get a remastered treatment again this year with a new collection called Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX for PlayStation 3. We knew it was coming sometime this year, but now it has an official release date of December 2nd.

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX contains Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep and cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts Re:coded.

Check out the trailer below to see all of the new things that are in this remastered collection. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIzPLvoXTSg’%5D

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

New 'Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor' Trailer Gives Orcs Something To Fear

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a game that is based off of a pre-existing license that I am really looking forward to. Being a huge Tolkien fan is enough to get me excited about a dark tale set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but throw in the fact that none other than Monolith Studios is developing it and you have my complete attention.

A new cinematic trailer has been released ahead of a wider showcase at next week’s E3, and shows off the ruthless Orcs and our spooky and awesome hero. The hero’s name is Talion, who was actually killed and has come back from the dead for revenge. Check out the new trailer that displays his stoic bravado below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd_aXnBlmZM’%5D

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor releases for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC on October 7th.

Borderlands The Pre-Sequel

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! Release Date + New Trailer Revealed

The Borderlands series continues to roll on thanks to an upcoming prequel / sequel ingeniously dubbed Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, though this time Gearbox is collaborating with 2K Australia to bring you the goods.

The big news, however, is that the game now has an official release date and new trailer showing off all of the new mayhem like low-gravity and new vehicles that you can indulge in. The game’s official release date is October 14th, 2014 for North America and October 17th, 2014 for everyone else.

Check out the moon dance trailer below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNdl9n-gpS0#t=107′%5D

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Dark Souls II DLC Called The Lost Crowns Trilogy Coming This Summer

Bandai Namco has revealed that three new chapters of DLC will be coming to Dark Souls II this summer. The first of the 3 DLC chapters is called Crown of the Sunken King and will be released on July 22nd.

Chris Gilbert of Bandai Namco said the following about the DLC:

“To say we are excited to unleash these three new chapters to Dark Souls II fans is an understatement,” said Chris Gilbert, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Bandai Namco Games America. “Bandai Namco Games is very proud of the universal praise and enjoyment fans have both given and received from Dark Souls 2. The Lost Crowns trilogy and more specifically the Crown of the Sunken King will kick off what will surely be an exciting summer of speculation and anticipation of the new battles, challenges and triumphs to come amongst our most ardent fans.”

The other two DLC chapters are called Crown of the Old Iron King and Crown of the Ivory King and will be released on August 26th and September 24th, respectively.

The chapters will cost $9.99 individually, but if you buy them all together you save $5. The DLC will be available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

My Judgment:

I adore this series, so any excuse to jump back into it is fine with me. I’m wondering how lengthy these chapters will be, because 10 bucks a pop is pretty pricey. However, if they can deliver awesome gameplay then I’m all for it.