Tag Archives: Playstation 3

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Release Date Moved Up

Warner Bros. Interactive has revealed that Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has moved up a week, making it yet another game that is sneaking out of the over-crowded month of October.

The game was originally set to release on October 7th, but now it is hitting North America on September 30th. The game will then be released on PC and Steam on October 2nd.

WB claims that the release was moved up due to fans excitement, but I think it’s pretty obvious that October 7th  was simply too crowded of a release date. The date still hols NBA 2k15, DriveClub and Alien: Isolation, with Dragon Age: Inquisition recently being pushed back to November from its original October 7th release date.

Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN

Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN Announced For PS3 & PS4

Arc System Works and Red have revealed that they have been working on an all-new Guilty Gear game called Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, and it will be coming to both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in North America later this year.

This game is being looked at as a back-to-basics for the series, as the last installment didn’t do too well and this game is looking to cut off all excess fat. The most notable aspect of the game is that it is being designed as a 2D fighting game rather than 3D and will feature Cel Shaded graphics.

The game will ship with 15 playable characters, but other than that there is little else known about the game. I’m sure it will make an appearance at E3 and much more information will come to light.

My Judgment:

I prefer the 2D-style fighting games, so it’s cool to hear that Guilty Gear is going back to that. Who knows whether or not it will be any good, but you gotta give developers credit when they are actively trying to create something that improves upon what has come before.

Plants Vs Zombies

News Judgment… PVZ: Garden Warfare Hitting PlayStation This August

Everyone was secretly hoping that it was coming, but not developer PopCap has revealed that their massively popular third-person shooter, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, will be making its way to both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on August 19th.

As an added bonus, both the PS3 and PS4 versions of the game will come with the Garden Variety and Zomboss Down expansions from the get-go. The game will run at 1080p and 60 FPS on PS4 (of course).

PopCap also revealed a trailer announcing that the game is coming to both PS3 and PS4, and you can watch that right below here. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nid0iExbgcw’%5D

My Judgment:

The Plants Vs. Zombies games are pretty much loved by everyone, so the fact that it can now reach in even bigger group of people is a great thing. Who the hell doesn’t love plants and zombies battling to the death? No one, that’s who!

Wolfenstein The New Order

New Video Game Releases (May 19th – 25th, 2014)

Things are picking up this week as we have a major new release in the form of Wolfenstein: The New Order. The game is a reboot by MachineGames of the classic FPS series that is set in an alternate historical reality where Nazis won World War II. Scroll down to see a complete list of what is coming out from May 18th to May 25th, 2014.


  • Mega Man V (Virtual Console – Game Boy)

PlayStation 3

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Drakengard 3
  • Mugen Souls Z
  • R-Type Dimensions (PSN)

PlayStation 4

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Transistor (PSN)
  • Sparkle 2 (PSN)


  • Sparkle 2 (PSN)

Wii U

  • Swords & Soldiers HD (eShop)
  • Squids Odyssey (eShop)
  • Fit Music for Wii U (eShop)

Xbox 360

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

Xbox One

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
Watch Dogs Ubisoft

Ubisoft Aiming To Sell Over 6 Million Copies Of 'Watch Dogs'

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot is very confident that Watch Dogs is going to sell over 6 million copies. Well, 6.3 million, to be exact.

Guillemot claims that he can set the high goal due to the massive success of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It also doesn’t hurt that the game has had an incredibly great ad campaign, and just about every new tidbit of information has been relished by just about everyone.

Watch Dogs is being developed by Ubisoft for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC and will be released on May 27th. A Wii U version is also being developed and is set to be released at the end of the year.

Natural Doctrine

Western Trailer Debut For Kadokawa Games' 'Natural Doctrine'

Another JRPG is making its way to North America thanks to NIS America, and now Natural Doctrine has received its first western trailer.

The game does look very promising, as it reminds be a lot of old-school RPGs that I can’t get enough of. The game is being developed for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, though from the trailer it seems more like an early PS3 game.

Check out the Natural Doctrine debut western trailer below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVMXzGgXnLY’%5D

Naughty Dog

Naughty Dog Developing "Two Brand New Experiences"

Naughty Dog are pretty much the best developers around right now, bringing us both the Uncharted series and the fantastic The Last of Us. We know that both a remaster of The Last of Us and new entry in the Uncharted series are in development, but what we didn’t know is that they are working on two other things that are completely unrelated to those games.

Creative director Neil Druckmann spoke with EDGE and said the following about current projects:

“We’re working on this re-release, but at the same time we’re working on two other brand-new experiences.”

What these brand new experiences are is anyone’s guess, but you can bet that Naughty Dog is going to be having all eyes on them at this year’s E3.

Borderlands 2 Vita

New Video Game Releases (May 12th – 18th, 2014)

Another slow week for video game releases, as the most notable thing coming out is the PlayStation Vita version of Gearbox’s Borderlands 2. There’s also *yet another* version of Minecraft coming out in the form of Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition, so if you still haven’t done that now might be the perfect time for you. Scroll down to see a complete list of what is coming out from May 12th to May 18th, 2014. Continue reading


'Hohokum' Heading For PS3, PS4 & Vita This Summer

The game that has been called the “most relaxing game of E3” is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita this Summer, the developers announced.

Hohukum is kind of a difficult game to describe, as it is less about overcoming obstacles as it is just casually going with the flow. Check out the trailer below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSZ0cLRJWqk’%5D

Dark Souls II Review PlayStation 3

Dark Souls II (PlayStation 3) Review – No Pain, No Gain

Do you ever find yourself feeling a bit bored with modern video games? Perhaps you’re finding that there really isn’t all that much of a challenge being offered and that you can make it through just about any game with little to no pain? Well, if you don’t know by now, then let me inform you that developer From Software’s Souls series is for you. The series takes the tried & true role-playing hack and slash formula, and gives it a modern-day sheen with a difficulty that makes most games today seem like a piece of cake. Here we have Dark Souls II and, with no surprise, it is just as good as its excellent predecessors.

When you first dive into the world of Dark Souls II, you’re in an unknown place and you’re only real goal is to explore. You enter a house filled with creepy old ladies that tell you all about how important souls are, and scare the crap out of you by telling you that you will die again and again and again. This is where you are given the ability to choose your class and perks, ranging from the usual classes that will give you varying degrees of strength, magic, endurance, speed and so on.

The world in Dark Souls II is known as Drangleic, which is the home of a kingdom with a truly dark background. As you move on it isn’t long until you come across the first town of Drangleic, Majula, which serves as the games hub world. It’s here that you will use the souls found by enemies to upgrade your weapons, armor and stats, purchase new items and equipment and much more. The world of Dark Souls II is presented in a similarly open-world manner like the original Dark Souls, so it’s nice to have a place to come back to to stock up on supplies and beef up your character. This reminded me a bit of the hub world that was in Demon’s Souls, which is a very good thing, in my book.

Dark Souls Review 1

Like previous Souls games, the main focus is on exploration and combat. You have a vague idea of the story and what you need to do to complete the game, but the majority of your time will be spent cautiously treading through new areas and taking on unthinkable amounts of deadly monsters. While there may be some that would like a bit more story and cutscenes, I think that this is one of the main things that makes the Souls series stand out. In a world where games are becoming more and more like movies and more emphasis is being put on production values and big sequences, Dark Souls II constantly has you immersed in its world thanks to its constant gameplay mode that doesn’t even allow you to pause.

As you make your way through the game you come across new areas, and when you get to a new area it is your mission to get to the end of it an face the boss (or bosses) that reside at the end. Some areas will have environmental traps or dangers like lava, arrows, fake treasure chests, hidden pits and more. The enemies are all truly viscous, as even the smallest of foes can kill you quickly if you’re not careful. The bosses of the game, (which there are more of than any other Souls game) will also test your sanity and make you utilize trial & error before you finally vanquish your foe. Thus, every aspect of the Dark Souls II world is created to make your life living nightmare.

The beauty of Dark Souls II is that you have little to no idea about where to go next. You are simply thrown into a terrifying world with a very vague idea of what to do, but after that you are on your own. This makes the tensions and sense of awe that much more tangible as you progress through the game, because you truly never know what could be lurking around the corner. It’s up to you to dive in head first and take on all of the game’s trials in order to grow stronger. This is done largely by the collection of souls, which are acquired from fallen enemies, bosses and treasure chests. You want to make sure that you have a solid idea about what kind of character you want to build, as souls are precious and, if used incorrectly, could get you in a lot of trouble.

Dark Souls Review 2

The mechanics of Dark Souls II remains similar to that of previous games in the series. You have a health meter and a stamina meter, and both can be improved by equipment or by leveling up with souls. Stamina is very important because it dictates how many times you can attack before your character is winded and needs to recharge. The total understanding of how much stamina your attacks take is vital to know, because if you take one swing too many then you leave yourself open for what very well could be a quick death. This isn’t a game that you can get through by just charging through, and if you attempt to play it that way it will only bring you a lot of frustration and a lot of death.

There are a few tweaks that have been made to the formula, and they are all to make the game even harder than previous installments. First up is the fact that there are limited enemy respawns at each bonfire. This means that when you kill the enemies in the area a certain amount of times they will no longer respawn. You may think this is a good thing, but in reality this now means that you can’t stay in one spot and farm souls infinitely any more. Another major tweak is that you can be invaded by other players at any time, regardless of your characters human or hollowed state. These things add enough of a wrench into the gameplay to make the experience feel even more brutal and unforgiving than ever before.

Being invaded by other players in Dark Souls II continues to be as much of a gut-wrenching experience as it was previously. As you wander through certain locales and see the message pop up at the bottom of you screen, it never failed to make me stop in my tracks and become legitimately scared. Not only does this game allow invasions happen at any time, but it also adds a twist to the circumstances in which said invasions take place. For example: if you utilize a certain item in the game, you summon an enemy player into your world where your world’s monsters will focus there attacks on them. When this happens, it’s safe to say that you feel utterly helpless and wish all kinds of bodily harm on the sick SOB that did this to you.

Dark Souls II Review 3

Dark Souls II is phenomenal across the board. Like its predecessors, it consistently enthralls you in its world and constantly asks you to overcome insurmountable odds. The world of Drangleic is filled to the brim with personality and secrets, which all beg you to come and discover them in a quest that can easily last you well over 60 hours. It may not introduce anything strikingly different compared to previous games in the series, but when the execution of ever facet of the game is done so well I can’t fault it. The Souls series continues to be a breath of fresh air in an industry that is increasingly becoming one about holding your hand and flashing pretty colors in front of you, and Dark Souls II is yet another game that kicks that notion (and you) in the balls.


Bound By Flame

New Video Game Releases (May 5th – 11th, 2014)

The first week of May is upon us, though nothing all that attention-grabbing in the world of video games is  coming along with it. The most notable releases are the highly-anticipated PlayStation 4 version of MLB: The Show 2014, the God of War Collection on Vita and Bound by Flame for the PS3 and PS4. Scroll down to see a complete list of what is coming out from May 5th to May 11th, 2014.


  • Mega Man 2 (Virtual Console – Game Boy)
  • Mega Man 3 (Virtual Console – Game Boy)
  • The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll (eShop)
  • Grinsia (eShop)

PlayStation 3

  • Bound by Flame
  • Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi
  • Sportsfriends (PSN)
  • Titan Attacks (PSN)

PlayStation 4

  • MLB 14: The Show
  • Bound by Flame
  • Sportsfriends (PSN)
  • Stick It to the Man! (PSN)
  • Titan Attacks (PSN)


  • God of War Collection
  • Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse (PSN)
  • Titan Attacks (PSN)

Wii U (N/A)

Xbox 360

  • Bound by Flame
  • Peggle 2 (XBL)

Xbox One (N/A)

Limbo PlayStation Vita

PlayStation Plus Free Games For May 2014 Revealed

Sony has just revealed all of the free games that PlayStation gamers will be able to download for free as part of the PlayStation Plus subscription service. All of these games will be available to download for the entire month of May, so you better get a move on the games that are free this month before they all disappear.

Below is a list of the games that you will be able to download for free:

PlayStation 3:

Puppeteer (US & EU)

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (US)

Skullgirls Encore (US)

Payday 2  (EU)

PlayStation Vita:

Limbo (US)

Surge Deluxe (US)

Muramasa Rebirth (EU)

Everybody’s Golf (EU)

PlayStation 4:

Stick It to the Man (US & EU)

Condemn (OR) Condone:

For this round I am definitely more interested in the Vita games. Limbo is a game that I would love to try out on the Vita, as that kind of side-scrolling gameplay is perfect for the Vita.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

'Dragon Age: Inquisition' Release Date + Inquisitor Trailer Revealed

A release date and new gameplay trailer for BioWare‘s upcoming RPG Dragon Age: Inquisition have been revealed. The game will come out for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC on October 7th, and the Inquisitor trailer shows off some epic story action. Check out the trailer below.[youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO2h4qUNJ60′%5D

The trailer also shows that if you pre-order the game you’ll get the Flames of the Inquisition pack, though it wasn’t revealed exactly what this pack consists of.

Condemn (OR) Condone:

Good to know that this game is definitely coming out this year and the trailer is pretty flippin’ choice, if you ask me! I would not be ashamed in admitting that I condone all parts of this news, so go ahead and shout this info to the masses.

Final Fantasy X / X-2 'Valentines Day Trailer' Looks Like A Soap Opera

Final Fantasy X

Pretending that Final Fantasy X-2 didn’t happen, Final Fantasy X is an excellent RPG that brought with it a playful yet still very serious tone thanks to its complex characters and apocalyptic theme. Final Fantasy X and X-2 are being remastered and re-released this March, and now Square Enix is capitalizing on the upcoming Valentines Day by releasing a Valentines Day trailer for both of these games. Umm… yeah. Continue reading

Silent Hill Downpour (2012) Review

The Silent Hill series was once the pinnacle of survival horror in the gaming world. It had a ridiculously creepy setting, dark and complex characters and some of the best stories known to the genre. However, it has since been on the decline; releasing game after game that just kept the series spinning in circles and scrambling to figure out how to stay relevant in an increasingly irrelevant genre. Then comes along the newest addition to the series; a game that goes right back to the series’ roots while also expanding on the setting and offering perhaps the most dark story of the series yet. Silent Hill Downpour is the game that finally puts the series back on the map.

The game starts with perhaps the most shocking intro of any game in the series. You are Murphy Pendleton, a prisoner at Ryall State Prison, though you don’t know exactly what he is in for. You then witness Murphy murder a man in the showers in one of the most brutal killings I have ever seen in a video game, ESPECIALLY considering it is all done by the player. You have no idea what is going on and you are instantly unsure if Murphy is good or bad. It’s clear right from the very beginning that this game is aiming to shock just as much as the series did originally over a decade ago.

When Murphy is being transported to another prison, the bus crashes and we end up in – you guessed it – Silent Hill. It still has that trademark look and feel to it but with some key differences. When it starts to downpour (it’s in the name for a reason) the enemies become even more frequent and hostile. This adds a whole different element of fear to the game, because you know that if you are out in the open you need to run for your life. The fog obscures your vision as you try to escape what lurks behind you, but regardless of where you go, nowhere is safe. Atmosphere has always been a strength of these series and it continues to be here.

An important component of the game is when you suddenly shift from the real world to the “other” world, which for all intents and purposes is a living and breathing hell. As soon as you arrive there you are almost immediately being stalked by this glowing spirit ball of death (so I call it) that will destroy you if it catches up. This leads to some surprisingly fast-paced chase scenes in which you are running through corridors, up stairways and knocking over things just to try and impede the progress of your ghastly stalker. These sequences are some of the highlights of the game, as these sudden rushes of speed into the unknown are very nerve-wracking.

   Murphy running from the glowing spirit ball of death

The one thing about Downpourthat is still perhaps a bit too similar to others in the series is the combat system. It still feels very stiff sometimes and can hamper your style of playing because the controls are too simplistic and slow. You can make the argument that it adds to the intensity of each fight, but more times than not you can be become aggravated because a normal human in that situation wouldn’t move like a friggin’ robot. It isn’t QUITE as bad as it was in past games, but it still feels like the black sheep in terms of features present in this game.

This leads to the storage system, which is limited but is one thing that still works really well for the series. While you can carry a handgun or a shotgun, you will find that throughout most of the game you will be switching between fire-axes, lamps, frying pans, rakes, crowbars, etc., as you desperately try to fend off swarms of Silent Hill’s very own residents. All of these items break, which adds a lot of tension to the combat system. You might be holding an axe and feel as though you have the upper hand, but when halfway through the fight it snaps in half, you are suddenly s***ting your pants.

Speaking of s***ting your pants; let’s talk about the evil waiting to kill you in Silent Hill. The most common enemies are these crazed and maniacal women that scream, (I call them Screaming Mimi’s) causing you to be temporarily stunned while they mosey on in and smack you. What is most horrifying about them is that they are, in a way, Silent Hill’s law enforcement. You read that right. While you roam the sick and twisted streets of Silent Hill, you will often hear a police siren in the distance. If the cop car the siren belongs to catches up to you, you are suddenly facing several Screaming Mimi’s at once, along with anyone else they brought along for the ride. Rounding out the cast of demented freaks is a wolf-man, giant mutants, living mannequins and a few other lovely folks that I won’t shed any light on. Wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise.

A common occurrence

The exploration factor in Downpouris fantastic, and definitely made the town come alive. As you wander around to your next objective, you’ll often come across optional areas that you can access. These areas are also extremely well done, not seeming like thrown together side-missions but rather a fleshing out of the mood and atmosphere the game so expertly crafts. There is one particular instance where you climb through a basement window where the crying of a woman can be heard that was extremely creepy. There are numerous areas like this and also ones that are completely different that are either part of the games many side quests or are just there to freak you out and make you want to run back with your tail between your legs.

In terms of plot, this game definitely has one of the best in the series. Throughout the game you are learning about why Murphy Pendleton killed that man in the showers, and even wondering yourself if he is a good guy or a bad guy. It’s a really nice twist because not only are you surrounded by evil, but the very character you are using may be evil as well. This is all brought to life magnificently by great writing and terrific voice acting that brings these characters to life and gives them immense personality. It was very compelling putting all of the pieces of the puzzle together in this story and figuring out what all of the scattered plot elements lead up to. I won’t spoil it, but I will say that the payoff does not disappoint.

If there is one issue with the game that is more serious than all others, it is the frame rate. Sometimes there will be hiccups in combat that will throw off your timing, resulting in an unfair hit. Other times, you will be exploring a new area and you will experience a few seconds of stuttering. These aren’t huge problems that break the game, but they are definitely noticeable and perhaps could have been buffed out with a bit more development time. There was this one hallway in a building towards the end of the game that caused severe lag whenever I walked through it. Luckily circumstances that severe were few and far between. The load times can occasionally be a bit long, but I only remember sitting there looking at the clock once or twice.

Silent Hill Downpour is a breath of familiar but surprisingly fresh air that rejuvenates the series and reminds all of us what survival horror is truly capable of. Throughout the entire play-through you will find yourself extremely tense and cautious of what waits in the dark or on the other side of the door you’re about to open. It’s these simple but timeless elements that make this series so effectively ominous. Resident Evil, take note; this is how you continue a long-running series, not by stripping it of its personality but by expanding upon it. Downpour proves that this old town still has plenty of thrills and shrills left to offer all those foolishly willing to pay another fun (and horrifying) visit to Silent Hill.

Welcome to Silent Hill

Release Date: March 13, 2012

Genres: Survival Horror, Action, Suspense