July 4th…maybe the only day of the year I ever eat a hot dog. I admit healthy food doesn't really fit on the 4th. 🙂

Final Fantasy Versus XIII…is nearing completion

Or so we'd all like to think. The instant the news hit that Square-Enix had completed the scenario and character designs for Final Fantasy Versus XIII , all anticipatory role-playing fans got very excited. It seems clear now that we'll get the long-awaited unveiling at the Tokyo Game Show in September and with this "complete" information, we're hoping for a release date, too. We've talked about this game at length before but right now, I'm taking bets: I'll give y'all 3:1 odds that it'll be exactly what FF fans desire, and 5:1 that it'll live up to the hype. Square-Enix has a lot to prove this generation and although other titles like Deus Ex: Human Revolution appear to be immensely promising, we want a Final Fantasy that feels like a Final Fantasy . FFXIII was a great game; there's absolutely no doubt about that. If it had had a different name, it would've been much more highly revered. But the fact remains: the hardcore FF followers feel jilted.

And so, they may or may not be setting themselves up for disappointment by tossing what remains of their eggs into the Versus basket. The details we've seen thus far are certainly encouraging and sort of points towards a more traditional RPG, although I'm sure it'll just be more real-time combat. The biggest problem is the pressure this game is under…what it has to achieve might be impossible.

Don't go all Move-crazy on me, Sony

I have no problem with the PlayStation Move, and I have no problem with promoting it. However, now that we know Sony asked Quantic Dream to focus on a special Move edition of Heavy Rain , sadly at the expense of that downloadable content we all wanted, I'm starting to wonder if Sony's pushing too hard. Thing is, David Cage said he very much wanted to deliver that DLC because he knew the fans really wanted it; Sony specifically told them not to bother and focus on Move Edition instead. That's a little worrisome, in my eyes. It sort of points towards the possibility that Sony could tell other developers to ignore certain projects in order to focus on Move. If you continue this train of thought, perhaps they'll also start asking more designers to include a 3D option for their games, which could result in delays. Who knows? I'm not saying any of this will happen but after E3, where Sony clearly put a ton of emphasis on Move, I have a sneaking suspicion they might be a little too enamored with their own advanced-Wii-like system.

If possible, Sony peeps, just keep doing what you're doing and add Move into the PlayStation equation; please don't sacrifice anything normally planned for the sake of motion-sensing stuff.

Personal gaming update

Like I said last week, I really don't have much to play right now as I'm fairly well caught up. However, I do intend to borrow a Wii so I can play Super Mario Galaxy 2 and now, I really want to finish Singularity (review going up in a few minutes). You'll gather as much from the review, but I really like it and I'm super surprised that instead of trading it in, I wanna finish it. Didn't expect that. But it's good to have a new game to play; I've heard that Naughty Bear isn't so hot – that's unfortunate – so I'll probably be passing on playing, although I'll have to get the review done. I have no idea what's coming out in July, although I suppose Mafia II could be intriguing when it launches towards the end of August. The fall will be insane as always but in the meantime, it's all about catching up. And I've done that, so…

I was thinking about downloading one of the 3D PSN options but they're all retrofitted to the technology and I'd rather wait for the big stuff (GT5, KZ3, etc.). Besides, I'd have to drop another $200 on the glasses and I don't see the need just yet.

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fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
10 years ago

Is Heavy Rain going to be re-released with the Move functionality, alone, or is SCE going to release an update for those that already own the title? If it is being re-released on disc, how much do you want to bet that the episodes are included as surprise bonus content?

I wanted to dive into Naughty Bear but the reviews were very, very dismal. I was even hoping for a "it's so bad that it's so much fun" scenario. Damn…

Going to get back into ModNation Racers and design some mods and karts, tonight, and I found two packages at my door. One of them is probably Blur so I'll give that a spin. For $10, I don't think I'll be disappointed.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

Get Singularity instead of Naughty Bear.

As for Heavy Rain, I really don't know…I think it's a separate release. Not sure, though.

Cpt_Geez
Cpt_Geez
10 years ago

What website did you get blur for $10 from?

SayWord
SayWord
10 years ago

I was really skeptical to buy naughty bear. But oh man, I'm so happy I did haha. Its actually really fun. You even have to be steathly! Very stealthy:p

StangMan80
StangMan80
10 years ago

$10 bucks for Blur where?!?!

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
10 years ago

I wanted to get Singularity but nothing about it has really appealed to me, enough, to go out and grab it so I'm holding off until I have more time. The $25 game coupon from Kmart was enticing but the store closes soon and then no more deal.

Blur was the Amazon Deal of the Day, last Sunday, for $19.99 and I had a $10 game credit so $9.99 shipped was good enough not to pass on the deal.

___________
___________
10 years ago

oh god dont waste your money on naughty bear!
i thought fairytale frights was crap!
i thought you could not make a game any worse than that…………. oh how wrong i was!

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
10 years ago

I'm back. Did ya miss me?

It seems to me that the completion of scenario and character designs is one of the first things that should be done. Unless there are a lot more characters than we have thus far been introduced to, I'm not holding hope for a release any earlier than 2012. (I'm talking Versus XIII here.) Another thing that I was thinking, is that they could be referring to the world modelling, which of course puts it much further along in a time-span. All they really have to from there is the battle system and polishing right? Whatever. Bring on TGS and my Versus info. While you're at it, give me Agito info too.

I think the cancellation of the Heavy Rain Chronicles is unfortunate, but when I think about it, would it not be faster to implement Move into the game than to do the DLC, and therefore letting them get onto Horizon faster? That's the way I'm looking at it. And no, it has nothing to do with the fact that I can't get the DLC, I just want more games. Oh well, que sera sera, right?

Personal update.
I wrote about three thousand words this week, which has me feeling good, even if I used to write that in one day :/. I'm onto the last 'book' of the Time Ships, and have nothing to read when I'm finished with it.
Finished watching Dead Like Me, seriously best show ever, and have started watching Firefly.
I found out a workmate has a copy of Demon's Souls, but he won't let me borrow it, and I can't find it anywhere. Nor can I find Peace Walker, which is bloody annoying. And I just finished Chapter 7 of Valkyria Chronicles.
Oh and I've restarted my exercise regime. I'd kind of forgotten it recently, but now I'm back on track. There was something else too, but I've forgotten it.

Have a good Independence Day, you Brit killing Americans you. (No, I don't actually know why you celebrate July 4th, a heads up anyone?)
P.S. Ben, isn't the 3D PSN stuff free? I mean, sure you may need to shell out for the glasses, but a preview for what is to come can't be a bad thing, can it?

Peace all.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

The 4th is our Independence Day. July 4th, 1776 is when we signed the Declaration of Independence.

Yes, I know the 3D patches are free but $200 for a retrofitted PSN game? Nah, I'll wait.

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
10 years ago

"Have a good Independence Day, you Brit killing Americans you. (No, I don't actually know why you celebrate July 4th, a heads up anyone?" That was pretty ignorant man. and it should be obvious, the entire world knows why we do, The American Revolution?

frylock25
frylock25
10 years ago

@ jmo

i understand why your sayin that but contrary to belief america is not the center of the universe. the whole world doesnt revolve around all of us over in in the states. not everyone in the world knows why we celebrate the holidays we do here just like i bet you cant tell us why every nation celebrates theirs.

hell i bet there are americans that dont really know why we celebrate the 4th and in your post you say it was cuz of the war. it was because we declared ourselves a free nation on the 4th never to be run by a king again.

not to be rude to you jmo but it seems that attitude is why the rest of the world hates us. (part of it)

my point in this is that lawless just seemed to be makin a joke. at least he tried to learn what it was he didnt know. in all honesty i dont see what was so ignorant, as we (not directly us but people in the american revolution) are actually "brit killers" who do you think we were fighting and killing indians?


Last edited by frylock25 on 7/4/2010 12:05:41 AM

FatherSun
FatherSun
10 years ago

If I read correctly CAGE stated somewhere that HORIZON is NOT Quantic Dreams next project. He stated that they are working on another innovation. I enjoy their work ethic. Not juicing Heavy Rain as a franchise. Not that I would mind a sequel. Some games do merit it.

Too bad about the DLC. SONYs doing and unfortunately MOVE is to blame. Were the Taxidermist sales dismal? I ask cause if they weren't I can't understand why they would't do both. I hope they suprise us.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

frylock: I would just like to add that although the liberal propaganda wants all white Americans to wake up every day and punch themselves repeatedly in the nose for being white Americans, I won't be doing that. 😉

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
10 years ago

Thanks for the clarification. I just assumed that it had something to do with the Civil War. I really meant no offence to anyone.
Oh well, can't please everyone, and if you try you only piss off everyone.

Peace.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
10 years ago

Don't worry, Lawless. You weren't offensive, in the least. What jamo put was pretty ignorant. It's what many Americans do best. 😉

Godslim
Godslim
10 years ago

@frylock25
lol all the world hates America!

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

The world doesn't hate America, tyrants and wannabe marxists hate America.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

@Jawknee
You're wrong. The world in general mistrusts and dislikes the USA. It's not the people, it's the country represented by our foreign policy, our military and intelligence services and our corporate, economic and cultural imperialism. When one country is dominant, others are dominated. Dominated people seldom like those that dominate them. The US has been pre-dominant in the world for decades. Right or wrong, that is what it is. It's got nothing to do with tyrants or wannabe Marxists – not that there are many (if any) true Marxists around any more. That label has become just another label to hurl at people who's views we neither understand or like.

Anyone who has lived in other countries understand that the world dislikes America, that some portions of the world hate America and unfortunately, they have their reasons.

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

America has been the worlds becon of freedom. People who don't value freedom but government control will natually dislike America. I don't buy this imperialism nonsense. The only land or spoils America asks for when we win wars is a plot to burry our dead.

I liken America to the kid In school who was never popular because he didn't let the bullies and jocks push him around. When governments like the ones in south America and Iran trash America, i'd say were doing something right. Most of this "the world hates America" is mostly liberal propaganda anyway.

Seriously, everyone hates America yet everyone comes here for freedom and opportunity? Marxist thought is alive and well. You only need to turn on liberal media to hear arguements based on race, gender, class and sex. All arguments made by Karl and still made by liberal media today.

Are you a fan of Noam Chomsky or Howard Zinn Highlander? I'm not trying to patronize you. I'm just curious.

If you rebut my comment, send it to my PSX inbox. I'd like to better undersand your position. I'm not going to post any further here for obvious reasons.


Last edited by Jawknee on 7/4/2010 11:27:06 AM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

@Jawknee,

I'm sorry, but you are deluded.

Look, I'm not saying that the US is an evil country or something, I live here. I live here because this is where I want to live, I love living here, and I love the US and will defend it against anyone. But your view of how America should be viewed is not the reality. Just because you think that the US is a beacon of freedom does not make it so, nor does it mean that the rest of the world sees it that way.

I'm sorry but when you say things like;
<<<
Most of this "the world hates America" is mostly liberal propaganda anyway.
>>>

You are just utterly deluding yourself and not living in reality. Stop speaking from a soap-box, this isn't a political rally. I was attempting to offer you a view of someone who has lived the majority of their life outside the US and has seen and experienced the way in which America is viewed abroad. I see now that there was no point in that attempt.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 7/4/2010 11:34:01 AM

King James
King James
10 years ago

No disrespect intended, Jawknee. But U can't leap to conclusions like that. U sound like FOXNews, when you say opening statements like that. There is truth to what Highlander said.

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

"I'm sorry, but you are deluded."

Oh Highlander i expected more from you.

KingJames, I don't even watch Fox. Can't stand cable news.


Last edited by Jawknee on 7/4/2010 11:41:58 AM

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
10 years ago

It was in no way to start an argument as all of you thought it was, I just thought the joke was pretty insensitive on this day is all. I could care less if the rest of the world hates me, it comes with living in a successful nation. I am well aware there are other countries, but today is all about this one I am in so back off. I consider it common knowledge (July 4th) around the world being that America is taught about in just about every country regardless of what you want or not. I was simply saying that he had to of honestly thought we were simply just "brit killers" to have made the joke. I don't hold anything against him at all, just not the time for the joke is all. All I said in response was the American Revolution, which is exactly what you restated frylock. "Hell i bet there are americans that dont really know why we celebrate the 4th and in your post you say it was cuz of the war. It was because we declared ourselves a free nation on the 4th never to be run by a king again." I said American Revolution. Which happens to include exactly what you said and the war which happened to a be a pretty damn large portion of it. So next time you want to tell me I'm the cause of America's image, take your little thumb down and shove it up your ass frylock.


Last edited by JMO_INDY on 7/4/2010 12:34:01 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

jmo, c'mon man. Lawless didn't mean anything by it. Too many American's don't know why we celebrate Independence Day. Can't expect the rest of the world to know either.

Also i suggest you tone it down. There's no needs for name calling. Frylock25 wasn't trying to hate. Hes was just expressing his opinion. We are all entitled to one and it can and should be done with out offense or name calling. I think you should edit that last part if you can.

Besides, i think enough has been said. This isn't the place for this.


Last edited by Jawknee on 7/4/2010 12:38:36 PM

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
10 years ago

I know he didnt, I said in the post I have nothing against Lawless, I cant edit it it hasnt been 10 minutes I should be able to but I dont have the option to. Well in advance I apologize but still, dont ever attack my knowledge or love for this country but Fluffer Nutter you can take frylock's spot in that post of mine

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
10 years ago

Read your original reply, jamo and then rethink your last few responses. Not trying to be offensive but you can't say one thing and then contradict it. You had no reason to attack anyone and then start the name calling. That was quite ignorant.
Enjoy the 4th, everyone (that it applies to).


Last edited by fluffer nutter on 7/4/2010 1:13:16 PM

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
10 years ago

I apologized frylock, I apologize to you again. Are we fine, I will let it go right now. and I never called anyone names BTW


Last edited by JMO_INDY on 7/4/2010 1:17:58 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

@Fluffer nutter,

Oh i will. Already have my Patriotic Beer ready to go.

Sam Adams anyone? 😉


Last edited by Jawknee on 7/4/2010 1:13:11 PM

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
10 years ago

We've all been fine, jamo so don't worry about that. It's just a conversation so just relax. No need to get all huffy and tell us where to put our thumbs. That's my wife's job. 😉

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
10 years ago

OK good, and Jawknee you have to tell me, are you in that band The Titan Courageous? I saw it on your user CP and I just wondered.

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

Yea i am, well was, kinda still am but not really. Ha.

The singer had to take off for a while, hes in another state still working on new songs while he tries to piece things back together. Was having a hard time finding decent work here in Denver. The band is still a work in progress. Just taking a break for now. Well probably have some big announcements in the next year or so.

By the way, if you decide to glance over at our Myspace, I'm not Johnathon Sonmore. Some people think that because my PSN ID is Jawknee.


Last edited by Jawknee on 7/4/2010 1:31:46 PM

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
10 years ago

The way I see it is that Highlander is dead right. It's not that the world hates America, but rather distrusts it as a result of it's political standings and military might. It is viewed as a threat to the way of life of many third world countries, and countries in the middle east, such as Afghanistan.

You can argue that America's involvement in those countries is a good thing, but think of it from the view of the locals. You have come uninvited and unwanted, and have enforced your own ideals of what life and the political sheme should be, rather than letting them tell you what they want.

If they can do that to these smaller, out of the way countries, what is stopping America from doing the same to countries that have a strong political standing besides the treaties that are in place? I know that I am probably completely off-base here, but I liken the possibility to Iraq and Saddam Hussein. It was invaded to seek out WOMDs, and when none were found, attention was turned to the atrocities committed by Hussein. He was ousted, and ever since, the Americans have been trying to keep the peace in the face of overwhelming opposition to their presence.

@JMO, I'm afraid that the world does not revolve around America. The closest thing that we came to being taught American History in school was the two World Wars. I have some knowledge of some of your history as a result of my own research, but I have never been terribly interested in it, so I didn't go any deeper. Also, I thought the American Revolution was to rid the country of British rule, ergo, 'Brit Killers'. I'm not defending what I said. I should not have said it.

Anyway, I did not mean to start a political debate, and I feel I should apologise to Ben for doing so.
Peace.

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
10 years ago

Well I was just wondering I really did like what I heard. Western Latitudes was great. Any who I'm going to ignore you Lawless as it's over now. and I don't believe the world revolves around us, I simply know that America is taught about in a lot of other countries around the world. As to what you are taught I do not know specifically I assumed it would include the American Revolution as it pertains to what the world is today.

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

Thanks. We worked hard on that one. 🙂

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
10 years ago

That was a very well thought out response, Lawless. I do not see why you would be ignored but then, you weren't the one that started this mini debate thread. It was started by a single, misguided response. That is the person who should apologize.

Think of all of the kittens… in my oven. Muuahahahaha!

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
10 years ago

Yes I did assume you were Jonathon haha But I suppose I was wrong, So you are Ray R. correct? and if so what part do you play in the band? Oh and is there any place I can download these?

frylock25
frylock25
10 years ago

jmo

i was never trying to attack you or start a fight. all you said was because of the american revolution, when that really doesnt give lawless any info. not every person in every country is up on american history.

you are allowed to have your opinion. so is lawless as the rest of us are. in this land of freedom that has spread to hopefully where ever lawless is, there is free speach. including writing. lawless wanting to call us "brit-killers" is fine by me as i took it as a joke, you may not have.

i also did not say you are the cause of americas image. more of the attitude you gave off about america is #1 and every person on earth should know every fact of americas history regardless of location.

as it is im not gonna hold a grudge over stupid comments. instead of saying something is ignorant, calling names or telling people to put things in rears, offer the information in detail and explain.

what makes everyone so uptight these days? is it not ok to joke about stuff any more?


Last edited by frylock25 on 7/4/2010 1:54:13 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

@jmo

I play the bass. I am Ray R.

Can't download them, but if you like, give me your email. I can email you the tracks we have recorded.

You can send your email to my PSX inbox if you want.


Last edited by Jawknee on 7/4/2010 1:50:59 PM

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
10 years ago

I apologized, what more do you want from me? I never said America was number one in any way. I've talked to a lot of people from different countries and they told me they are taught a lot about America and it's history I was simply going off of that. I know it was a joke, just an inconvenient one, which I pointed out. You guys took my comment the wrong way. Just let it go. and I will do that Jawknee thanks.


Last edited by JMO_INDY on 7/4/2010 1:54:00 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

No more guys. Please. Too much has already been said. If it must continue email one another or something.

🙂

Word, jmo. I'll send them to you asap.


Last edited by Jawknee on 7/4/2010 1:55:22 PM

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
10 years ago

I really appreciate it man. 🙂

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

Burgers and hot dogs at dawn, it's the only way to be sure…

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

I knew I should've put a stop to this.

Look, I'm making a rule here and now: there will be no more political-based posts of any kind at PSXE. It's always a mess, no matter how civil people try to be (and I'm not necessarily blaming anyone).

I'm entirely apolitical for a reason. There is no real truth to be found and there never will be.


Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 7/4/2010 8:37:29 PM

StangMan80
StangMan80
10 years ago

summer looks prety boreing right now game whys. I have to finnish UC2 I might try GOW 3 but other then that nothing. I almost picked up the Kill Zone 2 bundled with a black duel shock but I didn't( I might regrate that later)
I am not getting into 3D yet but I am going to have to later for GT5, kill Zone 3 and MotorStorm:Apocalyps.

frylock25
frylock25
10 years ago

ugh you had to remind me about the dlc…

anyway personal gaming update: i have been working on heavy rain playing it over and over. i am one trophy away from platnum and i am hoping to get it as i write this. sooo many endings.

i keep thinkin about getting plus. the more i look at it, it seems worth it. i just hope i get stuff i can use with games i already have.

yes and i did it! platnum heavy rain! sweet! im just under 900 trophies now.

has anyone here scored a 3d tv besides Ben? like with the glasses and is using the current 3d stuff?


Last edited by frylock25 on 7/3/2010 10:50:13 PM

SayWord
SayWord
10 years ago

I'm playing and loving trinity universe. Great rpg.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

Review for that coming soon.

kraygen
kraygen
10 years ago

Ben I'll take those odds, I have a feeling that FF versus will have the exploration and freedom, towns, and all that what not, but I'm afraid it's going to have the same combat as ff13 or even worse just be an action rpg.

Either of those 2 correct and I'll be disappointed. I want it to be good, but I have my doubts and SE has done nothing to dissuade those doubts.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
10 years ago

While I'm still keeping up with Versus XIII, it's going lower and lower on my to-buy list.

Mainly, because there's no gameplay footage, the likes of infamous 2 and Killzone 3 are now high on my list.

drew
drew
10 years ago

didn't nomura state from the beginning that it was going to be an action rpg? that ff13 was the traditional rpg and versus was the action rpg. it was supposed to be a fusion of final fantasy and kingdom hearts and kingdom hearts is a far cry from traditional rpg. plus, just look at the trailers. it looks very much like an action game through and through.

http://www.edge-online.com/magazine/interview-tetsuya-nomura


Last edited by drew on 7/4/2010 4:54:24 AM