Damnit, it's already March. I'm going to miss the winter. 🙁

I think we need a Last Guardian demo

When it was announced that Team ICO might include a demo of their new highly anticipated title in the ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection , some said they didn't like the idea. I completely understand this sentiment; there are just some games I'd rather go into 100% fresh. However, although I maintain plenty of faith in the developers, I continue to be concerned about one thing: the lack of gameplay information. When the team admitted they hadn't even nailed down the control concepts yet, I started to worry. And as time goes on and we continue to see and hear nothing about the actual mechanics, my skepticism grows. To be clear, I'm relatively convinced The Last Guardian will be something special; I don't mean to imply the designers are lost. I just always get a little antsy when I'm in the dark.

And a demo would really help to put my concerns to rest. Bear in mind that control in both ICO and SotC might be considered a little wonky by today's standards, and I don't want the artistic brilliance of The Last Guardian sullied by what are perceived to be old-fashioned mechanics. I really just want to see how this game will play . I think I need to see that…

Dark Souls looks pretty damn good

In contrast to the die-hard Demon's Souls fans, I maintain that From Software's great effort had a balancing issue. It was this, and not so much the inherent challenge, that turned me off of the game. But because I've heard Dark Souls will be a bit different in terms of gameplay, I've been psyched for this follow-up effort. Then I saw the new screenshots and I have to admit, I was pretty impressed. Not quite as impressed as I was when I saw the in-game footage for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim , but then again, the latter is an actual video. I think when we get a chance to see Dark Souls in action, we should be equally impressed. Although I've preferred some of the more brightly colored JRPGs in the past, I gotta say…the "darkness" shown in those screens really grabs me.

And in general, it's a great year for role-playing fans. I was a little disappointed in the most recent – Ar Tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel – but the best is yet to come.

Personal gaming update

I finished up Bulletstorm , and that was pretty damn fun from start to finish. The end dragged on a bit too long but hey, it's better than a five-hour campaign, right? I still have to finish Dead Space 2 but with Dragon Age II this week, I'm afraid that might not happen any time soon… I will also be getting Top Spin 4 for the same reason that football fans always get Madden . I'll try to go through Yakuza 4 but I doubt I'll have time; I am, however, anticipating a great game.

Also, remember that we'll be tossing up our second video commentary soon; it'll be for DAII. After that, maybe something new…

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sirbob6
sirbob6
9 years ago

The Dark Souls screens are looking pretty good. The toothy/rib boss looks awesome. I wonder how it will be different now due to the fact it is multiplat.


Last edited by sirbob6 on 3/5/2011 9:46:48 PM

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

It's being developed for the ps3, the american publisher is choosing to put it on 360.

Kevin555
Kevin555
9 years ago

I played some of that Bulletstorm recently too & loved it. It was brainless, gory fun at it's purest. No deep story, no emotional connection to characters, just crass fun for the inner deadsh!t. Arcana Hearts 3 has also stolen a fair chunk of my game time due to how silly & fun it is.

I agree with The Last Guardian demo too, an early taste would be great as the game itself is looking truly wonderful. More info on Skyrim & LA Noire would be nice too.

I'm still awaiting more news on Tekken Tag Tournament 2, KOFXIII & VF5:FS. The recent SkullGirls trailer is looking pretty rad too.

Lastly, regarding Yakuza 4, isn't there a zombie spin off for it coming soon?

Overall,good read.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Yakuza: Of The End releases in Japan two days after Y4 releases in North America. The series typically takes a year to go stateside, but I don't believe any of the spin-offs have done so. There's no word yet on Black Panther being released in English speaking regions, and the same goes for Kenzan!. That being the case, don't get your hopes up for Of The End, unless you're willing to import it.
Peace.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I wish I could say I'm as big of a SoC fan as others here. I like the game, no doubt. And it had an artsey vibe to it that was unique and fresh. I just found myself growing tired of some of it. There was only so much of the hold to the hair and creep/crawl my way to stab zones just to plummet to the ground that I could take before some of my patience waned. I just wanted to go all ninja on some of them colossi =p
Anyway, I will give the HD remake a good look and maybe eventually make it a buy–likewise with Last Gaurdian.
My RPG fanboy bro loved Demon's Souls. It was his personal GotY, even over Dragon Age. He lent it to me and spent a few hours with it. I liked it, but I think I can sympathize with Ben in thinking that some aspects were flawed from a design aspect. I don't like when games can inhibit your progress with trial and error obstacles where no amount of preparedness could have allowed you to succeed without dying a few times beforehand. Yet, I haven't played a whole of the game to state this with a high level confidence. It just felt that way.

PGU: I haven't been able to play much due to a business trip, but I did get some Suikoden time in. I'm sort of inching along, but I just been endowed leader of the rebel resistance.
Aside from that I'm super stoked for this year. I'll be moving near a university (as a junior) to work my way towards a BA in 3D animation and game design. So who knows? maybe one day I'll be working for a high profile game dev =)

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

"I don't like when games can inhibit your progress with trial and error obstacles where no amount of preparedness could have allowed you to succeed without dying a few times beforehand."

Thank you, I've been saying this all along. We have left that mechanic behind.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

If you get rid of it, how are you going to strive to be better? I use trial and error and learn from it, there isn't anything better than getting your ass (excuse my language) handed to you while you were cocky about thinking you could make it easily.

I take it as refining my game skills and see how far i can push myself to improve my skills and knowledge of the game.

That's just my 2 cents.


Last edited by Clamedeus on 3/6/2011 5:38:27 PM

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

You make a good argument there, Clamedus. Perhaps it has more to do with how much work you have to do just to get back to where you died. Maybe something of a checkpoint system may have alleviated the frustration. Though, I will reiterate that I'm pretty ignorant to the game as a whole. I only played through the first level. I just found the glowing red eyed spear guy annoyingly frustrating. And I also died a couple times at the dragon bridge part because I didn't clearly understand the parameters of the game's design. I should just pick the game up for $18. But right now I'm on a Lost ODyssey honeymoon and I don't wanna go chasing another game just yet 😉

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Demons Souls is hard at first, but once you learne how to lvl up correctly…the game becomes pretty easy as Enemy A.I. are pretty predictable.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

I know how you feel Temjin, i once was frustrated when i first played but i stayed true and kept playing, learned the enemies weakness and used it.

It's very fun once you know how the game operates, and how to defeat the bosses.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

What I've heard of the gameplay mechanics are very intriguing, but finding out they work will be good. I don't really think that a demo is necessary, but if Team ICO feels the desire to throw one into their collection, I'll try it out. You have to remember that the team is, strictly speaking, a part of Sony Japan studio, which is a great developer: Echochrome, Siren, Patapon and collaborations on both Demon's Souls and WKC. Besides, what Team Ico themselves have done… Can't fault them.

I'm looking forward to Dark Souls. If I have to point out a single change that increases my interest is that it is now apparently an open-world game. The areas in Demon's Souls were quite large, and I enjoyed this, but allowing the entire world to be open from the start, and basically allowing you to explore at will is a good thing. Conversely, I am slightly worried by this. One of the most engaging elements of Demon's Souls was that each of the five worlds were distinctly different in environment and architecture. Having a single, uniform world makes me think that perhaps there won't be that same diversity, but it will instead feel more like areas are slightly modified, or rearranged versions of others.

I still think that it'll be great though.

Personal Update:
So, I finished Dead Space 2 on Tuesday. Normally, I would simply have fired up Dead Space: Extraction and punched through it to get it finished and put up my DS2:LE review.
This, clearly, didn't happen. No, my PS3 didn't YL. I got sidetracked. You see, I realised that it had taken me almost three months to read through Middlemarch, and I was finding the second-to-last book the most engaging of all so far, so I determined to finish it by this weekend. And so, I put off starting a new game of anything, and indeed playing anything at all, just so that I could focus, and I finally did finish it. And I must say that, while I found the beginning too slow, the way that so many revelations came to light towards the end redeemed it completely. I loved it.
Now, I've started reading 1984 again. I need something a bit lighter before tackling Inferno (or whatever I pick up next weekend, if I feel like reading that instead).
So, I started Dead Space: Extraction last night… not sure on how I feel about it yet. But I'm playing with the standard controller, rather than Move, so I get the feeling that this somewhat hampers my enjoyment of it.
Oh, I need to shut up.
Peace.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I have the LE too, can you even play Extraction without the Move? Haven't tried.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Yeah. It doesn't play too badly, but on-rails with the Sixaxis just feels wrong.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

Ben, I know what you mean about Dead Space 2. I started Mass Effect 2 and haven't been able to put it down. I'm 25 hours into it and just started it Tuesday. I honestly see myself putting upwards of a 100 hours into it before I'm done with it.

King James
King James
9 years ago

Don't care about a demo for The Last Guardian. I'd rather have that fresh experience that you mentioned Ben.

As far as Dark Souls…But Ben, the trailer for Dark Souls showed gameplay. All gameplay. Did you mean that you're more psyched for these particular pics and you'd rather see some vidz of that (like that giant wolf)?!

PGU: My 3's collecting dust until I get it fixed. In the meantime, I've been playing Medieval 2: Total War. Shogun 2 is dropping soon so I figured that I'd practice a lil' on Creative Assembly's older title. Having fun.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Bulletstorm is mediocre at best. Constantly reminded how repititive it is. It's soooo boring and little of no amusement. How little kids these days go giddy cause they see bones cracking. Wow

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Maybe you should actually try to play the game correctly.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Can't wait for Last Guardian, but I still don't want a demo. I'd rather play it all nicely new & fresh.

My PGU,
My Intellivision 1 & Intellivision II consoles just came in today, along with 26 games, and 3 of the new styled direct RF to cable adapters(which completely bypass the old RF switch boxes altogether).
I also loaded up all the game info for Mafia 2, Aliens vs Predator, Enslaved,Wolfenstein, Army of Two:40th day, & Midnight Run: LA complete Edition, just so they'll be ready when I want to start on them.

Plus I've got Bulletstorm & a bunch of other demos already D/L'ed for my playing pleasure.

But right now, I'm not even going to attempt to hook up my 2 Intellivision's into the rest of my gaming console network, & I doubt that I'll even be playing any of those games or demo's I've listed above either, just due to the fact that every minute of my free time's being spent in my first MP mode on Killzone 3.

I've been ever so slowly ranking up, but I have managed to get me a 1/4 of a million XP in that short time so far.


Last edited by BikerSaint on 3/5/2011 10:54:42 PM

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

you'll get a lot of experience points quickly by playing warzone mode. In one session of that I've accumulated over 10k of points.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Temjin001,
Thanks for the 411, much appreciated.

I've played all 3 modes, but I've mostly hung out either, a bit in Operations, but the vast majority of my time has been spent just in Guerrilla Warfare mode.
I'll make the jump back to Warzone & see if I'm able to get my XP numbers leveled up any quicker than in G Warfare.

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
9 years ago

I shall also miss the season of White wonderlands, icy branches looming just over head, snow days from school, warm fuzzy sweaters, and most importantly the cuddling my GF always wants to do during the winter makes me giddy 😀

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
9 years ago

Well it looks like 3 people dont have a woman in their lives!

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

JMO_INDY,

Hey, wait a minute now,

I'm one of those 3, but I do have a woman…..

She's a Phat 60 who's just ballooned up to a whopping 640 LBS…….I mean GB's.

And she couldn't be happier that I'm always fondling her erect knobs……I mean controls!

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
9 years ago

Touche Bikersaint touche, but I cant be the only guy that likes cuddling with his woman, i mean its something not enough guys appreciate. dont get me wrong my PS3 gets plenty of love my friend, but I have to perform a balancing act somewhere, until I get her more into gaming of course then everything will work itself out.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I will not miss winter at all. So tired of the damn cold I could spit.

Gotta finish up DS2 so I have a little room for DAII cuz ME2 is gonna take forever. So many sequels this year. Next year the year of the new IP?


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 3/5/2011 11:09:02 PM

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

what is coming out next year?

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Bioshock Infinite, FFXIII-2, Versus XIII, possibly inSane, likely Insomniac's IP with EA.

Yeah, we won't know too much until E3, but there is, essentially, four new IPs out of five games off the top of my head. It might just be so.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Don't know much about next year, I was just hoping. Sadly Lawless we won't see Bioshock Infinite until 2012, unless someone calls a meeting to kick it into some kind of maximum gear.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Lolwut? I know that Bioshock Infinite isn't released until 2012… Which is why I mentioned it. What year are you living in World?

Also, Devil's Third, so there's another new IP.

SvenMD
SvenMD
9 years ago

I'm ready for winter to be over too!

And you guys HAVE to finish DS2!! What's re deal??? I couldn't put that game down!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Derr, I'm not sure what world I'm living in any more. Still not used to it being 2011 i guess. 😛

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
9 years ago

when you live in places like the midwest, its damn near wrong and repulsive to complain about winter coming to an end. I think i speak for a lot of chicagoans by saying fvck this snowy ass winter


Last edited by aaronisbla on 3/6/2011 4:01:24 PM

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
9 years ago

I live in West-Central Indiana and have also had my fair share of snow and cold, but I still will miss it when it goes away, it's my favorite time of the year 🙂 Besides Fall.

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

i really really really want the cold weather to go away. i want to put the top on my car down and go for a cruise. just had a lot of work done on the mustang cant wait for some warm weather to heat up the roads.

pgu:
well i am 30 min away from beating the 24 hours of le mans. 412 laps so far. i am gettin close to having all the races done. then i will have to do the licenes and special events. when you reach level 35 bspec they give you a x2010. that thing is crazy. i let my kid drive it and she was having a blast. she even flipped it and scored me the rollover trophy.

i had a huge breakthrough in gt5 this week and passed like the wind races and scored that minolta. wow that car is bad ass. i think i will let the ps3 have some down time before i run the 24 hours ring.


Last edited by frylock25 on 3/5/2011 11:19:58 PM

SvenMD
SvenMD
9 years ago

That's some serious dedication!!

Congrats

Steel
Steel
9 years ago

I had the same problem with Demons souls that Ben did as well. I loved the challenge, but as temjin said (btw man we should play a little kz3 or something. msg me on your ps3) I hated feeling like i was playing a "server first MMO" with regard to the fact that alot of enemies were several deaths before you even had a chance of suceeding. I loved the difficulty getting there, but then to be one shot stabbed with little warning kinda burned me out. Granted i only spent about 4 hours with it so it may be different further on :D.

PGU: well, sad story is that im feeling burned out on KZ3, so I havent really played that in a few days. I played the demo of bullet storm a few times for the sheer awesomeness of its simplicity, and I think its gonna show up on the birthday list. Didnt ever play dragon agee so i dont know if im missing anything before i play II.. can anyone tell me if its okay to play II without playing the first one? I got the demo and want to give it a try. Loaded up naild demo, and im excited to give that a whirl. I believe it was psx that mentioned how underrated it was so im stoked for that one. Have been spending alot more time watch8ing game vids and reading news more than actually playing. Getting excited for Crysis 2, MK, and some others. And thats that. oh yeah and im considering playing through back to the future for some adventure fun 😀

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

yeah, we'll do some KZ3 some time =)

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

I cannot wait for Dark souls, it has all the possibility to be my favorite game of the year whenever it releases.

PGU: I am on my second play through of Mafia 2, I love the game, even though it is shorter than the first, I like that they still make it more about story than anything else. It's open world, but it really shouldn't be considered sandbox as it's not about building up and running rampant, but about following the story wherever it leads. I like it.

After that I'll play through Two Worlds 2 again, I beat it and I really enjoyed all of it except for the final boss, was just a pain. I look forward to playing it again though and just running around having fun instead of focusing on the story.

I also should get Godfather 2 in the mail this week, so after my second play through of Two worlds 2 I'll be having some more mobster fun there, but in the more sandbox style. Lot of good rpg goodness for me and a lot of good gangster goodness too. Gaming has been very good lately.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Pretty sure TLG is going to be a bunch of running, jumping,climbing and carrying. From what I've read there's no combat for the playable character so it'll mostly be platforming and puzzle solving along with holding on to Trico for dear life. Should be great. Not as great as a Sotc2, but great nonetheless. Even Skyrim will be paused when TLG comes out.

___________
___________
9 years ago

i hope we get a demo for TLG, but i wont be playing it till ive finished the collection.
really looking forward to both, TLG looks so different, and so emotional allot like heavy rain.
ICO and SOC, well, there only some of the most talked about games in the history of the industry!
im really looking forward to dark souls, i just hope they add a difficulty for us sane people.

finished bulletstorm and sold it today.
so miffed with Nvidia!
the game was suppose to be 3D compatible, 11 days after release and they STILL have not added it!
was a good game, not great because it gets really repetitive.
they needed more environments too, 99% of the levels have the barbed fence or electricity.
thats about it, needed heaps more variety!
need more weapons too!
wish they would let us scrap the machiene gun, they limit you to 3 weapons, and one is locked, and figures the most mundane, boring, useless one is the one thats locked!
theres so many cool ideas they could of done for weapons, just feels like a missed oppertunity.
thats the whole story of the game more or less, great but seriously lacking in variety!
at least its a good length, not the 7 or so hour crap KZ3 did!
thats pretty pathetic for a mundane no name shooter, but for one of the biggest releases of the year, for one of the ps3s flagship titles its, well, embarrassing!

ive bitten the bullet and gone back to restart ME2 only because it was such a good game.
that, and well de blob 2 is boring the %$#@ out of me and i have nothing else to play till DA2.
plus i really want to see how it ends, plus i really want to carry over my save for ME3 so i basically have no choice to restart.
but if i loose my save again i swear to god as my witness every employee of bioware are going to wish they were never born!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

You should backup your ME2 save this time. Contrary to your former posts the save file isn't locked.

___________
___________
9 years ago

already have.
your game saves open but the profile its locked to is locked.
so stupid how they have done it, you have 1 save on the XMB and that contains all your saves.
so you can create 100000 saves, and if one of them corrupts all of them are f*cked!
could not understand why only one of my saves was showing up till i emailed EA and they told me thats why.
hope DA2 does not do this, gets annoying having to exit the game and copy your save over every hour or so in fear of loosing it.

Danny007
Danny007
9 years ago

Bulletstorm had great pacing. Just when you would start to get a little tired of it you would get smacked in the face by something awesome and then it finished in a great way. It was surprising a good time and I'm glad I bought it.

Aerifale
Aerifale
9 years ago

Not really bothered about The Last Guardian as it stands but perhaps a demo will turn me around on the subject.

I'm definately looking forward to Dark Souls though, didn't play Demon Souls but I couldn't be bothered jumping on it now until it comes down in price.

PERSONAL GAMING UPDATE: I picked up splinter cell Conviction and Ninja Gaiden 2 on Friday for £15!! Splinter cell is great if not quite as stealthy as I remember it to be from the old days of Pandora tommorow 😉 Ninja Gaiden 2 is surprisingly good and after a while the gameplay really had me sucked in (the dialogue DID NOT lol). Its definately benficial that its more forgiving than it's predeccessor (good God that game was so hard it was borderline cruel). I still need to finish FFXIII i'm on the plains now and its great and all but i just dont have any motivation to continue other than to intentionally let monsters KILL Vanille >:)sorry but I juste hate hate hate her!


Last edited by Aerifale on 3/6/2011 5:14:45 AM

Dukemz_UK
Dukemz_UK
9 years ago

I'm definitely interested in The Last Guardian / Ico / SoC HD. I'm 37, so due to an ever decreasing amount of "gaming time" available, I've had to wean myself off RPG's I'm afraid. So no Dark Souls or Dragon Age 2 for me. I enjoyed the DA2 demo though. Could see myself playing it from start to finish if I was 18 again, with no family or work commitments 😉 (Never gonna happen)

PGU: About half way through Dead Space 2: Playing it how survival horrors are meant to be played: in the dark, with headphones, after everyone's gone to sleep. Add to that I'm playing it on an HD projector, the 6ft x 3 ft picture (approx) gets me totally immersed in the atmosphere! Best survival horror I've played in a while. (Anyone else find those "exploding baby monsters" a bit gross?)
I'm definitely a fan of this genre and am looking forward to the next Silent Hill.

My next purchase is likely to be KZ3: need some high quality FPS "twitch" for those nights I've got no brain power left to get immersed into a story…

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

good, grab KZ3. First week sales according to VGchartz has it clocked at only 500k. THat seems a little soft to me, but I dunno. A great game, no doubt.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I wonder if the lower sales numbers are a result of a lot f people not getting the memo about the revamped controls. While I loved Killzone 2's feel just about everyone I recommended it to hated the controls and ended up selling the game.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I don't understand why GG didn't just have an option for "classic KZ2 feel" in the controls menu. How hard could that have been?
I guess if enough people throw a stink, GG may go ahead and release a "low precision" patch. Ironic isn't it?

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Agree..two different control settings would have been perfect. Therefore both parties are happy.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

They were probably worried about people with the newer controls having an advantage over those who would use the old controls. Of course a simple fix for that would be custom matches.