Like many of you, I recently finished Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. I found myself involved, affected, and taken aback; it moved me in a way few games have this generation. It’s probably the most emotional I’ve felt about a game since Red Dead Redemption.
Looking back, however, it’s not difficult to see the faults in Naughty Dog’s storytelling. It is derivative of a lot of post-apocalyptic/zombie fiction, but worse than that, it gives in to some of the worst habits of this genre.
But I still can’t deny the game’s strength. I’m going to break down a few of the issues I found, and then explain why I think Naughty Dog manages to overcome them.
*Major spoilers for The Last of Us follow the break*
Myself and about 2.7 million people own and love the PS Vita. I think it’s a powerful piece of technology that’s held back by limited marketing campaigns and expensive games. Sony knows the issues that gamers have with the system (as the company keeps recognizing and mentioning these issues), but still insists on staying the course. Granted there’s a lot of business know-how that factor into these decisions (including answering to shareholders); but Sony really needs to make some changes to their marketing and pricing strategies in order to remain competitive.
In this piece I’ll be discussing issues that have kept the handheld from success, and what Sony can do to address them. Read the rest of this entry
Sony wants to make a comeback with the PS4; not only to become top dog in the industry, but to make gaming synonymous with the PlayStation brand once again. Right now Sony’s like a former champion, hungry and determined to win his prestigious title back and return to the spotlight.
When we become the best, we oftentimes become overconfident and complacent. Given the PlayStation and PS2’s runaway successes, Sony came into the current generation like an overconfident fighter – complete with posturing and an inflated ego. All of a sudden gamers were “lucky” to become part of the PlayStation conglomerate. Remember when Sony (Ken Kutaragi specifically) boldly stated that “The PS3 is for consumers to think to themselves, ‘I will work more hours to buy one’?” Alas, like many memorable fights, the hungrier and more determined of the contenders reign supreme; and Sony’s overconfidence became it’s downfall. Read the rest of this entry
On February 20th, Sony made history when they revealed their upcoming console, the PlayStation 4 to the press and to the world. Featuring a redesigned Dualshock controller, Gaikai technology, social and sharing features, as well as support from hundreds of development studios around the world, Sony is positioning the PS4 as the developer’s and gamer’s console. It’ll be easier to develop for, easier to use, and easier on the wallet compared to the PS3.
Fellow JTM writer Jordan Shaw and I recently had a conversation about the PS4’s reveal, it’s technology, and how it will compete with the next generation, considering that it’s going up against Nintendo’s Wii-U and Microsoft’s next console. One thing’s for sure, this next-gen arms race is heating up; and the ensuing battle royale is sure to be a barn-burner.
Join our discussion after the break.
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Earlier tonight Sony showed a number of gamplay screens of Final Fantasy X HD for the PS Vita at their Sony Heaven press event in Japan. Although Sony didn’t give details on the game’s launch date, they did show images proving that the PS2 classic Final Fantasy X will be remastered in high-definition and is still coming to the PS Vita.
Find out more about Final Fantasy X in HD for the PS Vita (with more screenshots) after the break. Read the rest of this entry
Earlier tonight,Hiroshi Kawano, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced that the PS Vita will get a price cut in Japan starting at end of this month. From February 28, 2013 on, Japanese PS Vita prices will drop from 25,000 Yen to 19,980 Yen (Wi-Fi model). The price drop will apply for the 3G model as well.
In addition to the price cut, all PS Vita units sold from then on will include a 7-day trial to PlayStation Plus and a free download for the Torne TV service in Japan. If that wasn’t enough, Sony announced that Uncharted, Ridge Racer, and four other titles will be added to the PlayStation Plus Game collection this month.
Keep in mind that the announcement is only for Japanese PS Vita. However, given Sony’s big reveal and announcement plans on Wednesday, February 20, there’s a big chance that this price cut will also apply to North American and European markets.
Stay tuned to JTM for more news on PlayStation announcements.
The next time you turn on your PS Vita and try to connect to the PSN, you’ll be prompted to download firmware 2.0 update which not only adds PlayStation Plus, it also improves on the web browser, adds new functions to the content manager, adds a few security patches, and introduces a new email app to Sony’s handheld. Firmware update 2.0 is the Vita’s biggest operating system update so far.
Hit the jump for more details about PS Vita’s 2.0 firmware update. Read the rest of this entry
Remember earlier this year when Sony announced that PlayStation Plus was coming to the Vita? Well according to the PlayStation Blog, PlayStation Plus is bringing the fan-favorite game collection to the handheld starting next week. It’s coming as part of the next (ver. 2.0) system update.
Of course, the game collection is only one part of the Vita’s PlayStation Plus perks, hit the jump to read on. Read the rest of this entry
Earlier this summer, Gamescom brought about huge news of upcoming PlayStation Vita games; however it was at PAX Prime is where gamers really got their hands on some of the most highly-anticipated games for the handheld. Players could try the platform-heavy Guacamelee, the 8-bit open-world mayhem of Retro City Rampage, the online cooperative gameplay of Ragnarok Odyssey, and of course, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation.
In this article, I’ll discuss what I think were the best PlayStation Vita games at PAX. I’ll also talk about my pick as the Vita game of show. But before I begin, here are some honourable mentions:
- Retro City Rampage
- Jet Set Radio
- Persona 4 Golden
- Ragnarok Odyssey Read the rest of this entry