While browsing Slickdeals the other day, I noticed a familiar game on sale for the PS Vita. This game was familiar to me because I remember playing its prequel years ago on my PSP and it was a lot of fun. For $10 shipped I figured I’d give Lumines: Electric Symphony a try. The game arrived within the usual 2 days and I popped the microscopic cartridge into my PS Vita. I instantly hopped into a game and remembered how to play so fast that it was like the seven years since I last touched the game didn’t exist.
One of the more obvious things about the new Lumines was how much sharper the graphics looked. The gameplay is very similar to the original with a few modifications. There’s now a new bonus block that comes every once in a while that when landed, will remove all blocks of it’s color that are attached to it vertically or horizontally. I also noticed a new experience progress bar after you finish your game. The higher the experience level you get to, the more skins and songs you will unlock. Speaking of songs, like the original, this game has an amazing 33 track soundtrack. I also love how the music works with the skin and level design so well. In addition to the awesome soundtrack, there are a few new modes of play that are fun. Overall I am very happy with this purchase. As a big fan of both puzzle games and dance music, this game has a lot of enjoyment to offer me.
More @ Lumines Electronic Symphony.
Today I downloaded that game Sunflowers for PS Vita. Apparently the game is available for iPhone too but I have never heard of it before. The first thing that you will notice that’s different about this game is that it’s played on your PS Vita in vertical format which means that when playing you need to rotate your Vita 90 degrees. When I first heard this I instantly got turned off but it turns out that it really works well for this game. Because Sunflowers controls are touch screen only, There’s no need awkwardly push buttons while holding your Vita this way. The gameplay is very simple and great for casual gamers like myself who don’t have a lot of time and want to pick up a quick, 10-minute enjoyable game once in a while.
You control the sun, and the goal is to drop rain drops on the flowers below. To make the rain drops, the suns rays must pass through the clouds that move by. If you drop a ray of light that doesn’t pass through the clouds, it will burn whatever it touches on the ground. If it touches a flower, then that flower will burn and you need to give it water. If you burn too many flowers then you will get an X. Three X’s and game over. There are bonus levels once you collect a certain amount of points.
The graphics in Sunflowers are very good for such a cheap game. The sound is also very good and works well with the game. As you progress through levels, you can grow and collect new types of flowers. In the games main menu, you can view all the flowers that you’ve collected (there are over 300 types to collect in the game!) For $3.99 on the PlayStation Store you really can’t go wrong with this game. After purchasing it, I would consider it a must have Vita game for anyone that enjoys casual, arcade style games.
View the trailer below or check out the website with more pictures.
Tonight, Sony announced the PlayStation 4, their latest console along with the Dual Shock 4 controller to pair up with the system. The new controller design comes in contrast to the last iterations of the controller due to the new touch screen. The more rounded, rubberized controller now also features a share button, camera and headphone jack.
The PS4 system will have 8GB of memory, a local hard drive and x86 CPU, alongside a secondary custom chip that allows users to play games while they download. The newly announced PlayStation Cloud will stream PS1, PS2 and PS3 games, and it appears the PS4 won’t be able to play legacy discs. The PS4 should be coming out later this year around the holiday season.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that Sony released the Slim PS3 which just made the original PS3′s look prehistoric. Sony has just announced a new super slim PS3 that puts the slim PS3 to shame. It is roughly 20 percent lighter and 25 percent smaller than the slim PS3. New on the super slim is the absence of the familiar Blu-ray slot but instead features a conventional top loading disc tray. The console will include only two front-facing USB ports. The base model will jump from $250 to $270 when the updated console is released in America on September 25.
More @ PlayStation.
If you meander over to Rockstars website today, you will notice a large Grand Theft Auto Five logo posted on their homepage with a note that says Trailer: 11.02.11. The rumors a brewin’ on the interwebs are that the next installment of GTA5 will take place in Los Angeles. I guess that we’ll have to wait and see what happens on November 2 as far as the exact location and details of the game.
Okay, well here we go right here, the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection that everyone’s been waiting for. The release will be November, 2011 and the collection comes with Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 and also Peace Walker in HD. It will be out for both 360 and PS3. I am very excited to replay Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 in HD. I’m also looking forward to playing Peace Walker for the first time.
Roughly six years ago Sony released the PSP and set the portable gaming world a blaze with the new handheld. The screen was brighter, bigger and had some of the best graphics seen on a portable to date. Today the PSP isn’t anything that’s going to knock your socks off and there were many rumors as of late about the next iteration of the PSP floating around CES this year. Those rumors have proved to become true because Sony has just officially announced the PSP2 at an event in Tokyo. For now however, Sony is calling the portable device by its code name ‘Next Generation Portable’ or NGP for short.
Fans of the PSP have been dreaming of dual analog sticks for years and they finally get them in the NGP. It will also feature a high-resolution, touch-sensitive OLED screen that’s larger than the original PSP screen, tilt-sensitive SIXAXIS controls, dual analog sticks, front and back-facing cameras, and a touch sensitive back panel. This new touchpad back panel will make most of the device interactive unlike anything seen before. Sony claims that the new NGP will be as powerful as the PlayStation 3.
There will be no more UMD with the NGP. Sony in introducing a new game medium that’s a small flash memory based card. The cards will be able to hold full software titles plus add-on game content and game save data. Sony also announced ‘PlayStation Suite’ which will allow the games to be played on other Android based devices such as mobile phones, smart-phones, and tablet PCs.
In addition, Sony is introducing a new service called LiveArea that will let your NGP be able to detect others in the area and let you see what they’re playing, chat, see game rankings, etc. It sounds like something similar to what the Nintendo DS has with PictoChat but hopefully this is on a much larger scale. The NGP is expected to be out later this year in Japan. No timeframe given to the U.S. release date yet.
The Full Specs
- CPU: ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
- GPU: SGX543MP4+
- External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
- Rear touch pad: Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
- Cameras: Front camera, Rear camera
- Sound: Built-in stereo speakers, Built-in microphone
- Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
- Location: Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi location service support
- Keys / Switches: PS button, Power button, Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square), Shoulder buttons (Right/Left), Right stick, Left stick, START button, SELECT button, Volume buttons
- Wireless communications: Mobile network connectivity (3G), IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode), Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR （A2DP/AVRCP/HSP）
The Announced Games
- Hustle Kings
- Hot Shots Golf
More at PlayStation Blog.
Gran Turismo 5 is finally getting closer to a release date and PlayStation is going all out by releasing a $100 collector’s edition of the game available later this month. The collectors edition contains the folowing:
- Gran Turismo 5 on Blu-ray
- Collectible Diecast Car
- Exclusive “Apex” Car Guide
- Five exclusive DLC cars
- Numbered certificate of authenticity
More @ PlayStation Blog.
Scott Pilgram Vs. The World was a decent movie I recently saw in the theater and I just discovered that they made an awesome game to go along with the movie. The 2D side scroller game reminds me of River City Ransom type graphics. The game seems pretty deep. It lets you buy items, level up and learn new moves on your way to defeating seven angry boyfriends. This PSN exclusive is only $10 and looks to me like a must buy, as in I must buy it tonight.
Due to the success of Little Big Planet, Media Molecule is making Little Big Planet 2 which now has a release date of November 16. The $79.99 Collectors edition package will come with a ton of extra swag including:
To celebrate the new Metal Gear Solid game coming out, Gamestop has announced the “Big Boss Bundle” PSP and game. The Gamestop exclusive bundle will be available June 8, 2010 and will include the following:
- “Camouflage” PSP-3000 system
- Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker game on UMD
- Voucher for in-game content unlockable at the start of the game
- 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo
- Premium carrying case
More @ Gamestop.
Rumor has it that Sackboy has reason to smile because word on the streets is that Little Big Planet will become a greatest hits game very soon. When that happens, the color of the game box magically turns to a transparent red and the price magically falls to $29.99 MSRP. By the way it’s the GOTY edition that’s rumored to become a Greatest Hit which means that in addition to the standard game, it features exclusive levels from 18 members of the LittleBigPlanet community, the “Metal Gear Solid“, “Monsters” and “History” costume and level packs and the “Animals” costume pack.
The other games rumored to be getting Greatest Hits status are:
- Killzone 2
- Resistance 2
- UFC Undisputed
More @ NeoGAF.
Growing up in the 80′s and having an IBM computer at home I was fond of many video games on my computer including Digger, Round 42 and Agent USA. Digger in particular was a great game. The gameplay in Digger is very similar to the game Dig Dug where one must dig horizontal and vertical underground tunnels while collecting treasures and escaping from bad guys. The game has been remade as Digger HD for PSN. It has been out since last October but will be going on sale for $4.99 starting this Thursday. View the trailer above.
On April 21, Sega is releasing Afterburner Climax for $10 on PSN and XBOX Live. This title will be the fourth in the Afterburner series. I’m very excited about the game, being a fan of the huge arcade unit that took up a corner of most arcade floors in the late 80′s. Check out the trailer above.