Mar
29
Posted by Ben at 15:01
In different kind of news, Women in Games have launched a new ambassador program, which is now sponsored by Google's Women Techmakers

I'll admit to not knowing who/what Women in Games was, but after reading a bit about them, they're a non-profit aimed at encouraging women's involvement in the games industry. The ambassador program is designed for the purpose of:
"Ambassadors are expected to reach out to young women at school, college and university locally in their region to encourage them to consider the games industry as a career. They will also reach out to the local public, regional industry and educational leaders and local government to form partnerships and long term strategic relationships."

So, whatever you think about about this, and I'm not here to lecture you, the last part, the bit where they go and talk to people in positions of power about gaming, is a good thing for us all. Gaming has begun to be taken more seriously, or at least become more accepted and openly talked about, but it's still got a long way to go

The ambassadors include the likes of Jessica Curry (who did the music for Dear Esther), and if you want to find out more head to www.womeningames.org
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Mar
29
Posted by Ben at 13:45
Mantis Burn Racing is a game I really quite enjoyed, and one that is also a pretty decent way to make use of your Playstation 4 Pro and 4K television, should you have them.

Well, should you need an excuse to dust off your game, Mantis Burn Racing now has 2 new pieces of DLC.

The first DLC to talk about is Snowbound Pack DLC. The Snowbound Pack if free, and while it only includes 1 new location, because of the way the game only uses parts of locations as tracks, you're actually looking at 4 new tracks. Plus VooFoo Studios are also throwing in seasons 2 and 3 of the Veteran career mode (another 34 events) for you to play with, should you have got to the point where you ran out of content in Mantis Burn Racing (seriously, that career mode is pretty long)

There's also some paid dlc, the Elite Class dlc, priced at £1.99, brings lightning fast hover-cars to mantis Burn racing, so 3 new vehicles, plus a 12 event Elite career, so again, not bad if you're looking to get back in to the game.

The trailer for the Snowbound Pack is posted below

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Mar
28
Posted by Ben at 14:20
PQube have announced that they're bringing Fight of Gods to Steam, and while very little has been shown yet, the reason I'm posting about it is because of what it's not, being instead a Western looking 2D-fighter

Not that I've anything against Japanese, or faux-Japanese style 2D fighters, on the contrary I love them. In fact I'm struggling to think of a Western 2D or 3D fighter that would trouble my top 10 fighting games (or top 20 for that matter), but it is nice to see someone try something different.

Fight of Gods features the likes of Odin and Zeus battling it out, we're probably not going to see Allah v Jesus so don't get your hopes up, but the likes of Shin Megami Tensei have shown that gods do tend to have characteristics that lend themselves to being extrapolated for a game.

There's a trailer below, and Fight of Gods is due in the summer on Steam

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Pronounced GIF:
 
 
Nier: Automata

Mar 26
Posted by Ben at 11:12

We haven't, and probably won't, given a lot of coverage to Nier: Automata. I personally have too much on my plate to review it, and we're more than a little behind the curve at this point

That said, there's no reason why we can't use it to launch a new feature we're trying out called Pronounced GIF. This may all turn out to be too much trouble than it's worth, and our apologies if you're on a data cap and we post nothing but these from now on, but here's a gif from NieR: Automata

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Mar
25
Posted by Mark at 16:26
In a suprising act of openness for the firm, Nintendo's US QA/localisation/marketing team Treehouse have launched a blog, which can be seen here.

Right now, there's only two posts- one from Bill Trinen, and another from Nate, who wrote the English script for Paper Mario.

While this is a welcome- if unusual- development from Nintendo, it still puts them well behind the social media presence of Sony and Microsoft- and considering a number of recent decisions from the company haven't been met with universal praise, this will be an interesting one to watch.


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Mar
23
Posted by Ben at 17:17
I'm a little surprised there hasn't been a Wonder Girl before if I'm honest, it seems like something that would have been added along the way. Anyway, DotEmu have addressed the lack of female character in Wonder Boy by letting you play as Wonder Girl

Wonder Girl will be playable in the new HD Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, plus also the retro inspired version. There's a trailer below that shows her, and Monster Boy, in action

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War Never
Changes
Mar 22
Posted by Ben at 17:36

This post kind of leads on to a future post, but I need to write this one first. It's also inspired by a conversation with a 20 year old, so as Mark has already pointed out, it's basically just a man reacting to the encroachment of age.

The 20 year old, for whatever reason because I've never really spoken to him about games before, decided to tell me that he was going to buy a PS2. I asked him why, he said he's always had a soft spot for the PS2 because it was his first console, back when he was 4.

Fuck all 20 year olds.

That started a thought worm tunnelling through my brain, one that resurfaced a few days later on a completely different tangent. All of a sudden I remembered the start of this generation. I know fanboyism is never going away, I know the launch of a console brings out the worst of people, but it was like people had never seen a new console before. I remember the conversations around it, I may even have started (possibly even finished) a God Mode On post about it, that the reason it felt like people's first new console generation is because it was, for many people, their first new console generation. If at 11 years old, rather than the hand me down consoles you've been putting up with/grateful for in the past, you're finally able to pick your console of choice for christmas or your birthday. If you get a 360 at launch, you're then 20 years old before the PS4 launches.

it got me thinking about my console history, and the sheer number of consoles that have come and gone over the years, particularly in the 1990s.Without checking, and sporadically including handhelds to make my point look a bit better, off the top of my head; The Master System 2 (included because it was an important release here in the UK), the Mega Drive, Snes, Neo Geo, Amiga CD 32, Atari Jaguar, Atari Lynx, Game Gear, Mega CD, 32X, CDi, PS1, N64, Saturn, Neo Geo Pocket, and of course, the Sega Dreamcast. Iím missing some, loads probably, but Iím fairly sure all of those came out during the 1990s. If you compare that to the 12 years since the Xbox 360 released; The aforementioned Xbox 360, the PS3, the Wii, the 3DS, the Vita, the WiiU, the PS4, and the Xbox One. You can throw in a couple of forgettable Android machines like the Gamestick, there was also the Gizmondo, OnLive if that counts. Itís no comparison really.

Thereís probably multiple causes for this shrinking of the market, in terms of choice at least. Costs and budgets have risen, I think thatís probably the obvious one, but I think the biggest reason is that the divergent videogame market of the 1980s began to converge in the 1990s. Home computers died out in favour of the unified Windows PC platform, those companies choosing instead to enter the console race, which is fine, both Microsoft and Sony have shown late entrants can succeed, and itís probably worth remembering the PS1, Sonyís entrant in to the console market, prior to launch wasnít initially looked at much differently from the likes of the Atari Jaguar, so many consoles had we seen fall by the wayside.

So when it struck me, and many others, how odd peopleís reaction to the launch of this generation had been, how it seemed like theyíd never experienced a good old-fashioned console war before, itís because they probably hadnít. The 20 year old I mentioned, granted he apparently mainly plays on PC, will have played on his PS2 from the age of 4, then presumably got a 360 for Christmas, aged 10 or 11 (main present of course), then nothing. Heís a kid, or was at least, he was in no position to buy a 2nd or third console, whatever console he had he would have had to stick with.

Itís a phenomenon thatís going to get worse I think. The next few years doesnít seem like it will include a new handheld from Sony, it might, theyíve done stupider stuff, but not many. In fact we might not even see a 3DS successor from Nintendo, they seem to want to keep the 3DS plodding along for as long as they can, the Vita does still get the odd game too, Iím fine with that, I like both handhelds and am not itching for a new one, but I think we will need at least one sooner rather than later. The model for both Sony and Microsoft seems to be giving their current consoles a shot in the arm. Iím not against that model, I like my PS4 Pro, it sort of feels like the console the PS4 should have been in the first place, and I can see many baulking at the thought of buying another one of the same, but it does seem to suggest weíre in for a long generation. Itís feasible that this could be the longest generation yet, and weíll have another generation that doesnít know what theyíre doing when the console war starts again

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Mar
21
Posted by Ben at 15:49
I never got around to Radiant Historia on the Nintendo DS, the few people I knew who had raved about it and told me I'd love it, but it soon became a bit of a nightmare to find for a decent price. Good news then, Atlus have announced that they're going to be brining a remake of Radiant Historia to the 3DS

The remake will be called Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology and, assuming it gets an English translation, should allow people like me who missed the game first time a chance to play it. For those who played the original version, Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology will boast an extra scenario to play through
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Danganronpa 1 2 Reload
Video Review
Mar 18
Posted by Ben at 19:02

Ok, before we start, the below video contains scenes from the first case of Danganronpa 2. It does include spoilers, including the first victim, plus a couple of solutions to some of the arguments during the trial. So, just a heads up if you're going in to Danganronpa 1 2 Reload blind and don't want anything spoiler

Which is fair enough, it's the investigations and trials that make the Danganronpa games, so you really should try to avoid spoilers where possible. I will say that the video doesn't reveal too much else, it certainly doesn't reveal the killer. But it serves to highlight the problem with doing video coverage of a game like Danganronpa 1 2 Reload, there's a lot to cover, and an awful lot of it is key to the story

The video takes a look at how the investigations work, then a couple of the mini-games from the trials, aside from milling about and killing time with the other students, that's kind of what Danganronpa is. It's very good though, it's hard not to get hooked in to the story once it gets going

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Mar
18
Posted by Ben at 18:18
I really liked Lost Dimension on the Vita. It's got it's problems, but it's a decent modern strategy Jrpg that nothing like enough people played. Good news then, thanks to Ghostlight Lost Dimension is getting a second chance with an upcoming PC release

Lost Dimension kind of mixes Dangonronpa's idea of a traitor amongst your group, with a trial of sorts to work out who it is. The problem I had with that mechanic, while an interesting idea, because the traitor is "randomly" selected, there's no motivation in place for them to do it, something Danganronpa mostly got right.

Anyway, I really liked it for the free-moving rpg combat, which you can see in the video I made no one watched, posted below. Lost Dimension is coming to Steam later this year

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