The Evil Within 2: Perfect For Your Fright-day the 13th

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Confession time, again: other than dabbling with a friend’s copy for about 20 minutes or so back when it was launched, I didn’t play the original The Evil Within. Between my ridiculous backlog and other busyness, I never got around to getting to that game and its assorted freakish frights. Well, here we are some time later and guess what? The Evil Within 2 didn’t wait for me to even think about playing the first game before it popped up to say “Hi!” and it looks as if I might need grab this at some point or it’ll come to get me. Help!

Of course, if I don’t get the game, no one will notice, right (he said, looking around and then checking all the closets and under furniture for something that might come get him at some point)?. And here I was, saving up my pennies for Wolfenstein: The New Colossus (which has “Timeliest Game of the Year!” flashing over it in bright neon lights for some reason). Oh, Bethesda, you keep it up with this stuff and I’ll need to start carving holes in my schedule like a pumpkin. Still, I wouldn’t have it any other way (and neither should you).

-GW

Sorcery Is Lord of Sorcery In Japan (And Still Coming Along Nicely)…

This PlayStation 3 exclusive is looking more and more polished and could be the best Move game to date that will also make folks who shelled out for that rough Kinect Star Wars game a bit cranky that this is what their game SHOULD have played like. Anyway, here’s a look at the Japanese trailer for the upcoming game. Hey, Sony, get the SCEA PR hype machine going harder for this one – you really need to Move a few more people to snap this gem up on day one! Hell, I’ll be one of those people just because I want to see this game do well after all the work that’s gone into it…

PlayStation Vita Launch Lineup (25 Games & Counting)…

It looks as if SCEA is absolutely making sure Vita owners have ZEO complaints about a weak launch/launch window lineup. Below is the official listing of Vita games scheduled to hit retail and digital (through PSN) when the new handheld is released on February 22, 2012. Based on the nice selection of genres here, there are more than enough titles to take care of nearly anyone’s gaming needs. In addition, SCEA has clarified the memory card pricing structure (it’s slightly lower that initially reported by some outlets) as well as announced a bunch of cool accessories, but you’ll need to head below the jump to read all about those…

PS Vita Launch Titles (Pricing ranges from from $9.99 – $49.99 US)

  • Escape Plan (SCEA, PSN Only)
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (SCEA)
  • Hustle Kings (SCEA, PSN Only)
  • Little Deviants (SCEA)
  • ModNation Racers: Road Trip (SCEA)
  • Super StarDust Delta (SCEA, PSN Only)
  • UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss (SCEA)
  • wipEout 2048 (SCEA)
  • Army Corps of Hell (Square Enix)
  • Asphalt Injection (Ubisoft)
  • BEN10 GALACTIC RACING (D3Publisher of America)
  • Blazblue: Continuum Shift EXTEND (Akysys)
  • Dungeon Hunter Alliance (Ubisoft)
  • Dynasty Warriors Next (Tecmo Koei)
  • F1 2011 (Codemasters)
  • EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer (EA Sports)
  • Lumines Electronic Symphony (Ubisoft)
  • Michael Jackson The Experience (Ubisoft)
  • Plants vs. Zombies (SOE, PSN Only)
  • Rayman Origins (Ubisoft)
  • Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen (Namco Bandai)
  • Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs (Drinkbox Studios, PSN Only)
  • Touch My Katamari (Namco Bandai)
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (Capcom)
  • Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition (Sega)
    Launch window titles plus Memory Card and accessory pricing are a click away… Continue reading

Gallery: U.S. PlayStation & PlayStation 2 Demo Disc Library (Part One)

Absolutely not a complete set at all (I’m missing about 15 OPM discs from the later end of the mag’s run as well as a bunch of PS1 demos), but there’s a nice selection here that’s always great for reference purposes. It’s too bad US gamers didn’t see a lot of PS3 demo discs like the ones released overseas in the UK and Asian territories. At this point in time I only know of a handful of PS3 demo discs that were released here but I could be wrong. I actually need as many of them as possible just so I can see what actually made it out around the world. I really, REALLY miss the great days of being surprised by some cool US demo discs popping up in the mail, that’s for sure. I have some other PS1 and PS2 demos and Jampacks in a big box of PS1 games (or behind a few hundred games currently stacked on top of a dresser) that I’ll post at a later date.

SCEA To Release Three More PSP UMD Dual Packs In January

Nice. Sony is smart enough to NOT unceremoniously kill off the PSP when the Vita launches in North America, but they are doing something about the rather massive stock of leftover PSP’s and first party UMD’s I hope every publisher with a decent PSP back catalog gets into. Three more UMD Dual Packs are headed to retail in January 2012 and all come highly recommended whether you’re a newly Xmas-gifted PSP owner or a die-hard with the 1000 to 3000 series that hasn’t yet played these gems. To those who somehow don’t know why Sony is still dealing with UMD’s with the Vita about to land in February, there are a few simple reasons. Continue reading

Wave of the Future (Part I)* : A Look At Sony’s PlayStation Move

Alright, I'll confess: I'll admit to initially not liking the Move's final design when I saw it as Sony's E3 press conference. Fortunately, that petty bit of nonsense on my part lasted less than two whole minutes. System bias is indeed a bad thing, but controller bias can really make one a bit too irrational. In the end, it was all about the games and how well the peripheral works with them. At Sony's Holiday 2010 event, I had the chance to play a number of Move games and ended up more than happy with the new controller.

As soon as you see and the pick up the Move, there are subtle to very noticeable differences that make it more intuitive to use and much more responsive than the Wii Remote. Additionally, unlike Microsoft's Kinect, the fact that you have a controller in your hand really makes a difference in certain games.

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MotorStorm Apocalypse Trailer

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Evolution Studios takes the vehicular chaos of its PS3 exclusive racer to the urban wasteland in this action-packed trailer. Now, if only Sony would revive the Rally Cross license and let the team have their way with it (hell, they did FIVE great WRC games, four of which never came out in the U.S. of A.), I’d be an even happier camper.

Sony Offers Free Car With Gran Turismo PSP Purchase Via PSN

I bet you’re all excited as you click away over to to the PSN Store about the mind-blowing prospect of having a REALLY big box delivered by the Fed Ex guy, huh? Well, guess what: that’s not a REAL Nissan 2009 GT-R Spec V in Metallic Blue you’ll be getting, Speed Racer. Nope, it’s a great in-game ride you can stick in your burgeoning garage and use to rake in even more rides, though. With over 800 cars and 35 tracks, this warn up for GT5 is something I’ll be hooked into for a while, that’s for sure…

Oh, the free car deal expires on October 15, 2009 – so get your cash and get this NON-clunker for your PSP or PSP go today!