The Last of Us is a game that I remember hearing about but never purchased when it came out a couple years ago because I didn’t think I’d like it. I recently bought a PS4 and after reading the reviews, I decided to take a shot and download the Remastered PS4 version of the game. Let me say that I am about one third of the way through and it is one of the most amazing games I’ve ever played. I haven’t been this into a story driven game since Metal Gear Solid 4 about 16 years ago. In The Last of Us Remastered you control Joel and others across a post-apocalyptic United States. You use weapons such as knives, guns and bombs to defeat zombies that have taken over most of the earth. The graphics are gorgeous and the story is really well done. One of my favorite scenes was when I made my way through a high school of zombies and once in the gymnasium I battled this large Bloater character. This guy was bloating with puss and throwing poison sacks at me while trying to chase me. It took about 15 shots fired before he finally went down. In fact, the entire “Bills Town” chapter of the game was extremely entertaining and well written. I highly recommend this game if you have a PS4.
I recently purchased a game for my PS4 called Super Mega Baseball. It is a download only $20 baseball game from an indie studio called Metalhead. I’m not usually a big sports video game guy but I’m really liking this game. It had a true arcade feel and each nine inning game only lasts about 15-20 minutes. A lot of reviews online are stating that they don’t like the character design but I disagree. The characters are odd muppet looking people and there are females too. Some look more human than others. The controls for the game are about as easy as they can get. When you’re up at bat, there’s a special way to power hit and there’s a way to just swing. Pitching is also easy and fun to control. Believe it or not, I think I’ve been playing this game the most out of all my PS4 games including GTAV. I’m almost all the way through a short season of 16 games. My only complaint about the game is that when you’re up at bat it doesn’t show your AVG, HR, RBI and other stats for the season. It just briefly shows them right before you come to the plate.
I just recently found out about a new product that Sony released in November, 2013 in Japan called PlayStation Vita TV. PS Vita TV is a microconsole that you hook up to your TV via HDMI cable and lets you play Vita games using a DualShock 4 controller. You won’t need an actual Vita handheld gaming system because the microconsole has everything built inside of it. Some functions such as rear touchpad, microphone or camera won’t work as they would on an actual Vita. Another cool feature of the device is that you can stream PS4 games from your PS4 system to another TV that has the PS Vita TV hooked up to it. The microconsole is about the size of a pack of playing cards and in Japan it currently costs roughly $100 or $150 for a bundle with a Dual Shock 4 and 8GB memory card. No news yet on if the PS Vita TV will be coming out west.
At 7:43 this evening, I received the above email. If you’re interested in seeing the PS4, you may want to RSVP now to be able to watch PlayStation’s E3 2013 Press Conference. Sony will be realeasing more details about the PS4 including insight on what the console will look like. The event is scheduled for Monday, June 10, 2013 at 6:00PM PDT. The links to RSVP can be found here: http://us.playstation.com/ and here: http://blog.us.playstation.com/
I picked up a game that cost a whopping $.99 on the PS Vita because it looked fun. It’s called Men’s Room Mayhem and it’s a bathroom simulator where you control the foot traffic of all the guests using the bathroom. First, guide them to the urinal or stall depending on the type of business they’re there for. Next guide them to the sink to wash all of those pesky germs away. Finally, guide them out the door as quickly as you can to make space for the other guests that need to relieve themselves. If two guests get too close to each other, a brawl will endure, leaving a bloody mess on the ground after the two fighters run out of the bathroom. This means that there will be more to clean up between levels. Also, if there are five brawls or “accidents” during a level, you will lose the game and have to start over. This game may not win any awards but it’s quite fun for a quick play now and again. Also, I don’t think I’ve seen any other games at such a cheap price on Vita. When you gotta go, you gotta go.. download a copy of this game.
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.
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