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  1. Marcus Estrada

    Review: Zack Zero

    Developer: Crocodile Entertainment Publisher: Crocodile Entertainment Platform: PC (Steam), PS3 (PSN) Release Date: April 29, 2013 ESRB: E for Everyone A download code was provided by the publisher for this review This review is based on the PC version of the game Zack Zero is a game which initially landed on PS3 in early 2012. Developer Crocodile Entertainment had created a title that passed Sony certification and was ready to roll. However, between the game being certified and it launching on PSN, a new PS3 update came out. This caused unforeseen bugs with the game and because of this many reviewers were soured by the broken experience. Despite this unfortunate setback, the developers continued to push forward with a PC release. Does the Steam version of Zack Zero fare any better? For the most part, it does. The game is a 2D platformer with 3D graphics that spans a handful of colorful levels. With such a small description, it doesn“t really sound like anything special. There are excellent experiences to be had but many are probably going to gloss over them due to the fairly boring beginning. You“re brought into the world as Zack to save your superhero girlfriend because some reptilian alien is angry at you for killing his brother in the past. You then use your own special powers to travel through locations and get her back. The stories behind platformers don“t need to be Oscar-winning, but this one is downright cheesy at times. This is aided in no way by the English voice actor who isn“t very good. All the same, you can mostly tune it out as the primary aspect of Zack Zero is the 30 levels you“ll traverse through. Levels are grouped into certain “areas” and each area has its own visual style. Sometimes worlds are lush with green wildlife, and other times they are rocky with lava seeping through the cracks. As Zack, you must navigate sometimes perilous landscapes to reach the end of a level. Sometimes you“ll head left to your goal, other times right or even up. Thankfully this is a game which allows for exploratory aspects instead of just scrolling you continuously toward the end. Platforms may rise, crumble, or require buttons to activate. The latter requires solving puzzles but puzzles are routinely pretty simple. Along the way you“ll come across numerous enemies ranging from crabs and frogs to armored lizards. The majority of enemies are simple to take down, although some mini-bosses appear from time to time. Then of course there are the few end level bosses which have their own repeated pattern of movesets. All bosses have the same strategy that needs to be applied to them, though. Survive their onslaught (or jump over them), then fire away. Nothing else is required aside from good timing on jumps and dodges. Zack can make use of his special suit to use fire, ice, and rock powers. Ice can freeze enemies or slow down time, while fire makes him faster as well as able to burn enemies to a crisp. Rock powers offer the ability to break through specific walls and floors to unveil a new path. As interesting as these features are, they remain unnecessary for most of the game. There are times when rock mode needs to be activated to push heavy boulders around, but otherwise there is not much to them. If enemies had been more creative then perhaps using the special skills would have actually been fun. It“s easy to dog on Zack Zero considering it is fairly simplistic and doesn“t make much use of its hallmark superhero aspects. Still, it is a lovely platforming experience. The first few areas aren“t anything special but do show a skill in regards to platform level design. Once you dig deeper, though, you“ll come across some really excellent levels that are far more creative than what some other indie games are coming up with. The caves in particular were fused with magic that caused some cool effects. Only with certain fights does the game hurt its flow. The experience lasts between four and five hours and ends on a cliffhanger. Because this isn“t a story most will be invested in, that“s not a big deal. With each section of the game having different backdrops and enemies it doesn“t feel like the product was quickly made. That said, there“s not much reason to replay the game unless you“re interested in unlocking all achievements or climbing the leaderboard. Despite being fine-tuned before its PC release, there are still some problems to be found. For one, despite the “full” levels which include a foreground and background, sometimes a foreground element will get in your way. This is not a glitch but design choice and, while rare, is still a hindrance when it happens. Enemy hitboxes are a little large too, which can be evidenced when jumping over mini-bosses. Sometimes you“ll end up straddling their heads due to not quite clearing the hitbox even with a double jump. Finally, there are times you“ll get stuck in the environment. Sometimes you can easily get out, but other times, you may be doomed until restarting the level. This happened to me after completing the final boss fight and was distressing as can be. If you love platformers then Zack Zero deserves your time. Those who are not willing to bear a game with repetitive fighting and dull storytelling will not be able to stick with it, though. It“s a shame because there is great platforming to be had with the game but its outward appearance is sure to push players away. Hopefully fans of the genre will soon discover the game and see that it does have something to offer to the world of platforming. Pros: + Attractive and creative visuals + Exciting platforming with neat ideas + Good deal of levels to explore Cons: - Some problematic design choices - Fire/Ice/Stone elements are not useful beyond required segments - Uninspired voice acting would have been best left out Overall Score: 6 (out of 10) Decent Zack Zero is a game that should not be overlooked if you enjoy playing platformers that aren“t stuck using the same design concepts of Super Mario Bros.
  2. Marcus Estrada

    PS4 Video Showcases Social and Gameplay Features

    If you've been wondering how the PS4 might look and feel to use then you may want to check the new video Sony pushed out today. It doesn't show everything the system's software will offer, but it gives a good idea of various ways someone might use the console. First, it shows how quick it can be to transition from gameplay to watching the video. In this case, a video of Knack is shown as the player accesses their friend's recorded session to figure out a puzzle. Via a social networking-style feed they are also able to "like" the content, as well as start sending messages to friends. Another feature shown is that you can download a single or multiplayer component of a game first. This was demonstrated with Killzone: Shadow Fall. This may aid players who want to hurry into the action, but certainly doesn't change the fact that game installs on the next generation of systems are likely to be quite hefty. Be warned that, alongside showcasing PS4 features, the video is also full of horrendous acting:
  3. Even in this era of HD collections there are many game series' which will never get the benefit of being released on one. The majority of these collections are exclusive to PlayStation franchises, but of course you can also get single games via PSN's PS2 Classics line of digital downloads. This week's update (on Tuesday as per usual) includes two titles. One is Castlevania: Lament of Innocence which was one of two Castlevania games to grace the PS2. Both had 3D environments which is something that will likely always bother some Castlevania fans. The other game of the week is Corvette Evolution GT. With how random these additions seem to be it is likely Sony isn't even seeking out games for release on PSN. Rather, they just have deals with companies and they are selecting what "Classic" wares to bring to the system.
  4. Marcus Estrada

    E3 2013: The Walking Dead Making a Stand on Vita

    Did you love Telltale's rendition of The Walking Dead as an adventure game? Have you somehow missed out on it despite everyone telling you to play it? If either is true then you're going to want to keep an eye on the Vita this summer. The Vita is getting the next episode, titled The Walking Dead: 400 Days, is coming to Vita - which is also the first time the episodic game has touched the system. Players new to the entire thing will also be able to buy a special bundle for Vita which includes the complete first season alongside 400 Days.
  5. Marcus Estrada

    PS3 E3 2013 Sale Starts Tomorrow

    Hungry for some gaming discounts on the eve of E3? If you've got a PS3 then a great deal of games are going to be available on discount this week. If you happen to have a PS Plus subscription, then deals will be even more beneficial to you. Here are some of the best sales that are hitting PSN. Check the PS Plus Blog to see the full list of deals. The first price is the sale price for all PSN members, while the second denotes the price PS Plus members get: Assassin's Creed III Liberation (Review) - $18.99 / $13.29 Far Cry 3 - $41.99 / $29.39 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Review) - $39.99 / $29.99 PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale - $27.99 / $14.00 Resident Evil 6 (Review) - $23.99 / $17.99 Tomb Raider (Review) - $22.49 / $20.24 The Unfinished Swan (Review) - $7.49 / $3.75 Of all the games, only one happens to be available on Vita. That one is Sound Shapes but otherwise this week is full of very PS3-specific sales. These discounts go live tomorrow alongside the regularly scheduled PSN update.
  6. Marcus Estrada

    Tekken Revolution is a Free to Play PS3 Fighter

    Is the future of fighting games situated around the free to play market? It very well might be if these few latest ventures prove successful. Just this week it was announced that Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate was getting a free version via Core Fighters and now we're hearing of another big series getting similar treatment. This time around the game getting the F2P treatment is Tekken. Tekken Revolution was announced as part of a longer GameSpot E3 preview video. Because it was just a very short reveal, we don't know much about the game yet. The Tekken series has already experimented with the F2P market via Tekken Card Tournament but this appears to be an actual fighting game. Tekken Revolution is coming to PS3 exclusively next week on June 11th.
  7. Marcus Estrada

    Next Week's PS Plus Update Announced Today

    Do you know what's happening next week? Oh, right, it's E3! Because that industry event is right around the PS Blog won't be able to be updated with the same fervor as usual for non-E3 content. That's why next week's PS Plus update has just been detailed. Three of the oldest Instant Game Collection titles (inFAMOUS 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, Ratchet & Clank All 4 One) are being phased out soon which left fans wondering if the three replacement titles would be as impressive. As it turns out, yes, Sony seems to be very good at selecting games at times. The three new additions to Instant Game Collection are: LittleBigPlanet Karting (PS3) Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3) XCOM Enemy Unknown (PS3) This weeks' PS3-centric update is sure to please but also fill up some hard drives. Note that these aren't going live today but were simply posted now before the game journalism world scampers around to cover every tidbit of E3 information. PS Plus members can download the new IGC additions on Tuesday.
  8. Sony revealed their PlayStation 4 months ago now but that doesn't mean they're about to ditch their press conference slot for E3 2013. Unlike Nintendo, they are still keen on showcasing their games for the massive amount of journalists and gamers via one standard press conference. As with previous years, their conference will be streamed online. The PlayStation Blog gives a complete rundown of Sony events as follows: Monday, June 10th | PlayStation E3 2013 Press Conference | 5:30pm Pacific Time/8:30pm Eastern Time Tuesday, June 11th | PlayStation LiveCast show | 12:00pm to 6:00pm Pacific Time Wednesday, June 12th | PlayStation LiveCast show | 10:00am to 6:00pm Pacific Time Thursday, June 13th | PlayStation LiveCast show | 10:00am to 6:00pm Pacific Time Where can you watch all these streams, including the press conference? There's a ton of places to go so hopefully if one site is struggling to load you can just switch to another instead. You can watch on the Facebook, Google Plus, PS Blog, PS.com, PS Home, and Ustream. Sites such as GameSpot are also going to stream each conference. Finally, you can watch through PS3 (without Home) but selecting "What's New" under Videos or via Vita with the Nico Nico video app.
  9. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is one of the most unexpected game revivals of the past few years. The original Great Giana Sisters on Commodore 64 was certainly adored by some, but very much a Super Mario Bros. knock off. Regardless, Twisted Dreams set out to craft a more unique experience than its namesake. Although the game was already available on PC, and later XBLA, the PlayStation Network was left out. A little under a year after the PC launch, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is finally coming to PSN. This announcement was made via Black Forest Games on the PS Blog. No price or exact date were given but at least the game will be out this month! At this time, only a PS3 version has been announced but many have already been begging for a Vita version. Perhaps we'll see Black Forest Games port Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams to the handheld later on.
  10. Well, this sure is proof that good things do happen if you let your voice be heard! Thanks to the overwhelming support to the possible Hatsune Miku: Project Dive F localization on Sega's Facebook page, the PS3 game will be making its way to North America and Europe. Sega says that "in less than 3 days, the post received over 25,000 likes and 15,000 shares." Aaron Webber, Associate Brand Manager for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F, exclaims, "Your voices helped make this happen.†Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F will release in North America on PlayStation 3 and via digital download on PSN, and in Europe via digital download on PSN. Both regions will be getting it sometime this August. For those eager to get their Hatsune Miku on right now, a demo will be available on June 11th for the U.S. and June 12th for Europe.
  11. Marcus Estrada

    Pre-Register for PS Home E3 Festivities

    Are you not going to E3? Don't worry, the majority of your peers aren't either. Besides, with how much content is readily available online it's not as bad as it could be. Sony wants to make its players feel like a part of the E3 action by doing their annual recreation of the Sony E3 area in PS Home. The digital booth will open on Tuesday at 3:00 PM EST (12:00 PM PST). What's the point of pre-registering? Well, Sony is offering a free Beyond: Two Souls PS3 dynamic theme if you do. Of course, even if you don't pre-register you'll still be able to participate in the events during E3 week. Sony definitely wants its fans present which is why they're offering extra goodies as well. Just by visiting you can get copies of the PS Mobile games Haunt the House and Rymdkapsel. If you complete a quest, then you'll also get first wave beta access to Killzone: Mercenary, a 30 day trial of PS Plus, and Destiny dynamic theme. Those who complete all the quests receive a dynamic theme for The Last of Us. Check out the announcement post on PS Blog if you'd like to know more.
  12. Marcus Estrada

    PS Store Update for June 4th

    By now, all the new games as well as discounts should be live on the PS Store. But what all is available for the first week of June on PSN? There's a handful of content, although some of it is more interesting than others. Let's dive headfirst into the newly added games! Vita gets the majority of titles this week: Class of Heroes 2 - $25 Limbo - $15 Paint Park Plus - Free Quell Memento - $5 Toro's Friend Network - Free Of course, the PS3 also sees the digital additions of Remember Me at a full $60 and Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon for a more reasonable $20. Two PlayStation 2 Classics were added as well although the term "classic" might not be applicable in this case. They are Alfa Romero Racing Italiano and Ultimate Board Game Collection for $10 each. You can take a look at every little thing the PS Store updated today on the PS Blog.
  13. Have you ever wanted to play a shooter where you're a flying hamster? Well, now you can with Flying Hamster HD for Vita. As Newton the Flying Hamster, you'll go through action-packed horizontal stages and shoot up enemies like owls with laser eyes and parasol-wielding penguins. You're able to control Newton with the analog stick, the front or back touchscreens, or by tilting. There are also 15 trophies to collect, as well as two online leader boards. This game looks too cute and too fun, so I'll definitely be grabbing it on June 11th for just $4 on the PlayStation Store. Will you?
  14. Sony seems to be securing a whole lot of interesting looking titles for their platforms as of late. Another neat new title was announced on the PS Blog today as Stick It to the Man! by Swedish developer Zoink! Yes, all those exclamation points are part of the names! The game itself combines platforming with adventure gaming aspects and adds on a distinct art style that looks like the world is made of paper and stickers. Lead character Ray uses a weird appendage on his head to read into the minds of others as well as transform their ideas - or pull concrete objects out of their subconscious. Incredibly, the game is estimated at having 100 characters who can all have their mind read. This translates to around 10 hours of gameplay according to Zoink! All adventure games succeed or fail based on their writing and Stick It to the Man! should do very well in this regard because the dialogue is written by Ryan North who is best known for his work on Adventure Time. The game is a Sony exclusive at this point and is coming to PS3 and Vita later this year.
  15. Marcus Estrada

    Fieldrunners 2 Rushes to Vita This Summer

    If you've been aching for more tower defense games on Vita (or any, really) then today is a good day. Subatomic Studios hopped onto the PS Blog this morning to announce that Fieldrunners 2 is coming to Vita. The game initially launched for smartphones and PC, but seems it will work well on Vita too. The game gives the player a top down perspective of the map and has them placing and upgrading towers as they see fit. Towers can be placed in a variety of strategic ways to make enemies wind through them like mazes, although of course you can never block all the exits. When the game comes to Vita it will have Trophies in case anyone wants to show their Fieldrunners 2 cred. As it is now in the final stages of development, we should expect to see the Vita version available this Summer.
  16. If you've found that the Vita is lacking applications that aren't specifically games then perhaps one of the two releases tomorrow may interest you. First, the Vita is getting a new, interactive social network in the form of Toro's Friend Network. Then, for the artistic types, a paid version of Paint Park is arriving under the name of Paint Park Plus. Toro's Friend Network is so named for PlayStation Japan's mascot of the cat Toro. Players can use it to connect with other users from their Twitter or Facebook friends list as well as PSN. Players take part in activities and go through Friend Dungeons in order to unlock items. It is Sony's answer to the gamified social aspects of the 3DS and may be worth checking out. Paint Park Plus is a digital painting and drawing application for Vita. In keeping with its paid nature, it includes more pens and colors than the original Paint Park. Artists can even send their pictures straight to Twitter once done. It includes a point system which allows players to unlock more templates the more they draw or paint. Of course, there is also the option to buy stickers or templates.
  17. Marcus Estrada

    June's PS Plus Lineup Includes Triple A Titles

    Many gamers have just gotten out of school for the summer. With that, they are free to roam or simply sit at home playing all the games they weren't able to during the school semester. For the month of June, Sony is going to add five new games to the Instant Game Collection and the majority look like incredibly popular titles. Here are the games PS Plus owners will see available freely this month: Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PS3) Machinarium (PS3/Vita) Saints Row: The Third (PS3) Orc Attack (Vita) Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward - Review (Vita) This is not necessarily the order they will arrive in, since it's just alphabetical order. Machinarium is part of the Cross-Buy deal so it seems if you download the PS3 version you'll also have access to it on Vita. With that in mind, the IGC collection updates this month balance very well between the PS3 and Vita. Of course, with these five new additions that means other games are going to be ousted. The seven leaving the service are: BlazBlue: Continuum Shift EXTEND, Closure, inFAMOUS 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, Ratchet & Clank All 4 One, Sleeping Dogs, Soul Calibur Broken Destiny.
  18. Marcus Estrada

    Teslagrad Secures PSN Launch

    Since Steam opened up Greenlight it has given all indie developers a shot at getting their game on the service, regardless of how good or bad it may be. Of course, it requires a great deal of popularity which has some indie groups stepping away from the service entirely. Where's an indie to go outside of the PC realm, though? Sony has been making a push for more indie games and have in fact just accepted Teslagrad for PSN. The game, which is still hoping to see PC release, is now also going to grace the PS3 via the PS Store. Fans of puzzle platformers should definitely look into it. While their PSN availability is now assured, the same is not the case for Steam. If you like what you see then feel free to look to their Greenlight page for more information. Teslagrad is launching on both PC and PSN this fall.
  19. Did you pick up a retail copy of God of War: Ascension? If so, you may have noticed that a demo for The Last of Us would be made available, although not at the time of Ascension's launch. Today's the day that demo goes up so here's a reminder for those of you with a copy of the game. Either grab the insert that came with the case and plug the number into PSN or put Ascension in your system and click "The Last of Us Early Access" from the menu. Either method should allow you to download and play the demo, which features the Outskirts level. When the demo supposedly went live (around 10 PM) many users took to the PS Blog to say the Store wasn't letting them download it. Apparently the issue has been fixed for most, but if you receive an error then try downloading The Last of Us' demo tomorrow.
  20. Mamorukun Curse! is the localized name of a top-down shooter that initially graced Japanese arcades way back in 2008. More recently, it made its way onto PSN (still in Japan) in 2011. This is the version which UFO Interactive has confirmed for localization today. Players interested in the shooter will be pleased to know this version includes all previously-released DLC. This means extra stages, extra playable characters, and alternate outfits for each of the characters are available instantly. Hopefully that makes up for the relatively long span of time between the Japanese and American release. Mamorukun Curse! will be a PSN exclusive when it launches on July 16th. The game plus all that previously sold separately DLC costs $20. Feel free to check out the reveal trailer: http://youtu.be/COvDESAqFUM
  21. Marcus Estrada

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  24. Contrast is a game that you might not be familiar with, but it managed to have a successful Greenlight campaign a while back. Thanks to interested gamers, it was known the title would come to Steam, but it also drew the attention of a publisher. Focus Home Interactive have partnered with developer Compulsion Games to help the game see launch on PSN and XBLA as well as PC. Unfortunately, with these new platforms, a delay is in order. No date is given for the current release of Contrast other than around the "end of 2013". What is Contrast anyway? The title is a 2D platformer which has players shifting between the real and shadow world. It also appears to inhabit a 1920s-styled time frame which is not often seen in games. Here's Contrast's official teaser if you're still unsure about it: http://youtu.be/iY0p9rqaIPA
  25. Hello Games have had a successful run with their Joe Danger franchise so far. Both the original and Joe Danger 2: The Movie were welcomed by PSN and XBLA users. However, anyone on a PC could not take a look at either title. Today the developer has revealed they're bringing both games to PC via Steam. For having to wait years, the PC versions are seeing a great deal of additions. There is new content such as levels, but that is just the beginning. The in-game level editor has been updated with all the various features Hello Games actually used to craft their games. This fully-featured editor is also supported by Steam Workshop which means players can show off their best levels to others easily. Other features added include being able to race against your recorded ghost, full support for Steam's Big Picture mode, and some other goodies that have yet to be revealed. No date was specified for launch, but hopefully Joe Danger and Joe Danger 2 will be available for Steam users sooner rather than later.