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  1. Much to the disappointment of doomsday-preppers everywhere, the end of the year has finally reached us and we're all still kicking around. You know what that means! That's right, you get to watch me desperately try to think up ten different games that came out this year that I can remember liking. I knew what my choice for game of the year would be weeks in advance, but the other nine spots were a nightmare battlefield to choose the games that were almost the best, but just didn't quite have what it took. A special note to all of the great games I haven't played this year - games such as Metal Gear Rising and Dragon's Crown. The only reason you aren't on this list right now is because I just haven't gotten around to playing you. But I'm sure someone will take you in and give you the praise you probably deserve. 10. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 I don't watch anime much anymore. I simply don't have the time unless it is something I really feel the need to watch. Naruto is not on that list of must-watch shows. But the games, great golly gosh are they just swell. At least, most of them are. Last year saw the release of Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm: Generations, a game that was clearly rushed out the door missing some of the series best features and gimmicks. It was awful and had no right to be on my shelf. But Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 was a return to form with the game's huge cinematic boss battles, an endless list of playable characters and an art style that looks so much like the anime that you can't help but be impressed. It certainly isn't the best game of the year, but it is one of my most favorite fighting games released this year. 9. Guacamelee I bought Guacamelee the moment it released onto the Playstation store without so much as knowing what it was even about. It was on sale, I had money in my PSN wallet, and it was simply the best looking game that was going to release for that month's indie sales, so I had no choice but to get it. What followed was about five hours of pure lucha madness. Unlocking new moves, exploring the world looking for hidden treasures and completing a multitude of quests throughout the game's story was just plain old fashioned fun. The game was hard at times without being so difficult that you'd get angry and quit, staring blankly into the mirror holding back the tears of your failure. Even though the story itself wasn't all there, it was still fun and had a very interesting ending considering how lighthearted the game itself was. You could really just buy it for the music alone and get your money's worth. 8. Rain Official GP Review I'm a pretty big fan of those artsy fartsy indie games that have been coming out as of late. Case in point - I wouldn't have guessed in a million years that I'd ever nominate a game entirely about walking and jumping as GOTY, but that is exactly what happened last year when I put Journey as my favorite game of 2012. And it wasn't even the only game like it on my list. There was also The Unfinished Swan, a game about a boy trapped in an invisible world where he uses paint to see his surroundings, and though its story was poor at best in my opinion, the gameplay mechanics were dynamite. And now in 2013, we're back here again with the PS3 game Rain. You play a young boy who turns invisible the moment he steps out into the rain pouring down over his town, but he isn't alone. Lurking in the unseen are strange, mangled beasts that want nothing more than to kill the children trapped in the rain. While people might not agree with me, the game gave me a huge Silent Hill vibe while I played. The further you progress, the more twisted and demented the game becomes. I can't recommend it enough, and that is what earned it a spot on this list. Be warned though, there isn't much replay value in the game itself. There are collectibles to find after you beat the game, but it isn't very fun to go through the same puzzles twice. 7. Grand Theft Auto V Official GP Review Grand Theft Auto V didn't exactly get the best score in the world when it was reviewed here on Game Podunk. Some people liked it, some people didn't. That is just how opinions work. But even stranger are the day walkers people who both liked and disliked the game for the sum of its parts. The single-player portion of the game was mighty fun to just mess around in and the characters portrayed were impressive to say the least. It was the first GTA game where I actively wanted to play the story mode just to see where the characters went. But then there are the game's extra activities. Things like yoga, tennis and bike riding. While those things are neat to see in a game where you can do so much, they just weren't fun to do. I would have been thrilled if they had been cut in favor of more heists or things like that, but that is just me. The thing that really pushed GTA V to my #7 spot had to be the online, though. It was so terribly broken and nearly impossible to get ahead in the game that outside of playing with friends, I had no fun whatsoever with it. 6. Beyond: Two Souls Official GP Review Much like Heavy Rain before it, Beyond: Two Souls suffered from some pretty bad gaps in its story. From disjointed scenes that had nothing to do with the game's story to huge revelations that ultimately lead nowhere, Beyond was a pretty frustrating game at times, especially near the ending of the game. However, it wasn't really noticeable while I was in the thick of it. While everything was flying by me and I was fighting ghosts or some such, it all seemed pretty great. It was always after I turned the game off that I started realizing that certain things just didn't make sense. I nearly had the same problem with Telltale's Walking Dead game when it released last year. While I played the game and avoided spoilers like they would kill me if i read them, it was all good exciting fun wrapped up in a neat little story. It was only after I beat the game that I figured out none of your choices mattered and you were essentially just clicking buttons until you got to the same scene as everybody else. Despite this, I'm still looking forward to TWD: Season 2 and whatever David Cage comes up with next. 5. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag I'll admit, I have not yet beaten Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag yet. Judging by the game's percentage counter, I'm only about 30% into the story and still have a lot to see and do. But that doesn't mean I can't put the game on this list, because what I have seen and done has been pretty great. Much better than all of the past Assassin's Creed games I've played so far. One of the game's best improvements has to be the areas of the game that take place in the real world. In the past iterations of the game, you were forced to jump around some ruins as Desmond Miles so you and your friends could turn on some lights or to simply walk from one area to another. It always annoyed me and the game felt incredibly boring during these areas. But in Black Flag, you can now search around an entire building in first-person mode looking for secrets and Easter eggs in people's offices as strange things begin to happen around your place of employment. For some reason I like this a lot more. There is also the whole piracy thing. Being the captain of a pirate ship sailing the seven seas has been a refreshing change from all of the grim, dark, save-the-world stuff we've seen in the past Assassin's Creed games. In this one you're just some guy bumbling through life trying to make a buck. There might be more to this character, but at the moment it is just great being a pirate. More games should aspire to just be fun like this! 4. Bioshock Infinite You all knew this was coming, don't deny it. The story was nonsensical at times, and there was absolutely no point to add in any player choice throughout the game since it never mattered in even the slightest. But the game was darn fun and the characters and setting were interesting as all get out. It is almost impossible to fail when your setting is in the early 1900's and your gameplay is at least passable. Thankfully, the gameplay was pretty fun too, so there wasn't any problem there from me. My only complaint might be that, even on hard, the game was a bit too easy at times. I, of course, never played on 1999 mode since I was being worse than a pirate and only borrowing the game from a friend, but either way it isn't too big of a complaint. 3. Tearaway Much like Assassin's Creed IV before it, I have not beaten Tearaway yet. This probably has to do with the fact that I do not own my own copy and it would be wrong of me to take it from the person who actually bought it seeing as they haven't beaten it yet either. But I have played a rather large portion of the game, and it is darn fun. One of the best Vita games I've played since I got my handheld a few months ago. Now, if it so great, why haven't I bought my own copy yet? Well, Christmas is the main reason. But rest assured I will be buying my own copy after the holidays are over, and you should too since despite how great it is, it isn't really getting all that many sales or publicity. So get out there and get this! Let people know you want new well made IP's on the Vita! EDIT: Shortly after this list was written up, Tearaway went on sale for $17 on the Playstation Store. Seeing as I couldn't pass that up, I now own my own copy. 2. The Last Of Us Surprise! The Last of Us is not my personal game of the year despite being absolutely great in pretty much every way. It was my belief that you should at least play on hard during your first playthrough of the game to get the best end of the world feeling with the game, and I was absolutely right. At no point through the game's story did I ever feel safe in the slightest. I was always scrounging, always searching for anything that could have been used as a weapon. In most games dealing with the end of the world, you never really feel threatened. In TLOU however, just hearing the distinct clicking noise of an infected was enough to put me into alert mode. With only a few areas in the game that felt out of place or overly action packed, it was the first game in years that actually felt like you were trying to survive. It was also the first game that let the feeling of survival by all means necessary actually flourish in its online mode. At least for me anyways, since I only ever played the modes where you could die once. More games need to make you feel nearly useless in every situation so that when you do manage to do something awesome, it actually feels amazing. 1. Ni No Kuni: The Wrath Of The Witch Official GP Review While I don't get a lot of free time to watch shows and movies, my absolute favorite movie of all time goes to Hayao Miyazaki's The Castle of Cagliostro. That isn't just my favorite animated movie either. That is out of all of the movies ever released since I have been alive. So of course I might have been a bit excited at the prospect of a game being worked on by Miyazaki, but I kept my cool as the months ticked by awaiting it's release. But the moment it was available for download on the Playstation store was the same moment I killed my Playstation's hard drive with a humongous download. But it was worth it, for after the nearly fifteen hour download and installation, I faced nearly 70 hours worth of gameplay. And while I might have beaten the main story in those 70 hours, there was still countless hours worth of content to still be found with endgame storylines, side missions, collectibles, monster taming and more. The game is just insane with how huge it is. In fact it is one of the game's downsides too. It takes nearly ten hours before you can even leave the first area in the game, and another ten hours before you can explore the world. But if anything, that is just me picking at straws to try and find a flaw. Sure the game might have held your hand at first, but there was an awful lot it had to explain to you. As for the game's story, it was a very Miyazaki affair. Filled with more of a child-like wonder. While that might turn some of today's gamers away, I absolutely loved it. The lighthearted art style and characters really brought the game together as I reunited the world. I could go on forever about just how much I loved this game, so let me leave it as this. If this game isn't at least mentioned on your list, I hate you. But not really though. Just go out and spend the $10 required to purchase a copy of your own and never look back as you get to truly enjoy a game of such a high caliber. You'll thank me for it. My thanks and congratulations go to Level-5 for making such an amazing game that I'm sure I will play for many more amazing hours. As always, thank you for reading, and have a happy new year.
  2. Marcus Estrada

    Review: Grand Theft Auto V

    Developer: Rockstar North Publisher: Rockstar Games Platform: PS3, Xbox 360 Release Date: September 17, 2013 ESRB: M for Mature This review is based on the Xbox 360 version of the game, which was provided by the publisher Back when the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation 1 duked it out for supremacy, I rented a game by the name of Body Harvest. It was so easy to be drawn to this Nintendo-exclusive title as it offered up an expansive world free for exploration. Many times I chose to kill survivors and run off with their trucks rather than save them from giant invading insects. This was my first taste of the open world genre from DMA Designs, who would later become Rockstar Games. Memories of the game clouded my mind for years afterward until finally sinking into Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. San Andreas became my life. At the age of 14 it seemed like the most incredible, free-form exploration possible. Wreaking havoc was massively fun and I would play for hours on the weekends. Since then, the series has mostly failed to recapture my attention. Why am I saying all this? It“s important to me to showcase that GTA played an important part in my gaming life and I intend to long cherish my memories of them. However, I am not so overcome by nostalgia that it“s impossible to view Grand Theft Auto V objectively. Grand Theft Auto V is one hell of a game from a technological standpoint. It had very well better be after the hundreds of staff members and multi-million dollar fees connected with its creation. Requiring an approximately 8GB install on both PS3 and 360, GTA V offers some of the most breathtakingly realistic visuals available to console players. There is a fair amount of texture pop-in, but there“s not much Rockstar could have done to alleviate this engine-based problem. Overall, it looks damn good and serves as a nice way to show that the current console generation is still powerful. In case you still haven“t heard, GTA V focuses around three lead characters - Franklin, Michael, and Trevor - who serve as, well, three sides of the same coin (if there were such a thing as a three-sided coin). Franklin is a young African American man trying to make his way out of the gangster lifestyle of Los Santos and go “legit”. Michael is middle aged, lives with his wife and adult children, and wishes to simply relax and leave his criminal past behind him. Trevor is a psychotic character who seeks out wanton destruction wherever he can. Everyone is tied together by a life of crime as their work intersects. Franklin is the only new guy to the party though, as both Trevor and Michael used to run together. It was only when a heist went totally wrong that Trevor was required to go into hiding and mourned for the perceived death of his buddy Michael for years. With this proven to be a lie, the relationship between the two becomes incredibly tumultuous, often requiring the level headedness of Franklin to keep them from tearing each other up. The ability to use three characters has been a big selling point of GTA V for a while. It“s new to the series and sounds quite cool in theory. In reality, the main reason to switch between characters is just to check out character-specific missions. Usually you can switch between the three men at will but there are times some are inaccessible. During important missions the game may even switch to someone else for you because that“s simply how Rockstar intended the scene to be played. There are tons of possible missions to play. Beyond over fifty required ones, you can also engage in various side missions that range from incredibly dull to fun. Some inform the player about nuances of the selected character while others are just there to waste time. In any case, those interested in getting 100% completion will have a lot of work to do. Beyond doing all the missions there are also collectible items to find as well as special feats to perform such as flying under specified bridges. Rockstar definitely still has it when it comes to creating expansive worlds with lots to do. Beyond the three characters to play there is another big addition to the series in the form of heists. Players must set up a heist by selecting one of two plans (safe or bombastic, basically), choosing your cast of crooks, and preparing all required elements. Once in the heist, no matter the choice, you usually end up having to fight off a swarm of cops at some point. After a successful heist, all involved parties get a cut and the game proceeds as normal. As touted as heists are, there are only six in the game and they are all tied to integral story missions. You definitely can“t just choose to stick up a joint for fun. Once you“ve spent a while with the glorious open world experience though things start to become apparent. At least in my case, the more I played, the more it was clear that GTA V is a game utterly stuck in the past. For all the graphical advancements, there is little about the game which prepares us for the next generation. Put simply, it relies on many antiquated gaming techniques and sees no reason to change them. The GTA formula has not changed since its PS2 days. First, you“ve got the heavy focus on driving. This has long been a staple of GTA (heck, the game is titled after stealing cars!). However, by now we have likely all been tainted by other open world games that offer something better. Sleeping Dogs had very prompt fast travel available. While GTA V does fast travel as well, you still have to take the moment to either find a taxi or wait for one. Then there is the elephant in the room by the name of Saints Row IV. After zipping over buildings and flying through that world it can be especially difficult to be so terrestrial here. Driving becomes more of an issue because of how GTA V is structured. Often you will drive to a mission, then be tasked with driving to another location. Then, perhaps you“ll have to drive some more as you chase someone down or run from the cops. Driving is the name of the game and you“ll be doing copious amounts of it to weave through the huge world of Los Santos. This may become more difficult thanks to the unusual handling of cars. GTA has always seemed to have unusual car mechanics and that holds true here. No matter your driving skill in other games you“ll likely spend some time in GTA skidding and crashing all over the place. Then there“s the humor, which appears to have barely evolved over the years. It may be because I“ve grown up in the years since playing San Andreas, but it“s just not that funny anymore. They hammer on a lot of the same tone of jokes as before and have only tweaked it to fit with modern issues such as corrupt corporations, social networking, and the like. But we“ve also seen a rise in satire and parody in American media so their tone stands as far less “daring” now. The goofy, ham-fisted parody also seems to now be at odds with what GTA V is attempting to pull off with its story. But what of the story? Does Rockstar manage to coalesce each of the three character“s narratives in a meaningful way? They do mesh together well and it all makes sense. However, it really feels like the developer was most focused on Michael. He is the character who gets the most development by far overall and has a real “history” about him. Even though you can play as Franklin and Trevor and explore their own issues, their primary goal is to serve as secondary characters in Michael“s life. There are narrative choices that force you to play as others, they do not wash the feeling away that GTA V is still a story about Michael. It“s a good story, but unfortunate that the others could not have had their own full narratives. Of course, there is also the heated issue of how characters are represented in the game. Everyone, from the lead characters to faux celebrities and the government of GTA V all are treated horribly. Everyone is someone to be made fun of. But does that really work when some groups really are mistreated in our society? What exactly is the point of shaming already underpowered peoples? It doesn“t seem a smart satire when you really start to break down the humor. Not everyone will care and they are free to feel this way. But just because I do care about this topic doesn“t render me unfit to play. After all, if everyone who had any issues with the representation of characters in it stopped playing, then only horrible bigots, racists, sexist, etc would be playing. And, as gamers are keen to suggest, this is not the majority audience of the GTA series. It is a game for “everyone” who enjoys wrecking stuff in an open world - except apparently anyone who voices any problem with said games. Like I said earlier, GTA V is a technical marvel. It looks great and handles mostly well when playing through the 15+ hours of main story. There are even interesting questions raised as to what motivates these men to kill and why they can“t stop. But beyond that there are a host of gameplay missteps that make it feel closer to a PS2 game than PS4. Many will still enjoy the game wholeheartedly and that is great for them. After all, this is a game with a 97 Metacritic score. For me, it seems that my tastes have changed in the 9 years since my last visit to San Andreas. At this point, it would be impossible for me to celebrate Grand Theft Auto V as anything other than a game trapped in its own massive shadow. Pros: + Huge world rife for exploration + Copious possible amounts of playtime via side missions/collectibles/etc + Heists are an exciting new addition to the series Cons: - Jeez, did we always drive this much around expansive maps? - Michael sees the most attention and even then only barely sees his character develop - Instead of satire feeling exciting/fresh it feels aged - like something an older person trying to be “hip” would come up with Overall Score: 6.5 (out of 10) Decent Grand Theft Auto V feels like it has lost itself in spectacle. As fun as it may be on the surface, it ends up being both devoid of any heart and dated.
  3. DarkCobra86

    GTA V Multiplayer

    Taken from Milkman at GDD. Been meaning to post this. This trailer actually makes me want to play GTA 5 even though I have never played any of the GTA games. I have always been more or less "meh" about the series. I did want to play it just to know what the fuss is about. But this multiplayer is cool and we could totally do a GP clan mjuahhahaha.
  4. Everyone has probably gotten bored of some of their favorite games at some point, right? I mean, you can only raise a family in the Sims for so long before you start to resent them. When this boredom of your favorite game washes over you, it can cause you to go to some dark places. Or really boring places. Boredom is a real crapshoot like that. The point is, everyone has gotten to this point at some point or another with their games. It is pointless to deny it. We've all been there before, and odds are we'll be there again soon enough. Just what am I talking about though? Well read on, and you'll find out. Ending All Life Everywhere Forever In The Elder Scrolls There is very nearly an endless amount of content packed into the Elder Scrolls games. While each one is great in it's own special way, nothing will beat out The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind as my favorite of all time. And the reason is simple. Because no matter where you look, there is probably going to be a secret hidden somewhere on your screen. From the very first time you gain control of your character to the moment you decide to stop playing the game you'll have something new to find. It is seriously an amazing game. But despite all this, you can still get bored sometimes. And when you have the literal strength of a God, things can get pretty crazy for all life on the continent. Crazy deadly, that is. They're all dead and they don't even know it. While it is true that you can go throughout the entire continent and permanently kill every single person you see, including quest characters important to the story, there just lacks a certain flare to that approach. The much more satisfying thing to do would be to strip down to your underwear and equip only a bow and arrow. Why is that? Because you're the Flash now. By the end of the game, your character's agility is through the roof. Of course you become slowed down by carrying large items like armor and weapons, so when you drop all of that in favor of just a bow and your undies, you become unstoppable. You'll be jumping over entire towns and zipping across the landscape like the Roadrunner in your quest to end all things, and it hilarious every time. Running Jurassic Park Is Tough The game Jurassic Park: Genesis might be a somewhat ancient release for last generation consoles and PC, but it is hands down some of the most fun you'll have while playing a city building game of any type. But that doesn't exactly mean you'll be building much of anything. In fact, you'll probably be destroying more than you're building. What could possibly go wrong? Now there are two ways you can go about this once the normal game becomes too boring. Firstly, you can go the nature preserve route. This is where you make a custom map that is more or less just one giant landmass with lakes scattered about. You fill it up with food sources and dinosaurs living together and watch as nature takes over. They'll hunt each other, breed, maybe even thrive. That is until you get in your helicopter and start hunting them for sport. The second thing you can do is just pull a straight up Jurassic Park on your visitors and staff by destroying the exit to the park while also knocking a few holes in the fences of your exhibits. To make things even more dramatic, you can make use of a cheat that will make a thunderstorm form over your park. Once chaos has been established, it is then time to get in your helicopter and hunt everything for sport. The Sims Are Proof That We're Monsters The Sims is a really weird game series. It is essentially a game where you take care of a little house full of people with the same needs and wants as you, only their lives are sped up to a dramatic degree. You can do all of the same things your sims are currently doing for real, but the only difference is you get to see the results of your sim's hard work almost instantly compared to the years it would take you in real life. Despite their horrendously short lifespan, our sims really do have it better than us. All of their hopes, dreams and fears are very plain and obvious to each other and there's absolutely no guess work involved with their day to day life. If they want someone to like them, all they need to do is tell them the same joke five times in a row. If they hate someone, then there are no repercussions to fighting them. Having it so nice can kind of lead to a resentment. Notice the lack of a ladder on that pool. And resentment plus boredom is a recipe for death. Death for the sims anyways. You'll enjoy their terror and confusion immensely. Does this make you a bad person? Yes, of course it does. but who cares? Those sims had it coming for even daring to strive for the goals you set before them! Now, just how do you seek needless revenge against things that don't really exist? Well the most popular way is to just throw them in a pool and take out the ladder, but that isn't nearly theatrical enough! They need to put on a show! Eight sims in one house. No doors, no windows, SAD CLOWN PAINTINGS EVERYWHERE, and of course different tools that will help them on their way to death. Will Ricardo be eaten by flies? Will Jill cry herself to death in the Mime room? Will that pizza delivery guy ever deliver that pizza?! Nobody really knows the answers to those questions, except for the last surviving contestant. And he's too depressed to talk to anyone about it. Whelp, I guess that means it is time to let him live his life and see where he goes with his horrific memories of watching all of his friends fight over the last doughnut, only for Drew Carey to swipe it right before he was eaten alive by cockroaches. Becoming An NPC In Grand Theft Auto Out of every story I've ever read about people becoming bored with their games, they've almost always had these same two things in common. Extreme violence and needless destruction. So when you see stories like the one I'm about to tell, you have to wonder to yourself. Who is more crazy? The one who lashes out at their surroundings, or the one who disappears into them? Things tend to go south rather quickly. In a game where the main point is to pretty much go crazy and cause as much mayhem as you want, things can get pretty complicated when you get bored with the game. You can't really go on a mayhem if the whole point of the game is your ability to go on a mayhem whenever you want... So what do you do? You lash out at cliches and become one with the game, of course. A somewhat crazy and fun thing to do in the Grand Theft Auto series is to see just how long you can go without incident as a normal npc in the game world. This means obeying the speed limit, stopping at red lights, no fighting or bumping into people and certainly no killing. Can you do it? And if so, for how long? When does it become mind numbing? How long can you last before you lash out?! There is only one way to find out. When you become bored with a game, even just for a day, your mind will make up the fun for you by making up new rules and objectives for you to follow. Whether you're killing everyone forever or just trying to get down the street without scratching the paint on your car, there is always fun to be had with your games. What are some crazy objectives you've set for yourself? Why not describe them in the comments below? As always, thank you for reading.
  5. Marcus Estrada

    Grand Theft Auto 5 Trailer Released

    Whenever a new bit of Grand Theft Auto V information comes out it tends to be a big deal. With such a massive franchise, every tidbit of news is important. Even this trailer which has come out today was prefaced by the announcement of the trailer's release date which was reported by multiple sites. Well, the trailer's out today so you can finally take a longer glimpse at the game and what it has to offer. Grand Theft Auto V definitely looks more expansive than before. Diving, hunting, and engaging in recreational sports all appear to be adding an extra layer of non-essential tasks to perform. Of course, the trailer also showcases more core elements of the gameplay, such as how the three lead characters can be used in game and how it changes things. Heists were also detailed as strategized by the player meaning they can be incredibly sophisticated or brazen assaults in broad daylight. Check out the Grand Theft Auto V trailer yourself and prep for the September 17th launch date for PS3/360:
  6. Marcus Estrada

    E3 2013: Grand Theft Auto V Gets PS3 Bundle

    Although the PS3 is getting along in age there are many who have yet to experience the console. Perhaps that's why Sony have decided to partner up with Rockstar to create a new PS3 bundle. The PS3 bundle includes a PS3 Super Slim with 500 GB hard drive alongside a copy of Grand Theft Auto V. Their bundle costs $300 and is out on September 17th, 2013.
  7. Collector's editions of games seem to come out very frequently these days. The more money put into a game, the higher chances it has of getting one or more special editions as well. Grand Theft Auto V is undoubtedly an expensive triple A title and as such is getting two neat little editions. The Grand Theft Auto 5 Special Edition was announced by developer Take-Two today includes a collectible steel book, map of Los Santos and Blaine County, and digital content including additional weapons, outfits, and more. Both versions also come with the Atomic Blimp DLC. This edition happens to be $75. What if you're interested in a version with more tangible items? That's where the Collector's Edition may appeal to you. It includes all the contents of the Special Edition as well as other items. These include a bag, key, and hat. Digital goods include custom characters and added vehicles. Taking the plunge with this set will cost you $150. Grand Theft Auto V is coming on September 17th to PS3 and 360.
  8. Brace yourselves, for the rumor mill will be churning at full speed yet again: Rockstar has just released three character trailers for Grand Theft Auto V. Each trailer shows off a different character's life and back story, with snappy jams backing each for added effect. But you don't have to take my word for it, let's watch: First up is Michael. Not to be confused with the Sony marketing campaign of 2011, Michael is the ground-breaking archetype of a rich white guy, bored of his lofty life and spoiled family. He drinks, he wrestles his daughter for the remote to watch violent movies. Of course, his wife is cheating on him, so the trailer demonstrates. Michael's your All American guy, living the dream. He ultimately seems to be going through some midlife crisis, however, and, given the narrative of Grand Theft Autos past, probably comes to glamorize crime or something. This trailer is set to Queen's 1984 song, "Radio Ga Ga." Watch here! Next up, there is Franklin. Franklin is also a narrative cliche, a young black gang-banger (the kind we're allowed to talk about here) who seems to be looking to get "out." This trailer is more about showing off the action and violence, contextualizing Franklin through his lifestyle, rather than the personal narrative that Michael got. Franklin's backing track is Jay Rock's 2011 song, "Hood Gone Love It." Check it out! Finally, the third trailer is of Trevor. Trevor plays to the 'crazy hillbilly' archetype. We learn that he is a drug dealer, and seems to act and react in immensely extreme ways, showing him as being the mentally unstable one of this cast of criminals and murderers. He seems to play a sort of cross between Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and The Dark Knight's The Joker, committing crimes and reveling in it. We even see him in his underwear! It is really just the craziest thing. He's backed by Waylon Jennings's 1975 hit song, "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" Your eye feet look tired from all this reading, take a load off, and watch this video instead: Grand Theft Auto V will be hitting PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17th of 2013. It will be hitting PC... probably eventually. Until then, stay tuned for all the latest here at Game Podunk!
  9. Grand Theft Auto was a pretty strong force to be reckoned with in the PS2 era. Not only did three games arrive on the platform, so too did spin offs developed for the PSP. These two games, Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories, were meant to take advantage of the lower end hardware and still provide a Grand Theft Auto experience. Later, Rockstar had both games ported up to PS2. Now, the PS2 versions are being brought to PSN for PS3 owners to enjoy. Each game is set to cost $10 and joins a still-growing library of Rockstar PS2 Classics on the Store. Midnight Club games as well as other Grand Theft Auto titles have already been sitting on the storefront for a while, making players wonder when other games would arrive. Of course, there are still games missing from PSN that are a part of Rockstar's catalog. In response, they have said: "Stay tuned for word on more Rockstar titles coming soon to the PS2 Classics collection." Perhaps Manhunt will finally see PS2 Classics status. Are there any Rockstar games you want that are not currently available on PSN?
  10. Last week, we told you about how Grand theft Auto V had been pushed back for a September release date. Rockstar themselves were the ones to announce this delay in a post on their official website. Now it appears the company has updated that post with an explanation as to why there is a delay: “Sometimes such delays are necessary in all forms of entertainment," said a Rockstar representative, "and especially in the case of a game experience as massive and complex as GTAV.†The representative continues to say that “to those of you saying or seeing various conspiracy theories about there being some other ulterior motive for this delay, rest assured that they“re all nonsense – literally the only reason we“ve delayed the release is because we want the game to be as good as it needs to be.†Along with GTA V's release date being pushed back, so too was the game's box art reveal, which was originally supposed to be shown off last month. Rockstar has explained that the box art “will be coming out a bit later as well.†Are you looking forward to Grand Theft Auto V?
  11. Jordan Haygood

    Grand Theft Auto V Gets Delayed

    The Xbox 360 and PS3 title Grand Theft Auto V was originally going to be releasing sometime in Spring, but publisher Rockstar Games has shifted that release window to September 17 instead. Rockstar says that this decision was to "allow additional development time." “We know this is about four months later than originally planned and we know that this short delay will come as a disappointment to many of you," said the publisher in a message to fans, "but, trust us, it will be worth the extra time.†They went on to say that “GTAV is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require.†Grand Theft Auto V is planned to be the largest GTA yet, taking place in the fictional city of Los Santos, which you may remember from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The game will also feature three protagonists, and will include more "extreme" missions than ever before. Now that it has been delayed, you should expect to see Grand Theft Auto V breaking into stores on September 17, later this year. Are you looking forward to GTA V? Are you disappointed by this delay?
  12. Marcus Estrada

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Headed to PSN

    Word travels fast on the internet. Just yesterday, sites were buzzing with a listing found on PlayStation Asia's site which showed a download version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Did this mean the game was coming here? There was very little time to speculate as today the PS Blog has confirmed it. San Andreas is the latest game added to the PS2 Classics on PSN and will be available with this week's PS Store update. Way back in February when GTA 3 and Vice City were re-rated for PSN, it seemed like only a matter of time before San Andreas would make it. Apparently it took much longer than expected though, and there does not seem to be any HD Collection in the works. Those who have yet to play Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas may still find this pick up worth it. The game first launched in 2004 and became incredibly popular (as GTA tends to do). When media attention swarmed the game over the supposedly scandalous "Hot Coffee" mod, the game was actually reprinted with the offending code removed. Funnily enough, during all this media attention, no one ever commented on a fairly scandalous scene shown during a cutscene. Presumably, the digital copy will be the updated version of San Andreas.
  13. You've got to love this day and age where music, videos, and even games are not safe from the all-seeing eye of copyright holders. While we're used to seeing claims on goofy Youtube videos, we aren't quite so accustomed to claims on games. However, today GTA: Vice City was taken down from various digital download services (including behemoth Steam) due to one. Why? Here's the simple reason: "Due to some music licensing issues, we“ve had to temporarily remove Vice City PC from digital stores. We“ll make it available again as soon as possible." Sony Music Entertainment filed this claim because of the Michael Jackson song "Wanna be Startin' Something" on the in-game radio. Of course, this isn't the only Jackson song in the game but it's the one that caused the whole issue. Copyright is a fairly confusing thing but the most likely reason this is happening now is because the game's right to use the track has probably expired. For the moment this means GTA: Vice City can't be sold on Steam (or other PC download sites). With this being an important part of the GTA series we can expect it to come back online at some point, but hopefully no one was planning on buying it this weekend. Thankfully, if you already owned the game on Steam then you can still access the download.
  14. If you were following this story when it initially broke earlier, IGN and others spotted a listing on European retailer GAME's page that showed off Grand Theft Auto V promotional material as well as launch window. Although that was pretty much all the proof necessary, they took it down for a bit, and people were allowed to speculate for a minute or two. Then, Take-Two themselves posted an actual Rockstar announcement that the game is indeed coming for that timeframe. Spring 2013 is of course the expected launch window and not set in stone but it is rather surprising to think that the game may be that near completion. Grand Theft Auto V will be coming to PS3 and 360, with no mention currently about a PC port. Pre-orders for the game open up across the nation on November 5th for all those GTA-hungry gamers out there. Disregarding DLC and spinoff games (such as Chinatown Wars), the last big GTA game, Grand Theft Auto IV, launched four years ago in 2008. With such a close release window, we should probably expect to start seeing much more content from the game detailed. So far, much of it has been kept under wraps. A few months ago, Rockstar even had to answer the question of why they were revealing so little about the game! Are you still interested in the GTA series? Are there any other big games you'll be playing this Spring?
  15. Are you someone who has missed out on playing most of Rockstar's games this generation? While most of us have probably played at least one of their 360 or PS3 games, there are definitely those who have yet to experience them. Those gamers should be happy to know that a collection of Rockstar Games titles is about to arrive in stores. Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1 was announced today, which includes four main games. They are: Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, LA Noire, Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition, and Red Dead Redemption. This edition of GTA IV is comprised of the two standalone episodes The Ballad of Gay Tony and The Lost and Damned. Aside from Midnight Club though, neither LA Noire or Red Dead Redemption are specified as being their respective "complete" editions, so they probably aren't. As for naming it Edition 1, Rockstar has yet to explain the purpose of it. However, it would be safe to expect an "Edition 2" to arrive later on with different games in the pack. Regardless, this pack of four games is priced fairly at $60. It will be available on both 360 and PS3 on November 6th.
  16. Rockstar showed off some new screenshots of the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 5, thanks to a question asked by some person who wasn't messing around. "Why don't you give us more news?" a fan asked without preamble. Rockstar gave the usual answer for this sort of thing, informing the question-asker that they wanted to give fans correct information, and wanting to hold back surprises for when the game actually released and whatnot. Then, like a parent producing candy after lecturing their child on the lesson of patience, Rockstar's responder offered a pair of pictures to show off just a small portion of the game. Clearly helicopters are making a return, which fans will likely enjoy, because the cityscape available looks like it would be interesting to fly overtop. A second image was also revealed, however, that's a little more grounded. This beachfront scene shows off what's presumably a couple of characters apart from the teem, some flora on the horizon, and water reflecting it all. It's good that they didn't just share the one above, because, if there's one shot to show off the work put into the game, it would be this one. No official release date has been announced, so we'll keep an eye out for that, but it has been nearly a year since Grand Theft Auto V's announcement, so it'll probably be some time soon.
  17. Marshall Henderson

    New Grand Theft Auto 5 Screen Shot Beachfront

    From the album: Grand Theft Auto 5

    New Grand Theft Auto 5 screenshot shows off a beachfront with people sitting around.
  18. Marshall Henderson

    New Grand Theft Auto 5 Screen Shot Helicopter

    From the album: Grand Theft Auto 5

    New Grand Theft Auto 5 screenshot shows off a helicopter flying around the city.
  19. The Grand Theft Auto series is undoubtedly a very popular one. In the many different installments developed, players have been hijacking cars and causing havoc for years, especially with the popularity of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Now, we“re getting a brand new entry added to this awesome series from Rockstar. With the recent announcement of Grand Theft Auto V, many fans are speculating over the various possibilities the game could present. One of the big areas of discussion is who the protagonist of this game might be. Rockstar has done a fabulous job already representing different races, ethnicities, and nationalities. Furthermore, while it's mostly talk of someone that has already appeared in previous Grand Theft Auto installments, those who do offer their own ideas of someone that is new to the series rarely suggest a female protagonist over a male one. Look at all those handsome men… But… where are the ladies? Getting to the point, what the Grand Theft Auto series desperately needs is a female protagonist. After over ten years of the series, I believe we are exceedingly overdue for a woman to take the reins. Not just an over-sexualized gal who barely wears anything, either, but someone who“s strong and kicks an extreme amount of butt. We see men as the main characters in games such as Grand Theft Auto all the time (not to mention movies, television, and books). A woman“s impact and view into the crime world of the Grand Theft Auto series could present something fresh for players. The dramatic change from a male to female protagonist could be great if necessary and deep thought is put into place. It's even difficult to find female protagonists in any game that exude these qualities. While Lara Croft and Bayonetta are big name ladies and do get the job done well, they obviously put out as much fanservice as possible. While the way they are presented isn't necessarily wrong, it's less than ideal. Moreover, let“s face it: do we really want another typical woman like that to play as? Samus from the Metroid series, on the other hand, is an excellent way of having a woman being portrayed in video games (well, maybe not in Metroid: Other M, but that's a topic for another day). Other women that I picture in mind include Jade from Beyond Good & Evil and Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII. These ladies know how to get stuff done. Now getting back to the topic at hand… Gamers may be scared to even try out a game that has only a female protagonist. It“s happened before with games in the past such as Final Fantasy X-2 and Wet. Not to mention the way our society is driven: growing up with stories about men rescuing the damsel-in-distress and therefore saving the day. Developers like Rockstar realize this and it“s probably why they haven“t tried it yet. However, if they play their cards right and put careful thought into how this could all work out, gamers will put aside the fact that the character that they are playing as is female and appreciate that she is just as strong and adamant as the characters Rockstar has created before. With Grand Theft Auto being a big-name series, it could possibly even lead the game industry in a new and different direction with how female protagonists are handled and trying to insert them as lead characters more often. Not to mention possibly bringing some more female gamers into trying out the Grand Theft Auto series. While this is a fake screenshot, at least someone else out there desires a female protagonist enough to make it in the first place. While I would love for it to happen in the upcoming release of Grand Theft Auto V, it most likely won“t happen (and if it does, I will most certainly be much more excited and more apt to pick the game up!). It may be a while before Rockstar does put a lady as the main character of a Grand Theft Auto game, unfortunately. Hopefully, fans of the series share my thoughts and will become vocal and noticeable enough to catch Rockstar“s attention so that this may be a plausible future. Images courtesy of: gta.wikia.com en.wikipedia.org
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