Look at all those people. Playing new games. They think they’re better than you. They think just because they don’t have to eat cardboard, they can gloat about their new purchase of The Witcher 3 or Destiny’s DLC. WELL TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME! Well, not really, because that’s the whole point of holding a grudge while being broke. But two people can indeed play a cheaper game, which is an analogy that I have no idea where I’m going with. Hit the page jump for cheap games then.
Bloodborne is an incredible game – and it went on to sell over 1.2 million copies in two weeks- something the lacklustre, multiplatform Dark Souls 2 took two months to do. For a niche game on a single platform, that’s pretty darned impressive, and something that’s very definitely what you’d call a success. It’s a success Sony was not anticipating.
First party titles can sell consoles. Bloodborne led to plenty of PS4 sales, Forza and Halo did it for Xbox One and everything Nintendo does helps to ship the Wii U. But not all exclusives are true first party titles. That's not getting in the way of Sony giving their support, which is why the PS4 can be a godsend to indies.
The current consoles aren’t subject to easy, readily-available piracy like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 were. Both of those machines could be modified to play illicit copies of games with relative ease, which had a measurable effect on the actual physical sales of video games. Either of the new consoles being cracked would be disastrous, especially for smaller markets like ours. And unfortunately, it’s starting to look like the PlayStation 4 has been cracked for piracy.
I’ve got a lot of the Godzilla franchise. It’s a silly franchise, made even sillier by the fact that for several decades, most of the carnage was performed by one chap in a rubber monster costume. But as outlandish as Godzilla was, his enemies may have been stranger. And you’ll be facing plenty of them in them in the upcoming Bandai Namco game later this year.
The console “war” rages ever on. If it were indeed a battle, Microsoft would be very much on the defensive. There are more than double the number of PlayStation 4 consoles in homes than there are Xbox Ones. Taken on its own, that stat is meaningless, but when you factor in the fact that Sony’s sold through over 20 million PlayStation 4’s the picture becomes a little clearer. Sony’s winning the imaginary war. According to Unity boss and former EA head John Riccitiello, says the victory is well deserved.
I’ve always favoured Gamescom over E3. It’s less about pomp and ceremony, less about extravaganza and big reveals, and general just about the games. It’s totally not about the beer. Nope. Every year, it has the same sort of pre-event gauntlet of press conferences though, with Sony, Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and sometimes Capcom hosting events to showcase their upcoming games and reveals to press. This year though, Sony’s giving it a skip.
Sony makes some excellent electronics. Obviously the PS4 is fantastic, but their phones are arguably the best devices you can get if you like Android. Unfortunately for them, while the gaming division is climbing, their phone division is bringing down the whole company.
Newzoo has a new comparison out for the year. Based on the financial years of 2013 and 2014, we can get a sense of which companies are leading the industry. While we talk about Sony, Microsoft, EA and everyone else who has big stands at E3 all the time, there are other players in this game who are raking in billions.
If you're an Android owner, this time of year is like an early Christmas. Every single handset creator out there is unveiling their flagship device for 2015, and companies like HTC, Samsung and Huawei already have theirs out in the wild. Not Sony though, who suspiciously omitted their Z4 smartphone from their MWC keynote in March. A mistake they rectified in Japan today.
Over the weekend, games streaming service OnLive announced its closure. That came as a surprise. Not its closure, mind you – I think everyone expected OnLive to fail at some point. More surprising, to me at least, was the fact that they still existed. Also surprising? They’ve been bought up by Sony.
Brutal. Dastardly bastardy. Various other cuss words so heinous, that they were last heard in an episode of Spongebob Squarepants. Yep, sounds pretty much like Bloodborne to me! From Software’s hit action RPG digital torture session isn’t exactly an easy game, with death merely a nightmare-fuelled monster away. The game puts the baws in boss battles, with some challenging creatures looking to turn your skull into a love toy. Fortunately, there’s an easy way around that. Just don’t tell anyone that I used this method, ok?
It’s time. Time to sit on a 1000cc engine of angry horsepower and genital-searing potential, as you hit the track and take your pocket rocket for a spin. It’s time for a whole new generation of motorcycle action on more powerful hardware. Unfortunately you’ve got Milestone developing the latest iteration of the MotoGP franchise, so prepare for more of the same, yet again.
Bloodborne is out, and it’s an incredible experience for masochists and people who just love great games. As you’ll see when you get home to play it today, you’ll be confronted by a 2.69GB day one patch. That patch increases stability, contains a few game optimisations, enables co-op and opens up the game’s servers to all and sundry. Still, the game’s got a few performance issues and some unfortunately long load times. There’s a brand new patch coming to fix that.
It’s almost the end of the month. Soon, we won’t be dining on cheap dog food! Nope, it’ll be gourmet canned dog food for a week or two! Ha! Still, you may have a few bucks left to spare. You could be kind and give said cash to a charity. Or you could not waste your cash and spend it on yourself instead, because it’s not like you’re getting anything tangible in return from those damn orphans. Fortunately, there’s a PSN flash sale. So buy. Spend. CONSUME!