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Do you still use demos to make a purchasing decision?

Sadly, demos are rare these days
May 18
// Chris Carter
We now live in an era where an "exclusive Early Access beta test that can only be obtained by pre-order customers at participating retailers and download the app" is a thing. Whereas demos used to be straight-forward marketin...
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Like clockwork: Sony's E3 presser is evening of June 15

As it should be
May 15
// Brett Makedonski
This year's E3 will be a bit busier than usual, due to some press conferences we're not used to seeing. Bethesda, Square Enix, and a PC-centric show will all play a part in making the news schedule more hectic than it wo...

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster on PS4 looks better than ever, but has major problems

May 14 // Brett Zeidler
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS Vita, PS3, PS4 [tested])Developer: Square EnixPublisher: Square EnixReleased: May 12, 2015MSRP: $49.99 In terms of the entire package, the PS4 version is the exact same compilation as the original remaster release. The international versions of both base games, Eternal Calm, Last Mission, and the super weird audio drama are all here. Nothing in terms of gameplay content was added or removed. However, there appears to be an alteration or a major bug affecting FFX's random number generation. People even more keen than myself on FFX have noticed the RNG system is completely broken in the PS4 version. Random encounters and events are supposed to be, well, random. However, this is no longer the case in this version. Encounters always occur when they are supposed to, they will always have the same enemies, and the battles will always play out exactly the same way. No matter how many times the game is reset, the occurrence and outcome of encounters or events that involve the RNG system are set in stone. This has a drastic affect in key aspects of the game. Say you're having trouble on a specific boss, and if you could just land that twenty-second hit it would change the tide of battle for you. Well, the bad news is on the PS4 version you're always going to miss that twenty-second hit as it stands. Additionally, this changes ribbon farming, blitzball, and likely everything else that involves RNG. I couldn't test every aspect of this, but I could easily predict down to the second when my first battle against two Chimera would occur during one of my saves in the Calm Lands. I could have tracked this up to as many subsequent "random" encounters as I wished. I checked the exact same save file on PS3, and encounters were always random. FFX-2 does not appear to have this problem. [embed]292113:58550:0[/embed] A major complaint of the PS3 and Vita release was the new rearranged soundtrack. It seemed a lot of people simply outright hated its existence, whereas others would have at least preferred the choice to switch to the original soundtrack. Thankfully, players now have that option at any point during their playthrough. I actually really enjoyed the remaster soundtrack, but on my current playthrough it's been nice to use the original. It sounds amazing. The Besaid Village theme in particular sounded the best even back in 2001. Unfortunately, the background music system also has a major bug in the PS4 release. Background music on the PS2, PS3, and Vita versions continued playing where the track left off once a battle occurred, but now this is no longer the case. For a game like FFX that has a ton of random encounters, you will likely only ever hear the first ten or twenty seconds of a track unless you stop and listen to the music. It appears to have to do with how the soundtrack switching system was implemented, affecting both FFX and FFX-2. The soundtracks sound amazing, which makes this bug so unfortunate. Hopefully it can easily be fixed in a future patch. Cross-Save was a great feature of the PS3 and Vita version, and it's been extended here for the PS4 version. Once a particular game is fired up, all old saves that were stored in the cloud previously can be accessed just as quickly and easily as before. It took me less than a few minutes to install the game, start up Final Fantasy X, load a save from awhile back, and instantly pick up right where I had left off at that point. That's pretty cool. The PS4 version of the remaster has even more enhanced visuals, which is pretty amazing considering how incredible and smooth the game looked on PS3. To check this, I started a fresh playthrough on both consoles on the same television and played them alongside each other. The PS4 does have a slight graphical enhancement overall, but I really only noticed it because I was looking for it. There's a sort of extra crispness to the PS4 version, and the occasional aliasing issues that were still on the PS3 version are gone here. It's not a major overhaul, but the improvements are there. Additionally, Square claims more NPCs and monsters received enhanced models. I didn't notice any of these in my current playthrough (it's really hard to just stumble upon these without knowing specifically which were enhanced), but seeing poor-looking character models in the same scenes with enhanced ones was a big complaint, so it's nice to know this was addressed in some fashion. However, some other major complaints were not addressed at all. Cutscenes, for whatever reason, are still not skippable and there's no option to toggle between the old character models and the remastered ones. These types of things don't detract from my experience, but they were definitely huge complaints upon release last year, and it's unfortunate they weren't taken care of here. Some of those cutscenes are really long, man. As is stands, the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is not the definitive version of the compilation. Even for super fans of Final Fantasy X, it's hard to recommend a version of their favorite game that has broken RNG, a background music bug, and still no skippable cutscenes no matter how beautiful the game looks or how incredibly fast it loads now. With an MSRP of $50 it's also a really hard sell to a brand-new player when the other two versions are currently so much cheaper, even more so if they already own one of those two versions (especially since they launched at $40). The PS3 version does lack the original soundtrack, but other than that it offers the truest experience of Final Fantasy X and X-2. If you must have it on PS4 or that's your only option, I'd honestly recommend waiting for the RNG and background music issues to hopefully be patched soon and the inevitable price drop. If those two major issues are ever fixed, the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster would easily be the definitive package.
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Spira never felt so good
Barely over a year after its original release on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster makes its way to the PlayStation 4. A remaster of a remaster, if you will. However, the original releas...

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PlayStation TV price cut in half at GameStop

$39.99 "Vita" time?
May 13
// Dealzon
Remember when the PlayStation TV was selling for $99.99 back around its October 2014 release date? Well now it's all the way down to $39.99 today in a seemingly random half price deal at GameStop. PlayStation TV is $39....

This post explains the entire Mega Man Legends copyright situation

May 11 // Chris Carter
Oronamin C is a real beverage over in Japan, and is sold in the vending machines in the first Legends game. In addition, there are a few other copyrighted references. Now, here is the problem -- Sony apparently does not allow the modification of source code for a PSN classic. In other words, it needs to be the exact same release. So unless these issues can be solved by Capcom's legal team (or Sony drops the policy), a full-on PSOne Classic release for Legends 1 is not going to happen. Nintendo however, does allow the modification of code. If it was deemed a worth endeavor by both Capcom and Nintendo Mega Man 64 could feasibly be ported. In fact, the original code for 64 already has a few of these changes already. Other options suggested by Protodude include the release of the PSP version (untranslated), a PC port by Capcom, or a full remake -- all of which have a low chance of happening in my book. Whatever the case, I'd love to see it happen. There's plenty of hope for Legends 2, but maybe Capcom wants to deal with everything and release them both at the same time. For now, we wait. Regarding Mega Man Legends and Property Infringement [Rockman Corner] [Art from Walls4Joy] [embed]291931:58501:0[/embed]
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Wow, it's complicated
For years now people have been clamoring for the release of Mega Man Legends 1 and 2 on the PSN (or the Nintendo 64 version on the eShop, for that matter), but Capcom hasn't budged. We're one step closer with The Mi...

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Devs Play

Watch IGA play Symphony of the Night with Double Fine

May 08
// Jordan Devore
I hadn't really thought about it until now, but man, I would like to spend two hours today watching designer Koji Igarashi play Castlevania: Symphony of the Night alongside Double Fine senior gameplay programmer Anna Kipnis ...
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Mega Man

The Misadventures of Tron Bonne out now on PSN

Rare PS1 gem now widely available
May 06
// Kyle MacGregor
Good news, everyone! Just as we anticipated, The Misadventures of Tron Bonne is indeed coming to PlayStation Network. In fact, it's already arrived! Instead of spending a small fortune on a PS1 copy, you can now get the Mega Man Legends spinoff on PS3, Vita, or PSP just $6. The Misadventures of Tron Bonne [PlayStation Store -- Thanks, Patrick]
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Sony opts to not hold a press conference at world's largest videogame show

Siding with the Parisians instead
May 06
// Brett Makedonski
In early August, hundreds of thousands of people will descend upon Cologne, Germany for gamescom, the largest videogame trade show on the planet. Publishers and platform owners will have plenty to announce with all game enthu...
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PlayStation Now

Sony expands PlayStation Now subscriptions to the PS3

Coming next month
May 05
// Chris Carter
PlayStation Now has had a subscription service since the start of this year on the PlayStation 4. For $19.99 a month or $44.99 for three months, you can access part (haha, why) of the titles on-hand. Starting next month ...
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Tron Bonne

Ultra-rare Misadventures of Tron Bonne might be coming to PSOne Classics

A mint copy will run you $200+
May 05
// Chris Carter
Rejoice, Mega Man Legends fans! Another lost piece of history might be making its way to the PSN. The elusive Misadventures of Tron Bonne has been rated by the ESRB, listing PS3, PSP, and Vita in its database. ...
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Project Morpheus

The Heist demo for Project Morpheus used to allow you to shoot yourself

It got removed, for better or worse
May 04
// Joe Parlock
It’s interesting to see where people will draw the line when it comes to VR technology and what we put players through. I really mean it's interesting to see where ‘big companies’ draw the line, because we a...
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Sony finances

PlayStation was Sony's biggest earner in 2014

Up 33 percent year-over-year
Apr 30
// Brett Makedonski
Sony's fiscal year ended at the close of March, and the Japanese conglomerate just released its annual report. 2014 was a good year for PlayStation -- so much so that it holds the mantle as Sony's biggest earner, as it drove ...
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Adventure Time content coming to LittleBigPlanet 3

The fun will never end with Sackboy and Friends
Apr 29
// Laura Kate Dale
Hey adventure lovers, are you looking for more content to shove into your copy of LittleBigPlanet 3? Fancy dressing Sackboy up as Finn, Jake, Fionna or the Ice King? Well, Sony is probably able to help you out there. There's...
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Arkham Knight

Spoiler-filled Arkham Knight trailer leaps from the shadows

So many cool looking things, my eyes can't take it
Apr 27
// Laura Kate Dale
So, the new Arkham Knight trailer has managed to climb out of the shadows and has left us unconscious face down in a pool of water. Man, there's a lot of cool spoiler type stuff to see here. Nightwing, Red Hood, Catwoman, Co...
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Portable console gaming?

PlayStation is touring the US with a bus full of unreleased games

Eight stops announced for now
Apr 23
// Alissa McAloon
PlayStation is taking cues from America's political circuit and will be driving a bus across the United States. Starting this weekend, the Road to Greatness tour will be making stops in select cities across the country to giv...
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PSN Flash sale

Feel like spending money? This PSN Flash Sale can help with that

112 games to drop cash on
Apr 17
// Brett Makedonski
Sony's kicked the weekend off a bit prematurely with one of its patented Flash sales. The "Flash" part doesn't means it'll be over quick though, because this one runs through Monday morning. Maybe it alludes to how suddenly i...
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Game Arts

Should GungHo bring back Grandia and Lunar?

The company is gauging interest in porting the Game Arts catalog to PC
Apr 16
// Jordan Devore
GungHo Online Entertainment America wants to know which Game Arts titles it should port to PC. Grandia. Lunar. Uhh, Thexder. The list goes on. Problem is, there's only enough room in this survey for one choice, so you've got ...
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Here's the best picks from the PlayStation Europe Store Sale

Cheap games. Woo!
Apr 16
// Vikki Blake
PlayStation has discounted a metric crapton of games on the PSN Europe Store from now until the end of April. First up, Dying Light stars as the Deal of the Week, available until April 22 for €49.99/ £39.99/AU$69.99 (previously €69.99/£54.99/AU$99.95). Unless you're in Germany. For some reason. Sorry (not my fault. Honest).
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Obscure Video Games

Obscure Video Games: Oh No!

Paw-handed bulging bald boys are nothing to be negative about
Mar 28
// Obscure Video Games
"Oh no!" is what I say whenever I hear somebody's put out another runner game. I completely lost interest in the genre years ago. However, back in 2000, it was still a fairly novel concept. That's when Asmik Ace Entertainment...
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PS sale

Get 10% off PS Store purchases this weekend

Bloodborne here I come
Mar 26
// Robert Summa
If you've already gotten Bloodborne or any other new releases over the past couple days at full price, then you'll be happy to know that Sony is holding a 10% off all purchases special this weekend. It's pretty much their way...
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Syphon Filter tasers

Syphon Filter! That's not how tasers work!

Advanced flame throwers
Mar 26
// Steven Hansen
We were messing with some unearthed PlayStation 1 demo discs over as casa mia last night. It was a bit of nostalgia hit, flipping between video panes. Also, why didn't anyone tell me about Tobal 2? It looks like a fisticuffs...
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PS4 update

Your PS4's getting better tomorrow with the Yukimura update

Version 2.50
Mar 25
// Brett Makedonski
The great thing about these expensive, newfangled videogame consoles is that what you take out of the box isn't what you'll have forever. The platforms are constantly evolving to make for a better user experience. PlayStation...
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Final Fantasy VII fangame

We'll never get to play this Final Fantasy VII fan sequel

Who knew a PlayStation could do this?
Mar 07
// Jason Faulkner
Rodensoft, a Japanese indie developer, has revealed new information regarding a Final Fantasy VII fan game in development as a personal project. Final Fantasy VII: Time Guardian was planned to be an alternate version of the ...
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Last Guardian is alive

Last Guardian 'still in development' despite trademark abandonment

An administrative error
Feb 17
// Steven Hansen
Folks were worried last night when Sony failed to extend the trademark for The Last Guardian. Sony confirmed to GameSpot that it, "can confirm that the Last Guardian is still in development." Failing to renew the tr...
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The Last Guardian

Sony appears to have 'abandoned' its trademark for The Last Guardian

Is this the last time we'll hear about this game?
Feb 16
// Brittany Vincent
Waiting to finally see more of Sony’s elusive The Last Guardian? You may be in for some disappointing news in the near future, as one eagle-eyed NeoGAF user discovered Sony has opted not to extend its trademark for...
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Cooking Fighter Hao

Obscure Video Games: Cooking Fighter Hao

It's not your mama's cooking game
Feb 14
// Obscure Video Games
When you hear the words "cooking game," your mind probably goes right to the uber-casual Cooking Mama franchise that was huge in the late 2000s. However, years before that in 1998, Nippon Ichi put out its own cooking game for...
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PlayStation song

Remember that time Eiffel 65 sang about PlayStation?

'My Console'
Feb 03
// Jordan Devore
You know Eiffel 65 for the international sensation "Blue (Da Ba Dee)," whose music video looks like it was ripped straight from a videogame, but did you know the Italian Eurodance group also put out a song about the original...
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Czech PlayStation ads

These Czech PlayStation ads make me feel like a criminal

I just got sickled and hammered
Feb 01
// Jason Faulkner
These ads come from not too long after the Iron Curtain became the Iron Drapes, and Western culture began flooding the former Warsaw Pact. It's obvious that there was still a little bit of a learning experience going on in 19...

Obscure Video Games: Mad Panic Coaster

Jan 31 // Obscure Video Games
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They're certainly not showing any signs of slowing
Roller coaster riding should be in games more often. It's easy to simulate and usually a really fun part of any game that has it. A great example is Rocket: Robot on Wheels, which even lets you build your own coaster. The pro...

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PlayStation best-sellers

PlayStation Store's 2014 best-selling games are no big surprise

You've likely heard these names before
Jan 16
// Brett Makedonski
Sony's still working all the 2014 out of its system. More than two week into the new year (practically the "old year" at this point), and PlayStation Blog's still trickling out the best performers of 2014. This time it's the ...

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