I may be more of a Nintendo gamer than I am a PlayStation or Xbox gamer, and arguably a bigger PC gamer than any of the consoles, but even I know that blocking used games is going to be a console killer. We already know the Wii U doesn't do such things. I can attest to this because I own a used copy of New Super Mario Bros. U. Sure, maybe it only saved me $5, but that's still $5 I was able to put towards a pre-order for Pikmin 3. The fact remains that if this does happen, or if they attempt to do an "ultimate pass" for $100 which allows gamers to "unlock" unlimited used games, I tend to agree that the Wii U will reap the benefits of higher game sales since they will have the used game market all to themselves.
To be honest, I don't want any of the console makers to fail, so I just hope all these rumors (some dating a year old) just tend to be complete crap.
This week's Bonus Round focus's squarely on genre preferences. You might be surprised to see what genre's are mentioned as it's not necessarily what many would expect. As an example, one of the panel's favorite genres is Tower Defense! Of course while it's a nice debate above, what we really want to know is what your favorite genre is. Sound off in the comments and let the debates begin!
This is an interesting rumor because we have two Reddit sources that who don't contradict each other, per sé, but can't agree on what the rumor means. On one side, someone on a plane caught a glimpse of a Powerpoint presentation that included a bunch of games, and among them was Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flags. It apparently had a nice logo, however no pictures were provided. On the other side, another Reddit user overheard two advertising agents talking about the game at a local café in San Francisco. This one, however, goes into much more detail and explains that Black Flags is Assassin's Creed III DLC planned for release sometime this summer. What are the details of this second post? Hop inside to find out!
I make it no secret I am not of fan of TMNT. I was enamored with the original series and I could never wrap my head around the newer versions of my childhood heroes. That being said, I realize that for many, the new show is a vast improvement on the original works. However, one thing I can say definitively as that the TMNT games have been pretty bad. The original Ninja Turtles series lead to fantastic titles, from the original Arcade game, to the GameBoy... and yes, to the fabled and arguably greatest side scrolling beat-em-up ever, Turtles in Time. While Activision now owns the rights to the TMNT licensing, Nicklodeon owns the show and together they are teaming up for 3 games, according to a recent press release. You can read it after the jump.
I know Pachter can get a lot of flak, but this time he is providing some decent insight into the mindset of Sony. Jack Tretton, president of SCEA, noted at last year's E3 to Pachter that he is totally against blocking used games.
For the record, I’m totally opposed to blocking used games. I think it’s great for the consumer that they can buy those. We have a customer that buys our console late in the cycle, pays less, is looking for value priced games, and I think it would be anti-consumer for us to do that.
This is a bright spot for those worried that used games are going to go by the wayside for every console that isn't a Wii U. Still, like Reggie Fils-Aime for Nintendo, it's not his call in the end. Sony is a Japanese based company and thus it is their decision as to whether or not this happens. While Jack Tretton will likely try to somehow fight against it, or at least to let it "skip" the United States, the fact remains that we just don't know whats going to happen. Used games are more than just a market for places like GameStop—it's pretty much what keeps local game shops viable in today's society. If used games go away, retailers may soon follow.
Crysis is the one series out there that is known more for how it benchmark tests consoles and PCs more so than it's known for being a fantastic game. That being said, Crysis 3 definitely does look good. It's a shooter, it's gorgeous, and it's a sandbox game. It definitely has its cult following and it's something to at least keep an eye on if you care about seeing the seventh generation consoles pushed to their ultimate peak of processing power. Have you ever actually played the Crysis series? I own Crysis 2, but only to benchmark some PC parts I had at the time. I just couldn't bring myself to enjoy the game itself.
Sony is ending its partnership with SuperBot Entertainment, the developer of Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale. This is due to underwhelming sales of the title, which surely hasn't met Sony's expectations. By cutting ties with the studio, SuperBot is unable to work on Battle Royale any longer, and production of future content will be moved to Sony’s Santa Monica Studio.
Early reports suggested that SuperBot would cease to exist without Sony's support, but director of operations David Yang confirmed that the studio will continue to develop independently.
More from David Yang and Sony after the jump.
SuperBot Entertainment can confirm that the relationship with SCEA has ended on good terms. We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work on with Sony on Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, and are extremely proud of the work we have done. SuperBot Entertainment will continue working on projects that reflect our passion for games and our commitment to creating award winning titles. We are very excited about beginning the next chapter of our future and invite all of our fans and supporters to follow our journey. - David Yang