With Persona 4 Arena arriving this week, a lot of stories are popping up on, well, how to play it. See below for some of those, reviews of PlayStation minis brick-breaking “RPG” Wizorb, watch the original endings of Twisted Metal (PS3), and find out why the average age of gamers has dropped significantly this year.
The PS.Blog weekly reading list (Week of July 30th, 2012)
I won’t pretend I was super excited for the Summer Games to start. But what happened this weekend? My butt, parked in front of the TV, watching Archery, Volleyball, and Fencing. No idea what I was looking at (especially with Fencing), but I really like the Daft Punk helmets they wear. I also put in something like 10 hours into Persona 3 Portable on my PS Vita during that time. The more I play P3P, the more excited I’m getting for Persona 4 Arena and Persona 4 Golden. If you like RPGs at all and haven’t experienced the Persona series, I’m finding Persona 3 to be a great place to start.
Speaking of Persona 4 Arena, find a link about it below, an update on Skyrim’s Dawnguard DLC, and a recently announced new PS Vita game. Now, off to watch some… Badminton? Sure.
We’re at the end of Dyad launch week here on PlayStation.Blog. If you’ve already read creator Shawn McGrath’s launch post and heard him on this week’s Blogcast, you can find reviews from a myriad of gaming sites below. Spoiler alert: people like it.
The PS.Blog weekly reading list (Week of July 16th, 2012)
This PS3-exclusive RPG is a celebration of sorts for the Tales series of RPGs, which had been around for 15 years at the time of the game’s release in Japan. But rather than just rehash classic elements, the Tales team took some chances, crafting a new battle system and a more grown-up visual style. The result, according to Famitsu, is the best Tales game yet.
Last week, I had a chance to pose some questions (including some of your Twitter queries) to Tales series producer Hideo Baba. Here are his answers:
We’re celebrating Dyad launch week here at PlayStation.Blog, so we welcome the game’s creator Shawn McGrath into Sid‘s vacant, but still warm chair. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford talks Borderlands 2 in an interview, and details the improvements that PS3 owners will notice in the sequel.
PlayStation always strives to extract engaging performances for its titles by utilizing incredible talent. Who can forget Nolan North’s performance as UNCHARTED’s Nathan Drake? BEYOND: Two Souls pushes immersion to the next level by pairing top Hollywood talent with the latest in full performance capture technology.
At last week’s San Diego Comic-Con, I sat down with Academy Award nominee Ellen Page, who’s playing the lead role of Jodie Holmes, and Quantic Dream writer/director David Cage. How did the star of films like Juno and Inception come to work with Quantic Dream in BEYOND: Two Souls? And what does this level of talent mean for the game? Let them tell you:
In a few hours, San Diego Comic-Con International 2012 will draw to a close – but not before we have one final announcement. At 11am today, Superbot Interactive will take the stage for a panel where they’ll reveal the next two combatants to join the ranks of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. We’ll carry the news here, along with video reveals (much like we did at EVO last week).
And for those of you unable to attend Comic-Con in person (it was another sell out again this year), we’re crafting highlight reals of our four panels so you can see the highlights. Look for the last of those to be ready tomorrow (Beyond: Two Souls is ready now).
San Diego Comic-Con doesn’t want for distractions – famous graphic novelists greet their fans, uber-limited edition collectables line sprawling tables, and cosplayers roam the halls by the thousands.
Mere seconds after the doors of the San Diego Convention Center opened for business, Capcom’s Tristan Corbett handed me a PlayStation Move motion controller and I beheld Japanese sun goddess-turned-canine Amaterasu in full HD glory for the first time.