Playstation Plus – Games of January 2016

As the year comes to a close and we open our arms to welcome 2016 and ultimately fail to meet our New Year’s Resolutions, we can take solace in the fact that Sony will be handing out another batch of free games to those subscribed to their monthly service, Playstation Plus.

While this month isn’t going to blow the pants off most of us, it’s nice to see some of these titles get some much-needed love.

Here are this month’s picks.

Hardware: Rivals (PS4)

Grim Fandango Remastered (PS4)

Dragon Age: Origins (PS3)

Medal Of Honor Warfighter (PS3)

Nihilumbra (PS Vita)

Legends of War: Patton (PS Vita)

Hardware: Rivals in particular, piques my curiosity. It’s almost as if we’re getting access to the baby that Rocket League and Twisted Metal created. And, for those of you who never got the chance to play Dragon Age: Origins or Grim Fandango, you should check both of them out, as they’re excellent games. Can’t say the same about Warfighter, however.

As always, check this link for the full announcement, courtesy of PlayStation Blog.

Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC Won’t Release On PS3, Xbox 360 Again

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BioWare and EA revealed today that they will no longer support Dragon Age for PS3 or the Xbox 360 in terms of DLC releases. They also announced the arrival of a new feature called “Save Importer”. This feature allows you to “migrate your old saves, and continue your adventure without starting over from scratch.” on your PS4 or Xbox One.

“All future Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One only, so we designed our Save Importer feature to help make the transition to a new console as easy as possible.”

“Did you begin your Dragon Age: Inquisition adventure on a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 console and want to upgrade to a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One? We’ve got great news! With our brand new Save Importer feature, you can migrate your old saves, and continue your adventure without starting over from scratch.”the description reads

Bioware continues the statement with a FAQ and a step-by-step guide on how to export and import from your PS3 to PS4 or from Xbox 360 to Xbox One. You can import your single-player progress as many times as you want but you can only import your multiplayer progress one time only. Also any purchased DLC on your previous console will be transferred automatically to the new one.

Tell us what you think of Bioware stopping the release of DLCs on PS3 and Xbox 360 in the comment section below.

2D-3D, Gaming’s Greatest Challenge

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We live in an age of gaming where we have near photo realistic graphics, gigantic open worlds modeled off of real, and fictional places, and for the most part we have conquered the third dimension. 3D gaming continues to improve, and we as gamers have evolved to the point where we can navigate a virtual 3D space relatively unhindered. The real challenge games developers face, and have always faced, is transitioning old 2D games, into new 3D ones.

This might seem like a cheap shot at an easy target, but look at Sonic. The moment Sonic stepped into the realms of 3D the quality of his games have dropped, heck some are unplayable. Needless to say, the transition has not been smooth for the hedgehog, but he is not the only one to have suffered. Megaman, Bomberman, Castlevania, they all tried to Tardis over, and they all failed. Megaman X7/8 were so bad, even the 2D sections suffered. Castlevania N64 titles were mind blowing in their shoddiness and continued to fester into the PS2 era. Bomberman failed so badly I am not even sure he exists anymore. The list of failed attempts to “innovate” is nearly endless.

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But then you have to insert the exception to the rule, or something I like to call: The Nintendo Factor. Where others failed, Nintendo somehow managed to make hit, after hit. Some of these newly 3D games are still considered masterpieces to this day. Mario, Link and Donkey Kong all made it through the rift during the N64 days. The gamecube brought Metroid through and pretty much created its own subgenre of FPS. Pit got his makeover into 3D on the 3DS after his last title was on the NES! Simply put, Nintendo know what they are doing. I don’t want to fan the fan-fires, but would it really be so bad if Nintendo took over the reigns for someone like Sonic? A few generations ago having Sonic on a Nintendo console would have been blasphemy, we now have  dozen games where both Mario and Sonic star. Would it be such a stretch nowadays? Lets face it, Sonic games are not going to get any better without some intervention.

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Of course Nintendo are not the only company able to bridge the gap. I mentioned Castlevania earlier, with the Lords of Shadow series we finally got a good 3D Castlevania. We even got a sequel, and a 2.5D prequel to said sequel! Metal Gear is another biggy. I might be pushing the boat a little far on this one, but even Bioware managed the transition. Baldurs Gate into Dragon Age was a technological leap I did not think possible. 2D-3D is achievable, proof is literally everywhere. It has just taken a fair amount of casualties to get to this point.

EA shows off Bioware Properties

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EA kicked off it’s press conference with footage of Dragon Age: Inquisition. The sizzler reel featured some stunning vistas and a lot of pretty character models walking around, but nothing in the terms of true gameplay. They then discussed how the new entry will bring see the return of a deep party system, customizeable characters and a semi-open world. Next the team showed off some actual gameplay, which revealed that the tactical mode, in which players can freeze time and plan team movements is coming back.

Next the team revealed a new entry into the Mass Effect series as well as a brand new IP. The new Intellectual property looked to be set within a post-apocalyptic world based on one piece of conceptual work. The Mass Effect entry appears to be a less story driven experience, instead focusing on discovery and exploration. They assured that characters would still play an important role in the game. The conceptual images will soon be added to the piece so you can judge for yourself.

Dragon Age: Bioware Will Release a Dice Set in March

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Dragon Age Inquisition release date is still unknown and fans are growing impatient day by day. To make this long waiting more bearable Bioware decided to create a special dice set to be released on March 3rd. The company announced today via twitter that players can pre-order the dice set starting from today:

@DragonAge: The new dice set from @GreenRoninPub is coming March 3rd! Preorder yours here: http://bit.ly/1gVsZgE

The packs contains six dices emblazoned with iconography from the world of Thedas. Four of the dices carry the legendary symbols of the Circle of Magic and the Templars. The remaining two bear the Grey Warden Griffon and the iconic Blood Dragon.