The Last of Us Is Overrated

The Last of Us undoubtedly has an amazing story, but is it a good game? Well, according to just about everyone the answer to that question is yes. Judging from the title of this article, you might think I would disagree with that answer, but you would be wrong. The Last of Us falls under this very specific category of game for me, the type of game where I fully understand all the love it gets and how great the game is, but it just isn’t for me. Other games that fall under this category for me are the Metroid games, the Grand Theft Auto games, and the Fire Emblem series. All of those are fantastic games, but something about them rubs me the wrong way. Specifically, The Last of Us really makes me question if it deserves all of the praise it gets with so little criticism.

For me, where the game both simultaneously thrives and falters is with its story.The story of the game is fantastic, and has one of the strongest openings of any form of entertainment  of the last 10 years. The story also maintains momentum and quality throughout the entirety of the game. The reason why this is also the downfall of the game is because it’s too cinematic. The story would be much better if it were put into a film, or a trilogy of films.

I have played many other cinematic games before that I love, an example being the Uncharted games which are also done by the people who made The Last of Us, Naughty Dog. I’m also a big fan of the recent Telltale games, which have almost no gameplay and are more like interactive cutscenes. So what works about those games that doesn’t in The Last of Us? To me, it’s the tone and type of gameplay. Uncharted is extremely cinematic but the gameplay so perfectly matches the pulpy action of the story of the game that it works and keeps the pace of the game smooth while keeping a consistent tone. For Telltale games, the minimal gameplay is used in perfect amounts because the investment in the game is choosing the dialogue the playable character says in each scene. In The Last of Us, the gameplay is too “meh” for me to hold my interest in the game. It feels like a lesser and not as fun version of Uncharted. It does have good aspects, the lack of bullets and crafting system really make Joel feel like a scrapper who does what he can to survive.

Another downfall of the game honestly isn’t it’s fault, it’s the fault of the time the game was released. Currently, in entertainment and pop culture there is an over-saturation of post-apocalyptic stories. It seems like every month a new movie or book or video game is announced or released that is about the end of the world. Very few things can twist this concept in such a way that makes it feel fresh. If you ask me, The Last of Us is a bit more of a by-the-numbers post apocalyptic story. This concept will most likely make the game feel more dated in the future. There is a very real possibility that in 20 years people will look back at this game and say, “Oh yeah, this came out when Walking Dead was popular.”

I’m not saying the game’s bad, far from it. It’s a very good game, I would even argue that it’s one of the most important AAA releases of the past few years. I just feel like people overlook some bad qualities that the game has because the story is so good. Personally, I think Bioshock Infinite told a story with similar ideas and themes and did it much better. All I ask is for people to not praise a game because everyone says it’s great. Form your own opinions, and look at games with a critical eye to recognize that no game is perfect, and The Last of Us is no exception.

 

Odin Sphere’s Re-release Announced

Odin Sphere, a 2D RPG turned famous on the popular PS2, is returning to the Current-Gen console the PS4, and to both the PS3 and PSVita.

According to Vanillaware – the team who is currently developing the game – Odin Sphere will have new features like “enhance the 2D action characteristics”, which promise to make it “a more in-depth and enjoyable title than before”

Until now, no word was spoken regarding a release outside Japan yet from Atlus, the company that published the PlayStation 2 version in America.

This game is best known for its color scheme, unique and elaborated world, Nordic-based story. It tells the story of five different protagonists that overlap themselves in various places, or for other words, the protagonist of a story can be the antagonist of another story and so on.

The game won’t be 3D because the developers want to improve the 2D aspect of the game that helped create a cult appeal of many sorts over the year.

The pre-order version of game will come with an Art book of the game.

The game is due to be released on January 14 2016 on Japan and it will be called Odin Sphere Leifdrasir, but the western release date is yet to be announced, though we already know that it will cost $65.

Goat Simulator Is Coming To Playstation Platforms

August 11 will be marked as the day when Goat Simulator – the 2014 PC hit – will be released on both the PS3 and the PS4.

This versions of the game will be almost exact to the one we saw earlier this year releasing for the Xbox One, but with the slight difference that it will include “GoatVR“, a new mode in which the developers haven’t yet announced anything about, but the fact that it won’t require any special Virtual Reality hardware or device.

Double Eleven, the team behind Goat Simulator, stated regarding this Playstation version:

“Although it’s not quite ready yet we felt it better to stay ahead of the crowd and let it out into the wild […]”

But regarding the GoatVR mode, Double Eleven explained:

“We still need to do that part where it connects to an actual headset but for now you can enjoy a simulated GoatVR experience without it.”

Regarding the other platforms, PC players recently received a new game mode named GoatZ, which is pretty much just a mixture of Dayz with Goat simulator, and as for Xbox One players, it has been confirmed that they’ll be getting Goat MMO, which obviously is an Massive Multiplayer Online turn on the wacky physics Goat Simulator.

For more on Goat Simulator related, stay tuned to VGamerZ.

Playstation Flash Sale: Sci-Fi Madness

As an avid discount gamer, I get anxious for all of the new flash sales Sony is dropping on a pretty regular basis. They cover a wide variety of genres and the sales are generally pretty great. That’s why, from now on I will be covering each and every flash sale until the end of our solar system, when the sun inevitably explodes and swallows us whole.

On that gloomy note, don’t miss out on the great deals while you still have a planet to inhabit! Here is a rundown of some of the best choices.

Flash sale
Alien: Isolation + Season Pass Bundle – For those of you who like discounts and disembowelment.

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved – Calling all Masochists. The wait for Dark Souls III will be  a long one, so if you are missing being mad and smashing your controller into tiny pieces, this is your new best friend.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – If you need to waste five hundred hours for some strange reason, Borderlands always has you covered.

Final Horizon – Remember disappointing your parents with low grades that can be in part blamed on Kongregate’s excessive tower defence library? Relive the agony with this gem.

Gradius Collection – Do you think the PSP is the best handheld ever made? Do you want to prove to your friends that the PSP is indeed the best handheld ever made? Do you want to make the PSP a relevant handheld in 2015? Gradius is for you. Nothing screams ‘Best handheld’ like playing ported games from well over a decade ago.

For the entire list of deals, jump on over to the official Sony blog post and prepare thy wallet.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Online Details Revealed, PS-Exclusive Content

President of Robomodo Josh Tsui, the developer of the upcoming skating game, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 has released a statement, through the PlayStation Blog, detailing how the game’s online features work .

The game will feature an area called Freeskate where you can roam around and practice your tricks in between matches and missions. This Freeskate region will support up to 20 players.

“The Freeskate levels serve as lobbies for up to 20 players. They act as hubs where players can hang out and skate between different missions and online matches.” the statement reads.

The game’s online is built on dedicated servers which makes joining and exiting matches much easier. There will also be a Sessions menu that will allow you to see who of your friends is in the Park, manage your party and arrange multiple missions to your preferred order.

“When you are ready, you can jump into a mission with your party or challenge the entire park in one of the competitive multiplayer modes. This is done from the Sessions menu, a multipurpose tool for queuing up missions or modes, managing your party, and checking to see who’s in the park. When your mission or match is finished, you can either retry/rematch or seamlessly jump back into the Freeskate where you can hang out while deciding what to do next.”

Robomodo will offer PS4 and PS3 players of the game with PS-exclusive content that consists of three character heads to customize your skater. They will be Ratchet, Sweet Tooth, and Sackboy.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 will release on September 29 on Xbox One and PS4 while the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will release later on and without online multiplayer.

Shuhei Yoshida Says “I was very surprised.” Regarding Xbox’s Backwards Compatibility

Microsoft took everybody by surprise by revealing that the Xbox One will now offer backwards compatibility to Xbox 360’s games. Although this will be done title by title but Microsoft promises there will be a total of 100 games that support the new feature by the end of this year.

President of Sony’s worldwide studios, Shuhei Yoshida, was in an interview with Edge magazine’s latest issue and he discussed the matter and why Sony aren’t thinking about doing the same and that their main focus is “creating PS4 games.”. He also thinks that Microsoft’s goal of 100 games by end of the year might not happen.

“I was very surprised. It must have taken lots of effort for them to realise the backwards compatibility, because the Xbox 360 and Xbox One use very different kinds of architecture,” muses Shu. “And I’m very curious. They showed a very short list of titles that work, and doing software emulation means you have to work title by title. So I’m curious to see what kind of games will be included in those 100 games that they say will be compatible by the end of the year.”

He continued to comment on Sony’s PS Now service that lets you stream your PS3 games on your PS4 and play them normally. Although this can be considered as a backwards compatibility in a way but as Yoshida puts it “PS Now is a network service,”.

“We don’t have backwards compatibility with PS4. With PS Now you can play PS3 games on PS4, but the main purpose of PS Now is a network service,” he continues. “By removing the requirement of games running on the console itself we can bring PlayStation games to multiple devices,  including non-PlayStation devices. We just announced an alliance with Samsung in the US so people who purchase Samsung TVs canplay PlayStation games on their TV. So that’s the main purpose, not to provide backwards compatibility.”

Yoshida’s own opinion is that remaking games, remasters, HD and stuff like that,  is better than just offering backwards compatibility since it allows to improve the game in terms of performance and visuals.

“I totally understand people asking for it, and if it was easy, we’d have done that,” he adds “But our focus is creating PS4 games and adding new services. Remaking games on PS4 makes the games even better – with The Last Of  Us, you can play at 60 frames per second, and the same goes for Dark Souls 2. Actually, I just finished Dark Souls 2 again on PS4.”

Tell us what you think of Yoshida’s latest statements and if you still want Sony to follow Microsoft’s steps and offer backwards compatibility.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Release Date Revealed

Disney’s third installment in the Disney Infinity franchise, Disney Infinity 3.0, has a release date now. The game is set to release on August 28.

Disney Infinity’s most attractive feature is of course that it allows you to play with real life Disney figures designed specially for the game and this has been a new trend in several games these days. The most popular and addictive hobby so far when it comes to gaming collectibles as there is the likes of Nintendo’s Amiibo and Lego has decided to join with the release of Lego Dimensions soon enough.

Disney Infinity 3.0 has made people excited since it will feature Star Wars characters in addition to the Marvel and Disney’s characters roster.

So there we have it, Disney Infinity 3.0 will release on August 28 for PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U.

(Credit: MCV)

Mighty No. 9 Live-Action Movie Is Currently Being Made

Mighty No. 9

Mighty No. 9

The movie is based upon the legendary robot, Mega Man’s newest game coming in September, Mighty No.9. The movie is from Legendary Digital Media, Contradiction Films and Comcept.

Comcept’s CEO and the responsible for Mighty No.9‘s existence, Keiji Inafune, commented on the collaboration between Legendary Digital with Contradiction as a “really amazing” duo.

“The announcement that Legendary Digital is collaborating with Contradiction and comcept on creating a live-action project based on Mighty No. 9 is really amazing, not only for myself and the rest of the team at comcept who worked on the game, but also for all the fans who have supported the project,” said Inafune.

“This collaboration will give our creation the ability to reach people all over the world. Thanks to all of your support, we have fulfilled another one of our dreams.”

Mighty No.9 is set to launch on September 18 for almost every platform there is while the movie still hasn’t gotten any details on its release. Tell us what you think of a Mega Man based movie and if you will be willing to watch it.

Tales of Zestiria Collector’s Edition Contents Detailed

Zestiria

Zestiria

For those of you who aren’t fully aware of this game, Tales of Zestiria is developed and published by Bandai Namco. The game is a JRPG and is fifteenth installment in the Tales series. Bandai Namco have announced the contents of the game’s collectors edition and it will include the following:

  • Tales of Zestiria game
  • Serialized premium box packaging
  • Exclusive steelbook case
  • Chibi Kyun Chara figure set
  • DLC Pack
  • Tales of Zestiria hardcover art book
  • Three Tales of Zestiria pixel-styled character keychains
  • Tales of Zestiria 40 minute “Dawn of the Shepherd” OVA anime Blu-ray disc

For more details of the game, here is the game’s description:

”An unseen evil force known as Malevolence is spreading across the land, corrupting the world and causing humanity to falter. Players will embark on an epic journey as Sorey, a young pure-hearted man with an adventurous spirit whose destiny is to become The Shepherd, an individual of great power that can banish Malevolence. Does Sorey have the courage and heart to wield this extraordinary responsibility for good, or will he fall prey to the evils of its power?”

This game is launches on October 20 for the PS4, PS3 and PC.

Tell us how you feel about this game in the comment box below.

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

Dragon Age

Dragon Age

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.