Friday, 15 November 2013

New MGS: Ground zeroes details

New details have emerged regarding Hideo Kojima's next metal gear installment.

Keep your save games from Ground zeroes because they will carry over to Phantom pain. There will also be some kind of content reward for those that do.

The Playstation exclusive mission Deja vu will be part of the main package and not DLC.

Konami has made the decision to split ground zeroes and phantom pain because the latter is tasking so long and they want the fans to have a chance to play it as soon as possible.

The popular base building elements of peace walker won't feature in ground zeroes but will return in the Phantom pain.

How Microsoft can bounce back.

Right now Microsoft are undeniably in a bad place with Xbox One. I won't go into the reasons, the why's the what for's, because they're pretty well documented by now I think we'd all agree.

Now some tabloids would have us believe that Microsoft will simply look to sell off the Xbox division and return to solely to their roots in software development. But I don't buy that.
Microsoft are hurting at the moment. That much is clear. But this is one of the worlds top trading conglomerates we're talking about. No; make no mistake, there will be a well planned fightback.

With that all out of the way, the question that remains is - where exactly does Microsoft go from here?

Well, luckily for Microsoft, there is another company out there who has suffered a similar fate, faced all the same PR troubles, had the same negative press. But, most importantly, they came back. Yes, it took them seven or so years, but they managed to shrug it all off and return to the top. That company, of course, is Sony.

When Sony launched the PS3 they were in trouble from day one. They were late to market with a product that was challenging to develop for and lacking a design philosophy as forward thinking as their rivals.
Now I can debate the wrongs and rights of Sony's policies at that time till the cows come home, but why bother? The fact is they ended this generation in first place. Fact. They sold more consoles than their competitors in the end.

So can the key for an Xbox one comeback be found in Sony's ps3 revival?
As things stand now, I see a lot of Sony in the past in the Microsoft of the present. They are a company on the ropes. Their inferior xb1 specs have them flailing the arms in pointless defence of basic graphical shortcomings when their attention should be in other areas. Microsoft, as far as who has the most powerful product, well let's say that horse has already bolted. Move on. This really shouldn't be the focus right now and the situation takes me back to Sony defending the ps3 with talk of spu's and what not. "But the cloud!" Is the new Xbox motto, but such things are smoke and mirrors and most people see through that.

Microsoft need to move on - and fast.

1. EXCLUSIVES. They're already on the right track here. Games like The last of us and uncharted were vital to Sony's ps3 revival and the likes of Titanfall and Dead rising 3 are a good start on the same path. Dead rising 3 is a good example because it's a title that seems underwhelming in the resolution and fps areas yet looks still to be a really great game. If its 720p and 20fps who cares as long as its fun and you're playing it on the only platform you can?

2. TV AND MEDIA. This is important to Microsoft but of less importance to the average gamer. I'm not saying they should scrap their plans to make their own TV content, but scale it back some and move some of the budget back to where its really needed - the games. Alternatively, use it to offset some of the manufacturing cost and get that price down.

3. BE MORE APPROACHABLE. Sony have worked miracles in the image dept by adopting a gamer first persona with gamers feeling comfortable chatting to executives like best friends on social media.

4. APOLOGISE. Microsoft messed up in a big way with the whole DRM scandal, but worse still, they upset their customers. Even worse in my opinion, they still carry on like the public didn't know its it own mind and they still act like their DRM scheme was anything but a shameless attempt to carve themselves a bigger slice of the cash pie.
They need to put this to bed once and for all and the only way to do that is to apologise. That and promise never to put their own needs ahead of the consumer ever again.

Can Microsoft do a sony and turn the next gen race around? Let me know In the comments I'd love to hear your opinions.

Lego Marvel game will arrive on xbox one launch day

Nobody knows why but Warner Bros recently pulled Lego Marvel super heroes from the launch roster for Xbox one. Bizarrely, no other versions, including ps4, were affected, just the new Microsoft platform.

Now, in another odd twist, Warner have reinstated the much anticipated title back to is original November 22nd release date.
I can't fathom the trouble Warner Bros had with the game but they appear to have corrected whatever that might have been.

If you're getting an Xbox one and you're a Marvel/Lego fan, then enjoy your game.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Ps4 all access predictions

Who's more excited about tonights all access launch show? Nobody.
Here's how I'd like Yoshida and co to lay it down.

Hideo Kojima announces exclusive PlayStation content for ground zeroes. Damn it - and phantom pain too. Greedy is how I roll.

Naughty dog are in New York. Officially, they're at the party to show off dlc for the the last of us. But if that's all they are there for then feel free to hurl rotten eggs at them. I want a ps4 reveal or stop wasting our time.

A new release date for Drive club (sorry #DriveClub - whatever).


The fabled VR headset revealed. Let us have some details Sony. Headsets like the Oculus rift are the future and I want to see PlayStation jumping into the project both feet first.
Some kind of demo with Jack Tretton fumbling round the stage like a kid at a piñata party would be welcome and amusing.

A game from out of nowhere. Shock me Sony, show me something I didn't know anything about, and let it have zombies. I like zombies.

Lastly; a personal request. I really want to buy a pulse headset. Please say support for it is in the launch update. Please?