Thursday, 16 October 2014

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor: Photo Mode Added

Shadow of Mordor recived a patch last night which added, out of nowhere, a Photo Mode. Now regular visitors weill know that I am a sucker for a good Photo mode and Monolith have added a feature packed one to their already stunning game.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Alien: Isolation - What was I thinking?

I want to make one thing clear right now. 8 years ago I was a fan of all things horror related.Then came the Little Gamers and somewhere during that transistion I turned into a total wuss. I don't know why this happened or how, but these days I have no desire to watch anything too scary. Recently I tried to play Outlast and got 10 minutes in, put it down and never returned.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Minecraft Out This Week - Is it too late for Vita though?

So after months and months of waiting and testing 4J Studios finally tweeted that Minecraft PlayStation Vita Edition has passed final testing and Sony will be releasing it next week on the 15th October. Cause to celebrate or cause to be concerned.

I got my Vita at launch and began a love affair with Sony's wonderful handheld. A love affair that saw me move away from Xbox over to PlayStation 3 and eventually PlayStation 4. Never has a handheld console had such a profound effect on my gaming world.

Recently, though things have not been as good for the Vita. Its fair to say that Sony have forgotten it. No more first party titles are going to be made for it. So the heyday of games like Uncharted, Killzone: Mercenary and Gravity Rush have gone and do look to return. Looking at the coming soon section for the Vita at Metacritic it lists 10 games. Of these ten, six are quirky Japanese games that will only sell to Gamers who want them. The only main stream title is Lego Batman 3, which is going to be a port of the Nintendo 3DS game, hardly utilising the power of the console.

So what is the future for Vita. Well it appears to be a companion device to the PS4. Remote Play is being pushed as the main selling point for PlayStation TV (formerly Vita TV in Japan). My experience of remote play is not very good. It constantly freezes and disconnects making it pretty useless, unless I am sat in the same room as the console or router. Now I know this is due to the set-up of my house and the network in it. The problem is this is how I have to have it. I cannot change it.

That leaves cross-buy games on the store. With the likes of Rogue Legacy and Velocity 2x the cross platform experience works well. This quality cannot be said across all of the PS4/PSVita cross buy titles. Counterspy and Pix the Cat capture the same gameplay as their PS4 counterpart, but suffer from longer load times and the controls do not feel as responsive, making for a diminished overall experience. Cross-cut seems to be the future for the console now, as a day rare goes past without another indie title being announced over at the PlayStation Blog coming to PS4 and PS Vita.

So for the first time since owning one, I am looking at it and thinking "It it time to trade you in and go back to a 3DS?" Which is shame because I believe that Vita still has huge potential. Sony have failed to find the right place for the Vita in their scheme. The huge success of the PlayStation 4 has helped with this as Sony are quite rightly focusing on that.

For me though, I will take Minecraft next week (it's free for me) and I hope that it delivers what I had hoped to playing a year ago. I fully expect thought that this maybe the last time I get to look forward to a new release on the Vita. A sad thing to have to admit.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

PlayStation Plus Update - October 2014

It is another mixed bag this month on the Instant Game Collection. Some people do not appear to be too happy with the list of games announced yesterday. Personally, I am very happy. So what is gaming goodness to PlayStation Plus subscribers get next week.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Middle~Earth: Shadow of Mordor - Launch Trailer

This game has come out of nowhere for me. In the last few days the reviews have come in for Shadow of Mordor and they have been a lot better than I had expected them to be. Then I got to have some hands on time with the game at EGX this weekend and loved it! Next thing you know its pre-ordered, dispatched and on its way to me (thanks to The Game Collection).

Shadow of Mordor is a third person action adventure game with elements of Batman: Arkham series and Assassins Creed. What sets it apart is in the unique Nemesis system. This system actively monitors the rise and fall of Sauron's army, from the highest warchief to the lowliest grunt. What does that mean for the player? Well, in my brief go at EGX it meant that when I was killed by a Uruk foot soldier, he gained power and respect, which then meant he challenged a Captain to duel and won. He was then promoted to Captain and became even stronger. When I resurrected and tracked him down again, he tuanted me about how he killed me once and he would do it again. Its a cool feature and one that surely is going to change the way enemies are handled in games from now on.

To celebrate the launch of the game, WB Games have released the launch trailer. This trailer goes into the story of the game and ranger that you play. The trailer dives into the story behind the award-winning action game set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Talion, a Ranger of the Black Gates, is slaughtered alongside his family and is resurrected by the powerful Wraith, Celebrimbor. The two will face the might of Sauron’s Army and Black Captains with the aid of unexpected allies, ultimately confronting The Dark Lord himself.

Take a look below...

Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ is available from Friday 3rd October for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Little Gamer Update - Completing the game - a new challenge

I have a problem with the way I play games. I have to have them day one. I am that kind of impulsive person that needs to have the new shiny thing.  This isn't an issue for the most part,  except that I tend to throw whatever I was doing to one side and that never return to it.

Most Gamers have a pile of shame,  games that sat unopened waiting for the day when they are finally released from their plastic prisons and thrust into a console to complete their purpose.  my pile of shame is worse than that,  my pile is full of half finished games and some of the victims of this are shameful.

Photo Mode - The true next gen feature

Last year Microsoft and Sony were both shouting loudly about the Next Gen features of the new shiny consoles. Power of the cloud, built in video capture, Instant game resume (still waiting Sony) and many more were all given as reasons to jump aboard the next gen train.

Now almost a year later, I have found the true Next Gen feature that should be included in more titles rolling out to the new generation of home consoles. This feature is the simple Photo Mode. For years now I have looked at sites like Dead End Thrills and marveled at the creativity of the screenshots if you knew how to manipulate the game engine to your whim. I have always wanted to be able to do this simply within my little console based world. Now I can and the results are incredible.


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