I recently completed the single player portion of Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes for PlayStation 3. It took just a shade under 45 hours, over the course of several weeks, to complete the story and earn all of the single player trophies. I haven’t even played online yet. This game sells for $14.99 and I would have gladly paid more. It has incredible value for the length as well as quality of content.
About 4 months ago I borrowed Modern Warfare 2 from my brother, so I decided I would finally play it and give it back to him. As of this writing, I am 4 hours into it and I know I’m at least three quarters of the way through. When finished I will have most of the trophies. I am enjoying it very much, but this game is just way too short for the cost. It sold for $59.99 when it released. I did not buy it, but I kind of feel bad for those that did if they expected a reasonably long single player campaign for their money.
I guess sales sale figures don’t lie (much). Take a look at this and this. People obviously want to play Modern Warfare (online probably) more than Clash of Heroes. I’m more of a single player type of person (I play online a bit) and I just can’t bring myself to pay full price for a fraction of a game. I get that these are two different types of games. I understand that Modern Warfare 2 was expensive to make, and I don’t blame developers and publishers for trying to cut costs. I just wish it didn’t have to be at the expense of reasonable single player game length.
Here is our latest work of…..well it’s just a podcast. Good bits though. The SGB crew talks about the Playstation Network outage, Brink, Super Meat Boy and a great looking game that is (hopefully) coming soon, Hawken. Playstation Network service was restored just a few hours after we recorded the show. I think they may have gotten our message…..
Here is a juicy morsel for all you Dragon Age fans out there. Actress/Producer/Writer/Gamer/Awesomer Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog) was hired by EA/Bioware to bring the franchise to life.
She just announced on her blog that she has written, produced, and is starring in a six-episode webseries set in the world of Dragon Age.
She has a full interview up on Game Hunters, as well. You will want to check them both out because they each have a picture of her all elfed out.
This is why it is good to be a gamer in this day and age. We have come a long way since “Captain Lou” Albano was running around in red overalls. Don’t know what I am talking about? Consider yourself lucky.
Usually you have to wait a considerable time before a top selling game is discounted, but not so for one such gem. Amazon has discounted Dead Space 2 for some unknown reason, probably to spread the word of Unitology faster and further and start the necromorph party early here on earth.
Anyway, you can get the unleaded version on Xbox and PS3 for 41.99, and the fully loaded Collector’s Edition for the normal regular edition price of 59.95.
Personally, I would recommend the Collector’s Edition, since that comes with a replica plasma cutter. After a long evening of dark corridors and mutant undead horrors, you’ll be sleeping with that plasma cutter.
Not sure how long this deal is going to run, so best act now. You know what, buy one for me while you are at it.
Sony recently announced the successor to the PSP at a press event in Tokyo. Its codename is NGP which stands for “Next Generation Portable.” Most of the details we wanted were divulged except pricing and exact release date(Holiday 2011 is all we were told). Sony is probably waiting to guage public reaction to the device before a price point is chosen. If Sony learned its lesson from the launch of the PS3, the price probably won’t be much of a factor as long as people understand what the feature set is and how Sony and other game developers plan to utilize it. Here are some of its most important features:
Dual thumbsticks: Sony listened to the gamers’ outcry that PSP lacked a second analog nub. The best part is they ditched the “nubs” all together and went with two actual thumbsticks. According to reports, these sticks feel nearly as good and responsive as the Dualshock 3 sticks.
Wi-Fi and/or 3G: The NGP will feature both, however, it’s not clear if there will be separate models with either or both. It is also not known if Sony will subsidize the 3G a la Amazon’s Kindle or if a 3G plan will be required. Another issue is that 3G does offer speeds fast enough to reliably play an action game online so maybe 4G will be an option by the time the NGP ships.
5″ OLED multi-touch screen: This is a big, beautiful screen. Yes, you won’t be able to see it well in bright sunlight. Stop complaining and don’t play games in direct sunlight. This is an issue with all portable devices.
5″ rear multi-touch panel: This is perhaps the most interesting part of the device. If developers can use it properly there would be options to map button presses to the panel replicating a second pair of shoulder buttons. With touch on the front and back combined with the standard controller layout there will be crazy possibilities for control options.
Front and rear facing cameras: Video chat? Alternate reality games? The possibilites are many.
New UI replaces the XMB (Cross Media Bar): LiveArea is the new, touch-based user interface that replaces the XMB on the new device. I love the XMB, but many people do not. LiveArea looks to be a prettier way accomplishing the same task.
TROPHIES: Finally Trophies are confirmed for a handheld. Trophy whores everywhere (including me) are jumping for joy. This is especially awesome combined with the idea that it is now possible to take actual PS3 games on the go with the NGP.
With games already in development from Sony franchises such as Uncharted, Killzone, Resistance, and Little Big Planet as well as multiple third party developers, the NGP seems to have a bright future. I will be right there on day one. Sound off in the comments and let us know what you think about NGP.
It’s time to reveal our favorite games of 2010. The process of choosing these is not a scientific one. All we do is select the ten games we had the most fun with throughout the year and put them on a list in no particular order. We don’t have time (or money) to play every game that comes out so some games that you loved last year will not be mentioned here, but feel free to tell us about them in the comments. Please enjoy and thanks for reading!
DJ Hero 2 - This title kept the things that made the original good and added a battle mode and freestyle crossfading/scratching. The new mixes are also excellent.
Gran Turismo - Although a game with over five years in development will never be able to live up to expectations, GT gave it a great shot. This is still our favorite racing/driving sim. The game looks and plays great.
Lord of the Rings Online - Tolkien’s ever expanding world became free to play and there’s no end in sight. This one kept Master Maximus busy all year long!
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm - The newest expansion brought in a bunch of new players and pulled old ones back in. Blizzard completely changed the game yet again! Has anyone seen KarmicCycle lately?
Angry Birds - Whether you bought it or have ads plastered all over your phone because of it, you still just can’t stop playing!
Halo: Reach - If you love Halo, then you probably already knew the story this game would tell. That didn’t stop us! Great gameplay whether you prefer single player or mutiplayer and great storytelling provide a fitting end to Bungie’s run of Halo games.
Red Dead Redemption - Not only did RDR set the bar higher for western themed games and gameplay, it set a new bar for storytelling in games generally. It’s also the finest hunting sim ever made!
Super Meat Boy – Rarely have I had so much fun while getting my ass kicked by a game! It’s tough but never unfair. It’s a refinement in every way of the basic Super Mario Bros. concept.
FIFA 11 – It is difficult to foresee how EA will make the best soccer game better next year. This is the all around best sports game of the current generation so far.
God of War III – Bigger. Faster. Angrier. Better. GOW3 is the best action game on PS3. It’s also one of the prettiest games ever made.