It’s a pretty loaded week for videogames! Fans of fighting and scantily-clad women will want to pick up Dead or Alive 5. If football is more your thing then FIFA 13 — available on pretty much every platform known to man — will do you good. Pro Evolution Soccer 13 doesn’t have the broad availability of its competitor, but many football fans I know think its the better series. Do you love birds and hate pigs? If so then Angry Birds Trilogy should be right up your alley. A few of my writer friends were surprised by The Testament of Sherlock Holmes. Wipeout 3 should satisfy fans of high-speed racing. I usually don’t include PC games on this list, but World of Warcraft: Mists of Panderia is simply too big to ignore.
On Friday, my industry pal Michael and I were talking about PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Obviously the game it’s most compared to is Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. The characters in Sony’s upcoming game simply don’t have the history of the characters in Nintendo’s games. That isn’t to say that the Sony characters…
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On Friday, my industry pal Michael and I were talking about PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Obviously the game it’s most compared to is Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. The characters in Sony’s upcoming game simply don’t have the history of the characters in Nintendo’s games. That isn’t to say that the Sony characters are bad or inferior; they just haven’t been around long enough to invoke the feelings of nostalgia that the Super Smash Bros. games conjure.
The conversation moved onto discussing Sony’s mascots. Nintendo has a host to choose from, like Mario, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Samus, etc. Millions of people automatically think of the Microsoft Xbox when Master Chief is mentioned. As for Sony…there are several candidates, but which ones stand out to you? Some great characters have been revealed for PlayStation All-Stars, but most of them are relatively new. Even the game’s oldest ones — Parappa the Rapper and Sweet Tooth — aren’t exactly mascot material.
In the original PlayStation days, there was an effort to make Crash Bandicoot the Sony PlayStation mascot. That was dropped when the character went to Unviersal Interactive. A generation of mascot making was lost as Crash and Spyro made way for Jak & Daxter and Ratchet & Clank. They were joined by great characters like Sly Cooper, Cole MacGrath, Kratos, etc.
Sony Defense Force members will say that the company simply has a lot of great games to choose from and that Microsoft put too many eggs in its Halo basket. Microsoft fanboys will argue that Sony has done a poor job at establishing its mascots. What say you? Are you a Kratos worshipper? Is Sackboy your man? In your mind, who are the best Sony PlayStation mascots?
Sony Computer Entertainment America has revealed the prices for PlayStation Vita accessories. The list includes memory cards, cases, cradles, headsets, chargers, and more. As expected, the memory cards come at a premium price since they use a proprietary format. Check out the list below and share your thoughts on the pricing (please!).
Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced the North American launch lineup for the PlayStation Vita. The list includes first-party and third-party games. It’s also broken down by titles that will be available on day one and those that will be available during a nebulous “launch window”. Check out the list of games below and let me know what you think. Are you excited (or not)?!? Are you impressed (or not)?!? How would you rate it compared to the Nintendo 3DS launch lineup?
SCEA Launch Day Titles Escape Plan™ (PSN Only) Hot Shots Golf®: World Invitational Hustle Kings™ (PSN Only) Little Deviants™ ModNation™ Racers: Road Trip Super StarDust™ Delta (PSN only) UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss™ wipEout® 2048
Launch Window Titles Gravity Rush™ MLB® 12 The Show Reality Fighters™ Unit 13™
Launch Window Titles LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 5-7 (Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. Inc.} Disgaea ®3:Absence of Detention (NIS America, Inc.) NINJA GAIDEN® Sigma PLUS (Tecmo Koei America Corporation) Ridge Racer® (Namco Bandai Games America Inc.) Silent Hill Book of Memories (Konami Digital Ent. America, Inc.) Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted™ (505 Games)
Here’s my favorite videogame commercial of 2011. Surprisingly, it does not star Kevin Butler. I’m a huge fan of the ads starring Sony’s fictitious vice president, but the “Michael” spot outdoes them all. It’s just awesome to see so many different characters from so many different games hanging out in the same room. Worlds collide…and it’s awesome.
Consider this a warm up for next week’s Coffee Talk columns when I’ll be asking you about your favorite game, videogame graphics, electronics, etc. of 2011. For now, please let know what your favorite videogame commercial of 2011 was and embed it in the comments section if you have a chance.