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Can Simulator Games be a Thing or a Phase?

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Simulation games have started to become quite popular when it comes to gaming especially for PC and Steam users, there's been games in the past like Flight Simulator, Train Simulator 2013 and of course Street Cleaning Simulator which got a 1.5/10 on GameSpot but lots of gamers and users on GameSpot have claimed that this game has been the best game of 2011.

Recently just been released this month is Goat Simulator which has already started to become a hit game despite the low scores and reviews, but there's a lot of internet trolls and gaming trolls would just spam images and videos and after videos of their gameplay on Youtube. A few of my friends I know have been mentioning this game to me and saying how funny and humorous and watching some gameplay footage convincing me to play this myself but after watching some videos some of its gameplay reminded of another game I know which was PAIN (2008) which sort of had the same gameplay where you are just causing more pain to yourself you've got a giant slingshot and you fly and crash into almost anything and I mean anything an old woman, a high building or a gas tank that can blow up. There are other levels there's just one level in the entire game.

Goat Simulator is an open-ended third-person perspective game in which the player controls a goat. Free to explore the game's world, a suburban semi-urban setting, as a goat, and jump, run, bash things, and lick objects, which attaches the goat's tongue to the object and lets the player drag the object around until they let go. It does have some Tony Hawk elements but I still think it reminds me of PAIN. However the real reason why I want to post a blog on Simulation games is that yet another Animal-Simulator game maybe in the works if they get more funding already People donated $100,571 to pay for a game about being a bear for a Kickstarter it's already become quite a hit if more and more money is being donated however if this game does get an official release there will be a lot of bear-puns on this both good ones and bad ones.

And just recently another Simulation was just mentioned a few days ago from Kotaku on Drowning Simulator you play as a French person who falls off a boat. And no matter how good a swimmer he you are, or how fast you think you are, eventually you will run out of energy, you will drown, and you will die. It's a dark, harrowing experience and a little depressing but if more and more games are released based on either Animals, Life or Death Experience or even Terrible mods thanks to certain software and engines it might annoy quite a few gamers and I don't think Steam users would be too happy if they keep seeing Simulator games online at silly prices.

Do you think Simulator games will become a thing in the past or do you think they will become popular? Or what would you want to see in a Simulator game? Let us know in the comments-

Happy 25th Birthday Game Boy

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Something I did not know until today Nintendo released the original Game Boy on April 21, 1989, meaning the beloved portable device is now a quarter-century old which is 25 years old.

Launched in Japan back in April 21st 1989 it was launched with 4 games and one of them was Super Mario Land which was a success and selling over 18.06 million copies, making it the seventh-highest selling game of the Mario series and the fourth-highest selling game for the handheld. With it being a retro game and making it your first time playing a Mario game on a handheld it's nice to feel and know what games were like back then if you weren't around those days or you didn't own a Game Boy when you were a kid. I really do like the 2D styled graphics and the music as well making it a fun to play when you're out and about. If you own a 3DS you can buy this of the Nintendo 3DS store if you wanted to.

Later during that it was released in North America on July 31st 1989 with 5 games at launch and one of the biggest sellers for outside of Japan and came with the Game Boy itself was Tetris which is still played by many gamers and new-comers alike. Tetris has been released on almost every system including the Nintendo DS, Mobile Phones and on Facebook. Anyone can get into Tetris straight away as you're trying to clear multiple lines and flipping and switching blocks and shapes around. By rotating 90 degrees and using the directional pad to move the blocks and placing them down. There's actually two ways in playing Tetris on the Gameboy, the first is just trying to get the highest score on whatever speed drop you want the game on. And the second option is clearing lines from dropping the blocks downs such as clear 30 lines at once. Seems simple for anyone to follow but can be really addictive after the first 5 minutes.

Two-player mode is available where each player's objective is to remain in play for longer than opponent. Each player plays on their own Game Boy, with the two consoles connected via the Game Link Cable. During gameplay, when a player scores a Double, Triple or Tetris, one or more incomplete rows of blocks are added to the bottom of their opponent's stack, causing it to rise.

And then a year later it was finally released in UK/Europe on September 28th 1990 with only 3 games at launch which were Tetris, Super Mario Land and Alleyway. It was a few months and years even more games were released on the Game Boy including ported games that were on the NES but on the Game Boy like DuckTales and Mega Man and also a ton of new games that were only released for it like Dr Mario, Donkey Kong Land, Kirby's Dream Land and also one of their biggest and best-sellers that has made millions of copies since 1996 and 1998 which were Pokémon Red and Blue.

I know that the original series had at least 150 Pokémon on Red, Yellow and Blue and after that there have been more than 200 Pokémon in the games in general which is an awful lot to catch and I've seen hard-core fans trying to capture all and get everything all at once which must have been a huge challenge for them. The fun part about the series is where nearly all of the games you can battle over players over Wi-Fi if you have a DS if they have a copy of the game and trade stuff and it was also the same with the games on the Gameboy but with a cable which looked clever but a lot has changed since 1998. There have been remakes for the DS which were both Heart Gold and Soul Sliver which were both remakes of Gold and Silver on the Gameboy Colour, when Black and White were released they even had a sequel which were released not too long ago and this was the first time the series had an actual sequel for a game.

The series even had spin-off titles like Pokémon Snap, Stadium, Mystery Dungeon and even a Pinball game; and yet they have also been successful games when it came to sales. As I mentioned before I never liked the animation for the TV series but I have met the voice actress- Veronica Taylor at SUNNYCON 2012 she did the voicing for ASH in the series, everyone at the convention were really happy to meet her in person. I did feel sorry for her a little bit due to the fact that she said the same quotes over and over again "Pikachu I choose you" she was a nice person to speak outside of the show itself.

Yet another feature was added to the Game Boy was the Game Boy Printer which was a thermal-printer accessory released by Nintendo in 1998, while it ceased manufacture in early 2003. The Game Boy Printer is compatible with all the Game Boy systems except the Game Boy Micro, and is designed to be used in conjunction with the Game Boy Camera. Yet what may annoyed certain gamers about the Game Boy was that this took AA batteries which were expensive back in the late 80's and early 90's if you were low on batteries you would have to go out and buy more if you kept playing with your Game Boy non-stop, AC adaptors were sold separately but they had mixed-prices and some adaptors were faulty but if we look at today you can easily pick up some AA batteries for under £1 or $1 at almost anywhere in your area and plus the latest handhelds come with a charger so their wouldn't be any reason to buying more batteries.

If you owned one when you were younger what were your favourite games and moments, or when did you get your first Game Boy? Let us know in the comments-

Happy 30 Years of Naughty Dog Final Part

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Where I left off from my last blog Happy 30 Years of Naughty Dog Part 1 and Happy 30 Years of Naughty Dog Part 2 and Happy 30 Years of Naughty Dog Part 3 we continue with the fourth and final part of Naughty Dog 30 years starting off with Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter and then Uncharted but before we talk about the final part of Naughty Dog work on The Last of Us let's take a look back at their earliest work.

In 1994 Naughty Dog released another game on the 3DO which was called Way of the Warrior which was pretty much ripping off the same idea and gameplay elements to what Mortal Kombat had but Way of the Warrior wasn't as gory as Mortal Kombat was when it comes to comparing fighting like these. Production of Way of the Warrior began in 1993. During that time Naughty Dog was bankrupt, and barely had any money to finish the game. Friends of the company were enlisted to portray the game's characters. Naughty Dog could not afford a bluescreen or any kind of motion capture backdrop, a yellow sheet was glued to a wall in the developer’s apartment. However, the apartment turned out to be too small. To film the moves in the game, Jason Rubin had to open the front door and shoot from the apartment hallway. The neighbours mistakenly believed that the crew were filming adult films. Pillow cases and sheets, various items within the apartment, McDonald’s Happy Meals and inexpensive knick knacks were used to create the costumes of the characters. To round out the experience, Jason Rubin joined in and participated by portraying two of the characters in the game.

Comparing this to their most recent work on The Last of Us which was released almost a year ago for the PS3 you can really tell how far they have come when it comes to video games it's pretty obvious that The Last of Us was pretty much the Game of the Year for 2013 from both critics and gamers alike, plus winning 10 awards at DICE 2013.

Working secrecy on The Last of Us for two years after completing Uncharted 2 prior to announcement; the game went gold on May 15, 2013. To compensate for the goal of creating a new IP as well as continuing the Uncharted series at the same time, Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Ballestra had ordered the splitting of the company into two teams, with one team going on to develop Uncharted 3 and the other The Last of Us.

This was supposed to be the last biggest game to be released for the PlayStation 3 before most games make a jump to the next-gen console. The Last of Us takes the gameplay and story to a different direction unlike any other games based on survival. What really makes this game special is its cliffhanging story based on Joel who is a single father during the outbreak known as Cordyceps fungus ravages the United States. Joel loses his daughter. Twenty years later Joel is pretty much making a living on what's left of civilization which was destroyed by the infected. Joel goes on a journey with a young girl called Ellie who is infected but it hasn't taken control of her. So Joel and Ellie head to the Fireflies outside quarantine.

Based on a 3rd person game this is more of a survival game based on reality, you maybe be thinking of The Walking Dead meets Uncharted but you're actually wrong on that part. You do get to punch and attack enemies using your fists or guns you'll pick up along the way, you can use weapons like a plank of wood or even a metal pipe. Along the way you do find various materials and items which can be used to customize health kits, smoke grenades or even making a plank of wood into an even more dangerous weapon. The environments throughout the whole game are breath taking to look at from ruined cites to the snowy mountains, you can easily get stuck into this world very easily. Voice acting is yet another key feature that makes the game perfect hearing both Joel's and Ellie's voice make you want to play the game more and more, hearing the odd creeps and sounds make get a chill down your spine and of course listening to the sound around you during gameplay. Even hearing the soundtrack can be a little emotional to listen during both cutscenes and gameplay.

Everything about The Last of Us made this game perfect from its gameplay and story there was even talk on a movie which is in the works but can it pull off the same story and motion capture to what the game had? Left Behind is the DLC content which was released on PSN back in February which follows Ellis relationship with her best friend Riley from the military boarding school they both grew up in. After inexplicably disappearing for weeks, Riley reemerges in Ellie’s life with a surprising revelation. The two sneak out of their school for the last time, leading to a series of events that will forever change both of their lives. This also got reviews even tough that it was a little over-priced and fans kept complaining that Left Behind was a little short but it was still worth the purchase.

With the PS4 version getting released in June there rumors that there could be a discount deal if you've already bought the PS3 version meaning that you could pay The Remastered version at a cheaper price if you want play it on the PS4. I guess nothing can stop Naughty Dog on releasing it for the PS4 if it already won over 200 years on the PS3 but however there is still a little more to look forward on The Last of Us where the next DLC is getting released which introduces a new difficulty mode and some new multiplayer maps for a small price on PSN.

So what will Naughty Dog next in the later? We know that there will be another Uncharted game to the PS4 but likely more information on that will be mentioned at E3 in June. But what have been your favourite games from Naughty Dog or what do you want to see out of Naughty Dog next? Let us know in the comments-

Happy 30 Years of Naughty Dog Part 3

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Where I left off from my last blog Happy 30 Years of Naughty Dog Part 1 and Happy 30 Years of Naughty Dog Part 2 we continue with the third part of Naughty Dog 30 years starting off with Crash Bandicoot and then Jak and Daxter, what did they work on next after finishing another trilogy for a franchise for the PS2?

They move on another trilogy for the PS3 Naughty Dog assembled their most technically talented staff members and began development of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune under the codename Big. It was in full production for about two years, with a small team of engineers working on the game for about a year before the first game was released in 2007. Naughty Dog decided to create a brand new IP rather than opt to develop a PlayStation 3 Jak and Daxter game they wanted to create a franchise suitable for the new hardware, in order to develop such ideas as realistic human characters instead of stylized ones owing to limitations of previous hardware, as well as create something fresh and interesting. You could say that they may have come from the likes of Indiana Jones and National Treasure for its action sequence and Tomb Raider series for its puzzles and action-platforming.

The story for the first game on a clue which was in the coffin of Sir Francis Drake, sets a modern-day fortune hunter on an exploration for the fabled treasure of El Dorado, leading to the discovery of a forgotten island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The search turns deadly when Nathan Drake becomes stranded on the island and hunted by mercenaries. Outnumbered and outgunned, Drake and his companions must fight to survive as they begin to unravel the secrets hidden on the Island. With a mix of an action-3rd person shooter and puzzle-platforming Uncharted was a big hit on sales worldwide a year later Trophy Support was added in the game which is like the Xbox Achievements but with trophies instead for the PS3 after Updates came for the system itself.

In December 2008 a gaming magazine called Game Informer which had the first images of the sequel where Drake is walking through a snowy blizzard and of course the first trailer for Uncharted 2 was posted online a few days later. Uncharted 2 was even bigger, better and more action then the first Uncharted, it even won multiple awards including Game of the Year for 2009 on multiple sites and magazine. When inFamous was released in May 2009 pre-ordered were made where gamers could play the beta for the online multiplayer for Uncharted 2 and then also emails were sent out to players all over the world before the game was released meaning that most people managed to play the multiplayer beta before the game was released in October 2009. Story for the second follows Nathan Drake as he tries to solve the mystery of Marco Polo's last voyage, like the last game Drake meets some of the most deadly people he comes across in the sequel. This was my Game of the Year for 2009 and I'm pretty sure that most people would agree with me that this was the best game in the series in my opinion which had almost everything when it comes to an action game it does make it feel almost perfect as a Spielberg film at the same time.

Past games made by Naughty Dog there was always a third game in a trilogy and indeed there was when Uncharted 3 was first mentioned at Spike Video Game Awards in 2010 showing off some of the first gameplay footage, as the game was still in development there was a ton of new stuff added from the graphics and visuals including the first Uncharted game to have 3D support if you owned a Sony HD TV which still cost an arm and a leg if you want to get a full experience of gaming in 3D. Online Multiplayer had a ton of more options and choices when it came to online matches on PSN and DLC content kept coming in from maps to character packs. The motion capture for Uncharted 3 was even more realistic then the last two games, however when it came to playing Uncharted 3 certain PS3 consoles like the older 60GB or even 80GB PS3 consoles made this game over-heat their PS3's very easily meaning that you either spend little as possible playing the game or change to the lowest display settings on your screen. But that never stopped gamers and fans when it came to playing Uncharted 3 where Nathan Drake journey across Europe and into the Middle East, following in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia.

Like Uncharted 2 the third game was a huge success a month before the game's full retail release, players who purchased certain items from Subway had access to the entire multiplayer mode of Uncharted 3, as part of a cross-promotion between Sony and sandwich chain Subway. But this was only available in North America only but it was a great idea on promoting the game plus there was even a few TV commercials where Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones) was playing the game in front of his TV which I thought was funny to see because it reminded me how good the Indiana Jones series when it comes to movies. Winning more awards including Game of the Year on both sites and magazine it was also yet again my Game of the Year for 2011, a fourth game has been mentioned a while back but it will be released for the PS4 and Naughty Dog have said that Drake's adventures haven't finished just yet for this Treasure Hunter.

Not only Uncharted was just released for the PS3 two more games got released for the PS Vita when it was launched in 2011 for Japan and 2012 for the rest of the world. Uncharted: Golden Abyss was a launch title for the handheld console and it did get some good reviews for its clever gameplay and touchscreen on the back of the PS Vita. And a card game called Fight for Fortune was released in December 2012 where players use their decks of cards to defeat the opposing side, the game can connect with Golden Abyss, earning the player new cards based on their progression in the campaign and the trophies they have earned.

The series itself was still a huge success making it even more popular than there was a novel called Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth which I have read and would say that it's worth reading if you are a fan of the series or you've read Christopher Golden's other novels. There was also talk on an Uncharted Movie in the works which is still under progress but there was a report that Seth Gordon was planning on working on the movie and should be made sooner or later but the question is will it be good as the games?

When you compare Naughty Dog's past games with the likes of Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter you can tell there have been a lot of changes over the years on how far they have come when it comes to gaming from its animation, art, graphics and visuals. It makes you wonder what will Naughty Dog do next? My final blog will be talking about The Last of Us which is Naughty Dog's latest and finest piece you'll ever come across in gaming history and yes there will be a lot to talk about on that game.

What were your favourite moments or game in the Uncharted series? Thoughts on how far Naughty Dog has come during those years in development what do think made that company one of the best in gaming? Let us know in the comments

Happy 30 Years of Naughty Dog Part 2

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Where I left off from my last blog Happy 30 Years of Naughty Dog Part 1 we continue with the second part of Naughty Dog 30 years starting off with Crash Bandicoot, what did they work on next after finishing a trilogy for one franchise?

They move on to another franchise but working on a new project on the PlayStation 2 and of course Naughty Dog was owned by Sony Computer Entertainment after that time leaving Universal Interactive Studios which helped them when it came to Crash Bandicoot. Naughty Dog work began working on Jak and Daxter in January 1999 as "Project Y". As the rest of the Naughty Dog team were working on Crash Team Racing, only two programmers were allocated to the project. The rest of the team began work on Jak as well after the release of the PS2.

This was first shown at E3 2001 showing off the game on the PS2 most journalists, reviewers and game sites have claimed that this hold similarities with games like Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie that have the objective is to gather items to progress through the levels, having access to abilities such as double-jumping, rapid spinning kick, glide punching, and sustaining only limited damage from falling down great heights. Injuries are accounted for by way of a life meter, which decreases as the player character gets hit by enemies; falls long distances, and makes contact with hazardous surfaces. With a basic story plot while exploring some ancient ruins on a forbidden island off the coast, Jak's best friend, Daxter, is knocked into a vat of Dark Eco a terrifying and deadly substance that could corrupt the world forever transforming him into a weasel-like rodent. The village sage Samos tells Jak that there may only be one person who holds the secrets to transforming Daxter back. Now the pair must set out on a quest in search of a wise old sage who has the power to restore Daxter to his former self.

The clever thing about the first game was that it never had any loading time screens throughout the whole game; it was very rare to see games that have had this idea back then when you compare this game to other games. Later in 2003 a sequel was released known as Jak II which took the sequel from a colourful world and then into a dark setting in a world unlike Jak and Daxter have ever seen but this was actually in fact the future of their world after finding a Precursor Ring warping them to the future and ending up Krimzon Guard. While Jak is imprisoned, he is subjected to experiments with Dark Eco; when exposed to Dark Eco, he turns into a mindless beast. These experiments also leave him angry and ruthless. Like the first Jak and Daxter game you can spin, punch and jump you can now use Dark Eco which can turn Jak into an angry looking hero wanting revenge but also Jak was now voiced by Mike Erwin, what made the game even more fun and creative for Naughty Dog when making a sequel was to add guns and some memorable characters with yet another good story plot.

Even its gameplay felt more of a freedom look meaning you could go anywhere in the game doing the main campaign or even just doing the odd side-quests this felt more of a Grand Theft Auto style game with some comedy and action mixed in. It actually won Editors Choice Award from both IGN and Gamespot is also known as best PS2 game as well around the year of 2003; the console itself and the game were selling like hot cakes.

Another year later Jak 3 was released in 2004 making it the final chapter in the Jak and Daxter series during the 3 years of developing the series for the PS2, it removed some of the more unnecessary diversions of Jak II to become a more enjoyably focused action adventure. The actual story follows on directly and sees Jak and Daxter banished to the Wastelands, a massive game world more than five times the size of Haven City from the last game. Although they are less prevalent than last time there are a dozen different vehicles to pilot and plenty of upgradeable weapons. Perhaps another most important new gameplay feature though is Jak's new light eco form, to balance out the dark eco powers from Jak II. In light eco form Jak grows a pair of angelic wings and gains the power to regain lost health and even freeze enemies in time. Like what they did with Crash Bandicoot 3 back in 1998 they left Jak 3 with a big bang on the ending for the story plot and finding out who were the Precursors all along.

After finishing another great trilogy a spin-off title was made and was released in 2005 called Jak X: Combat Racing which was a racing game product using the vehicles that were used in the last game turning it into a racing game like what they did with Crash Team Racing. Like all games there always has to be a plot for a racing game where Combat racing has filled the void left in Kras City after Jak defeated the Dark Maker in his last adventure which was Jak 3. Now, after being mysteriously summoned to Kras City to hear the reading of Krew's will, Jak, and Daxter are plunged headfirst into a dark and deadly plot. The will reveals that everyone present has been poisoned and will die unless the antidote is administered everyone's life hangs in the balance as the heroic duo race against time in the Kras City Grand Championship. As the plot unfolds through an adventure mode, players will be treated to almost an hour of classic Jak and Daxter animation. It might not have been a good game in the series but it did have online multiplayer where players could play this game online with other players if they got their PS2 hooked up online just like what gamers did with their Xbox when it came to Xbox Live when playing multiplayer games. However Jak X never got a HD treatment or didn't get released under the HD Collection which was released for both the PS3 in 2012 and the PS Vita in 2013, it would have been a nice idea if this came with the collection meaning that players could have still played this game online but in HD and possibly some DLC content if it went forward.

Not only the Jak and Daxter series was released for the PS2 two spin-off titles got released for the handheld which was the PSP. Daxter was released in 2006 where you play as Daxter as he tries to save his best-friend Jak who was imprisoned this was set between the events before Jak II on story plot seeing what Daxter was doing around that time. Not only it was an enjoyable platformer it even got positive reviews and sold millions of copies worldwide, this was not made by Naughty Dog but it was developed by Ready at Dawn which did worked close to Naughty Dog and they also made God of War: Chains of Olympus which was released in 2008 and both games that they made did look impressive for the PSP at that time. The other spin-off title that was also released for the PSP was Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier which was released in 2009 for the PSP from a studio called High Impact Games; fans thought that this could have been a Jak 4 but it turns out that this game wasn't the best in the series for either a spin-off title or a main story taking place the events of Jak 3 but set in the floating islands and giant airships in the clouds you fight off sky pirates and pretty much saving the world again and like the last game using weapon-cars you now use weapon-planes to fly to other missions and places you need to go next; this also got released for the PS2 as well.

Fans and Gamers still think that a Jak 4 could be made later in the future but the chances on that happening are a little slim as we speak unless something gets announced at E3 this year, so what did Naughty Dog do next after finishing another trilogy? They moved on to another on the PS3 which was the Uncharted series which I will mention on my 3rd part on 30 Years of Naughty Dog.

Do you have any favourite moments in the Jak and Daxter? Did you think a HD version of Jak X and Daxter be a cool idea if they got the HD treatment? Let us know in the comments-

Happy 30 Years of Naughty Dog Part 1

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So a few days ago Naughty Dog announced The Last of Us Remastered for the PS4 being released this Summer, I was surprised at first that there wasn't a Game of the Year Edition for the PS3 it has already won over 200 awards and got a lot of ratings and reviews praising the game for its unique gameplay and outstanding story. You may have notice that it's been over 30 years since Naughty Dog which was first founded in 1984 but the games they released like Keel the Thief and Rings of Power were released between 1989 and 1991; they weren't that popular when it came to gaming back then when it came to September 1996 they created one of the most memorable gaming characters and a classic series on the PS1.

Naughty Dog didn't know much about making video games back in 1996 but their games improved more and more nearly every year on the PlayStation hardware. With this being the very first game in the series there were a lot of good and bad things about the game but it was still a good platformer for the launch of the PlayStation. I didn't think the story for the first game wasn't that important, Crash must rescue his girlfriend Tawna from the evil clutches of Dr Cortex. Along the way, Crash can gather fruit for extra lives, smash boxes for random prizes and gather tokens which can be used for bonus rounds. This is where the frustrating moments start to kick in if you don't getting beaten by a game that easily, in order to save your game you must either clear a bonus round or smash all boxes in any level without dying. After the game was released it was a huge hit on sales and even helped the sales for the PlayStation and became one of the most memorable mascots for the system, a sequel was in the works and was later released a year later back in December 1997.

I used to love playing Crash Bandicoot 2 which was at least 14 years ago from now, around Christmas 2000 finally got a PS1 and within the Boxing Day sales a few days after this was the first game I've picked up and played non-stop since then. Even though people I knew from School said that Crash Bandicoot 3 was the best game in the series, I still thought that Crash Bandicoot 2 was the best game in the series on its challenge and difficulty on a platformer. Actually in fact this was the first Crash Bandicoot game I've played when I was younger even the soundtrack still holds up today when it comes to video game music I love hearing the Sewer Theme music, unlike Crash Bandicoot 2 you can access any level at any time and save/load your game at any time too. I can see the changes and differences when it came to Crash 1 and 2 because when I was a lot younger never played or had the actual copy of the first Crash Bandicoot game but when I got my Xperia phone back in 2011 it came with the first game which I've already mentioned above about the first game.

Another year later Crash Bandicoot 3 was released in October 1998 and they only had 10 and half months to complete the game and get it released in stores worldwide. Taking places after the events of Crash Bandicoot 2 Dr Cortex was working with Uka Uka the whole time on taking over the world but have been foiled by none then Crash, Uka Uka hires a new evil minion called N. Tropy who has created the Time-Twisting Machine, a time machine that allows the villains to travel through time to find the Gems and Crystals at their original points in the timeline. Aku Aku asks Crash and Coco to help him stop his evil twin brother and his evil minions from messing with time and saving the world from evil. Like the 2nd game even more improvements and features were added from more upgrade abilities, Time Trail through levels and play as Crash's sister Coco on certain stages; I did Crash Bandicoot 3 was a fun game but it felt a little easy then the 2nd game which had more of a challenge on trying to collect every 100%.

First there was Mario Kart and then there was Crash Team Racing which was released in 1999 and a final farewell to the franchise before Naughty Dog worked on their new project which was Jak and Daxter for the PlayStation 2. I would admit Crash Team Racing is my favourite game out of the lot and is one of my favourite racing games of all time, a lot like Mario Kart but instead it was Crash Bandicoot; this had Adventure Mode which was the main story where Nitros Oxide who is the fastest racer in the galaxy and challenges Earth to a game of survival where one of their racers challenges Oxide to a race, if Oxide won he would end up turning Earth into a parking lot but which ever character you chose from Crash, Cortex or even Polar you would win the race and save the world. Multiplayer made a great feature for having up to 1-4 players in tournament races or even battle against each other, this still holds up to today and you can easily download the series or each of the games thanks to PSN which you can download to your PS3, PSP or PS Vita there were rumours that a compatibility was in the works for PS1 and PS2 games to play on a PS4.

After looking back on the series it did make me think how far Naughty Dog has come when comparing this to the likes of The Last of Us or the Uncharted series and there is a huge difference from 1996 til the present day. But where Naughty Dog said farewell to the Crash Bandicoot franchise another Crash game was in the works for the PS1 called Crash Bash which was a knock-off title of Mario Party and was one of those games that got mixed-reviews it still sold well but it didn't feel like a good Crash Bandicoot game and it was developed by Eurocom. Wrath of Cortex was the next game in the line-up for Crash Bandicoot but was released for the PS2, Xbox and GameCube and was devolved by Traveller's Tale and published by Konami and Universal Interactive Studios; with a different story and another useless character being added named Crunch. Wrath of Cortex really did kill of the Crash Bandicoot series with it being on a next-gen console under the sixth-generation of gaming, it was better off staying on the PS1 system instead of it being released on multiple systems and multiple game companies wanting a piece of the franchise to making money I haven't even bothered picking up the later games from the franchise which I knew straight away that the Crash Bandicoot I knew would be gone forever.

There were rumors began circulating that Sony bought the rights to the franchise from Activision. Speculations have been fueled after the release of PS4's #4ThePlayers campaign, featuring a road sign of a bandicoot, with an arrow pointing towards the orange diamond logo of Sony Computer Entertainment America. It was also noted by publications such as IGN that Crash had been removed from Activision’s official website, but it turns out that Activision may consider making a Crash game in the future but this idea would be a terrible one and will likely be turned into another Skylanders type product just like what they did with Spyro and of course Disney made their own which was Disney Infinity.

I will be working on a Part 2 blog on Naughty Dog on the Jak and Daxter series; do you have a favourite Crash Bandicoot game from the PS1 era? Or do you think Crash should make a comeback? Let us know in the comments and hope you've enjoyed reading this first part of my blog on 30 years of Naughty Dog.

Eight years later still on Gamespot

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So yes it's been 8 years since I've joined Gamespot since April 9th 2006, I'm still posting blogs and reviews on Gamespot and even got mentioned a few times on the Community Spotlight now and then. Outside of Gamespot I've attended more and more anime conventions including a Retro Gaming convention called NERG (North East Retro Gaming) which I will be going to again in July along with Sunnycon in June however I have started working on a cosplay for it which is going to be a challenge but I'm planning on cosplaying as Abe (Oddworld series) I've already got most of the materials for it and just need to make it, don't worry there will be a photo of my cosplay once it's done.

Apart from that since last year I'm now both a Ranger and Moderator, I didn't expect this to happen but it's still something I might not be able to post as much blogs as I used to but I try and at least something good to blog about at least once or twice a week depending if something good has come up in my area or some gaming news that's been posting online I did watch the Nintendo Direct on Super Smash Brothers for both 3DS and Wii U, a lot of people I know are pretty much Falcon-Punching themselves on the news on Super Smash Brothers including more characters added in from Pokémon. Still waiting to see if they will bring back Solid Snake to Super Smash Brothers; unless they announce some new characters at the last minute like Professor Layton or your 3DS Mii as a playable character. What were you all specting in Super Smash Brothers?

Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright Impressions

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Recently bought this game last week and been pretty much hyped about this game since after Miracle Mask was released back in 2012. I even cosplayed as Professor Layton again on a Friday morning to pick up the game at launch which was still a laugh but was worth it.

Story follows the mysterious Espella is pursued through London by a bewildering force, she desperately seeks help from legendary puzzle investigator Professor Layton and his assistant Luke. However, before the duo are able to work out what’s going on, Espella is suddenly kidnapped. While attempting to track her down, Layton and Luke encounter a strange book and are transported to the outlandish medieval city of Labyrinthia a place allegedly inhabited by witches and magic!

Meanwhile, defence attorney Phoenix Wright and spirit medium in training Maya also find themselves teleported to Labyrinthia after discovering the same book during a business trip to London. When he realises that Espella is to be put on trial as a witch, Phoenix decides to defend her in court. While Phoenix learns the bizarre laws of the land, Professor Layton sets out to solve the mysteries of Labyrinthia but can the two masters of their professions work together long enough to save the day?

It's like mixing chocolate and peanut butter together or even Marmite and Oreos when you think about the idea on both game franchises that have been both on the Nintendo DS system before in the past. With a mix of Puzzles from the Professor Layton series and the courtroom trails from the Phoenix Wright series being added by listening and questioning the witnesses and the ones who are on trial in court. Plus the 3D visuals look impressive for a 3DS game including the soundtrack which has some great moments when it comes to gameplay; this would have to be my favourite theme so far in the game-

For those who are still waiting for a US release of this game, I'm pretty sure a release date will be announced very soon but once it's released I would highly recommend this if you are a fan of either of the games or even both games it's worth the purchase. But for those who have already gotten their copies how do you all liking this game?

Let us know in the comments

Anime line-up Spring 2014

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With the first batch of Anime that's just recently finished including Kill La Kill what does the rest of 2014 have lined-up for most Anime fans out there. A ton of new anime has just started and here is a list of a few animes worth checking out if you have the time-

*These are trailers from youtube if your wonder why the video isn't work or can't see anything*

Fairy Tail- Season 5

Set in an imaginary world, the Earth Land, there exists a Mage Guild called "Fairy Tail". Fairy Tail is stationed in the town Magnolia, residing in the Kingdom of Fiore, and is currently governed by Makarov, Guild's master due note that this is will continue where it left off last year after Episode 175 if anyone has been following the series.

Dragon Ball Kai-

Remastered version of the Majin Buu saga that follows more to the manga's story.

Hero Bank-

The anime centers around Kaito, an elementary school boy who is suddenly burdened with 10 billion yen in debt one day. The only way he can pay off the debt is to master "Hero-Gi" (downloaded off the net) and win matches in "Hero Battle," a new-generation cyber sport.

Selector Infected WIXOSS-

Girls with each of these feelings in their hearts are being swallowed into the vortex of a dangerous game.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V-

The fifth Yu-Gi-Oh! project with new main characters and new monsters.

Akuma no Riddle-

The story is set at Myoujou Academy, a private girls' boarding school. The 10th year's Kurogumi class has 12 assassins with their sights on one target, Haru Ichinose. Tokaku Azuma is a recent transfer student who is also targeting Ichinose, but she gradually develops feelings for Ichinose.

Black Bullet-

A near future, where humans have been defeated by the viral parasites named Gastrea. They have been exiled into a small territory and live in despair, side-by-side in terror. In this world trapped in darkness Rentaro, a boy living near Tokyo and member of the "Civil Security"—an organization specializing in fighting.

Soul Eater Not!-

Ding-dong! Dead-dong! Class is about to begin, and you don't want to be late on your first day of school! Join Tsugumi Harudori in the "NOT" class at Death Weapon Meister Academy, a school dedicated to training transforming weapons like Tsugumi and the meisters who will wield them. Many "NOT" (Normally Overcome Target) students aspire to join the elite "EAT" (Especially Advantaged Talent) class. But it may take Tsugumi some time to find her confidence and a partner at this crazy school!

Escha & Logy no Atelier-

This world has gone through many Dusks, and is slowly nearing its end. Within this world, in the western reaches of the "Land of Dusk," there was a nation that prospered thanks to its use of alchemy. There, in order to survive the eventual arrival of the "Dusk End," the people devoted their efforts to rediscover and recreate lost alchemic technologies. Rediscovered technology from the past era was gathered in the alchemy research city known as "Central," where research was conducted on how to halt the advance of the twilight. One of the heroes is a young man who researched alchemy in Central, the other a girl living in a small town on the frontier. This girl's name is Escha. In the process of using her knowledge of ancient alchemy to help others, she was assigned to the Development Department. The young man's name is Logy. Having learned the newest alchemic techniques in Central, he requested a transfer to this understaffed town to make use of his abilities, and meets Escha when he is assigned to the Development Department as well. The two make a promise to use their alchemy together, and bring success to the Development Department.

Other Anime to check out that's also on the list for Spring 2014-

  • Abarenbou Kishi!! Matsutarou
  • Baby Steps
  • Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
  • Captain Earth
  • Blade & Soul
  • Haikyuu!
  • Hitsugi no Chaika
  • Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders
  • Mekaku City Actors
  • No Game No Life
  • Ping Pong The Animation

There is an awful lot of Anime to check out for this season until July when the Summer line-up will appear online, what anime will you be checking out for the Spring line-up? Let us know in the comments

Anime Series Review- Kill La Kill

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This Anime was recommended to a few people I know back in October after the line-up of Anime for Fall 2013 which were all posted online and there was one Anime particular I really enjoyed watching after the third episode which was in fact Kill La Kill.

Both Hiroyuki Imaishi and Kazuki Nakashima who both worked on Gurren Lagann which was shown back in 2007 and is still one of the well-known Anime's out there for both fans and newcomers alike when it comes to Anime. Kill La Kill is a different kind of Anime which has an insane plot twist throughout each episode of funny humour and gripping, the last series I've really enjoyed watching was Attack on Titan and already became a huge hit all over the world and even seen people cosplaying as their favourite characters at conventions. It won't be very long until people plan on cosplaying as their favourite characters in Kill La Kill at future conventions depending on if they can get away with a few minor things on terms of cosplay for certain characters.

Plot is set follows vagrant schoolgirl Ryuko Matoi on her search for her father's killer, which brings her into violent conflict with the iron-fisted student council president of Honnouji Academy, Satsuki Kiryuin, and her mother's fashion empire. This maybe a simply story plot that has a style of Kill Bill at first but later episodes the plot-twists even further and further on what's really going on here. The battles with Ryuko are another thing good about the series as she pretty much fights her way to the top to reaching Satsuki and knowing the truth about her father's death. Her best friend Mako also pretty much steals the spotlight throughout most of the series but here slap-stick humour and comedy just makes this series even funnier to watch.

The animation is also impressive to look at which does remind you of how fun and creative anime can be at its best, even the soundtrack can also be very catchy to listen to including the 1st Opening between Kill La Kill Opening- Episodes 1-15 (Due note that it's tricky finding the short opening on Youtube due to copyright issues, enjoy the full version instead)

When the series had ended with only 24 episodes including an OVA episode on the way it made me wonder could there really be an another good anime like Kill La Kill out there in the future? Could there be another anime series that could top this one off? Who knows however as I much loved the series for its insane plot and amazing soundtrack, I would highly recommend this Anime to anyone who hasn’t got around to seeing this yet.

5/5 (5 Star Rating)

Hope you've enjoyed reading my review :D