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PlayStation 2- 15th Anniversary Blog

It would happen to be fact 15 years ago that the PlayStation 2 was first released on March 4th 2000 in Japan and was still the best-selling console outselling both Xbox and GameCube during the 6th Generation of gaming during 2000 till 2008, it was January 2013 that PlayStation 2 discounted worldwide and the last three games there were released for the system were Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin for Japan and both Fifa 14 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 for the rest of the world.

With the success of the PlayStation outselling Sega and Nintendo nearly every person wanted one, Sony announced the PlayStation on March 1st 1999 the console was positioned as a competitor the Dreamcast which was the first sixth-generation console to be released. Despite Sony's announcement, the Dreamcast went on to a very successful North American launch later that year selling over 500,000 units within two weeks. Straight after the Dreamcast was released during Tokyo Game Show during September, Sony showed off some playable demos including Gran Turismo 2000 and Tekken Tag Tournament which showed off consoles graphic abilities and power. Back at the time it was really impressive to see how powerful games were on the system and how far gaming has come since than with both Gran Turismo and Tekken franchise. Sony even added in something that the Dreamcast didn't have which was a built-in DVD player where you can watch DVD's on the PlayStation 2 instead of a DVD player and a cheaper way in getting a DVD player back in early 2000.

The PlayStation 2 was launched in October 2000 in both North America and November in Europe. Sales of the console, games and accessories pulled in $250 million on the first day, beating the $97 million made on the first day of the Dreamcast. Directly after its release, it was difficult to find PS2 units on retailer shelves due to manufacturing delays. During its release there has been a huge range of game, accessories like SingStar and Eye Toy made an impact on sales that it made games fun to play with friends and family.

I'm pretty sure that for those who still own a PS2 guessing everyone had different tastes and their favourite games for the system. Here are my top three favourite PS2 games-

1: Persona 4 (PS2- 2008)-

You could never really find the perfect game in life but Persona 4 really much had everything you would want in a JRPG game. Set in a Japanese high school and being transferred to a small town you start to find out on the mysterious rumours on the Midnight Channel where people can see their soul mates on the TV around Midnight but however as you progress through the story you find out that students are being thrown in the TV world and it's up to you and your friends to save them within a time limit after a number of days or they will die. Persona 4 is set as a traditional role-playing game you'll go through multiple dungeons you have to use Persona's in order to defeat enemies which are like monsters which you can summon each party member has a persona, the manifestation of one's true self, that they can use in battle. Each has its own unique Skills, and a specific set of strengths and weaknesses to certain attacks. Personas gain experience from battle and learn new Skills as they gain levels. The fun part about the game is that when you’re in High School or not in the TV you can Socialise with other characters in the game this is called Social-Links where you can hang out with your friends or attend an after school club more you hang out with them your Persona's will become stronger. Not only that the story based around Persona 4 really does teach you about friendship in general and that this is more to life and having friends is something that you have to treasure.

2: Kingdom Hearts (2002)-

When I first heard of Kingdom Hearts it was mentioned in an article on how well it was selling in Japan, I think I did remember seeing a trailer for this somewhere after being shown at E3 2002. When I saw images and gameplay I was amazed on how awesome and seeing an idea a little similar to mine coming to life. I really wanted to get this game but didn't have a PS2 back then but however when my sister got a PS2 for Christmas, I had to buy this game but the one problem was that it didn't come with a memory card. After waiting a few months finally had the money and bought the game. Most of my summer back in 2003 I spent most of my time playing Kingdom Hearts, I really liked the simply story where Sora is stuck on an island and his two best friends Riku and Kairi want to get off the island and go on a real adventure. Meanwhile in another world known as Disney Castle Mickey disappears and leaves a message warning Donald and Goofy that darkness is coming and must find the KEY. Which turned out to be Sora after seeing his world getting destroyed by the Heartless and his friends go missing, Sora, Donald and Goofy embark on an adventure and find out who's really behind all this. Most of the worlds that were mentioned in Kingdom Hearts were really impressive and look totally similar to the films we used to all watch as kids. I'll admit that were some really good moments and boss battles; as it story progressed and progressed it got even deeper, I start to relies that the more you follow the story you learn that deep down you'll always have friends that'll be with you.

3: Devil May Cry 3 (2005)-

First time I've heard about the series was when I was at college and one of my friends I knew was a huge Capcom fan when it came to games like Mega Man, Street Fighter and Devil May Cry. My friend highly recommended the Devil May Cry series after watching some gameplay footage while my friend was playing the game during break because the college I went to had a PS2 in lounge; ended up playing Devil May Cry 3 to begin with and was my first I now the story goes from 3,1,4,2 I'm kind of glad I've went through that direction because I can tell how Dante has changed the story is set several years before the events of the first Devil May Cry in an enchanted tower, the story centers of the dysfunctional relationship between Dante and his brother Virgil. Dante has opened an as-yet-unnamed demon-hunting agency and his demonic heritage has not yet reached its full potential. What made game shine was how insane the difficulty had got when you were playing it from a higher level from Easy mode to Heaven or Hell mode which was one hit and it's game over for you; was a hack-n-slash action adventure game with many weapons to use, memorable cutscenes where the overall game itself made you want to come back for more.

There are other games I would mention but likely to be mentioning them in my future blogs plus amazed that it's been nearly 10 years since their first release in 2005.

Do you have any favourite PS2 games in your collection?

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Leonard Nimoy always be remembered in TV, Movies and Video Games

Only found out about the news last Friday afternoon after reading Facebook statuses on my phone while I was in a café, plus randomly shouted out "Dear God Nooo" mainly because Leonard Nimoy is well known for his role as Master Xehanort in the Kingdom Hearts series. However the Japanese voice actor Chikao Otsuka who did the role of the Japanese version of Master Xehanort passed away on January 15th 2015, meaning that both actors have now passed away could this mean that Kingdom Hearts III could be pushed back a bit on voice acting?

Leonard Nimoy might be known for his role as Master Xehanort in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep but everyone else will know him well as Spock from Star Trek (1966-1969) including the Star Trek Animated series; he's appeared on multiple TV shows and films as well. Leonard Nimoy played a role on two episodes of The Simpsons "Marge Simpson VS the Monorail" and "The Springfield Files" including two episodes of Futurama as himself but his head in a jar.

He even played the role of narrator in both Seaman (Dreamcast) and Civilization IV (PC) including playing a role in Disney's Atlantis as Kashekim Nedakh, the King of Atlantis. Star Trek Online plans to erect an official, standing in-game memorial next week to Leonard Nimoy, the actor who portrayed Spock for nearly 50 years. The memorial will appear following the sci-fi MMO's regularly scheduled maintenance on March 5, That's shorthand for "live long and prosper," the valediction Nimoy gave in performing one of pop culture's most iconic roles. Nimoy's death touched off a wave of public mourning, not limited to just fans of Star Trek or science fiction, in social media, comments to news posts, and also video games. His last tweet he posted on Twitter was- "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory."

Have any favourite moments in films, TV or games starring Leonard Nimoy?

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Why demo discs should make a comeback

When I watched the latest video of The Gist where Jess McDonell was talking about one of her favourite demos when she was really young, than talking about how games have recently been feeling broken, rushed increasingly raising their prices on games. That I can fully agree on after watching the video on GameSpot it is true that quite a lot of games that have been released over years have started to go downhill on various franchises, 2014 showed an example on how games have felt that have been just rushed not carefully looked and getting them released before the holiday sales.

We know demos are good example on what the game itself will look like before it's released, most demos are released on places like the Nintendo eShop, Steam, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network taking some space. Beta invites are another good example on how good the game itself might be even if its 3-6 months before release either sent out to a few lucky people online or paid a bit of money on pre-ordering the game before its release checking to see if there are any bugs or glitches or even see how well the online multiplayer is when it comes to internet connection speed and how quick the sever is. Not only that gaming expos or conventions play an important role where people like yourself would line up just to play this certain game before its released and maybe some free goodies after visiting their booth stuff like this happens at places like E3, MCM Expo, Play Expo and GamesCom.

This was before consoles like the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii were released demos were in fact on a disc which can hold at least a good 5-10 demos per disc but this came with a magazine which was our only way to finding out on what games were going to be released with the next few months or within the year. I did enjoy reading the previews and reviews on what games were going to be out during that time and this was before I had access to the internet in my own home or at school or even paying on GameSpot for news. But one of the most memorable magazines I remember at a young age after receiving my PlayStation during one Christmas, Official UK PlayStation magazine pretty much had everything on previews, reviews, cheats and of course what was on each demo which had demos for upcoming games being released 1-2 months before release and trailers making you hyped about the game and what to expect.

Most demos only had at least 1 or 2 levels in each game giving you choice which level you want to play first, they may contained spoilers if that level was happened to be in fact part of the game itself but it was a hard level to complete in the demo it gave you an idea where you needed to go or where you were heading; Metal Gear Solid demo was one of the good examples when it came to knowing where you needed to be next. Another feature that was included with the demo's was Net Yaroze which was a development kit for the PlayStation and a promotion kit to computer programming hobbyists from 1997 who want to make their own games; back than this felt like felt this was the only way to play indie games on demo discs from the Official UK PlayStation magazines but these were only arcade title games but they were fun and got you coming back to playing them again and again. Most of these homebrew games were pretty impressive there were games like Total Soccer Yaroze, Haunted Maze, Psychon, Rock N Gems and Super Bub they kept me coming back to the demos for more. If you were want to try and get your hands on a Sony Net Yaroze console are hard to find to come by at a very good price if you are willing to pay at a good price on ebay.

I do miss buying the old magazines I used to buy including the ones with the demo with them because when developers released their demos on discs it gives people like you building up hype on looking forward to a certain game within a few months or later in the year.

Do you think demo discs should make a comeback or do you have a favourite demo when you were young?

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Are games getting shorter and worth our time and money?

The Order 1886 will be released this week for the PlayStation 4 on February 20th worldwide but a few days ago there has been a lot of news, tweets and complaints on how short The Order 1886 is which could be completed within 5 hours or more and that's include gameplay and cutscenes altogether. However the developers Ready at Dawn who have made games in the past for the PSP for both God of War Chains of Olympus and Ghosts of Sparta and of course Daxter; when they were first released you could beat either game within 6 hours or more depending on what difficulty you play it on. According to the developer you can clock around more than 8-10 hours which is the same length you would get in other First-Person Shooter games.

GameSpot have just recently posted a feature article blog on their page discussing about the length of the game and is it worth purchasing at full price? I've managed to play a bit of the game myself which was only the demo at GAME Lock-in Event does look impressive it looked on a PS4, Ready at Dawn have done an amazing job on the visuals and cinematic look when it comes to cutscenes and gameplay when I was playing the demo for this.

After talking about this with a few people I know today this isn't the first game that has gotten complaints on how short it is at full retail price, just last year Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was released on both online and in stores if you bought it on PS4 or Xbox One it was for sale for £40/$40 on release. You can beat the main story under an hour or more but there were more missions after clearing the main story but it did feel more of a demo than a game itself. However Ground Zeroes did give an idea on how well detailed and what the game will actually look if it was the full game itself but Metal Gear Solid V won't be released until Summer 2015. Yet another two games that were released on the PSN store were both Flower and Journey from ThatGameCompany released at a price under £10/$10, both games can be completed 2 hours in total and an extra hour if you want all trophies but both games were critically acclaimed for its outstanding visuals, art, soundtrack and winning quite a few awards Journey pretty much won Game of the Year for 2012 from most sites and magazines even though it's a very short game the shortest games can have some of the most memorable moments you'll see in a video game.

The complaints are still coming in based around The Order 1886 and is very likely that after the weekend its released stores like GAME, CEX or Grainger Games will have a lot of copies of it on pre-owned after people trading it for wither cash or store credit so staff at gaming stores may want to be prepared on how many people will trade it in. But when I was chatting to a few people today about it they had ideas on what you could be doing within them 5 hours and at around the same price as the game is-

  • Purchase the Blu-Ray edition of the original Star Wars Trilogy and watching them
  • Going to the cinema for a day and watching at least 3-4 films either in 2D or 3D
  • Reading the first four Game of Thrones books in one sitting
  • Learning how to play a musical instrument from a paid instructor
  • Buying a Pre-owned PSP/DS bundled with 1-2 game that has plenty of replay value and hours pending on what game it is

Then again I supposed that if people don't have time to play games that much due to work, studies or spending time with family, beating a game within 5 hours or more might be the best way for some if you have a lot going on with your life outside of gaming. This has been a good topic overall it's getting to the point now that newer games that have been released both last year and this year are starting to get shorter and shorter certain developers have tried to make games last longer more than 12 hours and when you look at RPG games they can take over 40 hours or more which is really getting your value out of your money. Not saying that The Order 1886 is a good or bad game it just really depends on what you think of the game and are you really getting your value out of it making you very likely that you may want to write a review of your own on your experience on The Order 1886.

Are you planning on buy The Order 1886 this week or do you think you are better off buying something else around the same price?

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Nintendo Anime Channel could become very handy to have on your 3DS

Launched around the same week as the New 3DS along with Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on February 13th, Nintendo also released a free app on the Nintendo eShop which is the Nintendo Anime Channel. So far it has only been released in UK/Europe at the moment there has been no word on it heading to the US maybe later on in the year.

I know that most people like me would watch anime through various online sites like Crunchyroll or on DVD or even Netflix if you have a free month trail or a paid subscription, Nintendo Anime Channel is free download through your Nintendo 3DS or Wii U taking 200 blocks on your SD card. You will need a Wi-Fi connection if you want to watch anime on their channel just like what you do if you are logging-in to the Nintendo eShop; there is only three anime series to pick from at the moment with them being owned and released on Nintendo consoles and handhelds over the years.

You can watch Kirby: Right back at Ya! which has only 4 episodes, Pokémon Advanced Generation based on the two Pokémon games Ruby and Sapphire which also has 4 episodes at the moment and the third choice you have is Inazuma Eleven with only 2 episodes. I do hope that more episodes will be added to the channel later in the coming weeks and months because I found Inazuma Eleven quite enjoyable to watch after downloading and seeing what the channel was like; I was impressed how good quality was especially on the Nintendo 3DS, it's a shame you can't change it to Subbed if you wanted to watch it in Japanese but it does have the option to change the audio from English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch and Italian.

I would say that the Nintendo Anime Channel would be really handy to have if have trouble sleeping at night why not watch an episode from the channel, of if you have a good internet connection on the bus or train watching at least one or two episodes would be really handy and would pass the time especially if you have a delay in travel or stuck in traffic on a bus to work. I don't think Nintendo would charge people for using the service if more and more people plan on watching stuff from it but you may need to find a good website or know when the latest episode of your favourite anime or a certain episode won't be available on the channel if Nintendo adds more episodes or even other shows on the Anime Channel.

Another cool feature that would have been great but it would never happen due to other Anime franchises like One Piece or Naruto have released games on other consoles watching episodes of your favourite anime shows would have been a cool option but likely it would never happen so don't expect something like Hunter X Hunter 2011 or Seven Deadly Sins being there sometime soon. I can see myself using the Nintendo Anime Channel more often later in the future if it’s going to be a free app to watch anime whenever I want or even if I'm somewhere in a café or StreetPass meet I can easily see 2 or 3 people watching a certain anime through someone's 3DS at least in public.

Have you checked out the Anime Channel through your 3DS or Wii U?

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Vagrant Story- 15 Year Anniversary Blog

It is a shame that not many people have actually heard of this title since it was first released due to many people buying the game during its launch outside of Japan for May 2000 for the US and UK/Europe didn't get the game a month later which was June 2000. Vagrant Story was first released in Japan back in February 10th 2000 which was in fact a few days that it has been 15 years since it was first released. Unfortunately for me I've even heard of this game at first when I first got my PS1 back towards the end of Christmas 2000, it was a year or so later I've started getting into more RPG games like Final Fantasy IX remember seeing the name of Vagrant Story at the back of the manual; around November 2008 after trading a few games in CEX spotted Vagrant Story for 50p for a price like that I couldn't say no.

When I first started loading this game up on my PS1 the first thing that came up was the stunning CGI opening and having to have at least 3 blocks free on my memory card. For anyone who hasn't heard of this game or the story it follows a special agent called Ashley Riot and his missions is to infiltrate the city of evil, Leá Monde and investigate the link between a cult leader and a senior Valendian Parliament member, Duke Bardorba. In the prologue, Ashley is blamed for murdering the duke, and the game discloses the events that happen one week before the murder. The story gets more and deeper on what is really going on as you progress; what makes Vagrant Story a really stand out was its gameplay which featured no shops and no player interaction with other characters; instead focuses on weapon creation and modification, as well as elements of puzzle-solving and strategy.

Some of the puzzles can be a little challenging especially if it was your first time playing and yet you had to play it a few times to understand how the gameplay mechanic works especially when it comes to the exclamation mark indicates the point where you can chain attacks; reflexes must be keen to inflict higher damage to enemies. The visuals, graphics and art style looked amazing too for an RPG game on the PS1 Square wanted to have the game in a setting with ruins, shadowy labyrinths and maiden dungeons, the game's scenery is inspired by real-life landscapes of the southwest of France including the city of Saint-Émilion.

Vagrant Story received critical acclaim from gaming magazines and websites with scores of 9 and 10/10; including the Japanese magazine Famitsu rated it 40/40 making it the third game and first PS1 game in Japan to receive a perfect score; yet the designer Yasumi Matsuno had received another perfect score of 40/40 again in 2006 for Final Fantasy XII meaning He is one of few designers to have two games receive a perfect score from Famitsu magazines. Many fans and gamers who have played Final Fantasy XII may have spotted several references to Vagrant Story if you've played this before playing XII either before or after the game was released in 2006. Even some Final Fantasy fans have said they consider Vagrant Story to be the original Final Fantasy XII for its unique gameplay design and setting, even I would say that this felt more like a proper Final Fantasy game if the PS1 was still around during that time but more and more developers were slowly moving away from the current gen consoles like the PlayStation 2, Cube and Xbox than slowly making more games on the next-gen consoles which were systems like the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and Steam.

Vagrant Story is still a rare game to find on sites like eBay or Amazon or even Retro Game shops from as little as £10/$10 up to £30/$30 used but finding it brand new would cost even more; however you can pick up Vagrant Story through the PSN Store at a cheaper price and downloading it to either your PS3, PSP or PS Vita, has appeared on the Special Offer Deals now and then on the PSN Store I would highly recommend this game to anyone who haven't even heard of it, offering a rich and unique story it also offers New Game+ which enables you to replay the story using their end-game weapons, items, and statistics instead of the defaults. This option allows you to access a hidden level, which features more intimidating enemies and more powerful equipment.

Would you say Vagrant Story would be your favourite PS1 game in your collection?

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Top 5 Favourite Openings in Video Games- My Top 5 list

With Valentine's Day coming up in along with Majora's Mask and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate released both on the 3DS the day before, it occurs to that we forget when we play games in general there's always a good intro/opening to a video game in general. There have been a good line up of openings to a game and some of them have some of the best moments in gaming history, thought I'd talk about my top five favourite openings to a video game-

Resident Evil 3 (PS1)-

The opening used to terrify me when I was young but later during the years and playing more and more horror games, I forget that the opening for Resident Evil 3 was the perfect setting for a start to a horror game. Both openings for Resident Evil 1 and 2 were pretty good but the opening for Resident Evil 3 showed you how the T-Virus outbreak took over Raccoon City with hordes of zombies coming towards you. Plus later on in the game you are welcomed to an even more terrifying creature which is Nemesis who would chase you down and not even bullets would put it down for good.

Kingdom Hearts (PS2)-

The idea of both Disney and Final Fantasy together in one game is a great idea for a video game especially if it's Kingdom Hearts, I've mentioned it a few times in the past why I love the series but my overall favourite has always been the first game. Starting off this amazing adventure you see Sora drifting in a dream thinking if any of this is real or not than you hear the opening theme music Simple and Clean played by Utada Hikaru both version do sound great either the English or Japanese version. I liked the English opening for this more but I do like the main/ending theme in Japanese even more, plus the CGI visuals look stunning to look even after it was released in 2002 it still holds up today.

Metal Gear Solid 2 (PS2)-

This one alone doesn't need any explaining the opening music to this is one of the most memorable themes you will ever hear out of a Metal Gear Solid game. Okay some fans and gamers have said that Metal Gear Solid 2 was a disappointment due to Raiden making an appearance in the other half of the game, Harry Gregson-Williams composed the music for this he also composed other music from movies like Shrek, Chicken Run and Team America, Hideo Kojima decided to choose him to do the music for Metal Gear Solid 2 after seeing the film The Replacement Killers and felt the music was perfect for the game.

Final Fantasy VIII (PS1)-

I was torn between this and the opening to Final Fantasy X which both sound very memorable when it comes to music especially if it's music composed by Nobuo Uematsu, follows the story of a group of mercenaries who are part of an organization named SeeD. Their main goal in the game is to stop a sorceress from the future (named Ultimecia) from compressing time. The opening music "Liberi Fatali" was also played during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens during the during the women's synchronized swimming event goes to show you that video game music can help and influence athletes able to perform and win some medals for their country.

BioShock (360/PS3/PC)-

An opening no one was expecting when starting a new game in a video game but for BioShock you start off surviving a plane crash and finding a lighthouse in the middle of the sea and riding a Bathysphere towards the bottom of the sea towards the underwater city of Rapture. When you dive underwater you are welcome to mini movie from Andrew Ryan explaining about a "A man chooses" after hearing the name Rapture you are welcome to an underwater city looking around using the right analog stick that you are not in the world of Finding Nemo or Bikini Bottom you find only ruins and horror from what's left of Rapture.

Do you have a favourite opening in a video game?

Or have some favourite music or quotes from your favourite opening?

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Bloodborne and The Order 1886 Demo Impressions GAME Lock-in Event

Once again GAME had another lock-in event which was over the UK thanks to Sony for not just providing one demo but two demos this time on both Bloodborne and The Order 1886 both on PlayStation 4. The only other time I've heard of both games were at E3 2013 for The Order and E3 2014 for Bloodborne but had to make a choice last night on what demo I wanted to try out first.

If you can remember the demo that was show at Gamescom 2014 this was the same demo we saw back in August, it does look impressive for an Action RPG game I love the dark setting and visuals for this; for a good half an hour enjoyed the demo for Bloodborne quite a lot before starting the demo you had four choices of class style you could play as either Swordsman, Axe and Gunman, Hammer and I think the other class you had was magician which was relying on magic than attacking. Melee weapons can transform into two alternate states; each state encourages a different approach to combat. The cleaver for example in its initial state can be used to quickly dispatch enemies in cramped areas, but when transformed into its secondary state it becomes an extended blade more suited for crowd control if there's more than 4 enemies attack you at once. While shields are not available to you so instead you can wield a firearm in the left hand that can be used to stun enemies, which can then be followed up with a critical attack from the melee weapon.

It does feel like I'm actually playing Demon's Souls more than Dark Souls due to the fact the difficulty is about in general based on the same studio that made both Demon's Souls and Dark Souls, you do get to savage items if you find any or picking items up after taking out certain enemies and monsters including dogs and crows. Just like the past games if you die you would end up losing all of your souls and restart at the nearest checkpoint you started at but if you want your souls back you would have to make your way through the area and finding where you last died but if you die before than or even sooner than expected the souls you lost will be gone forever.

I don't think I've heard much about The Order 1886 in general as I've already mentioned the only time I've seen trailers were at E3 for both 2013 and 2014, but was surprised that Ready at Dawn studios were behind the game itself because in the past they have made titles for the PSP for the God of War series and Daxter and also SCE Santa Monica Studios helping developing the game as well. Has been confirmed to be released later this month worldwide, set in an alternate history London, where an old order of knights keep all of the world safe from half breed monsters, who are a combination of animal and man. In the game's history around the seventh or eighth centuries a small number of humans took on bestial traits. The majority of humans feared these half breeds and war broke out. Despite the humans outnumbering the half breeds, their animal strength gave them the upper hand in centuries of conflict. You play as the role of Galahad, a member of an elite order of Knights join a centuries-old war against a powerful threat that will determine the course of history forever in this intense third-person action-adventure shooter.

Does feel like an Uncharted game but set in the Victorian era but does look impressive with a mix of steampunk mixed in as well I was quite impressed on setting and visuals. The demo for this was used at PlayStation Experience which was held in December 2014, do like the weapons that you can use like a machine-gun pistol and a sniper rifle as well, with it being a third-person shooter you get to go around a giant hot-air ballooned blimp you are fighting your way through halls, a kitchen and heading towards the engine room; you can use melee attacks on enemies including grabbing enemies over cabinets or walls and knocking them out just like you would have seen in the Uncharted series when it comes to sneaking up behind enemies using stealth techniques. Another clever thing I liked was if you are really low on health you can crawl somewhere if you want to recover your health back but if you decide to fight your way through and if you die the screen just goes completely black and then a few seconds later you are returned to the last checkpoint you were at, does sound creepy but impressive to look at.

What demo did I enjoy the most? If I was planning on getting a PS4 sometime in the future I would have to pick Bloodborne if I'm honest I did like what I saw for The Order 1886 for gameplay and cinematic visuals, but Bloodborne caught my attention more on its unique gameplay style, dark setting walking around dark towns and cities fighting monsters but it feels like an actual sequel to Demon's Souls when I'm thinking about Bloodborne plus lots of blood on top of that.

Will you be picking up both games? Which one would you consider buying first?

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Rolling around with the speed of sound, SEGA in a pickle?

With the most recent Sonic the Hedgehog game being released for the Nintendo Wii U, Sonic Boom has been given poor reviews and being one of the worst games in the series along with Sonic 06 but however the last ever good Sonic game was in fact Sonic Generations which was released back in 2011 celebrating 20 years of the Blue Hedgehog.

SEGA has recently been teasing on a new Sonic game which will be as a as a free-to-play title supported by in-game premium items. The official website however has listed iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad and for Android users at a later date in the year. Just last week SEGA said around 300 employees in Japan were being offered voluntary retirement as part of the company’s restructuring effort. In the US, SEGA of America laid out plans to move the company from its San Francisco base to Southern California. SEGA’s current release schedule shouldn’t be affected by the move, nor should the Sonic Boom television series current airing on Cartoon Network but many people like myself would end up watching the series online. SEGA’s new plan will see the company focus on digital and PC when it comes to gaming but could this idea make things a little worse?

Don't get me wrong SEGA used to be in the console war between Nintendo and Sony in the 90's however the financial losses incurred from their Dreamcast console caused the company to restructure itself in 2001, and focus on providing software as a third-party developer, exiting console manufacturing completely. SEGA made a deal with Nintendo on making three Sonic games for the Wii U but after their 3rd game was released which was Sonic Boom, after that game was released SEGA interested in giving Crazy Taxi, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Rise of Nightmares, Streets of Rage, and Shinobi. But I do like the idea if they considered making an Anime series out of either game that SEGA was going to consider working on; I know that a few people I know wouldn't mind seeing Comix Zone as a Series or even a movie if it happened. Yet another game that should have gotten the treatment would be in fact Ristar, it is a great platformer but when it got first released in early 1995, just as the videogame world was moving on to the next generation of hardware. Sega was concentrating on the impending release of the Saturn and Sonic was still a monster success, Ristar has been re-releases in several Sonic and Sega-themed compilations, including Sonic Mega Collection, Sega Genesis Collection and Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection. It has also been released for digital download released for the Virtual Console on the Wii and on Steam.

Sonic The Hedgehog is already getting a movie adaptation courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment but could it be a huge success by the time it gets released or could it be a failure. On what SEGA is planning on doing now seems good so far by experimenting to see if digital and PC could help with their financial sales; for PC/Steam users already have a good library of classic SEGA games to buy and download including Valkyria Chronicles which was recently released on Steam back in November 2014 which did boosts sales on Steam so its very likely that SEGA would consider releasing both Valkyria Chronicles II and III later in the future if more and more people are interested in the series. Plus other games like Total War has always helped with sales when it comes to PC gaming and also Bayonetta 2 getting perfect scores by both critics and gamers alike are getting more and more people to buying a Wii U just to play the Bayonetta series. Released in December 2012 in Japan and is to be released in North America and Europe in 2015, the downside to the English release that it could well be released as a download title only on PSN and taking 20 GB of your PS3 hard drive as well depending on what GB PS3 console you have. When it was released in Japan I knew one of my friends who imported the game and the disc version did take 8 GB to install on a PS3 console, but downloading 20 GB on your PS3 through PSN will take most of your hard drive and pretty much a full day downloading and installing it.

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What games have I've been playing during the first month of 2015?

January might have been a quiet start when it comes to new games released during that month plus haven't had anything good to blog about for almost two weeks now the last two blogs I've posted were both 10 Year Anniverary Blog- Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath and Movie Review- Big Hero 6 but I have been playing quite a few games in my time during that month thought I'd talk about the games I've been playing and reviewed.

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Since Christmas I'm still playing Persona Q (3DS) loved both Persona 3 and 4 for their story and amazing soundtrack, what I liked about the 3DS version that it uses the art style of Chibi-Art were both characters from Persona 3 and 4 come together and investigate a mystery on a bizarre alternate version of Yasogami High School in Inaba and restore lost memories of their new friends Zen and Rei. The Battle system feels like the old Shin Megami games and Etrian Odyssey.

The graphics and visuals still look impressive from today’s standard in video games especially the race track designs, layout designs making everything most detailed and an absorbing driving game. Been playing both single player and multiplayer races of Gran Turismo have done a review of this game and it still stands up from today since its first release on how driving games should be made.

Bought the Spyro Trilogy from the PSN Store during the Special Offer sales but the only Spyro game I have never played when I was younger was Spyro 2. Only time I've played it was at a friend's house or even at a youth club but when I saw this game for sale on PSN back in 2007 bought it on release to download on my PS3 but there were problems with loading times for the first few levels so I had to get my refund back. When I found a copy of the game at CEX at a cheaper price bought it but however the disc was totally scratch and wouldn't work either system my PS1, PS2 or PS3 so I had to get my refund again. Now that I've finally played and beaten Spyro 2 I can understand why everyone loves this game and considering it their favourite Spyro game in the series and a little trip back down memory lane for me too.

Around the first or second week of December walked into a shop called Cash Converters and saw a few PS1 games going for £1 and one of them was Chicken Run, I do remember playing the demo for this when I first got my PS1 console for it; Just like in the film you play as Ginger and helping her flock make a break for freedom while avoiding the evil Mrs. Tweedy and her oafish husband, who wants to turn them into chicken pies. However Run is based on an actual World War II incident where POWs attempted to escape from a Nazi prison camp if you've seen The Great Escape it gives you an example on how they escaped the prison war camps. What some people may notice with it being a game based on escaping a prison war camp it tries to act like a Metal Gear Solid title on terms of gameplay, you'll noticed that the bottom right screen has a Soliton Radar and yes you can hide under a garden gnome or a wellington boot just like Metal Gear Solid with the cardboard boxes.

For someone who has played a Pokémon game for the first time I've actually found Pokemon Omega Ruby enjoyable since I do like RPG games in general, when I was younger the games never really caught my attention tried to play Pokémon Blue on my phone a few years back through an emulator but the save crashed and had to keep starting all over again which I didn't like. Never liked the TV series overall due to the poor animation I just couldn't get into the cartoon series but enjoyed playing Omega Ruby since its release collecting Gym Badges, capturing Pokémon and plus its StreetPass option can let you build your own secret base anywhere in the Hoenn Region depending on where you plan to build your base you can find or look for their base which can be well hidden meaning that you'll have to track down where it plus collect their Green flag more you collect through StreetPass you'll earn more rewards for your base including creating your own base. One of the features you'll see featured is the BuzzNav news when you pass by other players, it will transfer the data they have compiled to you. This data ranges from items you have bought, Pokémon you have caught, TMs you have used and so forth and will appear in the various shows that are in BuzzNav.

Hope you've enjoyed reading my blog on what games I have been playing throughout January and reading my reviews as well. I have got both Majora's Mask and Monster Hunter Ultimate 4 on both Pre-Order for this month which I am looking forward to playing.

What games have you've been playing during the first month of 2015?

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