PS4 games to all be downloadable? Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix is coming to north america this fall... And Tomb Raider is here, but is it any good?
What's up Shackers, it's the Monday after the Oscars. How about that Seth MacFarlane, eh? Eh, I didn't watch it. I'm Ryan Calavano and here are your top stories.
As you may have suspected from the direction of technology trends, Sony has confirmed that all PlayStation 4 games will be available to download. Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has said the system will be similar to the Vita, focusing on the digital marketplace with only some of its games available on physical media. Yoshida went on to say, "The Witness will be a digital release and because of the flexibility of the digital distribution scheme, we can have more small games that might be free or available for a couple of dollars, or different services like free-to-play or subscription models." Yoshida also said that ultimately, Sony would like to offer tiered subscription models for its content. "We can do subscription services when we have more content - especially now that we have the Gaikai technology available. With one subscription you have access to thousands of games - that's our dream." We heard similar comments about a wider pricing range from CEO Jack Tretton last week. Word of an all-encompassing digital model is unsurprising, but Sony's Jim Ryan told IGN that Blu-rays are still the physical media plan for the foreseeable future.
Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix will be coming to North America and Europe, the publisher confirmed today, having first announced the revamp-o-bundle in September 2012 for Japan. The convoluted RPG collision of Disney and Final Fantasy's worlds will come to PlayStation 3 this fall. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix's contents are about as confusing as its title. It offers HD-ified versions of the original Kingdom Hearts' Final Mix (an expanded edition which only came out in Japan) and of Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories (the PlayStation 2 remake of Game Boy Advance title Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories). Everyone get that? It also includes HD versions of cinematics from the Nintendo DS instalment 358/2 Days, but not the game itself. because sure, why not? Conspicuously absent from this package is Kingdom Hearts II. Asked whether we'd see an HD version of the PS2 sequel, series director Tetsuya Nomura responded, "it'd be unusual if there wasn't." Sooooo Yes? Blink once if yes.
Tomb Raider finally drops next week but the reviews are out today and so far the general consensus is that we have a solid to very good reboot on our hands but it does have it's faults. Shack's Indie Jeff Mattas reviewed the game for us and although he wasn't blown away by Lara's latest adventure, it was a good time. Jeff wrote, " In the end, I enjoyed the Tomb Raider ride, but in a B-grade thriller sort of way. A lot of that has to do with the new direction it takes, which skews towards a much different and action-oriented balance of gameplay than its predecessors, and a script that can't quite bear the weight of the story's serious tone. There are a lot of exciting, cinematic moments and action to experience within, even though they come at the expense of the spirit of exploration and environmental puzzling the IP was originally built upon." The league of internets also weighed in, Game Informer gave it a 9.25 out of ten, IGN gave it a 9.1 out of ten and Eurogamer gave is a more reasonable 8/10. From all of the reviews I've read, I get a very luke warm feeling. Maybe it's all the QTE talk. You can make your own assessment of Tomb Raider when it comes out on March 5th.
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