Well kiddies, it’s about that time… time to bid a fond farewell to the seventh generation of our favorite hobby. And what a generation it was! Lasting longer than any console cycle before it, this generation brought more than just some amazing titles. The console has become an all-in-one entertainment hub, as opposed to being “just a gaming system.” From apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus to the advent of motion control and the renaissance of indie games, there hasn’t been a better time to be a gamer. We have come so far in these past eight years, and the future looks brighter than ever.
As we play our Wii Us, and eagerly anticipate Microsoft and Sony’s consoles with bated breath, I feel it’s prudent to take a look back at this generation and discuss some of my favorite video games. Titles that left a lasting impression on us. Titles that will forever live in our collective memories as some of the most enjoyable experiences we’ve ever had.
Since there are so many amazing games, I’ve decided to list my favorites based on genre. In this article, I’m going to go with a new genre that emerged this generation: HD remakes. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, HD remakes helped older gamers relive fond memories, and gave a beautiful history lesson to people who recently discovered this hobby. Here are my favorite HD remakes of this generation. (more…)
You’ve been waiting for it, and the time is now, the Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception multiplayer beta is now available on the PlayStation Store. To receive access to the beta, you have to be a proud owner of InFamous 2 or a PlayStation Plus subscriber. Otherwise, you’re out of luck.
In non-beta news, this week will also see the addition of a quartet of new games to the PlayStation Store:
Beyond Good & Evil HD, a re-release of the PS2/Xbox/Cube classic.
Gatling Gears, a twin-stick shooter from EA.
Puzzle Dimension, a puzzle game that is “easy to learn hard to master.”
Streets of Rage 2, a re-release of the Genesis classic.
More information about all of these games is available after the break and the full rundown of this week’s PlayStation Store update can be found at the PlayStation.Blog. (more…)
It may have taken a little while but Beyond Good & Evil HD will finally hit the PlayStation 3 this May. No specific date during the month was attached, but users who purchase the game in the first two weeks get two free PSN avatars, Jade and Pey’j. Check out the announcement trailer above for a good synopsis of the game.
The Xbox Live Arcade House Party rolls on with Beyond Good & Evil HD, an HD remake of the 2003 game. Hailed as one of the greatest games of the GameCube/PS2/Xbox era, it’s now available to download for 800 Microsoft Points ($10). Often compared to The Legend of Zelda, here’s what gamers have to look forward to if they missed it the first time around (or want to play it again):
Publisher: Ubisoft Developer: Ubisoft Genre: Action & Adventure
Beyond Good & Evil, the award-winning action-adventure game is back! This time play through this innovative thriller in full high-definition graphics. Play as Jade, a young investigative reporter, and expose a terrible government conspiracy. It is up to you and your loyal pig friend Pey’j to save your planet and its inhabitants.
With just a little over a week to go before we get this party started, Major Nelson has announced the prices and release dates for all of the games in this year’s Xbox Live Arcade House Party.
We knew that Hard Corps: Uprising would lead things off on February 16, but now we know it’ll be followed by Bejeweled Blitz Live on the 23rd, Beyond Good & Evil HD on March 2nd, Torchlight on March 9th and Full House Poker on March 16th.
You can find all of the release dates in list form right here, along with each game’s price:
February 16: Hard Corps: Uprising (1200 Microsoft Points [$15])
February 23: Bejeweled Blitz Live (800 Microsoft Points [$10])
March 2: Beyond Good & Evil HD (800 Microsoft Points [$10])
March 9: Torchlight (1200 Microsoft Points [$15])
March 16: Full House Poker (800 Microsoft Points [$10])
Last year’s Xbox Live House Party brought Perfect Dark, Scrap Metal and the Xbox Live Game Room to the Arcade. Microsoft is attempting to top it in 2011 with the Diablo-like RPG Torchlight, an HD remake of Beyond Good & Evil, Konami’s Contra sequel Hard Corps: Uprising, the XBLA/Windows Phone 7 poker show Full House Poker and PopCap’s addictive Bejeweled Blitz Live.
The House Party begins on February 16 with Hard Corps: Uprising, Konami’s latest reimagining of the Contra series and a direct sequel to 1994′s Contra: Hard Corps. It will be followed by a new game every week until the party ends on March 16.
More details on all of this year’s party guests can be found after the jump. (more…)
Beyond Good & Evil HD will be coming to a digital download service near you (PSN and XBLA to be exact) sometime this year. But Ubisoft has yet to narrow the remake’s release date down beyond that. However, they did release a short teaser trailer for the game today, which you can see above.
Now, if we could just get a straight answer out of Ubisoft about Beyond Good & Evil 2…