Monday Musings 3/3/14

Monday Musings 3/3/14

March roars in like a lion with a fresh batch of random musings! Grab a paddle and join me as we row up the stream of consciousness! Life jackets are optional, but recommended.

This is a big month, gamers!  For all intents and purposes, the next-gen starts in earnest a week from tomorrow with the release of Respawn Entertainment's 10 ton metal behemoth, Titanfall.  Vince Zampella (with an assist from a now departed Jason West) and his team look to once again change the face of multi-player gaming, defining it anew for this next-generation of consoles. One week later, the beginning of Hideo Kojima's latest master opus, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, drops for next (and current) gen consoles, with PS4 visuals that are incredibly stunning; an early taste indicative of what this generation has in store for us in terms of visual fidelity (download the HQ video here and see for yourself!).  Three days after that, one of my most anticipated games of 2014 kicks off the Spring in style as Infamous: Second Son soars onto PS4s around the world, in what appears to be a spectacular new entry into Sucker Punch's venerable super-hero franchise.  Ten days, three games that define the early part of this next-generation of gaming.  It's going to be a wild stretch starting March 11...

And lest we forget the PS4's generational forefather, the PS3 has quite the month ahead of it as well.  Dark Souls II, South Park: The Stick of Truth, The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 2, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (yeah, it's coming here too) represent a few of the big releases continuing to pump the life blood through Sony's old stalwart machine.  How will gamers have time to sleep in March?...


"To complicate matters further, as if this all one big cruel, wallet-crippling corporate joke, Sony fires up its annual Spring Fever sale for 2014, and it's a good one!"

To complicate matters further, as if this is all one big cruel, wallet-crippling corporate joke, Sony fires up its annual Spring Fever sale for 2014, and it's a good one!  A double quad-pack of indie goodness awaits PlayStation gamers throughout the month of March, with each week seeing the release of a new indie game for PS3 and PS4, all with the requisite PS Plus discount attached, of course. Master Reboot, Vessel, and the long-awaited Luftrausers from Super Crate Box developer Vlambeer, are waiting in the wings to entertain PlayStation 3 gamers this month. PS4 is running a rock solid lineup as well, with Awesomenauts Assemble, Towerfall Ascension, and SteamWorld Dig releasing in consecutive weeks.  The icing on the cake?  Fez makes it's PlayStation debut at the end of the month, with a PS3-PS4-Vita cross-buy version of the hailed indie classic.  Whew! Good-grief that's a load of March gaming goodness! (A "super motherload" of March gaming goodness if you will, heh heh... that's a little gamer humor for you... hey where you going?...)...

Well, all hope of rest is officially lost this month.  There's always next month, right? (*Donates bed to good-will)...

Not one to be lost amidst the shuffle of all the big game talk this month, the best game of March 2014 may have already been released November 30, 2010 on the PS3 (wow, has it been that long already?!).  Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition hits PS4 tomorrow, and if you have never played it, you're in for a treat as this arcade style, twin-stick shooter is one of the best we have. In fact, even if you have played this game, fire it up again!  Hit the share button and watch your fellow PSN denizens try to foil your game through the new Broadcast+ feature.  Then enact sweet vengeance by mowing down their in-game zombie persona.  Interactive live-streaming is something we're going to be seeing much more of in the future, methinks...

On a totally unrelated side-note, Snapple really is made from the best stuff on Earth...

What's that you say?  Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark Ultimate Edition?  This month on PS4?  *SLAPS forehead*...


"Not one to be lost amidst the shuffle of all the big game talk this month, the best game of March 2014 may have already been released November 30, 2010 on the PS3."

Nerd-gasm of the week:  We may be on the cusp of RockSteady finally unveiling their next Batman game!  This image was posted to the web by a purported GameStop employee in possession of some advanced promotional material, seemingly pointing towards the imminent reveal of the next game in the Batman: Arkham universe.  This, in conjunction with assorted internet scuttlebutt over the last few weeks regarding secret press meetings at RockSteady's London headquarters, makes a strong case for this reveal coming soon.  These GameStop promotional materials are apparently set to go live this week, so it seems we won't have to wait long for an official reveal.  The ultimate buzz-kill?  If this is actually promoting the new Batman: Arkham Origins DLC, or perhaps even a collection of the first three Arkham games bundled together for one low, low price.  The DLC seems unlikely, given what appears to be flames within the Batman logo (the DLC stars Mr. Freeze, of course).  An Arkham collection is not out of the realm of possibility, with a possible collection coinciding with the release of the new Origins DLC, packaging the entire saga in one neat package for a bargain $60 price.  All that being said, where there is smoke, there is usually fire... my money's on a new game reveal...

What would I like to see?  Superman.  With the arrival of the untitled Batman/Superman movie on the near horizon, it wouldn't be a bad move to start putting these two out in the limelight together and get the hype train rolling.  What better way than to create a stellar game, and given RockSteady's track record, they've certainly earned the benefit of the doubt, and get people talking about the pair of them together while experiencing an amazing game.  Batman: Arkham Asylum raised the bar for super-hero games, and ever since playing through that game, I could only wonder how awesome it would be to have a Superman game done right.  Let's get Lex Luthor making a business move into Gotham City, throw in a big otherworldly threat, and let's get these two icons together in a kick-ass game!...

***Spolier Warning*** if you haven't beat Arkham City... And let's kick the game off with a Mark Hamill voiced Joker waking up out of a coma, escaping the emergency room, and joining up with a Clancy Brown voiced Lex Luthor to cause some classic arch-enemy havoc.  I'm shedding a man-tear just thinking about it...

I've been getting into Thief on PS4, and I'm actually enjoying it more than I thought I would.  It's got some issues (what's up with the cut-scene at the end of the prologue?), and it's a bit of a slow-burn at first, but once The City opens up to you after the first chapter it becomes an infinitely more engaging game.  Check out our full review here on Short Pause soon...

18 days 'til Infamous: Second Son and counting...

Monday Musings 3/10/14

Monday Musings 3/10/14

Thief - Review In Progress

Thief - Review In Progress