The March “Relaunch”

I was wondering how much the relatively few number of (really good) PS2 games released since the US launch has to do the lack of PS2s available. It seems as if several potentially great games (GT3, ZOE, Onimusha, Red Faction, The Bouncer) have been held/pushed back until at least March when lots of PS2s will be out there.

1. How true is this? Is it just development problems the have slowed releases or a strategic decision by Sony and the developers?
2. If the PS2 launch had gone off without a shortage of hardware, would any of these (or other games not yet available) have been released already?
3. If they are being postponed just because of hardware shortages, and the games are pretty much finished already, are developers taking the extra time to make the games extra special?

When a new console is out there and is hyped as much as the PS2 was/is, there must be great pressure to get the games out. With this PS2 shortage, wouldn’t it be interesting if it might end up giving gamers better games. Lemme know. I need something to cheer me up from the lack of a killer app.

Xbox VS. Playstation Plus Games With Gold Title

 

In this new series, we’re going to be comparing playstation plus and Xbox games with gold titles every month. Just to let you know on the PlayStation side, were only taking ps4 titles, no vita or ps3 games in these comparisons. However, on the Xbox one side we will be taking into account Xbox 360 games because they are playable through backwards compatibility. So with that being said, let’s get right into this.

First, we’re going to be talking about the playstation plus games. On the PlayStation 4, we’ve got Day of The Tentacle remastered which has an 84 on metacritic and is a remaster of the old 1993 game. It’s a cult classic an affair is just as well today as it did back then, a nice point-and-click adventure title that still feels modern enough to be enjoyable.

Next up This War of Mine The Little Ones which has a 78 on metacritic and I honestly think that’s pretty under rated. I’d say this is easily around in 85. The game originally came out on pc back in 2014 and it arrived on consoles earlier this year. It’s a very unique survival game where you play as a group of civilians in a war-torn city and your task to survive. It’s a dark and gritty game and it goes for thirty dollars so getting it for free is definitely nice. If you haven’t played This War of Mine, there’s no excuse to do so now.

The swindle is probably the weakest game on the plus lineup. It’s still fairly high rated however, at 73. It’s a steam punk platforming action stealth game with a high level of difficulty. It’s got a level of frustration but it’s also pretty rewarding. And finally on plus we have Titan Souls which was also rated a 73. With this one, I also think it’s a bit underrated, it’s a bit simple on the surface but with the game’s great boss fights, engaging in reward gameplay, it’s a solid experience. Overall, The PlayStation Plus lineup is pretty good this month. There isn’t a triple A heavy hitter. However with This War of Mine, and Day of The Tentacle remaster, I’d say it’s a fairly solid lineup if you’re going to give the games of chance.

Now let’s talk about the Xbox one titles first up we’ve got world of Van Helsing Death Trap which is a very recent release it came out back on December 29th. There’s no reviews on it yet on metacritic on the Xbox story is rated at 3.4 stars which is ok. To tower defense game with RPG mechanics and whenever you get a recent release for free, you can’t complain too much.

Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition will be available as a free download beginning on January 16th. It’s got an 85 on metacritic and while Killer Instinct is a free game, season 2 will unlock extra characters, more stages etc. And while this is nice, if you’re a fan of fighting games, you’ve probably already picked it up. However, considering it does have a forty-dollar MSRP, it’s definitely a pretty good edition.

Next up we’ve got The Cave which is an Xbox 360 downloadable title but it’s available on Xbox one through backwards compatibility. It’s got a 70 on metacritic and it’s an adventure platformer and this is probably the weakest game on the games with gold lineup. I can easily see people skipping this one altogether but it might be a nice play through if you’re bored.

Finally, probably the best game on either line of Xbox one users will be getting the critically acclaimed platformer Rayman Origins which has an 87 on metacritic. It’s very visually appealing, the platforming is great and while it is in Xbox 360 game, as always one users will be able to play thanks the backwards compatibility. This is a game that probably at this point has been a bit for done. However, if you’re a fan of platformers, Rayman Origins is absolutely a must play. Definitely check it out.

Overall, the Xbox one lineup is a bit weaker than previous month, still with the new game in World of Van helsing Death Trap and the excellent Rayman Origins, I’d say it’s pretty good altogether. So which console has the better line of this month? Well honestly, it’s very close the highest rated game on plus’ Day of The Tentacle remastered, while on games with gold its Rayman Origins. I would give Rayman the slight edge on that. Killer Instinct season 2 is nice but This War of Mine is an underrated gem that I think is a fantastic edition. The Cave and the Swindle are about equal and then you’ve got Titan Souls and World of Van Helsing Death Trap which you have to give the edge just because of how recent release it is. Final says that Xbox games with gold has a very slightly this month but you can’t really make an argument either way.