Massive List: Black Friday Gaming Deals
First off, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who reads/follows ALBOTAS. We’ve been incredibly busy with this holiday season, as you may have noticed by lack of posts.
I’ve decided that while I wait for this food to deflate in my stomach, I have time to compile a couple of sales for Black Friday/Cyber Monday on Amazon that are totally worth it. I’m not posting any store sales, because if you’re not already aware of them right now, chances are you’re too late.
You should be at home reading this list and shopping online instead of leaving your house tonight in search of cheap copies of Dishonored or Skyrim,avoiding all chances of getting stabbed or trampled by swarms of angry Walmart shoppers.
Anyway, read on for an easy-to-read list of sales for the PC/Mac, all consoles (including PS4 and XBOne), and current handheld devices.

Before you scroll down and look at what I’ve listed, keep in mind Amazon is doing flash sales on a TON of great games and devices until Monday. Pay attention to them this entire weekend. I just saw Animal Crossing New Leaf go for $25 and there’s a huge slew of games going on flash sale real soon at specific times of the day, so even if I did snuff the Wii / Wii U list below, keep in mind Amazon is doing flash sales for those consoles as well.
Currently $50 on PS4 and Xbox One:
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag XBOne |PS4
Battlefield 4 XBOne | PS4
Call of Duty: Ghosts XBOne | PS4
Dead Rising 3 XBOne Exclusive
FIFA 14 XBOne | PS4
Forza Motorsport 5 XBOne Exclusive
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes XBOne | PS4 ($40!)
Madden NFL 25 XBOne | PS4
Ryse: Son of Rome XBOne Exclusive
Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3 Deals:
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag360 | PS3 ($35)
Battlefield 4 360 | PS3 ($35)
Batman: Arkham Origins 360 | PS3 ($30)
BEYOND: Two Souls PS3 ($35)
BioShock Infinite 360 | PS3 ($20)
Call of Duty: Ghosts 360 | PS3 ($40)
Dead Island: GOTY Edition 360 ($10)
Diablo III 360 | PS3($40)
Dishonored GOTY Edition 360 | PS3 ($20)
Dragon’s Crown PS3 ($30)
FIFA 14 360 | PS3 $35
Gears of War: Judgment 360 ($20)
Grand Theft Auto IV + Episodes 360 | PS3 ($15)
Grand Theft Auto V PS3 (Digital Only, $40)
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix PS3 ($20)
The Last of Us PS3 ($35)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 360 | PS3 ($30)
Madden 25 360 | PS3 ($35)
Max Payne 3 360 | PS3 ($10)
Ni No Kuni PS3 ($15)
Rayman Legends 360 | PS3 ($25)
Saint’s Row IV 360 | PS3 ($30)
Sleeping Dogs 360 | PS3 ($15)
Splinter Cell: Blacklist 360 | PS3 ($25)
Tomb Raider 360 | PS3 ($15)
Twisted Metal PS3 ($10)
Uncharted Dual Pack PS3 ($15)
Uncharted 3 PS3 ($15)
WWE 2K14 360 | PS3 ($35)
Wii / Wii U Deals:
Honestly, not much that you can’t already get on another platform at the same price. Keep posted on Amazon’s flash sales page until Monday.
PC/Macbook Deals (Repost from last week):
Bioshock Triple Pack (PC/Mac) $15
Borderlands 2 + Borderlands GOTY (PC) $12
Bully Scholarship Edition + Manhunt + Manhunt 2 + Midnight Club 2 (PC) $8
Burnout Paradise: Ultimate Box + Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (PC) $6
Civ V Gold + Brave New World (PC) $20
Dead Island GOTY + DLC (PC) $33
FTL: Faster Than Light (PC/Mac) $5
GTA Trilogy + Grand Theft Auto IV (PC) $11
Guacamelee! Gold Edition (PC/Mac) $10
Mass Effect 3: Digital Deluxe (PC) $10
Max Payne 3 + Season Pass (PC/Mac) $7
Mirror Edge + DLC (PC) $5
Saint’s Row IV (PC) $30
Shatter (PC/Mac) $2.50
Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (PC) $15
To the Moon (PC) $3
The Walking Dead Pack (PC/Mac) $7.25
The Walking Dead: 400 Days (PC/Mac) $1.25
The XCOM Collection (PC) $10
TONSSSS of other deals happening for digital/PC/Mac games on Amazon. Seriously, don’t miss out.
Vita Deals:
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate ($25)
Dragon’s Crown ($30)
LittleBigPlanet ($20)
Lumines: Electronic Symphony ($12)
Murmasa Rebirth ($20)
Persona 4 Golden ($20)
3DS Deals:
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate ($25)
Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance ($15)
Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy ($15)
Scribblenauts Unmasked A DC Comics Adventure ($25)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers ($23)
Shin Megami Tensei IV ($30)

Massive List: Black Friday Gaming Deals

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who reads/follows ALBOTAS. We’ve been incredibly busy with this holiday season, as you may have noticed by lack of posts.

I’ve decided that while I wait for this food to deflate in my stomach, I have time to compile a couple of sales for Black Friday/Cyber Monday on Amazon that are totally worth it. I’m not posting any store sales, because if you’re not already aware of them right now, chances are you’re too late.

You should be at home reading this list and shopping online instead of leaving your house tonight in search of cheap copies of Dishonored or Skyrim,avoiding all chances of getting stabbed or trampled by swarms of angry Walmart shoppers.

Anyway, read on for an easy-to-read list of sales for the PC/Mac, all consoles (including PS4 and XBOne), and current handheld devices.

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PS Plus Members: Hotline Miami is Now Free
Attention people with PS Plus: Hotline Miami is free for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita starting tomorrow. Don’t be an idiot! This is your opportunity to play one of the best games ever created, hands down. Vivid visuals, catchy tunes, and non-stop killing action — this game is too good to pass up.

PS Plus Members: Hotline Miami is Now Free

Attention people with PS Plus: Hotline Miami is free for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita starting tomorrow. Don’t be an idiot! This is your opportunity to play one of the best games ever created, hands down. Vivid visuals, catchy tunes, and non-stop killing action — this game is too good to pass up.

Albotas PSA: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle for $50
I haven’t bought the new Jojo’s PS3 game yet because it’s usually almost $80 plus shipping. But Play-Asia’s got it on sale for just under $50. Shipping is free if sent in an envelope and it’s only $0.50 in a box (so that the Blu-Ray case doesn’t get crushed).
Get it here.

Albotas PSA: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle for $50

I haven’t bought the new Jojo’s PS3 game yet because it’s usually almost $80 plus shipping. But Play-Asia’s got it on sale for just under $50. Shipping is free if sent in an envelope and it’s only $0.50 in a box (so that the Blu-Ray case doesn’t get crushed).

Get it here.

The Last Of Us - The Albotas Review
In a post-apocalyptic future, 20 years after cordyceps brain infection (CBI), a fungal virus, has mutated most of humanity into blood-crazed corpses, a young girl named Ellie is immune and her blood could be mankind’s last hope. You play as Joel, the reluctant hero tasked with escorting Ellie safely to the hands of the Fireflies, an anti-militia group fighting against tyrannical military oppression. Naughty Dog combines stealth action and survival horror to weave what is quite possibly the greatest narrative use of video games.
[+] AWESOME
Stealth scenarios that can be tackled countless ways. No two playthroughs are ever the same.
Upgrade and resource management management akin to survival horror games of yore. You’ll need to strategically calculate the use of every disposable weapon and make every bullet count if you want to survive.
A realistically unique take on the tired zombie apocalypse cliché.
Captivating characters, cinematic gameplay sequences and set pieces, and intense emotional situations come together with perfect voice acting and expressive animations to tell one of the greatest stories ever told in video games.
Exploration pays off. There’s nothing more sucky than scouring every nook and cranny of a video game and not being rewarded with a damn thing. The gorgeously designed areas of The Last of Us are filled with hidden doors, items, and weapons to be scavenged, secret bonus items like comic books and Firefly Pendants, and journal entries that help shape the game’s world and backstory.
The most thought provoking video game ending in recent memory. You’ll be thinking about it for at least a few hours after the credits have rolled and you’ve turned your PS3 off.
[X] NOT AWESOME
Not much enemy variety. There’s only 3 different kinds of infected (the kind that can see you, the kind that can’t, and the big kind), and the human enemies all pretty much feel the same.
More weapon variety would have been nice, but it’s the apocalypse, so it kind of makes sense not to have rocket launchers and grenades all over the place.
Aside from the combat, progressing through the game feels as though it’s on rails at times. Fortunately, once you realize The Last Of Us is less about choices and more about experiencing and living out the main character’s story, you’ll more than likely not even care.
VERDICT
If you own a PlayStation 3, enjoy top notch storytelling and production values, and possess the mental capacity to view video games as art, you absolutely must play this game. Years from now, The Last Of Us will be cited as a pivotal role in changing the shape of gaming as a storytelling medium. Also, easily one of, if not THE, greatest video game ending of all time. If you were a gamer back in the PS1 days and remember dreaming up what the cinematic future of video games would be like, this is it. 
To sum The Last of Us up in one word: Important.

The Last Of Us - The Albotas Review

In a post-apocalyptic future, 20 years after cordyceps brain infection (CBI), a fungal virus, has mutated most of humanity into blood-crazed corpses, a young girl named Ellie is immune and her blood could be mankind’s last hope. You play as Joel, the reluctant hero tasked with escorting Ellie safely to the hands of the Fireflies, an anti-militia group fighting against tyrannical military oppression. Naughty Dog combines stealth action and survival horror to weave what is quite possibly the greatest narrative use of video games.

[+] AWESOME

  • Stealth scenarios that can be tackled countless ways. No two playthroughs are ever the same.
  • Upgrade and resource management management akin to survival horror games of yore. You’ll need to strategically calculate the use of every disposable weapon and make every bullet count if you want to survive.
  • A realistically unique take on the tired zombie apocalypse cliché.
  • Captivating characters, cinematic gameplay sequences and set pieces, and intense emotional situations come together with perfect voice acting and expressive animations to tell one of the greatest stories ever told in video games.
  • Exploration pays off. There’s nothing more sucky than scouring every nook and cranny of a video game and not being rewarded with a damn thing. The gorgeously designed areas of The Last of Us are filled with hidden doors, items, and weapons to be scavenged, secret bonus items like comic books and Firefly Pendants, and journal entries that help shape the game’s world and backstory.
  • The most thought provoking video game ending in recent memory. You’ll be thinking about it for at least a few hours after the credits have rolled and you’ve turned your PS3 off.

[X] NOT AWESOME

  • Not much enemy variety. There’s only 3 different kinds of infected (the kind that can see you, the kind that can’t, and the big kind), and the human enemies all pretty much feel the same.
  • More weapon variety would have been nice, but it’s the apocalypse, so it kind of makes sense not to have rocket launchers and grenades all over the place.
  • Aside from the combat, progressing through the game feels as though it’s on rails at times. Fortunately, once you realize The Last Of Us is less about choices and more about experiencing and living out the main character’s story, you’ll more than likely not even care.

VERDICT

If you own a PlayStation 3, enjoy top notch storytelling and production values, and possess the mental capacity to view video games as art, you absolutely must play this game. Years from now, The Last Of Us will be cited as a pivotal role in changing the shape of gaming as a storytelling medium. Also, easily one of, if not THE, greatest video game ending of all time. If you were a gamer back in the PS1 days and remember dreaming up what the cinematic future of video games would be like, this is it. 

To sum The Last of Us up in one word: Important.

Arc System Works 25th Anniversary Arcade Stick
Complete with Sanwa JLF lever and OBSF buttons with specially printed symbols, this BlazeBlue PS3 fight stick comes with the faceplate pictured above, a chibi BlayzBloo plate, and a third plate featuring art from the upcoming BlazBlue: Chronophatasma. Pre-order from Play-Asia for $349.90.

Arc System Works 25th Anniversary Arcade Stick

Complete with Sanwa JLF lever and OBSF buttons with specially printed symbols, this BlazeBlue PS3 fight stick comes with the faceplate pictured above, a chibi BlayzBloo plate, and a third plate featuring art from the upcoming BlazBlue: Chronophatasma. Pre-order from Play-Asia for $349.90.

Famitsu Gives Dragon’s Crown 35/40
Dragon’s Crown has launched in Japan and the reviews are so far positive. Famitsu’s four reviewers gave the game three 9s and one 8, totaling 35 out of 40 possible points. This is the only games I’ve been looking forward to, so I’m relieved that it’s getting good reviews. Pre-order it here.
Via Polygon

Famitsu Gives Dragon’s Crown 35/40

Dragon’s Crown has launched in Japan and the reviews are so far positive. Famitsu’s four reviewers gave the game three 9s and one 8, totaling 35 out of 40 possible points. This is the only games I’ve been looking forward to, so I’m relieved that it’s getting good reviews. Pre-order it here.

Via Polygon

PSN “Summer Blast,” Starts Tomorrow

PSN is doing a big sale for the next two weeks, offering up to 60% off select titles, while PS Plus members can get a whopping 80% off select titles. Here’s what they’re offering for the coming weeks, with pricing included for both PS Plus and non-Plus members:
July 2nd – 9th
Call Of Duty Black Ops II (PS3) – Regular Price: $59.99 Sale Price: $41.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $37.79The Amazing Spider-Man (PS3) – Regular Price: $49.99 Sale Price: $29.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $20.99Batman Arkham Asylum (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest (PS Vita/PSP) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $4.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $2.50Mortal Kombat (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00Mortal Kombat – (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: the Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $3.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $2.00Shadow of the Colossus (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00Ratchet & Clank Collection (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50
July 9th – 16th
Fast & Furious Showdown (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $31.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $23.99Star Trek (PS3) – Regular Price: $54.99 Sale Price: $43.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $32.99Men In Black: Alien Crisis (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $29.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $20.99The Simpsons Arcade Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $6.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.89X-Men (PS3) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $6.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.89Hitman Trilogy HD – (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $19.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $15.99Lord of the Rings: War in the North (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00Silent Hill: Book of Memories (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PS3) – Regular Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00The Adventures of TinTin: The Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $19.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $10.00Star Wars The Force Unleashed II (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00Just Cause 2 (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.99Prince of Persia Classics Trilogy (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $15.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $8.00Tron Evolution (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00Alice: Madness Returns (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00Fight Night Champion – Full Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $11.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $6.00

PSN “Summer Blast,” Starts Tomorrow

PSN is doing a big sale for the next two weeks, offering up to 60% off select titles, while PS Plus members can get a whopping 80% off select titles. Here’s what they’re offering for the coming weeks, with pricing included for both PS Plus and non-Plus members:

July 2nd – 9th

Call Of Duty Black Ops II (PS3) – Regular Price: $59.99 Sale Price: $41.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $37.79
The Amazing Spider-Man (PS3) – Regular Price: $49.99 Sale Price: $29.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $20.99
Batman Arkham Asylum (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest (PS Vita/PSP) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $4.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $2.50
Mortal Kombat (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
Mortal Kombat – (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: the Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $3.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $2.00
Shadow of the Colossus (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
Ratchet & Clank Collection (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50

July 9th – 16th

Fast & Furious Showdown (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $31.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $23.99
Star Trek (PS3) – Regular Price: $54.99 Sale Price: $43.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $32.99
Men In Black: Alien Crisis (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $29.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $20.99
The Simpsons Arcade Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $6.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.89
X-Men (PS3) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $6.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.89
Hitman Trilogy HD – (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $19.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $15.99
Lord of the Rings: War in the North (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
Silent Hill: Book of Memories (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PS3) – Regular Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
The Adventures of TinTin: The Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $19.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $10.00
Star Wars The Force Unleashed II (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
Just Cause 2 (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.99
Prince of Persia Classics Trilogy (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $15.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $8.00
Tron Evolution (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00
Alice: Madness Returns (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00
Fight Night Champion – Full Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $11.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $6.00

3 Minutes of Dragon’s Crown

This video makes August seem so far away. Dragon’s Crown is my most anticipated game right now and the extended trailer isn’t making the wait any easier.

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Pre-Order: Dragon's Crown
Original Drakengard team returning for follow-up to cult classic
Exciting news: Drakengard 3 has been announced and the team behind the amazing original is returning. Famitsu’s announcement came out of left field, but I’ll happily embrace it.
The original Drakengard was a cult-hit on PS2. The game involved a soldier making a pact with a dragon and as a result they are both forever connected. They are soon hunted down by a crazy empire but receive help from numerous other memorable characters who have also made pacts with mythical beasts.
Drakengard stands out for not only a great story, but also great gameplay. The game placed the player in a wide open field and sent waves of soldiers after them. From the perspective of the main character, the game played a lot like Dynasty Warriors. However, if you became overwhelmed, you could call upon your dragon (or in the later missions when you get some of the other characters like the child who made a pact with a giant golem) and fly around the field reigning fire down on everyone. On top of that, there were a number of sky battles where you controlled the dragon in aerial dog fights.
The game deserves a wider audience. Here’s hoping that if Drakengard 3 does well, that an HD collection may be on its way. I’m also left wondering if the batshit insane endings (spoilers in the video) from Drakengard may be returning.
Drakengard 3 will be releasing for PS3.
Check It: More Gaming on AlbotasBuy It: Drakengard on PS2

Original Drakengard team returning for follow-up to cult classic

Exciting news: Drakengard 3 has been announced and the team behind the amazing original is returning. Famitsu’s announcement came out of left field, but I’ll happily embrace it.

The original Drakengard was a cult-hit on PS2. The game involved a soldier making a pact with a dragon and as a result they are both forever connected. They are soon hunted down by a crazy empire but receive help from numerous other memorable characters who have also made pacts with mythical beasts.

Drakengard stands out for not only a great story, but also great gameplay. The game placed the player in a wide open field and sent waves of soldiers after them. From the perspective of the main character, the game played a lot like Dynasty Warriors. However, if you became overwhelmed, you could call upon your dragon (or in the later missions when you get some of the other characters like the child who made a pact with a giant golem) and fly around the field reigning fire down on everyone. On top of that, there were a number of sky battles where you controlled the dragon in aerial dog fights.

The game deserves a wider audience. Here’s hoping that if Drakengard 3 does well, that an HD collection may be on its way. I’m also left wondering if the batshit insane endings (spoilers in the video) from Drakengard may be returning.

Drakengard 3 will be releasing for PS3.

Check It: More Gaming on Albotas
Buy It: Drakengard on PS2
Cosplay Monday: Lollipop Chainsaw's Juliet
Cosplayer MolecularAgatha created this awesome Juliet cosplay, straight from the cult game of 2012, Lollipop Chainsaw. Terrific cosplay, and an even cooler photoshoot.
Check it: Lollipop Chainsaw on AlbotasBuy it: Lollipop Chainsaw (PS3) (360)

Cosplay Monday: Lollipop Chainsaw's Juliet

Cosplayer MolecularAgatha created this awesome Juliet cosplay, straight from the cult game of 2012, Lollipop Chainsaw. Terrific cosplay, and an even cooler photoshoot.

Check it: Lollipop Chainsaw on Albotas
Buy it: Lollipop Chainsaw (PS3) (360)

The PlayStation 4: Some Things You Need to Know

Alright, normally I’d make a post like this a little more in-depth, blunt, and I guess professional, but there’s a lot to cover. I’m going to pretty much wing this and write about what I saw from watching the live stream of the conference, as well what was exactly shown from tonight’s Sony press event, in which the PlayStation 4 was officially revealed.

If you want to watch the entire two hour conference, I haven’t found a link to a full video yet. You can definitely catch bits and pieces from the event in clips on multiple websites, like GT.TV.

So the conference opened up with a really loud intro in which Sony chose to give a short trailer to showcase their past generations of gaming. They used MSTRKRFT’s remix of Metric’s “Monster Hospital,” and I really like that song, so I paid attention. After the trailer, some boring guy got on stage and was like “Blahblahblahblahblahblah, thanks for coming out here. Here’s our PLAYSTATION 4!” Then everyone clapped because some people in the audience thought they actually wouldn’t fucking call it a PlayStation and they would call it an “Orbis.” 

(And by the way, if you’re still calling the PlayStation 4 the “Orbis,” and you’re blogging/writing for a gaming site, please get away from your keyboard and go outside or something. We have an official name for it. Motherfuckers don’t call Gamecubes “Dolphins,” so why you wanna call a PS4 an “Orbis,” still?)

Anyway, then some other guy who worked on some old games for the Atari and helped make Earthworm Jim or something started talking for a long time. Then he explained what’s new with the PlayStation 4, feature wise. The "share," button was explained, and it was revealed that gamers can now instantly post screenshots and video clips directly into Facebook or somewhere on the Internet. Sony’s actually working with Facebook and UStream, actually. Or something like that. The controller has a touch screen, but we’ve known that for a bit thanks to numerous rumors from the Internet.

The PS4’s camera will allow players to look at each other while playing a game. Different games, same game, etc. You can look at each other, spectate, talk shit, and you can even stream yourself. Pretty much instantly. There’s a pic of that in the image dump up top.

The console is NOT backwards compatible (physically, I guess?) but you will be able to play PS1, PS2, and PS3 games on your system by streaming. Downloads can now be completed when your system is off, which is an extremely cool feature. Games you buy are available to play ASAP. If you want to play Killzone, you can purchase it and literally start it up and begin playing with the game being downloaded while you’re still in-game. Also, there’s a lot to do with clouds. You can transfer games to your Vita, much like Wii U and its controller.

Some other people talked and games were shown. There’s a new Killzone, some other game with some robot in it that looked like a Dreamworks film, and Square-Enix came on stage to show some video too. Then Square-Enix invited grandpa/Final Fantasy board director on stage to say “Hey guys, wanna know what Final Fantasy game we’re making NOW? Too fucking bad, you’ll see it at E3!” Then he got off stage and some other shit was shown. I don’t remember. There was a car game that seemed overly detailed and extremely realistic, but I don’t like cars to begin with so I kind of blocked that out. Oh, and Infamous.

What I do remember, game wise, was Watch Dogs. That game looks incredible. Here’s a trailer of that. Highly suggest watching it if you wanna see what’s on some next-level shit right now. It’s also coming to multiple platforms, but it’s releasing on PS4 first.

Then Sony said “Hey, you remember when we made this?” and then showed off the PlayStation Move. And then I left the room to make a sandwich and watch my girlfriend play Dead Space 2 for a little bit, so I missed a big chunk of it. It was boring though, I’m sure.

Then Blizzard came out! And whoever spoke for Blizzard looked like a really cool step-dad or something, so I really paid attention to him. He was seriously the Tony Stark of Sony tonight, looking real comfortable and making jokes people had genuine laughs with.

Then this motherfucker announced that Diablo III was coming to PlayStation 4 (AND PS3) and every superior PC gamer in the world lost their fucking minds.

Then Bungie came out and said “Hey guys, Destiny is coming out on PS4, too.” Then this team from Bungie came out and stood there in blazers, looked real odd for a while, and then Scotty beamed their awkward asses up so Sony could close the event.

And that was it, for the most part. I’ve linked this post with a bunch of articles to further explain what I can’t right now. There’s loads of photos, videos, etc, so check them out. There’s bits I missed out on, but I’m okay with that. That’s pretty much what happened. I was kind of struggling to not fall asleep.

What we still don’t know is what Sony will price this thing at, what the actual console looks like, and what else is in store for the console. We know it’s out this holiday season, though. Maybe more will be revealed at E3, perhaps?

 

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Hotline Miami Coming To PS3 & Vita This Spring

Hellz yeah! The ultra-violent, synth-pulsating, schizophrenic PC indie game from two-man team Dennation Games is making it’s way to PlayStation Network this spring.

In case you’re not familiar with Hotline Maimi, prepare to get your balls/ovaries rocked in twain by the live-action trailer below.

Hotline Miami is the Drive of video games, only with less awkward silence and more brutal violence. Get the PC version on Steam or GOG.

(Source: blog.us.playstation.com)

Prince of Persia Trilogy HD, $16.49 at Amazon
Pretty neat deal going on over at Amazon right now. PlayStation 3 gamers can now buy Prince of Persia Trilogy HD for only $16.49. I’m kind of shocked that the price hasn’t dropped to below $15 yet, but I guess that’ll take some more time.
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Prince of Persia Trilogy HD, $16.49 at Amazon

Pretty neat deal going on over at Amazon right now. PlayStation 3 gamers can now buy Prince of Persia Trilogy HD for only $16.49. I’m kind of shocked that the price hasn’t dropped to below $15 yet, but I guess that’ll take some more time.

Check it: More sales on Albotas
Buy it: Prince of Persia Trilogy HD (PS3)

Hyperdimension Neptunia V Looks Hecka’ Weird

But weird in a good way.

This is the third installment of the Neptunia RPG series dropping March 12, 2013 for PS3. I never got to play the first two, but considering the series is about fan-service-y anime girl versions of popular video game consoles as they fight a literal console war, it’s pretty high up on my list of weird niche games that I need to play before I die.

Check out the trailer:

It’s like someone took a bunch of things that I’m totally all about and crammed ‘em into an RPG. On the real, I want action figures of every single character from this game.

Pre-order: Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory
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