After a two week delay the second episode of Life is Strange is out. I had some worries about this game because it didn’t show you any real consequences of your decisions. Does Episode 2 show off the potential of the game’s writing.
Disney is reaching deep into its vault for this one. It’ s not a movie but a video game. Not just any video game but arguably the best Disney game of the 16-bit era. Released in 1990 on the Sega Genesis (Mega Drive), Castle of Illusion was a simple but challenging platformer. It had innovative level design and platforming mechanics and the some of the most memorable music on the Genesis. 23 years later Mickey revisits the castle once more. Will his adventure be just as enjoyable as his first?
It’s been 8 years since the Cooper Gang have gone their separate ways. They have made guest appearances here and there but you never heard of the continued adventures of the Cooper gang. But the gang has finally returned in an adventure that will take them all over time. Will Sly and friends make a triumphant return or be forgotten in time.
A post on Sony’s PlayStation blog has revealed that Sly Cooper Thieves in Time will be released February 5th 2013 on both the PS3 and PS Vita in North America. Those who buy the game on the PS3 will receive a free download for the PS Vita version of the game.
I had just recently played the demo of Thieves in Time that was included with the Ratchet and Clank Collection. I was planning to write a first impressions but due to the length of the demo I scrapped it until a good opportunity arose.
The demo features one playable mission that’s roughly five minutes in length. You play as Sly in a circus themed level to meet with on of his past relatives. Sly feels as he did in the previous game platforming complete with acrobatic death-defying abilities. What appears to be the new main feature of the game is the ability to change into a costumes giving Sly new abilities. In the demo Sly changes into a Robin Hood-esque outfit allowing him to create tightropes by shooting arrows at targets.
That’s about it. This is designed as if it was on the PS2. The graphics are better but aren’t pushing the hardware. There are no enemies, no stealth and no real threat. I suspect or rather I hope that this is a tech demo than an actual level for the full game.
The demo feel rushed and unfinished. It is a bad representation of Sly Cooper by showing probably the worst designed level in the series. It’s amazing how excitement can change into worry. It’s also worth noting that Sucker Punch is no longer the developer. A new team named Sanzaru Games has taken the reigns for our favourite raccoon. They don’t have a large resume of games developed but the most notable ones are Secret Agent Clank and The Sly Collection. If you want to play the demo for Sly your better off getting old PS2 copies of the trilogy or the HD collection.
This past week at PAX Prime, the third installment of the Final Fantasy XIII series has been announced. Titled Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII-3 will take place hundreds of years after the end of FF XIII-2 which was hinted at the end of Lightning’s “Requiem of the Goddess” DLC released earlier this year. Lightning will be the sole playable character in the game. The battle system will be revised and become real-time where you can freely control Lightning in battle. The story will take to a new locals in the world of Novus Partus which is threatened by an incoming doomsday taking place in thirteen days. There will be a persistent countdown that will be affected by actions you take in the game.
Love it or hate it XIII-3 is deviating even more from what people want from a Final Fantasy game. Me however have always enjoyed the XIII series despite the flaws. There are worse JRPG’s out there and worse games that you may have or could have played than FFXIII. I do not know if Square-Enix had planned that the series to go this direction from the start but Lightning’s story will be coming to an end. Expect to see Final Fantasy XIII-3 some time in 2013