CA! Radio E3 2017: Sony

CA! Radio’s E3 coverage continues with our recap and impressions of the surprisingly safe PlayStation conference, where we all found plenty to enjoy despite its lack of excitement. This became all the more jarring when we considered how action packed their announcements have been over the last two years.

Aside from the reveals of a full-on Shadow of the Colossus remake and the Monster Hunter series coming back to home consoles, everything shown was either expected, a bit too long-winded, or could certainly do with more narrative assistance on behalf of Sony.

Sadly, the most interesting reveals were reduced to the pre-show, like Yakuza KiwamiHidden Agenda and Undertale coming to PS4 and Vita. And while we all agree that Days Gone is nice to look at, we’re all struggling to find reasons to care.

I, myself, think it’s suffering from a bit of an identity crisis, atop two lackluster showings where the unexplained gameplay scenes treaded entirely too much familiar territory. I can’t shake the feeling I’ve played this game 100 times already and zombie fatigue set in many, many years ago.

But enough context. Let’s dig in!

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Let’s Discuss E3 2017, Shall We?

We’re less than a week away from arguably the biggest gaming event of the year. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will take the stage (more or less), along with a few third-party publishers, and reveal to the world their plans for the future.

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The New PS4 4.0 Update Adds Folders, Which is Helpful

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PlayStation rolled out a new update for the PS4 today, including the ability to create folders to organize your library of available games. Unfortunately you can’t add games to folders that aren’t installed on your console, but you can do helpful things like this (*points up*) to the many built-in apps that never get used.

As you can see in my above screenshot, I’ve already created folders to neatly organize all of my horror games and RPGs, along with the random action/adventure title. The Witness sleeps alone in its Puzzle folder, probably forever, since I don’t usually delve in to the genre much. But man, that interface is super clean now and I love it.

Thank you, PlayStation.

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PlayStation Weekly Deals for 4/19-4/25

Much like Xbox, PlayStation owners are treated to a new batch of sales every Tuesday. This week’s deals focus on the Grand Theft Auto series, but there’s a bit more to bite on to if you’re in to platformers and Persona’s fighting game spin-offs.

For the full three-page spread of discounts, check out the official list at the PlayStation store.

Notable deals include:

  • Grand Theft Auto V & Megalodon Shark Cash Card bundle (PS4) – $67.99 (from $135.99)
  • Grand Theft Auto V & Megalodon Shark Cash Card bundle (PS3) – $48.95 (from $135.99)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS4) – $38.88 (from $59.99)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS3) – $25.79 (from $59.99)
  • Grand Theft Auto: PS Vita Collection – $17.49 (from $34.99)
  • Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy (GTA III, Vice City, San Andreas – PS4) – $17.49 (from $34.99)
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition (PS3) – $14.99 (from $29.99)
  • Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax ULTIMATE Edition (PS3) – $49.99 (from $99.99)
  • Persona 4 Arena (PS3) – $9.99 (from $29.99)
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3) – $14.79 (from $39.99)
  • Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita) – $9.89 (from $29.99)
  • Shovel Knight (cross-buy w/ PS3, PS4, Vita) – $10.04 (from $14.99) *discount expires 4/21
  • The Deadly Tower of Monsters (PS4) – $10.49 (from $14.99) *discount expires 5/3
  • KOI: Game and Theme bundle (PS4) – $5.99 (from $9.99)
  • Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut (PS4) – $4.99 (from $9.99)
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (PS4) – $14.99 (from $19.99) *discount expires 5/3
  • Sonic Adventure (PS3) – $2.99 (from $4.99)
  • Sonic Adventure 2 (PS3) – $4.99 (from $9.99)

Along with the list above, there’s a handful of Sega classics on sale for PS3, including Toe-Jam & Earl, Crazy Taxi, Daytona USA, and a pair of House of the Dead games. There’s also a few different variations of the Grand Theft Auto sale, just in case you’re interested in buying the games separately.

If you own a Vita and don’t have Persona 4 Golden, you’re missing out on one of the best games available for it. Shovel Knight isn’t on much of a discount (since it’s already worth its full price), but it’s easily one of the finest 2D platformers of all time. The fact that it’s cross-buy is also a huge selling point, especially if you’re like me and prefer your platformers on the go with the Vita. I hear great things about the Shantae games, but I’ve never gotten around to them. Might be a good time to fix that, with Pirate’s Curse releasing on PS4 today with a 25% launch discount.

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Curse of the Never-ending Backlog: 2016 Edition

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With gaming being my primary hobby, I’ve been known to bite off more than I can chew–and by that, I mean buy more than I have time to play. I’m sure most of you have this problem. This year I’m trying to be more selective about my purchases and plan to take advantage of rental options (like Red Box) for shorter games, in order to avoid adding to my seemingly never-ending backlog.

Unless some good “freebies” come out over the next few months on Xbox or Playstation, or I’m given more games to review by publishers, my plan is to tackle, or at least attempt, a laundry list of games I bought in 2015 that I never got around to.

With any luck, I’ll get around to these in 2016 (in no particular order):

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)
  • Tales of Zesteria (PS4)
  • Tales of Xillia (PS3)
  • Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3)
  • Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (Vita)
  • Corpse Party: Blood Drive (Vita)
  • SOMA (PS4)
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (PS4)
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Vita)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (XB1)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (PS4)
  • Fallout 4 (PS4)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)
  • Bloodborne (PS4)
  • Grim Fandango Remastered (Vita)
  • Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
  • Criminal Girls (Vita)
  • Monster Monpiece (Vita)
  • Earthbound (Wii U VC)
  • BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend (PS4)
  • Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- (PS4)
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China (PS4)
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (XB1)
  • The Evil Within (XB1)
  • Volume (Vita)
  • Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut (PS4)
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)
  • Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
  • Freedom Wars (Vita)

Sadly there’s not only more, but I also know I won’t get around to most of these. I’m a full time student, I elect to take accelerated classes during the Summer, and there’s a slew of TV, movies, and books I’d like to catch up on as well–on top of the games I’m genuinely excited about coming out this year.

How does your backlog look? Tell me I’m not the only one around here with a shelf full of games collecting dust.

Cheap Boss Attack’s 2013 Game of the Year Awards!

cbalogoAnother year has almost passed us by, and what better way to celebrate than by throwing my “best of” list in the piles of posts and videos that you’re probably sick of by now. Still, even if I’m late to the game, I still like to share my lists each year.

In 2012, I was completely blown away by Mass Effect 3 but ended up awarding Game of the Year to something else (Dragon’s Dogma). I had a bit of deja vu this year when the time came to narrow it down to my top 5, especially considering that if I had made this list a week ago it would have ended differently.

I don’t want to drag this on any longer than necessary, so let’s jump in to the “awards” (using finger-quotes around that word since it’s more a term than an actual, physical award of sorts).

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Logging in to your PS4 account from any PS4 console will allow you access to your entire game library.

It was confirmed today that Sony is doing everything they can to be consumer-centric with the PS4 by allowing you access to your entire game library no matter which console you sign in to. If you own the digital version of Watch Dogs and your buddy wants to check it out, you can head over to his place, log in and enjoy.

This sounds like a pretty good idea on Sony’s part and I think it’s the closest thing that we’ll see to "lending" virtual downloads now that the Microsoft 180 killed the "family sharing" features.

If anything, I’m really hoping this feature entices Microsoft to work out a plan to bring back family sharing, even if it’s just an option for people that want to "opt in" to DRM or an always-on connection.