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November 13, 2012

The Evening Report, November 13th, 2012: Playstation Swarms and Mass Ops 2

Playstation Plus moving to Vita on November 19th, game explosion imminent

There’s a storm brewing on the Playstation front, and it comes in the form of a massive update to the Playstation Plus program, Sony’s paid subscription service. The official PS Blog highlighted the official launch of Playstation Plus for the Vita, dropping a bombshell in the form of six free games that will be available to any Vita user that’s a PS+ member. Gravity Rush and Wipeout 2048 are highlights in the list, along with classics like Final Fantasy TacticsThe program itself is launching next Tuesday, November 20th, with a big firmware update for the handheld itself adding some other minor functionality.

This announcement pleases me something fierce. I’ve been holding off on getting a Vita for so long now, but with this kind of incentive to not only pick up Sony’s second handheld but also double dip on the PS+ program, considering I enjoyed my trial period…I might be looking for a Vita in some dark alley somewhere soon. I think it’s a great idea that can really push for some much-needed adoption on Sony’s ailing handheld. We’ll see what other games Sony adds to the program down the road, but color me excited.

[Source: Playstation Blog]

Ubisoft claims Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still being worked on, honest, for real

Honestly, you guys, this game is still coming out. That’s the word from Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot, who spoke with Polygon recently to state that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still a thing that is happening. He mentions in particular that Michel Ancel, one of Ubisoft’s bigger names, has been spending much of his free time on the Rayman games. This has, obviously, slowed down development on the next adventure of Jade and Pey’j. Since the game’s announcement way back in 2008, we’ve heard next to nothing about the upcoming sequel, but rest assured, that’s still on the docket.

Y’know what? I think I’m okay with Ancel taking all the time he needs on BG&E2. Between the sublime Rayman Origins and the stupid good-looking Rayman Legends that’s still on the way, I don’t mind if there’s some time that needs to be set aside for these other games before we get down to business with an honest-to-goodness sequel to one of the more interesting games from last generation. This kind of notification that the game is still being worked on, even if it is by a small skeleton crew in a closet somewhere, is somewhat comforting.

[Source: Polygon]

PC copies of CODBLOPSDOS contain Mass Effect 2, it turns out

In one of the more peculiar physical media stories of the day, Eurogamer reported today that some PC purchasers of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (more commonly referred to as CODBLOPS DOS) found a much more futuristic shooter in their game cases upon installation. The second disc contains none other than…Mass Effect 2. This seems to be a peculiar mix up based in a production line somewhere, but it’s kind of hilarious to see a Call of Duty title mixed up with one of EA’s flagship franchises. No comment was made from Activision at the time of reporting, or at the time of this writing.

I really don’t know what to make of this. It’s really funny, more so when you consider the sort of blood feud between EA and Activision over Call of Duty-related things, but at the same time this kind of makes you wonder about the deadline on physical media in general. Between this and that strange Lego Lord of the Rings kerfuffle that popped up earlier today, one has to hope we’re moving closer and closer to a full digital future. The next generation’s stance on this kind of stuff will, hopefully, be much more error-free.

Or, y’know, maybe Mass Effect 4 will have Modern Warfare 4 in it. Who can say?

[Source: Eurogamer]

The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 – Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie – Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa. YES.

This apparently happened a few days ago, but it wasn’t really picked up by the Internet-at-Large until just this afternoon. You may be familiar with 2008′s Tales of Game’s Studios Presents Chef Boyardee’s Barkley, Shut Up & Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa. If you’re not, maybe give it a download: it’s free! PC Gamer has noted that there seems to be a Kickstarter-in-waiting for the sequel to this confusing but hilarious indie RPG, the title of which is also incredibly long and happens to be the title of this news bite.

It’s very hard to talk about this game without ruining some of the mystique, but you fight Bill Cosby’s disembodied ghost head and the phrase “Chaos Dunk” is an integral part of the plot. Come on, people. Come on. It’s free.

[Source: PC Gamer]

 

Dyl-Questing – The Best Thing I Read Today: Legitimizing Violence

Over on Nightmare Mode, Cameron Kunzelman speaks on the idea of XCOM’s battle with itself over the idea of violence and the few questions it poses over the course of its narrative. It’s an interesting and relatively short read, and made me think a little more about what the over-the-top violence in some games we see might be doing to us.

[Source: Nightmare Mode]

 



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Dylan Sabin
Having been raised on a solid foundation of MMOs and platformers, Dylan is a second-generation gamer with an excitable nature. He thinks there's always something to appreciate about a new idea, and at the end of the day he hopes to shed a little more light on how and why games make us tick.