Sony reveals full game list for the Playstation Classic

So, we all kinda saw this coming when Nintendo started releasing mini-sized retro consoles- a wave of mini-sized retro consoles from all of the major players in the game. Now, the Playstation Classic was revealed before now, but the reason for this article is something we’ve been wondering- “What are the games that are going to come on it when I buy it?”. Good news everyone, they have released that full list, and here it is:

  1. Battle Arena Toshinden
  2. Cool Boarders 2
  3. Destruction Derby
  4. Final Fantasy VII
  5. Grand Theft Auto
  6. Intelligent Qube
  7. Jumping Flash
  8. Metal Gear Solid
  9. Mr Driller
  10. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  11. Rayman
  12. Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  13. Revelations: Persona
  14. Ridge Racer Type 4
  15. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  16. Syphon Filter
  17. Tekken 3
  18. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  19. Twisted Metal
  20. Wild Arms

That’s 20 games that come pre-installed on the console when it releases. Now let’s take a quick note about a couple of them. Grand Theft Auto is the top-down one, not like the one’s we’re familiar with since GTA3. Still the same premise, just a different way to play. It’s the same with Rainbow Six– same premise, just a different style of play than we’re used to with RS6: Seige.

You can see them all in video form here:

Overall a nice list of games, but I’m sad that a Tony Hawk game didn’t get on there because that would bring back so much nostalgia from my childhood. I spent hours at a time playing those games in the summer till my mom kicked me off the TV. Ahh memories.

Is there a game that you think should have made the list? Let us know in the comments. (But it’s only a matter of time before someone figures out a way to load more ROMs onto it, so maybe in the future it’ll make it on?)

The Playstation Classic will be released on December 13, 2018 at $99.99 USD.

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PlayStation is a Classic

If Nintendo Can pull it off why cant Sony? Minutes ago Sony broke the news of the PlayStation Classic, set to release in December and comes packed with 20 games and retails around $100. Lets hope they turned to the Eiffel 65 song “My Console” for inspiration on what titles to include…..Mega-Man Legends anybody?? What is interesting is that the trailer states “Pre-Loaded Games”. Maybe Sony will allow us to delete and download different classic games on the console in the future?

 

Sony officially cuts support for the PS2 after two decades

Bring out your dead! The king of consoles is now dead. Sony officially cut support for the PS2 console in Japan as of August 31st. The best-selling home console in the world has had support for nearly two decades since its launch in 2000, but now it’s time to say goodbye.

Sony had required that PS2 owners who needed repairs fill out the request forms online up until August 31st. Any consoles that reach Japan after September 7th will be out of luck, sorry to those who hadn’t heard before this announcement. Sony also ended customer support for the console on August 31st.

The PS2 had a great run, and while I never owned one myself, I had a blast playing games on it with my friends. My favorite game that I played was Ratchet and Clank, so much fun.

If you guys have any memories you wanna share with us, feel free to leave a comment below and we can all reminisce together.

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Undertale Physical Edition coming to PC, PS4, Vita, and Switch

Undertale fans, your time has come to own a physical copy of the game you adore so much. This will sold by Best Buy and Fangamer, and it is available for PC, PS4, Vita, and Switch. It is priced at $25 USD for the PC, PS4, and Vita edition, and $29 USD for the Switch edition.

But wait, there’s more! There is a collector’s edition available exclusively from Fangamer at their website. The box set will include

  • a 24-page story booklet illustrated by Timmie Chang
  • collector’s edition soundtrack on disc
  • 6 pieces of sheet music from the soundtrack with annotations by Toby Fox
  • a 14 karat gold-plated music box locket
  • a matchbox-style case for the PC, PS4, and Vita editions
  • a matchbox-style case with Switch slipcase for the Switch edition
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PC, PS4, Vita edition
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Switch edition

This looks like a great set, and it’s a great price: $64 USD for the PC, PS4, and Vita version, and $69 USD for the Switch version. For an extra fee, you can add the Undertale art book for $6 USD for the digital download and $20 USD for the hardcover. There is a limit of 4 per person per platform for the collector’s edition, so keep that in mind when ordering.

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Mutant League Football

” A Gory Blood bath that throws a football game in the middle of all the carnage”

By Nick Hayes

When Mutant Football League “MFL” was originally released in 1993, violence in video games was a very large topic in and out of the gaming world. Mortal Kombat, Doom and Wolfenstein were all released the year before Mutant Football League came out on the Sega Genisis. At the time the public perception was  there was to much violence in video games. I remember my mom telling me she would not buy those violent video games for me and as a young boy this is what drew my interest farther into those, so called violent video games. MFL sparked my interest as a child because I love sports games but I also was a avid Mortal Kombat player. Mutant League Football “MFL” was a fantastic go between Mortal Kombat and John Madden football. Now as an adult I get a chance to relive some of those great gaming moments from my childhood and play the new MFL game that was released on PC,  Xbox One, PS4 and coming to the Nintendo switch in 2018. Now Michael Mendheim and the Developers at Digital Dreams Entertainment have created a new brand of football, that we have not seen since 1993.

The Voice behind  Mutant League Football

First thing that stood out to me at the very beginning of the game was the play by play announcer voiced by Tim Kitzrow. Tim does the Play by Play before, during and after the game and yes that seems excessive but it was not enough for me. He does a fantastic job taking jabs at you as a player, your team as a whole or the opponent. I had to do some research because Tim Kitzrow reminded me of Joe Buck who calls NFL games, that’s how good Tim is in MFL. I laughed several times playing when Tim would deliver one liner after one liner on how bad I was doing and at one point I was kicking a field goal and he shot this one liner out and said “If you miss this kick they will kick the shit out of you in the locker room”. You also might recognize Tims voice from NFL Blitz as he also did the play by play for that game. Tim brings the attitude from blitz and applies it to MFL beautiful, I actually can state enough how well this is done. You can tell the Team at Digital Dreams Entertainment felt that the play by play voice had to be perfect, it ties the game together between the blood bath it is and the actually game of football being played.

The Game inside the Game

Think of MFL as a bloody chainsaw massacre horror game that has a ball involved somehow? The brutality in this game is bar none and makes you wonder if they can take even farther. I called a running play and switched to an audible which allows you to pick a dirty trick play, I chose chainsaw of course and as I hiked that ball to my running back he pulled out a chain saw and cut his was though the defense for a touchdown. That’s just one of the few Dirty tricks plays you can choose, there is shotguns, steroid mode, beast mode and several other options that will keep your opponent on its toes. You can also choose to kill the referees if there making bad calls against you and as a football fan killing the ref holds a special place in my heart, Thank you Michael Mendheim. Besides the awesome dirty trick plays you have to be aware of the field environment, each stadium has three different traps on the field you have to avoid. There are, sand worms that are similar to the movie tremors, spikes you have to dodge and saw blades spikes that will cut you in half. The game play is smooth, the play calling is a lot like Madden football its simple quick to select and easy to understand even if you’re not a football fan. I even tried playing a full game without using a single dirty trick play and I was blown out 21-0 and Tim Kitzrow was smashing me every chance he could with different witty one liner. I really enjoyed trying to play the game straight and losing big, that was even fun for me. The dirty trick plays are a big part of the game and without using them good luck on bringing home the championship. While I could use less of the cut scenes that happen after every big play or a scoring play that seem to slow the pace down for me, the rest of the game play was smooth. At half time there is a mini game where you can rack up points by killing referees, do I have to say thanks again? I didn’t fully the understand the point for the half time mini game, but it was fun and quick and didn’t seem to slow the pace down of the game.

 

The Details in each team and player name, is a cool and fun twist

A couple other cool features are the team and player names, if you love the Denver Broncos you can play as the “Mile High Chronic” or if you love Seattle they have that team also and there owned by a famous cooperation “MicorHard Mutilators”, my personal favorite. Famous player like Cam Newton is under the alias “Wham Neutron” or Russel Wison is “Hustle Killsome”. There are several different game modes that you can enjoy, you can play a quick game or play full season with your favorite team or even jump straight to the playoffs and take your team to the championship if you can survive. I like that idea that you can turn the gore up a notch if you desire or bring it down some if you want a more traditional style football game but, there is nothing traditional about this game and I mean that it the best way possible.

The Nostalgic blood, guts and gore we all missed

Mutant Football League is what it says it is, a gory football game where the winner can win by just killing the other team and there is something simple in that. This game is the 1993 Mortal Kombat wrapped in the 1998 NFL Blitz time traveled into 2018, with the graphics of today and that nostalgic gore that we missed from the 90s. Over all the Mutant Football League is a really fun game made by someone who is truly passionate about what he does and we can all support that.

 

Silver’s Review for Persona 5

Developer:  Atlus, P Studio

Release Date:  September 15, 2016, Worldwide 2017

Platforms available: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3

After years of teasers, release setbacks, and even adding a next gen console, we finally received Persona 5 on April 4 of this year. A wait second only to Kingdom Hearts 3 that was made even more difficult after the Japanese release back in September 2016, which only added months of avoiding spoilers all over the internet. But the wait was well worth it, especially if you are a fan of the Shin Megami Tensei spinoff series, or JRPGs in general.

If you have not checked it out yet, or are new to the series, you play as the protagonist (named by you) who was just sent to Tokyo to stay with a friend of his parents after being arrested, expelled from high school, and put under probation. That is right. This time the transfer student has a criminal record. Saving you spoilers, he goes on to find himself with a Persona, a manifestation of one’s inner self that is used in battle, which is the basis of the series. For Persona 5, you are not trying to stop a serial killer, the end of the world, or anything like we have seen before. Instead you are taking people’s hearts. I know. This sounds crazy, but trust me when I say I do not want to spoil this game for you. I came in with no knowledge except having played the rest of the series, and knowing the names of the main characters and that the protag is a criminal. Pretty much nothing that was not in the trailers, and it was absolutely worth it. Oh, and for those who are familiar with what the Velvet Room is, this time it is a prison and it’s pretty darn cool. You are in for a surprise when you perform your first Persona fusion.

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Persona 5 takes what was so loved from the previous titles, such as the darker tones of Persona 3 and close knit friendship aspect of Persona 4, and combines them in an entirely new tale, full of its own surprises and unique gameplay. Rather than a small fictional town, Atlus instead used Tokyo itself as its stage. Beautifully crafted, sometimes confusing to navigate, and full of places to visit, it does a good job at capturing more of the city life that is not present in the previous installments. Tokyo provides the protagonist with plenty to do, from part-time jobs and people to hang out with, to arcades and a batting cage, leaving you with little downtime with nothing going on.

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Persona 5 keeps the “social link” aspect that was introduced in Persona 3, though this time it is called “confidants.” They are worth doing because you get some more to the story, make your band of thieves more powerful and useful in the dungeons, known as “Palaces,” and meet some interesting characters. And, because no modern JRPG would be complete without it, you can date your female cohorts. Even the adult ones. Have fun choosing though, because they are all fun characters. Myself, I went with Makoto Niijima, student president and total Palace badass. Her Persona is a motorcycle, so yeah she is pretty cool.

Aside from the open 3D world and changes to the social link system, Persona 5’s biggest upgrade is the battle system. Keeping its turn-based tradition, no longer is there a menu on the lefthand side for you to scroll through to make your selection between physical attacks, Persona skills, items, etc. Now there is a really neat looking menu surrounding the character currently in selection and you make your choice by pressing the assigned button. I was skeptical at first, but it makes the fighting system smooth, fast, and insanely cool. One aspect I loved about the new system is the ability to switch out your team members in the heat of battle. You no longer have to panic when the one weakness a Shadow has is the one thing not in your current team! The new gun attack is also really neat, as each character has a different type of gun and some Shadows are weak to them. Overall, the aesthetics and battle gameplay are breathtaking. You will do everything you can to hit enemies’ weak spots so you can pull an all-out attack and see the fun animations that cross your screen at the end of the fight, but even when you take them down without a fancy finishing move the characters posing and walking across the screen while your newly gained experience points and items pop up is oddly satisfying.

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Aside from the eye-catching aesthetics of the game, it has an incredible soundtrack. You spend most of your time in game nodding along with the beat playing in the background, and naturally the music changes with each scenario. It is calming and smooth in the evening or when it is raining, funky during the day or events with your teammates, and fast and heavy during battles. As a matter of fact, my favorite song in the entire game was played only during two late game bosses. By the time I was done with Persona 5, I had to splurge the $30 for the soundtrack. And I am so glad I did because “acid jazz” is a lot more interesting than I expected it to be.

Keeping theme with the previous titles, Persona 5 is ripe with animated cut scenes. It allows you a chance to sit back and enjoy part of the story without having to pick your controller back up and pick dialogue responses like with CGI cut scenes. There is word of a Persona 5 anime series coming, like with Persona 4 the Animation and Persona 4 Golden the Animation, and the four movie series for Persona 3, but for now there is no news. I do however recommend watching Persona 5: The Daybreakers if you have a few minutes to spare and have access to any website that streams it. I used Crunchyroll, but you could possibly find it just as easily through a medium such as YouTube. It is only one episode and is more of a teaser to lead you into the game than anything, but as a big Persona fan I enjoyed it.

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One of the biggest grabbers for me when playing a game, especially an RPG, is the characters. And boy, Persona 5 has a cast. Admittedly I have a major soft spot for the Investigation Team from Persona 4/4 Golden, but the Phantom Thieves were just as loveable for me. Many fans found Persona 4’s mascot character, Teddie, who existed solely to navigate until the primary navigation character was unlocked and to help guide the team and player through the Shadow World, to be a bit annoying. Persona 5’s Morgana- an adorable black cat…. thing- captures the cute mascot style of Teddie and Persona 3’s Koromaru while creating a character with a better personality. He, yes he, is actually helpful and quickly became my favorite. (Though I will say I am a big Teddie fan as well.) As you unlock the main cast, they each add their own spice to the game. New skills, funny dialogue, and cool costumes make you eager to finish the next Palace and meet the next teenager that will join your group of Thieves.

I have mentioned that they are thieves many times, yet have not elaborated. The Phantom Thieves of Hearts enter Palaces, the dark place in a person’s psyche, and steal their “heart.” Keeping this spoiler free, it is actually a unique and interesting concept that works really well. It captures the dark ideas behind the previous titles, while introducing a new style of gameplay. It is also just as hilarious at times as Persona 4 was, an aspect that I really enjoyed about both games. Humor in JRPGs is something that I have always enjoyed because it can ease tension when the game gets difficult or stressful, and add to the story in a way that, to me, is more realistic. Seriously, most of us make jokes even in bad situations to lighten it up. And I cannot resist a game that can make me laugh while capturing other emotions as well, like concern and sadness.

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Between the fun cast of characters, the interesting storyline, the vast amount of things to do including maxing out your skills and confidants, both of which are important to the story and becoming powerful enough to take out the end game boss, the soundtrack, voice acting, gameplay, and graphics style, Persona 5 is definitely the best game I have played this year aside from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This title alone made owning a PlayStation 4 worth it. It is also available on PlayStation 3, but for the smooth graphics and free DLC such as the original Japanese voiceovers, it is definitely worth getting on PlayStation 4 if you do not have one yet, or have not really been introduced to the beauty that is Japanese RPG games.

I certainly rank Persona 5 as “bonafide Mona-fied!”

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Check out the gameplay trailer!