We’re not dead! And to prove it, I’m posting!
First order of business, congratulations to Bill Stiernberg of Zeboyd Games! He’s getting married this weekend, following which, he will be spending over a week in lovely Japan for his honeymoon. Be sure to wish him well!
I was considering starting the Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 3 development blog this month, but right now, I’m working on internal engine changes – important, but not particularly interesting to talk about – so we’ll hold off on that and start the blog later this year. We’re going to be working on gameplay prototypes in October so maybe I’ll be able to talk about those when the time comes.
In gaming news, I finally picked up a PS3 so expect to start seeing PS3 game reviews here. So far, I have Siren: Blood Curse and Demon’s Souls, both of which are excellent, as well as a few smaller downloadable titles like Wipeout HD.
Some of the games I plan on reviewing on the site soon include the new BloodRayne, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, OMG-Z, Fighting Fantasy, and a few others I’ve forgotten at the moment.
Looking over the upcoming big releases for the rest year, I find the gaming landscape relatively sparse with games I’m excited about. There’s Zelda: Skyward Sword and that’s about it. Not a fan of the Elder Scrolls series and though I like shooters, I can wait until stuff like Gears of War 3 drops into the bargain bins. Uncharted 3 & Dark Souls will probably be great, but there’s no way I’ll have finished their predecessors before they arrive so I might as well wait on them. After seeing my friend play his import copy of Xenoblade, I would have definitely picked that up, but unfortunately, Nintendo decided not to release it here and I don’t want to go to the hassle of modding my console to bypass the region lock. The 3DS remains mostly devoid of games I want (Star Fox is tempting but not for $40 when I already own the original on the Wii) which is a shame because I’d love an excuse to pick one up. On the other hand, I haven’t picked up Deus Ex: HR or Radiant Silvergun yet and now that I have a new PS3, there are plenty of cheap older exclusives that I can pick up for it so I’m not going to be hurting for things to play. Not to mention that I’m sure there will be some good indie and digital download games coming out later this year.
Now next year, that’s a year I can get behind. I’m a big PSP fan so I’m very excited about the PS Vita – my most anticipated game at the moment for any system is Gravity Rush which has an amazing art style, an excellent premise (3D Action/Adventure + Gravity control) and is being made by the original creator of Silent Hill and the Siren series. Other games I’m excited about for next year are Ni No Kuni (a PS3 RPG created by Level-5 and Studio Ghibli!), Diablo 3 (yeah, I don’t think it’s coming out in 2011), the new Bioshock game, the remakes/up-ports of Final Fantasy X & Persona 4 (two of my favorite games of all time), the Persona 4 fighting game, and Final Fantasy XIII-2 (I know, I know, I’m a sap but its got time travel in it! My one weakness!).