PlayStation Now Becomes Useful

PlayStation Now Becomes Useful

PlayStation Now is a pretty cool idea. 100's of PS3 games that you can stream to play over your PS4. While it is not true backwards compatibility it is pretty close, and if you never actually owned the games you could just play them from here. Downside is that it was super expensive comparatively to actually play the games. But that will soon no longer be a problem. Starting on 01/13/2015 you can subscribe to the service for $19.99 one month at a time or 3 months for $44.99 ($15.00 / month) for unlimited play of the entire catalog.

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Buy on the PS3, Get it on the PS4

The thing about us gamers, is that we are an impatient bunch. Most often when a new game comes out we want to play it immediately. But we also have new consoles coming out, and we want to make sure that we have something to play on these new consoles. Too bad some of the most anticipated games of the season will come out before the new consoles are released. Sony is well aware of this and has come up with a compromise for us.

They are offering a program with four games, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghost, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Watch_Dogs. Now Watch_Dogs is a bad example of this as it comes out on the PS4 before it comes out for anything else. But Black Flag and Battlefield 4 come out on 10/29/2013 while Ghost comes out on 11/05/2013.  So if you buy any of these 4 games for the PS3, you will get a digital copy for your PS4. You don't even need a PS4 to get it setup. Instructions for this can be found at Playstation 3 to Playstation 4 Digital Upgrade Program site.

What To Except With Sony's DualShock 4...

Sony just had there press conference yesterday and man was it an amazing. We saw so many new games and technology going to be put into the PlayStation 4. Graphics looked amazing I cannot wait to see what is in store for Sony later this year. There however was one major thing they didn't show and that my friends was the Console itself; but no worries gamers even if they didn't show the console, they did however show the new Dualshock 4 controller and man is it amazing. Below we will be discussing the differences from the new Dualshock controller compared to the Dualshock 3.

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Hitman Absolution - Preview

I want to be clear with something before I give you my impressions on Hitman Absolution, I am a huge fan of the Hitman series.  So, if my impressions of Hitman Absolution come off as “fan boyish” it’s because, yes, I am a Hitman fanboy.

Hitman Absolution takes place with our favorite assassin Agent 47.

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The Gameslave Podcast - Episode 81

Ok, I really need to find out why I cannot get my recordings to work reliably. But instead of coping out again I decided to try and cover everything we talked about during the recording. So with that, I give you The Gameslave Podcast Episode 81.


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PS3 - Now Cheaper

Today Sony announced that the PlayStation 3 has been reduced in price to $249.99 (they also had similar price drops in Europe and Japan).  They did this seemingly out of the blue at Gamescom today. There were no lines like, "price drop in 2 weeks" or "we are going to drop the price but we are not saying to what".  The announcement came and was made effective today.  Is this the same Sony that could not keep the PSPGo a secret over a year ago?  But what does this mean to the poor sap that recently purchased a PlayStation 3?  That means if you want to save $50.00 you can return your recently purchased PlayStation 3 and get a new one at the new price.  But you will lose all your game saves you may have, and those can be more precious then life itself!

Thanks Amazon, cause that $0.99 was a real deal breaker for me.

Infamous 2 – PS3

To Every Story There Is A Beginning

It has long been a dream of mine to wield the awesome power of lightning at my fingertips, so when Sucker Punch came out with the original Infamous, I knew I had to have that game!  With eager anticipation I awaited it's arrival and then I played it for hours on end.  I loved every minute of it!  When it was finally over, I desperately wanted another installment.  Well, Sucker Punch heard my prayers and sent forth Infamous 2.

For those not familiar with the original, our protagonist Cole MacGrath begins the first game by waking up in the middle of a blast crater in Empire City.  Everything within 5 city blocks of him as been destroyed by an explosion.  Once he is extricated from the crater by his best friend Zeke and nursed back to health, he finds that he has lightning powers.  Throughout the course of the game, you discover why he and others now have powers, why he survived an explosion that killed thousands of other people, who planned it, and why.  Near the middle of the game (beware possible spoilers) you find out that the antagonist, Kessler, is preparing you to face an even bigger foe, "The Beast". 

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The Gameslave Podcast - Episode 73

So, for the first time in a few weeks all three of us were in one spot. We sat down, we recorded an episode, everything was great, until the saving was needed. First Audacity would not save the file, so I exported it as an MP3. Close audacity, open the MP3 and find out that everything before the 35 minute mark was lost. Dammit, so I give you what was left, and the notes of what we had talked about. Fail on my part.

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Sony Customer Appreciation Program (Bribe)

Sony North America has come up with what amounts to a bribe for the massive failure of their online service, and it is not too bad. For those that are fast enough Sony is offereing ALL Playstation Network customers 2 of 5 games.  You have 30 days to get those game and once you grab them they are yours forever.  Your choices are:

This deal is great, unless you are a very avid fan boy and you already have all 5 games. I guess you can at least get two of them to live on your hard drive then. PSP owners are getting a similar deal from the following list:

This is the permanent stuff you get to keep as a "my bad" gift.  And hey, if you have both a PS3 and a PSP that is 4 free games. They also have some things that are going to be nice, but seem more like a marketing gimick, which I guess it really needed at this point given all the not so great press they got the past few weeks.

  • A selection of “On Them” rental movie titles will be available to PlayStation Network customers over one weekend, where Video Service is available. Those titles will be announced soon.
  • 30 days free PlayStation Plus membership for non PlayStation Plus subscribers.
  • Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive an additional 60 days of free subscription.
  • Existing Music Unlimited Premium Trial subscription members will receive an additional 30 days of free premium subscription.
  • Additional 30 days + time lost for existing members of Music Unlimited Premium/Basic subscription free of charge for existing Premium/Basic members.
  • To welcome users Home, PlayStation Home will be offering 100 free virtual items. Additional free content will be released soon, including the next addition to the Home Mansion personal space, and Ooblag’s Alien Casino, an exclusive game.

I do like how they are giving people that were already paying for some of the services such as Qriocity and Playstation Plus an additional 30 days over everyone else.  Makes you seems a little more special.  So does this bribe work for you guys?

Portal 2 Review - PC and PS3

Welcome to Aperture Science, where the future is now. Or at least it was until you destroyed the megalomaniac AI that was running the place. This was a little over a hundred years ago and the place has not seen any real love. You start the game being brought out of stasis by Wheatly, the AI that is supposed to be in charge of all the humans. Too bad you are the only one left and the others are "bloody vegetables". So now you two are going to try and escape this place before the management comes down and knocks some heads.

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