It’s a different time these days with gamers split between the PlayStation 3, X-Box 360 and Wii, it’s a far cry from the previous generation in which the King of the Mountain was the PlayStation 2. With the amount of Wiis, PS3s and 360s out there it is no surprise that more and more third party developers have decided to go multi-platform to recuperate development costs and make a profit while also being able to get their games into as many homes as possible. What is a developer to do when there is a near 50-50 split of X-Box 360 owners as there are PlayStation 3 (PS3) owners (the Wii is another story entirely)? It would seem pretty silly for any third party developer to not make the most of this and double their audience and offer their games on both consoles.
The only disappointing thing about this trend, this generation, is that it seems the majority of video game developers that have gone multi-platform are ones who were previously closely tied to the PlayStation brand, i.e. Square Enix, rather than ones who have been tied to Microsoft and their X-Box brand. We can now add one more developer into the hat of previous PlayStation-centric developers who have gone the way of the multi-platform side, Insomniac Games! (more…)
Little Big Planet is one of those rare video games that you come across these days that manages to be many things all at once and get it all right.
For a title that is marketed as a family-oriented platforming game, it is a little bit of a surprise that the game provides a gameplay experience that everyone enjoy. Yet the gameplay is only one part of the experience as Little Big Planet offers a little something that makes it really stand out amongst its peers: the ability to build your own levels and share it with other Little Big Planet players via the PlayStation Network (PSN). (more…)
The all new, Unity interface, only for Ubuntu!
It wasn’t long ago when I wrote up an article discussing my impressions of the various Operating Systems (OS) that were available for the line of ultra portable computers known as netbooks. I had mentioned my disappointment in the limited number of different desktop experiences available as I find myself using my netbook more and more over my Macbook.
Besides the choice between Linux or Windows there seemed to be a handful of user interfaces (UI) available. There were a few custom interfaces tailored for the small screens on netbooks and a full desktop experience. Amongst the custom interfaces the most popular has been the one produced by Canonical (the main financial sponsor for Ubuntu Linux) for their netbook edition of popular Linux distribution, Ubuntu. (more…)
When I last mentioned Arc Rise Fantasia here on Axis of Bozz it was in a somewhat festive mood. At the time not only had the game won an award from IGN at the 2009 E3 Expo as the Best Wii RPG, but the North American localization and publishing rights were transferred to Ignition Entertainment, the company responsible for the localization of Muramasa: The Demon Blade, from previous license holder Xseed Games. Although my interest in this series has waned over the course of the last several months, my initial interest was due to the presence composer Yasunori Matsuda and character designer Kenichi Yoshida amongst the game’s staff, I was devasted when I first learned that the English audio for the game was fairly awful. After hearing the news I couldn’t help myself from asking, “If it’s true, how could things have gone so wrong?” (more…)
It’s funny how even in this modern age of gaming, in which we have highly polished and detailed 3D graphics mimicking real life, that there are still several great games out there that are still using 2D graphics that not only can entrap a gamer into playing it over and over again but launch a successful franchise. There are some games, such as the Disgaea series, where the gamer replays the game due to the immense epilogue content in the form of dungeon crawling and extra bosses to battle or additional, multiple endings, and then there are story-driven games like the Ace Attorney franchise. (more…)