Monday, March 18, 2013

SIFT draws nearer, Links, and MH3U  


Book: My deadline for edits on Speaking in Forked Tongues is approaching, so shit is getting real. 

It’s kind of bizarre to think it’s going to finally be published after all this time… I've been chipping away at it over the last month or so, but I'm going to crank the volume up starting next week and get it done. There might be a slight dip in my game-related productivity over the coming days, but we'll see how it goes.

More hard info to come.


Games: I was recently invited to be a guest on the @CaneAndRinse podcast to discuss one of my favorite titles in recent years, I Am Alive

That episode is now up and available for your listening pleasure here.

In a similar vein, my review for the Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC went up a few days ago, along with my review for Etrian Odyssey IV, which, if you will recall, was the sole reason I bought a 3DS.

It did not disappoint.

Oh, I also covered the Vergil’s Downfall DLC for DmC… in case you're curious, you can catch that as well. 

Finally, I'm currently working on my review of Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate.

I wasn't able to put as much time into it as I expected because the bridging software which allows players to transfer data between the WiiU and 3DS has not been available, and apparently will not be until the day of release. 

Since I'm usually able to catch a few quests here and there on a portable when I'm not in front of my TV, that was an unexpected setback. 

The Monster Hunter games are all pretty huge, and it took me something like 60-70 hours to finish Tri the first time -- and that was doing the bare minimum stuff. MH3U has added a ton more content, so there’s no way anyone will be able to review it top-to-bottom unless they've been playing it for twenty hours a day since the review copies went out.

Luckily, I'm already very familiar with the series and Tri (which MH3U is based on) so that helps a lot. Once I'm able to try the data transfer and log some solid time doing online quests, I'll probably call the review good.

So how is it???

Well so far, MH3U has been kind of mixed bag. 

Tri has never been my favorite MH game for several reasons (MHFU still owns my heart) but getting any Monster Hunter is a minor miracle these days, so I'm quite happy to have it. 

On the other hand, it's been a long time since I was at square one in a MH game, and I kinda forgot how poorly they get started… the tutorial missions are painfully boring and the lack of initial resources means that it takes several hours before you have any real options of improving your gear and getting to some exciting battles. I know it gets exciting later, but you'd never guess from how it begins.

I'm hoping that this initial slog doesn't turn potential fans off... I still think the series has a lot to offer, and I'm guessing there are a ton of people out there who would get into it if the circumstances were right. That said, it's a tough sell when the game gets off to such a dull start on top of already being pretty cryptic with explaining the systems and being limited to Nintendo hardware.

Still, fingers crossed this is the start of a good thing for more MH in the states!


As a Sorcerer in Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, players will get to cast an array of high level magic spells as they make their way through the underground realm. Check out the latest video on our press extranet to see how the Sorcerer and his party fare against the Poisoned Undead, Banshees and the imposing Gold and Silver Knights.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen includes all of the content from the original Dragon’s Dogma plus a whole new underground realm for gamers to explore. Owners of the original game will be able to export their existing save data to continue their journey as the Arisen, while those new to the series can begin their Dragon’s Dogma experience afresh. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen will be available from April 23 in North America and across Europe on April 26.


By visiting, fans can help unlock exclusive content from Injustice: Gods Among Us, including an early premiere of the game’s opening cinematic! They can also win one of ten Battle Editions of the game and an Xbox 360.

Pre-orders at GameStop get the exclusive Red Son Pack which features bonus missions and character skins for Superman, Wonder Woman and Solomon Grundy. Complete details can be found at


"Well, good afternoon. How was your morning? Did you sleep well, Zach?

It was another beautifully brisk morning here in Greenvale. We got a much needed shower and shave in, slid into a freshly pressed suit, and we got to watch the sun break over the coniferous evergreen hills of this little country town. Ah, and can you smell that, Zach? Mmmm, freshly brewed coffee.

Oh my, this coffee...this coffee is magnificent!

Sorry, Zach, I got a little carried away. Now, back to the case at hand (we'll definitely have to talk to someone about that coffee though). It would appear that 'The Monarch' of Greenvale has supplied us with some new information that could lead to unlocking the happiness of our fans. You want that don't you, Zach? 

Good, me too. 

It looks as though the official site for Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut is now live!
From the official site you can get detailed information  on the game, see what's happening in the news , and pre-order the game.

Did you hear that, Zach, you can even pre-order the game before its release on the PlayStation®3 entertainment system and PlayStation®Network towards the end of April.

Life sure is beautiful, isn't it, Zach?" 


Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced that the DLC Virtual Reality (VR) Missions is available now on the Playstation®3 Entertainment System. Free for a limited time, the DLC adds 30 all-new missions to the game, featuring the classic VR look inspired by the original METAL GEAR SOLID VR Missions. The pack is pure, uncut gameplay that introduces a host of unique new challenges that will push Raiden's skills to its limits.

Along with the VR Missions, KONAMI will release two additional METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE downloadable content packs starting this April. The first DLC pack, Jetstream, will be a side story featuring Sam as a playable character. The second pack, Blade Wolf, will allow players to control the enigmatic Blade Wolf and will showcase his side story. Both DLC packs will feature multiple hours of gameplay including unique abilities and characteristics for each character, while also expanding on each of their storylines and origins.

The VR Missions DLC is available now for free on the PlayStation Playstation®3 Entertainment System.

The Jetstream and Blade Wolf DLC will be available in April for $6.99 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

For more information, please visit:


We’re pleased to announce that Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall, the second add-on pack for the critically-acclaimed first-person action game developed by Arkane Studios, will be available worldwide on April 16, 2013 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC for $9.99 (or 800 Microsoft Points).

In The Knife of Dunwall you take on the role of Daud, the legendary assassin who killed the Empress, and access his weapons, gadgets, allies and supernatural abilities. After assassinating the Empress, and forever changing the fate of Dunwall, you embark on a search for redemption. The Outsider reveals the key to your atonement, but who—or what—is Delilah? Accompanied by the Whalers, your loyal band of mercenary assassins, your search will take you through never-before-seen districts of Dunwall as you face off against new and terrible foes. Employ a unique arsenal of new weapons and powers that enhance Dishonored’s dynamic combat, mobility and stealth systems. In the struggle to hang onto the last shred of your humanity, the choices you make will ultimately determine your fate.

Dishonored has received over 100 'Game of the Year' awards from outlets including Game Informer, PC Gamer, Yahoo!,,, and CNN. In addition to garnering numerous nominations from the D.I.C.E. Interactive Achievement Awards and the Game Developers Choice Awards, Dishonored received ‘Best Action/Adventure Game of the Year’ at the SPIKE TV Video Game Awards and was recently named ‘Best Game of 2012’ by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) video games awards. For more information onDishonored or The Knife of Dunwall please visit


Capcom and Valve are pleased to announce the Resident Evil 6 x Left 4 Dead 2 project. This crossover project between two of the interactive entertainment industry’s most respected publishers will see characters from Left 4 Dead™ 2 featured exclusively in the forthcoming PC version of Resident Evil® 6, while enemies from Resident Evil 6 will invade the PC version of Left 4 Dead 2. All content will be made available completely free for fans of either game to access and play.


Deep Silver announced that Saints Row IV, the ball-busting next chapter in the Saints Row franchise, is starting a party in your pants this Fall.

In the next open-world installment of Saints Row, Deep Silver Volition continues the story of the Third Street Saints by elevating their status to the highest level – the leaders of the free world.  In Saints Row IV, the head honcho of the Saints has been elected to the Presidency of the United States. But the Saints are just getting started. Now the larger-than-life insanity of the Saints series gets a new twist with a catastrophic alien invasion, and the aliens have transported the Saints to a bizarro-Steelport simulation. Wield gargantuan superpowers and fight to free humanity from alien granddaddy Zinyak’s mental grasp. Escape the simulation that’s trapped the Saints crew, or die trying.

Saints Row IV lets players delve into an arsenal of alien weaponry and technology that will turn each Saint into an ultimate entity of destruction. Utilize out-of-this-world superpowers to fight all the way to the top. With intensified action and enhanced customization, players can use their newfound superpowers and leap over buildings, outrun the fastest sports cars, or send enemies flying with telekinesis in the greatest, most insane installment of Saints Row yet.

Save the world, Saints Style.

Developed by Volition, Saints Row IV will launch on current-gen consoles and PC on August 20, 2013, in North America and August 23, 2013, in the rest of the world.  

For more information about the Saints Row universe, please visit


A free demo to Chasing Aurora is available in the Nintendo eShop. The demo features the multiplayer game mode Freeze Tag and four single player challenges. It is playable by 1-5 players.

Last week we've updated Chasing Aurora with new features like Wii U Pro Controller support, a more challenging single player mode, new gameplay and a much smoother framerate.

To celebrate the demo and the update we're running a sale in the eShop. Chasing Aurora is 50% off ($7.49 / €5.99 / £5.39) until 21st March.


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