Category Archives: Playstation 4
Every year when The Show comes out, I follow the same routine: Create a new player from scratch and head into Road to the Show. This year, my mountain-man bearded, 6’4″, 220-pound first baseman from Florida (you can’t select Toronto for some reason) wasn’t doing very well in the showcase games where you get scouted for the upcoming draft. Even though he looked like a bearded hulk, he couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat and ended up being projected to go late 2nd/early 3rd round. I wasn’t happy about it, but ended up being drafted late by the Houston Astros. Then something happened. Read the rest of this entry
There is no stop to the LEGO in my house, and to be honest, I’m not complaining at all. And if you’re into LEGO video games, you shouldn’t be either.
The last month has seen the release of two new games based on the venerable bricks, but both are quite different from one another. And my in-house reviewer, my 6 1/2 year old Princess, is enjoying both of them.
What do you look for in a video game? For me, the most important thing is engagement. I want to be sucked in right away. Truth of the matter is, I sometimes have a pretty short attention span when it comes to gaming. If I don’t have a compelling reason to keep playing, it just isn’t going to happen.
Engagement, right? Or maybe even closer to the point, it all comes down to story.
And Horizon Zero Dawn has a hell of a story.
For the last two weeks at the box office, The LEGO Batman Movie has been on top. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Batman + LEGO = awesome, as anyone who saw the outstanding The LEGO Movie three years ago can attest. Will Arnett’s voice work as Batman is absolutely the best since Kevin Conroy took on the back in the early ’90s for Batman: The Animated Series. The new film manages to bring laughs to the character while also, perhaps surprisingly, finding a way to address the genuine gravitas that makes Batman so enduring.
The cinema isn’t the only place I’ve been enjoying The LEGO Batman Movie, though. Over the past week the Princess and I have been making our way through the LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack for LEGO Dimensions.
Back in September we wrote about the pretty spectacular Playstation VR – imagine entering the world of a video game, and letting it fully immerse you, sight and sound (I suppose we’re still waiting on smell, which may or may not be a good thing). Playstation VR is a perfect and, in context, a reasonably priced entry way into experiencing what is in all likelihood the future of gaming.
Playstation VR is now available for purchase – if you get the Launch Bundle version, you’ll receive the headset, two move controllers, and Playstation Camera. You’ll also receive the VR Worlds game, allowing you to taste the breadth of experience that comes with virtual reality. It’s hard to find though, but you can find the Playstation VR Core Edition and build up from there.
Playstation also made sure that there was a large assortment of games and add-ons that would be available at launch and slightly post, so it’s not as if you’re stuck with five or six titles at a time. Some of the ones we’d suggest:
This is probably the best game of the bunch we’ve played. You want to be Batman? Well, in this game from Warner Brothers you put on the cowl as you work to uncover who killed one of your closest allies. This game isn’t about fighting; it’s about solving a mystery. It’s a short game, roughly an hour or so, but as far as an experience living out the dream of being the Bat, this game is it.
This past weekend I once more spent multiple days visiting Fan Expo Canada, our country’s version of San Diego Comic-Con. There were celebs galore, and one of the highlights was having the chance to take a picture with my little Princess and her Godfather, BBP’s own JP Fallavollita, and Burt Ward and Adam West, the original Batman and Robin. This was at my girl’s request, by the way. I’m pretty luck, I’d say.
While that moment was certainly routed in the past, another highlight was an amazing glimpse into the future. Our friends at Media Profile, Warner Brother Games Canada and PlayStation gave me the chance to test drive PlayStation VR, the company’s new Virtual Reality head set. It is, safe to say, mind blowing.
This morning I talked about my VR experience with Matt Gurney on National Post Radio on SiriusXM Canada Talks, which you can listen to below.
Thanks again to Media Profile, Warner Brother Games Canada, PlayStation and Touchwood PR for the support and opportunities this year at Fan Expo Canada!
Pink Floyd is my favourite band. I’ve been listening since back in 1990, when a girl I was going to high school with loaned me a cassette copy of The Wall to listen too. I dubbed it, and while I didn’t really understand what I was listening to at the time, I still found myself transfixed by the double album, enough so that I began exploring the band’s entire catalog. I feel in love with the trippiness of albums like The Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, Wish You Were Here, and Meddle. There were layers to all these recordings – explorations of sounds and lyrical meanings. I didn’t need to “get it” to get into it.
And that, my friend, is how I feel playing the new galaxy exploration video game, No Man’s Sky.
I want to tell you that I’ve seen the future of gaming and that it’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but that would be wrong because, 1) Uncharted has been a Playstation franchise for nearly a decade and 2) the future isn’t months or years away- thanks to the first instalment of the game for Playstation 3, the future is here, and it is incredible.
I’m a sucker for the LEGO video games. They’re simply fantastic fun to play, even when they wind up being a little harder than you anticipate.
When the company first started making their licensed video games for various platforms, they were a little simpler, without the big name voices from the film’s they were parodying – their were no Harrison Ford’s or Johnny Depp’s in the LEGO Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean games. As the LEGO franchise has increased in popularity, the budgets have gone up, at the voice work has included (most of) the casts from films like The LEGO Movie, the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, and the Jurassic Park films. In the fall of 2015, LEGO Dimensions brought together various franchises from across pop culture in a Skylanders/Disney Infinity type game that has been a huge success. However, missing from the line-up that includes Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, DC Comics, the Simpsons and even Doctor Who, were Disney’s Star Wars and Marvel characters. Not a huge surprise, mind you, since Disney Infinity has those moneymakers covered. Luckily, while SW and Marvel may not be in LEGO Dimensions, the LEGO/Warner/TT Games people still get to make standalone titles. We’ll see a Star Wars: The Force Awakens LEGO game later this summer’ in the meantime, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers is now in stores, continuing the fun we’ve all come to expect from these games.
Playing Bloodborne is like smashing your head against a wall, a very gory, slimy wall, again and again and again and again. It’s hard. You cry out like a Canadian curler on the ice screaming to the heavens, “HARRRRRRRRRRD.” Fighting a Bloodborne boss is your own private Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise learning by dying over and over, you as Tom in a blood-slicked waistcoat, axe in hand, repeatedly crushed and beaten and mauled. But sooner or later, mostly later, the patterns click, strategies emerge, and at last you vanquish the horrific beast before you, gouts of blood splaying through the air. When it happens, the feeling is pure ELATION. The sheer dopamine rush of joy when you pound that fucker out of existence is immense, a wave of happiness bigger than Kanye’s ego suffusing your entire being. And then it’s onto the next and the gruelling hunt begins anew. Exclusive to the PS4, Bloodborne is one of the best games of the year. But for the horror-loving gamer on your Christmas list, is it all masochism?