8Days - PS4 — Digital - "The world has been dominated by dark forces since the beginning of human history." (this blurb doesn't seem especially well written)
How to Survive 2 - PS4 — Digital (Out 2/6)- "The zombie infection has turned into a worldwide pandemic."
Kitty Powers Matchmaker - PS4 — Digital - "a hilarious dating simulator with a difference."
Nioh - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "grueling encounters await around every corner in this action RPG"
The Onion Knights - "Defend the kingdom from an endless swarms of enemies."
Ping Pong VR - PS VR — Digital - "experience the thrill of playing Table Tennis with PlayStation VR."
So Many Me! - PS4 — Digital (Out 2/6) - "a mind bending puzzle platformer with the added bonus of robust blobby cuteness."
Super Gunworld 2 - PS4 — Digital - "Explore GunWorld and battle monsters to find hidden secrets, gold, and earn valuable experience points."
Uncanny Valley - PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) - "an unsettling, story-driven survival horror where nothing is as it seems"
Other Highlights - For Honor: Open Beta (Feb. 9 to Feb. 12) - Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday (new content launch) is coming 2/14 - World of Tanks: 1 Year Anniversary on PS, everyone receives a special tank, emblems and bonus XP – starts 2/10, ends 2/27 - Honor and Duty: New patch adds multiplayer functionality
I played thru Firewatch this weekend! Spoiler box for a year old game
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Everyone talking about how the game has a iffy ending stretch made totally convinced that they were swerving the storyline into scifi, and I spent like an hour just waiting for the jump scare alien or mutant or whatever to do a jump scare none of that to happen because it's not really that game. That was an odd experience.
The ending fit with the theme of the game - the main character can see the problems but can only just endure them from a distance, not stop them - but it felt more like a book than a game, if that makes any sense. The natural conversations feels like something that's going to be borrowed from many games going forward - not it hasn't been done before, but there was something about that made it feel right - but done more complete that people will be less impressed by this game five years from now when it's cited as being Really Important.
It was a good way to spend an afternoon but not something I'd recommend for everyone.
You're totally right that it won't age well. Although a Firewatch 2 would make sense in a few years time when VR is more commonplace and the conversation mechanic is improved.
A large part of the appeal of the game is the mystery of what's going on in the forest, but also the mystery of what's going to happen with Delilah. On a second playthrough, I'm not sure how much of that mystery sustains the experience.
I remember enjoying it when I played it last year. Now, I'm struggling to remember all the details. Maybe I should play it again.
A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/1)- "this game features retro-style visuals centered around a fast-paced combat system with influences from modern gaming."
ACA NeoGeo Nam-1975 - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/2) - "Nam-1975 is an action game released by SNK in 1990."
Dying: Reborn - PS4, PS VR — Digital - "Fans of movie series such as Saw need look no further: a mysterious fish-head nemesis, a grudge, a series of never-ending trials, and a shocking ending will satisfy all your needs."
forma.8 - PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) - "a unique take on the Metroidvania action-adventure formula, with a striking visual style and a huge world to explore"
Ghost Blade HD - PS4 — Digital = "an intense bullet-hell shoot ’em up game with satisfying and addictive score-based gameplay"
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride - PS4 — Digital - "on the other side of the forest, there lies a seemingly bottomless pit, known as the Abyss. It is the place the villagers of Ravenbrook fear most…"
Horizon Zero Dawn - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "an exhilarating new open-world action RPG exclusively for PS4"
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing - PS4 — Digital - "Be Van Helsing, monster-hunter extraordinaire and save the day with your charming and beautiful companion, Lady Katarina (who happens to be a ghost, by the way)"
Stranger of Sword City Revisited - PS Vita — Digital - "Enjoy the tried and true fundamental charms of the Dungeon RPG"
Suikoden IV (PS2 Classic) - PS3 — Digital - "A prequel to the acclaimed role-playing series Suikoden"
Torment: Tides of Numenera - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "Explore Earth one billion years in the future in the science-fantasy setting of Numenera"
The Walking Dead — The Telltale Series: A New Frontier - PS4 — Retail - "Telltale’s award-winning series returns with its third season: A New Frontier."
WRC 6 = PS4 — Digital, Retail (Out 3/3) - "WRC 6 puts you to the test: fog, mud, punctures, night racing, engine breakdowns… you have to deal with it all."
DSiWare (Monday) - Advanced Circuits (200 pts) - Metal Torrent (500 pts) - Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper (800 pts) - World Poker Tour Texas Hold 'Em (500 pts) Retail (Tuesday) - Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers - Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: