Now, I could easily sit here and go “HERE ARE MY TOP GAMES I’M MOST ANTICIPATING” and you guys all probably know Mass Effect: Andromeda would be on that list. However, since I am the one here to have bought a Playstation 4, I guess you can say I’m Insert Coin’s exclusive on counting down the PS4’s exclusives coming down the aisle in 2016.
5. Street Fighter V – Come on, you were shocked in 2015 when you heard that Playstation 4 got the rights to be the exclusive home to one of the biggest fighting franchises in history. Don’t lie. Hell, when I heard about it I had to double check the source. But for Sony to get the rights to Street Fighter V and make it their own little baby is a cool thing for people, like me, who own a PS4. Now, I’m not really a fighting game fan but it will be interesting to see if I pick this up or not.
4. The Last Guardian – FINALLY! For the past few years, Sony has had hell to pay talking about and pushing back the development of The Last Guardian, from the same guys who made my Game of the Year (and PS4 exclusive) last year, Bloodborne (Japan Studio). What isSony’s E3 going to be like this year when there’s no Last Guardian rumors or setbacks?
3. Uncharted 4 – I’m interested in this game for one reason, E3. Uncharted 3 is much like the Sony E3’s video of Uncharted 4. Before it even started, the video had some major setbacks and faults and glitches and everything. However, once the video started, you can see the giant landscape that awaits you when the game comes out in April.
2. No Man’s Sky – Seriously? You thought I was going to forget about this gem? Honestly, if I saw more of this game my head would explode. Everyone watched it. E3, Stephen Colbert, a whole bunch of other people saw what No Man’s Sky has to offer. An open massive open-world sandbox that lets you control anything and everything that you find and doesn’t have a story to tie you down? That’s an amazing thing to have and will be an amazing time-waster once it is released.
1. Horizon: Zero Dawn – You want one picture to show you my excitement for this video game?
It’s one thing if it’s you fighting regular dinosaurs…but…you play as a lady after the world as we know it got destroyed and have to fight…..robot. dinosaurs. ROBOT. DINOSAURS. DINOSAURS THAT JUST SO HAPPENED TO BE ROBOTS. And you’re only weapon (or the only one I can see here) is your trusty bow and arrow.
For both PS4 and X-box One, the name of the game in 2016 is “EXCLUSIVES” and from PS4’s lineup, it sure looks good.
I’ve been thinking about what was revealed at E3 last week, the good, the bad, the great, the things that made us go hmm.. (puppets) and It’s led me to this decision. Video games are art, they’re entertainment, and they’re here to stay.
Let me start by showcasing my favorite reveals from E3.
Cuphead on Xbox One’s ID@XBOX
When it comes to the argument of video games being art, There were a few games at E3 we can now point to and have validation in that argument. Cuphead is one of the games. You play as Cuphead a cartoon character who much like Micky Mouse’s Steam Boat Willy is a cartoon come to life, and it’s one of my favorite games of E3.
ReCore on Xbox One
ReCore was a breath of fresh air during an E3 that was full of reboots, sequels, and retro games. It’s actually great to see Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune’s creative influence set free from Capcom, If you listen to our podcast you know my thought’s on Capcom lately. But just to see him creating new games and properties is great to see, and this game looks fantastic. It’ll be neat to see how each robot can be changed with each core, and how the environment changes with each storm.
The Last Guardian on Playstation 4
Another case can be made as a video game as a work of art, This game was announced at E3 in 2009 for the PS3, it was all but forgotten by Sony. This was one of the reasons I purchased a PS3, the game never came, however Sony says that the game was so graphically intense that they needed to push it to the PS4, Will I get a PS4 for this game, I may eventually but with the other line up that Sony had it’s making me want a PS4
Horizon Zero Dawn
Another strong candidate for Sony, The only thing with Sony’s press conference was that most of the games that were announced have a release date in 2016, Which is great for people who don’t own a PS4 yet because we get to wait and not miss many new games that are made by Sony. Horizon is one of the games that has that quality that makes me want a PS4, much like The Last of us was a clincher for me buying a PS3. Giant robotic dinos and animals being hunted by bow and arrow in a stealth game sounds great and looks amazing by the early look we got at E3.
Mario Maker on the Wii U
Mario Maker is something I’ve always dreamed of doing since I was a kid, In fact, I always would draw levels like the creators of Mario used to do when the planned a level out. I did it with Mario, Mega Man, Donkey Kong you name it. I don’t own a Wii U, but this game makes me really want one. I do have a 3ds, so I might just bide my time and see if they announce anything for it instead. But with no Zelda on Wii U it makes me question if it’s worth buying a Nintendo system. This game was definitely a bright spot for Nintendo along with Star Fox and Yoshi’s Wooly World. Since they announced the new system would be coming out, I’m not sure it’s the right time to jump into a Nintendo Console.
With all the games that were announced at E3 these were my favorites. There were way too many to mention all of them, but I was slightly disappointed in the lack of Red Dead Redemption. Maybe Rockstar will see that Red Dead lead the way as far as what gamers wanted to be backwards compatible on Xbox One, Maybe it’s time for a new Red Dead game. Maybe next year… Maybe later this year some news will come… Till then I’m going to happily play what games I have and what’s coming down the pike this year.
There was a lot to cover in Sony’s conference at E3 today. They had to go and follow Microsoft’s damn good presser.
Let’s get started, shall we?
THE LAST GUARDIAN
Last year, I was introduced to Japan Studios by their game Bloodborne. A year or two before Bloodborne, they announced a certain game called “The Last Guardian”…then…nothing…until this year and holy shit. Wow. First, nothing beats a game made by Sony. Visually stunning, awesome graphics and by God the first trailer is gameplay footage. Game. Play. Footage. Woo!
Also, after that promo I looked my dog (who may or may not have been staring at a grown man weeping) and asked her “WHY CAN’T YOU HAVE WINGS?! WHY?!” The Last Guardian will be released in “2016”.
HORIZON: ZERO DAWN
If you will picture this. You have a futuristic world, one that had witnessed a major change and everything is turned back into what it used to look like in the past and there are villages out there and societies and everything in between and you play as a member of the first village ever made and, yes, they seem to like and hate each other. It looks like you take control of someone who has a hunter-esque However, there are…robots. Not only are there robots…there are robot dinosaurs.
This new IP looks incredible and I can’t wait to play it.
This is where things get awesome for Playstation owners. The game franchise Hitman has done a whole bunch of awesome, from console games to Hitman Go. Hitman looks like it’s going to be another game in another awesome franchise. That’s all. Right?
With your pre-order of Hitman, Playstation owners will be able to play Hitman Beta. That’s right. Playstation is the only system that will allow you to play Hitman.
STREET FIGHTER V
They released the trailer, which looks awesome, and the same thing that happened with Street Fighter V as it will be for Hitman. Pre-order Street Fighter V and, yes, you (as Playstation 4 owners) also get the Street Fighter V beta.
NO MAN’S SKY
No Man’s Sky was announced last year at E3 and this year the guy came out and played it (as he did this with a very monotone voice) and played with, probably, one of the best games I’ve seen in E3. Period. I like that it’s multiplayer. I like the fact that you can explore planets and worlds beyond compare and claim things for peace or blow things up at your fingertips. It’s that freedom of playing this game makes me want to play THIS GAME!
Remember a few years ago we were ripping on that Storybook thing with motion controls and how idiotic that would be and how stupid you would look reading something like that or doing whatever the heck you were suppose to do with that?
Now, take that…and make it better.
Dreams allows you to create dreams. Not only that, your friends dreams. Not only your friends’ dreams, complete strangers’ dreams to make it yours and branch out the dream. This game takes that Storybook failure and makes it even better, as it is made by the same company that brought us LittleBigPlanet.
This game looks interesting. This is one of those indy games that are jumping to consoles and it damn near gorgeous and looks interesting. To me, this looks like something that you would see in The Stanley Parable, where there’s no real action but an amazing story to get you hooked.
DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING
The first words out of my mouth were “PLEASE! LET ME FEEL COMFORTABLE IN PLAYING DESTINY AGAIN! PLEEEEEEASE!” and this looks pretty good. The cool thing is that now there’s even more power-ups and a brand new story that will have you playing for even more months.
ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE
Other than dogs (and one that could fly) I feel like the MVP for this E3 has to be female protagonists. No matter what game it was, you feel like there was the choice of being a woman as a protagonist. From Dishonored 2 to Fallout 4 to, now, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, the choice is yours.
Having it happen in England makes it soooo good, too. Just as you would expect the ol’ timey Englanders would be with the cockney accents and everything. It’s a great looking game and will probably be my next game I forget what time it is while playing.
Rizz Fact: Never played Final Fantasy.
However, there is a cult following and once they announced World of Final Fantasy (a game that looks like a Funko Pop) and THEN Final Fantasy VII: Remastered! It’s going to be a Playstation 4 exclusive! Honestly, if this is what it looks like remastered, I might play FFVII and give it a go. Whoo-boy.
This broke the internet. No. Seriously. This broke the freaking internet. Sony did an amazing thing when they promoted the Kickstarter that would bring Shenmue 3 into existence and within the hour Kickstarter crashed and when it came back, Shenmue 3 already reached one million dollars.
You knew they had to mention Morpheus, right? I mean, look at Microsoft and see their presentation with Minecraft, how can (if they can) Sony top it? How about a 4-player multiplayer where one wears Morpheus? Oh man, it looked good too.
It was announced that Vue will be the only one of its kind that will allow you to purchase stations without buying other stations or a plan, like your cable service (which is pretty neat).
CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS 3
This is a shocker.
The World premier of Blops 3 was everything that I thought it should be. It’s not the same. It’s different. It’s unique. It’s something people were waiting for in the franchise because, well, when your maps get stale…they get stale.
Anyways, the big thing that was perfect is that now the story mode is now available for co-op multiplayer. That’s right. BLOPS 3 IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT! DROP THE BALLOONS!
I had zero intent on playing Black Ops 3 when it came out and, now, I have a feeling it will be the next thing I buy.
Did I mention this one also has that Beta testing too?
The biggest dick move happened here where the Infinity guy announced the new line of Star Wars Infinity 3.0 (where the crowd even let out an audible groan because, you know, Battlefront). The line-up was good and, hey, you get Boba Fett (and the crowd did too). Which is…cool…
Then Battlefront showed up and made everyone happy again. It looks really good, guys. Just a jerk move with the tease.
I can’t wait to play Battlefront, it feels like the first ever good Star Wars game of our generation (besides dancing Lando).
UNCHARTED 4: A THIEVE’S END
Now, this one had a few hiccups. Not only did the game not start right away (I believe I counted a 10-count on the “SONY Entertainment Presents” sign) but after the initial cutscene, Drake just stood there for a few more seconds while his partner is walking through a bunch of people. THEN it restarted into the same cutscene and same area.
After that, it looked like an amazing game (I’ve been saying amazing a lot, I need a new adjective) but it just felt like you would actually be a part of the amazing place while having a giant armored truck try to squish you like a little pancake. It looks cool, can’t wait to see it in action.
Overall, Sony did what they had to do for E3. They had to mention Morpheus, they had to make it more fun, they had to make their games more interesting than the competition. They did that with giving the fans Beta testing for three of their upcoming releases.
The only bad spot for me is that there was nothing from Fallout 4, like there was for X-Box One and Microsoft so I was thinking it was just going to be a Bethesda victory lap.
E3 is inching so close to us we can taste it. In fact, we are three months away from E3 and somewhere Gabe Newell just had a heart attack.
However, let us not waste precious time! June is right around the corner and THIS is your top 5 games to watch forat this year’s E3 event.
Now, the rules are different. Instead of listing 5 things, I am actually going to pick one from each major category (EA, Ubisoft, Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony). Let’s begin, shall we?
MICROSOFT – Minecraft: Story Mode. For those of you who don’t know, Minecraft is now the property of Microsoft so I would not be surprised if this game gets announced at Microsoft’s E3. Also, it will be interesting to see how this game will look and feel, being it’s a story based game based off of a game that’s a free world based game.
SONY – Uncharted 4. This will be needed for a good E3 for Sony, as it was learned earlier this week that Uncharted’s release date was pushed back to 2016. Which blows. Hard. Maybe show some Beta footage along with a commercial. Get me excited to play this game, as I never had a PlayStation when Uncharted was a thing. It will be interesting to see how they turn this negative into a positive.
NINTENDO – (TIE) Zelda and Star Fox. Nintendo has hyped both of these games to no end ever since they were playing the open world Zelda game. I believe this is the time where Nintendo comes out guns a-blazing and shows us EVERYTHING about these two games. I want more, of course. Instead of watching some guy watch a green screen pretending he’s playing, play the game. DO A BARRELL ROLL! Oh God, I hope I actually get to play as Fox this time from the beginning and not ride a pterodactyl or something.
UBISOFT – Guess. I will give you three easy guesses on what I’m excited to see more information about. Show me something from Assassin’s Creed: Victory and my money will be tossed in your general direction, Ubisoft…it’s…it’s probably west. Do I need to tell you how Assassin’s Creed is going to be once Ubisoft announce it and show things from it? Hopefully no bugs, though. We don’t want that. I mean, look at England. LOOK AT IT!
ELECTRONIC ARTS: Mass. Effect. Four. Mass. Effect. Four. Mass. Effect. Four. Last year all we had was conception art, if this year is gameplay footage I will not be able to control my body. At all. I don’t expect gameplay, as it’s still quite possibly in the early early stages of development but man…I am a big Mass Effect fan and I don’t even know what to expect from this game. Do my choices in the first three games matter? Is Shepard in this? Is he not? Is this a prequel? Sequel? Do I play as a Prothean? Gah! Just tell me already!
For a complete listing of all games already expected to be shown at E3, click here for IGN’s coverage. Are you interested in anything from E3? Leave it in the comments below.
Welcome to the first edition of Throw Back Thursday on Insert Coin To Begin, In this series of posts I will look back on some fond favorites, be it games or other things related to games, of the early and later days of video games. I will tell you a bit about the game and if it could be made on the current gen systems. The first game we’re looking at is Little Nemo: Dream Master. So without further ado…
Little Nemo: Dream Master, was a Capcom Nintendo Entertainment System game based on the Japanese animated movie, and Comic Strip about Little Nemo. The game, which was released in 1990 in the United States, The game was a platformer that followed the main character (Nemo) and his adventures in Dream Land, Once Nemo’s head hit the pillow he could go anywhere and do anthing with the help of some candy and a few animal friends. Nemo gained help from animals such as a frog, a gorilla, a salamander, and a mole by either riding on, or in them… yes I said in them… It was a dream after all and Nemo, one he fed them candy could become the frog and the mole, The game’s object was to collect keys to open a door in each level, the game was very dificult with many enemies per stage… It was a Capcom game after all.
So the big question is, How can this game be brought back to life in 2014? Well if Capcom wanted, or anyone that wanted to re-make this game, the answer I believe is pretty simple. Instead of making it a platformer, Why not borrow from a recently released game that has a similar look. Ni No Kuni: The Wrath of the White Witch a game that was recently released for the Playstation 3 as an RPG. This would be the perfect style of game for Little Nemo to become. With the vast array of enemies and the Studio Ghibli like style of animation that the game showcased back in the day, It would be a perfect fit for today’s games. The animal friends can work like summons like in Final Fantasy games with different types of candy giving Nemo unique buffs. The game can expand on the story of the film and comic strips and give gamers clamoring for Nemo to come back a new game to look forward to.
Do you remember playing Little Nemo: The Dream Master? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and whether you think this game could be remade again!
Before you go all crazy on me about this one, let me please explain. The Mass Effect series is one of the best series that I have played over and over again. I enjoyed my time playing as Shepard and being the horndog that he (or she) was. The Mass Effect series is a gem and if you haven’t played it yet, stop reading this and play it…then come back.
Would I enjoy playing a new Mass Effect? Yeah. Would I be angry if they do announce it at E3? Hell no! Do I want it RIGHT NOW THIS VERY INSTANT?! If they announce it, yes. But I won’t be angry if they don’t.
The fact of the matter is, they don’t need to rush into things. The people over at EA and BioWare have other things that they need to worry about, i.e. DragonAge. An announcement of a Mass Effect game would overshadow their bigger game. They don’t need to rush into announcing anything concerning the Normandy (almost said Shepard, then got sad knowing he’s not going to be in this one). Not to mention, the last time EA and BioWare worked on a Mass Effect game, you guys knew what happened then: Electronic Arts won two Golden Poo awards and had to change their ending because of the petition that was filed by angry Mass Effect fans.
EA and BioWare know that they have a huge and dedicated fan base, they know that they have to make this game pop and make the fans forget about how angry they were with Mass Effect 3’s ending. They must get this game right and they must know what they’re doing before they do it so they don’t have deja vu.
Heck, we’re not even sure if “Mass Effect 4″ is the right title. It could be something completely different and out there. We don’t know.
My guess is if they do announce the new Mass Effect game next week (Remember, they have three chances to do so [EA, Microsoft and Sony]), it’s going to be announced around the same time as the new Mass Effect movie will come out so that they can get as much buys as they can get so as close as they can get to the Mass Effect: The Movie hits theaters, the more money EA will make (and we all know that Electronic Arts likes their money *cough*DAYONEDLC!*cough*.
Just give it time, people. Mass Effect will come. When it does, it will be awesome. Whether it is next week or next month or next year. It’s coming.
This week has been HUGE for Major League Baseball.
Earlier this week, it was announced that 2K Sports was discontinuing their MLB2k line of video games. Read the article by clicking HERE (Joystiq). It’s pretty bittersweet for me because, to me, 2k Sports was the only real MLB game that I could actually play. MLB: The Show is a PlayStation exclusive, so the people who own a 360 or an Xbox One will have no way to play as their favorite team (Let’s Go Bucs!). So it’s going to suck when the new year comes out and, by goodness, I’m not going to have a MLB game to play!
I sat there and thought if MLB The Show was FINALLY going to be on both consoles with both companies so we can both play this game. If not, then what? Then how am I going to get my baseball fix? Seriously, I’m a huge baseball nut and have played my share of awesome baseball games so I was worried it was going to be a while before I get my hands on a baseball game.
That was, however, until later when I found out a classic baseball game will be hitting the shelves in the near future and, to me, I can’t freaking wait. When I heard that MLBAM (a company that has positively been in the news, lately) will be bringing back a certain franchise to fill this void. Under the MLB, R.B.I. Baseball ’14 will make its return to all of Microsoft’s consoles (as well as Sony’s and mobile devices). CLICK HERE for the article (Kotaku).
I’m excited for this! Who could forget the R.B.I. soundtrack? The crowd changing color! The sound of the ball! I hope they have all of that in the game, but with cool graphics of the new generation. If you’re not familiar in what I’m talking about, here’s a little snip-it of the original.
What sports game memories do you have? Leave it in the comments below
This week at CES and mentioned on our very own debut episode of the rebranded Insert Coin to Begin presents Boss Battle, Sony has started it’s very own streaming game service, The service, called Playstation Now! is set to begin beta testing in January and will launch in this summer will offer Playstation gamers a chance to play games on the go, the subscription service will offer a way to stream games to your consoles. On the graphic for the press conference it mentioned Tablets and Smart Phones, (most likely Sony branded) will be able to play games such as The Last of Us and Beyond Two Souls, (Both games starring and almost starring Ellen Page)and eventually Sony said that it would expand to most devices that support internet connectivity. Sony, However, didn’t announce it’s Vita TV which is a console like version of the Playstation Vita for the US, This is not so great news for those that don’t want to invest in a Playstation 3 or 4 but want to game with some of Sony’s games on the cheap. When will they announce the Vita TV? And will this new cloud gaming service work with the Vita TV, One can hope, but time will tell. What are your thoughts on Sony’s new plan for 2014, will you be investing in Sony’s Products? What do you think Microsoft and Valve can do to counter this online attack? Let us know in the comments!
While Sony, doesn’t have much to say because they pretty much announced everything or because they are waiting and Nintendo is embarrassed because theirs isn’t comparable. Microsoft continues to push the Xbox One releasing news and taking back bad decisions.
So lets start at the top. The Avatars will transfer over to the Xbox One but you can do full body hd gamerpics at a full 1080p. Quite frankly, I don’t know why this is important then again I’m the one that wanted to make sure his Gamerscore transferred. Oh well. Microsoft also announced that Skype, Game DVR, Smart Match like several features from the 360 will be limited to the Gold Members. Not the smartest move in my opinion, but at the same time it’s nothing new from the previous system.
Xbox announced yesterday that the console will no longer require the Kinect unit to be on and active at all times as previous stated. Microsoft released information showing that now you will have the ability to turn off the unit and leave it off for as much time as you want. The only feature that will continue to work while the kinect is off will by the ir blasting and when attempting to play a kinect game it will ask you to turn it on before proceeding as expected.The graphics capacity of the One has been released to help out developers. Microsoft turned up the GPU of the Xbox One from 800 MHz to 853 MHz. While this change doesn’t directly help the gamers directly, It does help extend the release life of the console and ensure that the games will look better at release.
And last but not least, in the day and age where smaller is sometimes better, Msoft has said why the console is so big. Heat dissipation. Microsoft said that the extra space in the new console is being used to ensure that the console stays cool longer and hopes to prevent the Red Ring of Death issue that was infamous and feared on the 360. The space is used to help cool down the console and keep the console quiet when in use. They pointed out that the new systems cooling and power system was designed because they had a goal of the console staying powered on for 10 years without catastrophic failure.
So many updates and that’s just what they’ve said so far. I have a feeeling that by the time the release comes along there will be a Xbox bashing Sony commercial but we shall see. Any changes you like? Still waiting to decide? Let us know in the comments below!
As we head into the 4th of July, Independence Day here in the states, maybe it’s time to thing about what that means to us, as gamers.
I reached out for Twitter, and had a few ideas I can relate to from @Gobobbo:
@Sorgatron No DRM! Also, playing Luigi instead of Mario! Also, being able to save Mario and not Peach!
— Bobby Cherry (@GoBobbo)
No DRM! – The bigger of the victories in video game independence has been fought and won in a public relations battle over E3. Microsoft rescinded their stance on tying your physical disc games to your console and account, and Sony has shouted in the streets “Viva La Used Games” by declaring no DRM on their side. Jack Tretton even poking the bear declaring that Microsoft “finally got the message” recently.
Playing Luigi instead of Mario! We’ve had this since the Mario Bros arcade game. And lost when Mario first went 3D with Mario 64. But these days, Luigi gets his own games. Too far for equal rights to the John Leguizamo of the pair?
But it’s also a good idea to look at the rights we enjoy in America that others around the world don’t enjoy.
Australian Lock Down. The kangaroo countryside is notorious for it’s overbearing bans on violent video games. The latest Saints Row being the most recent victim. The list is rounded out by classics like Duke Nukem 3D, Mortal Kombat, and my favorite, the Carmegeddon series.
Germany and…that thing. Got Nazi’s. Got banned. But that makes sense. They also beat of on Google for some reason…
So light up the grill. Shoot some Nazi’s, save the princess, and enjoy your games the way you want to this holiday.
What video game liberties to you enjoy? Let us know in the comments!