The Vita is a nifty piece of hardware, but as Sony Computer Entertainment America learned this week, toting it as something that would revolutionize gaming mobility is a little much. Fan Expo Canada is the largest Comics, Sci-fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming event in Canada and the 3rd largest Pop Culture event in North America. Gaming will always remain part of my life in some form. The truth is that MMOs are often very intimidating to the newcomer, and a bad first impression can push a player away for life. It’s also perfect for gamers who are afraid of fast-paced twitch combat; Wizard101 gives you time to think about your next combat move and focuses more on strategy instead of reflexes. I think it’s tremendously easy for experienced MMO players to completely forget what it was like getting started in this genre. City of Heroes has a nice feel to it with its cross-blend of platform and MMO gameplay, video game character costumes and it doesn’t overload level 1 players with too much to absorb that they go insane. I can relate to the newbie because my first MMO was Anarchy Online.
Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin’s April 7, 2015 arrival on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One will mark the game’s first appearance on current-generation hardware, but it’s a little more than another re-release. A new patch for Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will accompany Marie Rose’s debut, adding the free Lorelei Stage as a playable arena. While enhanced graphics and a boosted max number of online players will be present on recently-launched platforms, an expanded story, new NPCs and more will be made available both in Scholars of the First Sin and eventually in the original release via patch. Fans that have purchased Unity can eventually help themselves to free Dead Kings DLC, while those who have purchased Unity’s season pass can pick a free game from one of several options. AC: Unity isn’t the only prominent, broken-at-launch game in recent memory – Halo: The Master Chief Collection has seen several patches of its own, with this week’s focusing on improving stability, matchmaking and other issues. At the time of this writing, $434,743 has been gathered to fund the development of Thimbleweed Park, a new 2D adventure game from Maniac Mansion designers Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick.
Backers have surpassed stretch goals for several translations, including a take from Monkey Island’s German translator Boris Schneider-Johne, but iOS and Android versions of Thimbleweed Park are currently out of reach at $525,000. The Marie Rose character pack will be available for $5.99 when it hits the PlayStation Network on March 25 and Xbox Live on March 26. Additional costumes are priced at $1.99 each. You could also go as one of the other guys – Gally (Will Poulter), Newt (Thomas Brodie Sangster), and Chuck (Blake Cooper) are all excellent choices and don’t require a lot of shopping. Square games will also be on display at the GameSpot Gameroom, Spike booth, and the Xbox Lounge. Microsoft has promised that all first-party Xbox Series X games will also run on the Xbox One family of consoles for “the foreseeable future,” limiting developers to seven-year-old hardware. Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™ Hi-Def. Xbox Live Gold members aren’t left out in the cold, of course – Worms: Battlegrounds will be offered to Xbox One users throughout December, while Xbox 360 owners will have the first half of the month to grab the point-and-click The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief, with SSX swapping itself in for the second half.
Bear in mind that while the Tram is neutral territory (and on a PvE server your flag will drop there after 5 minutes), anyone who decides to make your life difficult can and probably will follow you back there. While you’re mending your wounds, whether they were sustained physically or through your wallet, you can catch up on the past week’s worth of prominent news with the Joystiq Weekly. I’m not a fan of the approach in general, but considering the panoply of superhero properties out there, it’s worth considering. Similar to City of Heroes, Cryptic’s second superhero title is nothing if not Mr. Rogers to the fledgling caped crusaders in the audience. How would a superhero MMORPG with only the official characters work in practice? Contributing Editor Sinan Kubba’s review found its 50-stage Adventure mode to work “sublimely” with its emphasis of exploration, but he also noticed the absence of GW2’s incessant push for leaderboard competitions.