Friday, 5 August 2011

Are Games Too Expensive?

Games are too expensive and the industry would benefit from lower price points, reckons Elder Scrolls V:  Skyrim director Todd Howard.

Speaking in the latest issue of PSM3, the Bethesda designer argues that $60 is "a lot of money for entertainment" - but insists that Skyrim is one title that's truly giving gamers their quid's worth.

"I've thought for a long time that games are too expensive," he said, adding that "I don't put us in that category of course - for what we give you, for sixty bucks or however many 'quid' it is.

"That's a lot of money for entertainment, so I think the good news is that in certain markets - PC, iPhone, mobile - we can see prices coming down.

"But I do think industry-wide we would benefit from more games out at $19 or $29. I would try more games. Because I'm not going to try a game for $60. It's a tough decision.

"That's why people read reviews and previews, because it's not only a money decision, it's a time-investment decision. It's not like going to a movie."

Howard's comments echo those of Namco Bandai Partners VP Olivier Comte, who said in an interview he thinks the £40 price point is fair for developers but for the consumer it is simply too much.

"From September to December there are three new blockbusters every week, and consumers just can't afford to buy all that," he said. "I feel all the big video game companies need to join together in a worldwide summit to discuss the future of our industry. I think we have to pull our thoughts together."

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Gameplay Trailer

Here is a summary of all the features you can expect in this game.

Playstation Vita Pushed Back To 2012 In The West

Sony will not ship PlayStation Vita until 2012 in both North America and Europe, the company confirmed today.

According to the Associated Press, Sony EVP Kazuo Hirai told reporters in Japan the handheld will go on sale at the end of the year in Japan and early next year in North and Europe.

Specific release dates were not provided, and Hirai made no mention about why Sony is unable to do a global launch this year. He did say there are no plans to lower its price after seeing Nintendo cut the price of its 3DS last month.

"We packed so much into the device and made it very affordable," Hirai said. "There is no need to lower the price just because somebody else that happens to be in the video game business decided that they were going to lower their price."

Vita will cost $249 for the Wi-Fi only version and $299 with 3G.

03 August 2011 PS Store Update

Overall it's a quiet week for the PlayStation Store, with a sale on Ubisoft games the only real sniff of a bargain on offer. Prince of Persia and Assassin's Creed become slightly cheaper, although PlayStation Plus members get bigger savings and bonus content.
PlayStation 3 owners get a demo of Rugby World Cup 2011 (released yesterday on Xbox 360).
There's also Toy Story DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2 and possibly-last ever Red Faction: Armageddon DLC Path to War. All that plus more dosages of extra DiRT 3 and WWE All-Stars content.
Here's the full European listing, courtesy of the European PlayStation Blog:

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Free Content To Be Offered To PSN Users

During a press conference in Tokyo, Sony detailed what it will reward PlayStation Network users when the service is turned back on next week after being shut down due to an illegal intrusion. 

Sony announced its "Welcome Back" program worldwide, giving all existing PlayStation Network users 30 days of PlayStation Plus for free. Current PlayStation Plus members will receive 30 days of additional service at no cost. Sony will also provide "selected PlayStation entertainment content" for free to download. Details for each region will be announced at a later date. Additionally, Music Unlimited subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service.

Sony also said it is working with the FBI criminal investigation to track down who hacked the network. The company reaffirmed it does not believe credit card information was taken, but says customers should keep an eye on their bank statements as a precaution. Of the 77 million registered PSN accounts, roughly 10 million have active credit cards tied to them. 

When the Network goes live next week, users must download a new system firmware update and will force users to create a new login password. Sony will also do a phased rollout by region for PSN services.

One of the major services that won't be available initially is the PlayStation Store. Sony did not give a timeframe for when it wil be back up, but the company stated that all PlayStation Network services will operational by the end of May. 

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

UK Games Chart 25-04-11

After two weeks at the top of the UK all-format game chart, Zumba Fitness has been knocked down to number four.

The new top dog is Valve’s first-person puzzle-platformer Portal 2, which is the fifth number one of 2011 EA has had a hand in thus far.

UK Charts: Portal 2 Leads Mortal Kombat

Portal 2 beat out Mortal Kombat, with the reboot of the famous fighting franchise having to settle for the number two spot. Price promotions saw Black Ops storm back up the charts to number three, with sales up almost 250%.

Lego Star Wars III: The Clones Wars is at number five, followed by Operation Flashpoint: Red River, another new entry. FIFA 11 and Crysis 2 are at number seven and eight, with Wii Fit Plus headed back into the top ten at number nine. Homefront rounds off the chart at number ten.

Here's a list of the top 10:

  1. Portal 2
  2. Mortal Kombat
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  4. Zumba Fitness
  5. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
  6. Operation Flashpoint: Red River
  7. FIFA 11
  8. Crysis 2
  9. Wii Fit Plus
  10. Homefront

PlayStation Tablets Unveiled By Sony

Sony announced two new tablet computers, the S1 and S2, available globally this fall. 

The S1 has a single 9.4-inch display while the S2 features two 5.5 inch screens in a clamshell design similar to the Nintendo 3DS. The dual screens can be used as one combined larger screen or separately to allow video to play on the top screen with input commands on the bottom, for example. 

Both tablets are PlayStation Certified, allowing users to download and play PlayStation One titles through PlayStation Suite. They are also both equipped with Android 3.0, WiFi and 3G/4G. 

Price details were not announced at this time.