[ Shihiko° × Game。]

About Games. by Shihiko°

May 27th, 2011

Tomorrow the PlayStation Network in Japan is restored and so will most of Asia’s PlayStation Network services… Despite Sony taking longer to bring back the PlayStation Network for Asia, it seems like Japan also gets the short end of the stick for the Welcome Back Package.

I still standby that Sony should have given everyone store credit and decide on what the customers want. Core PlayStation users will already have most of the things they are offering… I can’t believe the おいでよLocoRoco!! BuuBuu Cocoreccho! screensaver game is being offered as a free title. Imagine you had all the games that were being offered? The titles on offer for the Japanese PlayStation Network users are as follows:

PlayStation 3:

  • The Last Guy
  • おいでよLocoRoco!! BuuBuu Cocoreccho!
  • Echochrome
  • WipeOut HD
  • Hustle Kings

PlayStation Portable:

  • 勇者のくせになまいきだor2 PSP the Best [What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2]
  • みんなのスッキリ [Minna no Sukkiri]
  • パタポン 2 ドンチャカ♪ PSP the Best [Patapon 2]
  • Little Big Planet Portable
  • LocoRoco -Midnight Carnival-

There is of course also the free 30 day period of PlayStation Plus. From the outside it doesn’t look like there is much difference between the packages offered for the Welcome Back Packages offered by the different regions. However the Asian network was down longer and when they return they are offered equal or less? Seems a little unfair… Let’s see where it isn’t so great.

About all the games offered for the PlayStation 3 are non-disc based games. This means they are games that are already distributed digitally… The only games that are probably worth picking up based on their replay value is WipeOut HD and Hustle Kings as they have Online mode. LocoRoco on PS3 actually isn’t a game either, I remember when I first got it I read it was supposedly a screen saver… The reality is it is a screen saver. Takes forever to beat the game and there is no saving your progress for next time.

Other regions have on offer mostly disc based games instead of a small handful of downloadable games. Not saying that disc based games are better, but will likely give more content than a downloadable game. Dead Nation, inFAMOUS and LittleBigPlanet are all great disc based games. Even the downloadable games on offer are better… WipeOut HD + Fury and Super Stardust HD. WipeOut HD + Fury? Notice that the Asia pack does not contain + Fury?

The PSP Games on offer however, I would slightly lean towards the Japanese package as Patapon series is a great game and has good replay value. Other than that the PSP packages feels evenly matched with what is on offer for the other regions. So moving along… PlayStation Plus… not good enough.

At the end of the day, does having PlayStation Plus really matter? Logically speaking, those who had PlayStation Plus would have had probably 2 months of service that was unavailable for them to collect their Plus content from. Since each month a Plus subscriber needs to go Online to collect some free content… On top of that, some Plus subscribers who had subscriptions expiring during the down time meant that their content would stop working and they wouldn’t be able to play those games until they are able to renew the subscription.

The free Plus service feels more like a marketing gimmick that makes us think we are gaining, but instead it is a Plus trial for every PlayStation user to let them try out what Plus is all about. This can work both ways for Sony as they may be able to sign up more people on Plus. At the same time if the service doesn’t feel as if the customers are gaining anything they may lose more potential future subscribers than they are expecting to return…

From my previous Plus Experiment and hopes for the service, there doesn’t seem to be anything particularly special about Plus at the moment. All the talk about XMB Cross-Game Voice Chat when Plus was announced, never has come around right? I always expected Plus to be beneficial to customers who were willing to spend more on the PlayStation Store content… Except that every month was always disappointing titles for free and more old games on discount offers.

Personally I reckon the way Sony has done this has been very poor. It started out poorly handled, then went well when they started announcing the issue which I was willing to let that slide if they were willing to make up for it… Which is great of course that they are trying… Then I find out all the good games they offer are practically games that I already own, so it really doesn’t do the job of making up for others who maybe in the same boat as me. I still stand that they could have gotten away with less by offering us a an small amount of PSN credit in our accounts.

Case to point. Hopes for a great come back from Sony has been shattered… Guess it’s time to face the facts that Sony really does hurt themselves by holding back their own potential. :P

Source: 日本のお客様向け「感謝とおわびのパッケージ」詳細

May 20th, 2011

Updated Typ-iT to 1.1… Now has Achievements and a bunch of other neat functions. I fixed a few bugs I found while on holiday and also put some new things in to make it work better. Hope custom tweeting allows people to enjoy it a little more. Seems like only a small selection of players use the twitter function…

Typ-iT


View In iTunes

What’s New in Version 1.1
- Achievements Added.
- Custom Twitter Tweeting Added.
- True Random Word Selection Mode Added.
- Word Chain Mode Added. (Old Word Selection Method.)
- New Sounds and Sound Toggle Added.
- Bug Fixes & UI Improvements. AdWhirl Enabled.

Download it Free! It’s on the AppStore.

May 17th, 2011

Anyone else think the packages aren’t so great? I mean sure, if you’re not a regular PlayStation customer these packages maybe good enough to win you back. However for those who already own some of these games being offered in the package the only real thing that is of value is the free Plus subscription.

I think if you already have Plus you probably have the best value in the deal which is great. Though I some how feel that if Sony had just given everyone some credit in their wallet this would just smooth over. Again I guess this goes back to the thing I was talking about back when I was doing the Plus experiment… If they had just given you more options to select for the package then everyone would feel a little more satisfied. According to articles on other sites, the price Sony thinks you’re worth as a customer is somewhere around a hundred dollars. Oddly enough I reckon 50 dollars in PSN credit would have probably done the job for most people.

Letting the customers buy what they feel would satisfy them is better than saying what customers are allowed. Example would be that not everyone wants the Plus service, which essentially is worth around 5 dollars for the 30 days and 10 dollars for the 60 days of pre-existing Plus users. Then the price of 2 PSN games being around 20 dollars each seems to add up to around 50 dollars right? So really if we were to choose what we wanted, instead of 2 PSN games we could have bought some add-ons for games that we already own. Example Little Big Planet is already a game I own, I could use that money and buy more costumes right? I already have WipeOut HD so if I had the money I could use it to buy the Fury add-on if I wanted to right?

It would have been a lot cheaper for Sony and probably more satisfying for customers if they were to do it this way. At the same time they wouldn’t need to also offer a package to PSP owners as the credit would be shared on the PS Store. Then again the way this offer is set up, I think we are lead to believe it is worth up to 100 dollars but really the base value is around 50 dollars as Sony is the publisher for the games on offer… Well either way the offer is nice, but could have been better for less is all I’m saying… Seems to be the case with most of Sony’s attempts at these things.

Also the whole deal with Japanese Government not letting Sony restore the service for Asia is quite interesting. Hopefully Asia will receive a more interesting welcome back package for us…

May 16th, 2011

I wanted to write about this a month ago, but I didn’t really know if other people felt the same about the game. Anyway let’s begin since I have time and haven’t really written anything interesting about gaming for awhile… Here is a video of Jill DLC for reference to what the game looks like.

So Marvel Vs. Capcom 3… I played it a month or two ago shortly after it was released. I also saw it at Tokyo Game Show 2010… My first impression then and my impression now is unchanged, game does look absolutely beautiful and well styled in terms of graphics or aesthetics. Now that’s not how we are supposed to judge games, but Capcom really did do a good job in that department…

Coming from a background of playing a few of the older and original Vs. series from Capcom and even the SNK ones I have had quite a good sample of the games and know what it is all about. Sure each one had it’s faults or bugs but that isn’t what we should be complaining about, since good players will always figure out loop holes and bugged combos in these games. With that aside what are these games about? I’ve always felt the game seemed to be all about outrageous super combos and character combinations that you have always dreamed of in a fighting game.

When it comes to outrageous super combos, Gouki/Akuma is not short of them of course… Well in MvC3 the problem doesn’t lie in the amount of outrageous super combos we have in our arsenal to use, but actually it’s the character combinations… MvC3 has too few characters to be offering 3 on 3 teams, it isn’t long before you start repeating combinations or using characters you have no interest in for the sake of achievements or trophies.

Just to clarify, I’m not saying that 3 on 3 teams is bad… but in the current case it is where it lets MvC3 down. Let’s rewind a little and see why… before MvC3 there was Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom which offered 2 on 2 instead of 3 on 3, this may have been more of an issue with the Wii not being able to handle it but that’s probably not the case. TvC also had a different system that is probably closer to the SNK Vs. Capcom style where some characters can have their vitality split with other characters taking up one or two slots or even all slots. Of course the SNK Vs. Capcom style was more of a KO rotation system instead of a tag team system that Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom and Marvel Vs. Capcom series uses.

Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 however had 3 on 3 yet it wasn’t a problem right? That’s because the roster for MvC2 is so big that if they didn’t have 3 on 3 you’d never get through all the characters anyway. This also definitely played a part in making MvC2 a great classic and also a great game in the series… I remember unlocking characters in MvC2 was such a chore and the closer you are the finishing the roster the harder it was to gain points to unlock the characters, so you would unlock all the characters you like first and then finish off the rest when you eventually got around to it. However playing MvC3, well there is so little characters you unlock them without even trying and also the idea that the rest of the characters or future characters maybe DLC only really does kill the game.

If they were going to limit the number of characters we will be able to play as then they should have limited the size of the teams as well. Even with the possibility of more characters in the future, the fact that it is DLC means that you’re going to have to pay up if you ever wanted the complete the roster. As a game with a main selling point which is about random characters and probably fan service [Remixed Jazz Track was a nice touch though.] rather than a fighting game, selling your characters separately really does let down the game… on top of that the DLC characters currently offered aren’t completely new characters to the series but old characters that existed in previous versions of the game. Jill of course is a variation but she is still a character that appeared in the previous games.

Capcom maybe getting way ahead of them selves trying to milk their customers, but maybe try not to ruin the games in the process if parts you are are trying to milk with is a vital aspect that makes the games unique. Another strange approach is that they are trying to sell CPU AI teams as a challenge or some kind of DLC… What? Is there something I’m missing here? Selling an AI team combination? Seeing as we have Online Mode, why would anyone in their right mind buy this… I’m sure I’d rather more characters even if they were going to be charging for it at least there is a chance of seeing characters that I might be interested in using. Kobun/Servbot for example?

One last thing, I have yet to buy the game after playing it… It’s not that I don’t like it, but it is the fear that this game doesn’t seem complete enough and we are going to get a Super Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 later this year which has double the characters. :P Or better yet, Super Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Arcade Edition Remix HD… You get the idea. ;) Though Capcom may actually know their audience better and these points maybe proven wrong with their return on investment.

May 15th, 2011

So with the PlayStation Network coming back, it’s interesting to see what will happen from now. Personally I didn’t have any Credit Card details in my accounts and I was on holiday so mainly not too affected by this whole incident. I do wonder what happens to people who have extra accounts or multiple accounts created for the purpose of having another alias… There will be a Welcome Back Package given to all PSN users, does this mean even dummy accounts will receive free PS+ Service and free games? Will this mean out of the few games you are able to choose for free you get to collect them all if you had multiple accounts?

I bought a new PS3 for a friend during the time the hacking and downtime happened. Do they receive any of the services if we create a new account for them? It would be interesting if that is the case, but from a business point of view if you didn’t have an account before the hacking then you probably shouldn’t be eligible for the Welcome Back Package. Since you aren’t a returning customer…

One last thing I do think maybe an issue is the Secret Question and Answer. Though we maybe prompted to update our passwords and some details, the original PSN didn’t let you change your Secret Question and Answer… So if they don’t allow us to update this, then wouldn’t hackers or people who buy the information of customers from the hackers have the answer to the question and still be able to access your account? Also I forgot the answer to one of the accounts I made since I gave it a really stupid question… it would be nice to have that one changed haha… Well here is to a good PSN rebirth and Sony to have everything working right for their customers as soon as possible. :)

I watched this video earlier… felt different seeing Kazuo Hirai do this well rehearsed speech from a office desk… though yeah I guess better than seeing a Kevin Butler spin off. :P