Published on June 8th, 2013 | by Christian0
Gaiden – Betrayalton
E3 is upon us! I’m boarding the hype train and getting ready to ride it into the sun. Microsoft already pissed the bed with this week’s DRM scheme announcement, but there is still a tiny chance that Sony will reveal a far less draconian system. I’m also hopeful that Nintendo will show some big games that will finally start moving their languishing Wii U hardware off of store shelves and into homes where they belong. Time will tell on all accounts. Lets see this week’s news.
Microsoft reveals Xbone DRM plans
This is by far the biggest news of the week, and also a frightening harbinger of things to come in the all digital future. I’ve already written at length about how awful all of Microsoft’s speculative DRM polices could be, but now that the speculation is a horrible reality, it’s time to freak out and go totally nuts. Wait, no, it’s not that time at all. Basically what’s happening is that Xbone consoles will require a once a day online authentication for installed software, games will only be transferable once, and gamers will still be able to buy and sell used games through participating retailers through some undisclosed process. Microsoft’s smug audacity is unbelievable. They’re delivering policy in a way that makes it sound like they’re doing their customers a favor and adding all kinds of additional value and convenience, when really all they’re doing is diminishing customer ownership of a purchased product.
Publishers have obviously put a ton of pressure on platform holders for this kind of BS to fly, and it’s too bad. I’m not sure what to expect from Sony. My hope is that they leave it up to publishers, and that the publishers I care about (i.e. NOT EA, Activision, and Ubisoft) continue to do business the same way they have been up until now. I’m not getting my hopes up, though, and if it’s anywhere near as bad on the PS4 as it sounds like it’s going to be on the Xbone, I can see my game purchasing habits changing dramatically over the next generation.
SEGA bringing Project Diva F to North America and Europe
Fist pumping so hard right now. I’ve been absolutely addicted to Project Diva f on the Vita, and now that the updated PS3 version is coming to the west I have a convenient excuse to play even more! This is great news for folks who are not willing to put down the extra cash to import a copy o f this game, as well as those who don’t want to deal with the hassle of navigating menus in Japanese. The game is coming out this August, and will only be available as a download in Europe. The demo will go up this week on PSN. Download it and enjoy! I’m extremely happy that SEGA listened to the legions Miku fans who asked for this, and am hoping it sells well enough to justify localization of future entries in the series.
Kiefer Sutherland replacing David Hayter as ‘Snake’ in Metal Gear Solid 5
Source: MGS 5 behind the scenes
I’m a little puzzled as to why everyone keeps reporting that Sutherland will be voicing Snake when he will in fact be voicing Big Boss, but even in the behind the scenes video they refer to the character as Snake, so I’m just going to roll with it. There’s a very vocal contingent of MGS fans on the who seem to think this is some kind of huge betrayal, and that you can’t have a MGS game without Hayter, but I tend to disagree. The heart of the MGS series has always been Kojima Productions heady mix of high concept absurdism and kind of janky tactical espionage action. I expect that this game which tackles themes of race and revenge will continue the tradition nicely. Sutherland will be doing all the facial capture and dialog for Big Boss, who is in his late 40s in this game set just after the events of Peace Walker. I can’t say I won’t miss Hayter’s growly voice acting, but I’m guessing that Kojima knows what is good for his own game.