Metal Gear (Solid?) Remake on the cards?

Much like he had Platinum Games make Revengence, Kojima is looking for a studio to do a complete rebuild of the first Solid title with the Fox Engine.

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima is looking for a studio to create a second remake of the original Metal Gear Solid, he said during an E3 round table earlier this month.  The first remake of the game came from Silicon Knights in the form of 2004′s Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes for GameCube.This new remake, Kojima said, would use the Fox Engine, which powers the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.  He noted that some mechanics would need updating.

http://gematsu.com/2013/06/kojima-se…r-solid-remake
http://www.gamereactor.eu/articles/8…us+Mr.+Kojima/

Mixed feelings about this, but in the end my opinion (unfortunately for my bank account) is:

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, now with 100% more cat lady.

Yesterday, I finally got my Beta email from Square Enix and wasted no time in downloading the Beta launcher.  I decided on creating a Miqo’te Lancer, because I got the Beta invite on my alt’s email address, and since Mooglepie was a Mithra in FFXI, Tisiphone 2.0 is now a Miqo’te, although is it Tisiphone 3.0 because I had a Tisiphone character back when I did the Alpha test back in 2010 or even Tisiphone 2.5.3 (.5 for ARR and .3 for Beta Phase 3)?

Anyway Miqo’te Lancer on Adamantoise gooooo.  I had fun up until the Mission: Chasing Shadows, then it went downhill a bit.  Apparently this bug has been active for a long, long time so I’m hoping that Squeenix will actually fix it at some point.  Basically there’s a set of markings you need to click in order to get the cutscene, however a) you can’t party for the fight and b) if someone else checks the marks at the same time as you, you can’t enter the instance, so by the time I got to the markings this was there:

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(Side note: The glow-y point in the distance is where I needed to get to, four hours it took to get there.)

Definitely a deja vu of Final Fantasy XI when they first released the Adventuring Fellow and also when Dragoon was first released.

(not my picture, pretty sure I heard about that stuff happening and avoided those areas like the plague until the dust had settled.)

But yeah, FFXIV is sooo pretty to look at, and character creation is a lot more fleshed out (including the option to increase good ol’ bust size, yes I did cave and use this because I thought my character was a bit flat chested, although I do realise having huge bazookas while swinging weapons, running or shooting bows is not the best combination ever.)

Kingdom Hearts 3 (Yes for realz)

ALL MY TEARS OF JOY!!!!

After my ranty post a few weeks ago, I guess I should go eat my words and repent for my sins.  I have to admit I did not see this coming, I actually just assumed that Squeenix was just going to announce Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD or something along those lines, but no they announced a whole new game.  I’m a bit disappointed that they have taken so long that they have actually skipped an entire console generation, but beggars can’t be choosers.

Just incase you missed Micro$ stuff, I think this kinda sums up the XBOX ONE:

Neverwinter Online.

I joined Neverwinter Online not long after it became Open Beta, so I’m going to write about my thoughts and opinions on this MMORPG.  While I have yet to hit max level I think I’ve played enough to develop an understanding of most of the features of the game; be it through hearing about fellow Guild members stories or by visiting various online forums.  So let’s start the ball rolling. Continue reading

My opinion on the April update for FFXI (better late than never I suppose)

When SE gave us mortals the April 2013 update, there were tears of joy which soon became tears of disbelief when SE (and also some wtf ‘Chocobo Jig II WHY?’ moments) possibly the largest upset was killing R(elic)/E(mpyrean)/M(ythic)s weapons in one fell swoop with the introduction of weapons that practically had double the base damage of the aforementioned REMs.  Sure the whole REM acquiring is not that difficult or expensive tedious to what they once were (I’m especially looking at Relics and Mythics), but the fact they have been the top-tier weapons for so long, and beloved by many (writer’s note: I actually never got to play with my relic since it’s only level 90 when I rage quit due to the Attestment Fomor being an asshat)

And so, someone over at BG got round to making a ‘Hitler’s Reaction to the Relic/Mythic/Empyrean Update’.  Now I’m ranking this one *just* below the Banhammer: Directors Cut (because even after all these years, that is still one of the greatest things ever put on YouTube (maybe behind the Last Dictator advert for Nandos and the Evangelion -Engel AMV, and maybe behind Ellen scaring Taylor Swift. ..).  agh too many great things on Youtube (that I have yet to find, and some that I never ever want to find).)

I’m gonna say that I am in the Hitler camp of being annoyed, but then again everything can annoy me, so maybe this break from FFXI is actually good for me since I can sit on the fence and cry rather be in-game crying,

Wolfenstein: The New Order revealed

http://www.gamespot.com/news/wolfens…vealed-6407979

http://www.gamespot.com/wolfenstein-…-6407974/?hd=1

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Wolfenstein: The New Order revealed
May 7, 2013 6:00AM PDT

By Eddie Makuch, News Editor

New game from Bethesda and MachineGames coming to current- and next-gen consoles in Q4 2013.

The rumors were right. Bethesda today announced Wolfenstein: The New Order, a new entry in the seminal first-person shooter series heading to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and next-generation consoles during Q4 2013.

The New Order is set in 1960 after the Nazis won World War II. Gamers play as the familiar American war hero B.J. Blazkowicz and are tasked with launching an “impossible counter-offensive” against the Nazi powers that have taken over the world.

Set in Europe, The New Order will have players infiltrating Nazi strongholds and battling legions of enemies, while taking control of “super weapons” that the Nazis have used to dominate earth–“and beyond,” Bethesda teased.

The New Order is in development at MachineGames, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bethesda parent company Zenimax. The studio was established in 2009 by the founders of Starbreeze Studios (Chronicles of Riddick) before being acquired by Zenimax in 2010.

The game’s debut trailer is available above. Check back every day this week for more coverage from GameSpot on Wolfenstein: The New Order.

The most recent entry in the series was 2009’s Wolfenstein, which was developed by Raven Software and published by Activision.

 

Please don’t suck, I want to believe :<

Final Fantasy Music Remastered

Square Enix has a trio of nostalgic Final Fantasy CDs in the works. Final Fantasy IV Original Soundtrack Remaster Version is slated for release on July 3.  While we’ve seen a bunch of Final Fantasy IV soundtracks over the years, this CD has remastered Super Famicom tunes including “The Red Wings,” “The Theme of Love,” and “Battle with Golbez’s Four Fiends.” First print copies will have a Yoshitaka Amano illustration on the cover.  Later this year, Square Enix will release remastered soundtracks for Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI.

http://www.siliconera.com/2013/04/27…d-soundtracks/

FFVI OH YES!!!!!! /caps, I’ve heard the Distant Worlds version of the opera and it blew me away, although even the SNES version still has a place in my heart as well.  Also FFVI has one of the best boss battle pieces of music ever, Dancing Mad.  Also IV’s Clash on the Big Bridge is spiffy as well.

10th Anniversary of Square Enix

As of April 1st we’ve reached our 10th anniversary!

We hope you’ll continue supporting us going forward as well!

We’re thinking of collaborations and a bunch of things that should make everyone a little bit happy.

It’ll be settled soon, so we’ll keep you posted.

Ah the memories of thinking the merger was an April Fools joke. . . I’m still not over that disappointment yet.

Musings and such.

It seems the go to insult in Vanguard is “go play WoW” at least in FFXI there was some insults about mothers and stuff. I have to admit the denizens of Vanguard seem to have a ‘holier than thou’ attitude to other games, be they more successful or something, including what can be described (for a lot of them at least) the Holy Grail of MMOs: EQ and EQ2, as in nothing can compared to either of those games. Several instances I have seen people seem to praise this game no end (even if it is riddled with bugs and lag), even though it has a fraction of the number of subscribers compared to WoW and FFXI, that may be great but in the same breath they often criticise the ‘pay to win’ mentality (to some extent Vanguard has a ‘pay to win’ format in that you need Gold Membership to wear the decent gear and there’s also a marketplace where you can often buy mounts and gear for real life money. At least with FFXI there wasn’t this ‘pay to win’ thing going on, sure there were gil sellers and RMT but over the years those have kinda fizzled out; at least on Lakshmi).
It seems the topic of PvP often ruffles people’s feathers on Vanguard, over the last few days several new people have asked about whether or not there was PvP and each time there was a varying degree of hostility to say the least which often culminates in being told that they should of research better (even if said new person YouTubed Vanguard PvP there would be videos of when the game actually had a PvP server).
Another topic that kinda irks me is when people complain about some of the end game guilds having certain gear requirements, it’s all ‘Why do they need them?’ Answer: because they want good people not snowflakes who think tanking on Paladin with a Greatsword is the way forward, if you want to use a Greatsword Dreadknight is over there just waiting for you, if you don’t want that use a damn sword and shield like every other Paladin and suck it up, use a Greatsword in your own time and stop wasting my time. Another reason; people don’t want to spend their time (read waste) getting your gear up to a reasonable standard so you can be of some use to a raid (this is someone who was in an EndGame Linkshell in FFXI who was backup Paladin for a long time until I got a couple of decent pieces for my Paladin Hi2u Homam feet/hands/legs and Hello! Koenig ‘Robocop’ Schaller.

Also, totally missing the whole cutscene thing, I mean yes FFXI occasionally had way too many cutscenes, but Vanguard doesn’t have any, just a text box and that’s it. I want my cutscenes dammit, I miss having a little lol from:

and the really decent ending to the ToAU expansion:

(gotta watch it in HD to actually read the words)

So yes, while Vanguard can boast about having some awesome graphics (compared to FFXI 30FPS) I can see why it hasn’t garnered much attention over the few years it has been live. As well as this on the 4th April the last two servers of Vanguard are merging, while FFXI on the other hand has just released its first expansion in five years, and with more positive reviews for FFXIV: A Realm Reborn, could this be the final nail in Vanguard’s coffin?

Anyway, I’m still in a continuing battle with college to get my certificates. Here’s the kicker, I finished that course eight (let me just say it again EIGHT) months ago, yet i’m still waiting, possibly the picture below can sum up my attitude to it at the moment.