PS Plus Games For December Confirmed
The offerings for PS gamers this month will be Gauntlet: Slayer Edition — a top-down hack and slash dungeon crawler — and King’s Quest Chapter 1 — the first part of five parts in the fairy-tail inspired episodic adventure. I’ll be honest, as far as PS4 titles go, this is a pretty weak line-up for PlayStation Plus. Luckily the PS Plus titles for Sony’s other platforms are fantastic.
First on the PS3 is Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. This standalone DLC takes the engine from Far Cry 3 and gives it an over-the-top theme that parodies 1980 action movies. Taking on the role of Sergeant Rex “Power” Colt is one of the most enjoyable first person experience you will have in a video game. If this wasn’t enough for PS3 owners you will also get SSX. The reboot of the snowboarding game was a real return to form of the series, hopefully we will see a new SSX on the current generation shortly. Vita owners get Freedom Wars and Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for the month of December. Freedom Wars especially is a must play for fans of Sony’s handheld console.
Rainbow Six Siege‘s open beta was due to launch yesterday in anticipation of next week’s release. Unfortunately this was delayed in the wake of several issues with their servers, including disconnections and matchmaking problems. It appears that even this morning the issues were still ongoing. Luckily the servers should now be live. The reason I discuss this now is because I think this raises serious questions about next week’s launch. With the number of problems they have had getting the beta up and running, I won’t be surprised if there are issues on day one. Unfortunately these kind of problems will effect the success of the game, especially in a year of several great online shooters.
Next up is a weird story, Dead Or Alive Xtreme 3 won’t be getting a western release due to fears of a sexism backlash. The beach volleyball game depicts “full-figured” female characters in a range of provacative bikinis. Following questions on Facebook, publisher Koei Tecmo said:
“Do you know many issues happening in video game industry with regard to how to treat female in video game industry? We do not want to talk those things here. But certainly we have gone through in last year or two to come to our decision.”
It amazes me that this is the world that we live in today. It seems that in the pursuit of equality we have gone way too far with political correctness. I think South Park is currently nailing it with their view on the current state of affairs, people are far too sensitive nowadays. It is just a shame that art is now suffering as a result.
Continuing the bad news day, Developer Techland has announced that Dying Light‘s upcoming expansion is getting a price hike. The Following was previously expected to cost £12 but will now be sold for £16. In addition, the season pass is also getting a price hike from £16 to £25. If you were planning on picking up the latest expansion, my tip to you would be to purchase the season pass now as the change doesn’t come into effect until December 8th — meaning you effectively get all previous DLC for free! I’m not sure how I feel about price increases, but Techland has confirmed that this was necessary due to the “increased scale of the project.”
We appear to have discussed a few negative items today so let’s end on a happier note. NFL football Wallace Gilberry — Defensive End for the Cincinnati Bengals — has got into the family spirit by walking up to a family in a local store and has offered to purchase them a new PS4, a handful of games, and an extra controller. According to Fox 19, Gilberry walked up to the father/husband of a family of seven and said “I want to bless you and your family tonight.” It is always nice to hear these heartfelt stories, especially around the holidays. Good on you Wallace Gilberry!
For our American readers, enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving. Until tomorrow,