By several classic jRPGsI actually mean Chrono Trigger, which is worth more than a cartload of its kin, even though there are quite a few other amazing retro Japanese RPGs (jRPGs) that are being released by Square Enix for Apple’s and Google’s mobile platforms. Showing off their upcoming games’ slide at the Tokyo Game Show (TGS), Square Enix showed off Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy Legends, Itadaki Street and Dragon Quest Monsters that will be available on their app marketplace for Android, with the imaginative and interesting name of Square Enix Marketplace. While there is the very correct concern over why a new marketplace app is needed when the Android Marketplace works well enough, they are secondary to the fact that Square Enix is releasing Chrono Trigger and a free download of a marketplace app is forgiven when the prize is so brilliant. (A similar kind of logic is applied to the Amazon Marketplace app by me and several others one downloads it to get the free app of the day every day)
Square Enix also announced three brand new games developed for the mobile platforms Chaos Rings 2, Diffusion Million Arthur and Demon’s Score. The company also showed Final Fantasy 1, 2 and Crystal Defenders for the Android Marketplace in a sizzle reel. This is shaping up to be a pretty good year for mobile RPG lovers!
Electronic Entertainment Expo, aka E3 is here. For a gamer/gaming enthusiast, E3 is one of the most sought-after events in the gaming industry. Events at E3 often define new trends and tantalize gamers with a preview of what can be expected in the near future. The big 5 – EA, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony and Ubisoft – each have their own press conferences to demonstrate their products and keynotes.
Most of the major keynotes and demos will be livestreamed, below is the schedule. ( all times mentioned are in PDT, do click on the time to get the time in most major places) :
Monday, June 14, 2010
- 10:30: Microsoft Media Briefing
- 12:30: EA Media Briefing
- 17:00: Ubisoft Media Briefing
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
- 09:00: Nintendo Media Briefing
- 12:00: Sony Media Briefing
- 14:00: Microsoft Xbox 360 Demo (Possibly Natal ?)
- 14:40: Ubisoft Demo
- 15:00: Crysis 2 Demo
- 15:40: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
- 16:00: Madden NFL 11
- 16:20: Sony Move Demo using Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
- 17:00: EA Sports MMA
- 17:20: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
- 17:40: Halo: Reach
Where to watch the livestreams
A handful of sites are livestreaming the events – including YouTube which has tied up with IGN in providing an E3 channel. Gamespot will have a live streaming camera as they move across the E3 floors and across keynotes. If both the sites are not available, you could also check out G4TV’s live streaming option. Some more live streaming options have been covered in our prior post, so do have a look if these sites are timing our or causing problems.
What to watch pre-E3 ?
If you can’t wait for E3 to start, here’s some great videos and resources to check out which should keep you busy till E3 starts:
What to expect from E3?
Here’s a list of some of the big publishers’ lineup for E3:
- The Last Guardian is most probably one of the most anticipated games of E3. Little is known about this game, apart from a brief video shown at last year’s E3. Wonder what’s in store ?
- Valve has confirmed a “big surprise” for E3 2010, which will be in-place of the existing E3 event that was Portal 2 screening. What will it be?
This year’s E3 boasts of a killer lineup. I can’t wait for the press conferences to start. What’re your expectations ? Do post a comment and let us know!
It has been one heck of a week for gaming enthusiasts – let’s have a quick recap on what’s been going on.
- Ubisoft’s servers DRM servers, which are used to authenticate games like Assassin’s Creed II went down, rendering all legit users copies useless as they were unable to play the game. Ubisoft was quick to point out that the servers were down because of hackers – like paying customers are going to give a damn about why they aren’t able to play a $60 single player game without an Internet connection.
- Mac gamers were delighted when Valve announced that all of their Source engine games, including Portal 2 would be ported over to the Mac. Pretty certain Mac gamers went ballistic after Valve’s confirmation that existing owners will not have to purchase the games again, and the games would be native to Mac, and not emulated crap.
- OnLive, the online gaming service which allows you to play games similar to how you can stream movies using Netflix or Hulu, announced that their service would go live on June 15. If you have a good enough Internet connection and the $15 per month fee plus additional fees for actually owning/renting the game doesn’t deter you, then OnLive just might be a good option.
- Sony finally realizes that motion controlled gaming is the “in” thing, and introduces us to a rather silly named contraption, the PlayStation Move.
- Palm announced that the awesome Unreal Engine 3 has been ported over to webOS. Wonder if will boost Palm’s fortunes significantly.
- To round off, Steam has been having an Eidos Square Enix Deals week, and on the final day we have Batman: Arkham Asylum and Just Cause on sale at 50% off for individual games, and at 66% off for the full collection.
Happy gaming weekend, everyone!
As mentioned earlier, Steam is featuring an Eidos Square Enix deals week. Day 2 features two Wargaming classics: Battlestations and Order of War.
Just like day 1
- Each game of Battlestations and Order of War is available at 50% off.
- Purchasing the Batlestations pack ( Battlestations: Midway and Battlestations Pacific) will result in savings of 60%
- Purchase all the games for a whopping 66% off.
So go get these Wargaming classics while you can!
We love Steam for its awesome deals, and this week all you fans of Eidos Interactive ( now a subsidiary of Square Enix) are going to be in for a treat. Steam is featuring an Eidos Square Enix deals week, and up for sale on day one are two legendary game franchises – the Deus Ex and Hitman series.
The deal is as follows:
- Each game of the Deus Ex and Hitman franchise is up for sale at 50% ( $4.99 instead of the regular $9.99)
- 60% off on Hitman and and Deus Ex game bundles.
- Purchase all the games for a whopping 66% off.
So whatcha waiting for ? Go grab ’em bundles!