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This is just a friendly reminder that Ni No Kuni is an absolutely wonderful RPG for the PlayStation 3, and if you are an owner of that particular console and love RPGs and haven’t checked it out, then now’s your chance! The PlayStation Store’s Holiday Sale is dropping the price of Ni No Kuni from $19.99 to $13.99. And if you’re a PlayStation Plus member, it’s only $9.79! How can you resist when it’s under ten bucks?
Ni No Kuni allowed me to live my dream of being in a Hayao Miyazaki flm. Featuring designs from the famed Studio Ghibli, this game is one of the most beautuiful I’ve ever played. The sale runs from December 3 through December 31, so you can even make it a holiday present to yourself! Maybe someone will gift you some credit to the PlayStation Store so that you can explore its wonders yourself!
There are a bunch of other games on sale this month, too, and they’re all listed here, but honestly, this is the one to care about, people!
Well, today’s contribution to the continuing imbroglio can be foundover on the site for the Xbox One – in the form of the “We Got Your Back” email template provided courtesy of Microsoft, replete with mad-libs style fields where you can customise a desperate e-plea for an Xbox One to a co-habiting human being and email it off. Which sounds fairly innocuous – if a little obnoxious – were it not for the weirdly gendered and heteronormative format of the entire letter itself.
There have been queer characters in fighting games before (well, actually, the only one I can think of right now is Poison), but come January 2014, there’s going to be a whole cast of LGBT characters kicking the crap out of each other when Ultimate Gay Fighter is released! The fighter for Android, iOS and Windows Mobile platforms features 13 characters with their own individual hilarious storylines, special moves, sayings and theme tunes. Ultimate Gay Fighter is free to download, but you can remove ads for $.99, and unlock Peer to Peer Mode for $1.99 so you can challenge your friends. You can unlock the villains for use as playable characters for $2.99 for all three or for $.99 for MAXX2.0 and Anne Paylin or $1.99 for Preach.
“I started thinking about how gays are represented in the media,” said the game’s creator, Michael Venker. “We are the sickly ones, your sassy best friends, the funny ones, the ones who sing and the ones who decorate your house, style your clothes, and do your hair. We are never the kick-ass fighters, the bad-asses who rescue you and save the day…”
The Gay Fight competition is actually the creation of the League of Oppresive Self Righteous Zealots (LOSRZ — get it?), for the express purpose of making the LGBT community destroy itself and to brainwash the winner to join their side. It’s all quite ridiculous.The trailer below introduces all the characters and features, and you’ll notice that it’s ridiculously over-the-top. Honestly, they won me over with the first demonstration of a “gaytality.” And the use of rainbows and unicorns instead of gore is kind of fabulous.
If it wasn’t a gay man creating this game, I would immediately cry foul over the obvious cartoonish stereotypes, but since it’s by us and for us, I get it. And I think it’s kind of hilarious. (Well, Shawdee Killah’s noose is slightly disturbing, but in the spirit of reclaiming negative imagery and stereotypes, I guess it fits?) In response to the negative responses from some corners of the Internet, Venker says: “The Ultimate Gay Fighter game does deliberately depict stereotypes from segments of the GLBTQ community. This was an intentional choice by us to make the characters easily identifiable and relatable, and this choice is also meant to be satirical and humorous. The premise of the game is to inflate and explore these stereotypes. There is no malicious intent on our part in presenting them.”
Watch the trailer for Ultimate Gay Fighter below and let us know how you feel about it!
Well, it’s finally time once again for another SingStore update! Having to wait three weeks is like torture. And now we’re going to have to wait another three weeks before the next one! Hopefully this is just for the holidays and we’ll be back to the fortnightly schedule come the new year. Anyway, the newest DLC out this week for SingStar is:
“Driven By You” by Brian May
“Stand By Me” by John Lennon
“Nobody Told Me” by John Lennon
“Whatever Gets You Thru’ The Night” by John Lennon
“Mother” by John Lennon
“Jealous Guy” by John Lennon
“Maneater” by Nelly Furtado
“Luka” by Suzanne Vega
“Human” by The Killers
Again the majority of the update is comprised of a song pack they broke up into single songs, but I still don’t want them. “Maneater” is pretty fun, but it’s another one I’d rather boogie to in Dance Central than sing. I’m actually seriously tempted by the delightfully tasty cheese of “Luka” but I’m probably just going to go with The Killers this time. Anything calling your name?
With all the new games and consoles flooding the market, is anybody in the mood for a remastered version of an old classic? Well, Square Enix is hoping so, because they’ve announced that Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster will be released on March 18, 2014 for the PlayStation 3 for $39.99.
And fans of the North American versions of these games might still be interested in replaying these because besides the upgraded HD graphics, these titles are technically the international versions Final Fantasy X: Eternal Calm and Final Fantasy X-2: Last Mission. Plus, if you pre-order the game, you’ll get the limited edtion that includes special packaging and a concept artbook.
I did see the game in action at this year’s New York Comic Con, but I didn’t actually play it. Pretty sure it plays exactly the same, though. But I can say that it looks especially pretty all gussied up for HD. And while I did enjoy both FFX and FFX-2(the Charlie’s Angels of FF games), I’m actually slightly more intrigued that a Vita port is on the way. I always have more time to play portables so a lengthy RPG is more likely to be finished in a timely fashion on my 3DS or Vita instead of a home console! But details about the PS Vita version are still forthcoming… Sigh.
This is a big time for videogames right now, but if new consoles aren’t really in your budget right now, Nintendo is launching a few games you might be interested in. But can the combined forces of the Mario and Zelda universes ward off the Xbox One and PlayStation 4? We’ll just have to wait and see.
But until then, this Friday, November 22, is a big day for Nintendo releases, with Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour for the 3DS being released. And as usual, if you happen to be able to get to the Nintendo World Store, you can buy them all a day early, starting at 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 21!
Obviously demos of the games will be available for play, so you can see if you actually want to purchase them (although having demoed A Link Between Worlds and Super Mario 3D World, it’s kind of a no-brainer there). There will also be costumed characters from the games wandering around so you can get pictures with folks like Mario, Luigi and Link. In addition, a chalk artist will be revealing artwork inspired by A Link Between Worlds.
So swing on by Nintendo World in Rockefeller Plaza on Thursday, November 21, from 8:00 pm to midnight for the launch mania. And if you see me, say hello! I’ve just gotta see what this turns into. I mean, I’ve seen some crazy Mario game launches as well as some crazy Zelda game launches. So the two of them together? I can’t even imagine! (It might even come close to reaching the mania of a Pokémon launch!)
Nintendo broadcast another Nintendo Direct on Wednesday, November 13, and while there weren’t actually any real surprises in it, there was still some good and sometimes interesting news to be had. I’ll run down the highlights after the jump!