Hello fellow nerds and nerdettes! With E3 coming to an end very soon, I feel we can tackle the Top 5 PS4 games and Sony hardware from this past week. This list is particularly because, most of the PS4 games are multi-platform titles and that would be taking away from what this article is all about. Not to say that Batman: Arkham Knight, Mortal Kombat X and No Man’s Sky doesn’t look enticing, but we want to focus on what Sony is giving us gamers this year and beyond.

5. PlayStation TV 

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The Sony PlayStation Vita TV will Support the upcoming PlayStation Now, PS1 and 2 titles plus at launch we’ll be able to access over 1000 PlayStation titles. Sony is obviously going to compete with Apple TV when this launches this fall. SCE (Sony Computer Entertainment) confirmed that PlayStation TV will be available in the Australian, European and PAL markets this Spring for $150AUD.

$139 PS TV Bundle

Currently Amazon is accepting pre-orders for the PS TV Bundle and coming with the PS TV you’ll get: a DualShock 3 Controller, 8GB Memory Card, HDMI Cable and a copy of the LEGO Movie the Video Game as well. The PS TV bundle will run you about $139 dollars while the standard edition will be only $99.

4. PlayStation Now

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Earlier this year we talked about what we like to see from PS Now, well for one we have an release date and two; there still isn’t a firm monthly price tag just yet. Though right now the release date for open beta for the PS Now is on July 31 for the PS 4 first, but there isn’t really a release date for PS3 and Vita users to use this service just yet. Sony is boasting that over 100 titles will be able for play when the beta launches this coming July, with titles Dead Space 3 and God of War: Ascension as the marketed titles. As for the price tag for each game? It’s rumored that pricing could start at $3 to $20 and that’s depending on either you’re renting a game like Dead Space 3 or owning the game on your console.

3. The Order: 1886

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When I first saw the Order: 1886, to be honest it didn’t look enticing and it wasn’t going to be the reason that I picked up an PlayStation 4. Though during this E3 I’ve become intrigued with The Order: 1886, the gameplay demo just grabbed me and Ready at Dawn Studios is really putting everything they got into this game, which is why am glad it’s been pushed back to Feburary 20th, 2015 . Right now you the game have a chance to pre-order The Order: 1886, with two different Collector’s Edition at $79.99 and Premium Edition at $149.99. (Pictured Below)

Premium Edition

Collector’s Edition

2. Little Big Planet 3

Personally I wasn’t surprised about seeing Little Big Planet 3, because I do remember Media Molecule saying that LBP3 was in development some time ago. It’s awesome that Sack Boy/Girl is getting help from three new characters and by the looks of Odd Sock, Toggle and Swoop I seriously feel this will be the go to game for gamers with kids or who are super creative with designing levels.

1. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

When Uncharted 4 was announced every single gamer speculated that the game could be a period piece with Sir Francis Drake or an untold story featuring Nathan Drake. To see that the game will feature an older and probably tired Nathan Drake is all to awesome. Right now there isn’t any gameplay footage of the game, but during the Naughty Dog unveiling of Uncharted 4 it was annouced that directors of The Last of Us  Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley is handling the project. Oh and everyone’s favorite voice actor Nolan North is returning to portray Nathan Drake.

 

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This month Trine 2: The Complete Story became a free game for PS4 owners with PlayStation Plus. Trine 2 brings three player co-op to this puzzle platformer.

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First, let me say that this is the most fun I’ve had gaming with friends on the PS4. I can’t remember when I laughed this hard while gaming with my friends. You get a mage, a warrior, and a ranger that all have their own unique skills to level, and it requires a great amount of teamwork to advance through the missions and solve puzzles.

The first thing you’ll notice about the game is the breath taking visuals. This is the prettiest game that I’ve played in a long time. The colors are stunning and it really helps pull you into the game. The game tells a story as it goes, but honestly there were times where I missed parts of the story because I was so distracted by the beautiful scenery. Seriously, it’s that pretty.

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There were some minor glitches and frustrations with the puzzles. Pay attention to dialogue when you’re stuck on the puzzles because they usually give you a hint. Sometimes the hint comes from an ability that you don’t even fully know how to use. Two of us had the ability to magnetize objects, but we struggled to get the ability to work when we performed the action. In addition to puzzles there’s also boss fights, but the puzzles proved far more difficult than any of the boss fights.

Overall, I think this was a fantastic game and well worth the $20 price even if it hadn’t been free for Plus. It comes with a full list of trophies, including a platinum trophy to add replay value, so after you beat the game you can go trophy whore with friends. I’d easily give it an 8.5 out of 10.

Hello fellow nerds! E3 is just right around the corner, and I’m sick of playing the same handful of PS4 games so I’m sharing my top five most anticipated PS4 games for E3. I currently own and play (Not including indie titles or free Plus games) Killzone: Shadow Fall, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, and AC: Black Flag. I have a lot of shooters because I spend most of my game time playing with my friends, but my E3 list here doesn’t include the next stale COD or Battlefield game.

Dragon Age: Inquisition- Well if you’ve listened to any of our awesome Nerds Against the World podcasts, then you’ll know that we love our Bioware games. Inquisition looks absolutely breathtaking and Bioware has never disappointed me in the quality of their games. Lately, I’ve been so disgusted with shooters that I turn off my PS4 and play Dragon Age 2 on my PS3. So bring on the dragons in Inquisition!

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The Division- This game has had me excited since last year’s E3. I love shooters (normally) co-op, survival, and RPGs so this game intrigued me by having all of those elements. Sadly, the game was delayed and we haven’t seen a whole lot about it except showing off the beautiful graphics with the new Snowdrop engine.

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Far Cry 4- I loved playing Far Cry 3 on PS3 so much that I squealed like a school girl at the announcement of Far Cry 4. I would love for this game to be co-op, but at the very least I hope they bring back the separate co-op missions. All I ask of the co-op missions is to improve the checkpoint system. Playing on veteran difficulty proved frustrating when I would die over half way through the mission, and I got sent back to the beginning of the mission when I thought I hit a checkpoint.

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Dying Light- Simply because I am a sucker for zombie games. I love the RE series, Dead Island, Dead Rising, Left for Dead… the list goes on and on. Now give me next gen zombies in an open world environment!

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A new Fallout game- While all the other games on my list are confirmed to exist, this game is on my list because I feel hopeful that a next gen Fallout game is coming. Fallout 3 is still one of my favorite games of all time, and I really hope that Bethesda hears my cries! Give me a next gen wasteland!!!

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HONORABLE MENTION- Mass Effect 4. I fought a huge internal battle of which game should make the list, but Fallout seemed more pressing. We’ve seen teases that show us ME4 is coming, and Fallout is still wishful thinking at this point. I’d love to see both games at E3 this year.

What are your top five picks?

[pic sources: playstation.com, ubi.com, bethsoft.com]

Hello fellow Nerds and Nerdettes! On this edition of the Nerd’s Against the World spotlight, I travel back to Canada and chat with rising artist Amanda Properzi(a.k.a. Panditty) We discussed how’d she got into drawing and who was her inspiration, we also get little peeks through out this article on her art style. Enjoy!

HiroTheGeek: Hey Amanda! So to start off, what part of the world you’re from fellow nerd?

Amanda: Winterfell, Canada…….(Alberta, Canada)

HiroTheGeek: (Laughs) Is is always cold up in the north?

Amanda: Not always, we get about 8 months of winter though – and usually March is when we become embittered and forget what’s it’s like to go outside and not have the wind hurt your face. The only benefit is we get to lord over all things winter and whenever someone complains about the cold we immediately pounce and tell them that they don’t know cold.

HiroTheGeek: Yeah I’m glad I’m in warmer weather (laughs)

Amanda: Lucky!!

HiroTheGeek: Since we’re spotlighting you and your work in art. What got you into drawing?

Amanda: I can’t tell you exactly when it started because I feel like I’ve always been drawing. In fact, after I got over wanting to be a Ninja Turtle, I wanted to be an artist. Somewhere along the way, I gave up on wanting to be an artist but I never stopped making art. I got a BA in Japanese and went to live in Japan. Part of the reason I left, was because I was feeling really lost. While I was there, some online friends convinced me to buy a tablet and the rest is history.

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Amanda: It felt so right! I think it was that isolation and being in unknown territory that led me to find what was comfortable – which turned out to be art.

HiroTheGeek: While in Japan in all that isolation, was there anything specific that inspired you, In terms of art?

Amanda: Nothing in Japan per se, but as a result, I met a lot of inspiring people on the Internet.

HiroTheGeek: The power of the internet (laughs)

Amanda: Yeah, man!

HiroTheGeek: I’ve noticed in your drawings you also ink your own drawings. it’s rare for an artist to do both, is it easier for you to do everything in hand or Photoshop illustrator?

Amanda: When I started to focus on improving my art, I did everything in Photoshop. Now I’m trying to branch out and get better at penciling and inking by hand. I find now I have a preference for inking by hand with a brush pen. It looks more natural and organic to me – but you can do some pretty awesome stuff with digital brushes now!

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Amanda: In doing so, my digital art has suffered. (laughs), I just can’t win! I need more hours in the day.

HiroTheGeek: We all need more hours in the day. (laughs) Your art style is the most unique most style I’ve seen. Have you thought about going into animation?

Amanda:That’s really flattering! I’d love to and have definitely thought about it.

HiroTheGeek: I know it’s a tough field of work to get into, have you ever look into it?

Amanda: Nothing past perhaps going to school for it and just playing around with creating animate gifs.

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HiroTheGeek: Working on anything now? Or do you have to kill me to know. (laughs)

Amanda: I have a few projects on the go! I’ll definitely post about them on twitter as they become more fleshed out.

HiroTheGeek: With comic book conventions coming up ever thought about setting yourself up at artist alley?

Amanda: Actually last year I had a booth at Edmonton Expo and I will have a booth again this year. It’s a great experience!

HiroTheGeek: Awesome! Finally if anyone would like to see more of your art were can they go? And how can fellow nerds find you?

Amanda: You can find me at panditty.com and @panditty on twitter

HiroTheGeek: Awesome and thanks Amanda for taking part in this.

Amanda: Thanks!

For more of Amanda Properzi you can also follow her on tumblr at amandaproperzi. Plus be sure to catch us on Facebook: Nerds Against the World and follow us on Twitter @NerdsVsWorld.

 

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Marshmallows everywhere rejoiced this weekend! And in case you don’t know what that means, I’ll tell go ahead and tell you. Friday was the release of the insanely successful, controversial Kickstarter funded, fanatical return of Veronica Mars. The fans call themselves Marshmallows, and this movie was made for them. Okay well it was made for anyone, but mostly it was made for the fan base of the Veronica Mars TV series.

Fans dumped their spare change or perhaps even life savings (Somewhere I’m sure some overly passionate fan must have emptied their piggy bank) into the Kickstarter that revived the character of Veronica Mars (played by the adorable Kristen Bell) for a feature film. Did the film deliver for the fans? Speaking as a fan, hell yes it most definitely did. Can anyone enjoy this film without prior knowledge of the awesomeness of V. Mars? Yes I believe they can. Without knowing the awesomeness and past storylines of all of the returning characters, viewers can still enjoy this film as it is still a stand-alone story.

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The reason that I fell in love with Veronica Mars on television was the witty almost-Whedonesque style dialogue. I’m happy to report that the movie dialogue is no different. The entire formula of the movie is so similar to that of the show, which makes it like a movie length extension of the show. The loveable characters, witty dialogue, Neptune vendettas and mystery are all present. It’s great to see the development of some of our favorite characters, while funny to see the expected lack of development in others. Yes Dick Casablancas, I’m mostly talking about you!

While I mentioned that anyone can enjoy the stand alone story, fans will enjoy the abundance of well-placed references and tie-ins to the show. The Veronica Mars movie is much like what Serenity offered the fans of Firefly—a great movie experience that can either be closure or a ticket to revisit the world of everyone’s favorite detective. To make things short, Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell don’t disappoint with this
film. Go see it now!

[Source pic credits: Theveronicamarsmovie.com]

On Tuesday night at the Sony CES press conference, the company  unveiled what could be the best idea from Sony, a streaming video game service called the PlayStation Now.

What this new service entails is this; with the PlayStation Now I have the chance to stream, own  and rent “classic” and current generation PlayStation 3 games on my PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita, but also on smart phones, TV’s and tablets. The ability to play PS3 games on my PlayStation 4 is not only awesome, but it would really feel like I’m maximizing my PS4’s potential. So for today’s Top 5, we’re going to discuss what we like to see for the PlayStation Now and how they can implement the PlayStation network plus service with PSNow.

5. Please Connect to our PlayStation Plus Accounts

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So far right now there isn’t any news if Sony will connect our PSN and Plus accounts with PlayStation Now. Though it really would be in Sony’s best interest to implement this because we’ll be able to enjoy this service without having to purchase another yearly and monthly fees.

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With the yearly and monthly PSN Plus costing $49.99 and $17.00 respectively, maybe tacking on $10.00 to the fees can help Sony maximize revenue, just by making small changes.

4. Cross Gaming Platform Please?

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Since we now know that PlayStation Now will also be ported to smartphones, TV’s with WiFi capabilities, tablets and the new 2014 Sony BRAVIA TV(US Models), could we see Sony maybe working with others on maybe possibly game share on other consoles? Just think about it? Last of Us on the XboxOne or any classic PS3 games on another system that isn’t connected to the Sony brand. Though that’s probably asking for too much, but with Sony using the Gaikai advance cloud based service, I believe it can be very possible to share with the Xbox One.

3. PSclassics

When I think about the PlayStation Now, I think about the upcoming Steam box from Valve. The Steam box let’s us gamers play Valve vast library of games that’s over 250 games! Now so far Last of Us, God of War: Ascension and Beyond: Two Souls are confirmed right now that would be available for streaming on the PSNow. So when the term “classic PlayStation games” is being used, I’m curious to know if Sony is going to use the original PlayStation’s library of games at launch or the PlayStation 2? Now I would like to see them build up the library with some PSOne classics first, maybe some Final Fantasy VII, Crash Bandicoot, Legend of the Dragoons, you know just to name a few.

2. Developers Involvement.

Now we know that Naughty Dog, Quantum Dream and Santa Monica Studios are under SCE (Sony Computer Entertainment) publishing label but what about titles that are not published by Sony? Could we possibly we Ubisoft, Square Enix, Capcom, EA and Warner Bros. work with Sony on this new venture? Cause we all know at the end of the day money would be the deciding factor.

1. Pricing

Knowing the age old proverb is “If you can’t buy it, don get it” is only known in my house, but get familiar with it anyway. So what we do know about PlayStation Now is that it’s coming out this Summer, what we don’t know? How much it’s going to cost. Like I’ve said earlier, it would be wise for Sony to tack PSNow on to PSN Plus accounts so us gamers can have a better handle of subscription fees we pay. Yes there are a select few gamers out there who’s willing to pay subscription fees for PSN Plus, Final Fantasy 14 Online and pretty soon PlantSide and Elder Scrolls Online, so why not make it easier for us the consumer? We are going broke to support our daily habits?

Well we can’t know for sure what Sony has plan for this new streaming service until this Summer, but they are accepting people for beta testing, just click the link to find out how you can get in on the instant streaming early here: PlayStation Now Beta.

So what are you looking forward to from the PlayStation Now? Let us know in the comments below.

(PS One image source: Masonic Gamer)

Don’t Starve arrived on PlayStation 4 yesterday as free to play for Plus subscribers. I was excited to take this game for a spin because I am a fan of Minecraft. While it has some of the basic principles of Mojang’s Minecraft formula, there are notable differences.

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Don’t Starve looks good visually and the theme gives you a cute and twisted Tim Burton feel. The music wasn’t bad, but honestly I ended up turning it down and tuning it out. The controls were decent, but there’s no tutorial so it’s basically just a guessing game.

Trophy hunters may be disappointed that not only is there not a platinum trophy, but also lacks any fun or creative trophies. Most trophies are just unlocking the different playable characters in the game. You seem to unlock characters based off how long you can survive.

There are monsters just like you would encounter in Minecraft, and the game starts you off in a creepy forest with one basic goal-to survive the night. The sad but challenging difference in the two games, is there’s no respawn in Don’t Starve. Once you die, all progress is lost and you must start completely over. This is a fun challenge to work for until you actually die and realize how permanent death is in the game. My first attempt I played cautiously, but still only lasted ten days. Just thinking about starting over was discouraging and I didn’t restart right away. This is a fun game to play when I have some free time to kill, but not a game I’d lose myself in for an entire day or evening.

[photo credits: dontstarvegame.com]