Tuesday, June 15, 2010

E3 2010: Sony Conference Wrap-Up

Sony was the third of the 'Big Three' to give their E3 press conference, and it didn't fail to disappoint. Starting out with an examination and discussion of 3D gaming, Sony launched into it with an extended gameplay demo of the new Killzone 3, which is slated for a February 2011 release date.

E3 2010: Nintendo Conference Wrap-Up

Wow. Nintendo just kicked all sorts of ass. They started off with a trailer for Super Scribblenauts, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Scribblenauts on the Nintendo DS. The main new feature of the game is the integration of adjectives, which will allow players to create thousands of objects in the game world.

This was followed by the debut trailer and some gameplay footage of the all new Zelda title for the Nintendo Wii. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be out next year and be 100% MotionPlus compatible, promising unparalleled precision and depth.

Monday, June 14, 2010

E3 2010: Microsoft Conference Wrap-Up

E3 began today, with Microsoft starting off the series of keynote press conferences that would go on to include presentations by EA, Ubisoft, Sony, and Nintendo, and a special conference dedicated to Microsoft Kinect (formerly known as Microsoft Natal).

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sony's Greatest Hits

The Greatest Hits label has long been an integral part of the game library for Sony's consoles. It was started to give elite status to best selling games on the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Portable, and since the program began in 1997, there have been over 580 Greatest Hits titles across all four platforms.

When a game became Greatest Hits, two things would happen; the game would drop in price (usually between $19.99 and $29.99), and the collector's value of the original "Black Label" version would begin to rise. While it's not applicable to all games, RPG's in particular like Final Fantasy VII enjoy a noticeable difference in price when comparing the "Green Label" and "Black Label" versions.

Consider the Final Fantasy Anthology for PS1. The original printing had a black label, the old-style white ESRB rating, and listed Squaresoft as the publisher. The new print, which is still in production brand new, has a green label, the new-style black ESRB rating, and lists Square-Enix as the publisher.