Persona 5 coming to PS4 as well

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Persona 5 will make its Japanese debut on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 some time in 2015.

I didn’t think it would. I thought Atlus wouldn’t be comfortable to develop for two platforms and port Persona 5 over to the PlayStation 4 after release. I guess I was wrong and Sony have made it easy enough to port to their latest console.

But why? It’s for the western markets. The PlayStation 4 will probably sail past 5 million units sold by the time Persona 5 makes its North American debut. I still have my PlayStation 3 hooked up but not everyone does. Many may traded in theirs in or shoved it into storage. If Atlus wants Persona 5 to make a meaningful splash in the west, it needs to be on the current generation of consoles.

Persona 5 is the last PlayStation 3 new release that I was waiting on. I still have a sizeable back log for the old console, so it will remain in my entertainment unit for quite some time.

Resident Evil Remastered Announced

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I loved the Resident Evil “remake” that Capcom made for the GameCube. It was an excellent modernization of the PlayStation classic and it was made legitimately spooky again. At the time it was the only Resident Evil game that I never played and it became one of my favorite Resident Evil titles.In 2015, we can all relive the magic with the announcement of the HD remastered version Resident Evil remake. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will run at 1080p, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will sport 720p and the PC version can run at whatever resolution it wants because it’s the the PC.

The polygonal characters appear fine but those pre-rendered backgrounds appear very grainy. It doesn’t look like they produced higher resolution versions of those backgrounds and simply upscaled the original GameCube versions.

I wonder how much this will cost. Will Capcom be crazy enough to charge $40 for the remastered version of a 12 year old game? Square Enix justified the price of Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster by including both of those Final Fantasy X titles in that bundle. Sony got away with releasing The Last of Us Remastered for $50 because they included all the DLC released for since the original game’s debut last year.

I’d pay $20 for the PlayStation 4 version.

Why now though? Why re-release the REmake after all this time? I suspect Capcom plans to revisit the franchise’s roots and make something less action oriented and more unsettling with Resident Evil 7. Perhaps Capcom wishes to gauge interest in this REmake.

LTTP: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD

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Metal Gear Solid - Peace Walker Logo

LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for me to catch up and write about games I missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of The Patriots was the last Hideo Kojima helmed game that I played. I played it once in 2008 and left it in 2008. I never revisited it because I felt MGS4 was a game that was meant to be experienced once. There was limited replayability because of the game’s heavy reliance on cutscenes. I enjoyed the wacky adventure for what it was and appreciated the fact that it was one of the last big budget games where the game’s director was allowed to go hog wild.

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I still don’t want Watch_Dogs

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After watching the latest round of Watch_Dogs footage, I will continue not to purchase Ubisoft open world games.

It’s just so familiar. I can’t help but feel like it’s the same Ubisoft open world formula with a fresh coat of paint a handful of new tricks. The “Hacking” doesn’t appear to be nothing more than long range context prompts. There’s a lot of things to interact with but it doesn’t look particularly thrilling to me.

The multiplayer looks more interesting to me. The invasion idea sounds like it could be really neat. I just wonder how long the novelty will last before everyone picks out the “hacker” within 10 seconds of an invasion.

Watch_Dogs debuts on May 27th on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

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