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Surprise! PlayStation Exclusive Megaton Rainfall is out this week

Surprise! PlayStation Exclusive Megaton Rainfall is out this week

Has it really been two years since I last saw Megaton Rainfall!? The “Superman simulator” was one of my Top 20 games from IGF 2015 and then showed up in a PlayStation VR sizzle reel at Paris Games Week later in the year. It went radio-silent after that and just yesterday made its easily-overlooked debut on the PlayStation Store. With everything from South Park and Gran Turismo Sport to WWE 2K18 and The Evil Within 2 launching at the same time, Megaton is likely to be missed but I’m here to champion it one more time.

Basically, you’re Superman. You’re Superman fighting an invasion of gigantic alien robots who are bent on destroying the world’s populace, and apparently bending reality. Judging by the debut trailer it’s more of a game than a tech demo now and incorporates a ‘casualties’ meter to reign in your omnipotent power. Blasting around the world and firing endless laser beams, you’re just as much a threat to humanity as the aliens are. The destruction looks satisfying but so does the challenge of avoiding casualties while still wiping out the colossal bad guys.

 

It’s out now for $15.99 and hallelujah it isn’t a VR exclusive as I feared. I’d try it out in VR to see what those sonic speeds do to my constitution but I’m really just happy that I can finally play it! Hopefully some video will follow so keep an eye on my YouTube and Twitch channels if you’re also intrigued by this game.

Sony’s Unties label brings Indie games to Mobile, Consoles, PC

Sony's Unties label brings Indie games to Mobile, Consoles, PC

Here’s a little morning irony for you: while one arm of Sony refuses to budge on cross-platform online play in games like Rocket League, another arm is helping bring indie titles to mobile devices, PC, and even the “rival” Nintendo Switch. How’d this all happen? USgamer’s Mike Williams summed it up pretty well this morning:

“Sony Music reached into its animation subsidiary Aniplex to create and publish to [sic] mobile games in Japan: Fate/Grand Order and Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story. The former is a smash hit in Japan and just launched in North America a few months ago. The latter title is also doing really well for Sony Music.”

That surprise success has spawned a new publishing label for Sony Music Entertainment Japan, Unties. The group’s goal is to find and release unique independently-developed games on an array of platforms and not just PlayStation.

“The name ‘Unties’ comes from the thought ‘to unleash the excellent talents of unique game creators all over the world’,” reads the press release translated by Gematsu. “And setting creators free from the various shackles of game publishing, named from the intention of realizing publishing that is freedom of production without restraints.”

It all looks and sounds very fallopian to me and I’m going to have to delve into that through therapy some day but despite my personal hangups, the lineup makes for a diverse start. There’s Tiny Metal, a colorful RTS game reminiscent of Advance Wars which is fitting as it’s the one title announced for the Nintendo Switch as well as PlayStation 4 and PC.

Sony's Unties label brings Indie games to Mobile, Consoles, PC

There’s Deemo Reborn for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR, an expansion of the recent Nintendo Switch version which itself is based on the 2013 mobile rhythm game. Last Standard looks to be a one-on-one fighting game played from the third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective with an emphasis on learning how each weapon functions and how best to dodge, parry, and counter it. No platforms have been named yet but given the action in this brief trailer it could work just as well as a touch-based phone game as a console fighter. Finally, there’s Merkava Avalanche which has been on Steam Greenlight since last November. It’s a peculiar one, looking like a 3D brawler where teams of gold plated, two-wheeled, robotic centaurs grapple and joust against one another in vast environments.

All of this is happening in Japan to start so the details are a little hard to discern at the moment. But the news of Sony publishing games on non-PlayStation platforms couldn’t go unreported, even by this dormant blog.

Nintendo grows its Fashion Brand with Forever 21, Shu Uemura

Nintendo grows its Fashion Brand with Forever 21, Shu Uemura

Now more than ever, Nintendo isn’t just in the business of making video games, it’s a b-r-a-n-d brand, “lifestyle” style. Sure, we had breakfast cereals and Happy Meal toys in the 80’s but even my wildest, sugar-addled hallucinations couldn’t have dreamed up $500 Super Mario cosmetics, Mario Kart bodysuits, Metroid cropped belly shirts or a Game Boy clutch. But that’s the world we find ourselves in, one where Nintendo is reaching just as far into fashion and cosmetics as it does into die-cast cars and action figures.

There’s loads to be said about what this all means to society and our acceptance of brands in place of individual personality but I’ll leave that to people much smarter than me. Instead I’m just going to post another gallery of Nintendo products from Forever 21 and Shu Uemura that I personally thought inconceivable until I saw them. Check it out below and look back on our last round of Nintendo fashions from LeSportsac and Uniqlo earlier in the year.

My favorite time in MMOs: Halloween

Jack O Lantern ArcheAge

I’m not a big MMO gamer. I played a bunch of ArcheAge and loved it, and I have played a few free ones on console like Neverwinter. I played Final Fantasy XIV on my PC for a while, but when I tried to activate the same account to play on PlayStation 4 instead, it said my birth date was wrong. I recently started over at what I consider the best time of the year in MMO games, Halloween!  I love Halloween more every year in general, partly because more stores such as Target are supplying the gothic style decor I want. I also love the Disney Haunted mansion ride if that frames this better.

Back to ArcheAge, the first MMO I really dug into.  I have a fond memory of decorating the house Shawn and I had with our friend MinKyung.  I thought I had photos of that, but I only found one.  I did get very nostalgic looking through all the posts on my tumblr though.  Good times.

Decorating with Minkyung

I got on this kick recently when I got an email about all the Final Fantasy XIV Halloween stuff on sale.  This may all be last year’s stuff but it’s new to me.  Strongly considering that broomstick mount and maybe the outfit with the bent tip witch’s hat.

My favorite time in MMOs: Halloween

[Editor’s Note: Oh wow those outfits are adorable! The chocobo especially!]

Behold the Nintendo SwitchCube!

Behold the Nintendo SwitchCube!

Be it official or fan-made, we see a lot of new consoles dressed up as old ones, combining our desire for new hardware with the nostalgia for tried-and-true favorites. Nintendo is the biggest offender here, painting Game Boys like Famicoms and the 3DS like an NES, along with dozens of character-specific flavors of their hardware over the years.

But what I remember seeing far less of are old consoles made to mimic their successors. That’s what caught my eye about this custom painted GameCube that does an admirable job of looking like a Nintendo Switch. It’s only slightly less portable than an actual Switch and with a small upgrade it can play all of your Game Boy Advance carts too. That’s better than a Virtual Console right? Bonus points, the guy who posted this to Craigslist is right here in Indiana!

Now I want to see other retroactive mashups: a Genesis colored like a Dreamcast, an original PlayStation with the black and blue tones of a PS4, and a Game Boy in the gray and purple colors of a SNES.