Category: Culture

This PlayStation 4 Theme sums up America’s Summer 2017

Ever since Sony added themes and avatars to the PlayStation 3 there has been a steady flood of hilarious, questionable, and downright litigious offerings. As someone who has been looking at the PlayStation Store almost every week for the last nine years I’ve seen it all: sports team themes, sleazy model themes, all manner of generic “abstract” themes, and questionable licensed themes.

The latest player in the game of prolific production has to be Top Rated. There isn’t a way to search by publisher on the PlayStation Store but I feel like the majority of offerings I’ve seen since the PlayStation 4 launched are from Top Rated. And one of their latest creations is a blissful amalgamation of America’s Summer 2017.

There’s a burger, there’s a red Solo cup, and there’s a hand that is endlessly spinning a USA fidget spinner. You can look upon it forever all day for only $2.99 which in some cases is more than the cost of an actual USA fidget spinner. The description is also pretty much perfect: O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming. Get yo fidget on.

Fidget on, you entrepreneurial content creators. Fidget on.

NieR: Automata invades Spelunker World through August

NieR: Automata invades Spelunker World through August

Tozai has revealed the latest Spelunker World cross promotion after a long break from new content and naturally it features Square Enix’s most goodwill-garnering title of 2017, NieR: Automata. The details page is broken at the moment but all you really need to see is that new loot that lets you dress up your hapless spelunker as 2B, 9S, A2, and Emil.

The promotion begins July 27th and runs through August 24th in both the U.S. and Japanese versions of the game. I’m not sure if I’m ready to return to the grind just for some chibi gear but I might pop in to see if they did anything clever. NieR subverts a lot of video game conventions and if they squeezed something like that into Spelunker World I’d hate to miss it. Video probably coming soon!

Namco unleashes its IP for new Japan-exclusive goods

Namco unleashes its IP for new Japan-exclusive goods

Ready for a summer of fawning, heartbreak, and resisting the urge to import more junk? Then Namco’s got the goods to tempt your resolve this year! They recently announced a collaboration with Japanese goods-maker Tokyo Pixel that will see all kinds of Namco Museum products released through late July and August. Take a look at the official site where the latest products are up for pre-order and some are already available to buy.

Below is a little gallery of some of my favorites. Given the chance (and potentially unlimited money) which ones would you pick up?

 

I did not expect to play through Apocalypse in 2017

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I’ve got a lot of games I’ve never played (just like everybody else) and the backlog shelf has been swelling over the last two years. So I finally set out to record some new Just Checkin’ videos where I at least boot them up to make sure the discs work. I managed to get one game out of the way before stumbling into a morning session with Apocalypse, otherwise known as The Bruce Willis Game.

I had written it off after playing the demos they put out before the game’s release but here in 2017 I found it quite playable and even clever in spots, if mindless and repetitive. The game is short and fairly easy up until the final boss fight and gave me plenty of time to soak in the weird 90’s aesthetics.

Willis’ character, Trey Kincaid, was originally intended to be the player’s sidekick but his involvement dwindled during production and he eventually took the starring role. So not only are his lines the most typical gung-ho battle cries, it’s a little fourth-wall breaking due to the change in roles. And the immortal line, “strap one on, it’s time to jam!!” still confuses me to this day.

 

Things really get interesting in the final level where Trey assaults the White House which is surrounded by a moat of lava and is filled with fire-spewing politicians in suits. The final battle with The Reverend starts in the oval office and expands to an arena of stone and flesh stitched together around the Seal of the President. It feels more fitting today than it ever did in the 90’s.

The episodes are rolling out every three days through July 12th and end with some bonus content and stuff I dug up on the disc. You can follow along with the playlist above or subscribe and catch all of my random videos.

Hyuna and Hatsune Miku Join Just Dance 2018 Roster (UPDATE: PSY too!)

Hyuna and Hatsune Miku Join Just Dance 2018 Roster

[UPDATE 10-17-17] PSY is in it too! The official game site has been updated with the full song list including a video clip of “New Face” from PSY.

One of GameLuv’s evergreen topics is Kpop in video games, be it Katy’s plea to the makers of Dance Central or my post on K-Pop Dance Festival. So it feels like it’s our due diligence to bring you the latest news from the K-Pop-in-a-Western-dance-game front. Naturally, it’s Just Dance from Ubisoft who made quite the reveal at their E3 press conference in early June

In typical form, the latest iteration in the series, Just Dance 2018, was revealed through a choreographed, multi-genre song-and-dance number on Ubisoft’s stage. The presentation revealed the first of the game’s new songs including Jamiroquai’s “Automaton”, Bebe Rexha’s “The Way I Are”, and surprisingly, Hyuna’s “Bubble Pop!”. Just Dance K-Pop it isn’t, but it’s another step closer I suppose. One other noteworthy addition for fans of international music is the inclusion of “Love Ward” from Hatsune Miku. Err, Just Dance J-Pop it isn’t…

Ugh, embedding is broken. Jump to the 1:44:30 mark

During E3 the official press release went out confirming a few more songs for the game with the promise of more reveals leading up to its release on October 26th.  Just Dance 2018 will be out on pretty much everything: Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3; even the original Wii is getting the game! That’s a new game with 2018 in the title releasing for a console that debuted in 2006! That has to be a record (or close to it) for the latest official release for a console.

Anyways, check out the press release and announced tracklist for Just Dance 2018 down below and watch the E3 presentation above. If the embed code stops working it starts at the 1:44:30 mark. You can also watch clips of “Bubble Pop!” and “Love Ward” in the game along with several others on the official game site.

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