I’m amused at all the “classic” editions of consoles popping up. Miniature versions of the original consoles, these classic ones are more Rachel’s and my size!
So. The PlayStation Classic. It’s coming out December 3rd for about 100 bucks with 20 games, two wired controllers and an HDMI cable to connect the console to the television. It does not include a USB AC adapter to, you know, power the console on.
(Which I really don’t understand? Nintendo’s NES Classic also didn’t include an AC adapter, which baffled my mind. Granted, we have the SNES Classic’s adapter, but still. Did Nintendo assume everyone would already have that? Does Sony assume everyone would have that? I’m not even sure if the SNES Classic’s adapter would work with the PlayStation Classic–and I’ll stop ranting about this.)
We actually had an original PlayStation when we were younger — and still do, actually, it’s chilling in a storage box with a few other decades-old consoles — but it wasn’t a console we used too often.
Our collection of PlayStation games wasn’t that extensive. I’m certain the games we mostly played were the Spyro trilogy (and Peter Pan: Return to Neverland… I seem to remember that one). Taking a look at the list of 20 games that will be on the PlayStation Classic, there’s not much there for us. While there are plenty of titles I recognize — rather, I’ve recognized the titles of their sequels or spiritual successors — the only game on the Classic that I’ve actually tried playing before would be Final Fantasy VII.
We’re pretty certain this is a classic console that we’ll skip. I wonder, how much nostalgic does it have for people who regularly played the original?
Are you interested in the PlayStation Classic? Is it worth it to you?
Being a gamer is an expensive hobby. It doesn’t help that, sometimes, awesome games are available in multiple platforms, either as updated versions or just ported to a system that may be better suited for it.
Do you have any games on multiple platforms?
We have Stardew Valley, Death Road to Canada, and Undertale on the PC through Steam, but all three of those games are available for the Nintendo Switch as well. Fortnite is available on all consoles of the current generation (and all of them can now play together, finally). PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is also another game that crosses platforms.
Then there are ports of games — such as the Legend of Zelda: Windwaker and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — that get updated for the next generation console.
Assuming you enjoyed the original game, are you the type to buy games for multiple platforms, if you have them? Or the updated ports when they are released?
We have gotten Death Road to Canada for the Nintendo Switch when it came out, mostly to make it easier to play with friends. However, we’ve been toying with getting Undertale and Stardew Valley for the Switch as well, especially since the Switch makes it a little easier to take those kind of games on the go. To be honest, if Undertale came to the Switch before PC, we probably would have just gotten it for the Switch. Stardew Valley is in the same boat, but the PC version does have the co-op mode…
With that said, there are so many other games that we wish to play and buy that are already stretching our wallets thin. I suppose if a game we own is ported to another platform, we’d prefer if it was substantially updated to make it worth buying again.
Any games that you’ve bought multiple times for different platforms?
E3 2018 is officially over. There were a lot of ups and downs during the conferences. Some people were happy, some not so much, depending on the company. Still, there were some interesting games that were talked about and here are some I’m looking forward to the most.
Kingdom Hearts 3
I still have yet to play a Kingdom Hearts game. Though I used to watch my friend play it when we were younger and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at it. Kris and I just bought Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix, so we’re hoping to get through that before 3 comes out.
A furry Link? Yes, please! This game looks not only aesthetically pleasing, but it looks like plays well. I can’t wait for this one to come out.
Ori & The Will of the Wisps
I haven’t played Ori & The Blind Forest. That was one on my list that I never got to. Now that the sequel is coming out, I think it’s time I play the first one to catch up.
This game looks amazing. I’ve played the first demo and enjoyed it a lot. I’ve been looking forward to a release date for a while and now it’s finally close.
Overcooked is a game Kris and I played and beat together, but then we always played and beat it with our two cousins and also two of our friends. We were all so excited when the sequel was announced. Here’s to another late night to beat the game in one sitting!
Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
I don’t really know if I need to explain this one. We’ve all been waiting for it. I’m super excited to have the old characters back – Roy and Young Link were always my go-to, so I’m happy to get the chance to play as them again.
Super Mario Party
Did Nintendo finally listen to us? It seems so! The game looks like it’s back on a normal board (as normal as it can be for Mario Party), there’s no car and everyone seems to be moving one at a time. The minigames also look plentiful and hopefully there will be one after each turn. I can’t wait to try this one out.
Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Let’s Go, Eevee!
I feel like I’ve been talking about this one since they announced it, but… I’m super excited for this game. I can’t wait to check out Kanto in all his updated-tech-glory. Plus, to have my Pokemon follow me around? And I get to ride on some of them? And then there’s the Pokeball Plus?! I want it now.
Which games announced are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments below!
E3 is one of the biggest gaming shows, with many developers eager to show-off what they’ve been working on in the video game industry. Personally, I wasn’t able to watch most of the presentations live due to work obligations, but the shows were thankfully streamed and archived so I could catch up. Watching the presentations while already having an idea as to how they went thanks to social media prepared me to brace myself for what the next big games can be. While some of the shows were a little lackluster, there were still a good amount of games that will make my wallet thinner in the coming year.
Since I work from home now, I was able to watch most of the presentations live. It was a treat to give my full attention to one of my favorite hobbies. I was pleased with most of the presentations. Some were a bit boring (I’m looking at you, EA) and some where pretty entertaining (I still don’t understand the dancing Panda for Ubisoft), but I was pleased with most of the games I saw. I wrote down a couple games from each company, Nintendo being the most and my favorite.
Nintendo was definitely a highlight for us, with that being the publisher we grew up with. I was definitely pleased with seeing a little bit of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, even if I am disappointed that it won’t be out until next year. Still, the troop formations seem interesting and will definitely add to a bit more strategy with the game play. Seeing Overcooked 2 come over to the Switch is exciting, too — Rachel and I had a great time playing the first together and with friends
I’m super excited for Overcooked 2. Our friends each have a Switch now so we’ll be able to play with them online since that’s a new feature as well! I’ll admit I was disappointed Animal Crossing wasn’t announced, but I was hopeful for another Mario Party and that wish came true. It seems as though Nintendo has finally listened to us and is going back to the old school way of doing things. No car, no moving at the same time, and the boards look “normal.”
Yes, Mario Party seems to be returning to its original friendship-wrecking roots! Of course, the biggest game that Nintendo showed off was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate where every fighter that has ever been on the roster is returning. The reveals and character cards explaining some of the finer details and upgrades of the fighters was fun to watch, and I’m sure the arrivals to the roster will do well. Personally, I’m always gunning for Geno from Super Mario RPG to join the fight, but I’ve heard how many people wanted Ridley and the Inklings will be interesting, I’m sure.
Of course, Smash was the biggest thing about Nintendo’s presentation. I was happy with all the information they shared. I honestly wasn’t expecting them to announce all the characters. There are some characters I would love to see, for sure, but I am super happy they’re bringing old characters back. Young Link and Roy were always my go-to characters and I can’t wait to play as them again!
Microsoft didn’t seem to do too badly during their presentation. They showed tons of games, but many of them aren’t slated to come out until next year or were also showed off on other platforms. They obtained a few new studios into the Microsoft team, which was interesting to see. Truth be told, Rachel and I are a little lukewarm with Microsoft’s games, not having found those IPs that we’re really interested in.
Microsoft has a lot of mature games and we prefer Nintendo because we’re children. But, we do enjoy our Xbox One and were interested to see what Microsoft had to offer. They showed off more Cuphead. We still have yet to play that game, but I’m sure we’ll download it soon for the new content.
Cuphead is a game we want to try out and the new content sounds fun, so that’s on the list. Ori & Will of the Wisps looks both adorable and heartbreaking, so we’ll probably get that and bawl. Our first reaction to Tunic was “Look, it’s Fox Link!” and it looks utterly charming. Forza Horizon 4 looked really pretty and slick, and we may try that out for ourselves despite never having played a game from that franchise before.
Of course, we never played the first Ori game. It was on the list, but just something that we never ended up getting because other games came first. So, now we’ve got both on the list of games to get again. Sea of Solitude looks great as well. That was announced at EA’s press conference, but it will be available for Xbox One in 2019. The topic seems a bit heavy, but the graphics are gorgeous and we’re looking forward to that when it comes out.
Sea of Solitude looks fantastic, having the crisp graphics with such a heavy theme. That was the biggest of the few games at EA’s press conference that piqued our interest. Square’s Kingdom Hearts III was shown a few times during E3, showing off smooth graphics and some of Disney’s latest movie universes that Sora and company will travel to. We still haven’t played any of the Kingdom Hearts games, but we recently bought Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix for our woefully underused PlayStation 3 to try to get into both the Kingdom Hearts games and, perhaps, more games from Sony’s consoles.
Though, I’ll admit, I didn’t really care for anything Sony introduced. A lot of the games they showed were graphic and pretty gory for my tastes. I didn’t even finish watching the conference. Overall, I think this was a successful E3. There are a lot of great upcoming games and, for the most part, the presentations were pretty entertaining. I can’t wait to try out the new games and I’m already looking forward to next year’s.
Did you watch E3 2018? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments below!
There has been so much hype the past couple of days thanks to E3. However, thanks to my day job, I haven’t been able to watch it live.
I was introduced to Twitch about a year or two ago. I’m sure you all know that it’s a live streaming site and app for video games. Other things, too, but mostly video games.
I tend to put Twitch on my iPad, prop it up on its stand, and watch/listen to some of my favorite YouTubers while getting some work done.
I also tend to end the night watching Twitch in bed right before going to sleep.
Twitch is a cool community and I love that I can watch others, mainly the YouTubers I follow, play through full games instead of watching bits and pieces of it here and there on YouTube.
I mean, don’t get me wrong – I love YouTube as much as Twitch. But it’s fun to binge watch someone play a game in its entirety.
Twitch has been streaming E3, of course. Since I’m still working at my day job for another week, I haven’t been able to watch E3 live. As much as I would love to watch it live and tweet along with everyone else watching it live, I haven’t minded watching it a day later than everyone else.
I’m happy that I’m able to watch it at all, thanks to Twitch. Plus, a bunch of the YouTubers I watch live streamed it as well. So I’ve been watching their commentary on it.
E3 is never something I really watched before until now. I always just heard through the grapevine (meaning the Internet) about up and coming games and how awesome E3 was. I’m happy I can be part of the action now, even if it is later than everyone else.
I’ve only watched EA, Microsoft, and Ubisoft so far. I haven’t gotten to Sony or Bethesda yet. And I, of course, can’t wait for Nintendo to come on.
Come on, Nintendo… Give me Animal Crossing and more Luigi’s Mansion!
How have you been enjoying E3? Let me know in the comments below!
Anyone else around here subscribed to The Game Theory YouTube channel? There was an episode of Deadlocked that had been uploaded with one of the channel’s hosts MatPat versus the president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime. The pair were debating whether or not Nintendo should stay in the console race or if Nintendo should focus more on becoming a third-party game manufacturer. Both had excellent points, and it reminded Rachel and me of our old debate regarding handheld and television consoles.
The Nintendo Switch is a cross between a home console and a handheld. It’s big enough to connect to your TV, but small enough to easily pack up and take with you to a friend’s house. Honestly, I’m not sure which way I would want to play it. I’ll have to play the actual console to be sure, but I think the concept is definitely interesting.
With that said, is the Switch enough to stay relevant in the console wars? The Wii U didn’t sell well at all when compared to Sony’s and Microsoft’s latest consoles. The debate between MatPat and Reggie brought up some good thoughts regarding consoles and physical games. With PC gaming and downloadable games available on all current consoles, it’s a wonder if consoles will eventually fade away.
Honestly, I feel like consoles will fade away, but not just for Nintendo. With virtual reality a thing as well, consoles could be a thing of the past as we get greedy with the new and latest technology that is presented to us.
I do adore our consoles, but the advances in technology aren’t boding well for them. That, and I’m totally looking forward to the day that we can try virtual reality for ourselves! Who knows, though? Perhaps the Switch and the latest consoles from Sony and Microsoft will keep the console era alive for just a little longer.
I know the Switch is getting some mixed reviews, but I honestly think it will really change the way games are played. Having a two-in-one system was pretty clever of Nintendo, I have to admit. And I’m excited because now we can bring our games with us when we go on vacation.
Not that lugging the Gamecube or Wii ever stopped us, right? I am excited for the Switch, and I’m looking forward to when we get it, and I’m sure Nintendo has a few tricks up its sleeves to be sure the consoles stay relevant in the coming future.
I also wonder if there will be some things about the Switch that Nintendo is keeping secret until we can actually get our hands on it. That would certainly be interesting. Either way, I think the consoles still have some life left in them.
What do you think? Will consoles be around for a long time? Let us know in the comments below!