Today’s Jam Game Showcase may stretch the definition of “fan game”, but still deserves to be showcased nonetheless. It was developed as part of Double Fine’s Amnesia Fortnight Game Jam. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the idea of a Game Jam, it basically asks participants to build a low tech video game in a very short period of time. You may be familiar with many Game Jam projects that have made their way onto the front page of Newgrounds.com and other similar sites.
Its holiday shopping season, and that means that friends, loved ones, frantic uninformed parents, and kids with too much holiday spending cash are going to swarm retail outlets looking to buy a next-generation console. The Xbox One and PS4 are wait listed and people are going as far to try their luck on eBay and Craigslist to try and get them. This has resulted in some less than favorable transactions, such as accidentally purchasing a picture of an Xbox One instead of the console itself. Luckily, we here at Arcade Sushi have a solution to all your problems. Instead of joining in the ravenous hoards of gamers trying to get their hands on Sony and Microsoft’s latest products, simply get your friend or loved one a Wii U.
Peggle 2. It’s more Peggle. Go and buy it now. Review over.
Killer Instinct is quickly becoming one of the most popular fighting games in the fighting game community. Unfortunately, as the popularity of the game grows the fanbase grows, and as the fan base grows the amount of people complaining about every little thing grows as well. The complaint of the day is combo breakers, specifically that they are too hard to do. While Killer Instinct certainly has flaws (I would know, I reviewed it) I’m here to say that definitively, this is not one of them.
Remember when you first played a video game with rumble capability? The controller shook when you got hit and it blew you away. But force feedback hasn’t really evolved since then.
Today’s Quick Tip may just save your console. You might have heard that Microsoft has included devkit functionality in basically every Xbox One. This makes it incredibly easy to develop games for the box, especially indie games. Of course, access to that functionality was to be strictly monitored and controlled by Microsoft… or so they thought. It actually only took about a week for a user to figure out how to gain access to the developer’s menu with a simple cheat code.
That code is LB, RB, LT, RT…. Yeah. We know we know. It’s really complicated. How could anyone have ever figured this out?
About a year and a half ago, Rainbow Moon, a strategy RPG in the style of classic grid based games like Final Fantasy Tactics and Disgaea, released on the PS3. It had a… let’s say lukewarm reception. Its story was shallow, its animations were stiff, and its gameplay was overly focused on grinding. It wasn’t without its good points however. The graphics themselves were fun and cartoony and the game could be quite deep once you did the prerequisite grinding. It was enjoyed by enough people to get a re-release on the PS Vita only a couple days ago and it’s quite faithful to its console release. Whether that’s a good or bad thing will depend on how you view the original.
If you are a retro gamer like we are, then you probably loved your Commodore 64. This old school home computer had some outstanding games, including Wasteland, Ultima IV, and Zork! But as fun as these games were, much of the power of the C64 console was unexplored at the time of its demise. We have made serious advancements since the days of the C64 in both graphics and gameplay, but what if we told you that some of the best current day game releases can be played on an old C64 console?
One of the big advantages the PS4 has over the Xbox One is the ease in which you can upgrade a PS4’s hard drive. Simply slide off the case, replace whatever hard drive you are using with an appropriate 2.5 SATA II replacement, and go to town. Users have reported serious load time decreases when replacing their stock hard drive with a solid state drive or a solid state hybrid. Not to mention you will probably want to up your 500 GB hard drive to at least a TB if you are going to be going all digital, and who doesn’t want to go all digital? It doesn’t void your warranty or anything. Sony is totally cool with you tinkering with your hard drive all you want.
Our Kickstarter of the Week, once again, isn’t a video game. Instead, it’s a new documentary project entitled FGC: Rise of the Fighting Game Community. This project, started by Esteban Martinez of Hold Back to Block, will take an in-depth look at the culture of competitive fighting games. This community, who calls themselves the FGC to purposefully differentiate themselves from e-sports and the rest of the pro gaming community, has its own traditions, social rules in-jokes and more. What looks to outsiders as just a bunch of people slamming buttons on an arcade stick is actually an intricate society based around skill and respect.