Lately I've been wondering if Microsoft has been taking cues from Nintendo and running off with them like a champ. Now, I'm not knocking Nintendo too much here... they put out quality things, but they always seem to do something wrong. I could name them all, but I've done so in previous posts so I'll refrain. The 3DS is almost a perfect evolution of their hand-held line though, but it lacks video out (without a mod programme). I'm happy that I can turn off the 3D though.. that makes it fantastic (3D gives me serious migraines). In regards to Microsoft, their Xbox One (which I gravitate between BroBox and Xbone) seemed all right at first until they started laying on all the terrible things. It wasn't just one thing. Why have they done this? What is their audience now? Not me I'm fairly certain. It's sad, of course, to see a brand I've loved (have both the xbox and the 360 in view right now) take such a downfall. I hope they will fix things in the future, but for now they were seriously stomped by PS4 (funnily enough I also have the PS2 & PS3 in view.. the PS1 is at mum's house). I've started the saving up for the PS4 already and, though I know I won't have it saved at release, I will have it eventually.
For a long time the PSP was my favourite gaming device and, for sure, my favourite hand-held The Vita moved into my favourite hand-held position and the PS3 wedged it's way into my favourite gaming console. My 360 is only really used for Mass Effect, Halo, and Fallout; plus a number of XBLA games I haven't played in ages. It isn't because I don't like my 360, but the quality of games and the gaming experience is just... better for me on the PS3 and so I gravitated towards that in the end. Re-bought some series' that felt better there (Assassin's Creed being the main one) and buy my games there now. It seems, to me, like Microsoft are trying to hit up the college frat community primarily. I don't care about TV, least of all on my console, fantasy football, Fifa, or any sports, watching films, racing, or battlefield. At the very bottom of things I care about is the kinect or anything it can do and I certainly don't want my console on all the time. There's still time to see how the two consoles end up at release, but I really don't see Microsoft redeeming itself, in my eyes, any time soon. Halo 5 looks nice, but seriously, that isn't enough to get me to spend a collective months pay on. With the PS4 £100 cheaper and worth more, to me, that's how it's got to be.
Now all that aside. I'll save the new games and stuff until E3 is done. Things I've been playing recently! Raptr has been finicky lately, but it manages to keep most of my games in order. I was gifted a few things in the wake of my birthday last month and they're pretty awesome. Dead Space 3, Ni No Kuni, Persona 4 Arena, Magic the Gathering 2013 on steam and Penny Arcade's newest game on Steam as well (along with the first two since I had the third).
I'm almost done with Assassin's Creed III and it's really amazing. The ship combat is the only thing keeping it from being the 2nd best Assassin's Creed. I really, really loathe vehicle combat in a game and the ship combat in this one is just... aggravating to the max. I have almost 150 hours in Fire Emblem: Awakening right now... I think that pretty much speaks for itself in regards to it's worth.
Persona 4 Arena is awesome. It's a fighting game, which I'm not too good at, but thankfully the majority of the game doesn't require you to know complex mad fits of combos to get through. I highly doubt I will be seeing the PA4A platinum ever though, due to the high combo and challenge requirements, but the stories and characters are amaze. Akihiko is, surprise surprise, my favourite character so far... not just because Liam O'Brien, but his moves are great and flowing, and I love his visceral hand to hand combat style.
Ni No Kuni is pretty awesome. It sort of reminds me of Eternal Sonata, actually; at least combat wise. You have a control in combat which lets you actively run around dodging, but you select your attacks in a turn based way. The story is very jubilant so far, even though there is tragedy right off the bat. The animations are done by Studio Ghibli and it shows in a most beautiful and crisp way. I really love the voices too, though they seem an odd mix of European and US voices O_o Why is my mother so very British but my character is very American? Ah well, it's a great game.
I've been doing more pet catching in WoW, as well, but that's not huge news. Magic the Gathering 2013 is not bad, though it's been years since I played MtG that I'm not sure if it's really awful or if I like it a little because nostalgia. PA games are always amaze so no surprise there. Much like the Penny Arcade comics, the games are brimming over with brilliance. Dungeons of Dredmor is a rouge-like that I can tolerate for more than 10 minutes at a time so... that's something I guess. Hmm, there isn't much else right now that isn't Dark Souls related and I'm sure no one wants to hear more about that from me.