James from Watch Play Listen joins me as we react to some news from San Diego Comic Con

The problem with Delsin

inFamous: Second Son was the PlayStation 4 game we were all waiting for. The first proper foray into the capabilities of next-gen gaming. For those familiar with Sucker Punch’s previous PS3 titles, it would be the chance to see where the story of conduits would go post-Cole, but for those taking their first venture into the world, it would be a new opportunity to get behind some superpowers of their own.

There’s no doubting that inFamous: Second Son is a great game, with some spectacularly beautiful graphics and brilliant gameplay, but the experience was marred by the unlikeable main character, Delsin Rowe. Cocky, arrogant and immature, the Second Son protagonist epitomises the worst of all the qualities we’ve become accustomed to as comic books and superheroes continue to bombard popular culture.

With two playthroughs for the good karma and bad karma endings, it can feel like a long ride when the main character just feels like a complete jerk. So just where does it all go wrong for Delsin?

Read the rest of my article at This Is My Joystick.

News: inFAMOUS Second Son sells a million copies

Sony have taken to the PlayStation Blog to reveal inFAMOUS Second Son has sold over a million copies worldwide. This figure is made up of physical and digital sales.

Released on March 21st across the world and created by Sucker Punch, Second Son reached the million sales point in just nine days, making it the fastest selling game in the inFAMOUS franchise.

Read my full news article at Filmoria.

News: The Last of Us is coming to PS4

Sony have confirmed that their hit PlayStation exclusive, The Last of Us, will be coming to PS4 this summer.

Following on from last month’s rumors that Naughty Dog’s latest critically acclaimed game would be coming to next-gen consoles, Arne Meyer, Community Strategist for Naughty Dog has taken to the PlayStation Blog to advise that the PS4 version of the game will include “an exclusive director’s commentary for all in-game cinematics.”

Read the full news story at Filmoria.

News: PS Vita Slim announced for UK release

Hot on the coat-tails of the PS4’s success, Sony has yesterday announced that the PS Vita Slim will be released in the UK on February 7th 2014.

Estimated to cost in the region of £180, the new slim model is 20% thinner and 15% lighter than it’s predecessor, creating a more sleek look and greater emphasis on handheld, compact gaming.

The slim model will come with 1GB of internal memory, just enough to get buyers started, but considering the wide back catalogue of the Vita and the sheer quantity of downloadable games, those pricy Sony exclusive memory cards are the only option for increasing capacity.

The most notable change to the console comes to the screen. Gone is the crisp OLED display, and in with a standard, cheaper LED display. Cutting the price of manufacturing the console, the LCD screen is expected to make the Vita’s battery life go that bit further compared to the OLED screen of now.

Further changes to the console include a smaller rear touchpad, allowing for bigger grip panels, and the start and select buttons have had a redesign. You’ll now be able to charge your Vita using the Dualshock 4 cable, as the port has been changed to match that of the PS4 controller.

Platinum series: Where to start

Write about what you know, they always say. Well, what I know is trophy whoring, and you know what? I don’t even care. I’m here to share my wisdom, so that we all might learn and help grow our trophy scores. This series of articles features top tips for choosing your game, a suggestion of selection of games to get you started on your platinum journey, and games to definitely avoid if your goal is 100% completion.

So, to get us started, this week are my top tips for trophy hunting.

1. Do your research

I cannot emphasise this step enough. You wouldn’t believe the amount of games I’ve nearly played, thinking they’ll be a walk in the park, an easy platinum (or an “EP” as we in the trophy trade call them), only to find out it’ll take 40 hours, and I’ll probably never get the platinum due to a potential glitch. This stage is where PS3 Trophies is your friend. Search any game on the website, and you’ll find a guide created by a fellow hunter detailing the best route to the platinum, along with a difficulty rating that has been voted on by those who have played and an estimated time of completion. Whilst perusing the website, it is key to search the forums. Many a time I have come across something which I think looks doable, only to find out that many other gamers have struggled through parts of the game.

2. Source your games

LoveFilm was a real friend of mine in my heaviest stage of platinum farming. After searching a number of lists for the easiest and quickest platinums, I had a shortlist of games to attempt. I selected a LoveFilm package which allowed me to get a game and a film at a time, and added the whole host of games to my rental list. The key to getting my money’s worth was to make sure there was a quick turnaround of games, this also benefitted my platinum cause greatly. Unfortunately LoveFilm has decided from August it will no longer offer a games rental service. Quick research shows Blockbuster are still offering game rentals on a similar package (£9.99 for unlimited rentals, two discs at a time) – their website even declares “We Still Rent Games!“ If this Blockbuster service isn’t an option, you can always try buying secondhand through Amazon or eBay, then sell the game on once completed, though you may lose money through this route.

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3. Plan your route

Before you start the game, unless you mind playing a clean-up game, it is a good idea to read a roadmap of the best way to proceed. The roadmaps on PS3 Trophies are designed to guide you through the quickest route to the platinum trophy, along with guides for collectables and any pointers for missable trophies. Search forums of games on the website to see if there are any glitches which can be used to your advantage, as they are possible.

4. Enjoy the game

Or try to, at least. I find that if I know I’m going to get a platinum, it makes playing a game I wouldn’t ordinarily play a little better. There’s nothing worse than forcing yourself to traipse through a game you really hate, so make sure you think you’ll be able to put up with whatever you play before you start. Nobody likes 2% trophy lists.