Monthly Roundup: June 2008
- Posted June 28th, 2008 at 12:40 EDT by
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The month of June has progressed quickly and we’ve been treated to some great news but also our fair share of unfortunate news. One of the more disappointing bits of information we learned this month was the exclusivity of Star Ocean 4 to Microsoft’s console with no plans of a PlayStation 3 version in sight and the delay of The Last Remnant. With Square Enix somewhat letting down the company that has supported them through thick and thin over the last 15 years, it left a sour taste in PlayStation owner’s mouths.
However, the month wasn’t an entire loss as it also brought gamers 5 exciting new titles and even details concerning In-Game XMB and Trophy Support. With GRID, LEGO: Indiana Jones, The Bourne Conspiracy, Battlefield: Bad Company and of course, Metal Gear Solid 4 all hitting retail shelves this month, gamers were treated to more than a delight as there was literally something for everyone. This is without even mentioning Civilization’s release in Europe or Top Spin 3’s release as well.
From here, we look forward. We look to Mid-July at the large gaming summit that each of us usually looks forward to year in and year out. The Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 for short is a yearly gaming summit that always brings all of the news gamers are waiting for. I will be live at the event covering every title you’re anticipating.
So, much like last month, I’m going to include a group of questions below that have been answered by some of our very own readers and a great tidbit of gaming history from the month of June.
1. In your opinion, did Metal Gear Solid 4 live up to the pre-release hype and were you satisfied with your purchase?
“It absolutely did. This isn't simply the best game in the series, or just "another" masterpiece by Hideo Kojima, this is probably one of the most important video game releases of all time. The vast gameplay options, the rich visuals, and the captivating story, characters, and dialogue- Kojima and company raised the bar for everyone, and it's going to be a long time before their work can be surpassed. It simply must be experienced in order to believe it.
And to top it off, it's a technological feat that couldn't be done on anything other than the PlayStation 3. So yeah, I guess I'd say it warrants a purchase, not just for me but for anyone that happens to be a PS3 owner.” - WonsAuto
2. Two big titles release in July this year, NCAA 09 and Soul Calibur IV. Which title are you looking forward to most and why?
“Soul Calibur IV is the one I'm looking forward to most. The fourth part of the famous sword fighting game is looking rather interesting this time around as we can customize our favorite character, and use him/her in our online battles.
I'm looking forward to try the create-a-character mode, which will make a character look more cool, and give your enemies something to talk about. With guest characters like Darth Vader, Vader's secret apprentice, Sith Lord, Jedi Knight, and maybe God of War's Kratos, the game is surely set for success.
Plus with the new characters and other things we'll be getting, this game should be a must own title for PlayStation 3 users.” – IWAO
3. July is the month when the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) takes over, what are you hoping to see and what are you hoping to take place at the event this year?
“I'm hoping to hear something about the rumoured Team Ico game (Trico as some call it). I'm also hoping Sony announces some decent JRPG titles which aren't called Final Fantasy or White Knight Stories.
I also secretly hope to see both MS and Sony reveal a new controller which is both creative and better than the Wiimote.
And I also want Square Enix to finally announce a release date for Final Fantasy XIII.” - Baki
4. With the announcement of Star Ocean 4 going exclusively to the XBOX 360, do you feel that the PS3 may not be the console of choice for RPG fans and why?
“I was kind of shocked and upset when I heard the news and I’ve been hearing a lot about the XBOX's mass amount of RPGs. Well being the nerd I am, RPGs are a favorite genre of mine. So with Star Ocean and Fable both not going b3yond it would seem like we could be left with the FPS end of the stick...But fear not dear readers, the ps3 does have some nice exclusives that I think might help teeter the totter.
One of which is Valkyria Chronicles, which is very appealing and I think the blitz battle system might bring a whole new life to the style of RPGs. There is also Disgaea 3 and White Knight Chronicles even though that one is not set to release until next year, not to mention the rumors of Dark Cloud 3. So do I feel that the ps3 may not be the console of choice for RPGs? No, I think that an RPG fan could still find light in the ps3. Aside from the multiplats, we have a nice little list of exclusives where each one is different in its own little way and all three I listed are worth checking out in the future.” - Ubernerd20
5. What upcoming title are you looking forward to most and why?
“Although many upcoming titles interest me greatly, there is only one I don't think I could live without. Resistance 2 is by far my most anticipated game of the year. With Resistance 2 having a separate 8 player co-op campaign on top of the regular story mode, it is just an amazing touch.
I played the online portion of R:FoM for well over a year. So if Insomniac Games can match or even surpass the online play with Resistance 2 this will be the Game of the Year in my eyes. I am so curious as to how the story of Nathan Hale will progress. I can only imagine what will come of Resistance 2.” - Vudumonkey
This Month in Gaming History: Can you believe that 17 years ago in June, the PlayStation was unofficially started? It was June 1991 at the Consumer Electronics Show that Nintendo was preparing to announce the SNES-CD that would officially confirm the partnership between both Nintendo and Sony. However, Hiroshi Yamauchi secretly canceled all plans in regards to the partnership and this resulted in Howard Lincoln and Minoru Arakawa flying to Philips headquarters in Europe to form a new alliance. The two top brass of Nintendo made this trip in a stealthy fashion which led to Howard Lincoln blindsiding Sony that sunny morning during his CES conference when he announced Nintendo’s partnership with Philips. Due to this decision, Sony decided to pursue a console of their own and eventually gave the gaming world the original PlayStation.
- 7:48am EDT - June 28th, 2008
Very nice article. Makes me feel that my PS3 still has hope in the future. I love the games I have on it, but I am really hungry for an epic RPG, and when it lost Star Ocean 4 and Square Enix said that they were going to start making exclusives to xbox, I really started to look down. But, PS3 is coming back I know it.
- 7:49am EDT - June 28th, 2008
June was a great month for gamers. And so will the coming holiday season.
- 7:57am EDT - June 28th, 2008
RPGs on xbox fail most times. Playstation is where its at. Sony owns a stake in Square Enix so it matters not what M$ gets as long as it is not Final Fantasy core games e.g FFXIII. Sony still earns money. PS3s RPG base will be flooded very soon with amazing games.
- 8:02am EDT - June 28th, 2008
Aside from MGS4, this was a realy boring month to me. No exciting news, just one of the greatest games ever made. I guess everyone was too busy playing. Comparing Soul Calibur to NCAA? Huh?
- 8:09am EDT - June 28th, 2008
New tales game from namco exclusively for ps3 to be shown on date X in July: source rpgfan.com
- 8:46am EDT - June 28th, 2008
where did i miss star ocean 4 exclusive to xbox? i thought it was just announced for it?
- 9:17am EDT - June 28th, 2008
Yeah I don't recall hearing that SO4 is xbox exclusive...
The site doesn't list it as exclusive.
- 11:39am EDT - June 28th, 2008
Great article Dave!
- 1:20pm EDT - June 28th, 2008
my opinion about Square Enix they must find cell tech hard to develop for or M$ really throwing bags of money at them. i'm going with the second one i bet M$ said this and that about PS3 and SE ate it up. the messed up part about it is PS made SE last till now. no disrespect to yall FF FANS but do SE think FF would've last on GB~n~DS. yea ppl would've got it but N64 maybe but GC would've been its death correct me if i'm wrong. it was the power of PS, PS2 to keep them a float how dare they have a game nearly made multiplatform then release it for one and half to think about it on the console who supported you for the past decade. now if its true there going exclusive to 360 i hope they go broke but its funny they like to make rpg games big but they giving up a 50gb disc and a system that can handle anything they want to throw at it. oh well i hope they have fun on those dual layered disc
- 3:54pm EDT - June 28th, 2008
psn id: gingo... well this month gave us one of the best games of all time so i think it was definitely an important month for ps3 owners and especially since the content of 2.4 is announced it shows a lot of hope for the future aswell
- 4:45pm EDT - June 28th, 2008
Resistance 2 FTW!
- 10:48pm EDT - June 28th, 2008
17 years ago! blimey time flys
- 12:36am EDT - June 29th, 2008
@dave but they never denied a ps3 release either, no matter what what everyone knows playstation is the system for rpg's
- 7:29am EDT - June 29th, 2008
The two best releases this mont by far is Battlefield and Civilization.. IMHO they tie for first spot with MGS in a not so distant second place.
- 11:03am EDT - June 30th, 2008
been an amazing month for me, leaving me dribbling. all those R2 vids i can't wait!
- 5:17pm EDT - July 2nd, 2008
it suks that 360 gets the exclusive but ps3 sales have boosted a lot this month and mgs4 is still doing well so in my opinion this mounth was really good for all ps3 owners
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