Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Ohhhh, Makes Sense
So, while I have clearly had sort of an up-and-down couple of weeks as you've no doubt noticed by now, it's all been on the up for the last couple of days, yet I found that I was dreadfully tired yesterday (aside from a few hours when the Drakengard 3 semi-announcement made me so excited I nearly ran around the house cheering) and today (despite still being happy and also excited about Drakengard 3) even though I got a rather good bit of sleep last night. You would think that I would be rather alert today, rather willing and able to do just about whatever, up to and including writing a rousing post tonight. Yet, despite there being little bits of news, nothing too big, unfortunately, it was a bit of a hassle to actually sit down and attempt to think. It's a bit worrying, really.
Then I realized something as I started feeling a bit off tonight. Next week is the week in which Spring officially begins. As long-time readers of mine would know, I hate Spring. This is something that is well-documented. The only reason that I hate it is because it's a time of ever-changing environments and allergies and unbearable heat, all of which conspire to make me as miserable and sickish as possible. I'm not being the slightest bit unreasonable, I think. We had our first bit of Spring weather this weekend, with temperatures 30 degrees higher than what the norm had been for the last month....which then dissolved right back into the normal temperatures. With snow. That's what's got me feeling icky currently - the drastic change between hot and cold, and that's something that'll just keep happening. It's unfortunate, really.
Yet, in the spirit of trying to keep things moving, let's talk a little shop here. As stated, there are a few bits of mini-news out there, so let's have an impromptu News Dump and see if any of it particularly interests you.
The first thing that is something that is of-note is that Minecraft is actually getting a disc-release...on XBox 360. Of the XBLA version. Which is multitudes of versions behind the actual PC version. Yet it's still the only console version of the game and being that it'll be the same price as the digital version ($20), it is nice to have that option. As someone who actually desires physical releases for my own convenience, my first instinct was "Yes, I might just buy this for when I buy myself a cheap 360" (or, in the unlikely event that the NeXtBox is fully backwards compatible), but then I went "Why?" And it was actually kind of a horrifying moment. I realized that Minecraft is one of those titles that you more or less -have- to have access to all the time, as in the downloadable version, since who knows when the desire to play will hit. So I might even personally skip on this one for the inevitable day when I actually friggin' buy the PC version for my laptop that I swear I will someday own. Or maybe other dreams will come true, and I'll be able to someday play a Vita version.
In news that is surprising everyone, I guess, the Vita Out-sold everything in Japan last week thanks in part to the release of Soul Sacrifice which sold somewhere in the neighborhood of 115,000+ copies (spread out across the stand-alone copy, the hardware bundle and the Double-Pack to spur the multiplayer-focus) which -technically- means it sold more than Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F for PS3, the top-selling game on the list. The gulf between the Vita sales and 3DS sales is a small one, around 2,500 units, but it's still damn impressive considering the 3DS and 3DS XL are counted as a single unit for sales. The gulf between the Vita and the Wii U (mentioned because they are the two newest consoles out there, what don't you understand about that, Joystiq commentators) is considerable larger, however, with the Vita outselling it by a hefty 54,000 units and the gulf between the Vita and the 360 (the worst-selling console there) is hilarious considering the 360 managed to sell 738 units total. Still, all in all, it's a great sign. A lot of the sentiment seems to be "hurr durr, well it finally got a game" which is shamefully stupid as we know, but Soul Sacrifice looks pretty great, so it likely spurred a lot of purchases with that regardless.
Finally, the two bits of REVENGEANCE DLC that we know about now have a release window. Sometime in April, we'll be able to buy the Jetstream Sam and Blade Wolf DLC packs which will, unsurprisingly, allow you to play as Jetstream Sam and Blade Wolf. Both of them will have their own settings and such, telling expanded stories about the respective characters. From the way it reads both packs will be $7, as in $7 individually which isn't bad at all. Blade Wolf, at the very least, probably has to have an entirely different moveset and playstyle, and with both packs ensuring there will be hours of playtime there (likely dozens in replayability alone) there's an obvious value to it. As someone who really liked REVENGEANCE and wants to funnel as much money into it as possible to increase the chances of a sequel, I know I'll be picking them up. If they can bring in David Hayter to voice the "Soul of Snake" Sword DLC, I'll buy the hell out of that as well.
There's other little bits of info strewn about the internet and I might talk of them on another night, but that's good enough for tonight. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll just be over here ticking off the days til Fall. Obsessively.