Category: Gaming


Hello to all. I know I’ve been away for a very long time.

Today I write to talk about an amazing kickstarter project. Larian Studios has an accomplished history a gaming studio. They didn’t need Kickstarter to make the second instalment of Divinity: Original Sin (D:OS), but they did it because they wanted to hear from the community, the gamers. This, for me, is the way to go. Develop the game that people want to play, by talking with them.

The project is in it’s last 24 hours and with “only” 170K to go to reach the last stretch goal I’ve decided to give them the help I can.

So here’s the link for the Kickstarter Project Page Divinity: Original Sin 2, check it out and if you think it deserves it, pledge it.

Cheers

The blog of Sony Europe made a challenge for the users to elect their top 5 games of the Instant Game Collection (IGC) for 2013. And they’ll also offer 5 yearly subscriptions among the comments. You can find the post and comments here.

I wrote a text about it and the blog told me that my comment was to big so I had to shorten it a lot. Because I didn’t want to lose it, so I’ll post it here.

I hope you enjoy and give me your opinions about my choices.

Hi there everyone. Despite some of my (more than fair) complains about the service, I do love it. So here goes my top 5 games of ps+ for 2013, actually it’s 10 games, 5 for each console.

My top 5 is based on 3 things:

1. How much I enjoyed the game

2. How well the game adapts to the console in question (controls, graphics, and if the game uses the full capabilities of the console – mainly in the ps vita category)

3. How well the game looks

I’m a huge fan of RPG (prepare for a landslide of them) and I’m completely unable to play fps on a console because I’m left-handed For my brain it doesn’t makes sense to use the right analog for camera and the left one for movement, my brain thinks in mirror mode. On a pc, where I’m really good (no bragging here) at FPS, I use the mouse on my left hand and the keyboard with my right hand, this is the only reason why I won’t be putting many fps in the list.

 

In the PS3 Category we have

(like all good top 5, I’ll start by the bottom :p )

In 5th place I give you Infamous 2. Why is an FPS here you could ask right after what I wrote above. One single word: Move. I only play Infamous with move. I loved the game, the story and the graphics. In my book, it’s a very worth 5th place.

4th Need for Speed: Most Wanted. I’ve been an unconditional fan of Need for Speed games since Need for speed 2, played all of them on the psp and I love it on the ps3. Thanks for this one.

3rd Kingdoms of Amalur – Reckoning. I’ve been a huge fan of R. A. Salvatore for years now. When I heard that he had participated on the lore of this game I was on my nerves to get it, but my pc can’t support it, so didn’t bought and them SCEE gives it on ps+. Awesome. About the game: compelling story, great graphics and excellent game play, what more one ask.

2nd Assassins Creed 3. It’s free-run, it’s parkour, it the American Revolution a guy with a personality to match! I love this game. The graphics, the Story, the game play and the hours of fun I had with it.

1st Lord of the Rings – War in the North. I’m a complete geek when it comes to “Lord of the Rings”. I was planning to buy this game when Cris announce it for ps+. This game gives you the opportunity to play the story parallel to the events of the books (and the movies) from the instant before Frodo arrives to Bree, to the destruction of the One Ring in Mount Doom. If you ever wanted to know what else was going on in Middle Earth during those months, than this game is for you.

 

And now for the PS Vita

 

5th – Uncharted Golden Abyss. This game is here for one simple reason. It uses the ps vita capabilities to it full extend. Every single game on the ps vita should be developed with the same hard work this one had.

4th – Oddworld Stranger Wrath. I bought this before it came to the IGC (bought it on cross-buy). Despite being an fps, is one that I can actually play and enjoy. The game is very good to play on the go and that’s why it gets the 4th place.

3rd – New little King Story. A very simple and childish game, but great to play on the go. It joins two types I really like a lot, RPG and Building. Give it a try.

2nd – Gravity Rush. The game is an almost perfect. Great Story, good controls, full use of the ps vita hardware (including Accelerometer, back touch pad, etc)

1st – Lego Lord of the Rings. Gets here for the fact that is related with Lord of the rings (I’m a complete geek remember) and I love Lego. This game does fall short on two aspect, replaying already passed levels, appears shorter than the ps3 version (although I don’t why).

Honourable mentions. This are games that I didn’t enjoy for the fact I’m unable to properly play them on a console, but if I could, they would be on the top five for sure:

Far Cry 3, Battlefield 3, Hitman, X-com Enemy Unknown (bought this one on Steam after it hit the IGC).

Now games from December because I was on exams this past month and hadn’t time to check them.

Cheers!

 

Dump to ps3

Ever since the launch of ps vita, people complained about the lack of backward compatibility with the psp games. First of all, Sony abandoned UMD (thank the Lord for that), so no loading of UMD games on the vita; secondly, they announced that the program to get the umd at a lower price on psn was only available on Japan (hummm?!?); and finally they marked on psp games on the psn as ps vita games also, charging a full price for a 4 (or more) years old game.

This attitude left many dedicated fans thinking “What am I going to do with my UMD collection? Do I need to carry two consoles with me or just spend (another) bunch of money re-buying my games? (if they are available on psn, otherwise, tough luck).

The problem seems to be without solution, but only Sony wish it to be without solution. A few years ago, right after the first CFW/devhook for the psp someone release an UMD dump homebrew. The piece of Software basically  made a file from the UMD that a CFW could read through an ISO loader. This allow legit buyers that had a cracked psp to carry with them a bunch of games without carrying a bunch of UMD’s. The games would all go to the psp memory stick. This had several advantages.

  1. you would carry several games on the same card;
  2. meaning that, when you where tired of a game you could switch to another
  3. and the games loaded much (really much) faster.

With this in mind, I came up with the idea of a official psp software that would allow us to dump our legit bought UMD’s to a ps3 hard drive and them just copy them to the ps vita.

In order to give some restrain to piracy, the dumped games could only be played on a ps vita registered to the same account on the ps3 where the files had been created. This still doesn’t stop you from borrowing your friends UMD to dump to your ps3, but it would limited it by far.

And if you don’t have a ps3, Sony could create a desktop app with the same functions and restrictions, an addon to CMA so to speak.

This idea might go a long way to boost ps vita sales, because people would at the console and say “Ok, if I buy this device, I can dump all my umd to my ps3/pc and them just play them on the ps vita. Nice”

Cheers!

I’ve recently got a windows 7 64bit laptop and I decided to install in it my favorite game of all times: The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion. After completing the installation and copying a bunch of mods from my older installation (in a Windows 7 32Bits laptop) I tried to start the game and every single time I tried to run it crashed to the desktop (CTD) with the message that the process oblivion.exe had stopped working. After a bunch of attempts to get the game running, including compatibility mode, updating the drivers of the graphic card and others, I found a solution that worked.

The only way to solve this was to delete everything inside the folder documents/my games/oblivion The only thing I didn’t deleted was the game saves. After that the game started working.

So here is my advice for those with a similar problem, just delete the files that are inside that folder and you’ll be fine.

How to Make a Portable Game System.

So I was surfing the web for portable games, i.e. games that I can run from a pendrive on any windows/wine computer and found this site. I haven’t try it out, but I just loved the idea of it, so I decided to share this you.

The concept is quite simple (of understanding at least). You take a normal game system, like genesis or Dreamcast and using a series of mods and tweaks, turn it in to a portable game system, similar to a psp or a Nds.

Now, I’ve always wanted to have a N64, to play Mario 64, Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time and so on, so I think is this time I’m going to give it a try.

On another topic, this blog is receiving a lot of visitors (as soon as I know how to post the chart I’ll do it). However the social vibe widget I’ve put on the side bar doesn’t register any movement at all. So I need to ask, are you unsensitive to the problem of hunger or you haven’t notice the widget. The reason why I’m mentioning this is that we all live in the same planet and we all need a Global Conscience.

Francisco Ribeiro

M33 6.20 Plugin – Neue Spiele auch für die 5.00 M33**UPDATE**

Torky at pspsource.de released a plugin for all the lovers of psp CFW 5.00M33-6.

This plugin allows you to play backed up games and UMD that require an Official Firmware of 6.20, or so the developers says so.

How to get the plugin for all you eager gamers. Just follow the link above and download…

Could it be that simple? Of course not.

First of all, the developer forbid everyone from posting the file on any other site than pspsource.de or pspkings.de This is what a call and very (not) smart move, since bought sites are in German and not everyone on the psp Scene knows German.

Second, there’s no guide on how to make the plug-in to work. Where do I put it? How do I activate it? Just some silly questions that could be answered on a guide (preferably in English).

Third, I tried with Harvest Moon Hero Leaf Valley and didn’t work, and since I’ve got other things to do, then trying to discerne why it didn’t work I’ll just wait for someone (preferably Torky) to make a guide (in English) and to publish the plug-in in an English site (this will have to be done by Torky otherwise we’ll never see updates for this.)

So my friends, that know German, run to pspsource.de and download the plug-in, for all non-German speakers, Google Translate is our friend.

A final note: torky thanks for the plug-in, keep up the great work, but for the Scene sake, stop being a child and put it on and English site with a guide so other can enjoy your work. And if you’re afraid that your work will be stolen, choose a site, any site, named it as your flag site for English language and put the software there.

btw, your work will be stolen, that’s for sure, it’s the crappy world we live in because we made it like this.

Public notice: This blog does not endorse in any way Piracie or the use of pirate software. CFW are useful as they allow you to release the full potential of your console and the testing of games before buying them (and there are games that are completely disappointing.

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