Ragnarok Odyssey Could Have Been Better

I managed to finish off the Platinum trophy in Ragnarok Odyssey but the game isn't without its faults. It comes across as kind of a pocket-sized action RPG MMO of sorts, with zones of monsters that need to be defeated before you can continue, along with occasional large boss creatures. It does have a nice style to it, but what it also has is a shallow crafting system that relies on obscurity in a vain attempt to add depth or replayability.

Trevor Is A Psycho But GTA V Is Still Great

I'm only 20% finished with missions in Grand Theft Auto V on my PlayStation 3, and I can say just a few things about it.

It's truly at the top of its form as a Grand Theft Auto game. The writing is excellent. The playable characters -- plural, there are three this time instead of just one -- are all interesting enough. The shooting and targeting mechanics are very well done. The driving is tighter. The world is expansive and beautiful even when it's downtrodden and filthy. It's hard to believe that other games are sold for $60 like this one is.

Introducing: the Asynchronous Gaming wiki

I've posted the information I've collected so far on asynchronous gaming, including posts and profiles I've written on a handful of titles, to a new Asynchronous Gaming site.

My goal is to continue growing the wiki, eventually with additional authors, to flesh out the many ways gaming is becoming more asynchronous and how games specifically implement these features. Let me know if you have anything you'd like to add.

The PlayStation Vita Punch List

It may be just shy of eight months old, but the PlayStation Vita needs to grow up fast to compete in a highly connected, mobile-dominated portable gaming world. Here's what I think needs to improve in the firmware and app selection in order for it to be a stronger competitor. Some of these sound minor, but taken together they could be just the right amount of polish and functionality to make it stand out.

2012-12-03 added Firmware 2.00 and YouTube 2 app update information.
2012-11-07 added Save Data Separation. How did I forget this?

Unit 13 Five-Star Strategy Guide

The hardest part of earning the Platinum Trophy on Zipper Interactive's Unit 13 third-person shooter for the PlayStation Vita was earning five stars on every last mission. I was able to focus on it and complete it quickly enough that the following tactics stick in my mind from my play sessions. Here's my take on how to five-star the four different mission types in the game.


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