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2013 Gaming in Review: What were the best games this year?

We can all agree that 2013 was a wonderful year for gaming. With all the awesome games releases, plus two new consoles, we had our hands full!

In this post, I’ll detail the best games I played this year as well as some others I have yet to enjoy. Of course, keep in mind that I didn’t play all of this year’s releases. For example, I still haven’t played The Last of Us or Grand Theft Auto V (shame on me!). But I’ve played plenty of other games, namely a lot of RPGs, and after telling you my best games of the year, I will want to know yours!

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Release Date confirmed and PS3/Vita Bundle detailed

We FINALLY got information regarding the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Release on the official Playstation Blog from Sakura Minamida, Senior Product Manager of Square Enix.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD will be available on March 18, 2014 (March 21 in EU), and will be released on PS3 Retail disc, PS Vita cartridges or on the PSN.

The PS3 version will feature both Final Fantasy X HD and Final Fantasy X-2 HD on the same disc, while the PS Vita will receive only Final Fantasy X HD on a cartridge and will include a code voucher to download X-2 HD from the PSN. I would have preferred to have X-2 on a separate cartridge, because as you all know, Vita memory card size is relatively limited, and I’m pretty sure that game will be a few GB.

The price will be $39.99 for the PS3 version, and the Vita version will be sold separately for another $39.99. That means that while those games will feature Cross-Save between the PS3 and Vita, they will not be Cross-Buy.

There is also a new “Final Fantasy X/X2 HD Collector’s Edition” available only from Square Enix Store, which can be purchased here. Check the image below to have an idea of what this special edition contains:

This is one of the releases I’ve been looking forward to for a while, but with both not being Cross-Buy, I might end up picking only the Vita version.

Would you have preferred to have both games when purchasing the PS3 version? What are your thoughts about those announcements?

Source: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/12/16/final-fantasy-x-x-2-hd-collectors-edition-detailed-vita-release-date-2/

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One year later, do you like the PS3 Store redesign?

The newly designed PS3 PlayStation Store was launched on November 3rd, 2012, a full year ago. Through the course of the months, a few updates have been rolled in: some for its stability, and a few others for new features.

Even with the multiple updates that have been made to the PlayStation 3 Store since it’s 2012 redesign, I can’t help but wonder if that move as a whole was a good thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I do like the new interface: it sure is graphically more evolved than the previous one, and the games sales are clearly displayed on the main dashboard.

However, I think that the new interface is way less responsive than the previous one (it DOES take about 30 seconds to load), and the ordering process is such a nuisance (in comparison to what was available in the previous iteration) that I actually once refrained a purchase I was about to make just because the store was too slow. And let’s keep in mind that The Last of Us runs smoothly on the same hardware!

As time went by, I spent less and less time on the new Store by going straight to the “What’s new this week” and “PlayStation Plus” sections. And now? I haven’t entered the store in a few weeks, even if I was genuinely interested in some recent sales.

Am I the only one missing the old PlayStation 3 Store interface ? Do you think that the store interface for the PlayStation 4 will be better? Let me know what you think in the comments section below!

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Square-Enix Remastering Final Fantasy X / X-2 and Kingdom Hearts 1.5 in HD: What we know so far

Square-Enix recently announced that a few of their PS2 masterpieces would get HD Remasters for both the PS3 and PS Vita. Each remastered game (Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts: Chains of Memories) will feature upgraded visuals, a few new features and bosses, and their own trophy list!

I searched the web to sum up what is known about those titles and compiled the data in this post, which is meant to be an extension of what Eddie wrote a few weeks ago.

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