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An Update!


Hello everyone! I am making this post to give you all an update on the future of the site, and what has been decided. I have spent the last week thinking very hard about what I believe the site needs, as well as what I think I need. I also had a great conversation with Cortjezter last night, and that really helped me solidify my plans. 

For starters, I'm not going anywhere. I love this site, and have a difficult time imagining not being a part of it. I can't promise that I'll be here forever, but I am happy to announce that I won't be leaving anytime soon.

This, however, doesn't mean that everything will stay the same. The biggest change is that I will no longer be posting news stories. While I know a lot of you come here just for the news, it obviously isn't working. GoingSony needs to be growing faster than it is, and that means trying something different. I also have to start thinking about my own financial future, as well as developing my skills further. Posting news stories all day doesn't allow for me to explore other opportunities to make a living, or to try out new things here on the site. 

I understand that these changes will mean that I lose a lot of you. But I hope that, at the very least, you understand why I had to make that decision. It is possible that I can bring back the news stories in the future once I am more financially stable, so don't give up hope just yet. If you do plan on leaving the site, all I ask is that you at least follow GoingSony on Twitter. I plan on becoming much more active there, and will even tweet my opinion regarding smaller bits of news. And if I ever bring back the daily stories, I will make an announcement there to inform you.

But enough with the bad news, lets talk about what you can expect to see here on the sight soon.

Editorials - I have decided to write a lot more articles here on GoingSony. But they are going to be different than the Lgndary Thoughts you know. Some of them will simply be opinion pieces, where I briefly talk about my feelings regarding a recent announcement or decision in the gaming industry. But others will be fully fledged articles. They will be much longer than what you are used to, and will have a lot more detail. I hope to write articles that I can be proud of, and I still have a lot to learn when it comes to writing. Not posting news stories will allow me to work on that, and improve the quality of my writing.

Streaming - Not having to post news stories daily will also give me the time to do some video game streaming. Streaming should be easy enough to do, and it will be a great way for me to connect more with fans of the site. I want to do this right, so it may take some time to figure out the best days, etc. to stream. But I hope to get started very soon.

Video content - A lot of you messaged me saying that you would like to see me take a shot at video content. And after speaking with him on the phone, Cortjezter has convinced me that I have the perfect voice for some type of video content. I won't be able to do a podcast, at least not yet, but I would like to try a weekly video where I go over the biggest stories of the week. Maybe I could even include trivia, or other fun things. The videos will easily be the most challenging content that I do, as I have no idea where to begin, but it is certainly something you can look forward to.

Those three pieces of content will be the bulk of GoingSony for the time being. I have a couple more ideas, like bringing back giveaways, but for now you can look forward to more articles, streaming, and videos. I am also going to be working on a getting a Patreon set up for those that want to help out.

Having said all of that, I want to be clear about something. All of this was decided upon in the last week. I have a lot to learn about the logistics of the new pieces of content. So it may be awhile before I get into the flow of things, and am producing new articles and videos at a steady pace. I hope that you all continue to be patient with me as I get everything figured out. I can't give a specific timeline now, but I can say that my first article will be about the death of Paragon, so please look forward  to it!

To close, I just want to thank everyone again for your patience and understanding. And if anyone has any other suggestions or questions for me, please don't hesitate to say something. I can be reached at the GoingSony gmail account, or on Twitter.

The Future of GoingSony (UPDATED)

An important message that everyone should read


UPDATE: I just wanted to touch base with you all, and let you know that an update is on the way. There are a couple of things I need to do before saying anything, but it shouldn't be more than a couple of days. Thank you all for your kind comments, and your patience. 

As of this month, I have been working on GoingSony for 4 years. I have posted thousands of news stories, and hundreds of Lgndary Thoughts.

And it isn’t working. 

Click here to read the rest of the story...

Spyro Reignited Trilogy Officially Announced

Launching September 21st


Spider-Man Gets A Release Date


Sony has announced that Spider-Man will launch for the Playstation 4 on September 7th of this year. 

Additionally, a digital deluxe edition was revealed that will include the base game and additionally DLC chapters for $80. 

And those that pre-order the game will receive the following goodies:

  • Spider-man physical pin
  • Spidey suit pack
  • Spider drone gadget
  • Spider-man PS4 theme
  • Spider-man PS4 avatar

Media Create Software Sales - Week 13


  1. [PS4] Super Robot Wars X # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.03.29} (¥8.600) - 89.259 / NEW 
  2. [PS4] Far Cry 5 # <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2018.03.29} (¥8.400) - 75.474 / NEW 
  3. [PSV] Super Robot Wars X # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.03.29} (¥7.600) - 54.042 / NEW 
  4. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) - 50.437 / 357.093 (-40%)
  5. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 25.639 / 2.191.686 (-12%)
  6. [PS4] Shining Resonance Refrain # <RPG> (Sega) {2018.03.29} (¥5.990) - 23.054 / NEW 
  7. [PS4] Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom # <RPG> (Level 5) {2018.03.23} (¥8.000) - 18.851 / 74.865 (-66%)
  8. [3DS] Detective Pikachu <ADV> (Pokemon Co.) {2018.03.23} (¥4.980) - 15.584 / 57.597 (-63%)
  9. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 14.486 / 1.446.986 (-16%)
  10. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World # <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.01.26} (¥8.980) - 10.011 / 1.994.226 (-25%)
  11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 9.373 / 938.990 (-16%)
  12. [PS4] Valkyria Chronicles 4 # <SLG> (Sega) {2018.03.21} (¥7.990) - 9.108 / 72.029 (-86%)
  13. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 8.442 / 1.675.896 (-11%)
  14. [NSW] Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2018.03.22} (¥6.800) - 7.642 / 32.549 (-69%)
  15. [PS4] Attack on Titan 2 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2018.03.15} (¥7.800) - 7.362 / 44.649 (-16%)
  16. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) - 5.999 / 1.605.916 (-14%)
  17. [PS4] Like the North Star # <ADV> (Sega) {2018.03.08} (¥8.390) - 4.604 / 156.805 (-47%)
  18. [PS4] Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege - Advanced Edition <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} (¥6.000) - 4.441 / 31.680 (-12%)
  19. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} (¥6.800) - 3.981 / 137.570 
  20. [NSW] 1-2-Switch <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) - 3.979 / 423.926 (-5%)

Gold, War Chests, and the Market to be removed from Shadow of War


Monolith has announced that, as of July 17th, microtransactions will be removed from Shadow of War. The decision was made based off of fan feedback to improve the entire Shadow of War experience. 

You can find the official announcement in full here:

We want to thank all of the Middle-earth: Shadow of War players, as we’ve learned a lot from you. Since we released the game last fall, we’ve been listening to your feedback and continue to update and improve the experience. With that in mind, we’ll be releasing a series of free updates in the coming months to offer current fans and new players the best Shadow of War experience we possibly can.

The core promise of the Nemesis System is the ability to build relationships with your personal allies and enemies in a dynamic open world. While purchasing Orcs in the Market is more immediate and provides additional player options, we have come to realize that providing this choice risked undermining the heart of our game, the Nemesis System. It allows you to miss out on the awesome player stories you would have otherwise created, and it compromises those same stories even if you don’t buy anything. Simply being aware that they are available for purchase reduces the immersion in the world and takes away from the challenge of building your personal army and your fortresses. In order to fully restore the core promise of the Nemesis System, we’ll be permanently removing Gold, War Chests and the Market from Shadow of War. This means the option to purchase Gold with real-world money and the ability to gain Orc Followers from War Chests will be removed. There will be a specific amount of time given for players to utilize their unused Gold. If players have unused Gold by the end of the time allotted to spend it, any remaining Gold will be converted to in-game items.

Additionally, we’ll be updating the Shadow Wars section of the campaign, where players defend their fortresses against Sauron’s repeated counter-attacks. This portion of the game will be improved with new narrative elements and streamlined for a more cohesive experience. For players who choose to continue with these on-going fortress defense missions, the Endless Siege update released last November will still be available. We’ll also be incorporating many other gameplay improvements that will be detailed in future build notes, including Nemesis System updates, new player skins, skill tree additions, gear system upgrades and progression updates, just to name a few that we’re excited about.

Please note that the above updates are free for all Shadow of War owners. The ability to purchase Gold will permanently cease on May 8, 2018. The permanent removal of Gold, War Chests and the Market will take place on July 17, 2018, at the same time as all other updates discussed above. 

The entire team here at Monolith appreciates our dedicated fans, and we feel that these improvements will provide all players with the very best Shadow of War gameplay experience. In the meantime, we’ll keep everyone informed throughout the process as we work through the details associated with these changes. We’ve also posted a FAQ as a reference to provide additional information.

Thank you again for your support.


PAL Charts - Week 13


Here are the PAL sales rankings from last week!

UK:

  1. Far Cry 5 (Ubisoft)
  2. Fifa 18 (Ea Sports)
  3. Sea Of Thieves (Microsoft)
  4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
  5. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (Microsoft)

France:

  1. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom - Collector’s Edition (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  2. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  3. Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo)
  4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
  5. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)

Germany:

  1. Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)
  2. Kingdom Come: Deliverance (Deep Silver) 
  3. Grand Theft Auto V (Take 2)
  4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
  5. Fifa 18 (Electronic Arts)

Spain:

  1. Shadow Of The Colossus (Sony Computer Ent.)
  2. Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)
  3. Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  4. Bayonetta 2 + 1 (Nintendo)
  5. Call Of Duty: WWII (Activision Blizzard)

Lgndary Thoughts - April's PS Plus Games


Happy Friday everyone! Due to personal reasons, I wasn't originally going to be able to write a Thought this week. But I felt bad, and decided to whip this one up real quick. So it will be a little short and sweet this week. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

As April is right around the corner, a new batch of PS Plus games have just recently been revealed. For those that missed the announcement, here is the full lineup!

  • Mad Max, PS4
  • Trackmania Turbo, PS4
  • In Space we Brawl, PS3 (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Toy Home, PS3
  • 99 Vidas, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS3 and PS4)
  • Q*Bert Rebooted, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS3 and PS4)

For me personally, I'm a little disappointed with April's PS Plus games. Even still, I'm sure many people will be happy with what is available.

While I have no interest in Mad Max, I still feel it is a perfect PS Plus game. For starters, it continues the trend of having at least one AAA title, and I believe it is a game that didn't do great when it came to sales. I've always felt that the best PS Plus games are the ones that were overlooked when they originally launched.

Trackmania also fits that description, minus the AAA part of course. I imagine there are a lot of people out there just like me that didn't really pay attention to it originally, but that are going to be giving it a chance now. I don't know much about it, but it looks interesting enough, and I'm sure it will generate a few new fans at the very least.

All in all, April's lineup certainly isn't as exciting as last month's Bloodborne and Ratchet and Clank. But we can't expect every month to bring us that level of quality. Mad Max and Trackmania, while being a step down, should provide plenty of hours of enjoyment.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and don't forget to let me know what you think of next month's PS Plus games in the comments below!

Court Rules Against Lindsay Lohan in Grand Theft Auto V Case


A New York court has ruled against Lindsay Lohan in a case where she claimed her likeness was used illegally in Grand Theft Auto V.

You can find the ruling here:

We conclude a computer generated image may constitute a portrait within the meaning of that law. We also conclude, however, that the subject images are not recognizable as plaintiff, and that the amended complaint, which contains four causes of action for violation of privacy pursuant to Civil Rights Law §§ 50 and 51, was properly dismissed.

Square Enix Reveals Their PAX East Lineup


Square Enix has announced their PAX East lineup, with the following games being present:

  • DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA - Platform: Android, iOS
  • FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game 
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV Online - Platform: MAC, PC, PlayStation 4
  • FINAL FANTASY XV POCKET EDITION - Platform: Android, iOS, Amazon Fire HD 10
  • FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION - Platform: PC
  • GRAVEL - Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One
  • LIFE IS STRANGE : BEFORE THE STORM - Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS – THE OFFICIAL VIDEOGAME - Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One
  • NieR:Automata - Platform: Playstation 4, Steam

Square also announced several developers panels that they will be holding:

  • FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION: Making it Yours - Friday, April 6, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m EDT
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV Online - Saturday, April 7, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m EDT
  • NieR:Automata - Saturday, April 7, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m EDT