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Lgndary Thoughts - What's Next for Naughty Dog


Before we get into the Thought, I wanted to give a quick update on this morning. At around 4AM ET my internet went out. I called my ISP and after a few tests, they told me that there was no outage in my area and that they would need to send a technician to my place to fix it. With the earliest spot available being 4PM, I was pretty pissed. But they assured me that there was nothing they could do since it was a hardware issue. But I didn't give up. From the time my internet went out, to 2PM I called my ISP 4 times to see if anything could be done. But every single person I talked to stated over and over that there was no outage, and thus it was a hardware problem. 

And then, at around 3PM, my internet starts magically working again. And then I get an automated call telling me that the outage is over. Furious, I call my ISP again to see what was going on, and why I was told by four different people that nothing could be done until a technician arrived at my place. They dug and dug, and went through two different systems to find out that there actually was an outage, but it had never been logged into their system. 

I wanted to give everyone a small idea of what has been going on over here, but I still take full responsibility for my internet not working, and I am looking into my options to make sure it doesn't happen for that long again. Luckily, I was able to post what I could from my phone without going over my data limit, and then caught up when my service came back on. Hopefully, not too many of you noticed the dip. Thank you again for your understanding. Now onto the actual Thought!

Naughty Dog recently revealed that they are experimenting with new worlds and genres for their next game. This has gotten me very excited as I am not the biggest fan of most of their recent titles. Knowing that they are at least considering trying something new, let's discuss what we would like to see them do next. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

If it were up to me, I would have Naughty Dog make a new Jak and Daxter. It would have to be a direct sequel or even star the same characters. But I would love it if they made a new game in that world. While I am not a fan of the Uncharted series, I do admit that they are very visually impressive. So it would be awesome to see what they could do with a Jak title using all of the new developing techniques that they have learned over the past ten or so years. 

But even if they decide not to revisit Jak and Daxter, I would at least want them to make a game that gives off the same vibe. What I mean is something that, while having the potential to be serious at times, is mostly light hearted and fun. Their past two IPs are both visually realistic and gritty. In my opinion, at least, those two qualities do not provide much of a challenge when making a popular game, as people eat that stuff up. But what would be really impressive is if they made a colorful,   jolly title that is great for completely different reasons than anything else they have ever done. 

To be honest, I am not going to get my hopes up. While many developers have been trying new things this generation, or at least attempting to do things a little differently, Naughty Dog has been firm in their comfort zone. So I fully expect their next game to be very similar in visual style, and maybe even gameplay, to Uncharted or The Last of Us.

Now it is your turn! What are you hoping from Naughty Dog next? Do you want them to continue the same sort of games they have been making for years, or would you like to see them brach out and try something new? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

Next week's Playstation releases


Here is everything launching on Playstation systems next week!

  • Bleed - PS4
  • The Book of Regrets - PS4
  • ChromaGun - PS4
  • Duck Game - PS4
  • The Escapists 2 - PS4
  • F1 2017 - PS4
  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy - PS4
  • Madden NFL 18 - PS4
  • Mages of Mystralia - PS4
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm - PS4
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 - PS4
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst - PS4
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy - PS4
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy - PS4
  • NeverEnd - PS Vita
  • One Pieve Unlimted World Red - PS4
  • Soul Dimension - PS VR
  • Spartan - PS4
  • Super Comboman: Smash Edition - PS4
  • SwapQuest - PS4
  • Thimbleweed Park - PS4
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - PS4
  • Velocity 2X: Critical Mass Edition - PS4, PS Vita

Internet Problems (Update)

I just want to let everyone know that I have been having internet problems since early this morning. After multiple calls with my ISP trying to figure out the problem and get it fixed ASAP, they have told me that they have to send a rep out to fix it. Unfortunately, the earliest appointment is at 4:00 PM ET. I cannot express how sorry I am, but please know that I did everything I could to fix it myself. 

I will be working as hard as I can from my phone, but things might be a little bit slower today. Again, I am incredibly sorry about this, and I can only hope everyone will understand. 

UPDATE - After 10 hours with no internet, the issue has been resolved. I'll have more to say on this in tonight's Lgndary Thought, and thank you all again for your patience. 

PS Experience 2017 Early Bird Tickets Now Available


Sony has opened up ticket sales for their Playstation Experience 2017 event, which will run from December 9th to the 10th. The early bird tickets, which are the only ones available currently, are priced at $65 and include access to a December 8th event. 

Those interested can grab a ticket at the source link!

Media Create Software Sales


  1. [3DS] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.07.29} (¥5.980) - 116.615 / 1.573.216
  2. [3DS] The Snack World: TreJarers <RPG> (Level 5) {2017.08.10} (¥4.800) – 97.534 / NEW 
  3. [PS4] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.07.29} (¥8.980) - 91.147 / 1.242.260
  4. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 87.983 / 915.628 
  5. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 17.262 / 632.894 
  6. [PS4] Hitman: The Complete First Season <ADV> (Square Enix) {2017.08.10} (¥7.800) – 17.252 / NEW 
  7. [3DS] Great Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 2 - Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Kakugo <ADV> (Capcom) {2017.08.03} (¥5.800) - 10.770 / 80.618
  8. [PS4] Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 <Mega Man 7 \ Mega Man 8 \ Mega Man 9 \ Mega Man 10> <ACT> (Capcom) {2017.08.10} (¥2.990) – 8.537 / NEW 
  9. [NSW] Arms <FTG> (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980) - 7.866 / 197.284 
  10. [PS4] Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy <Crash Bandicoot \ Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back \ Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped> <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.08.03} (¥4.900) - 7.263 / 37.647
  11. [3DS] Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy <ADV> (Level 5) {2017.07.20} (¥4.444) - 7.131 / 115.188 
  12. [3DS] Hey! Pikmin <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.13} (¥4.980) - 6.863 / 114.750 
  13. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 6.642 / 560.764 
  14. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Dokonan Desu? <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2017.07.20} (¥4.800) – 6.246 / 40.354 
  15. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) - 5.380 / 218.378 
  16. [PS4] Gundam Versus # <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.07.06} (¥8.200) - 4.873 / 157.958 
  17. [3DS] Pokemon Sun / Moon <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2016.11.18} (¥4.980) - 4.865 / 3.309.571 
  18. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition # <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) - 4.181 / 1.191.628 
  19. [NSW] 1-2-Switch <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 3.570 / 242.742
  20. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 <RCE> (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571) – 3.353 / 2.802.588 

PAL Charts - Week 32


UK:

  1. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy (Activision Blizzard)
  2. Fallout 4 (Bethesda Softworks)
  3. Grand Theft Auto V (Take 2)
  4. Dishonored 2 (Bethesda Softworks)
  5. Doom (Bethesda Softworks)

Germany:

  1. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy (Activision Blizzard)
  2. Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  3. Grand Theft Auto V (Take 2)
  4. Horizon Zero Dawn (Sony Computer Ent.)
  5. Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo)

Spain:

  1. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy (Activision Blizzard)
  2. Splatoon 2 (Nintendo)
  3. Grand Theft Auto V (Take 2)
  4. Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: Siege (Ubisoft)
  5. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Square Enix Europe)

Greece:

  1. Fifa 17 (Electronic Arts)
  2. Grand Theft Auto V (Take 2)
  3. Nba 2K17 (Take 2)
  4. Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (Konami)
  5. Battlefield 1 (Electronic Arts)

Sony's Paris Games Week Press Conference Scheduled


After not making an appearance last year, Sony has announced that they will be holding a press conference at this year's Paris Games Week on October 30th at 9:00 AM P.T. 

What are some announcements that you are hoping to see?

Next Week's Playstation Releases


Here is everything launching on Playstation next week:

  • 3D Minigolf - PS4
  • Agents of Mayhem - PS4
  • Cities: Skylines - PS4
  • Dark Mystery - PS4
  • Defenders of Ekron - PS4
  • Eliosi's Hunt - PS4
  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II - PS4
  • Matterfall - PS4
  • Nidhogg 2 - PS4
  • NIght Trap 25th Anniversary Edition - PS4
  • Observer - PS4
  • Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul - PS VR
  • The Pillars of the Earth - PS4
  • Sonic Mania - PS4
  • Sudden Strike 4 - PS4
  • Tokyo 42 - PS4
  • Undertale - PS4, PS Vita
  • Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma - PS4


Lgndary Thoughts - A better way to control the camera


For starters, I would like to apologize for the less than normal amount of posts for the past couple of days. I have been sick, and have had some difficulty getting out of bed. But I am feeling better now, so things will be getting back to normal. Thank you for understanding. 

It seems as if every new generation of consoles brings controllers with more buttons on them. The most recent examples being the Dualshock 4’s touch pad, and the Xbox Elite Controller’s paddles. And while more control options are always nice, it can sometimes be situations where more buttons need to be pushed than is possible. Luckily for us, however, Nintendo has already come up with a solution that makes situations like these much easier. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

For the past couple of weeks, I have been spending almost all of my game time playing Splatoon 2. Like I mentioned in a previous thought, before the game launched, I was determined to give the charger class weapons another shot. I have always loved how they played, but I was horrible at using them in the first Splatoon. But I knew that if I was going to be successful with chargers, I had to get used to playing with motion controls. 

For those that don't know, Splatoon features motion controls for the camera. Many don’t use them, and it is not hard to see why. Adjusting to the motion is very difficult, but I decided to give it a real chance. I played for a few hours on launch day and before I knew it, I was already better than I had ever been. A few more days and I had really grown into motion controls. For anyone that plays Splatoon, I seriously could not recommend them more. 

Onto my main point. After playing Splatoon all weekend, I jumped into Final Fantasy XIV and could not help but try and move my controller around to move the camera. And it actually took me longer than I’d like to admit to adjust back to non-motion controls. And that is when I realized that controlling the camera with motion should be an option for more than just Splatoon. There is no reason that almost every single game out there shouldn't have motion controls for the camera. They would be easy enough to implement, and would of course only be an option for those that don’t like them.

There is so much value in being able to move the camera with a higher level of precision than an analog stick allows. As well as making it so that players can move the camera without taking their hands off of the face buttons. I’m not going to get my hopes up too high, but I certainly hope that developers will see how beneficial motion can be, and start implementing it in many more games. 

Gran Turismo Sport Will Not Have Microtransactions


Good news! Gran Turismo Sport will not have microtransactions of any kind. Despite many games these days trying to nickel and dime players as much as possible, Polyphony Games has decided on a much more consumer friendly route. When asked about microtransactions, Kazunori Yamauchi simply responded, "No". 

Now if only all developers could do the same.