‘Rainbow Skies’ Review: An Immersive RPG Game Shines On PS4

To be honest, Rainbow Skies is a moniker I’ve misnamed numerous times (I originally thought it was Random Skies or Freedom Skies). Though the name doesn’t stick to my feeble brain, the actual game is a total keeper that over delivers as an immersive RPG. I’m six hours into the game, and thankfully I’ve barely scratched the surface.

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Madden NFL 16 Cover Vote Has Rob Gronkowski Vs. Odell Beckham Jr.

Rob Grownkowski and Odell Beckham Jr. are the Madden NFL 16 Cover Vote Finalists - EA Sports
Rob Grownkowski and Odell Beckham Jr. are the Madden NFL 16 Cover Vote Finalists – EA Sports
The Madden NFL 16 Cover Vote finalists have been named, as New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will be vying for video game immortality.

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‘PlayStation Now’ Subscription Service Launches January 13


PlayStation Now is launching January 13 in North America, and it will be available to gamers in two plans ($19.99 per month or a three month package for $44.99).

The streaming game service, which will be first available on PlayStation 4 (PS4) consoles, will give unlimited access to over 100 PlayStation 3 (PS3) titles from such publishers as Warner Brothers, Bandai Namco Games America Inc., and Sega. For a list of the games available upon the subscription’s launch, go here.

“Users have been able to rent games through PlayStation Now for several months, and one of the top requests we get is for an overall subscription to the service. We’re excited to formally announce it today, as the PlayStation Now subscription service will deliver a ton of value by providing instant access to a large and diverse catalogue of games for one low price,” said Phil Rosenberg, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Publisher Relations, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “We know there are lots of PS4 owners that never owned a PS3, and this is a great way to catch up on games they may have missed.”

Under the service, players can save their game progress on PlayStation Now cloud servers and resume their game on PlayStation Now enabled devices.

To celebrate the subscription service’s launch, a PlayStation Now theme will be available to PS4 owners early this month. Gamers who download the theme before January 31 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a one-year subscription to PlayStation Now.

PlayStation Now
PlayStation Now


‘Far Cry 4’ Soundtrack Features First Rate Composer Cliff Martinez


Cliff Martineza celebrated film composer who frequently collaborates with filmmakers Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, The Knick) and Steven Soderbergh (Solaris, ContagionShowtime’s The Knick) has composed the soundtrack to the highly anticipated first-person shooter Far Cry 4.

Martinez collaborated with Ubisoft Montreal’s Far Cry 4 music designer Jerome Angelot, music supervisor Simon Landry, and audio director Tony Gronick to craft original music for the gameplay and also added musical textures that enhance the detailed environment and ruthless characters featured in the game.

Before he embarked on his film career, Martinez was a former drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers (he, along with the band, are Rock and Roll Hall of Famers).

“It was an honor to be asked to write the music for the Far Cry 4 game as my first full-length video game soundtrack,” said Martinez, who also scored Spring Breakers. “It was exciting for me to be asked to take my usual minimalistic cinematic approach to the immersive game world.  Any game where you can ride on a rampaging elephant is a project you can’t turn down!”

Far Cry 4 comes out November 18 for the PlayStation 3 &4, Xbox One & 360, and Windows PC. The Far Cry 4 Original Game Soundtrack (digital edition)  comes out November 4, with a limited 2-CD edition hitting North America on December 2 (December 9 in Europe). A 3-LP version releases on January 2015.


RPG Adventure ‘Dragon Fin Soup’ Heads to Kickstarter

Dragon Fin Soup, the flagship title for nascent indie RPG game studio Grimm Bros, has started a Kickstarter campaign. The developers are targeting a minimum of $24,000 to “add additional polish, features and content” to their title, which is slated for release this year on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, and PlayStation Vita.

The game contains a pretty dark storyline (the darker the better in my opinion), as players take on the identity of Red Robin. An alcoholic and bounty hunter by trade, Robin loses her memory, and when she attempts to move on with her life, the past inevitably catches up with the present. Along with the pure joy that’s derived from supporting indie game developers, backers will be treated to art books, t-shirts, engraved crystals and hand-drawn illustrations.


Dragon Finn Soup (Grimm Bros)
Dragon Finn Soup (Grimm Bros)

“Dragon Fin Soup is our debut title, and we’ve been pouring our hearts and souls into crafting a fantastic game experience,” said Grimm Bros CEO Ash Monif. “As an indie studio comprised of veteran developers, we see Kickstarter as a great platform to connect with gamers and make Dragon Fin Soup a phenomenal experience.We’re indie because we really want to make the kind of games we would personally enjoy playing and don’t want to compromise our vision to outside influences. Dragon Fin Soup reflects that in every way.”

The game’s mixture of classic console RPG style storyline along with a dash of the dungeon crawling dynamic (not to mention the excellent title) has me intrigued. For more info on the game, check out its official page.