The Quest Log: May 30, 2017
Hey Gamers! Can you believe that we're only two weeks away from E3? We at the HUD have a podcast recording all about that planned for this afternoon, so you'll be getting plenty of new content from us this week. In the meantime, check out that the news highlights below.
PlayStation 3 Production Ends in Japan
Now that current gen consoles are on their second (and almost third) iterations, it might not come as a surprise that the last generation is finally being laid to rest. The official Japanese PlayStation site confirmed that production of the PS3 has ended.
You had a good run, buddy, even if you're legacy might not be remembered as well as your younger and older siblings.
The Original Crazy Taxi is Free-to-play on Smartphones Right Now
Crazy Taxi is one of those off-the-wall crazy games that are so perfectly emblematic of the Dreamcast as a whole. The unique driving simulator that put players behind the driver's seat of a cab and rewarded reckless and speedy transportation of the game world's travelers has been made available for iOS and Android phones, free of charge (so long as you'll put up with ads). Even more amazing is that it apparently features the game's original soundtrack, with the Offspring being a particular highlight. The more recent home console ports had to do away with some of the licensed music, which always meant they paled in comparison to the glorious Dreamcast original.
If you've never played it before, there's almost nothing stopping you from doing so now.
Nier: Automata Sells 1.5 Million Physical and Digital Copies
Nier: Automata is one of our favorite games of the year so far, and it seems to be continuing to exceed Square Enix's expectations. On their official Japanese Twitter account, Square Enix announced that the action RPG developed by Platinum Games has sold over 1.5 million digital and physical copies.
While it may be a sequel to another very unique game, Nier: Automata feels novel and fresh and generally unafraid to take risks, and I'm glad to see it's finding some mainstream success, which I hope bodes well for the future of JRPGs and video games in general.
Tangentially, Kotaku's Heather Alexandra conducted an interesting and endearing interview with the series creator, Yoko Taro, and it's totally worth the quick read here: