Yes, I expect straight-and-simple multiplayer to be free again, but anything more to be part of PS+. I have a PS+ membership for all the benefits it offers above multiplayer. I do not have an XBL Gold account anymore because the only reason to have it is multiplayer. I very rarely play online, so paying for multiplayer is not something I am prepared to do. If Sony or Microsoft want my money, I am willing to give it to them, but I need a service I actually use.
Now, if Microsoft expects their next system to always be on and to fully benefit from that on single-player games you need a Gold account, then that's just one more reason to pass on the next Xbox. Of course, I suspect with both systems, a lot of the implementation of online benefits will be left to the publishers.
It will be interesting to see how it does. American classics adaptions of The Last of the Mohicans (1992) and Sleepy Hollow (1999) made 75 million and 102 million domestically. Adjusted for inflation, that's 120 to 135 million, so if it can top those numbers it will be a noteworthy feat. Still, I'd rather watch To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) again.
Maximo Ghosts to Glory. It was hard in spots but a whole lot of fun. The problem with the current generation is that there aren't enough "mascot" styled. Direct download produced some notable 2D platform and brawlers this gen, but I think it come up short with those games set in a 3D space.
Can I say The Rescuers? He was the director of animation on that. Well, if I have to stick with movies he produced as well as directed, Titan AE, then Anastasia (I like the music) and finally, The Secret of N.I.M.H. I read the book, "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" before seeing the movie, so as what often happens with book-to-film adaptions, I was disappointed by many of the changes. It's a good movie, and given that Disney wasn't doing much at the time, it was worth seeing.
He is a bit of a loon, but I don't get all the hate either. I think a lot of what he says and more importantly, how he says it just rubs people the wrong way. The whole "one console future" debate he had seemed to upset a lot of folks because it meant an end to the familiar. The 1UP Yours interview can be heard in the final review episode of the This Year podcast. I listened to it just a couple of months ago, but I also heard it when it was "live" back then. Dyack makes some bad mistakes, he pokes the bear and gets easily sidetracked into other superfluous topics. I think he's entertaining in small doses. He's no Peter Molyneux, though. Peter is also another loon, but he has a boyish charm that softens much of the crazy that comes out of his mouth. I could listen to Molyneux bullshit me for hours, but Dyack for five or ten minutes at most in a sitting. That's about as long as I can take David Jaffe, too but for other reasons.
@hailinel: @alaska_gamer: I've only seen the first episode so far myself, but I've heard that Victory Gundam is the most merciless when it comes to its cast. From what I've read, the Gundam producer suffered clinical depression and would go through manic mood swings. This was reflected in the animes he produced and would certainly explain how Gundam ZZ starts as a slapstick comedy but then twists into something more traditionally "Gundam". ZZ is the direct sequel to downer, Gundam Z.
Anyone know if Unicorn is done now? Originally, I thought there were only supposed to be six episodes but then I read somewhere that there are supposed to be seven so I'm not sure what's true. There have been six released so far.
@alaska_gamer: I love Shin Mazinger Shougeki Z Hen. It starts off hyper bat-shit crazy and keeps it up for the first half-dozen episodes. When it does slow down, it's still pretty high energy. The ending is one of the things I most love about it because it completely threw me for a loop. When it was over, I just sat there staring at the screen thinking "Wait, what the hell just happened?!"
If you decide to continue this giant robot kick you're into, I liked Gun X Sword, Macross Zero, Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari and Martian Successor Nadesico.