Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Updates

Well a lot of stuff has been going on with me and the gaming world. First off, I would like to say that I'm the proud new owner of a Playstation 3. I mangaged to sell my Xbox 360 somehow. I feel really lucky. You'll know what I'm talking about once you head to Ebay and see how many used 360s are up for sale. Anyway, I found a really good deal and purchased the PS3. It'll be here this Friday so I can't wait to play Metal Gear Solid 4! The more I read about the PS3 the more impressed I am. This is the total package if you're looking for a great entertainment system. The fact that you get a Blu-Ray player is a bonus. The player itself costs around $400 but with the PS3 you also a get a gaming console. Online play is free and that was one of the major reasons why I switched. The Xbox Live service is good but I'm not going to keep paying more for the same service. It doesn't make any sense to me. The holiday season last year showed people that the Live service is not entirely reliable. With the PS3 you get free online gameplay and other cool things. Moving on, the hardware..Oh dead Lord the hardware issues on the 360 almost drove me nuts! Microsoft did a piss poor job of designing their hardware and rushed it into production so that they could beat Sony and Nintendo. And now they are paying for it. It's the shittiest console ever in terms of breakdowns and the number of problems associated with it. Even the original Xbox didn't have so many problems! What happened Microsoft? How could you release a product that is so broken and problematic?! Just go back to making OS's...Well at least you guys could do that pretty well until Vista. I'm really happy that I'm getting system that will only improve in the future while Microsoft will continue to screw it's customers in the future.

This year's E3 was actually pretty bad. Microsoft's new avatar and redesigning of their the layout was the biggest news judging by the response. They did manage to get Final Fantasy XIII on he 360 with the same launch date as the PS3. Sony actually had games to show off on their conference! With the DC Universe mmorpg, God of War III, InFamous, and Resistance 2. Sony definitely has the better games coming out this year and next year. But for me, the biggest news out of E3 was the KOTOR mmo announcement from EA. BioWare has been working on this game since 2006 and many gamers suspected that there could be something in the works. Can't say that I'm overly excited by the news that it's going to be a mmo, but I'm stoked that there is another KOTOR game on the way!!! It made me really happy and hopefully BioWare will do itself and it's fans justice by making a great game. I was really disappointed with Mass Effect and hopefully it won't turn into another rpg/fps bullshit. That's all for now. Peace!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Jumping Ship....

It's official, I'm jumping ship. I'm getting rid of my Xbox 360 and purchasing a Playstation 3. I'm tired of Microsoft and after watching one of my friend's console die in front of me I'm scared the same will happen to me. I don't want to go through that whole thing ever again. Here I come PS3 and Microsoft can suck it!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Microsoft Blu-Ray Player Coming Soon?

According to Stan Glasgow, Sony Electronics US president, Microsoft and Sony are in talks to develop a Blu-Ray player for the Xbox 360. There have been rumors floating around the net, but today we finally got some official word. Although there is nothing confirmed this is big news. Even though I don't own a HD-DVD player, it's nice to see Microsoft groveling at the feet of Sony. Hopefully what will happen now is that both companies will cooperate and do what's best for consumers.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sins of a Solar Empire


To be honest I was not too sure about this game when it was released. I read the reviews on IGN.com and other websites like that, and they gave it rave reviews. Those big gaming websites give good reviews all too often, so I wasn't sure what the game was really like. Anyway, I got the game last week and I'm happy to say that the reviewers got it right this time! Sins is a 4X RTS that is set in space. It's got fantastic depth and even though it lacks a single player mode, all the other modes more than make up for it. There's a lot of freedom in this game. You don't have to play big scenarios if you don't feel like it. There are plenty of small to medium sized maps that you can play and thoroughly enjoy. The layout of the game is very neat and does not feel overly cluttered with information. The game has a nostalgic feel to it. There are no elaborate cut scenes and the graphics are above average. The voice acting is cheesy but that's done intentionally. You don't need a super computer to run this game. It's all about making bad ass ships that you can use to conquer other planets! You can set your empires public policy and how you choose to develop each planet under your control. I found the black market aspect of the game very cool. You can buy and sell goods and that has an affect on the market. The online aspect of this game is also superbly designed. You can play Ironclad sessions which can last a long time. Or you can just log in and play online with random people or friends. The game runs smooth online. Overall Sins of a Solar Empire is an excellent game. A game that any RTS fan should definitely check out. Also, people new to the genre should play this game. It takes ten to fifteen minutes to get a grip on things but once you do it's a very easy game to play. Peace!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

More Locusts Will Die....


Epic Games have announced the sequel to the mega popular Gears of War.Epic
will release the game this November, right before the holiday season on the Xbox 360. Surely this is big news for Microsoft and 360 owners. The previous holiday season saw some big name franchises returning and new one's being born. Anyway, I liked the single player mode on the first Gears of War. The multi-player was fun, but became very repititive for me. Hopefully they will expand on the multi player more and make it more like Call of Duty 4. Also, let's see some backstory on Marcus Fenix. The story line was mostly ignored in the first game. Probably done purposely because the game's aim was to "kick ass" first then talk later. When the first Gears was released it was a benchmark game for the 360 in terms of the graphics, the style of gameplay, and the multi-player. I don't know if it still will have that novelty aspect to it when the sequel is released. Rest assured Microsoft will hype this game up which will drive up sales. The guys at Epic are first class first person shooter creators. Unreal Tournament is one of my favorite games of all time and the frantic nature of their games are a lot of fun to play. Let's hope Epic will go for quality instead of worrying about the quantity. If the game is good people will buy, if not it will be chainsawed by the masses.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Mass Effect DLC Coming Soon


Bioware and Microsoft announced today that they will be releasing new downloadable content for Mass Effect. According to the IGN
article the new content will let us explore a new uncharted world and we get to meet the Batarians. Hopefully this "exploring" won't just involve you getting in your Mako and driving to an outpost shooting down some turrets and aliens along the way and then it's over. Mass Effect is woefully short on exploration depth. It involves you getting on your Mako and repeating the above mentioned task multiple times. There is no real depth to those side missions. Don't get me wrong, I love Mass Effect and I've already played it four times but compared to a standard rpg it's not very deep. It took me about 14 hours to finish the game the first time through. I didn't do most of the side missions but still that's way too short for a game that was marketed as an "Epic rpg", and the story which was good but is no way an epic. Knights of the Old Republic is a great example of an epic story. Anyway, I've completed most of the side missions on my second and third playthrough and it was extremely boring. The side missions don't really have any impact on your major story line and it feels rather pointless in the end. Back to point, I hope this new content will actually have a more traditional exploration that we are used to seeing in rpgs. That's the reason people play rpgs, so that we can explore, interact, discover, and make an impact within that game's universe. Also, as suspected the whores at Microsoft will be charging $5 for this new 90 minute content. So I'll wait and see actually what the content is like before I decide to send my $5 to Microsoft. Cheers!