Arnold's Press Pause and Rewind: April 29th
Last week I hinted that Kutaragi was likely going to get replaced and axed, and this past week it occurred. Okay, so maybe I knew, but still...it isn't surprising. This change now allows Kaz Hirai to take over the role and act as the primary figure in the PlayStation world, and that's a good thing. Much like Phil Harrison, Kaz Hirai is another very powerful figure for SCE who is able to lead exceptionally well.
It's a little cringe inducing to have read those comments from both Kutaragi and Stringer when the announcement occurred. I mean, if you know the history between them, you know that everything they're saying is through their teeth. None of those words have any grain of enthusiasm behind them, it's all hyperbole nonsense. Kutaragi isn't "happy", he's pissed. And Stringer may admire Kutaragi's abilities, but he's certainly thrilled to have him out of his hair.
So the demo for Ninja Gaiden Sigma finally dropped this Thursday, and it's pretty awesome. After watching all of those comparison videos of the PS3 game and the Xbox original, my anticipation climbed from 'want' to 'must have now!' The game is quick and ridiculously responsive. Being redesigned and redeveloped from the ground up means that the two games share almost nothing in common, aside from the story. I'll be putting together a hands on preview of it very shortly, so look for it.
Call of Duty 4
The new Call of Duty game looks pretty amazing doesn't it? If you haven't seen it yet, go find the trailer and be amazed. We'll be posting a bunch of screens from the trailer very soon, but the game is better seen through video. It looks to be more in the vein of Tom Clancy games, so the whole World War II theme is finally out. Speaking off WWII, let's hope that more franchises start taking the route of developing original FPS war games, and not just slapping on the WWII theme. We've been running with WWII shooters since the PlayStation era, how many WWII games can we possibly have? Enough is enough, the theme needs to just end.
Has anybody noticed that 3rd party developers are now announcing that they'll be bringing over their Xbox 360 titles over to the PS3? Kane & Lynch will be arriving on the PS3 simultaneously with the other versions, which indicates that SCi has been working on a PS3 version since day one. Likewise, the same goes for Crossfire. On top of that, War Devil has also been announced to appear on the PlayStation 3. These kinds of announcements bode very well for Sony, as publishers are finally realizing the amount of potential behind the PS3. Perhaps Sony is finally warming up their 3rd party, which they should've done from the get go.
In the Cell
Like Ben mentioned in his column, it's extremely important to Sony to hear input from developers in regards to the potential of the Cell processor. Originally touted as just more of Sony's hyperbole, with developers coming out of the wood work and discovering the power of the chip, the future seems to be looking brighter and brighter for the PlayStation 3. But these words will not translate to more sales for Sony, as your everyday gamer isn't very likely to be reading news articles or weekly columns...but instead searching for cheats and guides. What will translate into sales is when we start seeing the newest wave of PS3 games in action. And if they're noticeably better than what the competition has to offer, then we've got many special things to look forward to. Hopefully EA's words of 'needing' the Cell in order to develop some of their games are true, and hopefully that translates to one amazing visual experience. Make it happen!
Thank Goodness it's Thursday!
Is it me, or is anybody else finding Thursdays to be the best day of the week for gaming? While the PlayStation Network updates aren't always full of homerun hits, more often than not, we do get some pretty solid free content. Demos of Ninja Gaiden Sigma and Virtua Tennis 3 should make many out there very happy gamers. Last week's update that enabled the PS3 to play downloadable PSOne games was awesome, as well. On top of that, SCEA claims that content for the PlayStation Network will soon get better and better every week. Consider me excited.
4/29/2007 Arnold Katayev