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Ben's Week In Review: October 19

Things are already rolling full steam ahead into the holiday season, so from here on out, it's games, games, games! :)

Resistance 2 beta...damn good stuff

I will be posting a full hands-on preview at some point before the final game launches, but this is kinda like a mini preview. Things are starting to move - we told you about the updated MyResistance site - and although I know a few of you have had trouble getting an invite, I'm hoping everybody who deserves one will get in. If you don't, you're missing out. It may just be a beta and while it was all screwed up before the 1.02 software patch, everything is now smooth and endlessly entertaining. You can choose between Cooperative and Competitive play and although the former is limited to 8 players, the latter lets up to 60 players in one contest; most of you knew all about that earlier this year. I think you can only put 60 players on one certain map, but I was involved in one with 58 players in a Team Deathmatch and it was absolutely out of control. LOL I had to alter the controls a bit and I also had to get used to a few things, but it's mostly the Resistance I remember with one big change: it's a good deal faster.

I'm not sure if I'm remembering the online multiplayer correctly in Fall of Man, but I'm relatively certain everything moves more at an Unreal Tournament clip in Resistance 2. It also seems to take more firepower to bring down an opponent, although it's not too noticeable. I still need a lot more time with it, but so far, the beta is just about everything I could hope for. I really can't wait for the single-player campaign in the full game, though...the footage for that is insane.

See, I TOLD you Bioshock rules

So Arnold's Bioshock review is up, and it basically verifies everything I've been saying about this game for months. If you're one of the unfortunate many who plan to dismiss this game as "just a year-old port," and you've never played Bioshock, you don't deserve to own a next-gen console. Period. And all that nonsense spreading around the Internet about how it's not as good as the Xbox 360 version is inaccurate and misleading, so don't give in to that silly train of thought, either. I've already traded in my 360 copy just so I have an excuse to buy and play this game again. I won't be able to get around to it until after the holidays - there are about 73000 games coming out in the next few months - but that's okay. It's really all about the amazing atmosphere in 2K's engaging FPS; IMO, it's unparalleled in this generation thus far. I suppose if we're talking about total immersion factor, both GTAIV and MGS4 would have to top my list, but in regards to an original and intriguing setting, Bioshock is unmatched.

So anyway, all I'm saying is that if you're holding some sort of ridiculous grudge against 2K for making this game a timed 360 exclusive, I suggest you get over it. Don't let that adolescent viewpoint stop you from playing a great game. Seriously.

Personal gaming update

Um...well, there's a pile of games over there. Mostly all for review, although there are a few I actually want to play for my own reasons. I haven't finished either Yakuza 2 or Wipeout HD yet (I'm probably 2/3 done with one and I've reached the 6th tier on the other), I'm playing the Resistance 2 beta as you already know, I've got Fracture to review, I just finished playing a whole lot of Saints Row 2 (review coming late Monday), and this week, I've got to find a way to get to Far Cry 2 and Golden Axe: Beast Rider. Oh yeah, SOCOM: Confrontation is in there somewhere, too; the only good part about that so far is I got the nifty headset in the review package Sony sent me. That thing is pretty sweet. They'll be sending me Legendary this week probably, and I still need to find a way to lay hands on Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway and NBA Live 09...jesus. What's a critic to do?

Well, anyway, if you include news, previews, videos, screenshots, features, newsletters, etc., I'm pretty well swamped. So although I'd like to set up games to play with fellow beta players around here, please don't ask. I just can't make that happen right now. Maybe when things calm down a bit in the middle part of November I can go online with Resistance 2, but not until then. Can't wait for Thanksgiving! Might finally be able to rest my eyes. Heh.

10/18/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (39 posts)

AceTatsujin
Saturday, October 18, 2008 @ 11:14:43 PM
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Oh yea man. Resistance 2 took me away, and my brother is planning to switch to R2 as a hardcore gamer from CoD4 (He's a freak, he's like 8th badge out of 10, or something). I don't think we're getting Cod5 since it is not from the same maker as CoD4, and heard NO news about gameplay or anything like that. But anyways, R2 Beta is KICKING ASS! Co-op needs some fixing, but its INSANE! And Competative is so damn good! It's much faster than the Resistance 1, much crazier, and in a way it's easier to handle. L2 for running is better than L3 (as is in CoD4).

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www
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 8:59:49 AM

Yeah am also not gettin COD 5,it doesn't look good like 4,n those who played the beta on 360 aren't impressed either.
Told u goin into future n back to the past aint always dat good.

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eLLeJuss
Saturday, October 18, 2008 @ 11:56:52 PM
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LoL Ben.. goodluck playing all those games.. I Love your job.. i wanna be like you when i grow up..HAHAHAHAHA

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WaR_HaWk
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 12:17:21 AM

LOL

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karneli lll
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 12:27:57 AM
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i dont deserve a next gen console,apparently!

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Advent Child
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 12:54:36 AM

your right you dont.

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www
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 9:09:37 AM

I think we should call him "Bioshock Ben" from now on.....lol.

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Mightynemesis
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 12:46:43 AM
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i dont have My CODE for R2

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FLYING_APE
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 11:48:22 AM

i don't have one either. i do have a life, i can't stay at home all day trying to get in the bloody beta going to all these gay fanboy sites.

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Mightynemesis
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 12:47:42 AM
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i dont have my R2 code yet

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FLYING_APE
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 11:49:06 AM

lol

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Mightynemesis
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 12:48:22 AM
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someone knows y i haven't gotren my code

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FLYING_APE
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 11:49:20 AM

lol

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Advent Child
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 12:54:55 AM
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you really didnt need to triple post

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FLYING_APE
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 11:49:37 AM

rofl

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BigBoss4ever
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 2:13:59 AM
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73000 games come out, and Ben you get to play most of them?!!! I envy you, and I love your job too. Good luck gaming, hail gaming. lol

Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 10/19/2008 2:14:35 AM

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FLYING_APE
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 11:51:27 AM

he must have a fat arse playing all thoses games lol. i would know

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frotacular
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 8:43:11 AM
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does anybody know the EXACT release date for the beta in qore episode 3?

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WaR_HaWk
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 8:57:49 AM

they wil start sending out codes for ep 3 buyers and ppl who registred on website on monday

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karneli lll
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 8:43:45 AM
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Ben,perhaps you could tone down the 'if you dont get this game,then you (insert insult)'. Kinda kills the fairness factor,excellent article nonetheless

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DIsmael85
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 9:43:53 AM

He was probably just annoyed with all the cruddy comments spamming up the last post about Bioshock like I was. I mean the game is netting in some high scores. Yet the sheer fanboy blindness is causing some people to not want to buy it. It almost seems as if the nay sayers back then, those who said "this game sucks, and if it comes to the PS3 Im not buying it." I'm not not saying you said this, just generalizing. It's a fine game, and has a compelling story, and I cant wait to play it and find out what it's all about. Im so hyped for this game, in my own way, that I cant stand my copy sitting in the drawer at work, I just wanna take it already, but it's Street Dated, and I dont want to get fired. So I patiently wait Monday night. Ok that's two cents.

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Tim Speed24
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 7:20:59 PM

Ben has always had a bias toward this game..BioSomething, so don't take insult if your not getting it and are buying a new, fun, great game like Far Cry 2 and Fallout 3 etc.

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www
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 9:03:53 AM
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"and you've never played Bioshock, you don't deserve to own a next-gen console."

Ben then send us free Bioshock copies then.........okay since u insist,i might just go for it but u'll have to refund ma money if am dissapointed,OKAY?.....jk-47...lol

OH-Oh n one more thing,Golden axe Beast Rider is a pain in the ass,review scores go as low as 3/10.....WTF?

Last edited by www on 10/19/2008 9:05:56 AM

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TEG3SH
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 11:04:55 AM
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IMO bioshock is much greater than GTA4
it really draws u to an atmosphere unmatched by any other game MGS4 included(dont get me wrong i simply adore mgs4)
but IMO the games that tops bioshock in this generation are OFCOURSE 1-UNCHARTED i simply cant get enough of this game,rent it twice then, i bought it cause if i didn't i would have kept renting it forever.lo
2- heavnly sword and MASS EFFECT.
3- GEARS and WARHAWK SOLOLY FOR THE ONLINE.
have i forgot anything????..... lets see......hmm...... dont think so....hmm

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www
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 12:47:16 PM

If Uncharted is better than Bioshock to YOU whiles GTAIV is better than Uncharted TO ME! then why should i get Bioshock?

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 11:25:43 AM
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If you guys think Bioshock is great...I urge you to play Dead Space. It's hotness.

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Tim Speed24
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 7:26:43 PM

Dead Space Yes ....BioSomething NO!

Played the demo...not next gen enough for me.

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TEG3SH
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 11:28:42 AM
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^^^^^^ IS IT A FPS??

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Mightynemesis
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 12:03:20 PM
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i just bough QORE for the beta

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Daedusian
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 1:04:47 PM
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The beta is definitely kick-@ss! Although I hate that it takes me like 2 or 3 good headshots to get a kill sometimes, so I thought it was pretty noticeable. And I was thinking the same thing... it does remind me of UT3 a bit, however, this is MUCH more fun! I don't think it'll ever get boring like what UT3 did to me in a couple of weeks... and that's pretty bad considering UT3 is a multiplayer only game lol.

Last edited by Daedusian on 10/19/2008 1:06:44 PM

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Bugzbunny109
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 5:13:49 PM
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bioshock wasn't that great to me, because i dont like horror games. The gameplay and graphics were great, but it wasn't my style.

Last edited by Bugzbunny109 on 10/19/2008 5:14:38 PM

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Tim Speed24
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 7:23:00 PM

According to Ben you are not a true next gen gamer then.

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TEG3SH
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 8:17:22 PM
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at ghana bwai
dude if u think that gta 4 is better than uncharted ,thats ur problem.lol
but u seriously have to pick bioshock up cause simply u will thank me later i can promise u that.can u trust me on that one i played the 360 version and it rocked my world and this is coming from a guy who I SWEAR NEVERE AND WILL NEVER LIKE AN FPS GAME OTHER THAN BIOSHOCK 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 AND FOR INFINITY AMD BEYOND.
NOW AGIAN IS DEAD SPACE A FPS???????????????????????????????

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 9:42:57 PM
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I think a few of you need to read a book or two. CLEARLY, I wasn't being serious about that comment, as evidenced by the surrounding context. If anybody honestly takes it literally, they need to get a rudimentary understanding of the English language. I mean, no offense, or anything but...jesus. LOL

Anyway, I want to play Dead Space ASAP. That's for certain. :)

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Bugzbunny109
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 9:49:33 PM

what comment?

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Tim Speed24
Monday, October 20, 2008 @ 11:43:19 AM

Touchy, touchy.

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wasim
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 10:10:17 PM
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BEN,

I have a feeling That Resistance 2 will be the GAME OF THE YEAR

It is GOTY 2008 based on just the BETA

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Jed
Monday, October 20, 2008 @ 5:25:43 PM
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I really love the R2 beta, I've spent hours on it every night.

Dead Space is pretty entertaining too.

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frotacular
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 @ 3:31:00 PM
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its Tuesday...WHERES MY BETA?!?!?

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