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Ben's Week In Review: November 23

It has been an interesting week, and I'll start with the obvious. :)

PlayStation Home finally comes to North America

Well, I saw my invite before I actually saw the news, but nevertheless: invites for the closed Home beta have officially gone out to North American gamers, and it seems Sony has sent quite a few. I know there are several PSXE readers that got into the beta, and after taking some time today to wander around and get accustomed to this innovative service, I believe I was right in my initial analysis. It's really all about the foundation; the launching pad for the future. I'll issue a full hands-on preview this week, but for now, I can say the visuals are stunning, the integration of a central communication hub, and the ability to travel to any given location at a moment's notice are bonuses. Of course, some people have complained of the loading time between areas, but I didn't find that too problematic, and it was quite entertaining to visit the Mall and check out my default Harbour apartment. Obviously, when Home arrives, you'll be able to select your own space and then buy various accessories, decorations, and other accoutrement's, but for now, it's relatively bare.

You can't purchase anything for your character or your Home space in the beta, which means you're left with a pretty bare-bones presentation at first. However, the potential is quite clear, and I liked being able to go into the Theater and play simple arcade games at the Bowling Alley. It's mostly a matter of fleshing out the entire world over the coming months and years, and while I won't be able to spend too much time in Home, I'll be excited to see where it goes.

Splinter Cell: Conviction for the PS3? Yes, please!

I'm well aware we probably don't have many SC fans amongst our regular readership, just because Sam Fisher's adventures began on the original Xbox and have typically been best played on a Microsoft console. The last one - Double Agent - came out for the 360 but it was too early to be made for the PS3 as well, so if Conviction does come, it'll be a first for the PS3. The latest set of OPM rumors includes the very real possibility that Ubisoft will bring the game to Sony's machine, and I'm liking the idea. It may still be best played on the 360, but at least it will acquaint PS3 fans with one of the better franchises out there. I know everyone wants to compare it with Konami's MGS series, but that's really not fair. I know they're both stealth, but while one emphasizes a fantastic storyline, the other emphasizes a more realistic approach to the gameplay. And until MGS4, I found SC's controls to be more fluid and less cumbersome.

The stories haven't been bad in the SC games, per se, but it really is more about the gameplay, and I've played every SC title. SC and MGS were always two very different experiences, but I wouldn't pass up either. I have high expectations for Conviction, and if you like stealth games but have ignored Sam Fisher and Co. because of its closer affiliation to Microsoft consoles, I suggest trying one. I thought Chaos Theory was the best, but the 360 may not support it with backwards compatibility. Double Agent was plenty good enough, though.

Personal gaming update

Well, I finished Mirror's Edge and had plenty of fun with that. The trial-and-error gameplay got to me a little after a while, and I didn't particularly like how helpless Faith felt towards the end of the game, but I still had a blast. And now that I know how to get everywhere and do everything, I'd love to play it through again. But for the time being, I'm working my way through Dead Space, which is just as good as reported. This is the way survival/horror should be done, and now it's very clear that Capcom has their work cut out for them with Resident Evil 5. Who would've thought that EA could release something so polished and refined? I'm through the first three chapters and very much enjoying the fourth so far; the game is dark, gory, and always entertaining; I know it's short, but I still consider it to be one of those must-play games. Afterwards, I really will go play ME again, or I'll have to spring for something else. I may just take a break from new games, though, because I still have plenty of stuff I need to review, and hey...Christmas isn't that far off. ;)

I was thinking about picking up CoD4, actually, just because I never got a chance to play it last year. I just wish it had fallen more in price over the past year; it still costs $40, and I really won't have time to go online with it. Hmm...maybe I should just wait for Prince of Persia on December 9. It remains one of my most anticipated titles of the year...

11/22/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (31 posts)

JaXXX
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @ 10:43:09 PM
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Hey Ben by the way which is the best game for the PS3 from ME, R2, LBP or COD5?

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Tatsujin
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @ 11:49:40 PM

LBP hands down... Lol :P

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sabitrulz
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @ 11:05:38 PM
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JaXXX,undoubtedly u should go for lbp,may b this year's goty.
mirror's edge is pretty frustreting n annoying @ times,cod4 is still better than cod5,n r2 isn't ma cup of tea.
So go for lbp.

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caliblue15
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 8:48:53 PM

Hey Sora, When you coming to the PS3?

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Shatterday
Monday, November 24, 2008 @ 10:42:50 AM

That is a fantastic question. When ARE you coming to the PS3.

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NEWCL0UD
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @ 11:13:23 PM
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not to bad ben im just play LBP and COD5 the zombie mode is really addicting by the way!! and il be getting R2 this friday cant wait for that :D

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JaXXX
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @ 11:23:16 PM
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Thanx Sora, but whats the concept of LBP i read the reviews but i still didnt get it....

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Zeppo
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 9:19:21 PM

legos, that is how i describe it sometimes. a footlocker full of everything you need to build anything you want. i'm working on a zombie enemy that slowly follows you around right now.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @ 11:25:11 PM
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Never played Splinter Cell, might hafta check it out.

Got no Home love today though, its ok since it's just bare bones. I hope that they already have junk to stick in there at launch, it won't look good to launch it with empty shelves and whatnot.

Still I gotta ask, does it look like something that has been in development all this time?

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Zaben
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @ 11:36:33 PM
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I would think you would enjoy Prince of Persia more than CoD4. At least I know I will... And it releases Dec 2nd for PS3 and 360. Unless you are planning on getting the PC version which actually is Dec 9th.

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Tim Speed24
Monday, November 24, 2008 @ 7:06:05 AM

Why O Why did Prince of Persia have to go all cartoony? Cell Shading....really?

The POP was one of my favorite PS2 and PSP games...I just don't care for the new look.

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JaXXX
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @ 11:42:25 PM
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Yeah POP is my number 1 but i have enough money for another game so i am choosing between these 4...

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Advent Child
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 1:12:42 AM
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I really don't think Dead Space is that short. Plus you enjoy every minute of it. The gameplay really starts getting awesome at about chapter 6. I can't wait till you hit that part. That enemy still scares me to think about. You will see what I mean.

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sabitrulz
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 3:09:42 AM
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Deadspace actually plays better untill chapter 5,than it all gets repititive,JaXXX u should go for LBP,man if u got an hd tv than it's a must buy,but baware dis game doesn't look good on standard def tvs.Besides very ps3 owner should've lbp in their collection.

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JoshBall
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 4:08:11 AM
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Whattttt

it does look good on an rgb connection :S

i mean it does look better on my HD aswell, but i've tried both and it's perfectly fine!

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shadowpal2
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 8:30:25 AM
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It's between LittleBigPlanet and Resistance 2 JAXXX. I would recommend Mirror's Edge but that game could be a blast to some gamers and a fail to some other gamers. I recommend you to definitely rent the game at least. Now - if you love intense shooters - Resistance 2 is the way to go it got a 9.5/10 from IGN and tied up with Gears of War 2.

LittleBigPlanet applies to the more innovative and fun side of gamers. Not to say that Resistance 2 isn't fun - it's just that LittleBigPlanet is honestly beyond fun. Creating levels of you're own, playing in them, playing with other friends in them - just absolutely awesome.

I'll let you decide between the two. As for Call of Duty 5, skip it - Call of Duty 4 for the win.

But I'm sorry nothing and I mean nothing will ever beat.............METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS!!!!!!!!

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BlinkBoy
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 8:45:29 AM
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What would be awesome, is if someone would be so kind to fix the PSXE Forums. Tell the people responsible for this that we forum users want things to get back to normal.

Oh and LPB is my Game Of The Year. The game get much better when you play it with friends in the same room as you or across the network, or do both.

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The_Benny
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 9:18:36 AM
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Double Agent did get a PS3 release eventually, didn't it? I remember Eurogamer criticising it for the awful port job, with incredibly reduced graphics and a lower frame rate. Conviction would hopefully mark the first good SC game for the PS3 though.

Also, BlinkBoy is right: A very small portion of your readership want the forum back, now!!!11!

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aaronisbla
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 9:28:47 AM
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Off topic but:

I normally don't really pay much attention to reviews, i read them but i don't let it sway what i think about it.

However, am i the only one enjoying the fact that The Last Remnant is getting low to average reviews at best? Maybe its because of the way i feel about that company right now and their total lack of sony support

I wanted the game to be good but it looks as if SE was focusing waaay to much on the "western market" (MS) instead of making a good game. I will still rent it whenever it shows up for the ps3, hopefully the abysmal framerate problems will be ironed out for the ps3, but somehow, i doubt it.

Last edited by aaronisbla on 11/23/2008 9:29:30 AM

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MetalHead09
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 12:46:52 PM

meh ill pass on squares stuff until they stop being Xbots and sony haters.

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Qubex
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 9:38:59 AM
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"Home" has been an interesting experience thus far... Ben you may see me wonder about; pop over if you do!

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

PS: I can usually be found around the pool tables :)

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LightShow
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 7:27:36 PM

you mean you'll usually be found getting beat by me at the pool tables?

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dillonthebunny
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 10:37:15 AM
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I know Macho... where is the forum!!!

:( :(


oh and Ben, may I suggest that if youre going for a CoD game, unless you hate WW2, I would strongly recommend CoD5.

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JaXXX
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 10:47:39 AM
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Thanx a lot for ur suggestions guys so i think i'll stop at LBP #1 or R2 #2

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OhYessss
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 10:51:04 AM
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You haven't played CoD4?! Man you missed out.

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FLYING_APE
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 1:37:12 PM
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sorry but resistance 2 was a massive dissapointment. The graphics were decent and the multiplayer is addictive but really annoying because it takes forever to kill someone.

Sony should also change the controller it's outdated and it's starting to turn my hand into the WANK claw lol.

I don't like home but i'll check it out and i wonder why ben gave resistance 2 a 9.5 because he hasn't played cod4. I give resitance a 8.0/10.0.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 4:57:56 PM

wow, if resistance 2 was a massive disappointment and you gave it a 8 out of 10, id hate to see what haze is

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CaptRon
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 2:23:17 PM
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Change the controller? I don't think that will happen. They won several awards for having such an innovative design on their controllers.

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Lairfan
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 2:23:28 PM
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Sounds like you're having a good week Ben.

Home isn't my cup of tea at the moment. It's cool what they're doing with it, but I'd rather be playing games instead of playing a copy of life. I'd much rather have a Killzone 2 beta code, but we all know that's not happening.

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AntDC
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 6:06:07 PM
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I remeber Splinter Cell setting the benchmark for graphics on the PS2. If people are put off from the fact this game was originally gonna be an exclusive, you shouldn't be because it's a quality series. Haven't joined in on Home yet, and probably won't get a chance to till the full release, but I'm lookin forward to it.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 9:35:59 PM
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Firstly, we're very sorry about the forums. We'll try to bring them back as fast as we can. I'd just like add this it's NOT our fault, if that helps our case. Heh.

And thanks much for the recommendations. I do notice some differences, though... Which is fine. ;)

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