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Ben's Week In Review: February 1

Well, February is finally here, but as this winter is effing relentless, it feels like it's never going to end. But hey, that's why we have games, right? ;)

I'm all sorts of interested in Demon's Souls

So when I heard about Dengeki's impressive Demon's Souls review, I immediately became excited. Why? Simply because the Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliances and Champions of Norrath titles were some of my favorite games of the last generation. At first, I didn't think I'd enjoy them in the slightest - due to my affinity for turn-based RPGs - but boy, I got into that hack 'n slash stuff! I played each BG:DA and CoN at least several times and I was really looking forward to Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom when the PlayStation 3 launched; I even thought it would be one of my favorite games early on. Sadly, it turned out badly and I've been hoping for another BG:DA clone ever since...it seems as if Demon's Souls is just the right fit to quench my specific thirst. Everything I hear about it makes me think, "yep, this is like a next-gen CoN." Therefore, this game has suddenly rocketed near the top of my priority list, and I really hope it doesn't let me down like Untold Legends.

Talking to Arnold now...he says he has an early build of Sacred 2, which I guess is similar. Damnit! All this talk makes me want to go play one of those old dungeon crawlers again! Maybe this old-ass PC could still play Diablo II... I had a Lv. 47 Amazon at one point! That's all I really remember, though. LOL

Yes, I was wrong about the Square-Enix countdown

Of course, most of you probably surmised that my promoting the idea of Square-Enix "shocking" PS3 owners with their silly countdown was nothing more than wishful thinking. Well, it was. Big surprise, right? It just turned out to be another trailer, even though this one at least had never-before-seen gameplay. But I do have to say this- my excitement level for the game has never been higher. For some strange reason, it just keeps going up and up and up...perhaps it's because I'm so far removed from having completed FFXII. Or maybe it's just because I love me some FF and I'm having to wait a looooong time for the next one. The game is just drop-dead gorgeous, and after seeing some of that out-of-control, fast-paced gameplay, I can't wait to check out the new combat system. I've given up hope that I'll ever play a new turn-based RPG again, so I'm not going to whine and complain that FFXIII isn't turn-based; that would be futile. Therefore, I look to the future with open eyes and extended arms, waiting and willing to embrace whatever FFXIII turns out to be.

I'm well aware that Square-Enix is in everyone's doghouse right now - and rightly so, really - but like I said before, all will be forgiven when FFXIII drops. That, and I have high expectations for Versus XIII, too...I just need to know a little more about it, you know? CGI = pretty. But...what is this game?

Personal gaming update

I'd say I'm about halfway done with Prince of Persia, and it'll be done in plenty of time for Killzone 2. I was pondering a Street Fighter IV purchase for a little while, but I just can't bring myself to do it. I've never been a fan of fighting games, and the only one I've bought recently is Soul Calibur IV. That's about my speed- simple, fast, and yes, I'm aware a child can play it. I've just never been any good at fighters, and I'm sure SFIV is a solid throwback to the good ol' days, and they just so happen to be the days when I couldn't play such games! I'd just watch my friends play stuff like MK in the arcades (even though I got pretty good at Mortal Kombat: Trilogy on the PlayStation). So KZ2 is definitely next on the list, and after that, Resident Evil 5. As a "wind-down" of sorts, I finished up Magic Ball, that little downloadable title I reviewed. I really like what Creat Studios/Tik Games is doing - and thankfully, they think highly of us, too - so I'm hoping for more redeem codes in the future. ;)

As for any personal news...well, there really isn't any. Went out again tonight just to chat with a few ladies here and there, but I didn't see much in the way of exciting prospects. There were some I would label as "temps" (i.e., someone to just pass the time with occasionally), but that's about it. 'sigh' I don't want to brag or sound pompous - because I'm not that way - but club chicks aren't always the sharpest cutlasses on the rack. ...big respect to anyone who can name the game the preceding statement comes from! :)

1/31/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (51 posts)

Schmitty
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 12:26:51 AM
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Alundra?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 12:37:34 AM

Well, that was fast.

Cookie. :)

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ps92117
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 12:41:59 AM
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yeah I don't ever expect to play another turn base either, which is sad cause I love them all even with crappy story. How time passes. Also had gotten untold legend, huge disappointment. My biased approach to ff ps has kept me from geting too hyped about ff13, however still very excited bout vs. no gameplay and all, but the concept of a hero-heroin mafia anime final fantasy game has me enthralled to vs.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 1:00:23 AM
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I yet hold out a small hope that if a Suikoden VI is made (They always keep those titles under serious secrecy so you never know) it will remain turn based and not try to reinvent the damned wheel. They saw their failure when they cut down the 6 member party in Suikoden IV and amended it with V so I have a bit of trust in that game.

As far as my gaming goes I seriously have to beat a few backlogged games before KZ2 drops. Bad gamer! Finish your games!

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fundando
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 3:32:48 AM
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I dont know, SF4 is the most exciting on the coming soon followed by killzone2. Yeah the new trailer for FF13 made me have to wash up in the bathroom. There are so many other good games coming out this is an excinting time to be a fairly new ps3 owner.
I sold my wii today, we had fun but it was starting to collect dust.

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FLYING_APE
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 3:49:16 AM

I ALWAYS keep tissues handy when i'm watching game videos and when browsing the internet

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FLYING_APE
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 3:47:04 AM
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I'm a tad angry that every single reviewer who reviewed killzone 2 (feb 27) have been nitpicking the game to fu*king death.

cynamite wrote: At first glance its graphics will simply blow you away. Unfortunately the looks are the only truly sensational thing about this game. Sure, level design and AI are outstanding. But whoever was hoping for the Uber-Shooter could be disappointed by the lackluster boss fights and the mediocre weapon and enemy variety. Still: Whoever owns a PS3 has to play this game!

Another reviewer wrote it's not innovative as gg and sony thnk it is. All i can say is from what ive heard GRAPHICS, NO RUN AND GUN GAMEPLAY, COVER SYSTEM, AWESOME MULTIPLAYER BADGES.

But i do agree no splitscreen and co-op is dissapointing. But it does sounds like it's better then any exclusive on the 360.

ps3 fab 4
MGS4
little big planet
killzone 2
uncharted

Now i'm off to watch porno on my ps3 internet browser.

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Sir Shak
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 4:49:20 AM

thank you ape, for finally giving a worthy comment on this site .

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city96
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 5:46:16 AM

LOL i thought im the only one sick enough to do that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 10:56:13 AM

Kudos to a useful post, IGN nitpicked it too. Are these really the same people who reviewed Gears? No mention of the 100 death animations? Whoever owns a PS3? you mean 20 odd million of us? It gets me so angry I'm thinking of doing my namesake and ending the world!

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Troy Powers
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 12:35:10 PM

Dude, that is the most ass backwards review ever.

"Unfortunately the looks are the only truly sensational thing about this game."

But, then go on to say...

"...level design and AI are outstanding."

and "Whoever owns a PS3 has to play this game!"

What? Is this reviewer bipolar?

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ps92117
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 2:54:46 PM

"it sucks that it only has one good thing but it has a lot of good things and the game does not suck"

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SerendipityDeus
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 8:25:46 AM
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Lol I'm pretty sure one time or another, evryone has watched some form of porn on their ps3...but not me lmao

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Aftab
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 9:32:40 AM

Neither have I. Nor on my computer, though I have visited the occasional site from time to time by accidentally (homtail instead of hotmail). That happened at work (on a huge monitor) and, boy, was it embarrasing.

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Banky A
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 @ 2:44:04 AM

No pornography on your own computer?
Impressive.

Fight the power man. Fight the Urge Machine.
Hah.

Respect ;)

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Deleted User
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 8:34:39 AM
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So thats what the P in PS3 is for haha.

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eLLeJuss
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 11:05:51 AM

ew, i know what the X stands for for XBOX xD

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 11:15:32 AM

Got this Pornstation baby :D

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killzone100
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 11:26:20 AM

Oh YEAH!!

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Deleted User
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 1:17:19 PM

lol

Sick minds FTW!

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tlpn99
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 8:49:20 AM
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Sernedipity, I too have yet to watch it on my PS3 also so that makes 2 of us lol.

Doubt I'll bother straight away with Street Fighter 4 thats way down the line as I have other things to occupy my mind at the moment.

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Aftab
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 9:53:47 AM
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POP. I finished that game a while back with most of the light seeds, and I'm glad I didn't trade it in. From what I've heard is that you need the new Elika power from the DLC to get all of them in some of the existing levels.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 10:57:52 AM

I thought the new power only worked in the new levels?

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Aftab
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 1:51:45 PM

Yes, I think you're right. I guess I misread a something in the interview about it.

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Frenchy17
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 4:37:56 PM

Not true Aftab, I found all the lightseeds. I found all but like 6 of them myself and then got a little help from my roommate :) But I am looking forward to the DLC!!!

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Aftab
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 5:02:48 PM

Yes, Frenchy17. Like I was saying, I guess I misread something in the interview.

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AceTatsujin
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 11:05:36 AM
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Ben there's a new PS3 exclusive that was announced this weekend, or kinda brought back from the dead. Did you miss it? Might wanna check ng4 [dot] com.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 11:17:21 AM
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If there's an exclusive I'm sure we'll hear about it tomorrow from Benstradamus

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Tim Speed24
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 11:19:14 AM
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I've never been very good at the fighting games either but I like playing them.

Mortal combat at the arcade (remember arcades?) was one of my favorite. When I play it now it just feels frustrating trying to beat the computer.

I'll take on my young nephews anytime though.

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BeezleDrop
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 11:36:12 AM
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The only review that matters is your own! Hey joshua is that your gf in your avatar?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 11:47:36 AM
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Hey are the R2 servers spotty today or is it just me?

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Banky A
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 11:28:25 PM

It's just you. Your matchmakings servers and internet connection blows soooo much, it's like a fan (or the big bad wolf from our favourite story about human-like pigs with CHINS).

*Girl giggle*

;)

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wano
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 12:40:38 PM
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Any one know what time "The review" is up.

is it after the 2nd, or on the 2nd.

Also, my post time sais 12.40pm, but its 6.43pm here....Am I ahead or behind you guys (Im in UK)

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moose88
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 6:06:57 PM

Ahead. By about 6hours3mins...

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Lord carlos
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 2:42:14 PM
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not hyped for any rpg game as they don't do any thing for me,but i understand you get your moneys-worth from them.
mortal kombat trilogy was awesome,got MK2 on psn but its a dead game online :(
SFIV is gonna kick ass, can't wait! "eehe he"(school girl laugh)
When's the demo hitting for RE5?some sites say the 2nd,other's say the 5th.
Add to that,i hear a KZ2 demo is out on the 5th also,so the resi 5 demo better drop on the 2nd so i won't be torn between the two.
The PS browser is not just good for porn,but also tv show's.
I watched the lastest season's of heroes(LAME),Dexter(awesome)burn notice(savage)and the first season of True blood(its got vampire's & bewbs)

PSN ID:lord_carlos
ADD ME

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 3:46:04 PM

playstation dot com says its the 2nd

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ps92117
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 2:49:27 PM
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no porno for me anymore :(

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 3:13:58 PM
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Guys, please...stay on topic. :p

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MetalHead09
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 3:39:17 PM
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lol. so it sounds like even killzone2 wont convince xbots that the ps3 is capable of smashing the xbox to tiny little bits of stupid white plastic huh?? some people just will never learn.

its sad when they have to fake dissapointment.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 3:56:36 PM

SuperLOL

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ps92117
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 4:39:19 PM

ms blindfolds them from the truth

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Deleted User
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 7:06:18 PM

Oh brother. Such big words from a unproven franchise.

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MetalHead09
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 8:08:15 PM

you dont trust bens word about killzone2 josh???? from what i can gather it blew them away so i think thats good enough for me. the trailers speak for themselves to man.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 8:19:48 PM

lol josh, have you not read any of the numerous glowing reviews of this game? Face it, its proving itself and then some. By your logic, Devil May Cry 3 should have sucked since DMC2 was so horrid

Plenty of people have come before you claiming that the first one was lackluster, that it sucked ass and this new one will be no different, but as you can see, its not the case. all i can say is try it out before you judge it so, remember how you didnt know what all the hoopla was about with MGS4 until you actually sat down and played it? it would be the same with this game, trust me. Had you been in the beta, i don't think you would doubt it.

Having played the beta, i came away thinking "damn what an awesome experience". The last fps game i could see myself getting totally hooked on was CoD4 and this was the feeling i got from playing the beta, only better in my opinion.

Out of every review i read, most of the negatives were extremely minute. When you knock a game for not reinventing the genre and can't really find anything else worth knocking it on, to some it may seem like a stretch.

One review's negatives was the fact that the game isn't multiplatform lol, another one was that it might not be easily accessible to the "halo crowd" whatever that means. Those can be seen as stretching, although the first one could actually be seen as a compliment in a way.

For a franchise to prove itself, it has to do so every iteration as if its the first time coming out. When you rely on name recognition, it can be bad for consumers if the devs get too lazy. One prime example of name recognition use would be ( sorry to say this josh ) Halo Wars. RTS games generally do worse on console than they would on pc simply because its just one of those games that plays much smoother when you have a mouse and keyboard, i can't figure out what makes this game so wanted if it wasn't for the halo name on it. I loved the first 2 halo games, but the third one was kind of a letdown for me. Question is would this RTS be just as good if it didn't have the Halo name on it?

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ps92117
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 9:23:41 PM

it does not take big words joshua :)

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Deleted User
Monday, February 02, 2009 @ 11:35:18 AM

aaron I get what your saying. I have a feeling this game will be good. Im just waiting to see HOW good it will be. See I love shooters and will most likely try this out of my friends PS3.(That I myself had to tell him about this game..way to go advertising) and give it respect if its needed.

Now I know some will be turned off about it being a RTS. But since I played Age of Empires anyways back in the day this is just a added bonus for me being a Halo franchise. Now some people will buy it for the name because of how great the other titles where. But I will love it simply because it improves on a formula I already liked. Hell. It might even make quite a few new RTS fans.

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Sir Shak
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 4:11:23 PM
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Well if you look at it from an objective point of view , there is only one good thing about killzone2..... that it's going to live up to the hype .

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aaronisbla
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 4:39:16 PM
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i too have noticed that it seems some reviewers are trying extremely hard to fault the game, but can't justify giving it lower than a 9.

The nitpicking could be applied to any big shooter nowadays if you ask me, as none of this gen's fps games have been truly innovating like lots of people would say Half Life 2 did ( i never played half life 2 sadly so i missed out on it ).

Why cant it just be a kickass game without trying to innovate? its like this gen they the lower the score a lot if a game doesn't have a shitload of new features. CoD4 was perhaps my favorite fps game this gen, but id be lying my ass off if i said it truly revolutionized the genre like half life 2 did, what it did do was become the gold standard to which all others are judged by, if KZ2 can do that, id be more than happy

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LegendaryWolfeh
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 6:12:46 PM
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Wow, checked out the IGN review and all I can say is, Arnold/Ben (Don't remember which on will be reviewing it, SORRY) hurry up and make you're freakin review so I can be happy.

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MetalHead09
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 8:10:50 PM

yea i watched the video review on youtube. they clearly couldnt find anything wrong with it so they try and make the smallest little thing out to be a big disapointment. at least thats how it sounded to me but maybe im just being to critical.

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Minishmaru
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 @ 10:01:26 AM
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go to the clubs to get a possible chance of an std or to get pretty much a "hit it and quit it" relationship :) Either that or enjoy the DRAAAAAAAMA...clubs...gotta love em XD

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