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Ben's Week In Review: November 15

For what will forever be known as the "week of Modern Warfare 2, I was still playing Dragon Age: Origins. Yay for me. ;)

Gamer's Doghouse: EA Out, Activision In

As great as the aforementioned game is, Activision remains in the gamer's doghouse for a variety of reasons. It doesn't help when the CEO says he'd charge more for games if he had his way, and then walks away with $20.2 million in exercised stock options. It seems like every time Activision is in the news, gamers everywhere get irate for one reason or another. Lest we forget, this was the same position EA found themselves in back in 2007; Madden 2008 had those major frame rate issues on the PS3, and when EA essentially muffed the port of The Orange Box, things got even worse. Ah, but how times have changed. These days, EA is producing some fine games: I'm playing one of them (the Bioware-developed Dragon Age), and two of my favorite games this generation - Dead Space and Mirror's Edge - have also come from EA. And let's not forget about the upcoming Battlefield: Bad Company 2; EA seems confident it could be a legitimate rival to Modern Warfare 2.

In all honesty, few believed EA when they made their "dedication to innovation and quality" statement but in my eyes, they've really come through. Granted, they haven't developed all the great games that say "EA" on the box, but then again, how many of Activision's gems were developed by Activision? Now we'll just have to see if EA can keep up their momentum, and if Activision can dig themselves out of that hole...

Final Fantasy XIII in March...sheesh

First of all, I'd just like to say that our inside information really was accurate, and yes, we did provide the information several hours before it became official. But no, this source has absolutely nothing to do with the secret PS3 exclusive we've told you about, and no, we still can't talk about it yet. Now that we've cleared that up, my response to this news concerning the Western release date was bittersweet. On the one hand, I'm glad it'll be here more than three months sooner than expected but on the other...I know I'll have to try and finish it before Gran Turismo 5 hits, which may not be until April for North America but still... I'm not too concerned about God of War III, though, and that's because while it's an automatic purchase for me, it won't take anywhere near as long as those other two games. I could easily put 100 hours into both FFXIII and GT5, and GoWIII will probably only take like 15 hours (if that).

But maybe everything will fall in nicely. Maybe there will be 2-3 weeks between each huge release. The only thing that might throw a wrench into the works is Heavy Rain which is another Q1 title I desperately want. ...since when do I have to worry about too many games in freakin' Q1?

Personal gaming update

So I'm about 28 hours into Origins and although I haven't had the chance to play this weekend, I'll be back at it soon. It's just so awesome; time absolutely flies when I'm playing. But I plan on reviewing Assassin's Creed II this week so that's going to cut into my leisure time (although I most certainly want ACII), and I'm also in the process of playing Braid. You can expect a review on that late Monday, I believe. The good news is that there really isn't anything else I need before the year is out; I'll have more than enough to see me through until Bayonetta arrives on January 5. I'm still psyched for that one.

Also, I'm glad to see some quality responses to our latest interview. You guys should know that I wouldn't have risked it if I didn't have full confidence in the community's general tact and intelligence. You can't put something like that on just any gaming site, you know. For my part, the entire thing came as a huge surprise and when she first e-mailed me, I just thought, "well, gee, isn't that interesting." But then I re-read what I wrote and I realized I had been proven wrong, and she deserved the spotlight to call me on it. We spoke for quite a while, too; she's great. It's actually a little scary just how similar we gamers are in certain areas...regardless of backgrounds. ;)

11/14/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (58 posts)

LittleBigMidget
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 2:56:29 PM
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Ugh, with AC2 this week, and GOW3,FF13,MNR and Heavy Rain, my wallet is gonna commit suicide.

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Victor321
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 9:36:12 AM

Well, at least your wallet hasn't filed a lawsuit like mine ^__^

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Qwarktast1c
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 2:58:53 PM
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so i bet that kaz hirai is gonna be the one to announce this secret exclusive

RIDGE RACER!!!

lol :)

anyways, i am really looking forward to both GoW3 and FF13

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Deadman
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 3:04:19 PM
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Yeah first quarter '10 is crazy, but I really only care about God of War III and Heavy Rain.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 3:06:11 PM
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Sorry guys. Wrote it last night, forgot to put it on the main page. ...yes, I'm an idiot. LOL

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Random_Steve
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 3:32:28 PM

ha, i was wondering where it was this morning =P

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Scarecrow
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 5:40:56 PM

I was checking all night yesterday...

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N a S a H
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 7:14:48 PM

All night? Dude, get out much

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Scarecrow
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 7:17:28 PM

Not literally

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therabbitkinge
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 3:34:36 PM
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Lol yeah waited hours for this week review ^_^ well I agree about GOWlll being an instant buy and im currently working on pre-ordering AC2 by tomorrow lol and Bayonetta would've been an import if you guys hadn't hinted at it being improved on the PS3 when it comes state side ^_^ im setting aside all the cash I'll need for march and pooling together every resource at my disposal to get everything from now til then lol here's hoping ^u^

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tlpn99
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 3:35:30 PM
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Almost had me panicking there Ben lol. I was like he normally tells us (the community) so we don't go into panic overdrive like what happened that one time when you went off for the weekend. (We all need a break now and again lol).

Ben as a thought would it be possible for Arnold to do a week in review or even what he is playing at the moment ? As I am sure people would be interested in what he has to say too. I know he is busy like yourself, just an idea :)

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BlinkBoy
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 7:01:12 PM

Arnold used to write one a long time ago, it was called "Arnold's Press pause and rewind".

Google it and you will see.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 8:16:51 PM

I think he does it when he really has something he wants to write about.

And don't worry, I'm not planning any vacations. You're all safe. ;)

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Kowhoho
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 3:36:32 PM
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A yes the secret exclusive. Well, I'm glad you keep reminding us about it, it gives me yet another thing to get hyped up about. I'm not going to ask you what it is or anything, but just how excited for it are you Ben? Is this something that will truly BLOW OUR MINDS!?!

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Kowhoho
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 3:36:32 PM
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Whoops, I double posted... Well, here's an edit.
I'm definitely gonna buy God of War 3 and Heavy Rain (and possibly GT5 - I'm not big on racers usually). I've got the GOW Collection on preorder and I'm currently barreling through the challenges of Hades in Chains of Olympus! Things are GOW-erific in this house.

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tumbletunnel
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 3:48:09 PM
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I hope Quantic Dream will give us a firm date when Heavy Rain releases. Most wanted for next year on my list!

As for the big secret exclusive, when will it be announced ? We know what is coming at the beginning 2010 but after that.....whats Media Molecule doing, some news about the new IP from Insomniac, is Black 2 in the trustful hands of Criterion, Syphon Filter, finally trophies on MGS4 (when announcing MGS5 EXCLUSIVE), Capcom's sequel MAXIMO 3..... shall dreams come true ?

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just2skillf00l
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 3:57:43 PM
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You've been playing Braid too Ben. It was awesome. Gotta say, I loved the last chapter. The whole game was just amazingly done. From the graphics, to the game play. Although I wish it were longer, I feel satisfied for $15. The ending had me begging for more puzzles and worlds, but man...I commend Jonathan Blow. This is one of the most interesting, refreshing, and thought-provocative games I've played in a long time.

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karneli lll
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 4:17:13 PM
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Cant wait for assasin's creed...something to take away the bitter taste call of duty left behind.

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Naztycuts
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 4:28:42 PM
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AND THE SECRET EXCLUSIVE IS: *drum roll* A BRAND NEW BAD ASS TWISTED METAL!!!

I am just saying, on Ben's longest review ever from like 2 years ago people were posting about a new twisted metal game that the guys from Eat Sleep Play were most likely doing, and I havent heard anything about it in a while so that's my educated guess. Who didn't LOVE Twisted Metal on the original PS? I mean a revamped one would sell outrageously,



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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 6:58:42 PM

I did love it, but PSXE also said it would be a system seller, and I might be wrong but I don't personally think of TM as a system seller.

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Kowhoho
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 7:28:02 PM

I'd put my money (and hope) on Kingdom Hearts 3. It's gotta happen eventually, I mean come on Square, quit giving us all of these spin-offs.

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Naztycuts
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 7:57:37 PM

@worldendswithme
Yea I dont see it as a system seller either I'm just kind of surprised they haven't made one already for ps3, I mean it isn't GoW huge but it would certainly do well if they got the right dev's. Ones that would evolve the series to make it as fun as the originals. Sony never has been one to abandon past top sellers.

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jerocarson
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 4:44:15 PM
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syphon filters 5 = secrete exclusive..
perfect guess..
sighs.. what does sony has for december?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 8:19:06 PM

Nobody has much of anything for December.

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Douchebaguette
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 9:10:12 PM

I'd burst for joy if it was Syphon Filter 5.

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LowKey
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 4:49:50 PM
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BEEEENNNN!!! GRRRR!!!! LOL I had succeeded in pushing that exclusive from my mind, now you brought it up this time not me LMAO!!! WHYYYYY.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 8:25:39 PM

Well, I didn't really bring it up. People were thinking that our inside source that revealed the FFXIII US release date was the same one that told us about the secret exclusive.

And they're two completely separate sources, so I wanted to clear that up. :)

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LowKey
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 1:43:22 AM

LOL, I know I'm just playin Ben

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frostface
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 5:03:56 PM
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So should I buy the ps3 version of Dragons Age? I read the review and the recommendations for buying this game are for the xbox and pc over the ps3. I only have the ps3 (no xbox) and I'm useless using a keyboard and mouse for the pc version. I just don't want to blow money on the ps3 version if it's below par.

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Aftab
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 5:21:50 PM

Check out Arnold's review. Also, Bigrailer says much about it in the comment section, stating in some ways, like in texture detail, the ps3 one is superior. General consensus is that the frame-rate issue is far from a game-breaking issue, and the game is still worth it.

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Geobaldi
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 5:22:34 PM

It's a great game no matter which version you pick up. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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frostface
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 5:54:54 PM

@Aftab, yeah read Arnolds review and thats why I was asking. In the comments it seems alot of people are still recommending this game so reckon I'll give it a try.
@Geobaldi, Thanx dude, seems to be the consensus amongst alot of people as I just noted above.
Thanx guys

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Alienange
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 9:34:24 PM

I have the PS3 version and it's fantastic. Any slow downs people have referred to are hardly worth mentioning. You'll be having to much of a blast to notice.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 5:42:36 PM
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I don't like BOTH EA and Acitivision.
I recognize that they make great games

But as companies (based on their history) I detest them more than I like them.

That said, it also helps that I like none of their games

FFXIII's design still doesn't look that great to me. Story is the only thing which will save it for me.

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Oxvial
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 5:59:43 PM

I'm with you the only character I like until now its Lighting but for what I already see in trailers her personality doesn't appeal me for be the main character.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 6:08:04 PM

Sadly from what I've seen of her she's a mute...

Another Cloud who has not emotion as a leader
As a leader you need to have some kind of grit

Lightning, SO FAR just seems like she's doing everything how she wants without care 'bout her group. I don't know, this is just how I see her AT THE MOMENT from what I've seen. But maybe it'll change when I rent the game. Yeah, rent, not sure I'm gonna like it that much, but at least I'll give it a chance.

I actually like Lightning's design/look a lot

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Kowhoho
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 6:27:01 PM

Funny you should say that, Scarecrow. I think I remember that the person who designed Lightning was told to make a "female Cloud." So there ya go.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 6:34:22 PM

Not a big Cloud fan at all
He was OK, didn't find him to be that much of a deal

Maybe that's why

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 7:01:37 PM

I hope you're right Scarecrow, the uncooperative loner who avoids leadership whom people continue to thrust into the position is my favorite kind in RPG's (see: Squall) :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 7:03:42 PM
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A good week of news Mr. Ben. Did you watch any football today? I know I did.

Personal Gaming update: I am currently selling everything worth a dime on ebay so I can afford all these upcoming games :)

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www
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 7:30:14 PM

Yea same way I like to hustle too, selling stuff.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 8:18:01 PM

No, I'm usually out on Sundays. I just know my Niners took out the Bears on Thursday...crappy game, but hey, a win's a win. I'll take it. :)

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Qubex
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 9:31:50 PM

Need to do the same World... much to sell... sadly, you still lose money though!

Q!

"i am home"

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Fane1024
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 2:52:57 AM

Ben,

You hate the West Coast and yet you're a Niners fan?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 10:16:40 AM

Have been since I was 9. ...just because I learned to hate the west coast later doesn't mean I can change that. ;)

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www
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 7:34:09 PM
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Well it has been MW2 & Tekken 6 for me this weekend.
Uncharted 2 is full of action, so is MW2, if you haven't played it, you need to, seriously!

And I'm just loving everything about Tekken 6 especially the graphics, the LIGHTING to be specific is top-notch, dunno why its got some average scores, probably cause of the online problem,still I take this over sfiv anyday.

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Kowhoho
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 7:51:44 PM

I watched a dev diary of Tekken 6. The characters on the screen didn't look crisp enough, so they added a blurring effect to the visuals. They even gave the side-by-side versions of blurred and non-blurred. I was sitting in front of my tv, like, "what, you expect me to be impressed that you blurred up the game and nullified one of the best aspects of owning an HDTV?" Hmph.
/rant
Then again I probably shouldn't talk since I don't play a lot of fighters.

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Hexen
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 8:48:47 PM

Doesn't tekken6 have the same graphics as SCIV?

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www
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 4:30:12 AM

Kowoho, you could turn OFF the blur in options.

Hexen, I have both SCIV and Tekken 6, and T6 has by far better graphics, am not kidding!

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LittleBigMidget
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 7:47:05 PM
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Ben do you think we will ever see high sales for PS3 games? I'm talkin' Gears & Halo and MW2 sales.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 8:17:16 PM

Sure. Once the PS3 and 360 user bases are even closer.

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Kowhoho
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 8:44:33 PM

Don't worry; it'll get there. PS3 games may not have sales in the 8-9 million range just yet, but at least they're consistent. Gears and Halo are really the only Xbox exclusives that I can think of with those numbers. Any other multiplatform sales difference with the 360 in the lead are due to the gap in the userbases, which we all know is closing up quick. We should be happy that PS3 games sell almost on par with xbox games even with the detriment of being at a 2:1 disadvantage in the U.S.

Just wait until FFXIII and GT5. I read today that FFXIII already has 600,000 preorders just in Japan (where it is only being sold on the PS3).

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Fane1024
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 3:05:22 AM

FWIW both Gears games have sold "only" 5 million copies plus, fewer than the top PS3 game (GTA IV).

The top nine or so 360 games sold much better than the corresponding PS3 games, but after that the difference is much less dramatic, as Kowhoho mentioned.

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Alienange
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 9:38:13 PM
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Have you setup your Bioware Social Network site? Gives you a cool belt to use in the game. You should let us know if you do so we can follow you there.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 9:43:53 PM

Nah. RPGs are still a solitary activity for me.

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Alienange
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 10:03:49 PM

That's too bad.

Looking forward to reading your ACII review.

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Douchebaguette
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 10:18:37 PM
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Wow. Just watched the FFXIII video....

Leona Lewis?? Seriously?? Well, I decided to search if Nobuo Uematsu is composing the game at all...and he isn't. Very, very lame.

Great. They've killed what we know as Final Fantasy. To be really honest, they should of stopped at XII and renamed this something completely different, starting afresh with a new franchise. No doubt, there is a nice chance this game will be nearly as awesomely melancholic [or as awesome] as previous FF installments, but everything with it just feels different now. They're REALLY aiming to impress the western crowd. I don't know why.

Well, let's hope this game delivers.

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Really want to purchase AssCreed II and Dragon Age, but I have no money >=|

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I've also noticed how PS3's version of MW2 on GameRankings is slightly higher than the 360's rating percentage. I found this quite odd [considering all the claims of MW2's bugginess on PSN], until I read info about Infinity Ward disabling XBL Party Chat for MW2 online. I found this quite funny.

Either way, I'm probably going to wait 'till Christmas to pick this game up [when they don't slash the price of this game, as they probably never will].

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And holy s**t, NaughtyDog: HOW, WHY? I turned off my PS3 during the near end of one game, ONE GAME as a result of sleepyness [the game was good as finished anyway], and the next time I went on, they fined me $40,000 and leveled me down. Wow. Harsh. Absolutely lame.

I actually now dread not finishing a match.


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___________
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 11:28:03 PM
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mmmmm yea what they said about quality is kind of true but they need to get off there high horse wake up and smell the coffee.
they turn out crap monthly for years than turn out 5 or so good games and there now the gods of video game development?
and that comment later in the interview certainly did not strike confidence in me with all the games they have cut.
if mirrors edge 2 was one of the cut ones im not going to be a happy chappy.
o wait what if it was black 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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