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Ben's Week In Review: August 22

Certainly has been an interesting week, hasn't it? I so can't wait for Resistance 3...

Showdown: Enslaved vs. Castlevania

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West will launch on October 5. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will release on...you guessed it, October 5. There are plenty of big fall titles but it's always fun when two equally promising games fall on the exact same day, right? It's very difficult to choose between the two but for now, I'm going to go with Ninja Theory's project by a slim margin. I like the colorful environments more (ala Uncharted), and I've seen some footage that leads me to believe the developers will do some neat-o things with those two very distinct characters. Lords of Shadow looks great, too, but the fact that it looks like a conglomeration of Dante's Inferno and God of War - while hardly a bad thing, per se - sort of gives it a "been there, done that" feel. Of course, if it's awesome, I won't really care. But on the history side...well, it's a no-brainer.

Look, they've never made a stellar 3D CV entry and Ninja Theory already has Heavenly Sword to its name. Mercury Steam did Clive Barker's Jericho. ...yeah. If we're looking at the past, and that's all we can really do until the final product is in front of us, we have no choice but to give the edge to Enslaved right now.

Insomniac, you guys rule

Next to the Mass Effect 2 on PS3 announcement, Insomniac definitely made the biggest splash at GamesCom this past week. They're working on two very awesome projects and although I recognize and respect the greatness of the Ratchet & Clank series, I'm all sorts of psyched for Resistance 3. If you didn't catch the GC 2010 debut trailer, it's right here:

No gameplay but when they put this amount of effort into a trailer, one just has to feel encouraged. I always say R2 never got enough love and while Killzone 2 has set the FPS bar (and soon, Killzone 3 will probably set it again), I trust Insomniac to deliver an awesome experience. I just can't wait to see some in-game footage.

Personal gaming update

Due to a busy week that included helping a friend in building his house, getting the car waxed, getting to a few appointments, covering the big GC 2010 news, and reviewing Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days and Top Gun, I didn't get a chance to finish up Alan Wake. But I'll take care of that this week, even though I expect to see Mafia II. September looks pretty dull, although I will have to play Halo: Reach - and it's the last Halo I will ever play if it doesn't feel fresh - and I'll be interested to see how Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 comes out. There isn't another game I really want until October so when I'm done with Alan Wake, I might play through Uncharted 2 again. It's just that good and I've always wanted to replay it.

Obviously, I'm still working my way through "War and Peace," which I greatly enjoy...primarily because I'm partly insane. ;)

8/21/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (96 posts)

Snaaaake
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:03:08 PM
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I'm also leaning towards Enslaved, agree about Castlevania being "been there, done that"

And I also think that Castlevania is going to be the more linear game.

The only thing that's gonna make Enslaved flop is Trip but she's doing good in all those footage so far.

Now for my personal gaming update:
Ok, I've given up on that god damn Big Boss Emblem, only way to make me go back to get it is to break my PS3 in half.

I'm playing Disgaea 3 again cause last time I didn't do a lot when I borrowed it from a friend and in 2 weeks time, I've already poured in over 100 hours for Disgaea 3.

This game is just that addicting if you're a fan of it.

Can't wait for Disgaea 4!!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:08:03 PM

Kidding right? Castlevania is known for it's massive levels. Enslaved doesn't have much choice but to be as linear as FFXIII from what I can tell.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:15:18 PM

Maybe I was wrong, I've never played any Castlevania game but to me, Enslaved look to be the better game, we'll see.

All shall be unveiled on the 5th of October.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:22:41 PM

Nah, apparently Enslaved gives you the option to sneak away from enemies in certain instances. I know that doesn't necessarily denote non-linearity, but I don't imagine you would have the same option too many times in Castlevania.
Peace.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:25:57 PM

I'm just saying the levels are pretty big and you are always traversing places for various reasons (shops, artifacts, etc). Probably none of those RPG-like exploration things in Enslaved. I could be wrong, but they haven't discussed it. Though linearity doesn't have to be bad, Uncharted 2 was linear and totally awesome.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:30:05 PM

Level eh?
Well, I don't think I can judge it because it both look quite big to me.

And.....you can shop in Castlevania 0.o

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:35:09 PM

yup

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FlyingKickPunch
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 6:42:00 PM

Snaaake - Disgaea 3 is indeed extremely addicting! I dedicated like a month of my life to killing every pirate in the item world. Land of Carnage item world is quite insane, btw. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:04:21 PM
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Resistance 3 is gonna be epic to the max, in many ways I liked R2 more than KZ2 (even if it wasn't a match for it technologically).

Ben you might be in the lower percentile of PSXE folks who really want Enslaved. I just get a bad feeling from it. I'm opting for Castlevania, except I might just put it on my Xmas list because I've already got a preorder in for New Vegas later in October and a stack of games I need to play or finish. I wouldn't sell this Castlevania short, remember, this one has the Kojima seal of approval.

I just bought the PS1 classic Silent Hill and am currently playing God of War II, Suikoden V, (Who can help me get Jeane as a star of destiny?)and Fallout 3 DLC (which is buggy as hell).

Just joined Anytime Fitness too, time to get back in shape.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:25:43 PM

If they had seen what I've seen of Enslaved, they might think differently. ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:26:38 PM

Maybe you aught to post some of this stuff you see, or at least report on it.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:31:28 PM

...maybe I should've told you all about Twisted Metal and then had both Sony and David Jaffe hate me for all eternity. ;)

I.e., I do what I'm told.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:34:04 PM

Come on Ben, those who share are those who care.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:51:31 PM

Aw, that's cute.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:53:23 PM

Well seriously Ben, what you saw about Enslaved, you really can't tell us?

The world know the game exist unlike TM so why can't you?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:11:47 PM

It's not a big deal. I'm just saying that if anybody thinks Enslaved is another "generic TPS," they're dead flat wrong.

I'm not saying it'll be great because I haven't played it, but I'm saying it has promise. That's all.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:20:25 PM

I see, but whoever think Enslaved is a TPS is dead wrong.

It has shooting, fighting, platforming, puzzle and maybe even stealth if we haven't seen it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:24:20 PM

Actually it may have been beneficial to say you have more secret information and not give it out. It got the masses drooling before. Unless of course the info isn't all that substantive.

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Shams
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:52:59 PM

I'm leaning towards Castlevania, only because of Kojima's seal of approval, and the lead character seems cooler than the monkey/chick combo in Enslaved. But I'm very curious as see if NT can walk the walk, come psxextreme's review.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 12:51:27 AM

ben for the most part i put a lot of faith in your words, may not always agree but thats human. If you say Enslaved shouldn't be glazed over, imma check it out. This site is the reason i bought Dead Space when it first dropped after all

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ro kurorai
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 12:48:25 PM

Same here, Ben.
All the footage I've seen so far of Enslaved convinced me to a d1p.
I'm following the game on facebook as they show some exclusive screenies or trailers there first.
It does not look generic at all.

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FlyingKickPunch
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 6:46:14 PM

Enslaved catches my eye because it actually uses colors (love that blue hue to the water), unlike 90% of contemporary games. Gray is not a color!

Even if it still does use the dilapidated city motif for some of the game...

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Victor321
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:07:11 PM
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This past week, I...

-completed Dragon Age: Origins a 3rd time (yup, I finished it last week, and now this week =D!) as a male Dalish Elf, Rogue class. I'm going to play Awakening soon and purchase the Golems of Amgarrak DLC so I can play that on all my DA accounts. What can I say, I just love the engrossing world, characters, storyline, and tactical gameplay of Dragon Age.

-played a bit of Halo 3 and Killzone 2 now and then, just to get my shooter fix ^.^

-started watching a new anime series that you guys probably wouldn't know. Very weird...but intriguing.

-began to contemplate what games to buy for my birthday. It's in late October, but I've always thought ahead in terms of buying games, and I've done the same thing for the christmas period. It doesn't hurt to think ahead no?


Next week, I have a wedding to attend (shiny looking tuxedo, looking at you) and am planning to buy 2 old (but awesome!!) PS2 games I mentioned last week, Persona 3: FES, Persona 4.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:10:33 PM

You should wait and just buy the new Ultimate (or whatever) version. I bet it has all the DLC plus Awakenings.

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Pandacastro
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:14:53 PM

What anime is it?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:27:05 PM

I just bought "Master of Martial Hearts" TheHighlander would like that one. ;)

ouch, we all got a thumb down for being cool.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:30:49 PM

I've got a wedding on 10/10/10, and I'm in the wedding party, so that's an all-day thing. But it's a Sunday and I've known him since 1st grade, so I'm definitely up for it. Looking forward to it, actually.

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Temjin001
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:56:24 PM

I plan on engaging in Dragon Age myself after FF13. Bioware really won me over with Mass Effect.
In fact, I took advantage of Blockbuster's free 2 week online game deal, and rented both console versions of DA just to determine the version I wanted to spend my time with. The comparison sites like DF made it really hard to find a definitive winner with both versions enjoying unique advantages. The frame-rate advantage and 2xMSAA offered by the 360 ended up winning me over.

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Victor321
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:00:41 PM

Yah, why is that? For expressing information and opinion?

@ World,

I'm actually being selective of my DA DLC, as some are merely focused on optional backstory, i.e. that offer little way in newer things. The Golems DLC however not only allows you to import your Origins or Awakening character, or start a brand new character at level 20, but also have a brand new story that adds to the world. Previous DLCs that have released not too long ago (Leliana's Song, and The Darkspawn Chronicles) don't allow this, so for a piece of DLC to allow the importing of characters is, in my opinion, showing me that in future DLCs and of course Dragon Age II, whatever actions and choices I do will impact them.

Furthermore, I don't want to buy more MS Points anytime soon, my money's going to go elsewhere =) (yup, I have the 360 version of DA:O, because at the time, the PS3 version performed worse, so the 360 version was the wiser choice, regardless of graphics [guess which review influenced me in my purchase decision?]).


And @ Pandracastro, it's called "Umineko no Naku Koro ni", a mystery anime. Depending on your anime tastes, you may like the anime less after the first several episodes, as people I know that have watched the anime have voiced that. I personally have really good patience for a lot of things, and animes are one of them.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:40:10 PM

I read Darkspawn Chronicles sucks the big one.

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Dridion
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 2:09:14 AM

@ Temjin001

Be careful with DA near redcliff. Not sure if this bug is still in the game but during a "certain raid" ;), the game glitches to the point where you wont be able to continue AT ALL! It's a game breaking glitch so again always save. Don't rely on auto save. But than again that's a given with any RPG. This game was really good but since I glitched at that part without knowing, I sold the game. I do plan to get it again for pc this time and hopefully that issue has been resolved. It sucks when you put massive amounts of time into a game and some crap like that happens. Anyway, happy gaming.

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frylock25
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:09:44 PM
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so this past week i bought a new desktop computer. then after getting it all set up and what not i went on a hunt for something to play on it. i have not paid attention to computer games in years and i dont want to buy something i can get on my ps3. i ended up getting spore and i am loving this game. i havent had much time to get on my ps3 since i have been moving and having the new computer.

can anyone recommend a good pc game i can pick up that is not on ps3??

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:20:17 PM

Starcraft 2: It's what all the cool kids are playing. I'm not a cool kid.

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NeoHumpty
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:33:44 PM

Yeah, I wish my PC could run Starcraft 2. And Team Fortress 2. I know you can get it for ps3, but the pc version is WAY better.

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Dridion
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 2:17:34 AM

Him both are very good suggestions, however, if you can I would say go with Crysis if you haven't played it. It's a good game. Not as much variety as KZ2 but it's good for what it is. And the graphics are still top notch. You'll also love the physics in the game.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:18:41 PM
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I definitely want to get one of the two releasing in early October, but I'm not sure which. I'm sure both of them will be fantastic games and they'll both be reviewed highly, but my edge goes to Enslaved because it seems less GoW like. I know, I know, God of War is fantastic and whatnot, but it's just too hard to copy. Either way, the other will be a purchase next year after a price drop.

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One isn't my type of game for the sole reason that it is based around co-op. I'm sure that the story will be an outright laugh and the game will be fun embodied, but I just can't support a game that focusses almost exclusively on online (mostly because I can't play online, as I've stated countless times already). Still though, it's a good concept and I really hope that Insomniac can pull it off and get the sales they deserve.

Resistance 3 is another beast completely. Fall of Man was the first fully-fledged console game I ever played (which gives it a special place in my heart), and two was a third day purchase (only because I couldn't get it any earlier). I really hope that Insomniac **SPOILERS** can find a way to bring back Hale for the third; he was to cool a character to end it. **END SPOILERS** I know that they can continue the story of the fight against the Chimera and perhaps bring it to a satisfying conclusion. One thing I hope though is **MORE SPOILERS** that they reveal more about the previous battle against the Chimera, and who the combatants were. Maybe they can do another PSP iteration to explain that. **END SPOILERS** I have high hopes indeed for the Resistance franchise as I truly believe that it has the legs to become a more involved, and popular franchise than Halo could ever hope to be.

Personal Update:
I've only got about fifty pages left of Love in the Time of Cholera. Absolutely fantastic story, though more than a little disturbing at times. And really looking forward to getting started on Anna Karenina.
I'm now about thirty hours into Final Fantasy XIII and although getting bored with it, quite enjoying the twists and turns of the story.
Not far off finishing the chapter that I've been promising to finish since I signed up here. If I really dig in, I should be right to finish it this week (For real this time).
I actually took time off games this week to watch the entirety of the Saw series. The first movie was definitely the best. The rest have reduced the cerebral qualities of the original in exchange for 'torture porn'.
Oh and the boss at work hired a new PYT, so it's gotten just that little bit better. LOL.
Also, I'm very glad the election BS is over now. I don't have to see politicians everywhere I look. It was starting to get annoying, but of course, we aren't sure who won it yet. Either way, we're screwed.

And Ben, insane is the only way to live your life. Who wants to be normal, you don't have half as much fun talking to yourself. :P
Peace.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:28:32 PM

Love in the Time of Cholera is excellent but it often stretches the boundaries of imagination concerning love and dedication. ;) If you enjoy it, you should look into other Marquez novels. A Hundred Years of Solitude is his best, IMO, and one of my all-time favorites. However, I didn't particularly like Of Love and Other Demons and The General in his Labyrinth.

As for Anna Karenina, it's just plain brilliant (just bear in mind that Tolstoy is denser than Marquez). Anna is my favorite character in literature next to Maggie Tulliver from Eliot's The Mill on the Floss. And if you finish Anna Karenina and find yourself as infatuated as I was, I'd say you're ready for Tolstoy's other masterpiece...which I'm currently reading. ;)

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:35:51 PM

You might think it stretches them, but I can well imagine waiting fifty years for the love of one. I've already read Solitude, but I just prefer the style of Cholera. You can tell that he's refined his style in the twenty year gap between the two novels.

With Anna Karenina, the version I bought has an introduction, which I read. Very enlightening as to the production of the novel, but I was a bit annoyed that they give away the ending. Never mind that I always read the last page of a book first (strange habit of mine).
Peace.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:43:10 PM

I'm telling ya dude, Hale will be back. He can survive that... little incident at the end.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:54:01 PM

It gave away the ENDING?! See, that's why I never read introductions in books. :(

By the way, I don't think it's a refined style in Cholera, per se. Remember, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Solitude; it's just a different structure, which I found to be less traditional and almost by default, more intriguing. I guess Cholera is more of a standard novel but Solitude was...something else.

And I'm firmly convinced I got everything Cholera had to offer in one read-through. While at the same time, I get the feeling that reading Solitude multiple times will reveal multiple previously-missed things. :)

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 3:43:53 AM

I suppose I can see the argument of it being a more standard style, but I'd hardly call it your average novel. They're both good.

As for rereading, I do that anyway. It doesn't matter whether I think I can get more out of the story, I just find it too tempting not to. I think that the next time I read them will be when I have time off so that I can read them in my own time and enjoy them properly.
Peace.

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mastiffchild
Monday, August 23, 2010 @ 11:28:25 AM

Ben, you don't like Dostoyevski I take it, then? Of the Russian authors I rate both him and Pushkin higher than Tolstoy as I feel we lose a lot less in translation( both a feeling I get from reading both and from a professor in Russian Lit who I still talk to years after taking just ONE kodule in his area in Uni)when reading FD's books as LT's seem even MORE of their Russian period rathe than pureer human observation. For what it's worth I'd always take The Idiot as an intro to Fyodor's work if you haven't yet read any as it's a great analogy as a whole and a ripping yarn with great characters to boot.

I actually had to write an essay comparng the relative merits of War and Peace against Crime and Punishment and my head hurt for weeks afterwards as I learned I'm not capable of dealing with TWO proper heavyweights in one assigment without needing a stint at The Priory afterwards!!

Also, you're right about multiple readings bringing fresh things to light with 100 Years... Marquez' best work by some real distance. Currently re-reading A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch purely for entertainment and because AS RULES!!

Nice to see a level of literary debate going on here at PSXE that you don't find on other gaming "sites"! I await your thoughts on scuplture and the fine arts n coming weeks. First stop:Dutka does the Guggenheim and takes Bilbao. Paris trembles. Would make a decent rpg.

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NeoHumpty
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:29:38 PM
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The lack of games has given me time to do some catching up and Platinum hunting. Learning the joys of Cheap Ass Gamer trading. Finally playing some Killzone 2.

I'm really looking forward to the next Assassin's Creed. I wasn't too stoked for it at first, but reading more into it is making me think of buying it day one.

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Temjin001
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:39:43 PM
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Enslaved is only interesting enough for me to observe ratings and if they're strong enough, I'm talking 85% and up, I may give it a shot.

I'm not convinced of Ninja Theory's abilities, honestly. They're awesome at cut-scenes and sourcing some great voice talent, and making a decent, sometimes great, looking game (for it's time), but Heavenly Sword's combat and responsiveness of play is one of the poorest this gen, worse yet, even when compared to last gen it comes up short (sorry but Ninja Gaiden, GoW2, and DMC3 already had it beat before it ever released). With a sub 15-30fps frame-rate, and some questionable combat and design decisions, the dev hasn't earned my excitement....


Castlevania, on the other hand, has showed some promise. This style of game has my name written all over it, and with Kojima at the helm offering his guidance and expertise in game design, I can put some faith into it.

Right now, I'm pretty steeped in Final Fantasy's. I'm playing FF9 on my PSP and trying to finish up FF13 on my PS3.
So far, I really dig the nostalgic feel of FF9. I'm talking pre-FF7 nostalgic.
FF13 is really a melting pot of emotions. The game looks gorgeous, the story is good enough, great music, solid voice talent, their are all kinds of great FF hallmarks to be found (good o' Gigantaur 10,000 needles booya you're dead!) and I really dig the combat. But the composition of the game feels like it's on a diet compared to FF9. Gone are the numerous villages and locales where you meet all kinds of interesting people, like old guys who gotta take a dump!?, and the general perusing of urbanized areas.
Even in Gran Pulse there's a familiar feel of accepting one mission after another that places you on a defined point A to point B process. It's not that other FF's don't have this, it just seems to me they were a bit more seamless in the approach.


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Snaaaake
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:45:52 PM
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Ok guys, need help here.
Suddenly, there's this thing called "SUZEN-VAIO: suzen:" popped up in the video section of my XMB.

WTF?

Edit: No wait, it's also in my photo and music section.

What is it?

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tes37
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:29:54 PM

I think your ps3 is picking up your external drive that contains a back up file of your computer or it sees your computer through a router. The ps3 may think it's connected to a media server.

This is a guess on my part, but I'm seeing something similar on my ps3.



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Snaaaake
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:44:45 PM

Turned my PS3 off and on, it's gone now.

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tes37
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:51:54 PM

I unplugged my computer from a router and got a connection error when I hit triangle to view information on my ps3. When I reconnected to the router, I could view the info and it has my computer's nickname in the file. So, the ps3 sees the windows media player sharing that's probably enabled on the computer.


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BikerSaint
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 12:19:20 AM

When I first installed Sony's PSP "Media Go" service on my computer for my PS3 & PSP, the "Media Go" read my PC hardrive files & then sent all my PSP/PS3 compatible files(music, video, etc) right over to my PS3.
So I think that's probably what you're now seeing.

BTW, I also have Gamestop's version of that program on a disc too(one of their PSP accessories), but they call theirs "Pro Media Director" instead.

Basically, they both do the same thing, exporting files over to your PS3, and in which you can also then DL & install some of those files over to your PSP too if you so choose.

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hellish_devil
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 10:48:30 PM
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This week I bought BlazBlue Calamity Trigger, and I gotta say that it's great. I love the graphics, and the fighting is really cool. I went online and got my ass kicked. Played like 10 matches and lost 9 =(. Anyway, I really recomend it to anyone even slightly interested in a figthting game. I'll be playing that until the new Mortal Kombat arrives.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:49:24 PM

Mortal Kombat!!!!! I loved those commercials.

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Mornelithe
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:14:25 PM
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So far this week, I re-conquered Resistance 2, and am almost finished re-conquering Infamous on the good side (currently at 305/350 shards). So, I'll probably spend a good chunk of Sunday getting that finished. Just noticed I never finished the game on Infamous either, so I guess I'll be restarting and doing that right after.

Can't recommend re-conquering Uncharted enough, my roommate and I have conquered it 5 times so far. I doubt highly we're finished with it.

I'm surprised you gave the GC nod to Insomniac/Resistance, from what I hear Gran Turismo blew the roof off with a slew of new information and confirmation of a track editor. But, no big deal or anything, just heard good things about PD's showing.

Enjoy Uncharted 2!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:50:40 PM

Don't forget the blast shard on the garbage spire.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:54:41 PM

I already knew GT5 was going to rule before GC. I didn't know anything about R3 before the show. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:59:43 PM

I don't think we know anything about R3 still.

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Mornelithe
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 12:07:08 AM

@ WorldEndsWithMike: Bingo.

@ Ben:

Right on, to each their own of course, any GT news is good in my book, though ;)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 12:09:19 AM

Who cares? Resistance 3 is coming! That's all I need to know. :)

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Mornelithe
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 1:03:52 AM

LoL, I have the same feelings towards GT man.

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Pandacastro
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:29:54 PM
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Just bougth scott pilgrim and its really good and really hard especially when your playing by yourself.Made it all the way to the last boss but kept on dying.

Got flower and its amazing !!! I hope there will be an update to support move.

Still haven't beated those stupid weapons in FF7.Anyone got any tips? (My best characters are cloud, vincent, and cid).Just finished all the chocobo treasure hunting in FF9. Now I need to fint the rest of the coins.

Wow ever since mass effect 2 was announced for ps3 all the xbox fans are saying that the game was bad anyways and are using sales numbers for an excuse to say xbox is still better.Well of to subway to hopefully win something.

Have fun gaming :)

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Pandacastro
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:33:11 PM
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Someone keeps on missing the thumbs up button

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:37:35 PM
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Wish me luck guys, I'm off to the Casino Monday morning to stay the night. Although I'm sure I'd get a lot more out of the money I'm gonna burn playing PS3 games instead of casino games... oh well. Weeeeee!

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Snaaaake
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @ 11:43:45 PM

If you win big, post a GT5 copy to me.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 12:23:05 AM

World, "GOOD LUCK!!!

What Casino, & where????

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BikerSaint
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 12:04:17 AM
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I want both Castlevania & Enslaved now.

I saw a new enslaved video somewhere(still trying to backtrack to find it again to post it, & it's not from PSXE or YouTube) that I though was f'ing great.
Also, now I'm also no longer worried in the slightest thatEnslaved would wind up being one big babysitting chore cause Monkey does actually have a mind of his own, & he'll let Trip know it too. LOL

As for my own updates....
On my PS3,
Due to lingering intermittent carpel tunnel keeping me from doing the last 2 up-link missions in "inInfamous", I've set it aside for a bit to do some of my huge backlog of other PS3 games.

So I just finished both Fear 1 & Fear 2(F2 was tons more seriously freaky-deaky to me, especially from the time you enter the elementary school, to the climatic, cliff-hanging end.

Then I started "Jericho" yesterday, but got really bored with it in no time, so I'll just go back to it when I've not nothing else I want to play(which sadly means probably never).

So I finally ended up popping in "Alone in the dark:Inferno" for about hour before bed last night & I'm digging it so far. And for AITD being an older 2008 game, I was surprised to even see any notices that I got trophies popping up on my screen.

I also picked up LBP GOTY edition tonight(cost me only 99 cent after taxes when all was done), so I'll probably just do aquickie sampling of it for now, until I have a enough free time to put a serious hurting on the game.

On my double180 bot-box,
Just bought 2 double games for it,
"Banjo-Kazooie:Nuts & Bolts"/"Viva Pinata", and "Lego:Batman"/"Pure".

Hell, just not enough time in a day anymore, so I'm either going to need to find a time-portal machine, or a seriously modded Deloreon(sp?) that's stuck in reverse.

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StangMan80
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 12:29:43 AM
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What about Insomniac making another Spyro?

I would also like Naughty dog make another Crash game, which I think I might want more then Uncharted 3... maybe?

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Scarecrow
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 2:30:43 AM

The world would freeze for a bit in awe of those two companies going back to make an amazing sequel for those games....

Imagine what they could do with ps3's technology...

Won't happen, but it would be great.

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I'd like to see Naughty Dog develop a "mascot" game in their "off years" like Imsoniac does with R&C.

And would be cool that if Imsoniac decides to R&C that they create a new mascot/series.

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___________
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 2:53:28 AM

one can dream!
though, will never happen because insomniac no longer have the spyro license and nor do ND have the crash license.
well, if gameinformers to be believed they do, but, well they have misinformed us plenty of times so i seriously doubt its true!
id kill for it to be true, theres nothing in the world i want more!
but...........

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BikerSaint
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 9:25:43 PM

Hell, I'd love to see them do another Crash game, just for the return of those hilarious commercials alone.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 12:59:23 AM
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I get this strange feeling that due to Resistance 3 taking longer to hit the consoles that Insomniac has something real special planned. Expect a rather large increase in graphical fidelity and something ground breaking in terms of co op. The trailer although live action really gave off a left 4 dead co op vibe

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Scarecrow
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 2:16:16 AM
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I just want the Tokyo Game Show to get here

But other than that psyched for GT5 and LBP2, the stuff from Gamescon is amazing

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johnld
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 2:28:05 AM
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i guess i'm gonna be playing both without losing any money. the only problem is which game to borrow first.

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___________
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 2:51:27 AM
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its hard to say which would be better, Enslaved or Castlevania because there such different games.
im really looking forward to both, i hope we get a demo for them.
the vanquish demo is apparently releasing on the JP PSN network next week, god knows when will be getting it.

as for insomniac, i was really disappointed.
i was really hoping for a new full fledged sequel to R&C ACIT, not some co-op patch!
i really miss playing the old styled R&C games, there witty remarks have slowly dissolved as the series has gone on.
oh, what i would do for a R&C collection!

as for R3, its nice to see its in production, no matter how obvious it was!
i just hope they stick to the first game, FOM was a classic, one of my favorite shooters this gen!
resistance FOM = one of the generations best shooters!
resistance 2 = one of the generations most disappointing shooters!
i always said insomniac dont know how to make a bad game, but resistance 2 came dam close to proving me wrong!

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 3:39:31 AM

All 4 One is not a "co-op patch" for ACiT as you say. It fits into the canon of the original R&C series. Insomniac has stated numerous times that they have finished with the Future arc and so any more games will either revert to the original storylines, or be placed in a new timeframe.

Sure, it may not be the same as the originals, but a new direction isn't necessarily a bad thing is it?
Peace.

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___________
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 8:41:23 AM

no, i would not call it a bad thing but its so different from the series.
this would be a perfect addition to the next R&C game, a addition being the key word as a standalone its not really sufficient.
its like having MW2s MP mode as the game and not have the SP mode.
i wish insomniac would go back to the old style of R&C, as much as i liked the future ark its still my favorite ps3 game, but up your arsenal is still and probably always will be the best R&C!

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RobiinzZ
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 4:35:40 AM
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im not really interested in Enslaved or Castlevania and proberly wont get either, since there are too many good games coming out by the end of this year.

But im really lookin forward to resistence 3, i think it will end up being a big suprise.

PGU: bought resistence FOM and completed it in a couple of days, great story, hoping to get 2 soon so i know the full story ready for 3.
Im also going to try and plat ferrarie challenge since it glitched and never give me the trophie for completing arcade on ledgend, so now i have to do it again on a new save :(.

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Godslim
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 5:39:02 AM
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i think r3 will have a kick ass singleplayer but i didnt enjoy 2s mp much having luved the firsts

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Vivi_Gamer
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 5:40:09 AM
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I'm actually looking forward to Enslaved, it's the only game so far in the late 2010 which could be a first day purchase for me. I really just want an adventure game which is not focused on shooting, the action is appearently 30% of the game which is better odds than most games nowadays.

Though i am also looking forward to Brotherhood, but i have yet to play ACII so that will be the first thing i do when i get my student loan in late september.

I can't wait for Resistance 3, loved the 1 & 2. very curious to see what they will do with it. A co-op campaign is a must.

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JackC8
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 6:39:53 AM
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Enslaved is one of those games where I watch the trailer and it looks like a ton of fun. Castlevania looks like a good game as well, but I dunno. Enslaved is "I really wanna get that!" while Castlevania is "I'll read the review."

I'm still playing Red Dead Redemption and enjoying it quite a bit. The atmosphere is just fantastic - riding through the desert at night, looking up at all the stars in the sky. I often have to stop riding my horse just so I can look around at how fantastic the scenery is. I get a kick out of all there is to do in the game as well. Last night I wasn't having much luck with some missions I was trying to complete, so I played some liars dice and then got into a poker game - cleaned everybody else out!

Got Dark Void this week. It didn't get the best reviews but I had fun with the demo, and it was only $14. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion GOTY should be arriving soon as well. I want to get the Saboteur also; that game has always intrigued me. That should be a pretty full schedule until GT5 comes out. Hopefully I can find some time for Enslaved.

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LittleBigMidget
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 8:39:04 AM
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My PC friends just gang raped me. (Not literally) I was telling them how great it would be if they got a PS3 ect. Then they started an argument "Consoles are trash, PC FTW blah blah blah". its funny cuz the PS3 is more powwerful than 90% of PCs. Anyway...I think PC fanboys should just STFU and accept that consoles are better.

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___________
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 8:44:08 AM

more powerful than 90%^ of PCs?
you do realize the tech in the ps3 was what you found in a 2007 PC right?
any new PC would kick the royal tripe out of the ps3 and 360 put together!
not to mention theres so much more you can do with a PC, being able to pause a game and hop online for a guide really comes in handy!
than theres the mods, and most DLC for the PC ends up being free!

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LittleBigMidget
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 8:53:05 AM

lol Sorry, I was typing really fast, I was going to quote Patcher on something about the PS3 being more powerful than PCs ect. But I think you get you my point. Jes' my opinion that console gaming is better, and that PC gamers shouldn't brag or put down console gaming.

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ABUrabad
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 10:22:41 AM

yeah i think that pc's in general at this time has greater specifications than those of ps3 and xbox 360 but u should know that PC's are not dedicated for gaming as do ps3 or xbox ,in PC's a lot of its power is dedicated for the operation system along with other services running in the back ground

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___________
Monday, August 23, 2010 @ 8:11:23 AM

thats so not true, in fact the OS footprint on PCs is smaller than on consoles.
windows 7 runs perfectly with 256MBs of RAM, now considering all PCs these days come with 4GBs thats much smaller than the ps3s footprint.
though, PC gaming is extremely expensive!
i got a 470GTX the other day expecting to max everything out and get a easy 60FPS but on metro 2033, stalker, BFBC2 and such i can barley get 20!
1 9800GTX and 1 470GTX and i can barley get 30FPS.
its certainly a expensive hobby, but SO worth it!
i dunno why but i enjoy playing games allot more on the PC, like i really did not like metro 2033 much on the 360 but on the PC i cant get enough of it!

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GuernicaReborn
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 8:45:18 AM
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Ive been pretty busy the past month, but I finally got into Modnation Racers this past week. It just reeks of awesomeness. I could sit there for 8 hours just making stuff. I still haven't given the track creator nearly enough time either, I'll get into that this week. I want to make all the characters from Doug first though.

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ABUrabad
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 10:16:58 AM
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I really have high hopes for resistance 3 i really need that game to be well introduced to players more that that of the second part,I still dont know why the second part of game wasnt appreciated by gamers
it was tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome
my gaming experience : I'm playing at this moment army of two :40 day along with my brother on a split screen co-op and we are really enjoying it and I think this game my deserve a better review in general ,I think it one of the best co-op shooting game in the market at this moment, still looking for some time to go back and play MAG because simply i cant get enough from it

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nogoat23
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 12:24:36 PM
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Wow, those boys over at Insomniac sure know how to put together a good trailer. I've been looking for a good excuse to send them more money. I might have to give the Resistance series a try.

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sabitrulz
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 4:56:33 PM
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just heard that the ps3 version of mafia 2 is inferior to the 360 version, PS3 version of this game will be lacking grass, blood splatter, and clothing physics in the final build, key visual features that the 360 version will have.
http://n4g.com/news/585419/mafia-ii-final-ps3-build-has-no-grass-less-blood-and-inferior-cloth-movement
I'm tired of paying for inferior PS3 multiplats, so I canceled my one

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FlyingKickPunch
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 6:38:15 PM
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This week I've been replaying Ys I and II (TurboGrafx16) again, until I can get Ys 7...
And Dragon Quest 9 (DS) and Wonderboy III: The Dragon's Trap(Master System).
Oh, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (PSN). It's freaking awesome! Like River City Ransom on 'roids. :D

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FlyingKickPunch
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 6:53:36 PM

And I'm really excited for Metroid Other M next Tuesday.

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marcusfrommo
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 8:43:51 PM
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ben, isn't the new castlevania like gow1 and 2 in terms of the puzzle solving? How does it look? I've seen very vague actual gameplay of the game. I'm referring to the ps3 version by the way.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, August 23, 2010 @ 10:34:59 AM

That, I don't know.

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MadPowerBomber
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 9:14:20 PM
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I'm all for CastleVania, being a fan dating back to the original on the NES and in those weird NES-styled arcades. Plus, I'm a huge mark for Symphony of the Night, and keep giving Konami all the chances they deserve to replicate that experience (not the game itself, just the experience of that game) in a full, living three-dimensional environment.

My gaming week went like this: my PS3 stopped reading discs of any kind, the lens was prolly really effin' dirty, but I didn't dare open it to try to clean it, or I may destroy the thing altogether. I was using one of my roommates, and kept getting noobtubed on MW2, and got as angry as I did when I was a lot younger. I threw my controller on the floor and it bounced up and smacked my television. 50+ inch Samsung plasma... dead and gone. Only had it since April of this year. News got slightly better when I returned my PS3 after having it for a little over two years to Costco (buy your consoles at Costco, it falls under their satisfaction guarantee, meaning you can return it practically any time for a full refund). I got $550 for the machine, bought a new slim and a Tekken 6 arcade stick (finally, but the sad part is that I didn't buy it for the stick, or the game, 'cause I already owned the game. I just wanted the friggin' art book, so I paid eighty bucks for an artbook. Hahaha, dang,). Got the machine home, set it all up, and the next day decided to put my 500gb harddrive back into the machine that I bought for my original.

Well, firmware 3.41 didn't so much like that idea and said, "THIS IS NOT THE HARDDRIVE I WAS LOOKING FOR" and required me to redownload the update on my laptop, slap it into the PS3 slim via flash drive, and... presto! I have to reformate the harddrive... and lost everything I had saved to it in almost two years (i kinda sorta backed up the original 40gb harddrive onto a different flash drive that no longer works, so... I got nothing!).

Thankfully, I was wanting to start over on every game I own (with three exceptions, GoWIII, Assassin's Creed II, and Resident Evil 5 'cause I was really close to platinuming all three) on a new profile.

The only game I've played all week was Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, 'cause I'm a comic nerd.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 7:04:48 PM

The forced reformat of the hard drive is normal and not a function of 3.41.

It even happens when you send a PS3 to Sony for repairs.

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marcusfrommo
Monday, August 23, 2010 @ 12:42:18 AM
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If your a comic book nerd. u should check out manga. it literally blows away the typical comic book franchises. Okay, you or other people get excited about the next big comic book that becomes a movie. But with manga, their anime is mostly based on the manga. You don't necessarily have to go out and buy a manga to see if you like it. Go online and read and or watch the anime, (preferably the subtitled version) for free. then you choose if you want to support it.

Granted, manga books are in black and white, there half the size of a typical hardcover book, but the pages are typically an inch thick.

Hey, it's up to you.

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MadPowerBomber
Monday, August 23, 2010 @ 6:42:32 AM

Thanks for the suggestion, my friend, but you're about twenty-years too late. I've been reading Japanese comics since 1992 and watching anime since 1990. Which... doesn't seem that long ago.

However, I disagree with you. Greatly. I've read many American comics in the past twenty-six years since I started (I read my first comic at eight years old) from all over the world and while our comics aren't always written and drawn by Americans, those Brits often give us the best work in the medium. There is no Japanese equivalents of Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis or Garth Ennis. But even from a purely American standpoint, Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Azzarello, Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Frank Miller, Will Eisner, so on and so forth.

My current favorite comic book being published ANYWHERE is Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead. Being a huge fan of George A. Romero's zombie flicks, this is the best thing to happen to zombie fiction since Romero ripped Richard Matheson off to make Night of the Living Dead in the 1960s. Everyone should read that comic. Or at least watch AMC's television version of it in October.

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Dridion
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 6:03:32 PM

@MPB

You forgot about Geoff Johns. His work on GL has literally turned the franchise into more of a household name than ever before. Hopefully he can to the same to the Flash cause man oh man does it deserve it.

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