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Ben's Week In Review: September 12

I'm actually not home right now; giving you the Week in Review from a remote location. :)

Still unsure about Final Fantasy Versus XIII

Okay, so on the surface, it's a positive update: Square-Enix says they're developing Versus XIII with only the PlayStation 3 in mind. That's currently how they're progressing in the creation and design process. Hence, even if they do end up bringing it over to the Xbox 360, it'll have to be a port, which means we can all assume the PS3 version will be superior. As a rule, ports tend to fall well short. However, they also aren't saying the game will be a PS3 exclusive, and it probably wouldn't come as a huge shock to learn they're considering going multi...after all, it's sort of what they do now. This being the case, I just have to ask: they may not be developing it for the 360 but might they be considering that angle, if only vaguely...? In other words, might the designers be thinking to themselves, "gee, we might have to bring this to the 360 at some point so maybe we need to keep that in mind...?"

Get what I'm saying? When it comes to Uncharted 2 or MGS4 or whatever, those developers never once had the thought enter their minds. They did whatever they could to bring out the best of the PS3's hardware, and it showed. Maybe I'm just being overly nervous but the whole situation still sort of irritates me...

Okay, I have some faith in Itagaki...

Yeah, the guy always talks big. Having the "bad boy" image, it's sort of a requirement. Besides, the Ninja Gaiden titles have been pretty amazing over the years and Itagaki was part of a team that routinely produced top-notch presentations. I'm not saying the guy is a stone-cold perfectionist but I think our expectations should be high for Devil's Third. Itagaki's introduction of a "new gaming paradigm" may fly or stumble but for now, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. A game that looks like a cross between a fast-paced hack 'n slash and an over-the-top third-person shooter has a lot of promise; the premise alone is enough to gain attention. We'll have to see more media and gameplay before passing initial judgment, of course, but I believe the game could surprise a lot of people when it finally arrives in 2012.

Personal gaming update

I didn't quite finish Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions but I had plenty of fun with it, and I've also been playing Cladun: This is an RPG for the PSP. It's obviously geared towards veteran, old-school role-playing aficionados; all I can say right now is that if you enjoyed 3D Dot Game Heroes, you'll probably like this. It's more of a straight-up dungeon crawler but the intended audience is obvious. Beyond that, I'll be getting Halo: Reach in a bit, and I still have to review Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2. Oh, and I should have Quantum Theory right around the time it comes out - if not a bit before - so stay tuned for that later this month.

Okay, that's all for now. Long day, so I'm heading off to bed.

9/11/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (103 posts)

CharlesD
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 10:30:29 PM
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I rather liked the demo for Quantum Theory. However, it does not seem quite up to par with the others on my schedule but if it's decent enough I'll probably consider it. Fantasy Versus XIII, well I hope it turns out well, and Devils Third looks pretty bad a** if I may say so. I was rather disappointed with the H.A.W.X 2 demo. Hopefully, Ace Combat will be able to deliver a bit more..

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Kangasfwa
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 10:43:38 PM

What did you like in that demo for Quantum Theory? It was the worst demo I've ever played.

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Temjin001
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 11:10:55 PM

Charles, Charles, Charles, can I call you Chuck?

You did not like the QT demo. A joke, right?
I'm sorry, it's not possible for anyone to like that demo. A hundred red flags gets raised for a number of things including dang-near game plagiarism.

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Godslim
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 5:49:51 AM

yeh that demo was baddddddddd

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CharlesD
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 10:18:36 AM

hehe, there's no shot of me getting the game. The only thing I actually liked about the demo is the fact that the enemy's explode lol and no.. you may not call me chuck...

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Nickjcal
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 12:22:35 PM

the textures in that game looked so bad it made me cry haha

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Temjin001
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 6:36:53 PM

Charles it is =)


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DcIronfist
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 1:12:00 PM

Just tried and deleted after a semi play through of demo was not much I liked about it

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Riku994
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 10:39:13 PM
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I have nothing but faith in Nomura for FFv13.

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shadowpal2
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 10:45:00 PM

As do I.

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Fatcat3788
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 1:31:06 AM

Well considering how helpful faith was for the people in the Spanish inquisition...

Sorry I just had to say it... I do have high hopes for FFvXIII though. I believe this is going to be a wait and see kind of deal. Hopefully TGS will enlighten us to some gameplay and set the negativity positive again. Here's hoping

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Shams
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 10:45:25 PM
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I thought I heard something about Versus's online spec-requirements not being allowed on Live, which rather firmly squashed any chances of it reaching the 360.

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Riku994
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 10:48:36 PM

That's FF14 bro.

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Stabs88
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 10:54:28 PM

True story, it is for 14 and Versus will make the jump to the 360...but lets hope that they use the PS3 to its full potential! Fingers crossed for a great Final Fantasy...

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Shams
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 10:54:50 PM

Thanks, man. My bad.

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Temjin001
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 11:05:26 PM

It's a shame, isn't it?
MS Live's structure actually inhibits gamers from getting the most out of their online experience; this includes full games being bared from release.

Gabe Newell recently blasted MS for their closed, non-negotiable policies regarding Live; Team Fortress 2 players suffer because of it. FF14 has been put on indefinite hold with S-E claiming that it was because of MS's rigid Live policies that prevents the game from coming over-- hear that guys? you're paying for it and are getting less. Epic games wanted to bring the UT3 Titan_pack free to 360 users, but once again, rigid policies prevented them from doing so.

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 1:01:40 PM

@Sony_Only

The fact that it's even a possiblilty Versus XIII will be ported insures they will not use the PS3 to it's max. When you use the PS3 to it's max you get games like Uncharted 2, God of War III, Killzone 2 and 3 etc. These games wouldn't work on the 360. Versus XIII will have to be designed in the end with the 360 in mind. There for the game will not use the PS3 to the max.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 10:45:43 PM
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You're at a girlfriend's place aren't you Ben? You sly devil :P

I hadn't really contemplated that idea about the devs of Versus XIII gimping the game because of a possible port, rather than something that's already been determined. That's actually quite annoying. I sincerely hope that that isn't what they're doing.

I never got around to watching the Devil's Third trailer, but I did watch a ton of others. Erm, I don't really know about it. Ask me closer to release. I want to know who assigned Itagaki as being the 'badass of games'. I mean seriously, he could just deflate his ego a tad, or maybe pass a bit of it to Kojima. Hmm Ita-jima. Wait, what?

Personal Update:
Where do I start? Alright, I bought R&C: ACiT and plan on playing the Future arc after I finish the two PS3 GTAs. Also bought Bioshock 2. It was really cool because it was sitting on the shelf at JB HiFi for $59. I picked it up, then kept looking, only to see Bioshock 2: Rapture Edition on the shelf for... you got it, $59. So, I got the Rapture Edition with all sorts of slick artwork. So, I'll get to that series after R&C, or maybe before, I haven't decided yet.
I'm about halfway through Part Two of Anna Karenina, but I forgot to take it with me when I headed to the city, and of course while I was down there I went on a book-buying crusade and wound up with: Inferno - Dante Alighieri; Possession - A.S. Byatt; Middlemarch - George Eliot; and the one I read on the way back home Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut. If you like Vonnegut's dry humour, you'll love it. Many of his jokes make you feel guilty about laughing at them though, so, it's probably not for everyone. Great story though.
I have also decided that I want to get a real internet connection hooked up here, so I'm going to try to broach that subkect with Dad tonight. Wish me luck and persuasion skills.
I could go on, but that's enough for now.
Peace.

P.S. Again I ask, when will we be getting those interviews?

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kevinater321
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 7:07:50 AM

IMO play r&c before bioshock. Both are AMAZING games but for me r&c has a special place in my heart.

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Temjin001
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 10:49:11 PM
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Yeah, I have faith in Itagaki, too. He's directed two of my favorite gaming franchises, DOA and NG. Please, Tecmo, before you guys go out of business, bring DOA to PS3 so I can easily say good-bye to paying for xbox LIVE.

Hopefully, Square-Enix makes FFversus without making concessions for lesser storage space and different hardware. It is peculiar that FFXIII had exactly 6.8GB of game data(the max capacity of one 360 DVD). Maybe "all that content" that had to be cut out wasn't for time constraints alone =/

I finished up on Assassin's Creed 2. A great game. I'm not usually a big open-world gamer, but Ubi-soft did well blending stealth into an open-world design. But please don't milk it to death, Ubi!

I've been working on NGS2. I lost my save months ago and I'm working my way back to where I was--Master Ninja will be mine!

Halo: Reach, I don't know anymore. I'm beginning to be ideologically at odds with MS and Xbox. I think they've made some poor choices on the second half of this systems tenure. Nearly giving up on quality in-house games, and hedging their money on buying out timed-exclusitivity deals with third-parties, MS isn't doing much for me these days--Alan Wake may be good, but not my style. Sony said all along(a few years ago, actually) they weren't going to do third-party exclusivity deals. Instead, they've placed that money into quality in-house games that propel the PS brand. Now we have Uncharted, Infamous, Heavy Rain, LBP and other high quality games. MS has started and scrapped so many of their in-house franchises it's beginning to look like all they can do is buy out third-party deals because their in-house stuff isn't doing it. Look at Japan. They put real effort in the early days of 360 to capture Japanese interests (Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon) with no success.

So basically, I'm tempted to break ties with MS and Halo and realize that until MS gets their act together and can become trust-worthy as a leader and not a third-party contract dealer my time is better invested somewhere else.



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Shams
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 11:13:25 PM

That's pretty much why i sold my 360. I had it for NG2, then when NGS2 was released, i said i'd keep it for ME and Gears. When Gears 2 didn't do much for me (the story felt lame, the gameplay felt monotonous, but the visuals were certainly impressive for the most part), I found ME2 was great, but ME alone wasn't reason enough for my 360 taking up space. So I got rid of it.

Itagaki is no doubt a talented designer and developer. I'll keep my eye open for Devil's 3rd, but won't hold my breathe (it holds a current release date for sometime in 2012 if i'm not mistaken).

I'm kinda waiting for buy 2, get 1 free at the local gamestop, so i can repurchase a bunch of games i sold in the past (p2p transactions)...GOW 3, inFamous, Killzone 2, MGS4, Ratchet&Clank:TOD. Currently, I want to finish off LBP before the sequel is released. I'm going to play some U2, Wipeout, Motorstorm 1 & 2. I loved Demon's Souls, but the idea of incessantly grinding deters me from picking up another rpg for a while (like FF13), though I am looking for a copy of Valkyria Chonicles.

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Temjin001
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 11:44:44 PM

Yeah, grinding games wear on me, too. There was just one spot I grinded for a while on FF13. It's in these mines while taking a tunnel away from Gran Pulse. The combat droids, Hoplites, gave good TP and they were quick to destroy.

Yeah, I'll keep my 360 around. I promised my wife I wouldn't sell it =)
Not that she likes it; I just have a bad habit of selling things and then re-buying them. DOA4, NG2, Orange Box, Mass Effect and Bayonetta will be it's purpose =)

I totally regret having sold my two Motorstorm games. I loved the first. I got golds on every event but two. While I thought PR was mostly better, I felt some of the visuals didn't wow me like the first game did. The original PSN demo level was nearly hideous. Maybe the PS3 just handles barren dessert land and rocks better than dense foliage (some bad draw-in).

I can't believe that I still don't own Uncharted 2. I actually haven't owned either Uncharted game. I loved them as rentals. I just haven't gotten around to buying them. And Uncharted 2 deserves a buy.

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Shams
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 12:36:09 AM

I think they made some sacrifices in MotorStorm:PR to keep the overall performance consistent with the 4 player-split-screen, which wasn't in the first (and was one of the complaints against the first). But overall, i liked the visuals of both games (and the soundtracks were raging, too).

And, S.Temujin, congrats for being married early. Marriage ages have been steadily increasing due to increasing school-loan debts and such, so it's a good thing that you're ahead of the pack (and didn't have to pick between a loving wife and the joy of gaming!)

U2 is really a keeper. I'm not a big shooter-fan, but between the well-crafted mp, and a sp campaign that even keeps me coming back to it, I don't plan on selling this gem. A couple games like KZ2 and R&C:TOD, i gave away to a young cousin and a good friend, but i plan on repurchasing them. I traded in inFamous and GOW3 after platinuming them, but find myself wanting to replay them even more, so i hear you about no wanting to have to sell and repurchase games.

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Temjin001
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 5:31:57 PM

Ah, well, I'm 31 years of age and I have two daughters so I don't feel like I married that early =)

I work full-time and go to school 3/4 time and I have a rather modest amount of loan debt, for now.

I really wish I stayed in school just after high-school, as I realize now how much I love learning--hear that kids, don't take time off of school to play video-games and fool around with friends; an education is more important.

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 6:02:19 PM

MS uses over a GB for security related data. So that only leaves 6gb plus room left on the DVD for the developer to use for their game.

Hes correct when he says theres only 6.5 or what ever it is left on the disc.

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Temjin001
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 9:42:44 PM

And keep in mind, FFrulez, that for the 360 version the game still isn't working with 3x 6.8GB capacity (20.4GB) like it would have on one disc. Character models and some environment data, music tracks etc., have to be re-written to every disc. Where as on a single disc those elements only need to be stored once. It really is inefficient to have to use multiple discs.

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Hezzron
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 11:04:07 PM
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I finished Red Faction's story, but the hunt for the missing guerrilla missions continues. The trophy for doing all 104 is starting to look improbable. I'm stuck at 100.

I've fired up Mercenaries 2 as my next project.....what a piece of unfinished junk that is. I'm gonna need a real good game to play afterward as therapy.

Also this week in the "good times" department, I got a tooth crowned and my boy went for strabismus surgery. A thumbs up if you've had that done!

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JimNasty03
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 11:17:32 PM
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I know this is off topic but I really need some help with battlefield bad company 2. I need the trophy demolition man and I can't get it. Please help if you can. My psn is JimNasty03

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Riku994
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 11:23:03 PM

There's forums for these kind of queries.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 11:35:41 PM
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Announcement for 360 Versus is only a matter of time.
But I'm just itching to know how the game will play, if it's good then it's good.

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MadPowerBomber
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 11:47:27 PM
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As far as gaming goes, I've been moderating myself a lot more than usual. Normally, gaming takes up most of my free time (time not spent at work or with the gf and all that), but I have to get my book done as quickly as possible, so I've not been playing nearly as much as the norm. I've been playing God of War between writing sessions, and recently picked up Dead Space again (I have to replay everything after my harddrive was erased), and complementing those with more Super SFIV and Tekken 6. Outside of the actual gameplaying, I've been keeping up with my fighting game centric blog, http://round1fightblog.blogspot.com/, with some news and a write-up/review of Street Fighter: Eternal Challenge, and working as much as I can on the book -- which I just restarted again today. Yuck. I don't know if my self-imposed deadline of the end of September is a reality any longer, haha.

Other than that, I'm quite looking forward to fall's line up through the rest of the year. My eyes are on Spider-Man, Dead Rising 2, Castlevania, Force Unleashed II, and Black Ops. My brain's a bit scattered, so I can't remember what else is coming out. LittleBigPlanet 2, I think. Maybe some others.

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Condemnedsoul23
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 11:59:50 PM
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As long as they don't go nuts with versus 13 as far as changes I'll give it a try. I am really liking 13 though I will admit some of the classic stuff missing would make it ten times easier and probably more fun.13 is beyond a doubt the hardest one period with nothing coming close to it as far as difficulty. Picking the wrong paradigm at wrong moment can prove to be fatal and I think I have died more times so far in this than in every other FF combined. Bet it being very linear for a long period of time has a lot to do with it. Anyway, I'm crossing my fingers for versus and praying it's not too far off the path we've grown accustomed to.

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sirbob6
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 1:06:53 AM
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Lets see:
First off my computer is back from the blue so I can finally type on a key board than trying to manage the PS3 web browser thing.
Recently I have been trying to grind my way through Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway. I got this game a while back so I'm trying to finish it up. Story is meh, but the game play is different. I might of accidentally deleted my R&C: ACIT file so it will be a while before I get the heart to go back and try to get the last 2 trophies.
Anyways I will be looking forward to what happens with versus.

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JJJames
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 1:21:24 AM
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Lets just hope Square-Enix has some loyalty left for Sony.

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 2:11:07 AM

Ha...that ship has sailed.

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Fatcat3788
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 1:37:14 AM
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Only fear I have in regards to FFvXIII is that when it does get announced for Xbox... Are they going to pull that crap they did with XIII and make the Americans wait for the Xbox version again... I am going to have to go break someone if they decide to do it again.

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 2:10:32 AM
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I think your right about Versus XIII Ben. Even the idea that it might go multiplat will force Square to make sacrafices. In the end the game will not be what it could have been because of this.

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www
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 8:16:20 AM

Yes I know but $$$ keeps talking, its sad.

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SnipeySnake
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 2:50:27 AM
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What would you guys do if in TGS they announced that they decided to change FFv13's battle system to turn-based? xD

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TEG3SH
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 7:39:05 AM

i'll be as happy as a 12 year old girl in a justin bieber concert

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tes37
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 2:58:24 AM
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I'm waiting on a PSXExtreme review of FFVsXIII before making a decision to buy. If it's anything like XIII, it'll be a definite pass for me.

I watched the QVC Sony Move advertisement and I was surprised by how much is actually in the bundle. I was equally surprised to see the navigation controller missing from this bundle as well. Although I think it's an awesome deal, I'm sticking with Amazon. If I had missed the warranty extension on my slim, I would've considered it.

I haven't played much of anything lately, because of an injury to my thumb, but it's better now.

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 12:42:40 PM

Haha Versus XIII is at least a Nomura game so it will be better than XIII in that regard. But I do know what you mean. If it stays exclusive it will be a day one pick up for me. If it goes multiplat, it goes bargain bin.

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___________
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 3:59:02 AM
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im really looking forward to devils third not only because he made my favorite game NG, it also is something new, fresh and original, something that has not been done 15 million times yet! cough COD, cough MoH, cough halo.
nice to see some originality, i mean i can only play the same games so many times before i get bored shitless!

as for quantum theroy its exactly what i was expecting it to be as soon as they announced it going MP.
i was so excited for it, especially since its so much like gears and im a massive gears fan i thought it would be gears of war for the ps3.
o, how wrong i was!
oh well, serves those selfish bastard sellouts right!
fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!

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Deleted User
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 6:28:06 AM
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As i type this it's cloudy and rainy outside looks like its a perfect day for football and videogames (go JETS beat thos Ravens).

Well frist off i hope every thing is alright Ben....or are you at/on the way to the T.G.S or am i to early for that. I believe that Final Fantasy Versus XIII will stay a PS3 exclusive. I need more info on Devils Third before i get to hyped.

personal gaming update/plans
frist off i have not been playing much this week except for a game or two of Madden NFL 11 and NCAA Football 11. This weeks games i plan on playing are besides daily helpings of Madden and NCAA Football 11 i will be playing Bioshock 2, God of War Collection, Grand Theft Auto IV, and of course come Tuesday over on my 360 Halo:Reach. Can't wait for tuesday at Midnight :).

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 12:39:48 PM

I thought you "never heard of halo because you didnt play shooters"?

::facepalm::

You related to Anonymous Cowherd?

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Deleted User
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 12:49:00 PM

@Jawknee: NO. and i will try any thing frist before i cross it off my list shooter or not

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 1:03:14 PM

Haha ever heard of consistency?

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Deleted User
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 4:01:59 PM

@Jawknee: have u ever heard of variety i am not in to one type of like some people *cough* shooters *cough* fighters *cough* RPGs. i like to mix it up a bit.

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Underdog15
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 4:54:27 PM

I got some vicks if you want.

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Alienange
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 5:37:34 PM

You don't think maybe he was just being facetious with his previous comment about Halo?

Stop heckling the new guy.

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 5:57:45 PM

Next hes going to say he wants Black Ops. LOL!

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JackC8
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 7:03:15 AM
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Devil's Third looks a tiny bit interesting. As more information on it becomes available, I'll be paying attention.

I'm still playing Dragon Age Origins. It's a pretty good game - the story and characters are great, the combat requires a ton of strategy, and there are a gazillion things to do in the game. On the other hand it's got PS2 graphics, the worst farmerate problems I can ever remember seeing in a game, lots of loooooong load times and "saving content" screens, and every time I exit the radial menu my character seems to be stuck in place for a second afterwards. If you're in the middle of a battle and your health is less than 100%, that's plenty of time for enemies to score a few hits on you and kill you. This really could have been a great game, but with all the problems, it's just pretty good.

If this is the best Bioware can do with a PS2 game on the PS3, needless to say Mass Effect 2 is now on the "wait and see" list.

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Temjin001
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 5:21:21 PM

JackC8, while Mass Effect was far from from perfect(graphics and performance), there seemed to be a distinct presentational difference between Dragon Age and Mass Effect. Mass Effect has a significantly better appearance with less drab textures and better facial expression and detail. It nearly seems that entirely different teams are working on each respective game.

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TEG3SH
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 7:44:45 AM
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personal gaming update:

struggling through ff13 just beaten the prime-arch, god damnit i just wanna finish it, the story is decent but the gameplay is awful AWFUL.

i'm also playing ff8 on my psp. also i'm trying to decide which game to play between: Heavy rain, GOW3 and assassins creed, having so many options is super cool.

Finally can't wait for Vanquish :)

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www
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 8:07:04 AM

To me GOW3 is much awful compared to FFXIII :P

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TEG3SH
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 8:26:27 AM

really is it that bad ?

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TEG3SH
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 8:28:53 AM

I miss my pocketstation :(

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 12:34:57 PM

No TEG it isn't that bad. GoW3 is a much better game than FFXIII.

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www
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 1:42:59 PM

Ok Jawk, but to ME FFXIII > GoW3. Let's just say FFXIII was an exclusive game, we'd have high review scores. GoW3 felt like the PS2 GoWs with bit of next-gen touches, nothing new. Compared to Uncharted 2, Heavy Rain...ugh...GoW3 felt old.

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 2:47:37 PM

Final Fantasy XIII was a bad game because it was a bad game. Not because it was multiplat. I know what you mean about God of War III but it doesn't feel like a chore like FFXIII did and I'm sure once TEG plays it he will agree.

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www
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 3:11:40 PM

But at least any reviewer could tell you FFXIII like most other rpgs is very much WORTH your hard-earned cash just taking LONGEVITY alone into account.

I was pretty much done with GoW3 in like 3 days, and then there was nothing to do....It took me about a month and a few weeks to beat FFXIII, and I did it without ever riding a chocobo or completing all those C'eith tasks in the Gran Pulse, meaning there was still a lot of stuff to explore but that's just RPG, maybe we shouldn't be comparing the two. But seeing TEG saying its awful and then mentioning GOW3, which I found disappointing made me pass that comment.

Uncharted 2, Heavy Rain may not be rpgs but their still better than ffxiii. GoW3 feels old to me compared to these games. No way you could compare Jak&Daxter on the ps2 to Uncharted, look how far Naughty Dog came. Heavy Rain, should I say the most innovative exclusive thus far this gen. Finally, FFXIII, though turn-based was ditched, it offered a NEW battle system, at least we had something new. I look at GoW3 and there's nothing at all new, same old fighting moves, whereas Nero in DMC4 showed us something new with that devil-hand and even using Dante felt far different from his PS2 days. GoW3 is just too more of the same! Maybe am getting tired of Kratos.

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 4:01:27 PM

It was the fnal chapter in a trilogy. Why would they stray away from a formula that worked well for the first two in the trilogy. And while the new battle system in FFXIII was new it was hardly worth the change. it made the game almost unplayable for most. FFXII had a better battle system. Adding something new for he sake of adding new stuff isn't always a good things as proven with FFXIII's.

Longevity, FFXIII > GoWIII if you can stomach the tediousness of it all.

Fun factor(for me anyway) GoWIII > FFXIII.

Maybe you are just tired of Kratos. I spent over a month on the game getting Platinum and trying to beat it on Chaos. I spent far more time and had a lot more fun playing GoWIII than FFXIII. I haven't even finished FFXIII. I got to he end and gave up. Couldn't take it anymore. Felt like a 40 hour tutorial for a battle simulator.

Have you played other Final Fantasy's? I can't remember If you have said you have or not.

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www
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 4:10:35 PM

Yep I played X and XII, and I know turn-based was preferable to many but then, it was also slow, I for one liked the fast-paced XIII battle system.

You should try to beat FFXIII, I think its more possible than trying to beat GOW3 on chaos difficulty.

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 4:22:25 PM

Yea I'll try to beat it again at some point. The Battle system had promise and could have been awesome, the thing that ruined it for me was the inability to take control of the other characters and the fact the game ended if the party leader died. I think had those been different, I may have got much more enjoyment out of it. It just held our hand the whole way something i don't like in RPG's especially since FFVII, VIII, and IX are my favorite in the series.

Plus it seemed smaller and had less variety than the older games. Lacked the exploration and side quest elements that should be present in any RPG. X was linear too but it still had an ample amount of sidequests and a ton of exploring to do.

Things I did like about XIII, Vanille and the story. :)

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tes37
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 5:12:15 PM

When you set the ATB to active instead of wait, the battle system is faster in turn based rpg's.

I forgot to mention the battle speed can be adjusted as well. If it's too slow for some people, then all they need to do is change the default settings.



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TEG3SH
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 8:29:09 PM

I'm afraid to read because I don't want any spoilers . so sorry after the first 2 comment I didn't read any. although I know u guys are awesome and u won't ruin it for me, all i'm afraid of is the slip of the tongue ( after Jawknee's comment about Gow3 being so much better than FF13 I didn't read any afraid of slip ups ) so from jawknee's comment, I think (thank God ) that GOW3 is better than ff13, not to dis you www but FF13 albeit it is a good game it is not a final fantasy

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TEG3SH
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 8:42:36 PM

@ Jawknee, WWW & Tes
U know curiosity killed the cat, I couldn't live without reading them, so after reading them, again thanks for no spoilers. As much as I love FF13 as a game, it is not even close to any FF and I played most of them from 4- 13(still going), it is boring, bad and not even an an RPG it is a weird action adventure with a weird battle system.

@Jawknee

I though I was the only one who thought Vanille was the only lively character and yeah Sazh was super awesome 2

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 10:10:24 PM

No problem TEG. :)

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www
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 8:14:11 AM
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Halo Reach..ugh.. I got 360 but will never fall for the hype, maybe am not a big fan of sci-fi but I'd take Mass Effect 2 over Halo Reach anyday! At least we know what Robocop looked like, the bald-headed guy, and we see General Shepard of ME2 but I wonder if folks know what Master Chief looks like, always in a ridiculous helmet :P

And if Versus XIII is compromised again because of 360....hmph! There's still nothing we can do about it, I've given up now, everybody wants the $$$$$.

Waiting to download the FIFA 11 demo and finally getting the full agme after Oct 1 ;)

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Temjin001
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 10:32:52 PM

Yeah, I'm trying to resist the sensationalized appeal of Halo--the ads and glowing reviews are everywhere.

I have great respect for what Bungie has contributed for having re-defined FPS and consoles back in 2001. But this emotional "good-bye to Bungie" tug I'm feeling from many reviewers while grazing over posts seems to be influencing ratings.

I don't doubt the game is good, and probably better than ODST--that's not hard to top--but is it really a true benchmark of FPS greatness that makes it so much better than everything else that it's garnering a 94% aggregate rating on Meta-critic?

I think sociological culture shapes critical reviews. The 360 has made it's mark by combining Xbox Live with shooters. It's a fact when you see the sort of attach ratios Halo and CoD has had with 360 hardware.
The sort of reviews that Halo will receive will largely derive from the subculture of gamer that exists within this sector of gaming entertainment. Most 360 owners thrive on this style of game.

This is no different than the sub-culture that defines the Wii audience. Games such as Zelda and Mario will receive really high marks for being part of the subculture that defines Nintendo entertainment. But those same two franchises would not be received as well on 360 or PS3 audiences because the values and expectations are defined differently with these two systems. Basically, one gaming platform's high marks for a game would probably not transpose to another platform without a different set values weighing in on it.

Anyway, I've gone on enough. Reach looks cool, I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I want to play it. I'm not certain about buying future MS consoles so maybe I should cut my ties with Halo now. It's been a good series but not enough for me to continue to buy into their new system and services every time if their marketing ideology remains the same in the coming years.

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tlpn99
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 8:44:31 AM
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Deffo not getting Quantum Thoery after trying the demo. Thanks but no thanks.

I will be getting Halo Reach on Tuesday at midnight though.

For my personal gaming update, just recently clocked Mafia 2 and have now moved onto Spiderman Shattered Dimensions. The different Spiderman in each area, Normal Spidey as we know him, Noir (the sneaky/stealth Spidey), the Futuristic Spidey and the black suit Spidey all add a different element to the game. Really enjoying playing it right now.

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www
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 11:35:38 AM

"Deffo not getting Quantum Thoery after trying the demo. Thanks but no thanks."

Then I wouldn't even bother to finish the download I started, thanks...

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main_event05
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 12:12:53 PM
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4 DAYS TILL TGS!!!!

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Scarecrow
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 5:06:26 PM

'Bout goddamn time, I've been waiting for it for the longest time

Seriously, this will be the best week in gaming since E3.

Japan's gonna show off, I hope.

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Alienange
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 12:42:12 PM
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Seeing as how Final Fantasy doesn't hold a decent price for long anymore, I'm definitely going to wait on not only reviews, but a major price drop.

This is assuming of course that Versus even exists. So far it's been nothing but an empty promise and a CG trailer about nothing.

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 12:44:49 PM

Tell me about it. Final Fantasy games used to hold their value. My friend traded in his copy of VII back in the day. I advised him not to and low and behold he couldnt find a used copy when he wanted to play it again. When he finally did, it was too late and people were charging $80 plus over eBay and Amazon for one.

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leatherface
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 1:34:20 PM

80$ WOW!

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Scarecrow
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 5:04:44 PM

lol, FFXIII's going for as low as $20 on Amazon now.

Yeah, I'd say you should definitely wait for FF Versus XIII to drop down in value.

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 5:58:26 PM

That's the NEW price too isn't Crow?

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Scarecrow
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 5:59:38 PM

Yup

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 6:03:05 PM

LOL pathetic. oh how i wish i would have listened to you and saved my time and money.

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Geobaldi
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 9:02:34 PM

The prices dropped big time once the green label editions came out. Final Fantasy Tactics was just under $200 at one point on Ebay. Then the Greatest Hits Edition came out and now the original black label version goes for as low as $10 :(

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Temjin001
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 9:35:33 PM

Holy wow, it is only $20. I've held off on a purchase because I expected it to drop in price fast, but I didn't think $20 would happen until next year. I also noticed that Best Buy has had Bayonetta going for $20 for a while now, too.

I'll make another prediction: Split/Second will be had for $20 new by the years end =)

That's a game that's had some traction with me. But seeing that I'm getting revved up for GT5 and it is just around the corner, Split/Second may get ran over in the process unless it kicks it into high gear with a price drop =p

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 12:46:38 PM
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Devil's Third looks pretty sweet, but its still far off. I'm busy trying to finish a bunch of games that I never got all the way through, and I'm doing the Fallout 3 DLC, so far it is all utter crap except for Point Lookout. I won't be falling for DLC again.

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Alienange
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 5:42:52 PM

Is that DLC the buggiest thing you've ever seen or what?

Playing those is an absolute test of any gamer's patience.

I thought they were ok just because I got them with the GotY edition for $20. Paying 10 each though, would have been very painful.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 7:17:08 PM

I got the GOTY too, no way I was payin for each. Those are a massive chore. I just wanna get them done and over with.
And yeah, buggy as hell too.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 2:35:39 AM

When Gamestop had their "Power sale about 2 months back, I was able to grab the PS3 GOTY edition for only $39.99.

But, I still have yet to really play it though, as I'm playing GTA4 now.

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 12:53:46 PM
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In regards to Versus XIII. Square being the shisters they are now, I highly doubt Versus XIII is going to be one of these games like Uncharted 2 or God of War were they would be nearly impossible to port to the Xbox. The chance that Versus XIII might be ported tells you right there that they are limiting the game now in order for a possible port it later. Ben is 100% spot on with his worry and it's only a matter of time that Wada and the other talking heads at Squaenix squash aspiration for more money.

Bottom line, this game will not be one that will stand at the top with the best exclusives Sony has to offer for this reason. Remember, all Xbox exclusives can be ported to PS3, not all PS3 exclusives can be ported to Xbox.

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kevinater321
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 2:22:15 PM
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It's my birthday today :)

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WolfCrimson
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 6:16:48 PM

Happy birthday dude!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 7:22:01 PM

have fun!

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sirbob6
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 8:57:53 PM

Happy, Happy Birthday to you!!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 9:20:12 PM

Happy b-day!

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Shams
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:31:54 AM

Happy BDay, Kevinater! Whadja get?

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 2:37:03 AM

Happy belated BD!

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CrazyIrishBoy
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 7:47:05 PM
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Yea, they must have the 360 in mind during the ps3's development, else it would take too much time and effort to port it to 360 and drastically downgrade it, but it would be nice if they stick to their word so we can compare the two versions.

Finally picked up FFXIII for €20 and Prince of Persia for €9.99 in GAME with the steel cover :) But now my ps3 ain't reading blue rays :O I think I just need to open it up and clean the lens.. ill get on it tomorrow.

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CrazyIrishBoy
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 8:09:59 PM

not sure why the euro sign comes out as € , but just so u know i was using a currency :P

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CrazyIrishBoy
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 8:10:45 PM

no, i can see it now, must be just my browser acting the tool, im gonna stop talking to myself now...

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Victor321
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 9:21:19 PM

Lol you crazy irish boy =P

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Victor321
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 9:21:00 PM
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This past week, I...

-played the new DLCs for Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age: Origins; were great packs, am looking forward to more DLC (for ME2 at least, the Witch Hunt DLC is the last to release for DA:O, as most likely, Bioware wants everyone to focus on DAII) and their respective sequels.

-started my last year in high school, finished the first week...should be interesting, to say the least....got an essay as my first assignment...awesome....^.^

-got Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep and Valkyria Chronicles II; awesome RPGs to have right now on the PSP and I love both series!!

-celebrated the Playstation's 15th anniversary by playing everything on my PS3, non-stop! Nothing better than that!!!


Well, maybe cake....


-played Motorstorm: Pacific Rift here and there, may even jump into FFXIII just for some quick battling

-may start up MGS4 again; been a long time since I played the game XD


As for next week, I...don't really look forward to anything, I merely hope for more awesome game news and reviews here ^.^


(and that life continues for this young man)

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th3_bLy
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:53:57 AM
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I can't remember the source, but I read an article where Nomura was interviewed about FFvsXIII, and he said that he was focused solely on developing it for ps3. Obviously, that was a real long time ago, but hopefully he did just that and focused on maximizing the ps3's potential. If they do a port, I hope Nomura isn't part of it lol

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FlyingKickPunch
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 4:19:34 PM
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Final Fantasy 14 on the 30th!

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SirLoin of Beef
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 8:02:30 AM
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I, as well, played both the new DLCs for Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age: Origins. Was disappointed in the length of the DA:O one though felt it wrapped up a portion of my warden's story nicely based on the decisions I made in the game. Really dug the ME2 DLC. Out of the two games, it seems BioWare put more umph in the ME2 stuff.

I started a new ME2 game. Was going to start it up in ME and work my way through both but I decided against it. Being an adept is the way to go!

Finally, thanks to the good people at Walmart, I got my copy of Halo: Reach a day early. So far, so good. The graphics good a nice upgrade from the previous titles and the gameplay is pretty good. I'm not big into FPS but do love the Halo games. Is it worth the hype? Can't say yea or nay at the moment but I'm having fun with it.

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