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Ben's Week In Review: October 31

Happy Halloween! Don't care too much about this particular holiday, but I suppose others do. Girls dress up like whores...I suppose that's worthy of notice.

Everyone needs to be excited for Brotherhood

Not enough people around here are hyped for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, damnit. When I saw the news that the game had gone gold, I immediately remembered just how much I loved the first two games. The first established the foundation and it gets a bad rap these days, which is really unfair. The sequel remains one of the best games of the generation, and most any critic anywhere will say the same thing. As for the new iteration, let's not forget that it was named Best Multiplayer Game of E3 (that's saying a lot, people), and Ubisoft swears on a stack of Bibles that the single-player campaign is very, very fulfilling. A European source I saw recently had a Ubisoft rep saying it would take 35 hours to do everything, which is fantastic news. I dumped a good 30 into ACII; it's still the closest I've come to a Platinum.

Everything was just so meticulously well done in ACII; the cities, the people, the animations, the atmosphere, the story...it was just so beautiful. Ezio is one of the biggest bad-asses in the realm of video game heroes, and I'm not sorry at all that he's returning. My only reservation for Brotherhood is that they might not focus enough on the stealth aspects, as I've seen a lot of action-oriented game sequences. I also don't like the idea of being forced to issue orders to others. But even so, I want it...badly.

Man, the PS2 was one godly machine, wasn't it?

It's easy to forget that the PS2 has been around for 10 years. In looking back, that was a system that delivered on all fronts throughout the majority of its tenure, and we all have so many memories. From the GTAs to the MGSs to the FFs to the GTs to the GoWs; there were so many classics, and let's not forget about the artistic masterpieces like ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, Rez, Okami, etc. I was still in a pretty hardcore RPG phase but the PS2 gave me a chance to enjoy so many other genres, and I branched out. The PS1 still remains the RPG king in my eyes and it wasn't until the PS2 where I started to go, "hey...that's not an RPG and it looks pretty damn fun." And this is how I ended up being as diverse as I am now; it was thanks to the franchises I mentioned above, along with a few other noticeable titles. I won't ever forget the memorable Final Fantasy X, Grand Theft Auto III, or Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and that's only a small selection.

Here's hoping we talk about the PS3 with just as much - if not even more - reverence in six years time. :)

Personal gaming update

I'm pretty much done with Vanquish and I've started on the Killzone 3 beta. I haven't played long enough yet to write up a full hands-on of my experience but I will say that much of the weight seems to have disappeared. I mean, it's certainly heavier than the gliding-on-air in Call of Duty or whatever, but it's definitely more fleet-of-foot than KZ2. I'm not sure if I like that. But beyond this, there's no denying the amazing quality, and we're only looking at a beta. Besides, the small twists given to the multiplayer are really effing cool; the up-close kills, the cut-scenes during certain modes that give it a slight story feel, the career options (Engineer, Marksmen, Infiltrator, Field Medic, and Tactician), etc. And oh yeah, it looks pretty damn amazing. Besides this, I still have to review Saw II: Flesh & Blood and Shaun White Skateboarding.

The other November release that should be good is Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit; the demo was fun and Criterion doesn't really know how to produce an inferior racer. And I'm sure everyone here is on pins and needles awaiting the Black Ops review... ;)

10/30/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (91 posts)

frylock25
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:13:21 PM
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well my personal gaming update i have been playing final fantasy 13 and just cause 2 from gamefly. i also played new vegas this week. ff13 is so damn boring its unreal. i keep playing just to play it. it really is a pretty game but i just get so bored playing. i still own original editions of 7,8,9 and 10. played all of them and loved them. this one is just boring.

just cause 2 is a lot of fun. could be better but it is still fun to just screw around with. would not pay $60 for it though, probably like $20.

i really like new vegas and think its a great game. i have played for hours without major glitches and freezes much. occasional framerate slow down but just like F3.

i dont have enough time in one day to play all the games i want to play.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:32:51 PM

FFXIII doesn't get going until about the 15-hour mark or so. Just so you know.

Feels like a completely different game after that, though.

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frylock25
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:45:39 PM

yeah i heard that a lot and im giving it the chance. its getting a little better as im going but its so slow. anyway im not sure if im behind in game play from my clock. i sometimes let things sit in menus while i do somthing. im about 15 hours on my game clock but i just got odin. not sure if i should be farther for where you were talking?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 12:00:14 AM

Uh...Odin is most definitely not 15 hours in. I think it's like 6 or 7 hours in.

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frylock25
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 12:08:14 AM

yea well i fell asleep with the game on a few times and the counter keeps goin ya know. i knew i wasnt 15 hours actually into the game. i have done that with a few games and it really screw up trackin my play time.

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Jawknee
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 2:37:34 AM

Yea, what ffrulez said. It peaks in a nice open area then it goes back down hill from there.

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TEG3SH
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 4:11:17 PM

i'm with Ben on this one, it totally opens up after the 15 hours mark also the story will keep u hocked till the end.

waiting for my ps3 to come next week :), cant wait to Move also

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Snaaaake
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 7:16:43 PM

You mean that the linearity stops after 15 hours?

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:20:56 PM
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Haha, Halloween. No, you can keep that one.

I really have nothing more to add on AC: Brotherhood than I've already said numerous times. It looks very interesting, and downright cool. The multiplayer experience should be rather unique, and the single player should be even better and more fleshed out than it was in AC2, and from what I gather, that game really fixed a lot of the waffling that went on in the first. If it doesn't get a better average score than AC2, I'll be very surprised. Still gotta pick that up.

I think the fact that companies are remaking and rereleasing PS2 games just goes to show how legendary the system was. To think that some of the games still appeal to a large group of people, when there are newer games that are far more technically proficient, is a marvel. I am actually thankful to those companies for doing that, as it gives me a chance to play over some of the classics that I missed, as well as letting other people that perhaps passed on them at the time to experience their greatness.

Do I think we'll be saying the same thing about the PS3 in the middle of the next generation? Hell yes. I mean, just looking at some of the games that have already been released: MGS4, UC2, inFamous, Demon's Souls, and some of the titles that are yet to hit: GT5, TM, KZ3, The Last Guardian; there is no doubt that there is an equal level of quality. Add to that all the other capabilities of the system that we brag about now, and I feel that it will go down as being worth revering, if not being particularly influential.

From what I gather, the reviews of those two games are going to hurt you. I've seen nothing particularly good on either, but perhaps Hot Pursuit can make up for that.

Personal Update:
Finished Enslaved yesterday morning, and what can I say, one of my personal favourite games so far. The review is in that direction <<<< and a little bit that way ^^^. I've now gone back to play The Ballad of Gay Tony, and am liking it thus far.
Actually, that's all that's worth mentioning this week... Well that's boring.
Peace.

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nogoat23
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:23:35 PM
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pins AND needles!

OW! OW! OW!

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hellish_devil
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:30:55 PM
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I'm 4 trophies away from Demon's Souls platinum, all four are "Best weapon by..." trophies. They are Bladestone, Marrowstone, and 2 others that I can't recall now.

Getting from pure black character tendency to pure white character tendency was HARD (kill 10 black phantoms!) juat to get that damn friend's ring, but possible.

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johnld
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 11:01:49 AM

you kinda didnt have to get pure black tendency. midway this october, there was an online event. it was pure white world tendency online for 1 week and pure black world tendency after that until the 31st for holloween.

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johnld
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 11:03:19 AM

you kinda didnt have to get pure black tendency. midway this october, there was an online event. it was pure white world tendency online for 1 week and pure black world tendency after that until the 31st for holloween.

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hellish_devil
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 11:34:48 AM

Chracter tendency, not world tendency.

Black phantoms only appear on pure black world tendency.

Besides, I play offline.

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Shams
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:32:19 PM
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AC:Brotherhood is really shaping into something. The use of vehicles is always a welcomed addition especially in an open-world game, and though i didn't find much replay value in the first two games, it's often that we don't see everything a studio wishes to put in until after a couple iterations. Being able to parachute in for a kill seems like a nod to Just Cause, so i'm glad there will be an emphasis on fun, and trust they'll provide us with the same cinematic story-telling that the series is known for.

I finished playing Force Unleashed 2 on Friday night, and did enjoy my experience. i'll get to work on my user-reviews for both Lords of Shadow and SWFU2, right now.

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Shams
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:35:28 PM

Well, I just nabbed a copy of DarkSiders, so i guess i'll have to hold off on the user-reviews for a bit more.

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Temjin001
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:42:13 PM

ooh, Awesome find there Master Shams. Darksiders is an under appreciated action-adventure. It doesn't look like much, visually. But it really has it where it counts. Picture NG Sigma (the first one) but balanced more as 50% action 50% adventure. The combat is very well done, and surprisingly very robust, especially when you get deeper into the game. ANd there's a few very awesome boss battles that'll test the ninja in you. The story is also stronger than most of it's type. I eagerly await it's sequel. I'm thinking of platinum'ing it.

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X_shadowkilla_X
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:33:25 PM
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assassins creed brotherhood...d1p. already pre-ordered from BB...the first 2 were amazing, i have high hopes for this one too. November 16 cant come soon enough :)

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Gordo
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:35:10 PM
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Not sure if I'm going to buy the new Assassins Creed game as i put 40 hours into the last one and that might be enough for me for the next little while.

Personal Update:
Have been enjoying Vanquish for the last week. Was loving it so much that I restarted the game when I was half way through. Missions that took me 30 minutes the first time now take only 5 minutes. Trying to savour the gameplay Wonderful.

I'm half way through Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition and wondering if I will be able to go back to it after Vanquish. Its tank controls seem like the total antithesis of Vanquish.

Ah well, good to be a gamer... Will keep me going until GT5 finally drops.

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Temjin001
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:37:17 PM
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I look forward to how the next AC turns out. I'm really impressed by how the series has integrated open-world design and stealth action. For me, if I were in the shoes of a dev, it would seem to me very challenging to make a good working game like that. There's just so many things to juggle. AC has achieved it very well, indeed.

There's no doubt that the PS2 was a fine time in gaming. So many great hits. So much to play, the industry was booming strong and everyone seemed happy in gaming land.

I've put all other games on hold as I'm working my way through Castlevania: LoS. The game is BIG. It's also somewhat different than what I originally perceived it to be. It manages to maintain some core classical Castlevania concepts that become much more evident the deeper you get. Like previous entries in the series, your character's own abilities act as the key to solving many puzzles and proceeding into new territory. THis becomes a major component in the game about half-way in. In fact, i think the balance of the game's play has shifted from 3/4 action and 1/4 puzzle to the exact opposite of that. It's no GoW clone for sure.

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Jawknee
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:53:21 PM

Yup, Castlevania sets it's self apart from God of War. It's only similar in mechanics. Really liked it. I just completed it today. I'm going to try and get platinum.

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frylock25
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:47:11 PM

Jawk how long of a game is it?

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Jawknee
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 12:17:18 AM

Um..i think i put about 35 hours into it. That included playing my first play through on hard and searching for all the magic, health and item upgrades as i progressed. I ended up collecting everything just before the final boss. I still have some challenges to complete as well. I was worried this game was going to suffer due to multiplat status but it has not. The only problem i have with it is the frame rate could have been a bit higher. Nice looking game but has a choppy frame rate. Especially if you have played God of War. It rarely had any extreme frame rate dips. It just seemed to consistently choppy.

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Temjin001
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 1:30:57 AM

Dang man, you're pretty intense, Jawknee. I usually don't engage most games on hard mode right from the onset. I did for Infamous, but that's about it.
I think I'm nearly done with the game. I'm on the third titan-like flying bone dragon boss.

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Jawknee
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 2:10:10 AM

Yea, I died a lot but it was fun. I try and get the Easy, Normal and Hard Trophies for any game that has them in one play through. Knock all three out in one run.

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TEG3SH
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 4:15:54 PM

did that with the second uncharted, I usually prefer to play games on the hardest difficulty although usually it is not as fun as playing it at Normal

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Jawknee
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:37:51 PM
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Ben, if/when you review Brotherhood, can you let us know if there is any screen tearing or not. That would be mucho appreciated. =)

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booze925
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:09:09 PM

knowing assassins creed, it will be mediocre in the graphics and sound effects department

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:16:39 PM

I'd disagree with you there Booze. The first Assassin's Creed had some of the best graphics that I'd seen up until that point.
Peace.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:34:23 PM

booze, you're out of your mind. ACII is one of the best-looking games of the generation. Period.

Jawknee: The screen-tearing issues in both games have been greatly exaggerated. It exists, but considering how much detail and the insane scope of the game, I never even notice.

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Jawknee
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 12:12:02 AM

I don't know Ben, i played AC2 and it has some of the worst tearing i have seen. I got a head ache if i played too long.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 12:37:06 AM

Sounds to me like you just kept playing looking for it. I really didn't care. Too much going on.

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Alienange
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 12:40:09 AM

Jawknee seriously. Talk about exaggerating. A headache? Really? If the graphics in AC2 gave you a headache you have got to get your eyes checked man.

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Jawknee
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 2:06:38 AM

Lol, okay, whatever Alienage. That's fine, you don't have to believe me. It strains my eyes thus causing the head ache. Uncharted DF has a similar effect. Effects different people in different ways i guess. I'm not the only one I know who was bothered by it. It's inexcusable in my opinion. There's no reason it should occur except out of pure laziness on the developers part. Other developers have who have made more visually demanding games have proven that.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 5:16:15 AM

I sorta agree with booze...I've played the brotherhood beta and was not impressed by the graphics at all...I havent played the first two either. I know it's a beta but stil...they werent impressive in the slightest, just above average if you ask me 0_o. IDK maybe I was expecting "the best graphics of this generation". I didn't notice any screen-tearing though Jawknee, but then again this was before I got a HDTV so who knows.

Yes, Uncharted 1 has some down-right TERRIBLE screen tearing. Ofcourse ND were probably rushed to get it out before holidays by sony, rightly so because all other games were bairly decent (Lair anyone?). You have to admit though, the game is stunning. I would still buy that game for £40 today no questions asked. I hope ND either create the BEST game ever released with uncharted 3, which if they wanted to improve on the sequel thats the only way they could go. If not I'd prefer a new IP.

Anyway thought I'd do a little "personal update".
Okay so as you all know, it was my birthday on the 26th. (what's that? You didn't know that!? :( ) I got 2 games and a HDMI cable. The 2 games being R&C: Crack in time & InFamous. OOOOH MYYYYY JESUSSSSS FUUUUCCC****ING CHRIST 1080P IS AMAZING!!!!! This is comming from someone who thought GT5P couldn't possibly look any better on my little 15" 560i 10 year old SHARP tv, but holy JESUS!! Honestly...WOW. It's gunna take some getting used to though OMFG THIS LOOKS SO GOOD everytime I turn on the tv, lol. R&C Is great, reminds me when platforming used to be the norm in most games. Humour is great, sorta like spongebob; you'll find humour init no matter what your age. BTW was the adam west voicing the big green guy? Sounds like him. I was sad to see there being 0 graphical improvement from quest of booty, which, in my opinion, was improveable. Water effects are sweet though, I imagine ND lent a few ideas on that one. I'd rate it about 8/10 so far. InFamous, reminds me of spider-man 2. I just get giddy when I'm walking across the street knowing I can f*cking bring down lightning on anyone who gives me a funny look. I know that wasnt in spider man 2 but w.e bad example. Oh yea and I broke my controller, again. I've just gotten way too serious on UC2 multiplayer. I REALLY want to get atleast 2.00 KD/R by the time I'm finished with it. So when someone is teleporting, killing me through walls, I get angry. Very angry lol. I just sat their in amazement that someone was shooting me in 1 shot after i'd already loaded a clip into him, then i pressed on the R1 button too hard and the whole controller broke in half. IDK maybe the screws were lose but everything fellout of place. I was in super angry mode then so i threw it away lol. ANyway I fixed it in the end, bandages all over it :P Anyway that's just about all my gaming update...oh and im at 593 trophies...w00t

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www
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 7:54:31 AM

Jawknee I know the headache you're talking about, I think it has the do with the PS3's constant use of the quincunx anti-aliasing which comes at a cost of leaving pretty much everything BLURRY, this not a problem with 360 as the employment of MSAA doesn't give that blurry vaseline effect, this was very apparent in ACII which I played on PS3. Screen tearing can't give headaches, it's rather viewing blurry or dimmed stuff for long periods of time.

And I don't think ACII is one of the best looking games this gen, Red Dead looks better, the details on horses is enough comparison.

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Jawknee
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 12:44:21 PM

AC1 did the same thing to me www and I played half of it on the 360. So it's not the AA. It's the constant tearing when you turn the camera. Only games with rampant screen tearing do it to me. What's the point of having far reaching land scapes and pretty graphics if the buildings and trees are just going to tear in half when you turn the camera?

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Victor321
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:57:00 PM
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My Week in Review is pretty simple.


On October 30, my birthday happened =)

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frylock25
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:08:19 PM

happy bday man how old??

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:14:48 PM

Happy Birthday for yesterday.

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FullmetalX10
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 9:01:22 AM

Happy yesterday birthday!!!

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Victor321
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 10:27:52 AM

Thanks guys, and I turned 17 ^.^

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FullmetalX10
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 12:49:00 PM

I reckon' you might be one of the youngest PSXE members as of now, seeing as you're one year younger than me. I know we did a who's the youngest member thing before, though I can't remember anyone being younger...

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Victor321
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 1:33:38 PM

@ FullmetalX10

I feel so cool that I'm one of the more younger members of PSXE because I'll carrying on the tradition of this community for a much longer while hehe ;)

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BikerSaint
Monday, November 01, 2010 @ 1:55:44 PM

Victor321,
Happy belated to one of the youngest here,
From the oldest here(57, and about to become 58 on November 5th).

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booze925
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:10:30 PM
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assassins creed 2 gt boring after 1 playthrough and brotherhood will be no different.
pass.
killzone 3 had a bad cast but amazing multiplayer.
buy

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:33:21 PM

...who the hell is playing ACII over again?

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johnld
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 11:08:50 AM

i have to agree with ben right here. playing assassins creed once is good enough.

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FxTales
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:48:12 PM
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Ok way off topic but I can't seem to find an answer anywhere and there's usually a lot of well informed people on the site but I have a text from my brother stating he's downloaded the Undead Nightmare dlc but it won't work for him, I can't help him as I'm not there but it seems odd that it won't work given that the game and dlc have been purchased in the same country.

Any help would be much appreciated and I'm sorry to post it here but no luck so far.

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frylock25
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:55:35 PM
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I told my cousin that it has been 10 years since the ps2 came out. he replied "thats it? it feels like it has been longer."

15 years of playstation has really opened my eyes to so many different areas of gaming that i never tried before ps came along.

Heres to another 15+ years of PlayStation!

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Highlander
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 12:20:52 AM

The PlayStation has been good to us, hasn't it?

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Qubex
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 9:16:14 AM

Its sad we have to die some day, we can never enjoy the rest of it... can you imagine a Holographic PlayStation one day... too bad I guess... Life really is too short.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Snaaaake
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 12:31:14 AM
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I feel sad everytime I see the marked date "2nd" of November on my calendar.
And it's the day after tomorrow too.

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johnld
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 11:12:55 AM

well, dont look in the target ad. it still has gran turismo 5 out on nov 2

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Alienange
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 12:32:40 AM
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Considering AC:B has the highest pre-order of the series, I'd say people are taking notice. The petty complaints around here about the previous two games can't be taken seriously. As you say, it's one of the best series of this generation.

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Highlander
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 1:39:36 AM
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Let's see....

Played the NFS Hot Pursuit Demo. Liked it pretty well, so I hit Amazon for a pre-order. Pretty cool pre-order bonus, get the limited edition and $20 off your next game. Sweet.

Still playing through Atelier Rorona which is endearingly charming and harmless and fun...

Just signed up for the PlayStation Rewards Beta program, that should be interesting.

I also just remembered that the upcoming GT5 does some kind of sharing thing with the PSP version of GT, so I need to play that some more to boost my garage there in the hope that I can transfer some of it...

And of course I found time to do a couple of user reviews along the way. All in all a pretty good week in gaming.

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Kr3sn1k
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 2:05:46 AM
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By the time AC drops i should be done with fable 3 which im loving but it is a downgrade from the second in my opinion
but anyway really enjoyed the first ACs two and seeing as one of my favorite chacters comes from ac cant wait for the new one to come

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___________
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 2:11:52 AM
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dont think its unfair at all, AC was repetitive and boring so its more than fair it cops the slack for it.
though they totally fixed that in the sequel, people need to learn things can change and quite quickly!
after the first AC i was not going to buy the sequel, till i saw some gameplay trailers than that swayed me and now its by far one of the industries finest!
not to mention its the only game out there that does not have a typical hollywood farfetched storyline.
really starting to get sick of those, you know the oh the worlds being invaded so i have to go save it, or the lets go travel half way across the world to look for a artifact we dont even know exists.

as for the KZ3 beta im kinda in 2 minds.
ones so impressed how good it looks and how well it runs considering its only alpha code its good enough to be retail code!
others really disappointed how different it is from KZ2s MP.
the MP from KZ2 is one of the only things i liked about the game, i normally hate MP but KZ2 really sucked be in, well that and R2 are really the only games i can enjoy playing online.
why did they have to change it?
as the saying goes, if it aint broke dont fix it!


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hellish_devil
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 9:52:03 AM

What exactly changed in Killzone online part? Cause that's the only game I play online and I love it.

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Jawknee
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 3:01:59 PM

I wouldn't listen to him hellish, or at least take what he says with a grain of salt. He's not exactly reliable.

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TEG3SH
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 4:20:01 PM

never liked resistance, but blanks if u liked resistance MP i think there are a lot of better online shooters the first COD included. I just don't see the reason behind that.
Again Not saying it was bad as a SP game , just as MP there are alot of better MPs out there

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___________
Monday, November 01, 2010 @ 7:30:50 AM

i enjoyed R2s MP because of all the co-op modes, they were allot of fun joining up with 7 other friends and taking down some of the games larger enemies.

KZ3s MP mode is so different to KZ2s.
before you had custom matches, KZ3 has none of those and GG said on the site there not coming back.
nor are spawn grenades, one that really annoyed me, spawn grenades were the best part of KZ2!
the weighty controls are gone, there are no ranked matches out of all the games ive played(50+) almost all of them have had me up against people who have three times my level!
how is a level 5 suppose to kill a level 20?
the weighty controls are gone.
the hit detection is all over the place.
they have changed the weapons accuracy and dammage too, in KZ2 LMGs and SMGs were useless unless the enemy was 2mms away from you.
every match i have played in the beta someone has killed me using a LMG or SMG from 1KM away!
since when can you snipe with high rate machiene guns?

the MP from KZ2 was sooooo addictive!
the matches were so well balanced, and shootouts were exactly that shootouts.
KZ3s beta you get shot once your dead, no more shootouts you just fire one bullet and the guys dead.
wheres the fun in that?
only thing so far i like about it is the jet packs, but even there a little iffy, i mean you cant fly or hover with them all you can do is jump slightly higher.
whats the point of that?
the exo skeletons are way over powered too.
ill be trying out the MP when KZ3 releases, but if its like this ill be going straight back to KZ2.
lost interest in the KZ3 beta, i just dont enjoy playing it anymore.

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FM23
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 5:27:00 AM
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ACII was great, but the combat needs to be upgrades in Brotherhood. It's a good game with a great story, but the gameplay gets boring and repetitive when R1 and square become your best friend. It's like GTA repetitive, but feels more repetitive. Blocking and waiting for a group to attack in a singke file order gets old real fast. The platforming is good, but the flow of combat needs to be enhanced. Not speed up, but actually given some challenge. Aside from that, games with great stories/atmospheres do the job and ACII is just that. Every game is repetitive, but R1 and square is all you need to beat this game. I hope they give you more freedom and control over the world around you because after playing Fallout 3 and New Vegas, open world games like RDR, GTAIV, and ACI and ACII don't deliver. I know is suppose to be a different experience, but when people say Rockstar is the king of open world gaming...I think Bethsheda and gang might beg to differ. Everything most opend world games are either go here shoot this, or go here and assisinate that. I was playing New Vegas today and all I could focus on was how my action affected everyting around (in a gaming sense) and how I could choose to be an all out killer, a trained sniper, or a geek who gets out of situations the nice guy way which really creates some much variety in the gameplay. I was reading an article for Brotherhood in gameinformer, and I can say all my concerns seem to be addressed so far and the game just seems like it will be a real upgrade. I know they will deliver a great story, but fix the easy combat and give the world around me more life. ACII was great, ACBH seems like its going to be a masterpiece.

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Deleted User
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 6:31:48 AM
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i'm very hyped for Assassins Creed: Brotherhood. the only problem i have is i can't get anymore games till next year it gets very busy in my house this time of year. between halloween and christmas and new years so it looks like i'll be stuck playing demos for awhile. oh and one more thing **** Black Ops.

My Personal Gaming Updated
Well earlier this past week i beat spider man on normal. I really enjoyed the game best spidy game ever. Do your self a favor and pick this game up. On Friday i picked up The Sims 3, Dragon Age Origins Ultimate edition, WWE SD! Vs Raw 2011 and Fall Out New Vegas. i've haven't even started New Vegas or Dragon Age Origins Ultimate edition but i plan to over the long cold winter. as for this week i'm looking to play Assassin's Creed 2 again thats right i said AGAIN. I beat it once back on my old system but since my old system got the YLOD a couple months back i just never got around to playing it again.

HAPPY HALLOWEN everybody. BOO!

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JackC8
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 7:10:19 AM
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I really should pick up Assassins Creed 2 some day. Everybody says it's great, but for some reason I just never got interested in that series.

As far as the PS2, oh yeah, tons of memories. My first game was Drakan The Ancient Gates and it ended being one of my all-time favorites, must have played through it 6 or 7 times. Spent 6 months with GT4 and around 100 hours with FFXII. It's always fun to browse through the old game catalog and find some forgotten gem. I still need to play Haunting Ground and Silent Hill 2 and 3.

This week I was playing F1 2010 again. I dunno, you have to push the car to the limits of its performance to be competitive, and if you push it 1% too far, you spin out and you're screwed. There are numerous ways to customize the difficulty to fit your exact skill level, I suppose I should fiddle with that some more. The game corrupted my game save after the first week, so I had to start all over again. And the number of tire punctures you get is ridiculous. Codemasters says they've created a patch to fix both issues, and we're just waiting for Sony to make it available for download.

Spent a bit of time with the Undead Nightmare DLC for Red Dead Redemption last night. It's kind of fun, reminds me of Resident Evil 4: shooting zombies in the body slows them down, shooting them in the head kills them. It's been a while since I played that game so I spent the first hour just re-learning what all the buttons do. Seems like a person could spend a good amount of time with it, as it's a somewhat involved process to cleanse a town and you have to cleanse all of them, and there are side missions as well. A good deal for ten bucks.

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www
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 8:11:37 AM
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Actually am not looking out for AC Brotherhood at all, AC is a good game but I don't think it should be released yearly, this makes sense with sports games, as rosters, kits, footwear, stadiums and all need to be updated but with something like AC, no. I could give COD a free pass but even with that I aint getting Black Ops, MW2 is enough for now. The only game I MUST buy yearly is FIFA, that's all :) Besides I think am better off still playing Red Dead Redemption, it looks and plays better, overall RDR will still be better than ACBrotherhood come year end, so I'll pass.

PGU:
I haven't had time to get into ME2 cause it feels like there's a whole lot to do, I've been addicted to the GTA Episodes and FIFA 11.
I just finished the Lost&Damned and started with BoGT.

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FullmetalX10
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 9:16:53 AM
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Well let's see,
I've been incredibly busy with my damn homework and all sorts of activities this past week, I could hardly find any time to turn on my PS3.

As for what I've been playing lately.
When in company, I've been amusing my guests with Modnation Racers, which is just perfect for multiple people, it's just so much damn fun.
When all by myself, I pop in either Heavy Rain or Assassin's Creed 2.
And Heavy Rain is just plain awesomeness, the story telling is crazy cool, and I'm very glad Quantic Dream made it Quick Time Event-like, because that keeps you focussed at the game at all time, because something can always happen. It mostly keeps me alert, because you don't know when you're in a cut-scene and when you are not.

Assassin's Creed is a lot of fun as well, but I must agree that the graphics aren't astonishingly great, especially the in-game cut-scenes, in which the characters just look washed out, though overall the game is very good, with an awesome storyline and fun game play.

Also, I'll say it again, I'll let my purchase of CoD: Black Ops be decided solely by the PSXE review (and the single player being 7+ hours)

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Qubex
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 9:27:50 AM
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Been messing about with Hot Pursuit demo from Criterion. It is ok for a quick spin but I don't think I will be purchasing it. I also dabbled at little with Need For Speed Shift. I am actually quite impressed with the game, even thought I wish the crash code was the same as used in Hot Pursuit.

Racing developers need to call Criterion and ask them if they can "borrow" their physics engine for those damn good crashes. Most racers are missing the Criterion crash magic. I don't even think GT5 will have such a good crash damage model.

At the moment I am waiting upon Killzone 3 and LittleBigPlanet 2 primarily. May look at MAG sometime in the future. I wanted to also pick up F1 2010, but want to wait to here how this new patch fixes the ghastly issues that have plagued this racer, which is very annoying. Everyone really wanted this to turn out well, but Codies managed to screw it up. Weather model looks good, and generally the graphics of the cars and tracks are ok, but the AI problems really spoil the single player campaign...

Where is Geoff Crammond when you need him.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Highlander
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 2:35:36 PM

Geoff is playing Revs on an ancient BBC Micro.

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tlpn99
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 9:33:08 AM
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Haloween, now that I have gotten older I don't have to visit my relatives and play silly halloween games like bob apple etc. Never dressed up and went trick or treating (I am not that big a sweet person).

So I'll be in my room playing my games avoiding the doorbell going crazy cos of all the kids round here.

Was Vanquish any good Ben ? Still not gotten that one yet it was sorta put aside while I played other stuff. I may pick it up if I see it cheap somewhere possibly after Christmas now.

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hellish_devil
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 9:57:03 AM

"Was Vanquish any good Ben ?"

Read the review if you want to know, duh.

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tlpn99
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 4:23:04 PM

Sorry Hellish Devil forgot Ben had done a review of Vanquish on here. No need to take the piss, tit!

I was basically asking him if he thought it was any good or not, no need for him to go into an indepth review (as he had already done so). It was just a matter of his opinion if it was worthy a purchase or not, ok fair enough I should have asked that as my direct question, thanks for pointing out my error.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 7:45:04 PM

Vanquish is awesome fun. Very solid and stable, super fast and clean. Some might say it's too short - I guess 7 or 8 hours - but it's just mad fun for all those hours. Never lets up.

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johnld
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 10:58:17 AM
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As for assassins creed brotherhood, i played the beta for multiplayer and wasnt impressed at all. although i know assassins creed is more about single players. i just finished assassins creed 2 and although i'm not completely sold into it, its a pretty good game.

I bought my fat ps2 in 2003 and its still going strong. i cant believe i bought the hard drive that came with final fantasy XI. It turned out pretty stupid. you couldnt access game saves on it. you have to transfer them to memory cards to use them.

personal gaming update:
I just platinumed medal of honor and assassins creed 2. getting that final offensive action was a pain, i think i went 30 and 0 to get it and my team was 3 kills away from the end of the game. they need to increase points limits in multiplayer. most of my games lasted about 6 mins the most on any playlist.

By the way, i wanted everyone know that target is having a buy 2 get 1 game sale on ANY game this week. beats best buys sale. i just picked up vanquish and naruto ultimate ninja storm 2. i also picked up another copy of medal of honor so i can return it to a different store and i'll be up 60 bucks. gotta love that return policy.

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Steel
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 12:14:44 PM
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PGU: Well to go against all odds here, I actually booted up AC: II last night and started another play through. I feel that I rushed too much through the first. I didnt get enough treasure chests, or feathers, and I just didnt immerse myself as much as I really should have. To be honest, I am really loving another play through. Maybe I am weird, but hearing how good that voice acting is, never gets old to me, and the scenery, dear God that will never get stale for me.

Finsihed up Castlevania LOS, and am crazy impressed with that game! i still need to hop back through and get the rest of the collectables (magic pieces) and such, and I am looking forward to it.

Been spending time playing those tiny word games on club bing with my gf, last night in particular. Nothing to them, but it stretches my brain and my gf loves it when i play those with her so it was all good. :)

I am aching to play through Batman AA again for some reason, I don't know why but its just pulling at me really hard. I never got all the riddler things and I really want to do that, so I am feeling another play through coming on.

Thats about it. I subscribed to PS+ last night and am yet to be amazed. The KZ3 beta theme is rad of course, but I am hoping they fix alot of the quirkey issues. All in all, though I am not super stoked on the service thus far... I actually am happy to support Playstation. Maybe that makes me a fool, but they have made me a very happy person in the past and I am sure they will fix things eventually. :)

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Beamboom
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 2:20:39 PM
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I see I'm not alone in playing Fallout New Vegas this week. :)
This game is veeery Fallout all over. Not only because of the same engine being used, but the entire atmosphere is dead on. If you liked Fallout 3 then I see no reason to avoid this one. On the other hand, if F3 was nothing for you then this will be no different. As for me, this is definately a strong candidate for GOTY. Best new feature: The enhanced/expanded crafting. Finally a game that dare develop into a more complicated direction rather than dumbing down. A big thumb up.

I've also tried Heavy Rain with the Move stick, but it made little difference to me. Changing diapers, babysitting and putting plates on the table is overrated in my book.


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Jawknee
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 3:51:01 PM
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Buy 2 get 1 free starts today at Target. Just picked up Vanquish, Naruto: UNS2 and Kirbys Epic Yarn. I love capitalism. :)

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TEG3SH
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 4:12:23 PM

how does that deserve a thumb down ????

anyway I can't wait to play Vanquish and brotherhood

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Jawknee
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 4:54:26 PM

Some like to bite the hand that feeds them. :)

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TEG3SH
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 5:14:49 PM

Ha ha , I guess that true XD

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ABUrabad
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 4:35:53 PM
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hi there Ben ,just outside the subject, why there isnt any mentioning at this great site for any soccer video game?i know its not popular at the US but this sport game is the number one outside the US and soccer video games are more popular than all other sport games (im not including racing games here)


my personal gaming at this moment I'm enjoying a lot pro evolution soccer 2011 from konami its taking a lot of my time I'm sure it will keep me busy till I have GT5
and there a lot of other games I have to finish like Mirror Edge , Fear 2 ,Dirt 2 Uncharted 2 on the hardest level and also beside all that MAG

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TEG3SH
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 4:40:55 PM

dude is PES2011 any good, my fav soccer game this gen is winning eleven 2008, after that all were kindda sh*t

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Jawknee
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 4:56:00 PM

I'm not much into sports games but I have heard good things about PES.

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ABUrabad
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 5:00:09 PM

if u have tried 2011 you will see a great make over , a lot of new moves much better graphics. better AI ,more option to control your own team's AI even, much better and more accurate controls and passing system within the game just there are only 2 set-backs that I'm not annoyed with which are using the same old commentary without improving the frequency and also not acquiring the rights to get the real names for a lot of soccer clubs at the premiere league and the bundesliga
beside that i love it
iv been playing pes for about 13 years starting with the Japanese version of the game


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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 7:43:50 PM

Well, Arnold and Val are Russian and I know they like soccer. Pretty sure Arnold is a fan of FIFA 11.

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TEG3SH
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 7:54:58 PM

FIFA SUCKS PES ALL THE WAY.
sorry for the caps

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TEG3SH
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 5:12:28 PM
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so I will still have to play as Telfee and Arzegum( forgot the fake name of manchester as I am a big hardcore supporter, hence changed the name straight away)

from what I heard from u so far I'm totally gonna get this, I don't mind the names as well also the old commentators are awesome so no big bitching from my side :)

I only get Maddens and PES thats it and some street games from time to time

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ABUrabad
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 5:18:14 PM

they have the rights for the real names of MAN UNITED and TOTENHAM HOTSPURS and by the way there is also a free copy for the option file over the web to fix all labels and names for this game for free u can fins them easily

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TEG3SH
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 6:20:07 PM

thats good, my bro always choose chelsea/telfee so he is the one who is really annoyed by this :). for me if they have united and chicharito( yes I hate rooney now.lol) it is all fine

Long live Giants and UTD

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Maiq The Liar
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 5:47:22 PM
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Okay my first gaming update (missed a few) I just finished the fallout new vegas campaign with the ncr, loved every 108 hours of that playthrough (BIG fan). Now starting another playthrough and im gonna play completely diffrent & side with other groups. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!

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SirLoin of Beef
Monday, November 01, 2010 @ 11:05:47 AM
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While I won't be getting the new AC on release day, it's a game I'm looking forward to. I've liked the previous two games of the series and what I've seen of Brotherhood is promising.

Personal gaming update: "Finished" Fable III and really liked it. Wish Lionhead would've done a few things differently but, all in all, it was a fun experience. Going back to New Vegas after I get a few of the pesky Fable III achievements out of the way.

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