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Ben's Week In Review: January 9

These days, the industry just loves the first quarter. Mass Effect 2 for the PS3, LittleBigPlanet 2 and Dead Space 2, all this month. Good God.

I don't know why I dislike Elder Scrolls, all right?!

I still remember first hearing about Morrowind. I was psyched. I just loved the idea and although I was at the tail end of my glorious PS1 RPG days, Elder Scrolls III was one of the reasons I got the Xbox. In fact, it was the reason (yes, over Halo). But I will always remember putting it in, playing for hours, and never feeling...well, what I thought I would feel. It was hard to pinpoint, which is why I kept at it. I just thought, "well, it's different; you gotta get used to it." But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get past the following: it just felt bland. I know that sounds insane, considering the size and scope of such a production, but it's the only way I can describe it. The landscape, the story, the characters, the combat...it was all just so...bleh. And it's not even the atmosphere; I actually prefer that style to the anime presentation in most JRPGs.  So that's not it.

Then I tried again with Oblivion, but the same thing happened. And despite all this, I know I'll try again when Skyrim shows up. It's inevitable, especially after drinking in all the intriguing details. Something inside says, "WTF is wrong with you? This was designed with you in mind!" I've never tried to like something more and came away so unfulfilled. No, I don't get it. But that's the way it is.

PS3 exclusives tops in 2011...? I'll buy that

When analyst Jesse Divnich mentioned that the 2011 exclusive lineup for the PlayStation 3 might be among the best ever, I started to think about what the year offered. The list really is out of control but once again, it seems to me as if the PS3 exclusives will once again set the bar. People can call me biased if they wish, but I think the games speak for themselves. In 2008, nothing topped MGS4, and I also think LittleBigPlanet, Valkyria Chronicles and Resistance 2 contributed to putting Sony ahead of the pack. In 2009, it was all about Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, but we can't forget about Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Killzone 2, inFamous, and Demon's Souls. In 2010, we had Heavy Rain, Gran Turismo 5, God of War III, MAG, White Knight Chronicles and Yakuza 3. 2011: Killzone 3, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, inFamous 2, Resistance 3, LittleBigPlanet 2, MotorStorm: Apocalypse...yeah, you see a quality trend, here.

Honestly, while Blu-Ray, reliability, and a free Network are pluses, PlayStation has always been about the games. Plain and simple.

Personal gaming update

I put over 43 hours into Brotherhood and did everything I wanted to do. Rome 100% renovated, all memories (even the optional ones) at 100%, all Treasures and Borgia Flags obtained, and I also had a personal goal of having an entire team of full Assassins, which was the last thing I did...takes longer than you think. I tried and hated that filthy load, Splinter Cell: Conviction, as most of you know, and I love to toy around with NBA Jam here and there. Currently, my big game is Fable III; here are some thoughts, if anybody is interested-

I like it and I don't like it. While it does have many of the role-playing elements I crave, it's just yet another example of "RPG lite," believe it or not. I wasn't expecting this from such a series, especially after playing the original, but it happened. Now, I can only equip one spell at a time (oh yes, that's RPG like 'rolling eyes'), nothing I wear matters (i.e., your equipment/outfits have no bearing on your capabilities), and you have no stats. Seriously. Your weapons and spells get better the more you use them, and you gain a certain form of experience in the form of Guild Seals (which are then used to unlock ability chests), but that's about it in terms of battle-related RPG elements.

On the plus side, there are big areas to explore, towns, a cool traveling system, and of course, that patented "social" flair, where you have to try and forge relationships with NPCs (provided you want to be Good). You can go on dates, get married, have sex, have kids, get divorced, become someone's best friend, etc. It's all done by doing simple fetch-and-retrieve quests that would be mind-numbingly annoying if it weren't for the fast-travel option. I've already had a kid, but it's hardly as dynamic as it sounds. For instance, I can kiss a complete stranger directly in front of my husband (I picked the female heroine; not sure why), and it won't matter. It's all just random, really.  And by the way, the game chugs horribly sometimes; I haven't seen slow-down this bad in years.

The game is fun, but you know, it's like I said: the streamlining of gameplay and eradication of RPG depth for the sake of wider appeal. It fights like an action/adventure game and it's set in a role-playing theme. I like it...but it may very well be that Dragon Age and Elder Scrolls might be the last true RPGs in existence.

1/8/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (109 posts)

frostface
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 9:56:03 PM
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I really wanted to get into Oblivion but couldn't and got rid of the game. But something keeps niggling at me to pick it up again, yet I know I'll feel the same but I really do want to love it. I'm just not sure it'll happen and why it's on my mind to replace it I don't quite get. So I may hold out for Skyrim instead.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:02:12 PM
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I had the same thoughts on Oblivion when I rented it, it was super dull and lame. But after I bought it and put in some time I loved it, I guess the game just doesn't resonate with you Ben even after a bunch of time, but no harm no foul. Ya can't love em all right?

I'm having similar thoughts on Castlevania, it started cool, then I was like "Why am I playing this still?" but after about chapter 5 it really picks up and starts to go back in a "Castlevania-y" direction. I'm on chapter 9 now and it just keeps getting better and better.

I've decide to try Enslaved again on hard to see if it's better, and it is. I'm still upset that it is so damn short and that the story had potential for greatness, but that potential was squandered at every opportunity. I keep thinking, "what if this was PS3 exclusive?" Ironically, I'm positive it would have sold more than it being a multiplat. Not to mention having the ability to be longer and without the many hiccups and technical issues.

I kind of figured Fable III would be a pile after reading info on it. That series had promise in the first iteration, but they seem to be making it worse like most games this gen. I bet that one was rushed so 360 could have SOMEthing to put out there.

I just bought Prince of Persia (the cell shaded one not forgotten sands) for 9 bucks on ebay. Hope I like it.

Let's all pray Last Guardian arrives this year!

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cLoudou
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:18:23 PM

I couldn't get into Lords of Shadow even though I beat it. Felt kind of slow. The ending got me excited for the next installment though.

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DazeOfWar
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:27:50 PM

I enjoyed the hell out of the cell shaded PoP. I actually picked up again a month ago since I hadn't played it on the PS3. Figure I'll go through it this time and do everything. I think if you like the older PoP games you'll enjoy it. I also thought the story was cool too.

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Jawknee
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:58:09 PM

Yea it takes some time for Castlevania to get going(not nearly as much time as FFXIII) and it once it does, it never lets up. I'm going to go for the Platinum at some point. Maybe at the end of 2011. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 1:56:38 AM

Jawknee did you unlock all the artwork? It's mesmerizing.

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Jawknee
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 2:27:27 AM

Yea, it's great. You can snap screen shots of them too using the XMB.

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Qubex
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 6:27:25 AM

Jawk/World, what artwork is that?

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Temjin001
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:40:27 PM

Anyone else think that the second Titan fight in Castlevania was one of the coolest moments in gaming last year?

And I sustain the opinion that LoS gets better as it goes =)

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Teddie9
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:53:43 PM

oh most definitely, Enslaved's combat had a certain rhythm to it while on hard mode, kept you on your toes.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 1:57:38 PM

Qubex, its the artwork in Castlevania, you unlock some by playing and you can unlock the others for a very small price. It varies from character drawings to concept drawings, to the sweeping vistas that are a cornerstone in the game. It really is a whole different direction for Castlevania, thats a little bothersome because I was a SOtN fan as well, but you really do get thrilled about the new direction after you've been into it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 7:32:14 PM

I should clarify, by price i dont mean money, but the stuff you use to buy upgrades.

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Qubex
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 9:21:22 PM

OK World... there must be some spectacular artwork in that game. It is a game I must get for the collection... sometime during the course of this year.

I always had my eye on it... at the moment KZ3 is firmly in my sights :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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frylock25
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:02:58 PM
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i cant wait for lbp2.

pgu: lots of mag. made oic a couple times. lots of gt5. i am up to 6 drivers. 2 are level 25 and 4 are around level 5 or 6. im gonna continue on this til i have them all up there.

bought xmen that was fun nostalgic times. had my kid play some kung fu live and she loved it. that was fun to watch her. bought sonic 4 and that is hard. harder than the old school ones are.

i found this really sweet face plate for my ps3. it has gt5 on it. makes it look custom.

i also scored resistance: fall of man for $7 and started playin through that again

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Jawknee
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:36:50 PM

Did you have to take off the factory PS3 face plate to install the custom GT5 one? Or does it snap on right on top?

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frylock25
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:47:47 PM

goes right over the top. snaps at all the corners and fits perfectly on it. its fairly thin so it looks like it is the actual ps3. think i will try to get a good pic and make it my avatar. those pics i sent you were horrible quality.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:15:07 PM

Are those for slims or fatties fryman?

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frylock25
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:17:46 PM

its for the slim. makes it all shiney. which made it harder to get the pic that im about to put up as my avatar. there was also a white god of war 3 cover. i liked the black gt5 one better, but the gow3 one looked really sweet.

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Jawknee
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:37:55 PM
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Whats with the fart jokes and STD's in Fable games? Silly games. I watched my friend play a great deal of Fable III. I don't get the appeal. Though those gnomes were pretty funny.

PGU: Still plugging away at GT5. I have over 296 cars and 8.5 million credits now. I'm at level 28 V-Spec and 19 B-Spec. I've also started a new game of Final Fantasy XII. I said last night in the other thread, I've only gotten past the first hour or so of the game and I'm already enjoying it more than Final Fantasy XIII. I also picked up Resistance 2 and The Sly Cooper Collection today to add to my back log. I never finished the first Resistance game but I read the synopsis and watched most of the cut scenes to get caught up on the story. :) I got bored with the first game so I never finished it but I have heard a lot of great things about the second game and the third looks interesting enough to warrant a play through of the rest of the series.

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frylock25
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:50:58 PM

man R2 co op was bad ass. i dont care what anyone says i really liked it. something about resistance graphics always felt a little cartoony to me but i never cared.

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Jawknee
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:52:46 PM

Yea the graphics I'm fine with. Not the best but still very cool. The second, from the video footage I have seen, seems to have a better sense of scale. Looks great. Can't wait.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:17:21 PM

Resistance 2 was the better production in my opinion, but it was a bit stripped down compared to the first. The first was pretty slow compared to R2. That game even had me playing online a bunch.

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Shams
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:21:35 PM

R1 is among the few split-screen sp coop experiences on the ps3, and was certainly my first. Fewer weapons than R2, but of course, the weapon wheel from R1 gave you more weapons to use at any one time. I missed the bubble gun, too.

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:39:19 PM
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I have an older brother who loves PC RPG's. He played the Might & Magics, Baulder's Gates, Fall Outs, Elder Scrolls and seemingly countless others. We were pretty polar opposites growing up. I generally dug the action, racing, and fighting games and he was the strategy/RPG guy. If it wasn't wRPG's it was X-Com, Myth, Dungeon Keeper, C&C etc. Basically, because he was into these games I felt the influence to be into them. Similarly, I had buddies my age who all loved SNES/PSX Square jRPG's etc. Matt, Jeremy, and Chris would impart to me their thoughts and opinions about what series was the best and why one game was better than another. I listened and sort of acknowledged, but didn't really have an opinion of my own--I think that's why they liked talking to me about it. Once again, I felt compelled to like them. And for the one's I played, I did. I played FF6 (FFIII back then) before FF7 was even revealed and SNES was still what was awesome. But for as cool as they were, I couldn't quite call those games my favorites. They were interesting, well made, and entertaining but I always felt I was playing someone else's favorite. I just wanted to fight guys in the arcade on Tekken 3. Nowadays, I felt compelled to try and relive the PSX era of FF games and give the games the time and patience necessary to like them. And while, at times, I felt the stories and characters could be overly adolescent, I've come to actually enjoy playing them. I no longer feel like I'm playing someone else's favored game. Like, I feel almost naked not working on a RPG in some form, or another. It's strange, I think I just conditioned myself to want to like them like other people I knew liked them. And so after 150+ hours of playing FF on my PSP, I still wan't to play more. Now I look at this year's gaming lineup and I'm excited for games like Skyrim, Dragon's Age, and Deus Ex (I did already like Deus Ex 1 and 2) but now there's a certain deeper more compelling desire to play them.

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:05:31 PM

PGU: I've been playing KZ2 after being pepped up on all the KZ3 hype. The game is great and it's art design is superb. Anyone notice that while the game looks quite realistic, it's still highly stylized? WHile I have a hard time thinking of KZ2 as anything more than a 9.0 (HL2, Halo, and yes, even IW's MW's are my comparative standard bearers). KZ3 is looking to place itself closer to a 9.5+ range.. we'll see.

I beat SC: Conviction. For what it's worth the story get's pretty emotionally charged with some neat Hollywood style moments. And I thought Sam breaking into Third Echelon and destroying it was pretty awesome. While I came away disappointed with the gameplay changes, I did come away liking Sam and the story more.

I'm always working on ME2. I love it. I don't think I could ever review it because the game causes me to like it more than a game should.. I don't understand it. I know I'd be biased trying to critique it so I'm better off being a fan rather than think critically about it--I don't want to find reasons to not like it.
But some awesome missions are for "The Justicar," plus her loyalty mission. I also thought "Archangel" had a cool loyalty mission. And recruiting "The Assassin" was quite cool as well. I love it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:25:27 PM

I'd say you were someone who had to "learn to love" RPGs.

In my experience at least, you typically are either born an RPG nut or you aren't. Not many people get converted, but you might be one of them.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:54:59 PM

Then I consider you the only two I've ever heard of. I couldn't get my COD friends to play an RPG to save their lives.

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Teddie9
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 1:19:34 PM

I was an action game fan only until my friend gave me ff4 advance for the GBA, then lent me P3, late to the party but I love them.

(Now I've played through FFVII, VIII, P4, Nocturne, Resonance of Fate, WKC, WRPGs..wish I could get Lost Odyssey, but 1 game doesn't warrant a 360)

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:48:29 PM
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Another fun few months worth of reviews coming?

Oblivion was good, but the thing that I disliked about it was that it was so directionless. The main campaign didn't really grab me, and while I had some fun running about the countryside killing randoms and finding more quests, in the end it felt empty. That didn't stop me putting more than two hundred hours into over four different sve files though... I must have enjoyed something about it to be able to do that.

Ha! Anyone who says that anything can touch the PS3 exclusive line-up this year is deluding themselves. Although RE: Revelations for the 3DS sounds like it's going back to a focus more akin to the earlier games. Frightfest. Makes me want to hear more about REPSP. But no, the PS3 can sate almost any desire this year.

Personal Update:
Getting absolutely destroyed in Demon's Souls, and loving it. Although fighting through two black skeletons to get to Abjudicator, only to be killed in one hit was devastating. Also still grinding away at VC2, I'm in August now, so... getting there, and I'm about halfway through Middlemarch. The novel is awesome, but for some reason, I'm not really getting the inclination to read it while I'm at home. That still leaves about an hour and a half every weekday on the way to work, and the lunchbreaks. Actually, since I'm a bit sick of games at the moment, I might read that for the rest of the afternoon.
Peace.

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Highlander
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:58:06 PM
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PGU

Taking a break from GT5 this week. I've been messing around with Valkyria Chronicles on the PSP - which is teh awesome. I upgraded my PS3's HDD to a 500GB from WD, a nice AV-25 which is a special version of their 500GB drive that's got 32MB of cache, uses less power and has a bunch of additional features designed to support use in applications that require long term reliability and high levels of data integrity. It's only a 5400 RPM drive, by it feels twice as fast as the 320GB Hitachi I removed. That Hitachi had also proven to be very vulnerable to corruption problems. If you are in the market for a good 500GB drive in a PS3, look at Western Digital's 500GB drives, specifically the AV-25 range.

Also replaced the video card in my PC, the PC is going on 6 years old now, it's a dual core P4, and the cheap card int eh system died. So I replaced it with a modern, and slightly less cheap one. The PC is a workhorse, and the card is awesome. Not quite a new leas of life, but definitely an improvement. The card is an Asus GT 430 with 1GB of RAM. It replaced an ancient and sucky 7300GS, so it's quite a step up.

Also upgraded the Internet this week, and now have 8 times the bandwidth. Thank goodness for Cable.

I've been rebuilding the PS3's installed games all week long, and put White Knight Chronicles in again. I love this game, not enough to guild level grind for months, but enough to get a few more guild ranks.

Also for some reason this week I was looking up classical music in my favorite RPGs and a couple of pieces from Xenosaga reminded me of why I love that game, so a replay is in order....

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Jawknee
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:03:05 PM

Cable makes all the difference doesn't it? I had DSL for awhile and it blew chunks. Could rarely use the content I downloaded until the next day. And for some reason it wouldn't allow me to download anything over 2gb after so many months of heavy PSN use. It just wouldn't download. Would start but it would sit on 0%, 0kb status. Either Qwest cut me off(of course they said they didn't) or my modem was dated(which is was). Instead of trying to figure it out, I just switched to cable and haven't looked back. I pay a little more but it's worth it.

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frylock25
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:06:03 PM

i fully agree with the cable being better. i love it. i could never stream hd content over dsl. i get like 18-21 mbps where i got 3 with dsl

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tes37
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:27:08 PM

Highlander, I saw some glasses-free 3D tv's mentioned while watching the news. Just in case you haven't heard, they're on the way soon. Holographic tv's are going to be a reality as well.

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Highlander
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:43:26 PM

@tes,

Yeah, but did you read the "eyes-on" reviews of those glassesless TVs? They have very narrow viewing angles and small sweet spots where the 3D works, if you move your head, or tip it at an angle or anything like that, the illusion of 3D disappears.

I think the most promising tech in the medium/long term is the polarized lens tech because it's easy and inexpensive to manufacture the glasses, and not significantly more expensive to make the TVs. The tech will get better, and ultimately short of holographic display viewable from a range of angles without loss of 3D, it's the best there is right now.

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Jawknee
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:57:14 AM

Highlander, did you buy that WD HDD online? I am looking for another HDD but the only links I can find aren't the SATA 2.5's.

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kraygen
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 1:11:48 AM

I have dsl and am close to a junction, so there's almost no degradation and I get 6mb download speeds.

I have a few friends with cable and my dsl works better than their cable.

I did a bunch of research and which one works better is more dependent on your circumstances than anything else. If you have old phone lines for instance that can really slow down your dsl.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 1:42:38 AM

@Jawknee

Newegg was my supplier of choice.

@Kraygen we were barely hitting 2.5 Mbps, now we average neat 18Mbps. The DSL service level varies greatly by ISP, and Bellsouth/AT&T is very good at degrading service then offering better service for an additional charge.

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Jawknee
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 4:57:19 PM

Thanks Highlander. I wasn't able to find one on Newegg. They were all out and didn't know if they were going to restock anytime soon. I did however find the exact same one on Amazon from one of their sellers named Greentech. Scored it for $60! Now both my PS3's shall become mammoth data storage devices! :)

What's the best way to transfer my data from the 500gb HDD in my Slim to the new drive? I'm going to put the new drive in my slim and my old Seagate drive with less cache in my 60gb. Will the typical back up and restore in the PS3 System settings suffice?

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Highlander
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 6:05:08 PM

Yeah, NewEgg had a decent price too, I think people are waking up to how good of a drive this one is, seems like they're selling out as fast as anyone can get them.

There's a data transfer utility that lets you move everything from a PS3 to a new PS3, so you could simply put the new drive in your other PS3 and swap identities - so to speak. Your best bet might be a USB drive for a backup, but that does take a long time. You can't simply clone the drive though. In my case my Hitachi was dying so I removed everything except my game saves and used the backup utility. With only game saves the backup and restore took less than 3 minutes. But then I had to re-download/re-install everything.

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kraygen
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 3:44:33 PM

yeah I hear ya, but here the best cable offered is 10mb and the problem with cable is the more ppl in your area using it the slower it is, and the cable company never puts out enough signal to keep you at 10mb.

So in the evening most of my friends only get like 1-3mb. I get just over 5mb all the time. I'd love to have faster, but here this is the best I can get.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:58:33 PM

That might depend on one's opinion on what makes a true RPG.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:20:44 AM

Who said I preferred FFXIII?

I prefer the FF franchise on the whole - you know, it actually has a STORY and DIFFERENT mechanics every time - but I'm not enamored with FFXIII. I just get annoyed when people call it crap.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:58:19 AM

Yes, well, the "you create the story yourself" is the biggest cop-out in the history of games, IMO.

Translation- "Hey, we don't have to write a whole story OR create interesting characters...we'll just tell the player to do it and call it 'freedom!'"

...uh-huh. Never bought that for a second, especially when most of that "freedom" from a literary standpoint was an illusion.

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JDC80
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:13:36 PM
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Personal gaming update:
I wished I hadn't put off doing everything in AC:Brotherhood before I had to sent it back to get "Mass Effect 2" from Gamefly. But I've been playing NBA 2K11 and NHL11 a lot since getting them for Christmas. Right now I'm playing RDR: Undead Nightmare saved a couple of towns, saved couple of town folks but I haven't shot Big Foot yet tho..
As for 2011: All I know I'm sending any game I currently have out two weeks ahead when any of these exclusives come out so I can get my chance to get it on day one when Gamefly makes them available.

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frylock25
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:13:46 PM
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japan has dlc for gt5

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StangMan80
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:25:47 PM

What?

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Highlander
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:49:35 PM

What's the 'DLC' that they have?

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frylock25
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 1:49:08 AM

its 3 cars for plus members. im pretty sure they were in the special editions of gt5. ill look when i get a chance. i tried to down load them and while i was able to they installed but do not work in my game. not sure why.

what i remember is one was a m3 and all 3 were chrome lined. ill kick myself when i figure out the other 2 but i know they were in the collectors edition.

dont believe me? go on the japan store.

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Nickjcal
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:15:46 PM
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I just rented Castelvania from Gamefly and the second level is really making me mad. Not because it's hard, but I just hate not being able to control the camera. Games like Fallout and Oblivion are fun for a certain time, but it wears of pretty quickly for me. Skyrim looks much more interesting... Right now I'm waiting for Dead Space 2. That Killzone 3 story trailer that just released sold me. Getting that day 1 no matter what :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:01:21 AM

I have a little advice, yeah the fixed camera in Castlevania is frustrating, but if you train yourself to not wonder what is happening off screen and assume that because it IS a fixed camera the developers want you looking in a certain direction to find your way then it gets a lot more tolerable while helping you locate the way to keep going.

Losing track of yourself in battles, possibly not seeing a grip point, and jumping into oblivion are things you just can't help though of course.

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main_event05
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:23:38 PM
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Pretty much a dead week for me. On a Good note I finally got a new 60 gig. Downside is I didn't backup my old one, plus side is i'll have to play all my old games over. I think I'll start with Snake Eater and work my way up.

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Highlander
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:44:23 PM

Replace the HDD with a lower power, higher capacity drive with a big cache. It will be faster and cooler than the old one. Faster and cooler are always better...

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main_event05
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 1:20:40 AM

Will do and thanks for the tip. is there anything in particular that you recommend?

I also wanted to throw in that one of the most memorable parts of MGS3, imo, was the bonus vid where the CIA director is determined to get his handshake. I die laughing every time i see it.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 1:45:19 AM

See my comment above, I got a WD 500GB AV-25 drive from NewEgg. It has a 32MB cache onboard and is only a 5400rpm drive, yet it's as quick as any 7200rpm drive. It's designed to be very quiet and be very power efficient, so it should not get too warm. My 60giger has run so much more smoothly since I installed it.

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StangMan80
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:25:10 PM
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oh yeah, 2011 is going to keep many flipping there wallets upside down, shaking it, hoping something comes out. 2011 is by far the best gaming year for sony. I know Im sold on all og there games, almost all day 1 pick ups, except R3... maybe.

I still have to pick up Infamous and Heavy rain, yes, sadly I have not picked up either. I want to but Money has been tight But I will pick both of them up and hopefully Finnish them by late February because then Its KZ3, TM and Homefront all with in 2 weeks, which all are first day pick ups for me. I think its about time to take a break from GT5 any who.

Im ready 2011 game lineup!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:03:48 AM

*Checks Wallet* .... oh a fly flew out.

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frylock25
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 1:50:01 AM

who keeps money in their actual wallet any more? lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 1:59:43 AM

I do :)

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main_event05
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 11:40:28 AM

I do too. one of the flaps in my wallet looks like atwenty dollar bill, so I always have cash. kinda.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 7:35:32 PM

But I wear a chain like Rick in splatterhouse.

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aaronisbla
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:52:23 PM
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PGU: finally had a chance to play a game that im not sure if its well liked here, actually im sure some hate it since it was a bad port to some people.

Bayonetta: the battle system is pretty damn great! story sucks balls. Even on the 'better' 360 version im playing (still waiting to get my new ps3 for my birthday) its not exactly the best looking game ever, not that anyone said that when it came out. Screen Tearing isn't something i normally dock points on but geesh, there's so much on this game its bad

Otherwise, if you have been avoiding it because of the shoddy porting that a lot of people reported, id still suggest giving it a try since it can be gotten dirt cheap now. The fighting system more than makes up for the horrible story, at least imo

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:06:50 AM

I have the PS3 port, it's pretty rough. The install helps but things get pretty horrible especially toward the end with anything in a grand scale. I think that's why the whole game is just sectioned platforms, it can't render anything behind them for a background.

At least the fighting is intact though.

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Fane1024
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:40:21 AM
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I love Oblivion, but I can see how someone could feel that the story is lacklustre.

PGU: I finally relented and bought into PS Plus just after Xmas (using a $50 PSN card I basically got for free), so I've been playing a bunch of the games I got from PS Plus.

Most of the week was spent on the DC Universe Online beta, about which I can't say anything at least until next week.

I've also been playing Sam & Max, which is fairly good, though it's running like crap on my PS3. Pretty much every line of dialogue is marred by stuttering. For whatever reason, the streaming from the HDD isn't working right.

I should be getting to MAG sooner or later, though of course I'll be capped at level 8.

Aside from the PS Plus games, it's all been Rock Band as usual. I got Green Day Rock Band (again, essentially for free thanks to $25 gift cards I get for buying food), so I've been working through it.

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___________
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:40:55 AM
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i really tried to get into ACB, i really wanted to finish all of it just like i did AC2 get the plat for it.
but i just cant, every time i turn that game on it just frustrates me and reminds me how disappointed i was when i first popped it in.
i hope AC3 rejuvenates the series, and please for the love of god ubisoft get rid of those stealth missions!
this is assassins creed not splinter cell!

finally got a chance to play the RDR DLC last thursday, and am really disappointed by it.
i thought i would never tire of blowing zombies heads off, hell ive been playing L4D every day since it released!
but its just boring, cant put my finger on it but i dont enjoy mowing down hordes of zombies like i do in L4D or even dead rising.
the missions are typical R* missions, i dont know whats happened to R* this gen but they have gone all anti fun on me!
why does every game they release have to be boring as bat sh*t?
GTAIV was a whole taxi mission, RDR was also a whole taxi mission, the RDR DLC most of the missions have you wondering around looking for parts.
i thought this was red dead redemption, not find the ingredients 5!
since when is wondering the desert for a hour trying to find 5 desert sage and 5 snowball drops for a stupid so called cure fun?
the games completley turned on its head too, you have to go out and search for those ingredients but your constantly swarmed by zombies.
no matter how many you kill theres still more trying to kill you.
so how the %$#@ are you suppose to collect the items if your spending 100% of your time killing zombies?
i kill them, theres none in sight so i bend down to grab the sage and all of a sudden 10 magically spawn next to me and i die.
oooooo joy now i get to do it all again!

i also finally got a chance to play tomb raider the guardian of light, im so far really impressed with it reminds me of the old original tomb raiders, mostly focused on puzzles and getting around instead of combat which the previous titles have.
makes me think crystal dynamics has finally realized what made lara fun and gives me hope the reboot will be all it should be.

I even downloaded the enslaved DLC to try and see how the 3D is done.
well, poorly!
honestly, i cant tell the difference between 3D and 2D!
out of all the games i have played this has by far the worst 3D effects.
batman AA GOTY edition on the other hand is not bad, which is really weird considering it uses the same tech as enslaved.

I just hope developers give us better 3D effects in games this year, than what we have been getting.
most games have a added depth, the picture starts at the TV than everything else seems to be behind it which is kinda cool.
but i was expecting it to be like the cinemas, where you have heaps of sh*t flying out of the TV and at your face!
but so far no game has given me that, the closest i got was motorstorm 3D rift and the smoke which does not fly out of the TV but kinda just cascades around the screen.

I was expecting it to be like PC games, go play metro 2033, mafia 2, BFBC2, batman AA in 3D than play a ps3 game in 3D the difference is outstanding!
the PC has a much greater depth, and has plenty stuff flying out of the screen!
thats the only reason i bought batman GOTY edition, so i can compare the 3D on the ps3 version to the 3D on the PC version and its like night and day!
comparing the PC version to the ps3 version is like comparing a Ferrari to a Suzuki, no competition!
Hopefully motorstorm apocalypse and KZ3 will change that, but ATM im seriously starting to regret buying my HX800!
sure i needed a new TV, but i could of saved 1200 bucks and bought a better TV with better picture quality if i knew the 3D would be this poor!
even with movies its the same thing, tried resident evil afterlife 3D, shreck 3D and allice in wonderland 3D and the effects off the TV are no where near as good as the cinema!
the guy at sony told me they would be exactly the same.
sigh, sony lying to there customers again!
from now on i am not believing a word from sony, they could tell me the sky is blue and i would race outside just to make sure.

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 2:03:39 AM

LOL! Loved that last comment. I've only seen a few demos of 3D in stores, but even then I noticed that it doesn't even approach the depth of what you see in the cinemas... Perhaps the typical projection systems in cinemas are somehow able to enhance the effect?

Also, although I haven't played AC2 or Brotherhood, I don't see how you could complain about stealth missions. I mean, an assassin is NOT supposed to be blatant about what they're doing. It springs to mind that they are like less capable ninjas than anything else. But then, I like the idea of stealth in any game.
Peace.

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___________
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 8:09:48 AM

its because its implemented so poorly.
ACB is not built for stealth, you cant have a stealth game in a wide open area like ACB.
theres a reason why stealth games like MGS or splinter cell are much more confined.
ACB does not give you the info you need either, its nigh on impossiable to see where everyone is at once, you dont have enemy awareness meters, almost everything stealth games give you is missing in ACB.
but the thing that pisses me off most is a game thats not suppose to be stealth ACB is stealth, but a game that is suppose to be stealth conviction is not.
when will developers stop taking my favorite series and completely changing them?
whats next?
god of car?
mario tetris?

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Lotusflow3r
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 11:55:13 AM

I disagree with just about everything you have said. No disrespect.

I was doing ACB earlier and actually saying to my self that the stealth missions is where it shines and needs more of it. I agree with Lawless.

Also, i think ACB initiates stealth fairly well, hence why i think it shines there, especially when you have a brotherhood and you're dangling from a ledge with a group of guards overhead and then you whistle, commencing a surprise attack on them. Utterly satisfying.

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WolfCrimson
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 3:16:39 PM

Uhhh... there already is a Mario Tetris. It's called Dr. Mario, it's really old.

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Underdog15
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 11:09:17 AM

" its nigh on impossiable to see where everyone is at once,"

There's a mini map in the top corner. Red dots are guards or people you can kill. Special targets also have a special symbol. On that map and the actual person has an arrow or sybol above their head.

"you dont have enemy awareness meters"

Yes you do. If someone is paying attention to you or looking for you, there is a mini meter above their head that starts to fill yellow. If they see you and are attacking you, the symbol is red. What you say is simply 100% untrue.

"almost everything stealth games give you is missing in ACB."

That's not true at all. Neither are the previous two points you made in that sentence. You're either just making stuff up, or you're absolutely awful at this game. I have had zero problems being stealthy. You just need to be patient and precise.

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BTNwarrior
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:50:54 AM
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so I knew you didn't like the mass effect games and now I find out you don't like the elder scrolls games. Ben those are two of the greatest rpgs of this generation, I'm baffled

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:56:31 AM

I haven't played ME2. But no, I wasn't impressed with ME.

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sirbob6
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 1:49:45 AM
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Killzone 3 is looking amazing, along with a whole bunch of games next year. I'm pretty sure my wallet will take someone hostage to help preserve its money. *sees wallet pull a gun on my PS3*

PGU: I have finished Heavy Rain a week back, pure amazingness. I was working on 3D Dot Hero Game for a while but Demon's Souls stole life away.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 1:51:27 AM
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So as far back as i can rememer i was never an RPG enthusiast. I enjoyed the genre always have but never was it MY type of game. I bought Oblivion the day it hit the PS3 and at first it was tough to get into. I felt like traveling places on foot, across thos huge map was a chore. I felt like it was taking too long too accomplish things. Then something strange happened. I fell in love with the game. All of a sudden walkong across the map despite having fast travel was te way to do it, because what i realised is i was given this big of a map for exploration. Bethesda gave me this huge world for me to explore and not just play. And you cant forget it helped with athleticism and endurance ;). I also started to find my self searching every cave, and every chest for goodies, hoping to find the next best piece of armor or weaponry. At that point taking too long to accomplish things wasnt even a factor.

Needless to say i get excited about RPG's now, like dragon age and the elder scrolls. Its not tp say they are the best, its just that woth out oblivion i dont know that i would respect the genre like i do today. Like i said ive always enjoyed, just never got the experience i do now from them.

So its obvious im excited for the new entries in both dragon age and the elder scrolls. Which reminds me though, i need to finish dragon age and the expansions.

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Gordo
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 4:06:51 AM
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Pgu
Have given GT5 a break for a while, bought FFXIII collectors edition and Far Cry 2 collectors edition cheap in the Xmas sales. Also have got Enslaved and ordered Nier.

I've been hooked recently on the Nier soundtrack. It is really one of the most brilliant pieces of music this generation. That's made me intrigued to play the game. The music is pure art.

Enslaved is good so far after an hour but I can honestly see why it is a solid 8 and not a 9. I looking forward to the story though.

Far Cry 2 is good but I'm getting spoilt with recent graphics and AI. Far Cry 2 doesn't hold up with age well.

So spoilt with choice so lots to play before I get my hands on Mass Effect 2. Really looking forward to that one.

Living in Queensland Australia. Had a month of solid rain which has flooded an area the size of Britain!
Drove through a flooded road tonight to get home and was lucky to not be swept away. Scary with two kids in the back seats! Makes you think about the real important things in life!

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Teddie9
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 1:13:46 PM

Soundtrack , Story, and voice acting (even though Nier sounds ridiculous in trailers) is where the game excels.
The Spells were also really cool.
The visuals and the quests are ughh..
Great game but I'd stay away from most of the fetch quests unless you really want to finish ending C, (Replay Value is good too with 3 endings and some extras in the storyline aswell)

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johnld
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 4:57:31 AM
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I never got into oblivion at all either. the closest i got to playing and enjoying a wrpg is demons souls, which is made by people in japan.

as for 2011, i have already decided only to buy exclusives on day 1. not enough cash but if i finally find a job then this goes out the window. games that i guarantee i'm getting is littlebigplanet 2, killzone 3, uncharted 3, resistance 3, and infamous 2 so far.

PGU: right now i'm working on sly collection. platinumed 1 and 2, now working on 3. i cant believe i dismissed this as a kiddie game. I'm supposed to be playing bioshock 2 but it just didnt hook me in so thats been put back in the shelf. also need to get back to demons souls. i also started getting back to sports champions. so far i've only played pingpong and working my way up on the gold level. other than that i've been playing black ops on and off when i'm not playing sly collection.

My backlog is also starting to grow. i just picked up castlevania for ps3 for 20 bucks. so now my backlog consists of enslaved, castlevania, assassins creed brotherhood, and star ocean the last hope. judging by how sly collection is going and littlebigplanet next week, it looks like i wont be able to put a dent into my backlog until after i beat killzone 3 on hardest difficulty and maxing out online. at least i have some games until uncharted 3 comes out.

by the way, does anyone know where i can get FF7 and star ocean last hope strategy guides cheap? i barely use them but its kind of what i do with rpgs now. i have to have the guides with games. i missed getting these two. i got them for ff8-13, dragonquest 8, white knight chronicles, star ocean till end of time, and all the zelda games on home consoles.

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WolfCrimson
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 3:20:53 PM

You mean like a walkthrough guide or something? You could find any guide you want on Gamefaqs.

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Snaaaake
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 5:42:28 AM
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So many games and I bet if I get all the games I'm planning to get in 2011, 365 days won't be enough for me to finish them all.

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RadioHeader
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 8:56:13 AM
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I hope LBP2 is compatible with a steering wheel because mine has been stuck to my hands since I got GT5.
It's just typical. I feel I don't need another game for months, yet it's going to be my busiest few weeks ever; LBP2, Dead Space 2 & KZ3 cannot be ignored. I've got to either stop working or sleeping if I'm to fit all this in :)

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Jawknee
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 4:51:00 PM

"I hope LBP2 is compatible with a steering wheel because mine has been stuck to my hands since I got GT5."

LOL!

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qwerty__91
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 9:32:33 AM
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I also couldn't get into Oblivion. Or Fallout. Or Fallout New Vegas for that matter. I think they just seem TOO big. There's nothing to measure your progress on when you are all over the place. Perhaps if I had more time I would be able to get into these types of games but I don't!

And I also think it's a get out clause with the "invent your own story with all this freedom we are giving you"

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Temjin001
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 10:53:33 AM

You stole World's old avatar =p

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Temjin001
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 11:15:50 AM

pfft, qwerty.
Do you know how the qwerty keyboard came about?
People in the 1800's were typing to fast on their typewriters. So rather than making a better built typewriter the main company who built them re-arranged the keys, placing the more common keys in harder to reach locations. QWERTY was born. This effectively slowed peoples' words per minute. Thus, reducing hardware failures...
It's was an earlier case in history that reminds us why businesses don't always have consumers best interests in mind first.

..sorry, i had some time to kill. Interesting, tough, eh?

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Shams
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:36:55 PM

Great tidbit, Sensei T. Did not know that, and that's certainly one for the ol' memory banks.

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Temjin001
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 4:50:43 PM

It was actually something I learned from a introductory computer course a couple years ago.

I realize now I didn't write my point very clearly, but I'm sure people will figure it out.

They also taught me that the terms "debugging," "buggy software" or "there's a bug in it" was in reference to an old style computer (more like a calculator) from many decades ago that stopped operating correctly because a moth had died inside of the computer unit. From that point on they had to make certain the unit was "debugged" for proper operation.
History was made =)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 7:37:17 PM

No worried, my weekly avatars are all about paying tribute to the ladies these days, but you never know what's next.

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Alienange
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 11:09:24 AM
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I think it's because you prefer a thick narrative. It's as if you prefer the swings over the sandbox. You prefer the ups and downs of a story driven rpg over a theme based rpg. When presented with the sandbox you just see it as bland and uninspiring.

The way I see it, it's just personal preference. And there's nothing wrong with that. I am rather glad though that you do not dismiss the games as rubbish because that would be a mistake. As big a mistake as dismissing jrpgs because you don't like the occasional grinding that is required.

RPGs come in all shapes and sizes. You're not going to like ALL of them, right?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 8:02:12 PM

That's only part of it, though. I like open-world, more freedom-based sandbox games like GTA and inFamous. In fact, they get me hooked pretty easily.

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qwerty__91
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 11:29:09 AM
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Oops didn't meant to come in as a noob and steal someone's DP! Lol.

My name is qwerty just because I was trying to find a username that wasn't taken before and some variation of this username was available. Hence why all my logins are qwerty now!

@Alienage - i think you have pretty much summed it up well. I don't really like sandbox games like GTA or InFamous (although I gave InFamous a good go.) I just end up getting bored. But I can definitely see why a lot of people like them!

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Shams
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:34:46 PM

I know a lot of people who couldn't/wouldn't finish GTA4 simply due to early pacing of the game. I know I put it down for a couple months only to come back later to finish it (4 leaf clover's got to be one of gaming's most memorable missions/levels).

InFamous, on the other hand, I found to be less about wandering, and collection, and more about pacing and action. The only drawback to it is that you don't get all your main powers until midway through, and you don't get all your powers until closer to the end. A lot of people didn't like it because they were expecting something like Hulk:Ultimate Destruction. But, I loved it.

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Teddie9
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 1:06:22 PM
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PGU: It's been just gt5 all week, now I have to take a break and try to get some work done
:(.
Haven't had time to use my christmas money yet but I plan to get Vanquish and try to save money for KZ3, the trailer was pretty damn good. Although we can't guarantee that this one will have some groundbreaking storyjust because of some deeper dialogue than swearing. (the voice acting for the helghast is incredible, ISA pales in comparison to greatness that is Malcolm Mcdowell).

Now while this will contradict me trying not to be hyped for the story, I do wish Guerilla would try to flesh out more of Helghast lifestyle. It would be pretty sweet to meet unhostile helghan citizens, rebels, or helghan working class...c'mon the entire PLANET cannot be ecstatic to go to war. They're very close in comparison to humans from earth you know.

Well a definite purchase, Crysis 2 can wait if it's any good. Concerning Skyrim, a more than likely purchase aswell (that fall season is pretty crowded though)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 1:58:23 PM
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Dead Rising 2 was the worst pile of crap I've ever played since Hidlyde. I sold it.

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qwerty__91
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 2:09:05 PM
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I played the original dead rising and hated it. So my experience of dead rising 2 consisted of listening to my mate harp on about it whilst assuring him it is s**t.

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Turbey
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 4:04:16 PM
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Well, since my fat60 got YLOD couple of days ago I haven`t had much strenght to play singel player games(I bought a new SLIM couple of days later). Since, stupid me, forgot to make a backup for my save files.
The mere thought about starting over from scratch on Demons Souls is just....to depressing :P

So my recent days have been playing Bad Company 2 :) Which is way fun! Totally forgot how good MP is!

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Underdog15
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 10:00:48 AM

If you haven't already pitched your fat60, go online and read how to "repair" the PS3. It isn't usually a very permanent fix, but you might be able to get it "fixed" long enough to back up your HDD!!!

Some good youTube videos can show you how. You only need it to work for an hour or two!

It's worth a shot to save your save files, right?!

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PasteNuggs
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 5:58:02 PM
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PGU:
I just finished Halo 3. I started Split Second and am about half done but for some reason on racing games I refuse to get anything but first so it is taking awhile. Also, still playing AC:B here and there along with Fable 3, GT5, Alan Wake, Ace Combat 6, Metro 2033, and zombies on Black Ops with my kid. I think I'm going to dedicate my time to Castlevania over the next week to see if I can get that done. Like many of you have said it starts slow so I put it on the shelf but I have an itch to play it.

BTW: About how long does it take to complete Castlevania?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 7:40:34 PM

Takes a long time. I haven't looked at how many hours but it could be something like 15 hours or more. We have blu ray but it stretches across 2 360 discs. There are 12 chapters and its taken me a couple weeks on my schedule to get to chapter 10.

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PasteNuggs
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 8:20:19 PM

Thanks. I was thinking upwards of around 20 hours. I'm trying to play catch up before KZ3 but all my games are so long.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 8:45:12 PM

took me about 25 hours to beat

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rjmacready
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 8:36:51 PM
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Ben, I totally agree with you on the Elder Scrolls series. I've wanted to like Oblivion so much that I've bought it and sold it 3 times already. Now that I have it again, I'm forcing myself to keep it, even though I hardly ever play it. Its sad wanting to like a game so much, and feeling that you SHOULD like a game more, but not being inspired to play it that often.

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JDC80
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 8:49:29 PM
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I have a crazy question: I'm watching series premiere of "The Cape" and I gotta ask the community if they made "InFamous" into a tv series do you think it would succeed? Or would it be better to have it as a movie?

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 2:40:16 PM

Nah, stick to the console :) It's just to stylized a game to pull off of the games and stick on real people.

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Dreno
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 9:19:21 PM
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First of all, good review this week.

But a question popped in my read when I was reading your thoughts on skyrim and the other elder scrolls games. You said that they were deseigned with you in mind, but what if THAT'S that problem you have with them? what if that's the "eh" factor for you?

It very well could be that its a culmination of everything you want in a good rpg, just that for some reaso, everything rolled into one just does it for you? Remember that's just a thought, it could be something other than that.

And like someone said higher up, you can't like 'em all. Anyways, keep up the good work sir.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 12:19:55 AM

Maybe. But it really is missing a story that I like, and I need that in my RPGs. I've also never been a fan of the combat, which just feels like any action/adventure game.

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qwerty__91
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 5:44:32 AM
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I think one of the main selling points for many RPG fans is a good story. Personally I would be more bothered if a game had a bad story than a bad combat system. (as long as it wasn't dire)

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 2:38:01 PM
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My main goal is to clear the map in Brotherhood of all available things to do and see. It's time consuming, but worth it in the end. However, I recently took a break to start up good old DA:O again. DA2 is coming out in only 2 months and I want to get my storyline the way I want it to see how things go in DA2 with Hawke.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 6:41:16 PM

"My main goal is to clear the map in Brotherhood of all available things to do and see."

I did that. :)

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 6:44:10 PM

Haha so I've heard :P
Rome is 52% rebuilt for me as of now. I really want that Romulus armor... Working away at it.

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Skatejimmy5
Saturday, January 15, 2011 @ 7:27:27 AM
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Your description about how bland Elder Scrolls felt is the exact same as my experiences with JRPGs. I just can't like them, and believe me, I've tried. But on the plus side, I absolutely love WRPGs like Mass Effect, Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Dragon Age.

:)

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