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Ben's Week In Review: June 5

As some of you have seen, yes, I'm playing inFamous 2 right now. ...I can't talk about it, but I can brag about it. ;)

Where do I stand on the NGP? ...no damn idea

Since the days of the GameBoy Advance, I've never really cared about portable entertainment. I only use my PSP to play some old-school RPGs that have disappeared from consoles; in all honesty, I wouldn't own one if I didn't need it for work purposes. That being said, the NGP is quite the attractive unit, and one that may offer a very unique form of handheld entertainment. I'm also liking the looks of the software launch lineup; I love the Uncharted and Wipeout franchises. I firmly believe that so long as video games remain interactive pieces of entertainment, no hardware is worth owning without fantastic software.

But being of the old school, regardless of whether or not the game is portable, I'm having difficulty getting excited about the whole touch-pad thing. It's not that I'm questioning the solidity of the technology; it's more about personal preference. But I won't pass judgment until I actually lay hands on the device...who knows what I'll think then?

Square Enix may not listen, but I bet BioWare does

In my opinion - and for different reasons - Final Fantasy XIII and Dragon Age II weren't the incomparable elite titles role-playing fans expected. I will absolutely maintain that they qualify as good, perhaps even great, but in some ways, these games let down the hardcore faithful. And now, it seems both companies say they've "listened to feedback" from the fans: BioWare says they'll definitely fix up Dragon Age III, and a European source says Square Enix has taken fan criticism into consideration. But you know what? I believe BioWare. I don't believe Square Enix at all. I'm sorry...I just don't. And I think you all know why.

But it's an interesting experiment, isn't it? When DAIII and FFXIII-2 show up, we can easily determine which developer was indeed telling the truth. And while FF will always remain my favorite RPG series of all time, I don't have super high expectations for the upcoming sequel.

Personal gaming update

I can't offer anything on inFamous 2 just yet, but I can say that despite a few small shortcomings, the game is just as addictive as the first title. I also need to clarify: I mentioned earlier that I'd deliver an Alice: Madness Returns review this past week but I forgot to check the paperwork that came with the game. Unsurprisingly, the review is embargoed until launch day, which is the 14th. But I've played a lot of it over the past week so I'm ready. As for inFamous 2, that's also embargoed until launch, but that's Tuesday, so expect to see a review later that day. I also want to finish the last few missions in L.A. Noire; obviously, Sucker Punch's latest has sidetracked me. :)

Finally, I know I've been teasing a pretty big announcement for a while, and I think we have a date for you: June 16. I hope it sticks but either way, I still can't talk about it. Stay tuned.

6/4/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (113 posts)

StevieRV
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 9:29:02 PM
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the NGP uncharted better be ported to PS3 thats all i can say, because i want uncharted, but not the NGP

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Godslim
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 5:12:42 PM

dunno y people didnt like your comment im not getting ngp because im not into portable gameing but i still want the uncharted experience

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The Doom
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 5:30:55 PM

That's no different than saying
"I don't want to buy a PS3 for Uncharted; I want it for Xbox." I have idea why some people are too jaded to own more than one console. If you can afford one, you can buy another.

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Danny007
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 9:38:01 PM
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So Infamous 2, Hero Edition or no Hero Edition? I still can't decide. What are you guy's getting?

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Cpt_Geez
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 9:57:57 PM

I got the regular edition for $40. on eBay some guy had them early and it's the walmart edition.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:02:36 PM

Hero for me.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:05:27 PM

Standard Edition, main reason being that I can't splurge :/

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 3:18:21 AM

Standard edition. It's expensive enough as it is! Fullprice purchases are exceptions for me, but I feel that inFamous is going to be worth it.

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Cpt_Geez
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 9:54:12 PM
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PGU I been playing infamous 2 since Friday and it's pretty cool to me. I want give away any details but it's a D1P. Been is right I've been playing this game non stop and put in over 12 hours.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:22:34 PM

...you got a copy how?

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Cpt_Geez
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:35:16 PM

@ ben I got it on eBay they been selling infamous 2 for almost a week now

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Sancho
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 1:57:01 AM

I was playing the first Infamous a few days before launch. Could have been a whole week but when I first saw it for rent at Blockbuster I thought it was a pre-order case until I took a closer look. Went home and saw that it wasn't suppose to be out for a few days. Came back rented it and platinum(m?)ed it in 9 days. Sancho45 is my PSN id for verification if you don't believe me. First trophy for it I got was on 5/23 and it was suppose to release 5/26.

Getting the Hero Edition of Infamous 2 same day release shipping from Amazon. XD so excited!!

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Gone
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 10:03:04 AM

Ben,

You need to go to Cheapassgamer's website. They had a mix up at Target and they had Infamous 2 on clearance for $29.99 last week in certain stores.

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SvenMD
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:04:46 PM
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Ben - Lately dates haven't meant much in the way of deadlines (I'm looking at you store) hopefully you won't let us down though, and you'll come through with some awesome news.

Whenever it happens, I'm sure it will mean big things for PSXE and its members.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:08:23 PM
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Strange you can't talk about i2 since anyone can play it and plenty of reviews are up. The kids over at Gamestop gave it a 7.5. For some reason I don't believe them, lol.

Sadly SE and Bioware have both burned me so neither XIII-2 or DAIII are automatic purchases any more. I guess that's what happens when you fck over your fans.

I hope Sony's E3 conference doesn't use too much time on NGP cuz I'm not really all that crazy about it either. I'll get one some day, but portable gaming is always sub par.

I won't be touching the i2 demo cuz I want the game to be full on freshness. I'm still trying to hammer out L.A. Noire (damn that is a great experience), Ar Tonelico, and some little nippers like Wolfenstein. I enjoyed the Duke demo today and can't wait for that. I gave up on Assassin's Creed II, that game is clunktastic. Oh yeah and I got Yakuza 4 today. No time to play it now but it should be pretty sweet.

Downloading my freebies as we speak. Yay.

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Cpt_Geez
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:19:59 PM

Im giving it a solid 8.9 those gamestop employees are Xbox fanboys I'm playing the game right now.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:27:29 PM

Some of us have to abide by embargo dates.

Anyway, I agree with some of what is said in the GameSpot review. But not all.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:28:54 PM

Woops, I meant Gamespot, not Gamestop, lol.

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Cpt_Geez
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:38:01 PM

@ world lol

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Qubex
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 11:54:35 PM

Yes, I was wondering World... The world was truly coming to an end if Gamestop were beginning to review games...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Shams
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 12:29:37 AM

Finished Yakuza 3 this week, and am finishing Y4. Wasabi. Very good wasabi. And by wasabi, i mean a palette cleaner. But the best of it's kind.

I'm psyched about i2. I trust Suckerpunch's track record far more than the track records of most self-appointed critic/bozo traffic-whores (not meaning you, Ben, nor Arnold). Some have anti-Sony sentiment. Some arjealous of the exclusives. And some just honestly hype something up so high, that they have to finding faults for it not being the holy grail. And some just have no place writing let alone reviewing. And a small minority actually writes something credible. And that minority shouldn't bother with the rest and their drivel. Their minds and hearts are objective, and unfettered, and unswayed by preconceptions, and bias.

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jdt1981
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 12:38:00 AM

Some of the Infamous 2 complaints by Gamespot were lame. The biggest example is the complaint that Infamous 2 is the same as Infamous. Why didn't they use that complaint with the yearly COD rehashes or with Halo 3 which was pretty much an identical experience to Halo 1 & 2?

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Dancemachine55
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 1:03:08 AM

My thoughts exactly. Gamespot's review was quite weak. It spent way too much time talking about the tiny issues that brought the game down a point or two.

Gamespot pointed out that there was a greater variety of enemies this time round, a better combat system and graphical presentation was top notch, on par with Uncharted.

But the underground sewer thing has been replaced with guardian missions, the stick-to-edges and pipes mechanic is a little too sticky in places, and that the Karma system wasn't as satisfying or grey-shaded as the first game. THAT WAS IT!!! And Gamespot brought it down 2.5 because of that.

As long as it plays like the first game and is as much fun, I'm totally getting this Day 1. The Mission Creator tool looks fantastic, and I have no doubt this will add to the longevity and fun factor of the game.

The Gamespot review was atrocious, way too much time spent on the negatives, trying to make the game look worse than it actually is. I can't believe IGN did a better job than Gaemspot reviewing i2, really surprised me.

Am looking forward to Ben's review though. The game isn't out here in Australia til Thursday, so should be enough time to see Ben's review before buying. Getting Duke Nukem day after that, will play Duke first, finish it ASAP, return it then spend some quality time with Infamous 2.

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 3:25:27 AM

"on par with Uncharted" - an open world, large mapped game being on par with the king-of-tight-quarters Uncharted? That's *impossible*, unless U3 has tuned down their graphic intensity?

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Highlander
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 1:48:34 PM

I haven't read their review, and won't until I have played the game myself.

I am curious though, if the game is as good or better than the first one, then why mark it down overall compared to the first one, and secondly, the mission creation and sharing - the online component is a major addition to the game, even if you score more strictly for a sequel, those new features seem like they ought to lift the game's review standing.

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matt99
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 1:50:33 PM

What's the consequence for breaking an embargo?

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JDC80
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:15:20 PM
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PGU: Something went wrong with my credit card and Gamefly so I missed out on getting L.A. Noire but I'm getting "InFamous 2" when they do their new release sent offs on Monday.

I spent pretty much half of my Friday night picking what games I should chose from the PSN welcome back program. So I ended up with "Little Big Planet" and "Dead Nation" and on the PSP I picked "Mod Nation Racer" and I'm still thinking about getting Killzone I played it before didn't beat it tho but I liked it.

And I picked up "Sonic 2" I might get one of those 3 month PS plus membership cards when July 2 rolls around.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:17:24 PM
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Awww... Have to wait until at least next Tuesday before I can play iF2. I want to get a WKC2 review done first.

I really used to like my PSP, but I've found myself playing it less and less due to fewer games on the system appealing to me and the PS3 having WAY too many games. That said, I've anticipated picking up the NGP extremely early in its lifecycle, and having WipEout and Uncharted ready to go from day 1 only serves to ratchet up excitement. As I've mentioned before though, all those games that have been announced for the launch are Sony published, s I'd like to know what the third parties will have ready to go in the first three months or so.

I'm not sure that DAIII will be quite as promising as many people are hoping, as it's been reported that the shooting in ME3 will be even more akin to a standard TPS. I know that will only serve to bring in a wider audience, but it still sounds like a slightly dangerous precedent. Damnit, I hope I can get around to Origins sometime soon, but it isn't looking likely...

Personal Update:
Okay, well first of all, I've come down with some sort of cold or flu that's left me more or less bed-ridden for the last 48 hours. Not good.
Also, I was trying to continue reading Paradise yesterday, but couldn't even keep up with the words, so I've set that aside until I'm well enough to comprehend, and have embarked instead upon Truman Capote's 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'.
Done a little bit more of FFIV, but it's sort of fallen to the wayside, as I've been playing through L.A. Noire, and wrote up an article exploring the successes and flaws of the game over at TR. That's pretty much it.
Peace.

P.S. I'm telling ya, it's a Home Space, innit?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:31:08 PM

WKC2 is out for you guys? I have Paradise Lost sitting on my bedstand but I've been too wrapped up in the latest Agent Pendergast novel to care.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:32:58 PM

This Thursday coming :D

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:34:59 PM

World=jealous

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:38:10 PM

I'm afraid to even pick up Paradise Lost at this point. I've got a double set with both it and Paradise Regained on my bookshelf. Also, the European version of the Silent Hill collection is supposed to have SH4: The Room in it. Be more jealous :P

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:50:09 PM

I liked Paradise Lost. It reads well.

Currently reading "The Brothers Karamazov" after starting the epic literary journey, "Remembrances of Things Past" (or "In Search of Lost Time") by Marcel Proust. At 6 volumes and around 3500 pages, it makes "War and Peace" seem short by comparison. ;)

I finished "War and Peace" last year, but this one is gonna take longer. Besides, I can't read all 6 volumes in a row. Just finished the first - "Swann's Way" - and I'll get to the second later. But it WILL be done.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:54:25 PM

3500 pages? I'd like to know how long it took for him to write that. Also, I've been interested in The Brothers Kazamarov for quite some time. Let me know what you think of it when you're done, please.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 11:14:35 PM

I like it so far, but I can tell you he's no Tolstoy. Not at patch on "Anna Karenina," IMO. But I'm only 200 pages in and it's about 1000 pages, so...

And it took Proust a good portion of his adult life to write "Remembrances," I think.

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Qubex
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 11:56:27 PM

That is a lot of reading Ben... between video gaming and reading how could ever possibly think of marriage and kids in the future.. :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 7:08:24 PM

That's easy. I don't. :)

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BikerSaint
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:20:24 PM
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<<<<Finally, I know I've been teasing a pretty big announcement for a while>>>>

"SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES"

(Wickedly great, I'm thinking)

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JMO_INDY
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 11:43:51 PM

That is a really good song by the band Malbec!!! I know it's not what you wee referring to but none-the-less.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:30:16 PM
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If Alice is embargoed until release then it's going to suck balls like the rumors say. I have to decide to cancel it or not soon, grrrr.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:46:18 PM

For the record, most all new games have embargo dates. It really has no bearing on quality.

I can pretty much guarantee Uncharted 3 will be embargoed, for instance. I have NO idea why that rule exists, but whatever.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 11:15:13 PM

Unless it's my imagination, the good games allow reviews before they release and the bad ones make sure no reviews come out until at least release day. Embargoes yes, but the longer they are the more it worries me.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 12:05:56 AM

It's your imagination. :)

It's just that a lot of sources are so anxious to get great reviews out there for traffic purposes, they break the embargo.

Only rarely do I get a game that has no embargo, and quality doesn't seem to be a correlation in past years.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 1:56:07 AM

Good to know, I guess it's just the breakers thing. My crew and I are still working on getting review copies.

I thought it was sort of weird that there are no reviews of Alice 2 and it's supposed to suck.

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 3:31:44 AM

Alice 2 sucks? Oh noooo :( It's the fighting, isn't it? The standard hack'n'slash? I thought that looked pretty dull...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 1:14:40 PM

I don't know it sucks, I don't have a copy, it was just a blurb from playstation magazine. Don't go off half cocked. Actually they complained about the pacing and platforming puzzles a bit. Anyway, I'm trying to be optimistic. And I really wanna play it so I think I'm keeping my preorder.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 8:30:40 PM

The game has problems, World. It's not a bad game but...well, you can wait for my review. :)

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BikerSaint
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:34:27 PM
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As for my PGU,
haven't been gaming the last few days, been way too busy trying to re-D/L all the stuff I already had on my recently murdered by USPS, Phat Princess. Plus the inFamous2 demo.

And my 4 "Welcome back" picks were super-easy no-brainers because I already had 2 games each out of those 8 PS3 & PSP selections.

BTW, I really wanted "Quest For Booty" but, alas it wasn't available on our NA store, so I wound up getting....

PS3:
Dead Nation
Super Startdust HD

PSP:
Modnation Racers
LBP

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RadioHeader
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 7:35:27 AM

You Americans have killed over a billion zombies in Dead Nation! You better get in there quick before they're all gone :(

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:37:17 PM
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If the big reveal is some sort of Home space that will be unfortunate as few of us use it. It's a neat idea but I only have so much time and I like to spend it with real games or on the web. I don't think I could add Home to that equation very often.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:47:48 PM

Home space? Boring.

Spaces aren't entertaining enough.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 10:51:55 PM

Yay! Maybe it is the "BD: Mess with me and get the tree" game that someone mentioned way back when.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 11:16:28 PM

Not a "space" then? A whole area with cool stuff perhaps.

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Highlander
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 1:45:56 PM

Home spaces are boring? So, not a clubhouse or an apartment, and not simply a themed area either.

It's post E3, so it's not a virtual E3 booth. Could it be part of a new Sony area, such as the gamers lounge where we can go to read moderated reviews of games, comments and opinion, watch video commentary and the like, catch up with previews, game screens and videos and participate in verbal debate/discussions? Kind of a virtualized Home version of PSX itself? That would be awesome.

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Beamboom
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 8:53:33 AM

I'm hoping for an expansion of this site, community-related features. User profiles with tools like "Personal top-10 list", "vote topics", PM functionality, stuff like that. That'd be something.

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StangMan80
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 11:17:00 PM
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Ben, Every game has flaws. Even Uncharted wasn't perfect. Actually the MGS games are the closest to being perfect then any game that was produced on the planet. But still, it had some flaws.

I got the Infamous 2 demo and got Infaous for free with the 'welcome back' package from Sony. And so far it looks like I need to robe the neighbors house so I can get this game.

NGP; It's looking amazing! Already the best handheld ever. But I'm not sure I'll be picking it up right off the bat. But it's putting the 3DS to shame!
The touch pad sounds cool but I'm with you on that part, Ben.

Waiting for the 6th. And you all better know what is going down that day!

Happy gaming!

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JMO_INDY
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 11:47:14 PM

The only problem I had with any MGS game was 2 and 3 and that was the aim and shoot button were the same button, pretty annoying at times with lots of enemies but of course I got used to it. Other than that pretty, damn perfect.

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PharaohJR
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 11:48:31 PM

Stang i feel ya on a game not being perfect but if a game is outstanding & still has faults would u give it 10/10?

Reason i ask when Gt5 dropped i noticed the flaws folks mentioned but cause it was so rich in content & quality i gave it 10/10 & same with GTA4.

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Fane1024
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 7:51:31 AM

Top scores (e.g., A+, 10/10, even 100/100) shouldn't require a game to be flawless, just as good as (or better than) the best game available at the time.

As Stang said, every game has flaws (even MGS). If you never use your top score in a rating system, why have it?

Personally, I wouldn't give a 10/10 to a game unless it were both ambitious / innovative and superbly executed. Significant shortcomings or perfunctory design would demand a lower score, even if the game were fun. But that's me.


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PharaohJR
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 10:26:57 PM

@fane i stand & feel what ya saying.

i dunno with me cause i already know no game will be perfect cause the amount of time thats spent to make 1 the more depth thats involved to make 1 requires more time & cause companies are given these artist/developers a certain amount of time to deliver that product i dont think perfection will be met in terms of execution. it will always be some faults no matter the system.....

if i had my cuzo old box nintendo u know the 1st 1 & loaded up mario i would easily give it a 10 cause of the quality it offered on the system... even though it will freeze at times & might have to blow the cartridge the fun factor overall with it being a game is a 10 to me. ya see me... thats how i rate my games.

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PharaohJR
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 11:43:40 PM
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agree wit ya on NGP. i like it allot i think its amazing even though its a rumor the specs been reduced to compete with 3ds. if i was younger again i would buy it asap but being 23 the ps3 takes care off all virtual entertainment. lol a man walking around best-duy Ny with a NGP u asking to get robbed & shot.

i never been big on RPGs but i like the art behind them there deep in depth. i never got into them cause u had to tell ya characters a action.

Man i been hearing nothing but good bout Infamous 2. my ps3 cant be used for entertainment so i cant play LA Noire or Infamous1&2 or GT5. i got bout 2 month before i have the funds to buy a slim but i really wanna repair my 60g. it is what it is though.

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Qubex
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 11:58:28 PM

NGP does look good... but from previous experience with the PS3 and what has happened as the hardware has "matured" and changed, I will wait on the NGP. Watch the take up rates within the first year and see if the model configuration changes along the way...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Highlander
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 1:43:04 PM

Quebex, be fair. OtherOS was removed over a security issue that has proven to be valid, and the backwards compatibility for PS2 games was removed because of the hardware cost. If PS2 compatibility was doable in software it would have remained.

The only elements likely to go away on the NGP are...well none that I can think of. Except for the amount of memory - which will be pegged at launch, there really isn't a lot to tinker with on these devices that will save them any money. The inclusion or not of 3Gand potential models with internal storage are the only two significant areas I can see a more basic model being cheaper to produce.

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PharaohJR
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 10:38:32 PM

@quebex i understand that. like i said i like it alot i dont really care for touch screen thats luxury when it come to gaming so to have its appreciated. i jus know the only way i would get it if i had the funds for it & even time thats why if i was younger i would buy asap.

yuh over time we will see how it does.

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THEGODSLAYER
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 12:42:15 AM
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i purchased my copy of infamous 2 on friday from craigslist, she told me she won it from subway contest. all im gona say is that the game is awesome, if your even thinking about picking it up, do it.

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Mornelithe
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 12:51:06 AM
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I'm actually more excited for your take on Alice: The Madness Returns, than anything else. The first game was such an amazingly creative, dark, and macabre look at the story, and the sequel looks to deliver in much the same fashion as the first. That's probably my most eagerly anticipated title of all so far this year (Though, I'm holding out hope that Duke Nukem Forever will do the series justice after so long).

I think as with most tech, the NGP's touch pads are going to take some getting used to, both from the end-user side, and the developer side. But, if I know anything, Sony's devs are certainly up to the task. Unfortunately, I have very little reason to believe that multiplatform games won't be able to deliver as well. Ya'll know my stance on multiplatform games anyway, so don't mind my cynicism =)

Definitely amped for Infamous 2, though, the first game was absolutely unique and creative enough to stand on it's own, against the proximity of Prototype (Own both, Prototype on PC, though). Here's the shocker, I beat Infamous first. I know, I know, I fawn and preen over my PC (hey, it's badass), but I just enjoyed the slow methodical pace of Infamous, over Prototype a tad more.

Hey Ben, any word on the new Hitman, by the way? Pretty sure it's got a ways for development, but that's one IP I've been dying to get my hands on for awhile...

Oh yeah, and good job on the articles w/ Dr. Bartholow. Definitely looking forward to hearing more about his research, or similar expirements.

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PorkChopGamer
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 1:04:13 AM
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I've played a good bit of Hunted: The Demon's Forge this week. I'm enjoying it quite a bit. Hack and slash fun. Golden Axe cool. A more recent reference would be Forgotten Realms' Demon Stone(Drizzt is too awesome of a character not to have his own game by now....) for the PS2/Xbox. Simple-kill bad guys and power up formula. The cover system works and it's enjoyable using bows instead of guns. The banter between E'lara and Caddoc is pretty entertaining. Walking through a ravaged town:

Caddoc: Looks like we are in the wealthy part of town. The Lord Mayor must be close.
E'lara: How can you possibly tell it's the wealthy part?
Caddoc: I can tell by how nice the dead bodies are dressed.

So, yeah, it's fun.

I was thinking of getting Duke Nukem, but there is just too much stuff this month, not to mention that Alice 2 and Record of Agarest War Zero are released the same day. Can't pick a FPS over those. And with Shadows of the Damned being released the week, that's my over the top goodness right there. I like Gearbox, though, so I'm definitely going going to support them and pick it up eventually.

Off topic: I have seen a few comic fans post on here so I wanted to ask what I've been talking about with my customers A LOT for the past two days. How do you feel about DC rebooting their entire line up this September? Everything starting over. The only thing I remember even remotely close to this scale is Heroes Reborn from the 90's when the majority of the Marvel non-mutant superheroes died fighting Onslaught and Franklin Richards creating an alternate universe for them. I didn't care for it. Hulk had long hair, which was kinda cool, and he had an awesome fight against Thor, but that's it.

So I'm asking people as a fellow comic lover/collector (31,640-ish and going in my personal collection) and as a business owner. Does it make you more interested in jumping on or will the lack of an history turn you off? And would you buy them digitally (sacrilege, if you ask me)or still go into your local shop since DC is making the digital copies availabe day and date with the print versions? I appreciate any and all feedback. Thanks.

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 3:36:50 AM

I know it's not the feedback you are after, but at least it's feedback: I'm a Marvel man, and has no relation to DC whatsoever. I know nothing of this, but it *sounds* drastic indeed. But does it mean the characters will be dramatically different, or just their background but with more or less the same end result? I think that matters...

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PorkChopGamer
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 10:48:39 AM

No worries on your Marvel love, Beamboom. I won't hold it againt you. Haha. I think it will be like Marvel's Ultimate line(DC also has something similar named All Star) of comics but it will be official canon. So a modern day retelling. A great jumping on point for new fans and people who are tired of 45-year old fogies like me schooling them with encylcopedic knowledge of past comic history.

Personally, I am torn. I love change (I think I was the only one on the planet that was happy when Ben Reilly/Scarlet Spider was found to be the real Peter Parker in the Clone Saga.) but, I don't want years and years of effort by talented people to be moot. There's nothing quite like comic books. No stories are as grand, taking many years, artists and writers to tell. I'll get them all, of course. And Geoff Johns(DC's Brian Michael Bendis)is a very talented writer, who can add layers of humanity to the most silly of characters. So I'm looking forward to it, but it still doesn't feel right.

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mk ultra
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 1:32:53 PM

That is very interesting indeed, this is my first time hearing this. I really don't know how I feel. It would be devastating for future comic fans if they weren't done just right and all the younger generation knew were the retellings. That being said, if they were handled with care I would be a sucker for a new telling of the dark knight. I have been to busy and broke to keep up the last 5 or 6 years and I find myself lost when trying to buy new ones. So I could definitely see myself getting back on the wagon if it was completely starting over, but at the same time as you mentioned I would hate it if it took any of the grandeur from the originals.

and if i were to get back onboard there is no way in hell I would buy a digital comic.

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 5:30:10 PM

Yeah comics *have* to be on paper, much more so than books. The pages are like artwork, they have to be enjoyed as intended, two page display.

One of the things I love about comics is that nothing is set in stone. I've never read any series of conventional books that twist and turn it's universe to such a degree that comics do on a regular basis. It's "no barrel hold" all the time. Full throttle - all done by some *amazing* artists.
And if DC love and respect their heroes like Marvel love theirs, then I'd trust their artists on this reboot.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 1:36:05 AM
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I love the Citroen car ad! I rarely like ads..but I gotta say more car ads here (from good car makers) is a win win if you ask me.

Square-Enix is a low quality game maker for me

Can't wait for the European version of WKC2 next weekend!

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Highlander
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 1:39:55 PM

How many games that SE publishes do they actually make any more? Even their better games are not made by them. IMHO of course.

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Excelsior1
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 3:20:20 AM
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i await infamous 2, but some the reviews give me pause. it's got a metacritic score of 84 with a score of 75 from gamespot, and 70 from gamepro. luaghable karma system, repetitive enemies, and missions. a bloated, dissapointing, and unnecessary sequel according to gs. that's pretty harsh.

i will rent to make sure, but i'm actually leaning towards buying la noire instead.

one final thought, i think it's pretty outrageous peacewalker is going to appear on the 360. blashemy is a better word. sure am surprised about that.


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The Doom
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 5:34:12 PM

Those score are average, not bad. Besides, those sites have been somewhat bias towards the 360 given their past posts

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sirbob6
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 8:58:31 PM

I have to agree with Doom here. Wait for a site that doesn't lean to the 360 and can actually use grammar to review it.
*cough*PSX*cough*
I am also interested to see what Destructoid has to say.

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 3:47:16 AM
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It's a very good point that both SE and BioWare has said they'll listen to the fans almost at the same time. It's no secret what horse I put my money on but it'll be interesting to see the outcome nonetheless. Not only if they listened *at all*, but to what degree they listened.

Regarding the touch pads: Initially I agree. However, with the *dreadful* knot working as the analogue stick on the psp I'd say anything must be better than that one.

PGU: Space Invaders Evolution! Yes indeed. Found it on sale in the psn store, and it's cool. I love the retro style in this game, makes me think of the days spent inside the arcade halls as a kid. Very consistent visuals, true to the era (well, at least conseptually), and at a price I believe all the typical psn games should be at.

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 5:23:51 PM

"Space Invaders Infinity Gene" was it's name. It just says "evolution" between each stage.

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___________
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 3:48:13 AM
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im really looking forward to the NGP, i just hope sony supports this a dam site better then they supported the PSP!
i hope the rumors of it being toned down are not true.
what happened to the old sony who always went hell for leather?
they became tight a$$es with there bravias and vios, and look where that got them!
you would think they learned there lesson with that, but it looks like they havent.
:(
i want the sony who always put out the best they could of back!
not the one who has turned into M$!

ive gotten back into conviction, though this time im just not enjoying it as much as i did last year.
its so god dam linear, pre scripted, i feel like im playing a new type of shooter not a well sorted famous stealth game!
i wish ubisoft would announce a new splinter cell game at E3, but this time take the series back to its hardcore stealth roots.
far cry 3 and a new rainbow six game are suppose to be announced in there conference too.
bout bloody time!
especially rainbow six, i enjoy far cry, but rainbow six vegas is still one of my favorite games released this gen!
closest game to the old SWAT series, there was a interview with the games creator kev asking if he would ever go back to the series, sadly he said theres no reason to.
WTF?
hows there no reason to?
name 1 game out there thats like SWAT!
closest game i can think of is rainbow six, but even thats quite different.
come on SWAT was a f*cking awesome game, we need a sequel!
O, and insomniac just tweeted there new EAP game will be announced at EAs presser on tuesday.
SWEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
cant wait to see what it is!

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 6:05:45 AM

The EAP project will be amazing, just because it's Insomniac, but I'm wondering why more PS fans aren't up in arms about Insomniac's "betrayal". Maybe it's because they've still got games coming exclusively for the PS3, or maybe it's because everyone assumes that the PS3 version will be best. Maybe it's because a new game/series entirely going over, rather than it being either R&C or Resistance. Although I like that they're retaining the rights this time. It means that they can do whatever they like with it, rather than a continuation of the series potentially being outsourced by EA without their consent.

Also, Ubisoft already announced SC 6: Retribution when they introduced their new Toronto headquarters. They only showed off gameplay footage from Conviction though, which should make any fans of the originals leery. Maybe working on the Trilogy will make them realise the roots of the series though.
Peace.

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Highlander
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 1:37:12 PM

I think it's because the Insomnia guys came out and told us that they were going to do a multi-platform project, but that Ratchet and Clank and Resistance were safely exclusive to PS3. So we didn't find out via the rumor mill that they were working on a game that is 'shock - horror' going to be multi-platform, they told us essentially before the project started, and secondly they laid out categorical assurances that what is exclusive remains exclusive.

All that said, them going multi-platform has taken the shine off of Insomniac's finish )for me personally). No matter how good future PS exclusives from them are, they have IMHO lost something by this move.

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RadioHeader
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 6:00:42 AM
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Free stuff is brilliant. Dead Nation would be brilliant even if it wasn't free, but it was free so it's extra brilliant. The zombie Clowns' sound effects are really, really brilliant.

Score: 10/10 (Brilliant)

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SolidFantasy
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 9:32:04 AM
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My free WipEout HD is not downloading very fast right now. But I think it might have just sped up with out me being online in KZ3

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0_o
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 10:12:20 AM
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I Graduated! :D

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The Doom
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 5:35:56 PM

http://i2.ytimg.com/bg/aiV9O_shXdLlhEZaogavLg/115.jpg?app=bg&v=4d2a31ca

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Highlander
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 1:34:53 PM
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Being of the old skool, as in the skool that pre-dates the Atari 2600, I perhaps should e skeptical of hand held gamnig, and yet I have three PSPs in the house (one each for me, my wife and my son). I've spent as much time playing it as my PS3 recently, and when NGP arrives I suspect it will be more of the same. I'm actually greatly anticipating the NGP, but not necessarily for it's gaming features. Like it or not, a quad core processor with quad core GPU and a 5=inch screen makes a heck of a platform for a device with touchscreen keyboard input, GPS, movement and other sensors, cameras always on Internet and the power to crunch through software like a desktop. This is a huge convergence of technology, and I hope to see some incredible and unique applications born from that convergence. The games will be insane, but he potential for a personal computing device are near limitless.

PGU

PS3. Well with PSN back I've dabbled with Uncharted 2 multi-player, Wipeout HD online racing and some Home. The return of the store had me downloading LBP which I fired up and took a little tour on. Fun as always. I mopped up a few more trophies in inFamous, but finding all 350 shards it taking a little bit long...

With the Welcome back package in Home I had to spend some time messing with that - of course. The PSP has seen a lot of VC2, Hot Shots Golf (Open Tees - I really need to get the follow-up), and a little Wipeout, although the handheld controls don't work half as well as a full DS3.

I noticed a ton of new players online with WipeOut, so it looks like a great time to be playing that one again.

All in all a pretty good week. now, infamous2 arrives this week, let's see what it's got to offer. With the mixed reviews for it, my question is two fold. Is the game as good as the first? If so, then why score it lower, and secondly if the game is as good as the first, but offers significant new capabilities such as the mission builder and sharing of custom missions online, why not score that as a positive raising the score some?

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 5:22:39 PM

... But in order for apps to appear for the ngp (I assume that's what you have in mind with the potential for a computing device), the platform will have to be open and possible to develop for, doesn't it? And what are the chances for that happening?

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Highlander
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 5:53:14 PM

Beamboom, now come on, I've never heard anyone reasonably assert that only Open Source allows innovation. If it being a closed platform has that effect, then why would we see any games on it?

In answer to you though, I have a few points;

1) PlayStation Suite is multi-plkatform and works on NGP
2) PSP had some applications that made use of the camera (pictures/video), GPS accessory (navigation) and computing power - there was even a translation application.
3) The underlying hardware is familiar to mobile application developers.
4) It's not only games that can become profitable.
5) Sony can compete with many different hand held gadgets using the NGP - if the software is there.
6) They are already showing lots of AR applications and non-gamin uses of the device.

The fact that it's not an open platform does not prevent software being written. If that was the case there would be no commercial software market, and Windows would never have become the predominant OS.

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sirbob6
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 8:15:10 PM

@Highlander
A tip for finding the blast shards. Just do a block by block search. It may seem to take longer at first but it will be much faster in the long run. Trust me on that.

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Highlander
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 11:15:58 PM

Yeah, I started to do that, I initially went with the train loops, but of course your detection range is limited.

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Beamboom
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 4:20:43 AM

High: No no, that's not what I meant by "open", sorry. With open I meant "available to develop on". Like the PSP, there was no way to create anything for that one unless you are "inside" the Sony love circle?

For instance, I could not just go and create an app for the psp, since there was no documentation (as far as I know) or tools to compile programs for it.

And unless they open the os for others to develop on I don't really see how we can use the unit as a general computing tool.
It would be *awsome* if for instance Android were supported on it, cause it's got a well developed API based on known technologi (linux & java) so it's easy to get started. I'd *love* to make apps for my ngp.

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Beamboom
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 9:17:30 AM

Just to elaborate: Windows is an open system, anyone can develop applications to run on that platform. And a good example of a closed system is the Playstation os (whatever that is called) where you can't freely create an application to install and run on that system.

And I'm afraid that the ngp will be closed like that, not open. And that's a shame, really!


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Highlander
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 10:56:47 AM

I gotcha, I mis-understood the reference to 'open'.

I see the point, however I am still no sold on that as an issue when things like PlayStation suite are around. Son is clearly trying to engage more developers. However since the platform is a closed platform in the sense of the DRM technology needed to preserve the value of content delivered to it, dev kits from Sony will always be required to produce full applications for the thing. I can only hope that someone approaches Sony with some ideas for the convergence applications I hope for, and convinces them to liberate some dev kits for the purpose.

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Beamboom
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 11:37:51 AM

Yes the ps suite could be one approach to get an app running on it. However, as much as I hate it I don't think there will be conventional computing tools available - just games.
Cause how much could you charge on tools that usually are free or close to it: A terminal emulator, ssh client, a simple text editor, Google calendar, "sticky notes", stuff like that is what I personally would love to have on it. I'd not be willing to pay much for it though. And, of course, a decent browser (we hopefully get that by default).

What apps would you love to see for the ngp?


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Highlander
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 2:44:42 PM

An AR enhanced travel companion that brings together the GPS navigation and translation applciations that the PSP actually did have, and merged with the ability to access online data sources such as Google earth.

I'd also like a personal information manager and some basic handheld productivity tools.

I guess I could always hope that the new Sony S1 and S2 palmtops come with better productivity as they both support PlayStation suite as well. But I don't think that anything other than the NGP will bring so many capabilities into so small a unit - except maybe next year's premium smartphones, but they will lack the out and out gaming.

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I007spectre
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 4:34:07 PM
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Some sites have already posted a review of infamous 2, they say that since it releases during e3 they were allowed to post early.

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Godslim
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 4:55:32 PM
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played the infamous 2 demo and it rocks.....tho tbf its not overly different from the first which seems to be the key reason for insulting cod here

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Highlander
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 5:58:10 PM

The game play may not be significantly different. That's true, but in any game with sequels, the gameplay is something that should remain relatively static, the things that ought to change are story and character -like what happens in Uncharted. Although Uncharted 2 is definitely an improvement visually over Uncharted Drake's Fortune, the control scheme remained consistent as did the majority of the play and mechanics. What changed was the story and the characters. Does that mean that the game should be slated for having similar controls to the original? If on the other hand you have a game that offers no significant story element and has all the character of a locker door, then the sequel needs to offer something new in terms of the game play and mechanics since there is so little story and/or character development.

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Fane1024
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 4:05:55 AM

RE: I2 / U2 control schemes and gameplay

If it ain't broke...

I think the main reason why COD gets more criticism than inFAMOUS is that COD is a yearly release (same thing for Madden, etc.). It's also a bigger target due to the ridiculous sales numbers.

But there are also many people who are sick of such a high percentage of AAA projects being FPSs. We would like the high-profile, big-budget games to offer more than multiplayer fragfests (some, of course, do).





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Godslim
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 5:32:44 AM

see i think cod does bascially the same thing both if and uncharted do.....they expand on what they already have
thats where i disagree i think mw has a pretty decent story and i do think they expand on it.....i like the characters and even black ops had a completly new storyline

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Highlander
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 10:59:58 AM

Uncharted is all about the story and the character, they are it's primary attributes. inFamous too is primarily Story woven into a string of related missions and story excerpts. The original MW game might have had an OK story, but what was the campaign length for MW2 or Black Ops? You can't honestly deny that Modern Warfare and similar games are not primarily about the shooting. Story comes a very distant second or third and character is even more distant than that.

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Godslim
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 7:27:28 PM

i dunno tbh i'd say the action comes first to the story its seems but as a military shooters theres only so much story u can have

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tes37
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 5:40:11 PM
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After reading some of the comments on this site, I decided to check out a few of the inFamous 2 reviews that are out already. I was quickly reminded of the reasons why I trust this site over others. Most of the ones I found were written in the poorest form of English that I've ever read or tried to read. Every sentence you had to stop and think about what the hell the person was trying to convey.

If you haven't read any infamous 2 reviews yet, do yourself a favor and wait on PSXE.

I've been playing L.A. Noire's DLC while I patiently wait for Tuesday.

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Highlander
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 5:54:58 PM

My copy of the game arrives on release day (I hope) so I will wait for the review, only to read the review. However I am certain that PSX will give the game a fair shake - good or bad, and their review will be even handed and objective.

Hopefully I will play enough to give a user review before long. That said, I still have user reviews of HyperDimension Neptunia and Ar Tonelico Qoga to do...

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tes37
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 6:08:28 PM

I have the game pre-ordered with release day delivery too. I'm looking forward to playing it.

I'll be on the lookout for your reviews on those games Highlander.

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Highlander
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 6:22:10 PM

Quoa is better than Neptunia, but different. I will have reviews for both, as well as inFamous 2 by the end of July.

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jimmyhandsome
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 6:33:49 PM
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PGU: Last week I finished my 2nd run through inFAMOUS as evil Cole. Just caved and downloaded the i2 demo, its real sweet. I can't wait. Little disappointing the game has so far received "mixed" reviews, but I take them with a grain of salt anyway. The game plays similar to the first one, but that's not a bad thing. Love the new powers and Cole's "improved" gliding ability is very noticable. Can't wait for Tuesday.

I'm also playing alot of Socom 4 online. Its one of the rare shooters that rewards you for the more time you spend with it. Lots of fun, and I'm looking forward to the upcoming free DLC.

I put Portal 2 on hold, which is unfortunate. I need to go back to that....most likely after inFAMOUS 2.

And finally yesterday I downloaded LBP and Wideout HD/Fury as my 2 free games. Both are solid. Really enjoying Wipeout so far.

I'm also trying to decide between what kind of new TV I want. My recent one is on its way out, and I have been looking at the Vizio 42' LED Razor or the Vizio Class 3D LCD 42'. Both are priced between $650-700 at walmart. I dont know if its worth it to get a 3D TV, as tempting as it is. But for the same price, I don't know how much better the picture quality is for a LED TV. Anyone that has one want to share their opinion?

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Highlander
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 7:03:31 PM

Wipeout HD/Fury does not get the love it deserves...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 8:31:25 PM

I prefer LED's brightness but that's me.

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jimmyhandsome
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 8:59:48 AM

Thanks for the input. I'm torn right now. Don't know how much I'd appreciate 3D gaming

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sunspider13
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 10:50:02 PM
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Ah evening raisin, date, & walnut oatmeal hits the spot...
I'm on the same boat with the NGP, and I'm going to take a wait and see attitude. I do want it however.

PGU
I have to call Sony in the morning cause when I went to get my two free PS3 games I only got one, weird. The one game I did get was Dead Nation and I'm hoping that they release some new content for it because this game really deserves my money.
I'm on vacation now so I can fully focus on I2 and watch all the E3 stuff and follow it here as well. Yup my next two weeks are planned out, lol. Peace.

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Fane1024
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 4:16:32 AM

Check under Account Management, Transaction Management, Services List, SCEA Promotion. If one of the two free game slots shows "1 remaining", you can choose your second game right from there.


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sunspider13
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 9:00:05 AM

Cool thanks for the heads up.

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