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Ben's Week In Review: September 18

It was a big week, what with the Tokyo Game Show and all, but I'll keep things simple for the recap. :)

I guess Americans hate colors

If you really start to think about it, it's one of the strangest phenomena of the industry: Americans just never get many color options for their gaming hardware. They get a few for their accessories, but that's about it. How come Japan gets everything? A whole bunch of designer colors for the Vita? Heck, even Europeans get that slick Ceramic White PS3. And then there are the awesome unique systems that coincide with a big game launch, like that FFXIII-2 Lightning Ver. 2 PS3. And we're still sitting here, stuck with one damn color for the PS3. I get the feeling we won't see those Vita colors, either.

What's going on? What market research did Sony conduct that found that gamers in the US don't care about such things? Yeah, it's only cosmetic but it'd be nice to have a choice. Hell, if it was something like that Lightning-branded PS3, I might've sprung for it, even though I already had a relatively new Slim. I just wish someone would explain this to me.

Okay, FFX in HD...I can live with that

In my estimation, it was the biggest news of TGS 2011. Sure, we learned more about the Vita and stuff like that, but Final Fantasy X in high-definition just made my week. On the downside, it only solidified my theory that we'll never see a FFVII remake. We're seeing tons of PS2 classics receiving the high-def upgrade this generation, but it just isn't happening with PS1 classics. Look at the new MGS HD Collection; that won't have the original because Konami and Kojima said it would simply be too difficult to do. And I'm sure that's the case with FFVII or any PS1 title. It would have to be a complete remake; not just a visual overhaul.

Still, I loved FFX. It was the last FF that actually looked and played like Final Fantasy (what with the traditional combat setting). I really liked FFXII, too - it was an RPG, after all - but for different reason. And I never minded the linearity of FFX; I liked the story and I really liked the gameplay. It was also a beautiful production; even prettier than other games in the series, like FFVIII and XII. FFX in HD? Yeah, I'll take it.

Personal gaming update

So I'm done with Resistance 3 and I'm nearing the end of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I've given up on any ideas of finishing Catherine due to the workload that waits just around the corner, but I'm having fun with White Knight Chronicles II. I need to play a lot more before I can write a review, but all I can say to all you RPG fans is- I get it. I think I get why you love the game. But I won't jump to any other conclusions just yet.

Also, expect reviews for Atelier Totori, the RE4 and RE:CV HD installments on the Network, and a couple more games are waiting in the wings: Rage and Dark Souls, both of which launch on October 4. No, I don't have them yet so don't ask. They mark the onslaught that will probably cripple me in October and November, but I'm okay with that. ;)

In other news, we should have a Level-5 Q&A interview for you within the next couple of weeks, and we just finished shooting Episode #6 of the PSXE Show. Due to Hurricane Irene and one episode that popped into Home without me knowing, we've been missing the party in the theater. So we'll definitely party for #6; stay tuned for time and other relevant info.

9/17/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (72 posts)

GuernicaReborn
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 9:04:57 PM
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America Needs a red white and blue PS3. Is there some sort of tax law that makes producing more than one color of an item expensive in this country? I remember buying a kitchen-aid mixer for my mom for Christmas, and that thing had about 5 or 6 colors to choose from. Sony needs to take a lesson from the stand mixer market, and whip up some new colors for us.

Colors aside, I am so far behind this year it's scary. The only game I've bought, used or new, is Dead Space 2. I've played a bunch of PSStore titles, but only one disc based game this year. How sad.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 6:45:33 PM

Hey GuernicaReborn,

I couldn't find you a Sony branded "Red, White, & Blue" themed PS3, but I think I found you the next best thing.

Here's a good looking PS3 "USA flag" skin kit...and for only $11.74(plus whatever HongKong's shipping is on it).....

http://www.superufo.com/product_html/PlayStation_3_PS3_Guise_Skin_Kit_0778.html



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Fox hounder
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 9:16:27 PM
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We in the US definitely need multi colored PS3's, that FF PS3 is a thing of beauty. PGU: I'm getting close to a platinum trophy in Heavy Rain, i also just got MGS1 & MPO off of the playstation store for my psp. For anyone here who has a psp, i would definitely recommend getting both games. Both are $10 each, its a really good deal.

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Qwarktast1c
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 9:16:32 PM
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i'm still curious as to what version of FFX they will be revamping. international or standard? i think i'd be happy either way, but i really wanna try the international version

if international then there better be a platinum trophy specifically for beating penance

one thing i wish they would change is make the calculation system for yojimbo a tiny bit easier to use zanmato

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StubbornScorpio
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 9:30:01 PM
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America's exclusion from the artsy hardware always confused me too. I would be all over those if they released here, but looks like we'll have to settle with custom decals.

The FFX HD announcement was very surprising, but in a good way. It definitely opens up the possibility of a Kingdom Hearts HD remake *thinks wishfully*.

Personal gaming update: I FINALLY beat Demon's Souls, so now I'm just waiting for The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection.

P.S. I'm very excited to read that Level-5 interview, their decision to bring Ni no Kuni stateside (earlier than expected) was my favorite announcement from TGS.

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PasteNuggs
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 10:09:44 PM
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As I stated previously I am content with just having black. I choose black when I can. Both my vehicles, my phone, my tablet and so on are all black. The think I don't understand is that I see a lot of colored Nintendo DS and wonder why Sony hasn't noticed this. The only thing I can come up with is that it really serves no purpose to Sony to add different colors here. The only purpose it serves is fan service.

PGU:

I finished Ratchet and Clank:TOD tonight and finished the first Gears again this week so now I'm gonna either get back to Fallout:NV or start the God Of War collection. I want to get Gears 3 but I think I'm gonna put it on the back burner for a while. Otherwise the next game I know I am picking up is Battlefield in October.

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shadowpal2
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 10:17:48 PM
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Ah...yes yes yes...the colors and limited editions of PS3s & PSPs are just unbelievably amazing. I mean heck...IT GIVES YOU PERSONALITY!

I bought a black PSP beginning of 2006...because that's all that was being offered. BUT IN JAPAN...THERE WAS A WHITE ONE! D**N IT WOULD I HAVE LOVED A WHITE ONE!

But...there are "skins" available which let you be able to cover up the color of your PSP...and well...let you have your "personal" PSP. Same thing with PS3. Just how well these "skins" work...I really don't know which is why I plan to try.

For PSP, there are of course faceplates(front & back) you can buy...but god...YOU CAN NOT CHANGE THE BACKPLATE...WITHOUT COMPLETELY DISASSEMBLING your PSP.

Regarding FFX HD. COOL...I'll get it for VITA.

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Danny007
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 10:24:11 PM
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Ben, Rocksmith comes out next month. Are you going to be getting a guitar and playing the game for review? Looking forward to it? Thoughts on the game?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 12:56:43 AM

Not sure about that yet.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 10:37:00 PM
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FFXHD is a lock. That was Squaresoft baby. That and DOA5 were my happy spots at TGS.

I'm really having fun with Hunted, and Catherine is pure awesome on every level. I've gotten a tiny bit of play from WKC2 and it is really exciting to be back and with the updated gameplay, it rocks.

I also grabbed Xenogears and Breath of Fire IV. I don't know when I'll have time to play them but a JRPG fan really should own them.

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johnld
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 11:00:19 PM

why do i have the feeling that square enix is going to screw up the final fantasy X remake?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 12:23:40 AM

Let's not be hasty, if we know anything about Square Enix we know they are lazy. So screwing with the battle system would be work and they probably don't want to do that. I expect just the graphics fixed, but it would also be cool to see the lips more or less synced since they weren't at all originally.

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 10:55:15 PM
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Having spent close to 20hrs on WKCII now I can say it's better than the first one in every way. There is so much to do in the game it's making me giddy. I've spent a lot of hours simply running errands and bounty hunting. If you get bored doing one thing you can just do something else and there is still the vast online portion to tackle.

It's a shame that the I'm loving the gameplay yet see several reviews use it to lower the overall score of the game.

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johnld
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 11:05:31 PM

i have spent 24 hours on white knight chronicles 2..... playing wkc1. replaying it, i cant help but feel stupid about how long it took me to figure out who the black knight is. well, it didnt take me that long. i'm starting to notice that there are gigantic hints everywhere, maybe its because i havent sat through a cutscene after my first play through.

my characters seem to take a lot of magic damage too. they take like 1 to 8 damage physical and about 30 to 60 magic damage. i like the wkc2 gameplay in wkc1. i cant wait to get to wkc2.

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Underdog15
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 9:36:11 PM

Completely agree. I just cannot comprehend why reviewers hate it. I remain convinced that most of them have done nothing but watch gameplay trailers or other videos. It's just completely inexplicable. I've never felt that way about reviews before this game's reviews. It's so so strange. It's like it's getting bashed because it isn't some reviewer's preference. I just don't get it.

As for your damage, John, I'm sure you already know this and everything, but I'd thought I would say something anyways in case someone else had the same issue.

Physical damage is limited by vitality and defense. Magic damage is limited by completely different stats: spirit and resistance. You might have amazing defense, but that won't stop magic. Even the attacks are different stats. Strength and attack affect base attack strength (other attacks are affected by agility and dexterity, also). Magic damage is measured by Intelligence and Magic stats.

Again, I'm sure you knew this. Truth is, I just like talking about it. :p

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johnld
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 11:19:34 PM
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as for ps3 colors, i dont really mind just having my black and chrome ps3. if there were other color choices, thats good too. i actually wanted the gunmetal gray mgs4 ps3 but i'm going to keep my launch 60gb any day.

as for final fantasy x remake, i know i'll get it. probably not day 1 or new because i'm still pissed at square enix. my only problem is that they're only remaking the first half of the story. why not remake x-2 on the same disc? i actually liked x-2.

they said it was hard to remake mgs. my question is why not use their work with mgs4? aside from some cosmetic changes, they can probably use their mgs4 assets into the mgs game. mgs4 gameplay is great, i wouldnt mind it if the other mgs games played like it. of course they'll be changes when needed but that should be fine. maybe its more of kojima's hangup since hes a perfectionist. he probably cant stand to release the first mgs with just an hd remake.

PGU: so far i've been playing dynasty warriors gundam 3 and love it. i borrowed it from gamestop and played it alot but there are still so much to do left in the game that i bought it. Then i bought wkc2 and just got lost in the game. i started from wkc1 and i'm powering through the game. i only had to restart once because i forgot that if kara died as a guest in the party, its game over. i'm also looking for resistance 3 at a cheaper price since i still havent started wkc2 yet. i also havent finished mass effect 2 yet because nothing draws me to play it anymore.

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aaronisbla
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 11:57:43 PM
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Never played WKC1, is 2 a direct continuation of the first game?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 12:25:04 AM

not only that, it CONTAINS the first game with the overhauled graphics and remastered battle system.

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main_event05
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 12:40:30 AM

The ENTIRE first game???

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johnld
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 12:43:14 AM

yes, the entire first game and im working on that before i get to wkc2. even the best buy employee that i bought it for bought the stand alone wkc game without knowing that wkc2 comes with both games. also, heres the good part. you can solo quests with your whole offline game party.

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main_event05
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 12:52:18 AM

Hmmm, after I finish DI i GOTTA pick that up. I saw World playing it the other day and I meant to ask him about it but he isn't that great at replying to messages, lol.

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 2:05:38 AM

*****SPOILERS******


My only complaint is thus far you go through a lot of the same places you did in WKC1 and a section in Greede underground is the EXACT same puzzle from the first one.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 3:28:09 AM

ok, thats great to know, i was gonna buy the first one if needed, but i see its not

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 2:08:08 PM

hmm? I'm good about it, if the tag under my name says "This is not me" then it's a housemate watching netflix on a different PS3 and I rarely check that PS3 for messages.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 @ 1:56:57 AM

I have a similar message on my dad's PS3 for the same reason.

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main_event05
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 12:40:05 AM
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Yea i know right, whats up with those colors. I thought that the PS3 was s'posed to have interchangable lids which is why the old fats have the plastic shell that comes off fairly easy then the metal casing covering the guts. but any who...

No new PGU just 35+ hours into Dead Island. Trying to make the most of it amid those infuriating setbacks where the game didn't save. Few days ago I went from 30% all the way to 58% only to discover the next day that the game hadn't saved. I was upset but I got over it when I found this Godly Sledgehammer, been skullasmashin' ever since :D

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main_event05
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 12:54:55 AM

Also, I need some advice on updating my hard drive. I don't need 1T HDD but if thats a better buy than say a 500g or so I'll take it. I'm looking at Highlander for this one, Please and Thanks in advance.

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Fane1024
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 7:38:49 AM

Be warned: the bigger the HDD you install, the more likely it is that you'll run into compatibility problems, due to the firmware being designed for the smaller drives which existed in 2006-2007. Some 500 GB (and larger) drives don't work perfectly.

Myself and at least two other people here occasionally have to reboot our PS3s on start-up because the PS3 randomly decides it can't access the HDD. It usually works the next time, but it's a PITA you don't need.

I'd recommend a drive under 500 GB, if you want to avoid any problems, but Highlander found a model of 500 GB drive that works beautifully. I don't recall the details, but they have been posted here many times.

Mine's a Seagate BTW, which I thought would be good since the original HDD was a Seagate. No such luck.


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BikerSaint
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 12:30:18 PM

Main event,
I went with a 640GB Western Digital 2.5 SATA laptop HD in my 60GB Phat princess before the USPS smashed it while in transit to repairs for a blinking red light problem(BTW, those lying motherf*ckers then denied my insurance claim too!!!)

After installing it, I had no issues what-so-ever with my new W.D. 640GB HD either, it worked flawlessly.

Anyway, keep checking Amazon for specials on it(I only paid $79 w/ free shipping too for mine last year) because it might have even come down a bit in price since then.

While you're there also check Amazon for a cheap external HD enclosure just so you can use the HD you're taking take out of the PS3 as a external backup for any PS3 or PC stuff. I had also bought a brushed aluminum HD enclosure w/ the 2 way cable for $7 there when I got my 640 HD drive.


BTW, I'd stay with a HD that has a 5400RPM speed because the 7200 RPM HD's create more heat and if you got any of the older models, especially the 60GB, they already throw out enough damned heat to grill 14 juvenile Brontosaurus patties to well-done perfection in 4 1/2 minutes.

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main_event05
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 12:40:40 PM

Holy Sh*t really? I got a 15 tons of bronto meat i need to get rid of.

Thanks for the advice, I'll prolly got with the 640g.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 2:42:34 PM

Main Event,
I forgot to also mention to also keep checking out NeweggDOTcom too, as they always come out with a bunch of daily deals, plus 48 hour weekend deals too.

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 12:44:24 AM
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Coloured consoles... a Western fable, nothing more, which is really sad. Then again, I find that electronics simply look best in monochromatic colours as rainbows don't work well in loungerooms. Am I a little bonkers for thinking that?

FFXHD is just an excuse for me to never play the PS2 version that I bought, which is sad. I just wonder whether it'll be a disc based release. I think not, but I still think that they should also spruce up X-2 while they're at it. Make a lot more sense and maybe it'll help them to remember what FF was.

PU:
Finished R3 earlier in the week and started playing GT5 again, then decided against doing that and instead began the Bad Company games. I've almost finished the original and I can tell you right now that they won't be staying in my collection and I've similarly lost the enthusiasm I had for BF3. Too bad, because I was looking forward to it.
I'll also be finished Mansfield Park later tonight and starting on Cormac McCarthy's The Road. In the meantime, my PSP has gone back to collecting dust, which saddens me, but I intend to get back to it sometime or other.
Peace.

P.S. Ben, good to hear that the L-5 Q&A is coming, but any idea on when the S-E answers come back. I'm just really interested in those, given some of the questions that were asked in the comments section of that article.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 12:57:14 AM

TGS sidetracked a lot of Japanese developers. But I'll keep prying.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 12:57:29 AM
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Btw, that Level-5 Q&A is specifically about WKC2, just so everyone is aware.

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 2:06:11 AM

!!@#$!@$!%$~!$@!$@#$!@!!!!!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 2:09:12 PM

Ni No Kuniiiiiiiiii!

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MartyRules
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 2:12:52 AM
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Color and more designed ps3 would sale like hot cakes here. Works really well for Microsoft (atleast where I live)

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___________
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 2:49:27 AM
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screw the red and blue ones, i wish they would give us that gun metal grey ps3 they released for MGS4!
now thats gotta be the hottest ps3 ever released!
just finished playing the crysis revival pack, cant believe a fan made it!
i mean come on, when a fan is upstaging the developers, i, just.
yet another reason why PC gaming is superior.
forget the more advanced graphics, just the community support is fantastic, and some of the mods they come up with are amazing!
hell, have a look at the ICenhancer mod for GTAIV.
its even making epics UE4 samaratan tech demo look old school!
now that im done with screwing around with crysis 2 im trying to get the splinter cell HD collection finished before GOW3 releases.
did not even realize it was out yet, i was down at EB yesterday and saw it on shelves and said to myself when did this release?
could of swore ubi said it was not releasing till october!
eh whatever.

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lupus
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 3:22:58 AM
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maybe cause only 3 people has a ps3 in the states lol - MS rules the states with xbox! or maybe they rule everywhere except Japan...

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MartyRules
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 3:29:39 AM

Wait, what?

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lupus
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 3:46:43 AM
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ah americans - it was a joke :P

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BikerSaint
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 12:42:43 PM

ah non-americans - it wasn't even funny.

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Underdog15
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 9:39:39 PM

Nah, Biker, I'm not American, and I didn't even realize it was supposed to be a joke. I had the same response as Marty. lol

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Snaaaake
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 4:01:12 AM
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YU AMERIKAN NO GOT NO LAV FOR KALARS!!!!
Jokes aside, even in Singapore, it's very hard to come across all these colored PS3 but I've already seen the Lightning pink and GT5 Blue.

FFX has got to be the best thing at TGS that's for sure, never saw it coming and glad it did, now I'm hoping that eventually it will turn into FF Collection with FFX-2 and FFXII in it as well.
I'm sure we can forget about games from the 6th generation getting an HD remake, the tech difference is too much between now and then and if they're gonna remake a FFVII, it'll be the same as making a whole new game and HD world map is simply impossible but I'd like to see it happening.

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Highlander
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 4:30:40 AM
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Psst....Ben, there is a secret to WKC - it is gamer crack once you go online with quests and start trying to collect everything you need to make the more powerful armors, and of course reach the levels that let you do it. WKC2 and @KC are so chock full of obsessive compulsive collector disorder triggers that they might merit a psychology thesis worthy of a PHd.

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Beamboom
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 6:03:43 AM

lol - dude, I've said it before and I'll say it again: You are just *so* ready for a fully fledged mmorpg.
And I wanna be there too. I don't wanna miss seeing you go crazy in there, that in itself will be worth the admission fee.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 6:32:59 PM

Yeah, sorry, I've never been into the MMO thing. In fact, I hate the idea of going online at all in any RPG; I'm not sure WKC2 will be any different.

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Beamboom
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 5:34:34 AM
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PGU:
Resistance 3: My main coop buddy and I are at the final stage to beating R3 in coop. It's a good shooter - the best ps3 exclusive so far in my opinion - but it has made me look forward to Bioshock Infinite even more.

Dead Island: We have only played it a couple of sessions in 2 player coop but it left us unimpressed. The bugs are one thing, worse is it that we found it to be neither fun nor challenging. To mention this game in the same sentence as Fallout and Far Cry is blasphemy.
We are three that will give it another go this evening. Hopefully we will find it a tad more enjoyable being three (coop usually makes a mediocre game much better), but I think I can safely conclude that zombies just isn't for me.

So, thank god for Deus Ex: Human Revolution! That's the game I return to. That's the game I want to play.
And judging from the tempo I progress in that game (or rather, the lack thereof... The explorer in me hinders me :D ) I can safely expect to be entertained by that game for many, many weeks ahead.
Human Revolution is *the* game of autumn 2011.

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 5:46:43 AM

Don't use Resistance as too much of an indicator for Bioshock Infinite. Irrational has done away with the weapon wheel D:

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Beamboom
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 8:29:53 AM

Oh I think of them as entirely different games! My personal opinion is that R3 is too much of "a regular shooter" - a good shooter, but still just a shooter. It had the promise of a good story but became too occupied with being a shooter. I missed a coherent focus on the story, that's why it made me look forward to Bioshock.

I take for granted that Infinite will deliver on that department. Bioshock simply is at a higher level. It's more than a shooter.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 6:34:01 PM

R3 the best PS3 exclusive...? God of War III? MGS4? Heavy Rain? KZ2 or KZ3? inFamous or inFamous 2? GT5? Uncharted 2?

I love Resistance but I can't go with that statement.

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Beamboom
Monday, September 19, 2011 @ 2:07:58 AM

... But Ben, you yourself rated R3 higher than both kz3, inFamous and i2, so you can't disagree *that* much?

I hate discussing exclusives cause it's such a touchy subject to many, so please all don't get too offended by what you are about to read now. But to me personally R3 is the best ps3 exclusive I've played so far.

The technical qualities of R3, the fluid gameplay, the polish and the work put into it, without falling for the temptation of making it too railed or the maps too small for the sake of ramping up the graphics, all that is impressive and I salute them for it. I think they found a very good balance in R3 for a shooter. Close to perfect.

I've not played inFamous 2 yet. It's on my list, I love open world gaming so it's bankers. Prior to R3 the first inFamous were my favourite. i2 is a guaranteed blast.
But compared to R3 inFamous has a more "unpolished" feel to it. Plus, in many ways I feel it is a "simpler" game. That's why I rate R3 higher, so far. For instance, the AI can't be compared in those two games. In R3 it is impressive, no less.

Because of my avid opposition to forced play I can right away strike GoW, KZ3 and U2 off your list. To me they are just interactive animations, blinged rails. Glittering graphics just doesn't impress me much.
The acting in U2 is good and it looks good but it ends there. KZ2 I've not given a fair chance so I'll avoid judging that one, but kz3 was horrible in every way, including story. The acting were descent I guess, there's only so much an actor can do when the script is in such a poor state.

Heavy Rain: I believe this is an *important* title, but I hated playing it. I hardly call it a game, even. It should however be *seen*, it's an interesting release. I have huge respect for the devs of that title. I am happy I paid full price for it. It deserves support. But the best exclusive? No way.

MGS4: For someone like me who has not played the earlier MGS it was like seeing the last quarter of a movie. I did not know the characters involved, did not find the jokes to be even slightly funny, and I didn't find the gameplay to be more than just ok. But this is mostly due to the fact that I had no relation to the story or characters at all. This is definitely not a game I would recommend to someone new to MGS.

GT5: Not played it, but I don't like driving sims at all, so I don't buy it.


So there you go :) In my opinion, according to my preferences I find Resistance 3 to be the best exclusive so far.


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Lotusflow3r
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 6:20:00 AM
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Still overwhelmed at Ni No Kuni finally arriving and that early!

Let Level 5 know that we're thankful for them keeping the roots of Jrpg alive.

Remind them how much we here adore them!

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SolidFantasy
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 7:13:34 AM
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A FFX HD is a step in the right direction. I would like other devlopers to take a page from Bungie and do a real remake. The HD polish is nice, but I want a full polygon count upgrade please.

PGU: Finished Deus Ex. Great game. The ending was decent. It was no FFVIII or MGS ending but it was much better than what I've been seeing in games these days. (cough*KZ3 Crysis2 cough)
I'm playing through it again and I have to say I like the FPS side of gameplay as much as I like the stealth assassin approach.

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Fane1024
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 7:53:03 AM
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I can *kinda* see why NA doesn't get colored consoles (blue, red, pink, etc.), but I really don't see why black, white, and silver aren't available everywhere ASAP. I always get black, myself.

PGU: After 3 years, I finally beat all the puzzles in Go Sudoku. Great value for the price.

Now, I'm working my way through AC1. The AC:R beta got me started again. It's been so long since I started it that I had to replay the beginning so I'd remember how to play it.

I'm also playing Back To The Future episode 1 which is (was?) free on PSN. Fun and funny, but like all Telltale games it runs like s*** on PS3, which is a shame.


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John Smith 1882
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 11:01:48 AM
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If they somehow decided to release a Ni no Kuni bundle with that gorgeous white PS3, I would totally buy a new console even if I didn't need it. Well, I could go for a new one since my current PS3 sounds like a supersonic jet.

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Beamboom
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 11:29:45 AM

"sounds like a supersonic jet" -> lol tell me about it. My fat ps3 started to sound like that too. In fact that's why I got the slim. My fat still works, it just sounds... Like a supersonic jet. :D

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JDC80
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 11:29:38 AM
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I kinda wouldn't mind having a blue PS3 the piano black is nice to look at but a royal blue or a baby boy blue would look nice. A blood red PS3 would probably look amazing.

PGU: Trying to beat L.A. Noire and Ratchet and Clank a crack in time before the final week of my 30 days of Blockbuster is over. Still working on Dead Island. About to enter the last full month of the regular season in NHL 11 and trying to work in one more play through of "InFamous 2" before sending it back to Gamefly for Spider-Man Edge of time.

And when I put Christmas gifts on layaway next month I'm thinking about getting MLB 11 the show(cuz it's 39.99 now) and GOW 3.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 1:04:51 PM
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I love colors, I want colors, I need colors,
so give me those colors too already, damn it!!!!!

Hell, hard core gaming collectors like myself try to get their hands on every single model of every single colored PS3 & PSP, Vita, what have you, etc.

And that's why I already owe 5 PSP's in my collection so far, a....
1000 - black,
Three 2000 Slims - black, Star Wars "Darth Vader" skinned white, Madden 09 dark metallic blue,
3000 silver.....(so far).

And I'm still needing that 2000 slim GOW red one, the Hannah Montana pink one, and a 3000 regular black one. Plus I still need and want every one of those other 12 "Japan only" different colored 3000's that launched about a year or two ago.

So stop losing all those extra sales Sony!

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JDC80
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 1:50:35 PM

I guess the Sony folks here figure if we want the PS3 look different we can buy skins. I had an Superman skin for my PSP. Hope I can find a Venom and Spider-Man one.

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AcHiLLiA
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 1:10:51 PM
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Sony needs a brushed Aluminum Vita, that's a one slick color for both genders, obviously black is to.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 2:05:18 PM

Yes, & I'd even like to see a aluminum diamond plate looking one, although not a real metal one because I'm assuming it just might hold the heat in.

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AcHiLLiA
Monday, September 19, 2011 @ 12:21:10 AM

that will be cool.

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bebestorm
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 1:18:32 PM
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Final Fantasy X was best news for me too.. Suikoden on psp came out no where and I cant wait to see some gameplay. L5 Another World coming 2012 is great news.

I've been playing P3 portable and Xenogears. I took a pass wkc 2 since I really didnt like the first one. Im waiting on Totori and Ico Collection.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 1:58:57 PM
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My PGU,

Back on Avatar for a 3rd play-through, only this time to try getting all of the world's conquering done in those GMI machine's "Conquest" mini-game.

BTW, I also found 4 PS2 & 2 GameCube games that I still needed to help fill in some of my gaming collections. And since they were in decent shape for only $2 each, of course I couldn't resist the force.

So I'll also be at least sampling them too this week, once I've cleaned and/or polished up the discs to a pristine finish(yeah, I'm anal like that, nothing's too good for my consoles).

Game Cube....
Hunter: The Reckoning
Street

PS2....
DDRMAX: Dance Dance Revolution
NCAA Football 08
Popcap Hit's: Volume 2 (Zuma & Heavy Weapon)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

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Deleted User
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 7:38:30 PM
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The Dallas Cowboys ruined my night.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 8:12:39 PM

Mine too. But not really...gave up on SF a while ago.

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duomaxwell007
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 8:34:30 PM
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Hey World gimmie your PSN lol.

By the way Ben Ive been wondering.. how does reviewing a game one hasnt finished work exactly? I mean to me that sounds like watching 45 minutes of a 90 minute movie and then reviewing it.. a, I really qualified to give me opinion on a movie I didnt watch all the way through? I mean sure the first half might have sucked but for all I know the last half woulda been better right?

As for you not liking the prospect of playing an RPG online guess we wont be seeing you online much (other than for review purposes) in WKC2 :( which in that case the online is like a 1/10 as you have to invest a huge chunk of time into it before it actually gets good lol.

Hopefully you ask about DLC in the US for WKC2 in that Level 5 QA.

Also when you review WKC2 will you be including/talking about WKC1 in the review as well or just reviewing WKC2 as a standalone title as if WKC1 wasnt on the disc as well? the reason I ask is because having played WKC1 before would give you a better understanding on whats going on storywise in WKC2 also one of the major review complaints i see in WKC2 is how "the game throws you into the middle of everything assuming you already know how to play and gives no tutorial" to which I say well if you played WKC1 before you WOULD know how to play and not NEED a tutorial in 2 also if you havent played 1 before then you have no excuse not too as it comes packaged with WKC2 and it (WKC1 that is) indeed DOES have a tutorial.. now that "no tutorial" complaint in WKC2 would hold water if the game didnt include WKC1 on thew disc with it.. but it does so to me at least.. that isnt a valid complaint.

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Beamboom
Monday, September 19, 2011 @ 1:40:31 AM

I can totally defend writing a review without seeing/experiencing the entire package. This is very common for example with concert reviews because of deadlines.
When did you play a game that *totally* changed it's nature or experience at around 70-80% into the game? I don't think I've ever experienced that other than sometimes a show-stopping *bug* by the end of the game, that has happened.

What I'm concerned about though, is that every aspect of the game is fairly covered. In my particular case I have a focus on coop play and I very often must seek player forums or user comments in order to get some real info about that part of the game. That annoys me, cause it's often the main reason why I buy that title in the first place.


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Underdog15
Monday, September 19, 2011 @ 9:31:03 AM

FFXIII was significantly different with much more to offer over halfway into the game. No respectable review could have been written without reaching Gran Pulse or stealing ideas from other reviewers.

There are lots of games that need substantial time for a fair review. I'm convinced some reviewers get away with not even trying a game or two.

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duomaxwell007
Monday, September 19, 2011 @ 10:49:34 AM

well Beam I can name 2 games.. Mass Effect 2... I HATED that game up until the actual Suicide Mission (i.e the last mission of the game).. before then the game was slow and extremely boring (recruiting characters, doing all their loyalty quests and the DLC missions) Im thinking to myself "People actually LIKE this crap?" heck I even dozed off and fell asleep while playing it a few times.. but the actual final mission kept me awake and on my feet...i still wouldnt give the game a 10/10 or GOTY like others do but in the end I liked it a lot more than I would have if i stopped playing after the first time (out of 20) that it put me to sleep.

Same with Star Ocean 4.. that game was BEYOND boring... I think I fell asleep every 15 mins of that game.. the story went nowhere (it was just a buncha of random planet exploration and helping the ppl of said planets with their problems) until about 70% though when you finally meet Crowe again then he explains whats going on and finally some semblance of an actual story or goal becomes apparent.. so it took that long before a game that I woulda originally gave a 5/10 got bumped up to a 6/10.. still didnt like it much but at least it finally TRIED to suck less near the end.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 @ 7:48:54 AM

Interesting replies.

I've never had such an experience, but then again I've never ever gotten far into a game that I've disliked that much.
I found FFXIII to be such a huge pile of nothingness that I stopped playing long, long before I got anywhere.
And if I had found ME2 to be a drag I'd never, ever in my life gotten to that last part.

So, I think maybe you may be right after all.
The reason why I have not experienced this is apparently because I've never bothered dragging myself through it. I got a huge pile of games where I've not gotten longer than half way through.

But... *Why* do you guys bother? lol - where do you get the stamina?! :D


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