Archive for December, 2006

Armoured Core 4 Gameplay Vid

You can watch the entire 1st mission from the Japanese version of Armoured Core 4 over at GameTrailers. You can check it out for yourselves below and although I’m not sure if it’s the PS3 version or the 360 version, it hasn’t exactly blown my socks off.

Firstly it’s a little dark. OK, that could probably be sorted by messing around with your TV settings but it’s a gripe nonetheless. Secondly, although there’s a lot going on action wise, I’m still not too happy with the fogging that’s being used in the distance. Maybe I’m wanting too much too soon but that type of cheap trick used to hide poor draw distance should be left with the PS2/Xbox/GameCube. Mercenaries 2 claims to do away with fogging in that manner (we shall see if it’s true) and that’s the type of graphical improvements I want from the next-gen.

Lastly, with all the carnage that is being unleashed how come the buildings are seemingly invincible and the bridge looks like it’s been freshly painted with the toughest paint in the entire Universe! Come on people, the surrounding areas should reflect what’s going on in the game. The road doesn’t even have any scorch marks!

Oh yeah and I calculated 23secs for the first mission to load. If that’s the case for every mission then that’s going to ruing the flow of the game. One of my pet hates in gaming is load screens and anything that takes more than 5secs to load is pushing my patience.

I know, all that is based on watching the first mission but it doesn’t fill me with optimism that AC4 is going to be a big step up from the previous gen games in the series. I’m expecting a lot more than what’s on show and I will probably have to wait 1 or 2 years down the line to see the improvements that I’m expecting from the next gen.

Armoured Core 4 HD Gameplay Vid

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Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection live in Japan today!

Damn, that was quick!

A few weeks ago I reported that Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection would be available on the PlayStation Store. Well now it’s here!
Tekken 5 awaits Japanese users!
The game appears to offer what was promised. 1080p graphics, an almost entire arcade experience. At the mere cost of 2000 yen ($20 or £10). The title is currently only available in Japan, but Sony would be crazy not to release it elsewhere.

In other Japan-centric news Formula 1 Championship Edition appears to have been released today too and whilst most of the requisite gameplay features appear to have been included it sounds as though the damage model has been toned down and the online mode is missing (like Motorstorm). I hope that these absences are fixed in the future for European and American releases as it appear Sony is sacrificing game completion in order to get an on time release date.

Gaming Age Forums

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Confirmatory Bias and the Next Gen Console Debate

This following quote studies confirmatory bias as it relates to U.S. government politics. Now, rather than a U.S. presidental election between Bush and Kerry, substitute the console war between the Xbox 360 and the PS3. Sound familiar?

During the run-up to the 2004 presidential election, while undergoing an fMRI bran scan, 30 men–half self-described as “strong” Republicans and half as “strong” Democrats–were tasked with assessing statements by both George W. Bush and John Kerry in which the candidates clearly contradicted themselves. Not surprisingly, in their assessments Republican subjects were as critical of Kerry as Democratic subjects were of Bush, yet both let their own candidate off the hook.

The neuroimaging results, however, revealed that the part of the brain most associated with reasoning–the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex–was quiescent. Most active were the orbital frontal cortex, which is involved in the processing of emotions; the anterior cingulate, which is associated with conflict resolution; the posterior cingulate, which is concerned with making judgments about moral accountability; and–once subjects had arrived at a conclusion that made them emotionally comfortable–the ventral striatum, which is related to reward and pleasure.

Many people claim that they like one console and dislike another for completely rational reasons: price, games, features, reviews, bugs, etc.

However, most people tend to form a mostly emotional preference where they want one console platform to win and want the other to lose, and simply use data and facts and logical sounding reasons to rationalize their preference.

Original Article by Michael Shermer
EconLog post on the subject

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Gran Turismo HD Concept Impressions

Sony has put a mini-preview version of the next Gran Turismo online for free download. Wow!

Gran Turismo HD Concept

My personal wish is solid steering wheel support. Most major PS2 steering wheels work such as Logitech’s Driving Force Pro and the newer G25. However, apparently, force feedback is not currently supported. I’m sure they will fix this, but I hope this happens sooner rather than later.

Overall, this sounds great: A widespread variety of improvements including lots of graphical improvements, interface improvements, physics, sound, and gameplay improvements. I can’t wait to try this out personally.

The final Gran Turismo 5 isn’t scheduled for release until 2008. That’s a long ways away, but I’m sure they will use that time to build a very polished product. I’m glad they gave us this preview to hold us over.

I’ve posted links to impressions of this preview on two sites: IGN and a long time Gran Turismo fanatic website:

GTPlanet Impressions
IGN Impressions

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