Archive for December, 2006
If you live in Japan or own a Japanese PS3 you will have the opportunity to download a free demo of Gran Turismo HD Concept for the PS3 on Christmas Eve. IGN has taken a look at what the demo contains via Famitsu magazine. Here is what will be present in the demo:
* 1 new track named Eiger Nordwand, which you can race around in normal and reverse
* The new next-gen engine will be present in the demo
* Replays of the topped rank drivers in action will be available to download
* Rankings will be sorted by car class
* 10 cars to eventually choose from. You start off in the Suzuki Cappuccino ’95 and by completing the time trial mode in a certain time you will unlock other modes and more vehicles. Below are all 10 cars featured in the demo:
* Suzuki Cappuccino ’95
* Mazda Eunos Roadster ’89
* Honda Integra Type R’04
* Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV GSR’96
* Infinity G35 Coupe
* Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR’05
* Lotus Elise 111R’04
* Nissan Sky Liner GT-R V Spec II ’94
* Toyota Celica GT-FOUR Rally Car ’95
* Ferrari 599’06
Famitsu also interviewed Polyphony Digital’s head honcho, Kazunori Yamauchi. Interestingly, Yamauchi-san says the reason why they canned the idea of releasing GT HD and instead concentrate on Gran Turismo 5, was because of the reaction of overseas gamers after TGS ’06. Most people weren’t happy (I certainly wasn’t) with the original idea of releasing a game with very little content, forcing you to buy content that most people expect to find already on the disc they have just bought, so they decided to go full steam ahead with GT 5. Common sense prevails!
He does expect to have both GT HD Premium and Classic in GT 5 though they haven’t decided on the controversial downloadable content issues.
Man, I both love and loathe the GT series of games. I loved GT 1&2 on the PSone, skipped GT3 and eventually bought GT4 on PS2 last Christmas. Although I did find it enjoyable in parts, it was also incredibly annoying, resulting in my gaming rage being released. When that happens I stop playing a game and get rid of it. So I have mixed feelings about GT 5. I’ll probably get it eventually…
Edit: GameTrailers has the Japanese trailer Nick has mentioned in our comments and boy does it look fantastic! Check it out for yourselves here.
I was having so much fun playing capture the flag in CoD3 on my PS3 that I thought I’d give it another try in Resistance last night. I mostly played defence, and received several “Defender” merrit badges that way. I got a 5-kill in a row one as well. And a couple for killing someone taking your flag. It’s very satisfying to see those badges come on-screen. It is extra-satisfying to kill someone with your flag.
It took me a moment to get oriented in the game, because I’d never fought a human versus human battle before. So when someone started shooting at me for no apparent reason I thought he was a team-mate killer. Also, it took me a while to figure out how people were running so fast. Tap the L2 button quickly folks, tap the L2!
The game was set up so that the only weapons (besides grenades) were the machine gun, the rocket launcher, and the shotgun. I think that was a pretty good choice. I didn’t miss the other weapons at all. But the game was also set up to do 6 rounds of capture the flag, which was way too long. I had to quit after the fourth round (I think) to get some sleep. I hope my stats weren’t lost, because I put a lot of effort into that game, which simply went too long! Looking at my stats page now, I think they were kept, which is good. I don’t remember what I did previously in CtF.
I tried using the headset again, but there was just some kid, must have been 8 years old or so, asking around for his buddy, and then chatting a lot. I don’t know why I bother. The good news, though, is that this time I didn’t need to re-pair my headset to get it to work. Yay!
One last thing. Near the end of the game the matches were getting quite uneven. The blue team had 10 players to our orange team’s 5. Not exactly an even fight. In the end, the enemy won the last round with a score of 5-4. I actually managed to secure the blue flag near the end of the game, and got more than halfway back to home base, but then got killed. If I had scored, we would have won. Grrrrr…..
My CtF kill ratio is over 1.0! 1.059 to be exact. That’s a big achievement for me, believe it or not.
I don’t know why the teams were so uneven. The system matches the team for you. That was my only real complaint, and I plan to play CtF again. One day I’ll even get up the nerve to play something like Breach.
You can check out a few new screens of Ninja Gaiden Sigma over at C&VG.com and the game is looking pretty sweet, as you can see from the screenshot below.
NGS is basically an upgraded version of Ninja Gaiden Black which was released on the Xbox, with new features including the ability to wield dual weapons, the ability to play as Rachel, some cut scenes using in-game visuals rather than FMV, new stages and of course a graphical upgrade.
I’m intrigued by this game because I’m a DMC nut/fanboy and Ninja Gaiden is supposedly a similar type of game with some people complaining about it’s difficulty levels. Similarly, a lot of people complain about DMC being too hard but I don’t find the difficulty level a problem so I want to find out for myself just what the deal is with one of the Xbox’s acclaimed franchises. I’ve got this marked down as a possible future purchase but it won’t replace my beloved DMC4.
Those of you who have PS3s had better sell them ASAP and the rest of us waiting to get our hands on one had better look elsewhere because TIME.com has labelled the PS3 as a complete failure. Already. Yup.
Here is the quote in full:
The big story in computer games this year was HOW TO BLOW A HUGE LEAD, by Sony. Its PlayStation 2 was the champ in the last round of the console wars. This time Sony bet on a chip called the Cell and a disc format called Blu-ray. They’re probably awesome, but how would anybody know? The PS3 is hideously expensive–it goes for up to $600–and Sony manufactured only a piddling few hundred thousand for the U.S., fewer for Japan. Plus it’s hard to write games for; the launch titles were lame. You know you’re in trouble when you get beat by something called a Wii.
Erm right. Please remove your head from your asses please.
Firstly no console ever launches with millions of of units available for each territory so launch shortages are to be expected. Secondly, “hideously expensive”? I’m not going to go over why the PS3 is worth up to $600 yet again but if it is so hideously overpriced it simply wouldn’t sell not to mention comparing the 20GB model with the ’20GB 360 price is a lot more sensible.
Thirdly, the PS3 is hard to write games for so that makes it over-hyped! The PS2 was hard to write for as we all know and as a result there weren’t many decent games available for it, right? And as a result of it being “hard to write for”, the launch games were “lame”. Yup, Resistance is a pile of cow dung, as is CoD3 etc. The PS2 launch lineup was lame. The PS3 launch lineup is actually pretty damn good compared to most console launches that have gone before it.
Finally the PS3 is in trouble because the Wii has “beaten” it. There you have it folks, the Wii has won the console war after not even a month on sale. I bet you feel like a complete fool for buying a PS3 now. No mention is made of the 360, maybe that was never released in TIME’s alternate reality.
Maybe I’ve travelled forward in time to April 1st 2009 because everything that is written by TIME is a load of rubbish and smacks of bad journalism.
Once again, if you haven’t got a PS3 go and buy a Wii and if you have a PS3 you’d better sell it because it’s doomed!!
There is a great video of MotorStorm in beautiful HD on GameTrailers.com that has got me wishing I had Henning’s PS3 so I could play the demo myself.
Unfortunately I’m going to have to wait until March (at the earliest) to try MotorStorm out for myself but until then I will just gaze at the HD videos so that I know the wait is worth it.
I also need to add that I was unable to view any videos in HD on my old computer but now that I have an iMac I can finally understand all the noise people are making about HD. MotorStorm looks even better than what I thought it did and most people that have played the demo seem to share the view that it’s a lot of fun to play.
Bring it on!!