Archive for 2007
(data is from vgchartz.com)
Outside of North America, hardware sales of PS3 look great for October. Some of this is expected given the price cuts and 40GB model introduction in October. We shall see if this momentum can be sustained after the initial effect of the price cut.
North America sales are lacking compared to the competition. However, there is much reason for optimism for November. The introduction of the 40GB model, an amazing lineup of software releases, and a great new ad campaign should all stir up sales
Next up will be software sales… Unfortunately, it is a less rosy picture.
There’s more MotorStorm content on the way, according to the official PlayStation.Blog says.
First up, there’s a new Server Update Patch 3.0:
On November 8th, a new server Update 3.0 patch will become available, as will new Devil’s Weekend downloadable content on the PSN Store.
First things first – what’s in the server Update 3.0 patch? Well we’ve added support for the DUALSHOCK 3 controller with adjustable sensitivity settings, and we’ve added sensitivity settings for SIXAXIS Motion Sensor control. Also, finishing position from the last race now determines your starting grid position in the next race within the same online lobby. Oh, and the grid order is completely randomized for the first race in any online lobby.
There’s also the new Devil’s Weekend downloadable content. Check it out:
So, CoD4 was released the other day, and I have to say the game is awesome. Are you playing CoD4? Will you be soon? Or is this game just not for you?
Vote in the sidebar as always.
Last poll’s results:
Which next-gen console(s) do you own?
* PS3 Only: 61% (313)
* PS3 + Wii: 14% (70)
* PS3 + Wii + 360: 10% (50)
* PS3 + 360: 10% (49)
* 360 Only: 4% (21)
* Wii Only: 2% (9)
* 360 + Wii: 0% (2)
Total Votes : 514
I just got this e-mail from SCEE:
Latest PLAYSTATION3 System Software Update Allows PSP to Turn PS3 On and Off from Internet Connection for Enhanced Remote Play Ability to customise XMB™ and add personalised playlists for both music and photos also enabled
London, 8 November 2007 – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) announced today the availability of the latest version of the PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) system software. Version 2.00 features the ability to turn a PS3 system on and off remotely, using a PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system via the Remote Play1 function, allowing for a truly mobile partnership between the two systems.
Building on the success and potential of the Remote Play functionality, Version 2.00 will cement the partnership between PS3 and PSP and create a truly global experience. With the ability to turn your PS3 on and off from Wi-fi connection, there is now the opportunity to listen to the music, look at the photos and watch the videos saved on the PS3 Hard Disk Drive, anywhere in the world.
To further enhance the PS3 offering, Version 2.00 allows for the creation of personalised playlists in both the music and photo sections. This simple to use function gives users an opportunity to create unlimited music playlists for all occasions, as well as sharing favourite photos in glorious high definition.
Continuing with the idea of a personalised PS3, Version 2.00 allows for customisation of the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) menu screen. Change the colour and brightness with the greatest of ease or have something completely different by setting a custom theme. With the potential for new backgrounds to become available on PLAYSTATION®Network in the future, Version 2.00 truly opens up a whole raft of options.
A host of other enhancements includes the addition of an Information Board on XMB to keep people up to date on the latest PlayStation® news, the inclusion of a new PLAYSTATION Network category and logo for easier navigation and Trend Micro Web Security, a free2, state of the art internet security system, designed to give parents peace of mind.
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Let me get one thing out of the way first: getting into a game on the internet was very time consuming for me. I’d enter the lobby for a game and I’d need to wait for more than 5 minutes to get into a game. That stunk.
THIS GAME IS AWESOME!
I played the game from 8pm to 12:30pm last night. I just couldn’t stop. At first, only the Free For All (aka Deathmatch) and Team Deathmatch modes are available. But after you level up a bit you can play other modes like Domination and Headquarters. Which is exactly what I did.
The game looks phenomenal. It’s by far the best looking shooter I’ve played. The game did chug at one point on one of the maps, but that was just one time in a whole evening’s worth of playing. Sometimes you look at a scene and think “this could be a photo”. It’s just amazing.
I’m still getting used to the maps. Many of the maps have similar looks, and it’s often hard to tell what part of a map you’re on. But that’s probably just because these maps are new to me. I had similar problems with the African maps in CoD2. But overall, I really love the maps. They are large enough for many players, though I would have liked a couple smaller maps too.
Not only does everything look great, everything sounds great too. Explosions, gunshots, the levelling up sound, everything just fits. Except for voice chat. After a while I just took off my headset because there was just too much noise. I hope that IW can fix this…
I mentioned the problem with getting into a game. Hopefully that’ll be fixed by the addition of more servers. But that’s not all. It was quite confusing, after coming from games like Resistance and Warhawk, to be in a game where I couldn’t start a match, and there was no list of servers. You just ask to play, and it puts you in an arbitrary game. I didn’t like that.
What I did like was the ability to have a group of friends and go from match to match together. What I didn’t like is that it was unreliable, and we often had to re-enter our group.
Levelling Up / Perks
Infinity Ward had a stroke of genius when the decided to add a levelling up system to the game. Like an RPG, it makes you want to keep playing more and more in order to get that next level and perk or bonus. It obvious, but it works.
Last night I was frustrated by the online problems, but those problems were about getting into a game. Once in a game, I was totally blown away. This game is awesome, and I will be playing it a lot. And I haven’t even tried the single player campaign yet!
I give this game a 9 out of 10. I’d give it a 10 if it didn’t have the online problems.