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Orange Box Worse on PS3.

While the delayed Fatal Inertia for the PS3 will benefit from the delay, it doesn’t look like the delay will help the PS3 port of The Orange Box any:

After spending a significant amount of time with a near final version of the PS3 game, it’s apparent that this version suffers from a number of technical flaws, which at best merely hinder game play and at worst make the experience downright unplayable. Framerate is a consistent issue throughout the Half-Life series of games included in The Orange Box. One moment you’ll be cruising through the game at 30 frames per second and the next you’ll be enjoying a slideshow of series protagonist Gordon Freeman cruising down the river. However, Portal suffers from no such technical hiccups and is on its way to being a pitch-perfect port of the spatial reasoning exercise. Due to a server connection issue, we were unable to get any time with Team Fortress 2.

Solution? Don’t buy the game. I was really looking forward to Team Fortress 2, but if it has the same issues that Half-Life has, I’m not buying.

Half-Life 2: Orange Box PS3 Preview, Half-Life 2: Orange Box Playstation 3 Preview


PS3’s Oblivion: Not so Impressed

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about Oblivion, and the general consensus is that this is a fantastic game that’s lot of fun, though it does have a couple bugs. As well, people suggest that this is one of the best games available for the PS3, and that even people who aren’t RPG’ers would enjoy it.

Not me.

I rented it on Friday and have been playing it every day since. And you know what? I just can’t get into it. I closed my first Oblivion portal and now my task is to help some guard clear some city of bad guys. Which I find quite boring. These puny little bad guys just toss fire at you and attack when close enough. A couple swings of the sword and they’re dead. Rinse and repeat. And repeat. And repeat. Untold Legends follows the same basic formula but for some reason I get a much bigger kick out of UL than I do out of the big “O”.

I’ll be trying the game again tonight to see if it picks up steam any. But I’m not holding out much hope. On Wednesday I’ll return the game to Rogers, and I don’t think I’ll ever play it again.

Disclaimer: this is purely my opinion. Your opinion may vary, but that does not invalidate mine.


The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion PS3 confirmed

As you may have picked up from the quick notes on the right hand side of this page, the latest RadiOPM podcast has confirmed their “secret November edition cover game” to be a port of the highly rated xbox360 and PC title The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The xbox360 and PC versions are both extremely popular and highly rated within the gaming community- gamerankings gives the title an average score of 94% with a similarly high user rating of 9.3/10 (both the top scores for any 360 title currently available) so to simply dismiss this as minor news would be folly.

The first PS3 screenshot is below:

Oblivion PS3

Whilst the screenshot may look pretty similar it has been rumoured this game has received a graphical tune-up from the original release 7 months ago. Even then though, if you are not a fan of graphical prowess and are looking for something more substantial you are in luck! The game is expected to feature an extra quest- supposedly 10-20 hours long and a new faction- “The Knights of the Nine”, who, for those who have played the game, are the opposite of The Dark Brotherhood; the reason for their inclusion is to offer balance to the game and give more incentives to play as good guy.

The game is due for release on launch day.

It has also been revealed that a variant of Oblivion, with a different setting but similar playability, is in development for the PSP.

1Up story and screenshots.


The Outsider

No I’m not talking about me at an Xbox party, although I’m sure that would make interesting viewing 😉 , I’m talking about Frontier’s new high tech thriller set in modern day Washington DC. You play as a CIA Operative who has brutal close quarter combat skills & the latest CIA technology & weaponry. Here is a brief summary from the official website:

A shocking opening scenario wrongly makes him Public Enemy Number One in the eyes of the media and the public at large, but leaves many different ways to proceed: to wreak ultra-violent revenge, to turn the tables and exploit the shady organisations he is mixed up with for his own ends or crusading to clear his name.

Hmm I think I’ll opt for the ultra-violent revenge path!!

Frontier has made some pretty hefty claims about the gameplay in The Outsider:

The game radically enriches the player’s experience by abandoning the traditional, prescriptive, mostly linear story of current generation games, and replaces it by simulating characters’ motivations and aims. This gives the player genuine freedom to change the story outcomes in a way that has not been seen before – each player will get a truly unique, sophisticated, visceral experience rather than simply switching between ‘good’ or ‘evil’.

That is some pretty big words there from Frontier. If they produce a game that lives up to what they say this game could be a huge hit. We will see….

Frontier – The Outsider

IGN – The Outsider Images


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