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EA have just released a new twin analog game for $9.99 called MicroBot, along with a demo as well. In the game you control a MicroBot that was invented to help the immune system fight infection that was made worse by the previous version of a MicroBot. The Bot goes into a body to kill the bio-technical infection before its too late. The controls of the game are simple as with all twin analog games but the aiming and movement have changed slightly in the game.
PS3Blog.net got invited by Seed Studios for preview of upcoming PSN title Under Siege, a RTS available only on PS3 via the PS Store and is scheduled for release before Christmas this year. What makes Under Siege different from other RTS games is that it has been designed for the casual as well as the hardcore gamer. This is through some interesting design decisions and implementation of the Move controller as well as its plot.
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I picked up Rapstar this week and thought that people on the fence would like some impressions. Bulleted (no pun intended) for your pleasure.
- There is a Career, Party, and Freestyle mode. Career mode is basically a way to unlock stuff including a few songs. Work your way through all of the songs to unlock everything. Pretty basic stuff. Party mode opens up all of the songs except for the locked songs that require some time in the career mode to unlock. The three gameplay choices of solo, duet, and battle are good. In solo and battle, you handle everything on your own. Obviously solo is solo, and battle is a 2 player mode that scores both performances with the high score winning. And when I say everything, that includes singing hooks and getting scored on pitch. There are parts that unexpectedly turn into singing, like Kanye’s verse on Slow Jamz and some of Ja’s lyrics on Always on Time. Since they are pretty much singing, I think this is acceptable. The duet mode allows each player to choose who they want to perform as on the songs where it applies. On songs with a lot of rappers and no significant hook vocals, it usually lets both players split each rappers verse and take turns. My girlfriend likes to sing, so she sang all of the hooks while I handled the rhymes. This was pretty fun. And she was surprisingly good on the rapping parts! We had a lot of fun with the duet mode. Freestyle mode is basically some beats that you can rhyme over and post on the internet for the world to laugh at in the Community section.
With PlayStation Move being so new to the market, there aren’t a ton of games available yet, especially third party games. One of Ubisoft’s first entries into PlayStation’s motion control technology is a port of their Wii game Racquet Sports. I never played the Wii iteration of Racquet Sports, so I’m not able to compare the game between platforms. From the screenshots and box art for the Wii version, it looks like the graphics have been improved and some of the ‘cutesy’ elements have grown up for the PlayStation version.
Netflix is an online movies/TV shows store, which allows you to watch instantly (it’s their slogan) movies via online streaming. For a ridiculous monthly fee, you can watch as many movies you want, without any restriction, as long as you stay a registered member. When you register, you get the first month free (a trial), and after it’s $7.99 (CAN)/month to stay registered. My local video store rents movies for $5.99 each! As long as I watch at least 2 movies a month, I save money using Netflix over my local video store!
Netflix is available since last Wednesday in Canada. It is supported natively on the PS3, along with a few other devices: PC, X360, Wii, iPod/iPhone and iPad!
I’ve already watched 3 movies this week and I’m impressed by how fast the movie starts; buffering is, at most, 5 seconds. The image quality is good on a HD television. I guess it’s somewhat a little better than a DVD, but it’s not as good as a BR-disk.