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E3, and the winner is….

Right so all of the E3 presentations have been done, well at least all the important ones (MS, Sony, Nintendo)

So lets take a look at who ‘won’

Nintendo – Oh dear, WTF happened there? They announced nothing as far as I can see, oh sorry they pranced on about some animals or something. Score 1/10 (and that was just for Reggie)

Sony – OK, so Sony have announced a bunch of stuff for next year, come on Sony we want games THIS YEAR! Besides that, there is the Home beta coming, whoopee, that will last as long as Second Life then. Video service announced, yay, so Sony have caught up with Microsoft on something else (XMB in game came before E3), well they did right up until Microsoft’s announcement (see later). What else? oh yeah DC universe DOES look quite good, and Resistance 2 looks pretty (let’s hope it plays better than 1), oh yeah and a price drop for the 80Gb console in the states (to $399). Score 6/10 (They showed some pretty stuff at least)

Microsoft – OK, so Microsoft pulled this E3 out of the bag, there was no waggle controller announced, but they have announced a complete overhaul of the 360 interface, and it looks decent. Avatars (think Mii’s) go with that, and look OK, most importantly though is install to HDD, it will increase load speed, be optional and not spin the DVD drive (Thank Feck!). GOW2 looks ace, Halo Wars looks good, as does Banjo. Fable 2 looks pretty, and fun as does Fallout 3. Plus we get Portal 2 on XBLA!. Some of the social gaming stuff could be interesting depending on what prizes you can win (and if it comes to UK). The Netflix announcement pours water onto the Sony video store announcement at least in the USA (do lovefilm in the UK please). Oh and just to piss on Sony’s parade they go and announce that the 360 is getting Final Fantasy 13. Score 8/10

So that’s a win for MS, one reason was because we found out that the spring update was not released for a reason, and most of the games are coming out this year, not next.

However there is a worrying trend showing in all 3 presentations. Games developers are targeting non gamers at the moment, with few releases being shown for real gamers. Sony, MS and Nintendo all dedicated the majority of their presentations to showing off their family games. I’ve discussed this with Dan and he agrees, we need a movement to bring gaming back to gamers!

GT5 Prolouge

Downloaded it, played through it a bit to get some of the cars and tracks unlocked. Shant bother anymore.

Why you may ask?

The cars are pretty, as much of the trackside stuff is, however the curtain picture for the ‘view’ is rubbish, and looks completely out of place. The frame rate can suffer badly at times when it gets busy in the scene, and not having crash damage is just inexcusable.

However this is not the main issue, the issue that get’s me the most is the lack of a feeling of speed. The cars just don’t feel like they are moving properly. Even if you unlock some of the Group A and B cars they feel like they are moving at a snails pace.

If your a car game fan, then stick with Forza 2 or PGR4, both better titles in my eyes (even if they don’t have the Audi R8 in them).

Also while on a negative note, the online play is just plain awful, when you first start the game you cannot play it online for all intense and purpose, as you only have access to the basic track/car lineup that your single player game allows you. Also not being able to play against people I know is just plain sucky.

Also what’s with the default controller layout? I want analogue throttle and braking, as would anyone with any sense, so sort it out Sony, and while your at it make a controller that will work for people with normal size hands! We are not all 12 year old Japanese boys!

Let’s hope that Sony sort out the issues in this ‘demo’ before the full GT5 game comes out, but in my eyes stick to the Microsoft games (or GT3 if you want to play on the Sony box).

£25 badly spent. But hey, the cars do look pretty!

XBox Live

With all the issues with the Microsoft XBox Live service over the last few weeks, there is a bit of a debate starting about the cost of the service, and why Gold users are not being compensated for the issues.

A good post was popped up onto the XBox official forums. However it seems someone at Microsoft disliked the message posted, and shortly after posting, it was taken down.

Here is a link to a saved copy of the message, but here is an excerpt

Yes, we’re getting a free Xbox Live Arcade game as compensation for nearly 3 weeks of Xbox Live downtime. Woohoo. No details have been given, and as a result I suspect that this free game will be a specific title or list of titles which Microsoft will choose. I feel that at the very least we deserve to be either refunded for a month of Xbox Live or given a free month on top of this. Think about it, if your cell phone service had trouble for a month, dropping calls, refusing to dial numbers, etc., you wouldn’t be satisfied with a free cell phone game. The first step would be a refund for that month and then some sort of compensation for the inconvenience on top of that.

I can’t say I agree more, well said. Pop and read the article, and please let’s try make Microsoft understand, us the users of Live would like to feel more valued.

Oh and not to be put to shame, Sony are mirroring the Live issues with the PS Store. They just cannot let Microsoft get the one up.

Happy Birthday CD

250px-Compact_disc_svg This is a quick post (been a while) to say happy birthday to the CD.

The CD is testament to what can be done when two technology giants get together to do something.

Phillips are the inventor of the disk, but went to Sony in 1979 to get help in making the technology work.

The CD is actually the spiritual successor to the Video Disk format, borrowing a lot of the technology that the album size laser disks pioneered.

The first title to get released on CD was ABBA’s The Visitors  and was produced in a plant near Hanover in Germany.

CD’s have matured over the years, and have gone from expensive factory produced media. The big acceptance of the CD came when the computing industry started putting data on the disks. This was initially driven by the gaming community, with consoles like the Sega MegaCD and the Commodore CD32 driving the technology in the living room, and games like the 7th Guest and Star Wars Rebel Assault driving the technology on the PC.

So well done to all those involved, it had a difficult start to life, but now we just take the humble CD for granted in our day to day lives.

Playstation Wii

Oh dear. Sony have announced that it wants to concentrate on a Japanese and American launch for the Playstation 3 this year. Making them look quite silly in light of the “we can do a worldwide launch better than Microsoft” comments it made at the Xbox 360 launch .

It doesn’t even sound like Sony Japan have kept their UK colleagues terribly well informed, given that UK boss Ray Maguire has stated he’s “extremely disappointed” that their new Uber console won’t arrive in PAL (Europe, Africa, Audtralia, Middle East and Far East) territories this year.

So where does this leave Sony? Well, besides the egg on the face for not being able to match the Xbox 360 launch, let alone bettering it – and remember that this was a launch that they have very publicly Continue reading Playstation Wii