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PS3 Releases: week of June 9, 2008

Aug
20

on the shelves

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (metacritic) – faithful to the previous series (except for new, better controls), all outstanding plot threads are wrapped up in the game play. This game is universally praised, and the only downgrading I’ve seen is about the story wrap up – there’s a lot of long cutscenes later in the game, and the freedom of options in the first half disappears when game gets closer to finishing things up. That seems to be a minor complaint compared to rest of this benchmark game. I think I may be talking myself into getting this.

Among other stuff, PS is selling a bundle with an 80GB PS3 for people just picking up the system. This bundle brings back the backwards compatibility and throws in a rumble controller.

Dragonball Z: Burst Limit (metacritic) – only for people who are really into Dragonball – there’s not enough variety (or explanation) here to make it worthwhile to anyone else

The Incredible Hulk (metacritic) – better than Iron Man, but still not actually good. Everyone says this feels based off the last Hulk game, but that previous generation game is still better.

NASCAR 09 (metacritic) – there’s all of one! review, so might as well rerun this in a week.

in the store

Downloadable Games

PS1 Classics
– Syphon Filter 3 {$6} – if you want a stealth military game and yet not Metal Gear Solid…

Add on Content
– Army of Two {free!} (two more multi-player campaigns, 1 map)

– Guitar Hero III: Isle of Wight Festival Track Pack {all for $6.25}
*“Shoot the Runner” by Kasabian
*“Problems (Live at Brixton)” by The Sex Pistols
*“I Predict a Riot” by Kaiser Chiefs

– Rock Band
# “Girls Who Play Guitars” – Maximo Park {$2}
# “Bullets & Guns” – Them Terribles ($1}
# “Moving to Seattle” – The Material ($1}
# “A Clean Shot” – The Myriad ($1)

There’s also an MTV2 Pack 01 with the last three songs, but no discount on getting them together.

Game Demos
– Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars

Game Videos
– GamTrailers TV – Resistance 2 (teaser)
– Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (trailer)
– Kung Fu Panda (trailer)
– Fatal Inertia EX Phoenix (trailer)
– FIFA 2008 Interactive World Cup
– Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution(trailer)
– Hail to the Chimp: Inshellitron

Movie/Blu-Ray Trailer
– Hancock (trailer, 2nd)

PS3 Theme
– Metal Gear Solid 4

PS3 Wallpaper
– PixelJunk Monsters Soundtrack

over the horizon (last updated 06/13)

waiting for reviews: NASCAR 09 (metacritic)

06/23: Battlefield: Bad Company (and Gold Edition) (metacritic)
06/23: Top Spin 3 (metacritic)
06/24: Hellboy: The Science of Evil (metacritic)
06/24: Wall-E (metacritic)
06/24: Hail to the Chimp (metacritic)
06/24: Overlord: Raising Hell (metacritic)

06/29: Guitar Hero Aerosmith and bundle (metacritic)

07/08: Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution (metacritic)
07/08: Beijing Olympics 2008 (metacritic)
07/08: Monster Madness: Grave Danger (metacritic)

07/15: NCAA Football ’09

07/25: WipeoutHD (download only)

07/29: Soulcalibur IV

08/05 (maybe): Vampire Rain: Altered Species

08/12: Madden NFL 09 and (20th Anniversary Edition

08/15: Afro Samurai
08/19: Rapala Fishing Frenzy

08/31: Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
09/01: Pure

09/02: TNA Impact!
09/03: FaceBreaker
09/03: NFL Head Coach ’09

09/08: Lego Batman
09/09: Legendary: The Box

10/01: Baja

11/01 (maybe): Hei$t (metacritic)

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the Mole: 5×2

Aug
20

I got talked into watching this show, again, but of course the person who did isn’t returning my voice mails. It’s gotta go somewhere, here’s good enough.

People who obviously aren’t the Mole and are easy to eliminate
– Paul (way too into ‘the game’)
– Bobby (way too blatant)
– Mark (way too insane, couldn’t fake being the Mole if he tried)
– Nicole (way too into creating herself as Reality TV Star)
– Victoria (way too concerned about losing money on every game; apparently unaware no team ever gets 100% of the money)

People who are reasonable suspects
– Clay
– Craig
– Kristen
– Alex
– Ali

Clay, Kristen, and Ali have relatively hid in the background, which is what all the former Moles have done early on. You don’t really need to screw something or misled people, because they’ll do it to themselves. Craig is the sort of “we’ll make anyone the Mole so you can’t rule anyone out next season!” pick some shows will try, though I’m not sure this one will make it thru this season much less the next. I’ve got Alex and Paul also confused in my brain, but I don’t think Alex has done enough to rule himself out.

I think it’s Ali’s the Mole. It’s a slightly educated, mostly gut feeling. Kristen’s my second guess, mostly because I get her confused with Ali.

taking the show way too seriously note: I spent five minutes analyzing the ransom note on freeze frame, noting the missing and misplaced letters, looking for a phrase from the first letter of each word or the first letter on each line, analyzing patterns in letters with similar fonts…and came up with absolutely nothing. I’m 100000% sure they’ll show it again at the end of the season with a voice over explaining how obvious the clue was, but it was beyond me here.

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