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PS3 Releases: week of August 4, 2008

Aug
10

on the shelves

08/07: Monster Madness: Grave Danger (metacritic) – port of the 360 title, with new features (and a new subtitle) but nothing that actually fixes some of the game playing problems of the first game, and the visuals are really bad.

in the store

Qore #3 ($3, or $25 for a yearly subscription) – DC Super Heroes preview, invite into the Resistance 2 beta

Downloadable Games

PS1 Classics (3 weeks)

Add on Content
– Snakeball: multiplayer mode {$2}

– NASCAR ’09
* Montreal Track {$4} – I wonder if it rains? Thinking no
* Skin Packs – 3 @ $2.50 each of alternate paint schemes not included in the game. EA’s website doesn’t seem to have a full list of what’s in which pack, though the PS list does mention the main ones.

– Guitar Hero III – Legends of Rock Interscope Track Pack {$6.25 for all 3}
* “Carcinogen Crush” by AFI
* “Tina” by Flyleaf
* “Putting Holes in Happiness” by Marilyn Manson (just this one remixed by Nick Zinner or maybe all?)

– Rock Band
* “Toxicity” by System of a Down ($2)
* “B.Y.O.B” by System of a Down ($2)
* “Rescue Me” by Buckcherry ($1)
* “Face Down in the Dirt” by Mötley Crüe ($1)
* “Life is Beautiful” by Sixx:A.M. ($1)
(or the last three for $3)

Game Demos

Game Videos
– PS3 Home (E3)
– The Last Guy (BTS)
– Star Wars: the Force Unleashed
– Tomb Raider: Underworld Trailer
– Madden NFL ’09 (3: E3, 20th Anniversary Details, Adaptability)
– TNA iMPACT (trailer/AJ vs Joe)
– Dead Space (Dev Diary #5, Animated Comic #4)
– AST Dew Tour (4)

Movie/Blu-Ray Trailer (3 weeks) – probably just moved to the video service and I haven’t paid attention. I’ll drop it after this week.

PS3 Theme
– PlayStation Home. This is less a theme and more a lottery ticket to get in the beta. How they choose who gets in isn’t completely specified. The only thing mentioned is “activity on the Playstation Network”. It stands to reason you’re more likely to get access to a future method of selling you stuff if you’re already buying from the store.

PS3 Wallpaper
– Disgea 3: Absence of Justice Wallpaper (x3)
– Tomb Raider (SHARK)

over the horizon (last updated 08/01)

08/12: Madden NFL 09 and (20th Anniversary Edition) [metacritic]

08/21: Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest For Booty (download, $15)

08/26: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 [metacrtic]
08/26: Disgaea 3 Absence of Justice [metacrtic]
08/26: Vampire Rain: Altered Species [metacrtic]
08/26: Ferrari Challenge

08/31: Mercenaries 2: World in Flames [metacrtic]

09/02: Rapala Fishing Frenzy
09/02: TNA iMPACT!
09/02: World in Conflict: Soviet Assault
09/03: FaceBreaker [metacritic]
09/03: NFL Head Coach ’09 [metacritic]

09/08: NHL 2K9
09/09: NHL 09
09/09: Legendary: The Box

09/15: BAJA: Edge of Control
09/16: Pure
09/16: Star Wars: the Force Unleashed
09/16: Madden ’09 En Espanol
09/16: Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust

09/23: Lego Batman
09/23: Cabel’s Dangerous Hunts ’09
09/23: Brother’s in Arms: Hell’s Highway
09/23: Buzz! Quiz TV Bundle
09/23: Just Cause 2

09/30 (maybe): Hei$t (metacritic)
09/30: Shellshock 2
09/30: Silent Hill: Homecoming
09/30: Legandary
09/30: Rise of the Argonauts
10/01: Far Cry 2
10/01: MotoGP 08

10/06: Monopoly Here & Now Worldwide Edition
10/07: Fallout 3, Collectors Edition and Amazon.com Exclusive Survival Edition
10/07: Midnight Club: Los Angeles
10/07: Fracture

10/07: Motorstorm: Pacific Rift
10/07: NBA ’09
10/07: Disney Sing It Bundle w/Microphone
10/07: NBA 2K9

10/14: Saints Row 2 and Collector’s Edition
10/14: SOCOM US Navy Seals: Confrontation Stand Alone and with headset
10/14: Golden Axe: Beast Rider
10/15: Shaun White Snowboarding
10/15: Tom Clancy’s EndWar [metacritic]
10/15: Naruto Ultimate Ninja : Storm

10/20: Dead Space
10/21: Little Big Planet [metacritic]
10/21: Spider-Man: Web of Shadows
10/21: Ghostbusters – perhaps

10/27: Guitar Hero World Tour

At some point: WipeoutHD

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PS3 Releases: week of June 23, 2008

Jun
27

on the shelves

06/23: Battlefield: Bad Company (and Gold Edition) (metacritic) – although the ads seem to focus on the single player mode, with the different characters in your group and the ability to blow up just about anything, the reviewers rave more about the team based multiplayer mode. Game is generally well received, with criticism pointed at the AI intelligence (which is solved in multiplayer) and the lack of a multi-player story mode (which seems natural given your group of four people.)

06/23: Top Spin 3 (metacritic) – inverse of the other tennis games: hyper realistic, tough to pick up and play. Reviews vary wildly depending if the reviewer could pick up the control system. Everyone agrees that it takes a lot of time and practice. Real rosters, though I find it utterly bizarre Nadal would be a PS3 exclusive (apparently he’s going to be DLC for 360.)

06/24: Hellboy: The Science of Evil (metacritic) – game released to coincide with movie, so, yea, not good.

06/24: Wall-E (metacritic) – see above! not reviewed as much but apparently slightly better.

06/24: Hail to the Chimp (metacritic) – not wildly reviewed, but not well reviewed. I’ll hold out hope for another week.

06/24: Overlord: Raising Hell (metacritic) – an XBOX 360 port from 2007, you’re a fantasy villain trying to create your horde of followers. I’m not sure what to make of it. Some reviews call it unplayable due to massive graphic issues, others say they’re minor.

in the store

Downloadable Games

PS1 Classics (2 weeks)

Add on Content
– PAIN: Nigel character {$1}
– Guitar Hero III
* “I Am Murloc” by Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftain (World of Warcraft Single)
– Rock Band
* “Crackity Jones” – the Pixies {$2}
* “Dead” – the Pixies {$2}
* “Debaser” – the Pixies {$2}
* “Gouge Away” – the Pixies {$2}
* “Here Comes Your Man” – the Pixies {$2}
* “Hey” – the Pixies {$2}
* “I Bleed” – the Pixies {$2}
* “La La Love You” – the Pixies {$2}
* “Monkey Gone to Heaven” – the Pixies {$2}
* “Mr. Grieves” – the Pixies {$2}
* “No. 13 Baby” – the Pixies {$2}
* “Silver” – the Pixies {$2}
* “Tame” – the Pixies {$2}
* “There Goes my Gun” – the Pixies ($2)
* or buy the whole album for $19, saving $9
* “Dreamin’” – Weezer {$2}
* “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” – Weezer {$2}
* “Troublemaker” – Weezer {$2}
* or buy the 3 pack for {$5.50}

Game Demos
– Hot Shots Golf Out Of Bounds
– Top Spin 3

Game Videos
– Battlefield: Bad Company (TV Spot, character blog)
– Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway (trailer)
– Call of Dusty: World at War
– the Incredible Hulk
– HAZE (song, launch trailer for a game that came out a month ago?)

Movie/Blu-Ray Trailer
– The House Bunny
– So I Married an Axe Murder
– Men In Black

PS3 Theme
– PAIN: Nigel
– Playstation Network

PS3 Wallpaper (2 weeks)

over the horizon (last updated 06/13)

06/24: Hail to the Chimp (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 and Premium Edition

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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PS3 Releases: week of June 16, 2008

Jun
21

version history: 2.36 is out with unspecified fixes. Sony confirms 2.40 will have in game messaging and trophies, neglects to mention when it’ll actually be out.

on the shelves

last week: NASCAR 09 (metacritic) – a roster update and not much more, unless you need photo-realistic Jeff Gordon in your life.

in the store

Downloadable Games
– Fatal Inertia EX {$30} (metacritic) – fun but not special arcade racing; cheaper than on 360 (because it’s downloadable?)

PS1 Classics

Add on Content
– Hot Shots Golf: Out Of Bounds Oceania Course {$5}
– Metal Gear Solid 4 Database {free) – an encyclopedia of the series. MGS4 plot points can be blacked out until you finish the game if you want to avoid spoilers.
– The Incredible Hulk six two player missions (free} – sounds like the original game had none, so maybe this is something they got done late?
– Guitar Hero III – Coldplay Combo {$6.25}
* Violet Hill
* Tank
* God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
– Rock Band
* “Rock ‘n’ Roll Dream” by Crooked X {$1}
* “Afterlife” – Avenged Sevenfold {$2}
* “Critical Acclaim” – Avenged Sevenfold {$2}
* “Hammerhead” – the Offspring {$2}

Game Demos
– Fatal Inertia EX (actually a trial instead of a demo)
– NCAA Football ’09
– Wolf of the Battelfield: Comando 3
– Hail to the Chimp

Game Videos
– Linger in Shadows (trailer)
– PAIN: (new characters teaser)
– Fatal Inertia EX Titan (trialer)
– Prince of Persia (trailer)
– Hail to the Chimp (Campaign Trail Madness trailer)

Movie/Blu-Ray Trailer
– Step Brothers (x2)

PS3 Theme
– AST Dew Tour Theme

Game Music
– Pain Theme Song (loading screen music, but at least it’s free)

PS3 Wallpaper

over the horizon (last updated 06/13)

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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PS3 Releases: week of June 9, 2008

Jun
13

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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PS3 Releases: week of June 2nd, 2008

Jun
07

on the shelves

06/03: GRID (metacritic) – if nothing else, the PS3 has pretty good racing games. GRID is more arcade than GT, more focused on online racing, more NASCAR in objectives (progress is getting better sponsors.) The game offers the ability to rewind driving for a few seconds (Flashback), so you can go back to before you made a wide turn or hit a wall. Of course, that means they made it harder to avoid doing those things. There’s an instant replay feature, but you can’t actually save them.

06/03: Kung Fu Panda (metacritic) – better than your usual movie tie-in, but an easy adventure/platform game kids who like the movie will be happy with. There’s good off-line multiplayer modes, but you can only get to them by playing thru most of the single player game.

06/03: LEGO Indiana Jones (metacritic) – if you’ve played LEGO Star Wars (or, like me, you have it in your PS3 at this very moment), you’re getting the same thing here. It’s recreations of the movies (not the Crystal Skull, and altered to fit the video game), strung out over six stages of platform jumping/drone killing adventures. It’s fun with two players, except there’s no online two player mode here as in some of the Star Wars games. Gameplay isn’t very long (10 hours), but if you like games where you have to go back and do every little thing, this is for you, but it doesn’t add much new in terms of how the game is played.

06/03: The Bourne Conspiracy (metacritic) – yet another movie game in, though this ends up a bit disappointing. Hand to hand combat is good, shooting is less than accurate, and the one driving stage is just strange (you’re either driving the fastest Hummer ever or the most indestructible Mini Cooper.) Really, you just want to try this for the hand to hand combat, which is very well realized and brings in the environment into play as you’d expect if you’ve seen any of the movies. Nothing else sounds that good. The story mode is on the short side, and there’s nothing else to do except play it all on a harder level. PS3 has a big install, and it doesn’t seem to make the game play smoothness better than the 360. I still think the loading screens are a bit ridiculous.

06/06: The Incredible Hulk (metacritic) – a fourth movie tie in! Game wasn’t released until the same day the movie was, so noe’s reviewed this one yet.

in the store

Qore Digital Magazine {$3 per issue or $25 for a year)
– episode 1 (June 2008)

Essentially, this is PSMagazine in video, hosted by Veronica Belmont (who’s actually on my TV right now – if Rosati’s Pizza comes up in the download section, Sony may be watching me.) Interviews with game designers and Sony, which is all fine and good but not something that seems worth $3. The catch is you’ll get the kind of content that’s usually listed below – game videos, screen shots and occasional demos – but it’ll be exclusive to people who pay for that tiered access. (You’ll also be getting ads – well, this is all ads, but ads for something else once during each game section you check out.) PS3Fanboy has a screen tour of the first episode.

I think this is for those who are already obsessively checking gaming sites for the latest preview videos and buying a couple gaming magazines to check for screen shots. If you must see it all, well, there’s more for you to see here.

Big picture, this is the first movement towards 360’s model of giving preferred access for online features to those who are paying for it. Unlike 360, people who aren’t paying are still going to play the actual games the same way – it’s not limiting anything.

Downloadable Games
– Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 {$10} – continuation of the old arcade shooter that rests on nostalgia of the old series. IGN says it’s nothing special.

– NOVASTRIKE {$10} – arcade shooter than no one’s bothered to review. Yes, they put up two arcade shooters in the same week.

PS1 Classics (none for 5 weeks)

Add on Content
– Guitar Hero III
* “The End Begins (to Rock)” {free – even if you don’t have the game, you can get the music for free)
* Motorhead 3 Pack {$6.25, no indivudal sells} – “Say Clean”, “(We Are) The Road Crew”, “Motorhead”

– Rock Band
* Disturbed {$1 each} – “Perfect Insanity, Inside the Fire, Indestructible”
* Jimmy Buffett ($2 each, $5.50 for all 3} – “Margaritavilla”, “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, “Volcano”

* Cut to $1 til 06/12
“CrushCrushCrush” by Paramore
“Rock N Roll Band” by Boston
“Gimme Three Steps” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Dirty Little Secret” by All-American Rejects
“We Care a Lot” by Epic
“All the Small Things” by Blink 182
“Shockwave” by Black Tide
“Sugar Magnolia” by Grateful Dead

Game Demos
– Civilization Revolution
– Battlefield: Bad company
– NASCAR ’09

Game Videos
– Guitar Hero III – God of War (music video)
– Resident Evil 5 (trailer)
– Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando (trailer)
– Lego Indian Jones: the Original Adventures (trailer)
– Fracture (trailer, BTS)
– Hail ot the Chimp (“3:00 AM” – we’re all going to miss that joke)

Movie/Blu-Ray Trailer

PS3 Theme
– Retro Theme

over the horizon (last updated 05/30)

06/06: The Incredible Hulk (metacritic)
06/10: Dragonball Z: Burst Limit (metacritic)
06/10: NASCAR 09 (metacritic)
06/12: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (metacritic)

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

06/29: Guitar Hero Aerosmith and bundle

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

07/15: NCAA Football ’09

07/25: WipeoutHD (download only)

07/29: Soulcalibur IV

08/04: Baja

08/05: Altered Species

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

08/19: Rapala Fishing Frenzy

09/02: TNA Impact!

09/09: Legendary: The Box

PS3 Releases: week of May 26, 2008

May
30

rumor of the week: developers have supposedly been told the 2.40 firmware update will include
– in game messaging
– achievements/trophies
– ability to play your own mp3s during games

Basically, things certain other systems had long ago. Though, from reading the coverage, it’s not really clear if this means “these things will be now work on existing games” or “developers will be able to start integrating from this point forward, but you won’t see it until much later.” For instance, many of the PS3 games I’ve played, exclusive to the system or not, have had some sort of achievement deal, but I’m not sure if it’ll hook into the overall PS3 Trophy system when this comes out, or if at least patches will be required. This document also does not state when 2.40 would come out, though people are guessing June. I’d like to definitively say it will not come out in May.

on the shelves

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars [metacritic] – Yet Another FPS, this one’s a port of a PC game from last October, being released simultaneously on 360 and PS3. (360’s version is noted as better everywhere.) The game gets better reviews than Haze last week, but is really a different niche. Haze was built around the story mode, with multiplayer built in. Quake Wars has the very bare bones of a story and is more meant to be a multiplayer LAN party game. The reviews vary depending on how willing the reviewers are to write off single player mode – it’s a game to get if you like playing with random people online or you have 12 friends who are all going to buy at the same time, but not if you’re just playing it alone. Bizarrely, there’s no voice chat in this game, which is a necessity in this genre. There are generic voice commands, but that’s not quite the same.

in the store

Downloadable Games (none for 3 weeks)
PS1 Classics (none for 4 weeks)

Add on Content
– Rock Band {$2 singles, or $15 for the whole album}: all songs from The Cars
* “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight”
* “My Best Friend’s Girl”
* “Moving in Stereo”
* “Just What I Needed”
* “I’m in Touch with Your World”
* “Good Times Roll”
* “Don’t Cha Stop”
* “Bye Bye Love”
* “All Mixed up”

Cut to $1 until 06/05
“Gimme Three Steps” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Dirty Little Secret” by All-American Rejects

Game Demos (none for two weeks)

Game Videos
– Top Spin 3
– Battlefield Bad Company (2, dev diary, character blog)
– Project Origin (teaser)
– Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (2, game play video)

Movie/Blu-Ray Trailer
– Enchanted
– No Country for Old Men

PS3 Theme

PS3 Wallpaper
– Prince of Persia Prodigy (2)

over the horizon (last updated 05/30)

06/03: Grid (metacritic)
06/03: The Bourne Conspiracy (metacritic)
06/03: The Incredible Hulk (metacritic)
06/03: LEGO Indiana Jones (metacritic)
06/03: Kung Fu Panda (metacritic)

06/10: Dragonball Z: Burst Limit (metacritic)
06/10: NASCAR 09 (metacritic)
06/12: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (metacritic)

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

06/29: Guitar Hero Aerosmith and bundle

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

07/15: NCAA Football ’09

07/25: WipeoutHD (download only)

07/29: Soulcalibur IV

08/04: Baja

08/05: Altered Species

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

08/19: Rapala Fishing Frenzy

09/02: TNA Impact!

09/09: Legendary: The Box

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PS3 Releases: week of May 19, 2008

May
23

on the shelves

UEFA Euro 2008 [metacritic] – this is the mid year EA soccer game, complimenting FIFA 08, but it’s reviewed as an improved version of FIFA and not just a roster update. Issues within this year’s FIFA gameplay have been addressed and the EA trademark single player story mode has been vastly fleshed out. The $50 price, $10 off of FIFA, is a nice touch. I don’t know that it’s a must buy if you’ve already bought a soccer game this year, but then if you’re hardcore enough to buy two games in a year, you’ll probably be happy with it. You should definitely be getting this one over FIFA if you haven’t got any.

SingStar (and double mic bundle) [metacritic] – Karaoke game, obviously, requiring you to match words and pitch. This was released last winter in Europe and seems to have caught on well there, helped a lot by a feature that, if you have a PSEye, allows you to save a :25 clip of you singing easily uploading to a video/social network site. The game is intended to be a multiplayer party game – there’s no internet versus play. This is very similar to the Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore game – both sell additional songs for $1.50, though SongStar gives you the video as well – and the SongStar game seems to be better reviewed and your better choice for drunk karaoke without having to leave home.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian [metacritic] – I can find all of one review for this game – IGN – which says it’s a fine enough game for young fans of the movie, but you have no idea what’s going on if you haven’t seen the movie and it’s pretty basic game play.

Haze [metacritic] – heavily hyped PS3 exclusive FPShooter apparently is actually not that good. There’s a bit of backlash against it’s own hype – it’s an ordinary shooter, but it was promised to be extraordinary – but genuine problems to backup the complaints. It is a rare FPS with an actual coherent storyline (though critics vary on how good it actually is), but the long scene setting rendered bits end up distracting from the game and the gameplay itself does not have the same depth. Graphics aren’t up to PS3 level and elements of the later stages seem incomplete. Multiplayer is okay, but not enough to save this from being a disappointment. There are good ideas surrounded by lots of problems.

The silver lining here about this (6th? Atari era, NES era, SNES, N64/PS1, PS2/XBox, Xbox360/PS3/wii) console era is if you’re disappointed with one shooter, you only need to wait a moment for another. (Like next week’s only game.)a

05/19: Top Spin 3 – pushed back to June 23rd sometime during th week.

Elsewhere, I was discussing how I’m not sure if I want to get a Wii, because it only seems like there’s a really great game every couple months and then nothing else. Not sure the alternative of lots of ‘eh’ is so much better, now that I write about it.

in the store

Downloadable Games (none for two weeks)
PS1 Classics (none for three weeks)

Add on Content
– Rock Band {$2 singles}
* “Beetlebum” – Blur
* “Countdown to Insanity” – H-BlockX
* “Hier Kommt Alex” – Die Toten Hosen
* “Hysteria” – Muse
* “Manu Chao” – Les Wampas
* “Monsoon” – Tokio Hotel
* “New Wave” – Pleymo
* “Perfekte Welle” – Juli
* “Rock ‘N’ Roll Star” – Oasis

Game Music
– PixelJunk Monsters Album {$3}

Game Demos

Game Videos
– Siren: Blood Curse (Trailer)
– GRID (Trailer)
– Battlefield Bad Company (2, promos)
– Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway (story)
– The Chronicles of Narina: Prince Caspian The Video Game (trailer0
– Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (Trailer, BTS)

Movie/Blu-Ray Trailer
– National Treasure 2:
– Untraceable
– First Sunday

PS3 Theme
– Graffiti
– High Velocity Bowling

PS3 Wallpaper

over the horizon

05/27: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

06/02: Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution
06/03: LEGO Indiana Jones
06/03: Grid
06/03: The Bourne Conspiracy
06/03: Kung Fu Panda
06/05: The Incredible Hulk

06/10: Dragonball Z: Burst Limit
06/10: NASCAR 09
06/12: Metal Gear Sold 4: Guns of the Patriots

06/23: Top Spin 323rd sometime during th week.
06/23: Battlefield: Bad Company (and Gold Edition)
06/24: Heist
06/24: Wall-E
06/24: Overlord: Raising Hell
06/24: Hellboy: The Science of Evil
06/24: Hail to the Chimp

06/29: Guitar Hero Aerosmith and bundle

07/08: Beijing Olympics 2008

07/15: NCAA Football ’09
07/15: Monster Madness: Grave Danger

07/29: Soulcalibur IV

08/04: Baja

08/15: Legendary: The Box

08/29: Rapala Fishing Frenzy

09/02: TNA Impact!

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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune sorta review

May
20

Scattered thoughts after finishing this game last Friday (and not getting this up for a while)

– The game showed up in my mailbox one day before things got really busy for me. Much faster than usual from GameFly, at the least convenient time possible. Even after things got less busy, it sat in the envelope by my TV, continually put off for another day, a reminder of money not well spent.

I had nothing else to do two Saturdays ago, and found out the problem wasn’t waiting a few weeks to play it, it was not playing it immediately when it came out in November. Uncharted is seriously great, a game fully showing with a PS3 can do and good enough to sell a few people on the system.

The best equation I can figure to describe is Goldeneye + Prince of Persia + Pitfall, but maybe I shouldn’t use games that are well over 20 years old as examples. Everything blends well, down to hanging from a branch and firing a gun with the other hand. The puzzles aren’t particularly hard, but they’re not supposed to be. (One of my small disappointments was the puzzles seeming disappearing late in exchange for long gun fights.) Even the vehicle stages, which normally feel forced in these type of games, work pretty well.

The characters and the story are good, you’d know they’re setting up a sequel (and franchise) even if there wasn’t a colon in the title, and people are going to be counting down the days to get it. It actually feels like you’ve played thru a movie by the time the credits role.

The only downside is, if you’re like me, you probably don’t see a need to replay it again at a higher difficulty level (though they give you lots of rewards to try and make it worth your while.) But the first time thru is good enough, and you’ll want to play all the way thru. Either buy it or rent it for an indefinite amount of time.

– it took a little long to finish than it probably should’ve. I have a rule against fighting subhumans/aliens after dark (blame Perfect Dark), so I was kinda slowed down late. (Also the TV not working, which is a story for another day.)

– I’ve been downloading demos, and look forward to the Bourne one because I like the movies. I was trying to figure this out when I saw the third movie and wasn’t sure, but I think the last movie I saw in a theater before that was the second Bourne move. I’m not that big of a fan, I’m just not that a big a fan of movies or movie theater prices. Anyway, I was hoping the movie experience would translate to game play, and it seems like they’ve got a close enough facsimile in the game.

Like Uncharted, there’s a lot of third person puzzle, and occasional fights, though the puzzles in Bourne are less turning stones the right way and more trying to evade people who are trying to shoot you. Both games have bits where you’re commanded/told to press a button at specific moments and success depends on timing, but it seems a lot more often in the Bourne game.

Unfortunately, at least at this point of the demo, Bourne is not a really a PS3-era game. (“next gen” seems like a date term when it becomes the standard.) Anytime you die, which is gonna happen quite a bit when you have marines shooting at you and you can not shoot back, you’re dropped into a loading screen for a few seconds. You know, complete with graphic and protip.

In Uncharted, I died a lot and in many different ways, like I figure I would if I played the full Bourne game, but I never lost the rhythm of the game while waiting for loading. There’s loading when you start up your saved game, but there’s no loading form death to death, from chapter to chapter, or from narrative scene to gameplay. It’s all very seamless, and that’s what I now expect out of games in 2008. (Uncharted was a XMas release, clearly ahead of it’s time.) Loading screens during gameplay are so…PS1 era? 2000? Something we all should be well past?

It’s 2008, either program your game to be able to quickly pick up at your last checkpoint, or don’t program it for a PS3. This generation of consoles isn’t really specifically about HD picture quality or connectivity, it’s about taking the quality level of gameplay up a notch. Loading screens are about three notches down.

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PS3 Releases: week of May 12, 2008

May
16

Update: they released 2.35 earlier this week, which they said would fix issues in unnamed games. You’ve gotta figure GTA, but who knows.

on the shelves

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – there’s a book and a movie, you see. And just like the last movie game, that means the game didn’t actually come until late in the week and no one reviews these things in advance anymore. Maybe next week.

in the store

Downloadable Game

Add on Content
– Hot Shot Golf: 2 new characters/opponents {$1 each}
* Gloria (expert level)
* Alex (intermediate level)

– Rocketman: It Came From Uranus {$5} – new maps, weapons, enemies

– Rock Band {$2 each}
* “Kool Thing” by Sonic Youth
* “Train in Vain” by the Clash
* “Hanging on the Telephone” by Blondie
Also, “Shockwave” and “Sugar Magnolia” are cut to $1

– Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore {$1.50 each}
* Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – The Police
* “More than Words” – Extreme
* “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” – Tony Bennett
* “Build Me Up Buttercup” – The Foundations
* “Can’t Help Falling In Love” – Elvis Presley
* “Easy” – The Commodores
* “Let’s Stay Together” – Al Green
* “Wide Open Spaces” – Dixie Chicks
* “Drift Away” – Dobie Gray/Uncle Kracker
* “I Walk the Line” – Johnny Cash
* “Celebration” – Kool & The Gang
* “Thank You” – Dido
* “I’ll Be” – Edwin McCain
* “Uptown Girl” – Billy Joel
* “Heaven” – Los Lonely Boys
* “I’m With You” – Avril Lavigne
* “Rock and Roll All Night” – Kiss
* “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
* “Here Without You” – 3 Doors Down
* “When I’m Gone” – 3 Doors Down
* “Truth Is” – Fantasia

Game Demos
– Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit
– Overlord Raising Hell

Game Videos
– Natuto: Ultimate Ninja Storm (announcement trailer)
– MK vs DCU (gamer’s day trailer)

Movie/Blu-Ray Trailer
– Pineapple Express (Red Band Trailer)
– Saawariya

PS3 Theme
– HAZE
– Overlord Raising
– echochrome

PS3 Wallpaper
– Overlord Raising (x5)

over the horizon

05/15: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

05/19: UEFA Euro 2008
05/19: Top Spin 3
05/20: Haze
05/20: SingStar (and double mic bundle)

05/27: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

06/02: Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution
06/03: LEGO Indiana Jones
06/03: Grid
06/03: The Bourne Conspiracy
06/03: Kung Fu Panda
06/05: The Incredible Hulk

06/10: Dragonball Z: Burst Limit
06/10: NASCAR 09
06/12: Metal Gear Sold 4: Guns of the Patriots

06/23: Battlefield: Bad Company (and Gold Edition)
06/24: Heist moved up six days
06/24: Wall-E
06/24: Overlord: Raising Hell
06/24: Hellboy: The Science of Evil
06/24: Hail to the Chimp

06/29: Guitar Hero Aerosmith and bundle

07/08: Beijing Olympics 2008 (pushed back two weeks)

07/15: NCAA Football ’09
07/15: Monster Madness: Grave Danger

07/29: Soulcalibur IV

08/04: Baja

08/15: Legendary: The Box

08/29: Rapala Fishing Frenzy

09/02: TNA Impact!

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PS3 Releases: week of May 5, 2008

May
09

on the shelves

05/02: Iron Man [gamestats] – not so good. IGN’s sub hub: “It’s games like this that make Tony Stark drink.” Repetitive and not that interesting. Typical video game based on a movie.

05/06: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (game of the year re-release) – you get the first map pack for free, in exchange for paying full price for a game 7 months old.

in the store

Downloadable Game

Rocketmen: Axis of Evil ($10) – didn’t this already come out? And was on XBox months ago? And wasn’t much good?

Add on Content

PixelJunk Monsters Encore ($6) – 15 new levels on a new map. I finally got around to the demo for this thing, and it’s an okay strategy game. Feels like it should be a PC game.

– Rock Band {$2, or all for $5.50}
* “Date with the Night” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
* “It Hurts” by Angels & Airwaves
* “The Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” – Fall Out Boy

Previously released, but cut to $1 until 05/15
* “CrushCrushCrush” by Paramore
* “Rock N Roll Band” by Boston
Are they testing out the price point?

– Guitar Hero III: Muse Track Pack ($6.25 for all 3)
* “Exo-Politics”
* “Stockholm Syndrome”
* “Supermassive Black Hole”

Game Demos
* HAZE
* Bourne Conspiracy
* GRID
I wanted to try these demos, but my TV is not working. For real.

Game Videos
– WipEout HD
– Playstation 3: “What You Need”
– Edge (gameplay)
– Mercnaries 2 (trailer)
– Overlord Raising Hell (trailer)
– the Wheelman (trailer)
– TNA iMPACT! (trailer)


    TNA iMPACT! is the exclusive Total Nonstop Action wrestling game based on the top-rated weekly television show.


ZERO POINT NINE.

Movie/Blu-Ray Trailer
– Indian Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls
– The Love Guru
– Iron Man (the second one, but why bother now?)

PS3 Theme
– PixelJunk Monsters Theme #3
– Sports Theme – pretty generic but usable

PS3 Wallpaper
– PixelJunk Monsters (2)

over the horizon

05/15: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

05/19: UEFA Euro 2008
05/19: Top Spin 3
05/20: Haze
05/20: SingStar (and double mic bundle)

05/27: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

06/02: Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution
06/03: LEGO Indiana Jones
06/03: Grid moved up 10 days
06/03: The Bourne Conspiracy
06/03: Kung Fu Panda
06/05: The Incredible Hulk

06/10: Dragonball Z: Burst Limit
06/10: NASCAR 09
06/12: Metal Gear Sold 4: Guns of the Patriots

06/23: Battlefield: Bad Company (and Gold Edition)
06/24: Heist moved up six days
06/24: Wall-E
06/24: Overlord: Raising Hell
06/24: Hellboy: The Science of Evil
06/24: Hail to the Chimp (pushed back a month)

06/29: Guitar Hero Aerosmith and bundle

07/08: Beijing Olympics 2008 (pushed back two weeks)

07/15: NCAA Football ’09
07/15: Monster Madness: Grave Danger pushed back two months

07/29: Soulcalibur IV exactly one month later – maybe I had the wrong date!

08/04: Baja

08/15: Legendary: The Box pushed back two and half month

08/29: Rapala Fishing Frenzy (pushed back six weeks – it’s like they’re baiting me)

09/02: TNA Impact!

Vanishing: Afrika no longer lists a release date on Amazon.

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