Tuesday, March 20, 2007
iTWire - PlayStation 3 compatibility list
The list assigns three levels of compatibility: "No known issues to date," "Should play on PlayStation3 with some minor issues" or "Should play on PlayStation3 with noticeable issues". Games that don't work with the PS3 are omitted from the list.
While nearly 1800 games are listed, multiple minor variations are shown for some. The number of unique titles appears to be closer to 1200.
Im going to go broke buying all these new systems.
This game is just completely and totally freaking boring. Once you have killed a few zombies with bats and soccer balls, then used a lawn mower to run a few down the thrill is gone and its just mostly tedious and boring.
You level up by earning AA points via snapping cool photos (you play a photo journalist covering a zombie mall infestation) and killing zonmies, and completing missions.
At one point you get a gun which is next to impossible to aim - when you click the aim button (which you have to do before you shoot) it ususally puts you at a 90 degree angle to where you were looking! this can be a big problem when your enemy has a machine gun pointed at you.
Im a big fan of zombie movies and had high hopes for this game, but its just not very fun.
Graphics: 9 - great graphics - standard xbox360 stuff with lots of elaborate cutscenes.
Gameplay: 1 - kill one zombie you've killed them all - but there are 5 million more coming so you get to do it over and over and over and over... you get the idea - aiming controls for camera and guns SUCK. Saving system is just plain stupid. (you can save one game or start over with your current level health -etc.)
StoryLine: 8 - the characters and plot seemed to have some potential, but im not trudging through this crap to see cutscenes.
Difficulty: -5 - This is bad difficulty due to weak controller interface - not due to challinging gameplay - so hence the negative numbers -
Length: ? - a few hours was enough for me - man am i glad i didnt spend $60 on this piece of crap.
Overall 3 Lame
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Overall the game was pretty sweet but some of it was a bit of a let down. I expected a real impressive game from the commercials - its no gears of war.
I liked the thermal energy angle where you have to keep your t-energy loaded. A lot of the weapons were cool. This is a definite rental one-time game. The instructions for the controllers were not that easy to remember, it would have been better if it had training missions to learnt he controls for new VRs (fighting machines you climb in and control) - instead they show a controller diagram 1 time then you cant go back to it. It would have been nice if you could go into your PDA screen and review the controls, but it doesnt pause and your tenergy runs out when changing options (seems like a bug to me).
Also the game speed on foot was really slow - it felt like i was running through molasses, but that might just be because im used to faster FPS games like quake? There were some irritating things like, when you jump you are forced to pause when you land for about a 1/2 second which can cause some major problems, same thing when you use your grapple. Always managed to get hit when I was stuck landing.
And another thing:
Some of the bosses like green-eye where really really really hard, you have to find the weak spots and go through these series of attacks to kill the bosses, but then like the 7th boss - some guy in a VS with some goofy pony tails in his face, was incredibly easy - I beat him on the first try - other bossses like the first and second took hours of retrys.
Graphics: 9 - great next-gen graphics, cool monsters, a little sluggish occassionally when the action got real heavy.
Gameplay: 7 - intuitive controls and no major issues.
StoryLine: 3 I know its translated from Japanese but the story felt pretty tedious and didnt add much too the game IMO
Difficulty: 10 - Some of the bosses werre next to impossible! I spent 2-3 hours retrying most of them.
Length: 7 - 10 unique missions and the final boss battle - was good for probably 50+ hours of game play on average hardness (one above easy)
Overall 8Anyway I beat it last night, was a worthwhile rent even with the annoying things in it. I got Dead Rising so I will play that after I watch 12 Monkeys in HD - thats a great movie.
Spoiler Alert Final Boss:
One major thing that bugged me, the final boss - you get a brand new VS machine and all the weapons you have used the entire game are gone - now you get these giant knife laser beam blades that you have never used and have had no proactice with - so plan on spending a LOT of time on the final boss. After 2 hours or so I googled a walkthrough and finally got the hint I needed to beat him, which is: hold the l and r triggers down and then let go when you have the boss in firing range. Otherwise there is a 1/2 - 1 full second delay for the laser knife to fire - irritating.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
My xbox was on, paused and I decided to change it from laying flat to standing up, these are the two ways you can keep your xbox. The disc is sstill spinning and when it was moved the disc got a huge scratch carved into it from the laser head! This ruined the game.
I did some research and it seems that the problem is that there are no pads on the top of the drive, so if the unit is moved, the disk can wobble , if the left side of the disc wobbles up, the right side tilts down and the laser mechenism carves a nice deep circle into the disc.
I have the blockbuster game pass and I have to check the games for the ring everytime because apparently a lot of people move their xbox and ruin the game. My local blockbuster had every copy of dead rising ruined in this manner so i still havent played that :(
Llama has an article on this here: (this is an image from there site that illustrates the scratc:)
- Im playing "Lost Planet" right now, will post that review soon.
Other upcomgin reviews of recent games:
Call of Duty 2 and 3
Elder Scolls IV: Oblivion
Games Im looking forward too:
My friend Alex just released a game he developed! Mayawaka
Great game but a little short.
The graphics were awesome and the game play is pretty sweet but there are a few things i didnt like. You use the same button to go to cover up against a wall as to jump away from cover and jump over barriers. A few times if i was in cover I would get stuck there when trying to melee a close oponent and i would be stuck and the enemy would just bash me to death.
I did enjoy it, but the cut scenes were a littel tedious and kinda hokey. I rented it and I would recommend renting as you can finish it quick and I dont see a lot of additional play. Its hard enough on hard mode, i had to switch to regular mode a couple times after repeating the same mission over and over unsuccessfully. I ususally start games on hard mode so the game play will last longer.
Graphics: 10 - incredible nextgen graphics, no bugs that I noticed.
Gameplay: 8 - somewhat intuitive controls but a few things that could be improved. Died a few times because I couldnt get the controller to respond the way I wanted.
Difficulty: 7 - Some of the difficulty was due to controller, the bezerkers are really hard.
Length: 5 - A little short - you could beat the game in less than a week.
Replayability: 3 - once will do it, didnt try the multiplayer though
This was one of the first games I purchased with my xbox360
My favorite games are First Person Shooters (FPS) so this was a new genre for me. I was very impressed. It combines strategy and planning as well as FPS action. This is probably the best game I have played on my 360 so far.
Graphics: 10 - incredible nextgen graphics, no bugs that I noticed.
Gameplay: 9 - intuitive controls and no major issues.
Difficulty: 9 - It requires real strategy and planning to complete the missions.
Length: 8 - many of the xbox 360 titles are real short, they can be completed in 30-40 hours or less. This game delivered plenty of unique missions without feel repetitous.
You can find it used on amazon from $15 and if yu havent played it its a great title and a must have game for 360.