Getting ready to do a bunch of reviews this week. In the meantime, trying to savor Alan Wake before finishing.

Geez…what's with all the new game announcements?

There were quite a few this past week, but by far my favorite was the one for Bioshock Infinite . I loved both of the first two; people can whine about the story in the sequel but it was still pretty damn good, and I think they refined and expanded the gameplay a bit, too. Then there was Ace Combat: Assault Horizon , and although I'm not really a flight guy, that debut trailer was pretty awesome. I'll definitely have to try it. As for Call of Duty 8 , the only reason I'm mildly curious is because it's an entirely new developer and they're claiming it's a new approach (i.e., an "adventure/FPS"). But it's not exactly topping my most-anticipated list right now. DanceDanceRevolution PS3? Ehhhh… Not my thing. The very idea that a demo for Duke Nukem Forever might drop in a few months time is almost too mind-boggling…the game that essentially defined "vaporware" is actually going to arrive?

Hard to believe. But it'll be interesting to see the result. As for other FPSs that might be somewhat original and – at the very least – extremely polished, you should consider Rage . Won't be around for a while, but it could be very cool. And don't forget Crysis 2 , which is now set for March. I still want Dragon Age II more in that month, but hey, Crytek talks a lot of smack, you know? Let's see if they can back it up.

Insomniac, it better be Resistance 3…

There's a very good chance that we could finally see Insomniac's new project this week; they've been hinting that the announcement is right around the corner . I really don't think Resistance 2 got anywhere near enough love from PS3 owners, but maybe that's because it was overshadowed by Killzone 2 , which launched only about five months later. I'm a big fan of the Resistance games and as good as they are, I don't really play the Ratchet & Clank titles, so this mystery game better be the third Resistance . There's so much left to that story! There's just so much more they can do, although they may be frightened by the sheer number of potentially fantastic FPSs scheduled to hit the market in the next 6 months. Maybe they feel they can't compete, or something. But I couldn't possibly have more faith in this particular developer, and no matter what they're making, I'll be interested.

Personal gaming update

Like I said, I'm waiting to finish Alan Wake because I really don't have anything I want to play until Halo: Reach about a month from now. I do have a lot of games to play for reviews, though; for August, look for Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days , Mafia II , Top Gun , Cladun: This is an RPG , and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light . Then there's Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 in the first week of September. After that, there's a small break before everything explodes in October, as usual. Above all else, I'm probably most psyched for Gran Turismo 5 , although I'm really looking forward to Enslaved: Odyssey to the West , Medal of Honor , Vanquish , and LittleBigPlanet 2 . Next year is gonna be huge, too; I just loved that gameplay trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution …that game is gonna be bad-ass.

Not much else to report. Oh, we'll be looking at Move titles for the launch next month. I still have my reservations, but we'll see…

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Scarecrow
Scarecrow
10 years ago

All these new game announcements don't interest me one bit.

Bunch of FPSs…., how exciting!!!
And I'm bitter at Namco's retarded ways, so don't really care 'bout Ace Combat.

Same with Imsoniac, they can make whatever they want, I'm looking forward to Killzone3. Guerilla seems 100% sure of themselves are pushing that game extremely hard, can't wait! Yes, it's an FPS, but not at the very least, it's very unique (they should keep the weighty controls…). Morever, any game that uses the CELL processor like Killzone does is a win in my book.

Currently playing inFamous again, wow…
Original Cole is the best Cole, c'mon Sucker Punch don't make him Nathan Drake hybrid 🙁

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
10 years ago

https://temp.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/7447.html

"Best of all, we've managed to retain that sense of weight that set Killzone 2 apart from other shooters."
-quote from KZ3 game director

johnld
johnld
10 years ago

they retained the sense of weight but not entirely like killzone 2. they had to tweak it a bit to cater to those who complained it didnt play like call of duty. kinda irritates me that people are setting their standards on a great game based on mediocrity.

LittleBigMidget
LittleBigMidget
10 years ago

lmao… Nathan Drake hybrid. I haven't heard that one before.(sarcasm.) I can't wait for 2011. Fighters are definitely making a comeback, MvC 3, MK 9, ect.
…………………………………………….
On a side note, my mother passed away this morning 🙁

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Sorry bout your mom, you have the support of myself and our community.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
10 years ago

My condolences to you and your family. Keep strong.

Shadow786
Shadow786
10 years ago

Deepest condolences to you and your family. May she rest in peace. Stay strong bud

frostface
frostface
10 years ago

Sorry to hear about your mum! My sincerest condolences!

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
10 years ago

All we can do is forge ahead, but we never can forget our past. Peace be with you, friend.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
10 years ago

My condolences to you, and your family

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

Sincerest condolences from PSXE.

sunspider13
sunspider13
10 years ago

Sorry to hear that man. My condolences to you and your family.

SerendipityDeus
SerendipityDeus
10 years ago

sorry to hear that man. stay strong, she'll be alive in your memories. =/ my sincerest condolences

Oxvial
Oxvial
10 years ago

My condonlences and best wishes to you and your family.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
10 years ago

Sorry to hear about your mother. Keep her memory strong and try to be strong.

I am going to put a thumbs down because of the sad event. I am not saying that your post is bad but that is a bad event to happen to any child. Please, don't take offense to this in any way. 🙂

Shams
Shams
10 years ago

Condolences to you and prayers for her. Anonymity tends to render any gesture void over the internet, but feel the need to talk about it to someone, please feel free to PM me. My heart sank reading that news, and it's a life changing time for you at quite a young age. I find it difficult to believe that this had happened and you are already here, yet I would find it even more strange that someone would joke or fib about that.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
10 years ago

Sorry for your loss.

cLoudou
cLoudou
10 years ago

Sorry for your loss. I know the feeling of losing a parent. Very tough time indeed, stay strong.

FullmetalX10
FullmetalX10
10 years ago

My condolences to you and your family, stay strong.

WolfCrimson
WolfCrimson
10 years ago

I'm sorry for your loss.

spiderboi
spiderboi
10 years ago

Condolences. She's somewhere better now I'm sure 🙂

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
10 years ago

You have my condolences. Sorry to hear that LBM.

tlpn99
tlpn99
10 years ago

Sorry to hear about your mum, condolences.

Qubex
Qubex
10 years ago

LittleBigMidget… saddened to read your news about the passing of your mother. May she rest in peace and may you remain strong during this challenging time. The community is here for you…

Q!

totozero18
totozero18
10 years ago

My condolences to you and your family, as you can see you have the support of you second family, the PSXE community.

kraygen
kraygen
10 years ago

Sorry for your loss, you have our support.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

Please accept my condolences.

Words are never enough, but sometimes it's all we have. I wish you well in your time of need.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Lots of stuff on the horizon, and I'm actually glad that I'm not interested in much of it. I have too much to play as it is. I've got Fallout New Vegas preordered, I definitely want Dragon Age II and KZ3. I'd get Resistance 3 too, but if they announce it soon, then that means it is still at least a year off so no need to take my finances into account. I don't do R&C either. Tomb Raider as a download would be okay, but I wanna see high scores first.

The New Bioshock looks good but I think I can wait till it's cheap. Right now I'm playing God of War collection and I'm stuck dead in the first game on the timed trap where you pull the handle to release the Kraken… ahem I mean release the gate that exposes a box. And if you don't kick the box across the room in 2 seconds and get it around the corner the spikes come up and kill you. Problem is, even when I get the box in place and jump on it, even a double jump doesn't get me up to the ledge. Help?


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 8/14/2010 10:15:13 PM

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
10 years ago

I think I got stuck there for like an hour
Forget exactly how it's done…but just gotta be quick I guess.

Funny, GOWII also has some puzzles which make you go "whuuuuuuuuuuuuut?" Got stuck in that one even more.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

I've played them both before but at the time action games weren't my thing and I never got too far. And to think I complained about the easy puzzles in GOWIII… now I want them back lol.

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
10 years ago

"Once tip, do not use kick. It is useless.
Another top, do not get right next to the wall. Putting the block just
to the right of that pile of blood should be close enough to jump up.
So just be quick, don't kick, and you will do this fine."
-quote from Aklite's FAQ

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Thanks Kanga, I'll give it a shot. The walkthrough I looked at after about 30 failures said to kick it.

Qubex
Qubex
10 years ago

World, nice post summary there… I am with you on all your points. There is a lot coming out but most I am not interested in.

Currently, I am interested in, "F1 2010" and "Mafia II", which I will be getting at the end of these up coming months respectively….

I am not at all interested in the CoD's. I won't purchase another shooter until "KZ3" drops. "Bioshock Infinite" will probably be a second hand job much later on.I never played the former 2 Bioshocks so I can't judge how good they are. The demo of the first one did give me an idea initially… but it didn't spark enough of an interest to get me to purchase those titles.

"Little Big Planet 2", is not high on priority list this time. Didn't really enjoy the first one that much, haven't played in months. I should probably give it a whirl and see what user generated content has been created for it… it is a mixed bag I guess…

I am also looking forward to "Trine 2" next year. "Crysis 2", probably not. I think "Killzone 3" will be technically superior being an exclusive. Must admit too, "MAG", "GoWII" and "Heavy Rain" are tempting me, but waiting for a price drop 🙂

Looking at moving to New Zealand sometime next year, so I guess I will only be looking at getting into the 3D visuals once settled in my new country with a job. Lets hope all goes smoothly…

Must admit; "L.A. Noire", "Infamous 2", "Resistance 3" (when announced), "GT5", "The Last Guardian", "Rage" and hopefully "Demon Souls 2" (which I will duly get if released – with glitches etc fixed up)… are all good upcoming buys… not forgetting "Dirt3" and probably, a very much updated "F1 2011" with 24 car online play…

Let us hope their release dates are sensibly staggered though for financial reasons…

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"


Last edited by Qubex on 8/15/2010 12:36:46 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

almost forgot about inFamous 2, that will be the best game out next year, that's my prediction.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

YEEEEEESSSS, I love youtube. Some French dude showed how to get up to the ledge without using that f*cking box! Thank you Rivach45, I shall use a quote from you henceforth:

"It haz been a pain in ze azz for all of us"

RadioHeader
RadioHeader
10 years ago

For me, youtube is mostly a gaming walkthrough site, and without it I'd be even more insaner!

The Tetrissy puzzle in GoW.

Destroying Nato's bombs in MNR.

Basically everything in Demon's Souls. That Big spider is next up for the YT treatment. lol I suck at that game but I love it 🙂

Qubex
Qubex
10 years ago

Yhea World, I realise I made a typo… it should have been "GoWIII" and NOT "GoWII"… eventhough I haven't played "GoWII" or "GoWI" yet… travesty I know 🙂

I also left out Resistance III for a look out… lets hope they push the envelope with this one…

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
10 years ago

But some announcements call for celebration.

Temjin001
Temjin001
10 years ago

Of the announced games I'm most eager to see more of is the new Ace Combat. The new trailer looks nice.

And yes, Crytek has talked up their Crysis 2 game a lot. My skepticism is somewhat held off because it seems that teams who both write their own engines and develop their own games tend to produce decent stuff. Seeing that Crytek is trying to publicize their new CryEngine I expect Crysis 3 to be a showcase title.

I've played the first two Resistance games and I'm also eager and expect it to be shown this next week.

While there was a lot to like about Resistance 2 (some of the best dang FPS guns) could've been a lot more than it was if the team gave it some more TLC.
Levels were pretty hit and miss with me. Some levels like the Chicago plaza firefight were down right amazing. I was hoping to see a lot more of that kind of action. Insomniac has an engine that can really push a lot of objects around and that Chicago firefight experience really stood out for me. I would've loved to see a lot more of such insane action.

Whereas other segments of the game felt sort of rough and unfinished. The Utah desert level desperately cried for some real global HDR that nearly every game this gen has. And while I dig boss fights, a few of the boss battles felt a bit weak. Didn't that flying-bug boss seem unfinished? And for how awesome that huge goliath-juggernaught boss was, the battle felt less like a boss fight and closer to a scripted QTE event. Still, an awesome experience, either way, but I was expecting more of a fight from a gigantic awesome looking boss.
Seeing how well Insomniac handled their last R&C, I have faith that R3 will be the best in the series.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

What I never understood was why they killed the weapon wheel from R1. A lot of people complain about the regenerating health but to me it made sense to the story since your infection was getting worse. Then they stripped us of some awesome guns like that bubble throwing device and gave us a standard 2 weapon setup in R2, I didn't like that. I wonder where R3 will go with weapons.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
10 years ago

The whole set up of Fall of Man, I think, was better than the second game. The only thing I preferred about the latter was the story and the way that we found out so much more about Nathan. But yeah, weapons, level design, style. The first had it, the second was more CoD-friendly I think.
Peace.

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
10 years ago

Ben, if you can, please do a comparison between the 360 and PS3 versions of Mafia II. There have been rumours that this will be another inferior PS3 port published by Take Two.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

I don't think I'll have access to the 360 version…

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
10 years ago

I saw multiple billboard advertisements for Mafia II today. I counted eight of them in six different cities.

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
10 years ago

Fluff, you on a road trip or something? How were you in six different cities?

kraygen
kraygen
10 years ago

I played the demo for mafia II on ps3, haven't seen 360 version, but the ps3 version looked great to me.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
10 years ago

No road trip. Um, it's easy to go through cities around here just going from one place to another? Only took about 20 minutes to go through six cities.

FxTales
FxTales
10 years ago

I really would have liked to play Alan Wake. Other than that though there was really nothing else, maybe gears, I enjoyed that too, then U2 came and I forgot all about it.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
10 years ago

Thank goodness I'm not interested in too many of the new game announcements. But Bioshock Infinite sounds sweet. Very glad they're crafting a new engine for it. I must get the second some time soon. I'm just waiting to see what's planned for Gamescom next weekend. It's going to be insane.

Insomniacs newest project, I'd love for it to be Resistance 3, but I'm leaning towards thinking it'll be the official unveiling of the multiplatform game, which I'll be disappointed at. Not the game, Insomniac is like Naughty Dog, they can do no wrong, but the fact it's multiplatform. My fingers are crossed for R3 though, and I also have to get ACiT soon too, it's Platinum so when I see it, I'll grab it.

Personal Update:
Still reading through Cholera at a very slow pace.
Still trying to finish this chapter, and really bored with it. It just keeps needing more with the more I write of it. Annoying.
Had a real bad case of vertigo last Saturday through Tuesday, still can't work out the cause. Because of that I only worked two days this past week.
And have moved fulltime onto FFXIII after completing Valkyria Chronicles and posting my review. I've put all together too much time into it, but I'm liking it more than I had expected to. That's about it, I think.
Peace.

yak4life85
yak4life85
10 years ago

Really looking forward to Resistance 3. First two were awesome. I actually liked R2 better than Killzone 2.

Personal Update

Just traded Gow 3 for RDR on craigslist. Good deal I think. Can't wait to pop it in.