I think we're all a little NGP'd out, so I'll bypass that for this Week in Review.

We don't always have to be so serious

There's nothing wrong with taking your hobby seriously, but we often have to remind ourselves that a "hobby" – almost by definition – should be a satisfying, relaxing distraction. If we take things to seriously and get too competitive and too emotional, we inevitably lose a hefty chunk of that all-important "fun factor." This is why I have no problem indulging in something silly and over-the-top, like the upcoming Duke Nukem Forever . Game of the Year? Unlikely. But so what? It's The Duke! That professional fan-made movie really did remind me of a simpler time, and the awesome Return of the King trailer got me all pumped up. Kill stuff. Be a bad-ass. Chase the hotties. Come on; it's the classic old-school video game hero! We don't always need to be so darn serious; guilty pleasures have their places, too.

By the way, same goes for Bulletstorm . Better than KZ3? Nah. A stress-reliever that puts a sadistic little smile on my face? Yep. The latter will likely grow tiresome faster than a masterpiece like Killzone 3 but simple stress-relievers aren't supposed to be 10 hours in length. For just a few hours, you occasionally need to vent. So enter DNF and Bulletstorm , and don't apologize for it. Admit your indulgence!

Looks like Dragon Age II is my next RPG

We've learned that the Dragon Age sequel will feature 103 minutes of cut-scenes , which obviously means there's a fantastic emphasis on story. That shouldn't come as any real surprise if you're familiar with BioWare; Mass Effect 2 wasn't really my thing, but it's clear this particular developer enjoys creating complex, fulfilling storylines. And in the Dragon Age setting, I should really be able to appreciate it more. I've been moving along in Hyperdimension Neptunia (review coming soon) and while I won't give anything away just yet, I will say it's not really doing it for me. And I really loved Origins ; the only reason I never finished it was because I got sidetracked, and I hate it when that happens.

And you know, it's so odd that cut-scene length has plummeted over the years. When CGI/FMV was all the rage in the original PlayStation and PS2 eras, it was all about story-telling through that amazing new medium; I think we all remember some of the FFs and oh yes, Xenosaga . But these days, with technology the way it is, we can have something like God of War III and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves , where the non-interactive sequences look basically the same as the interactive parts. …never though we'd see the day, huh?

Personal gaming update

Well, for now, it's all about GT5 and Dead Space 2 , which is really great. I still don't like the plot as much as I did in the original title (more mysterious in the latter), but the atmosphere and action is always, always intense. Visceral knows how to keep you on your toes; they never let the game get too predictable, and the scariest part is the fact that you have no idea what's coming next. As for GT5, I got to see the credits just because I won the Gran Turismo World Championship but obviously, there's a ton left to do. I'll play it on and off in between other games, certainly. By the way, I used my favorite car, the Lexus LF-A; after doing everything to it, it's a 700HP, 225 m.p.h. beast with ridiculous acceleration. Of course, winning that event nets you the Bugatti Veyron that, after upgrading, sports like 1200HP, but I just love the look of the LF-A. If I was rich, that's the car I'd have. 🙂

Attention PSXE readers- As a side note, we're going to try starting up something new for the site, and as part of it, we're going to be answering reader questions. So, if you have something you want me to answer, you can either post your question below in the Comments (don't worry, I'll see it), or you can send it to me via e-mail. I can't talk about this new endeavor just yet, but we'll be starting it this week and hopefully, you'll see it all come to fruition soon. Thanks. 🙂

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frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

my question is how interested in the new psp phone apps and ngp are you guys here at psx? will this make you want a new phone Ben?

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

I have a question. I'm usually on the site on my blackberry and was wondering if comments would ever be available on the mobile site so I don't have to load the full site?

PGU: Finished Bioshock 2 tonight. It was awesome. I really think they stepped the storytelling up in 2.

Also, I think I broke my son of his COD addiction because he been playing Bioshock 1 which I hope will continue to push him to branch out and play other games/genres.

Next, I think I will finally continue on with Castlevania and then finish Split Second. By that time it should be about KZ3 time so it looks like GT5 and AC:B will be pushed backed a little farther.


Last edited by PasteNuggs on 1/29/2011 10:07:53 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Castlevania= so worth it. And stick around after the credits for the shocking twist!

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

Ya it is. I only stopped playing because I got Bioshock and wanted "to check it out" but then I couldn't get enough of my time in Rapture.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Can't blame you, I could wander Rapture for days. An open world adventure through Rapture a-la Fallout 3 would be sick.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

My favorite part in 2 was when your were out in the water. I just sat and jumped around all over.

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
9 years ago

That ending to Castlevania was probably one of the best endings to a game this gen

SvenMD
SvenMD
9 years ago

I played Bioshock and liked it, but I haven't bought Bioshock 2 yet. It sounds like you guys really dig it. So you think it's better than the first one… It's only like $15 or $20 around town, so I guess I don't have much excuse not to buy it. Maybe I'll give it a try once I catch up on everything else.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

@Sven

To me Bioshock 2 took everything great 1 did and expanded on it.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

"A man chooses, a slave obeys." Choose to get Bioshock 2 or I'll make you obey.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

I keep telling people to play Castlevania Lord of Shadows for themselves instead of listening to reviews.

Play the damn game and you'll realize how great it truly is.

Wrote
Wrote
9 years ago

I have a question about da2. I never could get into dragon age origins(probably cuz I watched my friend play it on xbox and heard the ps3 one was gimped), but I love rpgs and want a good one to play on my ps3. should I get the 1st one or just skip to the 2nd? and since you didn't finish the 1st you'd be the guy to ask.

pgu: I've been playing infamous a lot lately, I just got it and uncharted 2 around Xmas and I can honestly say I have more fun wit infamous then u2. u2 is great but its short compared to infamous. I cant wait for infamous 2 tho, and uncharted 3. bother d1p for me. when I finish infamous on good I gotta finish kz2 before kz3 comes out and my friend gets it(im borrowing kz2 and he'll let me borrow kz3 when he's done, also ds2 (: )

peace

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Good to see that you're giving the NGP a rest for now. Can't wait to see more official information, including a launch line-up and official price later on in the year though. Do you think we'll start seeing that kind of stuff at E3, or perhaps a bit later down the track?

I like that there are still games like DNF and Bulletstorm coming out that hark back to the early days of the industry when it was about amusement over immersion. I think that DNF at least will hit my want list, but Bullsetstorm thus far has not shown me anything overly impressive. I do still like a focus on story in my games, and it looks as though Duke will have at least some vestige of a plot that will make me want to keep playing, other than the insanity. And it should after thirteen years in development.

I still have to get around to putting time into Dragon Age: Origins: Ultimate Edition. I'm sure that I'll enjoy it, but with the announcement of DLC set to release on release day, I feel cheated. So, I'll wait until the Ultimate Edition of it comes out as well. Although, it is strange that there are so few story-progressive cutscenes in most games. With the greater focus on immersion, and a clear desire to bring games to the same sized audience as films, you'd think that devs would want to put in a story that really makes you care about the characters, but alas, no. Too bad really.

Personal Update:
Finished my first playthrough of Demon's Souls yesterday. I liked it, but found that it was becoming trying towards the end. I posted my review of it, so… yeah. Now I'm playing Dead Space to get amped for DS2. I'm only playing it after dark to get the most out of it, which means that any daytime playtime (that's… not right) is going to GT5.
Also playing a wee bit of VC2 now and again. I should be able to get more into it again now that it's the only RPG I'm focussing on.
Still reading Middlemarch, and that's pretty much it, except for this girl at work who's sending me mixed messages. 'Tis doing my head in, but you don't need to know about that.
Peace.

P.S. It would probably be a bit more helpful to give us some idea of this new 'endeavour' so that we would have an idea of what questions to ask… But I've got one anyway: Where's the Insomniac interview???

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
9 years ago

I've spent the past few days playing DS2. Even the multiplayer is growing on me. I'm not as far into the campaign as I expected to be by now, but I'll put some hours in tonight.

This is probably gonna sound stupid, but you're looking for game-related questions, right? No personal questions.

The only thing I've been curious about is Twisted Metal. Do you have new updates or info? How far along is Jaffe in the development process?


Last edited by GuernicaReborn on 1/29/2011 10:18:36 PM

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
9 years ago

I know, I know. I'm replying to myself. Down vote me if you must 🙂

Hey PSXE staff, what I have is not really a question, it's more like a suggestion. There are very many people who post on the main site that don't post in the forums. I like a lot of them, after all, we all have at least one similar interest. Would it be possible to add to the User CP so that we could send messages to users, much like the CP in the forums? I don't know if this is possible with the software you use for Comments, but I think it would strengthen the PSXE community.

Nickjcal
Nickjcal
9 years ago

Dead Space 2's amazing. It's got everything i've been looking for in a game from storytelling to actually feeling emotion for a character. The new Issac is easily going to be one of this years best characters.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

The best guilty pleasure last year was Splatterhouse, don't let the bad reviews fool ya. I hope Duke is the best one this year as I couldn't possibly be less interested in PoopStorm.

Playing Mass Effect 2 when I can, but I'm not as into it as I thought I would be. I hope it grabs me eventually. Maybe it's just the poor acting by Mr. Shephard, maybe this sci fi environment isn't for me, it's hard to say. I'll still be pushing onward though. My gaming time has been cut tenfold so maybe it's just that I can't sink much time in each time I play.

My questions are simple, when will PSXE readers march on Hollywood to stop the blatant exploitation of our entertainment venue? Also, can you mention me in your video game book? And when will you pay me to write game fanfics n'stuff?


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 1/29/2011 10:40:52 PM

Nickjcal
Nickjcal
9 years ago

I wanted to like splatterhouse but the combat was just sooo off.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I rocked it like a casbah, but it was all about the gore and the old schoolness of it. Besides, where else can you rip a critter's guts out through his ass hole?


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 1/29/2011 11:32:12 PM

oldmike
oldmike
9 years ago

ME2 is a lot better if you played the 1st
if not you miss the little stuff of the story

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

I never played the first ME and I still think ME2 is absolutely fantastic, the hands down best experience I've had on the ps3 thus far, no other title being even close. So I guess the setting is a major issue to some. Luckily sci-fi has always been a favourite genre to me.
So my PGU would be still enjoying every bit of ME2 and trying to delay the inevitable end for as long as possible. Seeing now how much I really love rpg's compared to other genres it makes me seriously ask myself why I bother buying other genre games at all. They are all just thrown away as soon as I'm past the initial curiosity.


Last edited by Beamboom on 1/30/2011 3:20:43 AM

SvenMD
SvenMD
9 years ago

@Beamboom – "no other title even being close"….REALLY?? I mean, not to beat a dead horse, but did you play Uncharted 2???

I don't think I can agree that ME2 is the best PS3 experience ever…

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I like sci fi too, just hoping this grabs me a little more as I get further. It's giving me a Galactica vibe. I can tell I missed something without ME1. That intro comic helped but it didn't have enough cool choices to make, I think there was only like 3.

I do like my Dragon Age blood armor, but I wish I could remove the helmet.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Ah you don't like battlestar galactica either? Oh man you're one tough sci-fi nut to crack then! Battlestar Galactica is like the tv-series of the DECADE for me…!

Sven: Don't get me started on Uncharted… I've received my punishment for not liking that title around here, I've done my time 😀
But yeah I'm serious, ME2 has been more than a game for me, it's been a state of mind for the last couple of weeks.


Last edited by Beamboom on 1/30/2011 1:08:34 PM

PS4_Mom
PS4_Mom
9 years ago

If you don't like Mr. Shepard, you can play as Ms. Shepard. 😉

LittleBigMidget
LittleBigMidget
9 years ago

Just DC Universe and LBP2 for me. Still enjoying my precious 250GB HDD, and I look forward to seeing Booker T return tomorrow ^^.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I'm also already tired of reading about the NGP.
Though, I'm already convinced it's something I want. I just don't know exactly when that'll be and it won't be during it's launch window.

I enjoyed the Bulletstorm demo. It reminded me a lot of older gen PC FPS games like Serious Sam. It's just straight up intense crazy shooting fun.

And what's with the Ninja Gaiden 3 news? "Old and outdated" gameplay?
By erasing it's important identity, being a hardcore action gamer's game, it'll lose the very thing that has made the series so outstanding in my mind and I'd imagine also by those who know what makes games of this nature so incredibly satisfying.

PGU: I'm upset that my ME2 save files got entirely deleted when I restarted my game by importing my character into a new play session–couldn't they have given me a prompt? I wanted to start ME3 off with that file instead of the one where I'm this ruthless self centered renegade. argh! Maybe there's a way to retrieve it…..

Anyway, I'm enjoying playing T6 online and running various races on GT5 and, when I have the tolerance, I'm playing NGS2 on Master Ninja. That Armadillo was a complete nightmare… why do I do this to myself?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I expect better from developers than to call that system "old and outdated" but sadly most sites seem to agree. Apparently, not unlike that "stubborn turn based mechanic" (source: IGN) all play systems that aren't easy, accessible, and able to be picked up and played by the average caveman is old and outdated.

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

Sensei Temjin, Hayashi-san knows that Tecmo depends on the fans of NG to sell NG, because despite being the better "game", it isn't GOW, and certainly isn't COD. And unlike FF, he knows he can't release a travesty, and still sell millions on the name alone.

So i think his comments have been just made to incite attention. Sure, Team Ninja is not going to let the series stagnate, but I don't think he's willing to throw away the brand name, either.

Especially with Itagaki releasing the Devil's Third (or Itagaki's "Third" as it were not counting DOA's), Hayashi knows that although Tecmo retains the name of the franchise, Itagaki's going to do everything to take everything else back including the formula, and the fans.

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

Oh, man. I just read some more of Hayashi-san's online commentary on the matter, and yes, I'm a lil worried now, too. Really, this is his first NG, from a creative/design POV, so, um, my fingers are crossed.

What is reassuring though is when asked if NG3 will be "easy", he replied, "No it won't be easy, but more accessible".

As for my PGU: Playing through DS2, and ME2. I have been procrastinating getting a wheel for GT5, so I have to do that. ME2 is still fun, even though it's my 3rd time, through. Still a lot of stuff I haven't seen. DS2 is the first piece of entertainment media, out of both games and movies, that has made me jump in years. And I say that as a 32 year old.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Well said, World.

Master Shams, I wish I had your optimism for NG3. There's a number of comments he's made that suggests he's uprooting and rebooting the game play in a way that cares little for the sensitivities of the hardcore. If he was interested in preserving the hardcore fans he would've formed his statements more carefully. Instead, he's flat out saying that the NG you know is old and I'm going to bring you the new more accessible version. Possibly it's just bad translation but it's not re-assuring.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

What worries me about NG being made intentionally more bloody and realistic (or whatever) is that the stylized NGS2 we got on the PlayStation was to my mind the way to go. I know that a lot of people like the blood and gore, but to me that's just un-necessary to the game or gameplay. If indeed the game primarily sells to NG fans, then why make major changes to it?

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Highlander, I guess they're wanting to change it so it's more appealing to those who have been turned off by the hardcore difficult image NG has had and become even more appealing to the GoW, Gears and MK fans who really like brutal content. I see it very similarly to Splinter Cell's direction. Scrap the slower methodical gameplay and go for quick thrills and kills with plenty of emotion.
Really, if the majority of premium gaming culminates into being all show and semi-deep play going forward, I see myself playing less popular games because of skepticism.
Maybe someday I'd have the time and resources to make a game site that focused purely on the dedicated gamer's games that valued depth and complexity over presentational flair.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

Bulletstorm looks fun but doesn't look everlasting, maybe other weapons and environment can change that.

PGU:
Back to LBP2 and another game I'm having a blast with after GT5.

Now I wanna ask, is there anyway I can download the user-created levels?
Or do you have to be online just to play them?

kevinater321
kevinater321
9 years ago

I'm pretty sure you have to be online to play them. I'm not 100% because i have had my hands full atm with the story mode.

Ludicrous_Liam
Ludicrous_Liam
9 years ago

You can que them at LBP.me, which is where you have a list of levels that will be ready to play on LBP2 when you fire it up.

kevinater321
kevinater321
9 years ago

I've got a question. If you didn't work for the site and didn't have to get the psp2, would you?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Oh I know, have you ever met Arnold in person?

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

The one thing I am most interested in knowing is, are you reviewing two worlds II and if yes, how soon can we expect that review, especially since you said your next rpg will probably be dragon age II and it's not even out yet.

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

I was wondering if you guys would ever implement a feature to let us know when people reply to our comments?

Besides that my gaming this week has been LBP2, Transformers: WFC, and some MAG. I picked up DS2 but haven't popped it in yet.

bloody_rootz
bloody_rootz
9 years ago

I finished Uncharted 2 this week on hard, and man was that HARD! died so many times.

Been playing through AC: brotherhood alot on and off. I like it but i think i was having more fun with AC2. It could be just me but im finding alot of the CORE memories in AC: brotherhood annoying and always getting desynchronized, i do think the mission could have been structured a little better for the player. Still enjoying it and having fun in any case.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Now you've doe it on hard, try Crushing. You know the game pretty well now, so the difficult bit is adjusting to the slightly more difficult combat and the increased number of goons (well it *seems* like an increase).

Anyway, Crushing isn't much harder than Hard, and you get closer to a Platinum. Besides, it's a lot of fun.

JDC80
JDC80
9 years ago

Question: I'm not sure if this question has been asked but have you guys ever thought about an Youtube channel where you guys can give your thoughts about what's going on in gaming?

Personal gaming update: Took advantage of rent one and get another free deal at my local video store so I rented "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2" and "Castlevania: Lord of Shadows" but still playing through "Mass Effect 2" and "RDR: Undead nightmare."

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

"I'm not sure if this question has been asked but have you guys ever thought about an Youtube channel where you guys can give your thoughts about what's going on in gaming?"

That's probably going to happen.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

@Ben
You guys should make a tab here on psx so we can access directly from here.

kellett007
kellett007
9 years ago

how is RDR: undead nightmare?

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Are we going to have a new female reviewer?

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

What is the real story regarding "John Shepard"?

Nom de plume? Alias? Alternate account? Actual person? Character from Lost?


Last edited by Fane1024 on 1/30/2011 2:38:14 AM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Isn't he the Colonel on Stargate Atlantis? He must be taking writing gigs on the side when he has downtime between missions.

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

lol. Great one, Highlander.