Well, obviously, the big news is the return of the PSN , but we've got several articles for that. 🙂

Two games that might get me playing online

For the most part, I only play online when reviewing a game. I really don't care much about it outside of the job. However, there are two upcoming titles that might get me involved in online multiplayer: the first is Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception . The game will be amazing, and I have a feeling I'll want to indulge in as many ways as possible. Furthermore, with all those great enhancements Naughty Dog has scheduled, I'm really starting to like the sound of the multiplayer portion. The second game is the recently announced Starhawk . I really loved Warhawk ; probably put a good 50 hours into that. I know that's not a lot by online standards but it is for me .

The game looks like tons of fun, and I think Dylan Jobe and Co. really know what they're doing. Yeah, we have to wait until 2012 but hey, it's not like we won't have anything to play between now and then. Also, I should mention I'll be looking forward to the Resistance 3 and Battlefield 3 multiplayer. 🙂

You know what? Just stay away from ports

If you have the option, just stay away from ports. It seems to be a rule this generation. In the same way I'd recommend opting for the Xbox 360 version of Bayonetta (Sega did a crappy port for the PlayStation 3 version), I can't imagine why anyone would purchase the 360 version of L.A. Noire if they've got a PS3 at home. Team Bondi flat-out admitted Sony's console was the lead development platform for the game, and the 360 version – which has to go on 3 discs – is a port. Look, I have faith in the designers and those who have gone hands-on with the game say both versions are pretty close, but even so… One version seems to be the superior one and if we have the option, the choice is plain.

By the way, the review will be coming this week, along with a video commentary soon after.

Personal gaming update

Well, as of Monday, it'll be all about L.A. Noire . Beyond that, I'm still working on Final Fantasy IV on the PSP. Just so you know, with the PSN back, you can expect reviews for Brink and MotorStorm: Apocalypse between now and Wednesday; I can finally get online and finish up the analysis for both. Also, we probably shouldn't forget that inFamous 2 is only three weeks away, so… Yeah, mark your calendars. 🙂

Also, with the Network back, we're that much closer to our big announcement. Oh well…crap, I guess that was a hint, but it's still a vague hint, yes? 😉

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Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Great news about PSN. I look forward to being reconnected once again. And to Ben's review of Motorstorm.

I spent most the week playing Motorstorm.

This review describes it pretty well, I think 🙂
http://www.titanreviews.com/#/motorstormapocreview/4551430520

My "like new" copy of Batman showed up a few days ago from eBay. Like New as in stickered up Hollywood Video box and scratched up disc. At least it worked and installed to the HDD just fine. pheww.

Don't know what I want to start playing next. I think for now I;ll soak in more Motorstorm and randomly play stuff.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Nice plug my friend, and the review was great. I don't even dig motorsports but it had me interested.

Sorry u got swindled, I'd kill that guy in the ebay feedback


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 5/15/2011 9:13:40 AM

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

"That review was so good that even a guy like me, who hates looking at cars, can't wait to play it!"

You two shills are alright.

Kidding aside, it is a great review, Tem. But
I'm glad you stopped at 'Bad' and didn't include 'Ugly' in your summary. Ben's team of high priced lawyers would have been all over you.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

A great review indeed. Well written.

But… Why can't you guys just merge websites and make one helluva site?

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

Beautifully written review, Sensei Temjin. Imma pick it up.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

inspiration and imitation, the highest forms of flattery. Porkchop=jealous and power rangery

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Hey, thanks guys. We just follow Ben's "Master Yoda" lead. I don't actually know what I'm doing lol
Maybe we'll figure it out on the way.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Temjin001,
Just make sure to blast him with the worst negative feedback you can think of so the whole darn world can see he's a disreputable a-Hole.

Those few sellers like that that I've dealt with hate my guts, hee,hee,hee

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Thanks for that, Bikersaint. Though, I tend to be more inclined to just accept the loss and give him a positive mark with a very short text-ed experience.
But why?

Well, to protect the integrity of my own profile and feedback history.

He's in just as likely position to tag me with a negative if he so desired (even if it'd be un-true). For me to satisfy the desire of justification, I could diminish the reputation of my positive feedback history, thus, quite possibly, reducing say a maximum bid on a future listing I may sell.
I have to pick my battles, and seeing that the game does work and I paid real cheap for it, I don't think it's worth the fuss.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Temjin,

If the guy refutes my post, I just use a secondary link to go right back to his post & refute his refute.
I always get the last word & there's not a thing he can to it, and he can't re-refute my secondary negative post at him.

If you need/want it for the future, I'll hunt down where I have put my secondary link & I'll post it for ya.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

PSXE place in Home?

Danny007
Danny007
9 years ago

Ben Dutka bobbleheads available in the PS store?

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Has to be. Ben mentioned that he'd try to get something along those lines months and months ago.

leatherface
leatherface
9 years ago

that your gonna hack xbla?

booze925
booze925
9 years ago

@leatherface
that actually made me chuckle.
i give you props

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

That would be pretty cool World.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

It's been ages since I was in Home, has it become so large that websites can have their own rooms???
Man, back when I visited Home it was nothing but an arcade hall'ish place, a mall (with mostly non-functional shopping booths) and that's pretty much it!

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

Anyone can start a club and thus get a private space. It costs $5 if you are the club manager, but I think clubs are free to members (never joined one, though, so I may be wrong).

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Oh? What can you do in that club? Is it like a club house? Seems I have to pay Home a visit again!

Danny007
Danny007
9 years ago

My calendar is already marked for inFamous 2. I'm just scrambling to find money for that Hero Edition.

BIGRED15
BIGRED15
9 years ago

lol mark my calendar he says… C'mon its infamous 2 got that baby pre ordered

matt99
matt99
9 years ago

How annoying would that be to play a game that's on 3 discs? Reminds me of that part in MGS4 when Otacon comes on and jokingly tells you to switch discs and then proceeds to tell you why blu ray and the ps3 are so amazing, I got a kick out of that.

LittleBigMidget
LittleBigMidget
9 years ago

Well I don't think it would be annoying at all. Rockstar says you won't be switching discs mid game, and switching discs only takes up 0.00000000000008% of your play time.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Yeah I had a good laugh when that happened in MGS4.

It's sad though, the technology today and you still have to switch discs, I don't really mind it but come on now.


Last edited by Clamedeus on 5/15/2011 6:08:29 AM

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

I always like when people make the MGS4 reference when concerning disc swap as if this wasn't the same game that made you sit through an initial 10 minute install and 4 subsequent 5 minute installs. It would have been alot faster to get up and walk the 10-15 feet to swap a few discs out. Now that's irony, kids.


Last edited by PorkChopGamer on 5/15/2011 8:21:01 AM

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

@PORKCHOP

that's pretty ironic now that you bring it up. it was weird the way mgs4 handled installs. it should've been 1 big install upfront instead of breaking it up like they did. i have no idea why it was handled that way.

isn't their a way to install discs to the 360 hd anyways? that kind of helps.

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

My theory is the total install would have been 13 GB+ and back then some people still cared that there were 20 GB PS3 owners that didn't want to play only one game on their system. Even one as awesome as MGS4. Honestly, if there is one knock against Sony for me, it's that. They don't seem to want to help devs cut the installs down and they allow companies to forcibly install DLC you don't want(looking at you, EA) that's mandatory to continue playing the game with no regards to their customers' inconvenience.

You still need to swap discs, even after 360 install. I usually only install UE3 games because the textures load alot faster.

matt99
matt99
9 years ago

I know it's not that annoying to have a game on multiple discs, I was exaggerating to make the point that with the technology available we actually don't need to be changing discs, like Clamedeus said.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

ea is bad at it. probably the worse offenders out there. the way they handled me2 was a real pain to gain access to the interactive comic and add on missions. there was a huge install upfront, then you had to create an ea account to redeem your code to download the cerebus pack. the cerebus network was down for days, and i couldn't redeem my code to gain access to the add on missions that were already on the disc.

okay that's fine i'll just start my game and redeem the code later to get access to the add on missions. nope, had to restart my game once i redeemed my code. that really pissed me off.

it was stupid of ea to put some kind of online pass on me2. i know it's to cut into preowned sales, but it's kind of ridiculous. i guess if i traded my game in the next guy would have to pay $10 bucks for cerebus pack. the problem with that is the game was marketed as including all the add on content for ps3 owners.

short games spammed with day1 dlc, and ps3 multiplats are 2 of my biggest gripes of this gen. i told ea what i thought of it and they gave me a $20 code to use on their products at the psn store. that was nice of them. if crysis 2 had some kind of download pass i don't think i would have bouight it.

i will note that multiplats have come a long way on the ps3. me2 looked great on the ps3. leading with the ps3 seems to be the way to go when making games. the way they struggle porting games from the 360 is interesting. yet, they have no problems vice versa. that seems to indicate to me that 360 is obviously just as powerful as the ps3. the only limmitation the 360 suffers from is the dvd format. the ps3 is a powerful machine, but it takes a lot of talent to get the best out of it. i think kz3 might be the best looking game on the ps3. it makes other shooters look pretty ancient. obviously guerilla games is a very talented developer. that game deserves a lot more sales than it got. i don't understand why the shooter crazy us does not jump all over that game.

sorry for the long reply, i'm pretty wound up now that psn is back up. been playing a lot of kz3, and it is a real rush to finally go against human opponents. long live sony, and psn.

PAKINIPS
PAKINIPS
9 years ago

I'm looking forward to E3.
Love it

JDC80
JDC80
9 years ago

PGU: I trying to get all the trophies for Batman AA, trying to get half way through NHL still stuck in late December. NBA 2k11 I'm down to 30 games left in my season.

Tomorrow (may 15th)is my birthday so I'm hoping for MLB 11 the show and I also hope get my hands on L.A. Noire Monday or Tuesday from gamefly.


Last edited by JDC80 on 5/14/2011 11:32:51 PM

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Yay! PSN's back. Let's leave it at that, hmmk?

Uncharted 3 is way up on my list, but certainly not for the multiplayer. Starhawk is in a similar situation. I can't describe how glad I was to hear that it would include an SP campaign this time around, and I'm hoping that it does tackle themes of racism and segregation as it seems to have potential to do. Hey, at least it's another title for 2012. Next year's already starting to look really good.

Heh. Ports. I'm thinking that whatever Insomniac's EAP project is will be ported for the 360. But still, ports to the 360 generally work far better than ports to PS3. Shame really, though I'm glad to hear that more devs are either developing the versions alongside one another or leading on the PS3. Means that games will get better.

Personal Update:
Should finish Purgatory sometime this week, and then onto Paradise.
Just finishing off the challenges for Sly 3 before I post up my review of the Trilogy then head into inFamous territory. I think it'll be fun to see how Sucker Punch moved from one to the other.
And I'm not about five hours into FFIV. It's all good.
Peace.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

:O Just scored the Platinum on Sly 3, which completes the collection. Let me just say that if that Sly 4 teaser is a target render… That is frackin' beautiful. Damn, I hope that it's a work in progress over at Sucker Punch… even if that means that inFamous is finished after 2. Sly is too bloody good, and I'd like to see where it all goes after that ending…

SUCKER PUNCH IS AWESOME!!
Sorry for that outburst.

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
9 years ago

This is by far the best week of the year for Playstation. First, Starhawk is announced, then PSN is restored.

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

I know, right? That's part of the reason so many sites have been harping on the psn-outage as much as they have been. With Uncharted 3, inFamous 2, Resistance 3, LBP2, GT5, MotorStorm Apocolypse this year, clearly the xbot camp needs more than just Gears3 to fuel their agenda.

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

Oops. I read your comment wrong. I thought you were saying this is the "best year of Playstation". And I also forgot to mention KZ3 amongst the exclusives of this year.

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

Starhawk is looking really AAA, so though I never played the prequel, I'll get Warhawk for preparation (and for 9.99 at a lot of places, seems like a super deal).

I finished Portal 2 last weekend, which I enjoyed, and I'll be playing the mp now that the psn is backup. I finished Spiderman:SD this weekend, which IMO is a highly underrated title. People tend to compare it with Batman:AA, and although it takes plenty of cues from it, with the latch point indicators, alternative vision modes, the Noire levels and especially the final boss; the awesome scale and set pieces (very GOW3-esque), and freedom in movement and battle, and variety in level design put it in a class of it's own. Moreover, you actually feel like it is a comic book that has sprung to life.

Don't get me wrong. Batman:AA is one of the best multiplatform titles out there, I just enjoyed Spiderman:SD more. And I'm not a fan of one comic book hero over the other, nor am I even into comic books for that matter (though I dabbled with it in my preteen years, never following a series, but more because I loved drawing and art).

Speaking of comic book heros, I picked u Wolverine from Newbury comics today, on the cheap for 16.99. I know that doesn't support my previous disclaimer, but I saw the price, and I've heard only good things about it.

So many games, so little time.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Do it up! Warhawk is very fun to play.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

If you liked Unreal you'll love Warhawk. Although I doubt there is a lot of players on Warhawk nowadays?
Remember, no campaigns in Warhawk…

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

Just finished Wolverine. Though ranking 3rd, IMO, amongst the likes of Batman:AA, and Spiderman:SD, it still rocked. Definitely the most violent game of the bunch, and most violent game I've played since NG2. It's surprisingly lengthy, with plenty of creative touches and variety, and like Darksiders and Castlevania:LOS, it takes plenty of cues from all it's forefathers in the genre. Also like Darksiders and C:LOS, it even gives a nod to Portal. You get to find the cake, in a secret room entered by using a portal, and there's graffiti that says "the cake is not a lie".

sirbob6
sirbob6
9 years ago

I have been busy farming in Demon's Souls. I can't wait for dark Souls to come out and will pre-order the normal/collectors addition ASAP.

Starhawk looks really good. Kinda reminds me of a mix between Star Wars: Battlefront and Starcraft. It will be on my list, which is now growing out of control.

Can't wait for inFamous. I have been checking its website frequently for updates but when the updated it recently it became all messed up. Can't beieve it is only three weeks away. Will be a great 'Welcome Summer' game.

Really glad that the PSN is back up. I don't use much outside of weekends but it is so annoying to listen to my xbot co-workers rail against it non-stop for the past three weeks. I finally broke down into a thirty minute rant about how great my baby is compared to their little xboxs. The look on their faces was classic, took a picture of it and its now my PS3 wallpaper.


Last edited by sirbob6 on 5/15/2011 12:47:28 AM

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

I have my preorder for infamous 2 in at best buy, the hero edition of course. With my gift card from purchasing a ps3 slim and my reward zone money from being a gamer I'll only have to pay $30 out of pocket for the hero edition.

Now that's a release day price I can fall in love with.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

PGU: well since PSN was down I opted to play sone older games I havnt played in a while like Pixel Junk Monsters, and Burnout paradise, among some others. Now that it's up I gotta run out and purchase Socom 4, and that'll probably be in a week or so cause come Tuesday it's LA Noire.

I feel overwhelmed that the PSN is up in Oregon finally, the last few weeks were nothing compared to the announcement that it would be up by region just hours ago.

Ultimate_Balla
Ultimate_Balla
9 years ago

PGU; Finished acii last week. . . Just collecting the feathers then I'll plat it. Imma try playing castlevania next. Free time is near non-existant nowadays. I.m really enjoying mk9 but can't put 300+ hrs into it.

Ain't planning on buying anything anytime soon. But i'll read most all the reviews to see which games i'll eventually get.

LittleBigMidget
LittleBigMidget
9 years ago

Just played a match of UC2 MP, got my ass kicked, but man it is fun to be back on psn

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

PGU

PSN is back.

The world is still turning.

My CC number is still safe.

My new password is lots longer and more complex than my old one. I suggest everyone uses a pass-phrase instead of a password. Simply choose a short phrase you can easily remember, add a numeric prefix and/or suffix, and stick a capital letter on the front of it. Nice and long, easy to remember and difficult to crack thanks to the length.

Now, once I check out Home, I'll fire up Uncharted 2 for the heck of it…

___________
___________
9 years ago

its not back.
cant get in with my JP, AU,US, or UK account.
im looking forward to the uncharted 3 beta, almost fainted when i saw the press release saying all EU copies of infamous 2 will be coming with a uncharted 3 beta code.
what?
sonys actually giving EU beta codes?
impossible, its always only for the US!
aaaaaaaaaaaanyway, hopefully this time ND dont screw up the MP!
hopefully they bring back the co-op modes they were so much fun………. when they worked!
i wish sony would stop being so god dam tight a$$ed and give us dedicated servers!
M$ are doing it for gears 3!
if THQ one of the worlds smallest companies can foot the bill, then surely one of the worlds largest companies can!

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

it was by state in the US when psn went back online. started with northeast then cali then jumped back to south east coas then pretty much every other west coast states then mid us, hawaii, alaska. the psn restoration was just for US and europe psn. other regions are later.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

@_____

That's not true they have given Beta codes to Europe first, that's false.

It was one game that I can't remember but I know for a fact they had Europe in the Beta first, then USA.


Last edited by Clamedeus on 5/15/2011 6:13:47 AM

RadioHeader
RadioHeader
9 years ago

"i wish sony would stop being so god dam tight a$$ed and give us dedicated servers!M$ are doing it for gears 3!"

megalol