I almost can't believe the fall rush is nearly upon us…September is hardly bare, and after that… Dear God.

MW3 vs. BF3…I'm totally on the fence

Not only am I on the fence concerning each game's potential quality ( Battlefield 3 may have the single-player edge while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 might have the multiplayer advantage), but I'm also unsure about all this campaigning. As I said when we reported on EA's bold statements , EA vs. Activision is starting to feel a lot like a political campaign…and it isn't a nice campaign. As time goes on, I can only imagine that the dirt will continue to fly and things may reach a fever pitch before either game drops. On the one hand, this feud is bound to draw huge attention from just about everywhere, and as they always say, any recognition is good for an industry.

Yeah, there's an argument against that, of course, but visibility is visibility. At the same time, I'm wondering if the mud-slinging really is good for gaming. In my eyes, EA vs. Activision is just a pissing match between two ridiculously wealthy corporations, each of whom are bound to make a barrel-full of money on their respective productions. Activision might make a few more barrels, but who cares? And what are we really arguing about at this point? I'm starting to lose interest.

So we're stuck with the new Dante, huh?

Being a big Devil May Cry fan, I was one of many who were none too pleased with Dante's new heroin-addict design. And for a while, I thought the backlash might be big enough for Ninja Theory to take notice, as Sucker Punch did when gamers called them out for Cole's unnecessary overhaul for inFamous 2 . But obviously, the Heavenly Sword developer is sticking with the new Dante . It's interesting to note, however, that Capcom is responsible for the fresh – albeit weird – look. So we need to make sure we direct our venom in the correct direction. But I only have one qusetion; it's the same question I had when I saw the new Cole: Why ?!

It just makes zero sense. Lara Croft's redesign for the Tomb Raider reboot does make sense, as they're going for a different sort of feel, atmosphere and style. And she's obviously still Lara. But we're supposed to believe that's a young Dante? And you're not really altering the action focus; why alter one of the most appealing aspects of the DMC series? Dante ?

Personal gaming update

Well, this is an interesting one. I didn't get a chance to completely finish Catherine because the end-of-summer upswing has already begun here at PSXE central. The four games I'm playing right now are:

Obviously, these games aren't out yet but reviews will be forthcoming when the embargoes lift. Just so you're not in the dark, the embargo for Deus Ex is up on Monday (expect a review for Tuesday), Origins is embargoed until August 29, and ICO/SotC is under embargo until September 8. There is no embargo for Disgaea 4 , though, so expect a review for that one this week.

And after that, Resistance 3 and Dead Island , among others. I'm glad there were only two games I couldn't finish ( Catherine and Dragon Age II ) before this mess began. Because the bottom line is that I won't be playing exactly what I want until the end of the year. Well, there will be plenty of times when work and pleasure mix, though, so… 😉

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Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

By the way, don't ask what I think of the unreleased games I'm playing, because I can't talk about them at all until the embargoes are up.

I'm basically under threat of death from Square Enix to not say anything about Deus Ex, but I'll risk this- I'm having lotsa fun. 🙂

La_Bete12
La_Bete12
9 years ago

I'm heavily debating buying Deus Ex. I just really wonder if it's worth the $60. did they ever say how long the storyline is?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

The PC reviews are favorable so I'm satisfied.
I want it.

La_Bete12
La_Bete12
9 years ago

eh, I usually don't trust PC Gamer's reviews.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I just don't trust PC gamers 😉

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

::cough:: excuse me…. ::cough::

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

ya know limited i dont think world meant to much towards you, other than not trusting bending over around you that is.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

haha, that is very much true.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Nobody trusts the elitist PCers. They're…not very bright. 😉

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Lol Ben, but there is no doubt they have better hardware than we do… Then again, doesn't mean gameplay or the game itself is any better does it?

🙂

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
9 years ago

*looking at my PC and silently weeping*

Teddie9
Teddie9
9 years ago

it's supposed to be like 25 if you breeze through it and 35 if you're interested in all the side quests/exploration.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

It isn't just the size of your hardware that matters; how you use it is equally, if not moreso, important. 😉

Also, that -IS- what she said.

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Very good UnderDog… we can all agree the PC has its own positive and negative points, but alas, we enjoy our PS3 more… and that is it for now until the PS4 arrives I guess 🙂

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Deus Ex Human Revolution:
PC: 94%
360: 93%
PS3: 80%

What's happening here!?


Last edited by Beamboom on 8/22/2011 4:55:50 AM

Riku994
Riku994
9 years ago

I didn't really pay attention to the whole Cole thing back at the accouncement of inFamous 2, what was the deal with that?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

For some reason they thought we would accept a douchebag that looked nothing like Cole but was instead a kind of X-games hero cross between Nathan Drake and Ashton Kutcher. We raged that we wanted our grizzled, gravel-voiced bald hero back and got about 90% of him back.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 8/20/2011 10:00:39 PM

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

I like the new one more now. =)

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

I didn't think much of the whole Cole debate, except for the voice issue!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

I007spectre
I007spectre
9 years ago

Well lets just consider for a moment now the fact that I have Battlefield 3 pre-ordered. But I will most likely just walk into a store and pick of COD MW3 on launch day. I am excited for both.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Might make more sense to just preorder both. No sense paying the five dollars tax on MW3.

backatcha00
backatcha00
9 years ago

It's a win win if you love shooters

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I like this MW3 BF3 feud. As a sideline spectator I find it highly amusing because CoD is long overdue for a real challenge. So sling your mud boys, I'll be happy to measure this pissing contest. It's good times.

I totally understand the fan backlash against Dante cuz I was a douche-Cole hater. I'm just glad I didn't have a huge attachment to the other Dante. He was cool but I like this new guy too. Honestly I prefer skinny heros that are unusually strong (Cloud) to beefy ones (Marcus Fenix). I used to change my hair color a lot, never had the guts to go white though 😉

This week I wrapped up Mirrors Edge, it was really cool but also really aggravating. I'm going through Vanquish and it's good but it's so generic I'm just gonna sell it when I'm done. After our discussions this week I put Assassin's Creed II in and restarted it. I have full identified my issues with it and am starting to reconcile them in such a way as to enjoy it for what it is. Thankfully for my ego I wasn't wrong, those issues are there and not my imagination. I'm glad to say I am liable to be a big fan once the gameplay is able keep up with me.

Can't wait for that Dead Island review. That's the only one that has to prove itself. I reeeeeally want it to be good.

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

World, it is mildly amusing yes… the reason for that is because we all know which is the better game 🙂

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

mike rlz
mike rlz
9 years ago

"ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection"

I'm so jealous right now

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

I'm glad I've held off playing either of them in the past few years, I look forward to playing both again in HD. Some of the best games ever.

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

Me too!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I still have no idea if either of them are my kind of game.

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

Just try the games World. There's a reason why they both have earned such high praise.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Try means buy though, and you know how that is.

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
9 years ago

Try before u buy, rent it first.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

There are no more rental stores and I don't wanna bother with Gamefly. I know, I'm stubborn, but no I don't care about free trials either.

Mayhaps I just wait for cheap. I'll be too busy anyway.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

Gamefly sucks. I had it for 6months and it always let me down. Whether it was the slow mailing process or the fact that they never had any of the new releases available for me. What's the point of making a top10 list of games I want when they always mail me the bottom 3 games. I finally gave up on the service and ended up buying GOW3 used off the site for $17 after waiting well over 3 months for them to mail the game to me.

You're better off with Redbox or Blockbuster.

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

@world

do what i do, borrow from gamestop. buy a used game then return it within 7 days. if you want it buy a new game. you can also the try before you buy at best buy. you tell them you want to try a game, they'll put it in a ps3 to play. if you want it they'll sell you the game you just opened. if not, nothing lost.

so far my 50 bucks allowed me to play portal 2, dynasty warriors gundam 2, record of agarest war zero, and captain america. and i still got my 50 bucks back.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

@John

I did that for a month until they caught on and threatened to ban me from the store. It was a few years ago and I found Amazon and haven't been back since.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Gamestop only replaces games, no refunds.

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

@LV

yeah, i try to not make it obvious that i'm doing that. theres a bunch of gamestops close to me so i just buy a game from one then return to another. i borrowed those games within a month though and they never said anything about it. i did tell them what i didnt like about the game, not necessary if i liked it or not. i also preorder from them to get the preorder bonus. when they ask why i'm returning the new game next day i just tell them i found a much better deal, what can they do about that?

@world

i buy the game used and take advantage of their used game policy. a gamestop manager actually turned me into this "borrowing" method. basically you buy a used game and have 7 days to return it for a full refund. their actual words to me is "buy a used game, if you dont like it, return it for a full refund within 7 days." so i buy it used, beat it within a week, return it and tell them a bs excuse about what i dont like about it and move on. you have to buy a used game from them to use this policy. if you want to be safe, just wait about a week between each purchase so they wont realize what you're doing. i dont see it as exploiting their system, its more like i'm taking FULL advantage of the options they give me.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

Just found out Netherealms Studio is here in Chicago, I'm wondering if they give tours.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

I'm from near Orland Park….I'd love a tour.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

"I'm Duke from Las Vegas and I say kill em all!"

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

When I finish my schooling I'm gonna try to apply there. Imma put together a portfolio and try to get in w/o a degree. But I hear that is rare, I'd have a better chance starting my own studio w/o a degree.


Last edited by main_event05 on 8/21/2011 1:17:38 AM

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

or so they say

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

You a pretty good coder Main?

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
9 years ago

I'm feelin' the Starship Troopers reference, World.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Love Duke Nukem's references, I yanked all the good ones out of the game and put em on my cell phone 🙂

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

Wow……………………………………………………………………………………..

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

I'm getting there. but my focus is back/foregrounds and character models. everything i know is self taught trial and error and i think i'm pretty good. which is why i'm reluctant to shell out 100k for schooling.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

Not sure how you can think MW3 has BF3 beat when it comes to MP when BF2 has better MP than MW3. Honestly, a game from 2005 has more features, better gameplay, and more playervsplayer than whats being offered in 2011 by Activision.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

I agree. Plus it's more like a war with all the vehicles included instead of just a few soldiers running around a small map like CoD. Nothing like getting pinned down, then looking up and seeing your tanks and air support headed your way.


Last edited by Geobaldi on 8/20/2011 11:48:08 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Maybe he thinks MW3 multiplayer will just be more popular.