Posts Tagged ‘Playstation 3’

29 million GTA V sold

October 30, 2013

GTA V has broken all records and shattered all expectations. It is the most financially successful entertainment product and it’ll be very, very interesting to see what kind of product it will take to dethrone these achievements.

I myself cannot believe these sale numbers. They are out of this world. Rockstar must be laughing all the way to the bank as they have the next five GTA productions costs covered already thanks to GTA V. Plus some nice bonuses to their personal wallets, of course. And Christmas isn’t even here yet. And the PC version isn’t out yet. Will they break 35 million? I think so.

Congratulations to Rockstar as this success is well deserved for not going with the safe and easy route and making another GTA in Liberty City. The amount of polish and detail in GTA V is unrivaled and they have earned all their records. Once again, congratulations.

Money’s raining all over GTA V.

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PS3 outsells Xbox 360 for the first time in 32 months

October 18, 2013

PS3 has dethroned the Xbox 360 from its insane streak of 32 months as the best-selling console in the United States.

It’s likely that the GTA V / PS3 bundle is one of the primary reasons behind this and maybe even the fact that PS4 is getting such positive feedback.

Where are my game purchases?

July 25, 2013

I’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding which games I have been buying. since I used to update about that here on the blog but don’t anymore, it’s a logical question. And there’s a simple reason for that: I haven’t bought a single game in a long time.

I’ve been consistently playing the Dota 2 beta and now the full game for two years. Since that game is free to play, it really doesn’t count as a purchase. My last purchase was actually made in August 2012, that’s almost exactly a year ago. The game that I purchased back then was Guild Wars 2, which I played for a few months and had a blast with, but it didn’t hold up in the long run due to many, many reasons. And I haven’t bought a single game since. Wow.

Console gaming? Not a chance. I’ve said numerous times that I grew tired of the current generation due to old and outdated graphics and AI, so I haven’t touched a console game since like 2010. But that will change this year with the launch of Xbox One.

However, my next game purchase won’t be on the Xbox One, it’ll be a PC title yet again, yes, I am a PC gamer at heart. Which title is my first game purchase in two years? Battlefield 4. I have high expectations for it and I know it will deliver 100, maybe even 200 hours of crazy action in the most gorgeous visuals that I have ever seen. I already have several friends who are picking it up so I know it’ll be some rare and hilarious memories formed. Plus that China expansion pack looks wicked. Very excited for that title, and I hope they fixed all the issues that BF3 had in the sequel.

BF3 was great and gorgeous, but severely flawed.

DmC: Devil May Cry

February 2, 2013

It has been a really long time since I last reviewed a game. Especially a single player game. And it has been a while since I even completed a single player game, as you know, Dota 2 killed console gaming for me and made me lost 90% of my interest in offline gaming. But some of that passion resurrected after a long break and I managed to finish the fifth and latest installment of the Devil May Cry franchise.

I was very skeptical towards this game. The redesign of Dante was something that I originally hated. But then I grew used to it. After all, his personality and general awesomeness was still there. Also this is the first DmC game that Capcom didn’t develop but Ninja Theory did. Ninja Theory have honestly done a better job than Capcom at almost every thing. The story makes sense and is something I cared to follow. The world is dark and demonic, especially when you are in the demon alternate world called limbo. Yes, Japanese developers have lost their edge for sure.

With this game, Ninja Theory wanted to stress the demons versus angels story and also the relationship between life and death – limbo. This was done brilliantly and felt amazing. Never before have I been intrigued or interested in these types of games, but here I was. I really hope that they get to do another sequel and continue with this style and direction because this is exactly what Devil May Cry franchise needed. It was all split out before and made zero sense and had virtually no story, and that’s not good for any AAA franchise.

In typical Devil May Cry fashion, the soundtrack is an important part when fighting thousands of demons and in DmC things don’t disappoint. The hard rock soundtrack delivers and keeps my blood flowing throughout each fight. Just like it should be. Also, the voice acting is great and the lines are far less cheesier than in previous installments. So speaking from the sound department, this are pretty much outstanding.

But all know that the hack n slash genre isn’t about music or story, it’s about fighting and the combat system. DmC delivers on those parts too. They feel very much like a Devil May Cry game and they do so in a good way and add new weaponry and mechanics. Perhaps a tad too much of exploration/jumping around for my taste, but hey, it was still an enjoyable ride. The combos chained together were real fun to perform and the enemies were plenty and varied in terms of weapons, attacks and tactics which made for a very joyful experience. My biggest complaint here is that the game was a bit too easy perhaps, I played on the standard difficulty level and pretty much only died once in a boss fight because I was lazy.

Bottom line is that this game is awesome. Despite being a single player game I managed to finish it due to the amazing story of angels and demons and the badness that Dante possessed. My love for games is coming back – even offline/single players ones. A game like this is not to be missed by any fan of the franchise or genre. With its compelling story and limbo world, solid combos, enemies and satisfying visuals, Ninja Theory may very well have outdone Capcom themselves.

Rating: 8 out 10

The ladies love Dante, and I must admit, he’s a cool guy.

F3AR

July 30, 2011

I return to the FEAR universe for a third time and leave disappointed. I really liked FEAR 2 but the same thing cannot be said about F3AR.

Graphically speaking, F3AR doesn’t impress at all. Neither does the gameplay. Nor the horror moments. In fact, nothing about F3AR is impressive.

FEAR is associated with being a shooter mixed with horror. F3AR does not offer any horror, okay, maybe like one moment in the game is fairly scary and moody, but that’s for only like five minutes and that’s it. Other than that, the horror moments are more annoying than scary which is a huge deal-breaker. Also, the story seems to fall apart in my eyes and really is nothing special and more of a loony toon story than anything, which is too bad as I was looking forward to finding out more about Alma.

If you look at the game as a straight up shooter with a multiplayer and co-operative component it is passable. It offers fairly decent action in a way that is expected from a shooter and like I mentioned earlier, it tries to differ itself by adding some horror which it fails miserably at. The game feels like it is trying to capture more of that shooter market rather than the horror market which in my eyes is the biggest mistake they made in the development cycle.

They added a lot of new things into F3AR, such as a level system and point system which is all well and good but it really doesn’t do anything to the experience. It is something you quickly forget about and ignore. Like if you use a full slow-mo bar three times in one level you get a few extra points but that’s about it. Those points are more or less useless and they only level you up in which you get more health. Gimmicks that are quickly forgotten.

Since the game is very bland and not scary at all, it is best to play it with a friend. At least that way you can have fun together and make the experience better than it really is by goofing around and doing some strange things. Otherwise F3AR is nothing more than a passable game that doesn’t impress at all on any levels. If you find it for the cheap  ($19.99 or less) and you want to have some fun with your friend that differs itself slightly from most shooters, F3AR might be worth of a shot. The game is very short around 5-6 hours and won’t take too much of your time.

Closing comments

Unfortunately F3AR fails to live up to the hype. It also fails to impress and do anything memorable. It is a passable shooter in terms of action quality, multiplayer, and co-operative play but nothing more. It offers nothing that makes it worthy of a $59.99 price tag and be your choice in the vastly competitive shooter market. Save your money and go for Battlefield 3 or Call of Duty

Rating: 6 out of  10

L.A. Noire

June 15, 2011

Prepare for a different kind of game. Prepare for Los Angeles in 1947. Prepare for corruption and violence. Prepare for a real America. Prepare for L.A. Noire.

You take on the role as detective Cole Phelps, a rookie in the police force but slowly work your way all the way to the top in a great thriller story.

Graphically speaking, the game offers some world exclusives. Team Bondi has used new facial technology to be able to produce the most accurate and impressive interpretations of the human face ever. All the details like twitching, the eyes, and so much more is there and it is vital to the gameplay as you often have to read the suspects body language and determine whether they are lying or not. A very impressive achievement for Team Bondi and L.A. Noire. Other than that, the game looks good but fairly standard for a sandbox game and it will not wow you or anything like that.

In a game where you conduct interviews a lot and that is driven on conversations, voice acting has to be top-notch and I am glad to say that it is just that. All the voice actors are doing a fantastic job and it feels believable and realistic. The gunfire sounds accurate and heavy and the music is authentic to LA and truly old school. One thing that I thought was a rather huge miss was the fact that there was no radio station to cycle through music while driving and the same tune over and over gets old eventually, even though it is very good.

The innovations continue with the gameplay. Doing detective work is a lot of fun although it can get repetitive for some I am sure, but that’s just real life. You investigate, shoot, and question. That’s the essential life of the game and it works great and is a nice change from just running and gunning or hacking and slashing.  One key ingredient is missing though to truly perfect the game. Kinect support. You will be lifting up one million things and turning and twisting them, and I can only imagine how much cooler and smoother it would be with Kinect while doing the actual motion with my hand in real life. Kinect support in the future? I’d play through the game once again just because of that, but like I said, it was a huge miss according to me.

Even though you play the game with an AI partner at all times, there is no co-op or online capabilities whatsoever. Normally, I would have bashed the game all the way to the stone age for that, but in this case, I truly understand and see the game as a true single-player experience. Would it been nice if they had some special co-op missions where you and your partner share 50/50 on the questions etc? Yes, it would have been very nice. I’m not going to lie. Even though it was a great experience to play through it by myself, I don’t see myself playing any more single-player games that span more than 10 hours. I just don’t have the time or energy for it anymore.

Closing Comments

L.A. Noire is a phenomenal game that offers a new and fun gameplay style. A true thriller with a long and deep story spanning over 20 hours if you do nothing but the main plot. Add to that that there are great side missions with variety and more cases coming in form of downloadable content, the game’s value is undeniable. The face capture motion scanning is unrivaled and I am sure that we will see it in other games as well as it truly is the best facial animations and expressions available. If you are looking for some amazing detective work in a top-quality game, look no further than to L.A. Noire.

Rating: 9 out of 10

Duke Nukem: Forever

June 10, 2011

After 14 years Duke Nukem: Forever is available to gamers. The game that has been somewhat of a joke and at the same time a legend. The game no one thought would ever be released but now it is. And I have had to fortune to spend some time with it.

Immediately when the game comes on Duke’s macho attitude is shown and I get the feeling that I am back in Dreamcast days. With other words, it feels very, very old and outdated. I didn’t expect the graphics to be good, but this is just ridiculous. The gameplay is off, buggy, slow, and just… old. It feels once again, like something that came out in the Dreamcast era. The AI is terrible and the sound effects are horrible. Not a good start for Duke.

But there is good in this terrible game. The humor is spot-on and Duke does what is expected from him. He charms the ladies, he is alpha, the gets laid and has a nice attitude. But unfortunately that doesn’t justify a $59.99 pricetag to be honest. No, Duke Nukem: Forever should have been released on Xbox LIVE Arcade for $19.99 instead and then it’d been fair and a fun thing. I am sure that this game will not score above 60% on metacritic and GameRankings, but people still will buy it for the legend that is Duke.

Duke is the definition of alpha male.

Portal 2

May 14, 2011

When Valve went out and said that this game was their best singleplayer game yet my hype truly went through the roof. I mean, they have titles like Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, and Left 4 Dead behind them. And this game is better than all of those?

Usually for Valve games I tend to complain on the graphics and how they look old immediately and outdated thanks to the use of the ancient dinosaur engine that is Source Engine. Take Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 and as well as Half-Life 2: Episode Two, for an instance. Surprisingly enough, I did not feel like that with Portal 2. Most likely because the environments are so small and bland that the Portal gun can get a boost and look good, which games like Left 4 Dead and Episode Two could not do. So for running on an ancient engine that came out before the wheel did, Portal 2 actually looks good. Wow, feels weird to say that.

Sound-wise Portal 2 truly shines and excels. Wheatley is one of the best voiced characters that I have ever encountered and so are two other characters in the game as well. And what made the first Portal so popular with the humor and song is still here and it is even better than in the first game.

Some people don’t know what to expect from Portal 2, and that’s fair. It’s a rather unique game from first-person perspective where you shoot two portals on walls and walk through them. It sounds very boring and uneventful, but it is not. A lot of things happen in between and shooting these portals will require some puzzle-solving skills and a keen eye. Though this game feels slightly easier than the first one, this one still offers a challenge and a much longer singleplayer experience than the first game. To keep it fresh Valve also added three completely new gameplay mechanics in form of gels. The blue, white, and red. These gels have different functions, such as the blue makes you bounce while the red makes you go very fast and you have to incorporate these to progress through the game.

Playing with your friends is a humanright in 2011, and in fact, was already back in 2006, and any game that doesn’t offer that feature will suffer significantly in my grading scale. Fortunately Portal 2 realizes this and offers a very fun and interesting co-op experience with fun and smart achievements for it as well. Together with your friend you have a combined of four portals instead of the usual two to shoot and you don’t have to be a doctor to realize how much that changes the puzzles and thinking progress. Co-operation is essential and without a friend that knows what he is doing you will not get anywhere. Also GlaDOS is there to observe the whole thing and point out which one of you is doing better and which one of you isn’t contributing to science as much and it is hilarious. You will laugh many times both in singleplayer and co-op.

Closing comments

Portal 2 is a very complete experience. It offers some interesting puzzles, although I feel that they are easier now than before, and some unrivalled comedy and humor. Add to all that some great co-op that will offer your many hours of laughter, and you begin to see the value of Portal 2. If you like puzzles and laughter, you cannot go wrong with this game. Portal 2 will only expand with downloadable content planned and the first piece will be free, which means that there will be more than one update. Valve are known for supporting their games years after release, and if this is the case again, expect much more puzzle solving.

Rating: 9 out of 10

Crysis 2

April 9, 2011

I’m going to get right to the point. Crysis 2 is masterful. It is also the best looking console game out there and very well could be the best looking PC game as soon as the DX11 patch is released for the PC version. While those things are nice, the gameplay still needs to be sound and keep a high level. Does it? The answer is yes.

Let’s get the graphical aspect of the game covered first as it’s such a big and important part of the Crysis franchise. The first Crysis became the benchmark and graphic monster when it was released. Hardcore gamers bought graphics cards and bragged “it can run Crysis” or asked “Can it run Crysis?” when talking about powerful computers. Therefore, it is no surprise that Crysis 2 is expected to follow similar footsteps. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it is the best looking game for the consoles. On the PC the game is even more beautiful and I have yet not seen a better looking game there either and this while the game is still running on DX9 instead of DX11. Crytek chose the consoles as the primary development version and therefore the PC suffered its DX11 expected standard. But like I said, it still looks significantly better on the PC.

Leaving the tropical jungle for the big apple New York City was a good choice in my eyes. I honestly hate running around palm tress and beaches while killing enemies. It just does not make sense. Why would wars take place in sunny paradises instead of highly populated cities with economical targets available? What’s there to sabotage on the beach in middle of nowhere? New York City looks great despite it being completely demolished by aliens. Some of the moments that you will see will make you say wow. I promise that. Other than that, the story is pretty straight forward: save New York.

What makes Crysis 2 stand out from the rest of the military shooters is of course the Nano suit. This suit gives you incredible powers in form of strength, speed, and health regeneration and armor. Oh yeah, it can also make you invisible for a short period of time. So it’s a pretty cool piece of equipment that comes in hand quite a lot during your rescue of New York City. It feels good to be vastly superior to regular soldiers and most of the aliens, although some of them in the later stages of the game will have weapons and abilities to make your life challenging even with the Nano suit functions such as stealth.

The singleplayer campaign is over 10 hours depending on how much you want to rush it. It is fun, entertaining and gives you a good sense of what you can expect in the multiplayer. Once again Crysis 2 delivers on what we have come to expect from shooters. Cinematic story, explosive action, vehicle sections, dramatic moments and betrayal. Everything is there to make the singleplayer experience feel complete and satisfying.

While the singleplayer is excellent the multiplayer is where Crysis 2 truly shines. Developed by Crytek UK, it was expected to hold a high standard and I am glad to say it surpassed that standard by a mile. Everything you expect from shooters these days you have. Unlocks, levels, classes, customization, perks, and ranking systems. Different game modes for different levels and everything is there. All the maps are great and I have yet to play on a map that I didn’t absolutely love. It is that good, seriously. The only complaint that I have with the multiplayer is the poor balancing issue. I myself have hit level 16 and was tossed with players that were level 6, 8, 9, and 11 against level 43, 37, 24, and 22. Slightly odd? I think so. Needless to say, my team did not understand the concept of Crashsite. Hopefully this is something that will be balanced and fixed in future patches.

Closing Comments

Crysis 2 is a complete package. It delivers a fantastic singleplayer experience for those who yet have not entered the 21st century and shy away from multiplayer, and it offers a phenomenal multiplayer experience that dominates both Halo and Call of Duty in my eyes. Add to that that it also is the best looking console game by far, you truly cannot ignore the value and greatness of Crysis 2. The improvements made from Crysis to Crysis 2 are tremendous and almost unreal. Crytek have done an excellent job and they surely have earned every shooter fan’s money. Go get your Nano suit today.

Rating: 9 out of 10

Welcome to New York. Enjoy your stay.

A Few Hours With Dead Space 2

January 29, 2011

Dead Space was a fantastic game and a sequel was inevitable. Finally the sequel has come with Dead Space 2 and the necromorphs are once again back and are spreading terror and horror across space.

Although my Dead Space 2 journey only just has begun, I cannot restrain myself from praising it. It’s simply that good. It might very well be the best horror game this generation. I am serious, it is that good.

This time I am playing the game on my PC with 5.1 surround sound system along with the beautiful resolution of 1920×1080 and boy does that make a huge difference, especially the speakers. I keep turning around all the time to see if anything’s behind me because of various sounds emitting from my back-left and back-right. Wicked mind games from EA with this game I tell ya.

Well, it’s time for me to return to space and continue this psychotic journey as Isaac Clarke. Expect a review later on when I am done.  No rush though, this will be a game I take my time with. It deserves it. Also, I bought the Ipad version of Dead Space and it’s fantastic as well. It looks better than any Wii game I have seen. If you don’t own a strong PC or Xbox 36o/PS3 you should definitely pick up Dead Space for the Ipad or Iphone.

Dead Space could emerge as one of the greatest horror franchises if EA play their cards right with Dead Space 2.