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Just got a PS3 today.

    I've been looking for a PS3 ever since it dropped in price a few weeks ago. I finally got my hands one one today. Along with it, I got component cables (was gonna get HDMI, but since I switch between my non-HDMI tv in my room and my parents bigass 61" screen, I decided to go with components), an extra controller, and Resistance: Fall of Man. I also have Ratchet & Clank Tools of Destruction coming thru Amazon, and I'm still undecided about MGS4 and Uncharted.

    So far, I like it. It has a nice interface and some sharp graphics (I was playing the Pure demo a moment ago and it looks much more sharper/colorful than the Xbox 360 version). Resistance is pretty cool, too. I hated the beginning, but it got much better after I got to the part where you start to regain your lost health (ala Halo) 'cause I suck at shooters that don't implement that mechanic. 
    the only gripe I have so far about it are the Installs for demos and stuff. On Xbox 360, you just DL a demo and load it up. here, you have to download it, and then manually install it (and wait for it to install, you can't do anything else, or at least I don't think you can). Anyways, thats all. Back to playing some kickass games!

I got Spore today...sort of.

    I came home today with Spore only to find out that this game has SecuRom on it and only allows 3 ONLY 3 installs. ARE YOU FUCKIN' SHITTIN' ME, EA? This game looks great, but I absolutely refuse to play a game where I have to re-authenticate my copy every 10 fucking days with 3 installs. This pisses me off more than blatant in-game advertising. Is this the new trend now? Punishing people for buying your game? and it's not like pirates are having trouble. If anything, It is only encouraging people to pirate the game as it seems like a breeze to play with the cracked DRM.

    If this is the kind of treatment PC games are gonna be getting from now on, You can consider PC gaming dead, because this is insane. I realize EA is trying to protect their game, but in the end, they are only hurting themselves and their fans. It's needless to say now, but I am definitely returning this game first thing in the morning. Until EA can solve its little problem, I will not be buying this game, and I urge others to do the same.

Pure demo: wow...

So I just finished playing through the Pure demo that was released today, and I had a blast. Its only one race (two races if you count the tutorial race, but whatever) it's like SSX on ATV's: big air and insane tricks all while racing through big, colorful stages. Throw in a custom soundtrack (yay Xbox 360!), customizable atv's, and 16-player online racing, and you have a kick ass game. I can't wait to get my hands on the full version.


I have a lot to catch up on before October hits.

    After getting an  Xbox 360 last Christmas, I've been slowly catching up on all of the titles I've missed. Halo 3, Gears of War, GTA IV, Mass Effect, The Orange Box, and Bioshock. There's still a lot I need to catch up on. On top of that, I plan get the new 80gb PS3 sometime in September (I tried to get one yesterday but best buy was sold out of them) and catch up on some PS3 games before October hits. Luckily, I've been saving up my dough. I cannot believe how many cool games are coming out in October:

Rock Band 2
Far Cry 2
Fallout 3
Motorstorm: Pacific Rift
Castlevania: Order of Ecclasia
Dead Space
I don't know about you, but thats a shitload of games for me. And the month after that:
Resistance 2
Gears of War 2
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of The New World.
And then on top of that, you still have some ? games that don't have a solid release date yet like Megaman 9, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD, and the new Prince of Persia.
This looks like its gonna be another great year for gaming.

Dear Sony, Do not make any more SKU's

This post actually has to do with the PS3, but GB's tag system isn't working with platforms at the time.
    Heres the dilemma: I want a PS3, however, I also want a good deal. That is why I did not buy one at launch. I was going to wait for a price drop. Instead, what they did was axe and strip. They axed one SKU, stripped another SKU and rereleased it at a lower price. That in addition to most of the PS3-exclusive titles making their way to the Xbox 360 led to my delay in getting one.

    Finally, when they announced the new 80gb model at $399, I decided to get one. Yeah, I'm pissed at the lack of PS2 BC, but I still have an old PS2 sitting around the house. Then, right before the new SKU comes out, they announce a bigger, better bundle for $499 featuring a HDD twice as big, Uncharted: Drakes Fortune, and Pain (well its a voucher for Pain, but you still end up with 2 free games). Well, shit, obviously thats the better buy. But come November, what if they release a newer, better SKU? And how will I know they won't release a newer, better, possibly even cheaper SKU afterwards? Sony really needs to pick a SKU and stick with it. What the hell is wrong with price cuts? And why sell a stripped console? None of the feats that were stripped really bother me other than the PS2/1 BC. I have reason to believe that Sony axed PS2 BC because the PS2 is still selling (and making them lots of money, but not balancing out the loss of the PS3 manufacturing costs.), unlike the Xbox and GameCube which got discontinued shortly after their successors. That is the only logical explanation. I'm getting way ahead of myself. Point is, I hope this next SKU thats coming out in November is THE LAST ONE.

UPDATE: screw it, I'm gonna go with the lower 80GB model. I'm not waiting until November for a bigger hdd. I'll just put this in it, since upgrading the ps3 hdd looks fairly easy.

Halo Combat Evolved: My thoughts

So after months of having an Xbox 360, I thought it was finally time to experience the groundbreaking franchise on the platform. I had played Halo years ago on the PC (mostly multiplayer mode), but never on the Xbox, mainly since I didn't have one, and the thought of playing an FPS back then without a mouse and keyboard was unnatural to me. Recently, that changed when I played the Bioshock demo and suddenly had the urge to play some console FPS'. I figured what a better place to start than with Halo: Combat Evolved, since it was a highly praised console FPS and it was downloadable via XBLM. 

I was a little disappointed that it came up in 4:3 display instead of covering up the entire screen when I loaded it up, but I soon forgot all about it as I started to get sucked into the game. I chose normal difficulty, thinking I could handle a little challenge. As I played, I began to realize what all the fuss was about. For a game thats almost 7 years old, it has some pretty nice graphics; the aiming system is spot-on as well, and it has a pretty good soundtrack. 

Sci-Fi isn't exactly my cup of tea, but I enjoyed the story. Difficulty-wise, the Normal difficulty seemed about right. It wasn't too hard or too easy. That is, of course, until I ran into these little bastards called The Flood.

My first encounter with The Flood kinda creeped me out. These hideous abominations of God coming up and whackin on me, taking away nearly half of my shield; and those ever-so-annoying, headcrab-like things crawling all around the room made them a fucking CHORE to kill. Since most of these things creep up on you and and hit you rather than shoot at you, it put a big dent in my ammo and health. At some point in the game, I thought I was going crazy because I could've sworn these things seem to spawn out of thin air, and they never seem to truly die, which makes it a fucking CHORE to get through some stages.

There is a major spoiler ahead, so if you haven't beaten the game yet, stop reading or skip the next paragraph.

After the Flood started appearing, there were some areas where I would just 'nade my way through the masses, hoping to reach a checkpoint or a health pack. There came a point in time where I had to rescue the captain from the Covenant's ship, only to find out he's been infected by the Flood. 30 minutes later, I said 'Screw this" and turned it off, because it is damn near impossible to get past the flood AND the new black covenant troops. Mind you I'm only playing through normal difficulty, God only knows how hard these assholes are on Legendary.

I figure "y'know what, I've played through a decent portion of the game and have seen what it has to offer". I'm not in any way bashing the game; It's a solid FPS that pulls off alot of gameplay innovations well. I think that if the Flood's annoyingness (thats right, i said it) was turned down a notch, I might've played the game through entirely. I've heard they're not so much of an annoyance in Halo 3 as they are in Halo 1, so thats good news.

In the end, I enjoyed what I played of Halo: Combat Evolved. I'll definately pick up Halo 2 and Halo 3, hopefully the Flood will be much less of an annoyance.
UPDATE: Well I finally beat Halo. Its an excellent game for its time, the only real gripe is that the driving controls are extremely wonky, and it makes it extremely evident during the final scene of the game. I surprisingly escaped by the skin of my teeth.