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I picked up Final Fantasy XIII this last week for the 360. Overall, I’m enjoying it. The battle system is different, but still accessible, the graphics are beautiful, and I like the main characters, which is always a make or break situation with me when it comes to these titles. If I don’t like the cast, I usually don’t finish the game. I have a feeling that I’m going to see this one through to the end, and I look forward to when the game “opens up” like the reviews say, as I’m in a fairly linear part of the game.

One thing I don’t get, however, are the “PS3 Vs. 360” graphic debates. Such debates are not lost on me, having been there for the SNES and Genesis days. This is also the first multi-platform Final Fantasy main entry, so there is actually a basis of comparison.

Back in the 16-bit days, some titles were easy to spot for the “superior” version. The SNES version of Mortal Kombat II, for example, won out due to its better sound quality and more robust color palette. Going back ever farther, “Atari 2600 Vs. Intellivision” had some Read the rest of this entry

E3 ’08 Rolls Around.

I love E3 time. I’ve been to more than my fair share of the shows (’96-’00, ’02-’04 and ’06). It’s changed a lot from those days of huge booths, booth babes, parking lot parties with midgets, and just that general feeling of “Disneyland For Gamers”.

This year looks to be no different, despite the fact that it’s smaller and more subdued (but at least not that “experiment” they attempted last year). But it’s certainly started out strong, especially for Microsoft.

Let me just say: “Holy crap” for the Final Fantasy XIII announcement for the 360. Square leaves Nintendo for greener pastures way back when, and while completely not cutting the umbilical cord this time, the fact that a proper Final Fantasy game is going somewhere else other than a Playstation certainly draws for a fair comparison. Color me happy, and hopeful that the same will happen for the Kingdom Hearts series.

And then there’s the revamping of the Dashboard, the linking the 360 to one’s Netflix account, the Mii-like Avatars and hints of motion control peripherals (you knew it would happen with the other systems eventually), the Gameshow offerings with chance to win real, tangible prizes, the original Banjo-Kazooie Read the rest of this entry


Okay, fine, I will finally admit that there is a PS3 game that has caught my attention, and that is LittleBigPlanet.

I am a self-professed platform junkie at heart, and the concept of designing a platformer with imaginative and beautiful graphics like this…. Okay, fine, you got me. I’ll concede this is something to sit up and take note about, if anything from an artistic standpoint (I want the little brown guy with the zipper. He’s too cool.)

Playstation Home is the other big thing everyone is talking about, from the avatar customization of the Wii to displaying your achievements like from Xbox Live, Sony once again proves that if you’re going to steal ideas, steal them from the best.

Come on, Sony. Lead the pack again for once with your own ideas. You used to before, remember?

God of War II this week, and I’m hearing Kratos may even make it to the PSP this year. Talk about a much-needed game for the system, and something of note to be interested in.

PS3 Snake Oil.

It’s been pretty obvious in my last few posts that my support and attention has been focused more on the the Wii of late. I enjoy the Virtual Console. Sonic and the Secret Rings is finally a good step back on track for the Sonic series as a whole, and I’ve been thinking about investing in an Xbox 360, despite my friend Devgamer having the worst luck with Microsoft’s customer support. The lesson that I’ve learned from this: Pray to God your Xbox 360 never breaks.

What is really amazing me of late is the amount of ridiculousness that Sony has been feeding out in regards to the Playstation 3. Everything from they are glad there are unsold systems sitting on the store shelves as it allows people who want one to get one. There’s also the claim that buyers continually see PS3s on the shelves because they have an amazing and magical restocking ability to meet the demand no matter how frenzied. There’s the challenges from SCEA President Jack Tretton to even find a PS3 on the store shelves, and they financially compensate you $1,200 a system if you manage to find one. Penny Read the rest of this entry


I find it amusing to go into my local Best Buy and find them fully stocked with Playstation 3 systems, and none of them have moved.

Is it because of the ridiculously absurd price point, or have people just gotten “over it” regarding the whole Playstation 3 media?

I may eat my words later, but it took a very long time for me to get into Playstation 2. But I still find PS3 pretty clunky, even if it does have great graphics.

Playstation 3.

As I went to pick up my copy of Final Fantasy III this evening for my DS, I couldn’t help but notice there were some kids already sitting out in line for Playstation 3 in hopes of getting one of the four released around America.

Maybe it’s just me, and I’m just less of a “hardcore” gamer than others, but I refuse to sit out two or more nights during Winter in the futile hopes of obtaining a system that is more difficult to get than one of Willy Wonka’s Golden Tickets. Again, I’m holding off on PS3 until the madness (and price) subsides.

I did play Excite Truck on the Wii, and as weird and little as the controller is, after just a few short moments, I was utilizing the controller like a steering wheel, and it felt just as natural as one. While the graphics didn’t make me scream “Oh my God” and wet myself, I did find the game remarkably fun, and the system itself is neat. I like the idea of the “Mii” avatar to play in games like Wii Sports. It’s nice to see a system include pack-in games again, even if it’s little Read the rest of this entry

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