Assassin’s Creed 2 was one of my favorite games of ’09. There’s more than enough game there, so DLC really isn’t necessary, but there were a couple ‘memory chapters’ in the game that went ‘corrupted’ if you get the ‘Animus’ lingo. Word around the campfire is that the devs couldn’t polish up these chapters in time for the game’s release, therefore, with the power of the internet, we can get them later. The 1st one just came out on Xbox Live and the PSN, it’s 4 bux for an hour of so of gameplay…not too bad. The Raw rating, 7/10.
The Good – In case you couldn’t get enough AC2, here’s a little more. If you like the fight system, then there’s plenty of that to do here. One mission had me timed, I was able to pull it off with 3 seconds left on the clock…while it really shouldn’t have taken me that long, it was quite thrilling to pull it off in such fashion. A character that you’re briefly introduced to in the main game gets to be fleshed out here, and she’s an awesome character at that. The main game had only one flying mission, once you were done you couldn’t do it anymore, with Battle of Forli, you have the option to freefly from a spot anytime you want. Overall, pretty worth it if you’re a big AC2 fan.
The Bad – Even if you are a big AC2 fan, you’re not missing alot by skipping this…as I said, it’s worth it, but…no mind blowing revelations or anything like that. Nothing particularly new to do….and just in case you’re not a fan of the fighting system, then you really want to stay away from this. It’s only like an hour long, and ends pretty abruptly, leaving us hanging till next month for the next chapter. Once you finish the missions, you can’t go back and play them again.
The Ugly – Me, stumbling with the controls trying get my bearings….while I got pretty good at the game, I finished it what, a month and a half ago? I went back to the training grounds just get smooth at it again.
Here’s a little gem I found on the PlayStation Network last week, a puzzler by the name of Trash Panic. It was only 5 bux, so I said buss it, I’ll give it a chance. I’m glad I did, here’s some thoughts.
The Good – Very fun puzzler that’s easy to pick up and play. At the start it almost feels like Tetris, so anybody can pick it up and ‘get it’, but it’s a much different game than that. Let me lay it out a bit, your view is from the inside of a trash can, from the side. Trash is slowly dropping from the top one piece at a time that you can direct as you please, you hit a button to rush it through or “smash” it. The goal is getting all the trash in a level to fit in the can without more than 3 unbroken pieces falling out. You can try to lay the trash out strategically(if you can), shake the controller which shakes the can which helps to compact the trash a bit at times. Sometimes you get lucky and a match or two comes through which burns and gets rid of some of the trash, that has it’s own strategy involved in that you can close the can lid to increase the time your trash burns. It’s very challenging and a lot of fun. Did I mention it’s only 5 bux?
The Bad – When I say it’s challenging, I mean it…..this game gets freakin hard! How hard? I haven’t passed the 2nd level yet…..I know, noober style, time to check out some gamefaqs!
The Ugly – This game has boss encounters, which consist of a big, harder to break piece of trash that you have to smash within 10 seconds, if not, you get penalty trash that you can’t break down…..UGLY! lol
Problem is, we don’t know when yet. Joystiq and Kotaku reported that a patent has been unconvered that Sony filed, in which the PS3 can emulate the functions of the PS2 CPU. Hopefully this will be for full backwards-compatibility, and maybe throwing some of those PS2 classics on the PSN. We’ll let you know when we know more.
A’ight, I promised to keep you guys updated on where I stand in PS3 land. A friend put it quite simply to me, “I don’t see getting a new PS3 as a waste of money, you use it for like everything Rich”. Which was true and sold me, I was planning on a xbox360 elite system, but that’ll have to wait since I can still play 360 games, with PS3, it’s the blu-ray that was killing me, I haven’t bought regular dvds in over 2yrs, I’m all hi-def baby! And with over 100 blu-rays, what can I say? I had the original 60gig model that came out, now I have the current 80gig model.
The Good – This newer revision is much lighter, like half the weight of the original machine. I almost flung it outta the box since I was expecting to pick up something heavy. Doesn’t run as hot as the old machine, the old machine wasn’t any crazier than a PC, but this new one runs cooler. Quieter, when the old one got hot, fans kicked in full speed, not as bad as 360 noise, but still noticable, after being on for 8hrs downloading my previously purchased games off PSN, comfortable sound levels with the new one. Comes with the Dual Shock 3 controller, where the other one came with the regular Sixaxis that didn’t have rumble(due to legal reasons)….not a deal breaker, but I like my rumble. Hard drive is slightly easier to change out.
The Bad – Umm, hello? PS2 backwards compatibility?!? Why’d you take it out?!? The old machine had it and upscaled the games to 1080p. Come on Sony, sure I bought the PS3 for PS3 games, but it’s nice not having to hook up another machine when I wanna fire up a classic, plus you guys pushed the whole BC thing in the beginning, “oh you can play your entire playstation library blah blah blah.” Only 2 USB ports instead of 4, sure 90% of the time I don’t need more than 2, it’s nice having that flexibility though…and what if you got all the old Rock Band peripherals and stuff, where everything is wired? Kinda sux. It was nice having memory stick/sd/etc slots on the front of the machine, not necessary, but cool if I wanted to go back and forth from a memory stick directly to my PSP, or a digital camera.
The Ugly – The reason why I’m here in the 1st place(wish I had that extended warranty like I have now). Sure it’s nice that the PS3 failure rate is low enough that people online can’t really figure out what my problem was….but damn, it was an ugly night when it happened.
Sony hasn’t released the direct feed trailer on the PSN yet (I want it HD!), but here’s a capture of the G4TV feed. This looks stunning, the creature reminds me of Falcor, the luck dragon from The Neverending Story….don’t know when this game is coming, but I can’t wait, enjoy the trailer below.
I just watched this off the PSN(Playstation Network), and wow I think this is pretty cool. It’s a game or more like a virtual pet app that works with the Playstation Eye camera for PS3. They show a cute monkey that you can pet, play with, even make toys for it to play with, this looks great for kids. No word on availability yet. Check out the vid below.
One of the worst kept secrets of the gaming industry this past year, the PSP Go, has been announced at E3 today. Dropping on Oct. 1st at a hefty 250$ price tag, updates include a slide out button interface, the elimination of the UMD drive so you’ll get your games through Sony’s download service, PSN(Playstation Network), 16Gigs of flash storage, memory stick micro slot and the addition of bluetooth, which will possibly provide smoother interactivity with the PS3. Check out kotaku’s hands on impressions straight from the E3 floor.
Chillin on kotaku, and lookee what we have here….awesome news for my Fallout 3 luvin PS3 brethren, and more awesome news for all. PS3 users get to tussle with the last 3 pieces of DLC that came out for Fallout 3 on 360 and PC…but then there’s also 2 new expansions coming.
“Point Lookout – Explore a massive new swampland area filled with new quests and content. Point Lookout will be available in late June for Xbox 360 and PC. Cost will be 800 points or $9.99. It will be available through Xbox Live and Games for Windows Live and through token cards available at retail. Point Lookout will be available on PS3 after the first three DLCs have been released.
Mothership Zeta – The aliens have returned, and they’re pissed. Experience an alien abduction first hand and find out if you’re tough enough to survive. Mothership Zeta is scheduled for release in late July for Xbox 360 and PC. Cost will be 800 points or $9.99. It will be available through Xbox Live and Games for Windows Live and through token cards available at retail. Mothership Zeta will be available on PS3 after Point Lookout.”
*Update* “A Fallout 3 Game of the Year edition will be available in October. It will include the original game plus all five add-ons for $59.99 for Xbox 360 and PS3, and $49.99 for PC.”