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PS3 HD Compilations

October 1, 2010 4 comments

Now that the God of War Collection has been out for a while and there is the announced ICO & Shadow of Colossus Collection, what HD compilations would you like to see?

Zone of the Enders 1 & 2

Personally I’ve been rooting for a Zone of the Ender’s Collection. Z.O.E. 2 is one of the best games that the PS2 has to offer in my opinion. A compilation disc would at least chide me over until Kojima decides to stop milking the MGS teet and work on Z.O.E. 3

Maximo 1 & 2

Another series that I’d like to see get the HD treatment is Maximo. This game and its younger brother Army of Zin were based on the Ghosts n’ Goblins Universe. Basically if you wanted to play a 3D version of Ghosts n’ Goblins, you just needed to play one of these. I loved these games and I don’t think they got the credit they deserved.

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PSP Go – A Great yet Ultimately Failed Project

September 21, 2010 2 comments

I’ve now had my PSP Go for a little over 3 months and I felt the need to share my thoughts.

First off, I love my PSP Go. I only have 3 games for it and a handful of demos but what I can say is that they all look great. it still amazes me the graphical capabilities on such a small machine. By small I mean it fits into my pocket. It even fits in my jeans pocket WITH the soft cover. That’s impressive. Even though it’s so tiny, it still feels solid and not cheap.

Being able to load up a game directly from the systems is awesome. There is something to be said about being able to carry your library of games without literally carrying your library of games. If I had to carry all of my games around via UMD’s I’d probably not do it. I’d have a single game in the drive at all times while I’m out and about only to switch out when I was at home. I’d have to plan ahead and I really don’t want to bother.

It comes with 16 GB of internal storage. It seems that the memory size of PSP games vary anywhere from 50MB to 1.2GB. That’s a pretty large margin and the 3 games I have on my PSP Go take up roughly 3GB already. If this is any indication of the average size of a PSP game for download, you should burn through that 16GB rather quickly. Well I guess it’s a good thing that you can expand that memory with a memory stick micro. I believe the current maximum is an additional 16 GB effectively doubling the storage.

Movies look great on the Go. I often let the lil girl watch Cars on it. She loves the thing. Entertainment anywhere I say.

Bluetooth is a great feature. I’ve sent photos and music to and from my phone. The bluetooth also allows my PS3 controllers to connect to the PSP Go. A handy feature that I have not yet used but a handy feature no less.

Remote play has been a great feature for me. Syncing up the PSP Go to my PS3 was simple and has been very handy in the proper situations. I have a large catalog of photos residing on my PS3 and being able to access them at any time has been quite useful. If I’m visiting family I can show them pics of the kids from my PSP. It’s great! I can also remote play some games but I haven’t done enough of that to really comment. All I know is that for the one game I played remotely, it did not seem responsive enough. I haven’t done it again.

Now overall this is a very high quality system that has some great features. I am very glad to have it. Even so I’ll tell you what I think the problems are with this system and why it’s just not doing well in the market. I’m sure everyone will agree with my first point.

The price point is unreasonable. $250 for a portable system when you can purchase a PS3 for $300. That’s only a $50 difference. It makes even less sense when you can get a standard PSP 3000 for about $170 which does almost the exact same thing as a PSP Go does plus it plays UMD’s.

Next big problem would be that the price of the download versions of UMD’s are typically equal to (if not more expensive than) their UMD counterparts. I don’t care how they argue it, a downloaded version of a game should be discounted. Publishers don’t have to go through the expense of creating a disc or packaging. Heck they don’t have to even worry about shipping costs. This savings should be passed on to the consumer.

Another problem with the download only concept is that not all UMD games are actually available for download. Prime example would be Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. Now if you are trying to push a download only gaming device, all the games should be available for it. I’m just sayin.

The biggest hurdle of the PSP Go to be successful is the total lack of support from Sony. They started off so gung ho about it last year but now you only hear about it in hushed tones. Hell even the PSP 3000 has more support than the PSP Go. They still make UMD’s and they come out with different PSP 3000 bundles monthly it seems. It’s very obvious at this stage that the PSP Go was a testing ground for the PSP2. Yes I know, the PSP2 hasn’t been announced yet but there are rumors aplenty and that’s all that’s needed for a large sum of people to just wait it out. At a price point of $250, I’d say they are right to do so. Actually, the fact that they aren’t bothering to support the PSP Go is further proof that they are working on a PSP2.

My opinion still stands that the PSP Go is an awesome system. A failed yet awesome system. It’s only failure is that Papa Sony just has no pride in his child. He loves the older brothers so much more and the PSP Go is treated as the red headed stepchild of the family.

Way to go Sony. Way to go.

My Saweeet PSPGo Deal

August 16, 2010 3 comments

Pearl White PSP Go

Current prices at Dell.com & PSN as of August 16th 2010:

PSPGo = $249.99
PSPGo Cradle = $24.99
PSPGo Soft Case = $11.99

SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo = $39.99
Little Big Planet = $19.99
Ratchet & Clank = $14.99

Grand Total (excluding shipping/tax) = $361.94

Price I got it for on June 11th 2010:

Pearl White PSPGo (Dell Special)= $149.99
PSPGo Cradle = $24.99
PSPGo Soft Case (Dell Special)= $10.99

SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo = PSPGo 3 game promotion
Little Big Planet = PSPGo 3 game promotion
Ratchet & Clank = PSPGo 3 game promotion

Shipping = free
Tax = $11.16

Grand Total = $197.13

Exchange of 17,498 Sony Rewards Points for $174.98

Final price for the entire package = $22.15

I’m sitting pretty 😀

PSN Game Sharing -My Thoughts-

August 4, 2010 3 comments

Ok I’m really getting sick of the huge game sharing debate and the constant attempts from game companies to quash it. Primary example would be Final Fight: Double Impact. There is a pretty serious DRM lockout on this game. You are only allowed to play it if you are online and no one else is playing your copy (shared). This is true even if you just want to play through the game solo. If the game doesn’t sense an internet connection, it won’t load. That’s total BS! What happens if my internet goes out for a day? I’m not allowed to play my own game? Now I’ll be honest. I was really looking forward to downloading this game. I especially love Magic Sword and would have loved to be able to co-op with my buddies. Fortunately I found out before I bought it that it had this ridiculous DRM lockout on it. Because of that I won’t ever purchase it. Capcom just lost a sale.

I guess before I start arguing my stance on game sharing I should probably look at their side.
• They are losing sales on their product.
• They don’t get money for the shared games aside from the initial purchase.
• They are making less money.
• They can’t line their pockets with more money.
• Less money
• Not more money

Yes these are all the same but worded differently.


Here’s my stance on it:

• I bought it. I should be able to share it. You know, kinda like back in the good ol days of cartridges? I finished a game and would loan it to a buddy. He in turn would finish it and return it to me so I could loan it to someone else. Is there any wrong in that? Oh and a physical copy doesn’t magically destruct after the 4th loan out.
• 80% of the PSN games I have purchased would not have been purchased if I couldn’t share it. I have 2 PS3’s and being able to play my games on either console is a must!
• Downloadable games cost the same (if not more) than its identical physical retail product. Where is my incentive to buy it online? I actually get less because I have no physical copy. Sharing – that’s the only incentive I have. Even so, if I bought a retail copy I could loan it out to as many friends as I have. I wouldn’t be limited to only 4 friends.

Come to think of it… what IS the benefit of downloading games and content? There almost isn’t a benefit.
• Obviously if the content is not available elsewhere, you have no choice.
• If it is available as a physical copy, the cost of the DLC and downloadable games use the same “retail cost” as a physical copy. On top of that you don’t get a physical copy if you download a game. Also you can’t “shop around” for the best price because there is only one store to buy the content in. That would be the PSN store and sales are few and far between.
• There typically is no preorder bonus for digital copies of games (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World would be an exception but the bonus is pretty weak sauce). I mean why would you preorder a digital game anyway? It’s not like they will run out of digital versions of the game.

I dunno, I just get frustrated with the debate. People argue that it’s in the publishers rights to limit the sharing. I say what makes digital ownership different that physical ownership. I have been able to share my cartridge and disc based games for as long as I can remember. Now people think it’s ok for the game companies to limit my sharing to 4 just because formats have changed? F*&# that! I say if you want to stop game sharing, take that feature away from PSN and only charge 20% of the retail disc cost of the download version of the game. If that’s done then I’ll call it even.

So what do you kids think?

Random Question

June 11, 2010 8 comments

Just got myself a PSPgo (Dell is the shizzle: white PSPgo for $158 and that includes tax no shipping). Anyway I’m reading up on all the dandy features of the PSP in general and noticed something odd. It can sync up with a PS3, log onto the internet via wifi or bluetooth, download games and etc. Well all this being true, why aren’t there any PSP games with trophy support???? Wouldn’t adding trophy support be a no brainer? Just wondering.

Final Fantasy XIII – Should I Get It?

March 11, 2010 5 comments

I’m in a bit of a pickle. I really want to get Final Fantasy XIII but not for the reason that millions of people have bought it. I don’t care to play the game at all honestly. I just want to get it for the Final Fantasy XIV Online Campaign Code that gives you an in-game item as well as a chance to be in the (PS3 version) Beta. $60 for a code that may or may not get me in the Beta and I don’t even know what the in-game item will be 😦

I’m not saying that I wouldn’t like FF XIII at all. I’m sure it’s an awesome experience. I’m betting it will be what Final Fantasy VII was for the original Playstation or what Final Fantasy X was for the Playstation 2. I burned over 100 hours on each of these games. These were/are epic games in my mind. What I will say is that even combining the time I spent on these 2 games it doesn’t even compare to the time I burned in Final Fantasy XI Online. Over 36 DAYS game time and that’s only one of three characters that I made. Granted one was purely a mule but that’s besides the point. Seeing as I played Final Fantasy XI so much, I truly am way more interested in Final Fantasy XIV than XIII… Obviously.

Now I can go ahead and buy the game to possibly (only in the initial production run) get the code and try to enjoy the game as my “bonus”. Or I can try to get the code elsewhere. The latter situation would be the preferable one but as to looking at my last post, even the offer of a $10 PSN Voucher apparently is not enough. I just thought that if someone didn’t plan to use the Campaign Code, a $10 voucher would be more valuable than a card getting dusty in the box. I’m not sayin I’m just sayin.

Final Fantasy XIV Exclusive Bonus in Final Fantasy XIII

March 9, 2010 2 comments

Ok if you don’t already know, there seems to be a bonus code that is available in the boxes of the initial production run of Final Fantasy XIII. This code is for in-game content for Final Fantasy XIV Online. Now I know that there are going to be a lot of people who won’t use this code because frankly not everyone wants to play online. I for one am not one of those people. I’ll be honest,  I’m totally hyped for FF XIV and not so much for FF XIII. This being said, I would love to get one of those codes without having to purchase a copy of FFXIII.

Here’s where you come in 😀

If there are any of you out there who bought FF XIII that don’t plan to use the code, I would absolutely love to have it. Also I’m not exactly asking for a handout as I would definitely try to make it worth your while. If you are willing to donate the code to the Gil FFXIV Cause, please email me. My contact info is in the above tab. Thanks for your time