Tuesday, 24 May 2011
My old world ended, and a new one began. So i guess those crazy x-tians were right in one way. Also we went to see Attack The Block, pretty good film, totally British, depends on your tolerance of dubious landan yoof speek i guess and most of teh action is in the extended trailer, worth killing a couple of hours for though. has some genuine LOL moments too.
Not been gaming much, well, except for a bit of Halo. yeah, i have gone over to the dark side :) Feeling pangs of guilt for not getting on with Mass Effect 2, damn box is getting dusty, had just started to get into that when RealLife(tm,(c) UTS) got in the way. But the builders are gone, we have new furniture, the plaster stayed on the wall, and the singularity has been removed from teh backroom. It's all forwards from here on in. 2011 is turning out to be an interesting year so far.
ps: for those not on ArseBok, Me and Rach' are now all sorts of official an shit ;)
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Kazuo Hirai also said something about PSN being back up, so best we update our firmwares, change our passwords and walk back into the abyss that is online gaming. Our time spend here in the realms of the fleshy mortals has come to an end, we must return to our digital forms, pick up our chainguns, call in a nuke strike, turn the router back on and say goodbye to DIY sundays, walks by the river, moonlite drinks in the countryside, meals out and going to art shows.
Reality, over-rated if you ask me :)
but seriously, it was nice to have the chance to go back to pre 2007 life. Maybe now we can have a better game/life balance. Anyway, the missus is in bed and i'm supposed to be making breakfast...
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Oh yes indeedy, now Blogger is back up (I think it caught a bit of PSNitus yesterday, couldn't login) I can catch up with the rest of the interweb to joyfully caw:
Starhawk! Yee - freekin' Hawwwww!!
The Good News:
- "Starhawk is the spiritual successor to Warhawk". It's looks to have kept all the good about Warhawk, thrown away the entire (lack of) back story and given us a lot of new direction, including:
- Build and Battle - the map is a canvas, a fast, visceral system lets the player drop buildings on the map where they want them. Warhawk was unique in it's frantic yet strategic freedom, this is not lost on LightBox, they've multiplied up the map variety in a truely unique manner - incredible.
- PS3 exclusive, build by a passionate studio of gamers. All bodes well for a true landmark game.
- A single player campaign as well as the multiplayer gem we hunger for - bonus!
- A built-in calendar for scheduling games with clans, friends etc. It's about time someone thought of this. I really appreciated the Warhawk style game listing, I hope they keep a version of this as well (you could join a popular server rotating maps/modes to suit, or have a custom private game, dive in on something/someone who looks good, or host a game of your choice if you have the bandwidth). The auto matchmaking of most console games is so dull.
- The Hawks RULE. Check the videos. Oh, the jeeps look tight too, plus there is a promise of a tank equivalent. No news on dropships, jetpacks, APCs etc, but we can all see there will be plenty of exciting choice, all nicely balanced.
- The weapons system from Warhawk (d-pad selection of 8/more choices) is in place, as is weapon pickup spawn points on the map. This worked before and will again, ace.
The Bad News:
- "sometime in 2012"
Look for yourself:
Long wait, but boy am I a happy camper *does little dance *
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Saturday, 7 May 2011
OK we've avoided the bleeding obvious PSN=poo debate here, but now it's almost time to switch on the new boxes at Sony HQ, let's all show what we've got done while the network took a well deserved hiatus.
Just before I list what I done did, I will say this: governments and massive corporations get hacked, most of these go undiscovered or covered up, so I say well done Sony for taking the high ground. The PSN has been super reliable for the most part, this was a right kicking but hey, shit happens, and it'll come back just fine shortly - there, that's better, vented.
- Completed: Dead Nation on Grim
- Completed: Portal 2 Single Player
- 30% done: painting the house (mock tutor i.e. black wood white plaster)
- Started: bit of gardening
- Done: fitted a water butt in the garden (it's fun sawing chunks out of drainpipes)
- Done: awesome and massive joint kids/wife birthday party
- Completed: tidied the legendary attic room, now usable again
- Completed: sorted out the garage (can now find all my tools again)
- Done: Got the old Amiga 500 up and running (damn games take a long time to load)
- Done: got the Amiga MIDI sequencer and Casio FZ1 sampler out to play some old beats
- 70% done: set up some modern audio software to make some new beats
- Started: mission 'fight the flab'. OK stopped again, but started!
I've really missed having PSN at my beck and call, but it's been good to escape the lure. It's so easy to waste hours plugging away on PS3, but I'm pretty satisfied with the other stuff I've got done without it. My work has been minimal lately, so that's contributed too (might be looking for a job soon) but at least half of the above would not have happened without the PSN outage!
OK, your turn, 'fess up below...
Monday, 2 May 2011
I found this review on SixthAxis interesting, Virtua Tennis 4 on PS3/Move and 360/Kinect. I wasn't surprised by the results, Move gets a thumbs up and Kinext a thumbs down, on a title that should showcase both technologies perfectly. Mwa ha haaaaaaaaa.