Friday, 28 October 2011

Definitely NSFW 3D Custom Girl

I've put my code in...

OK, Battlefield 3 (PS3) is a great game - I've only spent an hour or two on campaign mode and a few goes on multi-player, so far extremely happy with game and the Frostbite 2 engine - this looks amazing and plays a treat...

But EA WTF is this obsession with ramming your other services down my neck, in such a blatant capitalist exploit the consumer manner? Here's the thing:

  1. As expected, you can't play online until you enter the 'online pass' code included in the box. This lowers your resell value, as second users have to buy an online pass from the PSN Store for a few quid. Actually I understand and support this, as the gaming industry makes zero out of second hand title whilst expected to maintain servers etc. however:
  2. The online pass is in the PSN Store for £7.99, that's pretty damn high. The box proudly displays "WINNER OF BEST ONLINE MULTIPLAYER", yet the paragraph explaining the need for the online pass is in letters just 1mm high -talk about small print! Sony's PSN Pass idea sounds pretty good to me now, a nice clear recognisable branded logo making it clear to preowned purchasers what they are and are not getting. Rental companies need to be on the ball to inform their customers about this stuff, I bet they are not there yet.
  3. I ordered the 'Physical Warfare Pack' which was the same price from Gamestation as the standard, giveing a few unlocks. The code for this needs to be entered in the PS3 Account Management, despite the online pass code being unlockable in the game.  So I had to quit out, do the thing and reload. It's not clear if I have the items as the multiplayer screens still confuse me - if they confuse me, they'll confuse a lot of people - I've played games before you know.
  4. The Battlelog needs you to register on the Origin wesite. I did this for the beta, but nothing carried over. This is quite a nice feature, but why are these privacy settings open by default - people can find me by email, facebook etc. cmon guys this is 2011, lock down and give options to open, everyone knows that. It's another username and password to remember.
  5. In the box there is another leaflet "YOU'RE READY TO UNLOCK THE M1911 PISTOL FOR MULTIPLAYER!". I am? For this I had to reuse the Origin login on the EA Gunclub website (good job I wrote the password down) and here I'm presented with a site similar to Origin, but different and a bit crap. Why am I here? None of my friends are. This is weird, why not do all this on Origin? Again, I don't know if I've succeeded in unlocking this gun either.
  6. Ah, Origin. EA want to make money by doing their own version of Steam, denying Steam there titles and luring others over to the dark side (I believe Saints Row 3 PC is coming to Origin).  I don't run games on my PC, but now having used the Origin site to get my Battlelog running, it's asking to install a Battlefield Browser plugin - which is now showing in my PC System Tray. What?
  7. and again! It wants to install Origin full client, I've gone for it to remove the annoying icon - now that's in the system tray too? Can I have my PC back now please? 
Well I think this is ridiculous, I want to play the game I bought, not spend more time entering codes and installing sw I don't want. Mildly pissed off now. 

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

you wait all day then three come along at once...

It's started, today reviews are coming in for Battlefield 3, Uncharted 3 and Batman Arkham City - all are looking very tidy indeed. 

I've gone for the first two - Gamestation have shipped my BF3 as of last night, Uncharted coming from Sainsburys online - Batman relegated to 'rent it' status at some later point. 

The BF3 reviews are PC only at present, but nothing to worry about methinks. Uncharted is sounding very special indeed. Batman also good, I enjoyed the first one - the shelves at Asda nearly pulled me into an impulse purchase yesterday, but I resisted in favour of one of those huge pizzas they do.. 

Thursday, 20 October 2011

I has a gamertag

The lure of Forza4 and Halo:CE reworked and running in 3D was too much of a temptation (or so i shall keep telling myself to justify another console -heh-) i should think i'll get myself a secondhand box sometime in the next few weeks, nice to see no one had already nabbed my user name.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Syndicate: New Gameplay Footage

And in protest of one of my childhoods favorite games being buttraped i'm not going to post it up. It's the same as they did with Front Mission and several others lately. Well, fuck me sideways, if i really want to play yet another FPS i'm sure i'm not short of choice these days. What is the problem devs and studios have with being true to the original, do they really miss what made the original brilliant? or are they just looking at the £s signs they can reap from todays gamers..

Monday, 10 October 2011

DCU: Online Goes Free2Play

Become a legendary fighter alongside DC Comics icons for free on PS3.

DC Universe Online on PlayStation 3 lets you assume extraordinary powers and become a hero or a villain in a high energy action title that delivers a fast-paced adventure experience. Beginning in late October 2011, you will be able to download and access DC Universe Online for free from PlayStation Store.

What does free-to-play mean?
Free-to-play means you can enjoy the exciting world of DC Universe Online at no cost. You can buy additional items or features that best fit your style of play, or even get premium access to game content by purchasing a subscription.

It's up to you how you want to play the game. Free-to-play also means you do not have to purchase the game; you simply download it directly from PlayStation Store and start.

If i had payed for this when it came out and been paying a sub to play it i would be feeling rather pissed off at this news. But free i can deal with, should kill a couple of hours on a wet weekend at some point.

Super Mario Bros to the Drummers Beat

Thanks to BlendedGoldfish for the find!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Gran Turismo 5 Spec 2.0

Kazunori Yamauchi has been sharing a boatload of new details via Twitter this morning on the previously announced Gran Turismo 5 Spec 2.0 Update coming later this month (next week). Here’s an overview of what we can expect from 2.0, which will be made available to everyone for free:

Simplified interior views added to all standard cars.
User control of the weather change feature.
Settings sheet which allows you to save multiple car settings.
New Spec 2.0 opening movie.
Improved UI response and usability.
Replay forward/rewind.
Mid-race save feature for endurance races.
Expanded online lounge features (narrowing down car types, shuffle races…).
Expanded Photo Travel features (you can now take photos of cars together with your avatar).
Added “NASCAR Pit Scene” stage to Photo Travel.
Added 11 new 2011 NASCAR models.
Added the Nissan GT-R N24 Schulze Motorsport (the car in which Kazunori contested the 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hours).
Improved physics and artificial intelligence.
Support for the Logitech G25/G27 steering wheel.

Finally i can do the 24hr races and 100% the game. *happy bunny face*

status: Approved