Sunday, October 25, 2009
10 360: rumoured footage from the upcoming Sky Player has emerged on Youtube. the link has a 8 minute video. http://ow.ly/wg66
9 Borderlands reviews are being released. good above average scores appear to be the norm. http://ow.ly/vgnS
8 iPhone: iPhone and iPod Touch sales are the "fastest hardware user growth in consumer tech history" http://ow.ly/wg7A
7 PS3: Naughty Dog say Uncharted used 30% of PS3 Power, Uncharted 2 is close to 100% http://ow.ly/wcUQ
6 September Software USA NPD Sales, Halo 3:ODST 1.52M, Wii Sports Resort 442.9K, madden NFL 10 (360) 289.6K http://ow.ly/vl0n
5 PSP2: the PSP2 is rumoured to be coming next year. will have PowerVR chip 200MHZ chip, 133M polygons (33M Polys is PSP) http://ow.ly/vkYq
4 PS3: Ratchet And Clank A Crack In Time reads save files from other Ratchet games and gives in game bonuses. http://ow.ly/w1Wi
3 Sony has filled a patent for an unannounced hand held controller. its a round stick with buttons on the top. http://ow.ly/vIms
2 360: Crackdown 2 is set 10 years after the original. http://ow.ly/vjUJ
1 QTE Blog: Re-Cap of The Weekends News (oldest to newest) http://ow.ly/15VOgX
Fat Princess – PS3 – Just played a few of the single player chapters. Computer AI isn't bad, but does tend to leave it to me to rescue the princess.
Ashes Cricket 2009 – PS3 – i came to the conclusion that i prefer watching cricket to playing a videogame of it. that doesn't mean that this is a bad game. i found it to be good. it has a good training mode, and a variety or cricket types. i just didn't find the game as exciting to play as i did watching the game.
Football Manager 09 – PC – I decided to go back to a favourite team in the game, FC bayern Munchen. They are not my favourite team, that's Ipswich Town, but they are one of the easiest teams to play as, which enables me to look for other players, tactics and such. Would love to get the new game, but unfortunately I can't afford it, but what is great about the Football Manager games is that you can play them for a long time, even if a new version has come out (typically as the newest Football Manager needs 1 patch for it to get great.)
WipEout HD Fury – PS3 – I downloaded the Fury DLC pack for WipEout HD and think it''s one of the best things i've bought on the PSN. WipEout HD itself is a great game, but with the addition of the Fury DLC they have refreshed the game and added some great features to the game that can easily become a staple of the series. My favourite new addition is elimination. Its a simple destroy the most ships, earn the most points mode. The ships have a ability to flip 180 degrees, meaning you can shoot behind and infront. It is also a great online mode to play. The new tracks look bette than those in HD, but you can use the new modes on the exisiting tracks. Zone Detonator is a fun shooter where you have to shoot bombs and void them. Its difficult as you don't always have enough bullets and like other zone modes the game gets faster. Look for a full review soon
Tetris – PSP – this is a fine addition to the Tetris family. The game is uncluttered, good looking, and has some good new modes. What's great is that the game is priced cheaply, compared to the American PSN price, and the file size isn't that big. Load times are good, and there are other features like game completion, play 90 minutes, make 100 Tetris's, which add an extra level of competitiveness and incentive that doesn't detract from the main gameplay.
Pinball Fantasies – PSP – I reviewed this game so I won't spoil the review. I'll just say that for the price, the file size, and age of the game...i thought it was a good purchase and a good game.
What have you been playing this week? feel free to add your weeks gaming selection in the comments, or comment on my selection for this week
Small File Size
Play PSP Vertical/Horizontal
Vertical Gameplay Not Fully Optimised
High Scores Only Available in Main Menu in Vertical Mode
I have not played the original version of Pinball Fantasies, I have only played it on the PSP. This game was played on the PSP 2000. this game was originally released back in 1992 on the Amiga, whilst this version came to the PSN Mini's on October 1st 2009. this has one of the smallest file sizes out of the Mini's, coming in at around 5.2 MB. Basically this is a pinball game, it comes with four tables which can be played either horizontally on the PSP or Vertically.
The four tables included in this game are Party Land, Speed Devils, Billion Dollar Gameshow, and Stones 'N Bones. The tables are very different from each other, in terms of gamplay, artwork, and the way you score points. In the main menu, each of these tables is represented by a old floppy disk, but to find out the top scores for each table you have to switch the game to vertical mode and wait a little bit for the scores to load. This main menu is simple and straight to the point. Credits to run across a ticker near the top, but they are not intrusive, and the help button is clearly marked.
Whilst the main menu and tables can be changed to vertical, the help menu cannot, and even in landscape it looks very cluttered and the words are fairly small. Breaking it up into two pages, in game controls and menu controls may have helped this, but the controls are fairly obvious. The only strange control, which if you do not read the instructions, is how you quit a table. You have to hit right twice, in landscape, or up (which turns into right) with the PSP vertical.
A great addition to the game is being able to play a table with the PSP vertical. When its set to horizontal, you get black bars either side of the table and it only takes up around ¾ of the screen. When its vertical, the whole screen is used to show the table. In this mode you do not see the whole table, so the camera follows the ball smartly to show the rest of the table. There is one issue with this mode though. When you play horizontally, the score at the top is clearly seen and easily read. But when its vertical, the camera following the ball means you can't see the whole score, or any information that goes across the score board. This can be an issue on all the tables as you might miss some important information, but its most likely going to be irritating.
I don't know how the graphics hold up or look, in comparison to the previous versions of the title, but on the PSP they are colourful and clear. There does not appear to have been much work done on the graphics for the PSP version. There is not much difference between the graphics when the game is in either horizontal or vertical mode, and the music feels appropriate for each table. However the music does feel dated, in comparison to what music the PSP can do, and like the graphics it hasn't been enhanced much for the PSP.
The loading times for each table are pretty instant. The only main loading time in the game is when you click the Pinball Fantasies icon on the XMB. The game appears to auto save when you quit a table and is not obtrusive. There are no options, no ability to turn off auto save or tilt, but to be honest it is not missed. The file size and quick loading all help make the game be a good pick up and play game, and whilst it has a couple of little issues, as a whole they don't really detract from the game itself, nor the tables. The addition of the vertical horizontal playing options are very welcomed and both have simple/obvious playing controls. At 5.2 MB, people may argue that £3.99 is expensive, but for 4 very different tables, i'd argue that