« on: June 18, 2010, 05:59:24 AM »
Whew. I'd fallen behind on my podcasts for a while there. I'll try to keep comments restricted to things from this episode, but no promises, I listened to the last two back to back, so they're sort of bleeding into one another in my head. Here goes:
Hey, I don't quite call you guys fanboys. I just thought it really, really loudly. GET OUT OF MY HEAD.
Re: Secondary functions of the PS3 vs. 360. Wow. I have exactly the opposite impression of them. I really, really, really dislike how the 360 handles its secondary functions, to the point that I never use it for anything except actually gaming. Also, the stupid thing forces me to have an avatar. What the hell? I don't want a avatar. But I don't want one of the stupid ugly little default ones ... but I don't want to make one ... aarrghghblbl. The only secondary function I can't really comment on is the Online Component, because Microsoft had the brilliant idea not to include WiFi on all the systems, and since XBox live has very little to offer me (emphasis on the me there. I realize it has plenty to offer other people, but I'm not one of them), I just haven't bothered to spend the cash it would take to get a WiFi adapter or ethernet cables long enough to reach my router.
... Is putting in a disc to use the Netflix Instant viewing really such a pain? Honestly? I'd think you guys would have more problems with the 360 vs. PS3 then, since it has more multi-disc games. ... I've never understood that complaint about games or in this case, netflix. Unless you're crippled, I just can't imagine someone having so much of a problem with getting up to do something that it would turn them against it. Note: I'm not specifically referring to you guys, there, it's a common complaint I hear from the PS3 fanboys (and don't get me wrong, I hate them at least as much as 360 fanboys. I hate fanboys, period. That's why I'm in the 'get 'em all, enjoy 'em all' camp).
The PSP actually has quite a few games. Wal-Mart just doesn't stock them. Because I'm one of like six people buying them. And we six don't generally get our games at Wal-Mart. In fact, if youre into JRPGs, the PSP is the place to be right now. Which is probably why it's failing pretty hard. Non-nostalgic JRPGs seem to have fallen out of favor with the gaming culture of late.
I'm curious to hear more of your impressions about Demon's Souls. I've gone back and forth on getting that for a while. On the one hand, I like a challenge. I'm one of those people that helped Ninja Gaiden become a success, and replays the shit out of things like Devil May Cry and Bayonetta to ge the stupid-hard difficulties (Jesus fuck, Hell or Hell is nuts, and I love it), but I've also heard that the actual gameplay is pretty bad, and part of the difficulty is bad controls. Confirm or Deny?
Gamefly doesn't have any kind of social features? Not even a friends list where you can see what your friends are playing or have it suggested to you? Man, they're a shitty Netflix Rip-off. Netflix has had that for years. Just rip that off too, it's not like you're trying to hide the fact that, like true and proper Americans, you stole someone else's idea, and worked it into a different Niche where it could make you tons of money. Steal more, and do it better!
Suggestion for PS3 games you really ought to check out, but might not be on the 'obvious buys' list: Valkyria Chronicles. Turn-based strategy with third person shooter and JRPG elements, a good story, appealing characters, and very pretty (not super-fancy super-realistic top-of-the-line grahpics, pretty) graphics. Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Quest for Booty, and A crack in Time. The Ratchet and Clank games in general are wonderful shooter/platformer hybrids. Tools of Destruction is the reason I ended up picking up a PS3 ahead of the 360. I basically had to choose between waiting to play it, or waiting to play Mass Effect. After finally playing Mass Effect, I stand by my choice. 3D dot game heroes is something I recently picked up, and if you liked the 2D zelda games, you owe it to yourself to pick it up too. It is an unabashed rip off. To the point that it regularly references the first Zelda, just to remind you that yes, this is a Zelda game, no matter what they choose to call it. The gameplay is a blast, the look is ... interesting (imagine, if you will, a 2D game, somewhere between 8bit and 16bit in vissuals, suddenly made 3D, pixels and all), and you can make your own character, which is cool in theory ... slightly tedious in practice, unless you're really into that. But the stable of premades has some fun options, like a tank, a few dragons, Santa Claus, a ninja that travels underground, and only shows a breathing straw sticking out of the ground until he attacks ... it's ludicrous. Oh, and the President of the United states, from Metal Wolf Chaos. ... He's in a mech. Yeah.
Most everything else is either on the obvious list, like MSG4 or Uncharted, or Multiplatform. Note: If you take an interest in Bayonetta, DON'T play that one on PS3, no matter what you do. They screwed up the loading times something ridiculous. If you've ever played Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen for the PS1, you'll have a general idea of what to expect form Bayonetta on PS3. It's insane.
Brevity? What's that?