Archive for October, 2009

Review: Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time

Posted in Editorials, Playstation 3, Reviews with tags , , , on October 30, 2009 by Stefano Terry

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Genre: Action/Platformer
Platforms: Playstation 3
Developer: Insomniac Games
Price: $59.99 (USD)

I’ve always enjoyed the Ratchet and Clank games, but it wasn’t until 2007’s Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction that I became a fan of the series. The visuals, the humor, the story and game play were polished to a fine sheen. It truly was Ratchet and Clank from the PS2 days on the PS3, in glorious HD. Of course, with that adherence to what has come before, the game garnered a lot of criticism for playing it so safe.

2008’s PSN download only Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty removed Clank from the scenario and focused solely on Ratchet and a mini-tale involving his search for his missing friend. The platform heavy game nixed all things planet hopping, as well as the heavy emphasis on weapons and upgrading that the series was known for, although they did expand on Ratchet’s Omni-wrench by adding a tether grappling mechanic. The game was received with mixed results. Some loved it, others loathed it for what it removed from the R&C franchise, despite it’s smaller, downloadable only package.

Now, here we are, another year, and another Ratchet and Clank title, A Crack in Time, which is the conclusion to the current “Future” series arc, and answers quite a few questions regarding the pasts of both Ratchet and Clank, and boy is it a ride. Continue reading

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Netflix Streaming Coming to Playstation 3 Next Month

Posted in News, Playstation 3, PSN with tags , , on October 26, 2009 by Stefano Terry

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The Playstation Blog revealed today that Netflix streaming is finally making its way to the Playstation 3 next month. The application will allow users to stream movies and TV shows via the XMB…as long as they have a Netflix account.

According to the press release, PS3 owners will need a disc provided by Netflix that will allow users to access specific BD Live features. Note: You don’t need the disc to stream movies, only to access BD Live features.

You can request the disc here.

The full press release is at the link below.

Source – Playstation Blog

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars – PSP Review

Posted in Editorials, PSP, Reviews with tags , , , on October 23, 2009 by Stefano Terry

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Genre: Crime Sandbox
Platform: PSP (Available on UMD and PSN)
Developer: Rockstar North
Price: $39.99 (USD)

I’ve been playing the Grand Theft Auto games since the original debuted on the Playstation 1 (and PC), back in 1997, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Of course, seeing the series return to it’s top down roots did have me concerned a bit as I fired up the PSP version of the former Nintendo DS exclusive title. Afterall, as enjoyable as I found the top down GTA’s in the past, they were mired by brutal difficulty, exacerbated by a horrible control scheme and finicky driving controls.

Fortunately, I shouldn’t have been worried, as Chinatown Wars takes everything that was fun and unique about the top down version of the game, and marries it with smooth controls, fun mini-games, crisp, stylish visuals, and a story packed with humorous characters and an entertaining story. Continue reading

Shadow of Destiny PSP Officially Announced For North America

Posted in News, PSP with tags , , on October 22, 2009 by Stefano Terry

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Konami has officially announced the North American version of the PSP remake of Shadow of Destiny, a title that was released on the Playstation 2 in 2000.  The game is set to release sometime in early 2010 for the PSP.

The tale follows Eike Kusch, who is having a bit of a bad day. As he leaves a coffee shop and is going about his merry way, he is ambushed from behind and stabbed. Instead of dying, he is transported to a strange realm by a mysterious being named Homonculus, who gives Eike a device that will allow him to travel back in time and prevent his death. What follows is a tale of twists, turns, alternate endings, and lots of time travel. Continue reading

Borderlands PS3 Co-op Issues Fixed

Posted in News, Playstation 3, PSN with tags , , on October 22, 2009 by namelessshe

Gearbox Software has resolved the PSN connections issues with Borderlands. No update necessary.

Clowning Around

Posted in Editorials, Playstation 3, Screenshots with tags , , , on October 20, 2009 by namelessshe

Since I’ve been ragging on Fallout 3 lately, I thought I’d take a break and post something fun. Continue reading

Trine Hitting PSN This Thursday

Posted in News, Playstation 3, PSN with tags , , on October 20, 2009 by namelessshe

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2.5D Puzzle/Platformer game Trine will be releasing on the Playstation Network this Thursday, October 22nd.  The game will retail for $19.99, and looks mighty impressive. Check out the link below for the trailer if you want a better look at the game in action.

Source – Playstation Blog