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10:04 PM on 12.24.2007

This is why Burnout: Paradise will not be a perfect game...

Sorry if this has been discussed, but after playing the demo extensively this one thing I've noticed will without a doubt make Burnout: Paradise a little bit worse than it should be.

There is no retry button.

Imagine this: you partake in a huge race nearly covering the entire playmap (surely you've noticed the entire city is HUGE). You're comfortably in first-place for the majority of the game. You drift around a corner and SMASH, careen into a car you didn't see. Second place zips by you to take the lead and win the race.

Well, time to try this race over, so just hit pause and go to retry...wait. It's not there. You mean I gotta drive that entire distance back to just try this race again, perhaps to fail again and repeat the whole process?

Shane of 1UP, while beaming about the game on 1UP Yours podcast, brushed by this point by saying there's always a race or event at any intersection, so you don't have to go far to play again. Well...what if you've played most of the game and you need to finish this particular event? Or you just want to do a race, not a new stunt event that's nearby?

I love Burnout, and Paradise is awesome. But it's not gonna surpass Burnout 3 for this very reason. It's quite unfortunate. Alex Ward, in response to similar criticism, said that it would have required a load screen, and the Criterion team "hates loading with a passion."

Yeah, loading can suck, but I think I'd put up with one for the ability to instantly retry an event. Wouldn't you?   read


12:31 AM on 10.31.2007

Signs of life for "Max Payne" movie from Variety - real news! I promise!

Hey guys...apparently the possibility of a "Max Payne" movie is more realistic than at least I thought. According to an article in Variety, Fox is trying to get a film version of Max Payne rolling before/during the dreaded screenwriter strike that could hit Hollywood as soon as Thursday.

The strike would mean, you know, no one is writing new movies for awhile. Maybe there's a script for a Max Payne movie floating around that they are thinking about trying to get into production? All I know for sure is this:

1) I love Max Payne

2) I love good movies

3) I would absolutely adore a good Max Payne movie. Make it happen!

What do you think?

PS: Dear Management: Is this front page material?   read


8:05 PM on 08.23.2007

July NPD Numbers (I don't think this has been done yet...)

(If an NPD post has been done already, I apologize. I didn't see one, so...)

The July NPD numbers are in. Let's take a look:

Wii: 425,000
Nintendo DS: 405,000
PlayStation 2: 222,000
PlayStation Portable: 214,000
Xbox 360: 170,000
PlayStation 3: 159,000
Game Boy Advance: 87,000

Two fairly amazing things.

1) Even with the price cut, PS3 was still outsold by 360, though barely. I was sure that PS3 at least for this month would have jumped ahead of 360. Maybe it's just me, but this seems like nothing but more bad news for Sony. This was their price cut for now, and they still didn't beat Xbox. Then, in August, we'll see the effects of the 360 price cut, where I assume 360 will sell more than PS3 again, and by a much greater number than this month. Poor Sony...

2) News Flash: The Wii is popular. It outsells the DS. 425,000...that's a fucking lot of systems compared to PS3 and 360. I know it's been said before, but just wait until the Wii get's some big games out (Metroid, etc.) and more systems on shelves.   read


6:07 PM on 08.22.2007

CNN Reveals An Incredible Fact About Dinosaurs (pic)

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2:52 AM on 07.25.2007

Unleash Your Inner Fanboy



That is all.   read


2:23 AM on 07.22.2007

Call of Duty 4: Memory (Hard Drive?!) Required

Now this is interesting. As I'm sure you've seen on the Destructoid front page, Infinity Ward is asking for comments regarding possible box art for Call of Duty 4. The examples they give are for the 360 version. Take a look:



See anything interesting?

Yeah.

That box at the bottom? "Storage Required"? Shows a memory unit and a hard drive? What's that about?

It seems obvious the 360 won't require a hard drive, per se, but "storage required?" Correct me if I'm wrong, but this seems to be a first. What do you guys think?   read


12:01 AM on 07.11.2007

Microsoft Press Conference: Initial Thoughts

These are my initial, unprocessed thoughts regarding the press conference:

* First off, G4's coverage sucked balls. Didn't see the Viva Pinata trailer, didn't see the Lost Odyssey trailer, didn't see the end of the Halo 3 trailer, didn't even see the god damn Mass Effect trailer. Truly awful coverage.

* Microsoft may be very smart showing off just stuff for this holiday season. It drove home to me, and I imagine others watching, that not only does Microsoft have plenty of exclusives and non-exlusives coming to the system this holiday alone, a lot of the games look damn good. I can easily say here are more games I imagine purchasing on 360 than I would on Wii or PS3 this holiday.

* A fourth SKU? Come the fuck on Microsoft. We don't even need two. Get your shit together. It's quite possible the announcement of the Halo 3 edition console will be this years "Riiiiidge Racer!" No one seemed to care...

* Resident Evil 5 trailer was a big surprise, and very welcomed. Looked great. Same villagers-turned-batshit crazy vibe as RE4, which is certainly not a bad thing.

* Yeah, no MGS4 announcement...surely you weren't expecting it? It'll come soon enough I'm sure.

* The guy that played Madden with Reggie Bush is an idiot.

* The PC Gears of War content better make its way to 360...

* 360 will most certainly win this holiday season, at least compared to PS3.

* Call of Duty 4 and Assassin's Creed look cream-worthy good.   read


11:55 PM on 07.10.2007

Fuck G4

Halo 3 trailer. New gameplay. Watching on G4TV.

Adam Sessler's voice pops up, saying "You guys enjoying this?"

YES. GO THE FUCK AWAY.

Then, cut to commercial.

The trailer was not over.

...

What

the

fuck.   read


1:34 PM on 07.09.2007

E3 Predictions: Yeah, I'm Gonna Do It Too

Even though I have absolutely no qualifications to be making such predictions, I am going to attempt and lay down some stuff I see happening at E3. This is more for my own thoughts, as I'm sure most people are absolutely tired of reading these things and want to get on to the real thing anyway.

Here we go.


Nintendo

* Nintendo will show off a lot of "casual" games, while also showing off a playable Metroid Prime 3. New trailers for Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Mario Galaxy. A firm release date will be set down for one of these two games, and a vague "month" for the other.

* Nintendo will reveal Mario Kart Wii and Animal Crossing Wii. A new trailer for Disaster: Day of Crisis will be shown. We will never hear of Project: H.A.M.M.E.R. again.

* Spielberg's recently discussed Wii game could be shown at the press conference. Could be.

* Miyamoto will have something up his sleeve.

* Nintendo will mention new colors for the Wii and/or DS. No one will care. Besides that, Nintendo will not even whisper about a Wii/DS redesign, including the aforementioned DVD-capable Wii. Why should they?

* A new Metroid DS game will be shown...think fancy 2D with 3D touches a la Castlevania DS. Metroid Dread?


Microsoft

* Microsoft will not counter Sony's price drop...yet. However, I wouldn't be surprised if something similar happens (Premium down to $299, Elite $399) before Halo 3 hits...

* Halo 3 will obviously take the biggest chunk of Microsoft's time.

* Microsoft will also flout their exclusive GTAIV content, but only talk, not show.

* Despite the rumors, Rock Band will stay multiplatform. MGS4 will also stay PS3 for now.

* Besides for a trailer of Banjo-Threeie, Rare will be invisible this year. Game will release in 2008.

* Nary a mention of Too Human. That game will be out in 2008 at earliest.

* A sizeable trailer for Mass Effect will be shown, with a more firm release date then we've seen before. November?

* Alan Wake will have an extensive trailer/demo. Releases next year.

* Fable 2 trailer. Releases next year.


Sony

* Sony will show off some impressive first-party games, made all the more impressive by the fact that they will (mostly) be coming out this year. However, impressive third-party exclusives will be minimal at best.

* New trailer for MGS4. May live up to hype. Coming out 2008.

* New trailer for Killzone. Will not live up to hype.

* Nothing new for FFXII. 2008 release if we're lucky.

* More demos of Home and Little Big Planet. The "wow" factor of these will wear off just a bit.

* No big PSP re-design. At best it'll be purely cosmetic, such as DS Lite. New bundles. Online store.   read


12:05 PM on 07.09.2007

Silly Sony, RE: Price Drop

Yeah, it's typical company PR bullshit, but come-the-fuck-on Sony:

A few days ago: "At present we have no plans [to cut the price]," Sony President Ryoji Chubachi.

Today: "Sony Computer Entertainment America has officially confirmed the company will be dropping the price of the 60GB PlayStation 3 SKU to $499."

I mean, what the fuck. That kind of bullshit is completely unnecessary.

This completes my empty rant.   read


3:23 AM on 07.08.2007

E3 Hype: Remember Last Year?

To honor this year's kinda-sorta E3 that takes place next week, I've decided to bring up what was at least my favorite moment of last years:

It's Ridge Racer!!!

That's right. Kaz Hirai. Ridge Racer. We all remember. We all laughed. We all got sick of it.

It's time to live it again.   read


10:39 PM on 06.05.2007

EA May Have Ruined One Of My Most Beloved Franchises: SimCity Societies

In the new GFW magazine, they blow the lid off SimCity 5...or as EA has decided to call it, "SimCity Societies."

What the fuck?

Granted, I haven't read the details on the new game, but a couple things are throwing me off.

1) "Societies" Does this mean there is a new focus? The Sims aspect of SimCity 4 didn't sit well with me. Are they pushing that idea even more now? Boo!

2) The developers have changed. The game is being developed by Tilted Mill Entertainment. Even the 1up.com article announcing their magazine is covering it admits that their previous game, "Caesar IV," wasn't great. Fantastic.

3) Look at this screen:



Maybe it's just me, but the whole look of this first screen puts me off and doesn't feel right. I don't like it one bit.

Of course, I need to be reasonable. I haven't read the article, I haven't played the game. It could continue the fine line of SimCity games. But at this point, I have a feeling Will Wright will continue to cry.   read


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