Friday, September 25, 2009

Forza Motorsport 3 - Raw Demo Impressions

I also posted this on pinoyxbox.com

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Finished downloading Forza 3 at 1:45AM. Finished playing the demo at around 2:40AM.

Unbelievable, completely lives up to the hype; everything they've said about this game is true. I'm shocked at how much fun it was to play for a 'simulator'!

The other day I was trying out Need for Speed Shift, which, at the end of the day, really reminded me of Grid/PGR. This one....this is an animal all its own, it just FEELS so different in terms of driving model, and that's what seems to make it special. The 60FPS really does help enhance the 'feel' of the driving, and the way the cars move and behave is like no other driving game I've ever played before. Perhaps Forza 2 is the only game that comes close. I'm surprised they were able to even surpass that!

When I first bought my PS3 one of the games I purchased with high hopes was Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, which had those dazzling cutscenes playing back on most websites. When I played that game I was completely disappointed; I had played Forza 2 a year or so earlier and Gran Turismo 5P just had something off about it. The cars felt extremely slow, for one thing....and hitting objects/other cars just gives you this odd 'bounce' effect. Surprisingly even 'lesser'/non-simulation racing games like PGR and Grid did collisions better than GT5P ever did. I was really trying to give GT5P a chance, considering it cost so much for a paid 'demo'; but after only 3 days I went back to Greenhills and sold it to the shop beside Datablitz in Virra Mall (the one which buys used games). There was just something so slow about that game. Maybe it was the soundtrack or the presentation...maybe it was the fact that I didn't have a Dualshock controller, I'm not sure. But based on what I've read from other GT 'fanatics' my expectations were pretty high, and they just weren't met at all.

The reason I'm mentioning the sensation of speed in GT5P so much is because I can't help but remember it when I was playing Forza 3. Even on the lower class cars, you have this feeling of fast movement. While GT5P also had 60FPS something about that game just wasn't done right in terms of presenting that sensation. Again, it's quite a subjective thing and perhaps results may vary between players (and maybe it's because I didn't have a dual shock controller, I really don't know) but the feeling of 'speed' is really enhanced in Forza 3, it's one of the things that really stands out the first time you play the demo.

The environment in the game is also incredible, I might add. It is very distracting, in a good way. It looks like someone on the Turn 10 team played a lot of Sega Rally/Daytona USA because seeing the scenery is definitely entertaining, and not boring at all. Your own car is eye candy, the other cars are eye candy, the scenery is eye candy....it's just really pleasant to look at.

One last thing....there is a ridiculously HIGH number of replay cameras in this game. I think the developers really wanted the players to make interesting youtube videos out of their own race replays. The default 'race replay' camera that plays back your race has really incredible draw distance; this time you can really appreciate the battle that takes place between different cars. Forza 3 continues the fine tradition set by Forza 2 where the cars don't all line up on the racing line, thereby looking convincingly lifelike and not driving like robots. I even saw one AI make a cornering error which caused it to spin out, adding some randomness to the gameplay. And no, unlike Grid, the accidents that happen between AI's aren't 'scripted events', meaning they don't happen in every race. I only had an AI spinout take place exactly once while testing out the cars.

So there, it's 2:46 in the morning and I badly need to get back to sleep. That. was. awesome.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Forza Motorsport 3 Demo is Now Available

Only downloadable (at this time) by using the website marketplace.xbox.com to forward your download to your console.

Perhaps later on it can be downloaded directly via the 360. Here's the link!

http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024d53084d/

Forza Motorsport 3 - Fujimi Kaido Drift Trailer

Absolutely spectacular even for a game trailer - it is quite difficult to drive like the way they demonstrated there. Even more amazing that they used in-game footage; which means it can be done by players in the game itself, if they spent enough time with it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pre-TGS 2009 - Feature on Project Natal

Pre-TGS 2009 - Blazblue: Continuum Shift Announced in Famitsu!

Forums such as Neogaf.com and Dustloop.com are reporting the appearance of the next update to Blazblue, titled "Blazblue: Continuum Shift". Reports say that this game will first appear in Japanese arcades some time in late September 2009, and it will add 2 new characters to the game. One of the new characters, Tsubaki Yayoi, was revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu.


For more on the game, check out this thread on Dustloop.com forums.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Forza Motorsport 3 Demo IN FOUR DAYS....

For a few months now, Turn 10 Studios has been showing off pictures and videos of Forza Motorsport 3, and everything they've shown thus far has been very impressive. In a few days time we will find out if the videos, pictures and claims about gameplay will be proven to be true....the Forza Motorsport 3 Demo is coming out on the Xbox Live Marketplace this coming September 24, 2009!

Forza 2 was a fantastic driving simulator but still left a lot to be desired in terms of visuals compared to its rival, the Gran Turismo series. Turn 10 seems to have taken this criticism to heart; every screenshot and video for the game attests to that, showing off incredible quality and improved design at every possible level, while maintaining that hardcore degree of driving simulation that the Forza series has built a grand reputation for.

September 24 can't come soon enough! Most likely for Asia the demo will be released on September 24 at around 4-7PM Philippine time (just my guess).

Saturday, September 19, 2009

More of my Blazblue Ranked Match Videos

In all these videos I play as Jin Kisaragi. (Gamertag: hadokenz)















Blazblue - Greatest Comeback Ever!

Jin (hadokenz) vs. Nu (BlackberryChaos), Xbox Live Ranked Match; I'm hadokenz in this match.

Greatest. Comeback. Ever!




Thursday, September 17, 2009

Blazblue Ranked Matches - Personal Stats

My extra 1 month free Xbox Live trial on my Xbox 360 is almost up. I'm still pondering on whether to buy a new Live card or just use up all the trials I have left. I'm saving on expenses so I just can't buy every game that comes out...the same goes for Live subscriptions. The one saving grace of the Playstation 3's online model is that it's free....it's just too bad for the Xbox that it doesn't look like Microsoft is going to change their Xbox Live multiplayer policy anytime soon (A paid, gold subscription is required to play online for the Xbox 360....) :(

That said, I've been using my XBL trial account for Blazblue (almost) exclusively for the past 30 days, accumulating more than 500 total matches on my Blazblue Drive Card, and getting on the top 100 Jin players for the month on Ranked Match play. I'm still enjoying this fighting game a lot. I love how each match never gets predictable, and when you change tactics and style it really forces your opponent to think and adapt quickly. Great game.


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Forza Motorsport 3 is coming in about a month. I'm dying to try out the demo which will be released on Sept. 24! That game looks extremely promising and well worth it. It looks to be a great demonstration of what the Xbox 360 is truly capable of. Until then, I'll be playing Ranked Matches in Blazblue, with the occassional game of 'Beatles Rock Band' thrown in for good measure....

Speaking of which, I've pondered on writing about Beatles Rock Band but, I just haven't had the time to write my impressions on it. All I'll say is that, it's a great way to experience the Beatles' music, and worth purchasing if only because it marks a momentous occasion in video gaming history....one of those few points when mainstream pop culture converges with interest in the unique and niche hobby of video gaming. Have the game on your shelf...the release of the game is clearly an important milestone in gaming history.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Year is Winding Down....

Yes, it's early (September), but it seems for me, for gaming, the year's winding down. We already have so much information on the games coming towards the end of the year that I feel my anticipation for new games is lessening lately. The only game I'm getting before the year ends is Forza Motorsport 3. I'll probably just rent Halo ODST because I'm getting the impression that it's just a quick-cash-in by Microsoft on their storied franchise (It doesn't help that Master Chief isn't in the game....)

I don't know if my enthusiasm for gaming is just waning, or I just feel generally unexcited for the coming lineup, for all systems (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii). Tekken 6....might not get it due to monetary concerns, and I was never a huge, huge tekken fan (I do respect the local scene for it, though). And I realized that I've played so much of Blazblue and Street Fighter IV that I'm thinking I need a break from fighting games in general.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Thursday, September 03, 2009

WANTED: Criselda Dayag for the murder of Alexis Tioseco & Nica Bohinc



http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=501774&publicationSubCategoryId=65

Victims were Canadian Alexis Tioseco, 29, and his live-in-partner Slovenian Nica Bohinc, 30, both died on the spot after they were gunned down inside their house at 39 Times Street in Barangay West Triangle.

Elenzano said that they are now locating the couple’s new helper identified only as a certain Criselda, 46, and the three male suspects involved in the robbery-homicide case.

The police official said that the suspects took off aboard the couple’s Ford Lynx (CPW-329) and still undetermined types and amount of valuables from the house.

Magdalena Patpat, who has been working as a maid for the couple for three years, told policemen that Criselda has been working for the couple for a month after a friend recommended the suspect to her.

At around 10:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Patpat was watching television when Criselda asked permission to go out to a store. Criselda then returned accompanied by three armed men who hogtied and gagged her before she was locked up inside the maid’s quarters.

The couple then arrived at the house, causing a commotion, followed by gunshots. The suspects fled the house aboard the couple’s Ford Lynx which was later found abandoned along West Avenue that same night.

We would like to offer condolences to the families of Alexis and Nica. May they rest in peace. I pray that justice would be served in this case. And everyone please stay safe.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Gamehopper Offering TEKKEN 6 Pre-Order Promotion

For gamers based in the Philippines, Gamehopper is now accepting pre-orders for the highly anticipated release of TEKKEN 6 for both the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360! This title will cap off what has been an amazing year for fighting games.