Wipeout HD Fury!

Here is a captured video of me trying out the WipeOut HD Fury add-on pack. In this video I’m playing the eliminator mode. Basically you try and destroy other racers and you get points for doing so. It’s a race to 200 points in this video.

I think making game videos is actually pretty fun. Unfortunately due to the limitations of the capture card I can only capture the ps3 at 720×480. Such a poor resolution makes me feel like I’m playing my Wii… Maybe I will upload some PC content in HD some time.

This is a random picture I admire. It makes me proud to be a Coke lover.

E3! I love being a gamer.

After watching the Nintendo and Sony E3 presentations today live on G4TV, I have to say I am completely overwhelmed, by one of them anyway ;).

Nintendo: Their conference was first. It started off quite boring I thought, and when EA came on and talked about their present and future garbage games that they’re pumping out on the Wii, I was ready to change the channel. Ninty obviously saved their big guns for the end. What they announced that I am excited for:

  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii – I loved the DS version, and this one is touting a multiplayer component of some sort. Hopefully (but doubtfully judging by the name) it will not be a direct port of the DS version.
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 – The first one easily the best 3d platformer I’ve ever played. This definitely has me excited.
  • Metroid: Project M – Okay so this is one series I’ve never really played (embarrassed), but the news on this one is just too exciting. Nintendo is co-developing the game with Team Ninja, the guys behind the fantastic Ninja Gaiden franchise. The trailer is pretty cool, so here is the video:

Overall, their conference was pretty “meh”. The extreme enthusiasm of the on-stage presenters (mainly Cammie Dunaway, I very much dislike her) for the lack-luster material they were presenting for the first 95% of the show was frustrating.

Sony: Totally caught me off guard. This presentation was good, very good in my opinion. It did start off slow, but they played their cards right. Why I liked it:

PSP

  • The PSP Go was officially announced. Kaz Hirai humorously said it’s alternate name is “The Worst Kept Secret of E3“. Not many new details compared to my last post. It’s 50% smaller than original PSP. I must emphasize it’s not meant to be a PSP 2 nor replace the PSP-3000. In my last post about this, I was extremely upset with the PSP Go. After seeing it on video, I must change my opinion. This thing is very small and very slick. I want one.
  • Gran Turismo PSP – This is the game I’ve been wanting on my PSP since day one. It’s going to have 35 tracks, and get this OVER 800 cars!
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker – The trailer wasn’t very good, but it’s Metal Gear Solid. Looks like there is going to be multiple Snakes. YES.
  • Resident Evil Portable – PSP exclusive. 2010. No other details.
  • Assassins Creed: Bloodline – I don’t know any details besides that it will be out this fall, hopefully it doesn’t stink.

I am very surprised overall with the games coming to PSP. I thought the PSP was down for the count. I am very pleased with what Sony showed.

PS3

  • Rockstar North (creators of Grand Theft Auto Series) are making an exclusive PS3 title called Agent. That’s all Sony said in the conference, but what I can gather is that it’s an espionage game based in the 1970’s. I am hoping this game will be a AAA title like Rockstar always seems to put out.
  • Final Fanatasy 13 trailer was shown and it kicked ass, but here is the big news. Final Fantasy 14 is coming exclusively to the PS3. It will be an online game similar to FF11.
  • Another PS3 exclusive, The Last Guardian was shown. It’s from Team ICO (the creators ICO and Shadow of the Collosus). I have to be honest, I’ve never played any of their games. But is “I want to” good enough? Both ICO and SotC are regarded as masterpieces and this game looks absolutely beautiful.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Rising for the PS3 was announced. Looks like 360 and PC owners are getting it too! I just hope that doesnt mean they have to cripple the game somehow to accomadate all 3 platforms.
  • A trailer for Gran Turismo 5 was shown. For some reason it got me super excited. I want this game so bad.
  • A big surprise for me, a new game called Modnation Racers was announced exclusively for the PS3 and previewed. It’s a kart racer, but it has creation abilities similar to Little Big Planet. You should watch the video to do this game justice. It looks very polished already.
  • Several minutes of in-game footage of God of War 3 was shown. The video finished off with Kratos slamming a monsters horn through its eye. Saying it was epic is a definite understatement.
  • New singleplayer footage of Uncharted 2 was shown. This is my most anticipated game of 2009! A few hours after the conference I received an email from Sony, “oh.. boring..” I thought. I read the email; I was invited to the Uncharted 2 multiplayer beta! And it starts tomorrow!! I am so stoked for this I can’t describe it.
  • And saving the best for last (well Sony didn’t, I am), Sony unveiled  a new product for the PS3. Two engineers came out; you could tell they were not the normal overly enthusiastic presenter type. Somehow you could just tell whatever Sony was going to show, it was going to be amazing. Then an engineer brought out an oblong funny looking controller, and the video incrementally got more amazing. Here is the video:

Obviously Sony took some ideas from Nintendo, but this motion controller appears to be incredible. I love the fact that they were showing a working prototype in it’s early stages right on stage by none other than two engineers. Call me a fanboy, those tech demos look better than most Wii games I’ve played.

I must bring up Microsoft’s “Natal” which they unveiled yesterday. It’s very similar in concept to the PlayStation Eye Toy.  Maybe I’m biased, it looks too good to be true. WAY too good to be true. To be honest, it reminds me of what Sony used to do. Showcase a product that hasn’t even been made yet. This just looks far to advanced to be possible. If this works as good in real life as it does in this video, I will buy a 360, so chances are I won’t be buying a 360.

So far E3 has been a joy ride. I can’t wait to play these upcoming games, so so many games *drools*.

PSP Go! Announced

Leaked photos and specs of the PSP Go (not to be mistaken as a PSP 2) have emerged, but all I see is disappoinment.
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  • 16GB Flash interal storage
  • Bluetooth for tethering and headsets
  • Memory Stick Micro slot
  • Playstation Network Full Integration
  • 3.8 inch display
  • 43 percent lighter than the PSP-3000
  • No UMD drive

Personal opinion here: Aesthetically this looks “cheap” and internally it’s very similar to the PSP-1000, PSP-2000 and PSP-3000. What they added was 16GB of internal memory and a bluetooth channel. What they dropped was a UMD drive and Memory Stick Pro Duo slot (which previous PSP’s / Sony Camera’s use). The PSP was launched in Japan in December of 2004, the hardware is outdated.

Not all is bad though, this definitely has potential. I could see this online-only approach picking up a lot of independant developers, similar to Apple’s App Store. Funny thing is, the PSP I have from launch day (March 2005) can access this same PlayStation Network, and I can get a 16GB Memory Stick Pro Duo card for $100. In a way, it’s kudos to Sony for supporting their hardware so long, but at the same time I am ready to get a new portable gaming machine, and the PSP Go! is not it.

Anyway, check out the official pictures from Sony in all their high-res glory after the break.

Source: Engadget

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MGS Teaser Wallpaper

Hideo Kojima, director and producer of the Metal Gear Solid series, has a rather tantalizing teaser website with a countdown timer to June 1st. For the past couple of weeks, the site has been flashing the letters e, 3, 5/S, E, R, and P in randomized order. In the last day however, the site is now flashing an image of Big Boss (aka Naked Snake); the main character from Metal Gear Solid 3. So what the heck does this code mean? My guess, which will undoubtedly be wrong; “e3 PlayStation Exclusive Remake”. E3, being the electronic entertainment expo, where all the bigwigs of the gaming industry showcase their upcoming products, which is set to begin on June 1st. Among other things at e3, there is rumors that Sony will be announcing the next PSP, and/or the PS3 slim.

Maybe this will be a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3 for the new PSP (which may not even exist). I’m not entirely a fan of remakes, they should be for something that wasn’t done right the first time, so hopefully I am completely wrong.

UPDATE: Well, Kojima now has added more to the tease. Along with the letters e, 3, 5/S, E, R and P, there is now a 6, C, and an O. Even more significant though, there is an image of what looks to be Raiden, rocking the prosthetic look like a champ. However, as far as we know, Raiden doesn’t have brown eyes, nor an eye patch, so who could this be? Judging from the brow line, it seems like it could be a girl.

UPDATE 2: Turns out there is going to be a PSP game with multiple snakes, and a PS3/360/PC game called Metal Gear Solid Rising.
Here is the trailer for Rising:

Anyway, I took the image of Big Boss and shoved it into a wallpaper.

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Standard 1280×1024 Version
720P 1280×720 PS3 Version
Widescreen 1440×900 Version

Kojima obviously likes messing with me. Maybe it’s actually “Popson’s Stupid; Elusive e3 Rickroll”.

Check out the teaser site and comment on what you think the code means, you know you’d feel awesome if you “totally called it”!

http://www.konami.jp/kojima_pro/next/index.html


In trendy fashion, here is a wallpaper for “Raiden”.

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Standard 1280×1024 Version
720P 1280×720 PS3 Version
Widescreen 1440×900 Version

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And for the heck of it, here is one of both of them together (note: thumbnail is deceiving).

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720P 1280×720 PS3 Version
Widescreen 1440×900 Version

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NEW WALLPAPERS ADDED JUNE 10

Nick from the comments requested I do a wallpaper similar to the deceiving picture of Snake and Raiden pictured above. Here it is: I actually kind of like this, I didn’t think it would work out.

Snake and Raiden Morph Standard 1280×1024 Version
Snake and Raiden Morph Widescreen 1440×900 Version

I also did a fairly not-good wallpaper of the clear sky that is shown now on the site.. I kind of like it though:

Metal Gear Rising Sunny Landscape Standard 1280×1024 Version
Metal Gear Rising Sunny Landscape Widescreen 1440×900 Version

Comment on what you think, or any suggestions you have for a wallpaper. I have a LOT of free time so anything is possible.