Playstation Backup: Abort, Retry, Fail?

Recently, my PS3’s blu-ray diode gave up and died. Specifically that bit for some reason. Anyway, I did the sensible thing (or so I thought) of backing up the PS3’s hard drive before sending it off to the local shop for repair (AD Computers).

This isn’t going to be a complaint about that shop, they were great, it’s the backup bit that’s important.
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Final Fantasy XIII – 2

Well I finally got around to playing the Final Fantasy 13 – 2 Demo, and I have to say that I’m very likely going to buy it, and I like the look of it. It supposedly fixes many of the problems with 13, but obviously, in a demo you aren’t going to see all of that.

As most people are saying, they do seem to have recognised the linearity of the previous game which is a good thing. The demo was full of little sidequests, optional paths, more people to talk to, even a shop, etc. I’m glad to see that they haven’t listened to all the criticism though, and the combat system remains intact. Continue reading

Skyrim – Infinite Dragons

The Games Media have been positively ecstatic about dragons in the run-up to the release of Skyrim, breathlessly reporting how there will be infinite dragons, how they’ll be able to attack you almost anywhere.

Hang on though, aren’t we just talking about infinitely re-spawning enemies who stick themselves in the game where you least expect it? I thought infinite baddy respawners were bad unless they were limited to a location where you expect respawning?

Imagine you’re sitting in your car trying to get to your College of Magic and your mobile / cell goes off, so you answer it. “Cousin”, comes the accented voice from the tinny speaker of the expensively crap ‘phone, “we should go to a gentleman’s club”. Then Roman Bellic flies in, crushes half the Liberty City rush hour traffic, belches – engulfing you in flame and kills you dead. Continue reading

Skyrim, 6 gig, and Gamebryo

It turns out that Skyrim is going to be about 6gb on disk. The headline may as well be, numbers that are small frighten people who don’t understand the numbers. I’m sorry, well, okay, I’m not really sorry, but if you’re worried than 6gb of on-disk data means the game is going to be short, your opinion is pretty dumb.

Is Minecraft too short, Elite not have enough gameplay? Is X-com over with all too quick?
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Warhammer 40k – Space Marine

This is a first impression based off the Playstation and Windows versions of the demo that I played.

There are two sections to play here; The Inquisitor, and Battlements. The Inquisitor is a quite long section where you and your Space Marine brethren do battle against the green tide of Orks, whereas Battlements is quite short, and has your character wearing a jump pack and you doing slam attacks into the ground at high speed. The funny thing is that Battlements is more like the demo I was expecting in terms of length, with lots of demos being vanishingly short. Continue reading

Warhammer 40k – Kill Team

I used to play Epic (which came in a boxed set called Space Marine that contained Eldar and Orks as well as Space Marines, just to confuse you) when I was a lot younger, and I’ve always had a soft spot for the Warhammer 40k universe. I’m sure other people who grew up with excellent Games Workshop stuff know what I mean, generally when you mention games like Talisman, Space Marine, Hero Quest, Space Hulk, and Warhammer 40k itself, people get this wistful look in their eye. Continue reading

Dynasty Warriors 7

The best thing to come out for quite a while.

High Quality Video Lo-fi Version

Yeah, I would put this above other far more popular and critically acclaimed series’. This is a game I have played and thoroughly enjoyed for a large period of time, a game I paid almost full price for and didn’t feel ripped off. That’s what matters, that’s what makes a good game. Continue reading

Mostly Flitting

That’s what I’ve been doing, gaming-wise. Two main reasons for this, one is that I’ve been feeding my other hobby horse, photography. I now have a rather nicer camera. The other reason, is that I’m playing Front Mission 3. The problem is that I’m going to do a full review. I only ever write and record full reviews of games I have played from start to finish, and if there is any mode I haven’t fully explored (the on-line multiplayer in Killzone 3 for example), then I’ll say so. Continue reading

Important information regarding PlayStation Network and Qriocity services

Sony have screwed up, big time.

No, I don’t mean by “allowing an intrusion to happen” whatever the hell that means. Sony can hardly be sensibly blamed for this possible theft of information. They’ve done rather a lot to prevent it. After all, if they were as insecure as I’ve seen suggested, then they would have been hacked years ago. What I’m talking about is Sony’s big inexcusable deed. Lack of information. When account information is lost, you tell the card owners as soon as you know. Not a day later. Certainly not almost a week later.

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