Friday, May 23, 2008

My thoughts on GTA IV.. so far

About a week ago, I tricked convinced Autumn (my wife) to allow me to pick up a copy of Grand Theft Auto IV. I was lucky enough to be one of the few who got a good copy and the game didn't lock up my system. Since purchasing, I've been playing on and off for about an hour or two at a time.

Now this isn't a formal review or anything like that, it's just my thoughts on the game so far. I'm probably about 10% through the story mode, with most of the city still blocked off (curse the LCPD and their instant 6 star wanted level for passing the blockade), but my experience so far has been generally positive.

So does it live up to the hype? Well yes, mostly. The combat mechanics are far better than any other GTA game, the story and voice acting are great, and the new cover system is a welcome addition (although I mostly forget it's there, as it's not as integral to game play as it is in, say, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune). But underneath all the hype, it's still a pretty standard GTA game. The driving mechanics are pretty bad, bad enough to where I opt to call a cab to go everywhere, simply because I don't want to have to drive. Maybe I just suck at driving in it, but it seems harder to stay on the road than in previous GTA games, with the exception of motorcycles, which are awesome to drive.

Niko Bellic is a sexy, sexy man... except not.

The missions so far have been standard GTA fare. drive somewhere, kill someone, bring back their car while being chased by their friends. that about sums it up.

So while this game is definitely a great game and not to be missed by anyone with a current gen console (except the wii, of course), I don't think it truly deserves it's near-perfect rating across the boards... at least I don't think that yet.

I'll check back in when (or if) I actually finish the game and give my final thoughts....

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The 40GB PS3 to get backward compatibility?

according to the much reliable source of the internets, people on a bunch of forums are saying that Sony has announced that the 40 gig PS3 (the red-headed stepchild of the PS3 SKUs) can be updated to include software backwards compatibility.

As you all should know, the 40GB PS3 was stripped of a few features to make it more affordable to the masses. The one that caused the most uproar was the removal of PS2 compatibility.

This news, while exciting for those with a 40 gig (myself included), should be taken with a grain of salt.

Monday, May 19, 2008

New MGS4 PS3 LE 40GB Pack.

Does the title have enough acronyms for you?

For those not "in the know," Konami announced that they are releasing a Metal Gear Solid 4 Playstation 3 Limited Edition pack.

It comes with:

- Limited Edition 40GB Playstation 3 in Gun Metal Grey
- Metal Gear Solid 4 Special Edition (The $85 one)
- one Gun Metal Grey Dual Shock 3
- an exclusive blu-ray disc with crap like behind-the-scenes features

the price tag? $599.99. So is it worth it? is it worth paying an extra hundred dollars over the standard MGS4 PS3 pack coming out next month?

here's the specs on that pack:

- Piano Black (aka "Fingerprint Magnet Black") 80GB Playstation 3
- Metal Gear Solid 4 (standard edition)
- Matte Black Dual Shock 3 (just the standard one)

retails for :$499.99

so for $100 more than the standard pack, you get the special color and the special edition game, but you lose out on the (limited) PS2 compatibility, built-in card readers, and 2 usb ports. Sorry, but I have to go with the standard pack on this one. you get more for your money.

The LE pack is only available through and pre-orders started today.

images borrowed from engadget and

Everyone else has one, so why can't I?

I figured since everyone in my wife's family have their own blogs, I'd set one up for myself as well. My blog will be different than everyone else's though. I'll be posting on stuff that interests me. If you want to find out what's going on with the family, you can head over to my wife's blog. Yep, that's it for now.