Dominitus (dominitus) wrote,

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PS3: Overview so far.

Right, so I suppose it's about time for the update regarding the PS3. Forgive the randomness, I'm just gonna talk about stuff as it comes to me.

Thankfully, I'm struggling to find bad points about the machine. At the moment, there is a lack of above-average games. There are five that interest me in some way, and I already own two of them: Resistance: Fall of Man, and Motorstorm. The other three are Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ridge Racer 7 and The Darkness. Racing games come low on my list of wants, so although Ridge Racer 7 would be a worthy purchase, I won't be owning for quite some time (if ever). Ninja Gaiden Sigma, while really fun, is a re-hashed version of an Xbox game and doesn't sport next-gen graphics, so it's not really worth the current price tag. The Darkness would be the only game I'd buy right now, but it still has its drawbacks - I don't like the time/ammo wasting of having to bust all the lights, and I find the controls a little awkward. But it looks and plays great aside from that, so if there were no promising titles once I'd finished with Resistance, it'd be the one I'd go for. But I have friends who have it on their Xbox 360... so I might not have to buy it to play it.

Integration of online gaming and the Playstation Store for free is a massive bonus. There's already a fairly extensive number of videos, music clips, game demos and addons to download, and enough free content to keep me satisfied. I played Resistance online already, and it was just smooth and flawless... plenty of servers and players, excellent pings... so I'm extremely happy about that.

Limited web browsing is also welcome and handy although it isn't foolproof - I can't access yahoo mail, but it's the only site I've had a problem with so far. Also you can only open 6 browser windows for some reason.

Can also plug my USB mouse and keyboard in if needs be - good for online chatting (although I haven't tried that aspect of it). It also recognises all the USB devices I've used so far, but to be fair that's not many. It gives every indication of reading most any USB key/storage device, though.

Charging the wireless controller is easy - just plug it in via USB and it begins to charge. You can use it whilst it charges. It doesn't seem to take a long time to charge either, but it lasts for 2 or 3 days' worth of playtime. Unplug when it's done and the wireless kicks in. No fuss.

It's whisper quiet, and looks nice, sleek and sexy. Black with silver trimmings, just like all my other electrical appliances. ;)

Haven't had a chance to play any Blu-Ray movies on it yet, but I plan on picking up a couple this week.

I've been playing a lot of Resistance. Initially I thought it wasn't a Gears of War killer, and chalked it up as below that. But it's been deceptively entertaining - the more you get in to it, the better the game becomes. So I've decided that in a lot of ways it doesn't match Gears, but it's still an excellent game in its own right. I'll be interested to try out the co-op option at some point. The multiplayer is top-notch, and I'm looking forward to playing a lot of it.

Motorstorm really looks fantastic! It has a great soundtrack, and good racing, so I'm glad to own it. Up until tonight, I had been unable to connect to the Motorstorm online server to play online. Tonight I managed to get through, but I need to download a game update, thus I'm here typing this while that runs in the background. I'll give online play a bash before I head to bed.

There's some good titles coming out in two to three months, as well as the release of the Home online network, and a massive Battlefield 2-like game called Warhawk, which I believe is free with the Home update. So I'm really looking forward to that, as well as some new games.

All in all, I'm happy with my purchase. I'm happy with the deal I got, and I'm happy with where the console seems to be heading. I won't deny that I wish I could be playing Gears with my mates - all who seem to own 360s - but you can't have everything! And as nsanity_au pointed out, we can console-swap now, to maximise our game time on all the decent titles. w00 w00!

Back to gaming before bed. :)

Tags: gaming, geekery, toys

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