Archive for May, 2008

Things that we will never see

Xbox Live: Japan Can Buy Microsoft Points Over The Phone

Xbox Live users in Japan will be able to buy MS points over the phone starting next week.

Interesting that MS decides to have this service in the land of the rising sun where the Xbox isn’t really setting anyone on fire. Of course Japan has one of the most advanced mobile phones and network in the world. They can already buy almost everything on the phone. Get GPS directions and print it on a nearby printer.

Oh if only every network in the world was like Japan and efficiently provide us with ther services we need. Like the need to buy MS points.

Make your own music

Guitar Hero IV gets a name, official features, and release date-ish – Engadget

The next Guitar Hero has been given a name and that is Guitar Hero IV. But should it still be called Guitar Hero since this version reportedly will include a microphone and a drum kit. Rock band only has 4 drums and a pedal. The GH version will have three drum thingies, a pedal and two “cymbals” bringing the simulation of a real drum possible.

This incarnation of the popular video game series brings a twist by being able to compose your own music as opposed to just rocking to the rhythm of others.

This is just what I need. More stuff to clutter my room. Sigh. And I’m sucker who get it when it comes out.

Rapture comes to the PS3

More BioShock PS3 Details Emerge From EGM [Egm]

In various press releases today, Bioshock has been confirmed for the PS3. They say it looks better on the PS3 and no more cheating the HD widescreen issue on the Xbox.

Games I’d like to see on the Wii

As I’m waiting for my Wii Fit to arrive at my door. I can’t help but look at the games that I want for the Wii.

Pikmin 3
The very reason or at least one of the reasons to own a Gamecube was to play Pikmin. I want to command my Pikmin to carry, build and attack opponents to my heart’s content. That is one thing that I’m eagerly waiting for . No news yet if they are even making another one.

Animal Crossing
Now this is one game they haven’t totally dismissed yet. Now this was one of the very first games I got for the Gamecube and my sister and I played it to death. We got the DS version and also played that to death. The online on the DS was amazing and the chat function was great for a handheld. What more if you could type on a keyboard (hint: the Wii supports USB keyboards)? Now writing all those letters to all your animal friends won’t be that hard anymore.

Nintendogs
I know I’ve written about this before and I’ll say it again. I want to raise dogs in my Wii. It’s as simple as that.

Brain Age
I’d like to train my brain on my big ass TV.

Professor Layton and the Curious Village
A sequel to the DS game would be great.

If only Nintendo can start publishing/ making games that don’t start in “Mario” then maybe the Wii won’t have too many games that suck.

My Life as King

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles WiiWare – Trailer #4

I downloaded my first Wii Ware game on my Wii and I can’t stop playing.

1500 Wii points will buy you Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles My Life as King. Based on events after the Gamecube version, you are a king that has to build a kingdom.

It’s Sim City Final Fantasy style. You build houses, stores and guilds for people. Commission adventurers to undertake quests for the kingdom all under the looming threat of the Dark Lord.

There’s no dungeon crawl for the king. But you go get updates on what’s happening to your minions subjects. It’s only been two days and I’ve racked almost 70 days of in game time.

Downloadable content on the Japanese Wii Channel have been other races and clothes for your characters.

It took a while for the whole thing to download and is the most expensive of all Wii Ware. $15 is quite a lot but the expandability of the game is there.

Here’s hoping that Square-Enix will make more content available.

Rumor mongering

Phantasy Star Portable Information Overload news from 1UP.com
Rumor: Shenmue On Wii, Anyone? Anyone?

Let the rumors begin!

The first story is not exactly a rumor. The next installment of Phantasy Star will be on the PSP. Wouldn’t it be great if you can actually have an MMO on your handheld and if you don’t, you can always play the single player game. Much like one of the first (if not ground breaking) MMOs on a console and that being the Dreamcast.

Will Shenmue actually make the light of day? Now this is really a rumor. I have a copy of Shenmue on the original Dreamcast and missed Shenmue II on the Xbox (which I regret). So news of this game coming out really has me very excited. But based on how earlier incarnations of this series ended up, I highly doubt it will actually come out. But I’d like to be wrong on this one.

The census is out!

The 8th Vana’diel Census (05/16/2008) – FFXIclopedia – a Wikia Gaming wiki

For those who don’t play WoW (that’s World of Warcraft to noobs), Final Fantasy Online is the other popular MMO in the world and every year they publish a census of the game.

Interesting facts:

  • Male Tarutarus are the most popular player character across all servers.
  • 75% of players log in for 1-3 hours or less.
  • Warrior, White mage and Red Mage are the 3 most popular jobs.
  • The most common combination is the whitemage/blackmage.
  • 43% of players with the new expansion pack unlocked the Dancer job
  • Yagudo drinks have the highest selling rate in Jeuno’s auction houses
  • Cooking is the most crafted skill
  • 63.97% are raising yellow chocobos
  • Windurst Woods is the most common home point
  • The San d’Ordian Royal Army is the largest campaign group

Well there you have it. Click on the link above for more details.

Is there more life to the PS3?

Undeniably, the PS3 is gaining momentum despite it’s slow start to the next gen console wars. Sony has suffered a humiliating defeat against Nintendo and Microsoft after entering the next gen market as the number one console only to end up last.

But there is hope and the color is blu.

Unlike the Xbox who packaged their HD player separately, Sony’s delays in releasing the once sought out console was blamed on it’s famed blu-ray capabilities. All games to be released on the PS3 has to be on blu-ray. The next generation of DVDs had to be in blu-ray. It was all part of Sony’s grand plan in taking control.

Fast forward to today, where Blu-Ray finally sent HD-DVD to the grave and games are finally coming out. But is it enough?

The longevity of the PS3 is entirely based on the it’s blu-ray player capability. But most owners don’t even know that you can play blu-ray discs on it let alone know what blu-ray is.

The hardware seems robust enough compared to the other two. But just in case I went for the extended warranty that Best Buy has so I’m good. In any case, the plastic on the PS3 doesn’t feel like the cheap stuff that was on the PS1 let alone the PS2. It’s the largest and heaviest of all 3 consoles and is the only one with the DIY hard drive replacement instructions (you could technically swap out the hard drive from the current 40GB for a much larger 500GB if you wanted to that is).

AAA games are only starting to trickle out for the PS3 and some exclusives are already out such as Heavenly Sword and Uncharted. The most awaited ones such as Metal Gear, Final Fantasy, Gran Turismo and Little Big Planet are just about to come out but it’s still a long wait for many. Most of what were exclusive to the Playstation went over to the Xbox such Bandai Konami’s Ace Combat and Katamari, Capcom’s Devil May Cry and Resident Evil (which also went to Nintendo). Most if not all EA games are available on both consoles and Guitar Hero and Rock Band went for all platforms.

The connectivity of the PSP to the PS3 is unique to Sony. Nintendo has announced plans in bringing the DS closer to the Wii but no real date yet on when this would be possible. Now that the PSP is coming on strong, it is only now that Sony’s gaming plan is coming to focus.

I think the PS3 has legs to stand on for a while and to stretch. I do believe this would be the console to last for the next seven years than the Xbox. This generation of the console war will drag itself out. I bet that Sony engineers today figuring out how to bring the PS2 to the handheld (after all they took out the hardware for backward compatibility out of the PS3) and making the PS3 as the center of your home entertainment system.

The PS3 may have had a slow start but things seem to be looking up for Sony.

Is there more life to the PS3?

Undeniably, the PS3 is gaining momentum despite it’s slow start to the next gen console wars. Sony has suffered a humiliating defeat against Nintendo and Microsoft after entering the next gen market as the number one console only to end up last.

But there is hope and the color is blu.

Unlike the Xbox who packaged their HD player separately, Sony’s delays in releasing the once sought out console was blamed on it’s famed blu-ray capabilities. All games to be released on the PS3 has to be on blu-ray. The next generation of DVDs had to be in blu-ray. It was all part of Sony’s grand plan in taking control.

Fast forward to today, where Blu-Ray finally sent HD-DVD to the grave and games are finally coming out. But is it enough?

The longevity of the PS3 is entirely based on the it’s blu-ray player capability. But most owners don’t even know that you can play blu-ray discs on it let alone know what blu-ray is.

The hardware seems robust enough compared to the other two. But just in case I went for the extended warranty that Best Buy has so I’m good. In any case, the plastic on the PS3 doesn’t feel like the cheap stuff that was on the PS1 let alone the PS2. It’s the largest and heaviest of all 3 consoles and is the only one with the DIY hard drive replacement instructions (you could technically swap out the hard drive from the current 40GB for a much larger 500GB if you wanted to that is).

AAA games are only starting to trickle out for the PS3 and some exclusives are already out such as Heavenly Sword and Uncharted. The most awaited ones such as Metal Gear, Final Fantasy, Gran Turismo and Little Big Planet are just about to come out but it’s still a long wait for many. Most of what were exclusive to the Playstation went over to the Xbox such Bandai Konami’s Ace Combat and Katamari, Capcom’s Devil May Cry and Resident Evil (which also went to Nintendo). Most if not all EA games are available on both consoles and Guitar Hero and Rock Band went for all platforms.

The connectivity of the PSP to the PS3 is unique to Sony. Nintendo has announced plans in bringing the DS closer to the Wii but no real date yet on when this would be possible. Now that the PSP is coming on strong, it is only now that Sony’s gaming plan is coming to focus.

I think the PS3 has legs to stand on for a while and to stretch. I do believe this would be the console to last for the next seven years than the Xbox. This generation of the console war will drag itself out. I bet that Sony engineers today figuring out how to bring the PS2 to the handheld (after all they took out the hardware for backward compatibility out of the PS3) and making the PS3 as the center of your home entertainment system.

The PS3 may have had a slow start but things seem to be looking up for Sony.

How long will your current console last? Xbox version

Microsoft: Shane Kim Says Xbox 360 Will Last 7 Years

According to Shane Kim of Microsoft, the Xbox will last 7 years.

Somehow I don’t that would be sustainable at the current state of the Xbox. Unless the Xbox manages to become the set top box of entertainment in your living room. It had the potential when HD-DVD was still in the mix but now that it’s dead, well downloads are the only way to go for this machine (that is the subject of another blog entry).

All the games are on dual-layer DVD discs. Meaning any “large” game would have to span lots and lots of discs which as a gamer is pretty annoying (Lost Odyssey anyone?). They would have to embrace some higher capacity storage in the near future (hint hint blu-ray).

All the triple A games are already out. What’s left? The steady stream of sports titles? There’s hardly any innovation on the Xbox other than it’s online capability and graphics engine but the PS3 has got them on that part. They’d better start churning out those sequels every year or else things will get old.

They don’t make hardware like they used to. Microsoft took a large hit over the RROD (red ring of death) debacle and it still haunts them today. Users are now wary of buying another console from them. Sure they’ll fix it but what am I supposed to do while it takes them weeks to send back my Xbox.

HD downloads are nice but still can’t sync them with the Zune. So all the money you spent of stuff bought on the Xbox Live Marketplace is all useless to your Zune due to DRM. The games and addons that you purchased on your Xbox cannot be used on your new replacement Xbox because of the RROD because it’s locked to your original console. You either need to be online to access these functions or call tech support for them to reset your account for you. Too much hassle.

Sure the developers are on the Xbox now. But the market always changes. I give the Xbox another 2 years before they start marketing the next next generation console. That still puts the 360 lifespan to 5 years and not 7.