Posts Tagged ‘ portable gaming ’

Things that probably got overlooked at E3

Cooking Navi (DS)

This game was released in Japan 2 years ago and I’ve been wishing forever that it would be translated to English. And it has! It’s not really a game but a cooking guide where a chef will teach you how to prepare and cook various dishes. It even comes with a timer. I’m definitely getting this.

Where on E3 is Bandai Namco?

Last year, Bandai Namco released Ace Combat 6 and Beautiful Katamari for the Xbox 360 exclusively.

This year apparently, they only released a Tales of Vesperia demo on Xbox Live Marketplace and that Eternal Sonata will be making its way to the PS3 later this year.

After just releasing Soul Calibur IV, what’s next?

Microsoft has no answer yet to the handhelds of Nintendo and Sony

With device and game sales outselling that of consoles shouldn’t the handheld market be something of interest for Microsoft?

There must be something there M$. There’s always next years E3.

Well the week is not over yet so there maybe more to say this weekend.

Guitar Hero: On Tour – my take


It’s finally here! Fans of the popular rhythm game can now play wherever they are on the Nintendo DS. But is it worth it? Is it worth aggravating your hand and wrist just to play ZZ Top on the bus?

As a fan of the series I decided to give it a shot. The package comes with the game and the fret bar which attaches to the GBA slot of the DS.

Unlike it’s console counterpart, it only has four buttons. So technically it should be easier, right?

Don’t worry if you have the DS phat, there’s an attachment which extends the connector. You’ll need a screwdriver to remove and attach the two screws that keep it in place.

I have smallish hands. But it felt like my hand was still too big for the device. My brother suggested to use the DS phat instead so there’s more to hold on to. But that adds weight to the already hefty keypad.

But since the DS is marketed towards kids, then it shouldn’t be a problem for young rockers.

The game itself is fun. There are no custom characters. But you can dress up the ones they give you. Some of the different modes of gameplay are career, guitar duel, practice and quickplay. Guitar duel brings the feature first introduced in GH3: Legends of Rock where you must face off with an opponent. Unlike the console, you cannot see what your opponent is doing with the exception of small status bar to tell you if your winning or losing.

The top screen has the colored fret bar while the touch screen is where the guitar is and use in included pick in strumming your tunes away.

Other than that it’s pretty much the same Guitar Hero in every way but smaller. The graphics is nothing to write home about and is pretty much really bad. But we’re not talking about graphics here, we’re talking about Guitar Hero.

The game has 25 songs in it. I’m not too sure if there’s anything left to unlock. It might be a bit too pricey for the limited number of songs. It’s great for kids (due to the size). But marathon gaming is not recommended. You spend your time looking down at your hand strumming on the tiny guitar while looking at the button sequences on a similiarly small screen. This gets very dizzying andwaters my eyes at the hard and expert level.

So final verdict?! If you’re a big fan of the series, then this is great which allows you to play on the go. But if you don’t own a DS right now, this is not the reason to buy it. Casual gamers are better of playing this on the console than on the DS. Hopefully Activision will release more tracks for this game. Unfortunately, the DS doesn’t have a storage device which means this can only be possible through another game cartridge or another version of the franchise.

Will the next console war be on handhelds?

Xbox 360: Would You Buy This Portable 360?

Piracy effectively killed PC gaming or has it in it’s death grip, thus shifting the focus of developers and gamers alike to consoles. With HD gaming already ehre with resolutions we thought we’d never see the PS3 and the Xbox 360 seem to be in it for a while until they release the next version. Nintendo has not taken the HD transition as seriously as the other two.

So if we are not expecting a new console in next week’s E3, what hardware are we expecting from the gaming world?

Handhelds have been around for while now. Before it was only Nintendo and then Sony entered with their PSP. Sales in Japan show that handhelds are easily outselling their bulky brethren. Does this mean that gaming is switching to something more portable?

I always carry in my bag my DS and PSP so anywhere I go, I can just play or continue where I left off. Not like what’s happening to me right now with my console. I am unable to progress through Metal Gear Solid 4 because I’m working all the time and I barely have time at home to play on my console.

This is what Apple is betting on with their iPhone apps which were showcased in Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference. Sega’s Super Monkey Ball using the accelerometer of the iPhone (or iPod Touch) as the controller is really something to behold.

With Apple jumping on to portable gaming (sort of), how long before Microsoft comes in with their own handheld? Here now comes E3, where almost all major hardware gaming announcements are made and will they be entering the fray?

They already have Xbox Live Arcade. There had always been a restriction to the size of the games, could this be the reason? But if I were to play Xbox games on a portable device, this may be viable for 1st Gen Xbox games due to the large size of 360 games. But I think it could be possible. Imagine playing in ad hoc mode Halo on a portable device anywhere.

Throwing in a phone is a bit too much in my opinion. That would make it too obvious that it’s trying to compete with the iPhone. Remember N-Gage?

But I do believe that the next console war will be on the handhelds. Not that console gaming is dying. But with free time now becoming an expensive commodity, handheld gaming is the way to go.