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13201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FEAR 2 impressions thread on: February 12, 2009, 08:29:20 PM

Quote from: Simon on February 12, 2009, 08:17:26 PM

No one else pick this up? I'm about three chapters in so far and it's been a really solid shooter. Nothing groundbreaking but I've been enjoying it.

I got it, too, and I got about the same bit in. 

It is good as far as standard shooters go, but it's feeling a lot like the last one so far.  Lots of running around office-type buildings and Alma popping up "scarily."  None of the cool and actually creepy stuff from the demo (though the opening's the same).

I also really wish they'd swap the gun-choosing button and the slow-time button.  Or at least give me the option to do so.

Not bad other than that, though.  It feels tighter than the last game.
13202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN] Flower on: February 12, 2009, 07:49:04 PM
I'm IN today, too.

The PSN update drives me crazy.  Why make it at the end of the day?  Even then, it never seems to be consistent, so I wind up checking all the time.
13203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: House of the Dead: Overkill [Wii] on: February 12, 2009, 05:55:51 PM
Oh, yeah, it is very inappropriate.  They use "motherfucking" as often as "the" or in place of it, sometimes.

EDIT TO ADD: There's actually a really nice joke about the motherfucking useage at the end of the game.  I plowed through this, and it is a ton of kick-ass fun.  I've started the Director's Cut, and while the story is the same, it looks like you head into different areas, maybe (or at least get there a slightly different way).  I could just be misremembering, though.  DC is harder, too, and while I was hoping I'd be able to use the fully upped gun from my playthrough of the original game, you have to start over.

I'm still trying to convince the wife to give it a go.
13204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: House of the Dead: Overkill [Wii] on: February 12, 2009, 04:59:44 PM

Quote from: kronovan on February 12, 2009, 03:49:30 PM

Sadly its not out for a few more days here; might just make it in time for Friday the 13th.  paranoid  It's been getting very good reviews and it sounds like a must have for anyone that's enjoyed games like Umbrella Chronicles, HotD 2&3 or No More Heroes.

Gameplay-wise it fits the first two, obviously, but style-wise it's more along the lines of the latter.
13205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deadly Creatures [Wii] on: February 12, 2009, 04:58:57 PM
I've played the first two levels myself, and I love it.  I personally find the waggling very well done.  The moves all seem to appropriately match what's being done on screen (especially in the QTE insta-kill moments, which I normally despise).  Everyone's got their own taste, though.  I could see it working on a "normal" console, but I think it'd be missing something in the translation (though the already impressive graphics would be killer).

The game's cool in all the right ways, though.  There's an actual story-line, but that so far doesn't seem to be directly tied to the activity of the scorpion or tarantula.  More like it's happening in the background (in an effective manner).  The encounters have been pretty neat.  The bosses seem to be of the figure-out-the-trick variety, but they work.  For that second one, semi:
Spoiler for Hiden:
He got me at first, too.  The trick is to dig up all of the dirt piles around that light spot in the middle and remember to shake the nunchuck to dash away as he charges - the timing didn't always work right for me on that, which was annoying.

Deadly Creatures is just oozing originality, and so far I'm really loving it.
13206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] War World Demo Impressions - Hands down the Worst Ever on: February 12, 2009, 01:56:15 PM
That Minesweeper demo is laughably ridiculous.  The worst part is, there looks to be a half-way decent Minesweeper game under there, if you're looking for that sort of thing. 
13207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Retro Game Challenge on: February 12, 2009, 01:52:29 PM
Yeah, it's pretty fun.  I've unlocked my second game, which is a little weird (something about opening doors to take out baddies, but you can jump on 'em, too).  I hope that more than one game unlocks at a time eventually, though.  I was ready for a new challenge before I finished the Galaga clone levels.

One thing that's kind of neat, but I'm not sure everyone will like it, is that the game encourages you to cheat.  You get new GameFan mags that have cheat codes inside (up up AABB sort of thing).  The Challenge Master tells you it's okay to use them.  For me, it was fun in the part-of-the-game sense, though I don't like using cheats normally.

So far it's pretty clever, and I found myself going back often just to try one more challenge.
13208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HAWX demo on XBL tomorrow Feb 11th on: February 12, 2009, 01:47:25 PM
You can also switch to cockpit view in-game by clicking on the right thumb stick, BTW.  It doesn't seem to work in non-assisted mode still, though.

I liked the demo, personally, but I usually light my flying more arcadey.

I did love buzzing by the Jesus statue in Rio.

I will wait for reviews, because I find that I get amped up for games like this and never finish them (AC6 was an example).
13209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / House of the Dead: Overkill [Wii & PS3 (according to a bird)] on: February 12, 2009, 01:42:12 PM
Holy shit!  This game is a lot of damn fun.  The tone is just right.  They've gone with a grindhouse style, including grainy footage and-possibly a first for a HOTD game, but that's debatable- intentionally bad acting!

And things GIB real good.

Seriously, this is one of the most fun light gun games I've played, and I'm only doing it by myself.  I imagine it would be even more entertaining with a buddy.
13210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: February 11, 2009, 07:53:56 PM
Hey, the new add-on pack will, apparently, be FREE!!!

Fantastic!
13211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: February 11, 2009, 04:51:44 PM

Quote from: kronovan on February 11, 2009, 04:37:39 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 11, 2009, 04:23:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 11, 2009, 04:15:52 PM

I think the difference between this and FC2 is that RE5 is a fantasy/horror scenario while FC2 is, essentially, real-world.  Further, I think FC2 deals with the political unrest directly, putting you in the middle of warring factions - you get the sense that you're not going to fix the problem, and you're just being hired to take care of some specific situations - for every side involved, I might add.  They're killing each other, you're just there.

Now I haven't played more of RE5 than the demo, so maybe all of this is addressed in the gameplay.  Given past RE games, I tend to doubt it, but who knows.  They may be growing up.   

On a personal level, I don't have a problem with someone trying something like this at all, but, yeah, if you're going to set a game in Africa, have Africans charging like they're rabid at the white protagonist and ask you to mow them down, then you should expect some complaints and contoversy.  Eye roll icons don't change that.

I'm still willing to give the benefit of the doubt, having not played the game yet.  I'm not actually condemning them.  I do think that people have a right to wonder if the game crosses a line, though.

You do realize the people you fight are possessed by a parasite that controls their thoughts and behaviors, right? They essentially become "zombies".

More or less my point. I think the protagonists actions in RE5 can be more forgiven than those in Far Cry 2. In FC2 you're fighting exterminating people who could have consciously made another choice had circumstances shifted either way. Whereas in RE5 you're taking down an enemy that has less control over their actions than a severely brainwashed Hitler youth.

I get that, but the setting is still the setting.  You can't choose it and then be surprised when people complain, is my point.

Further, the pulp genres (sci-fi, fantasy, horror) frequently are used to dramatacise or satire problems in society.  Recently, there has been a shift to using those genres purely for entertainment, with no weight added to them, but that potential is still there, kind of imbued in the genre.  If you're going to choose a hotbed location, people's minds are going to start drawing parallels.

Again, I'm just pointing out that there is no need to be dismissive of folks feeling edgy around this stuff.  Hopefully, the game will come out, and it will all be handled properly.  But you can't just say, "Look, they're zombies.  This could have happened anywhere..."  The designers chose where to set this and what the zombies would look like.

Honestly, the fact that the real humans in FC2 made a bad choice makes them fairer game, in my gaming opinion (not necessarily the same as my real-world opinion).  Zombies are a sad lot, in the sense that they had their fate thrust on them.  Don't get me wrong, I'd still slap a bullet in one's eye rather than let one eat my brain.  I'm just pointing out the landmines of the genre.
13212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: February 11, 2009, 04:15:52 PM
I think the difference between this and FC2 is that RE5 is a fantasy/horror scenario while FC2 is, essentially, real-world.  Further, I think FC2 deals with the political unrest directly, putting you in the middle of warring factions - you get the sense that you're not going to fix the problem, and you're just being hired to take care of some specific situations - for every side involved, I might add.  They're killing each other, you're just there.

Now I haven't played more of RE5 than the demo, so maybe all of this is addressed in the gameplay.  Given past RE games, I tend to doubt it, but who knows.  They may be growing up.   

On a personal level, I don't have a problem with someone trying something like this at all, but, yeah, if you're going to set a game in Africa, have Africans charging like they're rabid at the white protagonist and ask you to mow them down, then you should expect some complaints and contoversy.  Eye roll icons don't change that.

I'm still willing to give the benefit of the doubt, having not played the game yet.  I'm not actually condemning them.  I do think that people have a right to wonder if the game crosses a line, though.
13213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Twister board game coming [PSN/XBLA?] on: February 11, 2009, 01:32:51 PM
http://www.joystiq.com/2009/02/11/you-will-not-escape-dungeon-twister-on-the-xbla/

This is great news!  It's supposed to be a fun little game (I actually have it, but haven't convinced anyone to play with me).
13214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 11, 2009, 01:21:07 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 11, 2009, 05:56:31 AM

I do PS3 only! I refuse to buy games for my 360 after 2 of them broke.
So now I don't play online, really. frown

You might want to change your avatar, then.
13215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: February 11, 2009, 01:20:13 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 11, 2009, 07:07:22 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 11, 2009, 04:39:23 AM

What a horrible demo. It's the same old horrible controls, but now with some obliviously racist characters and situations!

Oh no, not this argument again. How is this game racist? Just because it takes place in Africa and the bad guys are African?

I know this argument has been rumbling for a while, but I have to say they chose to set the game in a racially explosive location.  There's going to be some backlash.

Also, I was surprised to find that I felt a little uncomfortable.
13216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] 3 on 3 NHL Arcade! on: February 11, 2009, 01:17:55 PM

Quote from: Canuck on February 11, 2009, 07:44:12 AM

I just tried the demo on PSN and had a lot of fun with it.  I wonder why it scored so poorly with IGN?  I liked the simplicity.  I have NHL 2008 sitting here but I can't be bothered to learn all the different moves.

Their big gripe seemed to be that it's essentially a bonus mode in a full hockey game, yet they're charging 800 points for it.
13217  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance 2009-01 on: February 11, 2009, 02:40:36 AM

Quote from: Kagath on February 11, 2009, 01:18:52 AM

Is Too Human or Batman worth a $20 price?

Batman seems like it kinda flew under the radar. Same with the Indy Jones adventures.

Lego Batman is for sure worth $20.
13218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So...Killzone 2? on: February 11, 2009, 12:07:32 AM
Maybe Sessler knew what he was talking about.  News is coming that Killzone 2 has broken street date.

http://www.n4g.com/ps3/News-275749.aspx

Grain of salt, and all that.

EDIT:  Of course, it turns out this is in Dubai.
13219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sony Releases New Stupid Piece Of Sh*t That Doesn't F*cking Work on: February 10, 2009, 01:49:11 PM
http://www.theonion.com/content/video/sony_releases_new_stupid_piece_of

It's got a whole bunch more memory and megapixels and what-not than any of the other TV shit that you already have.  And it scans for receivers!
13220  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Circuit City liquidation]All PC games 30% off on: February 10, 2009, 01:25:42 PM

Quote from: Dan_Theman on February 10, 2009, 02:52:16 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 09, 2009, 04:20:36 PM

Thanks for the heads up.  Does anyone know what sort of a schedule they're on for dropping prices?  I'm kind of holding out for the next one, I think.
They seem to be following the same approach as the first round of closings.  Games drop at a rate of 10% per drop from full MSRP, and the drops occur every few weeks, capping out at 50%-80% off right before they close up shop.  When you get to 50%, pretty much everything of note will be gone so I wouldn't wait much longer.  40% seemed to generate "the rush," as several games I was holding out were suddenly gone once it got there.  If you're holding out for a hard-to-find item, I'd get it now.  Otherwise, wait a week or two and see where they're at in the price drop cycle and if there's anything worthwhile remaining.

Was your store at 40%?  Mine has been stuck at 20%.  I was wondering about the "every few weeks" part, to see if anyone has a more specific time frame on when the drops are occurring.  Sounds like it might be different everywhere, though.
13221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any other interesting RPG:s on the horizon? on: February 09, 2009, 11:37:11 PM

Quote from: Chaz on February 09, 2009, 11:20:40 PM

Finished off Lost Odyssey today.  Liked it quite a bit, though I inadvertently out-leveled the final area, so it was pretty easy.  That was fine with me though, as I've always been of the mindset that if you spend the time to grind your levels up, you should be fairly godlike by the end (plus, we're talking about a bunch of people who've been around for 1000 years, they should be pretty damn good at fighting by now).

Now I just need to figure out what I want to play next.  I'm torn between Persona 3, Last Remnant, and Infinite Undiscovery.  I've been playing so much LO this month that I'm nervous that I'll start Persona and get burned out because of too much turn-based.  Of course, I've been really liking the turn-based stuff, so who the hell knows?  I'll probably pull a name out of a hat.

I thought their leveling system made it nearly impossible to get too far beyond the requirement for an area.
13222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising 2 Announced!!! on: February 09, 2009, 11:35:22 PM

Quote from: warning on February 09, 2009, 11:16:22 PM

Quote from: JCC on February 09, 2009, 07:09:24 PM

If they remove the time limits and craptarded save system I would like to check this out.

Yep.  Me too.

Agreed.  I have yet to get through a full game.  Also, I'd like to be able to finish all available missions, though that ties in with the timer.
13223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/9) on: February 09, 2009, 05:51:21 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on February 09, 2009, 05:24:31 PM

Whoops! The official Rockstar TL&TD web page says February 17th is the release day, that's next week.

I always think of it as The Lost and the Damned as well.  However, the title is really The Lost and Damned.  I like TL&TD better.
13224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/9) on: February 09, 2009, 04:55:26 PM
I'll be IN for Flower!
13225  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Circuit City liquidation]All PC games 30% off on: February 09, 2009, 04:20:36 PM
Thanks for the heads up.  Does anyone know what sort of a schedule they're on for dropping prices?  I'm kind of holding out for the next one, I think.
13226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/9) on: February 09, 2009, 01:45:45 PM
Here's what I'll probably get:
360:
FEAR 2: Project Origin - Surprised to be IN
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost & Damned - Looking forward to this
Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad & X Blades - I'm expecting both of these to suck, but maybe one of them will be good.  At least Shifty's having a good week.

Wii:
Deadly Creatures - IN
House of the Dead: Overkill -IN
Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers - See above.  Does anyone know if this is a completely different game or just a different title?

DS:
Retro Game Challenge - Forgot about this, but it looks like I'm IN.
13227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/9) on: February 09, 2009, 01:41:30 PM
VC:
Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS (Sega Mega Drive)

Wiiware:
LIT  - This game might be cool.  Here's a description:
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Dark creatures have taken over Jake's high school, and it's up to you to guide him through each classroom in order to be reunited with his girlfriend Rachael. Existing light sources must be used smartly to create bridges of light for Jake to cross. One false step and Jake gets pulled into the darkness. Along the way he'll encounter twisted versions of his school's faculty, which must be battled in order to advance. LIT is a horror/puzzle game that requires the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers. It contains 30 levels, five boss battles, replay modes and several unlockables, including multiple endings, Dark Mode timed challenges and an unlockable character.
13228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prototype on: February 09, 2009, 01:17:44 PM
Yeah, this looks great.  I hope it's not delayed.
13229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any other interesting RPG:s on the horizon? on: February 09, 2009, 01:17:12 PM
I'll be in for Sacred 2, probably.  And the Witcher gave me nothing but trouble on the PC, but I liked what I played.  If the console version is good, I'll get that for sure.  But I'm like most here.  I have SO many RPGs to get through, I don't see myself picking up a lot of new ones for quite a while.  I'm even holding out on Vesperia until I find it cheap.
13230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Darkness - Worth buying for cheap? on: February 08, 2009, 04:26:59 PM
Yes.
13231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 08, 2009, 12:30:09 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 08, 2009, 12:23:26 AM

Quote from: Caine on February 07, 2009, 07:14:50 PM

don't forget, they are expecting to add a whole separate island sometime down the road (or did that already happen?  it's been a while since i kept up with the news)

Still down the road... and across the bridge.  icon_wink

I heard the Crash FM guy (what, DJ Atomica or somesuch?) talking about an island that you could jump to somewhere.  Like an exclusive thing for the wealthy.  I know it's not the same thing as the planned DLC, but has anybody found that?
13232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So...Killzone 2? on: February 07, 2009, 10:06:01 PM
I'm still looking forward to Deadly Creatures, and The Maw is definitely better than a 5.  Tenchu is better than a 6, for that matter, though I could see someone not getting into it.  I'm really hoping that Klonoa is good, too.
13233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 07, 2009, 04:32:10 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 07, 2009, 03:33:39 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 07, 2009, 02:33:15 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 07, 2009, 08:35:57 AM

Apparently, since Monday I've played over 7 hours!
And only tonight did I discover the power parking and showtime thingees. Downloading the game means no manual, and I honestly just had no idea those modes were in there. I wonder if I'm missing anything else.

Power parking?

High speed emergency brake parking between two other parked cars, one where you end up facing the opposite direction you started the manuever from.

Is that an actual event?  That's exactly what I pictured.  Wow, I've never seen that.
13234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 07, 2009, 03:07:26 PM

Quote from: Jeff on February 07, 2009, 02:43:23 PM

Still not having played this game much, can someone explain "Showtime" to me?

Also, is the Party Pack for local races only, or can it be used online somehow?

The Party Pack is not only exclusively local, it also only uses one controller.

Showtime is the, frankly, limp version of Crash Mode from previous games.  It has it's charms and can be fun, but it's nowhere near what the originals did.  Basically, you hold down both shoulder buttons (on 360), and your car starts to flip over.  It adds traffic around you, and you use the A button to bounce into cars.  If you hit a bus, the multiplier goes up.  You can bounce until your boost meter empties, and hitting cars gives you boost, so, theoretically, it could be endless, though that doesn't seem to happen.  Again fun, but after you've done it a few times, you won't go back often, unless you're trying to own a road (best showtime and race time for the length of a road).
13235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most underrated 360 game in your opinion on: February 07, 2009, 02:34:39 PM

Quote from: warning on February 07, 2009, 06:34:28 AM

Quote from: Azhag on February 07, 2009, 12:44:05 AM

I'm only a little ways into it, but I'm really enjoying Naruto: Rise of a Ninja. I haven't seen that discussed much on the forums, but it's worth a play.

Oh man that's a great game.  And I've never seen a Naruto show and could care less about it.  It's just a fun, gorgeous game.

I want to get the sequel when it drops in price.

+1
13236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 07, 2009, 02:33:15 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 07, 2009, 08:35:57 AM

Apparently, since Monday I've played over 7 hours!
And only tonight did I discover the power parking and showtime thingees. Downloading the game means no manual, and I honestly just had no idea those modes were in there. I wonder if I'm missing anything else.

Power parking?
13237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Deadly Creatures [Wii] on: February 07, 2009, 01:57:45 AM
Deadly Creatures has been getting some buzz lately, because it is unique and looks good on the Wii.  It's also due next week!

You play a scorpion and a tarantula and work your way across the desert to an old, dusty gas station.

IGN just put a review out.  8.0!

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Closing Comments
I pray that Wii owners take notice of Deadly Creatures so that this ambitious new property from Rainbow Studios may blossom into a lucrative franchise. If definitely deserves the attention. This is a game for Wii owners who want something refreshingly different. It's powered by a dark, intelligent storyline, boasts great production values through and through, and features smart, fun controls (that use the Wii remote well), not to mention some unexpectedly engrossing exploration elements. The game's got a few polish issues -- camera and framerate hiccups and some frustrating bugs of the technical nature -- but it's still engrossing from beginning to end. THQ's creepy Wii exclusive action-adventure is not just a console showpiece, overflowing with cutting-edge graphic design and ultra-ambient audio, but one of the few titles for the system available whose main characters will give you goose bumps, let alone the supporting cast.

If you complain that Wii never gets high-quality third-party games and you don't buy Deadly Creatures, you've only yourself to blame.

I can't wait.
13238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viva Pinata 2 on: February 06, 2009, 10:50:23 PM
Gamestop has VP:TIP used for 26.99 right now.  Wait for the 360 used coupon to come around again and get an Edge card, and it'll cost less than $20.  That's what I did a couple of weeks ago.
13239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: February 06, 2009, 09:44:58 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 06, 2009, 09:31:16 PM

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This week we're releasing a 3 pack from The Fratellis, featuring tracks from their 2006 album Costello Music!

Here's the track listing


The Fratellis - Creeping Up the Back Stairs
The Fratellis - Flathead
The Fratellis - Henrietta

All tracks are original master recordings.

These tracks will be $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points) a piece, or $5.49 (440 Microsoft Points) for the full 3 pack.

I've never heard of The Fratellis.  I guess they are big in Europe though.

AWESOME!! 

Costello Music is a fantastic freaking album that was largely ignored!  I wish "Vince The Lovable Stoner" was on there, but they're all good tunes.  Seriously.  The whole album.  Go buy it now.
13240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 06, 2009, 08:39:24 PM
'Nother pack announced:

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Cops & Robbers
Slotting in soon after the Party pack, Legendary Cars, Toy Cars and Boost Specials, comes another premium pack - Cops and Robbers. This one’s dedicated to bringing you the thrills and spills of cops and robbers car chases in Paradise City.

We’re keeping details of the pack under wraps for a little longer, but here are the first ever screen shots to keep you going! Check these stunning high resolution at www.criteriongames.com and on Sony’s excellent PlayStation Blog from Monday (9th February 2009)

Man, I've got to give them credit.  I've never seen any game with such a dedicated team behind it.

I have to wonder if this was a proposed strategy.  Instead of releasing a new version every year, you keep updating the one you've got.  I'd be interested to see the numbers on that.

Add to that Sony's recent comments that the PS3 is "future proof," and I wonder if we'll see the day where consoles become like plug-n-play PCs.  Where you head to the store every few years to buy new "Guts" at a cheaper price, but keep your basic unit.  Seems like it would be complicated, as you'd have to either make sure games could run on older versions as well as new ones, or make them extremely well labeled, so there'd be no confusion.

I guess we'll see how the Wii Motion Plus comes together.  If it becomes a requirement for some games, or if, as is my pipe dream, it works BC with all games, or if it's just a gimmick that won't be adopted enough.  If it's handled right, it could pave the way for the console I was mentioning above.
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