Battlefield: Bad Company is Good Company, a review

Posted on August 27, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PS3, Review, Xbox360.

Welcome to Bad Company, Soldier!

Soldier? More like cannon fodder. The 222nd, Bad Company, is the “expendable” portion of the military made up of the leftovers and troublemakers that the Army bunches together rather than throw them into prison. It has the highest mortality rate of the whole army.

The squad Which explains why the the division is only made up of three rejects (You [Preston Marlowe], Haggard, Sweetwater) and a Sergeant (Redford) who rather go fishing. The game opens with some wisecrack jokes and some great humor (a reoccurring theme in this game). After you are introduced to everyone, you hop on a truck and ride off to your next position. Redford proceeds to tell you everyone’s backstories. Haggard, the not so bright demolition expert, got transferred to B-Company because he blew up an army ammo cache and the officer’s latrine, Sweetwater was “promoted” to the position because he uploaded a virus into the military’s secure network and Redford was transferred when he made a deal with the army to have his term shortened in turn of leading B-Company.

So you’re driving down the road, with a helicopter that flies over you head going the opposite direction and Sweetwater starts to get tense. Suddenly, the whole area gets bombarded, and DICE gives you a first look at the explosive power of the Frostbite engine, which allows 90% of the terrain to be destructible.

And then you die. Game over. I rate this game, a 5/5!

Oh wait, you aren’t dead. Just sleeping/fainted. The game takes this opportunity to teach you the basics as a series of “Are you okay? Look up. Look Down. Shoot those Barrels. Bounce Around. Duck. Make me a sandwich.” Maybe that last one was improvised.

What’s Single Player really like?

Well, to put it in one word, fun. This game makes sure you have a good time playing it. The humor fits the situation and rarely feels forced. The game wants you to blow stuff up. Make a mess, they don’t care, they will probably be dead anyways. Run in, guns blazing, blow up everything. While the list of levels are short, they are very large and free roaming. And the game gives you a list of collectibles (guns) and gold bars, which are like the Halo 3 skulls. Everyone is getting tired of the army, until they find their first gold bar.

Gold bar

“Wars are fought for a number of reasons, and sometimes, if the one they gave you isn’t good enough, you might need to find your own”

From there on, we pretty much carry out A-Team style in the most bad ass way. The game doesn’t require you to find your own medic in single player, nor does it require you to heal your teammates (who are invincible). Enemy AI is decent, player AI is pretty strong, but unless I missed something, I haven’t really found them actually killing the other guys (normally I do it before they can).

I think my favorite parts of Single Player was blowing stuff up, the locations, the characters, and the dialog. The story was great, too, but DICE gave away some of it already during their advertising. So you can pretty much figure out what happens up until you get the first gold bar.

How’s Multiplayer?

Out of the box, there is only one multiplayer gametype, Gold Rush. Gold Rush is like one flag CTF with two teams; Attackers and Defenders. Attackers have limited respawns and can get more by destroying gold crates by either arming a crate or just shooting at it. The Defenders have to protect the crates by taking out the Attackers and defusing the bombs placed on the crates. If the all the crates are destroyed the Attackers win, if the attackers respawn bar is completely depleted, the Defenders win.

DICE recently released a Conquest mode, which I’m not a huge fan of. Basically, get more CPs than the other team to win.

All your stats are available online, with the exception of how much more EXP it takes until you rank up. As you rank up, you receive credits which you can buy new guns with.

“Now that’s what I call an explosion!”

Boom The graphics in this game are great, they are very detailed, from far away and up close. The music fits perfectly with this game. It doesn’t suddenly break out into techno while you are trying to sneak into a base or something. Explosions are really explosions, not some crappy blast. If you want boom, they got it. The multiplayer maps are very nice and open with quite a few places for cover. It’s fun.

“It’s like a real live palace. It’s like uh..uh…”

It’s not all perfect. The game has a few bugs that look better in a list.

  • Sometimes, you’ll be running up stairs and end up going right through the wall.
  • When jumping up terrain, you can lag between when you pressed the button and when your guy jumps
  • You can get killed by nothing
  • When you drive a vehicle and get out, sometimes you get out right in front of it. And if you were driving fast, you will die.
  • Some objects will be magically floating
  • When you want to play on a specific map, the game often chooses a different one
  • Sometimes, teammates won’t show up as friendly until after you shoot them.
  • Friends very rarely end up in the same squad or team

Multiplayer on some maps can be annoying. One of the Gold Rush maps, Harvest Day features infinitely respawning tanks that respawn instantly. It’s annoying if you are defending as very few people play as demo man. Also, there is very very very little splash damage to the point you would think there isn’t any at all. Respawns take forever in multiplayer.

All in all, you would game is pretty much standard from any other military combat game, right? Wrong. This ain’t a serious military shooter, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy this game.

If you are thinking about purchasing the game, you might want to rent the game first or maybe play the demo. I rate it a 4.5/5.

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Force demo is Unleashing next week

Posted on August 16, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: DS, Gaming, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox360.

The new Star Wars game, Force Unleashed, will be “unleashing” onto the PS3 and the Xbox 360 marketplace August 21st. According to LucasArts, the demo places you in the TIE Fighter Construction Facility level that has been taken over by a Jedi general named Rahm Kota. Your mission? Kill everything (though you aren’t a crazed killer [the game isn’t as dark as it sounds]).

Not only that, but LucasArts is also throwing a tutorial level into the demo as well (which according to them, is very important [not that any other demo we’ve played has not had a tutorial level in it]).

The full game releases September 16th for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PS2 and PSP.

Spike TV will be running a dedicated night to the release of the new game (much like they did for Halo 3).

Stay tuned.

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Sony removes PS3 firmware update 2.40

Posted on July 3, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PS3.

Today, Sony pulled the PlayStation 3 Firmware update 2.4 after complaints arose over the update bricking player’s machines. Sony claims that this was because of a “limited number” of calls related to this problem and this conflict generates a “low volume” of support calls were made, and Sony wants to please the general audience that is PlayStation 3 owners.

Translation: “We screwed up on Version 2.40 and we know about it because we got a bazillion calls within the first few hours. We decided to pull the version and provide a working version later on”.

Sony, a limited number is a number. You could have just said, we recieved some phone calls with customers that are having this problem. Just give us a working Version 2.40, thanks.

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Force Unleashed character appearing in Soul Calibur IV

Posted on June 11, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PS3, Xbox360.

We already know that Yoda (Xbox 360 only) and Darth Vader (PS3 only) are appearing in the next installment of the Soul Calibur series, but a few days ago Namco reveled that the new “Secret Apprentice” will be included in the fray as a playable character. No details are known about any moves or how to unlock this new character (his name is Starkiller), however it’s known that Starkiller will be appearing in both console versions of Soul Calibur IV. More data about this character will be available near the release of Soul Calibur IV on July 29th.

Harmonix fixes DLC bugs

Posted on February 26, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PS3, Xbox360.

Some Rock Band songs that were available to download were plagued by bugs. The problems have been patched up on the 360 (when you fire up the game, you will be notified) and the patch will appear for the PS3 on the 28th.

The following songs will have to be deleted and re-downloaded:

  • Can’t Stand Losing You
  • Roxanne
  • Synchronicity II
  • Police Pack 01
  • Brass in Pocket
  • Limelight

The songs have been reassigned to the right categories and the bug concerning vocal volumes being set all the way down yet still audible has been fixed.

For instructions on how to redownload view this forum post on the Rock Band website.

Sony Game Exec resigns

Posted on by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PS2, PS3, PSP.

Phil Harrison, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios’s (abbreviated as SCE from now on as SCEWWS is just annoying) current President is resigning from his 15 year run as the head of SCE.

According to Sony, his official resignation occurs on February 29th. Phil is leaving the company, but has not said if he plans to work for another game company. Kazuo Hirai, current president of Sony Computer Entertainment International (SCEI) will be taking over for Phil in addition to his current job.

SCE is tasked with the creative, technical and strategic elements of development and production of the PlayStation and games. SCEI is in charge of sales and Research and Development of PlayStation consoles.

Burnout Paradise released

Posted on January 22, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PS3, Xbox360.

EA announces the newest title in the Burnout series that I am not so thrilled about, Burnout Paradise. From playing the demo, I was not amused (BAD SIGN!). While I have yet to play the full retail game, I think that it’s too late now and the game might already have been ruined.

But I’ll keep my hopes up, and play the game soon. Though if it’s anything like the demo, it will…fail.

White PS3 coming to the USA

Posted on by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PS3.

Now all we need is Red and Blue and Sony will be able to show their patriotic colors (Please note: Red and Blue are not PS3 colors and probably never will be).

The FCC today, passed the Sony PS3 White as meeting standards. So if you hate black for some reason, you can always buy white (let’s hope Sony doesn’t bring their horrid ads from Europe to the US). Hang on…. How long ago was this announced? Oh right, in 2006. And just now it’s getting ready for shipping here.

The white version is no different then the black version. It’s only available in 40GB, though.

Best of 2007 #1: Call of Duty 4

Posted on December 31, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: Best of 2007, Gaming, PC, PS3, Xbox360.

Call of Duty 4Call of Duty 4 is the best game I’ve ever played. Goodbye, Team Fortress 2. Goodbye, BioShock. So sorry, Valve and 2K; there’s a new sheriff in town- Infinity Ward.

Infinity Ward brings to the table the first Call of Duty game not set in the Second World War, and their first in the franchise since CoD2- needless to say, it’s the best iteration yet.

Personally, I grabbed the game for the Multiplayer, with absolutely no intention of playing the single-player. Just for kicks, I decided to try it out…wow.

The game’s set in the Middle East/Russia, where a fictional and radical al Queda-esque group’s leader overthrows the government, reminding you of the whole Hitler regime. Your goal of the game is to stop this uprising, and to take care of any bumps along the way. The story grabs you from the very, very beginning where you infiltrate the enemy’s cargo ship (and it’s attacked) to the very traumatic ending.

That’s just the single-player campaign. The multiplayer (why I bought the game, as I played the beta) is absolutely insanely without-a-doubt bar-none no-doubt-about-it undeniably freaking awesome. Yeah, it’s that good. There’s a leveling system that gives you a ton of incentive to keep on playing, and many, many maps and modes to keep things fresh. Overall, the multiplayer is…yeah, the best I’ve played. Again.

So, Call of Duty 4 grabbed the #1 spot. Mind you, this top 10 has been solely based on our opinions here at GameSpotting!- if you could choose, what would your top game be? What games do you think were snubbed? What deserved to be higher?

Recap:
1. Call of Duty 4
2. The Orange Box
3. Super Mario Galaxy
4. BioShock
5. Halo 3
6. Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition
7. Pokemon Diamond/Pearl
8. Ace Combat 6
9. Sam & Max Season One
10. Beautiful Katamari

Clearly, 2007 was insanely awesome, game-wise. Happy New Year, everyone, and here’s to an even better (?!) 2008!

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Lose/Lose Situation for PS3 Owners

Posted on November 26, 2007 by Dddawn.
Categories: Gaming, PC, PS3, Xbox360.

Most PS3 owners know that when it comes to multiplatform games, the other platforms’ versions are usually much faster and less choppy. The Orange Box is to be no different. Many think it is because while the PC and 360 versions were handled mostly by Valve, the PS3 version was developed by an internal team at EA. It was originally scheduled to be released with its counterparts, but now has been delayed until December because of technical flaws still needing to be fixed. This means that PS3 owners will have to wait even longer for their (what seem to be) substandard versions of Half-Life 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2.

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PS3 + DivX = Announced

Posted on November 13, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PS3.

Today, Mr. Hell (Seriously, his last name is Hell), CEO of DivX announced that they are working with Sony to add DivX playing capability to the PlayStation 3. The proposed feature will be included in an update “in the near future”. This announcement also means that game developers will be able to use DivX videos in their games (DivX videos tend to have high quality [tends to be true] at relatively low filesizes [that has yet to be confirmed at all]).

For those who don’t know, DivX is often used for DVD like quality in videos, and rips of DVDs tend to be in the DivX encoded format.

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