Category: "Gaming"

GT4 verdict

I've spent some time with the just released uber-hyped Gran Turismo 4. What an absolute load of crap. PD claim it's the driving simulator? Simulator where?

It's an absolute joke, there's no damage at all. You can ram into things all day and not get penalized for it, you wanna use another car to get you around the corner? Yup you can, come on even Sega GT nailed something as simple as that. Physics are just as bad the cars just bounce off each other, it's like bumper cars, I mean seriously, what have you been doing for the last 3-4 years PD?

Then we come to audio - absolute rubbish, some of the Japanese cars sound all right, but everything else just sounds synthesized and tinny, you wanna try and work out what wheels are locking up or how much grip you've got on some tires? Dream on, you get a mix of like 5 different tire sounds. Then of course it's only Pro-Logic - read stereo, although to be fair this is a limitation of the PS2.

Graphics, the area where all the hype goes into. What an absolute let down. The screenshots look great, but if you actually see this thing running on a PS2 - disgusting. Extremely low resolution textures, silly border lines on flat polygons (all over the side of the tracks). You've got the standard PS2 flickering rubbish, it also doesn't support PAL60, the standard PS2 lack of decent filtering (resulting in shimmering textures) then the low resolution, no anti-aliasing. The only near good looking thing in the game is the sun-glare you sometimes get on the cars. The screenshots were obviously totally touched up, the game looks nothing like the screenshots.

Online? Doesn't exist. So much for Sony's online flagship title. Oh and still no Ferrari.

One of the biggest dissapointments ever. Forza Motorsport - going from a 6 month old demo with one track and a handful of cars absolutely destroys this game in every aspect - imagine what the full version of Forza Motorsport will do to it in May when it's released.

New Xbox 2 article

Just written up a bit of a news round up on the Xbox 2.

Xbox 360? Back nearly a year ago, a list of potential candidate names was unveiled for the Xbox 2, on this list contained Xbox 360, now considered by many the final retail name for the next generation Xbox. The reason being to better compete. Xbox 2 sounds older then PlayStation 3 - therefore if they bump it up to 360, it sounds more cutting-edge and more modern. Microsoft often up version numbers, from memory they've done this with DirectX and Windows Media, why bother with 360? Why not just call it Xbox 3. This could well happen, but again total rumours. Microsoft have only referred to the next generation Xbox as, the next generation, Xenon (codename for the development kit) and Xbox 2.

Check the whole article - Xbox 2 rumour control #2 - out.

The PlayStation 2

GayStation 2

Need I say more?

Not the brightest spark

A few days ago now, while I was at work. Someone came up to me with a copy of Dead or Alive Ultimate, he said he'd like to return it because the graphics aren't "smooth".

OK so I wandered over to the till area and checked the discs to make sure they were in mint condition, while I was doing this, he looked up and said, "I only played the first disc, didn't even touch the second disc".

Now Dead or Alive Ultimate, includes both Dead or Alive, the original near decade old Saturn game, which is a direct port and is really just a bonus disc. The main game itself, is Dead or Alive 2, ported from the Dreamcast and totally recreated with the Dead or Alive 3 engine, which brings it up to the best looking game on the Xbox.

So this guy wonders why the graphics aren't smooth? You're playing a ten year old Saturn game mate. Here, look Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate - this is the bloody game you dimwit!

Forza Motorsport down for May

Can't say I'm surprised at the month delay. Microsoft want to ensure this game hits the competition in one quick blow. For that it needs to be the best it can be.

Forza Motorsport logo

For those who don't know what Forza Motorsport is - it is the racing simulator. Some might compare it to Gran Turismo 4. But that's probably not a fair comparison, as it totally destroys Gran Turismo 4 - it's probably best to compare it to say Gran Turismo 9, of course if the series survives that long, actually you know what - I don't think PD could deliver all of this even if they took another 5 versions.

A run down on the features that destroy Gran Turismo 4:

More realistic gameplay.
More realistic physics.
Better graphics.
Better sound.
Full damage modeling.
Totally customizable cars.
Totally tunable cars.
Online play!
Online garage where you can sell your cars online!

PlayStation Portable misses March

Pushed back to Quarter 2 in Europe, due to "component shortages". Nicely giving the Nintendo DS at least a month head start, and hopefully giving the Gizmondo a better chance at getting some sales.

Problems have seemingly plagued the PSP - poor battery life, "component shortages", build quality issues and lack of software have dampened it's launch in other territories.

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