Archive for March, 2008

WordPress: Whats Up?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

Well..we’re staying here…for now.

But in June, we’ll be getting the new site together thanks to my friend Kazz who will be giving us free server space and a free domain (Not a or .com domain) which is also part of the deal before we can officially be recognised by Ubisoft.

As to when in June, it’ll be most likely before Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

So keep an eye out for more news for the new site.

GOONL!NE Review: Gran Turismo 5: Prologue

Posted in PlayStation 3 on March 29, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

Developer: Polyphony Digital
Publisher: SCEI
Released: Friday March 28th 2008 (On the PSN and Blu-Ray. It was due on the PSN on 27/3/08)
Console Played on: Playstation 3
Also on: Playstation 3 Exclusive
Rating: PEGI 3

I learnt alot of things this weekend. Dont have too many Kinder eggs, the smell on them afterwards in your hands smell rotten. Dont drink too much skimmed milk, you’ll have a bad aftertaste. And most of all, dont believe the hype.

Sadly, all of them things happened to me with the latter been the most important. Gran Turismo 5: Prologue is out and is the biggest hyped Playstation 3 exclusive to date (and will be till probably Haze is out, if not Haze, MGS4 will be). But…despite the fact its a Prologue, it somewhat lets down a little. How? Read on.

Gameplay: Its the norm for a Gran Turismo games, just pick a car and drive. But to get certain cars, you have to win races and this is where Events come in. You get 3 classes to pick from. Class C, Class B and Class A, pending on what classes your cars are at.

And where is Events you ask? It’s in a new bottom down menu, My Menu. You got all you need in this menu, the Events themselves, a new splitscreen 2P mode and more but there are 2 new main features that included in this menu, both of which you need online for (No online for me at the mo, normal service will return this week hopefully. Check back then for our review of the online service).

The first of the two is something called GT:TV aka Gran Turismo TV. Its a new downloadable service for users of the game, whatever verison you got for the game, which lets you download videos of motoring stuff including documentary’s, Japanese motoring shows and in a deal with the BBC, coming soon is…TOP GEAR! HOORAY!

The 2nd part of this is, for the first time ever in a Gran Turismo game, online play that supports 16 players. There was originally going to be 12 player online for Gran Turismo 4 for the PS2 but due to some problems, was ditched at the last second.

But now it’s back for the first time ever in GT. But so far, all we have heard is bad things. Noobs, online updates that fail halfway through and very bad lag.

But there is a serious lack of content, all despite this is a Prologue. Compared to Gran Turismo 4, there was 721 cars and just over half a dozen tracks. Now, in GT5: Prologue, take out the 2 in those car figures, you only get 71 and 5 tracks, 2 of which are new to a Gran Turismo game, the Eiger Nordwand from the free teaser demo off the PS Store, Gran Turismo HD Concept and a street course from London, which is all well and good but you could have added over 100 cars and 10 courses at least.

And rejoice people for the first time ever in a GT game, there are Ferraris!!! Including the F1 2007 Formula One car that Kimi Raikkonen used to win the F1 championship last year.

Graphics: Well, naturally they look nice, of course they do. The cars look really authentic with a in-car view for the first time in a GT game and once you see the inside of a Ferrari, you’ll be very impressed. But…there are 2 major flaws to the graphics. The first is that there is a slight bit of slowdown, nothing too bad to put you off the game and isn’t too frequent but it is annoying a little when it happens but nothing too annoying to put you off the game.

And the 2nd is that there is some graphic jiggies to this, it’s mostly noticable on a HDTV but it doesn happen on a SDTV as well (Like mine…I need a BRAVIA =( ) and while, like the slowdown, it isn’t anything to put you off the game, it does tend to be a bit annoying.

And I am going to add a 3rd major flaw.

THERE IS TILL NO CAR DAMAGE IN THE GAME!!! Kazunori Yamauchi has recently said that the car manufacturers are slowly but surely coming round to the idea of damnage to their cars. Hopefully, it’ll come soon in a patch for Prologue or is in Gran Turismo 5 itself when it is released next year.

Its a Prologue yes and it does very well at that but if this is pretty much what we are expecting in Gran Turismo 5 next year, we may just be a little let down. If you dont have online, take a point off the score for it but overall while worth £25, if it was a full priced £40 game, you’d feel slightly ripped off.

Graphics: 9.0 – They look amazing as per usual in a GT game, they almost look real. But a few issues bring it down a little.

Gameplay: 8.5 – Amazing as usual but a lack of content, despite the Prologue title, brings it down.

Longtivity: 9.3 – It cant last a good while with online when the issues are sorted. Otherwise, if you dont have Broadband in your house, take off 2 points of the score.

Overall: 9.1 – Other then the lack of content, the online issues, the graphics issues and the lack of damage, its a very good game. But may Polyphony Digital pay attention to the people who made the GT franchise a success and stuff Gran Turismo 5 with a shitload of content, get a great online service sorted (32 player Le Mans sort of race would be nice as well as Home intergration although thats been confirmed) and in-car damage sorted.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl – Hands on Preview – Brendan’s Verison

Posted in Uncategorized on March 28, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

On the 22nd March, I had Hands on experience of playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl even before it will be released over here in Europe. I had hands on experience of playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl at the gaming event WTF in the Nerve Centre.

At WTF, once they heard that Super Smash Bros. Brawl was going to be played on the Wii, it was a mad dash to get over to the Wii and get playing it. I decided to use the classic controller for playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl because the Wii remote and Knunchuck is just to annoying to try and play Smash Bros with.
In the first round of the playing the game, you had me, Johnny and two other people who were attending WTF. In the first round I deced to play as Ike and Johnny played as Snake(so obvious). For every round we done it on a random map and either way we were all screwing up because none of us knew the controlls. Sadly I didnt get to finish my first round because I had to play my match in the Guitar Hero 3 Tourney.

Now trying to get playing Super Smash Bros.Brawl was very hard to do because you had alot of people all hanging around the area it was playing on. After a while I managed to get back on(thanks to my brother who I let take my place). It was quite funny when playing against Johnny, especially when he was playing as Snake.

One of the greatest moments of playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl was when a Smash Ball appeared and you had me, Johnny and some others shouting ” GET THE SMASH BALL!!!”, and then once we got it ” HOW THE HELL DO YOU DO YOUR SMASH ATTACK?” At the most only two people managed to do the smash attack, in which we had to suffer attacks from Super Sonic and Samus.

Also when I was standing watching people play Smash Bros, I had seen that someone was playing as Meta Knight and they were using Meta Knight with the Darker kind of armour(in which he wore all black and had red eyes), After seeing that I had actually said ” they should re-name Meta-Knight to Emo-Knight”(couldnt resist).

Our Thoughts: It was a great day at WTF, espically getting to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl. I really cant wait for when it comes out here but it may not come out here until Setember or later but if your interested in buying it, I suggest you buy yourself the Freeloader which allows you to play international games on your Wii. Also I did not play as Gandolf!

Once Super Smash Bros. Brawl comes out over here, I suggest picking it up and giving it try because you wont be disapointed, espcially with the Wifi features!

Grand Theft Auto IV – Trailer 4 – Good Lord, What Are You Doing/Everyone’s a Rat

Posted in Uncategorized on March 28, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

I was hoping this would be longer tbh. 1:19 doesnt exactly cut it =( I know I wasnt going to get it very long (Compared to Metal Gear trailers) but 2 – 3 minutes would have been nice =(

Still, may this do you over, its out a month tomorrow =D

*cue tumbleweed* Where’s Gran Turismo 5 on Teh PS Store Tooday?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 28, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

It went down as what could have been one of the finest PS Store updates since the release of Warhawk with Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, a demo of Euro 2008 from EA and the final Grand Theft Auto IV trailer (That we’ll post in a while).

However sadly, twas not to be as we saw no update last night. No GT5, no Euro 2008 demo and no GTA IV trailer. Originally, everybody thought that the update would come online when the embargo on the Grand Theft Auto IV trailer was lifted at 10pm last night.

However…it passed…and nout happened.

Lestrade, Community Manager at the SCEE forums (Great guy btw, his voice on a headset is super sexy, half English half Aussie <3) has released a statement why this happened.

Hi all,

We’d like to apologise for the lack of a PS Store refresh yesterday. Unfortunately we experienced some last minute technical difficulties and were unable to publish the new content as planned. We are working hard to resolve these issues and content will be refreshed as soon as possible.


So will we see GT5 on the store at all? Maybe not today but if threads on the SCEE forums are to believed, a few forumners have phoned SCEE as to when it could come with it possibly coming tomorrow in a special store update but pricing wasn’t mentioned. All that was said was that it will most likely be coming tomorrow.

So the only way Europeans are getting GT5: Prologue is if they buy the Blu-Ray verison of the game. Gran Turismo 5: Prologue is a teaser game to tempt us into buying the main game, Gran Turismo 5, sometime next year in 2009. I’ll be reviewing it all weekend (Bar its online features, check the notice to the right) and Monday before posting a review on Tuesday.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl – Hands On Preview (Pics Included)

Posted in Nintendo Wii on March 25, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

Saturday March 22nd 2008 – Between 3:30pm and 5:00pm was when our hands on for the game. The place: the first WTF at The Nerve Centre, Derry. Me and Brendan were given a hands on of the US verison of the game (infact, I didnt even know Brendan was gonna turn up until I seen him with his brother playing Halo 3 8 player LAN xD).

And…lets put it this way. Its as bonkers and brillant as Melee was before it. At first there was trouble with it getting it set up as it was in Black and White but after 15 – 20 mins, it was moved from a projector screen to a HDTV and for 480P, it dont look half bad.

First thing you need to know is that the controller of choice you need to use when Brawl is released in Europe (WHEN FOR FUCK SAKE, WHEN!!!???) is either a GameCube controller or a Wii classic controller because the Wiimote doesnt do wonders to it, so best not use the Wiimote for it.

Brendan playing Brawl, playing as Ganondorf

We played through a fair number of levels as well as characters. Brendan played as Ganondorf, Kirby, Samus fron Metroid and Pikachu whilst I played as Mario, Kirby, Bowser and, me being the big MGS fanboy I am, Snake…like…a million times. The levels we played on it were Pokemon stadium, Sonic’s Green Hill Zone, Battlefield and Shadow Moses Island from Metal Gear Solid (IT HAD METAL GEAR RAY FROM MGS2 FFS! IT SHOULD HAVE HAD REX, NOT RAY!!! RAY SHOULDNT BE ON THE ISLAND, MGS4 ISNT OUT YET YA KNOW!!!)

The gameplay is as bonkers as before then you can imagine. There was another 2 players playing with us but it was to make a 4 player Brawl. Infact, none of us knew how to unleash a Final Smash when all of had a scamble each time to get the Smash Ball as all of us bar one were noobs on Super Smash Bros… and thats despite the fact Melee was on the Gamecube earlier in the day.

Me playing Brawl, Brendan’s brother is siiting beside me to the right…he was damn good at Guitar Hero…

If you remember, I said a few weeks ago when I said that this would be the only reason that convinced me to buy a Wii? I’ll quote you from it.

Hopefully, Ryan will get off his high horse and stop striking about Goldeneye and hopefully give a review of the game when it is released but right now, this is only the real game thats tempting me to buying a Wii.

Well…it has. Got a Wii yesterday for £260 with Super Mario Galaxy and Guitar Hero 3. It proves that a game like Brawl has the potential to sell Wii’s like hotcakes once it comes out. That and Mario Kart Wii, which Ryan will be doing a review of when its out in 2 weeks time but as for Brawl…

Our Thoughts: Brawl is one of them games that makes sense of the words, epic, bonkers, crazy and brillant. I’ll be getting it imported soon (and hopefully have a Wii classic controller by then or a GC controller at least) and will have a review for it soon after. But in the meantime, if you want a great reason to buy the Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl is one of them, maybe the most important reason of the lot, did the trick with me. Whenever it comes out here is unknown yet, but when it does happen, you have your reason.

When Brawl drops, you’d best be there to catch it.

Credit for the pics go to WTF Derry

Tomorrow: Hands On with Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

Tomorrow, we will be giving you our opinion on a hands on we did recently at at a gaming event in Derry. Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Me and Brendan were there and we will be giving our thoughts of the hands on tomorrow. We will be doing it in 2 posts, one mine and one Brendan’s (Expect mine tomorrow…as to when you’ll see Brendan’s, you’ll see it when PS Home comes out…never)

Come back tomorrow, got a somewhat tiny other surprise for you as well if that wasn’t enough.