I finally got around to trying the Fuse demo last night. It didn’t meet my expectations but not for typical reasons.
Fuse would have been far more amusing with four players chatting over the headset; they would have filled the void of noise or notable audio stimuli. I found Fuse to be muted with its audio. Visually it was fine but the lack of audio punch in nearly everything I was involved with left me underwhelmed.
I was also disappointed by the lack of flair from the characters. They too felt restrained and simply weren’t as funny or witty as I thought they could be. Maybe it’s too early in the campaign and they were not accustomed to each other yet. Or maybe — just maybe — developers should divulge a bit more than what we’re given here.
On the bright side, switching between the different characters worked just as well as switching weapons. I appreciated the fact that I could leave a character in a precarious situation and they would find their way to cover. The A.I was actually competent based on what I witnessed. They set up shields, revived and did kept themselves out of unnecessary trouble.
I’m not going to pick up Fuse. I felt like I got all I wanted out of that demo. The final game could end up being amazing but I can’t help shake the feeling that it would be better played as a 4 player co-operative game.
Also this game probably has the ugliest fire effect on this side of the PlayStation 1.
Fuse will debut on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on May 28th, 2013
Just when I thought Sony was done announcing major releases for the PlayStation 3, here comes a sequel to one of their tentpole titles. Gran Turismo 6 for the PlayStation 3 was confirmed for the a holiday 2013 release.
Now that’s not the end of it. Polyphony Digital have already mentioned they have the PlayStation 4 version of the game “in mind“. And with that tacit confirmation, I will be skipping the PlayStation 3 version.
Even if the PlayStation 4 version is nothing more than a cleaned up version of the PlayStation 3 release, I’d be more than okay with it.
But enough about the game’s platforms and release dates, what of the game itself?
It looks fine but all they showed was the racing itself which was fine in Gran Turismo 5 as well. It was everything else surrounding Gran Turismo 5 that was lacking. They claimed an improved interface but that’s one of those “I’ll believe it when I see it” situations.
Remember NVIDIA’s Project Shield? That horrendous looking Android handheld that can also stream Steam games finally has a price: it can be yours for just $349.99.
That’s $100 more than a PlayStation Vita and $150 more than a Nintendo 3DS. It is cheaper than a spec comparable smartphone or tablet but that’s not something I would want to bring out in public.
So what does $349.99 get you? A handheld that can play the “hottest” Android games powered by one of the fastest (if not the fastest) SoC on the market today. If Android games doesn’t float your boat, there’s always a plethora of PC games that you can stream via your NVIDIA GeForce GTX video card.
This is one hell of a niche product for that price.
For those who have cash burning in their wallets, pre-orders open May 20th.
Long ago 2K announced the return of XCOM in the form of a first person shooter developed by the folks behind BioShock 2, 2K Marin. Several delays, restarts and a proper XCOM game later, we have The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.
The XCOM shooter is now a third person squad based tactical game reminiscent of Mass Effect. Instead of reading my recounts of what I watched, why not watch this little walkthrough instead:
I’m finding a lot of enjoyment from NetFlix — even in the so called “limited” Canadian version. I have not even considered looking into changing IPs and connecting to the U.S repository yet.
The shows I’m currently watching and re-watching include:
Star Trek: The Next Generation
NetFlix’s gamble with original content like “House of Cards” worked; they lured me in with fantastic original programming and now I’m continuing to give them a monthly rate. I’m going to continue paying for it until I’ve exhausted all that they have.
I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon though. I still have the often praised Mad Men to watch and much more “shows” that I’ve been skipping on because I was too lazy to invest in. As it turns out, I will gladly consume content if it’s as easy as watching a YouTube clip.
My latest muse is Twin Peaks. I’ve heard many good things about it but I had my reservations. I finished House of Cards UK but there were signs from its time that were a bit jarring. Twin Peaks, on the other hand, holds up remarkably well. I’ve only watched the first episode but I can see all the cultural influences at work here. I look forward to watching more of it.
I still have Dead or Alive 5 penned down for purchase somewhere in my mind but never got around to picking it up. Now I can add “Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate” to the bottom of that list. It will most likely include all the skimpy DLC outfits and more.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll actually pick this release up.
I always build a list of at least three games I wish to play when I’m considering a platform for purchase. Super Mario 3D Land was on that shortlist for the Nintendo 3DS. It was developed by the same team who brought the Super Mario Galaxy games to the Wii and I was looking at it as the game that would validate the Nintendo 3DS’ existence.