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Had session 2 of God of War 3 yesterday evening. So far, I’ve brutally murdered Poseidon, Hades, Helios and Hermes…

This game rocks!

Until the new Blood Angels Codex is out, GOW3 will have to do for now…


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God of War 3

Finished Bayonetta, and is currently trying out God of War 3, released just 2 days ago. Only played about 3 hours yesterday, but it’s looking good so far…

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It’s entirely possible that my continued preference for the Xbox 360 over the PS3, at least as far as console games are concerned, is significantly influenced by the fact that my particular Xbox 360 has never failed me as a machine. I put in the game disc; it works. Period. None of this waiting for updates and harddisk installation and setting problems etc etc… that’s almost a certainty with the PS3. More importantly, I’ve never gotten the infamous Red Rings of Death that supposedly plagues the Xbox 360…

And then it happened, yesterday. Blinking red lights around the “on” button. I stared stupidly at it for a moment, unable to believe my eyes. It’s been four years, and it’s never happened before. I had pressed the eject button to take out a game disc, after unplugging the 360 from the TV, and the red lights greeted me.

I switched off the machine, and turned it on again. Yup, still blinking red. Just for fun, I tried it 3 more times. Dem! Still red! Does this mean that my good times with the 360 were finally over?

I had a good scare for about a full minute. Then I replugged everything into the TV, and tried again…

And breathed a sigh of relief. Green! I popped in a disc. It works (of course).

Apparently, the machine blinks red to tell you that the video cable is not plugged in! Nothing faulty with the hardware after all.

My confidence in the machine was restored. After all these years, I don’t think I’m ever getting the fatal Red Rings of Death. Well, at least till the next generation of consoles…

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Yes, I know it came out last year. But it’s only now that I’ve started playing. Progress is unbelievably slow. I’m just so dem busy these days. I’ve only managed to snatch 1-2 hours every few days to game.

I’ll probably write-up some sort of review when I’m done, like what I did for Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. But right now, all I can say is: It’s NOT easy.

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Finally, after weeks of sporadic gaming, I’ve completed Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 on the Playstation 3.

My comments? It’s the best PS3 game that I own, so far. Which isn’t saying much. In my humble opinion, the PS3 still can’t compare to the XBox 360 in terms of gaming. Yes, after all these years of ‘Our Machine is Technically Superior to the 360’ that Sony has been trying to tell us. In my opinion, the 360 has better exclusive games, and where a game is a multi-platform concern, the XBox 360 version is usually better, or comes out earlier, or both. Hopefully, Sony will close the gap soon… But I’ve been waiting a long long LONG time.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, which was released 2 years earlier on XBox 360 as Ninja Gaiden 2, was one of those rare games that was supposedly better on PS3. Pretty much starved for games on the PS3 that was worth getting, and to utilise my PS3 for more than just watching Blu-rays, I went out and bought Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 a month or so back.

Here’s the breakdown of the game, as I see it:

Graphics. It’s in High Definition, but only 720p, not Full HD. Not too shabby, but don’t compare it with Gears of War2 or Bio Shock. Apparently, the graphics are an improvement over Ninja Gaiden 2 on 360. It’s got some nice female characters that weren’t available on the 360 version as well.

Some people have commented that the ‘sharper’ graphics in the PS3 version was achieved at the cost of less simultaneous ‘objects’ on the screen. To be honest, I didn’t really notice.

Gameplay. This is an hack & slash action-er. And the action really does come fast and furious. Good for some mindless button mashing at the end of an exhausting day at the office. The Bosses are a little more difficult, but nowhere near as hard as in Ninja Gaiden 2 on 360, I’m told.

Interface. Same old controls, and the action is very smooth. Team Ninja (the game developers) was said to have pulled out all the stops in the programming to achieve the seamless, super reactive controls that are the trademark of the Ninja Gaiden series.

Extras. The PS3 version has 3 extra characters (all scantily-clad females) and 3 additional missions to go with them. The PS3 game is also more expensive than the 360 version, by the way. At least where I live.

Overall. If you’re a casual gamer like me, who want to just button mash after work, and can’t wait for God of War 3, but absolutely must get a PS3 game, then this may be for you.

WARNING: as usual, expect the PS3 to update the system and install the game when you first pop in the game disc. This will take 10 to 30 minutes. And may or may not mess up your machine settings, which may in turn cause you to lose in-game sound and also provoke game glitches, until rectified. No, I’m not dicking you. It actually happened to me when I tried out the first ever PS3 game that I bought, Resident Evil 5 (I had no problems with the 2 ‘free’ games that came with my machine).

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