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Sony’s Next Move

February 17, 2009 Leave a comment

The PlayStation 3 is in trouble.

According to the January NPD sales numbers, sales of the PS3 fell nearly 25% compared to last year’s January numbers.  The system’s only game to crack the top 30 in software sales was Call of Duty: World at War, moving a tepid 108,000 copies.  To add insult to injury for Sony, the profitable PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable were also both down compared to last January.  In comparison, both Microsoft and Nintendo managed to not only completely dominate the software sales chart, but also saw large year over year increases in hardware numbers.

In summary, the expensive-to-manufacture $399 PS3 (which is $200 more than the cheapest competitor yet still most certainly losing money) is languishing in both hardware and software sales during a global depression while the only hardware SKUs actually making a profit for Sony are also suffering.

It isn’t looking good for Sony right now.  The kneejerk reaction to this situation would be to slash the price of the PS3 immediately and hope to regain worldwide marketshare.  This is the popular opinion amongst the armchair executives in enthusiast gaming circles.  It’s also a bad idea. Read more…

This is getting ridiculous: Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds

November 15, 2008 Leave a comment

It’s no secret that most recent Playstation 3 games have either mandatory or optional installations that take up several gigabytes of space.  The appropriateness of mandatory installs in a console game is debatable, but most developers say that the installs lead to improved performance.

I see no problem with mandatory installs in moderation.  It can be annoying to come home with a brand new game, and have to wait an extra five or ten minutes play, but it’s no big deal.  I even install most optional installations just in case there is an improvement. Read more…

Two Hour Review: Why I’ve Given Up on Far Cry 2

November 2, 2008 1 comment

After a bit over two hours, Far Cry 2 may be my biggest disappointment of the year. I don’t say that lightly.

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Uncharted (PS3): How to Ruin a Great Game

January 20, 2008 4 comments

Until about 75% through Uncharted, I was a huge fan of the game. I was wholly prepared to write a glowing recommendation for developer Naughty Dog’s masterpiece. I was read to tell anyone who listened that the PlayStation 3 finally had it’s own exclusive game that would be the first triple-A must-have experience. In other words, a true reason for buying the PS3. I thought that Uncharted was going to do for the PS3 what Gears of War did for the Xbox 360 last fall.

That all changed during the last quarter or so of the game. Spoilers (and an incredible amount of disappointment) below.

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