Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Sony’

Published Review – God of War 3 (PS3)

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

God of War 3

http://archive.purdueexponent.org/?module=article&story_id=21194

“God of War 3” is competent, but it will leave many players unhappy. The hackneyed ending will disappoint fans invested in Kratos’ story, and the developers’ slavish devotion to stale game mechanics won’t appeal to new players experienced in similar games that have more depth.

Advertisements

Published Review – Heavy Rain (PS3)

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment
The American box art for Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain

http://purdueexponent.org/?module=article&story_id=20667

Few people will play “Heavy Rain” and have the same experience, which is the game’s greatest strength. The ending is a collection of countless variables based on a player’s successes, failures and snap decisions. Because of this, “Heavy Rain” is intimately personal in a way other mediums could never hope to emulate.

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…

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.

Read more…