PS3 (Impressions after 1 week)

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  1. Shacklebolt macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, I wrote after 1 hour, so it only seemed fair that I follow it up with a 1 week update.

    Also, between then and now, I got a 26" Sylvania 6626LG, and hooked the PS3 up with a nice HDMI-->HDMI cable, so... yeah. It's about as good of a connection as I can hope for.

    I can sum it up in one word:

    "Eh."

    Now, if you take a look at the Sylvania 6626LG online, you'll see that it's all-black, so with the PS3 sitting next to it, it looks freaking awesome. I mean, really impressive. But...

    I'm sure we (as owners) will get past this, but I'm already frustrated by the dearth of games. I really wish that Sony had rolled PS3 out with more than ~5 exclusive games. I have TW2007 on 360, and feel no real need to try it out for the PS3 when reviews say it's exactly the same (with the exception of the sixaxis, which I could care less about). When I bought my 360, I was psyched that I had so many good games to choose from already. PS3, I'm ancy.

    RFoM: I'm... slightly disenchanted after about 3 solid hours of play. It's just another FPS, albeit an awfully pretty one. I said before that the framerate is mind-bogglingly high, and that hasn't changed. But so far, I've encountered... 4 different types of enemies, and it feels a little repetitive. Plus, the enemies don't have cool names like "CORPSER!" and "BOOMER!" and "BERSERKER!" My point is, very nice looking... not really any more fun than anything else I've played, and I'm not really itching to get through the thing.

    Blu-ray - As far as a blu-ray player goes... it's... fine (had A Knights Tale and the Transporter 2, although I'm getting Unforgiven, Black Hawk Down, and Memento in the very near future). Obviously, no better than HD-DVD. I mean, I don't think there's ever going to be a codec that disginguishes the 50gb blu-ray movie from the 30gb HD-DVD movie, and even if there is... it's going to be damn hard to tell the difference on a screen that isn't 85" 1080p LCD. Also, I heard that Blu-ray isn't picking up porn (http://www.tvpredictions.com/sonyban012407.htm) - which I personally don't care about, but I understand that that's one of the reasons why betamax failed, and with HD-DVD already apparently having some porn-related somethingorother, it'd be sad if Blu-ray collapsed because Sony only wanted major theatrical nudity. That said, when betamax came out, there wasn't this thing called the "internet", over which people get a lot of their porn these days. We'll see.

    This is OBVIOUSLY just personal taste, but it seems like HD-DVD has better movies. If you look at the Blu-ray list, it seems like they have some decent titles, but I never see them on shelves. Transporter 2; Aeon Flux; Crank... <shudders> I mean, c'mon... come up with something a little bit better that actually makes it onto the rack at best buy - this of course, could possibly be because all the good titles are selling out quickly, but I doubt it.

    Also, I said before that the PS3 is much quieter than the 360, and that's still true. However, I have my doubts about it being QUIET ENOUGH to serve as a real piece of home entertainment equipment. During quieter parts of movies, you can hear it whirring away, slightly louder than a VCR would be.

    That said, I was pleased to hear that Sony addressed some backwards compatability issues, but now they really need to crank out some good games. DDR 360 is coming out in February (DDR 360 - how freaking awesome is that. I didn't even know that DDR was worthy of anything beyond PS2, in terms of graphics/gameplay), and I don't see a PS3 port in the works; and with the only releases I'm really looking forward to with the PS3 being MGS 4 and FFXIII (and god knows when the latter will be released), I hope that Sony pleasantly surprises me.

    So yeah, to recap:

    PS3 - still looking wicked cool, physically.
    Games - I mean, come on. Let's go Sony ... <claps hands like trying to get a dog to come back to the house>
    Blu-ray - So far, there's really no reason to hype it over HD-DVD. I actually like HD-DVD player for the 360 more at the moment. But that could change if Blu-ray starts picking up less dumb action flicks and more, you know; good movies. (Babel - which was great - comes out on 2-23, so I'm happy about that)
    Games again - C'mon Sony. Let's go!

    More updates in the not so distant future.
     
  2. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Thanks for the review. I guess I'll wait a bit more and pick up a Wii instead in the meantime.
     
  3. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Well hopefuly in a week or two's time I'll be able to post my impressions of the PS3.

    Like yourself I enjoy HD movies, but whilst I've managed to find 15 titles on HD-DVD since I bought it in Dec for the 360, I've not managed to find any paticular title on BD that i'm going to jump out and buy as yet.

    I'm sure that will change in time. And yes your right, if you can tell the difference between BluRay & HD-DVD you deserve a medal, because they are both pretty much indestinguishable. Especially when they are using the same codec, then they are the same - period.

    I've ordered Resitance & Full Auto 2 for the PS3 also. I'm pretty confident i'll enjoy Full Auto 2 as I loved the 360 version (and this bar arena battles) is pretty much identical. Resistance seems to be the game you have to get for the PS3 - though as you say I hope it leaves me feeling better than GOW. I like more strategic shooters like R6 Vegas & GRAW more than action frag fests, so I'll guess I'll see.

    As I'm importing I hope I dont run into any problems buying stuff off the american marketplace, though I realise it is potentially a problem.
     
  4. Shacklebolt thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Errrr... if it's a strategic shooter you want, and Gears of War struck you as a frag-fest (which, obviously, it was)... then Resistance is going to leave you sorely disappointed (although I'll be very interested to hear what you think of the graphics). Gears of War, frag-fest that it was, is more "tactical" than Resistance (what with the using the walls for cover). To be sure... there might be a different kind of strategy with RFOM, because you don't have a shield that automatically recharges - this has the Golden Axe "four-bar" life thing going on, although slightly more sophisticated.

    I'm wondering if it's my television that has left me kind of unimpressed with Resistance, but I doubt it. A friend is lending me his 360 tomorrow, so I'm going to hook it up and compare GoW to R on the same equipment.

    But yeah... Resistance = very not-tactical.
     
  5. wwooden macrumors 68000

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    You are pretty much at the exact point my roommate got to when he got his PS3. Once the initial excitement of having the system wore off and we had played through R:FOM, there really wasn't much left for us to do except play the Motorstorm demo all the time. I'm sorry, but Resistance isn't a good enough game to keep people going until the next back of games come out.

    He bought a couple of Blue-Ray movies, but the PS3 still sat there most days. He eventually sold it get his money back and put that money into upgrading his computer to have better performance in WoW.
     
  6. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Sorry I didnt make myself clear reading back my post. I realise both are fragfests, I was just saying generally I prefer more strategic shooters than those. So yep I do realise it could leave me feeling cold like GOW. :)
     
  7. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    I'd be interested how it compares with a 360 + HD-DVD drive - I've seen reviews saying they're very noisy when playing a movie.
     
  8. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    The 360 or the PS3 ?

    I have a 360 + HD-DVD drive mate and the drive is very quiet.

    When mine arrives in a few days i'll let you know.
     
  9. sikkinixx macrumors 68020

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    Yes because the names of the endless horde of monsters you slaughter makes for a much more compelling gaming experience...........
     
  10. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    :p

    Ah, but don't forget that 99% of the modern gaming experience is talking smack. It's hard to sound manly saying "did you see the way I totally pwned that butterfly with my pop-pop gun?". Nah, it'd would never work..;)

    360 - I don't have the HD-DVD drive yet, but the one review I read stated with it, and the 360 (obviously) on, the noise is quite noticeable while watching a movie.

    Good to hear different, from an independent (or perhaps, deaf) source! ;)
     
  11. darkwing macrumors 65816

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    Yeah you just have to give it time. When the 360 came out there were no good games, either. I remember it wasn't for about 6 months that I'd walk into GameStop and see more than half a wall's shelf space of games. The first few months I was going in to buy ps2 games and just laughing at the pitiful selection of 360 games. That's how it is now for the ps3. I own one and love it, but still laugh at the lack of games. We have quite a few games coming out in the next couple months so I think things will be fine. :)
     
  12. prograham macrumors member

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    My sister and her husband got a ps3 for xmas. We played through RFoM almost non-stop over 3 days. Having already been playing GoW coop with my friend on his 360, I was majorly disappointed with the graphics of RFoM. And then it struck me - the game had probably been done for a year already before anyone even played it because of the setback of release of ps3's. I think Insomniac is a great company and makes great games: Rachet& Clank series and the monster movie fighting games on ps2 were some of my favorites. And RFoM IS a good game, it's play style is very fun, framerate awesome, controls awesome, everything awesome - except that it's got Call of Duty 2 graphics. And that's something I could even forgive since this game was hot and ready to go even before the console was.

    But what I cannot forgive is the repitition of monsters, whatever they're names are. You only fight one monster throughout the whole thing, yeah with some other "big" ones here and there, but for the majority you are always fighting the same character. Now as immersive as the story is (kinda corny but good for the most part. Again, not the in-your-face-over-the-top stuff from GoW which really worked for my taste), I didn't get a "Mars Attacks!" feeling from fighting a million of the same enemy. It just seemed, unfinished in a way.

    Now one thing I'm surprised I haven't read yet is that the multiplayer in RFoM is stellar, I liked it much better than GoW multiplayer. RFoM is faster, there are way more guns, and the maps are built far bigger and better (lots of z-axis action) than GoW. I'm a huge UT2K4 fan, so faster and z-action are big for me. GoW multiplayer, even though it 0wns on graphics, is clumsy and slower just like the campaign, with not too many weapons. These impressions are all based off 1-v-1 multiplayer experiences.

    Bottom line: PS3 needs games quickly! I put some pictures and movies on the ps3 and I must say I was impressed with the interface, easy to use with the sixaxis, quick transfer, and lots of options for playback. I didn't even need to read the instructions, it was just obvious how to do it. I haven't tried that kinda stuff on the 360. Oh, and one more thing that bothers me about the ps3, even though it is "always on", it needs to be "really on" (blue light?) for the wireless controllers to charge. I find that gay. Who wants to keep a 380W machine on to charge controllers when you never know when you might be back to turn it "off"? Again, I don't know if 360 is the same way but that just seems really dumb. Sorry if this post took up the whole page. :rolleyes:
     
  13. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    nice review. now what's the word on the backward compatibility?

    i'm gonna wait to get one (don't have a choice, have no money)
     
  14. darkwing macrumors 65816

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    Resistance was fun but not the greatest game in the world or anything. What's wrong with fighting one enemy? I played COD3 and I only fought one enemy the entire game. Germans! Yep. Fun stuff.
     
  15. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Launches regardless of console are always the same. A few gems hidden amongst a middling pile of dirge.

    Condemned & Kameo were and are still excellent titles and stand out the most from the ones that launched with the console. PD0 has it moments on line. 32 player infection is a righteous laugh.

    Wii has what? Wii Sports, Zelda, amongst a bunch of titles we will have probably all forgotten about in 6 months (or they will just be releasing them in Europe then)

    PS3 has Resistance:FOM - the best exclusive at launch and COD3, Rainbow 6 : Vegas, Tony Hawks Project 8 probably the better of the multiformat released games.

    Yes it would be nice to have more AAA titles at launch, but it rarely happens period. Just be grateful for the few gems we do get ;)
     
  16. sikkinixx macrumors 68020

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    Resistance, to me, salvages the PS3 launch. I wouldn't call it a reason to buy a PS3 but it is a reason to keep the PS3 if you bought it. 40 person online deathmatches with zero lag are crazy fun.
     
  17. Shacklebolt thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, when the 360 AND the HD-DVD player are both running, yes, it's very, very loud. However, if you MAKE SURE THAT THERE'S NO DISC IN THE 360 (only in the HD-DVD drive), then the 360's fans won't turn on, and the player itself is about as loud as the PS3 playing a blu-ray disc, maybe slightly quieter.

    So...
    PS3 is way quieter than the XBox 360
    The PS3 playing a blu-ray disc/DVD is just as quiet, if slightly, slightly louder, than the HD-DVD drive playing for the 360.
     
  18. Coded-Dude macrumors 6502a

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    Fight Night is fun(even though I hate EA)
    ....and Batou(Ed.H) and I have a blast playing Untold Legends online for an hour/two every couple of days
    (I just wish it had in game audio chat)

    March is the next big wait.
    There will be a plethora of grat BD films, and games can only get better from here on out.
     
  19. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    yep exactly. Dont have a game dvd in the 360 when watching a hd-dvd and its quiet. Besides get 5.1 and drown out any hum with some serious noise :D
     
  20. Shacklebolt thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, naming the enemies from Gears of War was a bit of a joke, but it underscored my point that R-FoM ... isn't really especially fun. The enemies you fought - there was no real reason to get excited about them. When a friend of mine and I were playing GoW co-op, and we heard "BOOOOOOOM", we'd both go, "Aw, CRAP." R-FoM it's more like... "Ummmmm... I wonder if this thing is supposed to be scary? What the heck is it?"

    R-FoM trying to ratchet up the intensity by just having a lot of stuff flying across the screen is all well and good, but it's certainly not new. But as with what other people said above, yeah, the PS3 is going to need some time to get a non-laughable number of games out.
     
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    Ah. I'd have thought the Xbox software/firmware would be smart enough to realise if it's playing a HD-DVD there's little reason for the game CD to be spinning so wind it down.

    I do have 5.1, but I'm not sure how understanding my neighbours would be if I had to explain the reason their plaster is being shaken from the walls is because my drive is too noisy! :D
     
  22. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    You're saying people aren't going to want high definition porn? :p :D

    Seriously though, I think that's pretty funny that Sony's doing the same thing they did decades ago. The internet may save Sony from total doom this time around, but I just can't see Blu-ray being victorious over HD-DVD (regardless of porn).
     
  23. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    ^I can't see any of the current formats taking over...both are lacking. I'm all for the Blu-Ray/HDDVD combo disk.

    Note: Glad to see sony stand there ground about the porn....although looking at some boobs in 1080i wouldn't be bad.


    Bless
     
  24. Coded-Dude macrumors 6502a

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    I can't believe people actually think Sony has the power to restrict porn on Blu-Ray....THEY DON"T EVEN OWN BLU-RAY!

    *breaks into song*
    FUD FUD FUD FUD....FUD FUD FUD FUD .....FUD FUD FUD FUD - play ball!
     
  25. Shacklebolt thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Right, Sony doesn't own Blu-Ray... BUT:

    "[Sony] announced that its subsidiary, Sony DADC Global, will not be permitted to produce adult film titles. Considering the fact that Sony DADC Global is actually the largest Blu-ray disc producer, the company is actually saying that pornography will not be present on Blu-ray. "

    (http://news.portalit.net/fullnews_No-Porn-On-Blu-ray:-Sony-Shooting-Itself-In-The-Foot?_2335.html)
     

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