Archive for December, 2010

App Review: GT5 Garage

App Review | Posted by Pesico
Dec 31 2010

GT5 Garage
by Jason Billingsley
Price: $0.99

I’ve been playing Gran Turismo 5 non-stop ever since it was released and I sat myself a rather hairy goal. Collect all 1031 cars in the game. Not only is it time consuming, but with the 800 Standard Model cars rotating for space in the Used Car Dealership, it makes it hard to spot them all if not careful. I started out with an Excel spreadsheet, moved over to an un-named internet site that stopped working when I needed it to, so I decided to look for an App.

Selecting cars.

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Gran Turismo 5 Patch 1.05 Impressions

Games, News, Title Update | Posted by Pesico
Dec 21 2010

Sony released a new patch for Gran Turismo 5 today and Polyphony Digital has been hard at work. It weighs in at 608MB. Here are the new features along with my impressions:

・Seasonal Events
[Seasonal Events] have been added to the [GT Mode] – [GT Life] screen. From here you can participate in official online events from the Polyphony Digital team.
In these events, all participants are under the same regulations, and if you complete the event you will win rewards and experience. Compete on the leader boards with players around the world, in Time Trials and Drift Trials!

Seasonal Events consists of 3 modes that will get new events from time to time. The first batch will last from today and until January 6th. First there is Bonus Race. This consists of 5 races with more or less specific participation requirements. These are challenging races where you’re likely to find the right car and tune it correctly to even stand a chance at winning. The reward is great though as you get lots of money and experience from them. They work like Special events where you get money for each position once. This prevents farming, it’s still a nice way to get some money. If you finish first, you get the prize money and experience for finishing in all positions down to 6th. The second mode here is Time Trial. No prizes for this, but you get to fight to get on the leaderboard. Finally theirs Drift Trial where you get to show your skills as a drifter.No money here either, but you get to fight for honor on the leaderboards.

Seasonal Events will sure make it interesting to pick this game up time and time again whenever there is some new events. This is a fantastic addition. It gets a plus for adding fresh races to the single player mode, it’s new ways to earn money and experience and last but not least, they are challenging. That is something that can’t be said about most of the A-Spec and B-Spec races.

・Online Collector’s Dealership
An [Online Collector's Dealership] has been added to the left and centre of the [GT Mode]-[GT Life] screen. In here you will find popular and rare cars.
You might just come across that one car you’ve always been looking for, that you haven’t been able to find in the [Used Car Dealership]

This is a great new addition and the new store is unveiled with the most sought after car of them all. The Formula Gran Turismo, which really is the only car you have to look for in the used car dealership is available. Be fast though, because at unspecified intervals, this store will be updated with new cars.
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Gran Turismo 5 Trophy Guide & Road Map Finished

Guide | Posted by Pesico
Dec 18 2010

Mine's Skyline on Nurburgring Nordschleife

Ever since Gran Turismo 5 released, I’ve been hard at work on the trophy guide for Gran Turismo 5. I’ve had a lot of help from the community at PS3Trophies.org and the guide is now considered finished and submitted. If you want to take a look, here is the link:

GT5 Trophy Guide and Road Map
GT5 Race Series Guide

Uncharted 3 With Offline Co-Op?

Games | Posted by Pesico
Dec 17 2010

I was ecstatic when I heard that Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception was announced earlier last week and the excitement skyrocketed with the video at the VGAs and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon shows. With all that in mind, I remember around the time Uncharted 2 was announced, people where worried that single player would suffer due to the inclusion of what could be a tacked on online multiplayer, myself included. Turned out the single player was better than ever and the online multiplayer was a great addition to the franchise. Now I feel the same regarding what could be the signs of offline co-op, perhaps a complete offline co-op campaign. Let’s take a look at the evidence first:

First evidence piece is GameStop’s listing of Uncharted 3:

While it says 1-3 online Co-op (like the last game) and 1-12 Online Multiplayer (6 vs 6 matches?), it’s the line under neath where it says this that is interesting:

- Number of Players: 1-2 Players

This is the amount of players possible in offline components of the game. Assuming this isn’t a mistake, we can expect some sort of multiplayer offline component in the next game, and most likely offline co-op campaign.

The next piece isn’t as much evidence as it is hinting, but take a look at the twitter questions video from the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show below:

Allready at the first question where it is asked whether you can play other characters than Nathan Drake, they start getting giggly. Christophe Balestra avoids expertly and confirms you can indeed play as different characters since they have multiplayer in the game (online that is) and says he can’t reveal anything other than that. 1:55 they get asked more directly about co-op offerings in the game and whether it includes offline campaign co-op as well. There’s some more gigglying from both, but they never confirm if the next game really will have campaign co-op or not.

Now, I wouldn’t call any of this any solid proof, but I would be surprised if there isn’t any offline multiplayer component, whether campaign co-op or not. A fear of them having to make the single player campaign co-op enabled sneaks in, but if I learned anything from Uncharted 2, then Naughty Dog is the company to pull it off in style.

Naughty Dog has also promised that Nathan Drake will face his deepest fears. What about a co-op mini game with a clown version of Call of Duty’s zombie mode? That would be something right?

Official PlayStation App Coming To iPhone And Android

Apps, News | Posted by Pesico
Dec 16 2010

SCEE revealed earlier today that they’re making an official App and that it will hopefully be available before Christmas in a limited amount of countries, with most other SCEE countries to follow in January.

The new official PlayStation App for iPhone and Android
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