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Archive for October, 2009

Hey Fatso what chu playin?

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

well. The ol’xbox red ringed so no 360 games.

On the PS2 side i’ve been running laps on Gran Turismo 4, and Tourist Trophy (the motorcycle racing game based on Gran Turismo). Also, I’ve been jumping back into the Grand Theft Autos… San Andreas and Liberty City Stories.

On the portable tip, DS is quiet, but the PSP is bumpin. First and foremost, Gran Turismo is fun, but nothing amazing. A mix between arcade and career mode, no tournaments, no series, no prize cars, no licenses (a good thing)  and only a certain number of cars can be tuned at the same time (super weak sauce). Next up is Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars… wow, pretty good, i like it a little bit more than the DS version, although theres still a few things that they ported over from the DS thats still a little wonky without the stylus. the graphics are better, sharper, and also adds some lighting effects. Lets face it, the PSP has a big beautiful screen and pretty powerful under the hood, just seems like it has a bunch of crap games.

First Impressions: Gran Turismo PSP

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

If you read previous posts, you know i’m a GT fan. So, i was stoked to get a hold of this long-awaited PSP version.

Likes

  • Tons of cars
  • Tons of courses, all the old courses are there, and tons of the newer GT4 courses as well.
  • Its got the usual GT physics, on par with GT4.
  • Quick pick up and play set up. No long races or tournaments that keep you glued to your system.
  • Every race is custom, depending on what car you choose, so you always have competition as well as a diverse set of opponents.

Dislikes

  • Only certain brands of cars are available depending on what day it is in the games world. So one day its honda, suzuki, jaguar and audi… and something else the next day.
  • No performance upgrades. WEAKSAUCE!!!!!
  • Very limited tuning options available, no tunable transmissions! DOUBLE WEAK!!
  • No practice mode to allow you do endless practice laps around the tracks.
  • Physics engine still bounces you off walls.
  • No damage, so you tend to play a lil rougher when it comes to passing.

Overall its pretty good, but would only pass as a 50/50 mix between arcade and career mode if it was on a console… Career lite as i would say. There’s no ‘Cups’ or series, like the other GT’s, so you never win a prize car, or championship money.

All bitching aside, the racing is the solid GT racing I know and love. The cars look great, the game runs smooth, and all my old friends are there… Tsukuba, Autumn Ring, Laguna Seca. I like how you can just buy whatever car you want, and immediately race it. There’s no tuning, no upgrades or shakedown runs to do, which helps with the quick play style of the game.

If your into GT, get it, love it. If your kinda on the fence with racing games, stick the big brother versions on the consoles… GT on Playstation, Forza on XBox.