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Gran Turismo vs Forza Motorsports: final… for now.

December 7th, 2010 by Ipso

So. I’ve FINALLY had some time with Gran Turismo 5.

I’ve also come to a decision on which one is best (as of 2010).

Forza 3 wins.

wha! whu? yea. I said it. Forza wins, Gran Turismo is finally dethroned (in my head that is).

Yes, GT5 has some amazing graphics. Beautiful tracks. Great looking cars. Are they better than Forzas, yes, but not by much.

GT5 claims 1000 cars, Forza has just over 500 cars. seems like alot is missing right? yea kinda. But do you really want to race a Volkswagen Kubelwagen? no. Toyota Prius? no, oh well theres still 3 of them in Gran Turismo.

maybe you like civics? theres 16 of them. Does anybody need 16 civics to race? ….Forza 3 has 6.

oh lets race our Mazda Miatas? Gran Turismo has 22. Forza 3 has 3. In all reality, who need 22 different Miatas? is anyone really buying a game based on the Miatas in the game. None. That’s the problem with stating numbers with out context, it doesn’t take into effect the amount of duplicate cars. Yes, i understand, cars evolve over time, and change. But highlight the keys years, not EVERY iteration of the car.

Another thing about the cars. GT5 is a Museum where Forza 3 is a garage. In GT5 you can look at the cars, some you can touch but thats it. In Forza if the cars in the proverbial ‘garage’ its yours to do what you want with it. Dont like the paint job, change it. Dont like the rims? change it. In Gran Turismo there are tons of cars that are locked. Paint job locked. Rims locked. In Forza you can create CRAZY custom graphics and logos on the cars. look it up. its crazy.

Dont take me wrong, its amazing that they took the time to catalog and recreate all of the cars that they did for Gran Turismo 5. But I, personally, do not want to drive half of the cars in Gran Turismo, where as, with Forza, i want most of them. I gotta say, Forza 3 feels more currated.

This, for me was a real toss up. Both contain standard, real life courses. Great. But both games have not-real courses that i love too much to give up. Gran Turismo has Grand Valley and Trial Mountain. Two of my Forza favorites are Maple Valley and Sunset Peninsula.

so, tied.

Gran Turismo has been the same since the first game came out in the late 90s. There has been no innovation. Each GT has had the same reoccuring races in each game, the same events. Another big disappointment, there is just not that many ‘career’ events to do in GT5. Forza has a race for almost every single car in the game.

Finally, License tests still? what. the. fuck. the most boring and tedious part of Gran Turismo Life.

Digital Polyphony, i love you, but its time to take a look in the mirror. Lets cut that car list in half , How about the ability to paint EVERY ONE of our cars? Lets give the player a chance to create the cars they want. Hey, maybe i could also not be locked into the same racing suit? variety. it s a spice of life.

Turn 10, keep up the good work. I can has 2002tt nao?

3rd roll’s a charm

August 1st, 2010 by nesoxochi

3rd roll of film from the mini diana yielded some interesting results.  it’s been fun experimenting.

i’m a lomo-maniac.

July 6th, 2010 by nesoxochi

soon to be anyhow thanks to mr. ipsofatso’s surprise present.  hope my 1st roll turns out ok!

classic sanrio tote bags.

July 6th, 2010 by nesoxochi

i’m a sucker for the original sanrio designs, the ones i grew up with as a kid, so i was stoked to see that for their continued 50th anniversary celebration sanrio is selling classic sanrio designed tote bags.  check them out!  find them all here.

Hey Fatso, What chu playin? (been a long time edition)

June 17th, 2010 by Ipso

Oh man. what up!

well, i got a full time job, and its rad, and i love it and i haven’t had time to update this thing. But things are settling down, so updates will start rolling in on the regular basis like they were before.



big list, its been a while…

Xbox 360 – Not a whole lot, a lil Forza 3,  and some Super Street Fighter IV.

Playstation 3 – Wow, i had to dust this thing off, but damn is there some good games to play on it. First things first…

Modnation Racer
Step aside Mario Kart, this is the next step in kart racers. Very similar handling as mario kart, including controlable drifting, and the ability to do tricks while in the air to get some boost. Weapons, yes, but in a different way. First, theres not so many of them, but each weapon has 3 levels. Each level either increases the severity or how many opponents it hits, and if you hold the button down, it will drop the item as a mine, which is great for when you gotta hold down 1st place.

Track wise, there is a pretty good amount to begin with and if thats not enough, a VERY INSANELY AWESOME track editor is available, giving you the ability to create levels just as good, if not better than the ones that came with the game.

Another part of the game, and for me one of the top selling points: custom character/kart creation. Tons of parts for the cars, alot of ‘parts’ for the characters. Its great.

Its got pretty good online but ranked games are handled in a wonky way. When a ranked race is over you get bounced back to the ‘modspot’ (home) and you get an option to jump into another race, but you cannot keep racing with the people you just raced with unless you add them as friends, but even then, you can’t keep party together in ranked races.

Joe Danger
Take excitebike, update it and give it some definitely improved graphics. Its fun, you race, you run obstacle courses, you do tricks. its fun. download it.

Others: 3D Dot Hero, Wipeout HD, Shatter, and PixelJunk Shooter.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Its great. What else do you want to hear? More of the same, but the ‘same’ is awesome. Some great levels so far, and some really good boss battles, my favorite so far has been the space dragon thing.

Bit.Trip Runner – Its another really good Bit.Trip game, and like all the other Bit.Trip games – i suck at it, they’re hard man.

Light Trax – Its a conceptual racer, you control a line going through a course, and you hop from lane to lane, two lines cannot occupy the same lane at the same time. You build boost by being next to another line, so there’s incentive to staying with the pack.

others: Tatsunoko VS. Capcom

Other Console/Portable: Picross 3D (DS), Super Mario World (snes), Mario Bros 3 (nes).

LOST finale party

May 29th, 2010 by nesoxochi

just a few pics from our LOST finale party.  what a great time.  what a great show.