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Gran Turismo vs Forza Motorsports: final… for now.

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

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).

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

CARS
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.

TRACKS
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.

GAMEPLAY
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.

CONCLUSION
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?

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

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

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.

so…

***WHAT CHU PLAYIN!!!!***


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.

Wii
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).

Hey Fatso, what chu playin? 2.22.10

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

without any further ado… what chu playin.

xbox 360

Darwinia+ – I have been waiting for this to come out, and am so happy it finally has. The name is misleading since its actually two games in one… Darwinia and Multiwinia. I’m not so much a fan of Darwinia, but Multiwinia is incredibly fun. Its a pretty simple RTS (real time strategy) with a few different types of gameplay. Domination has you capturing bases until the other team is gone, or time runs out. Rocket Race has you capturing solar arrays to refuel your rocket, then racing to fill it up before the enemy team destroys your rocket. Capture the Statue is your basic capture the flag, except this time around its a giant statue that requires alot of your soldiers to get back to your scoring area. Theres a few others, including a king of the hill game thats pretty fun to play.
Borderlands
– gotta get some more characters leveled up for the new DLC, as well as finishing up Zombie Island.
Dirt 2 – kinda cool, havent had to much time with it, but it seems to be a solid racer thats not quite simulation, yet no where near arcade status.

Honorable mention: Modern Warefare 2

Playstation 3

Katamari Forever – like the titles says, you’ll be playing this forever, and listening to the soundtrack when your not playing it.

Honorable mentions: Wipeout HD, Noby Noby Boy

Wii

The Wii has been infection with the Retro Virus since most Wii games are junk (not all, just most).

Final Fantasy III (VI) (SNES) – I love it, magic, machines. Great.
Super Mario World (SNES) – its there, so, you know, you gotta.

Honorable Mentions: Super Dodgeball (NES), Sonic 1/2/3 (Genesis), River City Ransom (NES)

Batman: Close, but not quite.

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I got Batman: Arkham Asylum from gameFly a few days ago. I was stoked. It got good reviews, a few friends told me it was on the up and up. I got it, fired it up, played it for a lil while, then stopped.

I came back to it the next day, played it some more, and after that just didn’t have any desire to play it any more. I loved how the hand to hand combat was set up. After a while though, it just turned into “mash X until i see the thunder bolts, then mash Y, and after that go back to mashing X. Oh and wiggle the joystick a lil.”

As you moved through the facility you tended to approach it in a similar manner. heres the process: 1) Walk into facility. 2) Walk down a hall/through a room. 3) find a couple of unarmed bad guys to beat. 4) go into another room which then turns it into a stealth mission. 5) beat the room, explore/examine. 6) leave room, rinse, repeat.

Every now and then, you’ll run into a boss, once again, here comes a formula. 1) bad guy comes out. 2) boss shows his attack. 3) usually you have to dodge, then hit/throw something at them. 4) rinse, repeat. Each successive boss fights adds an new technique for step #3, so the first boss was 1 move, the 2nd was 2 moves.. etc…

I grew weary of the repetition. I think thats what killed it for me. the repetition. which is weird, since i love RPGs, i put countless hours into grinding in Borderlands, Final Fantasies and the such. RPGs are built on repetition. But there was something about the lack of reward for all the repetition as you played through the campaign. Every now and then you would get a chance to gain new abilities, but even then, there were some you were not allowed to get. Which means the game doles out the powers to you when it deems fit, not when you’ve done enough to deserve it. Therein lies my problem with it. In a RPG setting, if you use weapon x enough you’ll learn an ability, not when you get to a certain part in the games story. You can improve upon the skillset you have, and even learn new ones under a different class/job, while running around getting in various fights with lurking monsters and the sort.

On the plus side, there were some things i liked very much. I mentioned the combat system, it was pretty good, but i did not play it enough to find out if you get combos, ie  ‘x + b + a’ does this and ‘b + a + x” does something else. The stealth move batman had were pretty awesome. A few takedown options, one as simple as approaching from behind and knocking the bad guy out. My favorite was grabbing the guy and tying him upside down from a gargoyle.

How can it be approved? well, i dunno. One improvement i would like to see, but this is one i have with most video games is: more options, more room. You tended to get stuck in a certain area, and can not get out until you get rid of all the bad guys. Nothing wrong with that mind you. Its just, why can’t i get outside the warehouse, and drop in through the skylight? Batman would/could do that. Instead, i’m stuck lurking in the rafters. I want to have enough room to set up the takedowns the way i like, the way i think batman would do it.

Batman: Arkham Asylum got really close to being a really good batman game. Its good, definitely worth a play, but i would suggest renting/borrowing instead of buying. There is just not enough here to keep you playing.

hey fatso, what chu playin?

Monday, January 4th, 2010

(post crimmis edition)

ah man, its been a couple weeks since i’ve talked about this… lets see… we’ll break it down by system again.

360
Modern Warfare 2
– i know, i know, “but fatty, your not into the realistic military stuff!” I’m usually not, but you know what made this game totally addicting? the lil RPG/character building aspects of the game. I love leveling up, both my guy, and the weapons i used. At the time of writting, i’m at level 69 (out of 70), most of my perks are Pro, except for two i’m working on right now.

I love creating my own mix of weapons/equipment/perks. I love running around ninja status with two sawed off shotguns in hand, blasting the poor chumps that decided to stop and look out the window, or who thought they were being sneaky hiding up that quiet corner. I found i love sneaking around the back of the battle and taking the team out one by one, silently. Its so visceral and heart pounding… its been a while since a game has made my heart rate/adrenaline rise like that… since Left 4 Dead.

I’ll explain why later, but the only thing i don’t like about the game is some of the people playing online. Some talk shit just to talk shit, others get pissed when you beat em, other have no sense of irony when they get their ass handed to them by a guy called ‘MrAlecBaldwin’. Either way, its makes you want to just stop playing for a while.

Borderlands – I took a break from this one for a while, but decided to give it a play when i had started to get a string of hate messages from agro MW2 players who couldn’t handle being beaten by a Baldwin brother. So, Borderlands… yea, fun, what can i say?

character building? check. Tons of weapons? check. Good multiplayer? check.

i love it, i’ve got 1 of each charcter going, my favorite so far is either the hunter or siren. The soldiers turret, and healing abilities are really good though. a fellow player who i’ve been doing co-op with has a completely leveled out soldier, and you even get ammo restored when you in proximity to him, RAD!

I’ve also dipped my toes into some Forza 3, Left 4 Dead 2 (still frustrating) and some Geometry Wars 2 (i’m sooo horrible at that game).

PS3
ModNation Racers Beta
– its finally here. its pretty good. I like it. I’m going to buy it when the full version comes out. There was some technical hickups at first, and not much to do right now, but pretty good.

PixelJunk Shooter – if you’ve got a PS3 and don’t have this, joo has some prollems. the title doesnt do it justice, yes, your in a ship that goes PEW PEW PEW! but thats not the end of it, thats not even half of it. You rescue lost scientists/researchers, and you get to play around with magma and water, which is even better than the shooting part of the game. so much fun. words useless, only play will do.

Thats about it, hopped into some GT5 Prologue, GT5 time trial demo, Last Guy, and Wipeout HD also.

DS
I didnt spend too much time with anything, but i did get some N+ time in, as well as some more Scribblenauts and puzzle bobble/bust-a-move with the Misses.

Gran Turismo vs Forza Motorsports: A few more cents.

Friday, November 20th, 2009

(this is an update to the following post)

Well, in the time since i’ve written another post about the two games. I got a PS3 and Gt5 Prologue. On the 360 end, Forza 3 also came out. so now… drumroll please… i can weigh in about the two.

Forza 3
Wow. Forza 2 was one thing, but Forza 3 definitely stepped it up. More of everything… cars, tracks, series. From the beginning, every car is available for purchase, granted you have the credits. When you win a series of races you get a pretty good amount of money so you don’t have to spend too much time racing for extra cash to keep ‘moving up’. You don’t win prize cars (so far, i’m a level 13) at the end of series, instead you get them when you level up. You level up pretty quickly early on, and the cars are actually useful (i’m looking at you GT).

Along the lines of race courses, there is a pretty good amount to choose from. You have everything from tight training courses, up to full international circuits. Some real, some fake, but each one has its own thing going on. Fujimi Kaido is an incredible windy road to hone your drifting skills on, and even get an acheivement like i did.

(i choose the video mostly because of the great song, but the drivings good too. POS – Optimist)

The car selection is quite diverse, from dinky sub-compact/city cars, boy racers, sports cars, and even some stock cars. I bought the ‘VIP’ version of the game which got me some exclusive cars and a couple free cars gifted to me by the developers. One of the cars they sent me was an incredibly fast Acura Le Mans car. Instead of having 6 different versions of the same model, they’ll chose the 2 best ones. Tons of modifications and upgrades are available, including the newly added option to change your cars drivetrain… aka turn an all wheel drive to a Rear wheel drive car. The amazing livery editor is back, and has been refined. When you load a vinyl group, it actually ‘groups’ them together into one layer instead of just importing all the layers from the vinyl group over. Tons of paint color available, but it would have been great to be able mix your own, and also a choice of matte finish would have been great.

I haven’t raced online yet, I’m waiting to get a beefier, diverse garage first. I’ve bounced into the auction house and picked up a few bargains. but beware, some of the cars i thought i was getting for a steal, ended up being prize cars you get when you level up. I ended up with two duplicates, but luckily i put em back up for sale, and got rid of em.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
What can i say, its fucking beautiful. When a developer takes their time to learn how to take advantage of the PS3 powers, this is what you get. This is one of those rare games that just could not be done exactly the same on the 360. But, with things like damage, and custom paint/design missing, there’s less to bog down the system, freeing it up for more rainbows and unicorns.

The physics engine has been greatly improved over GT4. The cars are not as ‘dive-y’ as they were in GT4 when you brake hard. One thing i noticed, you still cannot flip a car over like you can in Forza 3 (i still haven’t been able to flip one yet). I slammed a car into the wall going really fast, spun out, hit the wall again. It was then that the car started hitting these invisible walls keeping it from flipping end over end. You no longer bounce off walls any more, and you also get thrown off when you hit a car too.

Cars…yea, there’s some cars in it, but not much. Usually 2-4 per manufacturer, but some of them get incredibly pricey. You cannot tune them, supposedly the option to change ride height is in there, but i have not been able to find it. Your limited to the colors that the manufacturer made the car in… no custom colors… WTF!

This whole colors thing really annoys me about Gran Turismo. In real life, you can take you car to get painted another color, colors the manufacturer does not offer. Why the fuck can you not do that in Gran Turismo. I’m not asking for a livery editor like Forza, but i just want to be able to paint the car whatever colors i want. Its bonus points when you can paint different parts different colors like Forza. In forza you can paint the rims, hood, mirrors, and even the spoiler. My signature paint job ALWAYS includes a carbon colored hood. In Gran Turismo the car never feel like they are mine, instead i’m just borrowing them from the museum for the day.

Heres comes another bummer… theres only 6 different race courses available, each one has 2 versions. 4 real world courses are available, and 2 fake ones from the GT universe. They are pretty good, just, not enough. The Developers released another course a while ago, but it would be cool if they could drop a couple more for us to race on. you know, to whet our appetite.

Conclusion
Considering GT5 Prologue is just a demo and Forza 3 is a full game – Forza 3 is the current leader in the race. GT5 has potential, but they are not showing anything new in Prologue, just nice graphics and improved physics. There was more than just a car/course update when it comes to Forza, everything seemed to be even further refined or improved.

In the end it boils down to what i want to play when i want to play. Do i wan to just jump in race, and i’m done? ok, then i’ll play Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. Do i want to put some time into modifying and tuning a car? then Forza 3 is the way to go. each one is great, just depends on what your looking for.