Monday, July 23, 2007

Weddings and HD purchases

Thinking about how many DVDs I regret buying, I’m looking at the upcoming release list for both Blu-ray and HD-DVD with a super critical eye. I’m on the fence about Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. I loved Shaun, but not sure if I really need to own it. I haven’t seen Fuzz, so most likely will rent it from Netflix first.

Of course 300 is a definite buy. Even though the HD-DVD version has some extra interactive content, I have to go Blu-ray because of the audio. The Xbox 360 HD-DVD player does not support Dolby TrueHD (even with the HDMI on the Elite), but the PS3 does. For me, the best possible audio is more important than extra special features I’ll view only once.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within will most likely get purchased although I might wait for reviews on pic quality to pop up. The story wasn’t that great, but damn it should look and sound amazing on Blu-ray. I’m glad I waited on the special edition of The Wild Bunch since the Blu-ray version was finally announced last week. It comes out September 25th with all the content from the SE. Very excited.

Wedding Season
I went to my friend Pete’s wedding two weeks ago, but hadn’t gotten around to getting the pics off my camera till now. It was an awesome wedding and I got to see a lot of people I haven’t talked to in a while.

Tops on that list is the man of many talents Nate Denver.

There were also other shady characters floating around.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

E3 2007 Quick Takes (UPDATED Fri)

There’s tons of news on E3 out there so I’ll keep my observations brief and ordered by what I’m loving and not loving.

Loving

1. Xbox Live/PSN downloads – I can’t tell you how awesome it is watching the MGS 4 trailer right on my own HDTV. Meryl looks so damn cool. The Killzone 2 trailers is great too. PSN really needs some demos though. Both services delivering so far. Looking forward to tonight. UPDATE - After a strong start, the PSN store had three more items as of today/fri, the last day of the show. Very sad. The live content has been steady with a very long Too Human trailer being one of the highlights. Let's hope we'll see some updates this weekend and early next week.

2. Call of Duty 4 – I haven’t been this psyched for a Call of Duty game since the first one.
3. Slim PSP – I sold off my older PSP a month ago in anticipation of this. Not as radical a change as I might have liked, but I made back more than enough to cover the new slim since I pulled the trigger early. Being able to play PSP games on a TV is killer. Suddenly I’m extra excited about God of War and popping in old favorites like Lumines. The raised D-Pad is a welcome addition as well.
4. Rock Band – How awesome is this game looking? You get four games in one, a guitar that kicks the hell out of the guitar hero one (yes even the newer one), entire albums that will be available for download, and a wider variety of songs. I’ll still get GH III, but maybe I won’t be rushing out to do so.
5. Resident Evil 5, Soul Calibur IV and Halo Wars – 2008 games have been very low profile at this E3 (MGS4 doesn’t count since it was previously 2007), so it was very nice to see how impressive RE 5, SC IV and Halo Wars could potentially be.

Not loving
1. Halo 3 – I can’t believe how mediocre this is looking so far. I’m positive it will still be a great game, but the excitement level is at an all-time low.
2. The pre-E3 press conferences – No really big news or surprises other than the new Mario Kart and Killzone 2 redeeming itself. The logical side of me knows that there are tons of hot games for this fall, so the usual teases of “future” games would be counter-productive.
3. PS3 holiday outlook – With MGS 4 delayed till 2008, the only games to look forward to are the new Ratchet, Uncharted, and possibly Heavenly Sword. Will any of those rock my world the way MGS 4 would have? Where the hell is Tekken 6? Is that 2008 now too? Boo!
4. Wii 2008 – Mario, Metroid, Smash Bros, and Wii Fit are sure to be enough for this holiday, but I’m getting more worried about the 2008 picture. Mari Kart looks super rad and…well, what else will fill the void? Maybe Tokyo Game Show will shed some more light.
5. MGS 4 trailer – Mind you, I loved it overall, especially how much Meryl was in it. When comparing it to past E3 MGS trailers though, it kind of comes up short.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

July 4th dilemma

The good news is I just picked up Ninja Gaiden Sigma. The bad news is I'm still neck deep in Odin Sphere. The pace of the two games are so different, it would be tough playing them alternately. Also, NG is the type of action game you really have to devote your full attention to. I might finish out the current character arc (The Pooka Prince) and come back to it after I finish Sigma. There is a story viewer in Odin Sphere I can use to refresh my memory.

In other Tecmo news, they just announced DOA Online for release in China. It's going to be more of a casual MMO type of deal and feature characters that are more cartoony. Bizarre.