The Ghosts of Awesome, Not Awesome, and Future Awesome.

First off… DMC4 looks awesome, Lady even more so.

In not-future news, I picked up God of War 2 and GH3 recently. More importantly, I picked up a new PS2 for the living room (man is that thing small) and it’s very nice to get off my 14in. + RF connection. What’s not awesome though is that the Kramer Wireless decided that it would devour batteries, or at least not recognize them as inside, so I would get like… to the intro movies before it crapped out.

I went through an entire box, it was a God damn crusade for batteries. But I will rock out… eventually, I swear to you all. (Seriously though, I sucked so bad, like, I don’t know what my fret hand is doing bad.) I did feel badass for the like the half-song I actually got to do though.

GoW2 rocks, but you don’t need me to tell you that. I don’t think I’ve said “shazam” so many times in my life. (In my defense, I had the Simpsons scene with Homer thinking “PYLE!” “Sha-ZAM!” over and over again stuck in my head.) At the same time that I felt awesome, it was completely different from GH3-awesome or any other platformer for that matter, more like playing Fahrenheit with less acid. Like I was watching 300 instead “being” Leonidas, but the smoothness of movement (the wall climbing in the titan’s cave was glorious) and the whole “press one button to do like five different things to the dude’s spine” did let me appreciate how awesome it all looked. (On that note, I’m thinking about getting this poster all nice and framed up.) For more consumer-whore speak, I need to get a nice platformer that isn’t ball-crushing.

Next Gen Impetus or Lack Thereof

So, today I find out that the PC’s GH3 guitar is the same one as the 360′s GH3 one, which forced some to do this to avoid cramps of doom…

GH2's Gibson X-Plorer Guitar for the Xbox 360 with Foam Attached

Yeah, we’re not having that. (Technically I could buy a wireless receiver and buy a separate 360 guitar, but that’s bordering on crazy town, especially because there isn’t a PC-only bundle.)

So, a next-gen system is looking mighty tasty.

  • The Wii’s out of the question, I’m not that desperate (although Super Mario Galaxy is apparently really good).
  • In other news, I can now verify that I’m getting a new model 360 if I buy it with this Pro bundle with Forza 2 and MUA ($350), so that’s a definite leg up. 120GB for save games is a bit excessive for the Elite version (at a $100 premium), especially now that that (and a black tax ala Apple) are its only real advantages it has over the Pro. (For the record: 120GB HDD, black, and HDMI cables that I can’t use. The new Pros can do HDMI out, but don’t come with the cables for it in-box. The hardware is practically the same with the Elite and new Pro.)
  • My best bet on the PS3 front is 80GB with Motorstorm bundle ($500). My original fears regarding the combination of JRPGs and software emulation have not come to pass with the 80GB (i.e. my games work on it). The 40GB on the other hand is straight crippleware, no PS2 guts or software emulation.

Honestly, at this point, I could get a 360 + a slim PS2 (as my launch-day PS2 is getting on in years) for the same price as the 80GB PS3 (i.e. the only good one). It’s basically the first panel’s argument in reverse…


Which has a certain irony to it. (As a result of a previous revision of this parenthetical, I found that the Firefox’s default spellcheck does not have the word “nunchuk”. That made me sad.)

You know the funniest thing about all this? I realized what I am likely to get.

Slim PS2 + DVD remote for the living room (since I can’t set up shop in the living room permanently, another strike against the next-gens) and a couple PS2 games (MGS3 and KH2 come to mind in addition to GH3). After all, Mass Effect will eventually get ported, I kinda suck at fighters in the first place (see DoA4 and VF5), and by the time new stuff from NISA and Atlus come out for the PS3 and 360 respectively, things should have calmed down a bit.