5 steps to making Killzone 2 successful

15 01 2009

Killzone 2 will be a major hit on the PS3 console, but if Sony wants to get as many sales as possible, they need to do a few things.

5) Collectors edition
Most AAA games have one, but Killzone 2 wont, according to Sony. This is a major mistake, and loss of money to Sony. Many people would be willing to buy one, and it would only help the sales. There is no disadvantage to having a collectors edition. Not having one, wont hurt the sales much, but it could only help.

4) Multilayer demo/public beta.
The main reason people don’t buy games that they never seen before is either A: They don’t like the series/type of game or B: They don’t have a demo and or public beta. Killzone 2’s multiplayer is a major part of the game, and if there only going to have single player in it, then people wont get to test out the multiplayer. While not having multiplayer shouldn’t effect the sales that much, it still will effect the sales, and it wont hurt.

3) Killzone 2+PS3 combo pack
Killzone 2 is reaching out to all FPS fans, including to those who don’t own a PS3. Most of the previous combo packs for the PS3 don’t have any AAA game associated with it, other than MGS4 pack, none of them had a good FPS that came with it. Releasing a PS3 that comes with a AAA FPS with good multilayer will be very successful, just look at MGS4, those sold out.

2) PS3 Price drop
I know a lot of xbox owners that would love to get their hands on this game, but are unable to due to the price of the PS3, a PS3 Price drop would not only help PS3 sales, it will also help Killzone 2 sales. This paired up with a Killzone 2+PS3 combo pack would drastically increase PS3 sales.

1) Advertise.

I cant say it enough, Sony needs to advertise. Sony wants Killzone 2 to be a very successful game, but you cant be successful if you don’t let people know about your great game. Just seeing a poster at Gamestop wont be enough for some people. Create a Ad on TV with a 30 second game play clip from Killzone 2, and your golden. Advertising such a good game shouldn’t be that hard.

Killzone 2 no matter what will be a great game, following these steps will only make more people aware of how good of a game Killzone 2 is.





Review: LittleBigPlanet

1 01 2009

LittleBigPlanet. Play. Create. Share.

In LittleBigPlanet you play as a sack person (also commonly called sack boy) who is a cute, lovable, customizable, character. LittleBigPlanet is a side scrolling, physics based, plat former, exclusive to the PS3.

The good:

LittleBigPlanet is considerably one of the most addicting side scrolling game ever, from the second you enter the game, you are treated with some of the most innovative intro credits (that actually keep you entertained all the way though) and a short, yet fun, tutorial that teaches you all about Little Big Planet. The game is so easy to learn, a 6 year old can play it. You heard me right, a 6 year old can play it, and I even proved it.

After completing the first world, you unlock the second, and it goes on from there, the levels getting harder and harder as you progress. Each level provides fun prizes and costumes that you can pick up throughout the level, and by winning the level. Even more rare prizes require 2 or more players, and or require you “perfecting” the level.

While the single player is loads of fun, it does end quite quickly, but that’s where LBP really shines. It’s multiplayer. LBP contains an easy to use, level builder, that always you to use the various tools, materials, and objects, to create your own level. Creating your own level is very time consuming, but well worth the effort when you’re done, and find your level being played by hundreds of other users. Once you create your level, its as easy as 1…2…3 to publish it on the internet for everyone to play.

A lot of the levels online are a lot of fun, with almost unlimited possibilities on what you can do with the tools provided, there are some amazing levels uploaded on the internet. Getting to them is the exact same way you would a single player level, except it’s a different button, and requires an internet connection. The hearted system works like a favorites list on the web browser; you can heart a level and have it saved into your “favorites list” to play later. You can also heart the creator, to be notified if they upload another level.

The bad:

LittleBigPlanet suffers from several problems, the first problem I actually noticed when playing the game, isn’t really that bad of a problem at all, the single player is very much lacking in length, for those with an internet connection this isn’t much of a problem, but for those that buy the game without an internet connection will find themselves stuck with a very short single player.

For some strange reason Media Molecule decided to require everything used to create a level in the level creator, to be unlocked through the single player. While a lot of the materials and objects are easily earned through simply beating the levels, some of the cooler objects, such as music, and special objects must be unlocked through hidden secrets. This limits those who don’t wish to put in the hours of more effort, to get every single object.

When it comes to multiplayer this game also has several problems. Little Big Planet uses and requires an exceptionally high bandwidth when playing with other players, causing lag. Lag is very common in Little Big Planet, because if one person has a low download/upload rate everyone suffers from it. Little Big Planet also suffers from system lag occasionally, most commonly when first entering a level and when there is a lot going on at one time, such as hundreds of score bubbles in one room.

The ugly:

LittleBigPlanet has many rare, but occasional glitches, that force you to restart your game, such as when joining a game, sometimes you are bombarded with error messages, no matter how many times you slam that triangle button, they won’t stop popping up, forcing you to restart the game. There is even a known glitch that makes the game unplayable, and the only way to get the game to work again is to delete all that time you put into the game, and overwrite the save file. The game is filled with these type of glitches, while mostly rare, there common enough for them to be ugly.

While creating a level, you aren’t limited by what you can do, so much as you are limited by the thermometer. The thermometer is basically the bar that shows how much more you can include in your level, and when trying to create a complex level you feel limited. On top of that there is a whole set of glitches that cause creating levels to be frustrating, and hard to get exactly what you want. Random detaching items, items disappearing, timed or triggered events not going off, and stupid stiff like that.

Conclusion:

LittleBigPlanet is a great game for all ages, and easily one of the most addicting games ever. This game makes up for the numerous technical flaws with its excellent game play, and level creator. The almost unlimited stream of online levels helps make this game last a long time, and playing those levels with your friends from halfway around the world make it even more of a blast. LittleBigPlanet is a must buy for all PS3 owners, along as you can handle an occasional glitch.

8.5/10





Review: PS3 Bluetooth headset

1 01 2009

When you see the Playstation logo on a product you normaly expect quality, it’s a good thing this product doesn’t fall short of that claim.

When you first open it, you immediately know what you have to deal with, you have a Charging dock, a USB cable, extra ear piece ring, and as you would expect, a headset. Getting it going is simple, the included instructions give you all the info you need to get it set up. Linking it to a PS3 system is faster than ever with the USB cable, and it can be linked to almost any other Bluetooth device through discovery mode.

The quality of this product is amazing, when connected to a PS3 system with the USB cable, you get High quality mode, and when compared to almost any other headset on the system, this one easily sounds like a $200 Bluetooth headset. The mic mute/unmutebutton also serves useful and a quick way to block out that person yelling at you, so your squad doesn’t think, WTH? The battery also charges real quick, and lasts a good 7-10 hours of talking. One issue you should note, it does not get the range sony claims it can get, I got maximum 15-20 feet away before it shut me out, it claims 30 feet.

The design of the product is made to look like any other Bluetooth headset, but it is rather high quality. It is very sturdy, it doesn’t feel like it has any “weak spots” and all the buttons feel strong, and firm, while remaining easy to push. It features a Power button, Mic mute/unmutebutton, and Volume up and volume down button. It is also a very conferrable headset that works on either ear, and adjusts comfortably, however when you’re walking around it tends to fall off easily, and doesn’t have the firm grip most other Bluetooth headsets have.

It does a really good job for gaming on the PS3 but also excels in jobs outside of that, it has full support for most phone functions like any other Bluetooth headset, and links up to any device that supports Bluetooth just like any other Bluetooth headset would. It tends to have some features that don’t work the way there made to on some phones, but you must bear in mind that it is not designed with phones in mind.

Scores: Hardware

Design: All the buttons feel like there in the right place, and are easily accessed, thisheadset is a little big that most Bluetooth headsets out there, and it doesn’t feel like it has the grip is should have on your ear, but over all a great product. Score: 7.5

Quality: This headset has exceptional quality, it has a high quality mic, good speakers, great battery life, and plenty of features to make it easily one of the best headsets you can get for your PS3. Score: 9.0

Price: The headset is marked at $50 stand alone, and $60 with a game, a great offer if you get it with the game. This headset feels like a $100 Bluetooth headset, that’s only $60 and comes with a great game. However the stand alone headset feels a little overpriced because its only $10 cheaper than the one with Socom. Score: 9.0

Compatibility: This headset works with all Bluetooth devices I have tested it with, and it supports every single one of them, it has excellent mobile support supporting most features most other Cell phone Bluetooth headsets offer. However some side glitches with some phones can be a pain. 9.0

Overall score: 8.4

Conclusion: This headset is a must buy for all PS3 owners that currently don’t have a Bluetooth headset, its one of the highest quality headsets on the market, at a bargain price. Most of the small problems can be ignored and overlooked in most situations, making this a good all around headset for every PS3 (and none PS3) fan.





Tech Hall

1 01 2009

After much effort, the last Tech Hall blog didn’t go so well. I have switched over to a different blogging system, and hope to have multiple writers soon.  If you wish to write on this blog feel free to contact me: jidery@gmail.com