ScattershotsShawn Drotar

Posted on September 28th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

It’s the last Monday of September, as summer draws to a close. But while the temperature’s starting to drop, the gaming season’s starting to heat up.

  • After cutting prices for the PS3, Sony Computer Entertainment of America CEO Jack Tretton claims not only success, but threatens shortages… again. “We are up about 300 percent over where we were pre-price drop. We are up significantly versus last year. In a very difficult economy, I couldn’t be more optimistic about our fortunes for the rest of the year and for the future,” Tretton told Reuters. “If things continue at this pace, it is conceivable that there will be product shortages.” I’ll believe it when I see it, as threatening shortages didn’t work last time… as a matter of fact, he still owes me $4,800.
  • Halo 3: ODST is sure to sell well, but I’ve decided that I’m off the wagon. I loved the original and liked the second, but by the third, the whole mythology of the series became so dense, overwhelming and pretentious that much of the free-wheeling joy of the series had been sucked out the window. Add that to an online user base that makes playing with the headset off almost mandatory unless you’re with friends, and playing Halo began to feel more like work than recreation. I haven’t given up on the groundbreaking series entirely, and I suspect that next year’s Reach will be a very different story, but as for ODST, I won’t be spending $60 on what’s essentially a glorified expansion pack. Commence your angry e-mailing; I can take it.
  • Guitar Hero 5’s been taking its lumps in the press thanks to the overblown Kurt Cobain thing. Tacky? Sure, but no more so than using Johnny Cash or Jimi Hendrix in the same way, but no one’s whining about that because gamers are apparently too young to care… Nevertheless, the game’s very solid and deserves attention, and its October DLC is no exception. Guitar Hero’s a guilty pleasure anyway, so why not cheese it up with a three-pack of Velveeta-smooth Billy Squier? Go nuts with “The Stroke” and “Everybody Wants You”, but please, don’t dance like Billynobody wants that.
  • If you haven’t heard, EA Sports is jumping into the ball pit that is the mixed-martial arts world, attempting to compete with THQ’s game-of-the-year candidate UFC Undisputed. From this video from MMA fan site, it looks like the meeting with some of the fighters went… well?

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  1. mgoblue said,

    on September 28th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Mayhem ended up taking the joke well, but damn did he overreact to his ratings! Worse than TJ Houshmandzadah and Madden!

    Glad to hear I’m not alone with Halo 3: ODST. I know I’m in the minority, but Halo 3 seemed like Halo 2.5, not much of a graphical upgrade (but I will admit the online stuff they did was pretty advanced). However, all the online stuff in the world doesn’t make me want to play random games with the Halo crowd, seems like one of the worst online gaming crowds out there.

    I’ll keep my eye on Reach, but not about to pay 60 bucks for an expansion pack. What really gets me is how everyone just eats it up and doesn’t criticize them at all, whereas a lot of DLC for other games gets killed for “not being in the game at first”…

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