Today is not a good day for me. Not at all. Forget the PlayStation Network being hacked. Who cares. You’re identity is safe, you bank account details are safe. But my baby is sick. My PS3, original 60GB PS2 backward compatible PS3, is sick. As you can see from the video, I get that damn yellow light. She refuses to turn on. Which means no Mortal Kombat for me. I hear it’s a £140 repair :(. No good. No good at all. I might have to buy MK on 360 for now until I get it fixed. My PS3 is not just for playing MK, I watch DVDs on it every night, and even use it for television. So it’s a big stab in the back. Whereas when my 360 died, It wasn’t a total loss as I don’t play it much and don’t even have Live membership. There should be an NHS equivalent for video game consoles and computers. NO, FUCK YOU APPLE, GENIUS BAR DOESN’T COUNT. You fucking wankers. Oh, since we are on the subject of Apple, iPhone sucks. Texting and typing on iPhone is so fucking stressful nowadays. I type too fast for the device to keep up. Jailbreak or not, I need a new iPhone because Apple don’t support users over 2 months old (slight exaggeration…).
To add insult to injury, I have a trapped SEX AND THE CITY DVD stuck in my PS3. How embarrassing…
I consider myself a versatile gamer, capable of playing any game type on any system. Unlike a lot of gamers out there, I love handheld gaming and sometimes it can take over home console gaming. The ‘pick up and play’ style of games has put off many hardcore gamers into believing a portable system is worthy of housing top class games. I agree that a lot of handheld games are aimed at the casual gamer but there are great DS and PSP titles that cannot be ignored. With 3DS round the corner and Sony’s NGP coming out next year (hopefully), gaming on portable systems can rival their bigger counterparts in terms of power. Developers are already promising full game experiences on these next generation handhelds.
Handheld gaming is better then ever right? Legendary developers and companies are pulling out all the stops to continue creating those amazing games we all gamers love, putting their blood, sweat and tears into their pieces of art. And it’s all being ruined because people would rather throw a bird at pigs for 59p… Yes, I like Apple products. They have made great personal computers, phones and tablets. Yes I like some little apps that I have downloaded, that make everyday life a little easier – checking cinema times, looking up an address etc etc. But come on people. iPhones are NOT gaming devices. I almost got caught up in the iOS gaming craze. I found myself playing stupid 2 minute disposable “games” more than real 40+ hour games on my DS or PSP. Why? Because it was easily accessible and cheap. Fuck that. Since when did I get lazy when doing something I like? Do I settle for watching garbage television or do I look for a DVD to watch? I look for a DVD.
There are way to many iOS apps available out there calling themselves “games.” Apple even tried to use these statistics and compare them to DS and PSP games available. No no no. I admit there are some good games for iOS devices but come on, do they compare to the experience you get on a proper handheld? I’d rather spend my money on a game that provides me with a quality experience rather than a free advert-filled “game” that you’ll forget about after 2 minutes. I have been playing Pokemon White recently and what a game! I have played for over 29 hours and there is still plenty to do. Try telling me that you’ll play Doodle Jump for 29+ hours. If you do, you are a jabroni.
I came to a conclusion recently that most people are stupid. They only like what’s put in front of them. Me and my brother have many discussions about this, and we are constantly getting annoyed at people for liking stuff that is garbage because it’s there. People like the worst things, they are too lazy to discover anything good, wether that be music, film or video games.
All the coverage of this portable gaming war got me thinking. Why do I own an iPad? Why do I still purchase these stupid apps. I love the internet side of things with these iOS devices but for games, they can fuck themselves. Nintendo EAD of Tokyo (geniuses behind Super Mario Galaxy) are making a new 3D platformer for 3DS. Eat that Apple. Do yourself a favour and support Nintendo and Sony in the new generation of handheld gaming!
If you aren’t into handheld games, download the Mortal Kombat demo! Peace!
Back in early 2009, iOS gamers were busy throwing scraps of paper in office bins against different wind speeds. Since then, the developer masterminds at Backflip Studios have come along way with an increasing library of games.
Anyone who downloads apps will have most likely played Paper Toss, the first highly addictive game by Backflip Studios. I remember me and my friends were constantly sending screenshots of our highscores to each other. The game was well supported, with constant updates and new levels.
I have since followed Backflip Studios, downloading every game they release. They have quite a few great games, some better than others. One game worth mentioning is NinJump. This game brought back the thirst for highscores. However, with OpenFeint support (and Game Center in NinJump Deluxe) it made it easier to track your friends best attempts at scaling those towers with the brave nameless Ninja. Controversy with the game slowing down or frame skipping on older iOS devices had put people off competing for that all important top spot. When timing is very important, you need the game to run perfect. I’m lucky to have the newer devices with no performance issues.
Recently I have had a few ideas for my own apps and games for iPhone, and developers like Backflip Studios give me inspiration to go out there and make a success. Hopefully next year I will start working on developing apps. As much as I love real video games, I can’t deny the rise of mobile games. Cheap and easy to make with big results!
I was very surprised to see Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 hit the App Store yesterday. I was unaware this was even being made, especially by Electronic Arts. Along with WB Games, they have brought my favourite fighting game to iPhone, well, with some changes.
For some reason or another, they totally redesigned the graphics. Now at first I was disgusted that they removed every Mortal Kombat fans favourite human 2D sprites but after playing it for quite a bit I have grown to like it. I see it as a kind of warm up for the new game coming next year.
Touch screen controls are never good, especially when it’s a fighting game. But, I must say, apart from the awkwardly placed run and block buttons, it’s not too bad. You have the option to use a 5-button layout, making special moves easier to pull off, but I prefer the 6-button layout.
Despite the lack of characters (Reptile :(), you get your usual achievements/leaderboards stuff. They have also included an extra mode called “Shao Karnage.” This is where you see how much damage you give to the son of gun in a certain time. A mode which I wish they include in the new game, for laughs anyway.
At £3.99 it is a very good purchase. Probably my favourite iPhone game! (And yes I did use my iPad for the screenshot…)