Posts Tagged ‘Sony Playstation’

Classic X-Men Arcade Available Today for PS3 and Tomorrow on Xbox 360

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

That’s right. The classic X-Men arcade game you probably spent hours at as a kid is available today for the PS3 and tomorrow for the Xbox 360. This was one of the arcade games I played the most as a kid. I’ve been waiting for it to make it to a console, and it looks like it was worth the wait. Here is the product teaser from Konami:

“Experience the classic 1992 X-Men arcade game right in the comfort of your own home! Choose from some of your favorite classic X-Men characters including: Cyclops, Colossus, Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, or Dazzler. Fight your way through hundreds of Sentinels and battle classic super villains such as Pyro, The Blob, Wendigo, Nimrod, The White Queen, Juggernaut, Mystique and the Master of Magnetism himself, Magneto!”
Konami

Sounds fun, right? I am really looking forward to this game. According to the PlayStation Blog they left the game intact, cannon inaccuracies and all. This game will be just as you remembered it. The larger arcade screen was formatted to fit a wide-screen television, so you are able to play the full game with up to 6 players online or 4 players at home. Here are some of the game highlights:

  • Six Player Online Action
  • High Definition Visuals – (heads-up displays, menus and local/online Leaderboards)
  • Online Drop-In Multiplayer – Players can jump into available online games at any time. Choose from various levels
  • Custom Match
  • Create Match
  • Multiple difficulty modes

Needless to say this one will be downloaded to my PS3 shortly. It might even make a mention in my next Gifts for Geeks segment. The drop-in multi-player is going to be key to this game I think. It will make it more like the arcade experience when someone dropped in their money to join you for a short time or perhaps all the way to the end. You can find out more about the game from the PlayStation Blog or Konami. Check out the trailer below.

PlayStation Move – First Impressions

Friday, September 17th, 2010

I’ve been playing with the PlayStation Move for a couple hours now and the first thing I have to say is: man I’m sore. They weren’t kidding when they said you will actually have to move with this controller. I picked up the Move Bundle from Amazon for $99.

In the box:

  • PlayStation Move controller
  • PlayStation Eye camera
  • PlayStation Move demo disc
  • Sports Champions game

To get started, you need to plug the USB charger into the Move to both give it power and pair the controller with the PS3. You also need to plug in the PlayStation Eye camera. That’s pretty much it for the setup. I inserted Sports Champions and my 4 year old son and I took turns playing the various games. Being used to the Wii, my son actually did pretty well, even if he didn’t understand what he was doing.

I started with archery and moved on to the Gladiator arena. I definitely got a pretty good workout. I will be feeling tonight’s testing for a few days I’ll bet. While Sports Champions may look like the Wii Sports bundle at a glance, it is definitely a full-fledged game. The demo disc is more like the Wii counterpart. Sports Champions takes you through a few different gaming areas including archery, volleyball, bocce, ping pong, and gladiator games. So far I’ve had quite a bit of fun with the game.

The Move is what the Wii could have been. It is easier to select options from across the room, and the PlayStation Eye is much better than the infrared bar on the Wii. You can actually make selections without being precisely centered in front of a sensor bar like with the Wii. I haven’t tried the demo disc yet, but Sports Champions at least was played standing up. This isn’t something you can easily do from your couch. You really have to get into the game in order to fully experience the Move. The camera calibrates with each new game, which was helpful when my son and I were taking turns.

The Move is a well-built controller. It looks sharp, and the buttons are largely familiar as they are based on the original controller. There are the usual x, triangle, square, and circle buttons, a PlayStation button, start and select buttons, a trigger, and a large central control button.

I found the Move to be a vast improvement over the controller offered with the Wii. As much as I’d like to avoid comparing the two, it is inevitably going to be done. The Move does what the Wii can’t. I am still really happy with my Wii for the most part, but the controller issues have been a problem from the start. The Move works from a greater angle, and is already far more reliable than the Wii-mote.

When I completed a couple of bronze round events, the camera added an augmented reality feature where I could hold a bow or a sword (depending on which game I’d won) in front of the camera and either send the picture to Facebook or save it for later use. That was an unexpected surprise, and a pretty cool one at that. The only issue with the camera so far is that it is pretty grainy. I need to check out the configuration options to see if this can be fixed.

All in all, the Move is a great addition for my PS3. It is easy to use and it offers a nice alternative to traditional console gaming. I want to continue testing it before I offer a full review, but so far it is looking pretty good.

Did you get a Move? What Sports Champions game have you mastered already? Let me know in the comments.

PlayStation Move Is Here

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The wait is over. The PlayStation Move is shipping from Amazon and other retailers and will soon arrive on the doorsteps of anxious gamers. September 17 is launch day. If you haven’t pre-ordered the Move you will be able to pick it up in retail stores starting tomorrow.

You can get the Move a number of ways, as I’ve mentioned on previous posts. You can choose to buy the controller by itself, in a bundle with Sports Champions and the PlayStation Eye, or as a Sports Champions bundle with the PS3 console. As I write this post, the Move is making its way from Arizona according to Amazon’s order tracking. I will post an unboxing video and a full review once I’ve been able to run it through its paces. From my initial testing, it looks like it will be every bit as fun as the marketing says it is.