Sunday, December 5, 2010

QTE Tweets Of The Week

This top 10 shows the most clicked tweets from my News in brief Twitter stream. There wasn't as much interest with news in brief as with previous weeks but there was still interest in Gran Turismo 5, with 3 stories in the top 10, and news on the iPad. I was surprised to see video of the PlayStation Phone not making it into the top 10.

10 QTE Blog: The Re-Cap: News From QTE Gamers From The Weekend Of Saturday 27th And Sunday 28th November

9 QTE Blog: Hit X Podcast: All The News From QTE Gamers From The Weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November

8 JP Consoles, PSP 96.601, PS3 29.058, Wii 27.851, DSi LL 21.836, DSi 20.550, 360 7.083, DS 1.904, PSPgo 1.816, PS2 1.255

7 PSP2: SCEA have patented several new touchscreen applications, some appear to point to PSP2 type device

6 PS3: Digital Foundry have an in-depth look at the tech in Gran Turismo 5, show it to be a impressive technical feat

5 Eat. Sleep. Play's David Jaffe admitted his loyalty to the PS3, he received a big backlash from Xbox fans

4 PS3: Kaz Yamauchi reveals a Gran Turismo 5 update this month will allow the back-up of your Gran Turismo 5 save

3 PS3: Little Big Planet 2 could feature a Kevin Butler costume for Sackboy to wear

2 iPad: its rumoured the iPad 2 will come out Q1 2011, has front and back cameras

1 PS3: Kazunori Yamauchi reveals Mechanical Damage is coming to GT5 as well as shadow fixes. youtube uploads not coming

What Have You Played This Week?

For the Third week running I managed to put some good gaming hours in. I put in a lot of time into Darksiders and Puzzle Quest 2.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 – PS3 – I've only played a few online matches. The team i'm experimenting with is Minato Namikaze, Sasuke, and Neji.

Darksiders – PS3 – I'm up to the first boss in the game. I can safely say that this game is hard. I'm playing on Normal difficulty but i'm finding it hard, mostly due to the amount of damage enemies do. I've tried to defeat the first boss, Tiamat, but i've not had much luck so far. The level design is good and surprisingly expansive. The puzzles aren't too hard and fit fairly well with things. The weapons in the game are great and are used well, i've recently got the glave and that has several gameplay mechanics.

S'plosion Man – Xbox 360 – this is a fun game. There is a lot about this game that fits together so well. There are a surprising amount of different ways to use the exploding mechanic and the game introduces you to them at a good pace. I've defeated the first boss and that was perhaps the low point so far. It just felt that it took a little too long to defeat it.

Puzzle Quest 2 – Xbox 360 – its soo easy to try to play for an hour and end up playing for 4. this has happened to me several times so far. The slight changes made since the first game have made the game better, and whilst the menus take a little to get used to the game itself is just great and a solid game. I've defeated the Goblin king so there's still some way to go.

Gran Turismo 5 – PS3 – this is a fairy divisive game. I have not played enough to give a final opinion either way. For me personally I don't have any problems with it. I've played Gran Turismo games before and for me it's an improvement over past games, but still familiar enough to make it accessible. There is a range of graphic quality throughout and it is a shame, but it is too early for me to say how big this range is.

Trials HD – Xbox 360 – This was another game going cheap in the XBLA sales. I have several friends who have played it and recommended it so I thought i'd give it a go. Its good. I find the beginning is perhaps a little too easy but for the most part the level of difficulty gently increases. There are some levels i'm great at and others i'm not, and the addition of friend high score tables always want you to go back and do better. The mini-game style challenges aren't that great but they offer something different and use your skills in different ways. I'm only half way through the medium difficulty levels so there's still a ways to go.