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Sony will release system software update v2.0, codenamed Masamune, for PS4 on on Tuesday, October 28, adding the Share Play features as well as various other tweaks.
We're leaving tomorrow morning, and then picking up Adam, Judy, Tony, Rhi, Brian and Erik for the week-long festivities. I do mean that sarcastically, since there's not much partying going on aside from the occasional alcoholic beverage.
Keep an eye out during the week because we'll have all sorts of announcement, screens, trailers, interviews, previews and other coverage.
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Each year we take advantage of the lull to go on a trip for a few weeks and visit relatives, but this year, we are indulging ourselves with a trip to Hawaii as we celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.
The laptop has already been packed, boarding passes printed, and the final load of laundry is being dried.
Just in case those Mayans were right about the world ending and such, we'll have a spectacular view!
The launch has been a bit rocky, with the login servers and Battle.net getting hammered by the thousands of players trying to get their game on last night. While it seems a lot of people were having login issues, I did not have much trouble playing it at all. Lucky me ...
Not going to bother with Max Payne 3 just yet. I'll wait until the PC version gets released on May 29.
Thank goodness for the just-released Firefox 12, which fixed a major bug that messed with our CMS editor.
After a little hiatus, I'm finally updating The Old Republic now that Bioware has added (at long last) guild banks, a feature we've been wanting since launch.
Last time I played Firefall, it was a bit boring. Nothing has really changed since the closed beta, so it's hard to keep interested when all you can do is grind the same PvE and PvP content. There are quite a few bugs still remaining, but hopefully those will be squashed soon to smooth out the game experience.
Hope you all had a good tax day!
The Hunger Games did pretty well last weekend and set a few records here and there. Still stand by my opinion that while the movie is quite good, I don't understand what all the hubbub is about. The concept is nothing new, and the books aren't exactly literary classics. It's good for the people involved; they certainly got their money's worth.
At the end of the week, the Ghost Recon Online beta kicks off phase 2 by adding more people to the beta and hopefully some new content as well.
There isn't anything special going on, so it'll be nice and relaxing. There's only one movie that's worth seeing this weekend — The Hunger Games — and we already saw it earlier this week in an advance premiere. While it's a good action movie, I'm not quite sure what all the fuss is about. It's already broken all sorts of records although it's only been out for 24 hours. It's not like the idea of a televised manhunt is new (The Running Man, Surviving the Game), but this has teenagers beating each other to a bloody pulp instead.
At any rate, later today, the FireFall beta will be up again for a few hours, so it'll be nice to get into that now that phase one of the Ghost Recon Online beta has ended.
We had high hopes this weekend to watch a lot of Netflix movies and DVR shows, but it turned into a relay session of taking naps instead. Of course, there was wine involved here and there ..
The Ghost Recon Online beta is quite fun, and while there are only 3-4 maps in rotation for now, none of them is overpowering toward one of the three classes (assault, recon and support). There are tons of unlocks and upgrades, but unfortunately, not too many clan-related features, unless they simply haven't been implemented yet.
I've also been digging into RAGE, and while it's quite fun, it feels very much like Fallout with dune buggies.
It was good to meet up with people we hadn't seen in a while, but apart from a few select titles, it was pretty much a dud.
While John Carter has been getting positive reviews, we don't plan on seeing it just yet (although Adam saw it a few days ago). Instead, we're going to catch up with shows on the DVR and Netflix movies.
While the Firefall beta only opens twice a week (Wednesday and Saturday), I've been playing some Ghost Recon Online and enjoying that as well. I've been a GR fan since the first game in 2001, and I still think that's the best of them all. I've temporatly put aside Alan Wake for RAGE, and I plan on picking up Mass Effect 3 in the next few days of course (and checking out Chris' upcoming review).
Next week, we'll spend a few days at GDC, check out a few new games, and chat up some developers, so there should be some good stuff being announced/shown.
I've managed to check out a little bit of Alan Wake on PC, and while the graphics are quite nice and the story pretty creepy, I'm most annoyed by the camera angle and the way your character walks. I don't know if it's just me, but the leftward angle of both is bugging the snot out of me.
Tonight, we'll watching the Oscars, and in preparation for that, we watched The Help last night, and later today, we'll quickly check out Midnight in Paris. Then we'll have watched most of the Best Motion Picture of the Year nominees.
I played a good few hours of Firefall today and have been enjoying it. The beta obviously has quite a few bugs, but the gameplay is fast and furious. Graphically, I found it to be a bit lacking, but that may just be me. I'm not a fan of the cel-shaded graphics. I'm looking forward to the guild features, grouping up, crafting and more maps, but so far, so good.
Later in the day, you may experience some hiccups where WorthPlaying will not be reachable as we are migrating to a new server. Usually the DNS updating process only takes a few hours to propagate, so hopefully the switching will go smoothly.
We have no specific plans for this weekend, so if you are like us and you weren't planning on it yet, go see Act of Valor. A mix between documentary and a movie, it made me think of Call of Duty the way the different parts of the mission are portrayed, showing their next location on an overhead world view map and pinpointing their next area of operation.