Checkpoint: Living in the Backlog Edition

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I’ll admit it. All these GIFs, screen caps and commercials of Grand Theft Auto V does make me regret not pre-ordering it during FutureShop’s E3 promotion.

I’ll get over it though. The need to clear the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 backlog prevails. I just looked through my shelf and forgot I had a few outstanding classics that need completion.

  1. Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection (both games)
  2. God of War: Ghost of Sparta
  3. Injustice: Gods Among Us

I have Rayman: Origins “trophy run” to complete as well.

Injustice was an unexpected get. For whatever reason, a Costa Rican account signing in to  the Moroccan Xbox Live! Marketplace were able to download a handful of games for free including Injustice: Gods Among Us, Sonic Adventure, Flashback and Ikaruga.

I don’t like Mario & Luigi: Dream Team very much. It continues to fight me with its tutorials and lame jokes. These jokes aren’t fun puns; they just fall flat. It’s a combination of the art style and the anime influence. I found the Paper Mario series’ writing more entertaining.

I’ll stick with it but I’m just treating it like a MMORPG at this point — just give me the quest so I can move on.

GTAV’s Final Trailer

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Rockstar’s final trailer for GTAV is in line with their other trailers. Well produced, features a wonderful soundtrack and hints at grander things to come.

Rockstar’s knack for using licensed soundtracks has reached new heights with their inclusion of 240 licensed songs stretched across 15 radio stations. I don’t know if they’ll use it as well as the folks at Volition and Saints Row but I look forward to discovering if can.

Grand Theft Auto V will debut on September 17th on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

For the Eighth Generation: 1080p60 or bust?

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I love the optimism of new console generation. I remember the EA Madden NFL CG teaser from 2005 and how I actually believed for a brief moment that was possible on the Xbox 360. Of course that CG trailer never panned out.

720p is so last generation

It is believed that 720p30 was the de facto resolution and framerate for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. That wasn’t the case at all. Many games wavered from that standard and while some developers were better at hiding that fact, many were not as successful.

I’m not kidding when I say Call of Duty: Ghosts will be the first Call of Duty game rendered at a high definition resolution.

With that harsh reality in mind, I will not be shocked to find an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 game was actually rendering at 720p and upscaled to 1080p. We all want 1080p to be the gold standard but like gold, it will be malleable and don’t be surprised if we see regularly see sub 1080p games.

If not 1080p, how about 900p?

If we’re not going to get 1080p games, I hope the bare minimum rendering resolution will be 1600 x 900. I’ve played many PC games at that resolution and it is a fine compromise. These $4-500 boxes are not packing the kinds of hardware that developers (and publishers) want for all their eye candy. Prettier explosions and effects sell games and until the masses start picking up games with superior resolutions and/or framerates, these compromises will continue.

Grand Theft Auto Online Looks Promising

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I tried Grand Theft Auto IV’s online mode once and it didn’t take long before I lost interest. It looks like Rockstar is taking great strides to win folks like me over with Grand Theft Auto Online.

I sincerely hope there is a decathlon style playlist where teams can play through a series of events. We can start with a race on foot, then to cars, then some team death match, some more racing with planes and so on. Not knowing what event is next or where to go next is part of the fun.

Grand Theft Auto Online will be bundled with every copy of Grand Theft Auto V and will launch on October 1st, 2013 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. I’ll be waiting for the PC version still.

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