[Updated as of 23/12/10 @ 22:30]
Here, I intend to keep a record of any Beta testing I’ve participated in and what I think of them for those that haven’t been lucky enough to get into them or for those generally pondering.
Playstation Home (Closed Beta): Most people will probably have heard of this by now – basically you create an avatar (similar to The Sims) and venture through various ‘spaces’ such as the Home Square or the Mall and you can interact with other users, dance and purchase items or take part in mini games. The Beta had a lot to offer but a lot has changed since then as Home has just had its 2nd birthday and is jam packed full of features as well as limited time features such as Winter Wonderland where you do quests for Santa and earn rewards such as clothing or items for your apartment(s) in Home.
MAG: Again, MAG has been out for a while now and was amazing during Beta. For those not in the know, it offers online matches with up to 256 players at one time. There are match types with dramatically less players but I always opted for the 256 player ones as I figured there was more chance of finding bugs and glitches with more carnage going on – plus I wanted to have immense fun. Didn’t encounter any glitches and the game was phenomenal. No game felt as good as popping headshots at enemies parachuting into the field.
Planet Minigolf: This was OK but a bit boring and took a while to load so I didn’t play this one much. Graphically it looked lush but sadly didn’t give it much time which I reckon it deserved.
ModNation Racers: Had a quick go on this but didn’t get a good go due to work and various other things and then when I had a chance to settle down and dedicate some serious time to it…the trial had closed!
Assassins Creed: Brotherhood: Had doubts about this but it turned out to be amazing – best moment: I ended up being some kinda monk-looking fella and my screen flashed up with my target so I headed towards where the HUD was directing me and up flashed an indicator to say my assassin was hot on my heels so without breaking cover, I calmly ambled over to a circle of monks and joined them. My attacker took out the guy next to me (an AI character which resulted in him losing points) and I quickly turned and took him out scoring a bonus. Nothing can really compare to that feeling of pressure, tension but all out coolness at the same time.
Killzone 3: One of the best Betas I’ve taken part in, not just the game but other features. On Killzone.com you can check your stats and monitor unlockables gained as well as any medals/ribbons achieved. As for the gameplay, only way I can describe it is that it’s slicker than Killzone 2. The character feels weighty without feeling sluggish. Weapons have oomph and kills are satisfyingly awesome. The select few levels were very detailed and posed different challenges such as vantage points for snipers to take you out or tight corners where turrets can be placed to perforate any unwitting chap getting pinned down there.
Little Big Planet 2: At this point I haven’t played the Beta yet so no verdict or feedback yet.
DC Universe Online: Levelled up to around level 8/9 and done quite a few missions – check out Flickr for my uploaded pics. Was loving the Beta until the pricing was announced – check out my “DC Universe Offline” post.
I will update this post with any new Betas I’ve taken part in.
So, E3 finishes today and lots of big announcements.
Naturally, I only care about what Sony had to say and offer…and thankfully, they’ve not been resting on their laurels.
One of the main things I’m pleased and excited about is PSN+.
The greatest thing about it is the fact that it’s not mandatory unlike XBox. With this you can carry on as it stands paying nowt. But you get demos in advance as well as access to betas, discounts on the store and also free content such as games and premium themes.
And, as a bonus, if you pay up for the year between 29 June and 3 August, you get a free downloadable copy of LBP.
As for the rest of E3, a lot of content is headed for Home and the E3 space is up and running (with rewards for watching all 7 trailers on the ground floor and VIP access upstairs).
I have also downloaded all the available videos from the PSN Store and am currently uploading them all to Youtube.
There is an abundance of gaming goodness on it’s way. Just need to win the lottery to afford it all!
E3 starts tomorrow until June 17th. What an awesome birthday present it’d be to actually attend it! But sadly I won’t.
On a more positive note, I can’t wait to see what comes out from Sony’s camp and of course the other cross-platform developers.
What I’m hoping for is some big news regarding Home and the PSN as well as what new treats could soon be on the shelves to spend any free time on!
A lot of people have blogged or posted on forums about their top 10 wants from E3 in regards to PS3 and I suppose I wanna jump on the bandwagon and share what I really wanna see happen at E3.
- More lush videos and shots of Fallout: New Vegas
- News on PSN+
- PS Home updates
- Metal Gear Solid Rising and details on a trophy patch for MGS4
- Final Fantasy XIV info
- Modern Warfare 3 (a longshot but I really hope this will happen some time!)
- Elder Scrolls V (for PS3…)
- GTA V
- Resistance 3
- Significant firmware update with Sky Player, Skype and any other apps…perhaps even an app section on the Store – and cross-game chat.