My ancient 40GB PS3 got the dreaded YLOD last month, and rather than waste my time trying to fix it with a hair dryer and a pillow case, I decided to bite the bullet and replace it. I ended up getting a 320GB slim PS3 bundled with Battlefield 3. I’d never played a Battlefield game before. I’ve played every COD released since 2007 (both Treyarch and Infinity Ward) – from Modern Warfare up to Black Ops on PS3. The original Modern Warfare remains my all time #1 favourite PS3 game, and although it’s easily my favourite game franchise, I feel that somehow they’ve been going downhill with every release since the original Modern Warfare. So, I was hoping for a breath of fresh air with Battlefield 3. I didn’t get it. Now I don’t know if this is just because I’m so used to Call Of Duty or not, but the motion and aiming in BF3 feels really “sticky” to me. As if I’m submerged in a pool of transparent goop. I can turn my body 90 degrees and aim a rifle faster in the real world than I can in Battlefield 3, and I’m not exactly a trained soldier. So, long story short. Today I ended up buying MW3. I held out for as long as I could. But after realizing that I wasn’t actually enjoying BF3, I simply couldn’t take it any more. I’m not saying BF3 is a bad game. It looks fantastic, and I do like it. But it just doesn’t feel good playing it. I’ve only played MW3 for a few hours, but already it feels like getting back in your own car after driving a rental. It just feels right. I’ve tried to stray from Call Of Duty before, thinking that I might be missing something. I was wrong then, and I was wrong now.
The Atari Flashback is a hardware emulator that runs classic Atari 2600 games, in a retro looking case, with classic controllers. You simply plug it into the power and into your TV using RCA plugs, and you’re good to go. There are three different models of the Atari Flashback, the original has paddle controllers, the Flashback 2 can be hacked to play original cartridges, and the Flashback 3 has SIXTY games. The build quality of the Flashback 3 isn’t as good as the first two versions, but on the other hand it has way more games. It’s a difficult decision.
Atari Flashback – 20 x Atari 2600/7800 built in games, with paddles controllers.
Atari Flashback 2 – 40 x Atari 2600 built in games, with joysticks, can be hacked to play real 2600 cartridges.
Atari Flashback 3 – 60 x Atari 2600 built in games, with joysticks, can be used with original 2600 paddles and joysticks.
Sony have released an absolutely killer accessory for the PS3 – a surround sound headset. The PS3 surround headset operates wirelessly (via a USB dongle) and features 7.1 virtual surround sound and a retractable microphone for in game voice chat. It includes dedicated volume and microphone mute buttons, and shows the battery volume on screen via the PS3.
I was in my local video games store the other day (replacing my dead YLOD PS3!), when something on the shelf caught my eye. ICO for PS3! I did a double take, and slowly let my brain catch up with my eyes. YES! It was true! ICO was one of my favourite games on the PS2, and is definitely in my all time top ten games (towards the top). And now it’s available in a ‘remastered’ HD version for PS3, and on the same disc is Shadow Of The Colossus. Needless to say, the minute I got home I bought it. Instead of paying $60 at the retail store, I ended up paying $30something online shipped to my door. Sure I had to wait a few days to get it, but considering I’d already played it, I wasn’t too worried. It arrived yesterday and I’ve already put in a good three hours. I absolutely LOVE this epic and beautiful game.
Well, it finally happened. I turned on my PS3 ready for a few hours of vegetation, and I was greeted with beeps. Yes, the magical Yellow Light Of Death had struck. My launch 40GB PS3 has bitten the dust. I watched lots of YouTube videos about how to fix the PS3 YLOD with a heat gun etc, but the potentially crappy pay off (a few weeks before it died again) didn’t seem worth my time – so I ended up going and buying a 320GB PS3 the next day. The new slim PS3s look dull. I wanted to keep my old PS3. The original fat PS3s are sexy. I thought about making a vase out of it. I thought about keeping it for 30 years until it was a vintage collectible. But I didn’t. I sold it.