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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Pondering the Imponderable

I've been playing a lot of Unreal Tournament 3 on my PS3. I think I'm in the last chapter of the single player "campaign." The tacked-on story is more than a bit hokey, but the movies at the beginning of the chapters are cool. The campaign serves its purpose of teaching you the various levels.

Of course the big mode is Warfare, which is a tweaked version of UT2K4's Onslaught. The major difference is the inclusion of an orb, which allows you to instantly capture any unlinked node. Some hate this feature, but I love it. The thing that always got me about Onslaught was that if you were losing a battle badly it became almost impossible to mount a comeback. The orb makes it a possibility. Since you can only take it on foot, it is balanced well. Too bad my bot teammates are often as dumb as a box of rocks.

The Warfare levels are not all as balanced as the Onslaught ones which makes for some interesting tactical decisions. On one, there is only one linkable node and that's right by one base. In another, sandstorms will come up and obscure your vision. On another, you can trigger an avalanche which will take out the prime node and two side nodes (and anything else in its path).

My take is that if you like the UT series of games, you'll love UT3. If UT has never done anything for you, UT3 probably won't change your mind. I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

Also make sure to add UT3Mod to your PS3's web browser. They have a list of all the mods that have been "cooked" for the PS3 version. They even have instructions on how you can download mods directly to a USB drive, SD card, etc., with the PS3's browser and then install them in the game.

Resistance 2 Revealed

Game Informer has a big cover article on Resistance 2, Insomniac Games' follow-up to the PS3 launch title, Resistance: Fall of Man. The big news? You can play through the "single player" campaign in eight-person co-op. The multiplayer mode will allow for 60 (yes, 60) players through a second full campaign. Resistance: FoM is the game I picked up with our PS3. I haven't finished it yet because a) I have to play it after the kids are in bed, and b) Insomniac's other PS3 game--Rachtet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction--was another title I got when I ordered the PS3. I loves me some Ratchet. There are some REALLY sweet games that are coming out for the PS3 this year. I'm glad I got one of the last 60G ones.

Friday, January 11, 2008

SimCity/Micropolis source release

Blue has the news up indicating that the original SimCity source has been released under the GPL license as part of the One Laptop per Child program. You can get the source code on Don Hopkins website.

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