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I was Partially Right, In Halo Reach you Play as a Girl…OR a Guy June 30, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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I was watching a Halo Reach gameplay demo and caught an interesting tidbit I theorized but simply left in the editorial comments.  I was pretty certain that the protagonist of Halo Reach, known as Noble 6 or the “Lone Wolf” would be a female character based on something I read in the Halo Encyclopedia.

Well I was partially right, in Halo Reach you play as a girl…or as a guy.  The game allows you to choose the gender of your playable character in the single player campaign and that carries over to the multiplayer game.  Previously, you were forced to play as a male character in the Single Player of Halo, known as The Master Chief, but in multiplayer since Halo 3, you could choose to play as a female Spartan.

Since Halo 3 ODST, I’ve noticed Bungie has become less and less inclined to put a strong personality upon their protagonists.  Granted, the Master Chief was not the pillar of communication in the Halo trilogy (most of the chatter and personality came from Cortana) but he spoke when needed, and when he did speak, it was strong.  That was just a testament to the good writing.  In Halo 3 ODST you played as “The Rookie”, another faceless character who this time didn’t speak at all, and who’s backstory was never gone into, not even in the Halo Encyclopedia.  In fact, because “The Rookie” never spoke, I was surprised they didn’t give the option in that game to make gender selectable in that game.

If Bungie is choosing again for a mute player, gender selection is a good decision.  However, Bungie has excelled at creating strong protagonists in the Halo universe, it’s sad to see that personality go away.

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Playstation Plus Lives, Should You Get it? June 30, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Editorials.
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Well, from the looks of it I’m passing on Playstation Plus right now.  The major reason is that the service just doesn’t provide me with enough of a benefit to buy into it.

Paying 50 dollars gets you a total of 1 year plus 3 free months of the Playstation Plus service.  By signing up you get a bunch of PSN and PS1 games at reduced or no price.  However, while I enjoy a discount card just as much as the next guy, I noticed that the games were at pretty low prices to begin with, and the discounts, even the ones as high as 50 percent off, can’t justify paying $50 for $2.50 off a new game.  I’d need to buy 25 PSN games and add-ons at that discount to break even, and my HD is full.

That having been said, I have already purchased all the PSN games I wanted to begin with at full price.  Perhaps when more new games come out for PSN I’ll take another look.

Firmware Updates for Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable Live June 30, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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The recently announced firmware update for the Playstation 3 (version 3.40) has gone live on the Playstation Network.  It is a required update in order to continue to use the network for multiplayer games and Playstation Store access.  The update adds the previously mentioned video editor, picture viewer, and support for Playstation Plus.

However, it’s gone under the radar that the Playstation Portable (PSP) has been updated as well, also bringing in Playstation Plus support.  It requires 30MB of storage capacity, originally I said “memory stick” but then I realized people with PSP GOs do not require memory sticks.