Eurogamer Expo 2009 – The Review

EG Expo 2009So, yesterday I spent a rather long day at the Eurogamer Expo in Leeds. My legs may never forgive me, but myself and a small band of merry forumites had a marvellous day meeting the staff and playing some stuff that we hadn’t played before! If you’ve got a ticket for one of the upcoming days then you’re likely to come away rather pleased.

While it’s all still fresh in my head, I’ve done a super-quick round-up of everything I paid even slight attention to. Have fun! 🙂

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GamesCom: Finally, the Diet PS3

PS3 Slim - no longer worshipped by monkeys.

So here it is, finally – that slimline PS3 that we all absolutely knew nothing about at all, no sir! The first surprising thing is that those Chinese shots from all those months ago turned out to be the ‘real deal’ – once again Sony prove themselves incapable of keeping the lid on until launch day. That said, it’s a nice hardware revision – seeing the two side-by-side really drives home how much of a monstrosity the original model is. A lot of people appear to be lamenting the loss of that hideous super-shiny finish, but they’re obviously all stupid. 😀

So will I be buying one? No. For a second machine, the price is still too expensive to justify at £250. However, they are at last starting to head in the right direction. Maybe one day, once The Last Guardian actually makes it onto the shelves.

That PSP Go price, though? Pfft. No chance.

The Tip Top Ten of E3

Lloyd Mangram would be proud!Well, E3’s all over (including the shouting) and by and large it was a pretty good bash, especially compared to last year’s table-top/car-boot sale thing. There was a shocking amount of stuff up for perusal, so much so that I could barely bring myself to check the RSS feeds at one point – that “1000+ articles unread” indicator was just taunting me. But at the end of the day… there have to be winners! And these are mine – an alphabetically-ordered list of the ten most exciting games from last week’s coverage. You will probably disagree, but hey – this is my song! 🙂
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E3 Conferences: Sony

SonyAnd so finally we came to Sony. Last of the big three and with promises of ‘big things’, I sat down to watch hoping that not everything had leaked ahead of time. Luckily it hadn’t, and Sony actually surprised by presenting a very decent (if over-long) show and almost (but not quite) producing that much-rumoured ‘megaton’ that people always claim will be coming pretty much every time there’s an event.

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Psychology Theft Auto

"Don't you point that thing at me, sonny!"I’m a fairly conscientious criminal. When playing GTA IV, I don’t kill innocent people in the streets, and I swerve to avoid them in the road. If I push past someone and they fling an expletive at me, I’ll just carry on walking. If I absolutely can’t find a parked car to take, I’ll usually hold a car up at gunpoint and let the guy run away rather than physically dragging him out of the vehicle or shooting him dead. That sort of thing. I’m a nicer flavour of mobster.

Except for one case.

Upon reaching the second safe house, I find that pretty often when I come home there’s a street preacher standing on the path opposite, ranting on about God and stuff. And try as I might, I can’t resist wandering over and beating him senseless. Every single time. No guns, no blunt instruments, no ramming him with a car. Just fists.

Freud would have had a field day. 😀

p.s. there is more ‘substantial’ stuff coming – another article and the first review. Real life’s been a swine this week.

Breaking The Habit


I’ve never been one for rushing. At anything. Yes, yes – including blog posts.

More to the point (and I assure you there is one, for those of you gasping at the huge expanse of text here), I’ve never been one to rush into buying new console hardware. These things tend to cost money you see, and being the terminal pessimist that I am I’ve often found it difficult to muster up the excitement that many people seem to be able to generate in the run up to a new hardware launch. When the Xbox 360 first launched waaaay back in 2005, I eagerly tuned in for the hideous MTV launch show but I had no intention of buying one at that point. In fact, truth be told I had no intention of buying one at all – I was perfectly happy with my PS2 and was 100% certain that it’d be the PS3 on my future Christmas list rather than Microsoft’s bile-green-tinged offspring. Read more of this post