Qore Issue 1 hit the PS Store last Thursday for a cent short of $3. Not only did PS3 Attitude get to see Qore, but one of our loyal readers had a chance to review the first issue of SCEA's new communication initiative.
Here's what 'Reesimo' thought of his purchase - keep reading for our review:
Qore - I have to say I do NOT like the way it's spelled!
Whilst downloading Qore, I recalled OPM. I don't read many gaming mags nowadays (well, there aren't many left) because the news is a month old. But I did read the Official PlayStation Magazine.
I read it so often in fact, that I began ordering it at my store. That way I wouldn't have to shell out the $12 and still got to enjoy it. The mag itself was ok, it didn't compare to the likes of Next Generation or Gamefan though. But OPM had something that the others did not. A glorious demo disc.
The demo disc was almost always chock full of content. Included on the disc were game trailers, behind the scenes vids, cheat codes, several demos and other gaming related content. I'd rush home in a hurry to try out the latest and greatest games once a month. I actually have many of them still. Anyway, the mag has been dead for a while now.
I imagine that Sony has conjured up Qore as it's replacement.
After downloading is complete, you've got to install Qore as you would any game in the Game section of the XMB. When it loads up, you're treated to an extended trailer for the new Hulk movie. It's skippable with a press of the X button. I skipped it. The movie looks like trash. Do not want.
Afterward, you're greeted by some lady who is apparently popular online. Never seen her before. She's pleasant enough, though.
I've read Sony hype up the interface as incredibly interactive. I think it's more like a 'special features' portion of a DVD. It's nice enough. I checked the resolution and it's 720p. Which got me thinking... Why are more Xbox 360 games running at 1080 when the Beast of a Multimedia Machine that is the PS3 has games that run at 720?
While pondering, the screen changed. The menu was replaced by Death Orb. I didn't know what to do. Started playing and I liked it. It's basically Pong. But in space, with electric currents and one button press. Sounds weird, but it works. I was angered that I lost matches of such a simple game to the CPU and quickly quit. I played later until I won!
Back to the menu. After selecting a batch of Soul Calibur media, I was dismayed to see a Metal Gear Solid 4 advert. Grabbed the remote and pressed mute and looked away. I couldn't skip it! I don't want to see anything Metal Gear. Want to be totally surprised. No Spoilers please! Besides, MGS4, there are other Game ads. But wait! Burger King ads too! Why are there ads? Why can't you skip them?
Anyway, back to Soul Calibur. There's a video of a marketing guru telling me how great the game is. Honestly, the game looks just like the last one. It's too bright and colorful for me to play it. And I think Darth Vader in the game is just stupid.
There's also a video segment featuring Afro Samurai. I watched the entire series and was not impressed. It really wasn't that great. The game itself looks like it could be on the PS2. Not to say that it looks bad, it just didn't blow me away.
There's a portion of Qore dedicated to the new Star Wars game--The Force Unleashed. Now this game looks amazing. After watching a couple videos, I was treated to concept art that I could interact with. Just like any slide show, I could skip, and review pics. As well as zoom in. I could also change the amount of time between slides. Nice. It would be nice to be able to rewind or fast forward the videos.
So, now Socom Confrontation. Not interested in squad based shooters. Checked it out. Looked okay. I'm supposedly allowed access into the Beta by purchasing the first episode of Qore. But I'd read that the Beta would be public, so I'll wait and see if my ticket in is special somehow.
Finally, I got to Secret Agent Clank for the PSP. Looks stupid and kiddie. Do not want. There were a couple videos for that as well as a slideshow of in game shots and concept art. I checked out the Download area and there were three options.
1. Download the Socom Confrontation Beta.
2. Download a Socom Confrontation Theme.
3. Download Calling All Cars.
The Beta hasn't started yet, so that doesn't work. I downloaded the theme, but it was ugly so I deleted it. You can only get Calling All Cars with a yearly subscription of Qore. I already have the game anyway.
All in all, I think there's a lot of room for improvement. I don't think the first episode of Qore was worth the $2.99 asking price. But I can only hope in the future that Sony will provide more content for my buck. Also, what is Death Orb? Is that an upcoming game for the PSN or is it just a little something for Qore buyers? If it's a demo for a PSN game, that should be free for everyone on the network. Death Orb is a stupid name too. There's no death involved.
So, I'm interested to see what the next few months bring... Will there be better content included in Qore? Let's hope so. As it stands now, Sony's gonna have to do a lot more than throw me a few videos, and a theme or two, to get me to check out next months' episode.
So that's the view of one of our readers (and many thanks to 'Reesimo' for spending time writing up his thoughts). What do we think?
Before I got to see Qore, I remember saying the following to a friend of mine (based on nothing more than the news of it's arrival) - "three dollars - I'd pay three pounds for that"!
And I would still stand by that. You see, £3 in the UK gets me one coffee and one tea at any of the standard StarNeroCosta cafe chains, and Qore is already better value than a couple of drinks.
As SCEA continue to release Qore, the unique content will help establish it as a good deal for US owners.
But I have a major issue with Qore.
If you have just paid for it, why does it come chock full of adverts?
This breaks Marketing 101 many times over. Either you get it for free and it is paid for by advertisers, or you pay for it and it's free of advertising. Some may say I'm mad, after all you buy a magazine and it is chock full of adverts, right?
But with a magazine you can skip these or ignore them entirely with ease. 'Online' advertising is different. It's intrusive.
Needless to say, the placement of the Burger King advert was the most heinous crime, but somehow after the recent release of GTA IV I viewed it in a different light, thanks to Rockstar's Burger Shot parodies.
The content in our opinion is good and can only get better, but please SCEA - lose the advertising and put all the 'trailers' under their own menu so that people can choose whether they want to watch them or not.
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