Articles by Sean O'Connor
A gluttonous consumer of culture and an editor for PS3 Attitude. When I'm not getting overly excited about my gaming destiny, I tend to be playing guitar, reading a book, following football or watching a film. www.twitter.com/sean_o_c
There is a point in Rage when it stops being a solid FPS and becomes a great one. That moment occurs about two or three hours in, just when our recent hands-on preview ended.
Up to that point, we had been ushered down narrow paths and asked to do routine objectives. It was a confident and accomplished introduction to the game, and it did give us a good grounding for what was to come later, but it felt like it was keeping a tight rein on us.
Rage, the first major project id Software has undertaken since 2004’s Doom 3, is out very soon, and PS3 Attitude has been getting hands-on with it.
At a glance, you would be entitled to think that Supremacy MMA’s main “attraction” is its grimy underground environments, ugly menacing fighters and bone-crunching violence; it is a hardcore game for those who think EA’s MMA and UFC Undisputed are too soft. However, once you strip away all of the gruesomeness and awful metal music, you find something deeper and even quite thoughtful underneath.
The Hitman: Absolution demo at Eurogamer Expo has a smashing start, literally. It begins with Agent 47 — the bald, genetically modified assassin from all Hitman games — smashing headfirst through a window. The act is voluntary, of course; he is trying to find a quiet place to hide from the cops.
The multiplayer pump, like all the best online taunts ever created, is an act of silly depravity, which does neither the taunter or the taunted any justice. Nailing this taunt, however, at the right time in Uncharted is incredibly satisfying.
So, to see Nolan North perform Nathan Drake’s signature taunt – on stage, in front of a packed audience at the Eurogamer Expo – was, well, a momentous occasion.
Cosplay is a well-established gaming tradition, and you clearly don’t have a proper gaming expo unless you can attract a Commander Shepherd or Chell impersonator. Note: bonus points are also given if Chell carries a meticulously detailed Portal gun.
At this year’s Eurogamer Expo, cosplayers came out in force. We definitely noticed an increase in dressed-up gamers compared to previous years, and the quality seemed better too.
We photographed some of the best over the past few days and uploaded them into a neat gallery below for your viewing pleasure.
Since debuting as a PS2 exclusive, SSX has continued to be an important PlayStation franchise. As part of the system’s launch line-up, it ushered in a new era of smooth gameplay, intuitive controls, sharp graphics and edgy soundtracks. It felt next generation and the critics loved it.
Later SSX games went multi-format, but that didn’t diminish its importance for PlayStation owners, and the fact it’s finally about to arrive on the PS3, five years into this generation, is huge.
We have now reached the final entry in our ‘20 Days of PSN’. It’s a journey that began with survival horror title Siren: Blood Curse and featured many gems along the way, such as Limbo, Braid and WipEout HD. In at #2 came Q-Games’ physics-based puzzler PixelJunk Shooter, and it takes something special to out-do that. So without further ado, let’s introduce Flower, the best of PSN.
Tomorrow sees the end of our ’20 Days of PSN’ feature. Tune in then to discover the best PSN game, but today we can reveal the next best thing. It’s the marvellous PixelJunk Shooter from Q-Games. Read on to find out what makes PixelJunk Shooter worthy of such a lofty position.
An egotistical lead character, lots of zany randomness, uber-colourful environments and whack-a-mole gameplay — the DeathSpank series definitely sits in the “love/hate” category, and The Baconing is certainly not going to be to everyone’s taste. The simple rule is, avoid this if you didn’t fancy the last two games or if you cringe at the thought of random humour. Otherwise read on.
Super Stardust HD blasts in at #9 in our ‘20 Days of PSN’. This glorious twin-stick asteroid shooter is Housemarque’s second entry in our list, after Dead Nation came in at #13, proving that they really are one of PSN’s best developers. Read on to find out what makes Super Stardust HD so special.
You may not be familiar with any of the fighters in Supremacy MMA. It certainly has fewer stars than UFC Undisputed, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care about these guys.
Supremacy MMA’s tagline reads “every fighter has a story”. The developer Kung Fu Factory shows this by having a story mode that actually explores the histories and personalities of the fighters, and looks to find out why they fight. Respect is also shown to their fighting styles.
No two fighters fight the same way, and every fighter has their own reasons for fighting. These are the stars of Supremacy MMA…
Boris Salchow, composer of Resistance 3, reveals the secrets behind making a stunning soundtrack in this exclusive interview with PS3 Attitude.
Resistance 3 is the latest in a string of successful projects with Insomniac Games for Salchow, which also includes Resistance 2 and Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time. He also provided additional music and co-produced on Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2.
Away from games, Salchow has worked on the feature films 80 Minutes, Prom Night, Elsewhere and Der Himmel Hat Vier Ecken, as well as commercials for Audi, Lamborghini and Adidas.
Yesterday, Sony in partnership with Mercedes-Benz hosted a competition which had former F1 driver David Coulthard thrash around the famous Top Gear Test Track in real life while gamers challenged his times in Gran Turismo 5. David Coulthard won, but there was less than half a second in it. It was thrilling to watch.
Gran Turismo 5’s reputation as the ‘real driving simulator’ was tested today in an event held by Sony in partnership with Mercedes-Benz.
Six gamers, in their racing pods, tackled the virtual Top Gear Test Track, while former F1 driver David Coulthard ripped up the real thing. The Flying Scotsman was the winner, but the result couldn’t have been any closer.
Avast ye, me hearties! At PS3 Attitude, we’re celebrating the PlayStation Network with our ’20 Days of PSN’ feature, and coming in at number 16 is Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge.
Monkey Island 2 was released in 1991 with more characters, puzzles, islands and dialogue than Secret of Monkey Island. It’s the strongest of the series and possibly the greatest graphic adventure ever. PSN has the essential 2010 Special Edition, which is the best version available.
Read on to find out why Monkey Island 2 is #16 in our Top 20 PSN titles…
NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is both the best and worst game you could ever show to someone curious about basketball. It’s the worst because it bears few similarities to the real thing; basketball players don’t ignite, do somersaults or reach insane heights – well, they do jump high, but not that high.
The fact it has arcade sensibilities also makes it a great entry point for beginners. It has that pick up and play appeal, and it’s all about the tricks, spins and dunks — the eye catching stuff that make people go “woo”. There’s no rule book either, so you can foul with impunity. Anyone could play it.
Our last two reviewed games had depth, complexity and maturity (Deus Ex and L.A. Noire), but isn’t it true that some of the best games are the simplest? Overcooking can kill all the fun. Maybe all you need is an opportunity to shoot bugs with big weapons and to save Earth from invading alien forces. Maybe all you want is Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon.
There is a load of DLC available for L.A. Noire, and if you want it all, irrespective of what’s said in this review, make sure you take advantage of the Rockstar Pass. For a reasonable one-off payment (£9.99/$11.99), you get most of the content, including two detective suits (Broderick and Sharpshooter), four cases (Naked City, A Slip of the Tongue, Nicholson Electroplating and Reefer Madness) and The Badge Pursuit challenge. That leaves only the The Consul’s Car to pick up.