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My first foray into the PS3 and its shooters

by Mike on October 30th, 2007

Warhawk is all that.Having other gamer friends has its perks. For one, they have no social lives (like moi), so they’re always at home playing. Second, they own ALL game consoles known to man (unlike moi). It just so happened that a friend of mine fits both descriptions.

Yes, he does own an Xbox 360 too, but it’s busted.

I finally got a chance to play his spanking new Playstation 3, and boy, was it an experience. Unfortunately, we had to make do with a standard definition TV, but it never made the romp less fun.

To warm up, my buddy put in Resistance: Fall of Man. I told him I didn’t want to play the game online. Just the thought of wrestling with a controller just to get off a shot and let a complete stranger walk all over me in the process brings a cold shudder down my spine.

We had only three controllers available for play—two Sixaxis pads and another one for the PS2. We had to use an adapter to get the older pad working, so a two-on-two capture the flag was out of the question. Not bad for a first-timer who knew nothing of the Manchester map. I ranked second against two experienced bozos.

I noticed that the machineguns I used in Resistance didn’t give me any recoil. I was trying to aim low and shoot short bursts, but I ended up with body shots. What’s a maniacal n00b to do? Run for the rocket launchers, that’s what. I may only fire off one rocket, but one is usually good enough to kill.

Next, we had a session of NBA ‘07, but it was too arcadey for my tastes. I can’t call for a pick, each pass causes a player to stop, and switching defenders were too stupid to find their man. I may have dominated by playing Golden State, but using the Spurs was a nightmare. Wasn’t that supposed to be the other way around?

My mood changed when we started playing Warhawk. The game’s textures alone made me drool. I was blown away by the fact that we were using a standard definition set, but the textures looked as good as those new games I’ve been playing in my PC.

Add in the fact that Warhawk was hilarious to play. Yes, it was tough, but if your teammates are capable of cooperating, things turn out even more fun. I enjoyed playing gunner when riding jeeps, but those jets were a bit challenging to pilot. It gets even more challenging when your enemy is good in flying those things.

One particular event that came to mind was when several of us in the team were hiding in a stone structure (I forgot which map), and a VTOL jet swooped in and circled the building—shooting everyone inside. The enemy did this a couple of times, but it felt like forever when you’re on the receiving end of an attack.

Several of us were taken out, but fortunately, I survived. Beginner’s luck, I’m sure.

Am I sold to the idea of getting this console? Sure! Why would I want to shell out money just to let some foul-mouthed kid frag me and describe my lack of skill using gamepads in shooters through their colorful language? If I’m going to get insulted, might as well not pay for it.

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5 opinions for My first foray into the PS3 and its shooters

  • Klopzi
    Oct 30, 2007 at 7:48 am

    The fact that you enjoyed playing the PS3 say a lot, in my mind. PC gamers are usually pretty hard when it comes to praising any console. The fact that you enjoyed playing the PS3 must mean it’s a pretty solid box.

  • Alex
    Oct 30, 2007 at 9:59 am

    That controller is such a piece of crap, especially for shooters. I mean, console controllers are weird enough as it is for shooters, but the “new” R2/L2 toe-nail style “triggers”? Stab me.

  • Mike
    Oct 31, 2007 at 1:00 am

    Alex, any console controller for shooters IS a piece of crap. Yes, those toenail triggers take the cake–I feel like they were going to break!

    However, that doesn’t change the fact that we had a great time. I got fragged to many times, but we were rolling over in laughter.

    What I do hope is that all these shooters would support a keyboard and mouse combo so that I can play the way I play.

  • Amy
    Oct 31, 2007 at 7:39 am

    I told you my baby was hot shit. :)

  • Mike
    Nov 1, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Hey Amy! I can’t really say the PS3 is teh shit right now, but at least Warhawk and Resistance are. I’m still waiting for that huge library of games that the PS2 had.

    I can’t wait for March.

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