Champions of Backwards Compatibility

July 18, 2008

I decided today to give the backwards compatibility of my PS3 its first go.  Skimming the List, I spotted Champions of Norrath, which I seemed to recall having gotten pretty far into before I got sidetracked from it and moved along to something else.  According to Sony, the only issue in the single-player part of the game is that “During gameplay, when the user displays the Inventory menu screen, portions of character model on the right side of the screen intermittently appears corrupted.”  Seeing as how the character model in the inventory screen is completely superfluous to the actual gameplay, I decided to throw it in and see what I could find out.

Turns out, it ran flawlessly for me, without even so much as a flicker of the inventory screen model appearing corrupted.  One quick quest and a boss battle later, and I’m one game closer to my goal.  I just hope all of my PS2-on-PS3 experiences go as smoothly (although I’m sure that’s a bit much to ask for).

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A New Challenger Appears!

July 8, 2008

Another long drought in the beleaguered land of OHPC-istan is interrupted by the life-giving rains of my prose.  Yes, I bless you all again with my presence before I most likely scuttle back under the rock from whence I came.  As always before, I didn’t actually intend to go so long without posting, but after finishing up the classes mentioned in my last post, I’d just sort of been out of gaming too long and didn’t really know where to start in order to have something to post about.  To be fair, I also had a hell of a time trying to get back on the horse as far as my comic-reading went, as well…  In fact, I still have a bunch of issues of DMZ to catch up on.  So anyway, excuses, excuses… back to the title of the current post.

Some of you already are aware (since I know you in meatspace) and others of you may have spotted the super-stealth-ninja updates to the List (I’m sneaky like that) indicating that I am now the proud owner of one 80GB PlayStation 3 (this being the titular “new challenger”).  I had been holding off on the PS3 at first due to price considerations and general lack of interest in the system’s exclusive games roster.  Sure, the price came down with the introduction of the 40GB model, but given the pile of PS2 games I still have yet to complete, I’d like as much backwards compatibility as I can get my paws on.  The 60GB with the full backwards compatibility is, of course, discontinued and the prices are still way high on eBay.  The Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle with the 80GB system was the sweet spot for me.  With it being a limited edition, I couldn’t count on Sony making the 80GB system available ever again, so I pre-ordered the system from the Gamestapo and received it after a relatively-minor amount of drama with UPS.  With the new system come new games that need to be completed, of course, making progress on the original games on the list that much harder.

Two new games were added as a result of these goings-on: Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and Resistance: Fall of Man.  “A-ha,” you may exclaim, “your schooling has failed you as you mistook the number 2 for the number 3!  You purchased the Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle and so I know you own that game in addition to the two you’ve named!”  You may at this point twirl your moustaches smugly whilst grinning triumphantly.  Or not.  Either way, twirling or no, I made no mistake in my previous statement as I do not intend to play Metal Gear Solid 4, and in fact will trade or sell it at the first opportunity.  Since the last Metal Gear game I played was the first Metal Gear Solid and I didn’t even finish that, I’m in no position to jump on board with the fourth installment.  Nor do I have any desire to play two and a half old games that I successfully avoided their first time around just to have the background necessary to watch play this one.

So.  Two additions accounted for… but eagle-eyed readers (you should probably see a doctor about that… or maybe a vet… not sure if having an animal’s eyes is really normal, but if it works for you, then hey… who’m I to judge?) will have noticed a total of three extra games on the List.  The final one being Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates on the DS, which I had been eyeing for some time and finally decided to snag once my classes had finished up back in May.

Through all of this, my overall percentage has, in fact, gone up.  From what, I cannot say off the top of my head, as I was too dense to note where it was before I started doing my sneaky-sneaky-behind-the-scenes-no-proper-posting List updating, but I suppose I could figure it out… [does some subtraction, some division] I’m gonna say 29.5%.  So from 29.5% up to 31.9%, the reason being that I finished every game I’ve added.  In some cases, multiple times (sort of).  Crystal Chronicles I played through a solo game in the multiplayer milieu first, and actually did so multiple times in order to get through all the difficulty levels… it was a pretty addictive game.  The single-player portion was tedious at best, however, with annoying characters and a storyline that I REALLY couldn’t have given a damn about, but a mission’s a mission and I soldiered through it solely to be able to tell you all I’ve done so.  Ratchet & Clank is another one that I played through multiple times, although the subsequent playthroughs were quick affairs of maybe two days or so, since it’s basically a New Game + situation.  I actually went through as much as I did to stretch the life of the game… it really is excellent, and with only one other game on the PS3, I wanted to make it last as long as possible.  I even went so far as to obtain every Skill Point in the game, despite my original assertions on this blog that I wasn’t going to do such a thing.  In truth, my original position is that I’m not going to require myself to hit 100% within each game, but as with Metroid Prime 3, if it happens, it happens.  Finally, then, just today (erm… yesterday, technically) I finished up Resistance with all its delectable alternate history goodness.  I may still go back through that one to get a few more Skill Points in there, although probably not all of ’em as some of ’em seem like they’re gonna be a lot more trouble than they’re worth.

And so, my updating duties completed for this quarter, I now take my leave of you.  I want to talk more about the PlayStation 3 in general, and so if all goes well, I should be posting my thoughts about the system in the near future.  I would’ve liked to go into it in this post, but the hour’s getting late, and the wordcount’s getting obscene.  Just as I mentioned in my last post, I want to get back to more-regular posting, but I make no guarantees so’s I can’t actually break any promises.