My stash of games — update — and a warning about Madden ’07 for the Playstation 3

Well, I gave in and ordered Resistance: Fall of Man. I read some fairly good reviews of it, and it’s really the only game out so far that’s geared specifically towards the PS3 entirely. I feel obligated to give it a chance.

So far, I’d have to say the best-looking game in my collection is Fight Night: Round 3. It comes damn close to photo-realism. It’s also fun to play, but like all boxing games, it gets a little bit boring after a while. NBA 2K7 is also a damn fine looking game, I have to say, and the gameplay is definitely simulation-oriented. If you want some arcade-style game that lets you dunk every time down the floor, look elsewhere. If you want a more cerebral simulation of basketball, go for 2K7.

Now, Call of Duty 3 doesn’t seem like a huge leap forward in graphics — until you take into account the smooth framerate maintained during huge firefights, the scale of the fights that take place, the number of individual animated things on the screen, the little touches like very nice “results” from grenade explosions. A solid game. Taking over where Medal of Honor left off.

As I said in an earlier post, I didn’t get Madden 2007 for the Playstation 3; I figured my copy for the PS2 was good enough. Turns out, it may be BETTER than the PS3 version. Apparently in the PS3 version, Madden and Al Michaels have been replaced as the voices in the game by some generic sportscaster who seems to annoy people. Additionally, it’s not supposed to be that much better graphically, and people who’ve bought it seem to be genuinely upset with it. I guess we’ll have to wait until Madden 2008 to see a Madden game that’s worthy of a next-gen console.

Anyway, I await Resistance: Fall of Man eagerly. Since Call of Duty 3 has been so enjoyable despite my general apathy towards first-person shooters, I’m hoping this one will also give me some good playtime.

After that, folks, the only thing to really look forward to that’s in the pipeline is the port of Elder Scrolls: Oblivion to the Playstation 3. That’s supposed to be, according to my Xbox 360 friends, a really fun role-playing game. Although I’ll be the judge of that — it’s hard to beat Final Fantasy. Which reminds me, I still have a lot of time left on the PS2 to beat Final Fantasy XII, which is a great game.

And that’s all for now.

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