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Why I was wrong about Mass Effect 3.

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AS much as I was crying and whining about the ending of ME3 I totally forgot how awesome the trilogy really is. I just recently started playing ME2 again trying to carry over my FemShap from ME1 to ME3 and I realize as I was playing it that i totally forgot how it all ends. Instead I was more focused on dialogue and how all my characters interaction with each will be now since I have all the DLC for ME2 to go thru. Hell the play style while more shooter heavy still was engaging and fun to play especially when playing on insanity with an adapt.

Sure Mass Effect 3 ending didn't was bad and it didn't answer any questions especially on how it all came about but i do believe this is all part of the plan that Bioware had. The fact that after the end of the game they return you back to the ship BEFORE the final battle where the other 2 games were after the main quest was done. That tells me they have some big plans for Mass Effect 3 beyond just giving us more of the Co-Op stuff which is alot of fun and addicting. I really think people are giving it a bad wrap because its MP for a purely single player game. Keep in mind here that Uncharted 2 introduce MP for the first time in the series and it didn't detract from that game at all. So i don't believe all that MP took away from the SP and vice versa.

Yes the ending left alot of doors open. Yes the final hour of Mass Effect 3 should have been more on the line of the Mass Effect 2 sucide mission and yes the the grandpa scene was lame too. What is more important is that Mass Effect is still a great franchise with 3 great games. So what the ending felt like a warp core ejection in mid warp but you know what the ship that got you there is still intact and which means it can be repaired. Just give them some time to get the content out to us.

Mass Effect 3 = Awesome Mass Effect 3 Ending = WTF did i do wrong?

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SPOILER WARNING FOR MASS EFFECT 3

Hey everyone its been a long time since i posted anything here. Just haven't the had the energy to type but that all changes today. Right now i am setting my sights on Mass Effect 3 the potential Game of the Year which it was up untill the last 10 mins of the game is where it goes down hill real fast.

You know what I am very very disappointed in how Mass Effect 3 Ends. At the end of the game you are given 3 choices all which suck and a feeling of WTF did i do something wrong. In all 3 endings the mass relays are destroyed. In all 3 endings the normandy for whatever reason just so happen to be using the relay which by the way makes no F***ing sense if the ship was fighting above earth. Then magically your crew some how beams back to the ship and crash lands on some random a$$ planet. Then don't get me started with this stupid AI boy god thing at the top of the Citadel and more importantly how the hell is Shepard even able to breath in damn space with no helmet. Its like everything you have done from the previous games and the getting all those people to fight a common enemy was thrown out.

My feeling after ending was betrayed followed by anger and even more angry. Not for the fact that there was no real choice but how it ends with a collection of cutcense that at best felt disjointed from each one. Right now all i have to say is Mass Effect 3 is awesome game but the ending for me is beyond horrible. There has to be something better than this ending? I don't care if its unrealistic or corny if everyone survives and shepard survives with an nice rainbow ending but I want the ending i was working for with the EMS not this it really doesn't matter. In fact i don't want to play this game again nor do i care if another series starts because it feels like they gave me the finger and say suck it.

WELL YOU SUCK IT BIOWARE NOT BUYING NO MORE OF YOUR STUFF. YOU DID IT IN DRAGON AGE AND NOW YOU ARE DOING IT IN MASS EFFECT. I HOPE IT WAS WORTH IT!

Rather you like it or not Online Passes are here to stay.

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I just recently read this article at Kotakuhttp://kotaku.com/5851303/should-reviewers-take-off-points-for-online-passes

discussing why he feels reviewers should start taking points off the review if the game has an online pass. Here is one paragraph that I take issue with

"If it's not enough that Sony now has to sell six Online Passes to even break even on my one lostUncharted 3sale (cancelled my pre-order because I refuse to buy games with an Online Pass, even though I only buy new), losing a chunk of those Game of the Year awards might be enough incentive to knock this stupid crap off."

So because it effects those poor gamers who are dumb enough to buy the same game that was released 2 days ago used is enough for you to cancel your pre-order of the game. You know it would be alot easier to just wait for the game to drop in price like MOST GAMES DO. You still getting it brand new with all the additional content that you claim is preventing you from enjoying the game and at a signicant discount. The catch is you may have to wait a while or get lucky with one of those Steam sales event.

Me personally don't have an problem with the passes because I always buy new. Now just because I said i buy new doesn't mean I shell out 60 bucks for the game. Sometimes I catch sales on them or most of the time I just wait a couple of months for the price to drop. Its that simple. The only inconvenience to the New Customer is now they have to put an one time code with your game. Think of it as an serial key just like the pc gaming days.

PSN Update. People still crying as usual.

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"As you may know, we've begun the process of restoring the service through internal testing of the new system. We're still working to confirm the security of the network infrastructure, as well as working with a variety of outside entities to confirm with them of the security of the system. Verifying the system security is vital for the process of restoration. Additional comprehensive system checks and testing are still required, and we must complete that process before bringing the systems online.

As you've heard us say, our utmost priorities are the security of the network and ensuring your data is safe. We won't restore the services until we can test the system's strength in these respects.

When we held the press conference in Japan last week, based on what we knew, we expected to have the services online within a week. We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and we are taking this opportunity to conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system. We know many of you are wanting to play games online, chat with your friends and enjoy all of the services PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have to offer, and trust me when I say we're doing everything we can to make it happen. We will update you with more information as soon as we have it. We apologize for the delay and inconvenience of this network outage."

This was the recently updated on the PlayStation Blog about the status of PSN and when will it be back. But my issue isn't with this update at all. I think it was pretty reasonable considering the type of attack PSN has gone thru. I understand the difficultly of rebuilding an network from scratch and you have customers screaming to high heaven to get it back up. Now go read the comments on the blog and you will begin to see what I am talking about. Here are a couple of examples:

"Im not aware of how complex your system is, but this outage is beginning to be excessive. I'm fine with you making sure the network is safe and secure, but please don't give us a time frame and break it. I hope all goes well with your testing and catch the responsible parties. That being said thank you very much for making sure we're safe, and taking the steps seriously to give us a quality product. Best of Luck!"

This is probably the nicest post you will see on that website from PSN users. While I understand the fustration I don't think people understand what it takes to completely restore an network of that size and make sure that all the doors are locked. Here are a few more.

"So basically another non-update masking as an update.

*sigh*"

You lucky they even take the time out to give you an update regarding PSN. They never guaranteed that it would be up in a week but they gave you an estimated time frame and guess what its taking longer so YOU can have a safe environment when you return. How would you feel if they let you back in and the data once again gets stolen or hacked. Then you will be the first one to say they shouldn't have rushed it and ready to sue Sony for allowing it to happen again. Now one more for the road.

"This wait is becoming so tedious. I know there needs to be a lot of testing, but it is really getting annoying. I am seriously considering changing to the xbox. Before you respond to this hating on me, the only console I have is a PS3 and a Wii(which I hate, never play anymore, and are going to sell soon). I LOVE my PlayStation, my Uncharted, my Killzone, my LBP, my Gran Turismo, but this is getting so annoying. The online keeps going down more often. Sony, you need to do better in the online part. I'll say this once again: I LOVE my PlayStation, but Sony is not doing well in the online. Sony, you need to step your game up!"

This doesn't make any sense to me. I get that the wait is frustrating especially if you are an single console owner but it just seems to me that people are making it seem as if you just plug this cord in to that one. It's not. It you have check, double check and when it's said and done triple check. Sometimes you make your date but most of the time you miss them because of the sheer volume of work that has be done.

I just feel that PSN members are not looking at the bigger picture here. It takes time to reboot an system like this. Let alone bring in additional equipment to make sure this doesn't happen again. I get you want to play your game but I know I don't want to be playing on a unsecured network. I want Sony to take as long as they want to make sure the network is secured and has more than enough security added to prevent this from happening again. If it means we have to wait 2 days or 2 weeks it doesn't matter as long as they get it right the first time. Isn't that the highest priority?

Sony is implenting make good program for PSN Memebers.

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SOME PLAYSTATION®NETWORK AND QRIOCITY™ SERVICES TO BE AVAILABLE THIS WEEK
Phased Global Rollout of Services to Begin Regionally;
System Security Enhanced to Provide Greater Protection of Personal Information

Tokyo, May 1, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) announced they will shortly begin a phased restoration by region of PlayStation®Network and Qriocity™ services, beginning with gaming, music and video services to be turned on. The company also announced both a series of immediate steps to enhance security across the network and a new customer appreciation program to thank its customers for their patience and loyalty.

Following a criminal cyber-attack on the company's data-center located in San Diego, California, U.S.A., SNEI quickly turned off the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, engaged multiple expert information security firms over the course of several days and conducted an extensive audit of the system. Since then, the company has implemented a variety of new security measures to provide greater protection of personal information. SNEI and its third-party experts have conducted extensive tests to verify the security strength of the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. With these measures in place, SCE and SNEI plan to start a phased rollout by region of the services shortly. The initial phase of the rollout will include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems
    -This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
  • Access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3/PSP for existing subscribers
  • Access to account management and password reset
  • Access to download un-expired Movie Rentals on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
  • PlayStation®Home
  • Friends List
  • Chat Functionality

For the whole press release click on the link. http://bit.ly/lycuSR

My thoughts on the current state of PlayStation Network.

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As you already know PlayStation Network was hacked into and breached between the dates of 17th and 19th of April. On the 20th Sony decided to shutdown PSN to limit the damage from whatever kind of attacks this user was doing. Fast forward to the 27th and we finally know the full extent of the breach.

"Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained." http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/04/26/update-on-playstation-network-and-qriocity/

This is the actions that Sony felt they needed to take to insure our PSN accounts.

  1. Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;
  2. Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
  3. Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

I am one of those people who have their Credit Card Info on PSN so that I can purchase things from PSN with ease. As a CC/DB card holder I understand that there is always an inherit risk whenever I do on-line shopping anywhere. No one is completely safe from someone who sole purpose is to screw with that person or company. I also understand that its Sony's job to make sure that when I sign on to PSN and put my info into that system that its protected and secured. Also I wouldn't have put that kind of info if i didn't trust that it was being protected. Well that trust has as of right now is being put into question after this incident and many PSN members are rightfully to be upset and angry about it.

Many PSN members at least on the PlayStation Blog feel that Sony was not being truthful from the start and that Sony was too busy talking amongst themselves to instead of talking to us on the 17th that there was an breach even though no one knew to what extent was the breach. While I do agree Sony could have been more forthcoming about this but I do believe that they took the best course of action to protect the consumer and PSN itself. The main thing that people are arguing about is rather or not they could have informed us sooner with an email statement as soon as Friday instead of waiting till the 26th to send that mail out. I am happy that at least for now it appears that Sony did stop the attack before it taking on major damage but then again our info MAY have been released out into the wild. This brings me to the main point of why I am sticking with PSN after all this.

I never had my Credit Card/Debit Card stolen nor have I ever run into any kind of trouble when I did any online shopping. This is the first time ever that my info MAY have been compromised since getting a CC/DB but I am not mad at all. Right now it there is a lot of information out there and I believe that it's going to take time to sort this thru. Sure I am a little concerned about it but not enough to go and cancel my card. At least not yet; not till I find out more about the situation and how I should proceed. I trust that Sony is doing everything they can to prevent such things from happening again and if they would've known beforehand that this was going to happen they would have done their best to stop it. Maybe I am naïve to think this is the truth when it is so easy to just let that cloud of doubt hover over my head till PSN is back online and I can change my info myself but as one my online buddies told me you can't go walking around in fear. Now could have Sony have communicated this better than what they did?

Of course you can always do better even though I think the real reason for the lack of DETAILED info was due to the fact that they didn't know either which is not an excuse either for them either. Just like a medical examiner at a morgue. They won't know how this person died till after the autopsy is done. Same situation here; all they knew was there was a breach and it wasn't confirmed till Monday. Now they did acknowledge on the 20th as I said earlier that there was an "external breach" of PSN and that right there should have told you that you should pay close eye to your CC/DB and check your statements to be on the safe side. I know I don't wait for others to tell me if something is bad for you; I go find out myself. Which is another problem within itself; that we have become a little too lax in the online space thinking that all is ok in the world; that nobody is going to touch myself. Of course Sony has to do their part to notify the public of the possibility that certain info may be in someone else hands other than Sony to cover theme selves because all you need is just one to be confirmed to ruin your day.

In the meantime if you are like me just double check your bank statements or credit card statements for any oddities and when PSN comes back online change your password. Also change your email passwords and replace it with something a little more challenging than abc123 and If you feel that is not enough or you don't feel safe with it on PSN delete it from PSN and get yourself a new CC/DB.

I have always monitored every transaction I've made on PSN and Xbox Live to insure that what I purchase was what I purchased. I also have a print out of all charges since signing up with both Xbox and PSN so even if something should happen I have enough info to dispute any charge that comes up. You should do the same when doing any form of online shopping and in many ways this is an wake up call for us who do anything online rather its blogging or just browsing the Internet.

I still plan on gaming on my PS3 and on PSN because I believe this will make not only PSN stronger but Xbox Live, Steam, Wii, and all the other on-line services stronger. This also sends an message to the gaming industry as an whole to take into account data security and taking the more than necessary pre-cautions to protect consumers from such attacks. Call me an optimist but I do beleieve that this will lead to better things.

My favorite comment pretty much summed up what I was trying to say:

"Sure you can say that PSN's hacking was a bigger situation, but look at it this way:

The US Air Force has been hacked.

The Pentagon has been hacked.

Microsoft has been hacked.

National Security files have been hacked.

If someone wants it, they'll get it... Don't blame PSN."

Come on people use common sense.

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I am going to stick my neck out there to just say this. The moment we found out that there was an external breach of PSN which was on the 22nd. That was the day to double check your credit card info and bank statements.

Seriously if you wait for any company or government to tell you that it isn't safe to do something or go somewhere then you are already in trouble.

I know I am going to get down votes for this but that's just the way I feel right now. Stop whining and check your own bank statements for any problems. Soon after that change your password when PSN comes back on. Its that simple.

If you want piece of mind then cancel your card and use PSN cards from here on out but please stop this whole notion that you feel lied to. As someone who works in the IT field the techs at Sony Network is working 26 hours a day to make sure this doesn't happen again. The fact that Sony shutdown the network was a good move and it would appear to have only leaked out some info about its users as opposed to all info was stolen.

And yes I do have an CC on file with PSN but you don't see me running around with my head chopped off. Nor am I looking to blame Sony for this outage because S*** happens. All I want to know from Sony is A) ARe they working on the problen? B) What is the nature of the problem? and C) When you expect to have this fixed?

So far the answer to A) Yes they are working on the problem. B) Someone jacked into the network and tried to steal info from sony about PSN users. C) When we have an clearly answer to the extent of the damage we cannot provide that just yet.

See how easy that was.

I need to stop complaing about games and just enjoy them.

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A couple of days ago i was playing the SOCOM 4 beta and enjoying it. Coming from an die hard SOCOM 2 player I was very impressed with what Zipper has done so far. Sure are there some things to tweak but thats with every game i play. I for one thought that SOCOM 4 at least in beta form kept the things that made SOCOM.... SOCOM. Of course not everyone is happy about the changes to SOCOM epesically the die hards but thats understandable considering that for many including myself that was the first real online game I had ever played on a console.

Now I look on the SOCOM forums and see nothing but hate and venom being spat at everyone because they feel the game is going in the wrong direction in terms of gameplay,respawn,weapons, and etc. As i kept reading the forums I began to start to hate the very fan-base I was part of because of there unwillingness to embrace change. Some went as far as saying that SOCOM Confrontation is an better SOCOM game than SOCOM 4. That's when I noticed that all this sounds very familiar to my stance about Resident Evil.

If you have been reading my blogs or my comments on the RE related stuff you will know that I am right up there doing the exact same thing as the SOCOM fan-base is doing. Not willing to accept change even when the franchise itself hasn't been touched for about 5 or more years. I was right there spewing hate towards anyone that said RE4 was the best RE game to date. I even said screw the devs for making it more accessible to an wider audience because you want more money when the realty of it all was the gamble worked.

Resident 4 became one the best games of all time while presenting another way to do horror. That it was possible to make you scared without the pre-rendered camera or the stiff controls. Resident Evil 4 while still not the best RE game in the franchise changed everything I knew about RE for the better and a fresh coat of paint was placed on it. Here comes Resident Evil 5 with all the promises of being everything RE fans wanted out of RE then comes the bombshell came when they announced that RE5 will be a CO-OP game from beginning to end. As you guess most die hard RE fans rejected this idea and was once again spewing hate and venom at the devs for making this move for the sake of money. Turns out the devs were right along with millions of others who purchased Resident Evil 5. Matter of fact Resident Evil 5 was critically acclaimed by most gaming sites as an awesome game to play with or without a partner.

After all that cursing and all that hating the game still managed to sell well above the expectations and so will SOCOM 4. The games we played back in the day like SOCOM or Resident Evil will always be awesome games but that doesn't make it immune from change. Technology changes and devs learn new game-play idea's that would make the franchise better. Sure I loved the way SOCOM 2 played Online but its been almost 10yrs since that game hit the market. Things has change and devs have to take into the account what is happening NOW in the gaming industry. I may not like the changes but you know what I have reach the point that I am just happy to see these 2 great franchise still relevant in the industry instead of being completely dead.

Wait no spectating in Marvel Vs. Capcom 3?

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http://dualshockers.com/2011/02/02/preview-marvel-vs-capcom-3-brief-impressions-and-notes/

"When Marvel vs. Capcom 3 releases in just under two weeks, the game will not have spectator mode. Players in player matches with lobbies of up to 8 people will not be able to watch the game taking place as they wait their turn."

Yes you read that correctly. When Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is released on Feb. 22 the game will not come will the all in important spectator mode that we have grown accustomed over the years. If I remember correctly Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 had an spectator mode but I am going to give them the benefit of an doubt and say that the network code for Mvc2 is much different from MvC3. But surely Street Fighter 4 had lobbies right?

Oh yeah that's correct Street Fighter 4 didn't have the lobbies either. Matter of fact Capcom released an whole new version of Street Fighter dubbed Super Street Fighter 4 which included 8-player lobbies with spectating and a replay viewer.

http://www.joystiq.com/2009/11/10/super-street-fighter-iv-getting-8-person-lobbies-for-online-mult/

"SSFIV's Masahiro Taguchi let the cat out of the bag on the official Japanese blog for the game (translated by Andriasang), saying that the regular ol' Street Fighter IV did not properly convey "the feeling of players gathering together for fights." He says that the ability to create multiplayer lobbies was on the table before creating SFIV, but was scrapped in favor of the one-on-one model currently in place"

Now if you read on in the article he did say that the reason why SF4didn't have lobbies like this was due the fact that it would have caused frame rate drops and other unwanted things to occur while in the fight. My thing is I really hope Capcom doesn't make an Super Marvel vs. Capcom 3 just so they can provide this much needed feature in the game.

Also to add to the story how many of you remember DOA4's lobby system? If not here is a quick reminder of it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtzreM0m6Nw