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I keep getting mixed messages about 360 and 3D. Can it do it or not? I understand that it can but Sony wants me to believe only PS3 can.

Yeah, the 360 can do 3D, just (probably) not in the same way as true stereoscopic games on PS3. It's all a bit complicated, but you can read this to get a somewhat clearer picture. Personally I think it's a bit of a moot point for this generation of consoles anyway.

It seems pretty clear to me that the chart is only meant to be taken as seriously as Kevin Butler himself, though. By which I mean NeoGAF probably view it as gospel.

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Time Crisis: Razing Storm Preview

I completely missed the last Time Crisis game on the PlayStation 3, mostly due to my aversion for extra peripherals (I'm drowning in guitars, weight scales, guns, and microphones). But hey, I'm already onboard for this PlayStation Move thing, so let's check out one of my favorite rail shooters of all time. Namco's newest entry into the series, the not at all dumbly named Razing Storm, mixes classic Time Crisis gameplay with a first person shooter mode. I know, right? Sounds weird to me, too, but keep reading.

I had to jump into Arcade mode first because, let's be honest, the arcade is where Time Crisis lives. It's very much a Time Crisis game, which is enough description for anyone who has played the series. Instead of ducking behind cover this time, pressing the Move button brings up a riot shield. It works the same way, letting players reload and hide from gunfire. The T trigger fires weapons, and players simply aim their wand at the screen, using the reticule to target enemies.

It's straight up fun arcadey Time Crisis. The enemies still stand there like douchebags while players mow them down. There are still insane bosses in giant machinery. And I still shoot civilians in the face and lose one of my lives every couple minutes. But it's fun. People came by and wanted to do co-op with me while I was playing because Time Crisis is like an instant party. That doesn't speak to its quality, per say, but it's a fun series that has been consistently entertaining.

There's also a story mode in Razing Storm which is interesting because it turns Time Crisis into a sort of FPS game. Now at first I was screaming angrily because I'm of the mindset that Time Crisis is just fine as an arcade rail shooter. But the game does do some cool stuff that keeps it feeling like Time Crisis. Players can run freely around the level, though it's a very linear setup from what we've seen. Thoughout the level there are spots to take cover behind. When players get to cover spots they can hide behind them, and the game then operates exactly like Time Crisis. Players can lean out from behind the cover, shoot enemies, then retreat back to reload. What made it cool was that I could, at any time, just walk out from behind it to take out a hard to reach enemy, move to another cover spot, or grab a dropped weapon, so it adds a new dynamic to the Time Crisis formula.

It's a cool concept, but I actually found myself having trouble snapping into the cover spots. It required tilting the Move wand up when the game prompted me, but half the time it didn't work right away. Oh, and the game also requires that Sub Controller, or for players to hold onto their DualShock in their free hand, which isn't an ideal set up.

Razing Storm comes with two additional games: Time Crisis 4 and Deadstorm Pirates. Personally I'm pretty excited about the bonuses. Time Crisis 4 is the one I played more than any other (mostly because I worked in an arcade during its release).

Deadstorm Pirates is particularly cool because it only came out in arcades this year. Most of you have probably never heard of it because finding new arcade games is like looking for Bigfoot. It's an arcade shooter starring two pirates as they take down waves of zombie pirates, sea monsters, and other ships.

The arcade cabinet was cool because it had seats on hydraulics that moved and shook as the ship did. And it had a big ship wheel for the steering portions. The Move version will have players wave their wand in a circle to mimic those portions of the game.

Three arcade shooters on one disc is reason enough for me to check out Razing Storm when it hits stores. And honestly I will be using Time Crisis to convince my friends to play Move more than I'll use any of the family friendly party games. I'm not sure how fun this story mode will end up being, but I'll keep you posted.


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Looks good. :)

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Haven't really paid any attention to Move, but it's out here already (early release for the Eid holiday).

Is it worth picking up do you reckon?

Yeah, I've played with it a fair bit and if I had a PS3 I would definitely get it.

It's only £41 for a Move controller, camera and Sports Champions over at Amazon, which is a bit of a bargain if you ask me.

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Ah, right. Admittedly that information was from someone else and checking Amazon now it appears you're right; it's £44 and not £41, and it only includes a demo disc. Although It's the same demo disc that I've been playing over the last few weeks and it's given us hours of enjoyment.

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Bit confused about Resident Evil 5. The Gold version is now out in the UK which has Move compatibility. Do you need to buy that, or does the original version work with Move after downloading a patch?

As far as I am aware, you need the Gold version - but you don't need the one that has the specific Move labelling on it, as any copy of the Gold version can be patched for Move compatibility. The original release does not work with Move.

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I can't see Tumble for pre-order, is it a PSN title?

Yup. Sony blog said it was due out during launch week, so that's probably a week today/tomorrow. No idea of the price, sadly.

Cheers, I only realised Move was out so soon about a day ago. Tempted to preorder from shopto, since they have the best prices it seems.

Is the Sports game a step above Wii Sports Resort?

In some ways yes, in others no. In terms of fine control in table tennis, definitely.

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When did you pre-order it? I got all excited when I got a notification from them a minute ago, but it's only for one of the games, not the controller. :(

pre-ordered it early last week, cant remember the date though! strange that your game's dispatched and not the move...

feels kinda weird that this is coming very soon, from all the tech demos etc that i've seen, it still looks to me like a gadget from the future. I look forward to seeing how hussle kings (the game that keeps on giving - buy it now! :blah: ) works with move.

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