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PlayStation Now (or Later)? The Hands On Review and Let’s Play

When it comes to streaming music, Spotify is where I play ($9.99/mo). When it comes to watching movies and binge watching my favourite television shows, Netflix is also my streaming playground ($7.99/mo). I’m not the biggest fan of acquiring additional monthly bills, but the subscription model does have it’s advantages. It’s the convenience and the selection from these online businesses and websites that we pay for. And I’m a sucker for all of them. Well almost all of them (Sorry Adobe. I love the idea behind Creative Cloud, but the price is just not right). Enter Sony’s PlayStation Now video game streaming service.

Brilliant idea? I think so. This is totally right up my alley and perfectly compliments my internet streaming lifestyle. I am a vicious streaming monster and as a PS fanboy it’s only natural that something like this would grab my attention. For a monthly, or trimonthly fee (I’ll come back to this) I am able to stream 100+ PS3 games at any time I want. As long as I have a steady broadband connection (greater than 5Mbps is highly recommended) I can game until my eyes, ears and thumbs fall off. So Sony has left me no other choice but to quit my job and play all of these games. Just kidding! I wish! Seriously though, this has the makings of a really terrific service, but for me there’s just the one thing holding me back. The price of admission.

Now if you’re not an old fuddy-duddy who likes to pinch their pennies, like myself, then you can enjoy this rich digital content for $19.99/month, or for a much better value, $44.99/three months. Now that’s not bad in my opinion. It’s not great, but it’s not bad. What I did fail to realize however, when I created the let’s play video above, was that there is a third “à la carte” option where you pay to just play individual games. Those prices vary depending on the duration of your rental period and how new or old the game is. Apparently most games could be played for one dollar a day. This could be a nice option if the the rental library is strong enough. For the free 7 day trial I was only presented with the monthly and trimonthly options. Also the trial only unlocked a fraction of the playable games from the entire library. All things considered I must say that my PlayStation Now experience was very pleasant. For my test I decided to play Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus. There were no network interruptions and everything ran like clockwork. All of the controls worked well and Ratchet was very responsive. The only thing I could not gauge was how much the graphics were scaled back. I know for a fact that there had to be some sacrifices made in order to maintain a smooth gaming experience. This meant that the visual and graphical quality had to be compromised. So you’re not going to get that full 720 high definition sharpness and detail as you would with the actual gaming disc. But for what it’s worth, what I experienced was not offensive by any means.

So PlayStation Now…or later? Once again, it just comes back to acquiring yet another bloody monthly bill. I already have enough bills as it is (PlayStation Plus subscription included). Perhaps if I had more time to actually play all of these games then maybe. It’s challenging enough just trying to get through my current backlog, which I haven’t really started to do yet. Yes, I know. Damn you accountability! The rental option is nice to have. I may consider that in the future, but for now it’s a soft pass. It’s a great offering by Sony though so if you haven’t checked it out then give the free trial a try. Enjoy the let’s play video.

What are your awesome thoughts and feelings on these matters. Are you for or against PlayStation Now? What has your experience been? To comment (if reading from the home page) please click on CONTINUE READING below.


How To Show Omega Supreme Who’s Boss

He’s a giant man of a few, very direct words. But if you need a gate keeper to defend the core of Cybertron, then Omega Supreme is the robot you call. As a Transformers fanboy this absolutely has to be one of my favourite boss fights of all time on the PS3 and this is why. No matter which faction of Transformers you sided with, be it the heroic Autobots or the villainous Decepticons, every TF fan from my generation couldn’t help but cheer when Omega made his appearance on screen in the original Transformers animated series. Like Andre the Giant, he was a little slow and dumb, but boy did he pack an enormous punch. I’m talking about able to shatter a mountainside type of punch. No other Transformer had such incredible strength which is why Omega was the Autobots’ last line of defense. When energon hit the fan Omega Supreme would turn the tide each and every time and send the Decepticons back from whence they came. Now he wasn’t in every episode. In fact, you never were quite sure if and when he was going to show up, but when he did it was always thrilling to watch.

But let’s put the Saturday morning cartoon aside for a moment because as great as it was to see the almighty Omega Supreme as a child back then, it’s one million times better to see him now in full 720p HD. Omega Supreme has never looked better and it’s a dream come true being able to, not only see, but fight against this formidable friend turned foe. The fact that High Moon Studios put Omega Supreme in their superior, by far, Transformers game tells me that they truly understand the franchise and know what we, as fans want in a TF game. But I’ll spare you my Transformers: War For Cybertron review. You can go to IGN for that. I’ve taken this big guy down a few times and just because I love you all so very much I’m going to share with you how I did it, Tony (Who’s the Boss) Danza style! These are my best practices. Are you ready?

First and foremost, if there is a Decepticon God you better pray to him! Because when you go toe to toe with Omega Supreme you’re going to need some divine intervention. Remember the story of David and Goliath?

Like Optimus Prime always says, transform and roll out! Keep moving no matter what. Don’t let Omega get a lock on you. Especially with his heat seeking missiles.

Blast those turrets like a mofo!

Don’t be stingy! Use your dark energon to corrupt his system. Seriously. The guy can crush mountains. This is no time to fight fair. Use every trick up your metal sleeves!

Take out his annoying reinforcements! They might have the vantage point, but don’t let them get the drop on you.

Avoid Omega’s tracktor beam! Avoid, avoid, avoid!

Lastly, when his chest cavity is exposed give it everything you got!

That’s it Micromasters. Those are the rules of engagement for defeating Mr. Supreme himself. I’ll have much more let’s plays to share from the Transformers: War For Cybertron series. The series is a definite must play in my PS3 backlog of games to beat. Until then please keep checking back for more of my featured PlayStation gaming videos.

Logging off. Omega Supreme, defeated. Gaming Worker, Out.

The Unequivocal Batman Game Theory

If there is one scientific theory that everyone should know it would have to be this. No, I’m not talking about the big bang theory. This supersedes that tiny, less significant theory. As a matter of fact I implore you to forget the big bang theory. It does not exist. Today you’re going to learn about another theory. The only theory. Behold, I present to you The Unequivocal Batman Game Theory.

This theory suggests that a Batman game can only be played successfully if the player has portrayed the role of the Caped Crusader in their lifetime. Researchers have found evidence proving that this is the only way to play and truly experience any Batman game. This is science people. Cross my heart and hope to die a horrific, yet comical death by the hands of the Joker himself. In order to be Batman, you first have to BE Batman. Now as a man of science (lol) it is my duty to put this theory to the test. It just so happens that yours truly was given the opportunity to play The Batman when I was 8 years old in a grade 3 school play. Needless to say this was a pivotal moment in my life. My best friend at the time, Joel Meggs, was cast as the Joker. We took our roles very seriously. Two best friends became fast enemies for the sake of entertainment. Oh the insanity. I think at one point I made my teacher refer to me as Bruce Wayne the billionaire. The things you do to prepare for a big debut. But in the end the parents, teachers and students could not have asked for a better performance. But let’s not dwell in the past. I have games to play and theories to prove.

I was Batman in grade 3 ergo I can play as the greatest in-game Batman that you or the citizens of Gotham has ever seen. In fact I pose a serious challenge to everyone who has portrayed Batman at one point in time. Being Batman for Halloween counts as well. Test this theory with me and let’s see who can be the most successful Batman ever. You can choose any game from the Batman Arkham series. This includes Arkham Knight which launches in June. Xbox users will be judged by their Gamerscores and PlayStation users their trophies. Celebrities, I’m calling you out as well. Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale. I’m giving you the chance to be Batman one last time! Are you (Bat) man enough?! Ben Affleck, I suppose you can participate too. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice should be filming right now so once you wrap that up get your ass on board and take this challenge! Unfortunately, as science dictates, the rest of you out there in the universe might not do so well. The theory tells us that if you have not been Batman you won’t be a successful in-game Batman. But don’t let that stop you from trying to prove the theory wrong. [SPOILER ALERT] Joseph Gordon-Levitt, can you be a great Batman? Christian Bale left you the keys to the Bat Cave. We saw you rise, but we don’t actually get to see you take on the cape and cowl. Joel Meggs, best friend or foe? Do you have what it takes to be the best in-game Batman, not having played the role? I guess only time will tell. Godspeed Batman wannabees!

This could very well be the greatest science experiment of all time! Are you excited? Who’s going to take the challenge? Have you already proven that this theory is true or false? Do you have the trophies and/or Gamerscores to back your results. Please leave your comments in the comment section below.

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