Saturday, February 16, 2008

Christmas in February

Oh, glorious of glorious weekends, Toy Fair '08 is upon is and with it, thrilling news of Transformers. I already read about the upcoming schedule, which looks like June for the Animated line and fall for the Universe (Classics 2.0) line. Today brought pictures of the Universe line, and for the most part, I'm quite happy.

You can check them out for yourself at Wizard's Toy Fair coverage site.

Really, the only one I don't like is Blaster. Soundwave is cool because he's Soundwave, not because he's a stealth bomber. Recoloring him into Blaster makes him just a poorly colored copy of Soundwave. That's just me though. The rest look pretty dang good. If the link to the Transformer story doesn't have pictures of Powerglide, you can see both forms in the Wizard Photo Gallery.

The other big piece of news today is the report from Japan that Toshiba is finally dropping support for HD-DVD. With that, my resolve in the face of a PS3 crumbles even further. I've resisted a PS3 up until this point because I have a hard time playing the three consoles I have, so getting another one doesnt make sense, however a PS3 would replace the PS2, so the number wouldn't increase. More importantly, I'd be scoring a Blu-Ray player that is future proof. I know that I've stated in this space before that I didn't like the idea of buying a PS3 because Sony upper management has been such a barrel of pricks, however I've got friends who are on their 5th or 6th 360 and I can assure you that Microsoft has no shortage of pricks working for them either. Yeah, Sony management may open their mouths on a regular basis and let a torrent of shit pour out, but at least owning a PS3 doesn't put you in a constant state of fear of hardware failure. I'm waiting to see what is announced at GDC, however if the rumor of a sub-300 40GB model comes to fruition, you can look for Mister Binky on the PSN. Besides, the more consoles I have, the greater pool I can draw from for reviews.

On that subject, I'll be rocking some pretty high profile reviews in the coming months, for both Super Smash Brothers Brawl and God of War for the PSP. I'd like to paint it as something having to do with my mammoth talent, but the truth is that we're working on a first come, first serve basis, and I happened to come first.

Ew. I think I'll stop now.


Bones said...

Onslaught, Sunstreaker, and Prowl....yes, yes, and YES.

Greg said...

Keep in mind that while the original PS3 had hardware that included the PS2's emotion engine and were thus 100% backward compatible for PS2 games, the newest PS3 doesn't have ANY backward compatibility. There are still models that use software emulation, but that's flaky at best. Don't throw out that PS2 if you get a PS3.

Brandon said...

Yeah, I've been keeping my eye on some 60 GB models on eBay as they do the hardware backwards compatibility. Truth be told, there aren't a lot of PS2 games I plan on playing other than R&C: Up Your Arsenal. For some reason, the majority of PS2 games, even the new ones, aren't in progressive scan, so they look like crap when blown up on my projection screen. I tried to play Odin Sphere, but the fuzziness of the image gave me a headache. I could easily ditch my PS2 for a PS3 and not miss out on much.