One Girl, Two Pads
Two years ago I won a really fantastic competition. It included a television, surround sound system, bottles of champagne, pink Marc de Champagne truffles (which I shouldn’t have eaten because they’re divine but hugely expensive so I can never buy myself any. I’d also like to point out that my birthday is coming up in a few weeks, that’s not at all a massive hint), beauty potions and, most importantly, a Playstation 3. I have always wanted a PS3. I know there’s talk of it being able to play Blu-rays and how it has BBC iplayer (recently joined by ITV and 4oD) but all I wanted was to play Ratchet and Clank and God of War again, or try Little Big Planet.
I’d had a Playstation 1 and progressed onto the Playstation 2, so naturally wanted the next in line, however when it came down to the crunch they were bloody expensive and after a friend lured me to ‘the other side’ I picked up an Xbox 360 which was a much better deal. It introduced me to online multiplayer and exclusives that I’d never experienced such as Halo, Gears of War and the recently released Left 4 Dead, not to mention a whole raft of gaming buddies. About a month later I received the call about winning the competition and a few days after the haul arrived. For financial reasons I had to sell almost everything, truffles aside, getting to touch the PS3 briefly and then it was gone from my life.
All this has changed because last month, thanks to Christmas money, I was able to head to Gamestation and lovingly pick out my very own PS3 console. It was a happy day in the Kat household. The setup was time consuming – all those murmurings of updates and downloads are true. The first game I started was Little Big Planet which has thirteen, yes THIRTEEN, updates. We sat and waited impatiently before eventually getting to play with our little Sackboy. Against all advice I then ventured into Playstation Home, which I believe is Sony’s attempt to make the Playstation more sociable? After creating my avatar I walked her out into what looked like a ‘trendy’ shopping centre square created in the early 90s which was mostly filled with adverts for new releases. I went to get a drink (in real life) and returned to find my poor avatar lady surrounded by a group of boys all trying to say hello. I shut it down and have never gone back since.
It is not a social machine. I realise others may disagree and, yes, I know the PS3 still offers all the delights of multiplayer but in my opinion if you want a social gaming console then the 360 is where it’s at. The fact that the PS3 still does not offer a party chat equivalent is shocking to me, the interface seems cluttered to navigate and there’s limited info for those that like stalking friends’ profiles like I do. Before I get fanboys overheating with rage, I do think the PS3 is great though and I’ve spent a lot of time on it so far, despite the winter festivities intruding. Seeing Ratchet and Clank again in Tools of Destruction is fantastic – I missed those guys. When I was told the upcoming new release has four player co-op I squealed inside with excitement.
Pottering about in Little Big Planet is a pleasurable experience and it is a sweet, gentle-ish game for the children to enjoy too. Most of my time however has been invested in something I’d forgotten was out for the Playstation 3. Plenty of my friends plough many hours of their time into a favourite game. I hear talk of over 120 hours spent on Fallout, others playing Oblivion through several times, those who have played thousands of Call of Duty matches, but for me? My weakness?… Rolling Katamari. Since purchasing a copy of Katamari Forever, little else has been played on my PS3. There is no game more infuriating and, in equal measures, satisfying for me than the Katamari franchise.
I contemplated doing an “I <3 Katamari” article for Gaming Lives until realising I didn’t have enough to say as it’s essentially the same thing over and over and over. It’s all wacky nonsense, but little beats getting the Katamari to the stage where you’re rolling up entire cities, hearing the screams of terror from the civilians. The game is almost identical to Beautiful Katamari for the Xbox 360 but I don’t care, all I need is a slightly different layout and slightly different challenges. Once I hear the plinky-plonky music start up, I’m in a little slice of geek heaven. My gaming dream came true in 2010 and I’m a dual-console owner. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to ignore all these God of War and Uncharted titles to get back to my Katamari.
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