PS3 Friday, September 22, 2006 | 3:37 AM

TGS06: First impressions

TGS06: First impressions

I've just walked around the booths for about 40 minutes, looking for most of the big PS3 games. I've still have to see a few, and of course these are just impressions of what I saw other people playing and it will have to be confirmed while playing with a pad. The first videos should be online in about one hour or a bit more.



Devil May Cry 4: No surprise here, this is some typical Capcom goodness. Fans of the series won't be disappointed as the gameplay and the camera system looks a lot like what we had in DMC3, but of course the graphics look a ton better, as expected. Very smooth moving too.
MGS4: The trailer is running on a loop at Konami's booth. It looks as hot as ever, obviously, but I was a tad badly surprised by the framerate from time to time.
Lair: The gameplay sequences in flight in the mountains look really good, but once you get close to the castles and the humans on the ground it looks a bit weird. I you do not like HDR effects you will hate that game with a passion as they are almost overdone. The framerate is also very jerky.
Motorstorm: I had never seen this game running in real life before, and what I saw was quite disappointing. The physics are excellent, but the framerate is all over the place, and worst of all the speed sensation was totally lacking. This is one game I really want to go back and check out again as I simply couldn't believe my eyes. I hope it was only that the 4 people playing at that time didn't know what they were doing...
Gran Turismo HD: Now this is something I never think I'd saw, ever. Imagine a Gran Turismo games being shown with slowdowns? Well, this is happening right now onthe moutain track at least. Something must be wrong with the demo units.
Virtua Fighter 5: A perfect arcade port, already running at a perfect 60 fps on a lot of demo stations. Very good looking.
Virtua Tennis 3: Another perfect port, running on 1080p screens and looking very very sharp. Replays and closeups are running at 30 fps though.
Ridge Racer 7: Honestly if I had been told it was a "track pack" for Ridge Racer 6 I'd have believed it. It still looks good, it's very smooth, but there is now "wow awesome" moment either. The boost effect looked a bit weird.

That's it for now. I'm very surprised by the number of games really lacking in the framerate department. The devs still have a few weeks to optimize their games for launch though, so hopefully everything will be fine in the end.

All comments

Commented on 2006-09-22 04:24:15
Pretty dissapointing to hear. Did you not attent the conference (sony keynote)? I just ended and I heard it was also a drag... only Afrika and lots of talking.
Commented on 2006-09-22 04:33:24
Have you been to the Tecmo/Team Ninja booth to see if they have the Ninja Gaiden Sigma trailer? I'd love to see this game in motion. Thanks for the impressions.
Commented on 2006-09-22 04:39:48 In reply to vspectra06
Posted by vspectra06
Have you been to the Tecmo/Team Ninja booth to see if they have the Ninja Gaiden Sigma trailer? I'd love to see this game in motion. Thanks for the impressions.
Not yet.
Commented on 2006-09-22 05:13:56
Hmm I was really thinking about getting the ps3 for games like rainbow six for frame rate reasons, but I guess its just a 7800Gt after all
Commented on 2006-09-22 05:28:21
A "severe upgrade"? LOL!

Even your compliments seem to come across as criticism. And you were really only complimentary to DMC4... curious.
Commented on 2006-09-22 05:33:01
I haven't even really seen one game that makes me want to buy a PS3, it's disappointing.
Commented on 2006-09-22 05:33:39
I guess I did not use the good word for the upgrade indeed. I'll change that :)
Commented on 2006-09-22 05:33:52 In reply to devilsgrin_6
Posted by devilsgrin_6
I haven't even really seen one game that makes me want to buy a PS3, it's disappointing.
You're at TGS, too? Lucky...
Commented on 2006-09-22 05:40:15
I was expecting a god damn lot more from Sony at TGS.

For what has been seen so far, It is Microsoft the one who's taken the claps so far.

I expect the big bombs from Sony to be announced during the show, otherwise I don't know what the heck is going on.
Commented on 2006-09-22 05:47:55 In reply to Aquan0x
Posted by Aquan0x
I expect the big bombs from Sony to be announced during the show, otherwise I don't know what the heck is going on.
It's only a keynote...

But you're right... I mean, after his speech Kutaragi revealed that the 20GB PS3 has regained its HDMI port.
Commented on 2006-09-22 05:52:41 In reply to JimmySunderland
What resolution was Lair being displayed at? According to IGN, the developers have got the game running at 1080p... that may explain the framerate hiccups.

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