The Suggestion Box
I have no time for Lair, I’m afraid. My limited playtime with the game has only encouraged me to further limit said playtime, throttling this value until it reaches zero. As one of the long-known exclusives, a kind of cult has formed around the game - one whose creed hinges on the glorious arrival of their reptile saint. It is a weird hunger, one quite outside reality, and it would be best to manage those expectations before their piss-smelling vagrant messiah stumbles into the retail channel.
If anyone is still wondering what happened to E3, if there is still some dogged constable seeking them what dunnit, you need look no further than Sony’s recent Gamer’s Day coverage. The channel is open wide - the channel is actually gaping - when high density, high impact Sony press entirely floods the channel. No wrestling with competitors, no wry comparisons, no public opinion metagame to "win." As of this writing, the first eight pages of Gametrailers are jammed almost exclusively with Sony content. And what did the event cost - a tenth? A twentieth?
Luckily for the Playstation stalwart, they no longer need Lair. You should return to said Eight Pages of Gametrailers if you want to see clips which can actually indicate the quality of a next-generation title. RPG action adventures where you yank out souls with the Sixaxis? Warhawk and a new Socom, digitally delivered? Eye of Judgement? Heavenly Sword, LittleBigPlanet? Home, Uncharted, Ratchet and Clank? No Microsoft expenditure could secure them, for the mark of Sony burns upon their brow. This is their Holiday Lineup, but I believe that we may rightly call it a phalanx.
One of the more interesting announcements to come out of the last few days is here at 1up - the PS3 collector’s edition of Stranglehold comes with an HD copy of the film right on the disc. This is the first time they’ve done something with Blu-Ray that is actually impossible on the Xbox 360, aside from printing one disc that includes data for all regions. The film could certainly be included with the 360 version, but it would either be the original DVD at some beggar’s resolution, or an HD-DVD that isn’t guaranteed to work on every system. In either event, it’s the expense of creating another disc and including it in a custom case, multiplied over the run. In this case, for us, it’s the difference between buying the game on the 360 and buying it on the Playstation 3.
If you should need some "Me Time" today, I suggest you spend it with this completely Goddamn amazing Transformers trailer. You’re looking for the one at the top, the exclusive. Sit back in your chair, and let the pleasure wash over you in waves.