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GamerToss Podcast 19/09/08 September 22, 2008

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GamerToss logoNew episode folks!

“Only ONE WEEK between this podcast and the last – amazing. This week we talk about Rare being a shadow of their former selves, the WONDERFUL World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Special guest Mr. T.”

54:02

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Upgrading Your PS3 Hard Drive September 22, 2008

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Having recently bought PlayTV for the PS3 I decided that It would be a good time to upgrade my HDD from the current 60GB one. The PS3 is only compatible with 2.5″ SATA HDD – 7200RPM is fine but 5400RPM is perfectly adequate and cheaper. You will also need a small Philips-headed screwdriver and some sort of external storage. Installing it is a piece of piss. Click the jump to begin.

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PlayTV Impressions September 22, 2008

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I was interested in this since I got rid of my VCR and had no way of recording anything. My TV already has a built-in DVR tuner but I’ve been tempted to buy a separate one with recording capabilities. Luckily the PlayTV PS3 add-on came along. RRP is £69.99 but I bought it for a tenner (and one pence) less from Amazon.co.uk. Click the jump for my impressions along with some poorly taken photos.

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GamerToss Podcast 12/09/08 September 12, 2008

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GamerTossNew episode of the GamerToss Podcast is out.

“Back after a wee break. This episode includes profanity, pirates, innuendo, unintentional borderline-racism and the usual gaming news. Discussions on new Halo 3 achievement rumours, Spore and many more.”

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Memorable Moment in Metroid: Phenandra Drifts September 10, 2008

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Phenandra DriftsAfter escaping for the scorching heat in the Magmoor Caverns, Samus rides the elevator to the surface and emerges into Phenandra Drifts – a vast, snow-covered expanse home to a ruined Chozo temple and a Space Pirate base. The delicate appearance of the snow is a harsh contrast to the lava-filled cavers explored mere minutes before. The most memorable thing about it was the music that kicked in and it’s haunting piano melody mixed with electronica.

Appreciation Time: The World Ends With You September 9, 2008

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TWEWYI’m not usually a fan of your typical JRPG and upon first inspection The World Ends With You appears to be one of them. Thankfully though it isn’t, and it’s one of the best handheld games I’ve ever played. One of the many features that makes it stand out is the story which takes place in the modern setting of Shibuya district of Tokyo, Japan. Placed in what is essentially a twisted reality game, Neku – the central character – has to complete the game in order to be brought back to life.

Completely ignoring the random battles, turn-based combat etc. that is usually associated with this genre it instead uses real-time combat and you can chose whether you want to fight or not. Your combat abilities come from pins (badges to you and me) which grant you various powers such as lightning strikes and slash attacks. These attacks are activated via different gestures on the touchscreen. While that happens on the bottom screen, your partner simultaneously fights on the top screen and can either be computer-controlled or manually by pressing the d-pad in the direction show by the scrolling arrows. It all seems rather daunting so it is probably best to initially set your partner’s AI to automatic.

The J-pop soundtrack perfectly matches up with the unique graphical style. The story is utterly compelling and the whole package is unlike anything else available on the DS.