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Creative Differences

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2008-05-02 07:21:08

Creative Differences

It's true. We frequently come to blows over the direction of the comic strip, socio-political and religious issues, and what color of Pez ejects most smoothly from the dispenser. After he dodged the side kick you see depicted in the sketch above, I shattered his sternum with a vertical punch to his chest. Next time, he won't dare argue that "Sourz" is a superior flavor to "Mixed Fruit". Unfortunately, his convalescence prevents him from offering you a full comic strip today.

I've put in some serious time with Grand Theft Auto IV this week, and if you haven't already picked it up, do so. I'll go ahead and dub it the 2008 Direman Press Game of the Year. Yes, I realize it's only May. It's that good. I may have to create a "Rank SS".

Frankly, I don't even know how to review a game of such tremendous scope. It'll be quite some time until we, the gamer community, will be able to properly absorb it and view it with any perspective.

For those of you debating whether to get the Xbox 360 or the PS3 version, pick up whichever one your group of gaming friends run. The multiplayer is a blast, and should definitely factor into your decision.

If you're still torn and need another tiebreaker, the triggers on the Xbox 360 controller are FAR superior for all the driving around you'll be doing. Those triggers alone make up for the negligible performance bump of the PS3 version. The PS3 has slightly less pop-in and marginally better textures than the Xbox 360, although the 360 features better contrast. The frame rate is similarly good on both.

Also, game forums are ablaze with flames reporting that Grand Theft Auto suffers from excessive crashing. I've played the Xbox 360 version for many more hours than the PS3, and as yet, I have not experienced any freeze ups. The PlayStation 3 version did lock up just once on me. And yes, I have the 60GB model, although I don't see why that should cause it to be more vulnerable to this problem.

Now Playing - Mario Kart Wii, Grand Theft Auto IV (360)

Xbox Live/PSN Gamertag - Vawce

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