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Android or iPhone? Perhaps not a nerd debate to be decided in a single episode, but that doesn't stop Cesar and Rob from taking some . . . extreme measures. Fortunately their adorable little feud didn't harm our interview with Mass Effect 2 producer Adrien Cho when we got to go check out the game last week. A few of our friends stuck around to talk about their brief play-session afterward including one "J. Cannata"--if that is his real name! Avatar is no doubt going to break (or has already broken) some kind of box-office record, but the game leaves something to be desired. Lastly, the most-likely-overlooked LittleBigPlanet for the PSP stands up proudly on its own as a must-have for any PSP owner.
LittleBigPlanet rightly made an impact upon gamers worldwide when it hit last year. Strange, then, that except for some television commercials almost no one is talking about the PSP version. In perhaps one of the closest handheld-to-console experiences to date, the online, creator-mixmaster nature of LittleBigPlanet isn't one you'd expect to be so excellently made for a handheld system. Ryan and Matt go into why this is a necessary purchase for PSP owners.
A huge thanks to Adrien Cho, a producer on Mass Effect 2, for taking the time to talk to us during the preview event last week. JayFresh was the lucky bastard that got to represent Area 5 and play the game for a few hours, but these big-game preview events are always a reunion of sorts for us in games media and our friends Jeff Cannata of some show that I hear is both Totally and Rad stuck around to talk with him and Demian Linn and Brett Bates, both of BitMob, about why ME2 is looking (surprise surprise) like yet another BioWare success story.
Biggest movie of the holiday season? Almost definitely. Biggest game of the holiday season? It'll undoubtedly do well in terms of game sales, but Ryan, Matt and 1UP's Justin Haywald all agree that "meh" is the best, one-word descriptor you can give this title. It's not bad, it's just altogether a mediocre experience, which--as we all know--with movie-licensed games is practically a ringing endorsement. Still, if you're one of the lucky few who has the hardware necessary to play this game as it's meant to be played--in 3D--then you likely won't be disappointed. Superfans of the movie may find a lot to like here as well, but as game design goes, the bar has been raised so high this year that it probably never had a chance at being a stand-out experience.