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PSN still down, why has it taken so long?


PSN is/was down due to hackers, sort it out Sony.I dont know about you, but i am getting sick and tired of Sony restricting me from enjoying the three hundred pound console i bought from them. The majority of the games that i play have online features which enhance it tremendously. As a Fifa Ultimate Team addict im getting withdrawal symptoms by the second. How sad right?

No matter how sad us gamers are, four days is not good enough.Would Microsoft really get affected with all the millions of pounds they have? Would they have a plan b? One thing is for sure, Sony have handled it like amateurs. Its as if they are not prepared to be hacked by some snotty nosed geeks behind their suped up computers.

After the ordeal with Geohotz, a notorious hacker, it was all over the gaming news that Sony were expecting a revenge attack on their system by a group of protesting hackers. Sony prepared so well that their system has been down for days and they have their tail in between their legs.

Some might argue that it's a perfect opportunity to get out and have some fun. Hey! PS3 is fun, why do you think i was playing it? It's understandable that these non gamers think like this, but gamers like me are in agony as we test the network every few hours hoping to sign on.

There has been no set date for the return of the vulnerable network but its an exhilarating thought to get my hands back on that controller. I wouldn't be surprised if Sony couldn't sort this out within a week.However, maybe this will be beneficial in the sense that i might just appreciate PSN that little bit more.

It would be nice to hear your views on the subject in the comments as I am sure there are many of you who have been affected by this. Personally, I think that although we get the service for free, a huge company like Sony should not be prone to attacks like this.

With such emphasis on the console war within the last few years, not only Xbox users but Microsoft itself now have a good reason for their argument of "Xbox 360's have far better on-line than PS3'S". With this new ammunition, I do not think that Sony will be able to make ground on Microsoft unless they bring out new features etc.

Thank You For Reading.
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Fifa Ultimate Team Best Players For Value

On Fifa 11 Ultimate Team, good players are hard to come by at bargain prices with a vast selection of average ones available. However, i have found that if you look hard enough and with a lot of trial and error you can find some quality players. There are the obvious ones such as the likes of Messi and Ronaldo but the average FUT player doesnt have the funds available for these. Trust me when i say this, Ronaldo isnt as good as you think. What i have found to be most effective is a 100 chemistry team with good links and a player in every position who has good stats that are required for that certain position.For example, a striker with decent pace, shooting and heading or a defender with good heading and defence.

Some of these players are:
- Chellini, CB Juventus 5-11k
- Palop, GK Sevilla 0-1k
- Cavani, ST Napoli 80= 0-1k 84,86,87= 10k+
- Lavezzi, CF Napoli 0-1k
- Bent, ST Aston Villa/Sunderland 1-3k
- Bojan, CF Barcelona 0-1k
- Dzeko, ST Wolfsburg/Man City 3-5k
- Carroll,ST Liverpool version 3-6k
- Gallas,CB Tottenham 0-2k
- Richards, RB Man City 0-4k
- Kolo Toure, CB Man City 3-7k

Different players will be effective depending on your team and chemistry. Once the right balance is found these players are much better than what they are worth.

I hope this has helped you on Fifa 11 Ultimate Team. The next part of the series will be focusing on the best leagues and teams to use.

Thank you for reading!
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Gran Turismo 5 Review

Gran Turismo 5, GT5, is one of the most anticipated games of the year but did it really live up to this expectation?

Personally, i think it has lived up to its name and more, with mouth watering graphics and immense drivng simulation that could make you pass your driving test, it is a speed freaks dream. From bombing down a 3 mile road at 250 mph to hurling yourself round acute turns in a lightweight go-kart, every age group is catered for. Saying that, the exhilaration of each race might just tip an 80 year old over the edge or even make a 2 year old want to do a few laps around the living room.

Gameplay


Lets get started on the gameplay. Whether you are getting your MOT at your local garage, or changing your oil in your latest Bugatti Veyron, you can do everything you can do in a real garage on GT5. With detailed animations of garage workers mending your car and with the option to browse and buy a massive selection of second hand cars for bargain prices, every spendable point you earn will feel as rewarding as the last. For example, in the dealership you can buy a brand new Audi A4 for around £50,000 but in the second hand dealership you can buy the same car for around £20,000. The only difference is the mileage and maybe the chipped paint, but you will find yourself taking advantage of the reduced prices far more than the high first hand ones.

There is far more to the game than buying cars, with a-spec and b-spec options this game will take a long time to complete. A-spec mode is the traditonal dog eat dog lap race in which you have full control. However, a highly controversial feature is the b-spec mode, where you control a CPU controlled driver, giving orders and commands, but ultimately you sit back and watch a unrealistically bad driver ruin your perfect 100% win record. Although you can rank up the brainless driver, he never compares to the human holding the controller. The majority of the features I have mentioned are predominately in the GT mode which is not all you can do on the near perfect game.

Game Modes


The game modes include GT mode, arcade, online and 2 player. Although you might play with your friends in 2 player or online modes, i am convinced that a large bulk of your time on the game will be spent trying to get the best cars and drivers in GT mode. There is not much else to be said about the other game modes as they are pretty self explanatory.

Final thoughts


Ultimately, i feel that Gran Turismo 5 satisfies every element that is required for a driving game of this stature. In comparison to Need For Speed, its main competitor, GT5 exceeds it in nearly every way. For example, the graphics are far more realistic than those of NFS as they express every curve and every mark,scratch or dent of each individual car. As for the environment, i think that NFS and GT5 are on par together which doesnt have a great impact as you do not really buy a racing game for the blurred environment surrounding the cars as you whizz past at 200 mph. In NFS, it is clear that EA have put more effort into a storyline rather than GT5's emphasis on the aspect of real life that they have incorporated.

My Rating 

GT5's quality makes it very easy for me to rate it, from graphics to gameplay to the immense re-playability factor it deserves a 5/5.

5 STARS

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Team Update

Hi guys i have now added 88 David Villa to my team in a trade for my IF Pedro with an additional 50k , comment if you think it was a good trade:)
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My Ultimate Team

This is a quick update on my Ultimate Team:

GK:Casillas

RB:Ramos

CB:Pique

CB:Puyol

LB:Abidal

CDM:Xavi

CAM:Xabi Alonso

RM:IF Reyes

LM:Messi

ST:IF Benzema

ST:Kaka

IF= Updated or In-Form

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