Fun at home with my new PlayStation 3

My awesome wife hooked me up with a PlayStation 3 for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and so far I’m totally loving it. Highlights:

• watching Melissa gun her way through Resident Evil 5 has been a lot of fun. She beat the single-player campaign on weaksauce mode the night before last, and is now replaying it on normal difficulty; I’m co-piloting her attempts to complete Trophy achievements for collecting all the game’s hidden treasures and badges.

• I’ve been playing Resistance: Fall of Man, which I have thoroughly enjoyed so far. It’s a pretty old game, I know; it was a Greatest Hits pack-in with the PS3. It took me awhile to regain my console shooter chops, which atrophied pretty solidly during a four-plus year World of Warcraft addiction; I’m still not completely back yet, but it’s been a few stages since I’ve managed to get myself killed. The setting and the storyline are well-done, and so far I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve spent with it.

• LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is awesome. Same-screen co-op games are pretty rare, and Mel and I have enjoyed playing this together. Also, it’s easy enough that Helen can actually play too, which has been pretty fun. This is a game Megan will love once she gets back up here.

• Video streaming! Oh, I’m loving this feature so far… I have been ripping DVDs onto the old-school PowerMac G5 in my upstairs office at home and streaming the video to the PS3 down in the living room with MediaLink. It’s incredibly easy to set up, and works extremely well. My computer’s going to be pretty busy over the next few days ripping our DVD collection, and I’m now officially on the hunt for bigger hard drives. The 150-gig drive I’m using for this now ain’t gonna cut it for long…

Coming up next – Killzone 2, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Grand Theft Auto 4, not necessarily in that order. Also have an eye open for a Final Fantasy XIII release date; I skipped 12 (again, due to that pesky WoW addiction), and am excited to pick that series back up again.

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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