Join Date: May 2004
Location: North Shore, MA
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I picked it up last night at EB after waiting for 30 mins in a line.
(I have never seen a line for a game before, though I know they have happened in the past).
I'm playing it on my 106" screen via my Sanyo Z2. The lack of progressive is a bit of a problem, but overall the major problem is the PS2 just doesn't look as good as the XBOX when blown up to such a large size.
(not the Xbox looks great with that large of a size... it doesn't)
There IS full widescreen support. No cropping on my screen.
I think I'm going to play it in 4:3 mode, however, because the widescreen stretches the pixels so much the extra aliasing is noticable. I may even make the picture smaller to make it more bearable.
As far as the game goes, I picked up the strategy guide and I can tell you this game is HUGE. It is like having three GTA games in one. There is an absolutely enormous amount of things to do besides the main quest, and there are more RPG elements that didn't exist with the last two. (You could play gambling and pool alone with this game and spend 30 hours, and those are minigames!)
I played it for 5 hours last night, happily, and only maybe got 5% of the game done.
There IS a huge amount of profanity, but it is realistic given the storyline. The storyline is less cartoonish than the past two games, which is kind of odd considering the game is supposed to exist in a cartoonish world.
This game is incredible. It builds on all the strengths of the previous titles and is well written and at least 3x bigger to boot.
The technical limitations of the PS2 for those of us with HDTV PJ TVs is painfully evident, however, and I cannot wait for the next generation where HDTV resolutions are the norm.
HD-DVD (Tosh A3) & Blu-Ray (PS3)
Home Theater rocks!