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PS2 outselling XBox

2001-12-19 18:23:59+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

PlayStation 2 outselling XBox and Game Cube. This article chalks it up to supply, but I'm not so sure. I've tried to play some of the demo games on the XBox, and gameplay sucked. Meanwhile, Phil and Leo are raving about Grand Turismo (although Alec didn't like it 'cause it had no damage model) and Grand Theft Auto III seems to have cross-gender appeal (left anonymous 'cause I'm not sure she wanted this comment "on the record"). Meanwhile, the XBox[Wiki] developer I know (also anonymous for the same reason) says that the testers are giving them a 9.2 on appearance and a 1.7 on game play which he claims was guided towards the areas that the playtesters hate by Microsoft, the publisher. Sega learned the hard way: It's all about game play.

Too much going on to play computer games, though, I'd rather be coding.

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:51+00 by: jim winstead

the reason the gran turismo games don't have a damage model is because of their deals with (at least some of) the auto manufacturers to get the rights to use the actual car likenesses and accompanying trademarks. the manufacturers don't like to see their cars damaged.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:52+00 by: Pete

That means they haven't learned the lesson BMWFilms.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:53+00 by: ebradway

Interesting - Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed has great support from Stuttgart and features a detailed damage model. It's actually an important part of the game. The other Need for Speed titles feature pretty much every manufacturer with the same damage model.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:53+00 by: jim winstead

it may just be specific manufacturers that don't want to see their cars damaged, and gt3 apparently includes cars from about forty manufacturers. there's a little more info in the interview with kazunori yamauchi, president of polyphony digital (who makes the gt series), at http://www.egmmag.com/Gt3/