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Dajmin
S2 licensed
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Go with the biggest hard drive you can afford. 120 or 250 will probably last you the life of the console. My 20Gb is nearly full and I have to regularly clear out stuff I'd rather keep. I won a digital copy of Ninja Gaiden Black but had to delete it because it ate 7 gigs of space.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
The RRoD issue was fixed with the redesign with the Jasper chip, a year or so ago. There's been another model release since then too, so it's pretty unlikely these days. That said, there's never a guarantee it won't overheat and die, but MS will fix that for you, totally free for 3 years after purchase.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
It depends what you're looking for.
Please note that I don't use a wheel with my consoles so my opinion only counts on stock equipment.

In terms of complete race customisability and a 99% immersive driving experience, LFS is still king. The only other game I've played which matches it in terms of believability is RBR.

In terms of racing, both Forza and GT have their merits. The rubber-banding in GT5 means you're always in the competition, even if you suck. You might never win, but you'll be among other cars. GT5 replicates the LFS feeling of "driving on glass" better than Forza does - whether that's realistic or not I couldn't say since I've never driven these cars IRL.
The AI in Forza 3 means the field is pretty believable on the harder difficulty, and the new "pressure" system means that they do make mistakes. In fact, this morning I watched a brilliant race event happen in front of me as one AI car ran wide and skidded into another car, then they both fought side by side for the leading spot into the next corner. Really interesting to watch, and much more immersive than flawless driving on a perfect line.

When it comes to customising, Forza 3 takes the cake. LFS is good because you can Photoshop your skins, but the decal editor is a pretty worthy alternative. And there are so many options for parts upgrades that finding the right combination for your driving style is easy. Or let the game do it for you with the quick option.

Graphics have been argued to death. I think the in-game graphics between FM3 and GT5(full) are pretty even, tilted slightly in favour of GT5 due to the PS3's better graphics chip.

It's not a great idea to buy an entire platform for just one game though. Investigate the others you'd be interested in and then make a decision.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
And why not? I got a PS3 for LittleBigPlanet
There's plenty of other games that are worth picking up once you've made that initial jump.

I'm currently working on a cool FM3 logo based paint job for the Mazda 3. Looking pretty damn sweet right now. Will obviously post up pics and pimp it on my Storefront when it's done. But I only started this morning since I was out all weekend.

Annoyingly the issues with flipping decal jobs between left and right sides still exists, although significantly smaller than in FM2.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Yeah, because the spelling is the worst thing about that paragraph
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Quote from Fuse5 :So the wait begins. I just got home, now waiting for the game to be delivered

What was that noise? Was it the post? No, just a car passing. What about that? Nope, cat on the wall.

I love screwing with people. But only if I have the advantage

That said, I'm at work for a while longer, then I'm out for the afternoon renewing my membership at the casting agency, then I'm out for dinner, then I'm out all weekend. So I won't be playing much over the next couple of days
Dajmin
S2 licensed
The little pad that plugs into the controller is great for stuff like that (and now in-game photo descriptions!). Wouldn't have thought about picking it up myself, but was a gift from a friend. Been really useful.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
The install only took me a couple of minutes - it's only 100 or so cars it sticks on there. It's not a major content install like the PS3 does.

Oh noes, i menshund teh ps3 teh fanbois will coem nao111!!!
Dajmin
S2 licensed
I disabled that too, because it essentially doubles your loading time if you don't run that track.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Sounds like the opposite of our house

We got through CoD4 without any problems, I'm sure we'll get through this as well. At least I have other likeminded people on here that I can talk to about it without getting "it's a red one" or similar car-clueless comments Then again, she's good with a quick comment when I screw up and crash. In fact, maybe it's the rewind feature that'll save us from relationship mishaps
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Quote from danowat :Mine takes the piss regardless!!!!, but its all good!!.

She sat down last night and said, so why is this better than the other one.......

And I am like LOOK!!!, CAN'T YOU SEE!!!?, and she says, no, they all look the same to me, pffft women hey?

Brilliant, that is almost word for word what mine said to me too! She was like "it was driving cars round and round, this is driving cars round and round again". But then I make fun of her soaps being the same every day too, so I guess I should expect it.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
My girlfriend would take the piss something crazy if I did something like that
I just work with the lines of the car and make it up as I go. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
I love the new shortcuts in the decal editor now though. Selecting, moving and resizing multiple layers is a breeze, and any designs you import come pre-grouped so you can move it all as one. Bloody genius.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
The only thing I have for sale is the LFS logo. Sold a couple of copies last I checked, but I've not made anything I'm happy enough to sell yet.
Once the Yaris Ninja has a decent paintjob I might do a limited edition run of that though
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Nah, it's had a RWD conversion. I got up to about 280hp with the FWD and discovered it just wouldn't steer any more. It's twitchy, but interesting to drive because of the short wheelbase.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Make way for the Yaris Ninja. 296hp taking it to nearly 190mph, with a 0-60 time of under 5 seconds. Almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution. You can't beat a Ninja

This is a pre-paintjob development photo.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Quote from Greboth :I have to put up with the torture of having it sat on my desk all day at work tomorrow too

/cough cough Sickie!
Dajmin
S2 licensed
You're not gonna get any special beta treatment just by sucking up, y'know
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Counting colours doesn't count - both games have that option. But FM3 does have flip paint options, so we can haz 2 culurs at once!1111!!!11loleleven

I still don't see why everyone feels the need to make out like one is better than the other. They're both good, and they both do very different things. I object to either game claiming hundreds of cars when what they actually mean is several paint schemes or power ratings per car model. I mean FM3 has about 11 Carerra's and a half dozen Ferrari 430s - that's only two cars, not a dozen

I like the car porn element of GT5 - the models are superb, and the environments are stunning. I love the tuning and painting aspect of Forza. Can't we all just get along?
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Don't see the point. You're never ever going to need all of the track data loaded at once, since you can only race on one at a time anyway - and you might never race a particular config anyway (I could count the number of proper oval races I've done on no fingers). So having every possible config ready to recall is pointless memory clutter, even if you do have the video RAM to store it all.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
I didn't go looking for anything specific, I just decided that in order to get some other career race choices I should try randomly buying some unusual cars.

I'm not even talking about supercar A-class or anything, but just stuff that's a little more interesting than a Fiat The obvious change in handling between my M3 and Trans Am was brilliant. The Yankmobile steers like a 6-ton boat, but that engine sound! Great fun.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Welcome aboard. It's definitely worth your time and money.
Now go download a LFS logo from someone amazing's Storefront
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Too many sensible city cars having their pics taken. Am I the only one who went mental and decided to buy some sporty cars? Then again, I did also buy some classic American muscle cars too (loving the Trans Am) so maybe I'm not the best man to judge.

Now I want to go home just so that I can post some photos of me thrashing the hell out of a sports car.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
I just got an email from Game telling me that I can claim my exclusive cars now!

Quote :Dear Customer,
Thanks for pre-ordering Forza Motorsport 3 on Xbox 360 from GAME!
To redeem your 2 in-game cars please follow the below steps:

First you'll need an Xbox LIVE Silver membership, which is free!

If you already have an Xbox LIVE membership, skip to Step 4

1. Connect your Xbox 360 console to a broadband internet connection.
2. Press the Xbox Guide button and in the Xbox Dashboard, select Xbox LIVE.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions to create your Xbox LIVE Silver account.
4. Sign in to Xbox LIVE from the Xbox Dashboard.
5. Press the Xbox Guide button and move to the Marketplace section.
6. Select Redeem Code. When prompted enter your code below and enjoy!

Audi R8: ?????-?????-?????-?????-?????

BMW M3 E92: ?????-?????-?????-?????-?????

Thanks again for preordering with Game.co.uk

The Customer Service Team
Game.co.uk

Dajmin
S2 licensed
Ah, that's new then. Because it wasn't there yesterday

Means I can now share the crappy preview pic I took of my LFS logo though. On a familiar looking car
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