GTAV is a great game, but the Epsilon Program missions involve some of the most tedious objectives ever considered, particularly given the stark contrast to the high action undertakings of the story missions. It’s at point where I had to devise the below improvised setup to let my Xbox play by itself for a while, since the current objective is to wander the desert on foot for five miles. Last I checked, Michael was at 4.5 miles and had been going around in circles for the past 30 minutes solid.

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There you are, flying a fighter jet, in a holding pattern near the airport waiting for your wanted level to reset, and then the afterburners start cutting out and it’s accompanied by a subtle coughing noise, then the whole thing dies entirely and you plunge into the ocean (I did appreciate Franklin’s reaction, which mirrored mine). If someone could explain exactly what happened, that’d be great! (I wasn’t breaking at all during this)

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GTAV almost made it into the banner… but Nazi’s from the moon won out in the end. Oh, and I prefer the mime pronunciation of EA Sports.

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The magic of Grand Theft Auto games has always been the attention to detail to the fidelity of interactivity in the world, whether it’s watching the character throw his toll money into the receptacle, or being able to watch the actual TV in your safe house. One of the more subtle touches in GTAV is that characters having a conversation in a car will react dynamically to any mishaps, usually with a quick expletive, and then continue where they left off once things return to normal. Naturally, some crashes seem to deserve bigger reactions, and having the characters shrug them off can seem a little… quirky.

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It’s another stellar line up for PS Plus subscribers. The standout title here for many would be Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3. At less than 12 months old it’s impressive to see such current titles released.

In summary
Leaving PS Plus:
25th September: Assassin’s Creed 3
25th September: Saints Row the Third
25th September: Payday: The Heist
25th September: Urban Trials
25th September: New Little Kings Story

Entering PS Plus:
25th September: Far Cry 3
25th September: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
25th September: Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen
25th September: Street Fighter X Tekken
25th September: Touch My Katamari

CASTdinoshark
We gather on this auspicious day to share our affection of Dinoshark.

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Paul claimed that if we started the podcast without him and then introduced him like ‘that guy from the sitcom everyone cheers for’, we’d all sound like “MORONS”. Obviously that’s not really the reason we sound like morons, so we did it anyway (even though he was sitting on the couch with us all along).

The PS Vita TV has been announced, and it’s a tiny box that will sync with a Dual Shock 3 to play Vita games on your TV. No word on whether it’s going to be available outside of Japan though.

In the most surprising announcement, Japan won’t be seeing the PS4 until February 22, 2014. It’s surprising because Japan has traditionally been the home base of the Playstation brand in the past, but in terms of battleground regions, it might make sense to delay Japan in favour of ensuring stock for the rest of the world, where Xbox might be considered a threat.

A new PS Vita is coming, with a more compact form factor and a range of colours, and there’s no 3G version. Also, a 64GB memory card was announced. Both for Japan and international releases aren’t a part of the conversation yet.

There’s a new Guilty Gear game coming for PS3 and PS4 in 2014. There’s a 1 minute trailer available. It might be just the resolution of the video, but it looks strikingly similar to the other Guilty Gear games I’ve played (though that could be stated as a good thing) except for the weird 3D spinning camera shots.

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I’ve got plenty of reasons to dismiss Lego Minifigures Online: It’s being developed by Funcom, not Traveller’s Tales, it’s coming to PC, iOS, and Android, there’s a fart gag in the trailer that’s astoundingly awkward, it can be played through a browser, and it’s probably going to be free to play from the sounds of things.

However, Lego Minifigures are pretty great, my girlfriend’s taken to securing as many complete series as are available, and I encourage this (and with a shelf occupied by Skylanders I’m not in a position to argue against toy collections). They’re all pretty great, but someof them… are terrific.

saxmini“The Saxophone Player is a Minifigure of few words. While others chatter away, he prefers to let his music do the talking for him. In the park, out on the street, or on stage at a nightclub, he picks up his saxophone and plays whatever thoughts and moods happen to be on his mind. The Saxophone Player does not seek fame or fortune. He doesn’t record albums, and he doesn’t take requests. But if you stand quietly and listen to him play for a while, you might just start to understand what he’s saying…and you might learn a thing or two, too.”

It looks like Gar’s prayers (if he ever prayed, I’m sure this is what he’d pray about) have been answered, and Forza 5 is going to include the track that local motorsport fans have been clamouring for: Bathurst. Real live racing isn’t really my thing, but I think it’s probably about time, another Blue Mountains Raceway with its legally distinct-enough turns probably wouldn’t cut it in these days.