I was a big fan of these games when they first came out. I enjoyed Reflex, but as you say, there were definitely parts of it that got repetitive. The online trophies for these games are always a pain, usually because you can't find a room that has enough people in it. Reflex had a trophy called 'to the victor' that was nearly impossible without boosting. It required you to win a race against 11 other people online, which is hard enough in itself...but it was made impossible since you never got matched up with more than 4-5 people in a race! It took multiple boosting sessions to even get enough people, then when you finally did, it was hard to get them all in a room together.
I definitely agree with the game suffering due to the network outage. I'm really hoping that SOCOM 4 survives it as well, as it was only out a couple of days when the network went down. The timing couldn't have been any worse! It could be out for the rest of the year though, and I still wouldn't switch to xbox...lol.
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