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      CommentAuthorErikCJones
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2011
     (10320.21)
    I'm picking up Skyrim. I don't play alot of new games anymore, so my theory is even if I play this for the next 5 years i'll have gotten my money's worth.
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    I'm working through Uncharted 3. Not as much fun as 2. A lot of element reuse (
    spiders, big henchman, etc.
    ), and the big setpiece (the desert) is much less interesting than the mountains. Also, fuck the gunplay and AI. All of it. I'm playing the game on hard, but it seems like the AI didn't get better - it just takes more bullets to kill things. I've died multiple times because my teammates want to stand around while looking at nothing whilst an enemy RIGHT NEXT TO THEM shoots the shit out of me, or my crew wants to start shooting walls. I've had the level geometry bug out a few times as well. I still like the characterization and plot, but it seems like the writers didn't give it their best effort this time. "OH THIS HAS TO BE HERE BECAUSE IT MAKES SENSE" when it doesn't make sense, but oh, there the clue is and along we go.

    I'd give it a 7/10

    I'm stoked for Super Mario 3D Land though, comes out this Sunday. My 3DS will finally get some use.
  2.  (10320.23)
    Gnh, dropped this in the last month's thread accidentally, but:

    Just played TRAUMA, a really simple but extremely atmospheric indie game. Wrote a bit about it in my blog: Mood Pieces: TRAUMA, A Photographic Journey To Dreams
  3.  (10320.24)
    I've been playing a lot of DoW2, gotten involved in a Frozen Synapse league, and have just started a multiplayer game of Solium Infernum (50% off for another day and a half - DO IT).

    While everyone else is getting excited about Skyrim, I'm considering picking up the Geneforge series - basically the antithesis to Bethesda's RPGs. I played the demo, and the fantasy setting is quite thoroughly divorced from the usual Tolkien-fare (very good thing as generic fantasy does nothing for me), and otherwise the game definitely has some real charm to it... Only problem is I have SO MANY games to play from various bundles and sales. But yes, Geneforge when I've hacked through some of my backlog and/or during the Christmas sale if it's ridiculo-cheap.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2011
     (10320.25)
    There's a Humble Indie Bundle thingy going on right now. It's a little lackluster compared to the previous ones, but given the overall quality of the enterprise that's hardly a damning critique. Blocks That Matter is fun, but the dramatic switch from puzzle game to speedy-dodgy-platformer when you get to the first boss is a little disconcerting. The references to other block-based games are pretty amusing, though. The Binding of Isaac is... weird to say the least. I'm sure it is right up most people's alley on that front. I haven't tried Voxatron yet.
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    Disagree strongly about the "lackluster" thing. Binding of Isaac is simply fantastic, Voxatron is promising all sorts of wonderful goodness as it develops, and I was at least interested in Blocks that Matter despite not having played it yet. Seeing as this was really about launching Voxatron, I'm very happy with the way it turned out. Of course, I already owned Isaac, but it was nice to get Blocks as a bonus.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2011
     (10320.27)
    As I said, I think it's a little bit lackluster compared to the other Humble Bundles, which still puts it far and above most promotions I have seen, period. It's not that it's not good, it's just that I have enjoyed the other packs more.

    One of the many awesome things about the Humble Indie Bundles is the amount of information they display regarding the success and purchasing habits of the contributors. So far, at least on the monetary front, this bundle hasn't enjoyed the amount of success that the other bundles have. It hasn't broken $700k yet, whereas the other bundles were much closer, if not past $1 million by this stage. It seems that my opinion of this bundle is widespread enough to make some sort of impact on the commercial success of the operation (I'm sure there are other readings of the data, too). The whole thing would make great material for a discourse on political and economic systems, though I personally don't have the education or intellectual vocabulary to pick it apart on that level.
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    Smaller bundle with cheaper games = smaller results? I don't know what kind of response they were expecting, but for what's available this seems like a more than reasonable outcome. Normally they headline with 3-5 games (not alpha versions, either) and add one or two, this time they had a single (awesome, unfinished) game and then added two more. One of which was cheap enough that most people were bound to own it already. They got excellent results, and I can't see any reason why they'd be unhappy with them.
  6.  (10320.29)
    The Binding of Isaac is pretty strange, especially all the poop. I like the powerups though, I have been a black devil child with a dead cat following me, a steroided imp with flies buzzing around me, and I have sold my hearts to the devil for more powerups. Bloody hard in the deeper dungeons though.
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    Regarding Dark Souls: Turns out that the area I thought was necessary wasn't actually necessary, and the real necessary area was just one I'd missed because I was dumb and forgot about a path leading down somewhere else. Dur.

    The PVP aspect of Dark Souls is kinda iffy, though. This is twice now I've lost to being backstabbed from the FRONT thanks to lag and/or misinterpretation of signals. Second time was the worst, since the guy wasn't even headed AROUND me. I had my shield up, he came in from the front, and all of a sudden... Backstab. And I KNOW this isn't something that's doable within the game engine.

    In the meantime, whenever I try to invade someone else's world in PVP (which takes an expendable item), the game fails to find someone to invade. Hmph.

    Oh well. Still love the game.
  8.  (10320.31)
    Show this to a non-gamer and witness an expression of total confusion :P

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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2011
     (10320.32)
    The wait for me to get Skyrim is going to be untenable.

    Un. Fucking. Tenable.
  9.  (10320.33)
    I did a Responsible Adult Thing. I have an unpaid phone bill of 68€. I don't need the phone for work anymore and I hate talking on the phones anyway, so I just went "fuck it" and bought the Skyrim instead with the money. At least I can play in peace, without anyone pestering me on the phone :P
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2011
     (10320.34)
    Nicholas Cavedigger has been cooking and hide tanning like a mother fucker
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2011
     (10320.35)
    I'm gonna leave this a bit vague, but I am playing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It suffers from some of the most annoying mechanical problems that I have experienced in a game since...the last time I played a Wii game with extensive motion controls. It is prettier Twilight Princess with worse controls.

    So, 4hrs in and my review is: It's a sad thing to see a game that I think I would legitimately really enjoy be broken by a control system that has no business in the game to begin with. Sad sad times.
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      CommentAuthoragentarsenic
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2011 edited
     (10320.36)
    @tedcro

    So I read a lot of those scene releases were coupled with a cIOS update pkg to enable motion+ and stopped the game freezing at points.

    So is it the motion gameplay that's bad, or shoddy detection?

    I think Skyrim may be killing my firstgen ps3. I just tried to hotswitch a weapon and shit crashed hard.
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      CommentAuthorJ.Brennan
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2011
     (10320.37)
    Got Skyrim, and so far it's amazing. Playing a Redguard Spellsword and she looks like a badass Punjabi war-godess. I'm liking the removal of the class system, makes the game much more adaptive to any playstyle you choose.

    @Tedcroland: Sad to hear that as I just pre-ordered the game. Is it utterly broken or passable/made bearable by the enjoyment of the game?
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2011
     (10320.38)
    playig skyrim right now, its very good! but my NEW GAME over wrote my missus' save without asking/warning so now i'm in the doghouse :(
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2011
     (10320.39)
    @J There's a lot of great in it. The story and design are great, even if the design is kind of crippled by the underpowered graphics, and for the most part the motion controls work OK (not well or intuitively, but OK), it's mostly the combat that's completely terrible. I've not gotten to a proper boss yet, so we'll see how it goes when I do, but fighting creatures is nothing short of irritating.

    Suffice to say I don't understand the 10/10 reviews it's getting.
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2011
     (10320.40)
    Nearly done with Crysis 2 (I think) unfortunately I'm at a checkpoint directly in front of a Pinger. Ugh. More recently Brother has skyrim. I am waiting for AC Revelations, that I can't play until completing Brotherhood. Also I have the crushing reminder that I have PS2 games I still have to complete.