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    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2011 edited
    My XBL account got hacked somehow, so now I'm without save data or any of my arcade games for the next month while Microsoft does an 'investigation'.

    I was going to express some sort of sarcastic enthusiasm here, but I can't even muster it.
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011
    @Scrymgeour: So far it's been awesome. I'm interested to see how it ends. I'm maybe 3/4 through it and have been doing all the side missions. Seems short by comparison to brotherhood.
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    I just had a super big surprise: I got a fast-paced shooter to review - on iPad. I was expecting a total train wreck, because hey - fast-paced shooter on a touchscreen... Instead what I got was Epoch, which was damn intuitive, fun and just generally worked. The only bad thing is that it takes about one hour to complete, after which the only thing you can do is to start from the beginning with harder difficulty settings.

    The other review game was Trine 2, which was just awesome. I generally don't like platformers and especially puzzle playformers, but this one I loved. The faerytale atmosphere and mood is just awesome.

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    Another indie bundle appears!
    This one includes Really Big Sky, Runespell: Overture, Eufloria, Cthulhu Saves the World, and Breath of Death VII.
    The min price goes up as the sale goes on, right now sits at about $4.
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2011
    Went to the library today and picked up my copy of Batman: Arkham City. It even had an unused Catwoman code in it. Bonus! I'm installing it now, and shall spend the next few hours enjoying it (along with a few Hobgoblin Ales that I picked up on the walk back). It's a seven day borrow, with no renewals. That should be enough time to get 100% of the achievements, right?

    Photographic evidence:
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    I've already got Really Big Sky, but Cthulhu/Breath and Eufloria are highly tempting...

    Nice to see I'm not the only person in the world not playing Skyrim, by the way. :)

    Now playing- Serious Sam, finishing up Saint's Row, failing to give Need For Speed: The Run proper attention for the review due to hating it pretty hard, and letting Ghost Trick remind me both how good a nice puzzle-based adventure game can be and how much I enjoy the DSiXL. I think the primary reason I haven't bought a 3DS is because the DSiXL has completely spoiled me.
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    I won't spoil why, but Ghost Trick made me cry. God, that game rocks.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2011
    Ghost Trick was my game of the year until Skyrim came out. And it still doesn't edge it by much.
    • CommentAuthorAngurvaki
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2011
    I just finished my paternity leave and went straight into seasonal unemployment, and I live in the middle of nowhere, Iceland. Needless to say, there has been gaming.

    My 2 cents:
    Skyrim is something else, 2 weeks after it came out I had to do some serious mental calculation and ask myself, what I'd been doing. It's beautiful, it's *vast*, but when push comes to shove, a glitched grindfest with serious balance issues. Depending on how pure you keep your character build, you are either 2 shotting everything or getting completely ganked by the dungeon boss. I mean, when you spend 3 minutes grinding a guy down in god mode, how the hell am I going to be able to do it in game? So, it has potential but is going to have to wait for me to enjoy it again.

    Which brings me to my 2nd point: Saints Row the Third is OMFG BBQ awesome. I never really got into GTA III or IV, I gave them a few shots but always got irritated by the mechanics, but Saints Row nails the formula, manages to keep itself fun as hell.
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2011 edited
    I think I reached the point of stopping in Skyrim about a week ago (haven't touched it since). Happens with every Elder Scrolls game. I get into the world, it's huge, it's open, I do a bunch of quests (usually complete the mage guild questline), go on some random sidequest adventures...and then the quests stop mattering. I just want to stab the next villager who wants me to go to Dank Cave #3 to fetch the Neckle of I Don't Give a Fuck. I become powerful enough where most things don't present a challenge, and the things that do are just way overpowered and I use cheap tactics to kill them. I stop looking at shelves even though I know there might be a skill book there. Basically, the romance period passes and I fall out of love. Happened with Daggerfall, happened with Morrowind, happened with Oblivion. and now it's happened with Skyrim. Each game I've done the main questline up until the point where I can go and finish the game, and I just stop. I don't care anymore. I've seen it all.

    Think I'll go rent the new Kirby tomorrow to clear my head.

    EDIT: I think before I give Skyrim back, I am going to try one thing - province wide genocide. Go to every major village with Firestorm in both hands and just lay waste.
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    Just finished Skyward Sword. Significantly less than 100% completion, but I kind of wanted to power through it to get back to my backlog. All in all I'd say Windwaker remains my favourite of the 3D Zeldas. And while the gameplay was a bit 'eh,' Twilight Princess had my favourite story. But I loved the sword controls in this one. Inability to lock on with ranged weapons annoyed the hell out of me, though, and made the slingshot and bow pretty much useless except in the longest of long range combat situations (and no boomerang? How is it a Zelda game with no boomerang?). I would pay a silly amount of money to have Windwaker re-made with these controls, but retaining ranged lock-on. Now I can go back to Saints 3 and Space Marine. And then Dead Island and DXHR: The Missing LInk. And then I'll probably start dipping into the much older parts of the backlog.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
    I'll start the December thread shortly.

    Think next year I'll do them as quarterly ones rather than monthly though.
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    The essence of Elder Scrolls games.

    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2011
    Did something happen to the December videogame thread? I can't seem to find it.

    Anyway, I think this is a great idea: Serious Sam creators don't worry about DRM if you pirate their game, they just force you to fight a giant, unkillable scorpion man armed with two machine guns.
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2011
    The new thread should be right here.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2011
    Weird, don't know why I wasn't seeing it. Thanks, Morac!
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    Apparently, Rayman Origins has just sold 50 000 copies so far in the US. That's... awful for a disc release.

    Upon hearing that it's only 22 pounds in the Amazon UK store, I had to pick it up. The game looks freaking gorgeous... Will have to see if the gameplay matches the visuals.