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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
    December is a very odd month in the games industry. The rush to get product out for Black Friday is over, which means hardly anything actually releases in the run up to Christmas.

    The main release this December is the new Star Wars MMO. I'm long past the point where I'm into playing MMO's, but there's no denying EA have bet a lot on this taking a significant bite out of World of Warcraft, so it'll be interesting to see what happens regardless.

    Still playing Skyrim on and off at the moment, and I'll be firing up Zelda on the 18th as that's my 'game to play during the week off before Christmas'.

    My folks are both DS gamers now, which means finally at the age of 35 I can actually buy videogames for people for Christmas. Oddly, for the first time in a while I haven't asked for any for myself.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011 edited
    Dark Souls is still a very good game, once you manage to go past the first few hours. Very rewarding, even though it's utterly punishing.
    And as a developer it's very nice to see people making good games focusing on mechanics and immersion and not giving a fuck about cutscenes :).

    I'll also have to get Infinity Blade 2 for iphone pretty soon. It'll be played mostly during holidays when I'll be away from the PS3 ;).
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
    Almost always a bit behind over here, but I just finally grabbed a copy of Batman: Arkham City. Looking forward to firing it up today for a couple hours and seeing what the hoopla is about. Can't wait to kick some ass Dark Knight style.
    • CommentAuthorSuresh N
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
    I think I'm going to take a break from Skyrim. I've played so damn much during my free time, and there's still so much to do I'm overwhelmed. I can see myself playing this game on and off throughout the coming year. So.... time for something else.

    Yesterday I replaced my PC, so now I'm getting around to playing Neverwinter NIghts 2. I tried to play NWN1.... but apparently there's compatibility issues with NWN1 and Windows 7. Oh, I love it. My last PC was such a POS that it felt like it was screaming murder just browsing the 'net. So even NWN1 was unplayable, and I gave up trying. Now I have good PC.... and I still can't. Once I'm done with NWN2 I'm looking forward to picking up The Witcher 1 and 2.
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
    Obsidian Entertainment, who made Alpha Protocol, me being its only fan, is making a South Park RPG. Could be good.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
    Been wanting to play NWN 2 as well. I really enjoyed NWN. My last computer update went to a swanky new Mac, which has been amazing in my music studio, and doubles as a home pc when needed. And as much as i love it, man, it sucks for gaming without hassle.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
    Nwn2 was good.. but the bugs killed it for me and I never finished. May you have better luck than I. :)
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
    Alpha Protocol is one of the most underrated, unknown, games around. Loved it, it's so very very clever.
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    Yeah, the Alpha Protocol shooty was bad, but the talky was sublime.

    Been playing some New Vegas - had it on Xbox 360 sans DLCs, sold that and recently got it on PC with all the DLCs. Just getting myself a few levels before I go into the DLC areas.
    Having fun tooling around, trying to walk to new places, and getting constantly mangled by Deathclaws. Fucking Deathclaws. I'll put them on the endangered species list once I'm a high enough level... I actually really love the Deathclaws in New Vegas, in Fallout 3 they were way too easy to kill too early, and then they had to add high level monsters to the DLCs that were more powerful than the Deathclaws when everyone knows the Deathclaw is the king of the Wasteland.

    Also been playing lots of Binding of Isaac. Finally killed Mom, but still plenty of items to find and one more character to unlock, so I think there's some hours in it yet.
  2.  (10367.10)
    Yay, someone else played Binding of Isaac! I thought I was the only one. :)

    The December gaming slowdown is always a happy time for me. I can dump time into all the games of September-November and not worry about the things I'm ignoring to do this. My pile of stuff that's half-started that I really want to play is completely out of control right now, and this lets me whack it into shape. Dead Island, Saints Row 3, Serious Sam, Dark Souls, DoDonPachi Resurrection, Ghost Trick, etc. Plus a few things I need to have but haven't bought yet, like Rayman Origins. Honestly, if the game industry stopped cold until late February (and the new SSX) I'd be pretty happy.
    • 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
    I've been playing Minecraft again. Damn you Mojang! I was going to use those two days to do something productive! I finally got around to upgrading my server to version 1.0.0. Lots of cool things in there. Still haven't gotten in to the End yet, though I did set up a Nether portal earlier today.

    @RenThing: Mirror's Edge had a similar idea. If you pirated the game, when you reached the third level movement slowed to a crawl, making the game nigh-unplayable.
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    Saint's Row the Third managed to top every Grand Theft Auto game in terms of sheer fun in it's first hour.

    It's a little easy though.
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    Saint's Row picks up the difficulty a little, but what it's really about is sheer insane awesomeness. My advice from experience, though- when you get the perks available to buy, don't purchase any of the invulnerability skills or unlimited ammo. I avoided invulnerability but wish I'd passed on infinite ammo.

    I just picked up Rayman Origins today, trading in Need for Speed: The Run. So something good came out of that horrible steaming pile of a racing game.
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    Terraria. Oh my god, I love this game. Picked it up on sale from Steam 'cause I'd heard good things, and it's totally taken over my life.

    I haven't spent enough time in MineCraft for it to really click with me, but I love the way Terraria uses a similar sort of system (procedural generation, mining, crafting) but you do it for the sake of adventuring and that adventuring is insanely fun.

    In MineCraft it seems that the mining and crafting is the point, and the mobs are just an annoyance.
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2011
    That South Park game looks like one that I might have to play, even though I have very little interest in turn-based RPGs. Seeing the screenshots alone did this to me.

    That big picture there? That's in-game. Matt and Trey are writing it. I'm not the biggest South Park fan ever, but I certainly like it enough to be excited.

    But currently, I'm still wishing I had Skyrim and not really playing anything.
  6.  (10367.17)
    i dont pirate any games, but stil think most DRM stuff is ridiculous...that Serious Sam thing is rad as hell though
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2011
    Skyrim patch on the PS3 now makes my PS3 freeze every 20 minutes and doesn't allow me to shut the system off, thus I have to leave it on until the 2hr sleep timer thingy kicks on and shuts the system down. Bethesda says they know of these problems but aren't gonna fix them in the next patch. Awesome.

    Now back to Fallout: New Vegas which is made by Obsidian who get crapped on by the internet for making buggy games, yet I have never had any problems with any of their games.
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    Argh :) Today I'm in a mood where these are incredibly funny :D

    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2011 edited
    I've not been playing games for a while so...

    Tempted to awaken the beast though.

    Was L.A Noire(yeah?) any good? I've still got Alan Wake in me 360 so will probably play that at some point.And i have to admit the prospect of playing Arkham City could be a good way to get through some cold december days/nights/months etc.