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    @jay kay
    i got BULLETSTORM for mad cheap on sale from gamefly.com for all the reasons you listed...i got about 5 hours out of it before i got bored and then sold it for more than i paid. overall, its not good but its not bad. at full price? no goddamn way. for $10? sure
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2011
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    Well, we got bored with Forever in about a half-hour, so that already sounds like a step-up. Thanks!
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      CommentAuthorchiaslut
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2011
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    So nice to hear what everyone got for Xmas. I got Skyrim and Dead Island for the Xbox.
    I was worried that I wouldn't get to play Dead Island once I got obsessed with Skyrim so I started playing it first, but damn if I'm not having a blast with Dead Island. Looks good and reminds me a bit of Borderlands with it's RPG aspects and the amount of weapons available. I did start Skyrim, but I've been drawn back to Dead Island for my last day off before going back to work. I've actually played so much that my hands hurt now.
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      CommentAuthorJehrot
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2011
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    Someone remove Steam from my computer, please. Please. It's sale makes me glaze over and fill my hard drive with games it's going to take me years to get round to playing. One non-steam game I picked up is To the Moon. Enjoying that immensely. It's had my peepers watering at least twice so far.
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2011
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    All the old Dark Forces/Jedi Knight games for $5, yes please.

    The first game came out in 1995.. I played it 96-98... How is it 15 years later when I start it up I still have every inch of the first three levels memorized?
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2011
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    Christmas gift cards have brought this household FUCKING SKYRIM, and a Wii. We really wanted a used one, as it seems the fancy new black ones can't play Gamecube games (I still have that Zelda compilation that came w/ the later Gamecubes), but there aren't any used ones at any Gamestops in driving distance, and are ridiculously priced elsewhere. So we got a new one (w/ New Super Mario), plus used copies of Kirby's Epic Yarn and Zelda: Twilight Princess. Actually liking Kirby more than Mario. I'm not a very good platformer player, and Kirby's got an easier learning curve. Plus it's just so goddamn cutesy.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2011 edited
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    @brittanica - the ones that don't play Cube games are physically a little smaller, suspicion is that they've dropped the part of the hardware that let it handle the smaller disc size. If it has ports on it for gamecube joypads (on the top, under a flap) than it'll still play cube games fine.

    @andycon - The two Jedi Knight games (and to a lesser extent the Jedi Academy follow-up / spin-off) are classics, and still stand up pretty well when a lot of shooters from the period really don't.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2011
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    Why would they make new Wiis that don't play GameCube games? That is ridiculous.
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2011
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    After doing some research (read- the fella talked to the dude at Gamestop about it while buying Wii Fit w/ the remainder of the Christmas loot), it's a possibility that they still play the disc, but decided to ditch the Gamecube controller ports. All my GC discs are at my parents', so I've yet to test this.
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    If it doesn't have the ports then you still won't have any way to actually play the Gamecube games. When the Wii switches to Gamecube mode it disables all the Wii functionality, so no bluetooth or USB for trying to use any other kind of controller.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011
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    @DJ - Money.

    The machine is cheaper to build without the Gamecube joypad ports and the various other gubbins it needs for emulation.

    Sales of the machine will be low enough now that clawing back some margin will be beneficial.

    Backwards Compat is usually one of the first things to go, because the assumption is that gamers who care about that are usually early adopters anyway.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011 edited
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    I miss my Gamecube. Such a great little system.

    In retrospect I should have gotten a PS2 (I only wound up buying one secondhand last year), but it had a lot of pep.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011
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    Back in the days of GameCube, Nintendo was the scrappy underdog. It really feels like now they've just sold out.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011
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    Yeah--I debated buying a Wii last year, but when I looked at the games, I just couldn't justify it. It looks like the end of the Atari 2600's lifecycle; a shitload of shovelware party games and NES reboots. Not my scene. If I want casual, I'll get it on my phone.
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    rented that new SONIC: GENERATIONS. for $2 its a fun couple hours, probably (read:definitely) helped along by nostalgia

    RE: wii

    i would say theres maybe ten worthwile games on it. we have had one forever and it barely gets use. hell, we use it more for netflix than games.

    that said: SIN AND PUNISHMENT 2 is my favorite thing on the lil box. so much fun.
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011
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    Am nearly done with Assassin's Creed Revelations. I'm just tying up loose ends at the moment. Am a little frustrated with the first person block game though. After that I'll probably go back and complete some old games and play Sonic Generations (I played the demo over and over). Pre Ordered SSX and Need to pre order ME 3. I'm looking forward to Bioshock Infinite.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011
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    Here's my problem with Halo: Reach.

    I generally play games on Easy mode. I suck at games, but love the interactivity and the storytelling. So I open-palm slap Reach into my 360, and I notice (either in the manual or on-screen) that you only get achievements if you play on Normal or Hard. They pulled this shit before when you could only get the canon ending to Halo 3 on Hard.

    Cut us dumbthumbs some slack, Bungie!

    Also: ripping through Skyrim and loving it. The random events--like the NPCs who came by to polish off this troll my Housecarl and I had been having problems with--give a real air of verisimilitude.

    Space Marine is awesome in a very hind-brain way. You wade into clots of enemies, you lay about with your chainsword, and that is your health powerup. Delicious.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011 edited
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    @Fauxhammer

    Funny you should mention the easy thing--I usually do my first playthrough of a game on easy, but with Arkham City I started on Normal. I've probably died plenty more times then I would have, but it does make getting past those points that much more satisfying.

    That being said, having the "cannon ending only on hard" thing is kinda bullshitty. Then what's the point of having difficulty ratings on your story mode?
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2011 edited
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    Reach is an easier game all round than the previous ones though, so you'll probably be ok playing it on Normal anyway.

    The extra scene on the ending in Halo 1 on Hard *isn't* canon anyway. It's just a funny extra.