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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
     (10421.1)
    We probably don't need a new thread every month for videogames on here, so I think I'll run them quarterly now.

    Anyway, the first few months of the year used to be a complete desert for new videogames, but in recent years more and more publishers have been pushing titles out of the holiday period and into this quarter in order to avoid being steamrollered by the Call of Duty's of this world.

    January is pretty dead for releases, but February brings us Soul Calibur 5, Final Fantasy XIII-2, a new Syndicate, SSX, Binary Domain (from the creators of Assassins Creed), Kingdoms of Amalur, The Darkness 2 and the new PSVita console. (Europeans also finally get to sample the madness that is Catherine)

    March is when it kicks in though, with Mass Effect 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken dropping, along with a whole slew of new 3DS games.

    There's also likely to be a strong marketing push through this quarter for the new Star Wars MMO. Is anyone playing? Worth a punt?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
     (10421.2)
    @Flabyo

    From what I've heard the SW MMO is pretty neat with some good story line bits to get you into the action. However, I can't help but look at it and think that it's just another EQ/DAoC/WoW-"Go kill fifty banthas and bring me their buttocks" type game.
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    I'll be picking up Soul Calibur 5 right at the end of January. I have some reservations about it, but still quite looking forward to it.
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    http://www.joystiq.com/2011/12/25/ssx-gameplay-gets-tricky-in-latest-trailer/

    SSX trailer that I can't seem to find on Youtube. Absolutely worth the click-through.

    I'm also excited for The Pinball Arcade, but other than that the early part of the year will be devoted to all the stuff I got on the insane Steam sale- Bastion, Bulletstorm, Chantelise, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dirt 3 (won that one free from the achievement challenges), Dungeon Defenders, Dungeons of Dredmoor, EYE: Divine Cybermancy, Hard Reset, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Puzzle Agent 2, Renegade Ops, Sequence, Space Pirates and Zombies, and Xotic. How are you supposed to resist cool-looking indies (and a small number of bigger things) at $2-$3 bucks a pop or less!?
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    if i ever truly get sick of SKYRIM for more than a day or two, i will be picking up DEUS EX
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    Guys I bought too much on the Steam Sale. Where should I even begin?

    holeesheet

    Also: If you guys want to play some multi in Borderlands, Sanctum, L4D2, Terraria, Dungeon Defenders, Rise of Immortals or TF2 hit me up @ agentarsenic
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      CommentAuthoragentarsenic
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012 edited
     (10421.7)
    @James
    The new SSX is looking perfect, love the DiRT inspired rewind for the missed tricks. SSX3 is probably my favorite alt-sport game of all time. Glad to see some big mountains in there.

    @RenThing about SWTOR MMO

    I played one of the beta test weekends and loved it, and I'm not an MMO guy. It has such a great story and NPC dialogue/cutscenes that you almost wouldn't know you were playing an MMO except for the other players. I felt 10x more involved with my character, the world, and the NPCs than WoW (which I stopped playing after about a month).
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    You all know there's a Freakangels Steam Group, right? Not that anybody ever does much with it...
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      CommentAuthorcjkoger
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
     (10421.9)
    I just joined the Freakangels Steam Group. Wish I had a few more things to play now. Might need to pick up Borderlands...
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
     (10421.10)
    Just completed Assassin's Creed Revelations. Time to go through my back catalogue of games and play them. Probably go and finish Crysis 2 and tie up loose ends in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood etc. Playing Mass Effect 1+2 will be a must.
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      CommentAuthorcjkoger
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
     (10421.11)
    Good call on ME. Finished 1 a couple times, need to polish out the last couple hours I have been putting off on 2 so I am ready for 3.
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
     (10421.12)
    I joined the Steam group, even though I have to use other our friends' computer to play the only game I've bought (L4D2)...

    I've been playing a lot of Skyrim, but I'm not sure how I feel about it. I die. A lot. I know I can change the difficulty setting, but I'm not sure if it's so much that, more like have to fight my insistence on comparing it to Fallout. I am enjoying story stuff, and crafting, so I'm definitely gonna keep going.

    Doesn't immediately look like there's much in the way of upcoming games that I'm looking forward to, at least 1st quarter.
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    Ok, I just joined the Freakangels group as well. I'm not sure when/how it'll be used, but now I'm a part of it. :)
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
     (10421.14)
    I had no idea there was a Steam Freakangels group! I just joined. Though I might not be seen very often on it since I've been mostly playing on my boyfriend's account lately since he actually has a PC and I have a mac, so I have mostly mac compatible games on my account.

    Games - Friend gifted my boyfriend and myself a 3DS (one for the two of us), so I've been playing some Mario kart 7 for it, and have developed an addiction to Harvest Moon. I've also been playing Recettear and Chantelise on Steam, these two cute indie J-rpg games (in one of them you play the role of at item shop owner, haha!). Also bought Alice for steam but I haven't played it yet since I've been in the middle of all the J-rpgs I picked up, so gonna hold off on it until I have the attention span to actually dedicate some time to it.

    Finished the main storyline to Skyrim so I'm taking a break from that, but want to go through it a second time as Empire/Thief/Assassin, as my first round was Stormcloak/Compaions/Winterhold Mages.

    Excited for March when Animal Crossing for 3DS will be released, as well as CRUSH, which was a really cool puzzle game for PSP (and one of my favorite games in general), but I sold the system to my uncle.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
     (10421.15)
    I played TOR in beta, and my wife and started playing it on release. To a seasoned MMO player, it's pretty terrible, especially compared to WoW. From what I hear the endgame is practically nonexistent, PvP is horribly unbalanced, and the devs really seem to be in love with a model of MMO that's about five years old and really grindy. Travel is a huge bitch, monsters are annoying, quests are Kill 20 bears and so on. The meat and potatoes gameplay is horrible and I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

    HOWEVER.

    The voice-acted class stories are interesting. People pay $60 for a single-player RPG and I can understand playing it from that angle and being mostly happy with it. I know I'm mostly happy with it. But between the annoying bugs and lack of the game really having much pop or originality, I doubt it will keep me past level cap. I really think the first quarter (calendar-wise) is going to be very telling for what the future holds. If they address bugs and quality-of-life stuff, I can see it taking off, but if they stubbornly hold onto a model that most other big-studio games moved away from years ago, then I don't see the game being much more than an also-ran.

    TL;DR - I like the game, but there's a lot to dislike about it, too. I'm not going to say don't buy it, but be prepared to be let down if you do.

    This is the most middling response about it, I know, but it just doesn't elicit much response from me, in either direction.

    As for other games, my brother got me both Bioshock games for xmas, so I'm going to have to wade through the stack if I want to get to those...
    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
     (10421.16)
    @rickiepooh -- speaking as someone who's been playing multiple MMOs for the last seven years and pretty heavily seasoned, I actually found SWTOR to be far more appealling than WoW on many levels, including meat/potatoes gameplay. WoW combat often felt deeply repetitive, even for an MMO, whereas I find SWTOR much more flexible in that regard. And that's not even getting into SWTOR's great storytelling.

    That's not to say SWTOR doesn't have some minor flaws, but I really don't find myself bothered by them overall.
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    I've joined the Steam group, even though I'm stuck into Dark Souls. 'Fun' obviously isn't the right word, but it somehow is fun, when everything goes according to plan...then I die and lose all my souls and cry and cry and cry.
    • CommentAuthorAngurvaki
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2012
     (10421.18)
    "Wallet, show me where the steam sale touched you ... wait, it took you to the alley and did what!?"

    I got myself MW3 for online manshooting since MW2 has around 5 people online at any given time and they are all hacking and it's alright.
    I would have preferred BF3, but my hardware isn't exactly up to date so I couldn't risk it.

    As for proper gaming I think I'll be sinking a lot of time into Space Pirates and Zombies this month and re-installing Bioshock 1+2 for my girlfriend to force myself to make time to spend with the Kindle she gave me.
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      CommentAuthorcjkoger
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2012
     (10421.19)
    @Angurvaki had run a little G--gle search on SPAZ, and it looks great. There were a couple of spacey physics shooters I played in years gone by, but this one looks fantastic and seems really fun. I could dump a couple of fun casual hours into here or there. Looking forward to trying it out.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2012
     (10421.20)
    I finished Uncharted 3 last night, and then I went to sleep and had about five different dreams involving hordes of spiders.

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