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  1.  (10421.81)
    Beat Twilight Princess after what seemed like AGES of playing it.

    Then plowed my way into Shadow Complex. Such a fun game, but aiming into the background often proves frustrating.
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2012
    Dustforce is beautiful.

    Youtube does not do it justice.
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    I just joined the Freakangels Steam group! I had no idea there even was one...very exciting :)

    Does anyone here play League of Legends?
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2012 edited
    I don't, but I am willing to try it out. Checking out the site right now.

    edit: never mind, windows only, unless it'll run with wine on the old Mac.
  3.  (10421.85)
    Has anybody here played Frozen Synapse? It's one of the most elegant tactical games I've ever played. The best way to describe it fundamentally is 'SWAT team chess.' turn based tactics with two small squads in a randomly generated indoor environment. Before you submit the moves for your turn, you can try out and watch how any number of scenarios will play out by not only showing hypothetical orders to your own team, but also issuing possible orders to the other team. You can watch a thousand scenarios and variations play out before you decide what actions you're going to take and submit your turn, and the turns are then simultaneously resolved. A little speck of genius.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2012

    I do. Look me up under the name Renthulhu.
  4.  (10421.87)
    @space scoundrel:

    I did try it and some of my pals are still playing it. I admit to being superficial, but although the gameplay was nice, graphics wise it was just too ugly for me.
  5.  (10421.88)
    ive started my annual playthrough of Super Metroid aka my favorite game that isnt Fallout 3

    im at about 1:10 and almost halfway done. my last run was at around 5 hours but thats because i went for 100% instead of speed, and of course there were a few missle upgrades that i missed and were secret so they werent trackable by the map.

    after my buddies OG xbox elite died (gasp! its funny, everyone reacts as if he had a pet die haha) i now have free reign over his collection so i may be playing Bayonetta before i get back to Skyrim as well.
  6.  (10421.89)
    Played 'L.A. Noire' for the first time last night. Wasn't hugely impressed with it. It's a technically impressive game, but the controls are awkward and clunky. The interrogation system is a good idea, yet it still feels like it needs a great deal more work. The whole thing is a big mash up of frustration for me.

    Then again, I've sort of burned out on games at the moment. I may go back to it in a few months time and see if my attitude has changed.

    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2012
    I felt the same way, and I want to see what they do with a sequel. There was just too much about it that seemed undercooked.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2012
    The original LA Noire developer has closed down, for reasons you can find if you go looking around the web. Short version: staff were poorly treated, game took way too long to make, publisher said they'd never work with them again.

    There probably will be a sequel, but as yet no idea who would make it, so it's going to be some ways off.

    I think it's a very important videogame, as it shows some of the tech that's going to be much more common in the next generation. But as a game itself, it's definitely lacking in several areas.

    What I like to call a 'glorious failure' (see also: Indigo Prophecy)
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2012
    @Stawes: Wow, I had not heard of that before now. Gorgeous.
    @radicaldoubt: I do! I'm on the NA server. Screen name is the same here as it is there.
  7.  (10421.93)
    From my point of view many people who didn't like LA Noire played it... well, wrong. Or rather in the way theta gamers are conditioned to play: trying to be perfect. People got really frustrated about the interrogation system because they didn't get all the questions right, or kept failing the investigations. I had to actually point out to a couple of people that failing interrogations is not the same thing as failing the game in this instance, fucking up is a part of what you do in LA Noire. Apart from the sudden angry moodswings of the main character I think the interrogations were really well written. People are messy, inconsistent and ambiguous, just like in real life. Which is awesome.

    The ending was... well. I feel like they ran out of time or skill. On the level of the story I love how the game ended, but on the actual implementation it was lacking.
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2012
    Regardless, as someone who had a chance to play LA Noire enough to get a good taste (Got to Traffic Detective) and who now has a television so I can freakin' PLAY something, I will be buying it. Love the world, love the tones and I love that it's a game that acknowledges that a case doesn't close at the arrest.

    So now I have access to my gaming console and am anxious to rent some things. While I don't have Xbox LIVE, am looking for a good FPS that is good enough with graphics to be a perfect match with the family's new 1080p HDTV. Recs?
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2012
    It felt to me like the writers lost interest after doing the homicide desk stuff.
  8.  (10421.96)
    While I don't have Xbox LIVE, am looking for a good FPS that is good enough with graphics to be a perfect match with the family's new 1080p HDTV. Recs?

    While it isn't an FPS by any means, Vanquish is an excellent Third person shooter with good graphics, fun mechanics and ridiculous action. It's also not overly long. Plus it came out a few years ago, meaning that you can usually find it in bargain bins.

    It's made by Platinum, who make damn fine games, and it's directed by Shinji Mikami, the guy behind God Hand, Resident Evil 4, Killer 7 etc.

    It's an unappreciated little gem of a game.
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2012
    @oldhat Let me tell you about Skyrim,
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2012
    Correction: AFFORDABLE games (Ideally $20 or under). Money is terrible right now.
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2012
    @oldhat - I second Fauxhammer's proselytizing of Skyrim. Currently playing (and even dreaming about!) that game.
    I'm not a huge FPS gamer, but I really enjoyed Borderlands as a FPS with RPG bits and both Left 4 Dead games.
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2012 edited
    They make XBox games for less than $20? When did this happen?

    (Yes, I <i>am</i> being snarky. But it is also mostly true).

    Answer for realz: For that price range, you are going to have to go in to the arcade games section. There's plenty of good stuff in there for $10-$15 apiece, though there are very few shooters.

    EDIT: You may also want to check out the Games On Demand section, though I make no guarantees of quality. Though I did notice the first Bioshock is going for $20 in there; I highly recommend that game.