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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2013
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    After a short run of major blockbusters, the schedule looks like it should calm down a little bit again.

    Finished BioShock Infinite myself last night. Stunning game, really definitely worth anyones time.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2013
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    Over the weekend I picked up a used copy of Brütal Legend for abour $10 because I had Double Fine stuff on my mind and I realized I never got around to it.

    And you know, I really enjoy it. It does reach a point where it goes from a very promising Action-Adventure game to a somewhat okay Real Time Strategy game, but the world, the writing, the voices and the soundtrack are keeping me in. It's a fun game that I don't have to invest too much in to.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2013
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    I think it got a hard time from people on release because all the preview hype and previews concentrated solely on the action game element and not the RTS. So people who just wanted action and didn't expect RTS were disappointed, and the RTS players who might've liked it never really heard about it.

    I've heard it plays a little like Sacrifice. Now there's a game I'd like to see someone have another crack at.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2013
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    I think that was the problem too. I recall even playing the demo and it was only the first little bit, which was all action. Hell, despite warnings, I went in to the full game not expecting it to completely turn in to an RTS game like it did.

    Still, a lot of fun. I may purchase the book of concept art that just recently came out.
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    Brütal Legend is one of those games where it helps to read up on how to best play it. Basically, when it turned full-on RTS-style, I tried to play it like an RTS, and that's the wrong way to play it, even though the game only vaguely hints at the proper way. I gave up on it after the first battle with the Goths, during which I flapped around in complete confusion, getting by on the skin of my teeth and not at all having fun or having much of an idea what to do, until I somehow won the battle. That's when I decided I'd had enough, and put the game away.

    To avoid the same confusion, here's how you play it: When you want a unit to go do something, you go down and combo with it, taking direct control of it yourself. ALWAYS. The game relies on this completely, to the point that they didn't bother to program in proper pathfinding routines for the units elsewhere.
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    I actually haven't had too much trouble just issuing commands. Providing support with the solos is super important, though. And use the rally flag solo and pick up the flag, so new units you make will come straight to your position.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2013
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    So, I plan to buy Luigi's Mansion 2 at some point soon. GAME and Amazon are selling hard copies for £32.99. The Nintendo e-shop will sell me a download copy for £39.99. It seems odd that any third party, even one with the buying power of Amazon, can undercut the very company who produce the game by so much. Seriously, intelligent gamers of Whitechapel: how does that work, then?
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    @curb: This has sadly been the case since digital distribution started. Neither MS, Sony or Nintendo usually manage to undercut the physical retailers outside of special sales. I was thinking they were counting on the convenience of having it all in one place to be worth it, but honestly, I think it's just to avoid pissing off the physical retailers. Remember how very few retailers wanted to stock the download-only PSP Go?
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2013
     (11034.9)
    At the moment I agree that it's very much from a desire to not have bricks and mortar retail turn around and say 'you can't sell it for less than us, that's unfair, and we'll not stock any of your stuff anymore if you do'.

    It's what's lead to the current weird situation where you can buy download codes for online only titles like Journey on a bit of card from your local branch of GAME...
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2013
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    Ahh, I see. Thanks both. TBH, from a consumer's point of view I wouldn't have much of a problem with it, but it makes me sad to see venerable old Nintendo over a barrel like that ...
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2013
     (11034.11)
    There's a rumour floating about that Nintendo has done something to upset Amazon somehow.

    The evidence being that Amazon sell the PS3, Vita and 360 direct, but only sell the WiiU and 3DS through third party stores. And that if you alight on a Nintendo console on Amazon there are banner ads saying 'consider this other console' linking to the PS3 etc... that aren't there on the PS3 page etc...

    I can see Nintendo shifting to a software only position within the next 18 months. I think it'll work out better for them than it ever did for Sega.
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    Frankly, Nintendo going software only would be too bad because they're the only people who still seem to be making consoles for gaming specifically, rather than very expensive half-cocked PCs labelled as consoles.

    Also, I doubt they'll ever stop making Gameboys. The Vita is there but I'd say it's a pretty pale competitor to the 3DS or even just the DS.

    Also, I guess there's cellphone gaming but I think that appeals to a different crowd rather than the more traditional gamers. Unless it doesn't? I don't know. I've never wanted to play a game on my cellphone.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2013
     (11034.13)
    I've tried gaming on my cellphone. The only game I have enjoyed to date is Super Hexagon. Everything else has been too crippled an experience to engage me.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2013
     (11034.14)
    On that note, and also because yes, Double Fine, I downloaded Middle Manager of Justice for my iPhone (free) and am unexpectedly addicted to it.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2013
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2013
     (11034.16)
    I'm pretty sad about that. I mean, I know the LucasArts of my childhood has been dead for a while, but I really thought (hoped?) that the Disney purchase would bring about a revival of sorts. I hope all the devs get back on their feet soon.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2013
     (11034.17)
    Also:

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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2013
     (11034.18)
    I wonder what's going to happen with all the old licenses that Lucas Arts had been sitting on.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2013
     (11034.19)
    Actually, yeah. Jeez.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2013
     (11034.20)
    @Morac

    They said that they're going to be keeping LA around from a licensing stand-point, but they won't be making games, so who knows?