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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2013
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    Third quarter. The lean times.

    Or at least it always used to be. In this era of Steam sales and mobile gaming the traditional 'no one buys games in summer, we should hold everything back till Thanksgiving' mentality is dying away.

    Dynasty Warriors 8 is out in a few weeks. This makes me inordinately happy.
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    Steam summer sale is probably going to kick off later this week, too. I'm hoping nothing comes up that's too tempting for me to pass one, because I really shouldn't be buying more games right now, and I still have a terrible backlog I need to get through.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2013
     (11106.3)
    The Deadpool game is wonderful.
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      CommentAuthorJehrot
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2013
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    Spent a few chaotic hours participating in the Just Cause 2 multiplayer beta tests this weekend. Insane, ridiculous fun. Plus, it's got me right back into the standard game. Very impressed with what that mod team have accomplished. Apparently they plan to have a final release ready to go in the next couple of months.
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    Any quarter that has Rogue Legacy in it is fine by me. Rise of the Triad hits at the end of July, too. Summer gaming boredom is as much a relic of the past as is the mid-January - March gaming boredom stretch. I used to use that time to catch up on things, too.

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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2013
     (11106.6)
    So I just finished The Last of Us... And... God damn. I'm conflicted, riveted, angry and also excited for the sequel I can only assume will happen (on the PS4, I imagine). Through playing the first two Uncharted games, I knew Naughty Dog could put together a solid action adventure, but The Last Of Us is the most emotionally engaging game I've ever played, bar none. Aside from that, it also plays incredibly well. They find ways to reward inquisitive behaviour, they make you want to scavenge for scraps. Not just because you'd have a hard time surviving without it, but because going looking in the areas you're in reveals little snippets of character here and there. Darts are thrown, comics are read, etc.

    Also, it's not a Superhuman Traversal Game, like Prince of Persia, God of War or even Uncharted. I never really felt like the characters did anything that they wouldn't be able to as human beings, aside from surviving multiple wounds by wrapping a bandage around their arms, of course. But even that is handled with some thought. The fact that everything you do takes time in the gameworld works incredibly well. It means you most likely WON'T have time to heal during a fight. You won't have time to equip the gun that isn't empty. It's incredibly tense and very exciting.

    It's incredibly intense, though, so I couldn't play it for more than two or maybe three hours at a time, tops. It drains you. And that keeps it from being a "long weekend" and rather a drawn-out week or two of playing, which has been very satisfying. I needed that time to digest some of the things that happened.

    All in all... Best AAA game I've played in... ever? I don't know, at least in a VERY long time.
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2013
     (11106.7)
    GOG's having a sale .... for the next fifteen hours. I only found out about it today. Snag yourself a bargain!
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2013
     (11106.8)
    I'm fairly far into 'The Last of Us' now. At first it really wasn't clicking for me. The camera is the standard 'not very helpful' one, and the combat controls seem to be a step back from Uncharted, which wasn't exactly perfect in that department to start with.

    But the characters, acting (particularly the performance captured cut scenes) and general ambience are carrying me through.

    It's a good game for sure but it's falling into a lot of the same traps Bioshock Infinite did, which makes me sad.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2013
     (11106.10)
    So my girlfriend took pity on me and bought me Luigi's Mansion 2. I'm very much enjoying it so far - it's incredibly charming, and it's hooked me into trying to get a perfect rating on every mission. The only minor gripe I have is that the game automatically ends missions as soon as you complete the objectives, so there's no chance to explore further afterwards. Still, like I say that's only a minor gripe.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2013
     (11106.11)
    That's nothing - my boyfriend installed Theme Hospital on my computer.



    SO charming. Ugh.
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      CommentAuthorkrushdbug
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2013
     (11106.12)
    allana: Oh God old Bullfrog games, they will drain your spare time until you are but a husk. I installed Dungeon Keeper two years ago and fired it up. I had to quit after ten minutes because I realized that it was still too addictive.

    On The Last of Us (spoily-spoil-spoils):
    I loved the game throughout, but I found that no scene in the game engaged me as much emotionally as the opening, even though I'd had it spoiled beforehand. It's a rollercoaster about as efficient as the start of Up. Not sure why I wasn't sadder at seeing Sam turn & die (though the toy is a great touch) or more shocked at stuff like the cannibals. My theory is that I had my fill of similiar experiences with The Walking Dead - some kind of zombie-fatigue. But no matter what, the ending is rock solid. If I feel like saving the world, I play Halo.


    ...aaaand I'm finally playing through the DLC for GTA IV, which is ironic since I originally bought my Xbox 360 because it would have GTA IV DLC early. So far, I'm finding Ballad of Gay Tony to be by far the best part of GTA IV and a great warmup to GTAV.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2013
     (11106.13)
    If it helps, I can get within punching range of the lead designers of Theme Hospital and Dungeon Keeper on any given Friday?
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    @Flabyo: If you punch them, will all my lost hours ping out of them like coins?
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    I once met the creator of Settlers for an interview. My first question to him was "do you have any fucking idea how many productive hours have you made me lose?"
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2013
     (11106.16)
    Flabyo, I'd prefer you punch them for not punching the Corsix folks. From what I understand, they've made quite a few changes to gameplay. I never got to play the original and am just finding out now that I have the option of buying the $6 GOG version. Presumably it works just like the original? Hrmmm. It would be worth it just to get to play this infamous rat-shooting game (Corsix hasn't implemented it "yet").
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2013
     (11106.17)
    ::crashes through door::

    ::skids to stop, out of breath::

    Guys! Guys! The Steam summer sale is on!
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2013
     (11106.18)
    NOOOOOOO! My bank account! Run, bank account, run!
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2013
     (11106.19)
    I did some homework, and finally understand the Corsix/GOG dichotomy. I'm not so keen on the DOSbox thing.

    I guess I might actually have to get a Steam account sometime before I die. This would be a good time, right?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2013
     (11106.20)
    Only if you don't mind your wallet squealing in pain. Mine still hasn't forgiven me from last year when I wrung the very last cent from it.