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    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2014
     (11312.81)
    I have Wolf Among Us pinned on my 360 ready for when I get back from a trip.

    I don't know what to think of Murdered: Soul Suspect. I look forward to seeing what you guys make of it.

    Speaking of Faffing, Haven't got round to Watch_Dogs yet. I hope it's good because I really want a sandbox game with a good single player story. I don't think i've played one in a while (Mercenaries was the best though).
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    In preparation for a long trip, I bought Zelda: Link Between Worlds, Cave Story and Pullblox (named Pushmo in US territories) for my 3DS. So far both Cave Story and Pullblox are pretty darned excellent. Haven't started playing Zelda yet.

    Also finished Child of Light. The story was pretty underwhelming even if the characters were naïvely charming. And it ends so very abruptly. But the battle system and exploration are both topnotch. As I've said before, the battle system is basically Grandia's battle system, where you have the chance to interrupt enemy attacks if you hit them in a certain window where they prepare to attack (and they can do the same to you).

    Just make sure to play it on Hard. And if you get it on the PS4, beware what seems to be a bug in the battle system, where the light critter you can use to slow down enemies will randomly just not work on any enemies.
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    I'm still annoyed that Far Cry 3 doesn't support my trackball. I can't zoom, because it doesn't recognize the scroll ring and no force on earth will allow that to change because key bindings are some foreign alien technology. I reviewed the game on PS3 and enjoyed it quite a bit, ignoring the story because, like far too many video game stories, it's a big fat pile of too-serious stupid, but everything else was great fun.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2014
     (11312.84)
    @Twentythoughts:

    This probably won't come as a huge surprise, but you're in for a treat with A Link Between Worlds. Beautifully crafted.
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    @James:

    Yeah, as long as I kept just faffing around and shooting cassowaries to make better wallets it was fun, but I'm becoming a difficult bastard with video game writing - I just won't stand for any more bad shit since "it's just a game". Especially now when there actually are really well written games out there. I see no reason to settle or to use kid gloves with bad game writing anymore.
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    Honestly, I see story as something that happens around the things I'm doing. All I really ask is that it not call attention to itself with utter stupidity. Which, admitted, Far Cry 3 kind of failed at. Every once in a while an Ico or Machinarium comes along, but it's pretty rare. Even GTAV, which had interesting characters doing fun things, kind of wore off on me after a while. Still looking forward to digging in to the new Tex Murphy sometime soon-ish, though.

    Not next week, though. If anyone here has been dragged to E3, I'll wave on the way by. :)
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    This is D.J.'s fault:



    (opening logo not final. I am clearly not a graphic designer)
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2014 edited
     (11312.88)
    I'll take 10%.

    Or really, I'll just settle for a free copy whenever it comes out.
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    @James:

    Yeah, matters of taste and perspective. If writing is shit on something, it pretty easily sours the whole thing for me. There are bands which I stopped listening once I actually read their lyrics that were crap, and by and large I play games that use a new medium to tell me a riveting story, which can also be kind of emergent (like, say, in Limbo). There's been games that have done a great job of it in an increasing pace, largely from the indie side but increasingly too in the triple-A's.
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    Check out Tower of Guns. First off, it's my favorite FPS in a long time, and for months was the game I'd play when I was putting off doing whatever it was I should have been doing. From a story perspective, though, it does a fun little trick with the "narrative" where there's a dozen+ stories it picks from at random. They're more silly than anything else, but the point is that, while the game is the same each time (within the bounds of it being a semi-randomized FPS building levels from pre-constructed rooms), each of the stories fits the action as well as anything else I've seen in a game. There's nothing really memorable from a narrative perspective, seeing as the game expects you to ignore the story in favor of getting straight to the shooting, but it somehow works as a light-hearted parody of the way game stories tend to be executed.

    Also, Tower of Guns is awesome and I love it to pieces, so that's another reason I recommend it. :)
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    Tom Francis (Gunpoint) released a new thing for free on Steam a couple days ago and it's super addictive and lovely and everybody should be playing: Floating Point

    Time this weekend not spent working on Rocket Blocks has been spent playing it.
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    Jumped into Cave Story even though I'm not travelling yet. Great game, but man, it can get old-school hard with a touch of bullet hell thrown in. The last set of bosses in particular. Gave up the final boss gauntlet for now, and likely trying again tomorrow.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 9th 2014
     (11312.93)
    Some thoughts on Watch Dogs.

    It's a GTA clone, I think we were all expecting that. It has absolutely everything that you would expect a game of this type to have. And it also has a few elements it's nicked from Assassin's Creed and Far Cry 3.

    But it has barely an original bone in it's body.

    It's entertaining, I'm certainly enjoying playing it, but it's the very definition of 'competent but not spectacular'.

    And the writing... is not great. The main character does incredibly dim things then reacts with amazement when these dim things have consequences. And he keeps having these weird 'what have I become?' moments of great angst, and then the very next mission he's all 'lol, kill the bad guys, mwahaha'.

    It's one of the most tonally inconsistent games I've played in a good long time. Not quite as blatantly off as Far Cry 3's plot was, but I'd say comparable in having a very muddled message. The morality of it is all over the shop.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2014
     (11312.94)
    I backed Double Fine's Massive Chalice KS and they just released the bloodline editor. SO JONSING FOR THIS GAME.
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    E3 was a blast again this year. Not so fun- waiting for a 9PM flight home to get me to the east coast at 9AM.

    I'm getting old. Got a party invite to one of the biggest ones, fell asleep instead. Because going a week on 4 hours sleep per night just isn't something I can do any more.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2014
     (11312.96)
    I finished Watch Dogs. What a complete and utter waste of time that was. Dumb plot, dumb characters, nonsensical non-ending to make you buy sequels.

    I don't trade games in very often, but this one is going back.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2014
     (11312.97)
    Oh no...I pre-ordered that title...I think I may pick it up with my preorder if it's cheaper, but...aw dang.
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2014
     (11312.98)
    Same. It's been sitting on my "New game" stack for a few weeks. I was looking forward to playing Person of Interest the game too.

    Have gone back to playing Dragon Age 2 because of playing the tabletop version and I'd left off at the end of Act 2 because of the repetitive locations, the break helped with that. I think Destiny and Dragon Age 3 will be my last must buys on the Xbox 360. I have more games for it than I do for my PS2 and a lot of them are nowhere near complete.

    Current Itinerary:

    1) Complete Child of Light.

    2) Finish 2nd playthrough of Bioshock Infinite, maybe.

    3) Actually try and finish Batman Arkham Asylum. It's one of those games I get stuck on and go play something else and therefore never finish.

    On a more recent note:

    I liked the leak they did for Far Cry 4. I thought it was going to be interesting until the last minute or so revealed that it was going to be same old same old. Similarly Assassin's Creed Unity shook my resolve about not getting a next gen console. This was before it was made clear that women and minorities only get to be PCs in Hand held secondary spinoffs and DLC. Was looking forward to what was essentially Le Mis and the Three Musketeers mashed together.

    On the upside craving the new Tomb Raider like you wouldn't believe. If they put a bit more work in to solve the few issues they had with the plot of the the last one they will own me for the rest of my days (Also bring back swimming).
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2014
     (11312.99)
    It's weird, because it is fun to play (very hard to make a GTA clone that isn't fun to be honest). It takes very few risks.

    The story and characters really rub me up the wrong way, but I'll admit that that aspect of any game is going to be the most subjective element.

    If you're getting it cheap, it'll keep you entertained for sure. Just be aware you'll want to strangle the lead character by the end of it :)

    Hmm, where am I at?

    1) I really need to finish Child of Light, but despite the great visuals and music it really hasn't held my attention.
    2) I have Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright sitting here untouched. I hadn't even realised that it wasn't out in the US yet so feel a little guilty now.
    3) Likewise I picked up Catherine a LONG time back and haven't even booted that up.

    Bah, who am I kidding? It's going to be Hearthstone and Titanfall in between the world cup games for the rest of the month...
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    So that Meteos clone I'm making because D.J. brainwormed me with the idea now has a PC alpha build that you can download and play and tell me how much it sucks (or doesn't).

    [edit]Also, warning: The music is at a significantly lower volume than the other sound effects. DO NOT TURN YOUR VOLUME WAY UP TO HEAR IT.