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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2011
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    @Darkest

    How is Brink? I saw an ad for it a while back and thought it looked interesting. What are your thoughts?
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    Picked up Mass Effect 2 a couple of weeks ago and WHERE THE FUCK HAS IT BEEN ALL MY LIFE? Somehow the first never got on my radar and I only picked up 2 on a tip from a buddy. Got for $18 used but would gladly have payed $59.99. Now very much anticipating the third. Better firefight (and squad interplay) experience as a third-person action-rpg than most of the well known FPSs out there imo.
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2011
     (9897.43)
    @RenThing

    I like it quite a bit. I especially enjoy the emphasis on team work rather than the Halos and the CoDs of the world. Being able to help your team mates to achieve objectives is a real rush. The only problem I have with it at the moment is that the single player AI isn't as good as I would like it to be and the enemy tends to get really irritating when they block certain choke points. But fortunately all the missions are available from the start. Unfortunately I haven't been able to play much multi-player yet but since that's what it was made for it should be quite impressive.

    Mass Effect 3 lets you customize your guns again. Yes!
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2011
     (9897.44)
    @Darkest

    The AI is pretty mindless, but really you want to be playing multiplayer. The game has some questionable design decisions, but on the whole it's fun, just really vanilla.
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      CommentAuthorAgentCoop
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2011 edited
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    I let my WoW account lapse for now, but I'm sure I'll return to it eventually. Right now I'm playing L.A. Noire, which is amazing (if you're not playing in Black & White Mode, you're not getting the full effect). I just moved up to the Homicide desk, so I expect the cases to get even more interesting. Wish PSN would get itself sorted out and get the store back online so I can redeem the DLC codes I got when I bought the thing.

    Also catching up on some old stuff (I only got my PS3 recently): Grand Theft Auto IV, Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. All are awesome in their own way and I'm enjoying them immensely.
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    AgentCoop- might I recommend Demon's Souls? You can hate me for it later. :)
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2011
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    ...Someone is redoing X-Com with the same look and feel.

    I cannot express how much this makes me happy.
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      CommentAuthorAgentCoop
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2011
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    @James Cunningham - Never heard of it, but a quick google has me intrigued. Looks pretty impressive.
    • CommentAuthorriotmedic
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2011
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    Radiant Historia is really good. I didn't expect to get hooked on it, but I am like a gutted fish now.

    Also, 999: 9 People, 9 Hours, 9 Doors was amazing but I think it's a year old now. Both DS games. I don't got any of them newfangled TV consoles, not with my time constraints.
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    @DJ Stawes @Darkest
    Regarding Brink:
    I don't find the AI as bad as a lot of people make it out to be. Sometimes they do the usual AI sort of thing and don't really do much of any consequence, and then other times they come together as a team and you get served.
    And if the AI is blocking a choke point when they're on defense I would consider that to be good AI...
    My only real complaint when I'm playing 'single player' is that the ally bots can get distracted fighting over the control points leaving me as the only one trying to go for the actual objective.

    Other thoughts:
    - On Hard the AI is really fucking accurate. A Heavy with a heavy machine gun is no match for them.
    - Playing with real people is awesome. A big part of this comes to the experience of the game developers - your avatars talk to each other so efficiently that you don't even need to talk about what you should be doing. When I play with friends we just talk shit and make jokes whilst working as a team, and when I play with strangers I don't have my mic on, they don't have theirs, and we can still pull together as a team because of the computer chat.
    - The objective wheel is awesome. I tried playing the trial of Section 8: Prejudice and the voice over was telling me to go capture this, repair that, etcetera, but I had no idea where I was meant to be going. Splash Damage have had so much experience making these sorts of class-based, team-based, objective-oriented shooters that they've got it down to a fine art with Brink.
    - I really love the world & character design. It has such a strong visual style.

    If anyone is playing on XBL my gamertag is TailSwallower. Bonus points if you're in or near Australia so we don't have to worry about lag, though I've played with friends from Ireland and Canada and it hasn't been too bad (and they should be releasing a patch that fixes most of the lag issues any day now).
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    Over the Royal-weekend-bankholiday-booked-holiday-week I thought I'd maybe give this "Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood" a quick go. Did nothing else for nine days.
    Also recent: Portal 2, which indeed is as good as everyone else says it is. Wasn't too sure about casting Stephen Merchant in it, but he turned out to be spot on for the job after all.
    Have been playing Army of Two (and sequel) with the lady this weekend, and it's far, far less shite than I'd been led to expect. The first one is kind of wonky but really drives home the use of its weird game mechanics (whereby the more you fire, the more you drag enemy interest your way, until you glow red and your buddy turns almost invisible) whereas the second is far crisper and better made, but has also smoothed things out so you can play it a lot like any other cover shooter.
    Besides that, the ever present attempts to regain SC2 skill, having switched to Terran. I'm now the king of hellion drop into banshee vs Protoss (in gold league at least) and can't play for shit versus anyone else.

    Flabyo: I'm so glad you mentioned the British YDKJ - I'd noticed ads for XBox YDKJ and was this close (' ') to getting them, not realising they wouldn't be like the PC one I know and love.

    ETA: SC2, anyone wanting to practice versus a somewhat shaky Terran in EU - I'm PaperSnake.327
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2011
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    I don't buy a lot of games. I'm still playing through Fallout: New Vegas more than anything, just to level high enough to feel comfortable trying Dead Money. What little I've played has made me want to throw my controller, and I've never had that in Fallout before. I'm hoping Honest Hearts will be a little more forgiving.
    The fella and I finished co-op mode in Portal 2 long ago, and I've made it to the boss fight in single player, but for some reason, I haven't picked it back up since then.
    Ooh, and I am so happy to see YBKJ mentioned. I played the hell out of the computer games as a kid. I did download the 360 demo, but the fella started getting mad about me answering questions reeeeeally fast and it ended up w/ him yelling a lot during Jack Attack about how he was the only one there who didn't know what the fuck was going on. So I can't see me getting that game, unless I start paying for XBL.
    Now I want to play the British version.
    I'd love to give Brink a spin, but I don't know about spending money on it yet. Seems like another one of those games I wouldn't get a lot out of w/out online play.

    (An aside- it took me five minutes to figure out what SC2 meant. You can tell what kind of games I don't play.)
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2011
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    I do find that the Grenade Launcher usually helps with groups, also a turret.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2011
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    I've been playing this wonderful gem lately on SCUMMV.
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    I'm wondering what other Whitechapelians who play Call of Duty think of Call of Duty: Elite? Rock, Paper, Shotgun has a pretty good rundown of it.

    What bugs me is that while I can (sort of) look at this and go "Hm, poor show Activision" there's another part of me that that's going "I really want to try this" That's the part of me that signed up to the beta, so yeah.

    I suppose what I'd like to know is if anyone here would be up to paying extra for some online features that, at the moment, don't appear to break the game. (I particularly like the view of maps, which show you where you've died the most)? I've never played an MMO long enough to actually pay the subscription fee, and since the Playstation Network lets play for free anyway, I don't know how to take it really.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2011
     (9897.56)
    @Jamie Heron

    My bar is set considerably higher for subscription games that it is for single-purchase games for the sole reason that with a subscription game, I A) can't continue playing if I don't pay up and B) I then essentially "lose" all progress at that point. So, in order to make it worth it for me to shell out the $40-60 US (or more if it's a special collector's version, which I've bought), I need to be getting a quality game. I have played, owned, and like Call of Duty but this latest move by Activision, and then the bullshit psychology of naming it "Elite"? Yeah, I'll pass for paying extra every month to get cursed out by children whose testicles haven't even dropped yet when they headshot me.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2011
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    The most interesting thing about Elite as far as I can tell is that they're basically charging for something that Halo players get for free...

    We'll see if the market wants to sustain it or not, which is why I see this more as Activision testing the waters. They *really* want to go for a full paygate for online play, they've said as much in past interviews. I remember them complaining that they don't get a 'cut' of the money MS make from Xbox Live Gold subscriptions. Their argument being that 'hey, we're providing the content here, we should get some of that lovely subscription fee'.

    It's an experiment, and the internet backlash is already swelling.

    Activision are in a rough place despite making serious money in the last year. World of Warcraft seems to be just at the beginning of what will be a fairly long tail off, I think it's growth years are over now. They've basically killed Guitar Hero by oversaturating, and they managed to damage their Tony Hawk IP so badly it'll never recover. CoD is their main cash cow, they have to tread very carefully with it, or their fall could be swift and merciless.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2011
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    I spend a lot of time telling my friends about why Call of Duty is so awful. Thanks, Activision, for doing the work for me.
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    Watching Activision's long, slow decline should be pretty entertaining. I don't like their business practices at all, primarily because they not so much a game company as they are a company that just happens to be making its money in the games industry. I'm sure there's tons of people who work for Activision who care about games, but not one of them seems to have anything to do with the company's overall direction.

    Also, the company seems incapable of adapting. What they're doing to their franchises was obvious to anyone paying attention. Oversaturation combined with mediocre sequels may be nice for the short term, for the 2-3 games before the public gets bored and wanders off, but it's just not going to work in the long run. Worse, Activision doesn't seem to have any long-run strategies outside of having Blizzard endlessly retread Diablo, Warcraft, and Starcraft.

    I'll admit I'm not Activision's market by any stretch of the imagination. I like new and different, or at the very least new and different within the context of my favorite genres. Activision is only interested in AAA blockbuster generica, with no interest in any kind of experimentation. I think the gaming industry would be better off without them.
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2011
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    Just got done reading an article on the Tomb Raider re-boot, as a long time fan of the series I'm kind of looking forward to it. Thoughts?

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