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Ben's Week In Review: November 1

Halloween? Eh. Saturday night. Same diff.

Bayonetta: The first "AAA" game of 2010?

We all know that 2010 will be home to the likes of God of War III, Final Fantasy XIII, Gran Turismo 5 and many more, but Sega's slash-'em-up lands on the 5th of January and based on the critical reception from Japan, this could very well be the best straight-up action game of the generation so far (for the record, I put titles like Uncharted 2: Among Theives and Gears of War 2 in other categories). I know a lot of you aren't that into the idea of Bayonetta and I'm not crazy about the fact that the PS3 version will be a port, but I would strongly suggest you check it out regardless. Some of you may have already played the demo and that was enough to confirm your purchase decision, but if you don't have a Japanese account, you might still be on the fence. After all, the first quarter of next year is downright loaded with games that boast plenty of potential and Christmas is always harmful to a wallet's health. But don't balk at the challenge within (Platinum Games says it's pretty steep) and don't think this game is just about a hot heroine.

Really, the latter is one of my biggest pet peeves in regards to gamers. The "righteous" have this bizarre thought in their head that if there's a hot chick as a main character, that must mean the rest of the game automatically sucks. You know, because obviously, the developers only care about one thing, and that "one thing" is completely unrelated to the gameplay. ...yeah, right. That's just too absurd to address, really.

I love me some demos

Not surprisingly, a recent study said many consumers take demos into account before deciding to buy a game, and I'm definitely one of them. How many times in the past have we stared down at a game that didn't fulfill our expectations, and we stand there, all disappointed, saying- "damn, I wish I could've played it before I bought it." Well, that sort of space-age technology didn't exist back then and now that it does, I'm all sorts of happy. I just love the idea. I would say it's a 100% positive thing, but we all know that some demos really aren't indicative of the final experience, and others are a little misleading. Take the Brutal Legend demo, for instance...you play through the introduction/tutorial section and it plays like a standard action title with the recognizable Schafer flair. Based on that demo, I bought the game. But the demo didn't include all the RTS elements and the free-roaming GTA-esque style (which I didn't like for this game), and that annoys me. Although I am a big metal fan and I normally love Scafer's stuff, these gameplay elements just didn't resonate with me.

So yeah, that's one instance where a demo failed me, and in the past, other demos were nowhere near as good as the final product. But I think they're getting better and these days, a demo is a pretty good example of what you'll see when (or if) you buy the game. It's great, for the most part.

Personal gaming update

Well, I haven't had time to go back through Uncharted 2: Among Thieves but I have played some of my favorite chapters again. It's just so amazing; I can't get over it. I'm also getting back into Shatter a little bit, just because it's a fantastic way to pass the time, and I continue to work my way through Trine. Oh, and I downloaded the PS1 classic Oddworld (lost my original copy), and I kinda forgot how tough it was to rescue all 99 Mudokens. But it's still wonderfully designed and very unique. I do plan on picking up Dragon Age: Origins this week for the Xbox 360; Arnold and I both agree it'll more than likely be the best version. However, he did say the PS3 version is just fine so you won't feel shortchanged if you only own a PS3...but hey, the 360 version just might be a bit smoother. I haven't played through an awesome RPG in quite some time, either. Although Demon's Souls is stellar, it just didn't do it for me.

I'd also like to add one final note to this whole Borderlands snafu. I really don't want to sound as if I'm whining, but the reason Arnold and I reacted the way we did is because it seems many posters are confused. They must think we do this for our health, or something. Look- believe it or not, we write every last review for you. Only very rarely is it crazy good fun for me to write a review; most of the time, it feels like the work it really is. We're trying to help with major purchase decisions; it's why we do reviews. I think the vast majority of our normal posters understand that, but we had way too many disrespectful pricks with giant superiority complexes sign up just to insult us and bash the reviews. I know every gamer on earth thinks they can review games. I realize that. But some of you really embarrassed yourselves.

That being said, just understand we do acknowledge feedback. If we didn't, we'd never reply to the comments. Prior to Borderlands, I never really saw anyone have a problem with our reviews, so I consider that to be a good thing. :)

10/31/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (105 posts)

MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 11:12:56 PM
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Hey, expect more criticism coming your way regarding your reviews. I am the new watch dog around here. And don't even think of giving GT5 a bad review, or I'll b*tch slap you!

All kidding aside, great website, very in depth reviews. It is very appreciated, at least it helps me with my purchases. Since I can't play games at work, at least I can read about them...

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 11:15:06 PM

Oh, and quick rant on my part, I am getting sick and tired of answering the door for trick or treaters only to find a couple of 15 or 16 year olds with a pillow cover looking to score some sweets.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 11:16:35 PM

If GT5 gets everything right there's no way this game can get anything but a 10

Heck, even if they don't get damage right it still deserves a 10. Lack of damage has never made GT any less of a game

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 11:24:34 PM

Well, glad it helps.

And why do you think I took OFF between the hours of 4 and 9 p.m. around here? ;)

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kevinater321
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 9:36:10 AM

haha i am one of those 15 year old trick or treaters xD. Unfortionatly you don't get nearly as much candy (N)

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Scarecrow
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 11:15:09 PM
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Meh, if gamers didn't give Nariko that much of a chance I don't see how they'll give Bayonetta a chance.

Personally I won't buy this game, specially when it's just a damn port of that inferior console

Have a lot of games to hold me over 'till February, playing: Infamous, Uncharted 2, Demon's Soul, Resident Evil 5, among others
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Can't wait to get Ratchet and Clank: Crack in Time, I seriously wanna get a hold of that

Personally I'm also dieing to see more of Super Street Fighter IV

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johnld
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:46:07 AM

i like nariko and heavenly sword but to me, the length of the game wasnt enough to buy it, so i just rented it.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:49:09 AM

Length? It took me longer to beat Heavenly Sword than it took me to beat either of the Uncharteds.

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Wage SLAVES
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 5:27:29 AM

Speaking of Heavenly Sword, its a shame we aren't gonna be seeing Nariko any time soon.

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Imagi
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 7:42:25 AM

I would love to see another Heavenly Sword, I did think the first one was short lived. But a second version with an updated (smoother) engine would only be a good thing.

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KilloWertz
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 12:20:29 PM

I'm with Ben on this one. It took me longer to beat Heavenly Sword than it did to beat Uncharted 2 (don't remember how long it took me for the first one). It was a good game (obviously from my avatar) that people ignored and I hope Bayonetta doesn't suffer the same fate. I understand people's feelings towards it in regards to it being ported. I really do, but it still looks like it could be pretty good.

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johnld
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 11:57:22 PM

dont get me wrong, i loved the game. but it was just a different time back then. had no idea which games were good. all i heard was that the game was good but short. I believe i beat the game a few hours after i rented it.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, November 02, 2009 @ 12:23:18 AM

I'm sorry john, but that's essentially impossible, unless by a "few hours" you mean like 8, and that'd be a bare minimum in my estimation.

I mean, that still might not be long enough to warrant a $60 purchase, which I understand (to some extent), but I think the idea that Heavenly Sword was "short" got blown WAY out of proportion. Pretty sure it took me like 14 hours to finish, even though I took my time and tried to do everything there was to do.

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oldmike
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 11:21:52 PM
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1 am geting dragon age on the PS3 in part i love my PS3
and to show them "yes make games for the PS3 ppl will buy them"
fact is the only 360 game i am geting is ME2

as for Borderlands on G4 feedback show they also had
a fanboy attack about it mite just be that kind of game

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LegendaryWolfeh
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 11:47:17 PM
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Lol, say that to DOA: Extreme 2

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Bugzbunny109
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 11:53:05 PM
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Ben, what bands do you listening to?

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Jian2069
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 12:52:37 AM

what bands listen to ben does?

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Aftab
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:48:03 AM

Makes no sleep anyone like Yoda type, truly.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:56:57 AM

Er...off-topic. I'm a metal fan, of course, but I listen to other types of rock, too. Don't really want to derail the Comments section for this Week in Review for a music discussion, though.

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Jian2069
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:00:09 AM

Ben likes metal? :O

epic win
its also weird that i discover this after watching live pantera for the last hour

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Wage SLAVES
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 5:33:01 AM

Yeah Ben, ya might wanna refrain. I got bashed for thinking a band is pretty good. I'll try to think with the wisdom of Benny D next time I talk music...

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www
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 7:55:01 AM

Does what bands listening to Ben! Lol

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Jian2069
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 2:43:37 PM

im in a band and i listen to mostly everything ben says

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Oxvial
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 11:55:23 PM
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Dragon Age Origins on XBOX 360 can go to hell...I'm going to play that on my pc.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 12:06:04 AM
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Bayonetta isn't even on my radar, Demons Souls is sweet and all but can I please get past the first level at some point?

I watched some gameplay of DA: origins and wow did it look sloppy. You have to run up to the enemy, press pause, select all your shiznit you need to fight them, then get back into the action and if you picked a bad scheme you gotta pause again... But I won't judge it too soon, I'll be watching for a review. Are you guys gonna review it?

Happy Hallows everyone, may your pumpkins be smashed by morning. :)

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Oxvial
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 12:42:01 AM

that's because its the spiritual successor of Baldurs Gate and in that game that was the same gameplay...isn't has bad like you think but that type of gameplay doesn't fit consoles.

still I heard there's other modes of play kinda Kingdom Hearts.

happy Halloween World =).



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Geobaldi
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:33:13 AM

Pausing is optional. You can play the whole game in real-time if you like but pausing it and issuing orders that way makes it so much easier when you have large groups of enemies attacking you. It worked wonderfully in the Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale series.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:54:05 AM

Of course we'll be reviewing it. When's the last time we didn't review a big game like Dragon Age? Arnold got it this past week so expect a review this week some time.

And I don't know much of anything about the game just yet, but I don't mind the pause idea. Like Geobaldi said, you did this in the Forgotten Realms RPGs, and Origins is supposed to be the "spiritual successor to Baldurs Gate," so...

I just wonder if it plays more like Fable or more like a traditional RPG (or maybe a hybrid of some kind). I know it's too much to ask for my beloved turn-based mechanic to return, so I just have to take what I can get.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 2:17:39 AM

I dunno dude, sometimes multiplat reviews kind of fade into the woodwork. But I'm looking forward to reading it. If it's total badass and I still can't get anywhere with Demon's Souls I'll have a go at it.

And keep the faith on Turn based re-"turning" for Suikoden VI ;)

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Kevadu
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:54:06 PM

For what it's worth, PC Gamer has reviewed Dragon Age (the PC version, obviously) and called it the "RPG of the decade".

I am concerned as to how the PS3 version will stack up, but I still have it preordered.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 8:09:06 PM

Kevadu: Of course they called it "the RPG of the decade." The PC fans need something to desperately latch onto these days.

World: No, third-party or first-party doesn't matter to us; it's only the profile level of the game. If it's a big one, we'll try to review it just as quickly as anything else.

And I'm sorry, but I have little faith that even if there IS a Suikoden VI, it'll be turn-based. I just know my beloved mechanic is dead forever. :(

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Kevadu
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 9:42:58 PM

Not sure what you mean by that, Ben. Oblivion, Mass Effect, Fallout 3, Borderlands, etc. are all available for (and arguably better on) the PC. Not to mention a total glut of MMORPGs. Why would PC fans 'desperately latch on to' Dragon Age?

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oldmike
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 9:48:42 PM

other then MMOs PC have been getting less and less games
Mass Effect had more bugs on the PC and Borderlands
is NOT a RPG

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 10:05:44 PM

It's not about the fact that it's an RPG. It's that PC games are on the decline and anything considered to be a "spiritual successor to Baldurs Gate" absolutely "must" be "the best RPG" available because...well, it's obvious to me.

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Kevadu
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 10:55:52 PM

Well, Baldur's Gate was pretty awesome ;) Actually, the first one had its flaws (large but rather empty world, slow plot progression, and rather punishing difficulty curve to name a few), however Baldur's Gate II retained the core concepts while fixing almost all the issues I had with the first one. It felt much more refined and better executed overall and is easily on my top 10 games of all time list.

Obviously PC gaming isn't what it used to be. I hardly game on the PC at all anymore myself (Though that's in large part due to giving up on Windows. I only run Linux now). But a good game is a good game and the Baldur's Gate series deserves its props.

What does this all have to do with Dragon Age? Nothing, really, except that it's a game made by the same people in the same style. That is enough to pique my interest, but it doesn't guarantee that the game is going to be good. But all of the review scores that are out so far (which admittedly there aren't very many of yet) are quire positive. You don't need to conjure up conspiracies of PC nostalgia to explain it.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, November 02, 2009 @ 12:25:24 AM

I think you're misunderstanding me. This isn't a commentary on Dragon Age; Arnold tells me it's good and I plan on buying it this weekend (if you hadn't noticed in my article up there). ;)

And it's not a commentary on Baldurs Gate, either. I'm just making a comment in regards to PC fans who, in my estimation, would be biased towards Origins for obvious reasons. For my part, I loved BGII and Icewindale; played those with friends a whole LOT in college.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 4:44:36 AM

And so far the PC version of Dragon Age has received higher scores than the console version.

It's a fantastic RPG. I'm enjoying my PC copy. Still too early to say if it will surpass Baldur's Gates' greatness or not.

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Snaaaake
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 12:31:39 AM
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I only have one word for Bayonneta, UGLY!!
She doesn't make the top 5 prettiest video game chick EVEN IN THIS GEN. A bad design indeed.
I know who's on your mind Ben........it starts with a C......

By the way,any news on when the next Blazblue coming out?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:51:09 AM

That's a question for Arnold.

And I think Bayonetta is plenty pretty. Of course, you are correct...Chloe is #1. ;)

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Banky A
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:58:37 AM

What?
Bayonetta looks great to me ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 2:22:34 AM

She's alright, but when I go for Goth chicks they have a cooler style. Something is up with her character design I'm not keen on, if we ever get a demo in US I'll certainly try it, there's just so much to fill up the hours right now. Even though I'm not sure about the game yet, I still get bothered by the fact that the TV ad refuses to acknowledge there's a PS3 version.

That's right, I'm too lazy to set up a Japanese account.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 @ 4:07:22 AM

Well, I for one, think she's super-badassery hot!

(And she could jump on the back of my Harley any ole time, LOL)!

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Hexen
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 12:33:57 AM
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I think you guys usually have problems with posters when your scores are posted at Metacritic.I assume some gamers looked at all the scores and saw you guys gave Borderlands one of the lowest scores from all sites so they came and made you paid for it.I bet it happens to every site that gives a big game a less then stellar score.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:50:31 AM

All our reviews are taken up by Metacritic and GameRankings.

But yeah, the Xbox 360/PC fanboys especially are annoyed when something like Borderlands can't stand up to a PS3 exclusive like Uncharted 2.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 2:23:41 AM

I'd give you more than 1 thumbs up there Ben if I could.

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TGG
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 3:55:40 AM

You really gotta read the review to get a feel for a game. Scores are kind of pointless really. I don't think Metacritic really matters. It's all about weighing what you like. What a reviewer might hate about a game you might like. Linearity and story tend to be pretty divisive, for example.

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 11:15:21 AM

Dude I can just see it, in the commercial for Borderlands there showing all the reviews fading in and out, one shows IGN 9 out of 10, "So many weapons"/ Gamespot 10 out of 10, "Great online"/PSXExtreme 8.2 out of 10,.....Wow wow wow, cut cut, what's this whole deal with a 8.2? O yeah, the game sucked. Alright move on to the Uncharted commercial. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, 24 perfect scores, thats better.

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Fane1024
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 4:44:13 PM

I like numerical scores for one reason: the best way to get a feel for whether you should buy a game or not (aside perhaps from playing a demo) is to read the most positive review, the most negative review, and (at least) one review from somewhere in the middle (prefereably from someone whose tastes are similar to your own). Then, you can get a good idea of which aspects of the game might please you and which might displease you.

Which is why I for one thanked Arnold for providing a contrasting view on Borderlands.



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therabbitkinge
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 12:35:49 AM
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Can't wait to get my hands on some of the supposed upgardes for some current fighters in 2010 like BlazBlue :continuum shift and Super Street Fighter 4 ^u^

@Ben: I hear you about Bayonetta im not exactly sure why all my compatriots think its gonna be focused entirely on T&A just because the hero is a woman I've been dying to play it because it falls into some deep action that I really wanna delve into but I guess its just another case of trying to explain my hobby to the ignorant masses T^T

@Scarecrow: if you've already invited me on psn for a challenge I apologize for not responding T^T sacrificed my cable bill for games T^T and if not my psn is :TheRabbitKingE: ^_^

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johnld
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:49:56 AM

hahaha, i bet the fact that she is covered in her own hair and it disappears when she does a big attack doesnt help the T&A angle.

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LowKey
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 12:53:51 AM
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Wallets need thier own ER wing at christmas time. But seriously, Bayonetta looks pretty decent, the demo was well presented, the game play mechanics are fantastic. So don't hate her cause shes beautiful, ok? lolies.

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therabbitkinge
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:04:06 AM
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@Lowkey: im in f*cking love with that avatar image you've got! Mind telling me where its from? Im a artist by nature and I love bold sketchy work like that ^_^ oh and I'd love to know what it says T^T I only visit this site fom my cell so its to damned smalled to read T^T (thanks in advance for any response)

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LowKey
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 8:32:47 AM

Its from a comic book called Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, by Jonen Vasquez. It says "WELL FU** YOU MR BEAR!!! YOU SPEAK LIES!!! LIIIIES!!! He also did Invader Zim. ^_^

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SnipeySnake
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:53:37 AM
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Bayonetta is something i really have to get. I mean look at the demo. Its freaken epic. I love fast-pased action games that have long and a huge selection combos in them. This generation really is missing those.

Wait...so brutal legend isn't a action game? Yeah the demo miss led me...(im being 100% seriously =P)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:54:54 AM

It's like GTA with some action elements, certainly, but many of the game's biggest battles are basically RTS-related. Hated that.

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Banky A
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:15:14 AM
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Demos do rock.

2 Ratchet & Clank demos, DBZ: Raging Blast, Critter Crunch, Trine and the God of War III E3 demo all in a 2 week period.

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LowKey
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 8:39:34 AM

Dont get me started on raging blast!! It was a waste of bandwidth, what kind of idiots release a demo like that and dont tell you how to charge up? also the controls are all effed up. all in all it was horrible

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frylock25
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 9:49:48 AM

i have to agree lowkey, that was probably the worst demo i have played through. made me even less interested in the actual game and i love dbz. i am done buying activisons milked games.

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Banky A
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 9:51:55 PM

Well I loved it. That's 1 win for me ^_^

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SnipeySnake
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 11:13:20 PM

Same, i just wish they made it 2 players.

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___________
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:58:04 AM
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just finished playing the GOW3 demo.
now if you will excuse me i need to go change.

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Qubex
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 3:43:56 AM

Lol, was it that good?

Q!

"i am home"

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LegendaryWolfeh
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 4:54:19 AM

They might as well start charging for it =P lol

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___________
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 7:02:51 AM

i did pay for it, 20 bucks and it was worth every cent.
curse you ebay, your becoming a black hole in my wallet.
only complaint, i wish you could move the camera, some times i would be fighting enemies and i cant see where i am because the camera is focused somewhere else.

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LowKey
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 8:44:20 AM

LMAO, is it that good? are you kidding? allow me to answer your question with a question "does a bear s*** in the woods?"

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LowKey
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 11:20:15 AM

I think thats what makes the game what it is. Camera control is overrated. I like using the RAS to roll, it makes me feel like its worth it. You know, using evey button on the controller. For that type of game anyway.

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Banky A
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 9:53:00 PM

What do you mean you payed $20 for it???

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___________
Monday, November 02, 2009 @ 6:14:20 AM

bought it of ebay, if i was to wait for sony to send me a code.
well it would be a long boring life.

and yes a bear does sh*t in the woods, as long as it does not wipe later with a rabbit.
Eddie Murphy thank you!
yes, it was that good.
actually lets make a contest, buy this time next week, lets see who can get the highest combo in the demo.
my highest so far is 156, not bad considering i have not played GOW since GOW2s release.

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TGG
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 3:48:46 AM
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"The "righteous" have this bizarre thought in their head that if there's a hot chick as a main character, that must mean the rest of the game automatically sucks."

I dunno, I think some people have it in their heads that developers are compensating for bad gameplay by adding fanservice. It seems like some would do this, but for the life of me I can't really think of any example where this has been true. Other than Onechanbanara Bikini Squad (Guess what that's about?).

I don't really trust Famitsu all that much since they've kind of lost some credibility in my eyes, but nevertheless I'll be looking at Bayonetta when it comes out.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 8:12:01 PM

That's exactly my point. People think they're adding T&A to make up for poor gameplay, but since when has this EVER happened? It's just not what this industry is about.

And I think I saw that Xbox game at GameStop last year. I was like, "WTF is THAT?" LOL

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Mornelithe
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 4:07:46 AM
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Agree Ben, assuming a game sucks simply because of the main chars gender is a bit stupid. However, I'm not getting Bayonetta, because of the port issue. Good or not, not rewarding a developer that puts more effort into one version than the other.

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Zorigo
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 5:01:48 AM
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As for demos, they're good bu heavily unrealistic at times. Mirror's edge demo was awesome, but it didn't reveal how short the game was, how uninteresting the story was and how damn hard the timed stuff was. I loved the game because of its innovation alone. if they fix that stuff, then i'll be happy.

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Vivi_Gamer
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 6:49:48 AM
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I dunno about any of you but for me this weeks all been about Tekken 6, Finally released 2 days ago. It took a while to get into it, but its certainly grown on me. probaly the best since Tekken 3.

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Mornelithe
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 7:27:22 AM

Tekken 6 & Demons Souls for me. Had the unfortunate situation of having Demons Souls, Tekken 6, and the new Wheel of Time book show up on my doorstep w/in 3 days of each other. Knocked WoT out, conquered Tekken 6 Force w/ Paul, now onto additional characters.

Yeesh, so much to do! So little time to do it in!!!

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www
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 7:56:53 AM

Ultima I was hoping you'll be satisfied with Tekken 6, you been bashing all the PS2 Tekkens, I should have mine next week.

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Mornelithe
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 11:05:21 AM

WWW - You won't be disappointed, ultimately, it is a vast improvement over 5, new moves, new chars w/ depth the usual improvements you'd imagine. Tekken Force is longer, and I'll leave the detail at that. I have a few complaints, the targetting system being the biggest. But, beyond that, yes, I love this game quite a bit.

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www
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 12:03:59 PM

Good to know, I've been hearing good things thus far though the Metacritic Overall is around 83-86, its still a good look, I expected maybe 88-92 but all the same I pick Tekken over Street Fighter IV anyday.

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tes37
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 12:58:33 PM

Tekken 6 is a definite improvement and worth buying in my opinion. I agree with Mornelithe about the target system. I don't think they should have put it in.

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Hexen
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 1:17:11 PM

Yeah you should definitely check out Tekken 5.5.
My mistake; is hard to call it six when it resembles five more.

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Byakko2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 2:57:00 PM

Lol Hexen you have zero clue what you're talking about. Tekken 5 is WAY different than Tekken 6. In fact, there are still people who play Tekken 5 DR online even with Tekken 6 released. Myself though, I'm just disappointed with one thing: ONLINE PLAY!

They totally went backwards from Tekken 5 DRO. I can see where they tried to make improvements. For instance, the overall game runs smooth online without stutters, but it seems the input is lagging horribly making online play virtually pointless. I'm still playing the hell out of it regardless, but I entered this tourney on GGL.com and it's going to be one big joke unless Namco patches the network play.

Yeah, I want to blame the Xbox. Why? Simple logic tells me that if Namco could have focused entirely on one version, such a problem would not exist. That and the arcade hardware (from which the game was ported) was heavily based on PS3 hardware, giving the clear advantage to PS3 in the porting process. Like I said though, it runs and looks smooth, it's just the input lag that's horrible. I even ran a test against Tekken 5 DRO playing both games on 2 PS3's with my bro in the same room. Result? Tekken 5 DRO played perfect as if it were offline. Tekken 6 ran fine except there was still some input lag, making timing and such very difficult. So whatever Namco has done to Tekken 6 with their new netcode, they need to fix it fast. Tourney is tomorrow, and I'll be damned if I have to use lag tactics to beat everyone.

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Sir Shak
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 7:38:09 AM
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Uncharted 2 is amazing , I am on chapter 23 and it just keeps getting better .

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kevinater321
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 9:38:03 AM

i'm on the same chapter on crushing, it's like impossible!

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Imagi
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 7:48:36 AM
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There should be a refund option for PSN titles with no demo. Amount of times I have bought a game only to know within the first minute, that it was not what I was expecting or will enjoy. Anyway it has hurt Sony now, as I only buy PSN titles after reading trusted reviews or I know exactly what I am getting, if neither of those criteria are met I have to pass on it. :(

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www
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 7:59:40 AM
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I'm not really checking for Bayonetta, Demon Souls and all those gothic stuff right now, I'm waiting on my Tekken 6 and MW2.

Oh yea and I'm downloading the GOW III Demo courtesy of Sony sending me a code, I don't have to buy the GOW Collection or District 9 or whatever ;)

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JackC8
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 8:34:27 AM
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One problem with demo's is that they can A) Put you into the middle of the game, which gives you a better idea of the overall gameplay, but you're unfamiliar with the controls and it makes the game seem like a real pain in the butt, or B) put you in the beginning of the game, where it's easier, but not terribly representative of the whole thing.

As far as your Borderlands reviews, I thought they were very honest and informative.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 8:13:38 PM

Well, thanks. :)

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frylock25
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 9:26:55 AM
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right now i am bouncing between uncharted 2 and brutal legend. the rts is brutal legend threw me off at first but i dont mind it. being that i dont have a single game that has this type of game play in it, this is kind of new for me.

not really interested in borderlands, i have enough to play and not really feelin it on that game.

in the past month i have picked up batman, uncharted 2, brutal legend, ultimate alliance 2, ratchet and clank future: acit and ICO (borrowed that one).

so i know there is the GOD of War collection comin out and not interested in MW2. what else is comin out through the end of the year?

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kevinater321
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 9:36:55 AM

AC2 if your interested in that sort of game.

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frylock25
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 9:45:58 AM

yeah i forgot about that one, looks really good. i think i will try to preorder the limited edition of that one.

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Alienange
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 9:38:30 AM
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Whenever a game gives you the choice, I usually pick the hot babe. It was one of the things that was nasty about Fallout 3. You could choose a girl but they were all hideous. I had to hurry up and get a helmet on her. Dragon Age looks fantastic and I'll be doing my first run through as a hot babe.

But games like Bayonetta? Have you seen the cover art? A hot chick flashing her ass? Oh no, that's a serious action game right there. A Japanese developer focusing on the 360? Another strike. Like Brutal Legend, I just won't give it a second look.

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Victor321
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 9:47:53 AM
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My Week In Review is simple :):

I celebrated my birthday, got Uncharted 2: Among Theives, Ratchet And Clank: A Crack In Time, borrowed Halo 3:ODST, and lastly, got DMC4 for 360.

It's great to own all the systemd (didn't receive anything for the Wii, therefore it wasn't mentioned.

^__^

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frylock25
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 9:50:48 AM

im sorry to hear you caught the halo std

:)

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Scarecrow
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 12:00:30 PM

Even if borrowed.....



It still stays with you

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Banky A
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 9:49:50 PM

Haha.

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oldmike
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 9:56:50 PM

frylock i LOLed

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Victor321
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 10:33:15 PM

Um, in terms of gaming preferences, I'm kind of the same as Ben here; Great Games are played, regardless of what system. It's all about the software right?

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therabbitkinge
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 10:58:14 AM
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If people aren't feeling Bayonetta I wonder what's gonna happen when that game Nier comes out, isn't the main character a hermaphrodite? Lol guess we'll just have to wait and see on that one ^_^

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Snaaaake
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 11:10:32 AM
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Forget Bayonneta, what I really want is GOWIII, I really like to play GOWIII in front of my mom and especially the part where Kratos 'unplugged' Helios, I watched the trailer and wow was I amazed.

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Cavan
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 12:00:09 PM
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sorry i know this is off topic, but wasnt the playstation video store meant to open to for europe? am sure they said 1st of november at E3? anybody know?

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Kangasfwa
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 12:01:10 PM
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"I love me some demos." I love me some GameFly.

I'll be getting Darksiders instead of Bayonetta. I don't care for 'sadistically hard' action games or those that require tedious memorization of combos. Ninja Gaiden Sigma is both of these to an extent but NG is not a complete self-aware, self-parody cheesefest.

Darksiders has been compared to God of War, signaling excellent, fluid combat. Vigil Games has said their game is inspired by Zelda, signaling epic, fun environments and exploration. Darksiders is set in my favorite genre and based on numerous previews the game is sounding like it will be one of the best games this generation.

It's nice to see that Bayonetta has some interest, but it's just not for me.

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frylock25
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 2:46:18 PM
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off topic of ps3 and all but Ben have you seen the new wii exclusive epic mickey? the game looks actually really cool and i was very suprised it was for the wii. there are not very many games on the wii that make me want it but epic mickey might. by that time a wii might be a little cheaper since its not supposed to come out til fall 2010. then again i might just borrow my buddies wii, i dont really like it that much.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 8:15:33 PM

Yeah, I saw it. It looks pretty cool...I'd like to think the very few Wii games I'd ever want to play end up as downloadable titles on the PS3, or something. ;)

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Robochic
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 3:53:31 PM
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Ben didn't like Demons souls? I have heard alot of people who are frustrated with it it's defently a challenge, my hubby is doing really well with it, I tried and still trying but right now with it being halloween weekend I'm playing fatal frame 2 :)

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Jed
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 7:32:34 PM
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I never payed any attention to Dragon Age, I dont know why, maybe because all of the other games coming out. But last night I watched the trailer where they climb the mountain and kill the dragon, and I was blown away. I know that all of it was pre-rendered and probably not even using a game system, but It was so pretty.

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Cavan
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 7:57:29 PM
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just to let everyone know, i just checked my emails and playstation has sent me a voucher for the demo of god of war 3!! happy days!!

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