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Ben's Week In Review: November 29

Well, I guess the holiday season is officially here...again. Does the world suddenly cast Haste when you reach 30?

I accept Lords of Shadow as a Castlevania title

In what I considered to be one of the more interesting stories of the past week, we learned that Konami was initially hesitant to give Lords of Shadow the "Castlevania" title because they weren't sure how this move would be received by the fans. After all, it's a fairly significant removal from past entries, as it's clear they're producing a game more similar to the likes of God of War or even Devil May Cry. And while I still say that no CV will ever top Symphony of the Night, I have to admit to myself that 2D side-scrolling adventures (as beautiful and accomplished as they can be) are dead. Therefore, I accepted the idea when Konami took the franchise 3D in the last generation and I accept the shift again right now. Why? Because if you don't keep up in this industry, you fall behind and die.

And I don't know about you guys, but I don't want to see the Castlevania series die out, which it is currently in danger of doing if Lords of Shadow flops. It's clear the 2D productions are vastly superior but that doesn't mean they can't produce a fantastic next-gen action game. I have every confidence they can do it, and I'm looking forward to the effort.

I'll just ask it: why would ANYONE buy a Xbox 360 right now?

I own both consoles and no, I'm not giving up the 360. I still need it for the next Gears and Alan Wake (but besides that, I'm not sure what else I want for it). That being said, in looking at the current situation, if I were a consumer seeking a video game console, how in God's name would I end up with the 360? Same price. Live costs, the PSN does not and if you do the research, the PSN has more fantastic downloadable exclusives, both services have Netflix, and the community sizes are comparable now (despite what Microsoft says). The PS3 exclusives have clearly outstripped everything else - even the mainstream media has shown this to be true to just about everyone; the Spike TV Video Game Awards correctly put Uncharted 2: Among Thieves at the head of the list - and oh yeah, it's a freakin' Blu-Ray player. A damn good one, too. It's a million times more reliable - by now, everyone is aware of the catastrophe that is the 360 hardware - it has connectivity with a handheld device, and the controllers that use Lithium batteries are always superior to those that use standard AA batteries, regardless of personal preference.

There. So is it any surprise at all that the PS3 is coming out on top at retailers thus far in the holiday season? Consumers aren't stupid, you know. This is all pretty cut and dry right now.

Personal gaming update

So Assassin's Creed II is my new addiction and I never expected it to be this long. For those who don't know, if you wish to do everything in the game (and of course, I do), I figure this game could last a good 40 hours. I'm already like 26 hours in and I'm not even to Venice yet. I just love everything about this sequel and I will stand by my 9.4 review until the day I die; this is just so unbelievably impressive in so many ways. When I'm done, I'll return to my former addiction, Dragon Age: Origins, and finish that up. All of this should probably take me close to several weeks to complete, which is good timing, as I have a bunch of games on my Christmas list. I want Resident Evil 5, Left 4 Dead 2, and Halo 3: ODST. Oh, and I'm definitely hoping that Ubisoft's new unannounced title is another Prince of Persia. Love those games.

Other than that, I gots nothing new to add. I see Arnold's 350Z review is up and crazy in-depth, and I'm glad a lot of you appreciate it. I do miss my 350Z some days but overall, I'm extraordinarily happy with my M35x. It really is one of the most perfect cars for Connecticut; that's all I'll say. :)

11/28/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (84 posts)

Solid Fantasy
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 11:04:30 PM
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I can only hope consumers aren't stupid. M$ has it's ways of brainwashing the masses.

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noodles619
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 11:24:33 PM
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Well, Braid is a damn good side-scroller!

Yeah the only reasons I am still keeping my 360 is for any upcoming Gears, and Alan Wake too. Oh, you forgot Splinter Cell: Conviction Ben! I still need to get my hands on Episodes from Liberty City (unless it comes out on the PS3).

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 12:05:49 AM

Damn, you're right. LOVE me some Splinter Cell.

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___________
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 12:56:12 AM

dont forget crackdown 2.
why does everyone forget the best platformer out since crash bandicoot?

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chucknasty
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:41:31 AM

Braid is NOT a side scroller, it is a puzzle. Most of the levels have a near zero tolerance for deviation from the 'correct' path. Love that game but it isn't me getting through the level, it is me figuring out how the designer wanted me to get through the level.

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Beamboom
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 6:02:26 AM

@Chucknasty: "it isn't me getting through the level, it is me figuring out how the designer wanted me to get through the level" - Ah I know *exactly* what you mean, and I simply hate it when that fact becomes too apparent. If I am not granted freedom, at least give me the illusion!

(Kind regards someone that got stuck in FarCry 2 where I had to choose if he should save the friends or the church contact. I played over and over and over and over for hours, totally unable to handle that bloody attack - until I in pure desperation searched for help on the net, only to find out that I was *supposed* to loose that fight... *duh*)

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Jiggy
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 11:33:36 PM
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You're right about ACII's longevity, this game is huge. I've put roughly 35 hours in and am just now on the last guy to assassinate. Poor uncharted2 disc isn't getting much play, oh and the fat characters for the holiday are hilarious!! Can't wait to see what ND does for XMAS

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Epimetheus
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 11:35:29 PM
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AC2 is friggin' awesome. I swear I'm learning Italian just by playing the game. Now I gotta find all of those feathers ...

Did anyone get to that blocked part of Florence? I can't seem to unlock it.

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BTNwarrior
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 11:57:05 PM
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"Because if you don't keep up in this industry, you fall behind and die"

I don't know, alot of 2d fighting games came out this year that would say otherwise, though I do admit they are kind of the acception to the rule


and that thing about microsoft claiming that they have more subscribers... I don't think they take into account just how many people there are who like me opened up 10 accounts and stopped playing them after my free trials expired

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OtisFeelgood
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 12:01:36 AM
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I just bought the PS3 walmart bundle and only have around $60 left. Which game should I buy first, Uncharted 2 or Assassin's Creed 2?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 12:06:24 AM

Normally, ACII beats anything, but Uncharted 2 is arguably the best game of the entire generation.

Play both, definitely, but U2 always gets precedence.

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OtisFeelgood
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 12:18:14 AM

Yeah, I was kind of leaning towards Uncharted 2 but I want to check out AC2 also. And the new R&C. And the God of War Collection..... Jesus, I'm going to be so broke. >_<

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___________
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 12:57:53 AM

depends what your looking for.
uncharted 2 is the better game overall but you will be done in 12 hours, and i would never touch the online with a 10 foot pole.
where AC2 will easily last you 20 hours and is just as much fun.

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King James
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 2:06:16 AM

Uncharted 2, FTW. Its on sale. AC2 isn't.

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kevinater321
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 8:58:07 AM

I say ratchet and clank, I already threw away 20 hours into that game and im not done yet. Still gotta level your guns! But if you need to choose over ACII and U2, i would go with Uncharted, and no matter what anyone says the online is amazing too (if your into online)

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Kr3sn1k
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 12:21:38 AM
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cant agree with you more ben

o and ben did u find ac2 bttr than modern warfare 2... i have both i bought ac2 ad my brother bought modern warfare 2 but i refuse to play it as i refused to play modern warfare 1 because i just think its an over hyped game thats not evn rly that special...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:15:41 AM

ACII is better than MW2.

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www
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 12:18:16 PM

Single Player : ACII should be better, though I haven't played it.

BUT

Online: MW2 is better.

So it depends Ben ;)

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Aftab
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 12:56:02 PM

Ben is saying AC2 is better of the two as an over all product. I have yet to play both, but AC2 is next on my list.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 4:59:12 PM

i dont know it depends on what your looking for! this is just my opinion obviously but between ac2 and MW2 it depends on what your looking for!

they are two completely different games. honestly though MW2 online is unparalleled. maybe not in overall quality but its completely fun and engaging. there is a reason this many people play it. but i picked up ac2 on friday and its really good. This game in my opinion is way better than AC which i did not like and havnt even finished. But i knew ubisoft would and could make a better game so i gave ac2 a chance and its fun. but they are different. if polish is what your looking for yea technically ac2 is better, but if your looking for an online expereince you'll keep going back to MW2 is where its at.

see the two games where they excel are completely dif. so its all about what you like. for instance Ben thinks ac2 is the better game, but what both bring, ill always play MW2 over ac2 as good as it is. because i can play with my friends, and theres just something about getting headshots against an actual player that is satisfying! ;)
plus the online experience is great.

with that said, that doesnt mean i favor online over single player. in fact im a single player type gamer but online is fun, especially with friends. Uncharted 2 is the best game ive ever played and i played it for the single player so...

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___________
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:00:22 AM
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ha i think 40 hours is a little over the top ben.
30 ok but not 40.
ive spent roughly 25 hours on it, finished it, got all the combat trophies, found all the glyphs and all the statues.
got everything, the only thing i need to do now is find those bloody feathers.
o god this is harder than those bloody shards in infamous.
better call the funny farm, there getting a new recruit.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:17:14 AM

There's no way you do everything in 25 hours. Not all treasure chests, all feathers, all missions, all viewpoints, all codex pages, Altair's Armor, etc.

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Kr3sn1k
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:30:57 AM

i agree with ben iv only spent 32 hours and i still have the side missons and the feathers

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___________
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 6:47:12 AM

sorry i meant everything to get the plat.
you dont need to do all the side missions or treasure chests ect.
72 more feathers and my 9th platinum shall finally be mine.

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jerocarson
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:44:54 AM
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Eight days pls. anyone?.. i just dreamt of it..
Nice, i just got dumbfounded, ben, so u haven't tried RE5.. simply whoa!.. i havent tried it either, i thought i was the only one in the world.. After RE: Nemesis (my FAV.), i stooped playing RE series, cos it just got from good to worse. personal opinion. thanks

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:47:11 AM

I only played the RE5 demo, some people love the game, I for one hated even the idea of babysitting an idiot AI through a whole game where the point of it is to be scared and alone. And while the tank controls somehow worked for RE4, they just didn't seem to this time. So I passed on the game. So many people seemed disappointed, maybe it'll be a bargain bin buy some day.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 4:41:18 AM

world-

i felt the same way bout RE5 when the demo hit. The key is to play with a friend who can handle the controls. The a.i. is terrible and yeah its babysitting! IF you play with a friend its a lot of fun. and as far as the controls go, in the demo i hated it. i dont know if as time went on (i just played RE5 and finished it bout a month ago) i thought id give it a try or if it was good and i just neglected to realize it. point is the tank controls do work, and cus of how the computer a.i. is it works out really well and pretty smooth if you use your quick swap buttons properly.

overall after dispising and talking so much crap about RE5 and the tank controls when the demo hit, i will totally stand corrected and take back everything i said bad about it. I absolutely loved the game! It was a lot of fun through and through!

I'd say buy it cus i think i seen it for like $40 bucks, but i could be wrong. if your that skeptical though id definiely buiy it when it hits those "bargain bins".

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www
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 5:41:06 AM

Resident Evil 5 is epic, enough said.

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kevinater321
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 9:05:44 AM

I've seen i for 20!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 12:57:38 PM

20 I can part with, but yeah for me gaming is mostly a solitary experience. Most of my friends got married and disappeared.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 5:00:26 PM

world-

ill play with you when you get it! i enjoyed it that much.

PSN- BigRailer19

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:45:42 AM
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Another week goes by on the world. I love the Christmas season, the smell of a freshly opened game, the look on an xbots face when he realizes he is the only one in that aisle and can't seem to find anything...

But seriously folks, believe it or not I had to take a miss on Uncharted 2 but it's already ready for xmas and it came a bit cheaper so that's okay. I'm absorbed in Dragon Age at the moment, my character looking quite a bit like me in fancy armor as I bicker with Morrigan and chuckle at Alistair. Good times... Now what am I gonna do about that massive backlog that needs to be beaten?

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King James
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:59:23 AM

6 words World: Uncharted 2, Game of the Year.

Ya dig?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 12:58:12 PM

I dig!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 6:34:16 PM

Hrmm...I keep thinking we shouldn't allow anyone who hasn't played Uncharted 2 to access PSXE.

Don't want to lose one of our best posters, of course, so......play the goddamn game, World. ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 9:59:07 PM

You flatter me, don't worry it is currently en route via Amazon :)

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King James
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:57:10 AM
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Ben is AC2 really THAT good? I loathe the 1st one and, if my memory serves me correctly, you enjoyed the 1st one. Is that true? If so, then I'll probably won't appreciate AC2 like you do.

I still don't want a 360 b/c the games I want to play are on PC as well: Mass Effect 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction, and Alan Wake (not confirmed yet). L4D never did it for me. I like Halo but not enough to buy a 360. And Fable never interested me. Neither than Crackdown.

I just bought Batman: AA, Dragon Age: Origins, and Katamari Forever. All were on sale for Black Friday. Couldn't find InFamous on sale though. I really wanted that game. I spent about $100 in total on them all. I also got like 6 or 7 blu-ray movies. They were all about $10 each. Good Black Friday.

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Alienange
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 10:55:24 AM

You're in for a treat if you like Batman.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 12:59:40 PM

I'm with you KJ, the first AC was like eating sandpaper, so it's hard to believe this one is much better. But I do want to try it, and we get no demo.

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King James
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 3:47:57 PM

I'm gonna play Batman tonight. I loved the demo and the reviews for it were fantastic. I'm driving back home tonight from my thanksgiving trip. Can't wait to play it.

And Yea, Why don't we get a demo?

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bigrailer19
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 5:04:08 PM

world-

im only a few hours in but this AC2 is a big step forward. Its still the same setting looking back into your (desmond miles') ancestors history. But the way the story is told inside Ezio' world is much better. I felt like in the first one i was let down because i didnt feel the story from the assasins point of view. This time around theres great depth into the assasins life! But overall its still the same style gameplay but with beefed up attacks and weapons. and you can buy armor, medicines, weapons and so on... So far i enjoy it!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 6:41:02 PM

It's hard for me to say. On the one hand, I have to say that if you didn't like the first AC, you won't like the sequel because it basically plays the same.

On the other hand, the upgrades are SO numerous, it just feels like a much richer and fuller experience. I guess maybe it depends on what exactly you hated about the first one...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 10:02:46 PM

I don't rent very often, but maybe I'll do it this time.

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Larsperson
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:58:08 AM
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Have had Resident Evil 5 on my shelf for quite some time gathering dust having barely touched it. But planning to start a playthrough with a mate in co-op next week so looking forward to finally getting into it. Will probably check out AC2 sometime before christmas as well. As for my Xbox I honestly can't remember the last time it got switched on. The upcoming exclusives for it don't really interest me. Thought Left For Dead 2 might be fun but the extreme changes made to the Australian release has changed my mind on that one.

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jerocarson
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 2:18:12 AM

@Larsperson
how about Alan wake? I think it would be a nice game, it can push the xbox futher.


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Larsperson
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 2:43:57 AM

Your right that may be one to check out when it hits. But I believe it is still months away from release, I don't tend to get excited about a game until its almost here. It will be interesting to see how it turns out though. If its top notch will for sure give it a go.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:01:22 PM

Alan Wait

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jerocarson
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 2:15:08 AM
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I mean Resident evil NEMESIS was really scary.. lols..
but the sequels were mere child's play.
i watched the video of RE5, and it was just a shinny plastic, i don't know, but that i whats i saw.. HEAVY RAIN can't come soon..
m not a fan FF.. NEVER PLAYED ANY.. maybe thats why..

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www
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 5:42:51 AM

So what games do you play, if you haven't tried any FF and dislike RE5, what are you playing right now....

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Banky A
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 2:47:26 AM
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Why would anyone buy an Xbox 360 right now? Hopefully nobody ;)

But people in NZ (or my Auckland area) are still playing catch up to the world and the 'popular teens' I know have started getting Xbox 360's in one way or another.

Which is sad, I'm still the only avid PS3 owner/gamer in kilometers.

:(

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Banky A
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 2:49:04 AM

Haha my avatar is epic crazy, I'm still LOLing every time I post a new comment

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www
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 5:37:46 AM

Yea I'll give it you, you did a great job.

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Qubex
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 8:26:47 AM

Damn Banky A - what a facial reaction :)

Q!

"i am home"

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Scarecrow
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 6:59:24 PM

Haha :D

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Ultimate_Balla
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 3:57:35 AM
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WTF! Just finished after 3 days of play, 3 looooong days, spent 9 hours on it the prev. night... anyway, too effing epic!! 4days ago i bought it and killzone 2 on platinum for the same price as one new game. Too sweet. Now imma replay it on the dark side

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:03:01 PM

go get 'em on the dark side balla, sounds like you got a sweet deal

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Scarecrow
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 4:04:02 AM
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Loving Uncharted 2 to death since it came out

Still haven't completed story mode, but man the multiplayer is actually really fun

But still, the story mode is what's impressing me most. Such progression in story hasn't been reached since MGS4. What a nice tempo!

PS: Elena's such a cool babe

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www
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 5:49:48 AM
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How I feel bad I don't have ACII and can't get it now, need to buy the girlfriend gifts and take her out, damn. Maybe next year I'd get it for sure.

So I decided to start Uncharted 2 on Crushing difficulty thinking I'll get the infinite ammo & one-shot kill enabled and run through it, then this message popped up saying, I need to beat it on the current difficulty setting before I could enable, WTF??!!, same thing it said when I was playing on Hard.

Spec Ops in MW2 is crazy, not a walk in the park.

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Alienange
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 11:00:27 AM

You thought they'd let you cheat your way through crushing mode because you finished the game on normal and hard? LOL, that's a good one!

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www
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 12:16:07 PM

Yeah man, at least that's what I thought, sucks bad!

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Qubex
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 8:27:37 AM
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Looking forward to picking up Uncharted 2 for Christmas :)

Q!

"i am home"

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King James
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 3:57:47 PM

Happy Gaming, Q.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 4:51:47 PM

Me 2 Qubex.

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Aftab
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 12:31:20 PM
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I'd say the good thing about owning a 360 is that the older games sell cheap (like "ancient ps2" dirt cheap) at Gamestop. But, since they are so many awesome Sony exclusives this year, I don't have it in me yet to play the older multiplatformers. Frankly, I don't have enough time these days to play even the best of the best.

But, I spent last night playing GOW collections, particularly GOW. And I was mind blown. It's amazing how well this game has aged, albeit with remastered visuals. The finely tuned gameplay/difficulty, level/puzzle design, and pride of which this last gen game was obviously made with is better than that of any action adventurer out even NOW (with the exception of Ninja Gaiden Sigma which coincidentally is also a remastered last gen game). And I'm not exaggerating.

I think that has to do with how expensive it is to make games today. With all the resources spent on graphics, and online play, it's clear that some department, like level design, would get nerfed. It also has to do the audience. Games are being geared towards the larger casual mass market more so than before. I'm not saying games have gotten worse. On the contrary, I've had more fun, now, as an adult gamer, than I ever had as a teenager or a kid. And I'd even say, that some games like R&C:ACIT and GTA4 have even improved in those fundamental aspects. I guess the fear I have is that the pressure to make a game a commerical success these days, or even break even, maybe sapping the creative energy in the industry as a whole (with exception of Media Molecule and LBP). I am having more fun, but it's clear game makers aren't.

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Charger7302
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:02:16 PM
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I just bought assassins creed 2. It's a pretty cool game, I just wish the graphics were alittle better, wonder who's fault that is? :)

I also bought both uncharted games, along with a new 40 inch, 1080p Bravia, which means I can finally play my games on a real HD tv(I've been punishing my ps3 by playing it on a tv that can barely do 480p)

And since I want to give RPGs a try, before that new Final Fantasy game comes, I was wondering which rpg should I get, I was thinking between Demon souls or Dragon age origins?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:08:38 PM

If you haven't gotten into RPGs yet then of those choices you should start with Dragon Age, Demon's Souls is technologically smoother and more superior but as one website said, "if you are reading this, Demon's Souls is too hard for you." I'd hate for the immense difficulty of that to turn you off of RPGs. You should also try out a jrpg before Final Fantasy, maybe something like Eternal Sonata or Tales of Vesperia, (or better if you have a b/c system or a PS2 get FFX or XII as they are more adult-oriented)

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Larsperson
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:55:52 PM

How are you finding the games in HD Charger? When I got my plasma was amazed at how much better the games looked. Made me play through a load of old titles again on the 360 as it was like playing a new game. That convinced me it was time to shell out the cash for a PS3 less than a week later.

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King James
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 3:56:00 PM

Um, as far as your RPG problem...I STRONGLY suggest renting Demon's Souls 1st. As you can tell from World's comment, it isn't for everyone. But I will say this...Demon's Souls is the best action RPG I've played in a LONG time, maybe the best action RPG ever!

As far as Dragon Age: Origins goes, it made by Bioware. They don't make bad games...EVER.

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Charger7302
Monday, November 30, 2009 @ 1:13:59 AM

@ Lars
Gamin just got alot better for me. Seriously, anyone who is playing a ps3 or a 360 with a tv that only does 480p or god forbid anything lower than that, is missin out on some serious gaming.

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Highlander
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 4:23:34 PM
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Hey Ben,

How about a comparison of ACII and Uncharted 2. From what I've seen ACII looks very good, how do the two compare as games? I know the settings are obviously different, but how do they stack up against each other as games?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 6:37:32 PM

That's really hard to do; they're just so different.

I think in terms of overall polish and execution, Uncharted 2 has the edge. ACII still suffers from a tiny bit of erratic behavior in regards to the controls. On the other hand, considering the advanced nature of those controls, it's still a damn fine achievement.

Graphic-wise, nothing tops U2 but at least in terms of gameplay visuals, ACII is one of the best-looking games you'll ever see. Sound...both are just plain awesome. Great voice-acting (especially in U2), good story, and top-notch effects and music.

I think U2 is a touch more involving just because you really are playing a movie from start to finish, but for some people - like me - ACII can actually be almost more addictive, just because you want to get and do EVERYTHING. It's tough to explain if you haven't played it, I guess. :)

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___________
Monday, November 30, 2009 @ 6:31:05 AM

the only thing AC2 has on U2 is story.
bought the guide today and it explains EVERYTHING from both games.
finally found out what the above desmonds bed means.
and a explanation on AC2s ending.
unbelievable how much detail is in there, and it also hints at where AC3 will take place.
my moneys on Egypt.

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Gordo
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 4:56:54 PM
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In the last month I've played through Uncharted 2, Modern Warfare 2 and am now 12 hours into Assassins Creed 2.

The utter joy that I'm getting from climbing to the top of a building, turning on eagle eye and spotting the yellow target in a sea of red guards. Then jumping down to knife him in the back only to then grab a big axe off of a guard and then clobber then all to death.

It's very close to perfection!

The only thing close is jumping through that window in Uncharted 2 when the hotel is collapsing all around you. That was sublime.

I intended to play an hour of ACII last night but 5 hours later at midnight with only 5 hours to go until I needed to go to work I struggled to bed. It has an addictive quality that makes you want to just beat up another couple of guards or just do another one quick mission (or even just buy some art for your mansion).

Modern Warfare 2 was intense and an hour blast of that was usually enough for one night.

Uncharted 2 is probably the best game I've ever played combining the graphics, story and shooting. I wanted to savour that though so took it slowly.

Assassins Creed 2 however I just can't get enough of. It is up there with U2 as an overall package.
I traded the first AC game after the first mission so I never got into it but ACII is just so addictive and fun.

When you learn the counters and how to disarm the guards it is just so good to stick a couple of them with your hidden blades then disarm a brute with an axe and then just swing it around bashing everyone up.

The cut scenes in ACII aren't up to U2 standards but the world is deeper and there is so much more to do. Venice and Florence though look stunning especially from the rooftops.
You can do linear or you can wander off and just climb a few towers or do a few side missions.

Choice between U2 or ACII? Anyone with a PS3 needs to have U2 along with Killzone 2. They are the keepers. ACII is probably the best multi-platform game of the year!

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Highlander
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 5:13:59 PM

Thanks, that kinda backups up my feeling. I've been looking at ACII as a sort of Uncharted 2 quality multi-platform game - which has to make it unique considering how good U2 is.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 6:34:50 PM

Hellz yes, I think ACII is the best multi game of the year, too.

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chucknasty
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 6:49:27 PM

Batman was amazing as well.

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maxpontiac
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 6:32:04 PM
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My friends who own a PS3 and a 360 keep trying to get me to get another 360, but the only reason they can give me is that "We all play on the 360".

I simply reply... "Well, buy the PS3 version of MW2 (for example)". I am met with nothing but silence, which is what I expected.

Sure, I miss playing games with them, but since my entire family plays on the PS3, I am set.

So no, not even Mass Effect 2, LFD2, or Alan Wake will get me back on that system.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 6:57:28 PM

Exactly

And not all games are multiplayer
There's stuff like Uncharted 2, Infamous, Ratchet and Clank which doesn't need multiplayer

Heck, how did these people survive all previous generations without online?

Last edited by Scarecrow on 11/29/2009 6:57:43 PM

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Cavan
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 7:15:00 PM

i was exactly the same when i got my ps3, all my mates allready had 360's and they wanted me to get one, but i just couldnt bring myself to do it. after 2 yrs my 4 mates have had 13 360's between them. 3 of them have now brought ps3's as their 360's have broke and they are out of warranty and my other mate wont get a ps3 kos the online isnt as good, i just laugh and tell him hes knows nothing!

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maxpontiac
Monday, November 30, 2009 @ 10:22:22 AM

You got me. They used to throw out the "360 has more games"..

Then it moved to the "Live is better"..

With all that moot, it's now at what I mentioned above.

I like multiplayer games, but I enjoy singleplayer gaming much better..

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Deadman
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 7:12:48 PM
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Hey Ben can AC2 be in anway compared to PoP? From what Ive seen it looks alot like a PoP/MGS4 mix with all the stealth and running and jumping. I never played AC1 so with all the talk and hype on the sequel I'm abit interested in trying it, but I havent seen it compared to anything I have played so still weary.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 8:08:31 PM

Eh...I guess the platforming and a bit of the combat can be compared to PoP, but ACII is just...well, bigger. It's just so hard to describe.

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just2skillf00l
Monday, November 30, 2009 @ 1:34:37 AM
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PoP is probably, in my opinion, the closest game in comparison to AC2. In terms of the climbing and jumping and the overall progression throughout the game they are very similar. However, the combat mechanics in AC2 are more satisfying and enjoyable to me. Disarming guards leaving them defenseless only to ironically strike them down with the very weapons which gave them power. Chasing down frightened guards after killing their buddies. Purchasing new armor. Building monuments. Changing outfits at a local market. Their are more elements to the game which gives the player more choices and freedom. Who doesn't love a choice.

Not to mention assassination methods...I'm lovin' it!

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Ghidora
Monday, November 30, 2009 @ 1:59:40 AM
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In UK the 360 sells better because its alot cheaper than the PS3... i hate that they lowered the price of the 360 when the slim came out...

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