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Ben's Week In Review: May 2

This month is looking crazy...lots of games to handle and at least one or two I want to play for myself.

Early PS3 games "tainted" by negative press?

Ninja Theory raised an interesting "theory" this past week, as the developer said Heavenly Sword and other early PS3 titles suffered from negative press. Not so much about the games themselves, but more about the console. Back in 2007, the general word-of-mouth wasn't exactly positive and Sony was still in need of several price drops and the growing exclusive lineup to push hardware units. But I'm a little confused as to why chief designer Tameem Antoniades even mentioned it...what difference does it make now? And is it even true, considering that Heavenly Sword sold 1.5 million copies? It almost sounds as if he's making an excuse for the studio's decision to go multiplatform. But the position of the PS3 has changed just a tad since then, so what's he saying? That going through the negativity back then somehow scarred them? I guess I just don't comprehend the point of the statement.

Look, you don't need an excuse to go multiplatform. Money is money. And a small developer stands to make a whole lot more greenbacks if they go multi. So in 2007, the negative propaganda likely impacted software sales for the PS3. But it clearly didn't hurt Ninja Theory's game and it doesn't matter now. So...?

Bungie's done with Halo. ...sounds about right

So the big news is that Activision/Bungie deal, and I'll be interested to see what emerges from that relationship. It's obviously a multiplatform title of some kind, and it's a big ol' "action IP" of some sort. Bungie cleared things up by saying they're finished with the Halo franchise, so that's that. And while I am someone who has played and completed every last Halo offering - including the lackluster ODST - I really don't mind in the slightest. I have high hopes for Halo: Reach, which I'll certainly play, but unless it's light years ahead of Halo 3, I'm not sure I'll care that much. Killzone 2 is a glimpse of what FPSs can be in the new generation; Halo 3 was Halo 2 with slightly spiffier visuals. So I've been bored with that for a while. However, that being said, I still think Bungie is a really talented team and they're fully capable of delivering something pretty darn special. I just wonder when we might see the announcement...

Personal gaming update

I'm right at the end of God of War III and I've also been playing a lot of Nier, which I find very entertaining and even relaxing in some ways. It has its fair share of problems - as I outlined in my review - but I'm willing to overlook them because this is just my type of game (sans the traditional combat). I just like the way it's set up, that's all. Beyond this, I have Red Dead Redemption, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and 3D Dot Game Heroes on tap for this month. I'm hoping to get them all from the publishers. Arnold should be handling ModNation Racers and Lost Planet 2. Like I said, it's another busy four weeks coming up.

By the way, I'm still really surprised at the behavior of that GameStop employee. I know that kind of stupidity exists but it really can't be out in public. If you want to act like that, stick to some sort of fanboy forum hellhole. You don't mislead customers because you're a biased idiot. The good news is that I went back to the GameStop I usually go to today and sort of refreshed myself; the guys there are pretty cool. They're totally on board with the idea that Call of Duty is entirely played out, too, as they were laughing about how bored they were with the series. They say they have to tell everyone about the new Black Ops, and they have to "put on an excited face." LOL

See, it's not all GameStops. That's probably important to understand.

5/1/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (101 posts)

Victor321
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 10:09:28 PM
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It's been a very interesting week, that's for sure! Did you finish FFXIII by the way Ben =D?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 10:13:47 PM

Oh yeah, that's been done for a while. I even spent another 25 hours trying to make myself into a God - maxing Crystarium, getting and maxing Legendary weapons and awesome accessories, etc. - but I got bored. I didn't really even feel all that strong with Strength and Magic stats at like 2500-3000 for my characters.

So...I'm done with it.

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kraygen
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 11:34:43 PM

That right there tells me it's not worth more than $20 to me, because every final fantasy I've played before I've beaten multiple times.

I won't pay more than $20 for a game I'm going to be bored with on my first play.

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convergecrew
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 11:45:39 PM

The things is, I don't think maxing your characters out would be that bad if it weren't for the utterly pointless distances that They make you run to get from mission to mission to target. Talk about poor game design and a way to take the fun out of the post- game aspect.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 12:03:20 AM

kraygen: I'm only talking about optional stuff. The game itself is great.

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NeoHumpty
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 12:06:14 AM

I didn't mind the time I invested in grinding. That's one of the things I like to do. It was the fact that after I hunted Adamantoises for 4 days and maxed my characters out, they seemed only SLIGHTLY better than before. As I posted as a comment on an earlier article, the last time I beat VII, by the time I went to see Sephiroth, I beat him in two attacks like he was a little bitch. XIII does not give you that kind of power.

Maybe SE is trying to condition me for XIV?

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johnld
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 12:16:35 AM

yeah, i stopped playing too, im planning to keep playing after i beat resonance of fate. i only got a few trophies till i get platinum but maxing out doesnt help with anything. all i need to do is 5 star missions, farm gil and dark matters from adamantoises and shaolong and long guis.

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Victor321
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:47:48 AM

That's nice to hear Ben, I hope you enjoyed the ending! I wish it had more exposition though (meaning, a bit more depth, I'd love to to delve into why, but I don't want to spoil anyone), and yah, I 100% completely agree with you, even after 40+ hours of grinding, my characters don't feel like gods/goddesses...I believe it has something to do with the monsters having insane amounts of HP (not all, but specific ones) and that staggering is so important.

I think the whole purpose of leveling up your characters immensely is that the stronger they are, the faster an enemy is staggered. I don't think the philosophy of the game was to make you kill enemies in 1 hit after you've grinded for what seems like an eternity.

I wish that was the case though....

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 7:04:25 PM

Oh, I loved the ending. As I've been saying all along, the game is great.

But as for the rest, yes, I know it's about quick staggering but IMO, that only emphasizes the downfalls of this combat mechanic.

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LittleBigMidget
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 10:31:57 PM
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Personal Gaming update: My dog has ruined yet another console. My Wii! My dog knocked over a glass of milk all over the Wii. It was so bad it wouldn't turn on. I was like "Meh, its just the Wii" but I remembered that I NEED to have a Wii in time for SMG2. But anyway I've been playing quite a bit of Uncharted 2 since the seige DLC launched. I'm also playing Killzone at the moment and I'm only 4 trophies away till I platinum Heavy Rain.

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piratedrunk
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 10:54:55 PM

I have SMG2 on preorder I think I would die a little inside if my Wii broke this month

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SnipeySnake
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 12:27:08 AM

I so feel your pain right now, my cousin broke my wii and i needed in time for SMG2 too. =( The good thing is, i can get a black wii (if its real) sometime in may with motionplus and sports resort for 200$.

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Qubex
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:21:32 AM

BigMidget... Understandably you are upset, however this leads me to a broader comment on why console failure may be higher than they should be.

I think at least a 1/3rd of failure rates are due to hardware being damaged by the user, without the user even realising it.

Problems an owner could create such as:

1) Moving the equipment about, banging it and not being gentle with it can cause unneccessary vibrations. This in turn could weaken or dislodge components on the motherboards and misaligh laser heads in drives.

2) Major issue is not enough ventilation. Console vents clogged with dust and not cleaned regularly. Also consoles stuffed inbetween other objects on shelves where ventilation is almost non-existant. Consoles pushed up to close to walls or in small areas trapping heat. (Heat being one of the main causes of failures)

3) Putting consoles on carpeted floors, full fo dust and hair. This has great potential for damage over time... again, heat related.

4) Leaving consoles where pets can get to them. BigMidget, this should have not happened to you... it's obvious too keep this equipment stowed up somewhere high, out of way, unless your dog regularly climbs your shelves.

5) Any foods or liquids standing next to your console is suicide, why do it and take the risk.

6) Use decent quality fuse extender plugs for added surge protection.

7) Space and height around your equipment is a must...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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TEG3SH
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:32:42 AM

u should have known better than try to switch it on until it was completely dry bro :(, at least its the wii :)

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LowKey
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:41:37 PM

Qubex, you forgot the most important part of not putting equipment on the carpet. Static electricity.

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Qubex
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 7:32:34 AM

Lowkey, that is true, thanks for the suggestion :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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frylock25
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 10:47:08 PM
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personal gaming update: i beat god of war 3 on normal. i also found what i call girlfriend mode. its where i put on all the godly possesions and put it on easy. then she can play the game. now she is actually playing god of war 3 instead of complaining about it. after a while she wanted more of a challenge so she said take off the possesions. she is doing just fine other then not being able to double jump. she just doesnt understand it.

i also have been back in mag a lot. level 32 sniper now. had a really good round of sabotage where i went 13 kills 0 deaths and 4 assists.

i also picked up the pixel junk deal with the 3 games from the psn. pretty good stuff. havent had time to play them much though.

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NeoHumpty
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 10:53:14 PM
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I'm all about some Red Dead Redemption and Modnation this month. I really want to get into Dot Hero, but it's going to have to wait for a while. Can't make up my mind on Lost Planet, so I am looking forward to the review.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 11:01:25 PM
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RDR is look so damn OMFG promising and awesome.

If there's a game that's gonna be at least the equal to UC2(Who knows, it could surpass UC2) , I'd say it could be RDR, I heard that RDR has been in development for 5 years has it?

Now as for Ninja Theory.....perhaps they see their 1.5 million copies HS sold as a failure compared to Motorstorm which sold 4 million if I'm not mistaken.

In my personal news.....due to financial problems, I had to delay my PS3 purchase till July.......

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NeoHumpty
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 11:37:40 PM

Wow. I don't have that high of hopes for RDR, but I always like being surprised. It looks like this year has a lot left to offer, though.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 11:43:57 PM

My high hopes came from the long development time and because it's Rockstar. And also from all the amazing footage I've been watching.

Hell, given the amount of same time, I can't imagine what ND can come up with when UC2 only took them 2 years.........

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johnld
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 12:18:13 AM

yeah, i dont put hope in games that take long to develop anymore. i mean free radical created golden eye and then they gave us HAZE.

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Qwarktast1c
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 11:11:59 PM
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UPDATE: I fixed my PS3's YLOD!!!!

woohoo!! :D

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piratedrunk
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 11:15:39 PM

Woo! congrats

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frylock25
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 11:20:11 PM

that is qwarktastic!!

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Qwarktast1c
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 11:22:30 PM

Thanks :)

man i hope that nobody else has to deal with that. even tho its not too difficult to fix, its still a major pain in the a$$!

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NeoHumpty
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 11:39:02 PM

And now I need your phone number in case mine ever does it again........

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FullmetalX10
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 5:37:05 AM

Awesome :)
Gratz Qwarktast1c!

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Banky A
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 6:54:21 AM

You're a bloody legend Qwark!

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Akuma07
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 9:50:39 AM

How did you do this?

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Qwarktast1c
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 2:49:58 PM

@ Neohumpty

LOL!

@ FullmetalX10 & Banky A

thanks :)

@ Akuma07

i followed the youtube guide from a guy named gilksy (U DA MAN GILKSY!!! :D)
i already had a heat gun so i didn't have 2 buy one
bought some arctic silver 5
and just followed along with the vid

for the heat gun it needs to be @ 350 C (662 F)
mine goes 300 C or 500 C. 500 is WAY too much so i just did 300 for a few extra seconds than what he says in the vid

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Temjin001
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 11:24:50 PM
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I actually really enjoyed Halo 3 over Halo 2, and I thought it served as more of the spiritual successor to the first game.

I can't imagine Bungie doing something to far removed from what they're known for. I expect another FPS after the manner of a Halo.

I think what's most interesting is the timing for Bungie this time around. Halo was born on a platform with new and powerful processing. It was the go-to game for early Xbox adopters that sort of cultivated a small culture of MS gamer. Later MS launched XBox Live, and so, once again, Bungie got to lean on a new paradigm for Halo 2.

What will be the spring board be this time? I don't want to suggest that Halo has been nothing more than lucky timing, as it was also a great game. But I feel a good magnitude of it's success can be attributed to a synergetic outcome and not by it's design merits alone.
I'm curious to see how a latecomer new IP will do entering into a crowded genre of similar games.

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Milonakis
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 12:07:05 AM
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I have been wondering, what ever happened to that game with the teddy bears that murder each other. I can't remember what that was called. Also when is this big secret PS3 exclusive coming?

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NeoHumpty
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 12:21:27 AM

Oh, yeah. It wasn't that fairy tale game, was it? I remember thinking that I wanted it.

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Alienange
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:14:40 AM

Naughty Bear. Wait for the reviews.

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frylock25
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:15:52 AM

its called naughty bear

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Banky A
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 6:56:59 AM

You are the bear, Manbearpig.
And the irony is that NeoHumpty said 'Fairytales' in his comment somewhere haha.

;)

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Milonakis
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 2:37:24 PM

Thanks guys, I will be a naughty ManBearPig.

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Bugzbunny109
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 12:13:42 AM
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Gaming update: I played more video games XD

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johnld
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 12:22:35 AM
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my gaming update: I've already beaten white knight chronicles, FF13, heavy rain, god of war series, and bad company 2. Working on resonance of fate.

I cant believe that gamestop employee was such a douche. I actually want to throw that dog dropping grenade i picked up on resonance of fate. yes, there was actually an item on resonance of fate called dog dropping with a grenade icon next to it. I just want to know if anyone else got it. i opened up a lot of hexes and only found 1 of it. hahaha

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tes37
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 6:03:24 AM

Yeah I've picked up a lot (in the game that is). You'll run across more. I haven't thrown it at anybody yet, but it's supposed to do psychological damage only.

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johnld
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 4:19:12 PM

its pretty funny that they tell you to conserve your hero points but then if you dont use it then you have a pretty small chance of winning. especially when they only give you 3 to start.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 12:32:15 AM
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I think Ninja Theory is hedging their bets because they know Enslaved is going to suck balls. I wonder what fanboys will do without Halo? Maybe they will get another studio to make it. And Gears 3 will be the end of that series probably too. Sad for xbots.

This week my PS3 can beat up your PS3 because it now has a 500GB hard drive in it. Of course, even though my trophies were supposed to sync with PSN they sorta kinda vanished for Dante's Inferno as soon as I put the game in. I assume they will vanish for the rest of my games too. I'd go back and find the problem if I cared about trophies but meh.

I've been playing Bayonetta, and wow that game is stupid. No idea why you liked it so much Ben. But by God I'm gonna get my $30 worth and finish it.

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NeoHumpty
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 12:54:05 AM

I'd put $50 on it not being the end of Halo. Again, I've never played any of them, but I think that some new blood may do it some good. From what I hear about the last two, the franchise could use it.

And our ps3's tie because mine has the same HD. I mostly use my external for movies and music, though.

It's odd to me that your trophies aren't showing up. If you log on to the PS website or check your profile, are they just gone?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:04:02 AM

I liked it because has the single most refined, challenging, and diverse action mechanic of the generation.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:06:42 AM

Hoooray for upgradeable HDDs!!!

Hope to one day get me a hard drive that big.

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Alienange
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:19:17 AM

@ WorldEnds - I had that happen to me too when I swapped hard drives. I'd put a game in and the trophies would show up as 0%. Somehow the trophy sync didn't recognize what games I had played. Turns out I just had to play the games that were missing trophies and then sync again.

Hope it's the same for you.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:47:14 AM

You are right Alien, after playing for a bit they are magically back!

I know we already had this argument Ben and maybe I'm retarded but I find that fighting mechanic to be a mess compared to Heavenly Sword's or Devil May Cry's. It's cool though, we shall differ this time.

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Qubex
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 2:27:55 AM

Interesting observation World, I found the Bayonetta gameplay ok'ish when messing about with the demo. What drove you to buy the dang title? Heavenly Sword I have not finished yet because I cannot get passed one section... are there any cheats for it?

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 2:52:13 AM

Well I bought it because I was on the prowl for games going cheap and the darn thing pulled down so many 9s I didn't think I could go wrong. I mean it's okay and everything but as a rival to GOW, Dante's, or DMC, it isn't fit to wipe their arses.

I don't think HS has any cheats, but if you tell me where you are stuck I bet I can help.

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Qubex
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 4:27:19 AM

I am at the part where a strange man sprouts some fan blades from behind him while he talks to you from an elevated platform... I can't remember the stage now. His minions attack you first, he then has a go... he always kills me and takes away my innocence, so I can never get ahead.

Pity people on your friends list cannot send you or share game saves, that would help quite a bit.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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tes37
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 6:47:57 AM

@ Qubex

There are some online strategy guides but no cheats. There's not a lot I can tell you except for don't let him stay close up on you for very long. He has a pattern to his attacks and I'm sure you already know you can't block the attacks that glow red.

Hang in there and you'll get it. My daughter played it on easy mode. She made it all the way to the end battle and that's where she's been stuck.

Kai is an awesome character and one of the most adorable. You just have to see this story through to the end. She'll make you laugh and cry. She's what makes the story come alive in a special way.

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Qubex
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:46:22 AM

Thanks Tes, I will try to give it a go sometime soon. Problem is by the time the dude gets down to me, my health is already precarious... so even if I put a good fight up, I am already so beat up, I don't survive it :(

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 3:18:57 PM

Actually Qubex I don't see any reason why I couldn't email you my HS game save and you could use a flash drive to put it in your system.

Also some advice: If there are any of those little clay jars around with life in them, stay away so you don't accidentally break them open before you need the health. Wait till you are near death. I remember that guy was relentless.

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tes37
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 3:29:01 PM

One more thing I forgot to mention is that none of the boss fights were easy for me either. I didn't beat any without getting my *ss kicked numerous times before figuring out how they fought. Be careful not to bust any health jars until you have to.

@ World

Don't do it. There's no fun in that.



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johnld
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 4:21:41 PM

all the games that came out feb-march kinda delayed my upgrade to 640gb. I guess ill just have to delete videos off my drive. saw a 640gb for 80 but games take first priority.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 7:02:42 PM

I honestly don't think you're putting enough effort into Bayonetta's combat mechanic, World. It really can't be compared to something like GoW. It's more about the unbelievably fast and fluid chaining of different types and styles; the options are very nearly limitless, which I really can't say of any other action game I've played.

I love the DMC games and I'll defend them to the death. I also think most of them are more FUN than Bayonetta because the latter is just so ridiculously challenging. But Bayonetta is also the only game that rewards insane levels of skill with unparalleled satisfaction. Sadly, I'm not good enough to taste that satisfaction very often but in glimpsing it, I was amazed.

That's where all the 9s came from, I promise.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 7:12:50 PM

Maybe because I have the PS3 version and the framerate is so abysmal I can't even tell when the moves are chaining properly. I know for one thing that doing the bullet orgasm or whatever throws my camera way out of whack and I can't track enemies.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 8:10:14 PM

Oh, holy sh**, I forgot you'd have the PS3 version.

Yeah, that'll mess with it. That's why we gave it a 7.9, and why I'd give the 360 version an easy 9. The difference is drastic, unfortunately.

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piratedrunk
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 8:18:59 PM

haha I was wondering why everyone thought so poorly of the game I also got it on 360 and loved it. Must have been a pretty awful port.

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Qubex
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 7:34:47 AM

Dang, I think Tes is right... let me see if I can get past myself eventually... if it is too much, then I will gladly ask for that game save World!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Scarecrow
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:04:25 AM
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It's all about Modnation Racers this month

If you guys don't get this game I'll black-list ya'll
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And Ninja Theory's not the same company they used to be.

I can see through it all*
Enslaved will be a game most gamers will forget in a month or two.

If GT5 and The Last Guardian release near it, it will so get overshadowed on the ps3 side. And the same situation with Halo Reach.

I think the only way Enslaved would actually stand up to exclusives is if it had a lot of blood/gore and a lot of killing like Assassin's Creed

Would be awesome of Santa Monica picks up Heavenly Sword and make a sick sequel with it. Characters like Nariko and Kai are too awesome to leave behind like that. Specially Kai....she's amazing!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:49:24 AM

I'll blacklist ya if ya don't play 3DDotHeroes :P

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Scarecrow
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:51:16 AM

Ok, deal
I'll make sure to get it and post about it here

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johnld
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 4:27:16 PM

damn, i'm still on the fence between modnation racers and 3d dot game heroes. leaning more to modnation after hearing 4 player splitscreen. I only got 50 bucks credit at best buy and i gotta save up for fall games. i'll probably get 3ddot when it gets cheaper, i know its only 50 at launch.

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Alienange
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:36:19 AM
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So because the idiots at your local GameStop have the same opinion about the CoD series as you do, that makes them "pretty cool?"

Thinking that the CoD series is "entirely played out" is as incorrect a statement as saying "all you need is Halo and Gears."

What a REAL sales person would do rather than simply put on their "excited face," would be to actually educate the customer and advise them that the last installment was the biggest selling game of all time and millions of people still play online six months after its release.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:42:05 AM

COD is on a decline

The last two games have been subpar
You're misleading people

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:47:52 AM

nah, it's played out ;)

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rogers71
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 4:41:10 AM

Here is someone once again equating sales with quality. Sometime you will have to use something else. A lot of people are still playing WaW online and Killzone 2 online and how long ago were those released? Just saying.

You have to quit taking it so personal when someone bad mouths the COD franchise, especially the subpar MW games.

@Scarecrow, I agree that it is on a decline but it was just the last game that was subpar. WaW had a great SP experience and I am looking to Black Ops to deliver the same.

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Alienange
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 12:42:30 PM

@ rogers71 - I especially like the way your comment reinforces what I said about the CoD franchise. Never mind MW2, W@W is still being played by millions of people online as you so correctly noted, and it has been out for over a year.

Therefore, a sales person may not like the CoD series, but for them to say it is on the decline is just plain wrong. The CoD franchise is more popular than ever.

In regards to sales equating to quality, well, hey, thanks for putting words in my mouth. I wasn't discussing quality here, I was discussing "decline" as in "no longer popular."

But obviously you're on the "it's cool to hate MW" bandwagon and cannot see my comment for what it is. Not MW or CoD propaganda, but rather, GameStop's consistent lack of ability to hire sales people who know something about gaming trends.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:28:29 PM

Wii Sports is better than COD

It's more popular

/sarcasm

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 6:54:39 PM

Alienange, I know there's a lot of senseless CoD hate around here but perhaps you forget that I'm ALWAYS saying the games are great, and we should respect that.

At the same time, as good as they are, I don't believe we need one every year and yes, I believe that makes them "played out." As for the employees at the store, that's hardly the only reason they're decent; I only used it as an example, because most employees would just push what they're told to push without having a brain of their own. And don't worry, they'll push it and tell people to buy it. Just personally, they're not that interested.

Seems to me like you have just as itchy a trigger finger against CoD haters, and to me, it's equally unwarranted.

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Qubex
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 2:28:39 AM
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Waiting to get me some Red Dead Redemption if the reviews are good. It should get a 9 or above mi thinks!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 2:53:19 AM

The Redemption will be glorious.

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FlyingKickPunch
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:00:13 PM

you'll only buy it if it's rated above a 9?

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Scarecrow
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:29:10 PM

Awesome avatar... Squishy

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FlyingKickPunch
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 4:04:14 PM

thanks scarecrow!

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___________
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 2:55:05 AM
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im still heartbroken about prince of persia.
it was, and still is one of my all time favorite series ive always loved their games and would fight tooth and nail to defend them.
but what the hell are they doing with the sands of time?
PG?
mild violence?
my god hell has frozen over!?
prince of persia being rated PG is like god of war being rated PG.
ubisoft i will NEVER! forgive you for what you have done to my beloved series!
they better not do the same to assassins creed otherwise their going to disappear off the face of the earth!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 6:59:46 PM

Boy, am I confused. Sands of Time was rated Teen, and so was the last Price on the PS3/360.

The series has never been about blood and gore. ...the hell are you talking about?

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___________
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 8:05:01 AM

and since when do games have to be about blood and gore to be rated above PG?
hell freaking iron man 2 is rated M and its a freaking kids game!
PoP has never been about gore, its been about adult themes dark scary nitty gritty stuff and dark humor like the two thrones.
they said there going back to the style of the original, but thats certainly what its looking like.
one look at the latest gameplay trailer they released would tell you that.

i wanted another game just like the 2 thrones, not another one like the PoP fantasy remake.
as i said before PoP rated PG is like god of war rated PG or toy store rated MA it just does not suit the series.
it looks like ubisoft are just doing this for a movie cash in!

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Deleted User
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 5:29:46 AM
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hello everyone

frist of sorry i about the little commet i made yesterday. i was a little buzzed that moring from the night before. anyways i love the stuff u post Ben.

personal gaming update

not much reconly i been play god of war 3 on my ps3 but i can't get in to it i played about 2 hours of it but i don't care for it. as for my 360 been playing mass effect 2 really enjoying it put i can't get my self to finish it. i must be out growing video games i am 23. i don't really care for any of the new games

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Banky A
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 7:02:32 AM

I hope you get some forgiveness.. if you're telling the truth!
;D

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NeoHumpty
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 9:22:04 AM

Yeah, that's how I was with the first two GoW's. That's why I haven't picked up the new one, yet.

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Shams
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:19:42 PM

Growing out of video games? Does one grow out of movies, or books, or music, or any form of entertainment? You're pretty much implying games are for kids, right after apologizing to Ben. Not the best way to seal the deal, lol.

If you ask me, reading books, watching movies, or playing games continuously in one sitting, will get anyone sick of any medium for a bit. And to me, that's what sounds like what's going on. It's best done in spurts. Trite cliche, but a true one: Variety is the spice of life. You gotta mix things up.

As for my gaming update, I have been playing Episodes of Liberty City (Disc version) this week. I'm only on TLAD, and despite how unpolished and utterly broken it is compared to GTA4 (I've seen framerates drop to the lowest I've ever seen before, and levels just black out because of assets and textures failing to load at all) it still is best example of the previously mentioned idiom. The game is still great fun, even though it is in the same setting as before, and despite it being quite broken as game this time around (they could've polished it up while we were waiting for it). While not nailing anyone thing right (besides the driving and voicing acting imo), it keeps things interesting by taking every genre and mixing it up in proper measure. The game has been squeezed down to ps2 size, and it shows, yet Liberty City is still immersive and fun.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 6:57:30 PM

No worries. Everyone here is welcome to stay, and I think everyone is allowed a little indiscretion or two. ;)

As for growing out of gaming, that's a feeling that may come and go. I've felt that way at least a dozen times in my gaming career, but it was really only because I had gotten sick of too MUCH gaming. Either that, or there was a drought of games that interested me. But eventually, the love always comes back.

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FlyingKickPunch
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 5:21:29 PM

i still remember you insta-banned a guy one time for saying something, and i quote "actually you know what get out. that was just too disgusting."

never got to find out what he said....:P

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FullmetalX10
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 5:46:35 AM
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Personal gaming update:
Still playing Prince of Persia, I do like one level a day or so, after that I'm bored with collecting lightseeds so I stop.
Also finally going through Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days on my good ol' big classic DS, which is still in fine shape, not a scratch to find on the touch screen part, even though I've had it for several years now.

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tlpn99
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 6:16:41 AM
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I am kinda flitting between WKC and FF13. I should just stick with FF13 and get it over with lol.

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JackC8
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 6:41:21 AM
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Looking forward to the Red Dead Redemption review. I like Westerns and I've never played a game with that theme, so it may be a very refreshing break from the usual stuff.

I still don't understand all the excitement over Bungie going multiplat. The market is already flooded with the type of stuff they put out, much of it made by developers at least as, if not vastly more talented than they are. All Bungie have really done is Halo, which has gone downhill to the point where the last game was a $60 map pack with outdated graphics. As someone who has access to the full library of PS3 exclusives, I just don't see why I should care. Maybe because now they've teamed up with Activision, and our hopes for their future are dramatically raised? [/sarcasm]

Personally, I got my platinum on Dead Space this week. Also played the first chapter of Blue Toad Murder Files. It was very cute, but I was expecting something with a lot more interactivity. You basically sit and watch it, and then pick up your controller and work on a puzzle. Glad I only bought the first chapter. I just started on Red Faction Guerrilla last night. Looks to be a lot fun, I'm still learning the ropes.

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Deleted User
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 7:30:04 AM
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Bungie is making one last 360 game..

*look at default*

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Mornelithe
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:25:16 AM
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Part of me agrees that there was a substantial amount of bad press surrounding the PS3, and any of the earlier games that came out on it. Sure, those of us who actually...played them, felt otherwise, but there was this general theme of bashing on the PS3, simply because it was the cool thing to do.

I definitely feel that the negative press on the PS3 itself, served to hurt overall sales of the first couple years of titles, but I also can't deny that the price of the hardware helped turn it off to consumers also. I think however, that Ninja Theory made more than enough fans to warrant a second crack at the HS series, and with a much much larger install base...I highly doubt they'd underperform.

Yes, Bungie moving on is a good thing for everyone.

Currently playing Stalker: Call of Pripyat, GTAIV L&D and SC2 Beta on PC, ModNation Racers and Infamous (again) on PS3.

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BeezleDrop
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:41:03 AM
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I was never really crazy about GOW 1&2, I knew the games were Epic but I just couldn't get into them. So after I bought GOW3 and beat it, I realized how epic the franchise as a whole really is. I said "OH SH!T!!" A million times while playing the game, its just too sick, really.

To: _________,

As I have high hopes for the movie, I am pretty excited about the game as well. For the latest PoP I really had to force myself to like it. It was a solid and enjoyable game, but some of the direction they took the franchise disappointed me. I will see the movie regardless, give it a chance negative nancy!

Lastly, PGU:

I have been playing the crapzilla out of Bad Co. 2, and the new Uncharted2 Siege mode, pretty fun stuff. My brother bought Mass Effect 2 and the L4D's so I have been playing those too. ME2 really is pretty awesome. There is so much going on with the game and so much in the 2 DVD's(sad haha) I noticed a few spots where that had to cut corners, I always look and think of how much better it would look on the PS3, less low res textures, and smoother.

Oh and World, I think Bayonetta is pretty fun, I am enjoying a tiny bit more than DMC4, which was good.

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___________
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 8:09:03 AM

how can i give it a try when there completley destroying the series?
PoP is not suppose to be a fu**ing kids game, so why are they turning it into one?
if i wanted a kids game id go buy one, not PoP which was once such a story driven well thought out brilliantly designed platformer.
sands of time was crap for its combat but its puzzles really made it shine, warrior within had the best of both worlds, the two thrones had even better combat and the puzzles were different cant say better or worse just different.
the latest PoP game was decent,for a spin off but its not what the series is suppose to be like.
so why are they continuing it?

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Kokushi
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 12:33:44 PM
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First time posting (im from dominican republic so sorry about my english), Ben the site is amazing and keep up the good work.

Personal gaming update:

Bought the GTA Trilogy (PS2) and playing Vice City and is great, and also playing MGS4 for the first time (fighting againts screaming mantis and is annoying what you have to do to keep Snake alive) but is a perfect game so far.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 1:41:29 PM

Welcome

Love the villains in MGS4, so diverse. Truly felt like an unique challenge/experience with all of them.

And the GTA trilogy's is going to truly keep you at home for a while. So much to do in those games (lot is optional, but still)

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sunspider13
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 4:35:10 PM

Glad you're here and welcome.

If you like GTA, and if you haven't gotten around playing yet, you should try inFamous. Great superhero game with the sandbox style of GTA.

And I'm getting ready to replay MGS4. I'm doing it to show one of my friends that haven't gotten around buying a PS3 as of yet.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 6:55:23 PM

Welcome and thanks. VC is my favorite GTA just because I'm a total '80s whore. ;)

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FlyingKickPunch
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 4:07:29 PM
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i have 3D Dot on preorder from amazon, day one delivery, and i hope it gets here on time!

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sunspider13
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 5:01:03 PM
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Don't know what the NT guy was thinking when he made that statement *shugs*.

Honestly the only was I'll even think about looking at Bungie's next project is if it's not a FPS. They can make a game. I want to see what else they do. Looking forward to MNR. See what kind of crazy track I can make.

PGU
Beat Darksiders and Bayonetta over the past few days. I can see the possibility of another Darksiders game and I did enjoy it.

Bayonetta was pure fan-service with a tight fighting engine mixed in the core. And I found that I liked it, might even go back through it to get some trophies that I missed.

@Ben
Dying to know what your after thoughts are for GOWII. Also tried to get into the forums, says I can't, help plz and thank you.

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hehateme
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 6:31:05 PM
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with the year and around the time how the playstation 3 was doing selling 1.5 mil for a brand new ip is pretty good.... screw this guy let him go make crappy xbox games... the ps3 has moved on and yeah moved on they have..... i cannot wait to get my hands on some resistance 3 info! and give resistance 1 trophys! lol

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FM23
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 6:36:20 PM
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I have ran into so many idiots who have these bias opinions about the PS3 and I have seen many of these Xbox lovers working in my local Best Buys. And as usual, most if not all these people lack the ability to be rational. One of these people was a sexist, so you get my point. What people must understand is opinions are subjective. I can still respect something I am not fond of. I love the 2010 Mustang GT, but I know the Camaro is still the better looking car and someone can argue the Mustang looks better. Everything is subjective, and people should be able to come to a common understanding because conflicting beliefs are the main reason people can not get along in this day and age. It is very dumb and people shouldn't be acting like gangsters when it comes to console, especially if you are a salesman. I hate Modern Warfare 2 and Just Cause 2, but if I am a salesman, I will definitely tell them what is great about the game or refer them to another better product. I have seen and heard many gamestop employees just say a game is weak and not try to find them something better. There is this one guy who I see all the time in gamestop and I am shocked he still works there because he is bad for business. There are these group of guys who act like BC2 doesn't exist because all they know is MW2. Funny enough another gamestop employee was trying to convince me to buy and Xbox 360 and I told him I don't need another console, PS3 is enough and he started talking about LIVE...I don't give a sh*t about LIVE and I told him and then he tried to tell me about ME2 and Halo and I was like, man just give me my GOWIII so I can go...LMAO

After I leave (not true)

Gamestop Employee: "Sir your forgot to pick up a Xbox"

Me: And you forgot to take Microsoft's d*ck out you a**

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