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Ben's Week In Review: May 30

I suppose it's Memorial Day weekend but it's just another Saturday, Sunday, Monday for me. If you honestly think we won't update on Monday...you haven't been here very long.

Square-Enix's "shocking RPG" is our big secret...!

You know how we told you our secret PlayStation 3 exclusive title would likely be announced in July? And remember the rumor that Square-Enix is going to reveal a "shocking RPG" before E3? ...don't you think it all fits together really nicely? Well, it does, because the new exclusive that we've kept secret all this time is...Final Fantasy Tactics 2. No, really. ...okay, it's not. I've long since given up hope on that and this works into my point: I'm starting to give up hope on any new S-E announcements about which I can become excited. It always turns out to be some new portable game (usually for the DS), or some other project that doesn't interest me in the slightest. At this point, I really feel silly every time I fall for one of their supposed "shocking" games, because they almost always turn out to be something their long-time fans don't want. Amazing how that keeps happening.

By the way, sorry for possibly misleading you, but you must've seen it coming...besides, I already said the exclusive has nothing to do with Final Fantasy.

Hmm...my most anticipated sequel...

Although it didn't manage to snag any of our 2009 Game of the Year Awards, inFamous still holds a special place in my heart this generation. It was unbridled fun from start to finish and I'm totally psyched that the sequel might be unmasked very soon. I'm fully expecting it to show up at E3 but in the meantime, I hope we're looking at an example of how a developer sticks to a winning formula. The initial design was great, the gameplay was great, and the control was excellent. So don't mess with any of that, Sucker Punch. Give me a new city, maybe some new skills, a new story, and I'm happy. The idea that every game has to be innovative or unique in some fashion in order for it to be considered "elite" doesn't sit well with me. Most recently, I turn to Uncharted 2, which didn't really do anything different or revolutionary but remains arguably the best game of the generation (and one of the best ever, too). For the record, if we're talking about sequels, I also really want Dead Space 2 and Dragon Age: Origins 2.

I'd mention Gran Turismo 5, but for some reason, I have trouble calling anything beyond a second title a "sequel." I just call them "more installments." Weird, I know.

Personal gaming update

So as some of you have already surmised after reading about that Alpha Protocol developer, I have been playing Obsidian's latest, along with NaturalMotion's Backbreaker. Both reviews are embargoed until the launch dates for each game (both are June 1) so you'll see them right around that time. Actually, one of them is already written; I'll finish the other one tomorrow. Alpha Protocol almost isn't worth talking about and I can't really do that until Tuesday, anyway, so... Same goes for Backbreaker, although I will say it's kinda fun and even original but sports a few glaring flaws. I should also be getting Naughty Bear later in the week, which I'm looking forward to...it just seems like the perfect combination of silly and sadistic. LOL Beyond that, we're sort of starting the summer drought so maybe I can finally have a bit of a break.

I still have to go back and finish Nier and 3D Dot Game Heroes, and then start Red Dead Redemption afresh. With the downtime, I want to turn to upgrading/expanding PSXE again; we've added the User Reviews, which people seem to like, we're giving away a few original game soundtracks to a few great contributors (I have the soundtracks right here in front of me), and I think next, I'm going to push for a podcast (provided Arnold has the time). But we may ask you guys again before deciding on the next site advancement. :)

5/29/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (116 posts)

Bugzbunny109
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 9:45:29 PM
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Hey, I know this is off topic, but anyone notice that a lot of celebraties have been dying lately; or is it just me?

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Jawknee
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 9:49:41 PM

Hopper was expected. He'd been suffering for a while now.

Sucks, i never like much of his movies but he was a smart guy and how can we forget the greatest stand off and F U ever in True Romance with him and Christoper Walken.

"No -- I'm quotin', it's history, it's written."

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BTNwarrior
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 3:39:30 AM

2 summers in a row

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 9:50:50 PM
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Almost scared me there a minute Ben, FFT was never my type of game and I wouldn't have any interest in another one. But you're right, their announcements never make old school Square fans happy or even content. I fully expect FFVersusXIII to go multiplat at E3 actually.

I'm psyched for inFamous 2 as well, I was surprised inFamous didn't make any GOTY lists, that game was just sweet. It made Prototype look like a joke.

Playing: SOIV, RDR, need to make time to finish 3DDot. Waiting on the shelf to get me through the drought: Wet, Nier, X-blades, Fallout 3 expansions.


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laxpro2001
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 9:58:11 PM

ahh same here. I just would have rather seen something else be the announcement as oppose to that, though I never tried it but for some reason I think of Fire Emblem when I hear its name... which means I probably would like it.

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Jawknee
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 9:59:54 PM

lol Prototype made Prototype look like a joke.

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chedison
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:56:34 PM

Lol that's the truth Jawk

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FullmetalX10
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 7:53:30 AM

Don't say it world, maybe if we keep quiet they won't think about making Versus XIII multiplat. anymore.

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Jawknee
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 9:56:17 PM
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aaah, you fooled me. I've given up. Square has just been one disappointment after another. They would have to keep Versus XIII exclusive and blow my mind like Uncharted 2 and God of War III in order to redeem themselves.

Sadly, i have little hope this will happen.

i think my most anticipated sequels are inFamous 2 and Killzone 3.

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chedison
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:59:30 PM

I'm gonna go ahead and agree with you there as well. I'm incredibly excited about Infamous 2 coming (hopefully) soon.

And I'm hoping I can enjoy Killzone 3 more than I did with KZ 2. I'm not saying it was bad (obviously not), I just didn't have a great time playing it.

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johnld
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 3:34:45 AM

I'm all for killzone 3 as long as those jetpacks dont turn into halo jumps. thats the thing that pissed me off with halo online. once they get shot once they just jump away. add to that the regenerating shield, its just gets damn irritating. I'm not that into killzone 3s 3d because i felt like an idiot playing Batman GOTY with those stupid ass cardboard glasses while others watched me play. I dont think having something that actually feels like glasses would make it feel any better.

by the way, i'm pretty torn on whether i want to see those "daughters of henlgan" the guy was babbling about in that oppening speech on killzone 2. hahaha

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laxpro2001
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 9:59:13 PM
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So Kingdom Hearts III is considered related to Final Fantasy because of the cast of characters right?

Not that I really think thats the game anymore, but square better freakin announce it soon!

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Jawknee
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:00:25 PM

I would associate the two with one another.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:36:31 PM

It's a sad state of affairs for me, I love FF characters and can't stand anything Disney. I did try those games but couldn't get over that awful mix.

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laxpro2001
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:56:05 PM

ah world thats too bad. I admit the game was cheesy at times but nothing too bad. Then again I love anything Disney since I grew up watching every single one of their movies too many times to count.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 2:19:42 AM

I can't fight side by side with Goofy, I...just...can't... do it.

Say, we never did get Ben's verdict on if he liked the KH series or not. How bout it Ben?

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calculator
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:02:42 PM
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I need to play an RPG....
Anyone got any recommendations?

Right now Killzone 3 and inFamous 2 are my most anticipated sequels. I'm wondering how amazing Killzone 3 will look in 3D; I bet it's an entirely new experience, almost.

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Highlander
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:10:28 PM

White Knight Chronicles (if you haven't already) or Star Ocean 4 (again if you haven't) are good bets. Record of Agarest War is getting mixed reviews but generally positive, so it might be worth a shot if you like heavily turn based SRPGs with a truckload of Anime fan service.

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Jawknee
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:10:48 PM

ha you beat me to it Highlander. lol

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calculator
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:20:58 PM

I've never played an RPG...
I've been wanting to try White Knight Chronicles but I'm not sure if it'll be great for me since I have no experience with RPGs.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:38:08 PM

Eternal Sonata was a good one too. Calculator it sounds like you are just going to have to take the plunge and find out if you like em or not. If you aren't into Japanese RPGs there's always Fallout 3, Oblivion, or Dragon Age: Origins.

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laxpro2001
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 11:06:32 PM

Get Demons Souls if you are keen for a challenge 8)

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Jalex
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 12:36:59 AM

@calculator:

'White Knight Chronicles' actually might be a really good place to start.
I think Level-5 make great RPGs for both those who love more traditional entries in the genre and for beginners.

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BigT_1980
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 3:37:24 AM

I would suggest starting out with Valkyria Chronicles if your not fully to make the RPG plunge. Valkyria Chronicles is an SRPG which has a nice blend third person controls with first person actions that is still stat based. The game has enough variety too keep you engaged without getting boring and repetitive.

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NeoHumpty
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 9:54:45 AM

Go download FFVII. $10 will get you one of the best RPGs of all time. Go. Now.

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Beamboom
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 12:17:35 PM

I'd vote for Dragon age: origins as a good place to start because it's not too complicated technically and has a very clear main story to follow. Plus it's a darn good game. :)

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Highlander
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:07:00 PM
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LOL! An announcement from Square Enix anyone cares about? You need a time warp to go back about 5 years for one of those...

That summer drought will be a good time to catch up and finish games. Definitely a plus. That said, it won't be a long drought, E3 will bring lots of news, and of course there will be the usual rumors of a price cut on the PS3 and a new PSP at the turn of the year or next summer or 2012 or whenever...

I haven't done a reader review lately, mostly because I haven't had much time to play anything. Lack of time is crimping my style in multiple ways.

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Atoris
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 8:03:50 PM

Its kinda odd that we are arent really getting a drought in Japan. We have White Knight Chronicles 2 coming in July and Atelier Totori coming in late June.

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Kowhoho
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:14:30 PM
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inFamous 2 is gonna be great! If they kept everything up to the same standards apart from taking care of the sometimes-slow framerate, random glitches and other issues like enemy variety, this could be a sequel on the level of Uncharted 2. With the cliffhanger they left us with in the original, the storyline could go in many compelling directions...

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tes37
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:14:30 PM
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Ben you fooled me with the SE bit. I am not expecting anything great from them.

I hope to hear some news about infamous 2 when E3 gets here. in Famous was one of the best games of 2009. ( It's strange beginning a sentence with a small case letter ).

I've been playing Red Dead Redemption and Modnation Racers. I made a kart in MR that someone evidently complained about. I put pot leaves on the hood and received a notice from the sysadmin saying in the subject line: "Gor-D has commented on your 'Tokin' 2.0' creation". But all the sysadmin wrote in the comment section was "420!!!". So I guess they're okay with it.

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Fatcat3788
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:32:01 PM

That is freaking hilarious... I was reading your comment expecting something bad but that just literally made me laugh out loud. I just picture this pothead as the sysadmin just toking it up and having the munchies.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:40:02 PM

Good story, keep on tokin then I say.

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tes37
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:52:51 PM

I deleted it and re-published it with "420!!!" in the kart details.

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MyWorstNightmar
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 5:20:10 PM

That is pretty funny that someone would have a problem with that. We are after all talking about a plant that is natural to the earth, and is perfectly legal to enjoy in certain parts of the world. And Mod Racer is a game played 'round the world.

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hellish_devil
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:18:54 PM
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PODCASTS!!!!!!

Thank you Ben

And about Square-Enix new title, I can just think that if it's Wada & co. I'll pass, but if it's Nomura & co. I think it'll turn out good. Besides it's a sequel to something, because Ben said that he saw the title appear on the comments section, and most of the titles that people guessed were PS1 classics' sequels (like xenogears, chrono something, etc.) So it better be something good.

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Temjin001
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:31:56 PM
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I enjoyed InFamous as well and I still need to play it through "infamously" too. It's one of the few games where I felt compelled to do the evil side after having finished it as hero. If I have any suggestions it would be to tighten up the code a bit. I ran into several bugs, including a real insane one where the side mission got so chaotic that the game somehow forgot to complete the mission I completed.. yah, I still don't understand what happened. And one of the times I went through the city asphalt and got stuck UNDER the city. Crappy but funny at the same time.

As for E3 sequels that I hope get revealed. I'm hopeful for Ninja Gaiden 3, Dead or Alive 5, Shenmue 3, Twisted Metal (I think this is the super secret exclusive) a Virtua Fighter follow up, and of course, Infamous 2. We already know about KZ3 and Uncharted 3 is basically a lock.

I'm also real curious if Tomonobo Itagaki will unveil whatever his current project is... hopefully not a silly bizarre game like DOA XVB.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:41:42 PM

I would welcome both DOA5 and a new DOAXV on the PS3, love me some fighting and some boobage. :)

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eLLeJuss
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:32:19 PM
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Yep, It's not FF Tactics 2 because its FF7. I know it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:42:10 PM

I wouldn't listen too closely to the voices in your head on that one.

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StangMan80
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 10:52:58 PM

Many people want that game but I an't seeing it happening. Sorry.

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chedison
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 11:02:22 PM

I'm not seeing anything worth being positive or excited about from SE at this point. They continue to ruin their reputation and lose faith many of their long time fans, including me, had in them.

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laxpro2001
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 11:08:20 PM

Ben already posted that the secret game isn't anything FF related.

However you can still hope thats the shocking RPG announcement Square is going on about. I for one say it better be KHIII

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johnld
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 3:22:30 AM

@stangman80

let me rephrase that for you. Many people want that so wada wont let it happen. hahaha. maybe if everyone said we didnt want it then it'll be done. Wada is very in touch with the fans, just dont want to make them happy.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 11:34:09 PM
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Ben, that's a rather self-serving joke, don't you think? Okay, I know that Final Fantasy has a huge legion of followers, and Tactics is likely no exception, but the only FF I've played is Dissidia. Thinking about picking up FFXIII next month if I can find it cheap somwhere.
As far as S-E's 'shocker', well, I'm inclined to think that it'll be the fourth entry in the Fabula Crystallis Nova compilation, Heraesus, or whatever the hell it was. And as for you're secret exclusive, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you are intentionally misleading us and guess at FFVII remake or Twisted Metal. Not that I'd be particularly interested in the latter.

As for my most anticipated sequel. Valkyria Chronicles 2. Playing through the original at a very, very slow rate (bought it three weeks ago and only up to chapter 5). The rest of my time is occupied by Fallout 3: GOTY edition, Red Dead Redemption, work and reading Lolita. Great book. Reviews on the games coming when I get more of a feel for them, or finish them, whichever I prefer.

P.S. Podcast would be cool, but not for me as I have no real internet connection. :'(. Working off a wireless modem.

Until next time, Peace and Law be with you all.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 1:05:08 AM

My wireless cable internet serves me pretty well.

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 1:29:49 AM

Aye, but correct me if I'm wrong, that is still a broadband connection? See I should have clarified that it is actually running off the 3G network, not a cable network. I'm not much of a techhead, so if I'm wrong, I apologise for any misunderstanding on my part in advance.

Peace Mr. Ninja. (Oh yes, I should mention that I've been visiting this site for over two years and only signed up last week. I love the idea of reader reviews.)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 2:18:20 AM

Woa, dude, if you've been coming here for awhile you know I don't launch pointless assaults on people, I just thought that your wireless might need some tweaking, but I see you meant a different sort of wireless altogether. The ninja is always at peace until attacked.

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 3:31:57 AM

Don't worry lad, I didn't consider it an assault. A simple misunderstanding, nothing more. No offence taken and I hope none given. (I seem altogether too polite don't I, in this modern day and age?)

Peace.

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Oxvial
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 11:56:52 PM
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FFT is an awesome awesome game, I still play it with SOTN ,Silent Hill 1,Metal Gear ,Resident Evil 2 and FFVII . those games are my fav on the Ps1.

FFT2 would be a day one purchase for me.

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Alienange
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 12:33:16 AM
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Poor Alpha Protocol ... so it's bad eh Ben? That's a shame. The premise sounded really good. I guess that's why we read reviews though. You play the crap so we don't have to.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 12:38:50 AM

I guess GameSpot just gave it a 6. ...might not get that high from me.

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___________
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 2:40:11 AM

alpha protocol deserves way more than a 6.
this is why i dont bother reading reviews any more.

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johnld
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 3:30:10 AM

when the developers go out of their way to say that the product that they made was crap, i tend to believe them. you can give alpha protocol a 10 if you want, but the end of the day, crap is still crap. not to mention, i find myself with a different definition of good game compared to your definition most of the time.

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BTNwarrior
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 3:40:42 AM

1up gave it a B+, so at least somebody liked it

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___________
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 8:11:19 AM

i did not say its a good game i said its way better than a 6.

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Jawknee
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 11:05:25 AM

Dude, you think Call of Duty is GOTY material. It's safe to say you have rather odd or at worst poor taste.

And when you say a game deserves way more the a 6 that implies you think the game is good. There's not much further you can go until you reach 10. What should it have gotten? A 7, 8, or a 9? The game is obviously crap.

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CharlesD
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 12:48:35 AM
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Wish I was allowed to have a shot at those soundtracks. No matter, my birthday is fast approaching and I am most certainly looking forward to it. Hopefully I will be able to get back to my games as my old PS3 has the YLoD. I do have an extremely good idea of what this mystery game might be but I will have to refrain from dropping any hints as I agree with Ben that it is rather amusing to watch people discuss the possibilities :)
p.s. I have yet to introduce myself. As my user name states I am Charles D, Ben's younger brother. I have been following the site for quite some time now and am glad to join the psx community =)

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Rings0fUranus
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 1:57:25 PM

Welcome, young Dutka! If Ben was my brother I'd make him give me a job at his awesome website ;)

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aaronisbla
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 2:06:40 PM

Welcome to the site, even if you have been here awhile

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Scarecrow
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 2:16:51 PM

Welcome!

Lucky, you already know the secret game and all...
Great to have you at psxe, great site for the educated gamer.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 2:40:08 PM

Good to meetcha Chuck, plan on sticking around?

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tlpn99
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 3:22:10 PM

Nice to meet you Charles. :)

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Temjin001
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 4:12:36 PM

Welcome, and sorry about the YloD. My first PS3 suffered the same fate in the midst of an intense Uncharted 2 shoot out. On the bright side it died while experiencing the best lines of code ever written.

And try not to be a wise-cracking punk like your older bro......just kidding, of course =)

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laxpro2001
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 5:01:02 PM

Well Charles I don't know if you know who I am, but around here I'm a pretty big deal.

lol jk, nice to meet you :D

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TEG3SH
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 6:14:18 PM

man as an initiation right, u have to "tell us the secret game that ur elder brother knows about and always teases PPL with it but he never reveals it " believe me we all went through it , c'mon spell the beans :)

nice to have ya here

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 6:45:17 PM

Yes, he knows...and there's no chance he's telling. ;)

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Underdog15
Monday, May 31, 2010 @ 1:45:24 PM

T-H-E B-E-A-N-S. There. Spelled it. My initiation is complete.

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TEG3SH
Monday, May 31, 2010 @ 2:02:28 PM

@Ben typical big bro u have to ruin everything. lol

@Underdog -__-

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aaronisbla
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 1:58:39 AM
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Ben, never joke about a sequel to FFT, thats not funny, its cruel

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CharlesD
Monday, May 31, 2010 @ 3:44:51 PM

Hello everybody and thank you for the kind welcome to the site. As Ben said, I do know and unfortunately for you guys I most certainly will have to withhold the secret ^.^ Anyways, I look forward to conversing about games and news to come

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___________
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 2:43:45 AM
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ah come on ben you love dangling the string in front of my face dont you?
just stop torturing us already!!!!!!!

im really looking forward to naughty bear i need some tong in cheek humor it kinda reminds me of fairytale frights.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 @ 12:20:38 AM

_____________,
I had to re-read your post just because for a few seconds there, I actually thought you wrote that you needed some "thong in cheek" humor, whatever that is. LOL

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johnld
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 3:18:58 AM
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right now i think infamous is the only sandbox game that i have and loved playing. I just couldnt get into GTA type games. i tried GTA games but nothing.

As for my games list, i only have 2 that i have to beat, mod nation racers and resonance of fate. I really wont have games to play in the summer other than ff13 and thats only if i get bored enough and actually want to get the platinum. i'm 8 trophies away too but farming in that game, gil farming that is, is just crap. I'm still disappointed that i spent all that time maxing out my characters and they're still not godlike. It makes getting S class for missions more of a chore.

As for this year, so far i've beaten 3d dot game heroes, mag, white knight chronicles, final fantasy 13, batman goty, heavy rain, the entire god of war series on ps3, and battlefield bad company 2. so once i beat Modnation and resonance, i'm only gonna have online FPS to keep me busy. funny thing too, i'm not even close to halfway in resonance but my characters are already level 50 and occasionally get beat down. theres a big leap in difficulty going from level 6 to 7. I came from my characters brushing off gunshots to getting my life cut in half with one enemy attack.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 @ 12:34:11 AM

CharlesD,
Let me add my "Welcome to the site"

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Ultimate_Balla
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 3:49:45 AM
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Final Fantasy Tactics 2. Lol. Maybe the day you don't want it anymore, they'll announce, think about it. The balance is there. Sweet, looking forward to Infamous 2.

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RadioHeader
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 4:56:11 AM
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Not even a mention of ModNation Racers... what gives?

that game is betterer than all the bestest gamez put together1

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natho86
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 5:05:40 AM

So true RadioHeader, Modnation racers is awsome!

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Deleted User
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 5:40:36 AM
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i think i know what the game is it's twisted metal ps3 (Spelling wrong i know). i really can't wait for infamouus 2 i think i might try to finsh up the frist one when the 2nd one comes out. as for the summer gaming drought i be playing games i missed playing from 09-08 i have a lot to choose from. could u guys help me pick the order that i should buy thes games from best to worst thanks.

assassin's creed 2, batman a.a, dead space, gta IV, ghostbusters, mirror's edge, prototype, tomb raider underworld.

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Kowhoho
Monday, May 31, 2010 @ 12:58:01 AM

My opinion:
Dead space
Ac2
Batman
gtaiv
mirrors edge
ghostbusters
tomb raider
prototype

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JackC8
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 7:04:15 AM
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I've been playing Fallout 3 this week. Without a doubt this is the WORST game I've played since buying a PS3. Let's see, combat: Guns are useless. I shot somebody 8 times in the chest with a 10mm pistol from 10 feet, and it didn't even slow them down. Shoot somebody 5 times in the head with VATS, from a distance of 3 feet, it doesn't kill them. So gunfights consist of walking backwards while shooting someone numerous times, using up your extremely limited ammo supply. Unlike any other game where shooting people at least stops them momentarily allowing you to pump some more rounds into them, in this game they keep moving as if absolutely nothing had happened, making it even more frustrating, repetitive, and the very antithesis of fun. I can't even run either. People are shooting at me, or critters are coming after me, and my gun is useless against them - so I'll just walk away at a brisk pace. Oh, and the only person I can buy ammo from seems to have run out of the stuff, so now I'm walking around with a baseball bat.

I really enjoy the complete lack of quality control - I walk into a building and I can hear people talking as if they're in the same room as me. Repeating the same lines over and over - I must have heard them 50 times by now. But I search the whole floor and there's nobody there. Later, after having killed everyone in the building, the same voices are still repeating the same lines. Gimme a break.

There's really no atmosphere - certainly no more than any other game I've ever played. The game doesn't acknowledge that I've completed side quests until I've completed them several times. The missions are dull and generic - and it doesn't help that the story is completely uninteresting. It's all just a series of boring frustrations strung together one after another. I usually play a game for a couple hours each night, and the time flies by. With this thing, after 30 minutes I'm looking at the clock and thinking "Jeez, maybe I'll just watch a movie tonight.

Ordered Killzone 2 yesterday. I cannot wait until it arrives.

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Beamboom
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 12:10:08 PM

30 minutes... Dude, you were hardly past the tutorial in that time.
You do start rather weak and confused, entering an open world after growing up inside a vault. You do wander slightly aimless around in the beginning, notknowing dangers or survival. But things start to happen, eventually... But RPGs are apparently not for you. Luckily there are plenty of railroads to slide along in other games ;)

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Temjin001
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 4:06:14 PM

I can't speak too much for Fallout 3 because I've only observed it in play. Having played many hours of Oblivion it appeared to be somewhat similar in overall design and structure.

Your complaints about the game somewhat address issues that I would recognize as poor design elements. I'm not singling out Fallout, but every game that can fall into this category.

For an action game, and I'll pick on Resident Evil 5, where you play primarily as a healthy, agile, physically able person. Though, for design reasons, you cannot walk while aiming. The director claims that it was intentional because it makes the game more challenging and that it also increases the fear/tension element.

As a matter of policy, good game design requires that visual elements need to correlate with whats causing a given limitation.

If Chris Redfield can not do what you expect him to do in a free-roaming environment because his appearance misleads his actual abilities, a clash between expectation and design come into play.

The proper way to cause tension for the purpose of limitation would be to give Chris Redfield a broken leg (or anything that would cause this) where he hobbled around. The player recognizes through visual feedback that his limitations obstruct ability. Therefore believability is maintained while managing to increase tension with the game design elements seamlessly integrated beneath without bringing itself notice.

I also want to clarify something. I'm not claiming that games need to be realistic, they just need to have cohesion when a person is presented with a game environment.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 4:45:00 PM

Loved Fallout 3 and disagree with every single thing you said about it.

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piratedrunk
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 5:14:58 PM

I couldn't stand Fallout 3. I didn't particularly have a problem with the combat just the sheer boredom. At least it seemed like it would be a fairly accurate depiction of post-apocalyptic life; wandering around with nothing fun to do.

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FullmetalX10
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 8:00:15 AM
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"By the way, sorry for possibly misleading you, but you must've seen it coming...besides, I already said the exclusive has nothing to do with Final Fantasy."
Yeah, I kind of forgot that, so at first I was like, OMG it's Kingdom Hearts, n then I was like, nooo, it's not Kingdom Hearts, n then I was like, nooo, I don't care very much for Final Fantasy tactics, n then I was like, Damn you Ben Dutka, n now I'm like, sorry for damning you Ben Dutka...

Anyways I just clocked in a little over 8 hours in Red Dead Redemption and I think I'll enjoy the single player a bit more before starting the multiplayer. I only have one problem with the audio, I can't hear the voices in the cut scenes, when they talk in game it's just fine, but when a cut scene comes up, all I hear is the sound of the surroundings. I can only hear them talk in cut scenes if I hook up my earphones, but that's kind of crappy since they don't have a lot of wire length, so I have to sit all close to the TV, like 15 inches away from my 32 inch TV, that can't be good for my eyes... So if anyone has a solution, help is appreciated. I'll try to google it now.
If I find a solution, I'll post it here, so if anyone has the same problem they don't have to look for it.

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Beamboom
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 10:20:08 AM

I've never experienced this but could it be that you don't have a surround system connected but the game think so? If so you could risk only hearing the ambience channels...



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Rings0fUranus
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 11:09:10 AM

Enable the subtitles?

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piratedrunk
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 11:40:19 AM

There is an option for headphones in the audio section check to see if they are on or off and see if that helps

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TEG3SH
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 1:22:00 PM

Diaries of an angry gamer.lol

I really really laughed at the first bit XD

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FullmetalX10
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 5:03:15 PM

Thnx for the answers guys,
I also checked it on google and seems more people have this problem, so, yeah, Piratedrunk that helped. Just go to the options on the pause menu, then go to audio and switch the Headphones option to On (it was Off, like it should be on a tv -_- which seems to be the problem).
Now I have sound again in and out of the cut scenes, subtitles worked for a couple of minutes, but then I craved for some audio out of those moving lips on the screen ;)
So thnx again.

@ TEG3SH: Glad I could make you laugh :D

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Bandit King
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 8:54:04 AM
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You know Ben I once again must thank this site and its staff. I read your review for Nier and I was extremely skeptical about this game, but your positive review really made me keep thinking about trying it. Well I finally rented it and absolutely love it. I'm not even sure why, I just really like it, even with the flaws and short comings it has. Maybe because its the only game of its type this gen but the story and game play are great, I will be picking this up. So thanks for your honest (unbiased) review.

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Beamboom
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 10:11:00 AM
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Yes inFamous was a good game, one of last years best indeed.
However I don't agree with you Ben that they should not tweak the controls; I think there is definite room for improvement. I think the character was too "sticky" (or magnetic...) the way he got attached to anything and everything.
I think they should look at how they've done it in Assassins Creed, now *that's* a handling that's close to perfect imo. The game help you a lot (just like inFamous) but still it feels like you are free roaming with perfect aim at anything you jump towards.

But do we welcome a new inFamous? Hell yeah!


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Jawknee
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 11:49:29 AM

inFamous is more fast paced. Cole is more agile and fluid like a super hero. Assassins Creed hes just a regular man.

Boooooooooooooring.

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Beamboom
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 12:00:59 PM

Cole is cool no doubt about that. But a superhero is not covered in superglue... In inFamous I feel the tactics to get fast ahead is more a question of avoiding the things you don't want to hold on to, rather than aiming for the things you do want to climb, if you know what I mean. And until I got used to it the stickyness were quite annoying... Well, that's my opinion, anyways :)

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Jawknee
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 12:04:28 PM

aah i see what your saying. There were times when he would stick to a wall i didn't want him too resulting in my death. ha.

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Beamboom
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 1:13:35 PM

Yeah walls, or lamp posts, balconys, rooftops, pipes, boxes, cables, drain pipes, fences, heck I even think he get stuck on himself at times... :D

Come to think of it, a game that really nailed the superhero-handling was the otherwise mediocre "Spiderman: Friend or foe" game. To traverse the city as Spiderman was an absolute blast.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 2:39:11 PM

Other than the few times he grabbed things I didn't want him to I liked the stickfactor. They were pretty clear that he was a freeclimber and urban explorer even before he became a superhero so it worked for me.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 3:08:12 PM

People complain too much

Electricity would make you stick to anything (specially anything with electricity in it)

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tlpn99
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 11:02:10 AM
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Ben this has been mentioned before. How about the possibility to leave comments after any new videos that have been put up so we can say what we think about the video etc like any news story thats put up or game review etc ?

Also Infamous 2 would be good. I need to go back and finish Infamous I got sidetracked by something and cant remember what it was.

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CaptRon
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 11:51:31 AM
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@ JackC8 you're crazy man calling Fallout 3 a terrible game. Your dude must just suck when I shoot them in the head they usually don't have one anymore. Protip: get a bigger gun. like the hunting rifle

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Beamboom
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 12:02:41 PM

Create your OWN guns, THEY are awsome.

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sticklife
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 12:52:04 PM
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I think the new ape escape may be a big shocker and take a few GOTY's. Maybe not, but I can dream. I want that game most off all.

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TEG3SH
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 1:18:38 PM
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I just want to get my hand on naughty bear plz Ben, give us any feedback as soon u play it, I dont know why but bears with sadistic intention draws my attention :), this will ruin Teddies as Chucky killed dolls for KIds I mean :p

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Strife
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 1:42:19 PM
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Podcast sounds good

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 1:51:47 PM
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By the way, in case anyone failed to notice, my brother - goes by the name of CharlesD - has been posting here for a while. He even introduced himself above although I think most missed it... ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 2:45:20 PM

Seems like a level headed fellow, hiding any more gamers in the family?

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Snaaaake
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 9:00:45 PM

Ya got a sister Ben?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 9:40:26 PM

No sister but my other brother games, too.

...but just out of curiosity, why do you care if I have a sister? LOL

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Snaaaake
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 10:05:50 PM

For a classified reason Ben. ;)

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booze925
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 3:41:46 PM
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ben, i wrote a review of red dead redemption this morning... how long do user reviews take to get posted on the website?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 6:47:18 PM

It's up now.

They'll go live the minute I see them and approve them, and I check multiple times per day.

By the way, I did it for you this time but for future reference, make sure you put a space between your paragraphs; otherwise, it'll just come out as a giant wall of text. :)

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booze925
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 7:12:45 PM
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ill keep that in mind. thanks ben

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Snaaaake
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 9:02:23 PM
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Ben, is the secret exclusive worth looking forward to?

I mean is it gonna be a great one?
Something that's at least comparable to KZ2 and inFAMOUS if not UC2 and GOWIII.

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King James
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 9:35:25 PM
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Podcast?...Hell ya!

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Underdog15
Monday, May 31, 2010 @ 1:42:43 PM
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lol... I bet the crazy new game Ben is keeping a secret is something he said it wasn't going to be just to throw us all off the scent.

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Arvis
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 @ 11:15:51 AM
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"Well, it does, because the new exclusive that we've kept secret all this time is...Final Fantasy Tactics 2. No, really. ...okay, it's not."

.................I hate you, Ben....

*sob*

I hate you.... T_T

-Arvis

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