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Ben's Week In Review: June 6

I really, really dislike heat. If I had to choose between 0 and 100 degrees, I'd take 0 every single day of the year.

Okay, now I NEED to know more about Horizon

I really thought that after finishing God of War III, that would supplant Heavy Rain as my favorite game of 2010 thus far. Surprisingly enough, though, that didn't happen. As much as I love GoWIII, and as amazing as that entire production was, Quantic Dream's product had a singular impact on me. I freely admit that, which is why I'm stoked for David Cage's next project, apparently known as Horizon. The name alone is intriguing and if it's like Heavy Rain, I will be signing up to take another emotional adventure on day one. It's so important for his team to make another title of similar structure and style, just because I think it helps push the industry forward in terms of storytelling and overall immersion. But at the same time, I'm a little concerned...I had heard Quantic wanted to experiment with Move and try something different, which really doesn't sit well with me.

I'm taking solace in the fact that based on the early information, it doesn't sound like a low-budget, gimmicky title. I just need to know more about it. Very, very soon.

Games, don't go the Kardashian route. Please.

Movies are getting really, really sad, as evidenced by the overwhelming emphasis on flash and panache, and the apparent total lack of any real artistic or thespian talent. It's why more models are "acting" than ever before, and why Kim Kardashian is evidently being considered for the role of Lara Croft in the next movie. Now, don't get me wrong...Kim has got to be one of the most desirable creatures on earth (you know, provided she remains mute). But I think we all know she isn't an actress. Now, I was just thinking...cutting-edge development uses an actor's voice and likeness in games (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Heavy Rain), right? And you know, a virtual Kim Kardashian would be undeniably appealing, especially considering the standard target audience for video games (males 18-35). So when might a developer decide to take the film route, sacrifice the talent, and get the face and body for the sake of cash...?

The only reason I'm not too worried about this is because those who make our games love games, and so many of them (Kojima, Cage, Jaffe, Yamauchi, etc.) are perfectionists. They wouldn't be satisfied with half-ass sh** in their productions and furthermore, reviews are more important in gaming than in just about any other entertainment venue (just ask Rockstar about Red Dead Redemption). Critics would pan the snot out of a bad performance and the game wouldn't sell so well...I hope. You see what I'm saying.

Personal gaming update

So yeah, Nier is done, and I was actually quite impressed with the twist at the end. It was quite the entertaining game overall and if I didn't have anything else to play, I'd go back and see more of the story through Kaine's eyes. But I do; I gotta start Red Dead from scratch, as I've said before. For reviews, summer is pretty bland but I'm pretty sure I'll be handling Naughty Bear and Singularity (among others) this month. Oh, and I never did finish 3D Dot Game Heroes and I'll want to do that at some point, but I can't imagine it would take very long. Alpha Protocol turned out to be broken, Backbreaker wasn't really what I wanted, and although Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype really is fantastic, I've pretty much gotten my fill.

Outside of that, not much else to report. Just remember I'll be choosing the winners for our Sumthing Digital soundtrack giveaway soon; probably early this week.

6/5/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (109 posts)

GuernicaReborn
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 9:56:32 PM
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Ben, you said all they need is the face and body of Kim. They could hire a real actor to do the movements and voice acting, but use a Virtual Kim Kardashian for the eye candy.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 11:36:32 PM

I know that, but this isn't the trend for the best we've seen lately.

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recks1jtp
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 7:53:52 AM

Didn't they use a different person for the voice portion of Madison in Heavy Rain as opposed to who did the character model?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:02:22 PM
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Say Ben is the DLC for the young character in Nier out there on the store? I might do my first playthrough with him instead, the old dude is kinda blah.

Definitely gotta clock 3D Dot, but you know how it is when game's get you hooked. For some reason RDR isn't addicting to me so I just fire it up, do one or two missions then quit and play an RPG.

I should be pretty much set for summer, but do you have any plans on whether you or Arnold will be on top of New Vegas later in the year? (I know Fallout 3 wasn't your bag).

Also what are your thoughts on SquareEnix's announcement to announce something before E3?

Funny thing about Kim Kardashian as Lara Croft, which I'm still deciding on overall, is the trend toward larger womenfolk taking center stage.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 11:45:19 PM

Yes, the DLC is there but the main character is better. A mature man who acts like a mature man is relatively novel for JRPGs.

I'm sure one of us will cover New Vegas. Arnold loved Fallout 3 even if I didn't.

And I'm not holding my breath for the Square-Enix thing. They haven't announced anything new that I've been interested in for quite some time.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 12:02:42 AM

I hear ya on SE, and you seem to have this sixth sense about stuff like that too.

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dillonthebunny
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:05:18 PM
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Ben, just before you get in to RDR, I recommend that you put a little Ennio Morricone on your PS3. you need this music while youre playing RDR. ..trust me, it fits so well, so very well.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 11:45:54 PM

Ah, no thanks. I always stick to the original game soundtrack.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 12:58:23 AM

Same

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Qubex
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 2:41:23 AM

Same here...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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dillonthebunny
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 4:12:01 AM

im the same.. i really am, i always trust the developer to choose the right music, especially when it comes to R*.

If RDR had a soundtrack that kicked in and played things while you were doing these things, I wouldnt even of bothered to try to play music.

BUT.. from exp on RDR after 28 hours of gameplay, when your walking around the plains for hours upon hours hunting and just hanging out, to have a lil background music is sweet, but only if its right.

im not taking J.Cash or Dolly Parton... Ennio Morricone is the man if youre ever going to do this in RDR.

tracks like L Arena or A Sillhoutte of Doom, both featured in Kill Bill are incredible tunes to lose yourself in RDR. as for things like Good the Bad and the Ugly or Fistfull of Dollars, theyre cool too.. but theres less dramtic tunes that add to RDRs gameplay rather than make it something it is not.

so where I would agree 100% about changing game music (as I have said for many years on the forums) ...this is the first time ive ever recommended it. but then again, lets face it, the amount of 'personal time' you put in to RDR while collecting things, making money and just having a nosey around the map makes this sort of music work. you could easily put 20+ hours of free time in to RDR, so not do it with style.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:23:33 PM

I like the music that comes in when you are in a shootout.

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carl0975
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 2:30:48 PM

Yeah, whenever I play RDR, I always play The Ecstasy of Gold in my head :)

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frostface
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:10:55 PM
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I always seem to log on when you've just posted up some new article/news.I guess I'm stayin up well past bedtime too often (4am).
After reading the reviews and posts by other members regarding Nier, I purchased it the other day along with Heavy Rain and Red Dead Redemption.
I spent all of yesterday playing Red Dead and the day before it was all about Heavy Rain but of the three games, the one that I've become most attached to for no specific reason, has to be hands down, Nier.
I don't know what it is that has me hooked. The side missions in many ways are annoying as in they just involve sending you back and forth on mundane missions with no real bearing on the main story. The fishing is annoying. It doesn't look the best but not bad enough to pass up on the game. So what makes it so endearing? Its the story. The father daughter aspect is awesome. You really feel for them. Its just an enjoyable game.

I was away when the review for Resonance of Fate went up. I read it last night and it got a good write up but the combat seemed to be an issue in so far as getting used to it. Since the game has been out a few weeks now I have to ask, if anyone has this game and have gotten used to the combat, what is your view of the game now? I'm considering ordering it in when I get some cash flow coming in again. Is it worth the purchase?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:16:00 PM

Wish I could help you, but I'm sitting on the fence about RoF for the same reasons.

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frostface
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:47:39 PM

I watched some gameplay on youtube and it looked interesting enough to get my attention. You're an old school RPG'r (btw like your 'What RPG's' thread in forums), have you seen any of the gameplay? Whats your take on what you've seen?
I also like the look of WKC but the store was out of stock the other day.
There's something uber cool regarding RoF thats kinda appealing in how it looks. Not that appearances make a great game but I'm interested non the less.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 11:48:23 PM

I know exactly what you mean about Nier. It's almost indefinable what makes it so appealing to RPGers, and it says a lot that I went back to it after having to abandon it for a while.

As for RoF, it was crazy in-depth and the combat was really innovative, but I just found it more of a chore than it needed to be. The idea is awesome and the animations and moves that go along with the Matrix-style gunplay are sweet...but there's just too much to think about, IMO. And I almost NEVER say that, being a long-time role-playing fan.

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johnld
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 11:55:27 PM

resonance of fate is a great game, combat system gets pretty hard but once you get the tricks then its great. I'm talking about using unarmored areas, using the high ground, and using machine guns and handguns. right now i got side tracked by modnation racers so once i finish the last 3 races i'm going back to it. I grinded too much to the point that i needed to play a different game for a while, but that was my fault. just a friendly warning though, difficulty ramps up a lot from chapter 6 to chapter 7. i went from my group at level 50 brushing off attacks to getting half my life taken out by one attack while there are 4 other guys waiting to hit you. trick is know when to attack so that the enemy doesnt get the chance to. The only thing i wish they did was have your clothing buff you up in stats, theres so much to choose from but they dont do anything but change your appearance, and they're expensive as hell so im doing it later in the game.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 12:04:24 AM

I like the gameplay vidz of RoF but was a little turned off by the reported blandness of the backgrounds and a battle system that may be a little to intricate to tweak properly. I'm sure I'll wind up with it at some point though.

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TheOldOne
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 9:09:05 AM

The thing I loved most about the game was the outfit customization of each character. The graphics of the clothes and how they looked on the cut-scenes and on battle looks awesome! Also, I liked the weapon customization since you really see a difference when upgrading each weapon with parts (especially when dual wielding machine guns doing twice over 30.0x attacks on a single character attack)!
The battle system takes a while to get used to. I'm on chapter 15 now, and as I look back I have to say the game was very well worth my time, but it was a little tough to get used to. Especially the resonance attacks and other complexities of this breakthrough battle system.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:53:27 PM
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Oh, Ben. Games are already beginning to fall into the trappings of Hollywood. Endless sequels which detract from the high quality of the originals. Bland, formulaic stories and gameplay. Graphics becoming more important than gameplay to the consumer. It really is the fault of the casual gamer as far as I can tell. The day that they start crafting completely superfluous and stupid characters for the sake of eye-candy in a game that really doesn't need aforementioned character is the day that I give up on humanity for good.
It's great that there are still occassional gems such as Heavy Rain, but the world is losing sight of creativity. If only the PSXE community could band together and create a game. Oh the ideas, the concepts, the amount of arguing.
What am I talking about? I don't know. As for the temperature, we get between 22 and 30 degrees celcius all year round. It's all good.
Peace.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 11:50:34 PM

I don't think it's quite so bad yet. We're still in a position in this industry where the best-selling games are almost always the best-reviewed games. It's almost the opposite in movies; the most trite, insulting pieces of sh** top the box office. So long as fans continue to reward quality in this industry, I think we'll be okay.

There just may be some instances of bad movie influences. And let's not forget that sequels in gaming typically turn out to be better than the originals, just because the technology and development ability got better. Look at Uncharted and Uncharted 2, or the progression of God of War or Gran Turismo.

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:23:18 AM

We may not be there yet, but it's coming particularly with the influx of so-called casual gamers to the industry. I mean, look at the sales numbers of titles like Modern Warfare 2 and Halo 3. They sell on name value, and the amount of follow on purchasers due to people wanting to play with their friends online.
Yes, you're right about games generally being better, but take a look at things like Tony Hawk: Ride. Was it the ninth, or tenth iteration? Either way, it was the worst reviewed to date. Another example would be Guitar Hero. While it hasn't necessarily gotten worse, I wouldn't say it's gotten better either, merely different. Picking on Activision here aren't I?
How about Final Fantasy 13? I understand that most of the complaints against it are levelled at the immense difference between it and earlier games. But again, unless I'm much mistaken it was the worst reviewed of the (numbered) franchise to date.I know that I'm actively seeking out examples of games getting worse, and I could rattle off a hundred to prove the opposite, but it's still a viable argument.
The degeneration of the industry has already begun. As for movies, yes, but is there a viable alternative to the flashy spectacle in terms of the ability for a film company to make money? One of my favourite movies is Casablanca because of the simplicity and focus on characters, but try doing something like that today and you might have three people going to see it. There has been a shift in the way people think.

I keep writing these massive editorials here. Anyone would think I have a hatred of brevity.
Peace.

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xenris
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 9:05:56 AM

I completely agree with you. I feel that the videogame industry is becoming to much of a business to support new and creative gaming ideas.

How many games like Flower, Heavy Rain or Shadow of the Colossus have you played recently or have seen that are currently in development? Little to none I'm afraid =( More developers need to be looking for creative ways to let the player interact and explore the game world they create.

Instead every game is getting an RPG lite feature stuck into the game to keep people addicted and playing their game/franchise. Heck I've even asked myself why filling up that EXP bar is so darn important even though it yields nothing except maybe a small insignificant upgrade and another bar that needs to be filled.

The Halos the CoDs and yes even the rockstar games like Red Dead, usually sell because of there name and nothing else. All the halos are generic console shooters, I have played them all and I love shooters but they are absolutely nothing special.

Don't get me started about Call of duty....EXP points for doing anything in the online mode...Die a lot? heres some EXP, open a door like a big boy, heres some more EXP...I'm exaggerating a little but you get the picture.

Red Dead was fun but ... other than the amazing game world they created...there were hardly new and creative ways to interact with said world. The tech is impressive but the gameplay was mundane and repetitive. Kill bandits, protect train, kill bandits, invade a mine etc. It is getting high reviews that it doesn't really deserve, but to each their own, reviews are opinions right?

When will this industry start evolving in ways other than graphics and kill streaks?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 2:06:14 PM

I really think far too many gamers think every last game has to be "creative" or "innovative" in some way. I wouldn't complain if I were you.

If we have the likes of Uncharted 2, God of War III, Heavy Rain, Red Dead Redemption, Assassin's Creed II, Bioshock 2, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 all in about 6-8 months, we really can't complain about any sort of lack of quality.

The only people who seem to complain are those who never lived through the 8 and 16-bit eras (and even the 32-bit era) where there was nowhere near the level of frequency of quality games. In the old days, you'd be lucky if you could find like 10 a year that could be considered awesome; these days, it's possible you'll three times that many in any given year. Seriously...don't complain.

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xenris
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 3:31:55 PM

For the record I grew up in the 8-bit era and I know all about the things you mentioned.

But can you really say that the PS1 didn't have one of the most amazing game libraries ever? Yes it was sort of a renaissance of the gaming industry but still a lot of if not some of the best RPGs i've ever seen in terms of story and characters AND gameplay, Action titles that tested your reflexes and made you a better player, and the platformers oh the platformers were brilliant...what ever happened to those?

I just feel we are getting 70% shovel ware these days and sadly...it sells for some unknown reason.

Of all those games you mentioned most of them did something sort of new or did evolve or did something extremely right. UC2 has an amazing story and characters, along with Heavy Rain and AC2. BF:BC2 gave us destruction 2.0 which is an evolution.

RDR and Bioshock 2 I think are quality but IMO RDR mainly is hugely over rated. Bioshock 2 felt to similar to Bioshock.

I know that nothing is new and that almost everything is an evolution of something else or based off of another idea or concept. But I feel the industry is stagnating, and that is honestly just my opinion. I dont need every title to be a AAA title. NIER wasn't and I loved that game, but it had soul or something that I can't put my finger on.

Anyway my main point is I would rather play 10 moderately unique games a year than 100 games that all feel the same or are lacking soul.

I'm not arguing Ben I know we disagreed about Alpha Protocol but please don't hate it was just my opinion. That was only my second post after years of just reading and watching I decided to join this community.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 6:56:14 PM

Your opinion is fine but you're letting nostalgia get the better of you. It happens to me, too. I still say the PS1 is the best RPG machine ever...but what did it REALLY do? Outside of a few major emerging franchises, like Gran Turismo and Metal Gear Solid, I don't see how it provided any more innovation than we've already seen in this generation so far.

There is almost no such thing as "shovelware" this generation, while it was extremely common in the old days. Games are big business now, which is why it's very difficult for a seriously broken game to make it to store shelves. Before, we'd see entirely broken games all the time. Now, to pass through the amount of approvals necessary, "shovelware" is officially a thing of the past.

You may not like something like Modern Warfare 2 and you may not like something you've already seen before - perhaps the new Prince of Persia is a good example - but that doesn't really have any bearing on QUALITY. Quality is first and foremost. Innovation is a distant second. Because you can utilize the freshest ideas and concepts the world has ever seen; if they're poorly implemented, nobody will care.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 2:27:08 AM

I'm not saying that every game requires creativity or innovation, but it always helps to pique my attention. No, if a game is great, then I will invariably get around to purchasing it.
I also understand your comment about the comparative amount of shovelware between now and then, Ben. I mean, I never had either a PSOne or PS2, or an Xbox, or GameCube, or well, anything between the Atari 2600 and my PS3, and having just had those two consoles, I recognise the vast difference in the number and quality of titles released for each. It's probably not fair of me to compare the two because the enormous technological leap from one to the other, yet I can't help it.
I must have had something like a hundred games for the Atari, but I only ever played maybe ten. On the PS3, I have close to 25, and I try to go through them all at least once a year, as well as keeping up with the latest releases. Anything that I'm not enamoured with I trade in.
And yes, quality should always be first and foremost in developers mind, followed VERY closely by keeping their consumers in good spirits (I'm looking at you S-E), then innovation is third. I think that's all for now.
Peace.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:55:22 PM
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As far as SquareEnix's announcement to announce something shocking before E3.....

Since MS has now OK'ed porn, SE has taken MS's "exclusive" loaded Brinks armored truck offer, so Kim Kardashian will play the main character role in their newest Kingdom Hearts

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FullmetalX10
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 3:43:26 AM

Bikersaint, it's not funny to kid around with Kingdom Hearts, such thiings can give people heart attacks. I kid, but really though...

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BikerSaint
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:55:59 PM
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Sarcasm, folks!!!!

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:56:56 PM
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Just a thought, has anyone seen the new thing about Motorstorm 3: San Francisco? It's a translated site from French, but I like the screenshots.

Link here: http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http://www.ps3gen.fr/motorstorm-3-images-volees-jeu-toujours-pas-annonce-actualite-11172.html&sl=fr&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

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Milonakis
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:58:40 PM
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I agree with your Heavy Rain comment. It really has been the most well thought out and executed game this year. GOWIII is a very close second. Kim Kardashian can burn in hell for all I care. She is a horrible actor and I'm glad butters got her killed with his book.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 12:05:11 AM

What was it again? The penis that took a poop?

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Milonakis
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:27:32 AM

I believe it was the poop that took a pee as narrated by Morgan Freeman.

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TEG3SH
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 12:59:10 PM

Ha HA the name of the book was The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs.
and butters was devastated after she died

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:25:09 PM

That was the one the guys wrote, but Butter's wrote a second one. The poop that took a pee sounds right.

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TEG3SH
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:40:06 PM

Yeah Yeah got me with that,touche world touche.

the 2nd book was called The Poop That Took a Pee

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laxpro2001
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 11:09:31 PM
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Can't wait to play Heavy Rain once I get back to the states.

Also Kim Kardashian... meh

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StevieRV
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 12:26:32 AM
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is quantic dreams new game exclusive to the ps3? do we know?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:00:27 AM

It very likely will be.

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Alienange
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 12:38:38 AM
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I'm still upset about Alpha Protocol. I thought maybe, just maybe, we'd have another really good RPG on offer.

Maybe I have to take another look at Nier.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:00:34 AM
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I'm a bit disappointed that psxe hasn't reviewed Modnation Racers (Sony didn't send ya a copy?). It's the kind of game they'd want reviews from as many sites as possible.

The Summer break is so important. If more new great games kept coming out for the ps3 it'd be impossible to buy them all...

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Qubex
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 2:44:44 AM

I'm sure that is coming Scarecrow...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 3:11:35 AM

Yeah, I'm a little bit bothered by no Modnation Racers review too considering Ben's been promising it for the last two weeks or so. Can we be sure that Arnold hasn't, you know, kicked it? I prefer to think that he's just being thorough.
Peace.

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johnld
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 2:37:53 PM

modnation racers is an amazing game, its get a bit difficult sometimes but i still love it. I'm 3 races away from beating the game but kinda got held up right now. since you havent gotten the game yet, i suggest you wait until they issue the loading time patch. they let you install the game but the loading time is still damn long. I dont play it continously because loading time between races are annoyingly long. and that was just single player where the only customizable thing is your racer and cart. i havent even touched online matches with custom maps yet. i have tried custom maps offline though. still long though.

hahah, i just noticed that the google ad thats floating around is the kardashians.

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tes37
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:08:38 AM
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I can't see Kim Kardashian playing the role of Lara Croft. The gal has way too much junk in the trunk. She's kinda freaky looking.

I'm still playing ModNation Racers and RDR. I'm taking my time getting through both of them. I lose a lot of hours in that creation studio. I wish they would have made a way to flatten some of the layers when piecing shapes together. It would take some of the hassle out of creating karts.

I am 40 years old now as of June 6th. It sounds worse than it feels and that's a good thing I suppose.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:23:26 AM

Congrats TES!

40 is young
I think when one gets into the mid 50s or even early 60s, that's when you can nod and say "let me grow out a huge Santa Claus beard"

I love the CREATE in Modnation, it's so addictive, and you can do so many different kinds of characters, karts, and tracks

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Milonakis
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:28:29 AM

Happy BDay. Modnations 4ever.

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tes37
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:29:10 AM

Thanks Scarecrow and Milonakis.

I agree with you about how addictive the creation studios are. I have more time logged in there than I do racing.

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Qubex
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 2:46:15 AM

Congrats Tes... happy 40th... Unfortunately, I did not particularly like Modnation...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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FullmetalX10
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 3:53:22 AM

congratz, Tes37, I guess, even though at that age getting older every day is less enjoyable than at my age, I kid, I kid. Getting older means more life experience and that's what it's all about.
So enjoy your 40th year on this planet.

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Rings0fUranus
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 6:16:28 PM

Happy Birthday, Catman!

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CharlesD
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 2:05:07 AM
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I also would like to hear more about Horizon, I'm sure they will be feeding us a tid bit more info on it soon... well at least I hope to god they do

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Qubex
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 2:47:29 AM

Well, it's all on the horizon, I am sure we will get more news, and leaks at E3... it may be early, but somethings gotta come out soon enough on this title. Similarly to Ben, I hope it is a success as it will definitely move thing forward not doubt...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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LittleBigMidget
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 3:20:02 AM
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I'm addicted to Modnation Racers. Done.

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Deleted User
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 3:36:29 AM
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BEN!!BEN!BEN!!! Too bad, I were had personaly email this to you but sadly PSX doesn't have messaging, far as I think. Anyway, watch this vid, if you havent & tell me wether Heavy Rain "The Movie" cant be done?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2S40gXwyzA#

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___________
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 4:01:56 AM
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not only is heavy rain the best game this year its the best game available this gen!
besides some plot inconsistencies and well some far fetched extremes it was a really well thought out game.

im really getting bored of RDR, its just the same sh*t over and over and over and over again!
so im trying to get back into alpha protocol, im upto the second boss and hes driving me f*cking insane!!!!!!!!!!
why do developers do this?
the infuriating puzzles i could put up with.
the infuriating first boss battle i could put up with.
but now this???????
honestly its like they sat down and said how can we make this game as infuriating as humanly possible?
its like there trying to make the players peg their controller through the tv.
if that was the objective than all i can say is MISSION COM FUC*ING PLETE!!!!!!!!!
i hate it when such good games get spoiled from something so small and stupid.

i might give blur a go now since i cant be fu*ked playing either RDR or AP both just give me a splitting headache.
mod nation racers is a disappointment though, the weapons are so freaking weak and inaccurate.
i was expecting the weapons system to work like crash team racing but it could not be more different.
and for some reason the shield does jack sh*t!!!
every time i turn on the shield the weapon still destroys me even though i have the shield on.

its really wired.
im coming second, i catch upto the guy whos coming first just before i pass him i shoot him.
2 seconds after i shoot him hes back in front of me.
WTF????????
shooting enemies does almost freaking nothing!
you would think they would be incapacitated for a while but there not, they just flash for like 1 second than continue like nothing happened.
not to mention they almost always miss, and if they dont miss the enemies just happen to block them all the time.
funny how when i use the shield nothing happens, but every time i shoot them they use the shield and it protects them.
like they have telepathical powers that can read the future and tell when im going to fire.
even when im in front of them, and there literally on my a$$ like 5 cms away and i fire they still manage to get the shield up.
how could you possibly react that quickly?????
mod nation racers really feels like a rush job sadly.
i was hoping i would have a kart racer to knock mario kart of the throne, but it cant even knock of blur!!!

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Snaaaake
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 4:14:01 AM

Read a lot of reviews that complained bout the difficult AI, but they're cheap as well?

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RadioHeader
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 6:09:17 AM

Regarding ModNation Racers; ____________ is talking *********.

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___________
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 8:51:32 AM

boss battles yes the AI is extremely cheap!
im upto this bit where you have to fight a boss with him running at you with a knife.
you have to run away and shoot him at the same time and shooting him does not stop him or slow him down.
so you either run and not get hit, or shoot him a few times and get hit.
if you dont shoot him than you go around and around in circles.
if you do shoot him, you will get stabbed.
get stabbed 2 or 3 times and your dead, well before he looses half his health.
o and did i mention grenades magically some how have almost no effect?
you lob not one, not two but THREE! grenades at him, they explode at his feet and he barley looses a cm of health!

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Shams
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:18:31 PM

Mr. _________, I believe Snake was referring to Modnation.

You must be from a really wealthy home, because apparently you have money to blow on any and every game (and you're at uni if I'm not mistaken). I can understand why your father is so ticked off about gaming, and also why you don't take much heed from reviews.

And because you play just about every and any game on both consoles, I'd be really interested on your thoughts, however because of your constant use of hyperbole and your apparently huge budget, I don't think they would do me much good.

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johnld
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 2:50:11 PM

@______
I have the same advice for you as i did when you complained about uncharted 2, take your damn time and actually learn the game. weapons are absolutely deadly because i've been on the giving and releasing end of them. If you want better weapons, stack it up by picking up 2 or 3 items without firing it. level 3 is brutal. unless you werent paying attention to the tutorials, theres another way to attack them, sideswipe. the weapon system is great in modnation racers. the shield works fine too, you cant just press circle right when you hear the beeping, you have to time it. the shield works at set increments, you probably blew up because you activated your shield too early and it turned off. The only real complaints i will acknowledge is that the game is hard but manageable. I've already beaten all the grudge matches and didnt really run into much trouble. as long as you stay in front, itll be a little easier. the second is the loading times.

Once again, take your damn time and learn the game before complaining. then maybe well end up with less of your idiotic complaints.

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Rings0fUranus
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 4:11:22 PM

Maybe you're just bad at video games.

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___________
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 8:35:26 AM

i only get every new release because im able to take them back a week later and get something else otherwise i would not be able too.

as for MNR the weapons are crap compared to the weapons in either mario cart, blur or even sonic and sega all stars racing.
in either of those games if i actually shoot some one they dont overtake me 2 seconds later.

the side swiping is freaking useless because to use it you need boost and im always using it up because every 2 seconds i have a missile to deflect so i never have any spare to use on side swiping.
its like giving me 5 bucks to do the weekly shopping, fill up the car, pay bills and cover daily expenses.

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Snaaaake
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 4:11:11 AM
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Ben, I'm still waiting for Split/Second and Modnation Racer reviews.

How could you put Tecmo Bowl and Backbreaker before those 2!!

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Petetheginge
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 4:28:37 AM
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Hi, just signed up, first post.

Slightly off topic but... I'm 16 years old and my dad won't let me get rdr. Do you guys think I'm old enough for it and how could I convince him to let me have it?

Thnx for any replies

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Snaaaake
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 5:02:31 AM

It doesn't matter how old you are, it's all about how you think, to know what's right and what's wrong.

I played GTAIII at 12 and my family didn't give a damn even after they saw me stealing cars and beating up people mercilessly.

As long as you don't get brainwashed by any violent game, you're good to go.

As for convincing your dad, I have no idea how to because I never had such problem.

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Qubex
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 5:58:43 AM

Welcome PeteTheGinge... the problem with RDR is that you can massacre a whole town... including shooting your horse in the head ans stripping it of its flesh... and don't know if your dad would appreciate you doing that just yet...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Snaaaake
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 6:51:34 AM

Just tell him, "Dad! This game can teach me how to survive in the wild!!".

Just joking.....talk him into it, maybe it'll help.

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Random_Steve
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 8:02:49 AM

I feel for you, I had the same problem with Killzone. I never got my way but my brother is 18 so he got it so yea, i had to rely off him. I don't know your dad, but mine wouldn't change his mind.

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Petetheginge
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 11:26:15 AM

Basically he doesn't like violent games or games with loads of swearing. I live with my mum and sister but my mum said to ask my dad but he said no so she says no. My sister bought it for me Without them knowing but I think my mum would recognise it and tell my dad. I guess I could just play it late at nigh but it seems a bit decietful. Just don't want to miss out on rdr tho... :(

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TEG3SH
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:02:59 PM

u can start by killing horses and stuff, so he can see it wont corrupt u anymore. J/K u dont want those hippie BETA after u

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MyWorstNightmar
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:37:42 PM

Pete, first of all, welcome to the site! The game deals with some pretty adult orientated themes, I really wouldn't recommend it for you. It is rated M for a reason. Anyone on this site that thinks you are ok to play this game would in this instance be a hipocrite. We always complain how government officials or child advocacy groups rail against the violence of games, and we come right back at them and say, "Lay off, the games have ratings for a reason, when the game is rated M, that means no kids! Only adults should be playing these games." As I said before, it would be rather hipocritical of us to then on the other hand say that you, a 16 year old, can handle this game.

As hard as it might be to resist, I really think you should listen to your dad. I clearly don't know your dad, but as a father of two myself, when we make crappy sounding rules, we really do have your best interests in mind.

There are plenty of other great games out there to play for a few more years until you are 18.

Hey, this is a good opportunity to score some brownie points with your dad. Don't dime your sister out, but tell your dad that you had an opportunity to borrow the game from a friend, but you CHOSE to respect your dad's wishes.

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Shams
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:38:52 PM

Your quite sensible for your age. You don't want your parents to get into a fight, and you don't want either your sister or yourself to get in trouble.

The best thing to do is if you haven't opened it, return it and get a game, or a couple of games, that you can enjoy in peace knowing that no one will get in trouble. Really RDR is a great game, but nothing really new. If you played GTA4, AC2, inFamous, and or Just Cause 2, you're not missing much at all.

Other than that, if your father does play games, you can ask him to check it out before you play it, and see what he thinks after that. There isn't any really nasty content in it, except for one cutscene late in to the game, and some foul language used occasionally. He might even be impressed by all the "chores" you have to carry out in the game, like herding and hunting. But whatever you do, don't do it behind your parents back. It's a good game, but not at all worth gambling your parents' trust over.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 2:01:36 PM

Welcome. For me, I'd just say it's borderline. But in general, no, I would not recommend a Mature-rated title to a minor.

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Petetheginge
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 2:39:58 PM

K, thnx for your opinions guys. My dad, sister and I talked about it today and decided to return it. I agree that it is rated M for a reason but I'm a bit dissapointed that I can't play it obvs. Why did r* not tone down the swearing at least? No need for it in a western tbh. From a financial viewpoint they would have got more sales from teenagers. It makes no sense

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carl0975
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 3:18:29 PM

If you aren't affected by blood and harsh language, then it shouldn't be too big of a deal, because that's really the only stuff that can't be avoided. And to be honest, if you can't handle that now, a year or two probably won't make much difference.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 5:15:44 PM

Actually there isn't much swearing, just now and then unlike KZ2. I find the game more in line with a PG13 movie myself.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 2:54:24 AM

I know that I'm VERY late to the party, but RDRedemption was rated MA15+ here in Aus (I'm guessing because we don't have an R18+ rating, but I digress). From what I've played so far, it actually seems far tamer than GTA IV, and indeed many games. There is not a great deal of cursing, and it almost always fits in the context, and blood is rare too. Of course, you shoot someone and see a puff of red, but that's all. Until you skin the animals, that's a lil nasty, but all-in-all, it's not really that bad. Not compared to some of the other stuff out there.
Anyway, good of you to actually talk it out with your family, then bow to their judgement. Very good indeed.
Peace Pete.

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Deleted User
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 5:25:57 AM
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hey guys whats up.
who the **** is kim kardashian ? J/K
a quick question Ben
how come you don't up date the release date page ? I would like to have place to go on here and like for release dates for games besides the reviews and previews like games the come out 6 or 12 month in advince. one other thing were is the hype for Metal Gear Soild Peace Walker ?

my gaming update
been playing a lot old games lately so that i can clear up my backlog of games i have yet to finish games so i can start R.D.R

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 6:59:39 PM

If you want to see the release date for a game, just go to PS3 Games or whatever. I'm not saying the right date will always be there, but it should be if we've covered it in any way (news, preview, etc.).

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JackC8
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 7:11:53 AM
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I'm still playing Fallout 3. Meh. Just doing the same sort of stuff in the same sort of environments over and over and over. And it wasn't any fun in the first place. 25 hours in...does it every get better?

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xenris
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 8:53:10 AM

If your not enjoying it now, chances are you never will. Nothing drastically changes to the game play formula as you get further in that game. Perks and Talents can only do so much, if your not invested in the characters or the world yet, well you might as well pack it in and move on. Just my opinion though.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:26:25 PM

Agree with Xenris, if you don't like it now you won't. Personally I'm on my third playthough so I can get into the DLC, I love scavving and exploring in an immersive environment. If you don't like F3, stay away from Oblivion as well.

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Random_Steve
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 8:00:40 AM
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Well, I've been playing Modnation Racers constantly this past week, good times :) After I create a good race that gets a good amount of downloads, I'll go back to Uncharted 2. Any tips on getting loads of views? I challenge people to my level, and although most people download it (22 downloads for 30 plays), i can't keep challenging because I'm sick of that level now...

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Random_Steve
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 2:44:10 PM

anyone?

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tes37
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 3:06:50 PM

What's the name of the track? I'll download it.

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Random_Steve
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 3:40:30 PM

Jungle Massive, baaad name :) but yea, cheers. how do you search?

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tes37
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 3:54:50 PM

Hit the start button and go to share, then download, and you can do a search by text under mods, karts, or tracks.

edit: I see someone has named their track the same as yours, except they didn't capitalize the first letters. Good thing you said you had 22 downloads, I may have picked the wrong one.

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Random_Steve
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 10:58:46 AM

cheers, evidently my name is james and not steve :)

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dork02840
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 9:12:44 AM
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Ben I am wondering, with all those on the horizon, what is your expectation for Transformers War for Cybertron? i have read updates on fan sites about the online play being almost lag free. are you looking forward to it? or are your expectations low?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 2:00:26 PM

Well, the expectations are higher than normal just because High Moon Studios are in charge (Kung Fu Panda). But even so...

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CharlesD
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 10:47:06 AM
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As OI hear more about Modnation Racers the more tempted I am to go pick it up. It's probably between that and LBP right now

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Scarecrow
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 12:29:27 PM

Get Modnation

Simply because you will enjoy creating avatars, karts, and tracks

In LBP it will take you days to create a GOOD level.

I'd just wait for LBP2 where the creation mode will be easier.

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Rings0fUranus
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 12:57:52 PM
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I think I'm going to head to Utica right now and pick up Monster Hunter Freedom Unite and play it over ad-hoc party. Oh and the fiancee wants to pick out wedding bands *yawn* :D

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:28:04 PM

At least that'll be marginally cheaper than the diamond.

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MyWorstNightmar
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:43:57 PM

I dunno TaoMeowMeow, you may want to take advantage of this wedding bands shopping. Could get her romantic juices flowing for later this evening. Never let a good opportunity slip through your fingers. Lord knows when you get married, and have kids, her appetite for such things will definately take a change for the worse.

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Rings0fUranus
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 4:19:52 PM

Argh. Target, FYE, and Sears didn't have Monster Hunter, and I won't go into Gamestop, so I guess it's Amazon for me. Target and Sears had Peace Walker for sale already though, but I didn't get it because I have the Spirited Green PSP pre-ordered, and that comes with Peace Walker. Can't wait for tuesday!
@MyWorst - I'm indeed a lucky man, as her "appetite" has shown no signs of slowing down, and we have a kid that's two years old. However, I will take your advice and pounce on this opportunity. ;)

By the way, those damn rings cost 900 dollars!!! I wanted platinum, but the jeweler said those would cost thousands of dollars apiece! So we got white gold. Texas Tea. Oh wait, that's black gold... :P

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Temjin001
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 6:16:45 PM
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I think I just gave up on the newer Tomb Raider Underworld game. Does anyone else feel heavy eye strain when playing this particular game? The game itself is okay. I felt Crystal Dynamics was on the right track with Legends, but Underworld doesn't seem as focused.

I'm eagerly awaiting Bayonetta (360) tomorrow. I won it on an Ebay auction for just $25 after shipping. Woo Hoo!

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kraygen
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 6:48:47 PM
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I have to totally disagree with you on one thing Ben. You seem all negative and hesitant about quantic going after a title using move tech. I feel thing exact opposite, with move allowing so much new stuff, being so precise and everything.

Quantic has proven that they can make something fabulous and innovative, so I hear this news and I get excited, because I would rather have a studio willing to take risks and do something over the top use move for us gamers, than to have a bunch of cheap low budget ppl hopping on the kiddie train with it.

I say go quantic/move game, show everyone what the possibilities are.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 6:57:50 PM

I have plenty of faith in Quantic Dream so if they want to do something with Move, fine. But if they do, we all have to admit Move will be the primary focus. They will have to find ways to utilize that technology and I really don't think we'd get the same unbelievable emphasis on storyline and character development that we had in Heavy Rain.

That's just how I see a motion-sensing effort by anyone playing out...the focus is clear, and it's not necessarily the artistic focus I desire.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 7:31:49 PM

I'm sure they could do something interesting but I don't want to HAVE to buy a move to play one sweet game if I don't plan on getting any others.

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dork02840
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 7:52:28 PM
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ben i will see your kung fu panda and raise you a darkwatch and bourne conspiracy. i do not think the game will be quite the batman AA some people say it will be but i have high hopes.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 10:01:06 PM

Darkwatch=best FPS

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CharlesD
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 12:02:27 AM
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Ok, so now it's between Modnation Racers and LBP 2 lol soo any suggestions?

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Lawless SXE
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 2:30:11 AM

Haven't played Modnation Racers yet, but I'd hedge my bets and wait for LBP2. The level designing will make you think harder. On a slightly related note, I think I've worked out how to make Space Invaders in the first LBP, I'll get on that after RDR.
Good luck on the choice, Charles.
Peace.

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raiden213
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 10:48:20 PM
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I'm having a hard time deciding which game I will be getting between Heavyrain, GoW3 and RDR. Heavyrain w/ its storytelling, GoW3= action and RDR's athmosphere from what I have read. All 3 have their own strength thats why I am having a hard time getting 1 game at the moment.

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CharlesD
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 3:30:45 PM
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Heavyrain, then RDR, then GOWIII is my sugesstion at least. With heavy rain you have a game with more than twenty possible endings, amazing acting, and an expierence which literally spawned the name "interactive drama". The others are also great but if you had to choose one, that's certainly your best bet

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