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Ben's Week In Review: July 11

Goddamn heat wave. Over 100 three days in a row...needed both the bedroom and living room air conditioners, along with closed drapes, in order to keep it cool in here. ...I hate summer.

Er..."new mechanics" in Dragon Age 2?

I don't like it when companies make announcements and don't bother to elaborate on obviously intriguing details. So BioWare goes and officially announces Dragon Age 2 and says we can expect it in March 2011, but that's hardly the most interesting part. The GameSpot article and the press release made mention of "new mechanics" but neither saw fit to provide any further info...and that irks me. What exactly do they mean? If you alter the mechanics even slightly, the entire gameplay changes, and that could really annoy fans of the original title. Maybe it doesn't really have anything to do with the basic control or style of combat, but something a little less obvious and significant...I don't know. But either way, it'll be interesting to see if BioWare really changes the pace and structure in the sequel. Personally, I'm fine with the gameplay the way it is; I'd just ask for either an easier difficulty curve or the option of power-leveling via respawning enemies.

It's weird, actually. This may be the first time in my gaming history when I could say a Western RPG is my most anticipated role-playing title of the next year... I'd say Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but I'm too clueless in regards to that project.

So everybody's all stoked for Vanquish now?

Heh...it was pretty obvious. I don't recall many people around here expressing a ton of interest in Platinum's Vanquish, regardless of the media or info we gathered. But suddenly, Insomniac goes and praises it to high heaven, and there are a lot more anticipatory gamers out there. ;) Oh, don't worry, I get it. It makes sense. Insomniac is well-respected, especially amongst PlayStation fans, and when they say things like, "my favorite game at E3 was Vanquish" and "a brilliant technical showpiece," everyone stands up and takes notice. However, I would like to remind you all that I was very much interested in Vanquish from the get-go, primarily because I do like Gears, and also because I loved Bayonetta and respect Platinum Games and Shinji Mikami. That footage from E3 looks pretty damn good and bear in mind that camera footage almost never looks impressive. What I want to see is a demo of this bad boy...

The question is whether or not it will be able to stand up against the stiff competition later this year. New IPs can have extreme difficulty competing with established franchises, even around the holidays when people loosen the purse strings a bit.

Personal gaming update

I finished Singularity, which I really enjoyed. I highly recommend it if you want a satisfying FPS with a really cool twist; it even boasts a relatively decent story. I so don't regret playing it through to completion and now, I'm going to see if I can get the Wii over here and start on Super Mario Galaxy 2. In the meantime, I've been playing Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - just because it's one of the best games in history - and actually, it doesn't look half bad on my new TV. I won't be testing anything 3D on it until the fall but in the meantime, I have to say that anything in high-definition looks downright phenomenal on this thing. In terms of future games, I really can't think of anything I want right now, so I've got some time to either catch up or play a few classics.

And by the way, just one thing I'd like to add in regards to the heat: a few people - a very few people these days - have reason to wear less clothing and show off. If you do not have a reason, please...for the love of God...we don't want to see it. We really, really don't.

7/10/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (105 posts)

kellett007
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 9:55:05 PM
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Feel the same way about people's clothing choices when during the summer. There are quite a few people here in GA that could use some extra clothing lol.

Have been playing Yakuza 3 and Resident Evil 5 this week, trying to get the platinum in RE5. RE5 has a high replay value for me since I acquired the infinite rocket launcher, only like 6 more trophies to go.

Yakuza 3 is the first game in the series I have played and I really like it. The biggest thing so far with this game that bothers me is characters talking about the hostess clubs and I would have really liked to experience that. Also the mini games are pretty fun, really enjoyed the golf one. I wish more games (were they would fit with the game) would employ various types of mini games. It keeps the game interesting to me.

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dork02840
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 11:06:50 PM

killet what would you compare yakuza 3 to? does it play like streets of rage with the ability to add points to your character ala spiderman web of shadows? btw ben, will you be reviewingor have any interest in the new BlazBlue Continuum Shift?

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kellett007
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 11:42:32 PM

I have never played either of those games. It is somewhat like a Grand Theft Auto game but then again its not. Problem I have with the game is since it was originally a Japanese release game it uses English subtitles and the characters do not speak. To me it is a problem that doesn't really take away from the game play.

The story is pretty good you can view a recap of Yakuza 1 and 2 at the start of the game, which helped me since I had never played either.

There are a lot of random fights with punks when you are walking down the street. The fights are a little over the top (which I like). You can pick up items in the environment during fights to use as weapons. After you win a fight they will pay you money and you can use this money to buy items, weapons at local vendors.

Hopefully that helps you out some. Let me know if you have any other ? about it. Yakuza 3 is a def rent for me. I may write a review for the game when I finish it

FYI: The demo is out in Japan for Yakuza 4 on the PS Store. You can google how to create a Japan PSN account if you want to give it a try.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:03:52 AM

Yakuza 3 is good; it's a street brawler with exploration and a story. So yeah, character development but not as arcade-y or beat-'em-up as Streets of Rage.

We have a review for one of the BlazBlues (not sure which one) but no, I personally have no interest in fighting games.

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WolfCrimson
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 2:44:14 AM

That'd be Calamity Trigger, the first one. The sequel isn't released in NA yet, it's due on 27th July. And please please let PSXE review it. I know that means more work for you guys, but your reviews rock, and I'd like to see this site's take on it.

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Naga
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 4:21:35 AM

As with Guilty Gear its likely just an expansion but honestly I was disappointed with the combat so I hope they remove signature move from X and with a Kick function.

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WolfCrimson
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 4:34:23 AM

Sympozium: BlazBlue =/= Guilty gear. It's not an expansion, more like a sequel, because they continue on with the story after Calamity Trigger. And the Drive button is the most awesome thing that happened to fighting games, gave each character their uniqueness.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 7:11:45 PM

Wolf: We'll certainly try but I'm not sure you'd want me to review it. I'm no good at fighting games and I wouldn't be able to compare the game to other titles in the series. At least, not well.

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WolfCrimson
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 1:26:08 PM

I meant "your reviews" in a plural sense. As in your and Arnold's reviews (and John if he does reviews... but I don't think I've seen reviews by him)

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Snicket
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 9:55:14 PM
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Quick question for you Ben, you mentioned before that you were pretty sure Mass Effect 2 was coming to the PS3, now that some time has passed and there has been zero news about it how are the chances looking? Seeing that Sony and EA are best friends, do you think we can look forward to some type of GOTY ME2 this year or next?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 10:34:05 PM

My theory is that before ME3 comes out, there will be ME1&2 on a single blu ray.

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 11:12:49 PM

I suspected the same thing with ME+ME2 on one Blu-Ray until Michael Pachter (from some Gametrailers bit) said that would probably be next to impossible because of what sounded like probable litigation entanglements with Bioware's former publisher ... I have no idea how or why that would be, but it isn't assuring.

I have been playing Mass Effect some though. Pretty dang awesome, mostly. The combat action is pretty crap, but the whole epic'ness and design presentation is amazing. Also, I tried the ME2 demo and the combat appears to have been improved immensely. Let's hope Bioware figures something out so PS3-only owners get a shot at one of the most highly reviewed franchises this console gen (see Metacritic for aggregate ratings).


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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 11:38:58 PM

really? maybe they had some entanglement with MS or something. I don't know much about ME's publishing. I think I can live without it though.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:04:51 AM

I have no idea. I think it's more likely to see ME3 on the PS3 rather than ports of either of the first two, but other than that, I don't really know.

And I don't really care, either. Never liked ME.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 4:27:45 AM

the first ME was great ( haven't played the 2nd ),not sure what ben didn't like about it but id like to hear it

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 7:12:38 PM

I just didn't like it. It felt like a mediocre third-person shooter with some semi-intriguing story elements. The gameplay just sucked, IMO.

Didn't play the second one, though.

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goodgamer
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 10:14:22 PM
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my most anticipated role-playing title is fallout nv, but that is this year...
Vanquish dont do nothing for me..
I finished Singularity..yea is only 8 hrs long
but has multiplayer.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 10:16:48 PM
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LOL at that last comment. Seriously, in the summertime, only the girls should shed clothes. It's winter here, obviously, but it still doesn't get any lower than about 23 degrees celsius. So it goes. I'm actually under my blanket right now.

I still haven't played Dragon Age: Origins. It's on my list, but I've got about ten games before I get to it, so I can't really comment on the sequel except to again state that I don't think it should be called Dragon Age 2.

Vanquish is higher than it was on my interest list, but unless it scores above nine on average, I'll not have anything to do with it. There are a great many more games that I have yet to deal with.

Personal update.
I once again wrote just under three thousand words this week and am coming close to finishing the current chapter.
Reached the last book of The Time Ships, and oh, it's good. It's far more sci-fi than The Time Machine, but not as pure, so I don't think it is as good.
Still plowing through Valkyria Chronicles, it's taking way too long. I'm thinking of just busting through it this week if I can. I probably won't be able to though because I managed to trade my workmate for Demon's Souls. He borrowed my copy of God of War 3, and after that he wants FFXIII, so that should give me a good long while to hold onto DS.
That's about all I think.

Ben, I had an idea on Tuesday about a series of editorials that I would like you to do. It's probably not worth my mentioning though. I just think that it would be a nice break from the sort of game-specific things that you're doing now.

I propose that you take an in-depth look at how socio-political issues are used in games. How they are used, how you think they should be used, or indeed if they should be used, but try to keep away from mentioning these issues in relation to real-life circumstances. The biggest hurdle to this, I think, would be in the monitoring of the comments as we all have a tendency to become sidetracked, and well I can only imagine how the arguments would explode.

Anyway, I was thinking topics along the lines of: Death, Gender Roles, Story Emphasis, Segregation/Bias, Mental Disease... I had a lot more, but they've slipped my mind. I'm sure if you choose to follow this path you could come up with more, or offer suggestions to the members of this site, so whatever. Just an idea I had.

Peace all.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:06:45 AM

First of all, I was mostly talking about the girls...there are just too many who should be covering up a LOT more.

Secondly, it's not a bad idea but such topics are probably a little too scientifically intense for PSXE. Personally, I wouldn't mind doing them as I DO have a degree in Psychology but I think Val would say it doesn't really fit the readership.

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 8:00:09 AM

Well I never had to worry about seeing people with less clothing than should be had. I live in a town of 113 people. My nearest neighbor is two miles down the road so I don't see human life for days on end LOL. Look up Belle Union, Indiana on Google Earth for further proof haha.

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Underdog15
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 4:33:07 PM

A number of years ago in Toronto, a woman in construction got charged for indecent exposure for taking off her shirt and bra in hot weather. All the construction men had their shirts off, so she sued the city for discrimination....

and won...

It is now perfectly legal, here in the province of Ontario in Canada, for women to be seen in public without any upper body clothing whatsoever.

And fellas.... it's actually NOT an awesome law.... no one good-looking ever takes advantage of such equality... It's never a pretty sight...

Just throwing that out there. lol. How's THAT for covering up? lol

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 7:14:16 PM

Underdog: Yeah, I know about that rule up there. When it got passed, there were a lot of guys in the US going, "aw man, we gotta go up there and check it out!"

I think I was the only one saying, "uhhh...that will NOT be attractive. The girls with bodies you WANT to see will NOT be out there."

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 9:25:46 PM

I rather like Brazil's rule though go topless if you want and there was majority of nice women :)

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Shams
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 9:58:51 PM

It's definitely a self-esteem thing, and really, all one can do is look away (or try hard to). I went to see UFC 116 (Lesnar v Carwin) at a local Applebee's, and the young waitresses were wearing short shorts. Fine enough, but they were hiking them up like they were in competition with each other, and they just looked silly.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, July 12, 2010 @ 1:48:33 AM

Guess I'm lucky in terms of the sheilas. Only the good looking ones wear skimpy bikinis and such as here. The larger women tend to stick to one-pieces. But the blokes. OH MY... THE HORROR. Seriously, most of them look like grounded Zeppelins. Truly not a pretty sight.

As for my idea, could you perhaps put it to a poll? This is the most intelligent and civil readership I've ever seen on a gaming site, so were it to belong anywhere it would be here methinks.
Peace.

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 10:17:31 PM
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Yah, if Platinum Games lands another hit with Vanquish they'll jump up to being one of my fav devs.

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frylock25
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 10:18:56 PM
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sorry to hear about the heat, the most we have here is like high 80's almost 90's the humidity is high and it sucks but ive had worse.

i plan to get a wii when it is priced correctly. meaning $99 or less. then i will score some of the mario games and such. til then that money spent on a currently priced wii could buy me several AAA PS3 games.

Personal gaming update: i platinumed heavy rain in the past week and got my copy of assassins creed II. ACII is way deeper than i had expected. im having a lot of fun with this game. i also got kingdom hearts and have been playing it with my kid. shes loving that.

on a daily basis i have been playing that brain challenge game. i have been doing pretty well, at 45% brain use so far after a week. my gf keeps getting upset with the game and blaming it on how she doesnt know the controller. she keeps showing interest in games but then gives up as soon as she is frustrated. at one point she said it was to easy make it harder when she couldnt do it on easy in the first place. i dont know about her.

anyway back to the killing.

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tes37
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 10:41:30 PM

I haven't thought much about it, but I would buy a Wii for $99 or less. I haven't played a Mario game since my mid 20's. A kid price for a kid machine is the way I see it.

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Underdog15
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 4:35:13 PM

Oh man, it's been in the 80's and 90's with humidity in my HOUSE... hotter outside... with humidity it feels like around the 110 mark.

Our city also had a smog alert at the same time, so people were advised to stay indoors as much as possible...

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tes37
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 10:25:41 PM
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I feel sorry for people up north when a heat wave comes through. Down here in the south, central air is more or less common place, but it runs constantly.

I haven't played much of anything lately. Just randomly picking games out and seeing if it strikes the right chord or not. I put in Dark Sector and found out there was a patch available since early 2009.

I hope there is a demo for vanquish. I don't get excited over fps's but I'm always willing to try it out. I'm not a fan of the genre, but I believe someone will make one, one day, that I'll play.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 10:31:24 PM
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This is one rare case where I hope that they make the Dragon Age 2 fighting a bit more actiony. Loved that first game but it took twenty years from the time you hit a button till something happens.

I'm not stoked for Vanquish at all, looks like it might be fun after a few beers at an Arcade for about a half hour but otherwise nah.

So Ben I doubt your goofy goggles are gonna come down much in price between now and when you play GT5 with them. Sorry man.

Playin WET, with better graphics and tighter controls that game could have been a lot more than it is, but I'm enjoying it anyway. Perfect Tarantino ripoff in action. Got a new super soft recliner too, so I'm having very late and comfortable nights with Fallout 3.

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frostface
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 10:52:56 PM

Despite all the critism, I actually really liked WET! Because of the grindhouse feel to the game, I was more then willing to let the visual side slide. I must get back into that game. The only thing that I didn't like in the game was how sometimes, in order to progress to the next level, you had to clear the assault course within the time limit. But the soundtrack and the gun play went well I thought and it certainly is in my opinion very enjoyable.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 11:42:21 PM

I quite agree, and the style is the real star here after all. The game oozes style. I am not a fan of the courses either because the fluidity of the action isn't at the level it needs to be to clear those challenges with grace. But I like it and it was worth the small price I paid. I also like Eliza Dushku's voice as Rubi. Not sure why reviewers didn't like the car chase sequences, I loves em.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:02:38 AM

Oh and don't let Ben hear me sayin this but WET is better than Bayonetta.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:08:14 AM

Wet was half-broken. Bayonetta is the best pure example of action of the generation...and I'm hardly the only reviewer to agree with that analysis. ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:21:13 AM

If action is the standard then yes I agree, and I know I'm on the outside of this argument, but while Wet gives you a legitimate Grindhouse experience with the story and characters you'd expect, Bayonetta had awful characters with poor designs, ridiculous enemies, and a horrible storyline. Nothing like what I expected from the DMC creator. Which is why I think Mikami is slipping and you all might be tired of Vanquish after a half hour.

edit: oh yeah, and the less said about the floating-chunks-of-land-in-space level designs the better.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:52:16 AM

Those levels worked exceedingly well and everything else you speak of is purely subjective. I knew it was supposed to be over-the-top cheesy innuendo and they hit that mark, IMO. Everything was so beautifully done in terms of hardcore action...I've never seen a more in-depth or more refined mechanic.

The rest...yeah, well, it is personal preference.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 2:12:00 AM

We shall differ then.

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Milonakis
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 10:42:24 PM
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Have you got a psp go ben and would you recommend a purchase?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:09:13 AM

I don't have a PSP Go and I might recommend one if you like hi-tech gadgets with digital software. If you already have a PSP...I dunno. Maybe wait for the PSP2.

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 8:23:46 AM

They are pretty fun to mess with, it replaced my iTouch 8 GB 3G. The handling of the device is quite ergonomic though will require some getting used to if you are moving from the 1000 or 2000 or 3000. The onboard memory is an excellent welcomed feature for obvious reasons. Bluetooth is a very nice though overlooked feature IMO, the tethering and headsets work very well and all standard BT accessories (at least the ones I've tried) have paired nicely. As far as games go, if you have a decent array of newer UMDs and don't really feel like upgrading keep your former unit (assuming you have one) as a back up and for your UMDs of course. To wrap it al up it is a great little device that offers portability and decent specs to match. I say go for it if your a newcomer to the PSP market or if you have a older system and don't want to repurchase games don't go for it unless it offers something you really need or want. Note: screen size and feel WILL be a deal breaker for most.

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Milonakis
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 6:16:45 PM

thanks, i might go for it later this week!

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 9:22:14 PM

I should get commission haha if I at least had 20% commission on all the PSPs I sold to people I'd at least be able to have a new one LOL

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Shams
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 10:54:08 PM
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About the sudden anticipation for Vanquish, and seemingly pervasive bandwagon effect, of course it didn't hurt that a distinguished and formerly Sony exclusive developer talked it up some, but without the exciting footage that was also provided in the John's article, for me, it might've well just been Insomniac making self-assuring and customer-reassuring reminders about their transition to multiplatform development. The fact is, the proof was in the pudding...(Platinum's pudding that is)...multiplatformers can rock the house, and Vanquish's demo shows that.

Although I had only completed the demo for Bayonetta, I was familiar enough with Platinum's over-the-top and heavily stylized action and gameplay, so I was curious as what they would do with a shooter. And much to my pleasant satisfaction, Platinum may very well have a mold-breaker. It's frenetic, it's fresh, and it's certainly worth keeping an eye out for now.


My gaming update...plowing through Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 on Master Ninja Mode..or probably more aptly worded, "crawling through" . Not since Sigma 1, have I played an action game soooo demanding of one's timing, problem-solving skills, focus, and perhaps insanity. I also finally picked me up a copy of Demon's Souls, and I feel I've been given good enough training for any possible challenge that waits for me at Boletaria. I'm playing some Uncharted 2 multiplayer, and I watched the new Predators movie today. A rather demure outing, falling short of the potential laden in it's core-elements, crew and cast; but agreeably better than the previous attempts at milking the franchise (AVP's).

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Danny007
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 10:59:51 PM
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Dang. I should have bought Singularity.

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Jawknee
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 11:24:53 PM
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I'm pretty stoked to play Mikami's new game. I haven't played anything from him since Resident Evil 4. That game was a master piece in my opinion. One my of favorite in the series. I don't know how Capcom botched 5 so badly when they had 4 as their blue print.

Gaming update: Just got Platinum on inFamous about 5 minutes ago. WOOHOO!! Finally after a year. Those stunts were killer. Still playing Peace Walker of course. I don't have any new games to start. I suppose I'll finish playing Metroid Prime Echos then I plan on starting a new MGS4 game. Peace Walker has got me in the mood to play MGS4 again.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 11:44:28 PM

Congrats on the plat Jawk. Old Cole 4ever.

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Jawknee
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:09:32 AM

Thanks bud! Been trying forever it seems like. Glad I finally finished it.

While I think I'm over the fact Cole will not be the same, I still don't understand why they felt he needed to be changed so much. They should have kept is face and just added more detail and what ever minor changes they wanted. Real Cole is the best!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:17:44 AM

I'm mostly over it, until I see his skinny ass in an advertisement looking like he just blew LimitedVertigo, then I get upset again. But epic gameplay will win as always.

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Jawknee
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:34:01 AM

Hahaha! Miss Limited. :(

Funny, my wife said Real Cole looks like both an a-hole and a nice guy rolled into one. I told her she's right because it fits the theme of going good or evil. Then She said, and I quote "new Cole looks like a douche." haha

Everyone seems to think of a douche when they look at new Cole. It was comedy gold.

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Highlander
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:58:38 AM

What in the name of Trinity Universe happened to Mr Vertigo?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 2:40:46 AM

Nobody knows, I see him PSN now and again.

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 11:34:37 PM
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I love having summer over here 365 days a year. Great "things" to look at everyday at the beach.

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Jawknee
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 11:40:39 PM

I miss California weather sometimes now that i live in Denver again, however while i was living in California i got extremely bored with it after 6 years.

Offtopic but how do you like New Maps of Hell Fluffer? That album completely few under my radar. I just picked it up a few weeks ago. I freakin love it!

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Scarecrow
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 11:41:47 PM

Aye aye

tropical places are great *needs to move*

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fluffer nutter
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 4:33:05 PM

You were bored with having mountains, lakes, forests, deserts, choice of sun or snow, beaches, etc.? :O

New Maps of Hell (regular and special edition) has been on heavy rotation since it released. One of their best "newer" albums since Recipe for Hate. Bad Religion will never get old (or overplayed).

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 7:15:08 PM

You can keep that sh**. :)

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Jawknee
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 11:56:47 PM

I just like snow a lot more then constant sun. I would move to Alaska if my wife would permit it. ha! Snow can be a mess especially with a car, but i like the calm it brings when everything is covered in a nice thick blanket of snow.

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JMO_INDY
Monday, July 12, 2010 @ 1:24:00 AM

I love ALaska, me and my dad have a cabin up there for Elk hunting every year. Totally agree with the calmness, I tried explaining that to one of my friends but he didnt understand :/

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Scarecrow
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 11:44:48 PM
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Summer in the NorthEast is unberable, the humidity is just downright ridiculous

Then there's the concrete heat.....if you live in a city it's like you're inside an oven.

Bah! Need to move somewhere else
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Enjoying Demon'S Souls

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 11:51:47 PM

Minnesota here, the world has melted and ALL that is left is humidity.

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 8:15:10 AM

Indiana here, been a steady high 70s and then high 80s with low humidity. Completely different tale from May through March. Mid 90s to low 80s all those two months with very high humidity, absolutely horrid weather. I really miss the winter a lot besides the fact that it's terrible on my skin for some reason but that winter halo was awesome. Alaska was nice though when I visited this past April (have to love father Son hunting trips.)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 11:51:21 PM
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Ya know what's crazy though? Vanquish will probably have a solid story and be a good experience for the Gears crowd, but any xbots either won't buy it or that story will be lost on them because there is no multiplayer mode.

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kraygen
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 2:02:19 AM

I'm doubtful of the good story, but even if it does, the world needs more than 2 colors, especially when those 2 colors are silver and grey.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 2:34:13 AM

I'm doubtful myself since it's a shootemup bang bang, but Mikami is capable of producing a decent story even if he kinda messed up with the last game.

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LittleBigMidget
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:35:54 AM
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Am I the only one that doesn't like where gaming is going? These new motion controls (Kinect and Move) may be the end of original controllers as we know it D: And I don't have a good feeling about 3D for some reason. Tell me what you guys think.

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Highlander
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:46:46 AM

I think you are over doing it dude, Move and Kinect are not the end of gaming as we know it, they simply open up new possibilities and new audiences.

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LowKey
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 7:04:42 PM

its pretty funny how people on this site get so offended by a cartoon depiction of a young guy kissing an old guy which had some political meaning, yet no one is bothered by a baby hitler...

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 9:19:10 PM

The difference? Baby Hitler is funny haha and in good taste and has no dark political meaning behind it :D

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frylock25
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:40:35 AM
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i totally forgot i also got PS+ last sunday and have been playing wipeout hd. i see they put up stardust hd for cheaper might pick that up. i tried workin on infamous also im at 347 shards... need a few more stunts... dont know if i will finish that one. been playin way more games then i remember.

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LittleBigMidget
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:54:15 AM
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I was trying to say, motion controls might eventually become the standard and take over original controllers, but oh well, we'll see what happens.

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Highlander
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:57:43 AM

I don't think they'll ever do that, there are too many games where that simply isn't practical.

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Naztycuts
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 1:11:19 AM

I remember one of the presenters at e3 mentioned that there will be an option to play using a regular controller or the Move controller. I dont know if he was only talking about his game or all of them though.

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Highlander
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 12:57:12 AM
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Well, Let's see....this week. I got another free game through PlayStation Plus - Nice.

Played around in the new Home spaces, the Wipeout one is pretty cool.

Still haven't got back into the mood for a particular game. So it's multi-player Uncharted 2 for me...

Pre-ordered GT5 Collector's Edition. Can't wait.

Now that we know that the PS3 will literally do everything - entertainment wise, including 3D, I've had a satisfied look on my face knowing that the 3 PS3s my family has are all top of the range 3D entertainment systems.

My wife's recovery continues and I am hating work. There's something to be said about having to stay home to care for your sick wife.

The heat wave finally began to fade here in the mid south. We had no rain, officially 0.0 inches, in June and near record temperatures for the last four weeks. They're talking about the mid 90s next week being relief from the heat. At least the humidity should be lower. For all those in the north stuck in the heat, we in the south have full house AC, not just a unit for each room or something. The whole house. Can you imagine our utility bills? June was not nice.

I enjoyed the discussions here on PSX this week, very thought provoking as always. I know it's a wider issue than gaming or Anime, but I do think that we in the US (and other nations) have to stop trying to police thoughts and concentrate on policing actions. When we start policing thoughts we start taking pre-emptive action before a crime is committed, and punish people for potential crimes. Unless we have all suddenly become prescient we have no idea what someone will, or will not, do. Until they do it. Sorry for the serious note, but I really appreciate the thoughtfulness of many contributors here that bring different angles to discussions, and not just the usual one-line comments from the peanut gallery.

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kraygen
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 2:05:55 AM

Speaking about the topic of seeing the future, have you ever seen minority report? I know it wasn't the greatest movie ever, but it does point out the fact that we all have choices, so even if you could see the future, it's not exactly set in stone.

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 8:09:06 AM

I agree Highlander very intelligent people here, very passionate as well might I add. we might get into some heated debates, myself included, but all-in-all we generally have at least some knowledge on the subject, that which defines it as a debate rather than an argument. This is literally the only website I currently hold admission to that I write to others and a part of an online community. I live in a town of 113 people and I don't have neighbors (separated by corn fields and woods Indiana haha) and I cannot drive so I can go days without seeing another human being so this place keeps me sane. So for all that I say thank you.

P.S. @Highlander Hope she has a rapid recovery, much love from all the PSXE community, give her our best.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 7:17:47 PM

I'm glad people appreciate the environment. I hope you all realize we sacrifice size for being really selective about who we let post. If we had let every last moron on the planet from places like N4G, IGN, and various awful message boards around the 'Net, we'd be much bigger...but then, our Comments section would look like hell and wouldn't stand out in any way.

I imagine some of you know this already but I just wanted to clarify. Whenever anybody WANTS us to allow anybody on earth to post here, just let me know. ;)

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Naztycuts
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 1:26:25 AM
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I'm still wondering if Vanquish is worth $64.04. If it had MP I might have gotten it, because if done correctly MP can give a game infinite replay value I think. How can it play like 'Gears on crack' if you're only shooting NPCs? I've never played Gears, just saw it being played once so I don't understand their comment, I'm thinking it might be a hype move. What would grab an xbots attention fast? Tell them that a game plays like Gears on crack! Keep hush on the exclusion of online though, I can see the return line at Game$top now!

This is random but I seem to remember hearing about HD remakes of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, has anyone else heard anything about it?

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Alienange
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 3:09:45 PM

I tend to agree with your "hype move" comment. I saw the gameplay videos too and although it certainly looks to play a lot like Gears, it also looks to play a lot like pants.

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sirbob6
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 1:40:02 AM
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I doubt that I'll end up getting Vanquish,even though it is looking pretty good there are just too many games and too litte cash. I will get GT5, LBP2, and Killzone 3 plus I still need to get GOW3 and Heavy Rain. Then there is the Move and 3d which I want but then again there is not enough cashy. Anyways I will just have to wait for prices to drop, in the mean time I will probly be playing KZ2 and R&C:ACIT.

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kraygen
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 2:21:55 AM
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Hopefully the dragon age changes are just subtle changes that will improve your control over the a.i. characters so they stop getting themselves killed.

Still no interest in vanquish at all. I could make you a list of specific reasons why I'm not, but I've listed several of them in other posts. I honestly am not understanding what people are seeing in this game, even if you're a shooter fan.

For example, if you like shooters, Killzone, gears, battlefield, bulletstorm, medal of honor, these are all games I could at least understand. They have varying environments, with different enemies, lots of color and vibrance. So what is it about vanquish that is exciting from a shooter fan perspective?

Gaming, well I'm playing Batman arkham asylum for the first time, it got a lot of praise and well I guess it is the best batman game I've ever played altho thats not saying much. First off using the unreal engine, when are ppl going to learn that large bulky characters who walk awkwardly and get stuck on every little thing, is not cool?

Batman is supposed to be what an action/detective game? You spend almost no time in combat, 90% of your game is hunting down riddler ?'s and riddles. Combat isn't all that well designed either, don't get me wrong, it looks really cool. However giving bonus's for timing your attacks, doesn't work all that well when combat drops in and out of slow motion. Hard to "time" anything when "time" keeps changing pace without warning.

3rd, apparently the game designers never knew what a boss fight was. I haven't beaten the game yet, but I've got 63% completion, without doing any challenges yet, and I've yet to see anything I'd call a boss battle.

Also still chugging away at ff9, about 40 hours into it and loving every minute of it. So far great story, classic turn-based combat, interesting characters, and plenty of other great rpg elements.

Once I finish these 2 games I can begin to play the first star ocean on my psp, never played a star ocean but am really looking forward to it.

As for Ben's clothing comment, I'm kinda old fashioned. Girls, if you got it, flaunt it for your husband, because he's the only one who needs to see it. It's not very special for him if he's only seeing what every one else gets to see too. Not married, well maybe someday.

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Snaaaake
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 2:27:27 AM
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Vanquish sure look promising, though I got a feeling the script is gonna be awful and I'm sure many will agree:

"We got approximately 8 hours to stop that from happening......We will stop that from happening."

Just like Bayonetta where only the gameplay rocked but everything else sucks?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 2:41:51 AM

THANK you.

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kraygen
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 2:46:46 AM

I played the demo for bayonetta and went, yeah I'm not paying money for this.

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Snaaaake
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 6:22:03 AM

But well I might get Vanquish if the gameplay makes up for all the shortcomings just like Bayonetta.

And is it just me or is Vanquish's graphic looked like it was recycled from Bayonetta?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 7:18:53 PM

Coulda sworn we PLAYed GAMEs for GAMEPLAY.

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aaronisbla
Monday, July 12, 2010 @ 1:00:46 AM

Could have sworn it doesn't hurt to have a damn good story to go along with gameplay....just sayin lol

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___________
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 2:41:47 AM
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hell no im not stoked for vanquish.
even if insomniac think it was the best game of E3 which was a load of hogwash!
saying that is like saying a Suzuki swift is better than a Ferrari enzo.

Im running around mad like a headless chook trying to catch up on my backlog of games.
i still have not finished RDR, singularity, MNR, joe danger, earthworm jim HD, blur, split second, scarface the world is yours, crackdown 2.
god ive never been this far behind in my entire life!
im playing scarface the world is yours on my wii now, i forgot how good that game was.
one of the most underrated games of last gen!
never got to finish it either, i was one of the unlucky ones who suffered from the reputation bug on the last level of the game so i was never able to finish it.
it is the buggiest most frustrating game i have ever played! but still one of the best!

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LowKey
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 6:59:59 PM

Holy sh** line ur still dissin up every friggin game that people find even remotely interesting?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 3:08:53 AM
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Down with muffin-tops!

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Highlander
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 3:50:01 AM

You mean there isn't even the slightest urge in you to lightly stroke those muffin tops to see what reaction you get? It's not like they have an entire load pan overflowing after all. I mean, there's a muffin top, and then there's just too much batter in the pan...

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Deleted User
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 3:49:50 AM
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I am with you ben i live in the Northeast NJ and i hated the weather here this week waaaaaay to hot here. but my oldman seem to like this hot tho.@ben were do you live? on the dragon age 2 topic i can't wait for new info from gameinformer this month. D.A 2 is a ready my most aintipated (sorry bad spelling) game of 2011.
personal gaming update Been playing a lot WET & Heavy Rain this week (did u all catch my theme? here a hint it been really hot here ;) i am also playing persona 3 for my psp and likeing it.

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Gordo
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 3:57:45 AM
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20 hours into Demon's Souls and only killed three bosses... It's a crazy, wonderful game and I am enjoying it immensely...

I've never died so much in a game ever! Fantastic game that I recommend to everyone.

Just rebought Heavy Rain that I traded in and regretted. Now it is half price it's a keeper. I'd only played it through twice so I want to take more time with it. Also got a fantasy that I can get my parents or wife playing it but I think that will never happen!

Also picked up Ghostbusters really cheap and was pleasantly surprised playing the first level. Just an impulse buy to take me back to the 80's. I can remember spending ages playing Ghostbusters on the Spectrum 48K when a kid.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 4:15:53 AM

Rewarding game that Demon's Souls is

It truly is an experience like no other

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RadioHeader
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 6:02:56 AM

Peanut gallery guy here.

Demon's Souls = Awesome!

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LowKey
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 6:57:01 PM

LMAO I remember ghostbusters on the SEGA MASTER SYSTEM!!!

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Naga
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 4:24:43 AM
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Cool I found Silent Line so.... I have been playing that

God.... I really need For Answer

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aaronisbla
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 4:41:03 AM
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Insomniac, less info on what games you thought was good, more info on your good games in the works. That is all

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HighLife
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 6:18:34 AM
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Ben, I feel your pain with the heat, we had a cool front come through yesterday and it was still 95 for the high.

Just finished GOW 3 and now have started Heavy Rain (what is the playthru time on this?).

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JackC8
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 7:15:26 AM
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I'm actually getting less interested in Vanquish than I was at one time. Watching the gameplay videos just makes it look like run, shoot, run some more, shoot some more, in other words, a shooter. I really like games where you can do some exploring and take in the fantastic environments, while also trying to complete some sort of missions - and people are also shooting at you. But I'm hopeful that the videos are just showcasing the "exciting" parts of the game and there will actually be a story and characters and that sort of thing as well.

I'm still sort of playing FFXIII. I dunno. Usually after dinner I'm ready to turn on the PS3 and enjoy a game. With FFXIII, I find myself messing around on the computer, or maybe watching a movie. The graphics are still fantastic but the battle system is so utterly brain dead and repetitive. It's like you're given some meager task to perform over and over for the sole purpose of advancing to the next cutscene. I'd compare it to reading the phone book for long periods of time.

I think it's time to take a game out of my backlog collection and have some fun, and actually get back to looking forward to my evening gaming time.

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tlpn99
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 11:18:38 AM
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I too recently clocked Singularity Ben. I enjoyed it while it lasted. I am now trying the new Transformers game War For Cybertron, it is not a bad game. This is more then likely due to the fact it is not a movie tie in.

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Nickjcal
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 2:55:18 PM
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The combat in dragon age 2 i heard is gnna be more like idk say god of war style where you actually do the fighthing instead of clicking buttons and have the character do the move. The combat in dragon age 1 is what made me get rid of it. I hated it. if the combat in DA2 is like god of war style id be amazed. And it should have mass effect graphics that was my other problem

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johnld
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 4:31:50 PM
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Just so everyone knows, singularity is 35 bucks at kmart this week.

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LowKey
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 6:51:23 PM
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Hey Everybody!!!!!! Hows it goin Ben? just stopped in to see whats news and lo and behold The first thing I see is DA2!!!! 1 word comes to mind... SNAZZY!!!! As u already know Dragon age origins is still my fav rpg this gen. Still havent had a chance to try Star Ocean grrrr... Stupid me lost a piece of my ps3 when I took it apart... OK I knooowww so shhhhh. But for DA 2 it would be cool to have 2 player local play like Baulders Gate Dark Alliance 2.

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CharlesD
Monday, July 12, 2010 @ 12:53:53 AM
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I too am unhappy with this ridiculous heat. Every time I step outside it feels like a train just hit me. Not all that convinced by vanquish just yet. Yeah, it may be great but with all the other games that are supposed to be great who knows. And I do have a ton of shooters in my collection already soo this one will really have to prove itself..

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