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Ben's Week In Review: January 23

Big week with two big reviews, and Dead Space 2 in just a few days...

We have to forget Duke's past

So it seems that Duke Nukem Forever really is coming out this year; it now has an official release date. When I was writing that article, I was thinking about how I should approach the review... We can't possibly factor in 13 years worth of expectations, can we? I mean, if I did that, the game would probably have to get a 5 regardless of how great it is; the expectations, anticipation, and overall hype for over a decade is incalculable. Therefore, we just have to forget that it ever happened. We have to forget that "Did Not Finish" helped to spawn the term, "vaporware." I know it seems impossible, but if we don't go into this thing with a completely blank slate, I have a bad feeling we're destined to be disappointed. From what I've seen of the game thus far, it does look interesting, and it should certainly have plenty of that Duke flavor and attitude. It's what matters most.

Really, all we need is a competent FPS with all the atmosphere and style we'd expect from a next-gen Duke Nukem. I think that'd be quite enough and besides, let's not forget that Gearbox says the single-player campaign is a good 15 hours. At least, that's what they claim. And you know, I can't remember the last shooter that took that long to beat. So I'm looking forward to DNF and turning a blind eye to every last rumor and piece of speculation that has been showing up since the late '90s.

So glad we're all grown up now

Honestly, if Heavy Rain had failed, it would've been the most disappointing occurrence of this generation for me. I was so worried it would flop and subsequently prove we gamers haven't grown up; that all we really want is Call of Duty, that nobody who plays video games appreciates a good story and a progressive, innovative form of interaction. And you can tell that David Cage is happy; he has every right to be satisfied. On the flip side, the failure of Alan Wake either says something about the Xbox 360 userbase (and I think it does), or it simply means it wasn't quite as good as Heavy Rain (and it wasn't). I want games like that to succeed, so we can actually watch the industry move forward. If I'm Cage, I know that I can take the next step and I'll likely be rewarded for it, and that must be a good feeling.

Personal gaming update

It was a pretty amazing week: both LittleBigPlanet 2 and Mass Effect 2 are well worth most anyone's time and yet, I'm not that interested in either. I recognize the greatness of both, of course, but I won't be spending a great deal of time with LBP2, and I've already explained my stance on ME2. This week, I'll be reviewing Dead Space 2 and Hyperdimension Neptunia, and I fully intend to play and complete Visceral's latest. As for Neptunia, that's a definite wait-and-see situation. In the meantime, before Killzone 3 drops in a month, I'm finally pushing through Gran Turismo 5. I'm only Lv. 14 with like 540,000 credits, but I should have my Super license this week and I've done a lot of the Special events. The game's amazing but Arnold has long since explained that, so I won't bother. ;)

For the record, I just gave up on Fable III. If you want to know why, just check the last two Week in Reviews. I finally got to the point where I realized I disliked the combat and what's worse, battles are essentially worthless. It's the Facebook of RPGs; it's more about social stuff than anything else. So that got traded in and while I don't necessarily regret the 25 hours I put into it (I so tried to like it), I also don't regret not finishing it. I just didn't care enough. No, the next RPG for me is Dragon Age II, which I'm almost certain I'll really enjoy.

By the way, I will reserve judgment on the freshly confirmed Final Fantasy XIII-2 until I hear about the gameplay. For the record, I do like Lightning, just because she finally got interesting in the latter half of FFXIII. We'll have to hope, I guess...

1/22/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (82 posts)

Snaaaake
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 10:04:34 PM
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DNF sure looks fun but the bad graphic is a huge minus.

If Heavy Rain had failed, then there would be no inspiration for innovation in the future.
But we're all glad it didn't.

Personal Update:
My gaming time has been cut down massively due to the need to watch anime now.
Haven't had the time to play GT5 and I'm in deep s*** now that my LBP2 is coming in a couple of days.

Damn Macross Frontier and Bakuman...........

And by the way, does anyone know how to get the "Penniless" trophy in GT5?
It requires you to spend all your credit and I don't know how.

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tes37
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 10:36:51 PM

I had to do a lot of buying and selling to work the price just right to go penniless. Try to work up to an even number of credits and look for a car at that price, that could be the fastest way to get it.

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johnld
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 12:00:04 AM

i got that in the beginning, buy the used roadster and add the chip on it. you'll have zero credits by then. if you really want it easily, just make a copy of your gt5 save file on a flash drive or something, start a new game, get the used roadster plus the chip(1000 credits). then once you get it, copy restore your old file back to your ps3.

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RadioHeader
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 5:42:18 AM

Anyone wanting the penniless trophy; Donate them all to me. I need about two billion of them for that old Ferrari (330 P4).

All your penny are belong to me!

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bloody_rootz
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 10:11:18 PM
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I will definitely go into DUKE NUKEM with a clean slate. the last time i played a nukem game i was just a young pup, so it is only fair now as an adult to expect nothing and take in what it has to offer when it finally arrives.

P.G.U - finally getting through my back logging of games that i missed out on because of work, no t.v etc etc. im about 10 hours into AC BROTHERHOOD and i think it is great, having a ball, enjoy the fact that you rebuilding rome. i found the music in this instalment is awesome. it really suits what is happening well.

i also picked up a pre owned copy of uncharted 2 for 34 bucks (as i have only played half way through it.) so im looking forward to tackling that next.

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johnld
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 12:23:40 AM

preowned copy of uncharted 2, shame on you. it was 25 bucks new a few weeks ago at walmart online.

nah, i'm just playin around. anyway, uncharted 2 was amazing and i cant wait for uncharted 3.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 10:12:08 PM
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Not that it's a big deal either way since I'm buying it on Tuesday anyways, but are you by chance reviewing Two Worlds Two?

Can't wait for dead space 2. That one is gonna be fun! Just finished the first bout 2-3 weeks ago. Perfect timing becauae I'm really excited for the second!

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bloody_rootz
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 10:18:40 PM

thats another one on my back logging hit list. i have played it before for like 4 hours, and thought it was great.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 11:34:36 PM

Yes, I'd like to review Two Worlds II.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 12:36:14 AM

Nice... Cant wait. I'm picking it over mass affect 2, just for now, because I like the time period, setting and theme better, as you had mentioned in your MA2 review. Hopefully it'll be my rpg fix until DA2.

I guess the big factor for me is the MP. Don't get me wrong I love SP rpg' oblivion is one of my favorites as well as DA, but I was really looking forward too sacred 2, and although I had fun with it, I couldn't finish it. But it along with baldurs gate, even the champions, games were always fun to play with some buddies. Although they were more dungeon crawlers.

Anyways looking forward to the review.

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frylock25
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 1:26:45 AM

@ big railer

its Mass Effect and ME2 for short. not affect and MA2.

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Teddie9
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 9:22:57 AM

oh I was ask about this

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bigrailer19
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 10:39:20 AM

Yep your right. I'll get it right next time... Mass Effect 2! Their we're all happy I got it right now.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 10:28:02 PM
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Yakuza 4 and Mortal Kombat 9.

Those are the highlights of this week.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 10:37:14 PM
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All hail the Duke. DNF should be fun at any rate, and I agree there is no sense in expecting that the wait should make it completely out of the friggin world, it will after all be a multiplat FPS. Back when Duke went 3D (a lot of people forget it was a lame side scroller first) there weren't a lot of great FPS around.

I'm working on finishing the first Dead Space now, I really can't think of a smoother production in survival horror anywhere. Looking forward to that DS2 review Benstradamus.

I TRULY TRULY hope Neptunia comes out good, but I have massive doubts that it is for me. Its good to be an RPG lover right now though, ME2, then Dragon Age II, and if Neptunia can deliver then a good JRPG would really top things off. Failing that, I know Ar Tonelico 3 will produce :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 11:36:52 PM

I'll have the new Ar Tonelico this week, too, but it's embargoed until February 21.

Edit: What I mean is, I should have the preview build this week.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 10:36:41 AM

@Ben,

Nice, Ar Tonelico Quoga and HyperDimension Neptunia are on my list for this year. Looking forward to preview/reviews of each.

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 10:37:40 PM
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I don't know what to think of the new Duke game. It's a wait and see for me.

GT5 is great, no doubt.

PGU: Okay, so I spent a lot of time with ME2 this week. I decided to go ahead and finish it off (and spontaneously I decided to write up a user-review even though I initially didn't want to) I had all of the loyalty missions 100% and all of the expansion packs finished. As for the downloadables, I liked Lair of the Shadow Broker the best. Overlord started slow, but had a rather sad and emotionally gripping ending--I didn't entirely enjoy the spacecraft stuff.. it was sort of ME1 throw-back but less important; though, it was fun running over the fauna =p Kasumi's mission started good, but then went goofy.

And FYI to everyone who finishes the game. It lets you keep playing. Bioware took the time to even update all of the crew members with the experience, so you can engage in dialogue with them about it... good stuff....

So Kelly Chambers loved that I saved her like from the Collector's. She ended up slipping me a private email to meet with me that night in my Captain's Cabin.....

Okay, so I now have some major beef now with Bioware.

I knew there was going to be some sort of sexual encounter.. I do usually stay on top of gaming news. BUt instead of having a legitimately realistic romantic encounter--as the achievement suggests-- with intimate sentiments that would be meaningful. Like a scene that would be much more implicit than explicit was more of what I expected; instead, I invite Kelly up and without any dialogue or any legitimate premise for the conclusion. Wearing lingerie she straight up goes right into a highly provocative dance against the wall waving her butt in my face while I sat there with a button contexting me to press it for "MORE" .... I immediately exited the game so I don't really know where things were going from there. Is this their idea of a legitimate and tasteful"romantic encounter"? A game that had done such a good job on believable emotional intelligent discussion got reduced so quickly to this..

-end of rant-

Anyway, I uphold the sanctity of marriage, and I can't feel right about engaging in entertainment like that...( I don't look at porn)
Thankfully, it's a choice within the game.
Sigh, oh well. I don't think I can ever look at the seemingly modest and astute bridge secretary, Kelly Chambers, in the same light again.

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THEVERDIN
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 4:46:07 PM

Maybe you should have put a spoiler alert at the beginning of your review.

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Temjin001
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 5:15:42 PM

Sorry, Techie. I didn't think I was revealing too much. But even then, I hope I didn't ruin nothing for you.

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AntDC
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 10:44:20 PM
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Fully agree with your stance on Heavy Rain Ben.

I'm really looking forward to Killzone 3, I'm not usually that into FPS's but Killzone 2 was excellent, and heaps of fun to play online.

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Danny007
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 11:00:31 PM
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The section about "So glad we're all grown up now" was spot on Ben. I couldn't agree more with you there.

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tes37
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 11:05:11 PM
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I've been playing Sly Cooper, Deathspank and Auditorium HD. I finished Sly 1,Sly 2, and the mini games, and I'm about 30% through Sly 3.

With LBP2, Brutal Legend and now ME2 on the way, I'm going to have a lot of gaming ahead of me. I might start Brutal Legend first since it's the shortest.

A friend of mine just got a ps3 with GT5 and I loaned him Heavy Rain to play. I thought it was kind of cool that the first two games he played were game of the year winners here at PSXE.

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johnld
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 12:20:15 AM

i platinumed all 3 sly cooper games. i cant believe i dismissed those as kiddie games. i mean the first one, you can only take a maximum of 3 hits before you died. i liked how the first game was pretty linear but the following are basically open world. i'm still not a fan of collectibles though but i'm glad they removed those from the trophy requirements at least partially for the second game and completely from the third. all 3 games were great, kinda wished they sticked with one voice actress for carmelita though. although as i was going through sly 3 i remembered that these games were released a long time ago.

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tes37
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 12:35:48 AM

I agree with you on the removal of the clue bottles and being tied to trophies. The games get better as you go, but so far, Sly 2 seemed to have tougher gameplay. I platinumed 1 and 2, so I'm sure I'll have the third as well.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 11:05:36 PM
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Scratch that, my LBP2 Collector's Edition has just arrived!!
But slightly disappointed that the Sackboy plush toy isn't as cute as the actual Sackboy.

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frylock25
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 11:15:55 PM
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i love little big planet 2. the game is so sweet. i have finished the story mode all the way through and have about 70% of the prize bubbles. i love playing that game so far. been playing a few levels with jawknee, and that was some good teamwork.

i have been playing spiderman shattered dimensions. the controls are very frustrating but overall the game is fun. i dont think i would pay more than $20 for it though.

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Gordo
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 11:27:59 PM
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Love the fact that Heavy Rain has got a lot of attention. Very well deserved. Bodes well for the future as you say.

LBP2 and Dead Space 2 don't interest me at the moment. Will pick up Mass Effect 2 for the PS3 next week when it arrives in Australia.

Duke Nukem Forever is a solid 7.9 for me. Nothing in the last 5 years has changed that in my opinion! :-)

I'm never going to buy another Final Fantasy game this generation. One bitten twice shy!

PGU:

I am 10 hours into Nier and it's a wonderful game. Can't say enough about the music. It's a game with character!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 11:35:07 PM

Loved Nier.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 3:53:04 PM

liked Nier.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 11:34:17 PM
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The most important thing about any review is to forget the expectations and hype. So far as I'm concerned, it MUST be reviewed solely on the merits and failings of the game, not on what the developers and press have been saying about it since its unveiling. DNF is going to be much harder due to the ridiculous development period, but it is really no different. So long as it is a smooth, slick and engaging experience it should be rewarded, but if it is a carbon copy of every other FPS out there, or has lacklustre gameplay, then it deserves to be ripped to shreds.

Heavy Rain was a revolution, not an evolution. It was a necessary step for games to take, and the risk that Quantic Dream took paid off in spades. Whatever their next project is, I look forward to it immensely.

Personal Update:
Picked up Brutal Legend new for $20. However it turns out, you can't really go wrong for that price. Also playing Demon's Souls, and I'm over halfway through it. Time for a cruch, I think, so that I can finish both it and Dead Space before I can pick up DS2. Once that's out of the way, it becomes a marathon of KZ, with 1, 2 and 3 on the cards.
Also still plugging away at Middlemarch. I can't work out why it's taking me so long to read it, and that frustrates me.
I also went to check on my car on the weekend. The cosmetic damage is fixed, so now it heads off to the mechanic to find the oil leak and the root cause of the misfiring, and if all goes well, I should have it back by the weekend. Can't wait.
Peace.

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LittleBigMidget
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 11:45:13 PM
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PGU:
Finally upgraded my HDD to 250 gigs, picked up my LBP2 CE Friday, so i'm playing that,and LBP1, with a little DC Universe here and there.

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___________
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 11:59:21 PM
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only reason why AW sold so poorly is because publishers still dont know how to date there games properly!
you have a new IP which has been in development hell up against some of the industries biggest games!
how the hell was a unknown IP suppose to compete with PoP, RDR one of the industries most popular developers!
not to mention split second and blur.
i mean its like zonda trying to enter the supercar club against Ferrari and lambo.
only reason there still with us is because, well, come on who makes a car as crazy as that!?
if a turtle is going to win the race against the cheetah than it needs to be different, offer something the others cant.
alan wake did none of that, it was a freaking fantastic game but it simply was not different enough to stand out.
than it had the handicap of being a phsycological thriller, allot of people are not interested by those things.
if it was a mindless third person shooter than it would of had a decent chance.
50 bucks says alan wake would of done so much better if M$ released it in a quiet month, instead of the fullest month of the year!

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BikerSaint
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 1:19:55 AM

one gazillion dollars says that Alan wake would have done so much better if only...



....it had released exclusive to the PS3.

Yeah, we're like that!

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___________
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 7:28:56 AM

unless it released in a better time frame it would of made no difference!
actually, no it would of sold worse because the 360 had no exclusives since ME2 where the ps3 had MAG and MNR to enjoy.
remedy did not exactly help themselves either with the long development time, lack of info, it being a new IP, and the genre not many people like psychological thrillers.
the gameplay is what hurt it most though, it got really boring really quickly.
as a story its a fantastic game, but as a game to have fun its really boring.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 10:39:35 AM

Anonymous Cowherd,

The reason that AW sold so terribly on the 360 and Heavy Rain sold so very well on the PS3 is simple demographics. YOu should know that already, it's been discussed and reported here and elsewhere. On average the PS3 gamer is the older of the gamers on 360/PS3. The Wii doesn't even register on this scale since so many are bought by parents for kids skewing the numbers horribly.

There can be zero doubt that the gamers on the PS3 are on average older, and therefore more mature/grown up than those typical on the 360. Hence more cerebral games sell better on the PS3. It's as simple as 2+2=4.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 4:52:39 PM

One word counter's your whole reply....

"BULLSH*T"

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___________
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 7:04:31 AM

and im the one speaking BS?

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BikerSaint
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 11:59:28 AM

____________________,

HUH? I'm the one talking BS?

NO, I guess you haven't talked to your own mirror lately.

Your new motto: "Clueless is as clueless does"

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johnld
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 12:14:19 AM
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Duke nukem and dead space 2 arent my type of games so i'm not inclined to buy them. i got interested in buying mass effect 2 but i decided to get it when it gets cheaper since i have 2 more unopened games to go through.

PGU: i'm going through castlevania right now and to tell the truth, i have no inclination to play it at all. of course i'm going to beat it but i only play it as much as i did enslaved. I platinumed enslaved right before castlevania. theres a few things thats bothering me about castlevania, mainly that my lifebar doesnt restore when i die and chapter starts.

I really want to get littlebigplanet 2, mass effect 2, and yakuza 3 at best buy. since i still had assassins creed brotherhood and star ocean, i decided to pass on that. im planning to just buy littlebigplanet 2 when it gets cheaper along with yakuza 4. killzone 3 is definite day 1 though. i need to cut get rid of this backlog so i can buy other games but once killzone 3 comes out, thats the only game i have until i finish campaign on elite and max out on multiplayer.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 1:20:54 AM
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I'm hope that DNF is going to be good, & not the disappointment that MindJack turned out to be(although I still want it unlike my women... cheap & used).

My own personal gaming update,
Due to one of my usual Tri-annual "Big Game Hunting" Safari's, I haven't been able to play a game in the last 3 weeks. But so far during my hunt, I bagged 14 PS3 trophies for my wall....
Overlord, Singularity, Blazing Angels 2: Secret Mission of WWII, Demon Souls, Fairytale Fights, Full Auto 2,
MAG, Dante's Inferno, Neir, Army of Two: 40th Day, Prince of Persia, Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands, Vampire Rain: Altered Species, and Wolfenstein.
Plus I just picked up ME2 new with free DLC card for my bot-box.

I also mounted a 5-pronged attack on games for some of my other consoles too,
PS2-33 games, PSX-7, PSP-8, 360-8, Xbox-15, Wii-8 (still need the console though), DS-8, and Sega Game Gear-8 games.

There's still quite a few current PS3 gems out there that I'm chomping at the bit to play, such as RRD, HR, etc, but I haven't bought them yet as I'm hopefully awaiting patiently for their GOTY copies to release so that I'll have any & all disc already included DLC inside, for my collections(plus I don't buy DLC).

And while on my hunt, I was also able to do a search & rescue for some retro consoles & hand-held's I've wanted to resuscitate from flat-lining in someone's, attic, basement, garage, storage shed, or trash & junk pile....
Telestar Alpha console
Sega Game Gear
1 GameBoy Pocket (dark blue)
2 GamBoy Avance's (1 powder blue-1 cream white)
1 GameBoy Advance "SP" (platinum)
1 DS (dark metallic blue)
and I also bought Onlive's mini-console & controller

And while still in my hunt, I also tried to pick up the 7-11 LBP & KZ special holographic Slurpee cups, but no none to be found so far, although I did manage to get their holographic MMA, MOH, & AC Brotherhood cups.

I was also on the hunt for an Intellevision, Colecovision & my other 3-amigo's, the Atari 2600, 5200, & 7600, But once I received the "Onlive" console(along with buying their optional composite cable pack(w/specialized console-end plug), I sadly found out that I still can't frigging hook it up, due to me having a 7 year old Sharp 32" "SD" TV that has no HDMI or composite cable inputs, so now I HAVE to upbruptly end my Safari hunt in order to concentrate on getting the very best deal on a 47" to 50" 1080p/120to 600 mhz HDTV w/ 3 to 4 HDMI imputs, over the next few week just to hold me over till the 3DTV's drop way down in price & hopefully glasses-less.
But I still have to keep my old SD hooked up too, just so I can continue to play any of those older games that won't work on a HD, such as those older light gun games

I also got a ton of retro gaming accessories, and 6 novels based on the videos games of RE, Halo, Transformers, Myst, & another 2 for the Divinci Code.

BTW, I also picked up a really cool car-art book based on the Playstation's Grand Turismo called "The cars of Gran Turismo".
It tells about & shows off 40 favorite Gran Turismo cars, photographed in rich color & detail, interior & engine shots never seen before, in-depth profiles of 40 of the coolest cars in Gran Turismo, many not available in the USA, a exploration of how Gran Turismo has fueled world-wide interest in high=performance cars, from high-priced exotic to tiny Japanse microcars, accurate specs & performance data, and driving impressions.

It's a really cool book & if you're a real Gran Turismo fanatic, it's well worth picking up.
It normally lists for $14.95US or $23.95CAN, but right now, you can just hit the "buy it now" button at eBay for only $1.95 brand new, plus $5.95 for S&H. And, if you want more than 1 book to give out as gifts, just add another $1 for each added book.
Right as of this very moment, it says that they still have over "10" books available......
You can pick up "The Cars Of Gran Turismo" right here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250412932096&_trksid=e11010.m204&_trkparms=algo%3DSI%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%252BCR%26otn%3D8&ssPageName=ADME:B:WNA:MOTORS:1348

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kraygen
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 5:21:47 AM
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I'm more interested in a two worlds II review than anything else right now. Some reviews have already been released by other sites and while they are less than stellar, the ps3 version on metacritic is holding an 80 right now, which gives me a little hope for it.

One review said it had over 70 hours of gameplay, which also gives me hope. It definitely looks like my kind of rpg, just hope the game is actually up to snuff. Can't wait for Ben's review.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 10:41:56 AM
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PGU

Argh! WKC has me hooked again! There are a tone of tropies I want to get, a couple of the Georama armor sets I want and rebirth my character. So I'm grinding my way through the quests. That's pretty much it this week, it's been busy and quiet otherwise.

Definitely looking forward to Neptunia and Ar Tonelico Quoga. Mass Effect 2 has my attention now, so I may use the PlayStation Plus full game trial to see what all the fuss is about.

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Temjin001
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 11:50:28 AM

Just remember Highlander, the first hour of ME2 will only tell you so much about the full experience ;)

Though, that's not say ME2's beginning events aren't exciting. It did have an unanticipated introduction. I'd imagine that one hour in will get you somewhere into first mission after the tutorial.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 11:51:46 AM

Oh I know Temjin, I just want to see whether I like the game's aesthetic and system. If I do, and the reviews are all positive it makes it easier to throw $60 at it.

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Alienange
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 10:53:42 AM
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I fear DNF may only appeal to those who remember what happened 13 years ago. He's definitely a cool character, but will the gameplay be appealing or will it come across as dated? Too many questions for it to be a day one for me.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 11:50:58 AM

AlienAge, I think we are completely on the same page on this one. I am afraid that this simply be a by the numbers contemporary shooter but skinned with some of the style and humor from the original. A re-skinned shooter is what it is - a reskinned shooter. DNF needs to be (ought to be) something more than that. I don't know whether to be hopeful or not, but I have the same worry as you that the game will lean too heavily on references to the old game and anachronistic humor.

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Alienange
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 1:40:04 PM

It's true. There's a fear that the game will be embarrassing for old timers and too generic for newer gamers.

You know, I hope we're wrong though. I hope we get something really crazy good. I mean Duke certainly deserves it.

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ps3sownsxbox360
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 11:54:16 AM
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Am lvl 21 a spec and lvl 10 b spec on gt5.

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rogers71
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 11:55:14 AM
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I know you guys will thumb me down but I am seriously dissappointed with GT5. It has so many "scratch my head and ask why they did that" issues. My main gripe is the exp.

I am at level 30. It took me racing all the races and amassing 2,200,000 exp just to get here. Now to get from 30 to 40, I will need another 14,000,000 exp with nothing left to do in the game except endurance races that I will not be doing.

They seriously jacked up the game. I just bought the Ferrari F10, spent 10,000,000 on that car and it won't even let me go into A-spec or B-spec with it. It gives me the message that the car can only be used in a Ferrari one make race. WTH!!!

What do you guys think?

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Jawknee
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 12:52:19 PM

I think you're insane. GT5 is amazing.

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RadioHeader
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 4:08:35 PM

@Rogers Why are you so keen to reach level 40?

I'm keen to reach level 30 because I wanna try the X1. Beyond that, I don't think I'll be too bothered about levelling up.

Personally, I'd say GT5 is my gaming highpoint so far. It may have a lot to do with this being the first game I've played with a FFB steering wheel, but either way, I am one happy dude! ...Racing Nurburgring with 15 other people online seriously "does it" for me!

Oh, and why do you want to race an F1 car against non-F1 cars?

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rogers71
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 4:42:09 PM

@Radioheader

I wanted to see if I could use the Ferrari F1 in the F1 series. It won't even let me do that. Why even put the car in the game if you cannot use it in a race? All the car is good for is taking into photo mode. It just doesn't make sense and it's not that I am keen on reaching level 40, I would just love to be able to without devoting the next 3 years racing races that I have already won to do so.

I loved the game from level 0 to 25. After that, I was done with everything that I could do (minus endurance) so I don't understand why Polyphony made it so hard to reach the top.

You are done with all the races(except endurance) when you reach level 24. After that, it is all grinding and racing the same races over and over again. That is what I find horrible about the game. They should have made races available from 0 to 40 and not have you grinding races over 100 times just to level up. Either that or carry over xp instead of starting back at 0 for each level. That would have alleviated some grinding.

Don't get me wrong, GT5 is one of the best games I have played to date, I just think they messed up some things and left me scratching my head as to why they done some things the way they did.

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RadioHeader
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 5:25:09 PM

"I loved the game from level 0 to 25. After that, I was done with everything that I could do (minus endurance) so I don't understand why Polyphony made it so hard to reach the top."

So if you maxed at say level 30, you'd wouldn't have a problem with GT5? Maybe they wanted to leave room for Seasonal Events and more. It sounds suspiciously like you're seeing it as just a Platinum Trophy. Just enjoy each race, online or whatever, and don't worry about completing it 100%.

Anyway, it's close to racing hour for me, and I don't really want to argue with a fellow GT5 fan. May I just remind you that for all those months/years, you were eagerly anticipating playing GT5, not completing GT5.

ps If your telling me we can't use the Ferrari F1 in the FGT Championship, then that kinda sucks. Just don't tell me we can't use them online either.

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Clamedeus
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 5:38:27 PM

You level up pretty fast doing the Seasonal Events, i forget how much exp you get but it's a lot. And you get 2 million credits and possibly more depending on the race you do i have about 5 or 6 million right now. The only thing that sucks about the Seasonal events if you don't have the car you either have to buy it or borrow it from a friend. I had to borrow from a friend.

The only car i bought for the event was the Ford GT '06, but i think that bonus race expired. But i have a car for the other bonus race i cant remember what it's called though if you want to borrow it for the race just send me a Friends Request on PS3 and i'll lend it to you (PSN: Zoryu_of_Setsuna) if anyone wants to add me go for it i need to make more space on my friends list though, i'm going to have to delete some people on my list that haven't been on in along time.

I'm 24 on A-Spec and on B-Spec i think i'm level 9 if i remember correctly.

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rogers71
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 7:07:33 PM

Radioheader,
I really don't care about trophies. I just don't like the fact that I am pretty much done with GT5 other than the seasonal events which I absolutely love. I haven't tried using the Ferrari F10 in an online race but I can tell you that if I get in the car and try to access the A-spec or B-spec events it gives me a message that the car can only be used for a Ferrari one make race.

As far as you telling me to enjoy each race, I DID enjoy each race. My point is that I am done with GT5 and all I have to look forward to is the weekly seasonal events. It just doesn't make sense that they put in 40 levels but the races end at level 25. I don't include endurance races because I think those are a complete waste of time.

My whole disdain right now comes from the fact that I am done with GT5, a game that I love so much. There are just some things I think they could have done much better. I don't consider this conversation an argument as we both love GT5. Peace

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Jawknee
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 8:05:02 PM

"I just don't like the fact that I am pretty much done with GT5 other than the seasonal events which I absolutely love."

That's good that you like the game but just because you're done with the game doesn't mean "They seriously jacked up the game". There is still plenty to do despite the fact you decided to be done with it.

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rogers71
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 9:26:42 PM

I would say that it is jacked up because I am finished with all the events, licenses and races and I am only at level 30. Can't really say that I "decided" to be done with it. It is really cut and dry, I "am" done with it other than Seasonal Events.

Like I said before, they should have put in enough events/races to put you to level 40 without having to grind. I mean, why put cars in the game that you cannot race with, why put in an insane amount of xp to get to the next level without carrying over the xp that you have earned up to that point.

Sorry if you feel butthurt that I have gripes but I can guarantee I am not the only one that feels Polyphony "jacked" up some aspects of an otherwise perfect game.

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AcHiLLiA
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 12:14:39 PM
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Just played the DS2 demo last night and it scared the sh*t out of me some of the time. This will be a game that you need to play in total darkness and headphones on. Looks like I won't get a copy sooner than I think, so many other games I need to own and play.

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sawao_yamanaka
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 12:19:28 PM
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I'm skipping Duke all together I wasn't a big fan of the games while growing up. As for FFXIII-2 another skip. I don't want to play half of the game to get to the good parts. Combat was bad I want turn based and if it was closer to what versus XIII had I probably would have enjoyed it more. A pretty package doesn't make a good game. As for lbp2 I haven't had a chance to get started 'cept for when I 1st got it :(. I really wanna play online with people.

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Jawknee
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 2:58:21 PM

If you're on I'll hit you up. You do the same. Frylock and I will play online with you. :)

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sawao_yamanaka
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 3:43:04 PM

Ok awesome. Will do that.

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frylock25
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 4:49:23 PM

hell yea im down for that. i also have to say that you and i had better team work with out headsets or talking than i did with my gf sittin right next to me lol. still fun either way.

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Jawknee
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 4:57:51 PM

Lol! was that your girl friend who was playing with us before?

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frylock25
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 6:08:48 PM

yea it was. she only started playing games really since she has been with me. she did a little before that but i was the big influence for games for her.

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Lairfan
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 1:10:35 PM
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Hopefully DNF will be great, but I'm having doubts (the gameplay footage makes the shooting look pretty standard, and not much except the interactive p*ssing looks unique).

Dead Space 2 should be great. Can't wait for that Collector's Edition to come in.

Also can't wait till I get the money to buy LBP2 and ME2, although I'm definitely getting LBP2 first.

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PasteNuggs
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 1:50:29 PM
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PGU:
I picked up Bioshock finally and am loving it. I can't believe some of the games I've passed on and ended up loving after I've picked them up. Now that I love it I forsee myself picking up Bioshock 2 and Infinite when it releases. Other than that I still working on Castlevania.

I also am using gamestaq to try and sell Fable III. It's been on there for a week and no word but I'm not to worried about it since it's still a new site.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 3:56:11 PM

Good job, Bioshock is a gem by any standard. B2 is damn good too.

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PasteNuggs
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 8:42:26 PM

Ya I'm loving Bioshock so much that I picked up 2 tonight so I can just get right into it.

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hadouken
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 1:52:39 PM
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I'm about to start me2 the installation is taking forever! I hope to get LBP2 early next month and dead space 2 does look good but I'll wait on a price drop.

What's with all 2's?

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carl0975
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 2:45:18 PM
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Rented WKC last night, and I'm still not sure whether I like it or love it, it has an interesting story, and the battle system is really interesting, but the controls are a bit hard to get used to.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 3:57:48 PM

The story gains more intrigue as you go. I loved creating special move sequences.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 6:40:12 PM

IN the middle of a replay and level grind-fest.

I just re-did all of my move combos to get some better combinations. I have a 7 move 9AC MegaMix but I may have to do some surgery on that, it doesn't seem to give me what I want.

Either way, on this replay of the game I'm discovering a whole new level of depth that the game has. I think it's better now than I though after my first play through. The game is actually better than the reviews would suggest, but the fact that it get's deeper as you play more is a major plus.

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Jawknee
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 3:00:41 PM
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Ah, just finished the story portion of LBP2. Was a lot more fun than the first game. Was more cinematic. I have in laws in town this week so once they leave it will give me time to sit down and start playing with the creation tools. Maybe this time I'll actually create an entire level. Ha! In between creating levels I'll get back on GT5 and hunt for the trophies in LBP2. There seem to be less this time around so maybe I'll actually try for platinum. I also want to run through the story mode, this time I'll do it mostly online.

All this talk about a possible MGS HD trilogy hitting the PS3 has gotten me in the mood to play MGS4 again.

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Clamedeus
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 5:50:28 PM

Yeah same here, i haven't played MGS4 in awhile it's making me want to play it.

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JDC80
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 6:44:19 PM
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Game update: Yes I'm still playing RDR: Undead Nightmare quick question I found war but for whatever reason the S.O.B died while I was looking for those flowers for West Dickens, can I bring him back or do I have to find another war horse? I finally got "Mass Effect 2" yesterday and man that game is amazing.

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MadPowerBomber
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 4:02:21 AM

You'll have to find him again, unless you finish the game. You get Death automatically for finishing the game, and if you meet the requisite, you can get the titles for the other three.

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556pineapple
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 12:28:38 AM
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I really enjoyed Alan Wake. Though, I mostly just watched my friend play it, and I didn't get to see quite the whole game, I saw enough and played enough myself that I really appreciated what it was. Yeah, of course there could have been a few improvements, but it was still really good.

I'm hoping to get enough time to really get into ME2 this week. I find I have less time to game lately, with starting the new semester of school 2 weeks ago. I'm sure I'll have some free time to play this week anyway, and I really look forward to it.

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MadPowerBomber
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 4:09:16 AM
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I found it kinda funny that the subject matter of this piece is centered around gamer's growing up (heavy rain) and a game that is the exact opposite of growing up (Duke Nukem). It was just funny to me. I'll be passing on DNF, though. I wasn't ever entertained by the original games, 'cause, y'know, Duke isn't Bruce Campbell, though he tries really hard to be.

PGU for me: I finished RDR to 100% completion, which made me feel pretty awesome. I played a little Dead Nation, 'cause that game's pretty fun. I tried Dead Space: Ignition, and I don't like it much. Has some fun puzzles, though. And I can't remember what else I did gaming wise. I'm working on 100% completion to Undead Nightmare right now, which should be fun, then Dead Space 2 on Tuesday.

I have an extra code for Dead Space: Ignition if anyone wants it.

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Underdog15
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 8:45:52 AM
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I was around when Duke was first rampaging about. "Installing... please insert floppy 3.... installing.... please insert floppy 4.... installing.... please insert floppy 3 (again)..." lol

But anyways, yeah, I remember playing Duke, but I never got addicted to it or anything. So it's a wait and see for me.

And yeah... Heavy Rain is a great indicator of the PS3 user base. I truly believe it would have flopped hard on the 360.

PGU:
I've been going through Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. I've got 100% sync on everything, and I'm only missing 3 more trophies before platinum. All three are multiplayer trophies (reach level 50, get all bonuses at some point, and get all co-op bonuses is a single match).

Anyways, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with ACB, and now that the story mode is done, I'm actually a little depressed... I don't want it to be over. I really loved it! In fact, I barely played any games all weekend because I'm a little down about ACB being over! I haven't been that way with a game in a long time! I'm glad I experienced that again. ^.^

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