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Ben's Week In Review: May 8

Strangely, I got an e-mail from a PR lady who asked if/when I'd review Puzzle Agent. As it's a PSN title, I replied with, "gee, I'd sure like to...whenever the Network is back." It seemed she had temporarily forgotten. I want to forget permanently.

I adore Assassin's Creed, but...

There's no bigger fan of this franchise; it's my favorite of the generation with the exception of Uncharted. I had my reservations for last year's Brotherhood but it turned out to be exactly what I wanted, and I loved it to pieces. I have to say, though, new reservations have popped up after learning more about Assassin's Creed: Revelations. I don't mind the gameplay enhancements, I love the idea of using both Ezio and Altair, it'll be interesting to visit the historical, majestic city of Constantinople, and the expanded concept of the Borgia Towers is intriguing. But a few things leap to mind- first and foremost, Ubisoft said more than once that Brotherhood would be Ezio's last chapter and the next AC would be ACIII, so they could utilize a new hero and setting.

...but as I see it, they didn't have time. They needed the annual entry and they cut corners to hit that deadline. I'm sorry, but it's difficult to see it any other way. Plus, that zip line sounds suspiciously like a way of speeding up (and thereby dumbing down) gameplay that absolutely does not need to be faster. The fans love the patience and stealth involved; they love the unparalleled atmospheres. Don't go too crazy on us, Ubisoft.

Hey EA...Activision doesn't care about you

While EA continues to crow about Battlefield 3, making one bold statement after another, I keep thinking that Activision just doesn't care. Why should they? So what if the new CoD has to go up against a superior product? Since when does that matter to the hordes of casual gamers and die-hard CoD fans? NFL 2K could magically return this year, be significantly better than Madden, and wouldn't secure more than a fraction of Madden's overall sales. When it comes to billion-dollar franchises, I just think they're immune. I think it really doesn't matter anymore. Besides, with a $200 million budget and three studios cranking on Modern Warfare 3, it's not like we'll get dog sh**.

But really, like I said, it wouldn't matter if we did. EA can talk all they want. Maybe they'll get decent sales thanks to critic support and hardcore gamers but let's face it- most of the CoD brethren who quite literally only play one game a year haven't even heard of Battlefield.

Personal gaming update

I really like MotorStorm: Apocalypse but the PSN went down before I could sample the multiplayer, so I have to wait until the Network is back before doing a review. Now, the same could go for Brink, but let me ask: I can play it on Xbox Live and count that experience as part of my PS3 review, if the readers don't mind. If you don't like that idea, I'll wait on the review for that, too. Just let me know. I can't imagine the Live multiplayer would be that much different...

Other than that, I'm still trying to finish Dragon Age II and Final Fantasy IV on the PSP. You know, concerning the latter, we've gotten so spoiled by the hard drive and auto-saves. You just sort of assume the game will save after doing something significant, and sadly, that stuck in my head...I took down two bosses in a row in FFIV and neglected to save. Then, exploring with my new airship, I went into a busted-up castle to go a-looting, and stumbled across a Monster-in-a-Box. ...can't escape, monsters way too powerful...dead. And oh yeah, hadn't saved since before those boss fights.

Oops. ...oh, how we forget.

Oh, and Happy Mother's Day! :)

5/7/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (100 posts)

LittleBigMidget
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 9:26:36 PM
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Having PSN withdraws. Ayone else hear the rumor that we're getting cross game chat and in game video chat as apart of the big network update?

http://www.vgsynergy.net/2011/05/07/you-will-be-surprised-and-pleased-with-the-new-psn/

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rogers71
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 1:05:21 PM

Ben, I don't think you should put MP in as part of your review. It's all the same anyways. That's my thought on it.

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Shams
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 9:43:34 PM
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I'll have to try out Brotherhood, then.

My week? 3rd in a row that's been too busy. Haven't had much time to game, though I'm a couple chapters shy of completing Spidey's Shattered Dimension, which I've really enjoyed. Then on to JC2, after which I'll finally get to Socom 4 with my sharpshooter. I'll have another go with KZ3 with my new accessory. And of course I'll find more time with Yakuza 3, before breaking the plastic of Yakuza 4. I have plenty to hold me over for next month's inFamous 2, but still, I'm quietly impatient. I still have to finish up LBP for LBP2, but that gives me more time to snipe a good deal on it.

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Shams
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 9:46:03 PM

Oh, I forgot to mention Portal 2 has been pretty cool, too. Finally got to it last night and I flew through the first 4 chapters.

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SvenMD
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 9:50:14 PM

That's alot of games to play before inFamous!! Good luck Shams.....and the levels in Portal get a lot more tricky towards the end!!

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Temjin001
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:06:28 PM

I had a chance to try out Just Cause 2 a couple weeks back. I thought it was great fun. I look forward to snatching that one up for about $15-20

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:13:20 PM

Shams, I think you've been here long enough to treat yourself to an Avatar. Not that terrible move, but a picture near your name :)

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SayWord
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 11:27:00 PM

I've loved every minute of the 120 hours I put into yakuza 3:p so far 75 hours put into yakuza 4 :)

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Temjin001
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 10:20:36 AM

Oh yeah, and Master Shams, Brotherhood is good stuff. It's a good extension of what you experienced with AC2, but more refined and broader in game design scope.
While the combat hasn't changed a whole lot, there are subtle improvements to it.
I've plugged in about 15 hours+ on it and I think I'm about 2/3 through the main story (on sequence 8) and there's plenty of stuff to do, probably another 20 hours+ if I wanted.
I've seen it for some good deals, $40 new and $30 used.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 7:38:32 PM

ACII and Brotherhood are the closest I've come to Platinum-ing anything.

Anybody has any questions, ask me. :)

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Shams
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 10:28:46 PM

10-4 on Brotherhood, Sensei Temjin. I'll be sure to snipe a deal on it.

I hear ya, World. 'Tis about time.

Finally got to and finished sp campaign on Portal 2 this weekend. It was less demanding on timing than the first. Not as many vertigo inducing moments, and I preferred the writing and ending credits song of the prequel ("Still Alive"), but still a clever and satisfying ride. I'll dig into the mp when the psn comes back up.

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SvenMD
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 9:47:37 PM
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I feel like Assassins Creed has turned into a spin-off franchise. I'm going to hold out on both AC:B and AC:R until they figure out what they want this franchise to be. I imagine I will pick them up someday when they are cheap.

As for the PSN, It still hasn't bothered me that much. I just finished Portal 2 and am working a 36 hour shift this weekend.....so I haven't really tried to get on much. I do hope their "good faith" offerings are nice when they come back though.

I'm also done with CoD altogether. I borrowed a friends copy of Black Ops, and doubt that I will ever buy a CoD again. I'm definitely ready for something new in the FPS genre - kinda like Half Life 3.... That would be nice.

Happy Mothers Day to everyone!!!

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PAKINIPS
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 9:51:19 PM
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Mothers day was last month here.
Still need to play last years asscreed.
Oh and I wasn't too impressed with the new motorstorm.
Pacific rift looked and felt so much better

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 11:53:49 PM

Um...it did NOT look better.

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___________
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 4:17:37 AM

it most certainly did!
pacific rift had lots of color, apocalypse was like, well the apocalypse.
except replace fire and brimstone with brown brown and more brown!
in fact its so brown you could convince me it was made with the UE3 engine!
3D effects in pacific 3D rift were far better too!

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Temjin001
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 10:25:04 AM

I didn't think the foliage in Pacific Rift was particularly impressive. You could see it sort of "draw-in" and it's shadows while you drove. It also used some sort of slight blur inducing AA. I honestly thought the first game looked more consistently better.
I haven't played the full version of Motorstorm Apoc, just yet. All of my stores in this "one horse town" are sold out or don't carry it. I plan on snagging it Wednesday when I go into the city. And then I'm going to do up a review for the titanreviews gaming site.

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PAKINIPS
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 1:53:37 PM

DID TO!

I'm guessing the full game looks better than the demo then.
I'll probably get it sometime in the future

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BIGRED15
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 9:51:46 PM
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I cant really say im dissappointed in the new AC3 but it does seem to be getting a bit recycled. I think they'll make this one work but any AC afterwords using the same characters and story arc is going to make fans of the series start thinking about antoher game. Plus, this probably isn't going to do anything great to their sales. Think about it, if AC3 is basically just a refined version of brotherhood, and all the fresh, highly advanced and improved games coming out around the same time frame (UC3 R3, TM, etc). AC3 will become an afterthought. its allready gonna be one of those games that im going to wait on until Q2 of 2012 at the latest.

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LittleBigMidget
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:19:37 PM

Assassins Creed Revelations is not Assassins Creed 3. Revelations is a nother side/addon/2.5 game like Brotherhood. The REAL AC3 is most likey coming in 2012. And it'll get decent sales and be a great game. Bet on it.

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Lairfan
Monday, May 09, 2011 @ 3:39:05 PM

Dude, its gonna get excellent sales, not decent ones. I've never seen an AC game sell below 7 million, which is better than most other games can say.

Plus, Revelations is gonna sell well too. There's already a crapload of people who will buy AC regardless of whether the games are spinoffs or true sequels, and the new changes they've made will probably attract even more people.

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Excelsior1
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:12:39 PM
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hopefully the network will be up when brink arrives. using live as a substitute for the ps3 multiplayer just doesn't feel right. it's realy your call, but i imagine most would be patient enough to wait for your review of the ps3 multiplayer.

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Temjin001
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:15:51 PM
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I'm excited for AC: Revelations, too. I'm eager to see how it turns out. I probably won't snag it right away for $60 because those Ubi-soft AC games drop fast in retail value. That, and it comes out during the high spending holiday stuff.

But earlier in the week while I was sketching up a picture of Batman, (I like to draw comic book stuff so here's a link for those who are interested in seeing some of my stuff )

http://david-mason.deviantart.com/

So I went ahead and snagged the latest Batman game for a good price on eBay. I look forward to playing it after I'm done with AC:Brotherhood.


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BikerSaint
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 12:44:19 AM

Nice artwork, thanks for sharing!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 12:57:20 AM

Very cool Temjin.

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Clamedeus
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 3:34:05 AM

That's awesome Temjin! Very nice work I like it. :D

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Temjin001
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 10:01:41 AM

Thank you, guys =)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:26:32 PM
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After my disastrous encounter with AC1 I have higher hopes as I plan to dip into AC2 soon, BUT the moment L.A. Noire hits my mailbox that game is taking control of my life and that's final.

I was thinking just the other day that AC is having a bigger identity crisis than Desmond. Part 1 has a hero and time, part 2 has a hero and time, Brotherhood is basically an expansion pack to 2 but it isn't 3, Revelations is a mishmash of 1 and 2 and Brotherhood but 3 will be an all new assassin and location?

Ubi doesn't seem to have the slightest idea what direction they're taking and like Ben said, just trying to toss something together in time. That is going to lead to problems later. You must be clear cut with your ideas, numbered entries, and spinoffs.

I'm still trying to make headway in Ar Tonelico, I just wish it had a decent battle system. The game is pretty hilarious though. I'm also trying to collect all the naked pics in Splatterhouse, no easy task.

Can anybody tell me why the PSEye only work halfway on a DLP TV? It's annoying, don't boast well for me getting Move, and there isn't room for using it where my LCD TV is.



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LittleBigMidget
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:40:18 PM

World are you hyped for InFamous 2?!

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SvenMD
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:42:42 PM

That's exactly why I will not reward Ubisoft by purchasing this game. I'm holding out for AC3, and even then I will probably wait on a review at this point.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 11:02:58 PM

I'm super hyped about inFamous 2. Most anticipated game this year even over Uncharted 3. I even cashed in my credit card rewards for an Amazon gift card to bring down the price on the Hero edition a tad.

The ONLY problem I have with inFamous 2 is that this semester will be over before I have the Cole/Sly Cooper backpack in my possession :)

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BIGRED15
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:35:17 PM
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AC2 beat the first in everyway possible. More compelling characters, story. AC1 was pretty tedious and repetetive. This however, takes a huge leap from that. You should definately like it man otherwise... well... i guess ur SOL but good news is you probably only spent 20 bucks on it so not that big of an investment.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:38:32 PM

Yup, 20 bucks.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 11:06:25 PM

The crazy news is I can't garner ANY interest in selling Two Worlds II, or Resonance of Fate at $20. I mean come on guys they are basically brand new, you're breakin' my balls.

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kraygen
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 4:31:54 AM

Resonance of fate sells on amazon for $18 new all the time, so getting $20 for it is kinda a stretch.

Sad to hear you didn't get into Two Worlds 2, I loved it, only major glitches I ran into were graphical. The customization was way worth it though to me.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 4:09:48 PM

hey youre right, last time I checked on Resonance it was going for 40.

TWII the combat drove me absolutely crazy, it was just intolerable for my tastes. Too clumsy.

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kraygen
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 4:31:29 PM

Odd, I found it to be a vast improvement over Oblivion.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 6:26:42 PM

Each to their own I guess. I could get no effectiveness out of it whereas I pwned the world in Oblivion. But then I always played that in first person.

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StangMan80
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:36:45 PM
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ben, the day NFL 2k shows up is the day I forget about Madden. Madden gives us the same game year after year, only adding/updating really tiny things that don't matter like a green dot on the back of the QB's helment. How about fixing the blocking and tackling before going into that much detail and you(EA) are not even close to getting there, not even in the same universe!

I have not picked up Motorstorm yet. I want to really bad. Split screen will be just awesome! (: just wish my wallet wasnt so shallow.. :(

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BikerSaint
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:52:57 PM
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My PGU.

Well, my hopes of buying a brand new Slim in July have dashed.

And unless the USPS OK's my $500 insurance, I won't have any PS3 for a very long, long, time because after 21 years of faithful loyal service working at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino, the new owners of just 4 months just did a second wholesale layoff massacre today, & I was one of the many workers chopped.
And just so the top big-wigs can f*cking pad their exorbitant million dollar + yearly bonuses even higher.

I'll be going for unemployment benefits, but at around $500-$600 weekly, it won't even come close to paying a 1/3 of my monthly bills, (plus that big check I was expecting in early July was directly tied to my job, so that's now gone too).

Plus I have 2 very large outstanding retirement loans I'm not going to be able to pay back, so I'm not sure what's going to happen next about that.
But I guess the IRS will now be taxing me 10% for that unpaid portion too, plus another 10% penalty that they'll compound daily.

So even thinking about getting another PS3 is going to be out of the question unless I either win the lottery or a Gamer-Angel glides down into my life & donates a used PS3.

Damn, and just when I recently bought Fallout New Vegas, Alpha Protocol, Heavy Rain, & I just received my stuck KZ3 disc back too, along with another 123 games in my PS3 collection.

And all, with no chance in hell on playing any of them now.

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 12:47:36 AM

:O Oh Saint, I'm so sorry to hear that. Damn man, I hope it all works out for you.

I suppose if worst comes to worst you can start selling off pieces of that legendary collection of yours. Needs must when the devil drives. Seriously, all the best, I hope that the USPS pulls through and you can quickly find yourself another job.
Peace.

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kraygen
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 4:35:24 AM

Sorry to hear that Biker, not sure whether to thumb you up for support or thumb you down because it sucks so bad.

I'll pray for ya and hope you find a new job, maybe one that pays better. Keep your head up.

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Temjin001
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 10:14:34 AM

Dang, that's too bad Biker. Things sound pretty crappy for you, but don't be surprised if in a few months from now if everything is totally different and improved from where you're at now.

The November before the last, my PS3-phat got ylod and I was essentially console-less (I didn't have a 360 at the time) And having been spent from Christmas shopping.. no new PS3 for me right away. Then, at the end of the year, I got real sick and was out of work. I got better and found a new job. I just played my trusty PSP and FF7/FF8 to pass the time. It was kind of a good thing, too. That school quarter was challenging for me and it was important that I focused in my C++ programming course. I ended up doing great. Cash started rolling back in with my new job. Not quite out of the woods, I went to get my new PS3-Slim; sadly, ready with money in hand, it was during the time when PS3's were scarce and I couldn't find one for a couple weeks. ARGH!

Eventually my Best Buy got some and things were good again. Then, a couple months later I got an un-expected inheritance (not a whole lot but nice anyway) and I ended up getting also a 360 Arcade.
So basically, in just a few months time things changed for the better pretty dramatically.

So hang in there =)

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BikerSaint
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 12:58:39 PM

Thanks guys,

After 31 years in the casino business, working at Caesars, & then the Trump Taj Mahal working first in their security departments, and then as a blackjack dealer & a floorperson, I'm officially done with the whole lousy tainted casino biz altogether.

Believe me when I tell you that there's more f*cking shady politics going on behind the scenes with casino jobs than in our own government.
It's all a "who-you-know" & "what-can-you-do for-me" mentality there, and only the fat cat owners & CEO's get richer, while they take & take & take from everyone below them till we've got nothing left to give, and then we're all expendable.

The word "seniority" in a casino is a joke, it's non-existent in the casino biz & it only means that there's a target on your back, just so that they can replace you with a foreign part-timer that they'll start at a minimum pay-rate. with no exactly NO benefits, vacation time, sick days or any personal days.

So f*ck 'em, I'll just collect my unemployment(for my very first time ever)for a while & see if the government's got any free programs to learn another trade.

Now, I've just got to figure out a way to getting a used PS3 ASAP so I can get back to finishing up my stats, awards, etc., in KZ3, & then I can get started on Heavy Rain which I had bought recently.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 1:11:13 PM

But enough of my doom & gloom....



"Happy Mothers Day" to all of those who are!

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Bugzbunny109
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:55:14 PM
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I am enamored with Motorstorm. I just wish PSN was up so I can ram people of the track. Hopefully, Sony can have it back up by next week.
Also, am I the only one who is getting concerned with the yearly release of Assassin's Creed? I fear that the yearly release will cause the gamplay and plot to become drab consequently ebbing the quality of the game, and turning it into the next COD or Guitar Hero.

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Riku994
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:59:31 PM
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Ben, please let the Brink review wait, I'm sure we can handle it. If there is any major different in the online, it would be nice to know about. If anything, make it next weeks poll or something. My personal opinion is no: don't do your review on the XBox version.

And before people attack me, YES I know he only means the online, but servers tend to be different between PS3 and XBox.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 11:04:53 PM

Seems reasonable, I doubt they will be very different experiences but I'm willing to wait since MP integration is a huge part of this game.

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Riku994
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 11:25:30 PM

Precisely.

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main_event05
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 11:14:46 PM
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started my 2nd play through of DA:O and Mirror's Edge today.

Birthday in 11 days, maybe I'll treat myself to some MK and/or DA:A & II

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LittleBigMidget
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 11:15:09 PM
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Ben, how come my first comment is still pending? Anyway, my first comment was about ingame video chat and cross game chat coming to the
PS3 as part of the big PSN restore FW update. Anyone else heard this rumor?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 11:55:43 PM

All links have to be manually approved.

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Underdog15
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 11:19:21 PM
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I dunno Ben. The experience might be the same if you do your review based on XBOX, but two things come to mind.

1) Remember titles like FFXIII and Bayonetta. Same gameplay, but clear quality differences between platforms.
2) I can see there being criticism of a Playstation website doing it's playstation reviews with XBOX games. Perhaps for consistancy's sake, it might be better to stick to the exact description of what you're reviewing.

Then again... it's nice to have a counter point for comparison's sake.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 11:23:18 PM
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My vote would be to wait for our own version.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 11:56:17 PM
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Okay, I'll wait for the PSN to come back up before doing a Brink review.

It's probably important...considering that you can't play offline anyway.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 12:49:33 AM

Ha, don't remind me, or you're about to make a grown man cry.

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 12:49:44 AM

Can't play offline? Didn't know that... There goes my idea of buying Brink, ever. Good to see that you respect the PS brand, and the members here, enough to ask us what we think.
Peace.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 12:58:34 AM

Is that so? The way I read it you just get AI partners offline.

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Riku994
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 1:03:30 AM

You can play offline Ben, you just get AI enemies and partners like World said.

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Fane1024
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 5:01:20 AM

A dev interview that I saw definitely said you could be playing and then "jump online" and have people join your game.

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tlpn99
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 11:57:46 AM

Ben meant Biker can't play offline cos of his PS3 situation not that no one can play Brink offline.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 7:40:03 PM

I just meant I can't do an accurate review without the Internet part of it.

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Dreno
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 12:23:07 AM
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PGU :

Erased my wkc character memory. And started over with a new one.
So I've just been grinding away gettting the bind rank maxed, and working through my first run through. Then I'm gonna start on the guild rank.

Just waiting ever so patently for wkc2 and the re-vamped version of wkc. Ill prolly finish my georama off on the first since I read somewhere that once you start the 2nd, your guild rank goes back to zero, since they do the guild rank a new way.

Happy mothers day to all mommies out there !

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Highlander
Monday, May 09, 2011 @ 2:39:57 PM

I think you're right about that reset, it kind of makes the Georama you build now something of a land grab, since you keep what you have there - apparently.

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 12:43:43 AM
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Damnit... I lost what I typed. Okay, quick version.

AC:R - Zipline, of course not necessary, but perhaps will help to get away from guards. Bigger worry is the difference between the three characters. Perhaps, considering Ezio's the main character, it would be better to set Altair into missions vastly different from regualr gameplay, like what was done with the Scarecrow fights in Arkham Asylum.

EA/Activision arguments - Don't really care. If EA can get the hype rolling, they're going to need to produce more advertising than Acti for people to get a hold of Battlefield. But then there's the chance of people being turned off due to the different gameplay. At least it'll net them sales.

PU:
Finished BlOps. Posted a review, as well as an addendum featuring mor my personal thoughts than critical ones in the comments. To those of you that have not read one of my reviews, expect to be reading for a while :D Now I'm hoping to get through Sly 3 and inFamous before I can pick up L.A. Noire on the 24th, and then two weeks for that before iF2.
VC2 is a dead disc. I started playing a bit of Peace Walker, but felt guilty as I haven't yet played MGS1 or 3, so I'll get around to that one a bit later on. In its stead, I picked up FFIV and 3rd Birthday and started playing the former. Man, it's ace. It's archaic, but I can still see some of the genesis of XIII, even in the three hours that I've played of it. I mean, the ATB is present, and I don't think that it is strictly turn-based, as either side can attack multiple times before the other. It's undoubtedly a predecessor to what was found in FFXIII.
Halfway through Purgatory, finally getting a feel for the vernacular and rhythm, which has made the reading far easier.
Finally, I signed a contract to buy a new car. I'll be able to pick it up in about three weeks, and I'm a little scared as a result of the expense incurred. Ah well, if you don't do stupid things every now and again, how can you ever live?
Peace.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 1:00:55 AM

Hey Lawless what's your PSN handle? Gonna add you when it comes back online.

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 1:02:41 AM

Damnable_Chaos, but I haven't been online in... over two years, and am not seeing any opportunity to do in the near future.

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Excelsior1
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 1:44:48 AM

@lawless

i read your user review of cod bo, and i thought it's the best user review i've ever read. great job!!

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 2:18:24 AM

Thankyou very much, Excelsior. I know Pride is a sin, but I get such a surge of it when someone complements my work. A most profuse thanks to you.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 4:11:05 PM

Damn man, not a single update, message, or download in 2 years?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 7:41:07 PM

You just said you bought a new car on a site where the two head honchos are sort of into cars.

...and you didn't even tell us WHAT you got. That's just wrong. ;)

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Lawless SXE
Monday, May 09, 2011 @ 1:58:37 AM

LOL! Sorry Ben. It always slips my mind. It just so happens to be a Jeep Wrangler Sport. Practicality for when I finally do get around to my round-Australia trip. :D

And World, I only had access to it for about two months and no more than a half a dozen friends on PSN, so I don't miss it. Updates you get on disc with the games, and not being able to play demos does suck on occasion, but it's not so bad. It means that I have a constant cycle of games, rather than becoming semi-addicted to the MP of one in particular.
Peace.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, May 09, 2011 @ 3:19:03 PM

Ah yes, well, can't very well take my M35 into the outback, all wheel drive or not. Don't have the ground clearance.

...and such a trip has a darn good chance of messing up my wax and leather. ;)

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Codeez
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 1:00:34 AM
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Im backlogged like a mofo trying to balance my personal life and my gaming hobby. Just bought Portal 2, on the fifth chapter right now and absolutely loving it! It's a breath of fresh air for sure. Got AC2 for $15 and slowly working my way through that. Inching my way through Castlevania: LOS, Borderlands, Dead Space, and Marvel: UA2. Also, I went into gamestop today and sold some games and a 360 controller and had enough money to pay off my L.A. Noire reservation (super stoked for that!), put $10 more on my Infamous 2 reservation, and was able to pick up BlazBlue Continuum Shift without spending a single penny out of pocket. Damn it feels good to be a gamer....Happy mothers day moms!

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Ultimate_Balla
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 1:25:49 AM
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Ah, the sanctuary in Assassin's Creed 2, still having a blast with that game BTW, gives us an idea of how many concepts they can utilise. Providing there isn't unforeseen circumstances, i'd be most happy with an AC in Japan. Hehehe, I also see they weren't to happy with giving silver trophies from completing sequence 1-11, it just stops.
Anyway, DJ Hero and the set costs about 60 dollars now, so i'll buy a second and sell the game... somewhere.

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karneli lll
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 2:32:09 AM
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" Besides, with a $200 million budget and three studios cranking on Modern Warfare 3, it's not like we'll get dog sh**."

Somehow i disagree with this statement, CoD cant cost that much,especially when the same engine is used always.It was probably a marketing scheme

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___________
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 4:21:45 AM

for once can we have something not taken so literally?
i think everyone knows no COD would cost 200M to make!
my lord you would have to move heaven and hell to have a game cost that much!
even with all of antivisions advertising.

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BikerSaint
Monday, May 09, 2011 @ 1:47:54 PM

_______________,

<<<<for once can we have something not taken so literally?>>>>

Really, this coming from you?????

All I can say is..... Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha, *snicker*

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___________
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 4:32:12 AM
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im too worried about assassins creed.
there milking it far too much!
instead of finishing off the story arc, they just want to fill in every last place so they can put a new title out!
gets really annoying, i want to play as desmond, find the pyramids and finish off the story ark god dam it!
who do ubisoft think they are, R*?

im really starting to get sick of publishers today, i mean ok its there job to promote there games, but for the love of god would you get your head out of your a$$!
how can EA say BF3 will be better then the next COD when they have not seen it?
ok, well, we think they have not seen it, but why would they?
why would antivision show there main competition the game before the press and fans?
why cant we go back to the good old days where games spoke for themselves?
my god everyones turning into dan greenwalt
only reason why i never bought forza 3 was because his whole team have there heads so far up there a$$ when they burp sh*t comes out of there mouth!
come on, can we please go back to letting the games do the talking?
as the saying goes, talk is cheap!
why tell you, when i can show you?

after seeing infamous 2 yesterday its given me a sudden urge to go pick up the original again.
i asked if will be getting anything for importing our save and the devs said yes, they could not say what but we will be getting something so i need to finish the game again.
ive been playing CLOS, its a fantastic game but my lord does it get boring!
im only half way through the game, and im wishing it was finished by now!
i have not had to force myself to finish something since halo ODST came out!

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 5:23:49 AM

They say that out of confidence. IW has announced that they aren't going to bother to create a new engine for the game, and considering the CoD studios have hit a winning formula, there's little chance of their changing it.

EA has latched onto those two facts, and are clearly trying to take advantage. Unfortunately, Riticello just keeps shooting his mouth off that it's better, without actually mentioning how. 24 players online is better than BO's 18, and a 12-15 hour campaign is better than my time in BO as well, but they fail to mention what difficulty that is on. The graphics will clearly be better, as Frostbite 2.0 is a beast, but there is almost no information on how the gameplay itself will be better. How will it set itself apart? More realistic actions? That may be better for advancement, but it won't sell because people prefer the CoD way. Maybe breaking up the frenetic gameplay more often, and really allowing diversity? Sweet, do that. Actually putting in a story and characters that make me care, and you've just about got me sold.

Unfortunately, I'm not really seeing anything along such lines. Perhaps the blowout will come at E3, and we'll find out whether the PR guys at EA really do suffer from verbal diarrhoea, or if they can put up.

Also, thanks for the tidbit of iF2 info. Looks like I'll really have to get cracking on the Sly and the first.
Peace.

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Dridion
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 4:32:56 AM
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Way off topic sort of...but has anyone seen this article yet. Talks about total revamp of xmb as well as features such as cross game chat and the ability to soon change usernames. It should be rolling out in Europe first followed by US. What do you guys think? Check the link:

http://www.gamesthirst.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/sonyresponds.jpg

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Dridion
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 4:33:36 AM

Also here is the article:

http://www.vgsynergy.net/2011/05/07/you-will-be-surprised-and-pleased-with-the-new-psn/

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Fane1024
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 5:10:26 AM
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PGU: I just finished Prince Of Persia, which has taken me most of the PSN down-time. Amusingly, I got two trophies that I in no way earned (and never would have), so I could probably get the platinum if I want it.

If PSN stays closed, I'm thinking of starting Folklore or maybe GRAW 2, but probably after I play the POP Epilogue.

If PSN magically appears, I'm going to finish playing Salt Shooter, which is what I was playing before PSN disappeared. Unfinished business.

p.s. Happy Mother's Day.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 7:41:40 PM

Which PoP?

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Fane1024
Monday, May 09, 2011 @ 1:51:37 AM

The one from 2008 (I'd have included the subtitle if it had one).

If it weren't for the overly simplified (and therefore unreliable) controls, I'd give it high marks. I liked a lot of the design decisions compared to other POPs.

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Beamboom
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 6:59:44 AM
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PGU: This week I've looked into 3D programming in java, and while doing research I stumbled across an online rpg called RuneScape that's developed in Java. I expected to download client software but it turned out it was made as a java applet (run in browser), and considering that this is a game entirely run inside your browser I was caught by surprise of how good it was. To imagine what will be possible when using hardware accelerated OpenGL code...

So that was an enormous inspiration to continue the research and, eventually, start working on my own game. :)


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Victor321
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 8:43:14 AM
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What are you doing for Mother's Day Ben =D? And I completely agree with your thoughts on the whole EA vs. Acti stuff.

The reality is, is that when it comes to COD, the general public (the casual gamers, the people that buy COD and little else every year, etc.) FAR outweigh the number of hardcore gamers.

Us Hardcore Gamers who will choose to buy BF3 (me included) will love it to pieces, but the general public could, sadly, care less about a mature, polished shooter powered by groundbreaking tech. To them, COD is enough, as to many it's a good enough portrayal of a realistic shooter with high production values in the graphical and aural department (and this is not an insult or an implication of their intelligence).

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 7:42:10 PM

Helped mom and dad get the summer stuff out for the season, and went to dinner at a relatively nice restaurant. What else? :)

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Danny007
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 8:59:17 AM
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I agree Ben, Motorstorm Apocalypse is really fun. I love it. One of my favorites of 2011.

As for Brink, I would like to see your review of it before it comes out so I can decide if I really want to get it or not, so I wouldn't mind if you played the multiplayer on your Xbox 360. Like you said, its not going to be much different.

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Gone
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 10:00:55 AM
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Happy Mother's Day.

June 7-9 is E3 and I hear that Nintendo (Wii 2) and Microsoft (Nextbox on June 3rd) are going to be introduced. Sony will probably talk about UC3, NGP and maybe a price cut.

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tlpn99
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 11:59:37 AM
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I was going to say wait for he PS3 to come back up before you do a review Ben.

I plan on getting it on Friday anyway. If it turns out to be crap I'll just trade it in and put that money toward LA Noir the week after. :)

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Excelsior1
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 12:17:38 PM
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ea did a lot of boasting about nfs shift 2 and that didn't light the world on fire. they talked up moh a lot too and that game wasn't spectacular, either. bf3 might turn out to be a better game but i really doubt it will have any impact on cod sales. activision would have to make a really bad cod game to get the cod fanatics to even consider another shooter.

as far ac goes... i've only played ac1, and i hated it. boring and repetitive. i've heard ac2 is better but i had such a bad experience with ac1 i just have not gotten around to it yet.

pgu:

i am replaying re4, and enjoying it a lot. what's funny is that nobody seemed to complain you couldn't run and shoot in re4. yet many had a problem with it re5. re4 is a great game with a lengthy campign. hey leon want to go to my place for some overtime? cringeworthy line but funny at the same time.

next up will be re code veronica x. that's a lengthy game as well so i imagine that psn will be back by time i complete them. thank god i have a backwards compatabile ps3 becuase my ps2 won't read a lot of games anymore. you can find a lot of great deals on used ps2 games at gamestop. they had a refurbished 60 gb and i couldn't pass on it. i got a 1 yr warranty, too. i like the looks of the fat over the slim, too.


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main_event05
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 5:43:11 PM

Prolly cause RE4 wasn't on the Xbox.

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main_event05
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 10:47:17 PM

thats not even an Xbox bash. its just that Run and Shot was never a problem with RE until it hit the Xbox.

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Teddie9
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 12:43:14 PM
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I too am worried about the direction they want to take AC. The team has a lot of talent, but could this be the first of many times they go back on their word. >.> Hope I'm very very wrong.
The grappling hook should be fun. I'm sure I'll take the time to take in the architexture of Constantinople when sitting on the ledge of for a view point.
Avtivision vs EA don't care...
Ben, was the castle Edges home - you know near the cave and where the tower sprouts up from? Also was it one of those ogres :^p

PGU: Beat Portal 2 single player and my cuz came over yesterday to start co-op - yay splitscreen - take that PSN drought. Except since I recently finished Crysis 2 I wanna start multiplayer :(

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BIGRED15
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 2:38:43 PM
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Speaking of AC identitly crises, im having one of my own becuase im trying to decide on a freakin avatar. Im using akuma now, but it just doesn't have a lot of character (I dont think). Im thinking an avatar on the internet or making my own in illustrator, but idunno.

Pre ordered infamous 2. pretty convinced that was the right choice as far as a summer game goes.

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Clamedeus
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 6:46:17 PM
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Wish I had a big library of PS2, and PS1 games. I ordered Socom 2 a couple of weeks ago having a lot of fun on it, and I just ordered Shinobi for PS1, I never finished that game when I owned it and no clue to where that game went.

I've been playing Need For Speed Underground 2 for PS2 I'm on all my level 2 performance parts and I still have more to do. I'm using the Nissan 240SX, added some Vinyls and decals, with side skirts rear bumper kits and front bumper kits, trying to unlock the full body kit for the 240SX, I painted the car and it looks amazing with the stuff I have on it and the vinyls blend well. I wish I could show you guys what it looks like, but I don't have anything that I can take a picture with.

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Drake_RB3
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 10:36:24 PM
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Come on, Ben. You were surprised about those monster-in-a-box being really hard? Even the SNES version with the "easy" difficulty had those ogres being out of control.

I thought you were an FFIV vet? :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 11:22:40 PM

I KNEW they were hard. I just forgot to save.

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DjEezzy
Monday, May 09, 2011 @ 2:41:18 PM
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I would rather see a review of Brink as soon as possible. Whether through live or PSN. Doesn't matter. At least we could get a good idea of what it really plays like. How easy it is to jump in and out of MP. Plus i just want to see a review of the gameplay. Looks like a blast to play.

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Lairfan
Monday, May 09, 2011 @ 3:57:06 PM
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I'm giving Ubisoft the benefit of the doubt on this one. I, like you Ben, was a bit of a skeptic when AC:Brotherhood was announced, but once I played it I loved it. IMO its the best one so far.

So I think they can develop a great game in a year's time. Yeah, they may have been forced by their deadline to postpone AC3, but as long as Revelations is good, I won't mind.

And once again, I'm pretty sure the zipline's there for once you've seen the city enough times that you don't want to take in the view, you just want to get to your next mission. That's happened a couple times for me in the last couple AC games: I get to a certain point where I've seen the city and have been in awe of its majesty enough, and I just want to get to my next main mission quickly. This sounds like it'll help with that. Plus, it'll also cater to the people who don't want to take in the view, but another thing I must stress is that they probably won't force you to use the ziplines, so either way there's not much point in complaining about them IMO.

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