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Ben's Week In Review: June 24

We're entering another apparent summer slump so maybe I can catch up on a few games...or play a few classics. :)

I'm just not sure RE6 will be "elite" quality

For the record, I liked Resident Evil 5 just fine. It was a mistake to stick with the tank controls for one more iteration, but being so used to that mechanic in the franchise, I was okay with it. Plus, I think the co-op dynamic with Sheva was excellent; it was really very well done and it never felt like I was babysitting. Provided the AI in RE6 is just as good (if not better), I'm sure the adventure will be plenty entertaining and lots of fun. And after watching those 19 minutes of gameplay, I have to say I'm encouraged. However, I'm just not sure Capcom can give us an elite AAA title that can compete with the Western gems.

I mean, the industry just keeps pushing forward, and I see a few examples of the Japanese developer's lagging in those videos. So while I'm fairly convinced that RE6 will be a good game, I'm not about to say it will be a great game. That's actually more disheartening than I would've believed, and I think it's because we've always trusted certain franchises to deliver. And sadly, too many of those franchises that seem to be falling behind are on the Japanese side. Kinda depressing.

Digital distribution won't stop me from playing, but...

Most analysts say digital distribution will eventually dominate the game industry, and Sony boss Scott Rohde says it's "inevitable." I don't doubt that. And as much as I will miss the old physical media, I'll still play the best games available, regardless of what format they utilize. Still, let me say this- I think there will always be a place for physical media among the hardcore collectors. I was looking through the Game Arts packages of Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete and Lunar 2: Eternal Blue and old-school RPG fans know exactly what I'm talking about. Yeah, they were pricey, but they were also incomparable. We loved coming home, cracking 'em open, and spreading out the awesomeness.

It's true that they were basically Collector's Editions. But that leads me to my next point: What collector wants a digital special edition? Seriously? The whole point of those editions is to get all the extra goodies that are absolutely physical and look great in any gaming library. There will always be people who want those, damnit.

Personal gaming update

Still playing Lollipop Chainsaw and I had intended to be playing Spec Ops: The Line, which I got this past week. But at the risk of breaking embargo rules, let's just say I won't be finishing that game because...um...well, the reasons will be made clear in the review, which will go up this week. Just don't expect a whole lot of critical acclaim. Nolan North can't save it, unfortunately; I'll elaborate in a few days.

There isn't much coming out that I want, although I do plan to return to my Shadow of the Colossus play-through. I also want to play ICO, just because I didn't actually finish it back when it came out on the PS2. I honestly can't remember why; it had nothing to do with the game (it was fantastic, of course), so I must've gotten sidetracked by an RPG or something. By the way, speaking of the Lunar games above, I was going through my PS1 collection and realized just how many gameplay hours were offered by certain RPGs...hell, I put 120 hours into Saga Frontier because I finished each character's story.

Interestingly enough, on the back of the box, it says "140 hours of gameplay." Yeah, Skyrim is technically "endless" but it isn't story-driven, now is it? What games today provide over 100 hours of story-driven gameplay? Hell, what provide more than 30? Even the plot-driven RPGs don't often do that, unless you play them twice or go online (White Knight Chronicles springs to mind). I'm just saying, things are different.

6/23/2012 Ben Dutka

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Comments (62 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 9:57:11 PM
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RE5 was a decent shooter but I have to disagree about the AI. I was constantly babysitting that stupid woman and shifting gear around to keep her from doing stupid stuff with her weapons that was always liable to get me killed. She just failed me on too many levels. Not to mention you can't have proper horror without a sense of loneliness. Hence my lack of interest in Dead Space 3.

Good point about the collectors editions, those will go the way of the do-do when the digital hammer comes town.

I'm playing Silent Hill: Downpour and I wonder how long you played it before your review Ben, it gets much better later though the technical problems remain. Also I picked up my FFXIII-2 game again. I bought that mess and by God I'm going to get my money's worth.

Also bought I Am Alive but haven't played it yet. Also Just Cause 2 and Space Marine are sitting on my hard drive thanks to PSPlus.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 9:59:32 PM

Odd. I never really did anything with her; she was fine on her own.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 10:04:08 PM

You probably handled yourself better than I did, if I let her have a handgun and a shotgun she would gladly plunk a giant zombie with the weak weapon while I was on the ropes, and she would hang onto her med spray like I didn't matter.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 10:11:34 PM

Really? She was always Johnny on the spot with that med spray, although I do remember her using the wrong weapon frequently. The latter was pretty much my only complaint, though.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 10:31:58 PM

I tended to run off on my own when I could, I dunno maybe she just got caught up at a distance. I beat it but it wasn't worth keeping in the hallowed collection.

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Killa Tequilla
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 12:00:57 AM

I had a human alongside me as Sheva :-) never had any problems and the game was loads of fun.

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 1:42:17 AM

I always played Sheva when my buddy and I played RE5. Man was that a fine dame. A pleasure to control.

But here's a sad story: When there was a really tough boss or something, my buddy did better if I *left* the game and the AI took over, than with me tagging along. Omg how humiliating. :D


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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 1:51:59 AM

haha, I bet that was hard to admit Beam :)

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___________
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 3:42:13 AM

it was not babysitting she could look after herself.
however you had to constantly take stuff off her because she was so wasteful!
healing me as soon as i got hit, and using the more powered weapons to kill 1 zombie!
then when it came time where we needed them, the bosses for instance she would use her pistol, and when i was near death she would not heal me.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 11:07:39 AM

So blank line, you might say you had to "babysit" her to avoid wastefulness.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 4:54:30 PM

I felt like I was baby sitting as well. Not to mention I had to keep ammo away from her, among other things. It didn't take long before I decided It was better just to wait for my buddy when he had time to play. Then it was tons of fun.

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Jawknee
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 10:08:02 PM
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I didn't have an issue with the tank controls in RE5. Infact it was the only thing in the game that made it feel even remotely like a Resident Evil. I don't mind that they removed them(you can move and shoot in RE:Revelations)but I still think it adds a sense of fright, franticness and suspense.

I still maintain all or mostly digital games for consoles makes less sense than it does for handhelds. I don't want to depend on a streaming service or have to fill up my HDD with all the games I want. If all the games in my PS3 collection were digital, I would have run out of HDD space along time ago and I have a 500gbyter in my PS3 now. Digital distribution just seems like the devs and pubs are trying to limit our buying power. It helps them more than it does us.

PGU: I downloaded The 3rd Birthday for my Vita. With the addition of the second analog stick it makes the experience feel more like a real TPS though not completely. You still cannot manually target your enemies. When pressing L1 it snaps to the target much like the auto-aim in MGS4. Still, it's nice to be able to control the camera with the right stick most of the time. I'm tempted to start collecting some of my favorite PSP games in digital format just to be able to play them again with the right stick. As soon as Peace Walker comes down in price, I'll pick that one up next.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 10:29:26 PM

I have 3rd Bday in physical format. It was alright but definitely would have been better as an RPG. I'd call it mediocre, so it was kind of strange they put so much hype behind it.

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Jawknee
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 10:41:46 PM

I stop playing the physical format version because I hated the camera controls. The Vita cleared that up. I'd say it's a good game. Not great. But better than mediocre.

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ZenChichiri
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 11:43:17 PM

The Third Birthday was much too repetitive for me. The enemy variations lack, and the levels are quite linear. I was never really compelled to continue. The only thing that got me through the game was the hope that something cool would happen because of nostalgia for the first 2 games. They entirely ruined the story as well.

Aya used to be tough and charming, now she is so weak. I felt like I was a damsel in distress the whole time. And whoever thought it was a good idea to have your clothes rip off as you progress clearly touched themselves one too many times to the character in question.

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 3:23:45 AM

I found the 3rd Birthday interesting but never managed to finish it. Just started to drag after about eight hours and I've long since forgotten everything about it. I'll probably get back to it at some point.

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Temjin001
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 10:32:16 PM
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Can;t say Im excited for RE6, but I hope it's good for the fans. I suppose we'll see if Capcom can deliver.

I'm okay with playing my games from either a physical or digital source, I definitely don't like the DRM's and ownership management that comes with managing digital content. Right now it isn't much of an issue for me but down the road I'm sort of curious how some of my digital PS3 and 360 games will transition to the next-gen, if they do. I think for long term archival reasons it would sort of suck thinking that if my HDD or my specific PS3 hardware with the registered content died, would I still be able to access that online obtained content? Not really something I've had to concern myself from the past and theyt're strings I dont want to worry about.

Anyway, I remember owning the two PSX Lunar games. I actually got pretty far in the first SSS game, sort of wanted to nab the PSP version. I liked the youthful, vibrant story, and the references to Mountain Dew =) I thought the combat system was pretty slick, too.

PGU: Played through the first big chapter of ME3, just loving it. They really improved the feel of the combat in this one. SHepard moves more fluid, and everything feels just right. I also think the graphics look quite a bit improved in a number of ways. I really respect UE3 now. note: I am playing it on 360. I read the performance holds up a bit better on it. Plus, it's the only way, console side, to get the complete ME experience. And ME1 was most definately worth playing.

Anyway, I also sort of recognize ME as one of the greatest examples of this gen's modern games, from a design standpoint. First, TPS has been a BIG thing this gen, and ME3 proves it can do it very well and it feels to me every bit as strong as a AAA TPS action-only game. But include also a much more detailed story and characters and mythology to go with it. Add in the RPG components of level building. Add in the defining and very well realized relationship building components that few other games attempt to do. Add in some of the best voice acting in gaming. Add in unprecedented character profiles that transition through 3 games, making the trilogy feel like one huge epic space drama. Add in cinematics that have a hollywood look and feel (not quite Uncharted good, but still rock solid). Add in brilliant art design and fantastic music, and I'm playing what feels like one of the boldest, most ambitious experiences I've encountered in all of my gaming days. Im just amazed. It's tasked with so much and gets so much right. It's definitely not last gen's or any gen's before it, IP. That's all.


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Jawknee
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 10:44:53 PM

Really? I only played the demo but I thought the controls were clunky and stiff. Mass Effect feels too much like Gears for me to enjoy it. Plus(I know this is a lame gripe)I hate that he's always pointing his gun when he moves.

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sawao_yamanaka
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 10:52:13 PM

@Jawknee

Lol holy crap! I have the same gripe with the mass effect games. It is annoying. Kept comparing it to the uncharted series. How much better they are at 3rd person than mass effect.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 11:36:31 PM

It's supposed to retain a certain amount of RPG style combat, it's difficult to explain but I can feel it when I play. If it were trying to be a smooth TPS experience I think it would lose that entirely, along with its fan base.

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Temjin001
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 11:45:16 PM

Yeah, I think for controlling armored dudes shooting sci-fi guns and stuff it feels just right. I definately don't feel like Nathan Drake, wearing jeans and shirt and jumping off things or like Vanquish with Japanese style bullet time and nina-like stuff. I suppose when I say AAA I'm singling out Gears. Which concerning Gears, while slower than I'd like for an ACTION game, handles well for what it's trying to do. Basically, my point is that the action mechanic in ME3 is strong enough to compete with one of the highest rated, best selling TPS games, yet, stands largely in a different genre. Really, when I play ME games, I'm rarely ever just shooting willy-nilly. No, I'm typically pausing the battle and issuing commands etc. I just think it's great that it's been refined enough to have it both ways.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 4:43:25 AM

I kept this quiet at the time, but the demo was AWFUL. The tiny bit of story that was shown managed to bore me (and it was like what, 10 minutes at most?), and the game performance, in terms of frame rate was just...not good. The art direction seemed really bland too - a lot of grey buildings with similar design. I know you should never judge a game by it's demo, but I found the ME2 demo much better to play.

Also, once you play Uncharted (and if you're not boombeam), then you will automatically compare everything to it - infact, you end up doing it so much that you can never play another third-person shooter again (without & crawling back to Uncharted :P).

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bigrailer19
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 6:09:02 PM

I'm a fan of ME. I have my complaints but mainly in regards to the fact that lots of critics give it a pass in areas because of it's brilliance in others. But the combat isn't a complaint of mine, especially in ME3. The controls bug me a little, but easy to look past. ME definitely has a TPS feel as the action takes presidence over any thing else. The leveling in ME2 didn't have enough significance to persuade me otherwise either. But ME3 fixed some of that. But the linearity of the missions reminds me everytime that I'm not in fact "questing".

The graphics to me are not great, good but I cant say I'm overly impressed. The Cut-Scenes should run smooth, I mean I can understand gameplay having some hiccups whether it's suffering from low frame rate or what have you, but cut-scenes should run good all the time. That's something that doesnt happen in the ME series. I also have audio issues a lot. The voice acting is ok, but inconsistent. In fact what good are surrounding characters when interacting with them is a main focus when the main character is so bland. The female Sheperd is way better than the male voice but both make conversations a little less interesting and dramatic moments a little less dramatic.

So yea I have my reservations about the series but they are very good. Just wish ME3 had that same huge impact on story that ME2 and the DLC leading up to ME3 had. That really had a huge impact on me and why I was so excited for ME3.

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karneli lll
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 11:12:04 PM
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Resident Evil has turned into these recent horror flicks coming out, there's no fear just something that's trying to shock you. On the brighter side, the gameplay looked amazing...not a fan of the waypoint though.

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gray_eagle
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 11:20:14 PM
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i'm waiting for spec ops: the line, after reading the little info that ben dropped,
i'm not so sure. will wait for the review.

i'm a long time fan of resident evil. the first resident evil game is why i
switched from nint to the playstation 1.
i don't have high hopes for RE6 even with the trailers that i've seen.

pgu: been sick most of the week, so its just been netflix for me.
i'm starting to get back on my feet now and also back to gamming :)

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ZenChichiri
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 11:52:03 PM
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Wow nice finally met someone who completed all of Saga Frontier as well! I never understood the bad rap it got with gamers back then. Sure it was pretty overwhelming upon putting it in, but once you got a feel for the world and how to make your characters stronger, it was a damn fun game! Gotta say doing the money trick 7 times with those gold nuggets was a bit tiresome, but it really was the only way to get enough money to buy the good stuff in each scenario ;)

Whose story did you like the most? I gotta say Red's was probably the most epic, but they were all good in their own way. I remember in Lute's story you could go to the final area almost immediately in which I would just get rocked so hard! I thought it was going to be the hardest scenario after that experience!

Blue's was cool as I liked the whole brother dynamic and if you lose against Rouge then you play as him until the end of the game. Never have I seen something like THAT in a video game before.

Asellus' story is right up there with Red's as being quite epic. The many boss battles in the final area leading up to Orlouge was insane. If I remember correctly, this game had a tonne of bosses!

Saga Frontier was definitely under-appreciated when it came out, as my brother and my friends refused to touch it when it came out, but I remember having a lot of fun while playing it, despite some minor shortcomings.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 12:17:24 AM

I didn't do the money trick and still bought all the good stuff...just took a while. ;)

I think I remember liking Blue's story the best.

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ZenChichiri
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 7:24:21 AM

Hehe yah I felt I was always lacking money so I gave it up and just used the trick. The expensive equipment in the stores always taunted me!

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Knightzane
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 11:57:33 PM
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Dragons Dogma shocked me with its awesomeness. Visited the world of skyrim for 30 hours and found there was not much more to do. I did the dark brotherhood, the thiefs guild, and attempted to do the companions but the damn game glitched and i couldnt start it. Not saying skyrims a bad game but it isnt as action packed as everyone claims. DD probably isnt either but at least the dragons fight you and dont fly around for 10 minutes before finally landing, to only fly away again moments later.
People will hate me for saying it but oh well. I have 78 hours in Dragons Dogma and im just now in post game. Its japanese and its, in my opinion, best game of 2012 so far. Not much else has kept my attention since Demons Souls. So Capcom has me feeling confident with re6. I also hope all games don't go digital, i like lending or borrowing games. Its nice trying out a game i don't have before actually buying it.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 4:48:22 AM

Yeah, you mostly hear about people's storys, where they're like chasing butterflies or something in Skyrim...not exactly my idea of fun in a game to be honest xD

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 1:53:23 AM
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Tales of Graces F had a friggin ton of story driven content, a rare treat this gen.

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 3:08:52 AM
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Personal Gaming Update: Infamous 2 (finally!) and Arkham City.

*** Infamous 2:
I am one of those annoying sods who has patience to wait for a price drop before buying. But boy is it tough to fight Sony's price politics of keeping'em prices as high as possible. But I won!
First impressions are really good. I never thought Infamous looked anything out of the ordinary, but this time around I imagine there is a clear improvement in visuals. Everything else is pretty much how I remember things to be from the first game, but since I loved the first I don't mind that one bit.

I'll not pass final judgement before I've gotten further into the game, but I'm pretty sure this will land on my top-3 PS3 Exclusives chart. It's almost guaranteed.

*** Batman Arkham City:
This is where it gets interesting: I can not get into Arkham City! Help, help!
I struggle like crazy with that game. I've started a new game several times over the months, but my enthusiasm dies off before I even get my first ugrade. What the f*ck is wrong with me? I am supposed to LOVE these kind of games!

Arkham City and Infamous 2 are conceptually highly comparable. But from a technical point of view, Arkham City is just so much MORE. Objectively speaking it is a bigger and better production. And here I am, totally loving one of them (meta: 84%) and finding the other one just meh (meta: 95%!!!).

It must all boil down to the stories:
For someone like me, who never found the Batman universe to be of much interest (I am a diehard Marvel fanboy) it almost feels like playing with my neighbours toys. I prefer my own toys.

While Cole on the other hand, had he belonged to a comic book publisher it would have been Marvel. He's got that lighthearted way of living, with his friend and troubles and silly comments and all that stuff, he's a human being only with totally awesome supernatural skills.

I want to BE Cole. I'd never want to live in Arkham City. That's the problem.


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Axe99
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 4:20:39 AM

Awww, sorry to hear you're not getting into Arkham City - I'd rate it as the best all-round game released last year (although UC3 is damn close) - but I guess like any game, if you don't gel with the vibe/story, it won't do it for you. I'm a Batman fan (I'm fortunate enough to be superhero 'House' agnostic - I can dig Marvel and DC :)) though, and really got into the story and the vibe.

The gameplay is really solid - the actual combat works wonderfully (and, not unlike GoW did with brawlers, Batman:AA and AC are spawning games that copy their approach to combat pretty closely), the missions are well designed, and the balance between stealth, gadgets and beating people over the head is well done. Mission variety is also great (some of the Riddler missions are excellent). Maybe pretend it's not Batman?

I deffo recommend giving it a good 3 or so hours (I think it took me 20-odd hours to play through, although I did a lot of the side stuff), but if you're not getting into it, then it might not be for you. We're all different people/gamers, and I've learned the hard way it's best not to force something I'm not enjoying. Good luck :).

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Ludicrous_Liam
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 4:53:07 AM

I'll be getting Infamous 2 soon too, as it's only £20 where I live. I'll also be getting the two batman games, which are fairly cheap...huh. We're more alike than you might think, you & me :P

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 4:55:24 AM

Liam,
it's just £14 at Amazon uk now!

@Axe99: I know, Axe! I know! That game is gooood, you can see it right from the start. It's dripping with efforts, skills and awesomeness all over.

It is me there is something wrong with here and it's blatantly obvious cause this particular game features *everything* I love in gaming:

Gadgets and upgradable stuff are always cool, stealth is welcome cause I'm such a coward player, strategy is cool cause I like to snoop around and figure things out, it's open and I need my sense of freedom, it's got hot chicks and I love'em - heck I can even play as one of them, the story itself (from what little I know of it so far) looks lovely crazy too... I mean... It's got it ALL!

So, yeah, I will try. Again. And next time I shall have no other temptations around. Force myself to focus. Enter Arkham. Become Batman. Just dig it.

But right now, at this moment in time... Infamous 2 wins. It's just too much fun being Cole... And I like to finally get to knock over annoying street musicians.


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Lawless SXE
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 5:56:37 AM

I haven't yet played Arkham City, but I did go through Arkham Asylum and ended up with what appears to be the same feelings as you. It's my type of game and the gameplay is well balanced, the story is above average and the exploration elements are cool as. But there's something about it that doesn't gel with me. I always blame it on the combat system, but that isn't really the problem. I dunno what it is, but inFamous is leaps and bounds ahead, IMO. It's just so much more open and accessible...

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 7:26:31 AM

Arkham City is much, much more open than Asylum were. You basically got the entire city at your disposal. And visually it's just crazy to see what developers of this skill level have been able to get out of the Unreal engine. The city is crazy detailed, you really do frequently stop and enjoy the view.

But I think you hit the bullseye with one word there: "Accessible". Infamous is incredibly accessible. You really can just pick up and play it, everything is where they should be, the control scheme is just flawless.

In Infamous I get some of that good old GTA feeling: I often leave the main story to just drift off and "do stuff". Try to unlock new attacks, climb up stuff, find gangs to mess with, citizens to help. Practise new attacks. Tweak my techniques.
That game is just something you want to play and play because it is so damn FUN.
Love it!


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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 11:09:44 AM

inFamous 2 is currently free for PSPlus.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 12:18:35 PM

Yeah I know World, but I the fact that I can only play it for as long as my subsciption is valid, turns me off completley. The idea that I could just pay for it for now until the end isn't really viable either, as thats like 3-4 x £50...don't fancy that, even if it is 'worth it' ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 1:09:30 PM

It's only like a ten hour game.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 5:09:59 PM

Opps, when I say "until the end", I meant until the PS+ service is stopped i.e when the PS4 comes out, which I predict to be 3-4 years. And when I say "worth it", I mean PS+ as a whole - not just Infamous 2.

In serious need of an edit button here :P

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bigrailer19
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 5:12:18 PM

Infamous 2 is one of my favorite PS3 exclusives. It's such a fun game. One of those franchises I never wanna see go away.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 6:22:23 PM

Right I understood ya, I just meant you could beat it long before your PSPlus ran out. If I still like it I plan to keep PSPlus for PS4. It's amazing the stuff we get for much cheaper than Xbox Live folks have to pay just to play.

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Fane1024
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 6:49:13 AM

inFAMOUS 2 is free right now with PS Plus, at least in NA (I know you're both Europeans)...the best possible price.

Well, I guess I should have read the whole thread before posting. Oops.

Oh, and I don't understand that criticism of PS Plus, given that you get so much value for your $50 (pounds/euros). Why would you ever not renew?

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Kevin5
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 4:03:13 AM
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PGU: Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown. This game is quite frankly the mutts nuts & i am enjoying every drop of it. This is serene fighting art at it's purest form imo.

How about a review eh? ;)

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___________
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 4:05:40 AM
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once you get over the fact that its not a RE game, it will be about as atmospheric and scary as a potato it looks pretty good.
im looking forward to it, its always been fun blowing zombies to bits and they have FINALLY got rid of the stupid sluggish controls!
probably wont pick it up till next year because theres allot of games releasing about the same time, but i definitely will pick it up.
only 2 weeks till the demo goes live!

i really dont like the DD mentality.
its really frustrating and annoying how greedy companies have become!
you have to pay them 5,6,7,8,9, 1000 bucks for the console, plus 100 for each controller, plus 100- 120 per game, when does it end?
now we have to shell out 150 or so per month on a decent internet connection too?
where does the penny pinching end?
next there going to stop supplying chargers and cables with their systems and charge separately!
hell, ninty already has with the 3DS XL. apparently JP wont be getting the power cable for it it will be sold separately.
US will be getting it but no word on EU.
they should be thanking their loyal customers for buying their product, not turning them upside down and shaking all the pennies out!
never enough!

not to mention the expense of constantly upgrading HDDs.
each ps3 game is roughly 20GBs, so how big will ps4 games be?
50?
MSY who are one of the cheapest PC resellers in the country are charging 200 bucks for a 500GB HDD.
so instead of spending 1000 bucks on 10 games, i now have to spend 1200 bucks 200 extra for the storage device.
and what happenes when the HDD breaks?
which it will!
so f*cking pissed off i had my finals for my programming course yesterday, spent 8 months finishing my final assignment all finished go to hand it in and my external HDD would not light up.
tried it on my computer same thing.
so now i get a big fat sexy F for my programming course, and 8 months work down the drain!

no thanks scott, you can take your DD and shove it where all the other stupid $ony ideas belong!

i finally got a chance to pick up dragons dogma during the week.
so disappointed in that, all the reviews made it sound like it had a really in depth combat system!
its does not, its as basic and boring as the combat system in skyrim!
no, actually, worse!
the grab mechanic was a good idea but it never works!
you grab onto a enemy, than try to climb up it but you magically get stuck and cant move till the enemy flings you off.
health system is really stupid too.
a wolf, a freaking wolf takes off 300 points of health!
WTF!?
a wolf for crying out loud!
if a wolfs bite does that much damage, i dont want to see what a dragon or troll would do!
you have to strike your enemies a bazillion times to kill them, but they only have to hit you once!
wheres the fun in that?
no thanks!
disappointed, i really thought it would be the world and story of skyrim mixed with the combat of kingdoms.
sadly its not, if anything its the worst game of the 3!

which was good actually gives me some time to try put a dent in lords of shadow.
so bloody annoying ive been wanting to finish that game for so long now but its so long i havent been able too.
made me really excited for the sequel, its definitely one of the best games weve seen this gen!
brilliant combat, just such a in depth complex customizable combat system, exactly what a action adventure game should be!
oh why cant skyrim and other games like it have a combat system like this?
i honestly could not think of anything better than skyrim but with a combat system like CLOS, with the weapon variety of kingdoms.
come on, can someone please give us a realistic RPG set in a realistic world with a decent combat system!?
seriously, it cant be THAT hard!

really looking forward to spec ops the line.
really dont give a sh*t about the gameplay, i played the demo and really enjoyed it so im not really worried about that.
dont get me wrong it looks really good, and i really like the sand gameplay.
kicking up sand storms, and sand avalanches and the like is really cool but thats not why im interested in it.
i just want a good story out of it!
NO shooters these days do that, its really the first war game that promises to have a decent story and character development and also some player choices.
and choices that matter!
every player customization aspect you would expect from a RPG.
just hope its one of the VERY few games that actually delivers on what it promises!

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Snaaaake
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 4:58:24 AM

Whoa that's long, but shouldn't you not looking forward to Spec Ops?
I mean, you get disappointed just about everytime, I only see you praised inFAMOUS and Heavy Rain and Gears 3.

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Snaaaake
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 5:21:24 AM
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I do believe Capcom still has what it takes, it's just that they're not going the right way with what they're doing.
They're like on the right track going south while wanting to go west when they should be going east.

Speaking of which, bought a copy of RE:ORC used earlier this week and here's what I think:
The game is fun, controls is mostly bad but had a bit of good stuff that kept me going.
Thing is, it's a good idea with poor execution, all I'm ever doing is shoot shoot shoot and shoot, the melee is fun and I love how a bite means death when you don't have the anti-virus.
Asides from that, it's only an average game and can only appeal to a few.
I enjoyed it however but I don't think it's a game worth buying at full price, that's why I bought it used.
And this simply confirmed that Slant Six has no idea what they're doing, they were given 2 chances, 2 big franchises and they gave the publishers the middle-finger by putting no effort into their work.
In short, ORC has forgettable story, forgettable characters, forgettable moments, and obviously, it's a forgettable game.

Slant Six stained SOCOM and Resident Evil, I hope the next game they make will flop and they go into red.
What even upset me more is that ORC sold very well.

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 5:33:35 AM
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RE6 is not high on my interest lists and Digital Distribution interests me not (as if I hadn't already iterated that enough).

Personal Update:
Slowly getting through Max Payne 3 while also playing Killzone: Liberation in spurts on my PSP. My sister's been playing L.A. Noire as well, cutting into my time with MP, otherwise I probably would have finished it by now. Anyway, I have my reservations about Max Payne, but the high quality of it really can't be denied. I'll have more to say when I finish it.
Not sure if I mentioned it or not, but I'm reading The Bourne Ultimatum. It's quite good but, I feel, lacking something that made the first and, to a lesser extent, the second so good. I think it's that it's a bit more convoluted... It's cool to see the resolution of the Carlos story arc, though.
Oh, but I picked up Deus Ex: Human Revolution at long last. It was pre-owned, but I couldn't find a new copy. Dunno when I'll get to it.
Peace.

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 5:55:18 AM

DE:Human Revolution is really, really cheap in online stores now. Not that it helps you much this time around, but just as an advice for the future: Check out the main online stores (Amazon, Play, CDON, etc) when you are looking for a good deal. In my experience they are unbeatable. Plus you get the game brand new and support the devs. :)

Regarding Max Payne it's interesting, cause those of my friends who got it have their clear reservations too. So much so, that I have now become hesitant with getting it *at all*.

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 5:59:01 AM

I'll definitely look into it in the future. It was only $20AUD, so I'm not cut up about it at all. And supporting local retailers is quite as important as supporting developers :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 11:15:10 AM

I'll be playing the waiting game for Max Payne, despite the quality it doesn't strike me as a $60 game when I won't be touching the multiplayer.

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Jawknee
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 7:48:04 PM

Same World. MaxP looks great but I just cannot justify spending $60 on Rockstar games anymore.

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Qubex
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 5:39:02 AM
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I am an old sod at the moment, and pretty much stuck on Battlefield 3. Awaiting Medal of Honour 2. I also will be picking up Trine 2 and Journey in July and August respectively...

Otherwise all good. Been playing some Android games on my tablet as well. Good fun all round I would say!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 11:16:14 AM

Trine 2 is pretty slick, I haven't gotten far but there's so much quality in that little package.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 1:08:35 PM
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Just finished Downpour, less survival/horror and more horror/drama. Great locales. It stays in the collection.

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Nickjcal
Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 2:51:11 PM

Idk how you endured the combat lol, I couldn't do it.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 5:30:00 PM
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I just picked up Skyrim after a long hiatus, longer than I thought (5 months). But I'm done with school for a while so I'm back at it. And I in regards to the comment about Skyrim not being story driven, well it may not be like ME or Saga Frontier in that same regard. But after playing it again after a break there's nothing like Oblivion or Skyrim.

But Skyrim is even more impressive in that even the sidequests do tell good stories. Some are straight forward but some are upwards of 3-5 hours in length, and that's just a side quest. So to say Skyrim isn't story driven, isnt correct, at least in my mind. For most of the sidequests to have as much detail as they do, it's a great accomplishment that makes Skyrim so good.

I'll be honest I havnt played much of the main quest in the 100 hours I have played, Skyrim but what I have played keeps me interested and after today am more intrigued by where it will take me. And the fact that I see my characters story hour by hour, going from one town, to meeting the next person, going to the next sidequest all while there's a main story, just makes it all the more interesting.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 6:23:58 PM

I didn't play squat of the main quest either.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 8:36:18 PM

I think I'm to the point now where I wish I would have learned more about the shouts earlier, as I just went to meet the grey beards this morning... finally. But it is what it is, just too much to do.

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JDC80
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 10:28:03 PM
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PGU: Fell behind playing Mass Effect 3, trying to catch up in NBA 2k12 and NHL 12. Picked up X-Men arcade game last Tuesday(trying to turn my 40gb into a part time arcade machine). I'm going to pick up "The Amazing Spider-Man" on Tuesday. And I'm going to see what's available on Gamefly this week.

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Fane1024
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 7:05:04 AM
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PGU: AC Brotherhood. It's definitely not as polished as AC2, especially comparing the two opening sections. ACB feels more like the weaker second half of AC2, with its more tedious, combat-heavy missions and reduced emphasis on story. It's still a good game, though, and some of the Borgia tower missions have actually been assassinations and not just brawls or chases (the downfall of AC1).

I may play ME3 next, now that it's $40 and the ending has been patched. If not, there are plenty of games on my backlog pile/HDD.


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