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Ben's Week In Review: August 5

Finally got a new game to play...not that I was getting tired of Rainbow Moon or anything. ;)

Assassin's Creed III is lookin' good

There has yet to be a time when I see footage or information pertaining to ACIII and I end up disappointed. In fact, every time I see or hear about this game, I just get more and more encouraged. The latest, a video displaying the prowess of Ubisoft's proprietary AnvilNext engine, is quite impressive. This franchise has always been known for its unparalleled environments and atmospheres, and I've personally noticed and appreciated the unbelievably fluid and authentic way the main character moves. And to think that all of that will be even better this time around...? WOW.

I love the combination of freedom and stunning ambiance, and this is part of the reason I say Dishonored will be another Game of the Year contender. These two titles are just so ambitious and so progressive; they attempt to give the gamer just about everything he could desire, while still maintaining a distinct structure that separates it from the purely freedom-oriented concepts, like MMOs. I can't wait for both these games.

I don't think I want a Twisted Metal without David Jaffe

So although Twisted Metal didn't exactly tank, it wasn't a runaway hit, either. Since its release David Jaffe has gone on to other things, and he recently posted a detailed update concerning the future of the esteemed series. In that update, he said he didn't know if Sony was currently working on another installment and if they were, he wasn't involved. He did say he wouldn't mind coming back to the franchise after his new studio had produced a few "successful new IPs," but I have to say...I don't want a TM without Jaffe. I mean, I think this is more his series than God of War ever was, and I believe he feels the same way.

I could be completely wrong, but everything about TM kinda reflects what we know about Jaffe. He loves that kind of game and he sees a lot of video game purity in it. So without him, I really think it would lose its edge. Oh, and I remember when Jaffe and Co. stopped after TM2 and 989 Studios took over for TM3 and TM4...the result was not favorable. For the record, 989 pulled the same crap with the Jet Motos after the original ruled.

Personal gaming update

So as you may know if you've been following along on Twitter, I have Darksiders II to play. I can't say anything about it just yet, as the embargo is the launch date (August 14), but maybe I'll risk a progress report Tweet later tonight... I should also have Sleeping Dogs this week as well, and I have high hopes for that one, despite a few lingering reservations. I'm not sure if DSII can keep me away from Rainbow Moon for very long, but we'll see. This sucker has tons of potential.

I've also decided that Square Enix can announce Final Fantasy XIII-3 if they want. I don't really care. I really had a lot of fun with FFXIII-2, but I still say they should change the damn title. It isn't Final Fantasy and they should know that. Call it anything else and I guarantee you'll have a lot more backers (and a lot fewer complainers from the die-hard FF fans).

8/4/2012 Ben Dutka

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Comments (37 posts)

Temjin001
Saturday, August 04, 2012 @ 9:37:49 PM
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I like that Ubisoft keeps trying to expand their engine, even so late into this gen. I liked the improvements I saw in Revelations, and it looks like they're aiming to take it up another notch with AC3.
I can't say I'll commit to buying it brand new before a price drop. I still have Revelations to play through before then.

Dishonored shows a lot of promise, hope it delivers.

PGU: More VF5: FS. I'm on the cusp of making Hunter rank, finally leaving the Dan's behind. Great matches. The game just keeps giving back for as much effort as I put in.
I saw Resistence 3 at Walmart for $15 this week. I nearly snagged it but my budget couldn't accomadate it without regretting it some 6 weeks from now. Great deal, bad timing. I want it in my PS3 collection in time.

Right now my most desired from here until the year's end is probably DOA5 and DSII. I'm thinking DSII will deliver and I hope it sells 4-5million+ across all platforms. I think their launch timing couldn't be better.

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Temjin001
Saturday, August 04, 2012 @ 9:50:05 PM

http://www.foddy.net/Athletics.html

In the spirit of the Olympics, play some QWOP.
Best game ever. If you can get the CHariots of FIre to play for more than 10 seconds you have my Ninja Gaiden class respect ;)

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BikerSaint
Saturday, August 04, 2012 @ 10:30:44 PM

Temjin001,

Damn, shame you didn't link to the "Good deals for gamers" thread in the "gaming discussion" menu in the forum cause last week I had posted a quick sale on R3 for only $9.99 and with free shipping too.

BTW, on that "gaming discussion" menu, you can also get it to email you every time someone posts a good deal in there too.

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Temjin001
Saturday, August 04, 2012 @ 11:19:38 PM

thanks biker, i need to check that out. I see the thread but it says im not a valid user in the forums when i try and login

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frylock25
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 12:46:21 AM

the forums are not the same as this. you have to make a username and password for the forums from what i understand.

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Temjin001
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 8:46:35 PM

thanks guys =)

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homura
Saturday, August 04, 2012 @ 11:25:43 PM
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I'll look forward to ACIII, because of the new settings and the environment plays a big role in the game,

PGU: I'll pick up where I left in Disgaea 3, still haven't finish the game.

And I found some interesting news about ACIII. here's a link.

http://www.gamezone.com/products/assassin-s-creed-iii/news/assassin-s-creed-3-creative-director-warns-of-lengthy-games

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BikerSaint
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 3:16:26 AM

Temjin001

^ what Frylock said above,

Even though you're registered here on the main site, you still have to do it again for the forum(you can use the same username & password).

BTW, your reply button is now missing, hence the reason for my misplaced reply down here, LOL

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CrusaderForever
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 12:31:52 AM
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Both ACIII's unreal! Dishonored is another one that looks different in a good way.

PGU:

Still having fun with ACII. A sequel that truly learned from it's predecessor in every way.

Been playing The Amazing Spider-Man with my son and I really like this game. The web rush really makes me feel like I am Spider-Man making those crazy high speed decisions in mid air. It truly never gets old bashing that Spider Slayer into the street and seeing the dust cloud, I love it! Collecting the comics is pure addiction! I really had a break through with the combat as well today. It's really free flowing for me now!

My son and I are close to getting Platinum on LEGO Indiana Jones 2! Great game, however I feel Indiana Jones 1 is a better game when it comes to the first 3 films. This versions first 3 films feels anemic. However the Crystal Skull is well done and fleshed out.

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frylock25
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 12:49:49 AM
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no mention of the design the dual shock 3 contest that sony is doing? i expected to see the news of this on here.

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Fane1024
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 1:04:57 AM
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All I can say about ACIII is that I hope I have the will power to resist buying it at launch. I'm still working through AC:B, so I should definitely wait for a price drop. If I can.

PGU: My progress through AC:B got derailed by various tasks that needed doing. Instead of continuing AC:B when I had the time, I started Batman: AA. I'm nearly done, but my play sessions are cut short each time I get to another tedious arena battle, which saps my enthusiasm to keep playing. I hope I can get through the last few hours before I just want to quit, because everything else about the game is excellent.

FFS, Rocksteady, let me play smart! I'm supposed to be the Batman, not the Hulk.

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Kevin5
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 1:07:16 AM
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PGU: Street Fighter X Tekken. Those 12 DLC characters are brilliant & has given the game some new life for me.

Also been playing Mass Effect 3, going through it on all paragon this time. I still don't think it's as good as Mass Effect 2 but it was a top game nonetheless.

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Beamboom
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 2:59:08 AM

I agree, it's not as good as ME2. Everything feel more laid out in ME3. Kind of natural since it's the big finale, but still... Mass Effect 2 was better.

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___________
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 4:48:18 AM
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AC3 does look really cool, just not a AC game!
i really wish they would show off a few of the stealth missions to help settle fans worries of that.
and the cities, every trailer has been of conor leaping across trees.
i wish just for once we could have a franchise that sticks with what it is!
is that really so much to ask!?

id love to see a new TM with or without him.
sure it wont be the same, but if you still have the original team working on it than it should be fine.
just because david left does not mean eat sleep play has tumbled into a black hole or something!
the rest of the team is still in one piece, so if they choose too they could make a new one and, well, to put it simply id be pretty hard to be worse than the current TM!

so excited my new alienware laptop comes tomorrow!
cant wait to boot up metro 2033, ive been wanting to play that so badly but it never ran well on my desktop so i havent been able to enjoy much of it.
same for the witcher 2, one thing i hate about that game is that its got TOO much content!
its so annoying you go to finish some story missions than you get distracted with side quests, ive spent like 40 hours in the game and maybe 5 of those have been on story missions!
so annoying especially when you just want to enjoy the game, finish the story, understand whats happened, and move on!
you just cant!

i was at a friends house yesterday playing a little of resistance burning skies.
really makes me sad the franchise is now finished!
i mean yea $ony might continue it with another developer, but it wont be the same insomniac are such a unique quirky developer you will never fill their shoes!
its sad, its THE only shooter franchise released this gen that is actually unique and so different!
ive always loved the series its such a shame to see it end so quickly.
insomniac are such a brilliant development studio, it really pisses me off when all their game sell so poorly!
its just so unfair they do so much awesome work and they dont get squat for it!
so now they have gone to the devils work, facebook!
christ!
see what you guys made them do?
poor insomniac..........
:(

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xenris
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 12:25:58 PM

Your complaining that the Witcher 2 has too much content....good grief there seems to be no pleasing you. Its like the cup is always half empty for you. Not to mention you could just stick to the story, I beat the game 2 times second time I just skipped the side quests.

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Beamboom
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 5:16:40 AM
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PGU:

Darkness 2:
Looked forward to this one since I enjoyed the first Darkness. But I gotta say: What's up with the ripping apart of the targets? "wish bone"... Is that stuff supposed to be funny? Or creepy? It's just childish and downright embarrassing!
When you hope noone enters the room while playing cause you feel dumb, you know something's wrong. This shit is just *stupid*.

Infamous 2:
This game is such a contrast to Darkness 2. I'd say this game is almost *too* "family friendly" and the humour in the game is pretty banal at times, especially the brother, but at least I'm smiling while playing.
It's a solid game to fool around in until Borderlands 2 arrive.


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MyWorstNightmar
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 8:46:02 AM

Curious. What brother? I platunum'ed that game. I remember nothing of a brother? :) What am i missing?

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Beamboom
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 9:28:54 AM

Oh sorry, not brother perhaps (I imagined it was his brother?) but that buddy of his, the Elvis-imitator'ish guy.


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bigrailer19
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 11:59:30 AM

That's Zeke... He's a friend.

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MyWorstNightmar
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 2:29:57 PM

Oh. I see now. Well I guess I could see you make that mistake if for no other reason than Zeke always would call Cole "Brother" as a figure of speech. Lol.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 7:09:43 PM

I don't see what's wrong with The Darkness II. It's brutal. It's supposed to be brutal.

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Beamboom
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 5:54:47 AM

I have nothing against brutality in itself, I just don't think they did it right in this game.
It looks more like a scream for attention than to actually add something of value to the story. Like the mandatory tit-flashes in low budget movies (not that I have anything against that, per say :D).

... Or maybe I've turned prude in my old days? Who knows... :)


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Oyashiro
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 8:50:17 AM
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PGU:

Playstation All Stars Battle Royal Beta:

Its all I've been playing, Its just that much fun. My favorite is currently Sweet Tooth but the Beta only has the original 6 characters.

First off, the game feels nothing like Smash! People need to get that thought out of there head.

I think most people are put off by the supers only kill system. It works like a dream! Interrupting and dodging others supers quickly becomes valuable skill.

Another complaint is getting hit doesn't hurt you so why care? Oh how wrong you can be! Hitting others builds your AP, Throws, Items and stage hazards take away AP. AP is your lifeblood, actually your opponents AP is your lifeblood. The closer your enemy is to there super the closer you are to death. You need to keep your enemys from building AP as much as you need to build it yourself.

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xenris
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 9:23:43 AM
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If they didn't put final fantasy in the title of FF13 I have a feeling it wouldn't have sold nearly as many copies as it did. I think that is why the sequel sold much less. People didn't care at that point that it had Final Fantasy in the title.

From my understanding FF13-2 sold less if this isn't the case than...I still think they both sold well because of the name more than anything. If it was called something like Tales of the Fal'cie or something I don't think people would have flocked but just my opinion.

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Beamboom
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 10:50:54 AM

I totally agree there Xenris, I don't think so either.

FF13 were my first Final Fantasy - I had very few expectations other than that it supposedly were an RPG - and it's easily the worst 80+ game I've ever played.
My theory has always been that these games floats heavily on the franchise's former glory, both in regards to sales and metascore.


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homura
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 12:04:01 PM

I think XIII still will sell a lot even if it didn't have a Final Fantasy in the title because it is the first rpg by Square in the ps3 and people are curious of what SE are capable of in a much more powerful new console, and I'm one of those who loved XIII, the story is quite unique and maybe because my copy is in original japanese language with english subtitle and I'm used to anime. and I did get used to the battle system specially in the last cie'th stone missions still it could had been more if they put an edit option on my other two party members going to cast. and I much prefer if the party leader dies it's game over, cause it added difficulty in the battle, I've realized that after playing XIII-2. I think XIII-2 has low sales because many had been disappointed of XIII. By the way I hated XIII-2 and I did regret it buying at a full price so when XIII-3 comes out, I'll just gonna watch the story in you tube and if the graphics turns out much more beautiful than XIII, I will get it used.

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xenris
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 12:31:52 PM

Beam -

Yeah I was going to play it because all I heard was its linear but has a good story etc, so I was fortunate enough to just watch the cutscenes on youtube and I am so so soooo glad I did. Nothing about the story would have kept me playing, I only watched all the cutscenes because I was waiting for it to get better. Then the credits came and I was still waiting >.< Nah it actually got alright at the end but not really the Final Fantasy quality I was expecting. NEIRs story impressed me much more :P

Homura -

I personally hated 13 I do have friends who liked it though. Maybe playing it in japanese makes it way better because it had some of the most vomit inducing dialogue ever. Half of the things lightning said made me want to punch her through a whales stomach and into on coming highway traffic.

Maybe thats why you enjoyed it more homura, also I know people who do like that kind of mellow drama, however I just can't stomach it so I am aware its personal preference in that regard.

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homura
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 12:46:16 PM

Also i did read the Episode 0 and Episode 1 novel of XIII, it also contributed in my liking of the game. It really helped me to understand the characters more. Hehe.

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Beamboom
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 12:57:28 PM

lol - yeah the dialogues, omg...
At first I thought it was some sort of parody that I didn't get since I was new to the series, but it just kept going and going so eventually I realized it were supposed to be taken seriously.

The graphics and artwork were pretty good in FF13. Great fantasy world. But that's the only good I have to say about it. And it's most definitely not enough to defend the 84% metascore it collected.

I mean, 84%?? Are you kidding me? That's the same score as games like Infamous 2, Battlefield 3, Resistance 3 and Crysis 2! Get out of here. :D


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homura
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 1:07:12 PM

I loved XIII, it just really shows that we are a very diverse species. Hehe.

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Beamboom
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 1:19:32 PM

Yup we are - and that's *great*! :)

But to be fair it should be said that I am not used to japanese style games and that is most likely a contributing factor to my verdict on FF13.


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Deano34249
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 9:38:13 AM
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Yeah, AC3 looks amazing, and it is nice seeing them push the envelop with a new engine. I wonder if you will be able to unlock certain things if you purchase liberation, hopefully they take advantage of what the Vita and its cross play capabilities.

Even with the annualized cycle of AC, its even more impressive they are able to pump out a new character and new setting while the game looks fresh and looks like a brand new AC experience, I wonder if Ubisoft will release another installment in '13 or take a nice break from the series.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 1:27:22 PM
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"and I've personally noticed and appreciated the unbelievably fluid and authentic way the main character moves."

I'm kind of the opposite. While I agree the character moves well with the feeling of weight, I don't know if I'd call it fluid. My definition of fluid would be like effortlessly, and there's a lot that could be fixed in the way of accuracy. Because it's pretty accurate when taking your time, but when you're in a hurry it gets hectic at times. Realistic, yes! Fluid, i dont know if id call it that. I always thought climbing in the PoP games was better. But that's probably more than debatable as it's my preference.

I beat brotherhood last night, now I gotta purchase Revelations so I can get through it before AC3. What a weird and abrupt ending it had. I had some stuff I wanted to finish up before completing sequence 9 but at that point I didn't have a choice as the game pushes you through to the end. But that was a good game. I really liked it. But again the ending I felt should have been a more spread out and part of the game. I wouldn't have mind the game being a little longer to keep those last few moths intact.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 6:59:35 PM
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Give Final Fantasy to Level 5.

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Temjin001
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 8:45:34 PM

btw, World. When the DOA5 demo came out a dude hacked into the files and code data showed a list of characters that would presumably be in the game. Brad Wong was among them ;)

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xenris
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 5:54:04 PM

What about Elliot? He was my best DOA4 character.

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Fox hounder
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 9:23:34 PM
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Look's like the MGS4 trophy patch goes live at midnight. For those in the UK, its already live.

PS: sorry for the out of topic post.

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