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PSXE Poll Update: Gamers Split On Activision Reputation

As usual, the quality of the games is what matters most. But the final results might still prove worrisome for the company in question.

Activision and its reputation amongst gamers has been a hot topic of conversation lately, so we wanted to know if the Activision label has any impact on your purchase decisions. As it turns out, it's a good-news, bad-news situation for the world's biggest publisher: on the good side, over half of those polled said they don't care who produced the game; if it's good and they want to play it, they'll buy it. That's always great to hear from a group of fans that almost always rewards quality. On the downside, the other half of participants said that, at the very least, they will try to avoid buying an Activision game, with more than a quarter of those saying they absolutely won't buy a title made by the Call of Duty publisher. Gaming is big business these days and although some executives frequently say the wrong thing at the wrong time, the overall goal remains the same...they wanna make money. Activision has become an expert at that, but that may not help their reputation.

This week, we focus on something different. For those who only own a PS3, what game do you think they most miss? What title, exclusive to another platform, is the one that PS3 fans are most disappointed in missing out on? Is it Nintendo's Super Mario Galaxy 2? The Gears of War franchise for the Xbox 360? Or the recently released Starcraft II for the PC? Vote now!

Tags: activision, gaming, industry, poll update

8/8/2010 9:21:48 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (67 posts)

Pandacastro
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 9:49:45 PM
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I dont really care about activision only if they make good games.

For my vote I would have to say that fighting game on the wii with capcom.

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Pandacastro
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:13:57 PM

That wasn't on the poll so I voted for Left 4 Dead 2

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jaynet333
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 9:50:15 PM
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The new poll shows Halo 3 twice. Was one of those supposed to be Gears of War?

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Highlander
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:08:51 PM

Either that or Ben really liked Halo 3.

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Fatcat3788
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:14:26 PM

Or he was counting Halo 3 as Halo ODST as well considering it's like an expansion pack...

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Highlander
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:34:43 PM

ODLC? I'm sure he knows that's not a full game.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 9:51:05 PM
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Well, luckily for me since I have a PC I have access to most of those that interest me (just bought L4D2 and SC2 actually) in the least, probably if anything Alan Wake, just for it's sheer suspense theme really interests me, I like those kind of games or Maybe Zelda, just because I've loved Zelda, but then again I played it on the GameCube so not much diff, LOL. And as for Activision, well, it just depends on the game, as long as it's an amazing title I'll buy it, but thing is they make few and far between when it comes to amazing titles that aren't sold on name alone.

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NoSmokingBandit
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 9:52:05 PM
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I voted Forza 3 on the new poll. I have it for 360, but i wish i had it for ps3 so i could use my DFGT with it.

I have a wii so those games are a non-issue for me. I also have a good gaming pc so i've played crysis a few times, and i've tried Mass Effect 2 just to find it worse than the first, which i actually enjoyed. L4D is boring no matter what platform it is on, and Alan Wake just doesnt look like my kind of game.

I do, however, love to drive. I find it unbearably painful to drive with a controller, and i'm not buying MS's terrible wheel, so i never really got into Forza 3 much. I'd like to, but i probably never will.

Why is Halo 3 on the list twice? Did you mean Reach or something?

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Taha1
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 9:52:39 PM
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well gears isn't one of the options...
my personal choice would be zelda, crysis, mario, gears or alan wake. MAYBE halo reach...

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cLoudou
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:05:35 PM
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Yeah, I would've voted for Gears if it was an option. The rest is meh to me. I'd take Alan Wake if I had to choose.

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Highlander
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:17:49 PM
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None of the above.

There's a couple of JRPGs I'd be interested in, but nothing on this list.

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BTNwarrior
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:19:37 PM
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Would love to have Mass Effect on my ps3, the first two were both in my top 10 games of this generation of consols. So if they came to the ps3 it would save me the hassel of having to pay microsoft to fix my 360 again.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:24:39 PM
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Definitely Zelda, as I really miss that series.

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frylock25
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 12:08:16 AM

if zelda was made on the ps3 with current tech and graphics and game play and move support and maybe with 3d in mind... it would blow your mind lol

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kraygen
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:34:43 PM
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Well actually I don't have much interest in any of the ones on the list. There are a couple of things I wish I had an opportunity to play tho.

I would like to try out last odyssey, fable 2, and fable 3 when it comes out, but thats pretty much it.

I didn't grow up playing zelda's so I don't really miss that. I got to try halo 3 for a hour or so and I didn't like it.

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Jalex
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:37:50 PM
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'Forza Motorsport 3' and 'Left 4 Dead 2' are the only games on the poll I don't own, so my vote will go for what I believe to the best of the bunch:
'Mass Effect 2'

BioWare is one of the best developers out there, in my opinion, and I really think PS3 owners would reward them if they brought the 'Mass Effect' trilogy to the platform.

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SixSpeedKing
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:44:24 PM
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For me the game(s) I would like to play is gears 1 and 2 but they're not in the poll, as was said above.
But in all honesty there are so many quality games out there for PS3 that I don't feel one bit like I am missing much on other systems. I feel quite happy in my decision to have JUST a PS3.
I mean c'mon it only does everything.


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booze925
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 1:10:09 AM

yeah, it only does everything EXCEPT cross-game chat, and custom soundtracks


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BikerSaint
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:45:47 PM
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Due to kotex's proven disdain for gamers every time he opens his piehole, I'll only buy any games that anti-vision gets it's greedy paws involved in, by buying it USED!


As for the new poll:
My vote is a even tie between Gears & Mass Effect.

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NeoHumpty
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:48:44 PM
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That's a close call between Mass Effect 2 and Starcraft 2. I went with Mass Effect primarily for the RPG elements.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:51:40 PM
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Too bad there's not a "None" option

I like Nintendo games on Nintendo consoles
And none of those other 360/PC games interest me at all

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Swim_Irr
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:57:00 PM
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I voted for L4D2, but that would be sweet if Starcraft II was released with Move support!

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bigrailer19
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 10:58:21 PM
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I dont care who makes or published the game as long as its good. Activision published the new Transformers game, and as a true fan of the show (not the new movies) i would have been kicking myself if i missed out on it because of who published it! That whole thing is kind of silly.

And It really sucks for the competition, but I dont have any enthusiasm to play any of those games on that list! My roomate bought star craft 2, yeah it looks fun, but im not into the whole pc thing, and if he were to let me play it on his laptop i might sit down with it but I don't feel im missing out. As for the others on that list, My buddy has Super Mario Galaxy 2, (i enjoyed the first) So i could borrow it from him. It would gimme an excuse to turn my wii on, since it hasn't been in about 2 years! But I dont feel like im missing out. Great games on that list, for sure. Games I need or missed out on, NO!

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SnipeySnake
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 11:07:12 PM
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Super Mario Galaxy 2

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Alienange
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 11:25:05 PM

Best game on the poll

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 11:14:52 PM
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Sorry about the poll; Gears of War 2 was supposed to be one of the options. I took out the other Halo 3 and put it in.

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Alienange
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 11:24:40 PM
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My personal vote would have been Mass Effect 2. Only problem is that I played the first for as long as I could stomach it and can honestly say there's nothing about it that would make me want the second one.

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piratedrunk
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 7:53:24 PM

Same here. I tried to enjoy it really but oh man.. so boring.

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Hezzron
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 12:04:53 AM
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I'd pick a deck of cards as my choice over a few of those games.

I'll go with SMG2....it would make me buy the Move.

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RadioHeader
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 5:26:28 PM

I'll take a Rubik's Cube :)

Seriously though, I can't see the poll on my PS3 browser. It must know I only have eyes for my beloved PS3 sclusivz.

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Sancho
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 12:11:45 AM
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Where's the "None of the Above" or "Other" selection for the new poll?

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booze925
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 1:08:11 AM

wats "other" to you?

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Gordo
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 12:36:37 AM
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Mass Effect 2 is the one game that I wanted to play from the XBox.

Wouldn't swap it for Uncharted2, Heavy Rain or Demon's Souls however...

Not worth buying a Xbox for mindyou. Will play Mass Effect 3 as that is bound to be out for the PS3 or PS4.

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maxpontiac
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 12:38:56 AM
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I want the Mass Effect series on the PS3. I still believe it eventually will show up as a set.

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booze925
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 1:07:07 AM
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personally, i would love left 4 dead on ps3. we need more frantic co-op zombie games if you ask me.. but thats just my humble opinion!

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Gordo
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 1:57:47 AM

Don't mention the "Z" word...

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just2skillf00l
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 2:00:06 AM
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SMG2 is probably the only game that might cause me to avert my gaze from the PS3's awesome library. However, I don't really need any on the list. Now maybe if Fable 3 graced the list I might tickle the voting ballot...

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StangMan80
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 2:07:39 AM
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there should be a "none of the above" option to vote for. I don't want any of the games even if these games were on the PS3 now or have been for years. I wouldn't of own any of these games.


I an't voting

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___________
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 2:55:21 AM
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its simple really.
fix your games, put some dam polish in them and differentiate sequels to justify a full price release.
if a game is exactly the same as its predecessor just with new levels than offer it at a reduced price.
thats all they have to do, EA use to be the most hated publisher and now there one of the most loved publishers!
EA use to be a brand name for bottom of the barrel, buggy unfinished games.
now its a badge of high quality unique risky polished games!
just look at army of two the 40th day, or dead space, or mirrors edge, or there lineup containing crysis2, bulletstorm or dead space 2.
i really hope they do a mirrors edge sequel, that game was so much fun and so unique!
theres really no other game out there like it, so it certainly deserves to get a sequel.
though i doubt it will happen sadly, criterion are working on MoH now and will be working on battlefield 3 once MoH is done so wheres the time for ME2?

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Zorigo
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 4:23:36 AM
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Um, if im honest, what i wanna see is the pokemon franchise on ps3. could you imagine how awesome an RPG that would be?

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PAKINIPS
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 4:30:25 AM
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Haha I thought the title said spit on activision

I'm regards to the poll, the only ever game I truly loved that I was soooo close to buying a cheap 360 to play was the fable series so that would be my vote.

I had an original xbox given to me when my friend updated to 360 and I played the he'll out of halo and got pretty darn good at it but that skill faded away and I lost interest.
Am currently trying for a free xbox slim though so will finally be able to play fable :D I'd never pay for an xbox.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 4:31:46 AM
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No Fable? Well i must say i am shocked. But if there was one game from the 360 i really want it would be Lost Odyssey.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 10:15:55 AM

Lost Odyssey would be my pick, too, but I can pretty much guarantee we're in the vast minority.

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kraygen
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 1:13:34 PM

Look up, I completely agree. Lost odyssey and fable 2 & 3 for sure.

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piratedrunk
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 7:55:12 PM

I would throw my vote in there too. Not that I need to owning a 360 anyways but still would have preferred to play those games on the ps3.

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SnipeySnake
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 2:15:16 AM

Lost Odessey would probably be my second pick. Its the ONLY 360 game i'll ever want.

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Qubex
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 4:54:57 AM
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Actually for me it would be Mass Effect 2 and/or Fable III.

The other Fables' were "works in progress"... the series has finally matured with release three and that "chicken" into cinematic was hilarious. If noon have seen it yet I encourage you to do so... it has to be one of the best intro's to a game ever!

Also... its Mafia II in two weeks... I have decided to pick it up on day one... I hope some in the community will pick it up too :)

I don't care much for Activision... we'll see how well the continuing CoD series sells, but I am sure fatigue will eventually set in... at least for the CoD name... maybe not, who knows...

Q!

"play. experience.enjoy"

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Mavfan321
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 5:45:06 AM
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Zelda even though I've played it but imagine a Zelda game with the PS3's power I don't think there could be anything else on that list I'd love more.

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JackC8
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 7:23:51 AM
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I really don't pay much attention to what's available on other platforms - I'm happy if I can just find the time and money to get a decent percentage of the games that I'm excited about on the PS3.

I'm absolutely loving the Fallout 3 Broken Steel DLC, and would really like to get the other DLC's, but I've got Red Dead Redemption sitting on the shelf. Then there's Enslaved, Arcania Gothic 4, Star Wars Force Unleashed 2, Fallout New Vegas, F1 2010, then Gran Turismo 5 is pre-ordered for November, then it's on to Dead Space 2, Vanquish, Deus Ex, LA Noir, Crysis 2, Need For Speed Shift 2, Killzone 3 - and I'd LOVE to play Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion...oh yeah, still haven't played Uncharted 2, God of War III or Heavy Rain.

LOL, if I can get around to two-thirds of those games by the middle of 2012 I'll be doing pretty good!

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Qubex
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 7:41:03 AM

I am with you on F1 2o1o.... I hope there will be some F1 2o1o drivers to challenge online... it should be a great experience actually, and that Codemasters Ego engine really rips up the competition... not including GT5 of course...

Have to say though DiRT3 is looking spectacular too, visually anyway!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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SirLoin of Beef
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 8:47:23 AM
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Starcraft 2 was my choice. Sure, I have a computer that could play it but my machine isn't the most up-to-date rig in the world. SC2 would look pretty spiffy on the big screen with HD graphics and the like.

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gangan19
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 9:28:12 AM
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None! happy with what i already have.

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Amazingskillz
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 9:53:41 AM
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Gents, simple rule here for me. I will buy the hottest top notch product i.e. GOWIII,UC1&2,Bioshock's, GTA whatever. Could care less about who brought it to the market unless they are selling blood diamonds or something horrifying like that. Clearly Mass Effect is the gem of that group. Its seems progressive and epic judging by the trailers etc. By the way can someone tell me how Alan Wake and Heavy Rain differ? They seem very similar. Haven't played Alan wake but I played the HR demo and it was real slick. How do they compare graphics wise?

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SirLoin of Beef
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 2:10:51 PM

Graphics-wise, Heavy Rain blows Alan Wake out of the water. Alan Wake isn't a graphically beautiful game even for the 360. I'm not saying it's ugly or anything. I just think it lacks some in the graphics department.

Gameplay-wise, I don't see much similarity. Alan Wake is, at its heart, a TPS. It has a good story, great atmosphere and pretty cool mechanics (in my opinion) that make it more than your basic shooter but it's still one.

Heavy Rain is more of a work of interactive fiction where the emphasis is way more on the story and less on stuff like shooting, etc.

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Amazingskillz
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 9:55:19 AM
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Oh BTW Crysis is intriguing though.

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slayerkillemall
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 10:04:26 AM
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halo series and left for dead.

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kraygen
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 1:14:34 PM

Halo is overrated, it really is. The first was great because it did things no one else had done. After that they started sliding downhill and haven't stopped sliding since.

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Alistair
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 10:30:09 AM
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All I want is pokemon from nintendo and fable, and mass effect from microsoft.activision is a ***** because of how they treated us marvel ultimate alliance 2 buyers.

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Underdog15
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 11:00:21 AM
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I never really enjoyed Halo much, but that's not really fair for me to say because I'm not much of a FPS person... which is why I'm often so critical of the CoD franchise. (I did, however, love Killzone 1 and 2. Need to finish KZ2, actually...)

On the list, it's Legend of Zelda by a landslide for me. I was in absolute LOVE with Zelda back in the NES and SNES days, and I love 3D Dot Game Heroes now too. lol!

If Fable was on the list, I might have considered that, but truth be told, I have Fable 1 on my PC, and I'm sure it's only a matter of time before they put the second one out on PC as they did the first. If not, I'm not too cut up about it.

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Mornelithe
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 11:08:29 AM
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I'd go with ME2. I really don't think Crysis is possible on the consoles. Not Crysis 1/Warhead. I just don't think there's enough RAM to play with to do it justice, plus the lack of DX10 compatibility wrecks a few bells and whistles.

Not a huge Halo fan, prefer Starcraft elsewhere, wouldn't mind Alan Wake and Left 4 Dead 2, and who needs Forza with GT5 around the corner.

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Amazingskillz
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 11:54:05 AM
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Were crysis' graphics really that good? Better than Uncharted?

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mike rlz
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 12:06:43 PM

oh yes. on a good pc that is.

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Mornelithe
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 1:53:03 PM

Yes, very much so. Of course, I think there were many elements of Uncharted that also did things better than Crysis, so it's not like a complete white wash. Crytek's strong suits are their engines. They make insane ones. Just like the guys at GSC (Stalker).

They suffer, however, in the plot/story department. As was apparent with Crysis. But the graphics were absolutely through the roof in that game.

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mike rlz
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 12:07:19 PM
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I know ME2 was a good game and all, but I voted for Alan Wake, an exclusive, since I could play ME2 on my PC.

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nogoat23
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 12:33:09 PM
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NBA Jam? (Without having to buy NBA Elite.)

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Shams
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 12:43:58 PM
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I've had a 360 and sold it, so there's nothing I played that left me wanting. The PC is a different story, but no titles come to mind. So I picked Mario.

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Kingharris
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 3:54:02 PM
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Left 4 Dead 2 would rock, and I just realised Valve NOW likes PS3 so, wow Left 4 Dead 3 anyone?

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