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Old 10-31-2012, 09:20 AM   #361
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Hotline Miami

Brutal, fast, bloody. Rubber masks and baseball bats. Violence for violence sake. Great game! Sadly, some technical difficulties, I get occasional slowdown.
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:06 PM   #362
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I played through the start of Dishonored the other night and thought the opening was fantastic. I am now at the public house. You can tell Bethesda have had something to do with this by the amount of cups and glasses you can pick up...and set down again. Also, when I tried to swim down the coast a bit, I was attacked by something very like a slaughterfish.

I hope it holds up, it looks promising.
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:58 PM   #363
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Batman: Arkham City GOTY Edition Finally got my copy through. I pre-ordered this months ago, and had a few hours with it last night.

So far, it seems very much "more of the same". It's not been long since I completed Arkham Asylum, and this seems very similar, but much larger. I'm not sure if bigger is going to be better, but already it proves that with the bigger area to play in, the developers have also given you the chance to feel more like Batman than in the last game.

Only played the first Catwoman section, but it seems like it could break up the pace nicely. I just hope they're not all combat orientated- having no grappling hook, but being more agile, could really mix the stealth sections up.

Also tried a couple of the challenge maps, as Robin. Whilst the combat is no different between the characters, it's clear that a lot of effort went towards making them look different and interesting. It's quite empowering using Red Robin's staff in combat, despite the combat mechanics being exactly the same regardless. I also appreciate how the enemies refer to each character differently, rather than having one set of dialogue for Batman and another for the rest, which is what I expected.

So far, I'm pleased, but not "wowed" like I thought. I would be.

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Old 11-02-2012, 06:13 PM   #364
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For the last few months, the main game I've been playing (recent X-Com overloads notwithstanding) has been Tribes: Ascend.

I haven't played any game in the Tribes series before, so I don't know how well it compares to the classics, but I can confirm that the new version is fantastic for new players (at least for the first 120 hours or so).

It's a team based person shooter (like TF2), but it's just different enough from standard first person shooters to make it feel like a completely different game. With just a little practice, players can easily ski/fly around the map at over 150 kilometers per mile (and really good players are often seen traveling at over 300 kph). Meanwhile most of the projectiles in the game travel much slower than those in other FPS games, and trying to hit fast moving targets with slow moving projectiles can be a lot of fun. It's surprising how quickly leading targets becomes second nature.

I'm going to have trouble going back to slower moving FPS games.

It's also Free to Play, so there's no reason not to try it. The Free to Play model works perfectly for this game as well. As a new player, I felt like there was always plenty of stuff available to play with and figure out, and never felt like I needed to pay money to unlock the "real" game. Once I realized I had already spent enough hours with the game to justify a full purchase, I had a lot of fun slowly spending 50 dollars on the daily deals and unlocking new weapons and classes to play around with as time went on. And if you're cheap (like most of my friends in the game are), you can still unlock everything in the game without paying anything, if you're willing to work at it.

After 120 hours or so, I'm beginning to worry about the overall balance of the game. I've fought my way into some of the higher leagues, and flag runners at this level can grab your team's flag and then zoom across the entire map in seconds, too fast to chase. My two favorite things to do in this game (chasing down flag runners and knocking the flag out of their hands with impact grenades, and sneaking around as an invisible infiltrator assassin using smoke grenades to evade the enemy) just don't seem to fit in this more competitive atmosphere. A lot of really neat stuff seems pretty useless in light of some of the strategies high level players have discovered.

Still, even if I never can learn how to love the game at a more competitive level, I've had a ton of fun playing as a newbie. And I still do have a lot of hope for the game as a long term competitive game as well.

In my eyes this is a definite Game of the Year contender.

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Old 11-03-2012, 09:13 AM   #365
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Sounds really good.

I have finished the first proper mission on Dishonored - took me several hours, and I didn't get one of the two or three sub-missions done. I was pleased to see that my expectations were subverted at a couple of places and overall this is very promising. I think it will edge onto my own game of the year list, which is looking a bit weird right now.

EDIT: The Slaughterfish mentioned before? Once I unlocked the ability, I possessed that sucker, but still couldn't swim down the river. Got a trophy for possessing a fish though.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:13 PM   #366
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I've decided I love Arkham City, more so than Asylum. It helps that Harley Quinn isn't so prominent this time round ("Mr J... Mr J..." FUCK MR FUCKING J), but this game is so much more varied, seamless, and does what it sets out to do- make you feel like Batman. Which I don't believe the previous game quite did.

I appreciate most how everything merges together, unlike Asylum, where you had a bit where you travelled, beat up some thugs, travelled, entered a room to combat armed guards (which amounted to a glorified, and increasingly tedious, puzzle, rather than making you feel like a marked vigilante)... And repeat. This time, it is possible to encounter armed guards anywhere. Not just the rooms with conveniently placed objects to hide upon, above your enemies.

A special mention has to go to Mister Freeze. Recently encountered him, and like Scarecrow in the previous game, I believe this to be the definitive version of the character. I've always thought of Freeze as a tragic, misguided and desperate man rather than a full blown baddy, and the game gets this spot on. I just hope the impending boss battle that I've heard about doesn't shatter this illusion. Oh, the Riddler is great, too.
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Metal Slug 4 and William's Pinball Collection-
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:58 PM   #368
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Hotline Miami

Brutal, fast, bloody. Rubber masks and baseball bats. Violence for violence sake. Great game! Sadly, some technical difficulties, I get occasional slowdown.
Are you (or anyone) playing this on the PC, not using a gamepad? If so, how does this control? I'm on the fence about getting it, precisely due to the possible control issues. How are you finding it now?
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Under the Skin (PS2)

Really fun arcade adventure game.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:50 PM   #370
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I'm on the fence about getting it, precisely due to the possible control issues. How are you finding it now?
I'm playing with mouse & keyboard and the controls work fine. Haven't tried the gamepad, I guess I wouldn't be able to aim much faster than with the mouse.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:15 PM   #371
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Hitman Absolution
This is an odd one. I'm still not sure about this game and according to my "achievements" I done roughly 2/3 already. For each incredible high it also has a incredible low (savegame corruption on consoles nonwithstanding, luckily I play on PC, no issue there). When it comes together it's oh, so beautiful. But often enough it doesn't come together, when the in-game logic freaks out and the immersion is utterly broken.

The good parts often involve large crowds. I've never seen so large and convincing crowds in a video game. I don't mind some of the escape the police-sections either that a handful of reviewers had issues with. If they work 'as intended' they have a strong The Fugitive-vibe and are a lot of fun to play. As long as you ignore that you evade clone troopers, where every second police officers looks the same.

Some ideas sounded probably good on paper, but in the game they turn out to be just a bit rubbish. For example can now guards or people who wear the same uniform as 47 is dressed in figure out if he's actually a policeman, factory worker, vacuum cleaner salesman, chipmunk, etc. I it that the police would not be so stupid that when the guy they're looking for just walks past them dressed up as a cop they suddenly forget that they look for a bald dude with a tattoo on the back of his head. However, in some of the levels 47 is dressed up in something like a cleanroom suit.



So everyone else wearing a cleanroom suit suddenly get's X-ray vision and can see from 5 meters away that you're clearly not working here. That would also apply if you are dressed up like this:



Everyone else in the world wearing a chipmunk costume would immediately recognize that you are a wanted murderer.

Well...

Then are other odd things. Car alarms only go off when you smash a hand against the car. They do not go off if you throw all or any of the following: metal bar, sledgehammer, brick, can of gasoline, multiple bottles, toy robots, hula girl statues etc. On one occasion I threw half the level on a car and the alarm wouldn't nudge. Picky little alarm system.

Or the trespassing stuff... if Agent 47 walks in an area he's not supposed to be in, people get suspicious and might get the police or guards. And things escalate very, very, VERY quickly. In one early mission in Chinatown I accidentally went too far behind one of those small take away's. The cook told me to get away (understandably), but even before he finished his sentence a police officer behind me started yelling at me and pulled his gun. Not even 5 seconds later, because I didn't immediately "fake surrender", the message "SWAT team arriving" flashed across the screen. For trespassing a chinese take away. Talk about over-reaction.

Also, load times are abysmal when loading from the last checkpoint. The checkpoints have a bit a Dark Souls vibe in that sense, that a lot of enemies that have been 'taken care of' suddenly come back to live and walk their usual patterns as if nothing happened. In some missions it's possible to run and make 4 or 5 guards follow you, then instantly dispose of them via a splinter-cell-esque mark & execute-feature (Red Dead Redemption hat the same AFAIK), activate the checkpoint, reload immediately and the guards will be reset to their inital positions as if nothing happened.

But then there is still some mad and/or genius methods to beat various missions by staging accidents and managing to finish a mission as silent assassin is quite a thrill. But there's always the option to go all guns blazing, like that almost matrix-style shootout I recently had in a marble-clad lobby while wearing a chipmunk costume. But as soon as you walk through the door to the next 'stage' all is suddenly forgotten, since even SWAT teams can't open some doors. Hmm...
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:31 PM   #372
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In all fairness, that sounds EXACTLY like my last car's alarm ;-)... good summary though.

Playing and oldey in the form of Dead Rising I played it to death when I got my first Xbox. Every time I died I'd start anew, both because it felt like the "proper" way to play it, and you got to keep your stat improvements from each game. Then my Xbox broke, and really couldn't be arsed to start completely fresh...

Seems to be an under-rated game. It's a lot of fun, great sense of humour, and although repeatative, the combat has a satisfying weight behind it. Only downside is the combination of weak AI and escorting survivors to the safe place, which I can see that critics would identify as a major downfall. It's a really enjoyable piece of programming, and look forward to completing it this time.

About to start a new game of Castlevania-Lords Of Shadow, another game I never finished. I remember it being a minor classic in my book, so really can't wait to get stuck into it again.
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:13 AM   #373
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I enjoy hearing your updates, JLB.

I started Endless Space last night. The thing that gets me about this type of game is that I never know what I should do - are they all about a mad dash to grab as much territory as possible at the start? It seems that way.

I started exploring like crazy, and when I made first contact with another race, I saved and quit out. At that point it gives you a 'victory' screen, and I saw that the two AIs I was up against had at least three times the territory, FIDS etc that I had. I had only managed to colonise three systems, though I had explored a lot more.

Is there a way to divert Dust in order to speed up ship building and research, or should I just colonise three nearby systems at the start (ie not bother expanding) and build an enclave within the boundaries of those while researching Arid, Desert Arctic in order to maximise those systems? Ideally I would explore a lot and then build roadblocks in strategic systems, but the building is too slow for that.
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Is there a way to divert Dust in order to speed up ship building and research, or should I just colonise three nearby systems at the start (ie not bother expanding) and build an enclave within the boundaries of those while researching Arid, Desert Arctic in order to maximise those systems? Ideally I would explore a lot and then build roadblocks in strategic systems, but the building is too slow for that.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:22 AM   #375
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Endless Space was great; I logged 35 hours in it in the end and never actually got around to waging war on anyone. I think I may try Sword of the Stars soon, based on the nice entry to the genre afforded by Endless Space (I'd played Sins before but that was about it).

Today I have traded XCOM and Dishonored and bought Far Cry 3, which I am a little nervous about. I've only read RPS and Eurogamer reviews but they make it sound like a Saints Row/Just Cause type of thing where you run around causing mayhem.

Which is just shit.

Impressions later.
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