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matt b
30-06-2009, 03:21 PM
We've had a few gaming related threads in the past:

http://www.dissensus.com/search.php?searchid=164679

But not much.

That is bad.


I'm still loving my PS3. Currently hammering Afrika (AKA Hakuna Matata), which is great. A wicked change from running around shooting shit*:

(edit: Jesus, make sure you turn the sound down before playing clip)

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I spent 20 minutes sitting up a tree waiting to get a picture of a baby elephant on saturday.


What are others liking/hating etc?



*which must make up 90&#37; of all PS3 games :(

Sick Boy
30-06-2009, 03:24 PM
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Street Fighter 4
both for Xbox 360

matt b
30-06-2009, 03:36 PM
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Street Fighter 4
both for Xbox 360

Got SF4, but haven't really caught the bug yet- it's so chuffing complicated. I could bang out fire balls et al (SF2 moves) straight away, but super revenge focus dash combos confused me. Also, on-line multiplayer seems really mean spirited from what i can gather


I'll get round to elder scrolls at some point, but I am concerned about losing touch with the outside world (it's summer, i'd quite like to leave the house).

nomos
30-06-2009, 03:57 PM
i've never been much of a gamer (or not since my NES anyway) but i've got undying love for Mario Kart 64. and the Gamecube version was really good too. not so much the Wii. very nice that you can find good emulators for the N64 now.

4-player battle mode is sublime:

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as for games from this century, i've gotten hooked on Real Soccer 2009 (http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/real_soccer_2009) and, now Eliss (http://www.toucheliss.com/), for the iPod touch. the soccer one would be hard to improve on. and eliss is something else altogether, aesthectically very different (reminds me of turux (http://www.dextro.org/) more than anything) and totally native to the touch screen interface. it also sounds like it was scored by WARP mid-90s.

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Sick Boy
30-06-2009, 04:47 PM
I'll get round to elder scrolls at some point, but I am concerned about losing touch with the outside world (it's summer, i'd quite like to leave the house).

Very wise words.

Mr. Tea
30-06-2009, 06:16 PM
I saw "rolling" and "gaming" in the same line, so my first thought was this:

http://www.greathallgames.com/aacc/adice/dccBone.jpg

Slothrop
30-06-2009, 11:39 PM
I saw "rolling" and "gaming" in the same line, so my first thought was this:

http://www.greathallgames.com/aacc/adice/dccBone.jpg
We suggest that you pull them over because they're ro... ro... ro... ro... rolling.

cobretti
01-07-2009, 01:50 AM
I'm a keen gamer, but seem to have lost my mojo this summer as I've been skating pretty much every evening instead. Went through a rather heavy period of Fallout 3 addiction in the Winter there, from the same bunch as Oblivion, but set in a post nuclear wasteland. Should be familiar to anyone who played the original Fallout series. Excellent game and I can't recommend it enough.

Played a whole lot of Rock Band and Left 4 Dead in that period too, but they're a little more gung ho than Fallout. Currently looking forward to Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in a mega stylee. Dissensus Deathmatch kicking off around October (or is it November?)!!

matt b
01-07-2009, 09:10 AM
i've got undying love for Mario Kart 64. and the Gamecube version was really good too. not so much the Wii. very nice that you can find good emulators for the N64 now.

Yeah, Mariokart rules- so much FUN to play, beautifully executed- good players can show their skills, new ones don't feel left out.


I played the wii version at a friends house and was a bit underwhelmed, especially by the online multiplayer- the graphics were poor and it played a lot slower.

Diddy Kong racing might have been even better- like Mariokart, but with added planes and hovercraft.



Eliss looks good. One day I may upgrade my firmware so I can use the Appstore.

alex
01-07-2009, 09:19 AM
Any Call Of Duty 4/5 Players in here??

Nanzi Zombies anyone??

matt b
01-07-2009, 09:26 AM
Went through a rather heavy period of Fallout 3 addiction in the Winter...Currently looking forward to Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in a mega stylee. Dissensus Deathmatch kicking off around October (or is it November?)!!

I enjoyed (am enjoying!) COD 4 multiplayer. The hardcore gamers on there are hilarious

Singleplayer was take it or leave it- not really a fan of FPS especially ones with a lot of respawning- I haven't even bothered to finish it yet.



In other related news:
1. BBC4 is doing a drama doc. on Spectrum vs BBC micro (http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2009/jun/30/games-gameculture)

2. I took photos of ostriches and meercats yesterday

droid
01-07-2009, 10:28 AM
1. BBC4 is doing a drama doc. on Spectrum vs BBC micro (http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2009/jun/30/games-gameculture)


No contest! should be speccy v c64/atari 2600 though really.

I played a nice downloaded game on the 360 a while ago. You were the wind and you had to fly around valleys and hills collecting flower petals...

Other than that i like the look of table tennis on the Wii, but I haven't had time to play any games in ages so I probably wont bother.

Pestario
01-07-2009, 10:39 AM
Used to be big pc gamer before I moved to London and had to ditch my ninja pc for a macbook. So now my gaming is limited to the DS but it's perfect to carry around the tube/bus whatever.

Just finished GTA: chinatown wars last night. It's amazing how much content they crammed in there. I'd recommend it to anyone.

I'm going to buy Rhythm Paradise now ha ha

matt b
01-07-2009, 10:59 AM
No contest! should be speccy v c64/atari 2600 though really..

It's interesting because there was this big debate at the time about whether home computers were leisure machines or educational ones- the two didn't really mix that much. Spectrums were all garish colours, BBCs were serious by comparison.

C64 was the best gaming machine of all of them.


I played a nice downloaded game on the 360 a while ago. You were the wind and you had to fly around valleys and hills collecting flower petals...

Must have been Flowers:

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The interaction with the music etc is really good in this game, but you really have to put the 'finish the level as fast as you can' urge on the back burner to appreciate it fully.

These sorts of games are so much more interesting than the ones masterbatory teenage boys love. I wish the tide turned towards them. (uch, that's created a disturbing mental image)

matt b
01-07-2009, 11:01 AM
I've been skating pretty much every evening instead.

Lucky you. Skate 2 saves my (knackered) knees and ankles.

hint
01-07-2009, 11:24 AM
Currently geeking out over the forthcoming Battlefield 1943, which is going to be an Xbox Live download. Should tide me over til Modern Warfare 2.

I still play COD4 multiplayer, mostly out of habit. Pop into hardcore team deathmatch and sneak around for half an hour or so.

Fallout 3 is indeed a total life-eater. I felt compelled for a few intense weeks to spend time playing it every day just to finish it, so I could be free and move on. I'm scared of Oblivion as a result and will resist its bargain price.

Picked up Forza Motorsport 2 cheap the other week. It's quite relaxing! I really don't know a whole lot about cars though, so I have no idea whether I should buy a new flywheel or adjust my downforce or whatever on my Renault Clio.

The latest Tomb Raider is good fun and beautiful to explore. It's perhaps a bit too easy though.

Ach!
01-07-2009, 11:59 PM
Proper in-car view for Forza 3 - can't wait!

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4linehaiku
03-07-2009, 10:48 PM
No consoles + old Apple laptop = not many gaming opportunities.
I mainly play Starcraft against people on the internet and get humiliated. Still amazingly fun given it's 10+ years old. There's a sequel out soon apparently. It'll doubtless be rubbish.

hint
04-07-2009, 11:48 AM
No consoles + old Apple laptop = not many gaming opportunities.

Enemy Territory is good, free, fun: http://www.macgamefiles.com/detail.php?item=18598

matt b
12-10-2009, 11:20 AM
been playing Batman Arkham Asylum all weekend.

Well, I say all weekend, but the in-laws were down, so it was more a case of sneaking down in the middle of the night or pretending I couldn't go to place X because Bruce needed me.

WHAT A GAME.

Love it.

Everything works well, different bits of the game are integrated beautifully, sneaking around rules as does being brutal. Batman looks more and more done in as the game goes on- my cloak is almost in shreds.

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cobretti
12-10-2009, 12:24 PM
Recently clocked Halo: ODST, which was a nice little timewaster, but maybe a little brief. Maybe that's for the best though, because with epic titles like Oblivion/Fallout etc, I usually fail to finish them even after playing for 20+ hrs.

Picked up Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising last week, which is like a pre-GRAW Ghost Recon mixed with some COD4 & Full Spectrum Warrior for good measure. Lots of camping out in bushes, planning attacks and ordering your men to hold positions, flank enemies and such. Definitely worth getting your hands on if you find the likes of Call Of Duty a little too dumbed down or Hollywood at times. Asda & Tesco had it at £27 over the weekend, I'm not sure if that'll continue this week.

viktorvaughn
12-10-2009, 12:49 PM
ok tip please!

i am not up on games really but veyr much enjoyed fallout 3 and have a decent pc that can run stuff

any tips please? either like that or strategy one, thanks

matt b
12-10-2009, 01:00 PM
Picked up Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising last week, which is like a pre-GRAW Ghost Recon mixed with some COD4 & Full Spectrum Warrior for good measure. Lots of camping out in bushes, planning attacks and ordering your men to hold positions, flank enemies and such. Definitely worth getting your hands on if you find the likes of Call Of Duty a little too dumbed down or Hollywood at times. Asda & Tesco had it at £27 over the weekend, I'm not sure if that'll continue this week.

Sounds pretty good, but I'm hanging on for MW2 to get my guns fix (an addiction I didn't know I had until playing COD4).

matt b
12-10-2009, 01:00 PM
ok tip please!

i am not up on games really but veyr much enjoyed fallout 3 and have a decent pc that can run stuff

any tips please? either like that or strategy one, thanks

PS3 only here, sorry.

hint
12-10-2009, 08:03 PM
Picked up Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising last week, which is like a pre-GRAW Ghost Recon mixed with some COD4 & Full Spectrum Warrior for good measure. Lots of camping out in bushes, planning attacks and ordering your men to hold positions, flank enemies and such. Definitely worth getting your hands on if you find the likes of Call Of Duty a little too dumbed down or Hollywood at times. Asda & Tesco had it at £27 over the weekend, I'm not sure if that'll continue this week.

I'm in 2 minds about getting this. I only play Hardcore multiplayer on COD4 these days, cos I'm into the whole stealthy one-shot-kill / no radar style of play. But I was reading about Operation Flashpoint and the review mentioned that if you die in a mission it will throw you right back to the start, which can wipe out an hour's worth of progress, for example.

I'm all for high difficulty / tension in games, but the idea of making progress and then having it wiped out due to one mistake is a bit too extreme for me in this day and age, I think.

Forza 3 is out in a couple of weeks. I think I'll save my money for that.

Assassin's Creed II is due soon too, right?

Dusty
12-10-2009, 10:59 PM
OFP-DR is brilliant when played with 3 friends via online co-op. Discussing what to do next, shitting yourself when bullets start flying out of nowhere, crying like a girl when you bleed out on the floor because your medic was too scared to run over and help - hardcore gaming doesn't get any better.

But the bugs, oh Christ the bugs. I've been killed 3 times walking up stairs. The first time it was hilarious for all involved... but when it takes up to an hour to finish a mission and once you are dead - your dead, the novelty soon wore off. Oh, and floating off at the start of a map only to fall to my death... watching people freeze in place like a statue when dead instead of falling over... not being able to swap guns with each other... AT missiles exploding in your face when you try and fire over a wall. It just goes on and on.

mixed_biscuits
12-10-2009, 11:50 PM
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cobretti
13-10-2009, 12:30 AM
Yeah Flashpoint is quite buggy, but it's just a symptom of having such a large sandbox environment with so much going on across such a scale at any one time. Unfortunately, throwing co-op players in to the mix only serves to exacerbate things. There is a patch on the way though, which should eliminate issues such as weapon swaps, non-team leader co-op players being able to loot bodies etc, as well as some of the more back end/tech bugs. Still well worth picking up though, if you don't like it after playing, Gamestation are offering MW2 for a fiver with selected trade ins, Flashpoint being one of them.

Oh aye, Hint, it's only on the Hardcore difficulty (no compass, one hit kills, not even a bloody crosshair) that you get sent straight back to the start once you're killed. To be honest, normal is enough of a challenge with waypoints/compass/crosshair etc turned on, so the checkpoints it provides are definitely handy.

Viktorvaughn, if you're after a similar experience to Fallout, give one of the Elder Scrolls series a go. Think of it as Fallout 3 in swords & sorcery fantasy land (it's developed by the same mob, Bethesda), and it's just as epic. IF that doesn't sound like your scene, give Mass Effect a go (sci-fi action RPG), or try Warcraft 3 for a melding of strategy & RPG elements. I've always fancied the Total War series of strategy games too, but haven't had a PC since the series started.

massrock
13-10-2009, 02:02 PM
Brainpipe

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Osmos

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matt b
13-10-2009, 02:44 PM
The Acorn vs Sinclair doc mentioned above is on iPlayer at the mo, too

hint
13-10-2009, 04:19 PM
Oh aye, Hint, it's only on the Hardcore difficulty (no compass, one hit kills, not even a bloody crosshair) that you get sent straight back to the start once you're killed. To be honest, normal is enough of a challenge with waypoints/compass/crosshair etc turned on, so the checkpoints it provides are definitely handy.

Ah - good to know. Thanks. I would have grabbed it if I'd known it was cheap at Tesco. I'll put it back on the list and see if there are any bargain copies around in the coming weeks.

don_quixote
16-10-2009, 07:00 AM
braid braid braid braid braid

how awesome is it? bit too short mind, but now speed runs are occupying my time.

matt b
16-10-2009, 11:12 AM
Finished Batman last night. Last two boss fights were a little dull and certainly repetitive. Still got a few trophies to collect- 'tis quite fun to wander round.

But, that means I can go and buy Uncharted 2 tonight :eek:

mrfaucet
16-10-2009, 03:52 PM
Any thoughts on FIFA Vs Pro Evo this year?

FIFA is far more realistic but I don't think it's much fun, whereas Pro (judging by the demo) seems not to have really changed at all, and so still has all the stuff that has previously caused me to shout at my tv like goalkeepers consantly palming the ball into the path of opposition strikers, but I think it's still more enjoyable.

mixed_biscuits
16-10-2009, 04:31 PM
To me the best football game would be one that simulates perfectly the unfun lowscoringness of most football - FIFA's getting there, but even with all controls set to manual (manual passing...mmm) a ten minute game will tend to have two or three goals rather than the expected 0.276. A proper simulation should force players to play the full 90 minutes in order to get a realistic scoreline.

Sick Boy
16-10-2009, 05:54 PM
Game developers really need to work on endings. It's crucial because if you have a shit ending it doesn't make you feel very good about wasting all that fucking time playing it, does it? I have played Gears of War 2, Fallout 3 and Bioshock through the end now on my Xbox and while all were enjoyable, the endings were anti-climactic, rushed and stupid. I really liked the ending to The Darkness though, in fact that whole game was great.

mrfaucet
16-10-2009, 05:59 PM
To me the best football game would be one that simulates perfectly the unfun lowscoringness of most football - FIFA's getting there, but even with all controls set to manual (manual passing...mmm) a ten minute game will tend to have two or three goals rather than the expected 0.276. A proper simulation should force players to play the full 90 minutes in order to get a realistic scoreline.

It's not even that though, I don't think it's even that enjoyable to score when you do when you might think that it'd be more satisfying to score when it really counts because there are so few goals. Whereas with Pro I find even the shit goals slightly satisfying, but that might just be me.

matt b
16-10-2009, 06:32 PM
Game developers really need to work on endings. It's crucial because if you have a shit ending it doesn't make you feel very good about wasting all that fucking time playing it, does it? I have played Gears of War 2, Fallout 3 and Bioshock through the end now on my Xbox and while all were enjoyable, the endings were anti-climactic, rushed and stupid. I really liked the ending to The Darkness though, in fact that whole game was great.

you're WASTING TIME when playing games!?

Shit. Don't say that.



The problem now (esp. when compared to the 1980s), is that games are a tad too easy- you never feel completely lost, so the endings aren't quite the great relief they once were (if you ever finished games in the first place).

Also, endings are almost happy- as Graham Linehan commented on Gameswipe, much to gamings detriment, not to even touch on the enforced teenage male mindset games are still in thrall to.

mixed_biscuits
16-10-2009, 06:57 PM
For me, the direction that shots take in FIFA is subject to many contextual factors that can diminish the sense of control that one has. Not only are one's shots affected by fine body/foot/ball positions in ways that can be difficult to grasp intuitively but they are also, frustratingly so, influenced by simulated psychological effects, such as the 'pressure' that one's collection-of-polygons-that-is-the-striker is feeling from having other, opposing, collections of polygons encroach into their impersonal space.

I'm surprised that the developers feel obliged to simulate bottling-under-pressure, when I'm more than able to react adversely to emotionally or cognitively loaded situations myself and bottle scoring opportunities off my own back. :mad:

cobretti
16-10-2009, 08:07 PM
For me, the direction that shots take in FIFA is subject to many contextual factors that can diminish the sense of control that one has. Not only are one's shots affected by fine body/foot/ball positions in ways that can be difficult to grasp intuitively but they are also, frustratingly so, influenced by simulated psychological effects, such as the 'pressure' that one's collection-of-polygons-that-is-the-striker is feeling from having other, opposing, collections of polygons encroach into their impersonal space.

I'm surprised that the developers feel obliged to simulate bottling-under-pressure, when I'm more than able to react adversely to emotionally or cognitively loaded situations myself and bottle scoring opportunities off my own back. :mad:

This also happens in Pro Evo I'll have you know. The 'Shot Technique' stat denotes their ability to maintain their cool and perform accurately under pressure. I am slightly ashamed that that knowledge is taking up space in my brain, mind.

mixed_biscuits
16-10-2009, 09:04 PM
Well at least Pro Evo allows for individual differences in bottling, I don't think that there is a stat for it in FIFA. IRL some players rarely bottle chances - Torres, for instance.

zhao
19-10-2009, 09:08 AM
sorry for n00b question need buy present for a 10 year old girl today or tomorrow, so a fast response will be appreciated:

XBOX or PS3 ?????

matt b
19-10-2009, 10:09 AM
sorry for n00b question need buy present for a 10 year old girl today or tomorrow, so a fast response will be appreciated:

XBOX or PS3 ?????

For a 10 year old, as much as it pains me to say so, an Xbox, unless she goes around expressing an interest in media-hub technology and the like.

alternatively, get a Wii

Sick Boy
19-10-2009, 04:11 PM
OK, apologies in advance for starting up this tired old debate, but why are PS3's better than Xbox's? I played a PS3 a couple years ago and compared to the Xbox that I own, it was shit.

cobretti
20-10-2009, 09:55 PM
OK, apologies in advance for starting up this tired old debate, but why are PS3's better than Xbox's? I played a PS3 a couple years ago and compared to the Xbox that I own, it was shit.

It's better from a hardware point of view (both in spec and reliability), but that doesn't count for much. The Xbox has better games & online infrastructure, and despite being less powerful than the PS3, games often look better on the 360 as developers know it has a larger user base and spend more time optimising games for it.

matt b
21-10-2009, 10:00 AM
OK, apologies in advance for starting up this tired old debate, but why are PS3's better than Xbox's? I played a PS3 a couple years ago and compared to the Xbox that I own, it was shit.

One's not better than the other.

Gaming is only one aspect of PS3- I got mine mainly as a media hub (internet TV etc).

cobretti
21-10-2009, 01:31 PM
One's not better than the other.

Gaming is only one aspect of PS3- I got mine mainly as a media hub (internet TV etc).

omg nonono ps3 is teh suckzors etc etc

I'd say the PS3 is better for media purposes than the 360, the xbox has a fit playing most filetypes, and doesn't have a bluray drive either. PS3 has built in wireless too.

matt b
21-10-2009, 01:55 PM
omg nonono ps3 is teh suckzors etc etc

I'd say the PS3 is better for media purposes than the 360, the xbox has a fit playing most filetypes, and doesn't have a bluray drive either. PS3 has built in wireless too.

The only other gamer I know IRL had a PS3, so I just copied him.

hint
21-10-2009, 03:10 PM
The only other gamer I know IRL had a PS3, so I just copied him.

This is the best tactic - buy what your friends have so that you can join forces against the hordes of 14 year old Americans.

cobretti
29-10-2009, 01:59 PM
Jesus Christ. I've read about this, but I'm yet to watch it for spoiler reasons. Not sure how I feel about the biggest release of the year kicking off with this, viewed out of context the Daily Mail etc are going to have a field day.

CoD Modern Warfare 2 intro spoiler (http://www.gametrailers.com/user-movie/modern-warfare-2-intro-gameplay/333463)

matt b
29-10-2009, 04:15 PM
Jesus Christ. I've read about this, but I'm yet to watch it for spoiler reasons. Not sure how I feel about the biggest release of the year kicking off with this, viewed out of context the Daily Mail etc are going to have a field day.

CoD Modern Warfare 2 intro spoiler (http://www.gametrailers.com/user-movie/modern-warfare-2-intro-gameplay/333463)

I watched about a minute of it the other day. I'm interested to hear how Infinity Ward justify it (beyond their pathetic 'it shows how evil they [the MW2 enemies] are' excuse).

It suggests to me how little game writers have grappled with the thorny issue of interactive violence in any meaningful way

hint
29-10-2009, 06:01 PM
I watched about a minute of it the other day. I'm interested to hear how Infinity Ward justify it (beyond their pathetic 'it shows how evil they [the MW2 enemies] are' excuse).

It suggests to me how little game writers have grappled with the thorny issue of interactive violence in any meaningful way

I only watched the first part too and it looks like they allow you to participate in this sequence, which suggests that they're trying do something interesting. Pointing out that if players were asked to do this as "the good guys" they wouldn't think twice, perhaps?

Not sure how significant that might be in these post-GTA times, though.

Aren't there also going to be warning screens which encourage you to skip certain sections if you're easily disturbed? Hard to tell how much of this is just to enhance the hype until we get the chance to play it ourselves.

matt b
29-10-2009, 07:06 PM
I only watched the first part too and it looks like they allow you to participate in this sequence, which suggests that they're trying do something interesting. Pointing out that if players were asked to do this as "the good guys" they wouldn't think twice, perhaps?


Yeah, had this moment of wondering whether the guy would participate, and the moral dilemmas that might invoke in a player, but

1) I reckon most people will just go in all guns blazing (it's only polygons, innit and plenty of COD4 players are well gungho).

2) games are generally shite when dealing with moral dilemmas (for example, Uncharted 2 attempts this at a couple of points, and it's fucking laughable).

There will be a media shitstorm, without a doubt.

don_quixote
29-10-2009, 08:49 PM
any cm/fm players?

mixed_biscuits
29-10-2009, 08:54 PM
any cm/fm players?

Too addictive!

Remember this story?

When Everton signed Ibrahim Bakayoko for £4.5m in October 1998, thousands of tragics thought he was a sure thing to succeed, basing it purely on the fact he was sensational in Championship Manager 1997-98 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2008/nov/14/championship-manager-joyofsix-football)

don_quixote
29-10-2009, 10:07 PM
he was pretty fucking awesome on cm97/98 though. kannedy bakircioglu never did reach his potential though.

somehow everton sold him for £4m as well!!

matt b
10-11-2009, 12:31 PM
MW2 is £26 in Sainsburys

Daily Mail comments:

'It's not about censorship, it's about protecting our children' (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1226588/Call-Duty-Modern-Warfare-2-Hollywood-style-launch-controversial-game-set-smash-sales-record.html)

droid
10-11-2009, 12:42 PM
MW2 is £26 in Sainsburys

Daily Mail comments:

'It's not about censorship, it's about protecting our children' (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1226588/Call-Duty-Modern-Warfare-2-Hollywood-style-launch-controversial-game-set-smash-sales-record.html)

That looks really good.

Though Ive ignored the pile of unopened games beside my Wii all year, I think i'll have to buy this:

http://ie.wii.ign.com/articles/104/1043698p1.html

matt b
10-11-2009, 01:02 PM
That looks really good.

Though Ive ignored the pile of unopened games beside my Wii all year, I think i'll have to buy this:

http://ie.wii.ign.com/articles/104/1043698p1.html

Excellent MW2 review (http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/modern-warfare-2-review?page=2)

That Mario game got a bit of a slating in the Mario loving Edge.

I just ignore unlistened to records, nowadays

Pestario
10-11-2009, 01:09 PM
I know it's no modern warfare but I'm addicted to rhythm paradise on ds haha. I can easily burn 2 hours in one sitting which is worrying when each mini-game is only about a minute long

as you were...

matt b
10-11-2009, 01:29 PM
Currently looking forward to Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in a mega stylee. Dissensus Deathmatch

This would be good, when people get copies (all of you lot are Xbox though, I think?)

mrfaucet
10-11-2009, 11:17 PM
I used to play FM07 but have retired because there wasn't more I could be bothered to do that I hadn't already and it just steals your life from you.

Just got round to playing and finishing Mirror's Edge even though it was released ages ago. Really liked what it is trying to and how it was immersive (eg. with the rolls), but the plot was so so bad. I literally predicted the twist within five minutes of starting. Still, have to applaud games trying something different I think even if they're not entirely successful.

Re: MW2, I think it's interesting when games attempt moral dilemmas - surely that is part of what will be part of what differentiates them from being just another leisure activity? - but have to agree with Matt that these things will probably be lost on most gamers, or at least with MW2. I think these kinds of big decisions work better with games that are more obviously 'cerebral' like Deus Ex.

cobretti
11-11-2009, 12:48 AM
Got MW2 today, had a quick go of the campaign, then on to the multiplayer for about 4 hrs :confused:

If anyone's up for some shooty bang bang action on 360, my gamertag is GIRFUY.

4linehaiku
11-11-2009, 02:02 AM
Moral dilemmas in games are always terrible. 99% of the time you get a better reward for selecting the 'good' choice, so it's not moral at all, it's pragmatic. Or alternatively, the scope of the 'bad' choice is essentially limited to being a bit of prick or killing some completely irrelevant peasant / civilian / passerby. I understand that it's kind of tricky to create a compelling story if there's a good chance the player is going to say "fuck this", shoot the tutorial level instructor in the face and sack off all the missions.
Offhand I can't think of any examples of a game really making your life hard for making the 'moral' choice.

The blind execution of whatever your futuristic HUD designates to be the current goal is something else that could be played with quite effectively I reckon. And by effectively I mean not Bioshock's halfbaked attempt.

I reckon you could make a great game round those kind of ideas, but it would be very meta, and probably not very fun. Though the assumption that a game has to be fun is bit of a problem in itself I guess.

paolo
11-11-2009, 09:17 AM
This is probably a daft question, but do you need a landline to play the 360 online? I've not got one in my flat but I do have mobile broadband

matt b
11-11-2009, 10:06 AM
Got MW2 today, had a quick go of the campaign, then on to the multiplayer for about 4 hrs :confused:


I got this too. Straight on to multiplayer (ignoring the instruction to play campaign first- stick THAT Infinity Ward). Enjoyable, obviously, but really busy.

Tactics seem to be a bit out of the window at the moment as people learn the maps.

Tonnes of perks etc are a bit bewildering.

Some people are getting an insane number of kills (some bloke went 39-4 or similar in about 3 minutes) due to the new killstreak system.

Can't wait to learn the maps and get into hardcore for the sneaking. Or for the noobs to get online so I can improve my kill/death ratio :)

I am so sad.

matt b
11-11-2009, 10:10 AM
I understand that it's kind of tricky to create a compelling story if there's a good chance the player is going to say "fuck this", shoot the tutorial level instructor in the face and sack off all the missions..

I shot a chicken for the hell of it last night. I've changed.

Pestario
11-11-2009, 10:12 AM
The blind execution of whatever your futuristic HUD designates to be the current goal is something else that could be played with quite effectively I reckon. And by effectively I mean not Bioshock's halfbaked attempt.


This unquestioning blind execution of mission goals is a subtle theme in Shadow of the Colossus. The whole game is centred on slaying these massive god-like creatures but in many cases they appear quite peaceful and harmless and you start to wonder whether you should be killing them at all.

hint
11-11-2009, 11:22 AM
I shot a chicken for the hell of it last night. I've changed.

I know that feeling. Poor chicken.

Bit annoying that you have to unlock Hardcore and some of the more interesting game modes. I also agree about the bewildering array of perks. Loads of symbols floating up on the screen all the time.

My gamertag is: On The Buttons

matt b
12-11-2009, 10:58 AM
Because the MW2 servers were down for PS3 yesterday, I had to play single player.

Beyond the pretty graphics, I thought it was pretty rubbish- duck shoot style gunplay, incomprehensible story written by neo-con nut jobs, THAT level unjustifiable and actually quite disturbing.

I doubt I'll finish it if multiplayer's back on

cobretti
13-11-2009, 12:48 PM
Some more thoughts on MW2:

I'm a couple of hours in to the singleplayer, and already it's a total mess. The gunplay has been fun enough, but pales in comparison to the likes of Halo. Instead of presenting you with true tactical challenges and enemies that act in different ways, the game instead chooses to throw enemy after enemy at you, and lots of suppressing fire to boot. This is particularly problematic on the Favela level, and playing on Hardened I doubt it'd be possible to get through the level in one life. IW's solution to this is to give the gsame checkpoints every 20 metres or so, which means you progress in these baby steps with so many restarts that it just becomes tedious rather than fun. Not much different to PC FPS a few years ago when you'd feel the need to quick save every two seconds. Still, when it's good it's good and is overall a fun, if frustrating experience (so far). They also borked the story, big time.

Multiplayer is the tits as expected, can't beat having a shotgun as a second weapon. Sucks that hardcore isn't available from the off, but that's me finally unlocked it :)

Will add you to the list today Hint.

matt b
18-11-2009, 09:20 PM
A week into MW2 and loving it :)

2 player special ops is wicked, especially the helicopter missions- one player raining down hell, whilst the other scampers about down below.

I've unlocked the good missile launcher thing (stinger?)- helicopters and harriers are feeling my wrath (such a good addition), although I tend to run out of bullets in my primary gun and have to wildly run around trying to find a dead body to nick a weapon from.

Me and my mate played a private game with snipers only on the big maps last night, which had me giggling. might have to get a headset for future sessions.

Top gaming fun.

massrock
19-11-2009, 02:54 PM
Say, games freaks, apart from Mariokart and the Korg DS-10, what's good for the DS?

Pestario
19-11-2009, 03:29 PM
GTA: Chinatown Wars is great. It really has the GTA feel of the console games (free roaming gameplay, lots of diversions). It's surprising how much content is packed into the cart.

As I said upthread I'm crazy about Rhythm Paradise which is a joyous, addictive rhythm game. If you're musically inclined I think you'll enjoy it but if you're rhythmically challenged it will prove very frustrating.

If you like adventure games I'd recommend Hotel Dusk. It's more like an interactive story with a few puzzley bits. It's a bit old now and hard to get.

massrock
19-11-2009, 08:51 PM
Thanks Pestario, I'll check those out. Wasn't expecting much from the GTA game but it does look good.

owengriffiths
24-11-2009, 03:00 PM
I second chinatown wars, but have to admit I was very dissapointed with Hotel Dusk. The scriptwriting was pretty poor, either it was aimed at teenagers or nuances were lost in translation. Wario ware touched is very good if you try to beat high scores, but if you just try to complete it you will have it finished in a day. The gameboy advance Wario Ware is also pretty good, though more of the same. Meteos is a great puzzle game that is good if you can pick it up cheap. Most puzzlers are shit compared to Tetris and are too complicated to fathom, but Meteos works well especially with the touch screen.

massrock
24-11-2009, 03:38 PM
I've hardly played anything on the DS so far so it's all new to me. I've been using it for the Korg DS-10 thing which is fun and makes some surprisingly good sounds.

It's weird, I'm not really into first person shooters on 'big' screens these days but I'm kind of intrigued by the idea on a DS, like the novelty of a little window into a big 3D world or something. I might give Metroid Prime Hunters a go if that's the one.

BareBones
06-01-2010, 02:45 PM
he was pretty fucking awesome on cm97/98 though. kannedy bakircioglu never did reach his potential though.

somehow everton sold him for &#163;4m as well!!

my dad was an everton fan, i remember when they bought bakayoko i totally bigged him up on the basis of cm. my dad was pretty pissed off when the truth became clear. i've been feeling recently that i'd really like to get back into cm. it's called 'football manager' now, right? I haven't played it since i think the 2000/01 version, in which i spent a pretty grotesque amount of time taking chelmsford to the premiership title. i remember buying arjen robben as a 17 year-old from groningen or somwhere, and him consistently getting about 50 assists a season... and cherno samba, cor, what about him? is it a bad idea to get back into this game? it did seem to steal days, weeks at a time from me. and no other game has ever summoned such violent emotional reactions from me. I once accidentally kicked a hole in the side of my mum's sofa in a fit of rage at losing an fa cup semi to grimsby or someone.

Mr. Tea
06-01-2010, 03:02 PM
Ordered Valve's Orange Box (Half-Life 2 plus Episodes 1 & 2, Team Fortress 2 and Portal) for &#163;notmuch. You may well be seeing less of me in the evenings from now on, for a while at least. :D

BareBones
06-01-2010, 03:15 PM
The orange box is brilliant - portal is the one.

matt b
06-01-2010, 08:20 PM
Ordered Valve's Orange Box (Half-Life 2 plus Episodes 1 & 2, Team Fortress 2 and Portal) for £notmuch. You may well be seeing less of me in the evenings from now on, for a while at least. :D

Got it for christmas and looking forward to playing it.

Been hammering Assassin's Creed 2, after geting to level 68 on MW2 and getting a little bored of it (at least unless playing with friends)- it's really good, sooo much better than the first, which was toss.





Anyway, what were people's games of the year 2009?

mrfaucet
06-01-2010, 08:31 PM
my dad was an everton fan, i remember when they bought bakayoko i totally bigged him up on the basis of cm. my dad was pretty pissed off when the truth became clear. i've been feeling recently that i'd really like to get back into cm. it's called 'football manager' now, right? I haven't played it since i think the 2000/01 version, in which i spent a pretty grotesque amount of time taking chelmsford to the premiership title. i remember buying arjen robben as a 17 year-old from groningen or somwhere, and him consistently getting about 50 assists a season... and cherno samba, cor, what about him? is it a bad idea to get back into this game? it did seem to steal days, weeks at a time from me. and no other game has ever summoned such violent emotional reactions from me. I once accidentally kicked a hole in the side of my mum's sofa in a fit of rage at losing an fa cup semi to grimsby or someone.

It is dangerous, but clearly you know the risks. I've retired several times only to do another season with the game I started at the end of my first year of uni. You do end up questioning what you are doing with your life though.

BareBones
07-01-2010, 05:21 PM
yeah i remember it used to tell you exactly how much time you'd spent on it, and a game that me and my mate had going at uni amounted to about three or four weeks of man hours. god, what lazy student pricks we were. i think that's when i realised it was time to stop.

don_quixote
07-01-2010, 06:18 PM
i've reached around 21 days on my current game (fm2009). i started it in may or june. i remember my first year at uni (in 2005 ffs!!) i was repping cm01/02 for whole days at a time once exams were over.

they now have a 3d engine, but the games are a lot slower. now it takes almost a whole weekend of solid playing to complete a season. not got the same stamina!!

very enjoyable and frustrating though

don_quixote
07-01-2010, 06:19 PM
also i've had this game for over a year and STILL haven't managed in the premiership. my highest finish is 4th in the championship

mrfaucet
07-01-2010, 07:48 PM
My lowest point was when I had just started after finishing exams. One evening I was playing it and some friends came past my room and said they were going to the pub and did I want to come. I told them I'd just finish this match (Champions League) and then come and meet them. I never did. I kept playing and playing and then eventually realised that sunlight was coming through my window.

I just checked and I've spent just under 16 days on this game I've been doing on and off since June '07.

BareBones
08-01-2010, 12:25 PM
i'm a bit apprehensive about the 3d match engine. i used to love the text box. it was such a joyous feeling to go from the tense, heart-in-mouth ellipsis of "cole crosses from the left....", to "GOAL!!!!!"

BareBones
08-01-2010, 12:28 PM
Anyway, what were people's games of the year 2009?

fallout 3 was pretty special

Ness Rowlah
09-01-2010, 11:13 PM
The orange box is brilliant - portal is the one.
Yup, you can pick up Orange Box for next to nothing now at CEX (bought OB when it came out, since I was looking for Portal for PS3 anyway).
Portal is the one and this critique is a joy.

http://www.gamesradar.com/xbox360/f/portal-is-the-most-subversive-game-ever/a-20071207115329881080/g-2006071916221774024


"Portal is essentially a feminist critique of the FPS genre, flawlessly executed from within the margins it assails. Gender politics just got a whole lot more fun."

Now waiting for Heavy Rain, even if I still haven't really started on Uncharted 2.
http://uk.gamespot.com/ps3/adventure/heavyrain/news.html?sid=6242917&mode=previews

matt b
22-01-2010, 12:50 PM
STOP PLAYING COMPUTER GAMES! NOW! IT WILL MAKE YOUR LEGS WONKY! (http://www.metro.co.uk/news/810028-video-gaming-leads-to-surge-in-rickets)

swears
22-01-2010, 02:15 PM
Just completed this after about 3 days: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/01/13/get-this-flipping-ou.html

Absolutely cracking, get the demo at least. First time I've played a game to completion in years.

"Don't Look Back" is great as well.

Karl Kraft
24-01-2010, 09:09 PM
The orange box is brilliant - portal is the one.

Yes! Im surprised this didn't come up in the gaming threads here. For those not familiar with it, its like The Prisoner meets M.C.Escher as imagined by Chris Cunningham. Forget the campaign too, the challenges (least portals, least steps etc) are when you really have to get creative:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA9ChSA6wV4

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/6517/escherbig.jpg

massrock
06-02-2010, 03:28 PM
Just completed this after about 3 days: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/01/13/get-this-flipping-ou.html

Absolutely cracking, get the demo at least. First time I've played a game to completion in years.

"Don't Look Back" is great as well.
Reminds me of Halls Of The Things.

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matt b
09-02-2010, 11:26 AM
Had to put off playing Portal, as I got Demon's Souls.

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Crazy game- absolutely no hand holding, tough as nails, RPG elements I can hardly fathom, excellent audio design, clever multiplayer interaction.

It's like an old Spectrum dungeon crawler for the 21st century.

10 hours in, 4 per cent complete. Madness.

cobretti
09-02-2010, 03:33 PM
Speaking of RPGs, I started playing through the first Mass Effect so that I can import a character when i get round to playing the sequel (apparently you get a lot more out of it as the choices you made in the first game are reflected in the second when you do an import). A few RPG cliches aside, the story is actually pretty well done with lots and lots of background. It follows a similar pattern to Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic, so if you enjoyed that it's definitely worth picking up. Worth mentioning that the combat is vast improvement on past BioWare titles though, and it's meant to be even better in Mass Effect 2. And you can shag aliens.

matt b
23-04-2010, 11:32 AM
Skate 3 out soon, demo is up- only worth getting for hardcore mode? You can't really tell from a demo...

This video is lush:

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hint
23-04-2010, 12:31 PM
I enjoyed Skate 1, but skipped Skate 2. Think I'll go for 3, although I tried the demo in hardcore mode and kept falling over. Nice to have a challenge I guess.

I really didn't enjoy Skate 1 online - just full of people pulling off impossibly long combos. Wonder if 3 will be any better.

matt b
23-04-2010, 12:57 PM
I enjoyed Skate 1, but skipped Skate 2. Think I'll go for 3, although I tried the demo in hardcore mode and kept falling over. Nice to have a challenge I guess.

I really didn't enjoy Skate 1 online - just full of people pulling off impossibly long combos. Wonder if 3 will be any better.

Hardcore is good because it means tony hawk 5 minute combos are out and it feels more like skating using style- that's why the video above is so refreshing.

But yeah it is difficult and frustrating, particularly with the 20 minute demo time limit (if not glitching).

Multiplayer, unless playing with friends is pretty terrible in Skate 2 on the whole

cobretti
23-04-2010, 07:28 PM
Somewhat ironically given the game you're talking about, I find it near impossible to get any real game playing done between the months of March & October because so much of my leisure time is spent skateboarding. The last game I played much of was Battlefield Bad Company 2, it's a very good multiplayer game if you can ignore some of the mind boggling lobby/squad mechanics

Karl Kraft
13-05-2010, 05:49 PM
If u have a capable PC or Mac, Portal is now free to download from Steam until the 24th of May:
http://store.steampowered.com/freeportal/

matt b
17-05-2010, 01:31 PM
Somewhat ironically given the game you're talking about, I find it near impossible to get any real game playing done between the months of March & October because so much of my leisure time is spent skateboarding.

I have the knees and ankles of a 38 year old ex-skater, which prohibits such activities

So, I spend saturday morning doing this:

http://skate.ea.com/gallery?contentType=SKATE_REEL&subType=VIDEO&platform=ps3#searchType=AUTHOR&query=wretchedmatt&slice=search&galleryType=ALL&subType=VIDEO&contentType=SKATE_REEL&filter=ALLTIME&itemId=117230

and this:

http://skate.ea.com/gallery?contentType=SKATE_REEL&subType=VIDEO&platform=ps3#searchType=AUTHOR&query=wretchedmatt&slice=search&galleryType=ALL&subType=VIDEO&contentType=SKATE_REEL&filter=ALLTIME&itemId=117368

Enjoying it so far- lots of good spots, but not different form 1 or 2 in any meaningful way 'career' is meaningless.

Haven't been online yet though.

cobretti
19-05-2010, 07:17 PM
I have the knees and ankles of a 38 year old ex-skater, which prohibits such activities

So, I spend saturday morning doing this:

http://skate.ea.com/gallery?contentType=SKATE_REEL&subType=VIDEO&platform=ps3#searchType=AUTHOR&query=wretchedmatt&slice=search&galleryType=ALL&subType=VIDEO&contentType=SKATE_REEL&filter=ALLTIME&itemId=117230

and this:

http://skate.ea.com/gallery?contentType=SKATE_REEL&subType=VIDEO&platform=ps3#searchType=AUTHOR&query=wretchedmatt&slice=search&galleryType=ALL&subType=VIDEO&contentType=SKATE_REEL&filter=ALLTIME&itemId=117368

Enjoying it so far- lots of good spots, but not different form 1 or 2 in any meaningful way 'career' is meaningless.

Haven't been online yet though.

Nice :cool:

Picked up that Red Dead Redemption today, seems to have been getting some very good reviews which is expected given it's pretty much GTA on a horse in the wild west. Will report back once it's in full swing.

Mr. Tea
20-05-2010, 11:08 AM
If u have a capable PC or Mac, Portal is now free to download from Steam until the 24th of May:
http://store.steampowered.com/freeportal/

That's pretty cool - I DL'd it a few months back for £12 (along with a bunch of other stuff, I think the original HL games were in there too) but I've not played it much...it's just not the same without things to shoot. Maybe it's just one that takes a while to get into, though.

4linehaiku
20-05-2010, 10:22 PM
Just finished Mirror's Edge. First person parkour game I suppose, lots of leaping around on rooftops with occasional shooting. Mostly you just run like hell when gun-toting police turn up though, which is quite refreshing. A bit Portal-esque, trying to figure out how the hell to get to point B from point A.

I think it was slated as repetitive and a bit boring, as well as a non-existant plot. The plot is undeniably pathetic, but I thought it was quite fun. It looks amazing as well, really good use of colour, lots of very clean white and blue. Very stylised, but not cartoony. I actually stopped running around just to look at all the cool shit quite a few times, which is rare.

rivetrenuck
21-05-2010, 11:38 PM
i absolutly loved Mirrorsedge. Its such a chilled out game, the entire design seem to suggest that. as you said, simple clean, bright coloured, very simple music but good. very little violence, and some tricky jumping skills.

After reading this thread, how do i regret not getting a PS3 or an Xbox console when i had the dosh. boy do i want a console so badly now. tired of pc gaming.

I also loved Dead Space and i am currently plaing Far Cry 2, which is interesting enough, it looks almost like Afrika (the game mentioned in the first thread) though i havent played Afrika yet, so it may not be.

Gonna re installl Fallout 3, I will admit that i got thru that game with cheats. Need to stop that habit!

matt b
25-05-2010, 10:05 AM
I also loved Dead Space and i am currently plaing Far Cry 2, which is interesting enough, it looks almost like Afrika (the game mentioned in the first thread) though i havent played Afrika yet, so it may not be.


Far Cry 2= crawling through grass waiting ages to shoot stuff with guns
Afrika= crawling through grass waiting ages to shoot stuff with camera

Traded some games in and got Red Dead Redemption and had about an hour on it last night (I had to go outside and stuff over the weekend AND celebrate my wife's birthday, which kept me from playing it. People are so unreasonable).

Anyway, initial thoughts are- pretty good, although I have mainly wandered round collecting plants and shooting at birds, all peaceful like. Then suddenly a man appears being chased by a load of wolf things and screaming wildly.

BareBones
26-05-2010, 06:16 PM
i loved Far Cry 2, thought it was so much fun trying to stealth through all the fields and/or just riding your jeep into buildings and blowing shit up, and starting those big fires. Though it was kind of annoying when your car broke down in the middle of nowhere and you had to traipse about for miles trying to get back to civilisation.

We just got Skate 3, so far it's predictably great, just like the last ones, but unless we're being totally dumb there doesn't seem to be any party play mode, which is completely stupid and disappointing, because that's pretty much all we did on Skate 2.

The latest Splinter Cell is rubbish, which is a shame cos i loved Double Agent. One enormous design flaw/oversight in this new one is that when you are hidden in shadows, the whole screen goes black and white, and given that you're pretty much meant to stay hidden the whole time, you end up playing the entire game in black and white. Stupid.

Really excited about Red Dead though, gonna be picking that up this weekend i think.

cobretti
27-05-2010, 02:57 AM
Have played 5 hours or so of Red Dead, but I've not played through many of the story missions, hunting bounties and going on errands for random townsfolk is just too fun! A lot more likable than GTA IV for me already though, I found Niko to be quite an abrasive character, and despite his intentions to get out of the cycle of violence and crime, you just ended up perpetuating it, and going around doing things no moral man would do. Red Dead has the same vibe wrt continuing the violence you've tried to turn your back on, but it feels more noble and justified, like even though you're shooting people in the leg and hogtying them, you're still doing the right thing in the grand scheme of things. Not surprising though, I've always chosen the right/light/kind path in RPGs like Fallout, Mass Effect etc, I could never get down with the whole bastard thing.

matt b
27-05-2010, 10:18 AM
Have played 5 hours or so of Red Dead, but I've not played through many of the story missions, hunting bounties and going on errands for random townsfolk is just too fun!

Likewise. I think I've done 8 missions in about 6 hours (got the lasso and then couldn't be arsed with long cutscenes), still just wandering around the wilderness doing the flower picking/animal skinning/random sub quests.

Can be a very busy wilderness at times- last night I passed a camp, so had a quick sit down to listen to the old man witter on. Stood up and nearly stepped on a woman mourning her dead husband. Got on my horse and immediately encountered someone getting robbed. Was about to help, when 3 deer crossed my path, so I had to go after them instead.

Funniest bit so far: Some fat bloke sprinting towards me screaming for help. I stop and look around and can't see a thing. Look back. Bloke still sprinting off into middle distance. Turn around again. Still nothing. Start to distrust fat men running around in the middle of nowhere and think about flower picking again. Suddenly two hyper speed cougars wizz past me at about 300 mph and rip poor fat bloke to pieces.
One cougar then gets stuck on a rock, so I kill and skin him.

Mr. Tea
27-05-2010, 10:36 AM
Far Cry 2= crawling through grass waiting ages to shoot stuff with guns


Delta Force (ancient PC game from the mid-90s) was like this, except it was fucking great. Sneaking around slitting throats to avoid making a noise, bumping off goons with a silenced pistol or sniping with a huge rifle from half a mile a way. 'Camping' enshrined and raised to an art form. The last few missions were ridiculously hard, I remember - especially in 'realistic damage mode' or whatever it was called, which basically meant you were quite likely to die outright if you got shot once (um, like in real life). And if involved a lot of crawling-through-grass.

Ring any bells, anyone?

matt b
27-05-2010, 10:55 AM
Delta Force (ancient PC game from the mid-90s) was like this, except it was fucking great.

Some people love Far Cry 2, others think it is a broken mess.

I'm in the latter category.

Delta Force- eh? The 90s was a console decade, you dolt! ;)

Mr. Tea
27-05-2010, 11:27 AM
Not for us early adopters! Or pathetic nerds, or whatever we were. Any case, you can keep your frenetic platform games, beat-em-ups and racers, there are certain kinds of games you cannot play without a mouse and keyboard. Mainly first-person shooters and RT strategy games, which have formed the mainstay of the PC games market for nearly 20 years (or at least did, last time I looked).

matt b
27-05-2010, 11:31 AM
Not for us early adopters! Or pathetic nerds, or whatever we were. Any case, you can keep your frenetic platform games, beat-em-ups and racers, there are certain kinds of games you cannot play without a mouse and keyboard. Mainly first-person shooters and RT strategy games, which have formed the mainstay of the PC games market for nearly 20 years (or at least did, last time I looked).

True. There's always been a gaping hole in my life where Kasparov Chess Pro 3.1 should be.

Mr. Tea
27-05-2010, 11:46 AM
True. There's always been a gaping hole in my life where Kasparov Chess Pro 3.1 should be.

Yeah, that was loads better than all this Doom rubbish...

don_quixote
27-05-2010, 08:32 PM
any fm players

cobretti
27-05-2010, 11:53 PM
Just completed Fable 2 the other day. Got given Fallout 3 but haven't started it yet. Just about completed Bioshock. Playing Grim Fandango at the moment.

Need to get Red Dead Redemption.

Fuck all that other shit and give Fallout your undivided attention for as long as you can. There's nothing quite like the feeling of immersion you get when you're knee deep in a 6 hour Fallout session.

rivetrenuck
30-05-2010, 01:22 AM
Yeah, i loved Fallout, Reinstalling now once i finish batman.

Also would like to get recomends on good Adventure games/Puzzle like and a good chess game.
Kasparov good? Chessmaster?

Cant play Red Dead on my computer, its struggling to cope with Batman!. ARGH! cant afford a new pc nor a PS3! Tempted to go up to ladbrokes and testin out dem dogs.

bandshell
30-05-2010, 02:12 PM
Also would like to get recomends on good Adventure games/Puzzle like

Grim Fandango

rivetrenuck
03-06-2010, 07:35 AM
Sounds good, just installed it yesterday, hmmm need to get to grips with it.

anything more current?

BareBones
07-06-2010, 03:42 PM
enjoy http://zxspectrum.net/

matt b
28-06-2010, 01:20 PM
Just to let you know Demon's Souls is out in the UK now.

If you have a PS3 go and buy it.



Not been playing much due to weather/world cup- just skate 3 with friends.

Loving vert:

http://skate.ea.com/gallery?contentType=SKATE_REEL&subType=VIDEO&platform=ps3#searchType=AUTHOR&query=wretchedmatt&slice=search&galleryType=ALL&subType=VIDEO&contentType=SKATE_REEL&filter=ALLTIME&itemId=407669

Sick Boy
28-06-2010, 03:11 PM
After watching the South Park World of Warcraft episode again, I realized that for all the cultural phenomenon this game has been, I know jack shit about it. So I decided to download the free 10-day trial. Do not do this. The only "trial" that is occuring is the one where you try to stop playing after 10 days. It is high grade video game crack.

On the upside, once you've played it that South Park episode becomes about 5 times funnier. This might be the only tangible benefit.

BareBones
08-07-2010, 12:22 PM
who's a fifa 10 player?

cobretti
08-07-2010, 01:14 PM
The Hut (http://www.thehut.com/games/platforms/xbox-360/sega-megadrive-ultimate-collection/10025646.html) have the Mega Drive collection for Xbox 360 for just over a tenner delivered. There's some code on the homepage for an extra quid off a £10+ spend so you could get it for 9.94 or some other stupid price, there are a fuckload of classics on there:

* Alex Kidd In The Enchanted Castle
* Alien Storm
* Altered Beast
* Beyond Oasis
* Bonanza Bros.
* Columns
* Comix Zone
* Decap Attack starring Chuck D. Head
* Dr. Robotnik's MBM
* Dynamite Headdy
* Ecco The Dolphin
* Ecco II: The Tides Of Time
* E-Swat
* Fatal Labyrinth
* Flicky
* Gain Ground
* Golden Axe I
* Golden Axe II
* Golden Axe III
* Kid Chameleon
* Phantasy Star II
* Phantasy Star III: Generations Of Doom
* Phantasy Star IV: The End Of The Millennium
* Ristar
* Shining In The Darkness
* Shining Force
* Shining Force 2
* Shinobi III: Return Of The Ninja Master
* Sonic 3D Blast
* Sonic And Knuckles
* Sonic Spinball
* Sonic The Hedgehog
* Sonic The Hedgehog 2
* Sonic The Hedgehog 3
* Streets Of Rage
* Streets Of Rage 2
* Streets Of Rage 3
* Super Thunder Blade
* Vectorman
* Vectorman 2

BareBones
08-07-2010, 02:02 PM
got a copy of that for a tenner in game recently. lots of it is beyond shit now (eg golden axe) but it's kind of worth it just for the streets of rage music.

Woebot
08-07-2010, 03:23 PM
super mario galaxy 2?

anyone apart from me been enjoying this?

it's not quite the classic piece of design its forebear was, but nevertheless great fun.

nintendo 4eva afaic.

mixed_biscuits
08-07-2010, 03:48 PM
who's a fifa 10 player?

Yep, great game. Especially with all the manual controls turned on.

Mr. Tea
08-07-2010, 03:57 PM
* Altered Beast


Oh man, what a game! The Game Than Invented Power-Ups, IIRC. Loved it on the old Atari ST.

There were some real killer titles for the non-console 16-bit machines (ST, Amiga) - many fond memories of Turrican, the Gauntlet series, the Xenon games (actually, most of the Bitmap Brothers stable)...to say nothing of Lemmings. :D

bandshell
08-07-2010, 04:34 PM
The Hut (http://www.thehut.com/games/platforms/xbox-360/sega-megadrive-ultimate-collection/10025646.html) have the Mega Drive collection for Xbox 360 for just over a tenner delivered. There's some code on the homepage for an extra quid off a £10+ spend so you could get it for 9.94 or some other stupid price, there are a fuckload of classics on there:

* Alex Kidd In The Enchanted Castle
* Alien Storm
* Altered Beast
* Beyond Oasis
* Bonanza Bros.
* Columns
* Comix Zone
* Decap Attack starring Chuck D. Head
* Dr. Robotnik's MBM
* Dynamite Headdy
* Ecco The Dolphin
* Ecco II: The Tides Of Time
* E-Swat
* Fatal Labyrinth
* Flicky
* Gain Ground
* Golden Axe I
* Golden Axe II
* Golden Axe III
* Kid Chameleon
* Phantasy Star II
* Phantasy Star III: Generations Of Doom
* Phantasy Star IV: The End Of The Millennium
* Ristar
* Shining In The Darkness
* Shining Force
* Shining Force 2
* Shinobi III: Return Of The Ninja Master
* Sonic 3D Blast
* Sonic And Knuckles
* Sonic Spinball
* Sonic The Hedgehog
* Sonic The Hedgehog 2
* Sonic The Hedgehog 3
* Streets Of Rage
* Streets Of Rage 2
* Streets Of Rage 3
* Super Thunder Blade
* Vectorman
* Vectorman 2

No Gunstar Heroes? Pfffftt

mixed_biscuits
08-07-2010, 06:05 PM
Streets of Rage 2 has my favourite game soundtrack.

BareBones
09-07-2010, 10:03 AM
Oh man, what a game! The Game Than Invented Power-Ups, IIRC. Loved it on the old Atari ST.


When was the last time you played this Tea? like so many other 80s/90s games, it really hasn't stood the test of time, and is unfathomably shit now. Not sure if it is the game that invented power-ups, if it is that's a great call!

Mr. Tea
09-07-2010, 10:16 AM
When was the last time you played this Tea? like so many other 80s/90s games, it really hasn't stood the test of time, and is unfathomably shit now. Not sure if it is the game that invented power-ups, if it is that's a great call!

Well it was a whiiile ago...the better part of twenty years, anyway. But I can guarantee I could sit down to play Gauntlet II and it would be as great as it was when I was 12.

BareBones
09-07-2010, 10:48 AM
it's only really the very simple / nintendo style games that hold up, like tetris, bomberman, streetfighter etc... in fact it's just occured to me that it's only really 2-player head-to-head games

edit: no this isn't true, as tetris is still great on one player.

BareBones
09-07-2010, 10:50 AM
Yep, great game. Especially with all the manual controls turned on.

manual controls? i was just about to lay down a challenge because i'm pretty much unbeatable with Spain, but now i look like a rank amateur. what manual controls??

Sick Boy
09-07-2010, 02:46 PM
it's only really the very simple / nintendo style games that hold up, like tetris, bomberman, streetfighter etc... in fact it's just occured to me that it's only really 2-player head-to-head games

edit: no this isn't true, as tetris is still great on one player.

There are loads of old video games that are great without being mostly 2-player. For instance, all the Mario's and Sonic's. Or a lot of the 16-bit RPGs like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, etc.

BareBones
09-07-2010, 04:34 PM
yeah i know i edited it... i don't know what i was thinking. good platform games and rpgs will always be good but pretty much every scrolling beat 'em up from back in the day is proper shit now.

mixed_biscuits
09-07-2010, 09:17 PM
manual controls? i was just about to lay down a challenge because i'm pretty much unbeatable with Spain, but now i look like a rank amateur. what manual controls??

The default settings permit the computer to help you aim passes and shots. If you turn off all this help, you are rewarded with a month of complete incompetence, during which you painfully begin to 'remaster' the simplest of movements. After this, however, it's all gravy: you can put the ball wherever you want.

Richard Carnage
15-07-2010, 10:03 PM
No Gunstar Heroes? Pfffftt

Best Mega Drive game ever!

Pestario
16-07-2010, 02:30 PM
Playing Grim Fandango at the moment.


This has a special place in my gaming heart. The best and most epic adventure game ever. A fitting finish to the age of this genre.

Corpsey
16-07-2010, 11:51 PM
I love Grim Fandango. I wish they'd make a sequel somehow.

Karl Kraft
20-07-2010, 02:03 PM
Streets of Rage 2 has my favourite game soundtrack.
Oh yes! 0:50
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cobretti
28-07-2010, 01:29 PM
Starcraft 2 is out, can't decide whether or not to buy it yet. Has anyone on here played it?

Sick Boy
28-07-2010, 02:21 PM
Starcraft 2 is out, can't decide whether or not to buy it yet. Has anyone on here played it?

It looks really great, but with these games I always play through the first campaign, get halfway through the second, get bored/frustrated, and stop.

hint
28-07-2010, 02:58 PM
I go through phases in Fifa 10.

I'll kick arse for 3 or 4 games, then lose 3 or 4 games in a row by massive amounts.

===
Picked up Army of Two: 40th Day for £10 in Blockbuster. It's awful, but funny if you play with a friend in co-op.

===
Anyone got Limbo on XBL? Massively hyped, but I've seen complaints that it's relatively pricey and short.

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outraygeous
28-07-2010, 04:46 PM
I was looking at Limbo, i might splash out and get it.

i like the whole look of it.

bandshell
03-08-2010, 01:03 AM
Played through Metal Slug 3 on the PS2 this evening. Fun game

outraygeous
03-08-2010, 12:03 PM
any been playing or played Braid. I just downloaded it

man its deep, like arghhhh how am I gona do that deep!

spent the most of Saturday daytime indoors playing it

Sectionfive
13-08-2010, 03:33 PM
http://mikengreg.com/solipskier/

Sick Boy
13-08-2010, 04:21 PM
No one's played Starcraft II yet? I haven't because as I previously mentioned I got into World of Warcraft recently and if I take this on board as well I will cease to get anything important done at all. I'm eager to hear the Dissensus review tho.

rivetrenuck
05-09-2010, 02:28 PM
Have not played Starcraft II yet, but am drewling over it though. Cant wait to obtain a copy.

I am currently playing another great old game Thief II: The Metal Age.
Such a great game! but to get it installed on the new windows is a pain in the nuts. So much troubles to figure it out, but have managed it somehow.

As new as my computer is, it still cant handle some games, I have been trying to coax my computer to play Assassins : Creed, feels like the game has been made by William Burroughs fans.

Karl Kraft
11-09-2010, 06:45 PM
The sequel is looking even more brain melting than the origonal, very much looking forward to this:

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don_quixote
25-09-2010, 09:55 AM
haha the bit at the side of the diagramatic bit about repulsion gel is hilarious.

vvvvvv is AMAZING. just completed it. so much fun. and humour abound.

Dr Awesome
25-09-2010, 02:17 PM
The sequel is looking even more brain melting than the origonal, very much looking forward to this:

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Oh yes.

rivetrenuck
01-10-2010, 02:04 PM
this is amazing!

mind bendingly amazing! everything about the portal game is amazing, the story (such a simple one) the graphics, the puzzle.

Aww Nein
13-10-2010, 10:34 PM
just found out about this school through the portal 2 wikipedia page...


https://www.digipen.edu/studentprojects/tag/


looks like a college that features game design, but among the free games to download (made by students) is Narbacular Drop, which is the game that became portal so to speak, and this one called tag, which is being developed into all that repulsion gel stuff in portal 2.

other games are pretty interesting, all small and low on processor speed generally exploring quite unique or beautiful simple ideas

its good that gamings staying open to the more lofi stuff due to technology being more readily available, i think one of the things that holds a lot of people back from seeing gaming as a serious art form is that apparent lack of an underground, every visible game the equivalent of a hollywood blockbuster without the art house section.

Karl Kraft
14-10-2010, 11:00 PM
check this also 'Kim Swift - 'Our Journey From Narbacular Drop To Portal':
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5924529428654403816#


Also, if your interested in indie games development, these are a couple of good news blogs / forums:

http://www.tigsource.com/ - http://forums.tigsource.com/
http://www.indiegames.com/blog/

http://www.indiegamer.com/forums/

Dr Awesome
15-10-2010, 01:06 AM
i think one of the things that holds a lot of people back from seeing gaming as a serious art form is that apparent lack of an underground, every visible game the equivalent of a hollywood blockbuster without the art house section.

Well the demoscene could be considered art.
Google ".kkrieger".

don_quixote
15-10-2010, 06:45 AM
surely vvvvvv (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vvvvvv) is very art house. and braid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braid_%28video_game%29).

Aww Nein
17-10-2010, 08:29 PM
dont know how good this is gonna be, but certainyl interesting idea

http://thestoutgames.com/:DinnerDate

its a game where you get stood up by someone on a date.

those game sites are really interesting btw. anyone ever thought of making a game on here?

BareBones
27-10-2010, 10:56 AM
anyone got dead rising 2? is it worth getting? i enjoyed the first one but it got a bit much after a while and i ended up giving up on it.

can't stop playing fifa 11.

goalpost
28-10-2010, 11:18 AM
There was this interesting article i was reading about that does a little twist on the gaming culture http://bit.ly/dpqVeT As It is perceived as male centred and chavanistic, this game is sort of a feminist piece. Picture the scene: You’re making your way home from a stressful day at work and a nearby chancer hollers a lewd remark to the effect of “I like your bounce, baby”. What’s an appropriate response? Hang your head and shuffle away in embarrassment? Launch into a rant about your right to a harassment-free journey home? Splatter the Casanova’s brains across the pavement with a 3' long .80 caliber machine gun?



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krvA3VHq5as&feature=player_embedded

Mr. Tea
28-10-2010, 12:32 PM
There was this interesting article i was reading about that does a little twist on the gaming culture http://bit.ly/dpqVeT As It is perceived as male centred and chavanistic, this game is sort of a feminist piece. Picture the scene: You’re making your way home from a stressful day at work and a nearby chancer hollers a lewd remark to the effect of “I like your bounce, baby”. What’s an appropriate response? Hang your head and shuffle away in embarrassment? Launch into a rant about your right to a harassment-free journey home? Splatter the Casanova’s brains across the pavement with a 3' long .80 caliber machine gun?


Haha, someone PLEASE write a mod for that^ involving kids on buses/trains playing music out loud on their phones. Or people standing on the left hand side of an escalator on the tube. Although the original premise is pretty cool in itself. Oh my, the possibilities are endless... :cool:

Edit: oi oi, I spy a first post! Welcome aboard.

outraygeous
29-10-2010, 02:55 PM
downloaded Super Meat Boy from xbox live last night

OMG this game is fun!

matt b
09-11-2010, 02:39 PM
Went out in the rain at lunch to get new Modern Warfare :o

Just want to go home now and shoot shit.

matt b
18-11-2010, 12:09 PM
^ Loving this game. Spawns are broken, but overall much more fun than MW2, though obviously less polished and slick.

Grenades are deadly:
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outraygeous
02-12-2010, 12:22 PM
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is my jam right now.

The Autolog feature is really cool. Not only do you have to battle against the computer you can battle your friends lists times. Makes the replay value very high.

So engrossed in the offline mode so far havent even really jumped into the online game portion

If your on BROKENHOMES is the gamertag

Khristinajane
09-12-2010, 07:32 AM
thank you very much for this site sbobet i really like this site

cobretti
13-12-2010, 01:42 AM
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is my jam right now.

The Autolog feature is really cool. Not only do you have to battle against the computer you can battle your friends lists times. Makes the replay value very high.

So engrossed in the offline mode so far havent even really jumped into the online game portion

If your on BROKENHOMES is the gamertag

I picked this up for 28 quid the other day but haven't played it yet. Add me on Live, my gamertag is GIRFUY. Is On The Buttons (on Live) from here? If so then some FIFA matches are a must.

hint
13-12-2010, 12:45 PM
Yeah - On The Buttons is me.

Feel free to invite me into a Fifa game anytime. I usually end up playing 8 yr olds who either beat me 4-0 or quit as soon as they go more than 2 goals down.

BareBones
13-12-2010, 02:29 PM
played on a kinect for the first time this weekend. it's mental! sadly only got to play on kinect adventures, which is boring as hell, but even just going through menus and stuff by waving your hands around is well exciting for the first time. struggling to think of a game they could make that i'd really love though, over sitting down with a control pad i mean. the novelty of jumping up and down and waving your limbs around in front of the telly does wear off pretty quickly. and the main downside seems to be that you need an awful lot of space (you need to be 8-10 feet away ideally). had to move all our sofas around and stuff for it to work properly, which was a pain.

BareBones
13-12-2010, 02:30 PM
... quit as soon as they go more than 2 goals down.

god, i fucking hate people that do that.

Karl Kraft
17-12-2010, 04:17 PM
Absolutely period perfect, from the dithered shading to the parallax scrolling.

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Couple of others in the same series too.

Karl Kraft
03-01-2011, 03:15 PM
This is very beautifuly done, Kirby's Epic Yarn on the Wii:
http://www.joystickdivision.com/kirbys-epic-yarn-tokyo-game-show-2010-screenshot-wii%20(570%20x%20327).jpg

http://static.gamesradar.com/images/mb/GamesRadar/us/Games/K/Kirbys%20Epic%20Yarn/Bulk%20Viewer/Wii/2010-10-4/Kirbys%20Epic%20Yarn%20104_06--article_image.jpg

luka
04-01-2011, 08:57 AM
cadillacs and dinosaurs
streets of rage
final fury
pit fighter
streetfighter 2
gta 3 and san andreas
teenage mutant ninja turtles
shinobi
legend of kage
altered beast
road rash
outrun
daytona
sensible soccer
alex kidd
california games
track and field
mortal kombat
double dragon
operation wolf
castlevania
trojan
goldenaxe
marvel vs capcom
bomberman
frogger
centipede
x-men
zelda
pro-evo
doom
mario kart
final fight
mike tysons punchout
nba jam
ghouls and ghosts
smash tv
ridge racer
house of the dead

Benny B
04-01-2011, 05:46 PM
^ looks like you started/stopped playing computer games pretty much the same times i did. I would have added Speedball 2 to that list though.

Sensible soccer is definitely the best footie game ever, bollocks to all this realistic FIFA type shit.

Sick Boy
05-01-2011, 05:16 PM
I've played about 6-7 hours of Red Dead Redemption now. Can someone explain what the fuss is all about? It is one of the most boring games I've probably ever played.

Karl Kraft
09-01-2011, 06:05 PM
Know there are alot of Mac users on here, so this:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/osmos/id408054320?mt=12
currently on sale 70% off is highly recomended. Fascisty survival of the fittest biology disguised as an ambient game. Great fun for 5min blast here and there.

outraygeous
10-01-2011, 01:21 PM
I can make you an xbox (old version) with all the emulators on for a price.

Who, if anyone, wants one?

matt b
10-01-2011, 01:28 PM
I've played about 6-7 hours of Red Dead Redemption now. Can someone explain what the fuss is all about? It is one of the most boring games I've probably ever played.

I played a bit more than that before getting sucked in to other stuff. The world looks nice, but basically it is GTA in the wild west, which is starting to feel a little bit clunky nowadays.

I did however, quite like the fact it could be boring if you wanted it to be

Karl Kraft
14-01-2011, 06:15 PM
Play Pacman, Pinball and Pong with a paramecium

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2011/01/play-pacman-pinball-and-pong-with-a-paramecium.html

alex
18-01-2011, 11:14 AM
Bought Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for the Macbook last night, (as an app) and it is really good. It’s hard at the moment as I am using the key’s as the buttons to play the game, so undoubtedly anyone watching me play the game must think I am playing with my eyes shut and left hand I move so slow. Just a request/question really, when I took my headphones off after finally breaking through and rescuing our intel ‘Nikolai’ from the insurgents, I noticed my processor was making the loudest noise since I have ever used the macbook, even louder than when Ableton is loaded up with about a million VST’s going, any reason? (dumb question i know, i know the answer, just wanted to know if anyone had another reason)

Also wanted to know if any of you guys had any recommendations for controllers for the Mac (games style controllers)?

matt b
19-01-2011, 10:15 PM
For an answer for the controller question, I'd have a root around the neogaf and rllmuk forums

COD4 is awesome. Wish I'd never traded it in :(

outraygeous
02-02-2011, 01:57 PM
Plants Vs Zombies is the current addiction

Its not that intense until 100 zombies try get into your house at the same time and you cant manufacture Sun quick enough

muser
02-02-2011, 02:03 PM
new rockstar game looks pretty amazing


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCZi_CnkIUA

outraygeous
03-02-2011, 05:02 PM
I just hope the game aint like Dragons Lair

you
05-02-2011, 07:28 PM
This is very beautifuly done, Kirby's Epic Yarn on the Wii:
http://www.joystickdivision.com/kirbys-epic-yarn-tokyo-game-show-2010-screenshot-wii%20(570%20x%20327).jpg

http://static.gamesradar.com/images/mb/GamesRadar/us/Games/K/Kirbys%20Epic%20Yarn/Bulk%20Viewer/Wii/2010-10-4/Kirbys%20Epic%20Yarn%20104_06--article_image.jpg

Kirby's back!?!?!

Kirby pinball was the best game on the gameboy after tetris.....

Sick Boy
15-02-2011, 11:11 PM
I played a bit more than that before getting sucked in to other stuff. The world looks nice, but basically it is GTA in the wild west, which is starting to feel a little bit clunky nowadays.


Yeah and the reason this sucks is because at least in the various incarnations of Grand Theft Auto you cross the long distances you need to cross in anything from a bicycle to a sports car to a tank. The "Auto" aspect of the game was fun and enjoyable and varied enough to carry the rest of the game. In Red Dead Redemption (aka Grand Theft Horse) you get... a horse. I've played more now, and although it does have a Western-movie kind of feel to it, essentially it is riding long distances on a horse and then auto-targeting a pistol in Matrix-style bullet time to take down 40 guys without any difficulty whatsoever. It's like a bad Western movie where you get to control all the bits that usually aren't in the film because they are boring and unnecessary to the plot, and to include them would make the film like 40 hours long.

All the positive reviews seem to applaud the game for this very reason though. I say until we've got fully immersive, dream-like virtual reality, walking around in spurs in a bleak desert landscape playing texas hold'em with the locals isn't really going to cut it as entertainment.

outraygeous
01-04-2011, 04:56 PM
xmas 2004 or 5 I got Max Payne 2 for the xbox

I have just started playing it

I love how moody it is and flying around in slow motion killing people

<3 Bullet Time

daddek
02-04-2011, 01:25 PM
currently playing Wild Guns (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjT7a8yn3Wc&feature=related) on the SNES (well, ZNES) and it's the shit.

BareBones
17-05-2011, 12:50 PM
want to play this a lot.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2011/may/16/la-noire-game-review

still haven't played portal 2. i bet it's amazing though.

BareBones
01-11-2011, 11:59 AM
I finally caved and bought fm2012 last week and it's sucked up about 10 hours of my life already. I hadn't played it since it was still championship manager and all commentary text boxes etc, and fuck me it's gotten way more complicated since then. I feel like even more of a saddo geek playing it now than I did in 2002.

owengriffiths
01-11-2011, 07:53 PM
I feel like I'm the only person in the world who is honest enough to admit Heavy Rain is a lacklustre game. The whole genre concept of limited player interaction could work well in theory (especially if the possible lower production costs were translated into cheaper games on the high street), but it's already going to be dodgy when Heavy Rain's scriptwriting team included a teenage boy doing work experience for his GCSE's. I just got the feeling that this title came out a decade after Shenmue and yet couldnt really compete with that. Very little fun in it at all, and in light of the above flaws there was non-existent replay value. Especially relevant given that it's over in no time at all.

Ulala
02-11-2011, 12:37 AM
I feel like I'm the only person in the world who is honest enough to admit Heavy Rain is a lacklustre game. The whole genre concept of limited player interaction could work well in theory (especially if the possible lower production costs were translated into cheaper games on the high street), but it's already going to be dodgy when Heavy Rain's scriptwriting team included a teenage boy doing work experience for his GCSE's. I just got the feeling that this title came out a decade after Shenmue and yet couldnt really compete with that. Very little fun in it at all, and in light of the above flaws there was non-existent replay value. Especially relevant given that it's over in no time at all.

I've not played Heavy Rain but I did play Fahrenheit, which is by the same people and very much its spiritual predecessor. All the same criticisms apply. I did like the idea of each action being irreversible (i.e. you can choose to save (or not) a drowning child which affects your status with the local police), but this one good idea was utterly wasted because your limited interactions were so poorly signposted that you'd inevitably have to take ten attempts at each one (dying and reloading your saved game each time) until the correct combination of button presses and analogue stick rotations was achieved, often by blind luck. That's not gameplay - it's trial and error, and no different from sodding Dragon's Lair, which came out in 1984, looked fantastic and played like a brick. However atmospheric the environment or plot you've created, it falls to pieces in the face of cumbersome interaction and "Loading - Please Wait" messages. It's supposed to be a game, not an animated version of a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book.

Also, a word to the writers of Heavy Rain (and videogame writers in general, with a few honourable exceptions): If you want to make films, fuck off and make films. Leave us poor gamers alone. We don't want your hamfisted attempts at dialogue, plot and expostion. Taken in isolation, the non-interactive bits alone (cutscenes/intro/etc) are never on a par with even the crappiest blockbuster. To ramp them up and limit interaction is the wrong thing to be doing. Portal 2 is a shining example of getting it right, Heavy Rain/Fahrenheit is the epitome of getting it wrong.

owengriffiths
02-11-2011, 12:22 PM
I sort of agree with you in regards to too many cut scenes, but I think GTA has usually done quite well with this. LA Noire as well but I'm not sure if that's the same scriptwriters or not. There's one issue with GTA in that in going for more filmic storylines they're making the series too dark. Aside from the superior city location, San Andreas was the best one yet because it was cheerful. Yes, I know it's all about shooting people because they carry the wrong colour of tea towel, but the humour carried it through. So for most of the last half dozen installments, where someones girlfriend dying in every title, is taking it in the wrong direction.

As for Heavy Rain, they want to be taken seriously because it's about a man mourning the death of his son, and yet they add an incongrous fucking sci fi element with no added explanation. Oh, and a character addicted to an unspecified drug, as if people would be offended by the word heroin. Likewise LA Noire's racist character never actually says the word nigger or spic, and this is meant to be inspired by James Ellroy- you'd never catch a film pulling punches like that so why should an 18 certificate game.

matt b
02-11-2011, 08:19 PM
I really enjoyed the beginning of Heavy Rain- you get up, have a shower, juggle etc.

I stopped when I made bad scrambled eggs.


Can I recommend Dark Souls? Follow up to Demon Souls and it is awesome. Fucking hard, but awesome.

20 hours in and I have barely scratched the surface. Wish I had more time.

Sectionfive
04-12-2011, 03:16 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epP1ZASwC7g

nomos
06-01-2012, 02:16 AM
EDIT: never mind

Corpsey
16-02-2012, 07:05 PM
''Skyrim'' is amazing, if you like RPGing. I don't even like RPGing, but its still amazing. Huge world, beautiful graphics, incredible detail...

Favourite game apart from ''Top Spin 4'' at the moment.

I'm looking to buy/play:

Bayonetta
NBA 2K12
Prince of Persia

in the near future. Recommend me some others, XBOX 360 playaz.

slowtrain
16-02-2012, 09:03 PM
I got really into Oblivion for a while. I wish my downloaded Skyrim worked properly but it always crashes.

I have never completed a computer game in my life.

Oh wait no, GTA 3.

luka
18-02-2012, 07:43 AM
http://www.i-mockery.com/chojin/ageofconan/ssoc_amazons1.jpg

nomos
18-02-2012, 02:18 PM
http://oi44.tinypic.com/258xv6p.jpg

Ulala
19-02-2012, 12:47 PM
I'm looking to buy/play:

Bayonetta


in the near future.

Do it. Bayonetta is my favourite game of the last five years. Aside from the bizarre Japanese humour and eye-melting graphics, it is enormous fun to play and one of those games that you keep getting better at and hence wring increasing satisfaction from. So deep, too - each new weapon you unlock allows you to completely change your playing style and destroy enemies in new flamboyant ways. I've completed it 5 times now and still go back to it because it's such a joy to play. I know a few people who didn't get on with it but if you've ever enjoyed Streets of Rage or Devil May Cry then you need Bayonetta in your life. (Also, if you're a fan of buttocks then this is probably the pinnacle of computer-generated arse, which the camera is worryingly eager to show you. Those Japanese, eh?)

As for other 360 games, annoyingly the vast majority seem to be realistic first-person shooters or driving games, neither of which I care for. Other things I'd recommend, though:

Fable 2 and 3 - These are a bit too easy and there are glaring flaws in each, but they manage to be hugely endearing and hide all the dull stats-based grind of the RPG in the background. Uniquely British, with some excellent humour and voice acting.
Portal 2 - This has been eulogised upthread, and rightly so, it's excellent.
Crackdown - I loved this. As with the GTA games, following the story and doing the missions isn't really the point - jumping over buildings from a standing start and throwing lorries off bridges onto pedestrians is where the fun is, a city you can create amusing chaos in.
Prototype - You can run up the side of buildings like Billy Whizz. Terrible hackneyed plot but entertainingly OTT action, and you can jump off buildings and land on people's heads.
Red Dead Redemption - Grand Theft Cowboy. I know lots of people found it a bit long and dull, but I loved it, the hero is actually someone you root for rather than a swaggering prick (e.g. Gears of War, Saints Row) and the evocation of 1900's America is fantastic. Skinning animals and picking flowers got a bit boring, but hunting bears was wicked, as were all the side-missions for the agreeably strange cast of loonies.
Dead Space - This is basically 'Aliens - the game' and genuinely terrifying in an "Aargh! i've only got two bullets and there's something coming out of that vent and fuck me it's coming after meeeeee!" kind of way. Running around in a blind panic has never been so much fun.
The Orange Box - Half-Life 2 is still brilliant, and this also includes Portal 1.
From Dust - You'll have to download this from Xbox Live but it is stunningly beautiful and soothing to play. Fill rivers with sand or set fire to forests to allow your tribe of people to cross a continent. A modern 'god game', and my new favourite thing.

Get Bayonetta first, though.

Corpsey
19-02-2012, 03:19 PM
I've completed (the story of) Fable 2, it was hugely endearing but Skyrim really makes it look ''hugely endearing'' by comparison.

I definitely want The Orange Box. Used to love Half Life on the PC.

Since you mention Dead Space I'll recommend you a terrifying PC game called Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It's basically a FPS style puzzle game where you're trapped in a mansion, unarmed, with loads of horrible creatures that you can only run away/hide from. If you stay in the light, they can see you, if you go in the dark for too long you go insane. I keep trying to psyche myself up to play it cos I've only ever played the first ten or so minutes and almost lost control of my faculties.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ShOgCOLyVII/TStNzLNsHII/AAAAAAAAAHM/8K2IBW1r2GA/s1600/Amnesia-screenshot-1-590x368.jpg

slowtrain
20-02-2012, 04:47 AM
I've completed (the story of) Fable 2, it was hugely endearing but Skyrim really makes it look ''hugely endearing'' by comparison.

I definitely want The Orange Box. Used to love Half Life on the PC.

Since you mention Dead Space I'll recommend you a terrifying PC game called Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It's basically a FPS style puzzle game where you're trapped in a mansion, unarmed, with loads of horrible creatures that you can only run away/hide from. If you stay in the light, they can see you, if you go in the dark for too long you go insane. I keep trying to psyche myself up to play it cos I've only ever played the first ten or so minutes and almost lost control of my faculties.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ShOgCOLyVII/TStNzLNsHII/AAAAAAAAAHM/8K2IBW1r2GA/s1600/Amnesia-screenshot-1-590x368.jpg

Yeah, I've been playing this, its pretty badass aye.

I can only go for like 15 minutes before the shaking sets in and I have to quit.

Ulala
19-10-2013, 01:25 AM
Since I appear to be on Dissensus for the first time in months I might as well dredge up the video game thread before I have to get up early to talk to people in Hungary about .CSV files (no, really).

Good things I have enjoyed lately:

Metal Gear Rising: kinda Bayonetta again, very short and badly structured, but the parry mechanic is so intuitive and exciting and, well, badass that it transcends its other problems.

Tomb Raider (reboot): I never played the conical breasts PS1 Tomb Raiders to any great extent so have no beef with Terry Pratchett's daughter rewriting Lara's history. You don't get to raid many tombs but you can set fire to arrows and arch(?) them into the heads of bad men. I'm told it's a rip-off of Uncharted but I haven't played that either so this was quite fresh for me and the story is quite engaging for a videogame.

Animal Crossing New Leaf: my bag was stolen yesterday with my 3DS in it. I was upset, but mostly because my special animal friends were gone. A penguin wants me to deliver a t-shirt to a bear who will give me a xylophone for my trouble? I have to show a fossil to an owl in order to then sell it to an alpaca for cash to buy fortune cookies that give me furniture? An amnesiac seagull thinks I'm his mum? I am denied all these pleasures now. This is such a fun distraction - it's sort of like the Sims only Japanese and demented.

Frog Fractions (http://twinbeard.com/frog-fractions) - remember that your dragon can swim downwards.

I have also being buying copious PS2 games for £2 each but haven't plugged in my PS2 yet. The silliest is Pink Pong, which is a Japanese game, natch. The box says: "Ever secretly desired to challenge beautiful girls at ping pong? Then this might be the game for you!" Might? Like there are others?

Mr. Tea
20-10-2013, 05:36 PM
I was going to start a thread about a year ago when Black Mesa pt 1 came out (entirely fan-made remake of the original Half-Life using the Source engine to its full capabilities. Which a lot of people, justifiably, thought was just what Half-Life: Source had failed to do, being basically a straight port of the original game into the new engine without any new graphics or other features.

I took some screen shots at the time, which I might post later...it is breathtaking, seriously. Completely reinvents the original game. And they're making pt 2 which will extend the Xen levels into a whole new section, equal in playing time to the first part. Unfortunately I don't think they've set a date for its release yet.

Still no sign of H-L 2: ep 3, infuriatingly.