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  • impynickers 8:26 am on January 9, 2012 Permalink
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    @shingro Fascinating…. my mind feels expanded. This can only be a good thing.
    If your taste for the alternative game experiences isn’t satiated after Katawa Shoujo, look up an unsettling “game” called ‘Hatoful boyfriend’.
    It is a game about a human girl who decides to go to a high school for birds, St. PigeoNation’s Institute. There, she dates pigeons. Yeah.

    Now I would like to finally take some time to toss some memorable video games into the funeral pyre of 2011, and explain what essence of them lives on in me as a humble scribe of 2012. Bare with my belated reaction.

    I willfully discard whatever inner hipster resides in me, as I just passed 95 hours in the popular Skyrim game.
    The fact startles me for a number of reasons. First, that I am still regularly discovering new things.
    Also, that the majority of these new things are given the same level of polish as pretty much everything else, which is to say = shiny. I had been waiting for the game to get boring so I can just finish the main quest and leave the game behind me. In the process I have just given up and become invested in my wandering adventurers throughout the many communities of Skyrim.
    Everywhere I become known as ‘that guy’ that did ‘this’, or ‘that’. It is truly remarkable when you see it, the world here contains a mighty mighty canvas of mythology in which you can paint your own tales of victory. And it will vary. This is the true delivery on the promise of 2 friends talking about the same game, but having completely unique stories.These stories will include encounters with characters, towering monsters, magic, and dark deeds… but they will be yours to tell.
    I am pleased as punch. Great game.

    The battle for praise, if there must be one, is the cage match between Skyrim and The Witcher 2.
    I loved the Witcher 2 a ton. Its deliciousness made me accusingly stare in the recent directions of Bioware, as their offerings appear in places only partially cooked in comparison. It was also an incredible leap from Witcher 1, which had the taste down but lost a lot of points in the course texture.
    Geralt as a lead character just carries an incredible variety of flavours. Enough room for player choice, but with a distinct personality that keeps you coming back. The dialogue as a whole just feels so natural, even when you are forced to make hard contrasting decisions.. its always as if that is what Geralt would have done. I dug everything in the game, even the unbalanced combat. I was fine with all of it. I am just so glad a game as smart as this can exist. However it took a game like Skyrim to take things beyond my reasonable expectations, and truly give me a ride to remember. Skyrim to me was a more addicting and impactful experience, even though I think the overall writing and nuance of Witcher 2 was handled leagues above.

    Trench coat. Check. Augmented sunglasses. Check. Deus Ex- Human Revolution had style and substance, it was certainly a living manifestation of my cyberpunk fantasies. The game seemed to do everything right for me, with the exception of the enemy A.I which seems to have barely evolved from the original game released in 2000. I did find the art style was unique enough to make up for many of the technical shortcomings of the game engine, and all the details of the story and environment felt a part of larger cohesive subtext. I love stealth games, I love RPG’s. This game was clearly made for people like me. I loved the original game, which was a magnum opus for its time. Human Revolution is precisely what a modern version of that game ought to look and play like, with all the modern gameplay strengths and pitfalls. At the end of the day this game filled a missing piece of my soul with delicious story and badassedness.

    Notable Underdogs:

    No other game I have played this year has attracted classic couch co-op like Little Big Planet 2.
    It one ups its predecessor by opening pandora’s box, allowing the community to create basically whatever they want… and its great. The base game mechanics can feel a little loose sometimes, and it certainly doesn’t typically involve a lot of depth, but it actually keeps me coming back every month or two to check out what is new. I would claim that this game is the PS3’s answer to the 360’s indie games lineup.

    Equally intimidating and rewarding, Red Orchestra 2 has given me some of my favourite moments this year. This selection is from the heart, because I know this online shooter could easily get beat up by the bigger games of its genre. For most people I would point to Battlefield 3 as this games superior in a large number of important areas, but for the exceptional few I will reveal that RO2 is the choice with more depth.
    The game strikes a balance between shooter and simulation, and this runs the risk of pleasing neither crowd.
    I found it to be just accessible enough not to alienate me, which kept me interested in mastering the myriad nuances of the games mechanics that lay hidden behind a modern shooter exterior. Once you learn the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of Stalingrad the old habits acquired from other shooters start being transformed or abolished.
    Clever use of movement, equipment and cover systems ensure that you and your enemy are capable of moving without being exposed. You will die really easily. Sometimes it isn’t fair. More than about racking up a kill score this game is about survival, battlefield awareness, and eventually getting the drop on your enemy. You will sometimes die regardless of how good you are. Tanks, Artillary Shells and Machine Gun emplacements can all show up where you don’t expect them and ruin your day. There is also someone more weathered or sneakier than you that can get the drop on you in almost any conceivable situation.
    Other games have this kind of hectic atmosphere, but never has it been so deadly and so reliant on cover.
    The game doesn’t let you shrug off standing near an explosion, or taking a bullet to the leg. You need to act appropriately. That is its appeal, is its unforgiving and visceral war time experience that other games refuse to give you because it is too ‘hardcore’ an experience for most people. I loved the adrenaline rushes, and the moments of sheer panic when allies are dying on mass around you. It is an experience I haven’t found anywhere else.

  • impynickers 2:45 am on June 3, 2011 Permalink
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    Dungeon Keeper, Ultima Underworld, and Wing commander: Privateer being released simultaneously on GOG pierces me with a lance made of nostalgia. 2011 certainly is a year where the titan-like video marketing machine has me and my ilk squarely targeted with pinpoint precision.
    The one thing I fear in this world? Being crushed to death by a horde of things I love.

    This month at retail my eyes are fixed on Alice: Madness Returns. It looks like a breath of fresh air.
    Duke Nukem Forever is coming from the wrong place at the wrong time for me, not that I don’t think there would be a context where I would pick it up … at least out of nostalgia. Probably not at full price.
    Infamous 2 looks fun, but ultimately its a franchise I could have waited another year for. Loved the first one, but I am going to wait.

    Playstation Store’s relaunch has uncovered some gems that caught my eye. Pixel Junk Shooter 2. Love the first one, and its something I can see myself co-oping all weekend. Parasite Eve, a game that I always meant to try but did not.

    Aside from it all, the Witcher 2 still has me enthralled.Though I am fighting the temptation to play the leaked Deus Ex Human Revolution Preview build. I know it will be better if I wait, regardless of my justification.

  • RedSwirl 1:53 am on December 20, 2010 Permalink
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    @feenwager Yeah I’mpretty much done with 2010 gaming at this point. Bring on 2011. Just handling the leftover scraps like BioShock 2, Amnesia, and 3D Dot Game Heroes at this point.

    For some reason, the one point at which I KNOW the new year has started is when I buy a new game and see “copyright 2011” on the title screen. What’s the first game you plan to see that on? For me that might not be until February actaully.

  • impynickers 5:12 am on December 14, 2010 Permalink
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    Too many fucking games coming out. It can be list tiem? Yeah its list tiem

    Here is a rant about the games I am prepared to buy with no questions asked,
    old man style, coming from a young man:

    Deus Ex HR-
    I am an unsatisfied gamer. I have waited patiently for a game to take the formula laid down by the original Deus Ex to the next level. We are in an incredible hardware generation capable of impossible things, yet I feel that often gameplay still lags behind 2001’s Deus Ex. Now, I know that Human Revolution will not be that game. It may well end up being streamlined, but so long as it strikes at the heart and assumes I am halfway intelligent enough to figure things out on my own, God help me, I will cry tears of joy. I was raised on computer games that gave me something to think about, not a god damn pacifier. I am starved.
    Besides, the trailers themselves made me gush in a way I haven’t felt since my teenage fanboy years. Its got all the makings of a great cyberpunk adventure, if only they can deliver.

    Mas Effect 3-
    Bioware gets me. I just finished watching the Empire Strikes Back. I love that movie. I look at my collection of Star Wars games and give it a resounding … MEH. Yeah, some were good for their time. Very few really give me the feeling of adventure and epicness from the movies. I look over at Mass Effect 2. I realize its the closest experience I can compare. Perhaps even more so than with KOTOR, which was spectacular but lacked the cinematic epicness in Mass Effect. Let us rejoice. This is the kind of experience I crave.
    I may live to regret it, but I put my complete trust in Bioware. Im even giving Dragon Age 2 a free pass, despite all the humdrum media I have seen …. I know that Bioware will make a game I like, even if its not what I would ask them for.

    Little Big Planet 2-
    I still play Little Big Planet. I hop on, filter the highest rated new levels, grab 3 friends online or off and make a night of it. I have been consistently surprised with the creativity of the LBP community in creating entertaining fresh and interesting levels. Argue as you will about the finer mechanics of the game, its got value. On top of that … messing around with the level creator with friends can yield some very interesting results. Rarely productive in creating levels, but always entertaining.
    On that note LBP2 just seems to take things to a whole new level. You can re-create most game genre’s, and even record your own dialogue. What’s not to love?

    Portal 2-
    I have mentioned before I like games that treat you as though you have a brain. Portal is a smart game, without being dauntingly complex. It also has charm. Which I also like.
    They wouldn’t have to do much to please me with Portal 2, but knowing Valve they won’t settle for a cookie cutter solution. I know they will deliver something good I can depend on.

  • unmanneddrone 3:00 am on December 14, 2010 Permalink
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    If I may, here’s my shortlist of things I’m really keen on in the coming year. No repeats from the big list.

    Kingdom Under Fire 2 – Simply because it looks utterly off-the-charts epic. I suppose one of the few games that deserve that suggestive descriptor slapped upon it. A mash-up of RTS command and action-RPG control, hundreds of well-defined enemies, huge titans stomping about the battlefield, over a hundred different types of support troop regiments for players to command, a deep RPG stat system with 8-player army combat zones and persistent world where provinces are won and lost depending on the outcome of location-specific clashes. It also looks gorgeous, so lock it in. Forgive the embedding, but it’s worth a look at what a little South Korean studio have put together. Bear in mind – this is all in-game.

    Section 8: Prejudice – Was super-thrilled at this one getting a sequel. Nobody really gave a damn about the original, and understandably when it featured rather generic sci-fi trappings as well as dropped – pun intended – around ODST on the XBox and the Reach beta on PS3. But if you peeled back the skin of a somewhat by-the-numbers space marine aesthetic, you would find a curiously unique experience; a team-based combat game with an economy system fuelled by dynamic and player-driven combat feats/missions. The ability to launch events somewhere on the map as a way to either spark your point pool or to cause the opposing team to split up to battle said event was awesome. Not to mention spawning at 3000ft to dive into the combat zone, dodging anti-aircraft flak in order to DFA onto some poor bastard’s head. The sequel looks like it’ll fix a lot of the niggles of the first game and beef up the weapons slightly. Add in different ammunition types, a co-op horde mode and an effort to give the game more personality…I’m there. For the slim chance of any other fellows interested, here’s a video – http://bit.ly/hDjyXZ

    Cities In Motion – An updated and UI-streamlined mix of Transport Tycoon and Traffic Giant. Most excited that it seems more Traffic Giant than anything else. A poignant public transport simulator, far from the boring spreadsheet celebration it appears to be. Managing timetables with commuter numbers, peak hour traffic, sporting and festival events, maintenance, socio-economic groups and employment sectors/zoning…should be like pulling teeth, but it’s a fascinating microcosm of something we all take for granted. Or not, if @beige’s woes of the new Toronto honcho are to be believed. http://bit.ly/fIGvz9

    Revolution Software’s new game, allegedly releasing Q3, 2011 – They’ve got three in the works, and not all are adventure games. Either, as much as I respect the Jensen/Sierra and LucasArts, nothing beats ol’ Revolution for me. Broken Sword 2 is about to drop onto iOS devices, and while it wasn’t quite as good as the first, it’s a cut above most. There are whispers of a new Beneath A Steel Sky game…wouldn’t THAT be awesome!?

    Warsoup – Who knows when that’ll drop, but if it releases next year, I’m in.

    Moonbase Eridani – A sequel to Light of Altair, with less puzzle-y base-building components and more in the way of Outpost 2: Divided Destiny. Hoping for hard sci-fi, but will settle for light-hearted offworld hijinx. http://bit.ly/ich76v

    Star Prospector – A lonely job in the distant future. A single-player RTS/RPG in the vein of Sam Rockwell/Moon meets strange hostile universe. You operate out of a single all-purpose mining walker that can be upgraded and refined, building wells and ore extractors, build defences and generally just try to get by. A great little indie production out of British Columbia, so Commonwealth represent. http://bit.ly/dWN8Me

    Atomic Zombie Smasher – From the Flotilla fellow, and while I harbour no love for zombies nor the frankly tired things we read into their popularity within pop culture, the tagline made me smile. “The only thing preventing the zombie apocalypse is 90 million tonnes of nuclear warheads. And you.” None of this shotgun-and-friends nonsense. Take Hicks’ advice and utilise this pulp post-Macarthy 60s tech orbital atomics. It’s the only way to be sure. http://bit.ly/gWEFzu

    There’s a shortlist. Games that didn’t make it onto the list are lost due to the early onset of some crippling brain degeneration.

  • RocGaude 12:58 am on December 14, 2010 Permalink
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    Like @beige said, I forgot some:

    Ghost Trick – Fresh and funky. Japan as I like it best.
    Catherine – Ditto…plus, it’s from the Persona 3 & 4 team. My heart goes a pitter patter.
    Child of Eden – I’ll invest in this whole “movement”…uh, movement for this one.

  • mjpilon 9:58 pm on December 13, 2010 Permalink
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    Guess I might as well join in the fun:

    Killzone 3 – Depends on how my playthrough of the second one goes. So far about an hour in, not looking very good.

    Uncharted 3 – Most definitely. Day one if I can afford it

    Resistance 3 – Need to try the first two before I pass judgment

    LittlebigPlanet 2 – Not a chance and it kinda breaks my heart. Fix the jump mechanics, then get back to me.

    Marvel Vs Capcom 3 – No. I learned my lesson buying SFIV and then returning it less than one week later.

    LA Noire – Very interested. Will definitely try to get this on day one.

    Batman: Arkham City – Hell yeah….

    Homefront – Not interested…

    Twisted Metal – Will most certainly rent it – if just because of my nostalgia for the series from playing them on my buddy’s PS1

    inFamous 2 – Depends if I get to inFamous 1 first…

    Deux Ex – Maybe. Haven’t played the original yet…. although I do have it on Steam

    Bulletstorm – Not interested…

    Portal 2 – YES!!!

    Dragon Age 2 – Not my thing. Pass

    Mass Effect 3 – Could not get it Mass Effect 1. Haven’t tried Mass Effect 2 yet. Most likely no

    Assassin’s Creed 3 – Oh Yeah…

    Gears Of War 3 – Will definitely rent it for the single player. Unlikely to buy it though

    Dead Space 2 – Not interested..

    Duke Nukem Forever – Maybe 10 years ago. Not now.

    Zelda – I am a complete sucker for Nintendo’s big IPs, so Yes.

    Diablo 3 – Maybe. If only because I finally have a computer that can actually played games now…

    Rage – Not interested

    Pokemon – Last one I finished was Yellow. I have bought one for each handheld since but always returned them… This is the first one where I learn my lesson…NO

    The Last Guardian Colosso Ico-pack. – Never played Colosso or Ico, so YES just on that basis..

  • ckim 7:43 pm on December 13, 2010 Permalink
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    Ohhh… I’ll participate in the 2011 salivation-a-thon we seem to be having. I am now all moved in on the other coast and ready to get back up to date with Squad happenings. I am also only listing games that I could conceivably play, since I don’t have a PS3. Although, that might change since The Last Guardian is going to be hot.

    Batman Arkham City – I didn’t finish Arkham Asylum, even though I liked it, but this one looks awesome. I’m pretty sure I will grab it if people I trust like it.

    Gears of War 3 – No. I get why people like them, but they’re way too difficult for me even on the easiest difficulty.

    Dead Space 2 – I seriously don’t understand the massive hard-on for Dead Space. The first one seemed like an uninspired third person System Shock to me.

    Deus Ex – It better fucking be good…

    Dragon Age 2 – I didn’t play the first one, but I intend to. So I’m sure I’ll get around to this one as well eventually.

    Mortal Kombat 9 – Fuck yes.

    Marvel vs Capcom 3 – Absolutely. Let’s hope it’s not as broken as MvC2.

    Mass Effect 3 – Almost definitely. I go back and forth on wanting to burn down Bioware and wanting to work for them, but Mass Effect 2 was pretty solid all around.

    Portal 2 – As long as this is released for the same price as the original Portal I’m there. However, if they try to package this with stuff I don’t care about I will be maaaaaad.

    Zelda Skyward Sword – Sadly, Zelda has never done it for me.

    Bulletstorm – I am totally in favor of Cliffy B getting disappeared by junta executioners.

    Duke Nukem Forever – Nope.

    L.A. Noire – As long as Rockstar can actually keep this game noir and not have it devolve in to dick and fart jokes, this is a no-brainer for me.

    Beyond Good & Evil HD – I WILL BUY THIS IN TRIPLICATE.

    Crysis 2 – It definitely looks more interesting than the first, but it’s still an FPS. I’m torn.

    The Witcher 2 – Yes, but I need to beat the first one still.

    Okamiden – Yes.

    Child of Eden – Yes. I may even spring for Kinect for this. (And Kinectimals.)

  • cptcarnage 5:50 pm on December 13, 2010 Permalink
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    Here’s my 2011, list

    Assassin’s Creed 3 – Most likely, I’ve always had a thing for games that make good use of Parkor

    Deus Ex – Not sure, I have never played the original and it sits forlornly on my pile of shame

    Diablo 3 – Well I have Diablo 2, but have never gone into it in any depth. This is on my maybe pile

    Dragon Age 2 – Still working on 1 and I am having mixed feelings about it. Chalk it up to maybe.

    Duke Nukem Forever – Couldn’t care less, ship has sailed

    Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Oblivion turned me off to the series, to plodding and overly complex

    Gears of War 3 – I have GoW 1, didnt strike me as that groundbreaking.

    Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection – Uh can I get a HELL YEAH!

    inFamous 2 – Def. Buy, I liked the first one enough to collect all the shards on the first 2 islands though the story didnt hold my interest any farther. What can I say I’m a sucker for parkor.

    Journey – Love the style of this and being a PSN title it will be reasonably priced.

    Killzone 3 – Never liked the series,

    L.A. Noire – Really peaked my interest, this looks like it will be a good game. Day one for me

    LittleBigPlanet 2 – Who can resist a burlap doll w/that smile 😉

    Mass Effect 3 – Uh yes please. Have to finish 2 first though….

    Okamiden – I’ll keep an eye on this one, if the buzz is sound I’ll partake.

    Portal 2 – Day one buy, Valve goodness

    The Last Guardian – Do you even need to ask?

    The Witcher 2 – Still haven’t got the chance to download the first one 17GB is huge when you have a 60gb/month cap. So I’ll hold off for the reviews.

    Uncharted 3 – SOLD

    Zelda Skyward Sword – Wavering on this, critical response will be key.

    On the indy front there’s one that has caught my attention. Has anyone tried the beta for “Tiny and Big in Grandpa’s Leftovers”? The game shows promise and it plays well.


  • RocGaude 10:53 pm on December 12, 2010 Permalink
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    Welcome @jt_bombtrak and @Rogue Cheddar. Good to see some new posters.

    As for the 2011 list, I’ll just be lazy and post what I plan on playing and why:

    Killzone 3 – The second one fell victim to my burnout on shooters. Since I passed on COD: BLOPS and grazed on Reach this year, I should be ready to give this one a fair shake…as long as they don’t rely too heavily on the 3D thing.

    Uncharted 3 – The sour taste of Hollywood’s treatment of the property should have subsided by November.

    LA Noire – Ooooh yeah. @beige and I will be drooling all the way through it.

    Batman: Arkham City – Asylum was QUALITY squared and Rocksteady is still behind the wheel.

    Deus Ex – Hopeful.

    Bulletstorm – Depends on how this gets executed. If it turns out to be the NBA Street of the FPS genre, I’m in.

    Portal 2 – Day one.

    Dragon Age 2 – Ditto.

    Mass Effect 3 – Ditto ditto.

    Assassin’s Creed 3 – Ditto ditto ditto.

    Gears Of War 3 – My son’s frothing at the mouth for this. I’ll play through the single player, for sure.

    Diablo 3 – Depends on how many of you will be playing and if my iMac can run it smoothly

    Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – It can be built from the same busted-ass engine as the last one and I’d play it. Bethesda makes good on the RPG stuffs.

  • RedSwirl 9:26 pm on December 12, 2010 Permalink
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    Okay fine, full list. You may notice a major difference with my list in that I have a GameFly account:

    Batman Arkham City – Rent. I honestly thought Asylum was overrated. A very good Batman game and probably one of the best comic book games in a long-ass time, but still not the best shit ever. Not even the best game of that year.

    LittleBigPlanet 2 – Uhhhh… The first game really is something to behold, but this definitely isn’t a priority for me. Too bad, I feel like the whole franchise just isn’t being given the space it deserves.

    Gears of War 3 – Yeah probably. Only rented the first two games and played them for the first time this year. I have yet to even touch Gears multiplayer in any form, so I’ll be waiting for four-player co-op.

    Resistance 3 – Never had even the slightest interest in this franchise. Pass.

    Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection – Hell yeah.

    Killzone 3 – Rent. Last game looked pretty, the franchise has always had appealing art design, and believe it or not Killzone multiplayer has never been any slouch.

    Dead Space 2 – Rent. I don’t know why, but the first game fell totally flat on me, even though it made all the right moves in terms of immersion and plot mechanics.

    Deus Ex – Need to start the original.

    inFamous 2 – Rent. Rented the first one, really liked it while I was playing, but was done with it after the credits rolled.

    Dragon Age 2 – Still need to start the first one.

    Mortal Kombat 9 – You goddamn right. Haters gonna hate.

    Marvel vs Capcom 3 – Mmmmhmm. Why do I have to buy only one fighting game this year?

    Pokemon Black – Depends on whether or not I think I’m done with Soul Silver. Still suspicious about all the major changes.

    Mass Effect 3 – Sheeeit.

    The Last Guardian – You know it.

    Portal 2 – Of course.

    Zelda Skyward Sword – I still love Zelda, I will still love this game.

    X-Men Arcade – I missed it the first time around, so yeah.

    Star Wars The Old Republic – No MMOs for me.

    Bulletstorm – Rent. Point-based gore mechanic looks like it could be fun.

    Duke Nukem Forever – Recently revisiting 3D has made me interested enough to rent.

    L.A. Noire – Keeping my eye on it since Red Dead.

    Beyond Good & Evil HD – Ehhhh. Still can’t figure out why I’m so “eh” when it comes to the original release.

    SOCOM 4 – Don’t know. Been waiting for a chance to jump into SOCOM but not a priority.

    Uncharted 3 – Dude.

    Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D – Sure. Should be fun, looks really imrpessive.

    Ghost Recon Future Soldier – No not really. This is no longer a tactical shooter. Four-player co-op might be interesting though.

    Rage – I have no idea why people are excited about this game.

    Crysis 2 – Upgrading my system for it.

    Homefront – No interest.

    The Witcher 2 – the second reason I’m upgrading my system.

    Okamiden – Yes.

    Yakuza 4 – Oh yeah.

    MGS Snake Eater 3D – Definitely.

    Child of Eden – Yes. With a controller.

    Journey – Probably yeah.

    Mega Man Legends 3 – Been waiting for years.

    Tactics Ogre – Yeah probably.

    Ghost Trick – Ehhhhh Reviews.

    Lost in Shadow – Interested. Maybe rent.

  • Rogue Cheddar 8:14 pm on December 12, 2010 Permalink
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    And Grubbs, I know you probably weren’t looking for 1300 words, so I’ll sum it up: Oblivion is uninspired, generic and broken, while Morrowind is imaginative, inviting and intelligent. That’s the facts.

    Also, I want to play the 2011 game too! What fun:

    Killzone 3 – Maybe if I ever finish Killzone 2. Fun, and gorgeous, but a little too clunky.

    Uncharted 3 – Almost definitely. As silly as I find these games, the previous two have been just a blast.

    Resistance 3 – Like Killzone, maybe if I ever finish the second one. I’m starting to realize that the PS3 controller’s boneheaded triggers and thumbsticks have actually stopped me from enjoying tons of good games.

    LittlebigPlanet 2 – Maybe when the price drops. I just get frustrated at my own inability to create anything other than an air of cynicism when I play LBP, though I love the concept and aesthetic.

    Marvel Vs Capcom 3 – NO FIGHTING GAMES, HATE

    LA Noire – Only if it blows people’s minds.

    Batman: Arkham City – Almost definitely, when the price drops.

    Homefront – So sick of modern shooters, war shooters, or whatever this is. No and no.

    Twisted Metal – Enjoyed the original back in the day, but will def pass on this.

    inFamous 2 – I preferred Prototype, so almost definitely no.

    Deux Ex – Will wait for reviews.

    Bulletstorm – I’ll probably get it from Gamefly, bro aesthetic is off-putting until you realize that it’s also pretty awesome.

    Portal 2 – Absolutely, top of the list.

    Dragon Age 2 – Another top of the list.

    Mass Effect 3 – I just finished Mass Effect 2 a couple months ago, so I’ll probably wait on this until the price drops.

    Assassin’s Creed 3 – Again, wait until the price drops, possibly play Brotherhood first.

    Dynasty Warriors 7 – What? freaking hell no

    Gears Of War 3 – Maybe if I ever finish #2.

    Dead Space 2 – YES YES YES YES YES YES YES yes.

    Duke Nukem Forever – Could not possibly care less about this

    Zelda – Will wait for reviews, though probably won’t trust them anyway.

    Lost In Shadow – Maybe?

    Diablo 3 – Not a chance, unless it goes on sale on steam for like 10 dollars.

    Rage – Almost definitely.

    Pokemon – Probably.

    Brink – Might be worth a rental, need to hear more about campaign first.

    Mortal Kombat 9 – FIGHTING GAMES GO AWAY no

    Frozen Synapse – never heard of it.

    Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed – RACING GAMES ARE ALMOST AS BAD AS FIGHTING GAMES

    Someone needs to mention Slambolt Scrappers – it might be really fun, I’ll probably wait for the reviews on that too, though.

    Too many games, and I’ll be overseas with no consoles at all for the first four months of the year. Sigh.

  • unmanneddrone 1:19 pm on December 12, 2010 Permalink
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    I’ll play.

    Killzone 3 – Kind of curious at the Squad’s immediate repulsion of the Killzone franchise, whilst Call of Duty gets a free pass. I love the Killzone universe on an artistic and narrative level, with its forlorn and justified palette and terrific grounded science-fiction designs. I loved the original, spent innumerable Friday nights with friends playing Killzone: Liberation multiplayer on PSP and had my first experience of next-gen graphics via Killzone 2. If anything, outside of the Rico character, there’s nothing particularly Dudebro about Killzone. It’s got that dark undertow of Euro design – and considering the WWII aesthetic that only Europe would know so deeply, I’m looking forward to a heavy experience.

    Uncharted 3 – It’s a sure thing, so consider me interested. I don’t think I’m as attached to the characters as some of the squad, but it’ll be nice to see them getting blown around in the desert.

    Resistance 3 – Should be interesting, as I enjoyed the first Resistance, had an interesting up-and-down time with the second.

    LittlebigPlanet 2 – I didn’t hate the original, but the jumping was the only thing that kept me from really enjoying it. I think I mirror a lot of folks’ views when they say they appreciate the concept more than they enjoy actually playing the game. Depending on what else is on offer in the sequel, we’ll see.

    Marvel Vs Capcom 3 – Fighting games in 2011 only come under one name. Mortal Kombat 9.

    LA Noire – Hopefully it’s as awesome as I think we’re all hoping it to be.

    Batman: Arkham City – Not for me, although I loved Rocksteady’s Urban Chaos game on PS2. Riot shields should be mandatory for most games, including the ability to belt enemies and see their gore on the perspex.

    Homefront – Quite interested in this one. But we’ve discussed this at length.

    Twisted Metal – If it’s a shade on the old games, then it’s a possibility.

    inFamous 2 – Sadly, the original bored the pants off me for some reason. Even more sad is that I’m a massive Sly Cooper fan.

    Deux Ex – Without a doubt. Looks awesome.

    Bulletstorm – Probably not, but I appreciated Painkiller so let’s hope this does well.

    Portal 2 – Not really on my radar for some reason.

    Dragon Age 2 – Much like the fighting game choice, my Dragon Age 2 will come in the form of Two Worlds 2.

    Mass Effect 3 – Not really hanging out for it. Something about Bioware, possibly…

    Assassin’s Creed 3 – Not immediately. It better be a big departure from No. 2.

    Dynasty Warriors 7 – Could be good, if given the right treatment. Really enjoyed Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce and Warriors Orochi on PSP.

    Gears Of War 3 – Even if I had a 360, not likely. The art design is sadly the deciding factor, and while it sits upon a solid shooter frame, Gears is a little too uninspired for my liking.

    Dead Space 2 – Not until I play the first one, but it’s nice to have a fresh and non-tank survival horror/action game on the shelf for the pundits.

    Duke Nukem Forever – I might play via Youtube. Not really interested.

    Zelda – No.

    Lost In Shadow – I dunno. Platformers are all very well and good, but I’m pretty choosey. Isn’t Trine 2 coming out next year?

    Diablo 3 – Nah, not really for me.

    Rage – No doubt will be awesome.

    Pokemon – No.

    Some new ones for consideration:

    Brink – Hell yes. If they get this SMART movement system thing right, all other multiplayer will feel tepid in the movement department. Killer art design and heaps of customisation require big thumbs up.

    Mortal Kombat 9 – Pretty keen for this one. In fact, insanely keen. I’ve always had a love for the uncomplicated gratuity of the series, plus the character designs are wonderful. It looks fluid and there’s something exciting about such a reboot.

    Frozen Synapse – I know at least two of us (@angryjedi and myself) will be there day one, simply by having the beta copies. But it should be awesome.

    Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed – I really liked Shift, and it certainly had the best cockpit view of any game – including GT5. If the claims that Shift 2 is a more rollicking and crash-centric game, then I’m interested.

    Dungeon Defenders – Delayed on all platforms bar iOS devices until the new year, but should be great fun!

    Fate of the World – Indie card game based around climate change? Sounds niche enough!

    @bowlisimo – Let’s put together an indie list. I’ll dig up some more names when I head back to mine and have the luxury of a normal goddamn keyboard. Goddamn apostrophe being a SHIFT+7. Hideous.

  • bowlisimo 2:51 am on December 12, 2010 Permalink
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    @angryjedi Mark Laidlaw not liking part of what I enjoyed about the first Dragon Age has me kind of soured on the sequel. I’m sure it’ll still be good, it’s Bioware, but god damn it.

  • Pete Davison 12:52 am on December 12, 2010 Permalink
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    Killzone 3 – NO EFFIN WAY
    Uncharted 3 – YES
    Resistance 3 – NO EFFIN BEJEFFIN WAY
    Littlebigplanet 2 – Yeah! If only to annoy @feenwager.
    Marvel Vs Capcom 3 – Mildly curious, but not a huge fan of fighting games any more.
    LA Noire – Yep.
    Batman: Arkham City – Haven’t played Arkham Asylum yet, so no interest until I’ve played that, probably.
    Homefront – Hm. Nah.
    Twisted Metal – Nope.
    inFamous 2 – Maybe. Probably not.
    Deus Ex – YES
    Bulletstorm – Not until it’s cheap.
    Portal 2- YES
    Dragon Age 2 – A THOUSAND TIMES YES
    Assassin’s Creed 3 – Once I’ve finished the first three.
    Dynasty Warriors 7 – I haven’t played a Dynasty Warriors game for ages. Used to love ’em, especially in co-op.
    Gears Of War 3 – Fuck That Noise.
    Dead Space 2 – Very interested after playing a bit at Eurogamer. Should probably play the first one.
    Duke Nukem Forever – Cautiously optimistic.
    Zelda – Hmm… Not sure. Haven’t beaten a Zelda since Majora’s Mask.
    Lost In Shadow – I keep getting this muddled up with weird demo thing Linger in Shadows on PSN.
    Diablo 3 – If I have a machine that can run it, I’ll be all over it.
    Rage – Meh
    Pokemon – Haven’t played Pokemon since the original Gold. Don’t really intend to start.

  • bowlisimo 3:25 pm on December 11, 2010 Permalink
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    What about 2011 indie games? Anyone have their finger on the pulse of the indie (or indie plus, as the squadcast put it) scene? Monaco, Frozen Synapse, Bastion, Fez, Natural Selection 2, Subversion? I usually don’t know about them until they’re right on top of me.

    As for 2011, Deus Ex, Mass Effect, The Witcher, and Portal are a lock, anything else is negotiable, if it even gets ported.

  • RedSwirl 6:31 am on December 11, 2010 Permalink
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    And the 3DS? I can’t look up the whole release list but I can say that Capcom alone has guaranteed my eventual purchase of the system sometime in 2011.

  • feenwager 6:00 am on December 11, 2010 Permalink
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    Ok, I’ll play.

    Killzone 3 – Nope. Don’t care.
    Uncharted 3 – Duh.
    Resistance 3 – I’m willing to give Insomniac a mulligan and pick this up.
    Littlebig…c’mon who are we kidding here? F that noise.
    Marvel Vs Capcom 3 – Don’t care.
    LA Noire – Sure. Why not?
    Batman: Arkham City – Day one.
    Homefront – I’ll wait for reviews.
    Twisted Metal – nah
    inFamous 2 – Probably, unless the consensus is that it’s poo.
    Deux Ex – See inFamous 2
    Bulletstorm – Seems destined for my Amazon wish list.
    Portal 2- Duh.
    Dragon Age 2 – Double Duh.
    Mass Effect 3 – You get the idea
    Assassin’s Creed 3 – is this even a thing? If so, than of course.
    Dynasty Warriors 7 – Umm..no.
    Gears Of War 3 – Fuckin’ A Right
    Dead Space 2 – Indeed
    Duke Nukem Forever – Fool me once…
    Zelda – Unless Nintendo makes it for the Xbox, then nope.
    Lost In Shadow – You guys tell me when it comes out, k?
    Diablo 3 – When it hits consoles, so approximately the 18th of never.
    Rage – Maybe
    Pokemon – I’d rather stay off any watch lists, thank you.

    One you missed: Ratchet & Clank All 4 One – if you gotta ask…

    If all of these games actually come out next year, 2011 is looking pretty damn sweet.

  • RedSwirl 12:13 am on December 11, 2010 Permalink
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    @JeffGrubb STILL not ready to make 2011 plans yet. I have barely scratched the surface of Red Dead Redemption and Fallout New Vegas as it is.

    I have a vague idea of what I’m going to be doing in January and February:

    Dead Space 2 – Will rent after replaying the first one on PC.
    Dragon Age II – It comes out in February?! Holy crap I still need to start the first one.
    Deus Ex Human Revolution – Same.
    Portal 2 – Of course.
    Marvel vs Capcom 3 – Yeah I guess.

    That’s all I’m even aware of right now. I’ll get back to you around new years.

  • Jeff Grubb 8:52 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: 2011   

    OK, 2011…

    Killzone 3 – Feh
    Uncharted 3 – Yay!
    Resistance 3 – Feh
    Little Big Planet 2 -Feh
    Marvel V Capcom 3 – Yay!
    L.A. Noire – Really intrigued.
    Batman: Arkham City – I loved the first one
    Homefront – I’m curious.
    Twisted Metal – feh
    inFamous 2 – feh
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution – I don’t know. There is a reason that this type of Sci-fi doesn’t get made anymore.
    Bulletstorm – If this were $20 bucks I think I’d be interested.
    Portal 2 – Of course.
    Dragon Age 2 – bout to finally play the first.
    Mass Effect 3 – Same here.
    Assassin’s Creed 3 – just bought Brotherhood, but this will really depend on the reviews.
    DYNASTY WARRIORS 7!!!! – …
    Gears of War 3 – feh
    Dead Space 2 – Yay!
    Duke Nukem Forever – who the fuck knows.
    Zelda – if it comes out, then I will play it.
    Lost in Shadow – I’m curious.
    Diablo III (yeah right) – 2012
    Rage – 2012
    Pokemon Black and White Editions – depends on my mood when they are released.

    What did I miss? If you want, do the same.

    If we want to jump right into a conversation about this, I would like to say that the Wii, DS, and PSP look absolutely barren.

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