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Real Name James Allen   
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Nickname JaguarUSF
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Description Game Reviewer
Out of Eight PC Game Reviews
Homepage http://www.outofeight.info
Signed On Jun 3, 2006, 12:42
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User ID 24934
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: Game Reviews Jan 23, 2012, 10:32 JaguarUSF
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 23, 2012, 10:04:
Jaguar would you consider reviewing Star Trek: Online? It has recently gone F2P, so the price shouldnt be an issue. Only the time spent playing would be one I guess.

I don't really like reviewing RPGs and MMOs and games that are free (since you can download it for free), so three strikes
 
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3. Re: Game Reviews Jan 23, 2012, 09:32 JaguarUSF
 
Lokust wrote on Jan 23, 2012, 09:23:
out of eight seems like kind of a joke.

Thanks! I do try for a certain level of humor on the site.

Lokust wrote on Jan 23, 2012, 09:23:
No pictures at all in a review?
(a) faster loading (b) less work (c) you can find plenty of screenshots online

Lokust wrote on Jan 23, 2012, 09:23:
The sidebar that says what scores of 3/8 through 8/8 mean but no 1/8 or 2/8? Sounds like it should be out of six.

1s and 2s are reserved for a special level of hell that does not deserve mention on the precious sidebar, like this or this or this.

Prez wrote on Jan 22, 2012, 22:18:
Wow, a tank sim that I didn't know about? I've definitely lost a step. Anyway, now that I know about it, it's a definite buy. Too few of these around anymore by far.

As I mentioned in the review, it has potential if the interface was clearer and the AI was better. But people who need tank sims would find enjoyment, I would think.
 
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News Comments > Unstoppable Gorg This Week
5. Re: Unstoppable Gorg This Week Jan 16, 2012, 18:18 JaguarUSF
 
I've played the beta. Like the quote above says, it's different because you can rotate your towers in several levels around planets they orbit. The enemies then go between the orbits in several paths, so there is another layer of strategy of where to place your towers and where to rotate their fixed positions in orbit against specific foes. Other than that, it's pretty standard tower defense stuff, though I found the first couple of levels to be pretty challenging.  
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3. Re: Unstoppable Gorg This Week Jan 16, 2012, 17:30 JaguarUSF
 
Dev wrote on Jan 16, 2012, 13:38:
They still don't have a price set, so I still can't buy it on steam (depending on price of course)

$10.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
6. Re: Flatout 3 Jan 15, 2012, 09:00 JaguarUSF
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 14, 2012, 17:15:
Thanks Jaguar. Sounds like one to miss.

Yeah. It's not quite as bad a some review outlets would leave you to believe, but the AI and physics ruin the game.
 
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News Comments > Crusader Kings II "Greed" Trailer
1. Re: Crusader Kings II "Greed" Trailer Jan 11, 2012, 15:00 JaguarUSF
 
Good trailers.

Even better game.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2012, 20:11 JaguarUSF
 
Tebow time > Terrible Towel.  
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News Comments > Team 6 versus Eurogamer
48. Re: Team 6 versus Eurogamer Jan 7, 2012, 07:48 JaguarUSF
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jan 6, 2012, 23:13:
Reviewers shouldn't be sent copies of the game a month after it is released.

Correct. But when you can't afford to buy your own copies of games (there's no way in hell I would buy FlatOut 3 just for a review), you are at the mercy of the publisher.

A similar thing happened with Sword of the Stars 2: a buggy mess that was released at launch, the review codes send out a couple of patches later. It still stunk, as does this.
 
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News Comments > Team 6 versus Eurogamer
34. Re: Team 6 versus Eurogamer Jan 6, 2012, 20:21 JaguarUSF
 
I'm also reviewing this game, and it is pretty bad. Just watch this video I made of the woeful AI. That's all you need to know.  
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News Comments > True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed
33. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 15:17 JaguarUSF
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 5, 2012, 14:54:
Has anyone played UFO Afterlight?

My 5/8 review.
 
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News Comments > etc.
14. Re: 5 Video Games With the Worst Bugs of 2011 Dec 30, 2011, 20:58 JaguarUSF
 
Jonny wrote on Dec 30, 2011, 12:13:
Somebody has obviously never played Sword of the Stars 2.

Same thing I thought.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Dec 29, 2011, 16:50 JaguarUSF
 
That sounds about right. Steam Flag Day Sale?  
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Dec 28, 2011, 08:50 JaguarUSF
 
Overall, the "originality" meme that keeps popping up in game journalism is a bit of a red herring. There will never be another 100% original game made, just as there will never be a completely original song written. It's not that originality is dead; it's just that the limitaions of the art form and the human senses prevent further innovation, unless someone discovers another note in the octave or a 6th sense that everyone has access to. Someone looking for originality needs to look closer at the minutia and details.

I agree that people need to pay attention to the details when deciding whether or not a game is original. That said, some games are so blatantly unoriginal that it can be difficult to read between the lines. The Call of Duty games, for example. Or military shooters in general. When it comes to gameplay, there are definitely differences between Call of Duty and Battlefield, for example. However, it doesn't change the fact that the games have similar (or in many cases, exactly the same) weapons, enemies, settings, storylines, factions, themes, vehicles, etc. Part of the issue is that these games are inspired by reality and as such, draw from the same pool of reference. The other issue is that military shooters (CoD in particular) sell so well that most of them just stick to the same exact formula. There's a lot of unique gameplay that can be done in the military shooter genre, whether it be the open-world, simulation-based gameplay of the ArmA series or the potentially interesting moral choices of the upcoming SpecOps game. However, most publishers will just continue to copy CoD because it's a proven seller.

The market is dominated by first-person shooters and the first-person shooter market is dominated by CoD-alikes. If I see another completely linear, completely scripted, pseudo-realistic military shooter with regenerating health and completely linear and scripted sniping, rail and stealth segments, it'll be too soon. Unfortunately, we're guaranteed to see at least one more in 2012 and most likely again each year after that.

(see what I did there?)
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
6. Re: Game Reviews Dec 25, 2011, 19:39 JaguarUSF
 
Skyrim is too mainstream for me to get a free copy to review  
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News Comments > On Sale
14. Re: On Sale Dec 23, 2011, 23:27 JaguarUSF
 
Sweet Lord no.  
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News Comments > Indie Royale's Xmas Bundle
4. Re: Indie Royale's Xmas Bundle Dec 13, 2011, 06:02 JaguarUSF
 
Jerykk wrote on Dec 13, 2011, 03:44:
I believe D-Day got awful reviews.

Not all were awful.
 
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8. Re: Game Reviews Dec 5, 2011, 15:37 JaguarUSF
 
You don't have to worry about giving 10s when you score games out of eight!  
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News Comments > 1M CoD Elite Premium Subscribers
5. Re: 1M CoD Elite Premium Subscribers Nov 22, 2011, 12:16 JaguarUSF
 
Verno wrote on Nov 22, 2011, 12:08:
A fool and his money...

A teenager and his parents' money.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Nov 10, 2011, 12:21 JaguarUSF
 
I agree!

I think that Focus Home has no way of actually programming the game, just the ability to mod in maps and buildings. Which means all you're getting is maps and buildings, which could have been sold as $5 DLC instead of masquerading as a new game.
 
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News Comments > A Valley Without Wind Update
1. Re: A Valley Without Wind Update Nov 8, 2011, 10:53 JaguarUSF
 
This game is quite fun, even this early on.  
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