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Signed On Feb 8, 2000, 01:15
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News Comments > On Trine 3's Length and Future
17. Re: On Trine 3's Length and Future Aug 23, 2015, 08:06 Ray Marden
 
Meh.

I gave up on Trine 2 - I was having some issues with timing on a given puzzle and the mechanics of the level. At one point, one of the platforms bugged and got stuck in a position that made me unable to complete the level. Temporary glitch, no problem, I will just restart the level...and then I found out that the glitch was somehow carrying over into any restarted level as well as my save game. I literally could not play any further without starting over - I was done at that point.

Now, they've taken out a part of the prior games, they have an abrupt ending, and they went with an overly ambitious design - given my past history, I'll wait until it's discounted quite a bit before I try it.

Looking at some videos of the game, I think they just did too much. I like the idea of an open 3D world compared to the rigid 2.5D design from the earlier games, but I question how well it works, how fun it is. The Trine series is built around hampered, confined, selective gameplay mechanics; does this same gameplay or mechanics carry over to full 3D that well?
They went from A to B all the way to Z.
Off to finish Cradle,
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News Comments > Fallout 4: No Level Cap; Play Past the Ending
3. Re: Fallout 4: No Level Cap; Play Past the Ending Aug 6, 2015, 19:21 Ray Marden
 
I hope this is a great thing, but I'm somewhat skeptical and am thinking this may be more of a tedious thing.

I am nearly done with The Witcher 3 and, even though I think it set a new standard for the open world RPG, it could have ended 50 hours ago and I would have been just as happy.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is a joke in comparison.
Currently, F4 doesn't seem like it is really pushing any new boundaries (it really reminds me of F3) and I'm not sure I want 400 hours of anything, much less something that isn't outright amazing.

Waiting to see...,
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Jul 11, 2015, 17:04 Ray Marden
 
I just hope that, with all the money they are making from their digital ship collecting game, they can fund development of a spiritual successor to Wing Commander.
If only...
Wondering if the game I supported will ever be finished,
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
9. Re: Steam Top 10 May 24, 2015, 22:50 Ray Marden
 
Huzzah for TW3. I have some doubts about optimization and control, but it's a damn good game. More than that, it has really increased the bar for story and choice in a RPG.

I watched my wife play through Dragon Age: Inquisition and I found it really dull. I was turned off by it that I never played it myself and she ended up, at just over 100 hours, she was irritated with the game on multiple levels.

In contrast, TW3 is creating a much more realistic world, one full of gray decisions, and where decisions matter in a much more significant way. I'm only just beginning in the game, but if it keeps this up through the end, I think it's going to drastically change the genre.
After DA2 and DA:I, I feel like I'm over the series.
A bit of a fan of the game ,
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News Comments > The Talos Principle Serious DLC for Free
10. Re: The Talos Principle Serious DLC for Free Apr 5, 2015, 20:41 Ray Marden
 
I don't have a specific list - I have like 50 sites bookmarked and randomly visit them throughout the week. It's also becoming an indicator of how productive of a day it was, if I managed to listing to a number of casts because I was able to work on projects most of the day or if a 1-2 hour podcast lasted through the day because I was in various meetings.

I've listened to Dan Carlin before as well as Gamers with Jobs, I'll hit up the NPR stream for news, Nerdist is awash with a wide range of material, Pointless is interesting, Smodcast at times, Maron, all the normal game casts (Giant Bomb, Kinda Funny Games, Gametrailers, IGN, 5by5, etc.,) and then all the people going solo on YouTube (Sterling, Matt Chat, Angry Joe, Total Biscuit, Marcus Beer, etc.)

There's other entertainment industry or comedy podcasts as well, but you get the idea. Outside of being stuck in meeting hell, there is more than enough content out there to speed the work day along.

Noting there are other branches like Ted Talks or Talks at Google, too,
Ray It's definitely quantity over quality at the moment.
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Internet Speed Testing
6. Re: GOG.com Internet Speed Testing Apr 4, 2015, 21:52 Ray Marden
 
I tried running the test, but it hung on the second batch - they never started.

I'll admit it; I got lazy and moved on.

Sitting on a 190 Mbps connection and loving it,
Ray All the places with bottlenecks stand out. Quite painfully so.
 
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News Comments > The Talos Principle Serious DLC for Free
7. Re: The Talos Principle Serious DLC for Free Apr 4, 2015, 21:47 Ray Marden
 
I've been lurking the site, but I rarely post. Toss in eleven hour work days and some health issues with my wife, I'm finding very little time to comment on anything.
And stupidly only getting paid for eight of those hours...
Going off on the usual tangent, I've fallen in love with listening to podcasts while working. There is a chunk of news and some broad entertainment podcasts, the but the vast bulk of what I listen to is gaming/industry podcasts. Gaming was always my true passion, but I now know more than I have at any time...but it just further negates my wish to comment on things when any given item has been discussed twenty times over.

Wah wah - problems of the first world.

Playing indies, but wondering where the next big, defining game is,
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News Comments > The Talos Principle Serious DLC for Free
1. Re: The Talos Principle Serious DLC for Free Apr 4, 2015, 14:04 Ray Marden
 
The most fun game I played last year? With ironic voiceover by Serious Sam? YES PLEASE!

A bit letdown with Axiom Verge after Ori and the Blind Forest,
Ray Good game, but feeling slightly lacking.
 
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News Comments > Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna DLC This Spring
1. Re: Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna DLC This Spring Mar 24, 2015, 20:49 Ray Marden
 
This may actually be the most fun I had gaming in 2014. I'll gladly pay to play a bit more of it.
The spiritual Portal 3.
Watching the Bloodborne updated crawl along,
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News Comments > Legend of Grimrock for OS X
2. Re: Legend of Grimrock for OS X Mar 18, 2015, 21:45 Ray Marden
 
On a semi-related note, be sure to pick up the game(s) via the sale at GOG for the next three-ish days...

Having just purchased LoG2,
Ray Turn, swipe, move, turn, swipe, turn, swipe, move...
 
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News Comments > Cancelled Legacy of Kain Sequel Footage
4. Re: Cancelled Legacy of Kain Sequel Footage Feb 23, 2015, 20:38 Ray Marden
 
Unfortunate. This canceled game looks more interesting than a number of other games that have been released in the past year.

Then again, it's Square Enix so we should expect as much...

Guessing there is always the Darksiders series,
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News Comments > Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth to Add 100-200 Hours of Gameplay
6. Re: Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth to Add 100-200 Hours of Gameplay Feb 17, 2015, 15:25 Ray Marden
 
I actually think the core game is lacking in fun due to the complete randomness of items and the often restrictive room layout.

It wasn't until I unlocked the Azazel character, one that can fly around the room, that I started having any real fun with the game. Since then, the game has paid for itself many, many, many times over.

Otherwise, there's an funny, yet immature, crudeness to the game, it's randomly generated, there are a lot of items/endings/characters to unlock, each room is going to be a new challenge and experience, it's really easy to pick up and play or continue on an earlier game, and it's one of those games where, if you get hurt or die, you accept and realize it's nearly entirely your own fault.
I mean, any game where you go into your mother's uterus...
Loving Binding of Isaac; unable to appreciate Don't Starve at all,
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News Comments > Peter Molyneux's Vows of Silence
38. Re: Peter Molyneux's Vows of Silence Feb 14, 2015, 08:07 Ray Marden
 
Reading the interview, though he repeatedly denies it, it's obvious that he does constantly lie - to himself. Beyond that, the sad history of overpromising, letdowns, double-speak, forgetfulness, and excuses paint their own picture.

I understand he is frustrated with the industry and he blames the "gaming press" for his current situation, but seems to have gone down a hole that lacks any significant self-awareness or accountability. If not for giving him a pass for once being the Molyneux of the 80s and 90s, in many ways, he treats the gamming community with the same abuse, neglect, and contempt that many publishers do.

I hope he can do some self-analysis, find out what he wants to do and can actually accomplish something creative and positive in the current funding environment. He is currently lost and overwhelmed and appears to be on an unhealthy, unsustainable trajectory.

Thinking he has a reputation, but a damned and worsening one,
Ray It's a chain of letdowns from 2000 and beyond.
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Season Pass Details
10. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Season Pass Details Aug 18, 2014, 17:53 Ray Marden
 
To heck with these. I'm not sure if I even care about this game yet and trying to sell me on a season pass beforehand speaks to a certain lack of respect the developers and publishers have for gamers.

It speaks to where the focus is of the developers/publishers - on squeezing out every nickel and dime from the players and not on making a new, unique, or fantastic gaming experience.

Sell me on the quality of your game, not how I will be screwed less by locking in my DLC mega pack today. With that mentality, I may as well wait for the $20-$30 GotY Steam sale.
"Let's just get them to buy it now. Maybe we'll patch it later."
Willing to pay for quality and depth,
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News Comments > John Romero's New Shooter Plans
19. Re: John Romero's New Shooter Plans Aug 11, 2014, 19:41 Ray Marden
 
Eh, if he can make something that isn't a military scripted movie or a shooter that is fun to play, I'm in.

Romero was involved with my favorite id games and, when talking about the days with Daikatana, he has been fairly honest about his shortcomings.
But keep on playing CoD and Halo while I sleep...
Curious to see what he has to offer,
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News Comments > Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin
10. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 17:44 Ray Marden
 
Great game, when it came out.

Hobbes: BFF for life (and death!)
Luke Skywalker is coming to pew pew pew you!
Wishing somebody would remake the series with a modest budget,
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News Comments > Next DOOM Details Next Year
27. Re: Next DOOM Details Next Year Jul 20, 2014, 06:49 Ray Marden
 
I hate to say it, but I'm certainly intrigued by D4 at the moment. The attendees at QuakeCon tend to act like religious zealots, but a number of the press members that were there also came away with positive impressions of what they saw.

It sounds like it's going back to being a faster-paced game, it's bringing out the classic monsters and weapons, embraces gore and demonic imagery, is giving the player a number of movement/control options, and going back to the older gameplay style (no regenerating health, access to all the weapons, etc.) In a lot of ways, at least initially, this sounds like it could be a sequel to Doom and Doom 2.

We absolutely need to see the video that was shown along with the general gameplay, but other than maintaining the art style from D3, I really like what I've read. I'm hardly a fan of id, but I am certainly intrigued by Doom 4.
Here is to hoping that removing the cancer of Carmack makes a good game.
Still wanting a sequel to the original Quake,
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online on Steam
11. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online on Steam Jul 17, 2014, 18:49 Ray Marden
 
It's okay, but nothing special. It's Skyrim lite with online chat. There are a number of contrasting design elements, inconsistent design issues, and a developer that is asleep at the wheel. Their idea of content is playing PVP endlessly or literally playing the game three times over - you complete one faction's story and then it casts a spell on you so you can play the other two factions' stories, just with a lot more grinding and less character leveling.
The game died in month one with buggy quests, spam, and bots.
Wait for free to play.

Surprised by how single-player focused this "MMORPG" is until the end-game,
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News Comments > CliffyB Announces F2P PC Shooter Blue Streak
9. Re: CliffyB Announces F2P PC Shooter Blue Streak Jul 8, 2014, 17:57 Ray Marden
 
Ehhh...why all the hype for yet another F2P title? A strange turn from the guy that brought the industry all things overly beefy and hunkering behind walls.
Can I just pay somebody $60.00 for a good, deep game?
Really hoping this is more than F2P trash,
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News Comments > Underworld Ascension Announced
12. Re: Underworld Ascension Announced Jul 1, 2014, 13:11 Ray Marden
 
Yes, please. Where do I hand my money over?

This and Doom really got my excited for PC gaming, back in they day, and this is one of my most beloved franchises. If they can make a good follow up, I am absolutely about this.

Wanting my System Shock sequel afterward ,
Ray Ownership rights be damned, I can always dream...
 
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