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Nickname Ray Marden
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Description Would you kindly?

You do not have to agree with me; I empower you to be wrong. :

Steam: Ray_Marden
Homepage http://www.bluesnews.com/
Signed On Feb 8, 2000, 01:15
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Mar 1, 2013, 21:39 Ray Marden
 
So...his belief is that less informed people don't know any better and should be treated accordingly? Publishers can shove the same, generic, broadly-appealing, barely improved item and get enough people to buy it? That people wanting significantly more and wanting to push boundaries should just bow down to the marketing or payola reviews? That making money justifies most/any actions? That you can only make the choice of not spending your money on a game or industry instead of trying to audibly point out its shortcomings?

I don't embrace mediocrity. Even the best of games I can identify the weak points or offer up suggestions. And yet I buy them, I have fun with them, I compare their cost to personal entertainment ratio, and I look for improvements . For the blatantly inferior products, I will do my best to call them out on their weaknesses or promote better alternatives to less informed gamers.
Is he a gamer or just a caricature?
Wondering if Cliffy even has passion for playing or creating games,
Ray
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 Details, Including Save Imports
11. Re: The Witcher 3 Details, Including Save Imports Feb 28, 2013, 22:24 Ray Marden
 
I am skeptically interested. I like the idea of this character going open world a la Skyrim, but I don't see them pulling them off, I don't see there being a large enough base for it.

I generally liked the second game, but it had some rough edges that make me hesitant to recommend it to the average gamer.
Can Cliffy B. sell out more? Really? Loving EA and microtransactions?
Awaiting yet another wonky combat system,
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News Comments > DARK Gameplay Trailer
15. Re: DARK Gameplay Trailer Feb 28, 2013, 19:43 Ray Marden
 
Uhh...yeah...I can skip this one. It looked uninteresting the first time they showed it, but I was hoping it was just some alpha roughness.

Good for them in making a new game, but who is this aimed at? Do Twilight fans want a stealth game? Do stealth gamers think the only thing holding them back is some tween exposure?
It just seems a bit generic in every regard.
Off to put on the nanosuit,
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News Comments > Crysis 3 Patch
12. Re: Crysis 3 Patch Feb 28, 2013, 19:30 Ray Marden
 
It takes an absurd level of hardware, but the game is damn beautiful with all settings maxed. It really does look just like the screenshots - it immediately made all other games look simple and cheap.

Overall, I would give it an 8/10. The game itself is probably just too easy and inconsistent. I see the potential for this to be an amazing game, but some of the quirks make me give it a lower rating.

I already saw a few comments about it being too easy so I went in on a higher difficulty, but I never felt challenged or threatened. The bow in particular is rather ridiculous - it becomes a one-hit-kill rocket launcher that doesn't even break stealth! The aliens weapons are absurdly fun and absurdly powerful. I really like the ability to customize your suit (upgrade all components of the suit, though you can only have a finite amount active,) but they gave out too many upgrade modules; I am on the last level and have all but one upgrade unlocked. Even then, it just makes you that more overwhelming, whether you play the stealth game or go in guns blazing.

I chose the former and, hunting for all the upgrade modules and intelligence pieces, my session is going to clock in around 10 hours. If you go straight shooter, you can easily cut that time in half.

Otherwise, the mixture of components felt slightly off. It was too easy to pick enemies off one by one, levels felt slightly more confined or at least sparsely populated in certain areas, enemies spawn at blatant script points (which you then just flag and mark through walls with your super goggles ,) I though it was weird to transition from the alien-heavy ending of the second game back to fighting humans and ending up fighting aliens again at the end, etc.

I do like the game, but I just wish it did a little more. It's good, but not great. I got the game for "free" with the purchase of my video cards, but it would probably be better priced around $40-$50. Also, realize that this is still a Crysis game, nanosuit and all - I love that, but others may hate it.
Crysis was a better overall experience.
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Having fun, but left wishing there was more,
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News Comments > Legend of Grimrock 2 Announced
23. Re: Legend of Grimrock 2 Announced Feb 21, 2013, 17:51 Ray Marden
 
I really enjoyed the nostalgia factor, but some parts of the game reminded me of why this style of game died off. I am definitely interested in a sequel, but only if they really flesh out the gameplay or present a new, rich experience.

More than anything, I wish the would take on some of the other styles of classic RPGs.
Give me a new Ultima Underworld game, damn it!
Curious to see what they put out,
Ray
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
22. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 20, 2013, 20:56 Ray Marden
 
Eh...distinct lack of specifics, price, release date, and games.

Social stuff I don't really care about (hence my playing games at the moment,) yet another bad Sony UI, controller features that seem too basic and limited to be that useful, Kinect for PS4, stalking through your Playstation 4, etc.

Eh, more of the same, but prettier. I saw nothing exciting today, but at least they are simplifying their architecture, trying to copy Nintendo's tablet, and tossing in Microsoft's Kinect.
Crysis 3 looks damned good on Very High. The bow is cheap, though.
Chuckling at Failablo 3 being considered a big item,
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Crysis 3; Review Roundup
2. Re: Ships Ahoy - Crysis 3; Review Roundup Feb 19, 2013, 20:06 Ray Marden
 
Once I got past the fact that Crysis was not Far Cry, at least not once after that damned alien ship and turning the world to snow in the first game, I was able to enjoy this series a bit more.

I really enjoyed the second game - I loved that it varies from pure action to stealth gameplay - and I really hope this one is even better.
Thanks, Amazon, for sending me the promo code late at night. QQ.
Wondering how long the game is; hoping the 5 hour reports are inaccurate,
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News Comments > Gone Gold - BioShock Infinite
3. Re: Gone Gold - BioShock Infinite Feb 19, 2013, 20:02 Ray Marden
 
This game cannot possibly get here soon enough! It looks like an improvement over Bioshock and they keep hinting at doing something really special.

Please be good great!
Did I mention I get this and C3 "free" for buying a 7950???
Downloading Crysis 3 on Origin at the moment,
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News Comments > Star Trek: The Video Game Trailer
49. Re: Star Trek: The Video Game Trailer Feb 17, 2013, 16:34 Ray Marden
 
The game looks like a crude movie tie-in game designed to be little more than a cash grab. I hope I am wrong, but I did not see any deep component to the game and it reminds me a lot of other tie-ins.

As for the new Star Trek, it is a good popcorn flick, but I think it is probably is a poor Star Trek film. It focuses on action and style, it feels like a generic science-fiction film wearing Star Trek clothing, it certainly does not respect the core ideas of Star Trek/Rodenberry, has a few absurd or illogical moments, etc. More than these items, they neither continued the Star Trek world nor refreshed it - they just tossed out yet another time traveling story, changed one point, and then basically agreed to retell the existing stories, but with minor tweaks.

It is a fun, stupid action film, but I really have no idea what it has to do with Star Trek or what it added to the overall story/series.
DS9 is the best in the series. Hands down.
Trying out Crossfire for the first time,
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News Comments > Crysis 3 Preorders Soar
2. Re: Crysis 3 Preorders Soar Feb 15, 2013, 22:25 Ray Marden
 
Sounds like somebody needs to upgrade - get a 7950 and get this along with Bioshock Infinite for free!
Thinking of it as a $180 GPU upgrade. That you don't need. :o
Having done just that,
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 14, 2013, 13:34 Ray Marden
 
He does nail all the main points, though. The game looks nice and they tried something slightly different with the hero, but...it takes way too long to get going, it clubs you over the head with explanations, it has drastic pacing issues, the combat mechanics don't work well together, you have a battle every ten seconds or so, and then it turns into a Pokemon game.

If you love JRPGS, this is your game. Otherwise, I feel the gameplay pales in comparison to the world - I might even wish that it was an action RPG of some sort.
It taunts you with its potential.
Liking it in small spurts,
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Aliens: Colonial Marines
103. Re: Ships Ahoy - Aliens: Colonial Marines Feb 12, 2013, 18:14 Ray Marden
 
Well damn, this game really sucks.

I know it had a long, troubled development - I wasn't expecting amazing graphics or cutting edge gameplay, but I was hoping it might be a decent nostalgia shooter.
Somebody really needs to do this franchise justice.
Wondering what Gearbox was doing at the end there,
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News Comments > Wildman Kickstarter Cancelled
13. Re: Wildman Kickstarter Cancelled Feb 11, 2013, 19:22 Ray Marden
 
It is too bad this did not work out, though...maybe he stumbled into another good opportunity? Or at least an opportunity without too many strings attached?

I initially wrote off Wildman, I just labeled it a dumb action game, but then I watched the long interview on MC182 and I gave it another glance. From the passion Taylor had and this being a type of game I wouldn't normally consider, I figured I could part with a few dollars.
KnC after all?
Waiting for additional information,
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 11, 2013, 18:16 Ray Marden
 
Well, the market is stagnating - my current system is basically two years old and I have no reason to upgrade because everything is held back by the consoles. I am actually looking at getting a new GPU soon, but that is because I work out deals with other people that need to upgrade their systems (I get something shiny and my old card gets passed down.)

Having said that, my card is only a year old (due to an identical situation as that listed above) and the lack of drastic performance improvements are disheartening.

Meanwhile, ATI AMD does seem like the more immature of the two manufacturers. Though it generally comes out ahead on overall performance, it needs a few driver releases to get there, I managed to get my first Windows 8 errors with the newest beta drivers, the physics-acceleration game is being won by NVidia, and they have only recently begun to acknowledge the micro-stuttering issues, much less trying to fix them. ATI AMD just rolled out a new GPU promotion for its 78xx and 79xx series, but the Crossfire promotion is only currently being honored by two or three system builders.

I generally like the cards, but I wish it would address some of these ongoing issues.
And $1,000.00 cards? No thank you.
Totally suffering from first world problems ,
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News Comments > New Wolfenstein Game?
34. Re: New Wolfenstein Game? Feb 10, 2013, 11:02 Ray Marden
 
The last Wolfenstein game felt like another adequate, but generic release from Raven. In some ways, it almost felt like they pushed out a quickie Wolfenstein game with the Singularity engine while they finished working on the latter.

Honestly, I wish somebody would either make something akin to the old 2.5D game - quick, nonsensical, over the top - or take the game in some genre-bending direction. Just another dude shooting nazis isn't going to do much for me.
If you think the last Wolfenseins great, please play more games.
Having been there and done that,
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News Comments > Brutal Legend Steam DB Entry Spotted
8. Re: Brutal Legend Steam DB Entry Spotted Feb 2, 2013, 20:33 Ray Marden
 
They better be targeting a budget price; the console version routinely sales for $5-$10.

As for the game, I liked the world, but then it was an average action game and a really awkward RTS game, neither of which blended well with one another. I always had the impression they didn't know what to do with it or somebody else was pulling the design/gameplay strings.
Completely underutilized world and too much tedium.
Waiting for a $5.00 sale,
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signups
9. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signups Jan 22, 2013, 15:02 Ray Marden
 
It's a free beta of a series I enjoy playing, the most recent of which was my most played game of 2012. If nothing else, I'll apply and see if I can get in.

Thus far, I haven't been blown away, but I don't hate the game either. I am curious to see what their take is on a MMORPG.
But feel free to hate away.
Hoping they can do something different,
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News Comments > Flashback HD Remake Planned?
13. Re: Flashback HD Remake Planned? Jan 22, 2013, 06:52 Ray Marden
 
It's too bad the art style is so much more modern, but as long as it has a fair price and is true to the original, I would gladly buy this.

Meanwhile, this moves us one step closer to a Fade to Black remake.

Waiting on remakes of Crusader or the LBA games,
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News Comments > Atari U.S. Files for Bankruptcy
16. Re: Atari U.S. Files for Bankruptcy Jan 21, 2013, 17:35 Ray Marden
 
Atari is dead. Has been for awhile.

Some zombie company - another zombie company - took its name and tried to make money. Who cares if that is bankrupt now?
ZZZ...zzz...ZZZ...zzzzzzz...
Noting this is not remotely the company I grew up with,
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 17, 2013, 18:35 Ray Marden
 
He's a bit over the top which really hurts his case.

It all comes down to the same ideas - nobody with Windows 7 needs to upgrade. I have Windows 8 and I have no reason to revert back to Windows 7 - it has some improvements and a wonky Bing start screen (Metro.)

As for design, though, the Metro "core" of Windows 8 really is a mess. The fact that I primarily spend ally time in the Windows 7 app proves that. That fact that I cannot even run my system through the Metro screen (no task manager, no control panel, no explorer, etc.) means it is, at best, an incomplete idea.
It really does tell you only "Click in the corner to begin..." and nothing else."
Wishing they would announce the new GPUs already ,
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