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News Comments > Thief Previews; Videos
24. Re: Thief Previews; Videos Jan 26, 2014, 07:37 Ray Marden
 
Jerykk,

Eurogamer is not the only outlet to talk about noteworthy shortcomings or outright negative things about this game. Rev 3 Games, Weekend Confirmed, Giant Bombcast, IGN podcasts, EpicBattleAxe, etc.

Prior to making my earlier post, I did watch the Eurogamer video and it seemed to confirm the items I was concerned with or letdown by. However, I just watched the Games.on.net video and it brings up some shortcomings of the game as well - Erin being the first contender for the most irritating character of the year (again, the removal of Russell was unwarranted given the poor end quality of the abundant, gameplay-stopping cinematics,) the restriction on jumping and climbable surfaces giving them the impression of a more jigsaw-like game than an open-world game, the game being ugly in quite a few areas, particularly the non-PC platforms, and noting the removal of the XP and quicktime systems (overall improvements, but raising many concerns about the original design intent and the impact that intent will have on the final product.)

As ever, you fall back on challenge. In that regards, you hopefully concede that you are different than many gamers...or let me say that I approach games from a different perspective. Time and time and time again, I have seen you comment on the challenge of a game above all else. Absolutely, I believe it can help shape one's impression of a game (too easy, too hard, can make actions boring, can build a sense of accomplishments, creates a challenge, etc.,) but I often view it as just one piece of the puzzle along with sound design, level design, gameplay mechanics, puzzles, exploration, story, new experience factor, improvement upon prior iterations, etc.

Look, I bough the game yesterday from GMG for $31.50. It's sufficiently Thief-like for my preferences, stealth games are few and far between, this is one of only two games releasing in February I have any interest in, the price was right for all these things, the more recent previews have spoken to a higher level of design quality than earlier previews, etc. But I'll be damned if I cannot already see a number of things that I would love to change or am immediately concerned about.

I think, or at least hope, that's the big difference here. I now effectively own the game, but I want it to be better and think it could have done a lot more given the pedigree of the series and the improvements in both design and technology over the past decade. You and others seem to like this a lot more than others. That's honestly great. However, a seeming belief that the game is amazing or good enough and there shouldn't be any other comments about shortcomings or aspirations for a greater game is something I find particularly saddening. In my book, being blind to shortcomings or halting acknowledgment of them is a race to mediocrity.
Personal preference =/= quality =/= purchase.
Able to like flawed games; able to critique amazing games,
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News Comments > Thief Previews; Videos
16. Re: Thief Previews; Videos Jan 25, 2014, 10:16 Ray Marden
 
It looks like the game is going to be a bit average - not a great action game, not a great stealth game, and neither honoring nor learning from its predecessors.

This is better than I expected, given the garbage they were trying to sell us on (prior to trying to roll a lot of it back at the last moment,) but it's not what I was hoping for. Small, linear, missing atmosphere, limited exploration, minimalizing the punishment for being caught, making the search for loot mundane, scaling back the mystical elements, the jarring swoop for numerous actions, abundant cinematics of lackluster impact(meaning removing Russell was unwarranted,) a design focused around making core gameplay easier, light story, etc.

From where they started, this better than I expected, but it's certainly not what I wanted. I am skeptical this will appeal to the masses they were lusting after and it's certainly not what I would look for in a sequel to the first two Thief games. The one improvement I've consistently heard is that the levels are more detailed, but it's been over a decade and is easily offset by the small levels and mundane mixture of gameplay elements - the "magic" seems to be missing.

Didn't we already go through this phase with Deadly Shadows? A decade later, this is where we are at? And the troubled design process didn't result in these failings or at least shortcomings?

Worried this will be small, short, and boring,
Ray With no other games in February, I guess I can pay $31.50.
 
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News Comments > Thief System Requirements
38. Re: Thief System Requirements Jan 19, 2014, 06:50 Ray Marden
 
As a true fan of the two Thief games, this game seems to make a number of questionable, it not outright insulting, decisions.

At this point, I don't know what to make of this game. The first presentations were really atrocious (stereotypical new developer coming in to rework a classis series it doesn't understand, trying to maximize the general appeal,) but some of the more recent previews/podcasts have talked about this possibly being a good game, if they can tweak a number of mechanics. I've heard or read just as many good things as bad things, though.
The game is a month away and the industry doesn't know what it is.
Currently, for myself, the most appealing item of this game is that it comes out in February and that we are in the gaming drought of the next-gen launch cycle. Beyond that, I have to wait for good reviews before I will consider buying this game (no $31 GMG purchase for me.) Otherwise, my concern is that this will be Deadly Shadows: 2014 and is going to make some really stupid changes to the Thief world.

Worried that some have no comprehension of why people loved Thief,
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News Comments > Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES
3. Re: Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES Jan 6, 2014, 12:38 Ray Marden
 
Er...what?

If it was a layman, I would tell them to go buy a PS4. If somebody was serious about building and maintaining a PC, I would handpick components and discuss overclocking.
Heck, even for all the functionality a normal PC would have.
Maybe there is this really big group of slightly timid, but slightly interested PC gamers in the making that just need to have a prebuilt box, but I'm not otherwise sure who this is aimed at. The OS hasn't managed to double gaming performance, right?

Expecting these to die off,
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Jan 4, 2014, 16:19 Ray Marden
 
SHUT YOUR MOUTH!

I mean, that game was only $5...
And Humble Bundles are totally for charity...uh...yeah...
Wondering why Steam is telling me I already own that game ,
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News Comments > On Sale
43. Re: On Sale Dec 30, 2013, 06:13 Ray Marden
 
There is a cloning mechanic, but otherwise it goes in a different direction than P.B. Winterbottom. Everything is controlled in real time, no recording, with an emphasis on timing, location, and environmental factors.

I never played PBW, but it seemed to be based more around set game pieces (platformer screens) whereas The Swapper is built around working through the setting you find yourself in.

Thinking any puzzle game fan should give it a whirl,
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News Comments > On Sale
19. Re: On Sale Dec 29, 2013, 18:56 Ray Marden
 
The Swapper is a great game - it's definitely one of the ten best games I played in 2013.

It's got a unique visual style, it has a single mechanic that will dumbfound you at times, and it has a short, but noteworthy ending. I had avoided it for some time, thinking it was another game that heavily relied on its graphics and being an indie, but I picked it up for $5.00 on Steam and played it from start to finish in one day (a little over 5 hours.)

If you hate platformers/puzzlers, this likely won't sell you on the genre, but it's a damn fine game.
Who are you?
Currently chopping my way through Rogue Legacy,
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online in April
63. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online in April Dec 11, 2013, 17:57 Ray Marden
 
There is either an amazing game hidden in the later levels or this is going to make an extremely quick turn to F2P, just after it mines what it can from the day-one purchasers.

It felt like it was missing content and I was a bit bored. The engine was there, but the content was missing - the quests were pointless and there wasn't much in the way of exploration. Even worse, it seemed to be unaware that it was MMORPG; basic grouping functionality (map markers, quest sharing, being on the same shard, etc.) was really rough. The obsession with a minimal UI just forced what would be mouse-clickable options in any other game into something that is hidden under a menu or two.

I'm certainly intrigued by the possibility of this, but it seems like a really scaled down version of Skyrim, but with a monthly subscription.

We'll probably pick this up to try something new to play together, but I was surprised at how little gameplay I experienced, how nothing stood out as new or unique. I'm really thinking this is a 1-3 month game and then waiting for free to play.
Nearly every component was behind some market competitor.
Surprised they let the real, rough animations into the trailer video,
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News Comments > On Sale
10. Re: On Sale Dec 2, 2013, 20:52 Ray Marden
 
Shadow Warrior for $9.99. SOLD!
Who wants some Wang?
Having purchased most of my games this past week outside of Steam,
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News Comments > On Sale
41. Re: On Sale Nov 28, 2013, 20:26 Ray Marden
 
If the $20 BF4 promo ended, your next bet is Lamestop and/or Amazon. Lamestop will be selling BF4 for $25.00 tomorrow, but I don't recall if it was the PC Master Race version as well.

Otherwise, Amazon's Lightning Deal on BF4 is starting in ~45 minutes (6:10PM PST, 9:10PM EST) and it should be going up for $25.00.

Also, for all the new PS4 owners, the $30.00 PS+ deals are going live tomorrow.
Even I will pay $2.50/month (average) for free games.
Skipping the BF4 deal for now,
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News Comments > On Sale
36. Re: On Sale Nov 28, 2013, 19:20 Ray Marden
 
Saints Row IV is $20.00 on Amazon as well.
Risen sucks. That studio needs to die.
Wanting to buy...everything ,
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Nov 28, 2013, 13:45 Ray Marden
 
It takes a few extra steps, but you can get Battlefielf 4 for $20.00 now.
Sooooooooooooooo many indie games to buy.
Not sure I will get that,
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News Comments > Steam Autumn Sale
20. Re: Steam Autumn Sale Nov 27, 2013, 16:33 Ray Marden
 
Amazon is definitely going to be doing some noteworthy sales over the next week.
AC3 is good, if you like the series, but most of GF was lacking.
I already picked up two games and I regret looking at my wish list; all but two games have received discounts, most of them at 50% or larger.

Going to be horribly broke soon,
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 MMO Migration Campaign
29. Re: Guild Wars 2 MMO Migration Campaign Nov 27, 2013, 13:23 Ray Marden
 
ESO is like a less robust version of Skryim that you play online. The problem is that I am pretty sure that I just played that game and it didn't need a subscription. What is its draw and appeal? I couldn't tell you at this point.

As for GW2, I enjoy the game overall, but I only play intermittently because it seems to fall into the traps of grinding out pointless crap or the same instances over and over. At this point, I just casually play with my wife now and then to level characters or explore the world, but it's really tedious - repetitive design, way too many mobs given how few players are in the area, waypoints that are constantly contested by mobs, etc. We recently played two characters that were nearly max level and we just trudged our way through three sh*tty areas with the same stupid zombie mobs and with few other players in the area. It's one of those games where I keep on thinking that, if it was half as long, I would actually enjoy it more and not find it such a chore.

On the micro-transaction front, we are definitely not the intended market. I might pay a buck or two, no more than $5.00, for some silly item, but a generic outfit that costs $10.00 or more? Buying keys to chests that routinely have substandard items? Paying $10+ for perishable items? Charging a premium for items, but then having a limited stock of them and rarely releasing new ones?

I'm already a bit bored with the game; I'm not going to spend $50+ for the same items I had no interest in a year ago. By doing this, they just reinforce the forming of negative opinions towards the game.
Give me something new and interesting.
Probably averaging around 45 minutes of play time through the week,
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News Comments > On Sale
5. Re: On Sale Nov 26, 2013, 16:18 Ray Marden
 
I just picked up Dark Souls from the $6.00 Amazon sale. What are the suggested community patches other than the resolution fix?
No idea what I did with the link somebody posted fairly recently...
Going to die...a lot...repeatedly...with much frustration ,
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News Comments > Double Fine Regains Rights; Will Re-release Games
9. Re: Double Fine Regains Rights; Will Re-release Games Nov 26, 2013, 16:07 Ray Marden
 
It's always good news when the original developer can get access to publishing rights.

In the meantime, I hope they will go back and update these releases as well. I played Costume Quest on the PC (part of some package I bought at one of the discount places,) but I could not run it full screen due to an incompatibility with either CF or Windows 8. I played it for a bit in Windowed mode, but ended up giving up on it.
Bring forth the Windows 8 haters. I demand it!
Driving the waaahhhhmbulance,
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News Comments > Amazon Sales All Week
21. Re: Amazon Sales All Week Nov 25, 2013, 22:06 Ray Marden
 
Lamestop already updated its advertisement to list BF4 at $25. Given that Amazon typically matches the other retailers, this wouldn't be much of a leap (the current Amazon leak of $30 matches the original Lamestop rate.)
Looks like I will be getting Saits Row IV for $15, too.
Unable to put Super Mario 3D World down ,
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 25, 2013, 18:39 Ray Marden
 
We had a pathetic and surreal moment yesterday - my wife was playing AC:BF on the PS4 and I was playing Super Mario 3D World on the (shut up ) Wii U gamepad.
I got the Zelda bundle. My first two and last two games???
I actually like the Vita hardware, but never found myself playing games outside of our apartment. However, a remote play PS4 screen seems far more interesting, especially considering the upcoming Black Friday sales...

Thinking there is no greater joy than a cat suit and tanooki suit backup ,
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
57. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 24, 2013, 14:04 Ray Marden
 
Sorry to hear this, Stephen. We all lost a friend and a Blue's mascot.

I do not have anything insightful at the moment - I watched Hudson come into your life, create a lifetime of memories, and now leave us on this sad day.

Try to remember the good times and smile at the funny ones.
R.I.P.
Expecting her to be flying around somewhere out there,
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News Comments > John Carmack Leaves id Software
54. Re: John Carmack Leaves id Software Nov 23, 2013, 05:52 Ray Marden
 
How long until id closes, especially if its games continue along the current trajectory?

Some of id's early games, running on Carmack's engines, were trendsetters and certainly left me with some wonderful memories. I was a gamer from age of four or so, but the first time I saw Doom running in its gothic 2.5D glory, it was a life-changing event. Commander Keen, Hovertank 3D, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Doom II, Quake, the accelerated graphics of Quake 2, and Quake III Arena - I have fond memories of these games, not to mention the gaming joy third parties brought (Raven, Ritual, Rogue, Splash Damage, Valve, etc.)

As for Carmack, I hope he is able to improve the Oculus Rift and bring it to market with game developer support and a widely appealing combination of price and functionality. Looking back at his history, especially his more recent games, I question if he understands gameplay any has any real passion for the act of gaming. Rage sacrificed everything for 60FPS and shoving a mediocre game engine down our throats. Even on the tech side, his embracing of 1080p is profoundly disheartening. Otherwise, let him go tinker on stuff and let other people design great gaming experiences for old and new gamers alike.

Still waiting on my Quake sequel ,
Ray Piss off, you stupid space marine...
 
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