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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Transistor
14. Re: Ships Ahoy - Transistor May 21, 2014, 06:24 Ray Marden
 
Yes please!

I really liked Bastion, I'm intrigued by the design and gameplay of this game, it's only $20-$30, and the reviews are generally positive (~90%.)
Hard to justify $60 for Wolfenstein as yet another generic shooter.
Buying this and Mario Kart; not sure how Watch Dogs will turn out,
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News Comments > Wolfenstein: The New Order Shipped, Reviewed
35. Re: Wolfenstein: The New Order Shipped, Reviewed May 20, 2014, 12:46 Ray Marden
 
The early review seem fairly mid-range, 8/10 type of fare. There are many other exciting games I could be playing or all sorts of indie trash that is far more deserving of the money. Even for a generic Wolfenstein game, we have a number of those released already.

It's not a bad game, but I'll be skipping it until it's $20 or less and I'm not playing other more interesting stuff.
And Tech 5 keeps making games worse.
Slightly let down; hoping it was more than it seemed,
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. May 17, 2014, 06:37 Ray Marden
 
The developers are asleep at the wheel and they either...don't realize how big of an issue these things are or they are completely overwhelmed, likely because they were so blatantly unprepared, and are not communicating anything close to as much as they should be.

Were gold spammers and bots a noteworthy item in the beta, becoming a significant issue in the final release? Yep. Have the gold spammers destroyed zone chat, stopping the initial players from heavily utilizing it to form initial social bonds? Yep. Did the bots prevent players from completing the exploration dungeons? Yep. Was the guild bank duplication bug something that was reported in the beta, completely ignored by the developers, and allowed to go live in the final release, destroying the player economy? Yep. Is it hilariously pathetic how easily the spammers bypassed the developers, either jumping ahead of any half-assed restrictions that were placed on them or by simply using poor in-game systems (such as a chat window that would not let you scroll up to see the spammer and ignore them?) Yep. Was this aided by a game system that still does not let you simultaneously ignore and report spammers, instead making it a two-part process in two different screens? Yep. Are there still broken quests and events in a fairly linear game? Yep. For werewolves, are they still ridiculously weak compared to vampires, does my character's version of this ability frequently bug out, and does my wife's character's version of this ability simply not work at all? Yep. Does the game still not support exclusive fullscreen, completely preventing me from using Crossfire? Yep. Is combat based around precise timing of abilities and status of animations, but effectively broken due to the continued server lag? Yep. Are there still bugs with resetting skill points, of a character not getting all of them back? Yep. Will I have at least one in-game mail regarding gold spamming every day I play? Yep. Have I lost hours in the game ignoring and report hundreds of gold spammers and working through the clunky UI system? Yep. Is the crafting system completely out of whack with some professions being maxed by character level 15 whereas others remain woefully incomplete at the character level cap? Yep. Does the player horse frequently, repeatedly dismount you all throughout the world for no good reason? Yep.

I won't even get into the broader game or design mechanics. 95% of these items are still occurring. These morons recently posted a "top known bugs" list and it was...maybe 20 items long and had some really inane crap on it, with only one or two of the above items being addressed. Meanwhile, the botters and spammers continue on their merry way.

Regardless of anything else, the botters and spammers are killing - have killed? - the initial community and I definitely have the sense that ZeniMax is asleep at the wheel.
Their level of shock and ineptness is completel unacceptable.
Dealing with issues other games resolve a decade ago,
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
55. Re: Morning Consolidation May 13, 2014, 17:53 Ray Marden
 
First off, I hate Xbox live Gold. As a multi-platform gamer, it never seemed worth the cost. I had free access to Netflix on my Wii/U, PS3/4, smart TV, Blu-ray player, cell phone, Kindle, and PC, but I couldn't access it on Xbox because I wasn't a Gold member. Also, they went out of their way to make it a difficult process to cancel.

As for Xbox 180, they never proved the worth of the Kinect, it still does not work with a high degree of accuracy, it made inferior hardware cost 25% more than a PS4. Twice now, consumers have been made fools for buying the Kinect. Going forward, if the $400.00 unit picks up any steam, they have just fractured the installed base. Though woefully underutilized, I think it was the system's single greatest advantage over the PS4.

Unless MS can buy up enough exclusives, I still don't see this being enough. For $400.00, do you want the stronger or the weaker gaming system? Do you want the one that is (currently) restricting items behind a paywall or the one that gives you easy access to applications? Do you want the mediocre paid services or that one that gives you fantastic free games on all your platforms on a monthly basis? The system that will run at 1080P or 720P?

For a single-system gamer, I would still recommend the PS4. For myself, as a multi-platform gamer, I think I may entirely skip the Xbox 180 unless it comes down to a stupidly low price or it locks up exclusives (using money to prevent better versions of games from coming out.)

The Kinect was the system's greatest strength, but also the systems' greatest weakness, if never utilized. In that regards, MS just cast a vote of no-confidence on the Kinect. From here, E3 better blow me away because I have no idea why I would want to buy the system...
And I bought a damn Wii U after all.
Wishing the PC market wasn't so constrained by the consoles,
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News Comments > Thief Save Game Issue (Joke?)
16. Re: Thief Save Game Issue (Joke?) Apr 2, 2014, 18:05 Ray Marden
 
I finished the game and am glad to be done with it. Overall, the game lacks a sense of freedom or creativity and seems to be missing focus - it's too small, linear, and constraining.

I will say the last 2-3 missions opened up a little bit, once or twice reminding me of the original games, but the game was such a chore to play.

The small levels, the AI bugs, the deflation of the looting experience, the bad story, the poor implementation of the hub system, the limited improvement in the engine, animation glitches, the massive quality disparity between various missions, the random platforming sequences, etc. There are hints of a better game in here, but the final result is a mixed bag; I blame either the developer or the tortured design process.
R.I.P. Looking Glass Studios.
Asking Eidos to stop "fixing" much better games,
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News Comments > No Watch Dogs Demo
2. Re: No Watch Dogs Demo Mar 31, 2014, 19:50 Ray Marden
 
Hey everybody, we know that the title just experienced a significant, last minute delay...also, the new media looks scaled down from what we previously presented...but, yeah, if you could just go ahead and give us your money, no questions asked.

That would be totally great and help us out of this bind!
It will be some really easy money, too, if you don't ask questions.
Curious as to how it actually plays,
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation in October
11. Re: Alien: Isolation in October Mar 29, 2014, 21:05 Ray Marden
 
Count me in. If they manage to hit their design targets and make a well functioning game, I will definitely buy this.
With or without panties!
Waiting for releases that come only to the PS4, X180, and PC,
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News Comments > Shadow Warrior Demo
17. Re: Shadow Warrior Demo Mar 27, 2014, 18:39 Ray Marden
 
It is worth $10, but it did not blow me away. It has some great melee combat, but the levels are small, linear, and there is not a lot of variety.
It wants you to build up combos, but the abilities slow down combat.
Finding little reason to use anything other than the sword,
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
50. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 10, 2014, 18:55 Ray Marden
 
Early reviews seem to be fairly positive. I think it screams out for a deep single-player game or some massive online component, but it's obviously "the next step" in the online deathmatch games such as CoD, BF, etc.

I'm curious to see if the bough exclusivity helps turn things around for the Xbox 180...

Waiting until later to buy it for PC; looking for more,
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Mar 6, 2014, 12:47 Ray Marden
 
I may have to see if the wife wants to do a second round of co-op. I tried selling her on the fun of the game initially, but it ended up becoming a total bore and we laughed/cursed at how we only ever got upgrades for one another, most of which were blatantly inferior to even the cheapest items on the auction house.
"We just beat the game. You said there would be fun."
Thinking the level variety was a bit bland, too,
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News Comments > Valve Reddit Interview
9. Re: Valve Reddit Interview Mar 5, 2014, 13:47 Ray Marden
 
I'm glad to know when new books/albums/movies are on the way.

Meanwhile, the gaming industry is full of liars and borders on being a payola news system.

I admit there is some weight to expectation control, but I wish the industry would stop treating me like a degenerate. I love this industry more than any other and praise the audio-visual products it creates, one that also gives gamers direct control over the fantastic worlds that are created.

But yeah, let's keep on lying...because that totally makes me want your product even more or like your company even more...
In a lot of ways, the industry acts like it dislikes the end user.
Not sure I would give Gabe such high marks for communication,
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
85. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 4, 2014, 13:26 Ray Marden
 
Listen, you son of a...just kidding.

I went back and edited the post. I'm not mad with anybody liking the game, but I worry about those that see no failures, weak points, or significant room for improvement.

Even more troubling are those that seem to be outright lying or that were completely dismissive of people's initial concerns, telling them to wait until the game was out, and then, having confirmation these items are in the state that initial concern was expressed about, immediately turning around and saying those items don't matter.

Anyway, wah wah, these are all problems of the first world. I don't think this game ever planned on being a true sequel to the first two games, but the inconsistent design issues (which I attribute to the developer and/or development hell) and acquiring the weak architecture of current-gen design (small environments, linear levels, confining gameplay, etc.) really frustrate me when playing this game.
R.I.P. Looking Glass Studios - 05/24/00.
Wishing I could play SP: TSoT on the PS4 with my wife,
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
73. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 3, 2014, 18:11 Ray Marden
 
I'll take some flak for the word I used, but it's such an infuriating game at a lot of times and I don't understand those that blindly defend it or dismiss the issues present in the game.

I bought it, I'm playing it, I'll beat it, it's functional...but, damn, if there aren't all sorts of limitations, random quirks, rough edges, or poor design choices in the game. Compared to earlier Thief games or the overall market, the advances in engine and design over the past fifteen years, it's nowhere close to being a great game. Some items are preference, but other comments I just have a hard time taking at face value - talking about how good the engine is, TB's claims of getting over 120 FPS on a single Titan at maximum settings, non-stealth fans talking about how great this game is, etc.

They give you missions early on that you won't have the tools for, preventing you from obtaining 100%, and either forcing you to play the same level over again or forcing you to automatically finish with a lower ranking. It's a "hub" that is completely fractured into pieces of wildly inconsistent design. I spent 5 minutes figure out how to even get to a specific area - figuring out the map and all the load screens and window quicktime events that somehow connected to one another - to have it be one of the moments where the character just decided to drop down rather than jumping across, requiring me to go through the whole direction puzzle again. Why do some areas, specifically talking about non-missions areas, respawn items while other remain in a cleared state? Why did my rope arrow disappear from one area, but not the others? Given that rope arrows are a finite resource and can only be used in the developer-designated areas, why are there some areas with few/no anchor points and other areas with numerous anchor points, requiring backtracking to a supply vendor, meaning more map/hub fighting? For all the backtracking required through the various locked off window sequences, was it really important to have you hold E, wait for the canned patting animation to play (it's a damned window, just like all the others,) to then spam the E button, and then go through another animation? Speaking of animation, why is the game so obsessed with showing off the character model - this game needs to be fun and challenging, not slow and artistic. Did they really remove the ability to jump and then design a challenge around walking past floorplates? This entire corner is in dark shadow; why, when in this one specific area, do I become fully exposed? Why do they keep adding whole new areas to the hub that I already explored; how am I supposed to learn the routes if the game jus throws out connecting points willy nilly? Dear lord, does this one vertical area really have five different windows, all linking to separate areas?

I could go on and one, but it just speaks to how infuriating the game can be, how inconsistent the design is. And these are only touching on some of the things I stumbled into while trying to legitimately play the game. While fiddling around with items and combat yesterday, I easily identified a number of other issues.
It's not crap, but there are so many terrible design choices in play.
Having unhindered fun in so few moments of my playing ,
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
14. Re: Thief (Review) Mar 2, 2014, 16:18 Ray Marden
 
I would give the game a 6/10. If you're a big fan of the developer or new to stealth games, I could see giving it a 7/10. If you compare it to the first two games and what LGS did at the time, it's a 5/10.

It just doesn't hold up well against the original games, used the advances in technology rather poorly (we end up with more of the limitations than advancements in current games,) and it isn't particularly fun to play, or at least you no longer have a sense of living in a world with rules rather than being confined with limitation after limitation.

The game basically uses old tech with next-gen post-processing effects, but it's a testament to the closed, confined design of current console games and it's not hard to spot the long, tortured development process for this game. On its own, it's a bit average to mediocre - for any one good thing, there is at least one countering bad thing, if not two. There are moments you can see where is was trying to be something bigger, but the numerous limitations/constraints/loading screens quickly make sure the game never steps out of that mediocrity. It is a generic game that, when looked at as a Thief game, really is a significant letdown that lacks cohesion or any grand scope.
The next Thief game, this aint.
Wondering how many times one game can make me hit the damn "E" button,
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Edit: Updating of second sentence.

This comment was edited on Mar 4, 2014, 13:12.
 
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News Comments > Steam Family Library Sharing Live
10. Re: Steam Family Library Sharing Live Mar 1, 2014, 16:03 Ray Marden
 
Unless they changed it, you are authorizing access to your account on a specific piece of hardware. I go to somebody else's system, they log out of their Steam account on that hardware, I log into steam under my account credentials, I authorize access on that hardware, I log out of Steam, and that person logs back in - they should now see my games on that specific piece of hardware.

For reference, I had to complete this process on both my wife's laptop and my wife's desktop computer. Now, if you trust the other party so much that you are fine giving them the credentials to your account so they can pretend you are there, in person, authorization access, that may work. Well, unless Valve has come up an additional layer or protection requiring local proximity verification.

Otherwise, as others have stated, you cannot access other games under y our account while a separate, approved entity also plays a game under your account. Due to this, this is not the "share with friends and remote family" plan we would all clamor for, but more of a "share with your children/spouse locally" system.

At the end of the day, my wife and I rarely access one another's games, both due to the account restrictions and due to my games list being significantly larger than and overlapping hers. However, there have been two or three games where we've both wanted to play a certain PC game, but not to the point where it was worth picking up two copies of the game. In those cases, one of us plays the game on the specific Steam account while the other works, watches television, plays on the PS4 or Wii U, etc.

Ideally, I wish I could disable certain games on my account while other friends or remote family played them, but I suspect the developers and publishers would never go for this (or at least not in the current market.) I can see both sides - I can see this readily getting abused by others, but I also see many indie or single-player games that my wife and I will play once and then never again or games we might play co-op with one another, if a second full-price purchase wasn't required. This speaks to a bigger issues with developers and publishers, though; most of them have no system for family access. Don't get me started on the console developers/publishers that don't allow more than one save file for a given game or games that so fluff up the gameplay with collectibles that we would have to be insane to even contemplate separate games.
Our AC:BF game is on her profile. No achievements for mine!
Totally suffering from problems of the first world ,
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News Comments > THIEF Reviews
19. Re: THIEF Reviews Feb 24, 2014, 13:03 Ray Marden
 
Sigh. This game is making Deadly Shadows look good. If we're at 71% now, we'll probably end up in the mid to low 60s by the end of everything.

Overly abundant loot, inconsistent missions/levels, bad story, bland characters, interface and functionality issues, small design scope, the city hub being poorly designed, etc... This series was far better prior to Eidos "fixing" it.
R.I.P. Looking Glass.
Getting about what I expected from Eidos,
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News Comments > Editorial on Kickstarter Communication
24. Re: Editorial on Kickstarter Communication Feb 23, 2014, 07:11 Ray Marden
 
Creston,

You're coming off as an obsessed Schafer worshipper.

Non-backers still have some value as potential purchasers of the final game, as general gamers, and advocates of the general industry.

Otherwise, you're taking a completely harsh stance against people for having an opinion while bypassing the developer that received over eight times the requested funding, but that still changed the scope and design of the game after the fact.

Many people are seemingly fine with this, but not everybody was. Also, it speaks to some of the concerns regarding the risks of Kickstarter, the difficulty in making an adventure game for the modern market, Schafer's design/management, and the gaming industry's immature approach to communication - often trying to lock away all information.

I'm not screaming bloody murder about this, but I think Schafer got a bit of a pass; I can think of many other developers that would never have been allowed to do this or that get completely eviscerated by us without there ever being a financial component from our behalf.
Just saying...
Most concerned about a precedent being established,
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Drunken Robot Pornography
1. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Drunken Robot Pornography Feb 19, 2014, 20:06 Ray Marden
 
This probably says something horrible about me, but the main video on their website did far more for me than the Wolfenstein one did.

Still not my cup of tea, but I was smiling all the same.
Me? Bored? What gave it away...
Wishing there was a demo,
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News Comments > Irrational Games Closing
43. Re: Irrational Games Closing Feb 19, 2014, 18:32 Ray Marden
 
Levine always seemed a bit coy about what he was doing after BI. I mean, it's not like he was going to announce his next game or anything, but he seemed a bit non-committal or even apathetic.

At the end of the day, Levine has no ownership of Irrational Games so I doubt he chose to shut down the studio. Obviously, he's been a polarizing figure over the years and BI may not have been the biggest seller, but he's being fairly open about what's going on and taking some steps to help the laid off staff.

I'd love to know the full background of things, but it's almost like he's trying to deal with some stuff and, because of his past records, Take-Two is willing to wage a small bet on his behalf.

As for Bioshock Infinite, I enjoyed the game, but it felt a bit lifeless. I was expecting a significantly more unique experience and the combat felt a bit flat. The ending really helped push up my internal favorability numbers of the game, thought I did find it striking how much more exciting of a world I created in my head, based upon the promotional materials, than what I eventually experienced.
What are "...narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable...?"
Noting that he is working on the Logan's Run screenplay,
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News Comments > PC Leads Developer Next Game Survey
7. Re: PC Leads Developer Next Game Survey Feb 19, 2014, 18:12 Ray Marden
 
I am skeptical of the number, but I would expect it to be higher this generation than last due to how similar the systems are.

Sadly, for the non-indie PC scene, if we get more and better ports, this is still a relative improvement...

Wishing free to pay would die off,
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