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News Comments > Max Payne 3 Trailer
31. Re: Max Payne 3 Trailer Sep 14, 2011, 18:11 Ray Marden
 
At least initially, it does not feel like Max Payne.

Or rather, it comes off like the most basic, crude remake of him. Get a guy with a gun, have it go slow, and have him talk a lot. Yes, that is some of the basic structure of the game, but it is all about the setting and how the mechanics are used. It is like saying every FPS is the same because they are typically about some dude with a gun.

I will have to see how it plays, but this seems more like a reimagined MP than MP3. Sadly, though not unexpected, f*ck Mona apparently. Otherwise, the setting has always bugged me a bit - why is Max here and why does he care about any of these people?

If it plays well, at least it will be an alternative action game. But without the history, setting, flawed introspection, tight gun play, and heavy emoness noir, it just will not be the same. I am not interested in some dude protecting drug dealers.
He looks way too aged as well.
Hoping there will be some big story/gameplay twist that makes up for this,
Ray
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - Avalanche on DRM
18. Re: Quoteworthy - Avalanche on DRM Sep 6, 2011, 18:13 Ray Marden
 
I purchased Homefront through THQ's store for $15 over the weekend. Even though this was a digital download, it took the company nearly 24 hours just to confirm my order. Around the 12 hour mark, I sent an e-mail to its customer service department and that took another 24 hours to process.

Luckily, it was a Steam game so I just activated my key and had the game downloaded in a little over 30 minutes.

When it takes you 48 times as long to send me an e-mail as it does for me to download your product from a competitor's system, you're certainly failing at customer service.
Failasauraus Rex!
Noting the site was run by Digital River,
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News Comments > Why Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a Prequel
60. Re: Why Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a Prequel Sep 2, 2011, 15:53 Ray Marden
 
Not true. I am sure it is easier that way, but I got the acehievement after ten or so tries where I was adjusting my positioning and angle.
But yes, the physics are broken for that ball.
Going to beat the game this weekend ,
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News Comments > Why Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a Prequel
34. Re: Why Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a Prequel Sep 1, 2011, 19:47 Ray Marden
 
The police have been dumping their files in the sewers. There is a breakable wall that has pocket secretary with 15+ passwords.

Fantastic game, though. I have 36 hours played and I am probably down to the last 5 hours at this point.

The game definitely favors stealth and hacking. For weapons, I've really only used the stun gun, but the two-person takedown is my most used offensive ability. During the boss battles, I stun/EMP the NPC and just run up and unload a clip of my heavily upgraded assault rifle into their heads and I never have to do that more than twice. I never use it, but the fully upgraded Typhoon seems fairly devastating as well.

I have the full inventory, but the heavy weapons are pointless - from the stealth takedowns to the massie inventory requirements, I just drop them off in my apartment and never touch them again. I really wish the energy system worked differently, too; I just keep using that single unit and waiting for it to recharge.

I wish the levels were bigger, but this is out on the consoles and, sadly, they are still bigger than certain shooters I have played. More than anything, I appreciate the variety in the levels and the use of vertical space. I can actually take that elevator or go to the top of that multi-level building without having to load a new level. They could be bigger, but the reusing of levels (which I realize is a time/investment concession) is a bigger downer.

Having said all this, it's one of the best games I have played in a very long time. My 36 hours speak for themselves and it is a game that I enjoyed to such an extent that I basically stopped playing anything/everything else (a big thing for me given how frequently I get bored with releases.) Stealth, pacifist, killer - the game gives you so many options on how to play it.
It made me stop playing WoW to focus on it. <3
Having a nearly completely augmented character,
Ray

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News Comments > Steam Top 10
17. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 29, 2011, 08:09 Ray Marden
 
If you like shooters in a general sense, you will like Borderlands.

It is not the deepest game out there and lacks any real story or ending, but can be a blast in co-op (or a straight forward single-player campaign.)
Too much time was spent on the art style.
Wishing the weapon loot was more consistent,
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News Comments > On Sale
6. Re: On Sale Aug 27, 2011, 22:40 Ray Marden
 
At $12.00, the core game itself is not particularly appealing. On top of that, due to all the preorder crap, I have to immediately think about how this is only the $12 "slim" edition and that it will want to push various DLC items on me, further disinteresting me in it.

Meanwhile, The Witcher 2 appears to have been a much better RPG and don't get me started on the joy I am having with Deus Ex: Human Revolution..

My wife may pick up the $12 version, but there is a good chance that I will still pass. I guess I should not complain about a decent game that is $12, but there are just so many, many other games that I would rather be playing than DA2. And that's fairly sad given that I generally consider myself a fan of he original game...
It's not bad, just not particularly special. It's a terrible sequel.
Having created a new hero in a new world only to watch the sequel abandon it,
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News Comments > Valve on Steam Trade-Ins
11. Re: Valve on Steam Trade-Ins Aug 26, 2011, 23:46 Ray Marden
 
Trade ins?

When they're still trying to figure out that I want to be able to gift all extra copies of a game I own, not just selective extra copies?

Or that it makes no sense that I have to re-confirm my age to view a screenshot of a game I already own, but the program has no problem giving automatic access to my credit cards for any purchases with two clicks?
A stranger can purchase thousands of games, but I can't view a screenshot?
Wishing Gabe wasn't playing stupid with the question,
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 25, 2011, 13:28 Ray Marden
 
I honestly prefer Hobbes as my wingman (don't get mad at him for being better than you humans,) but I'll be willing to fly with 'ol bluehair for today.
But not another movie. KTHX.
Wanting more WC games ,
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News Comments > Square "Respects the Right of GameStop" to Remove OnLive Coupons
24. Re: Square Aug 25, 2011, 13:22 Ray Marden
 
Well, Square needs Lamestop a lot more than it needs a questionable streaming service.

This is all the more reason for people to stop making any purchases at Lamestop, but the reality is that few people care outside of OnLive. then again, OnLive got Lamestop to so overreact to an unknown (to many casual console players) company so maybe it still got some nice advertising out of this.

Wondering if I mentioned that I hate Lamestop yet,
Ray 'Cuz I do. I hate Lamestop. Where are my PC games? Why are they open?
 
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News Comments > Steve Jobs Resigns
6. Re: Steve Jobs Resigns Aug 24, 2011, 20:11 Ray Marden
 
Given his hunger for conquest, you would have to imagine this is entirely related to his health issues. From "beating" pancreatic cancer to his..."hormone imbalance"...to his most recent medical leave...it seems very likely.
And if this is the case, he is likely leaving to live what's left.
Wishing Apple did more to compete with PCs or gave more to its users,
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News Comments > GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons
41. Re: GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons Aug 24, 2011, 18:17 Ray Marden
 
It was a promotion.

With no coupon in the box, how many people would be likely to take that box home and try it? What reason would they have?

With the coupon in the box, would people have given it a try? It would be a minimal cost way for them to try out the service.

That aside, who the hell is Lamestop to arbitrarily open up the box and decide what the end user - the person that pays for that box and is going to go home and play it/smash it/frame it/whatever - gets to keep or not? Or is this a continution of opened "new" games and "used" games that are only a few dollars than a "new" game?
I think OnLive is insufficient, but they can try all they want.
Wondering if I should get permission to post this,
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News Comments > GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons
38. Re: GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons Aug 24, 2011, 17:52 Ray Marden
 
I dont' know and I don't particularly care, but it depends on how/where this code was restricted to. If this was with all the "augmented" versions, Lamestop wasn't the only place to purchase that version.

I am sure tha I am missing something (like it not having anything to do with the "augmented" version,) but I am glad I did not buy it from Lamestop.
OnLive sucks, too, but for other reasons.
Thinking the game almost has mouse...deceleration,
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News Comments > GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons
36. Re: GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons Aug 24, 2011, 17:46 Ray Marden
 
Oh, you wanted a new copy? Hold on...let me see if the employee has returned that yet and let me throw the disc back into the opened case/box...
Not that the publishers aren't driving people to them, but still...
Wishing for the day Lamestop goes out of business,
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Revelations Trailer
3. Re: Assassin's Creed Revelations Trailer Aug 18, 2011, 17:55 Ray Marden
 
Everybody was raving about the most recent release so I finally bought it on sale, but...it's just the same game that I have played over and over and over and over.

On top of that, the assassin challenges really piss me off because the game is prone to glitches of the AI, animation, physics, etc.

I beat the first two, but I just get bored playing this. Just face a direction, hold down the run/climb button, and just go..if anybody gets in my way, just stab them until I win...end of story.
It isn't bad if you've never played one, but this isn't revolutionary
Really, really disliking braindead Ezio,
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News Comments > id Software: Fans of our IPs "Patience Will Be Rewarded"
46. Re: id Software: Fans of our IPs Aug 15, 2011, 18:18 Ray Marden
 
It has been a decade since I truly enjoyed a Raven game. Otherwise, you go to them for an on-time, on-budget generic shooter, but their recent games tend to be either bland or short of achieving anything special. Wolfenstein and Singularity just seemed like two versions of the same competent, but straight forward game.
Quake 4 was easily the worst in the series.
Looking at the id video, it just seems like all the normal stuff. We're great because we do tech. We're great because other people made stuff with our engines. We don't want to bother with licenses. Carmack just wants to program and not deal with anybody. We finally did one new IP, but we'll go back and remake all the other ones.

I just wonder if anybody at id really actually has a passion for gaming? Lookinga at the remakes, I hope they honor the tone and world of the original Quake, I would like to see somebody recapture the magic of Doom, and Wolfenstein needs to figure out what type of game it wants to be.

Wanting my damn Hexen and Heretic sequels,
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News Comments > Serious Sam 3: BFE Gameplay Trailer
8. Re: Serious Sam 3: BFE Gameplay Trailer Aug 13, 2011, 21:54 Ray Marden
 
Design and weapons seem a bit bland, but at least it retains the fairly stupid gameplay of SS1 instead of reminding me of SS2.

As always, I hope they do something silly/crazy/strange with the level design so this comes off as more than a simple shooter. Having the more realistic settings does not accomplish this.
And even if there were swarms of mobs, it's mitigated by the numerous buildings.
Interested, but waiting,
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News Comments > On Sale
5. Re: On Sale Aug 13, 2011, 07:36 Ray Marden
 
The code does work on pre-orders such as Deus Ex.
Stupid BoA held my accounts for puchasing from GMG!
Feeling sad whenever I look at F.E.A.R. 3,
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
13. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 7, 2011, 20:41 Ray Marden
 
Well, a lot of people don't know the DE name (especially not fom the first game,) there is not a big marketing push behind it, and anybody knows about DE would not be preordering it from Steam at the moment.
GMG is the most recent preorder leader.
Tired of all the cheap, flawed games; wanting something great to play,
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News Comments > WoW Drops More Subs
47. Re: WoW Drops More Subs Aug 4, 2011, 18:01 Ray Marden
 
The problem with Blizzard is that it seems to lack creativity and the other half just does not care - it is number one and it is going to punish its players as long as it can.

Sh*tt* customer service + lackluster content + grinding = Fail

I think the current Firelands content is a perfect example of this. Really, lava, burnt earth, and fire? That's the "new" thing in Warcraft? Oh...and you make it a daily questing zone that looks the same? Oh...with a bombing run of the actual instance? Oh...so you can get into the instance and see all the same lava, burnt earth, and fire?

Meanwhile, what about the ongoing balance issues? Or the focus on grinding pointless content for capped valor points? In instances that are poorly designed, are punishing for letting in undergeared or understkill players? With no reward?

The saddest thing is how so many of the other games are just pale imitations of WoW - after all this time, they couldn't come up with more? Or after seeing everything that WoW did over the years, you couldn't at least steal the solutions that WoW came up with four years ago?

I am hoping Star Wars is okay, but I have a number of concerns with that one. Otherwise, can only Blizzard beat Blizzard; am I stuck waiting for Titan?
"White people problems."
Off to play the expansion with no new classes,
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Announced
8. Re: Borderlands 2 Announced Aug 3, 2011, 11:55 Ray Marden
 
Will this one have a story? Or even an ending?
Not a bad shooter. But it's only a shooter.
Otherwise, it looks nearly the same which does scream out "expansion pack." They will have to give me more content, else I will be waiting for this one to go on sale.

Shrugging,
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