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

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Crysis 2
28. Re: Ships Ahoy - Crysis 2 Mar 22, 2011, 19:23 Ray Marden
 
At least initially, I am enjoying it. I loaded it to "only play 15 minutes"...and next thing I knew, it had been one hour and fifteen minutes.

I really hate how they introduce you to the game, though. The limited edition servers aren't authenticating? Crappy cinematic? Low resolution? Lower detail than the actual gameplay? Going on and on and on....? Giving you minimal control to present a more cinematic experience?

Okay, cool, at least I can control the game no.......WTF WHY AM I WATCHING A DAMN PR0N VIDEO FOR THE SUIT?

But once I got out of that, it has opened up quite a bit. I want to tweak the FoV, but it's generally an improvement how they have streamlined the various abilities to work real time rather than having to be selected one by one.

Obviously, the game looks utterly gorgeous on Extreme, I am curious to see how well the physics and environmental interaction work, and it seems like there could be potential for quite a number of suit/weapon upgrades.

I'm annoyed that I have that stupid "work" stuff this week and I will gladly sink my weekend into what I've seen thus far.
And Portal 2 and then Duke Nukem Forever? HELL YEAH.
Loving, loving, loving my new i7-2600k and 2GB 6950,
Ray

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News Comments > Op Ed
29. Re: Op Ed Mar 18, 2011, 21:15 Ray Marden
 
We can get into shades of gray or semantics here, but is anybody trying to argue that the current system isn't corrupt? And by having a political structure/contry that gives power to the wealthy, it's a completely stacked, self-fulling cycle.

Unfortunately, I find humans to be generally naive and selfish so the capitalist model does motivate them to a certain crude, base extent. Even with that, I would still argue for a system where there were not such disparieties between the bottom and the top and one that maintained high basic standards and then left a free market for non-essential or secondary items.

In contrast, how educated is the general populace? What is the health of the general populace? (More importantly what is the price to performance ratio of healthcare in this country?) How much of a stabling effect does the country have on a geo-political basis? What are the general housing standards like? What is the internal/local economy like? How strong is industry? How ingenious is the energy plan?

Don't get me started on the irony of this highly Christian country that doesn't remotely follow its own stated beliefs...
Seriously, if he did exist, what would Jesus do???
Putting on my tin foil hat and watching humans overpopulate the planet,
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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 Arrival DLC This Month
18. Re: Mass Effect 2 Arrival DLC This Month Mar 18, 2011, 12:33 Ray Marden
 
Kill planet scanning? Wut wut?!? Didn't they tell you? They're creating a dynamically generating system for it. That's how they cut down the development time - they're putting a few months into this system and it will generate half the content of the game! ZOMG!
This is just a general scanning bash and not a ME-specific bash.
Up to no good ,
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News Comments > Darkspore Delay?
3. Re: Darkspore Delay? Mar 18, 2011, 12:28 Ray Marden
 
They've been passing them out like candy - I got two from Amazon, one from EA, and I think I saw a contest for an invite at some news site.

Is anybody actually interested in this game? It seems like a bit turn from what Spore was sold as, it's been floating around development for some time (screenshots here or there, but no significant reports,) and it looks a bit generic.

Did anybody that played Spore think this was the direction they needed to go?
Obviously, I am not remotely interested.
Finally building my i7-2600k and HD 6950 system this weekend ,
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News Comments > THQ Stock Drops
16. Re: THQ Stock Drops Mar 15, 2011, 19:00 Ray Marden
 
I realize I don't have much grounds for this, but I was hoping for something good with this game. Yeah, you can nitpick the story, but at least it was mildly different in that the USA was being attacked instead of the opposite.

However, the reviews have generally been lukewarm with regards to the gameplay. Additionally, even if it had really great gameplay, a four hour (or less) single player game would not warrant a purchase.

I guess there is multi-player for all the bunny hoppers out there, but if that is the main focus of the game, there has been an equally appathetic reporting of it.

/RIP
DB2 looks somewhat interesting, but I have many other games to play.
Guess I will wait for the $5.00 sale,
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
7. Re: Morning Safety Dance Mar 14, 2011, 13:19 Ray Marden
 
Creston, it is the USA. Of course nothing has been done...
Wait - unless you meant using taxpayer money to protect them.
The entire mortgage industry is having issues, though BoA is certainly leading the charge. Falsely signed mortgage documents? Check. Falsely signed foreclosure documents? Check. Low/no cost deals for members of government? Check. Foreclosing on homes that were not behind? Check. Foreclosing on homes that were not associates with BoA? Check.

Currently, one of the best ways to stall any foreclosure proceedings on your house is to demand the original documents of ownership and sale...

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News Comments > BioWare on Dragon Age II DRM
23. Re: BioWare on Dragon Age 2 DRM Mar 12, 2011, 07:31 Ray Marden
 
I would argue it is a bit of everything.

First off, is this truly a sequel to DA, one that adds depth and richness to the story, world, and gameplay? Not really - it is a more action focused game with an expedited development proces.

Taken as a new game without the DA name, is this game utter trash? Not at all - it is a blending of RPG and hack and slash focusing on some of the best points from each genre.

Is this the sequel that honors DA? Not reallh - you know how the first game was actually a bit light on depth, but you know all that focus we spent on having your create your character in this new world? Gone. You know the tactical combat focus? Scaled back. The size of the areas? Scaled down to a corridor. Party AI? Still broken. Art/world? Recycled. Did you expand the world now that we're past the origin bit? We pulled a Witcher and dumped you in one city. Dialogue? Scroll wheel!

Looking at the reviews, is this one of the greatest games ever developed? Absolutely not; it's probably an 8/10 when viewed as a new type of game and it should be rated lower when judged as a DA sequel. You'll see the hardcore/elitist people just bash this game in rather silly, obvious ways. In contrast, you'll see the PR effect on some of the popular sites - these are reviews that take one fight and tell you an exaggerated play by play without ever actually critiquing the game or sites that don't give you much of an impression, even mentioning a few faults/inconsistencies/scaled back items, but then immediately reversing course in the final summary by telling you this is the greatest game ever!
It's the lack of any substance contrasted with the statement of greatness.
Waiting on the $20 price tag or the GotY edition,
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News Comments > EA Forum Ban Prevents Game Access?
66. Re: EA Forum Bans Prevents Game Access? Mar 11, 2011, 15:14 Ray Marden
 
Nin,

I find your post to be disrespectful of EA. You will be reported and I will ensure you lose all access to the games you have paid for.




...or the the company could be completely insane.
Along with being jerks.
Shaking my head,
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 10, 2011, 18:31 Ray Marden
 
Bring it, you compound-dropping, pop tart-eating, 3DFX fanboy!


Now, an all-marshmallow cereal...
Slowly (or not so slowly) dying inside while waiting on B3 stepping MBs ,
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 10, 2011, 17:43 Ray Marden
 
Screw Cap'n Crunch - it breaks into various hard, sharp pieces (relative to other cereals,) is slow to absob milk, and tastes like random chemicals.

Good riddance!
Where is an iceberg when you need one?
Thinking 'Loops and 'Jacks are similar, but not as bad,
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News Comments > Op Ed
65. Re: Op Ed Mar 8, 2011, 13:05 Ray Marden
 
The only problem I have is that BioWare has basically released a similar style of game for a number of years now. At least with DA, it stated it was attempting to follow up on what it did with BG...

Of course, that game had a long development time (for various reasons) and now it, too, is heading back toward that one type of game BioWare makes.

Which is fine if that is what the enjoy, but I am already getting a bit bored with them. I can't control this? I can't go there? Combat is just this one thing? This is the blatantly good choice and this is the blatantly evil choice? My party is weak/useless? Not too much exploration? This is blocked off? This is scaled back? Okay...

If they keep heading this route, they may as well include the year in the title. I'd make a pun-tastic EA joke, but they're already owned by the company.

It leads back to my question for BioWare. It is not "wrong" if they do not want to, but does anybody at the company want to go back to making those types of games or some new type of game? Or will it just be the corridor-combat RPG company?
NWN started it...KotOR, JE, ME, DA, and all the sequels in between.
Waiting for the GotY edition,
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News Comments > Crysis 2 PC/Xbox 360 Graphics Compared
19. Re: Crysis 2 PC/Xbox 360 Graphics Compared Mar 8, 2011, 12:54 Ray Marden
 
Obviously the game will look better on PC, but the engine brings quite a bit of visual punch to the 360 as well. If somebody has only a console, it is not like they will be suffering immensely because of it.

Given that it is only a $200-$300 console whereas I am reading reviews of a $700 AMD card today, I am having one of those moments where I express my love for PC gaming, but also admit to some of its insanity...
To say nothing of its cooling and sound levels...
Hoping tit's a skewed perspective of two (widescreen?) videos side by side,
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News Comments > Op Ed
41. Re: Op Ed Mar 7, 2011, 18:17 Ray Marden
 
But you are kind of proving the point by going on about harder combat (or at least a buffing system for combat.)

Now, I admit there is a large group that somehow defines RPGs by their tactical combat, but my idea of a good RPG is going to be a combination of great control/customization, a deep story, my ability to affect the world, some type of character growth/leveling, and having to make significant choices.

Back to DA2, I am susprised by how much they've changed it, but we all know why they're doing it. However I am disappointed by this.

Personally, I had my issues with the first game, but it was an origins story - now null and avoid - and I told myself that it was a good commercial blending of old and new. However, even if naively, I always take the approach that this is what is needed to draw in the new or young gamers, giving them a blend of both worlds, and then we can increase the depth/challenge/intelligence/mature ideas in the next game. In contrast, games seem to make a small nod towards the original games and then immediately strip them down to more and more simple forms in subsequent releases. Most frequently with more guns, tits, and explosions.

DA2 is hardly the spiritual successor to BG. However, the demo makes it look like it isn't much of a sequel to DA:O. In the meantime, I will wait the year so I can buy this at a discounted price and with all the DLC as the full game.

Wondering if anybody at BioWare cares about making deep RPGs anymore,
Ray As an action RPG, it isn't that good of one...
 
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Mar 5, 2011, 16:56 Ray Marden
 
If you want them, get them. You can always make the argument that you're "sticking it" to Ubi by only paying a small percentage of the original retail price.

If it is cost/package issue, Amazon is effectively price matching the pack; three of the games can be downloaded for $3.99 each and one is $2.00. If you only want one to three of the games, it's technically a better deal.

Having picked up DS2 yesterday for $24,
Ray Now for Bulletstorm to get to $20.00 somehwere...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Phantom Menace in 3D Mar 4, 2011, 17:50 Ray Marden
 
Well, the 2D Blu-Rays are right around the corner...

To say nothing of the 3D theater re-releases...

Which obviously need their own 3D Blu-Ray release...

To say nothing of additional changes he can make to the movies now that technology has further improved...or the terribad cartoon...or the live action show...or making the last three of the nine movies...or.......................
SW was neat back in the day, but Lucas has killed my love for it.
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News Comments > Mass Effect Speculation
10. Re: Mass Effect Speculation Mar 4, 2011, 12:15 Ray Marden
 
Yes, the majority of the game is collecting companions.

As for DLC, that will be your personal choice. Most are just weapon/armor/visual packs. The one or two companion DLCs are ~$10 for one hour of gameplay. Oh, wait, they offer more of the amazing, fantastic wonderful, joyous planet scanning as well.
I hope that person is fired now.
Even if you are DLC hungry, I would suggest waiting for one of the inevitable sales.

Noting that any continuation of the Liana story costs some cash as well,
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News Comments > PCGA on PC Gaming Growth
3. Re: PCGA on PC Gaming Growth Feb 28, 2011, 21:33 Ray Marden
 
Well, I think PC gaming might have a more mature digital distribution model, but the consoles aren't far behind. In addition to their being the primary focus of the general gaming industry as a whole, you have three different companies that are all championing their own versions of console-specific distribution.

Having said that, I don't think the PC gaming market is doing much to help itself. The GPU market makes no sense, there are still ongoing tech support issues, piracy is an easier target on the PC side of things, a huge amount of money is going to a single game based around grinding (WoW,) first time users are still left in the dark, a lot of the games are crap ports (even if it is only a side effect of the bigger issues,) etc.
I love PC gaming, but it isn't cost effective nor is it a polished experience.
Noting the absurdity of the PCGA's own statements...,
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News Comments > Serious Sam 3 Screenshots, Details
13. Re: Serious Sam 3 Screenshots, Details Feb 28, 2011, 13:15 Ray Marden
 
Graphics looks like a strange, silly juxtaposition, but it will ultimately come down to the gameplay.

They made a lot of bad tweaks with SS2 and I hope the feel and gameplay are more in line with the first games.
I hated, hated, hated, hated those football players.
Having enjoyed the HD rereleases; not interested in playing SS2 again,
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News Comments > Thief 4 Image
40. Re: Thief 4 Image Feb 26, 2011, 10:21 Ray Marden
 
Why not do both?

They took out something from the two games that were released...

They replaced a system that generally worked well with one that frequently bugged out...

They replaced a relatively dynamic, player-controlled approach with a relatively constrained, pre-defined approach...

Thinking that is not how I would spell "win,"
Ray Unless you spell the work with a "y," I guess. Lulz.

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News Comments > Thief 4 Image
23. Re: Thief 4 Image Feb 25, 2011, 13:31 Ray Marden
 
From as much as we can gleam from one crappy photo, it looks promising. So long as they can maintain similar gameplay to the two games that were released, this could be fun.

Please no AC gameplay, I wouldn't mind the disappearance of glinting, create some large/unique/vertical environments, and...maybe...just maybe...bring back my rope arrows and let me remember how to climb up them!
Huzzah!
Hoping it doesn't become an action game,
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