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Title: Gaming stuff
Posted: July 21, 2011 (07:02 PM)
Shadows of the Damned - I just finished my third playthrough and got every achievement a couple days ago. Still my favorite game of the year until Deus Ex 3 is released probably (though I do need to catch up on Bulletstorm, Crysis 2 & Dead Space 2). Also, I'm really looking forward to Lollipop Chainsaw now.

Mortal Kombat 9 - Borrowed this and played it for a bit. Didn't really enjoy it that much. It's a huge love letter to MK1-3. I don't really like MK though. I played through Arcade mode as a couple characters and got bored. Gave it back.

I ended up pre-ordering Catherine. I'm lucky to have three days off when it comes out, and I'm looking forward to playing it.

I went to my backlog for something to tide me over so I've been playing God of War II. This is pretty much the last AAA core title from last gen that I never got around to playing. And I guess there was a reason because I'm not really enjoying it. I've always preferred Devil May Cry & Ninja Gaiden (and now Bayonetta) over God of War. The double-bladed chain combat always felt clunky and shallow by comparison. God of War II is even worse thanks to awful puzzles and occasional frustrating control issues & bad camera angles. The scenario design is sometimes uninspired too. The game just feels artificially extended (like I've already fought the same Rock Minotaur boss 3 times). I have 1/4th of the game left and I'm looking forward to having it done. That is probably not a good sign. God of War was shorter and less varied, but it was better.

Also, you may recalled I was considering picking up Marvel vs Capcom 3. I decided to wait and see what they announce at Comic Con and I'm glad I did. I figured the Ultimate edition wouldn't be until 2012, but if it's only 4 months away and retailing at $40, then fuck it, I'll just buy that day 1.
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honestgamerUser: honestgamer
Title: Re: Gaming stuff
Posted: July 21, 2011 (07:20 PM)
It sucks how difficult I find it to go back and play core games from the PS2 era. I don't like to let graphics prevent things like that... but so often they do! As with the PSX era, not enough PS2 games fare well in the present. Wii games seem to do better because they tend to have quirky art design, but even those are often easy to shrug off in the face of PS3 and Xbox 360 stuff. I think we're finally approaching the point where 3D games can and do feel polished. Kind of like how 2D games didn't really start looking great until the 16-bit era.
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GenjUser: Genj
Title: Re: Gaming stuff
Posted: July 21, 2011 (07:40 PM)
The graphics don't bother me so much when I go back to PS2 era. Really the only thing that sticks out to is just how blurry the games look compared to HD titles, but my eyes adjust after a couple hours. What's making me annoyed with GoW2 is less graphic and more gameplay oriented.

Certainly some games don't age well, but for me it's usually due to some game mechanic that's 'missing'. For example, I could probably never played Kingdom Hearts now because of the much improved camera system in its sequel. Similarly, a friend of mine is playing Ocarina of Time for the first time on his Wii and he's not enjoying it because he wishes he could control the camera with an analog stick.
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jerecUser: jerec
Title: Re: Gaming stuff
Posted: July 21, 2011 (07:50 PM)
It's probably worth keeping an old, small TV around for your old consoles. They look like crap on these new TVs.
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radicaldreamerUser: radicaldreamer
Title: Re: Gaming stuff
Posted: July 21, 2011 (09:11 PM)
I think I remember some time when the creator of God of War said something about how God of War isn't really meant to compete with games like Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden, and it really doesn't. It's a slightly different type of game, more accessible and more mainstream, while DMC and Ninja Gaiden almost intentionally alienate some portion of the larger gaming audience to satisfy a targeted audience. This is reflected in the way the games are designed, and it sounds like you prefer one over the other. (I have the same preference.)
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zigfriedUser: zigfried
Title: Re: Gaming stuff
Posted: July 22, 2011 (10:38 AM)
I'd say that God of War is only more accessible/mainstream in terms of Western comic-book theme, but not so much otherwise. Whether Jaffe wanted the game to compete with other action games or not, it does -- for example, gamers with limited money who enjoy 3rd-person action had to pick between GOW3 and DMC4.

The minor differences help people make their choice, but they're not enough to qualify GOW as its own subgenre. That's why we keep seeing people compare GOW to action games like DMC, but people don't ever compare GOW to RPGs like Viewtiful Joe and Deus Ex.

//Zig
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S-CynicUser: S-Cynic
Title: Re: Gaming stuff
Posted: July 22, 2011 (03:47 PM)
It's probably worth keeping an old, small TV around for your old consoles. They look like crap on these new TVs.

Really? How so?
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