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Author: overdrive (Mod)
Posted: October 19, 2012 (01:14 PM)
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Another week, another RotW. Had some good reviews this week. And some quick, snap decisions by me.

The wondrous award winners are:

THIRD: Vampire Rain (360) by pickhut

Unlike those who have commented here, I have not heard of this game and it's reputation for being horrible. But I do see where you were coming from with your hypothesis that people were expected a fast-paced shooter and were completely thrown off when they got a stealth game where open combat leads to quick deaths. You do a good job pointing out how the game is at least solid when you play it like it's meant to be played and that it has some neat elements (like not being able to immediately tell the difference between vamps and humans). So now I can say I learned something I didn't know!

SECOND: BloodRayne (GameCube) by JoeTheDestroyer

Seems I've read a review of this game along these lines before where I found out that this game really has fun with what it does and is a really fun one, if not a perfect one. A second review of that sort makes me think I should look for this game some day. You did a great job bringing up the slow start as what could possibly chase people away, while pointing out that the good level design and fun later stages make it worth keeping with. Very nice endorsement of a campy game.

OVERDRIVE PLACE: Dishonored (360) by Suskie

Sadly, the winning game has nothing to do with vampires. That sucks… The review's really good, though, as it most wonderfully combines great writing and great informativeness. The line about how a game about killing to the point of the skull mask worn by the hero giving you options to NOT kill anything was a wonderful touch, as were the Deus Ex comparison and the flaws the game has with the horrible non-logical premise and bare-bones attempt at a story. With the conclusion tying things together by correctly stating that it's better to have a fun game that's bare-bones plot/story/development-wise than a high-budget cinematic game with shoddy play. Just an excellent review that hits on all the bases.

If you were the three of six entrants that didn't get listed above, DO NOT FEEL SHAME. Your reviews were good, too. They all were good. I had trouble picking three. It made my brain hurt. Hurt so bad…me need beer now. And now, it's nearly the weekend. Enough of frivolous things like work, it's time to enjoy life and the living of it!

I'm not afraid to die because I am invincible
Viva la muerte, that's my goddamn principle

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Author: pickhut
Posted: October 19, 2012 (05:03 PM)
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Still! Despite never hearing about Vampire Rain, it's good knowing the review informed you about the game and how it's really supposed to work. Thanks for the comments. Congrats to Suskie on his RotW.

I head spaceshit noises.

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Author: Suskie
Posted: October 20, 2012 (12:42 AM)
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Thanks a lot for the win, OD, and more importantly for doing this. Win or lose, your feedback is always welcome.

Kudos to regular placers Joe and Pickhut.

You exist because we allow it. And you will end because we demand it.

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Author: JoeTheDestroyer (Mod)
Posted: October 20, 2012 (01:34 AM)
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Woohoo! Thanks for the placement and for getting this out. Also congrats to pick and Suskie.

The only thing my milkshake brings to the yard is a subpoena.

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