Posted 9:28am on Sun 2 December 2012
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This week the team has been playing Wii U, Epic Mickey 2, GTA San Andreas, and Far Cry 3.
Posted 9:28am on Sun 2 December 2012
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Unbelievably, CheekyLee actually tried to defend the Wii U system update the other day and suggest that the problem came down to the user, not Nintendo or the console :P
Cheeky IwataLee San says stop complaining!
I loved that style the GTA games used to have and actually really miss it. I understand that a lot of it was due to poly counts and texture weight. But, it was really cool, big, chunky characters who possed a whole lotta swagger when they moved.
I also loved he long, slow build up of San Andreas. Spending so much time in the hood really made you feel like it was your teenage stomping ground. You learned the tricks of the trade there, had successful and broken relationships with people, intricately learned the backstreets and got a sense of home when you returned later in the game. You even fought a war there, dammit!
This week I spent a lot of time with Super Mario 3D Land. It's a great game, but a little too easy. Ive pretty much 3 coined most levels first try and im now on the new page of world 8. The visuals are spectacular and the lands are vibrant. Mario controls perfectly with the heavy yet gravity defying weight that only Mario can have. It's a very good game.
I've just ordered Alien: Infestation and hope to have that Monday. Really looking forward to it.
Posted 11:11am on Sun 2 December 2012
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"David Scammell, Deputy News Editor"? When did that happen? Did someone get a pay rise. or just a fancy new title?
Anyways Neon I loved Vice City - that actually made me go out and buy GTAIII back in the day. Until Vice City I had no interest in the series. Couldn't get into San Andreas though - partly because I wasn't a fan of the whole black gang culture thing, but mainly because I couldn't understand what any of the chars were actually saying. All the gangsta talk just went straight over my head. I had a 14" tele back then too and the subtitles were too small for me to read. Yes, I'm not hip, leave me alone.
As for me, I've been playing a lot of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning these past couple of weeks. The combat's okay, and the story shows a bit of promise, but blah I'm bored as hell to be honest. It's the whole open world and side quest thing - I had the same problem with Oblivion, where I burn myself out on the game with all the side-quests before even getting onto the main story quests.
Posted 11:18am on Sun 2 December 2012
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I let the usual distractions (Forza 4, anything with Poker) keep me busy until Friday, Far Cry 3 (360) ever since.
Some Far Cry 3 notables (imho):
Most beautiful open world playground in a video game? - Check.
Best opening sequences in a video game? - Check.
First game to have the F-word appear its loading screens? - Probably.
Best acting in a video game? - I'm impressed.
Most useful realisation so far? - Do the Path of the Hunter quests as soon as you unlock them, it makes finding and killing specific species for crafting much easier.
Does it have that glorious "I'll just do this quest... OMG Nirnroot!" distraction gameplay? - Yes!
One improvement that could make the game better? - Just Cause 2's grapple hook, have to make do with hanggliders, ziplines and wing suits in the meantime.
If my top 5 games of 2012 are Guild Wars 2, Diablo III, Borderlands 2, Halo 4 and Mass Effect 3, where does Far Cry 3 fit in? - Jury is still out, but so far at least 3 or 4 of them are moving down the list.
Ubisoft done good? - Ubisoft done good
Posted 11:54am on Sun 2 December 2012
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This week has just been an all-Ubi extravaganza! I finished AC: Revelations, unlocked the final two AC3 multiplayer achievements (Wolfpack is a fantastic gamemode, for undertaking as either a co-op or single player experience), commenced with the main game (with is blatantly more actiony... if only they had truly capitalised on that direction, and made the fencing/duelling a lot more involved than it actually is. Not entirely sure I like that aspect as it stands, but the world is fantastic, and it is just the opening memories, so...), and finally got my hands on Farcry 3.
Now... while it does look VERY good, I do already have a couple of reservations about it... namely the seeming lack of noticeable damage differences when it comes to hunting (that is, if I shoot the legs, a creature should fall, and a head shot should suffice to kill a wild boar or deer, rather than the standard three no matter where they strike on the body... that was a little disappointing), along with a touch of dismay at the rather paltry weapon selection. But, that is something they can add to later easily enough. I presume traps (a la the first title) aren't included, but they would have been an ideal addition as well. But the tattau skill tree system is a funky idea, and the music... WOW! Not quite deserving of the 9s and 10s thus far... but once I get into it properly, that opinion may indeed change.
Posted 11:59am on Sun 2 December 2012
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Totally agree,FAR CRY 3 is really good,i loved FAR CRY 2 as well,the only criticism i have is the framerate on the 360 is passable at best,i guess its because of all the stat tracking but it is a fine looking game after all.Have you tried the multiplayer?,im enjoying it more than blops 2,ive been levelling up before the yanks get hold of the game on tuesday.
Posted 12:06pm on Sun 2 December 2012
|rbevanx|Did The Amazing Spiderman on the PS3 this week as it was part of the deal with Black Ops 2.
Spiderman I think is a really good movie tie in game and in terms of quality is just behind Batman Arkham City.
The 360 version from what I have played is the better version but not by much mind.
Also did Black Ops 2 and the story reminded me of Kevin Smith (the filmmaker) explaining (well more like ranting which he usually does) how astonished he was at how bad a Superman script was that he read.
"Did you pay the this guy" "Can you get the money back?" "Who's dick did he have to suck to get this job???"
But yeah in a nutshell the story is all over the place but what bothers me even more about it, is that it's a big chunk of what you play and most of the game is sort of out of your control your very restricted so the story has to work for the game to have any bearing really.
On the positve though I quite liked the strike missions (I think that's what they are called) which are a mix of Call of Duty and Comand & Conquer which still has some problems and too short but has potential to be a game in it's own right.
Maybe they should have focused more on the experimental side of the game but of course that requires effort which we rarely see in a Call of Duty game.
Also did this weeks Halo 4 Spartan Ops and really looking forward to the last one
Posted 2:14pm on Sun 2 December 2012
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ZombiU! 360 died, bloody Microsoft and their scrap! Not played too much of ZombiU as of yet, but I've been browsing through the Miiverse and just general exploration of the console itself.
Posted 2:27pm on Sun 2 December 2012
Have you considered selling your gamertag on ebay, making it clear what arcade games you have to fund your new console/games Scott?
Posted 3:00pm on Sun 2 December 2012
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I haven't mate. Not really considered it to be honest.