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  • James Joyce's Ulysses is being adapted into a video game

  • hybridial 05/08/2014

    I'm getting very, very fricking sick of people acting like the Souls games are all that special, let alone comparable to timeless works of fiction.

    I don't even dislike those games (much). It's just incredibly pretentious, and people need to stop it.
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  • Bound By Flame review

  • hybridial 13/05/2014

    @Zyklonbzombie And that's a more legitimate complaint than trying to say the combat is actually bad when it isn't. In that case, I agree those are the reasons why Dark Souls is a better game, but at the end of the day, some people still just enjoy some no frills combat. Reply 0
  • hybridial 13/05/2014

    This review is pretty terrible.

    Whilst the game isn't the most polished or the longest game you're apt to play, the voice acting and dialogue are actually quite good for the most part. The combat is solid and enjoyable, and really I'm surprised at so many people seemingly who've dealt with Dark Souls who have that big a problem with it. It seems to me most people who do don't apply basic tactics (use cover, use their kick, use their traps, crossbow and magic to eliminate ranged threats quickly).

    The game isn't much more than straight forward melee combat RPG, but it deserves a lot more credit than it's been getting for the combat, it seems to me that Dark Souls hasn't stopped people from complaining when a game expects them to actually learn how to play it effectively.
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  • Local multiplayer is gaming's holy grail

  • hybridial 10/05/2014

    And this is why Dragons Crown is the best game I've played in years, because it's the only game in quite some time that gives me and my friends something substantial to get our teeth into when they come round. Reply -1
  • Win a 400 Sony Entertainment Network voucher

  • hybridial 22/02/2014

    i would definitely go with Bioshock 2 - Minerva's Den. I feel that Minerva's Den is actually the best piece of work that carries the Bioshock name. It had very tight design in terms of what powers and weapons you obtained in a very short space of time, so that each upgrade felt very valuable. But I guess most importantly of all, the new story it brought to the table was excellent. I didn't really like Bioshock's twist about the player character's identity at all, I thought it was trite. Minerva's Den on the other hand, also has a twist about identity but I felt that the outcome was a lot more meaningful and definitely more surprising. and the way it revealed that twist, at a moment of peace and reflection felt very appropriate for the story it was trying to tell. Reply 0
  • BioShock Infinite isn't up for a Best Game BAFTA

  • hybridial 13/02/2014

    @Jumpman24 Those games have done nothing to advance games design, and if that was the direction all games went in I'd lose interest in the entire medium. However, at least the others you mentioned are competent at being what they are, whatever my issues with that. Infinite is an incompetently designed game. Reply +2
  • hybridial 12/02/2014

    Good. Bioshock Infinite was terrible and if it deserved any award, it'd be how not to design a fun or sophisticated game, or how to write a terrible and illogical story. Reply +1
  • Fan-made Morrowind remake is shaping up nicely

  • hybridial 07/01/2014

    @Latenius No, those were the terrible parts of Morrowind. Skyrim actually has a far superior skill system, the game's flaws are not what you think they are.

    Morrowind did have the following over Skyrim: a much better story and I hope they realise this in the mod well, a much better loot system where the relics you could find actually meant something, and this to I would like, and more freedom to engage it's big questlines however you see fit. These are all things that if Skywind can combine this with the strong and more balanced aspects of Skyrim, it will be awesome. It's a tall order though.
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  • Eurogamer Readers' Top 50 Games of 2013

  • hybridial 06/01/2014

    Dragons Crown is the best game I played this year.

    Bioshock Infinite was by far the worst and is a terrible game. I really don't care about any opinions that object to that because I've seen many and found them all wanting.
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  • Blizzard dev apologises for "poor response" to female character design question

  • hybridial 25/11/2013

    @aldo_14

    All I can say to you is that this is a problem that can only be fixed through positive thinking and the efforts of content creators in writing and designing characters.

    But I do want you to know as long as you go on disapproving, there will be people who push that back and they have pretty good reason to most of the time.

    Like with Dragons Crown... I just refuse to respect any opinion that it is in anyway a sexist game because I literally think this is wrong and stupid. Hell, looking at the game like you did was kinda silly in my opinion, and all simply because you make a rash judgement from looking at it and don't consider the game's aims, or it's content in full.

    Why should an opinion like that be respected? Because that's what a lot of it is, people don't actually know what they criticise most of the time, and they simply insult certain design approaches without giving them proper consideration which would give their opinions any weight.

    And in regards to children's impressionable minds... it's not Blizzard's responsibility, it's parental responsibility.
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  • hybridial 25/11/2013

    @aldo_14

    Aldo, I had hoped to make this point a lot earlier but, real life and stuff.

    I think you seem like a reasonable guy who doesn't quite realise the flaw in what he is saying.

    Criticism is always relative. You can't just say "that woman has big breasts, that's objectifying", and call that criticism, it is not criticism, it is complaining and wanting that work to be oppressed because you don't like something about it.

    Criticism is asking why she has big breasts, is there a reason for it, does it work in context. Even then if it doesn't, artistic criticism isn't inherently political, it doesn't concern itself in particular if there's no good reason for it, it just jots it as a silly pointless thing that may or may not detract from the thing's inherent artistic worth.

    Basically... if you are not in actuality, simply stating disapproval and a desire to oppress sexualised work... what are you saying? I'd like to know because it looks very cut and dry to me.
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  • hybridial 25/11/2013

    @aldo_14

    Mass Apathy? that's hardly what I'm seeing around this issue right now. When something as patently ridiculously and creatively designed as Dragons Crown gets crap thrown at it for being "sexist" when the game is as artistically licensed as it is in it's whole design approach, I'd say people are taking this whole thing way too seriously.

    I don't see objectification as inherently sexist because it can and does happen both ways.

    Why don't people focus more on real problems like inequality of wages or promotion prospects where indeed, women are not treated fairly, in real life, and stop trying to oppress people's cultural expressions or preferences in their fictional intake, because as Machines said, doing that just alienates people and makes them hate the people who make these complaints because of their dissolution that there is a big problem here.

    Really if you want to do anything about this, go make products that fit your point of view or support people who do, and also champion their merits to others without disparaging or trying to oppress the work of others.
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  • Games of the Generation: Street Fighter 4

  • hybridial 28/10/2013

    @Daniel_Spencer

    I've put it there because I thought it was easilly the most provocative game I played this gen, far more so than any of the others people might say that for. Second is probably Primordia but that was a bit easier to enjoy. Of course, if I put a shooter up for it's gameplay I'd replace it with Vanquish.
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  • hybridial 28/10/2013

    I'd say I don't like any of the games listed so far sans Fallout 3, but, I guess this list is based on popularity as much as anything else. If it was based on quality KoFXIII would have SFIV's spot, but alas I've not really played any fighter this gen that captivated me as much as the old classics like Soul Blade, Samurai Showdown II, Garou et al.

    So this is my list, and this list is based on one qualifier. How much I enjoyed them.

    Bloodrayne Betrayal
    Dragons Crown
    inFamous 2
    Primordia
    Skyrim
    Fallout New Vegas
    Dishonoured
    Silent Hill Shattered Memories
    Spec Ops: The Line
    Mark of the Ninja
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  • The strongest next-gen line-up from the unlikeliest source

  • hybridial 26/10/2013

    @hutchdbl

    Weird, I've ruled out Nintendo and I don't exactly feel like an idiot. maybe I wouldn't have if they hadn't ruled out F-Zero and Starfox, two of the four franchises I was a fan of them for in the first place, the others being Metroid and Zelda, which have hardly set the world on fire in a long time.

    And please, the speil about "new gameplay experiences" never amounted to anything on the Wii and it's not going to this time either.

    And this for me is all sad to say because I was the biggest N64 and Gamecube fan, but the Wii was an utter disappointment, and I don't see the company I was a fan of in Nintendo anymore.
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  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West review

  • hybridial 23/10/2013

    I would have liked it more if the story was up to much, but I really didn't care for the ending at all.

    But the journey to get there was pretty fun even if the combat was shallow.
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  • The Bureau, BioShock 2 dev 2K Marin "essentially" shut after staff layoffs - report

  • hybridial 19/10/2013

    @ExplodingClown

    Fair enough, but personally I feel Bioshock was the one with the painfully dull story and an absolutely meaningless ending that achieved nothing. Whilst 2 takes liberties with the setting in such a way as to interfere with the first game... I don't mind because the first game wasn't great. I feel 2's plot was great, it had a clear goal, the impact of morality on the plot had much better logic, and it felt like you'd accomplished something in the end (Eleanor >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Elizabeth)

    Minerva's Den actually had the best plot, but barely anyone seems to have played that.
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  • hybridial 18/10/2013

    @ExplodingClown I'm going to say it right now. Bioshock 2 was far better than Bioshock. It's probably one of the most underrated games ever made, especially considering it followed an overblown and overrated game and was followed by an absolutely incompetent mess that people somehow liked. (Infinite was one of the worst games I have ever played in my life... which makes me lucky arguably but ughhh)

    Xcom Declassified seemed more like a case of something that was already a mess and they couldn't repair the damage. That game started in development sometime before Enemy Unknown so it's unfair to say that they were trying to piggy back Firaxis.
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  • Dragon's Crown review

  • hybridial 09/10/2013

    I'm really starting to think all of you "journalists" have completely lost the concept of fun.

    This game is A. Not sexist and B. The best multiplayer game this entire gen probably, at least if you're a gamer old enough to remember the joys of Golden Axe and Streets of Rage.

    I think all I can really say is you are no use to me. I read your reviews. I don't go by them because they are not worth of trust, they are not useful. And at some point soon the reading part is gonna feel completely not worth doing.

    And I'm hoping others who feel the same will consider doing the same.
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  • BioShock Infinite sells over 4 million copies

  • hybridial 31/07/2013

    @arcam

    No, plenty of games are interesting, they're just not shoved down our throats like this.
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  • hybridial 31/07/2013

    @FortysixterUK

    Unfortunate considering these points are accurate. Of course, people are going to neg anything that disagrees with their point of view so that it doesn't even show up. But it doesn't perturb me. This game is utterly terrible and pretty much one of the worst I've ever played. Oh granted, not based on the gameplay alone, the story is what really makes it truly memorable for all the wrong reasons.

    And the sad thing is all of this is obvious. It's obvious why the gameplay is terrible, it's obvious why the story doesn't work, but most people blind themselves to that, I don't know why.
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  • hybridial 31/07/2013

    I sometimes wonder if I'm the only one that really, really, really hated this game. As an FPS it's terrible, because it plays like 1 or 2 with everything fun about those games absent, leaving a turgid, repetitive and poorly balanced mess that looks like a joke compared to say, something as polished and fast paced as CoJ Gunslinger.

    The story is terribly written with various massive plot holes and an ending message I can't decide was just skewed by inept writing or is just disgusting. Really awful game that I hate myself for being bribed into buying for Xcom.
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  • Bloodforge Review

  • hybridial 28/04/2012

    @-cerberus- This is why I didn't bother making any long statements at first, they're a waste on a moron with no ability to justify himself like you. Reply +1
  • hybridial 28/04/2012

    @-cerberus- My responses have been rather trite but I will say this;

    trying to claim your opinion has any real merit based on "oh, I understand this better than you do" is asinine. I myself have a mixed relationship with the series and my favourites in it without any question are 2 and Shattered Memories. 3 is decent, the rest I don't think much of.

    Shattered Memories tells a very different story to the rest of the series; it is in no way shape or form remotely like 2 and trying to claim it is based on some moments which were clearly homages and little more is very obtuse.

    I'd get disliking it because of it being different more. But the fact is the game's still a work of genius, I can personally identify with it's themes making me most likely a better judge of what it does than you, and the case is never closed. It will go on being a great game to the people who love it regardless of what you think. Tough luck is the better way to end this.
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  • hybridial 28/04/2012

    @-cerberus- And I'm serious in every goddamn way that you are a complete moron and this video was made by one as well. Reply -1
  • hybridial 28/04/2012

    @-cerberus- Really? Seriously? Ripped of Silent Hill 2?

    I repeat. You are wrong. You're entitled to that wrong and stupid opinion but it is wrong and stupid.
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  • hybridial 28/04/2012

    @-cerberus- Silent Hill Shattered Memories is an amazing game and anyone who says otherwise is simply wrong. Reply -1
  • Team Meat looking to bring Binding of Isaac to PlayStation

  • hybridial 01/03/2012

    @geeza2020

    Buddha is no deity, and he did exist. At least get your actual facts right before going on an Atheistic rant (and I'm atheist to) :P
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  • BioWare: Mass Effect 3 ending will "make some people angry"

  • hybridial 03/02/2012

    @Mentat_Idaho

    Very possibly, most of this game's story has just been a poor man's Babylon 5.
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  • Amy Review

  • hybridial 16/01/2012

    @ghostgate2001

    Haunting Ground was in no way an also ran, I consider it legitimately one of the best survival horror titles ever made. Not really its fault that survival horror games even back then were largely not appreciated.
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  • Games of 2011: Skyrim

  • hybridial 30/12/2011

    @tassletine

    You're arguments really lost all validity when you tried to claim this game should be like the terrible Uncharted and Half Life games.

    And really all I have to say is YOU think this game's ambitions weren't met. I think your completely wrong and your opinion doesn't mean jack to me.

    Skyward Sword would be my GOTY though, I am a major Zelda fan, if it wasn't so clearly an amazing 20 hour game trapped in a 40 hour game full of filler.
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  • hybridial 29/12/2011

    I haven't enjoyed a game more than this one this year. Of course I played it on PC, and it really seems like this game more than any other could have benefited from only being on PC, because whether it's a combination of Bethesda struggling with the consoles or them plain not being able to handle a game as large in scope, the fact is this is one game that really should only be bought on PC and I just wouldn't recommend anyone buy it on consoles.

    But I don't count that against it, really, business necessitates they try to put it on consoles because seemingly that's where all the money is now and I don't blame the devs for that, that's an executive decision. The game they put out on PC works and is excellent.

    And to all you people crapping on the game, I'm sure you like a game I think is shit. Like Xenoblade Chronicles maybe, or to a lesser extent Portal 2.
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  • Naughty Dog wants to "change the f***ing industry" with The Last of Us

  • hybridial 14/12/2011

    I'd take a speech like this from the writers of Silent Hill 2, maybe Roberta Williams or Jane Jenson, hell even Tim Schafer or Bill Tiller.

    But from Naughty Dog? Don't make me laugh. Not to say Last of Us might not be interesting, but what I want from it is a good survival game with a decent and coherent narrative, not a cut scene or QTE fest where the story and gameplay have little to do with one another.

    And maybe make it a better game in general? Because Uncharted was never anything special.
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  • Xenoblade gets US release as GameStop exclusive

  • hybridial 03/12/2011

    @rolandbelford

    No, Xenoblade is still shit. I actually bought it, tried to play it and realised that pretty quickly. I have no idea why people think this game is good, it's aesthetically terrible, the combat is tedious, the content is 90% busywork and the writing isn't anything better than the crap Square Enix usually produces. Last Story *looks* a lot better, I hope it is.
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  • Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection patch "around" 6th Dec

  • hybridial 23/11/2011

    @FuzzyDuck

    Mortal Kombat 2 was genuinely good and still holds up. But it is the one that's already been on sale on PSN, and in a better state by the sounds of it.
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  • Gearbox: Duke Nukem Forever wasn't reviewed fairly

  • hybridial 03/11/2011

    @Freek

    On your comment about Shadows of the Damned, are you kidding? That game wasn't funny, at all, and I say that as someone who liked Suda51 back when he made interesting games (last one was Killer7). DNF's Donkey Kong joke at the end of the game was funnier than the entirety of Shadows of the Damned, and really was what DNF's humour as a whole should have been like.

    I only played the PC version of DNF so I've no idea how shoddy the console ports were, but as an FPS it was an average game. 3/10 for it just wasn't fair. It's a 6/10 game with a point up or down based on how you like old school FPSes. For me it was a solid 7/10 thanks to the nostalgia factor and the fact I prefer my FPSes simple and ridiculous. I think it's fair to say a lot of reviewers had it in for the game before it's release.
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  • Jaffe not interested in returning to God of War

  • hybridial 26/10/2011

    @chessboxer

    I absolutely don't agree with this. There's no hard or fast rule about any kind of balance needed to make a great game. A great game succeeds in what it sets out to do, plain and simple.

    Ninja Gaiden Sigma which you mention, isn't just a great game, it's an amazing game because the combat, which is clearly the main focus of the game, is fantastic. It is far better in that area than any other game in the genre perhaps besides God Hand. I don't like the God of War series but the first one was the best by far and I'd say that's probably because Jaffe made it. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders for a games designer.
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  • BioWare's early Dragon Age 3 plans

  • hybridial 30/08/2011

    Pheonisis,



    I have to say you make a lot of valid points, I don't even necessarily disagree with most of it, but at the same time, DA2 did more with it's set up in terms of defining it's characters.



    Why did I dislike DA:O so much? It's really the fact that so few characters had any developed personality beyond what the plot necessitated, and what the plot necessitated wasn't much because the plot was absolutely paper thin.



    Also in regards to the mage/templar situation, I don't think it was handled any better in the first game or with any more subtlety, it just wasn't the focus so the flaws there weren't quite front and centre.



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  • hybridial 30/08/2011

    "Also, if you really want to improve DA3 compared to its predecessor, try having a story and dialog that's on a higher level than most fanfiction. That would be nice."



    It did, it was far better than the first game. I love seeing idiots act on the complete fantasy that the first Dragon Age had remotely interesting writing. 2 wasn't quite Baldur's Gate but it was a massive improvement in that area.
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  • First Soulcalibur V details

  • hybridial 11/05/2011

    "But Even the new versions stand up well against the other fighter, MK has always been as shallow as a puddle"



    Not really, MK2 and UMK3 were excellent games in every respect. Then yeah, they lost their way but so has most fighting series. The new MK *is* the best new fighter I've played in years because it is totally different from everything else, it is good, and it is fresh.



    Also when I said first two games in the series, I meant Soul Blade and Soul Calibur. Soul Calibur 2 is where it started going wrong to me.



    And besides, to me, SNK's best fighters piss on everything else. But that just my fanboy view :P
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  • hybridial 11/05/2011

    @mr2ange



    As someone who to an extent likes/liked those four series', your statement is just a stupid fanboy statement.



    SC hasn't been good since they instituted this guest character crap, sounds like it will continue to not be good. Makes me weep considering how good the first two games in the series actually were.
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  • Why Risen 2 will be better

  • hybridial 05/05/2011

    @Innmediaress



    I played DA: origins. Frankly it was a dull and monotonously written game that barely touched upon the conflict in a manner that made it interesting because essentially, you do very little to institute change in that situation because you were too concerned with dealing with the Blight.



    The whole Blight concept was also very boring because essentially it was a manufactured crisis, an easy villain. I kinda think the Reapers in Mass Effect are guilty of this as well, it's hard to really deal with moral issues when the main conflict pretty much is "stop things from being destroyed from a monolithic force". It's not that that sort of story can't be enjoyable but what DA2 did was more interesting. I'm not the one who needs to play Origins again, you're the one who needs to be less dismissive and take more of an interest in more character driven plots. It was not "shit", anyone who calls that story shit has no credibility to me at all, I have no problem telling you I think you are completely wrong and it was one of Bioware's best efforts story wise.



    With that said, as far as the gameplay goes, I'll admit, I never went into that game looking for a deep challenging RPG experience. I don't go into any RPG for that, I play them for the story. It's not like the first DA wasn't beyond broken and needed mods to bring it up to the level of Baldur's gate 2 (my favourite Bioware game by the way, so there is no point in thinking I don't know what I'm talking about, I've played every type of RPG you'd care to name and every notable one by Bioware) but I would say DA2 was a reasonably challenging game on the higher difficulties. It was more arcadey than strategic but it could be pretty tense and require some very fast thinking, and it's harder to simply break than the first game was.
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  • hybridial 05/05/2011

    Risen on PC is a pretty good game, Eurogamer underrated it (not that that's anything new for them)



    Dragon Age 2 on the other hand, oh I've been waiting to say something openly on the subject, now's a good time as any.



    It was better than the first game. Yes, I said it. For one, it was better written, more interesting, and more epic. If people really thought the first game had a better story it probably is because they'd rather have cliches and standard saving the world stuff as opposed to an exploration of cultural conflict, an interesting subject in itself and usually the best parts of Bioware games when they explore it. In DA2 it was the main focus and so, it was one of their best stories.



    Combat was much better to. The lack of an overhead camera didn't matter, KOTOR didn't have one, did that bother people so much then? You can still do everything you have to do from the camera the game offers and by switching characters as needed. And the battle animation was great. Origins had worse battle animation than KOTOR despite that being a much older game, and as a result combat in it had a tendency to feel a lot more tedious than it really should be.



    The simplification of Party customisation didn't matter too much either, because I found the outfits the characters would wear throughout the game suited them much more than generic suit of armour D. Also their individual skill trees allowed for much more robust and easily chartable power growth, the first game's set up was pretty linear and boring by comparison.



    Now, DA2's one big flaw is the level design and at the end of the day, that was the victim of the game being rushed. In an ideal world it would have had 6 more months to fully individualise a lot of environments. But I will tell you this, I would have wanted the rest of the game to stay the exact same because they got it right. They did and I'm sick of the bashing it gets for being one of Bioware's most interesting and fun games.
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  • Naughty Dog: Uncharted 2 was a one-off

  • hybridial 26/04/2011

    Darkpheonix, Half Life 2 barely innovated in the FPS genre.



    It's method of storytelling paled in comparison to the interactivity of a game like Breakdown, on the Xbox. And in terms of depth and atmosphere it barely approached the excellence found in Deus Ex and System Shock 2.



    The one thing it really innovated, the physics aspect? Not needed. The more enjoyable FPSes I've played kinda do without all that.
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  • Mass Effect anime film for summer 2012

  • hybridial 08/04/2011

    "Hybridial, am I not allowed an opinion? I dislike the artstyle of anime and furthermore I hate the gross amount of sexism and completely retarted plot lines that the shows tend to have."



    So you tar everything with the same brush. You don't consider that there are shows with different art styles (anime refers only to animation made from Japan after all, it's not an art style) or that there are many shows that are not sexist and that have intelligent, logical stories. They do exist you know, if you bothered looking you'd see quickly enough.



    But essentially your ignorant because you clearly aren't aware of that, and you are dumb for not realising your ignorance. That is essentially what I meant.
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  • hybridial 08/04/2011

    "You do know that 90% of anime is really shit. Well unless your a more mysoginistic type of person. Then the endless fanservice, loli fetish and general portrayal of women as meat makes you feel happy.The other 10% of animes can be outstanding. Unfortunately you must dive trough a load of crap to find one."



    You'll never find someone quicker to agree with that than me.



    However, I'm very talented at diving through crap and finding the gems at the bottom. Considering as has been said, 90% of everything is indeed crap, it's a good life skill.
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  • hybridial 07/04/2011

    "Probably no. Anime is already shit so this'll just dampen my view of ME, which was already dampened by ME2."



    See, statements like this are great. They tell me when the person speaking is a dumb, ignorant troll with no real conception of what they speak of.



    And I'm not referring to the comment about ME2 for your information.
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  • FFXIII-2 has an evolved battle system

  • hybridial 18/01/2011

    "each new FF game as a separate entity rather than expecting the same game with different characters and a slightly new yet equally convoluted story. "



    Really? Because that's what they ALL are, right from the original to XIII
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  • AC: Brotherhood scrapes into Japan charts

  • hybridial 16/12/2010

    "I found AC II and this rather repetitive and fairly simple to accomplish missions - they nearly all can be done the same way!"



    Whilst this is true, the main difference between them and the original AC is in fact that there are usually quite a lot of different ways you can actually accomplish most missions, and experimenting is by far the most fun way to play those games. The original was very restrictive which was why it wasn't that great a game.
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  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

  • hybridial 12/04/2010

    Funny how people feel the need to compare this series to Pokemon when it predates Pokemon by close to 7 or 8 years as a games series.



    Also @ Retr0gamer, you might want to look at Suikoden and Shadow Hearts for two more good RPG series'
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