Daniel_Spencer

Far Cry 2's single-minded vision deserves to be remembered

Daniel_Spencer

2 months ago

I don't know how people rejoice this game's shortcomings. Most of it's elements that are "brutal" really comprise of contrivances. Guns jamming, endless outpost spawning, malaria hits etc. I saw someone mention realistic stealth AI, which I completely disagree with. Using that tranq. gun did nothing, people 50 meters away from your intended target would still be alerted to your position regardless.

This is without getting into how rough the driving, the shooting and the general feel of the game was. Yes, it didn't have the modern Far cry's conveniences that cheapened the tone, but playing this game was nothing short of a chore.

Compare this game, not to it's bubblegum sequels for whom, the message wasn't intended for anyway but instead to it's other contemporaries: Dragon's dogma, Spec ops. The former did away with fast travel and has respawning mobs galore, and enemies that one shot you if wandered into a high level zone without warning, but the combat was weighted. The latter understood the grim horrors of war, but it's gameplay was at the least serviceable. Far cry 2 has none of the charm, only frustration. This is great, fighting as a mercenary in a foreign country was never meant to be enjoyable but boy does this make the game exasperating to play.
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Bizarre mod adds GTA character to Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Daniel_Spencer

8 months ago

@Wayne 20 or even 10 years from now when Nintendo decide not to remake this game after backwards compatibility with switch doesn't exist and tracking one down in good, working condition isn't a massive chore, PC emulation will keep the library of these games present. If the big 3 were concerned about preserving game libraries, they should have done a better job.
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Why are some Monster Hunter fans upset about a new game in the series?

Daniel_Spencer

12 months ago

"There's also the feeling that Monster Hunter is a series that belongs on portable systems, and on Nintendo's hardware", Kind of silly sentiment to have as Martin pointed out that it was Sony systems first. If anything it was silly that it exclusively migrated to Nintendo considering it's not their IP to begin with.
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Ubisoft storms E3 with a vital reminder that video games are human and fun

Daniel_Spencer

12 months ago

Tbh Mario Rabbids, the pirate game and Rez successor were good. Assassin's creed was more assassin's creed, Crew needs to fix some of it's handling and online issues and Beyond good and evil 2 whilst great, is something that I feel will end up having problems like Shenmue 3 or FF7 remake.

The other shows were ok but I'm not sure on the basis of 3 good games, we should call Ubisoft, the game of the show.
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Sony's flat E3 conference shows signs of a mid-generation lull

Daniel_Spencer

12 months ago

Tbh this is true, the E3 wasn't great. But honestly, last year after the grandiose announcements that have now become developmental challenges, it's refreshing to see Sony giving a launch window for the content shown.

Echoing the sentiments of many of the commenters here, Sony has a lot of good exclusive content that now have a firm release window.

Contrast this to the showering praise on Ubisoft's show which was good but what's to say announcements such as Beyond Good and Evil 2 won't face the same development challenges later down the line like Shenmue and FF7 remake?
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Microsoft announces new console Project Scorpio for holiday 2017

Daniel_Spencer

2 years ago

Good idea, need to compete and all that. Also, gotta love cloudskipa's reaction to this :)
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PS4 passes 40m sales milestone

Daniel_Spencer

2 years ago

@vert1go Yh one must be an idiot for wanting to play Bloodborne, or Uncharted 4 or Infamous Second Son, or Until Dawn etc.
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Zelda: Twilight Princess HD has a new dungeon

Daniel_Spencer

2 years ago

Some countries don't even get amiibo stocks and thanks to nintendo's genius region locking, they probably won't get to play the extra content which is on disk. The fact that some people are heralding this as 'options', yeah I didn't know defending pre-release dlc was something people did now. Where were you guys when EA did this with mass effect 3 and you lot weren't there to defend their generous decision.
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Eurogamer's Game of the Year 2015

Daniel_Spencer

2 years ago

@vert1go Mario maker fair enough but xenoblade chronicles x. After playing it, i'm pretty much onboard with tom chick on that game; without a doubt, one of the most disappointing follow ups this year.
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Blind gamer completes The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Daniel_Spencer

2 years ago

Impressive. truly commendable.
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PS4 sells over 35.9m units

Daniel_Spencer

2 years ago

#rekt. Honestly tho their competition is really nowhere close. XB1 is getting there after 2 years of miscommunication and still has an inferior machine. Wii U has great exclusives but honestly most people will just play multiplat games like Destiny/cod over safe and admittedly cromulent sequels that nintendo is known for.
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Sony's Shu Yoshida talks the next 20 years of PlayStation

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

@Fightersmegamix By the sounds of it, this is some form of a legacy event which is why the questions have a tint of nostalgia hence the somewhat easy going answers.

That said, I have to agree that Xbox right now is releasing/released with Halo 5, Forza 6, Tomb Raider and Gears ultimate whereas Ps4 is going with Uncharted collection, Until Dawn and some dlc. There has to be work done.
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Face-Off: Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

@cloudskipa "I don't recall many of them claiming the Cell was too complicated to work with"

This is what Gabe Newell said in 2007 "The Ps3 is a total disaster".

Now Gabe is obviously a very talented programmer and a well respected figure in games due to his immense contribution to PC development through source toolkit and of course steam. When someone as high profile as him said this at the console's launch (Mind you several outlets and developers had spoken out against ps3 architecture, just take a look at Wikipedia) you know that Sony dropped the ball.

Why include exotic architecture? Sony's arrogance was all. Of course 3rd party devs started to use SPU's later into the console lifecycle when development for the Cell architecture became better known but by then 360 had gained ground from early releases being of higher quality (Any of the digital foundry face-off's). Fact of the matter is the 3rd party devs had no choice but to utilise the SPU's in the PS3 to have any hope of making multiplatform games work at a similar capability to the 360.
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Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Rise of the Tomb Raider

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

"Snow collects on Lara's hair and clothes", personally such details are not necessary and I don't really care they exist in the game. However what concerns me is that Uncharted 2 did this in 2009, maybe not as well but this sort of exemplifies and really goes to the heart of the problem with Crystal Dynamics' reboot of the franchise. It's trying to tell this survival story that's trying to fight between the darker/edgy parts of itself and the pulp bits that Uncharted is renown for doing in the past. Yes I'm well aware Uncharted has borrowed much from Tomb Raider, but Tomb Raider was always about exploration since Uncharted cemented its tone as a light-hearted game by the 2nd iteration.

I like the writing in Tomb Raider games, I just wish Crystal Dynamics gave the writers and scenario planners more importance than crafting combat scenarios.
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Assassin's Creed Syndicate has learned from Unity's mistakes, but is that enough?

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

Videogamer UK implied that the stability of the game is still shaky. Maybe the parts of Syndicate you played through were stable and the rest still needs work?
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League of Legends team owner embroiled in drug price hike controversy

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

Kind of hoping he's dropped into lobbies with a lot of abuse.
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Gravity Rush 2 announced exclusively for PS4

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

Why can't Sony support flagging consoles the way nintendo does?
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Fake swatting prank leads to popular Twitch streamer getting banned

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

Swatting is just bratty and a waste of people's time, resources and patience. Given its a prank, a temporary suspension would have been a better fit but I totally get this decision.
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Rare Replay review

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

@Rankin Nope. Totally worth it for this release.
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Konami scrubs Kojima's name from Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain cover

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

Good now he doesn't have to stuck making mgs games anymore
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Uncharted 4 pushes PS4 tech to the next level

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

@XbDf Your reasoning and arguments sound suspiciously close to cloudskipa's
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Tributes pour in for Nintendo's Satoru Iwata

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

Great words of support from the competitors. He truly was a great figure.
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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passes away at 55

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

Great man, will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends.
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PewDiePie talks money

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

Am I jealous? Of course. Should I really care? No. Is he an asshole for making money for what (some would amount to) very little work? No, he's simply in the right place in the right time, he's smart.
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Mojang is shuttering development on its card combat game Scrolls

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

Stiff competition from Hearthstone?
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Video: Why you might like to play Her Story

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

I would like it if it was free. But the reasons stated come close :)
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Fire Emblem Fates is the first Nintendo game to allow same-sex marriage

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

@vert1go On a point of manufacturer specific franchises, fair enough although the dlc for is for the last of us, which was one of 2013's biggest games so its hardly experimental.

However, "If people are so insecure about playing as another gender or sexuality that they need it clear cut, that's kind of their issue to get over." I feel like you may have missed my point.

See, one of the privileges of being hetero-normative is that I personally don't have to go out of my way to see a social commentary about hetero-normative relationships in games because they're kind of unanimously represented. If I was queer and I wanted a similar experience that speaks to me on a personal level, some undefined references to a character being gay wouldn't really entertain me.

If the game has nothing to do with the queer character's sexuality informing any part of their identity, that's fine too. I'm simply stating none of the examples that Nintendo has come up with is anywhere close to being complex or meaningful on an interpersonal level as say the devastating end to Ellie's arc or the heartrending conclusions to the respective character developments in Persona 4. Basically I want them to step their game up in that regard.

Outside of that, I'm glad Nintendo has made this move regardless.
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Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

@vert1go "How many Microsoft or Sony franchises include gay characters at all?"

Spoilers for The last of us and Persona 4: Ellie from tlou in Left Behind is a better queer character than all the ones you've listed (As well as Bill). Kanji and Naoto from Persona 4 are also interesting explorations of gender fluidity and sexuality (whether or not they are hetero-normative is down to you) also Naoto suffers from gender dysphoria.

The bartender in Catherine is transgender. There is a lesbian character in persona 3, I forgot her name. I believe there's a queer couple in state of decay as well.


Also the ones you've listed are more 'inferred' as opposed to definitive, sure they don't have to make a big deal out of it but some people would rather it was clear cut because sexuality doesn't have to define you but for some it has a bearing on identity and their interactions with sexual identity (and sexuality) cannot be done believably with vague inferences. That said the ability to marry queer characters is a big step forward and I congratulate Nintendo on that. (Although I believe most Bioware rpgs allow u do the same).

So I guess in answer to your question, probably more and better realized. I mean this is big news, but lets not pretend that Sony and Microsoft haven't attempted it at all.
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Nintendo Land remains one of the only games to tap the Wii U's potential

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

@vert1go Except very few if any of those games had features that could be otherwise replicated on any other platform.
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PS4 sales hit 20.2m

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

Not enough Kaz gifs
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Dead or Alive 5 tournament soft ban on "over-sexualised" costumes sparks heated debate

Daniel_Spencer

3 years ago

Aren't some of the characters like underage and sexualised? If that is the case, then this controversy should probably be bigger.
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New Bloodborne footage arises, still looks glorious

Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

@pinholestar Well its an exclusive, so you can imagine.
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Zelda Wii U detailed with new developer walkthrough video

Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

Looks brilliant. Enough said.
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Black Friday deals for PlayStation 4, PS3 and Vita

Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

Cannot say this enough, buy persona 4 golden. Make atlus give a shit about vita.
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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U review

Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

*boohoo* should be higher, should be lower etc.. Please read the text. I haven't played it but please don't make yourself look like a spoiled idiot.
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Eurogamer vs Tom Bramwell

Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

Bias. Payed by X publisher. Sjw etc. etc. etc. You'll be missed tom. Fantastic writing and brilliant article on sexism piece, really resonated with me.
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Catastrophe games: How Spelunky and XCOM helped prepare me for an incurable illness

Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

Truly, truly brave. I respect your writings Christian Donlan, keep fighting.
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PlanetSide 2: PS4, free-to-play and leaving money on the table

Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

@richardiox "Kinda wish they were more honest about their release schedules (Suspend / Resume feature, The Last Guardian, GT Mobile, Deep Down etc)."

Let's be honest. Sony will never give a straight answer about the Last Guardian.
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Digital Foundry vs Far Cry 4

Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

@RandomTerrain Any reasonable game released in the same timeframe, last console generation could run better than unity.
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Who needs games: PlayStation 4's first year

Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

@vert1go Wind waker was out on gamecube wasn't it? It's not really a wii u exclusive. Although neither are most of the remastered games for ps4/xb1 in that regard.

Also hyrule warriors is shite. we all know, samurai warriors is where its at!
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Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

I agree and I don't agree. In a sense, Playstation 2 was the same, its momentum was built largely on third party support before finally being augmented with fantastic exclusives towards the end of its lifecycle. I mean, it had the God of war, Ico and so forth, but their sales dwarfed in comparison to the big hitters. On the other hand, Sony has to get their act together with their exclusives and general system stability and connectivity in comparison to MS.
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Far Cry 4 review

Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

"game doesn't seem interested in pushing anyone's buttons". I reckon that's a good thing. given how the only gay character in far cry 3 was a rapist, admittedly quite a well-acted one, it was still troubling. I'm also somewhat glad the main character isn't another white guy which is also nice. All in all, just plain fun which is good. Great review btw.
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Assassin's Creed Unity review

Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

I just saw a post on Neogaf and Reddit detailing the frame rate problems and whilst they are not the most reliable sources of information, after seeing this review, does anyone know just how widespread the frame rate issues are on Ps4? or xbox one for that matter.
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Tech Analysis: Halo 2 Anniversary

Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

Why all this hatred? Like if you don't like Halo fair dos. But please voice your opinion elsewhere because chances are you probably haven't even played the game. Anyways, sadly I don't have an xbone but Halo 2 looks really good. Especially for the price. I mean 106 maps for retail game price? If they included bots it would literally be the greatest game ever made.
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Far Cry 4 Season Pass brings PvP and yetis

Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

Who needs yetis. You've already got elephants.
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Two discs "wasn't practical" for Halo: Master Chief Collection

Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

Minor inconvenience. Could be worse, could have disc swapped instead.
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Anita Sarkeesian cancels university speech following school shooting threat

Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

@Uncompetative "But sure, if you want to feel that men who have not had their clitoris bobbed at birth so that they cannot achieve orgasm, or who are forced to carry rape babies to term, or who have the temerity to expect equal pay for equal work, should stay in the kitchen and keep making sandwiches, then I guess there is no persuading you out of your blinkered masculine entitlement who assumes he is threatened by some small measure of gender equality and freedom from patriarchal dogma."

+1 this.
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Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

@Caribou "As this happens to men too. Jesus." Name me a male dev that has left his house for fear of security.

I'm not saying we should perpetuate this narrative that women are somehow victims in every and all cases.

I'm saying that women are especially affected by this. Anita Sarkeesian isn't even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to online misogyny.
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Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

@cloudskipa feminazi propaganda? Are you listening to yourself? She's questioning game development and game communities attitude to women, how the fuck is that anything comparable to the atrocities the Nazis committed?
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Daniel_Spencer

4 years ago

This is just sad. It makes me sad. it is depressing beyond belief. I hope there is a proper net available in the future to protect women against this type of harassment by finding who is responsible.
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