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Why I Hate… Resident Evil 4

kuzanagi

7 years ago

I agree about the storyline. The RE series has always been a shambling mess of loose ends and the few answers that are given merely spawn more questions. I always got the impression that when they designed RE4 they allowed their choice of engine to determine the potential storyline.

As a game taken in its own right however RE4 was ground-breaking. The pacing was excellent; it was basically 20 hours of "out of the frying pan, in to the fire!". Technically it was a huge achievement on the Gamecube. Sure it was too reliant on shooting at times, and light on puzzles/story but it's a hell of a game.
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Retrospective: Gran Turismo

kuzanagi

7 years ago

I'm surprised the retrospective didn't mention the fact that despite it being "The Real Driving Simulator" a perfectly viable tactic was colliding with a barrier at 150mph and bouncing your way past the pack in to first place.

I enjoyed GT and GT2 but it does always amuse me how so many people gloss over the lack of damage model in what's meant to be a super realistic driving simulator. I'm aware that it was apparently due to licence issues from manufacturers in that they didn't want their cars depicted with damage but even so...
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Far Cry 3 appears on retailer sites

kuzanagi

8 years ago

Really enjoyed Far Cry 2, despite a few flaws. Really hope they build on the good points and include co-op this time around.
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Retrospective: Soldner: Secret Wars

kuzanagi

8 years ago

I actually read the title of this article, and every mention of the game title in the Soldner voice in my head. The most perfunctory vocal ever recorded.
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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable

kuzanagi

8 years ago

@FabricatedLunatic: Awesome :) Thanks.
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kuzanagi

8 years ago

If I've never played any of the series previously, will I be able to pick this up and play it with a vague idea of what's going on in terms of storyline?
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Molyneux: Demos are "horrible"

kuzanagi

8 years ago

Actually its a old concept tweaked to better sell a game. The difference is the episode part or like how XBL demos of arcade games are done. Give a little piece of the game, hopefully capture the gamer attention to see more, sell them another chunk or totally wow them to purchase on the spot. It has worked on me for XBL demos where if i really like them, I usually purchase on the spot. Its the old car salesman approach. Never let the buyers off the lot if possible. Try to nail the deal because once they leave, nine times out of ten they will not come back.

And this is different to the shareware model how exactly?
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kuzanagi

8 years ago

Good idea but nothing new. Essentially the shareware model applied to downloadable content.

Admittedly Molyneux isn't overtly claiming it's an entirely new concept but it is at least a little amusing to see a very old concept being dressed up in the way that this is.
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Mark Rein: "We're still a PC company"

kuzanagi

8 years ago

Yay! More brown games.
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Kane & Lynch 2 demo - first 15 mins

kuzanagi

8 years ago

Looks really good. I'd rather have Kane as the main character, but otherwise I'm impressed. Although I was one of the few that really liked the original.
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MGS Rising to become standalone series

kuzanagi

8 years ago

@Eraysor

Somehow Raiden made the greatest character turnaround in gaming, from imbecile in MGS2 to total badass in MGS4, so I'm actually looking forward to this.

I think a lot of this stems from Kojima's ego after the epic amount of butthurt he sustained when the fans weren't keen on Raiden in MGS2. I get the impression he was determined to make Raiden as awesome as possible in MGS4 to try and prove something.
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Metal Gear Solid: Rising trailer

kuzanagi

8 years ago

I'm surprised but this actually looks pretty good.
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Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

kuzanagi

8 years ago

Hmmmm.... I was really looking forward to this but now I'm not so sure. I quite enjoyed the first one, or rather I enjoyed the first two thirds of it. From "Freedom Fighters" onwards it was a bit of a slog. Interesting characters and so on.

I'm not so sure about having Lynch as the main character or what soud like deliberately obfuscated visuals. Still it's definitely far too early to draw any conclusions.
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PSP's Ace Combat Joint Assault dated

kuzanagi

8 years ago

Awesome. Really enjoyed the previous PSP incarnation, can't wait for this one :)
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. on sale this week

kuzanagi

9 years ago

Absolute bargain for what is easily one of the best PC games ever made.
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New Prinny, Shadow of Memories for PSP

kuzanagi

9 years ago

Shadow of Memories was awesome. I never got around to finishing it so hopefully I'll do so on the PSP :)
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Valkyria Chronicles II

kuzanagi

9 years ago

Loved the first on the PS3. This is a no-brainer release day purchase for me :)
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Retrospective: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

kuzanagi

9 years ago

Very unfair to dismiss Clear Sky like that. As has been stated in comments above it introduced a working weapon upgrade system, visual enhancements and finally made money a useful commodity. The faction system, whilst flawed did aid in making the world feel more dynamic and alive. Unfortunately it became pretty much an on-rails shooter for the final section (2 hours or so), but then again so did the original STALKER.

Also no mention of the enemies that could land a dozen hand grenades between your feet from 1500 yards away? ;)

"Oh shi-" QUICKLOAD.
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PSPgo

kuzanagi

9 years ago

@donnie080208

Yes, if you have a PS3 then you can use that as a connection point for your PSP irrespective of whether the PS3 is connected by WiFi or by Network cable. It's in the Connection Settings on your PSP.
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Dead Space heading to Wii this year

kuzanagi

9 years ago

@dominalien - That's a good idea. Trophies don't hold much sway for me though, and I rarely play through games like DS more than once. Good suggestion though.
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kuzanagi

9 years ago

Is Dead Space actually any good?

I finished it for the first time over the weekend. It's a very enjoyable game, although I'd recommend setting it to "hard" to get the most out of it, otherwise you're swimming in ammo and the enemies aren't that threatening. Hard difficulty means that ammo is a lot more scarce, and the necromorphs are deadly.

As a whole, the plot is fairly derivative. It's certainly nothing new, but it's exceptionally well presented and will draw you in. It really finds its feet during the final third or so. I'd certainly recommend it.
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Air Traffic Chaos

kuzanagi

9 years ago

@Eraysor

Not sure if this is allowed, so mod's please remove this comment if not :)

I picked it up on eBay on the sole basis of this review for 20.50 delivered. Despatching from the US.
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PETA takes on Cooking Mama

kuzanagi

10 years ago

Dear PETA,

For every animal you save, I shall consume two.

Fuck you very much.
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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

kuzanagi

10 years ago

They do not have a prayer...
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Growing the Long Tail

kuzanagi

10 years ago

I've been asked if I'd like to switch a brand new copy of a game to a second hand copy to save a fiver many times in Game. Never happened to me in GameStation though.
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Team 17 making more Alien Breed

kuzanagi

10 years ago

F*cking awesome :)

I hope it's still top down and not a FPS.
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Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery

kuzanagi

11 years ago

Sounds awesome. I've been waiting to hear about this for some time :)
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Resident Evil 5

kuzanagi

11 years ago

@Snooz

That's synthol abuse, not a result of steroid use.
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Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol

kuzanagi

11 years ago

@James_Lyon

Thank you :) My girlfriend will be very pleased to hear that.
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kuzanagi

11 years ago

Does anyone know the UK/Euro release date for this?
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World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

kuzanagi

11 years ago

> This has been annoying me for a while...

> Why do we have 2 page reviews? There's a scrollbar!

Double the adverts :D
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Theme Park

kuzanagi

11 years ago

Good review. I picked it up at release and basically it's an exact carbon copy of the PC original, so if you liked the original then you ought to enjoy this.

It's still just as difficult, the peeps are still just as difficult to please and they still have the annoying skill of getting themselves stuck at regular intervals.

I was sure that you were able to pause the PC version whilst you laid out your park, but don't seem able to do it on the DS version. Am I just imagining that I used to be able to freeze time in it, or can you still do it in the DS version? I don't mean close the park, I mean actually suspend time.
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow Of Chernobyl

kuzanagi

11 years ago

@UncleLou

+1 - Preach on brotha!
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kuzanagi

11 years ago

@Darren

Play.com have it listed at 17.99 already.
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Crackdown in February

kuzanagi

11 years ago

It looks fairly simplistic to me. From an interview I watched with one of the developers, there's basically no missions. You go about taking down the various gangs how you see fit. So if you take out their recruiters then they have less manpower, if you kill their buyer they have less in the way of weapons etc. This type of system worked well in Freedom Fighters where it was woven in to the story of the game, but as much as Crackdown initially appealed to me I think it's going to lack any real form of storyline and is going to just be a brainless shooter.

Persistent stats seem like a good idea, as does the idea of being able to invite friends to come to your city and help you out in certain areas. The developer was talking about how if you lacked driving skills (not so much you personally, but your character statistically speaking) you'd be able to invite a friend in who was a skilled driver who could help you achieve things you wouldn't be able to do on your own.

We'll have to wait and see how the demo plays out I guess.
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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas

kuzanagi

11 years ago

Nice review.
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Gears of War

kuzanagi

12 years ago

@DudBug

Totally agree. On casual it's just a case of sitting behind cover and taking pot shots at whichever Locust is nearest. They don't advance or rush you, they don't even really try to flank you. With hardcore they seem to get a feel for when you're pinned down and will advance on you and flank pretty regularly. You'll also see the Locust work together much more effectively with cover fire and so on with hardcore and above.

Nightmare is all out war ;)
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl

kuzanagi

12 years ago

Best article I've ever read on EG. Well done :)
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Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

kuzanagi

12 years ago

I'm really liking the way this is developing.

Does anyone who which is Kane and which is Lynch?
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EA to release retro PSP comp

kuzanagi

12 years ago

> Creepy future gang sim Syndicate makes an appearance,

Sold :D
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Over G Fighters

kuzanagi

12 years ago

Good and accurate review.
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Euro Ridge Racer 2 announced

kuzanagi

12 years ago

"it feels odd that they launch Riiiiiiidgeee Raaaacccceeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrr twooooooooo in retail when the PSone emulator is only around the corner...

And after launching Riiii... 6 on the PSP's launch would kind of screw people up. "

Whisky Tango Foxtrot?
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kuzanagi

12 years ago

Superb. I loved RR on the PSP and can't wait for RR2 :D
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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

kuzanagi

12 years ago

GB2 GAMEFAQS.
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Prince of Persia Revelations

kuzanagi

13 years ago

Completely agree. I hired this out at the weekend and had a very similar experience to Tom.
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Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex

kuzanagi

13 years ago

> Anyone seen it cheap anywhere?

I picked up a copy from ebay after reading this review for 10, delivered. It's probably worth a look if you're interested?
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Sega doing new handheld titles

kuzanagi

13 years ago

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kuzanagi

13 years ago

Crackdown?
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