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Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Brian SD, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. Rathbone

    Rathbone Active Member

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    I'd be inclined to agree if it were a different sort of game, but i think with such a huge emphasis on strategy, base building and resource gathering it lends itself well to a turn based system. Also - though this is a bit more personal - because it's not a straight-up action game, i prefer the thrill of managing AP and wondering if i'll have enough to kill every zombie in that (un)living wall that's got me trapped in some alley. Or if i should've kept some of the bullets i traded for antibiotics back in town.

    Then again, as a pretty big fan of isometric CRPG's in that vein (Fallout 1+2, Baldur's Gate 1+2, Planescape: Torment, etc.) i might be pretty biased and looking for any justification to sing it's praises.
     
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  3. Manny Calavera

    Manny Calavera Senior member

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    Game "journalists" or "reviewers" aren't great writers, and lots of websites also engage in payola. Lots.

    I wouldn't say "lots" engage in outright payola, in fact many have strict rules as to what they accept from publishers and PR agencies. There's a world of difference between mediocre, mainstream writing like you'd find on IGN and in Game Informer and mags and sites like Edge, Retro Gamer and Gamasutra. The new GamePro is (was?) on the up, however the guy that was turning that ship around just left so we'll see if it continues to develop. Kill Screen Magazine also contains some genuine criticism, though the majority of it is video game related writing. I'd say that the best bet for reviews (not necessarily criticism) right now are non-enthusiast areas like AV Club, Paste, etc, that tend to hire from among the same pool of top-tier writers.
     
  4. macuser3of5

    macuser3of5 Senior member

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    av club usually has terrible game reviews, usually lacking in detail or completely omitting certain gameplay aspects entirely (at 2-3 paragraphs they are waaaay too short); I honestly don't think they play they game much if at all... Eurogamer & Gamasutra is usually what I go to for a decent write-up.
     
  5. Eason

    Eason Bicurious Racist

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    escape velocity nova!! http://www.ambrosiasw.com/games/evn/
    Haha I played the shit out of EV all through middle school and even some of highschool. Some quality plugins for that, Pale being the best I recall. EVN was good but without multiplayer and nothing to grind, I didn't continue playing after beating all 6 storylines. Edit: anybody playing Alien Swarm on Steam? Thought I had everything set and done, and then BAM I notice that I have this "promotion" option that sets me back to level 1, and now everyone is playing on Brutal with onslaught enabled, lol fuck.
     
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    dusty Senior member

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    I'd say that the best bet for reviews (not necessarily criticism) right now are non-enthusiast areas like AV Club, Paste, etc, that tend to hire from among the same pool of top-tier writers.
    I pretty much only read Eurogamer for longform reviews these days, I also check the short ones posted on the blogs I frequent (Destructoid etc.). I didn't know Gamasutra did reviews, I'm going to have to check that out.
     
  7. Thracozaag

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    Has anyone played Mafia 2 yet? Came close to getting it the other day (the original is easily in my top 5 fave list).
     
  8. Manny Calavera

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    Gamasutra doesn't review games, but a few of their "network" sites do. I was talking about the level or writing, in general. Also agree that AV Club can be hit or miss and was in a hurry and forget to mention Eurogamer. Their MMO section is great.
     
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    Edit: anybody playing Alien Swarm on Steam? Thought I had everything set and done, and then BAM I notice that I have this "promotion" option that sets me back to level 1, and now everyone is playing on Brutal with onslaught enabled, lol fuck.
    yeah i play sometimes if im in the mood
    its a great game, especially for free
    i love playing with a team of people who can play each class really well
    Has anyone played Mafia 2 yet? Came close to getting it the other day (the original is easily in my top 5 fave list).
    i would recommend it
    i got it on pc and ive been having some fun with it
    i just started it so i dont know everything thats in the game, but so far its solid
     
  10. AR_Six

    AR_Six "Sookie!"

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    Thanks for the suggestion, I'm going to grab a copy of the original and I'll play the sequel if I like it. Add it to the list. In fact here is the list of games I'm getting. Going to start by catching up on some PS2 I missed. Going to start by playing through the entire Xenosaga series in order. Then I'll play Star Ocean 3 before moving to the 360 for Star Ocean 4.

    PS2
    Xenosaga episode 1 - Der Wille zur Macht
    Xenosaga episode 2 - Jenseits von Gut und Böse

    Xenosaga episode 3 - Also Sprach Zarathustra
    Star Ocean - Till the End of Time

    Xbox 360
    Star Ocean - The Last Hope
    Tales of Vesperia
    Borderlands
    Eternal Sonata
    Alan Wake


    Purchased.

    Xenosaga ep 3 is surprisingly difficult to find a used copy of locally. Well, maybe not THAT surprisingly.
     
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    ffffffut- Cool, thanks for the suggestion. I just ordered that (for $20 like you said, great deal) and GOW3, can't wait to play them.
     
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    Finally played through Dragon Age: Origins. Great, great, game. I was a little dissapointed with the relative lack of equipment upgrades (in comparison with the size and depth of the story). Still, one of the best games I've played in a while and seems to have high replay value with all of the possible paths one could take.

    Anyone have any of the DLC and care to comment on it?
     
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    Just found my copy of Darwinia, looking forward into getting into that one soon.
     

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