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« on: June 09, 2009, 03:39:32 PM »

We've got the first review on the net for Prototype!    It's also the first review written from scratch in our new review format...

http://www.gamingtrend.com/Reviews/review/review.php?ReviewID=1242

Whatcha think?
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2009, 03:41:57 PM »

As always - GT is ahead of the curve!

Nice job!

LOVE the new review format!!  icon_wink
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2009, 03:48:25 PM »

Big fan of the new review format as well, Ron.  (although the layout/formatting seems to be a bit borked with overlapping and such on my screen for some reason).

Great job!

Included a pic for you to see.
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2009, 03:55:47 PM »

It does mine as well except the platform, developer, etc overlaps my pro section making it hard to read.  The actual article looks fine though
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2009, 04:01:06 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 09, 2009, 03:39:32 PM

We've got the first review on the net for Prototype!    It's also the first review written from scratch in our new review format...

http://www.gamingtrend.com/Reviews/review/review.php?ReviewID=1242

Whatcha think?

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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2009, 04:03:39 PM »

Quote from: Lockdown on June 09, 2009, 03:48:25 PM

Big fan of the new review format as well, Ron.  (although the layout/formatting seems to be a bit borked with overlapping and such on my screen for some reason).

Great job!

Included a pic for you to see.


What browser are you using?
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2009, 04:05:48 PM »

Quote from: Owain on June 09, 2009, 03:55:47 PM

It does mine as well except the platform, developer, etc overlaps my pro section making it hard to read.  The actual article looks fine though

Browser?
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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2009, 04:09:53 PM »

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Browser?

Dollars to donuts (whatever the hell that means), it's IE6. When you guys changed over to the new format I was using IE6 and saw similar junk, yesterday work upgraded my laptop to IE8 and it's all better now.
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2009, 04:10:43 PM »

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 09, 2009, 04:03:39 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on June 09, 2009, 03:48:25 PM

Big fan of the new review format as well, Ron.  (although the layout/formatting seems to be a bit borked with overlapping and such on my screen for some reason).

Great job!

Included a pic for you to see.


What browser are you using?

I have the same issue - overlapping info on the cons - using latest explorer
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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2009, 04:12:58 PM »

I'm just happy to see the site redesign finally made it so Ron can link directly to articles when he posts about them in the forums. slywink
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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2009, 04:15:38 PM »

Quote from: coopasonic on June 09, 2009, 04:09:53 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 09, 2009, 04:05:48 PM

Browser?

Dollars to donuts (whatever the hell that means), it's IE6. When you guys changed over to the new format I was using IE6 and saw similar junk, yesterday work upgraded my laptop to IE8 and it's all better now.

I have plans on at least fixing some of the glaring issues that prevent the access to content for IE6, but it's lower on my list right now.
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« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2009, 04:16:45 PM »

Quote from: Razgon on June 09, 2009, 04:10:43 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 09, 2009, 04:03:39 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on June 09, 2009, 03:48:25 PM

Big fan of the new review format as well, Ron.  (although the layout/formatting seems to be a bit borked with overlapping and such on my screen for some reason).

Great job!

Included a pic for you to see.




What browser are you using?

I have the same issue - overlapping info on the cons - using latest explorer

You are using IE8?  Are you sure? I've tested it thoroughly in IE8....  Is it the beta?
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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2009, 04:22:28 PM »

Apparently, we are using IE 6.0.2900.2180 at work.
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« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2009, 04:24:01 PM »

Quote from: Lockdown on June 09, 2009, 04:22:28 PM

Apparently, we are using IE 6.0.2900.2180 at work.

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php?topic=33976.0

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« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2009, 04:31:10 PM »

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 09, 2009, 04:16:45 PM

Quote from: Razgon on June 09, 2009, 04:10:43 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 09, 2009, 04:03:39 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on June 09, 2009, 03:48:25 PM

Big fan of the new review format as well, Ron.  (although the layout/formatting seems to be a bit borked with overlapping and such on my screen for some reason).

Great job!

Included a pic for you to see.




What browser are you using?

I have the same issue - overlapping info on the cons - using latest explorer

You are using IE8?  Are you sure? I've tested it thoroughly in IE8....  Is it the beta?

8.0.6.001.18702 it says I'm using
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« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2009, 04:35:59 PM »

Make sure compatability mode is off in IE8 (click on the picture of the broken page beside the refresh button) and everything should show correctly.  If it's on, it will be borked like in IE6.  Or just switch to Firefox.
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« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2009, 04:38:09 PM »

Quote from: Razgon on June 09, 2009, 04:31:10 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 09, 2009, 04:16:45 PM

Quote from: Razgon on June 09, 2009, 04:10:43 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 09, 2009, 04:03:39 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on June 09, 2009, 03:48:25 PM

Big fan of the new review format as well, Ron.  (although the layout/formatting seems to be a bit borked with overlapping and such on my screen for some reason).

Great job!

Included a pic for you to see.




What browser are you using?

I have the same issue - overlapping info on the cons - using latest explorer

You are using IE8?  Are you sure? I've tested it thoroughly in IE8....  Is it the beta?

8.0.6.001.18702 it says I'm using

I'm at a loss. Checked it on three installs of that same version of IE8 and they all look fine. Any other tweaks or customization on your browser? Can you post a screengrab?
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« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2009, 04:38:26 PM »

Quote from: Windows95 on June 09, 2009, 04:35:59 PM

Make sure compatability mode is off in IE8 (click on the picture of the broken page beside the refresh button) and everything should show correctly.  If it's on, it will be borked like in IE6.  Or just switch to Firefox.

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« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2009, 04:42:30 PM »

Burked in IE 7.

I did enjoy the review.  Thanks, Ron.
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« Reply #19 on: June 09, 2009, 04:50:31 PM »

I'm using IE 7.0.5730.11
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« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2009, 04:50:53 PM »

Internet Explorer... the continuing bane of web designers everywhere.

Appreciate the review, Ron. Glad to see there's definitely some juice in this game.
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« Reply #21 on: June 09, 2009, 04:58:48 PM »

I'm all for getting rid of "audio", "video", "gameplay", etc. delineations, but man, TL;DR.  That was one intimidating block of text smile
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« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2009, 05:03:25 PM »

Quote from: Laner on June 09, 2009, 04:58:48 PM

I'm all for getting rid of "audio", "video", "gameplay", etc. delineations, but man, TL;DR.  That was one intimidating block of text smile

We have some ways of fixing the 'wall of text crits you'.   It doesn't help that I tend to write until there is nothing else left to write....
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« Reply #23 on: June 09, 2009, 05:08:17 PM »

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 09, 2009, 04:38:26 PM

Quote from: Windows95 on June 09, 2009, 04:35:59 PM

Make sure compatability mode is off in IE8 (click on the picture of the broken page beside the refresh button) and everything should show correctly.  If it's on, it will be borked like in IE6.  Or just switch to Firefox.

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worked like a charm - thanks smile
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« Reply #24 on: June 09, 2009, 05:12:41 PM »

Quote from: Laner on June 09, 2009, 04:58:48 PM

I'm all for getting rid of "audio", "video", "gameplay", etc. delineations

I kind of missed those, but I guess I'll get use to it.
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« Reply #25 on: June 09, 2009, 05:14:13 PM »

Works great in Firefox.  I'll also chime in on the massive wall of text.  Even an extra line between each paragraph would help a lot at my resolution (1920x1200).  icon_twisted
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« Reply #26 on: June 09, 2009, 05:14:17 PM »

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« Reply #27 on: June 09, 2009, 05:20:26 PM »

Excellent review!
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« Reply #28 on: June 09, 2009, 05:20:34 PM »

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Ugh. I hate when games do that to you.

I normally do too, but it's a brief section and you don't feel 'gutted' in the process.  
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« Reply #29 on: June 09, 2009, 05:42:48 PM »

Was there discussion of including amount of time played? 
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« Reply #30 on: June 09, 2009, 05:46:13 PM »

One part still looks a little off in Firefox 3.0.10 (the score numbers)



And though there's no overlapping text in the review for me, there is some overlapping text on the front page:

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« Reply #31 on: June 09, 2009, 05:55:36 PM »

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Was there discussion of including amount of time played? 

It varies greatly.  I can tell you that I've completed the game and it took me several days of serious play to do so.  Didn't run a watch on it though.  More than 25 hours by estimation.
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« Reply #32 on: June 09, 2009, 06:06:05 PM »

Hey, should I go 360 or PS3 on this one?

Did you get both to check out? smile Not only did I proof-read the review, it sold me on the game.

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« Reply #33 on: June 09, 2009, 06:16:18 PM »

Apparently my post was eaten...  The developer is Radical Entertainment, not Activision Blizzard.

I understand you guys went with a more free form writing style instead of the distinct categories, but I think having subject headings helps to break up the page a bit.  Otherwise it just ends up to be one big long block of writing, not to mention it is harder to find specific comments on, say controls or graphics or something.

Great review, though!  I can't wait to get my copy and play through it!
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Now that I know that the 'stealth/absorbing people' gameplay is a larger part of the game than I suspected, you've just flipped me to a buy on this one.  Thank you Ron for the written review.  I can only hope to write one that well someday. smile
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« Reply #35 on: June 09, 2009, 07:00:56 PM »

Quote from: Purge on June 09, 2009, 06:06:05 PM

Hey, should I go 360 or PS3 on this one?

Did you get both to check out? smile Not only did I proof-read the review, it sold me on the game.

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Yea, I'm working a PC and 360 review now. 
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« Reply #36 on: June 09, 2009, 07:01:23 PM »

Quote from: Dreamshadow on June 09, 2009, 06:36:02 PM


Now that I know that the 'stealth/absorbing people' gameplay is a larger part of the game than I suspected, you've just flipped me to a buy on this one.  Thank you Ron for the written review.  I can only hope to write one that well someday. smile

Psssh....your writing was solid Tom.  Don't sell yourself short.
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« Reply #37 on: June 09, 2009, 07:18:09 PM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 09, 2009, 06:16:18 PM

Apparently my post was eaten...  The developer is Radical Entertainment, not Activision Blizzard.

I understand you guys went with a more free form writing style instead of the distinct categories, but I think having subject headings helps to break up the page a bit.  Otherwise it just ends up to be one big long block of writing, not to mention it is harder to find specific comments on, say controls or graphics or something.

Great review, though!  I can't wait to get my copy and play through it!
I, for one, don't care for the headings. I don't think every review needs to hit every subject if it isn't relevant.
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« Reply #38 on: June 09, 2009, 07:36:45 PM »

The headers don't really need to be there to separate categories. They need to be there to break up the text. The review is nice, but it could really use some space, such as headers that tease some of the content coming in the following paragraphs.

Anyway, Prototype is now preordered. A major Norwegian gaming site has also given the game 9 out of 10, and GamePro did too. Looking forward to playing it.
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« Reply #39 on: June 09, 2009, 07:59:58 PM »

Quote from: TiLT on June 09, 2009, 07:36:45 PM

The headers don't really need to be there to separate categories. They need to be there to break up the text. The review is nice, but it could really use some space, such as headers that tease some of the content coming in the following paragraphs.

Anyway, Prototype is now preordered. A major Norwegian gaming site has also given the game 9 out of 10, and GamePro did too. Looking forward to playing it.

Yea, we are going to see about breaking it up some, although I suspect you won't have that problem with any reviews but mine.  I tend to hit the 6-7 page mark in word before I'm done....
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